Westport Summer Passport – Local Geocache Family Fun

The Westport Summer Passport is back again this summer!  Enjoy an adventure - Local Geocache-like Family Fun!

WESTPORT SUMMER PASSPORT

Date: Every Friday until September 2, 2017

Time: 7:00 am  to  7:00 pm


The Westport Summer Passport 2017 is a self guided 
adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting natural and historic spots in our town. You will visit:

  • Brookside Conservation Area, 1013 American Legion Highway
  • Forge Pond Conservation Area, 214 Forge Road
  • Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Road
  • Horseneck Lifesaving Station, 241 East Beach Road
  • Mill Pond Conservation Area, 62 Reed Road
  • Noquochoke Conservation Area, 421 Pine Hill Road

Using the passport, you must follow the provided clues to find hidden boxes at each site and collect six unique stamps in your passport. When you have six stamps, you are eligible to enter a drawing for a special prize.

Download your Passport HERE!

Or Visit The Westport Historical Society’s website for more info:

https://westportlandtrust.org/westport_summer_passport/unnamed

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The Acting Challenge for WEF

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ACTING CHALLENGE For WEF:to-be-or-not-to-be-hamlet

1. Accept the challenge.

2. Choose 3 people to nominate for this challenge

3. Record a video of you acting while saying the following:

  • Say something close to “I accept the Acting Challenge for WEF and will donate $10 to the Westport Education Foundation in Massachusetts.  I am challenging ___, ____, _____ (name 3 people here) to this challenge – you have 24 hours to respond!”
  • Act out the line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet : “To be or not to be: that is the question”  (have fun, be creative or serious!!)

4. Include our link to challenge & donate in your message on Facebook or your choice of social media:

http://www.westporteducationfoundation.com/?page_id=1021

5. Donating is easy – Acting is fun, spread the word & Act for Education!

Thank you!!hamlet_wf

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William Shakespeare - To be, or not to be: that is the question (3.1) from Hamlet’s Fourth Soliloquy – Original Text & Summary:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,shakespeare_book_fb

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the willactingChallenge_fb_2

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action. – Soft you now!

The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remember’d.

Stitches in Time – WEF partners with Westport Historical Society, Volunteers and students!

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Online Auction supports Erika Hall Memorial Fund

Hall Memorial fund photoIn addition to WEF’s Erika Hall World Language Program, her family created the Erika Hall Memorial Fund to provide scholarships and grants to high school seniors taking the next step, be that college, cross-cultural travel, experimentation with the arts, etc. For the latest auction items and information, check the Facebook page here at Erika Hall Memorial Fund

 

Erika Hall World Language Program

Erika Hall World Language Program

The WEF is pairing up with Alliance Francaise of Providence, a language and

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy.  The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy. The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

cultural group, to bring an exciting new World Language Program into the Westport Elementary School. The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. We are thrilled to be able to offer the benefit of this wonderful group to the Westport Elementary students!

This is the beginning of our new Erika Hall Program for World Languages. Our goal is to offer 10 week sessions in French, Spanish, and Chinese at the elementary school and move with the students as they progress through the Westport Community Schools. We can only reach these goals with the help and support of the community.

Working with Superintendent Ann Dargon, the WEF and the new extended day program are offering classes two afternoons per week.  The children are  instructed in vocabulary, songs, and also use computers to access information about French monuments, artists, and French speaking countries. The program will span the school year with four 10 week sessions.

 

 

 

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Number of WHS students taking an AP exam has grown 175%

AP test growth 2013Since its inception in 2010, the Westport Education Foundation funded training to enable Westport High School to double its Advanced Placement curriculum by adding Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology. WEF funded an additional $8,000 this summer for additional training on existing programs and to help the Middle School add Pre-AP Calculus and English. The results are clear: 175% increase in the number of Westport High School students taking an AP exam since 2010.

Where do YOUR donations go? WEF Programs Funded!

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The Westport Education Foundation is proud to announce The WEF Grant Academy. Grants are made to teachers, with the support of their school principal, who make proposals to the foundation for exciting and innovative programs.

MMSI Saturday Study Grant - Westport High School

The WEF has provided $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year to Westport High School to fund the Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative Saturday Study program for students taking AP classes in the STEM areas of Math, Science, English, and Technology.  Since WEF’s inception in 2010, WEF has provided funds for teacher training which have resulted in tripling the number of AP courses offered at Westport High and increased student enrollment in AP courses by 175%.  With funding of Saturday study sessions this academic year, students have the opportunity to learn from master teachers from across Massachusetts and greatly increase their potential to not only pass the but score 4s and 5s on the AP tests, giving them college credit and advanced placement  in college classes.

Chromebooks -Westport High School

The WEF provided partial funding of chromebooks to 18 accelerated 8th grade students at Westport High School to aid in their academic achievement.  It is certainly an exciting time for Westport Schools, read on…

 Field Study of the Westport River  – Westport High School

Westport High School Biology

 classes will survey the river using boats and guides from Osprey Sea Kayak. Students will take water samples at three designated points in progression down the river. The first sampling will be at our northernmost location. The third sampling will be at our southernmost location and the second sampling will be approximately between these two points. Tests will be conducted to determine: dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, temperature, turbidity and fecal coliform levels. Students will use data from this field study to determine the ecological condition of the East branch. Students will also analyze data to see if correlations can be made with location of sampling, recent weather patterns and data collected from past years!

DECA School Store and Competitions - Westport High School

DECA is a national organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. Westport High School has a DECA chapter, which participate in regional, state and national DECA conferences and competitions.  
This school year, the WHS DECA students will open a school store as part of their marketing and business education. These students will stock the store, order supplies, manage work schedules and market their store to the WHS student body.  The WEF is financing inventory for the store and providing funding for students to travel to state and, hopefully, national competitions.

Model United Nation - Westport High School

Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the real UN. Students take on the role of a country at the UN and push their agenda while addressing international affairs and politics.  These simulations are held at state, regional, national, and international conferences throughout the school year.  This activity helps students grapple with real world issues such as human trafficking, international security, the environment, and international law.  The students write proposals, debate with other teams, and present material throughout the conferences.  Awards are conferred on teams and individuals based on modelUN_edited-1independent judging.

Some schools have a hybrid Model UN class in their social studies department as well as a team that competes similar to the WHS Mock Trial course.  This first year, WHS will have a team system that meets twice a week and incorporates students throughout the high school.  This allows students of all grade levels to experience the activity.

The Westport Education Foundation has granted funds to establish the club and assist in paying for students to attend conferences. Boston has multiple conferences, often affiliated with colleges and universities such as Boston University, Boston College, Tufts, and Northeastern. Harvard’s Model UN conference is attended by students from around the world and Brown also has a very comprehensive event. The club’s weekly activities will include preparing for conferences. The conference organizers assign a country to each school and announce topics for the conference. Students must be well versed not only in their country but also the topics that will be discussed in individual committees. A premium is placed on debate, critical thinking, and research skills.

4th Grade Math Club - Westport Elementary Schoolmath-chalkboard

This after-school club uses the MOEMS Math Program which provides a challenging curriculum and encourages students to collaborate and explore, during practice sessions. They are presented with MOEMS sample questions, other enrichment and hands-on math activities to increase confidence and interest in the challenging aspects of this math program.

Destination Imagination - Westport Elementary and Middle Schools

Destination ImagiNation (DI) is not a new program, but one that some parents and students may not Destination Imaginationyet be aware of. It is an educational program in which student teams solve open-ended Challenges and present their solutions at Tournaments. Teams are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions that satisfy the requirements of the Challenges. Participants gain more than just basic knowledge and skills-they learn to unleash their imaginations and take unique approaches to problem solving. It is widely recognized that creativity, innovation, and the ability to manage change are essential competencies for today’s students – who live in, and are preparing to enter the workplace in, a world of rapid and accelerating change. A survey of more than 400 employers found their biggest concerns were that youth lacked 21st-century skills that will make them competitive in the job market. Three-fourths of those employers viewed creativity and innovation to be among the top-five skills most important in the current climate (eSchool News, October 2006). Based on more than five decades of research and development of Creative Problem Solving (CPS), we know that individuals and groups from the primary grades through adulthood can learn and apply creativity, teamwork, and problem solving.

Destination ImagiNation is a program that builds participants’ creativity, teamwork and problem solving in enjoyable and meaningful ways. The goals of Destination ImagiNation are for participants to:
- Foster creative and critical thinking.
- Learn and apply creative problem solving tools and method.
- Develop teamwork, collaboration and leadership skills.
- Nurture research and inquiry skills, involving both creative exploration and attention to detail.
- Apply and enhance written and verbal communication and presentation skills (both impromptu and sustained).
- Promote the recognition, use and development of many and varied strengths and talents.
- Encourage competence in, enthusiasm for and commitment to real-life problem solving.

Team Challenges are designed to be open-ended and multidisciplinary. Teams spend
several weeks or months working on the Team Challenge of their choice, and they
present their solutions at Tournaments. Each of the six competitive Team Challenges
has a different educational and creative focus:
- projectOUTREACH®: Community Service
- Challenge A: Technical/Mechanical Design
- Challenge B: Scientific Exploration and Theater Arts
- Challenge C: Theater, Literature, and Fine Arts
- Challenge D: Improvisation
- Challenge E: Structural/Architectural Design

More information can be found at www.idiodi.org 

World Language Program, Erika Hall Program for World Languages   - Westport Elementary School

The WEF is pairing up with Alliance Francaise of Providence, a language and cultural group, to bring an exciting new World Language Program into the Westport Elementary School. The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. We are thrilled to be able to offer the benefit of this wonderful group to the Westport Elementary students!

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy.  The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.
Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy. The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

Working with Superintendent Ann Dargon, the WEF and the new extended day program will offer 2 classes every Tuesday afternoon, teaching the French language and culture at no charge to students enrolled in the aftercare program.  Students not enrolled in extended day are also welcome to sign up for the classes at a fee of $30 for a 10 week session.  Spaces will be limited to 12 students per class. The children will be exposed to vocabulary, songs, and also use computers to access information about French monuments, artists, and French speaking countries. The program will span the school year with four 10 week sessions.  Sign your child up today!

This is the beginning of our new Erika Hall Program for World Languages. We hope to grow this program into one which will offer 10 week sessions in French, Spanish, and Chinese at the elementary school and move with the students into the Westport Middle School and High School.

Westport United Special Olympic program - Westport High School

The Westport High School student group, the Westport Advocats, has worked diligently in the last 2 years to reinvigorate the Westport Community Schools Special Olympics Program. In 2012, they participated in the Dartmouth High School Track & Field SO events as well as hosted a basketball event in June for all of the Westport schools.

This past year the students were able to participate in four sports with all four Westport Community Schools joining in our program. They have competed at the local level in Bowling, Basketball, Track & Field, and Volleyball and have also transformed the program into one that now competes in the Unified Division, which pairs regular education students with Special Education students as partners. This program allows for more social connections as well as a mentor/mentee relationship to foster the learning of sports, values, respect, leadership and lasting friendships.

The program operates on a volunteer basis and has no funding through the Westport school budget. The Westport Education Foundation grant provides transportation, uniforms, equipment, and funding for competitions at or beyond the local level.

In this past year, the Unified team was able to qualify for the regionals by receiving the silver medal in basketball, and the gold medal in Track & Field. Last year, they were unable to advance to the regional competitions due to monetary restrictions. With the new help and support of WEF, we sincerely hope that this program will grow and flourish.

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In addition to the programs above, we have recently awarded funds for an Architecture Club at the Middle School,  the Katie Brown  Program dealing with bullying, violence prevention and conflict resolution at the Middle School, a No-Strings Marionette Puppet workshop and performance at the Macomber School, SAT preparation courses at the High School, piano keyboards for a Piano Lab Class at the High school, and are working on starting a Rowing Program at the High School this spring which will incorporate instruction in navigation.  We are also working on a new literacy program at the Macomber School called, “1000 books before First Grade”, which is set to begin in September.

Over $20,000 in new grants for 2013-2014!

New programs include Pre-AP Math and English at WMS and a reading mentor program for WES/WMS students. We also renewed funding for the 1st grade literacy club, 4th and 7th grade math teams, Destination Imagination (9 teams!), 5/6th grade book club, 7/8th grade writer’s guild, middle school science fair, middle school art club sculpture materials, and SAT preparation courses. Lastly, we helped to send two high school teachers for their second year of AP training for biology and calculus.

Past Programs Funded:

Programs Funded

  • Training to establish Pre-AP English and Math at the Middle School
  • Training to establish Advanced Placement Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology programs at the High School
  • Destination ImagiNation® program for creativity, teamwork and problem solving at the Elementary and Middle Schools
  • Art Mural and Sculpture projects for the art club at the Middle School
  • Beyond Question Learning Technology for a 5th grade class
  • The third and fourth grade musical at the Elementary School
  • Writing contest for Summer Science Programs with the Westport Watershed Alliance
  • Surf into Reading program at the Elementary School
  • No Strings Marionnettes artist in residence program at the Macomber School
  • SAT Preparation for high school students
  • Math teams for 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th graders
  • Book clubs for grades 5/6 and 7/8
  • A writer’s guild for grades 7 and 8
  • A science fair club at the middle school
  • A robotics program at the middle school
  • Literary Clubs for 1st/2nd and 3th/4th graders
  • The middle school drama production (with funding from the Helen Ellis Charitable Trust)
  • Listening Centers for Kindergarten students at the Macomber Primary School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next WEF Board Meeting

Our meetings are open to the public.  Join us at our next public meeting at the Westport Town Library, Monday, Aug 14th at 6 pm.

Imagine…

  • A group of twelve-year old students working on a creative problem-solving project to compete in the international Odyssey of the Mind program
  • High school students learning from a cutting edge marine sciences program in partnership with MIT
  • Second graders building a monarch butterfly garden/habitat to increase their understanding of life cycles and to create a resource for the community
  • First graders engaged in an incubator project that exposes students to science enrichment activities including hatching, observing and journaling

These are among the many projects being funded by education foundations across Massachusetts. Please help us to bring programs like these to Westport.

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