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Tuesday
Apr172018

Almost $71,000 in grant money awarded to Tosa teachers

The Education Foundation of Wauwatosa has awarded grants totaling $70,992.77 for the 2018-19 school year to fund the following 12 projects:

Let’s Read! Lisons! Lesen wir! Leemos! - $5,700.00

Whitman and Longfellow Middle Schools - Cindy Anderson and Laura Nemetz

Currently the World Language Programs in both middle schools have a very limited number of books, often leading to teacher using their personal selections to enrich current curriculum.  The Let’s Read grant gives all World Language students improved access to authentic and varied reading materials in the target languages.

 

Creating Equitable Learning Experiences by Engaging ALL Students in STEM Learning and Opportunities - $7,552.83

Jefferson Elementary School - Nadine Whalen and Jennifer Schultz

Using Google Cardboard, Coding Robots and Design Challenge Materials to provide all students with opportunities to practice and refine problem solving, collaboration, reflection and discourse skills while engaging in high-level STEM learning experiences.

 

Mindfulness Through Music - $1,700.00

Eisenhower and Underwood Elementary Schools - Shannon Pahlicek

To enhance the Mind Up curriculum provided by the Wauwatosa School District, the Mindful Music Moments program will utilize the current loudspeaker systems to broadcast the prompts and excerpts, allowing students to practice mindful behaviors in the classroom. Mindfulness practices have demonstrated increase in emotional regulation and academic performance, enriching the educational experience for all students in the schools.

 

Q-Ball - $2,820.30

McKinley Elementary School - Tracy Loechler and Paige Brown

Q-Ball, an interactive audio enhancement tool for the classroom setting, will provide teachers a fun and innovative way to capture student attention, spark curiosity and increase participation and student engagement.

 

1,2,3 Math Exploration Through Purposeful Play - $2,900.00

Lincoln, Underwood, and McKinley - Sue Gaudynski and Elizabeth Poetsch

JK Classrooms in three Wauwatosa Elementary schools will receive tools to supplement the new math curriculum implemented this year, Engage New York.  Measurement, equivalency, balance, special awareness, conservation, and logical classification concepts will all be taught using the new math materials provided by the EFW, including building materials, nesting dolls, geometric shapes, and coding games.

 

Light the Lights: Enhancing the Student Experience in the Theatre Classroom & Beyond - $24,242.90

Wauwatosa West High School - Adam Steffan

Eight LED wash lighting fixtures, cables and supplemental equipment will allow students to implement a small scale “light lab” and to experiment with a variety of design concepts. The LED fixtures allow students to work hands on with 21st century technology and put STEAM classroom concepts to use in a setting impacting thousands of people coming into the Tosa West Theatre for school functions and district events.

 

Jacob’s Ladder - $1,393.97

McKinley - Mary Pawasarat and Amy Duchac

Jacob’s Ladder Reading Comprehension program will be used to supplement existing reading material.  Advanced learners now will have the ability to enhance reading comprehension through rigorous texts and higher order thinking skills practice.

 

Bee Bop: Let’s Code - $6,610.82

McKinley - Elizabeth Mottet and Steve Sperl

Fundamentals of coding will be taught to kindergarten classes using Blue-Bot technology.  Students will learn basic steps of how a computer and programming language work together by using code to navigate a basic robot over mats with number lines, colors, dice or other visuals.

 

Regulated and Ready to Learn - $2,995.61

Madison Elementary - Brittany Moen

All grade levels at Madison Elementary school will receive access to a variety of tools to aid in sensory, social/emotional, and self-regulation development, including weighted blankets, books, noise-canceling headphones and sensory relief equipment.

 

Math Counts Literacy Library - $4,378.23

Lincoln, Eisenhower, Jefferson, Wilson, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Underwood, and Washington - Linda Landis and Janette Wenzel

Elementary schools in the district will have new math literacy books to supplement the current math curriculum.  Picture books reinforcing skills and concepts taught in each lesson will both enhance math libraries across the district and also engage parents both in and outside the kindergarten classroom.

 

Cultivating Student Success Through Mind and Motor Learning Experience - $2,973.11

Washington Elementary - Beth Kimmel and Mary McElwee

JK, SK and 1st grade elementary students will have frequent access to Motor Labs within Washington Elementary School designed to develop the foundational motor skills critical to academic success.  The Ready Body, Learning Minds set of lesson plans will be implemented using tools such as balance beams, fitness steps and resistance tunnels.

 

Changing the Face of Fitness - $7,725.00

Longfellow - Nancy Braidigan and Ed Raue

To enhance the Wisconsin educational goals of offering a variety of physical activities for maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and activities that can be pursued in the community, as well as the school, Longfellow Middle School will now have a TRX station.  Twenty commercial suspension trainers will be available to students and teachers both within the physical education curriculum and outside of classroom instruction time.

Thursday
Feb082018

Annual Dinner, Auction Raises $40,000

The Black & White Benefit takes teamwork and countless volunteer hours to make happen. Many thank-yous to this year's volunteers and planning committee from the EFW Board of Directors.

Thanks also to those who donated items to our silent and live auctions and to our event partners and sponsors including auctioneer Jenny Gehl and her team of spotters from Bravo Benefit Auctions and Consulting Group, Mark and his team of video photogs and editors from Concannon Communications, Sound By DesignCrowne Plaza Milwaukee West, school district dad CBS 58 Chief Meteorologist Drew Burgoyne who hosted the night, Tosa East orchestra students, Tosa Pediatrics, WaterStone BankBowleroFirefly Real Estate, Baker Tilly, Beauty Mark Salon, Davis&Kuelthau, the Donovan Group, Jim Phillips LLC, Teofilo & Co, U-Turn and SportClips, along with the parent groups from Eisenhower, Jefferson, Lincoln, Longfellow, Madison, McKinley, Roosevelt, Tosa West, Washington, Wauwatosa Montessori, Whitman and Wilson schools.

Wednesday
Feb072018

T-shirt Design Contest Winner Named

 

Wauwatosa East High School senior Carmen Prantil's octopus design received the most public votes and is the winner of the Education Foundation of Wisconsin (EFW) 2018 Walk/Run T-shirt design contest. Prantil's design will adorn the official event shirt.

The contest was open to middle and high school students; 16 designs were submitted. Of the 16, six entries were named finalists and put out to public vote. More than 4,400 votes were cast over a two-week period.

The 2018 EFW Walk/Run begins at 8:30 a.m. May 5 at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Warm-ups begin at 8:15 a.m. The winning design will be printed on event posters and on more than 2,200 shirts.

Interested partipants may register for the EFW Walk/Run now through April 4 online through the Tosa Rec website. Information will also be distribututed at school.



 

Tuesday
May092017

More than $35,000 in Grants Awarded to District Schools

EFW Announces 2017-18 Grants

The EFW is proud to announce that it awarded seven grants totaling just over $35,000 for the 2017-18 school year. 

"We are thrilled to be able to award next school year’s grants knowing that they money will impact so many students within the district," said the Mary Phillips, foundation president.

Grants were given to the following projects: 

“IT’S A SMALL WORLD”- JK RETELLING BOXES USING SMALL FIGURES, ANIMALS, AND STORY SETTING PROPS - $3,970 - ALL JK CLASSROOMS IN THE DISTRICT: Sue Gaudynski and Elizabeth Poetsch along with all the Junior Kindergarten teachers in the district will now have the opportunity to offer their students tools to practice the retelling of stories through the use of small figures, animals and story setting props, building story comprehension and meeting district JK education goals.

EQUITY THROUGH LITERACY - $7,988 - MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Nicole Welter and Angie Kolanko will purchase culturally relevant fiction and non-fiction texts to facilitate more in-depth conversations about race, culture, and language with students in third through fifth grades.

GROWTH MINDSET RESOURCE ROUND-UP - $2,358 - LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Linda Landis and Janette Wenzel will create bins of materials designed to guide students from a fixed mindset to a “growth mindset”- the belief students can grow their intelligence.

THE CYCLING CENTER - $9,920 - WAUWATOSA EAST HIGH SCHOOL: Teri Kandel and Matthew Kender will promote lifelong health by adding stationary bikes into the physical education curriculum as a cardiovascular training station. Additionally, bikes will be available to students and staff before and after the school day, offering a different physical health regimen as an option to students.

WE CAN CODE, CODING CLUB - $1,154.62 - WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: Beth Kimmel and Mary Johnston will offer second through fifth grade students the opportunity to increase technology skills, understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, and demonstrate the ability to troubleshoot current technologies - all during school lunch time!

SOUND OFF! –STRENGTHENING THE PHONEMIC AWARENESS AND PHONICS SKILLS OF SENIOR KINDERGARTENERS - $2,847.29 - EISENHOWER AND ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: Michele Mushall and Hannah Duffy  will have the opportunity to deepen literacy foundations through phonemic awareness by having students participate in daily whole group and small group instruction utilizing hands-on classroom resources designed specifically to support phonetic growth.

GARDEN OF HOPE - $6,872 - VEL R. PHILLIPS JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER: Carleen Ranfranz and Mitch Siefert will now have the multidisciplinary resource of a courtyard garden and outdoor classroom to work toward district learning objectives including goal setting, decision making, advocacy and mental and emotional health.

Thursday
May042017

2016-17 Grant Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the EFW 2016-2017 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce that the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa (EFW) has awarded $41,255 for 9 grants to be implemented during the 2016-2017 school year and will benefit more than 6,800 students the first year alone. Congratulations to the following educators:

JOIN THE T.E.A.M – TOLERANCE, EMPATHY AND ACCEPTANCE MATTERS! $1,685 – UNDERWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Corinne Meyer and Joel Marinan at Underwood Elementary will buy books, banners, posters and games with the money they received from the EFW.  These items will be shared with all Underwood staff and used to create an atmosphere that promotes a welcoming environment with messages of diversity for all students.

MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS, PHASE II  $3,600 - LONGFELLOW MIDDLE SCHOOL AND WHITMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL:

Tracy Eccles and Jane Storts at Longfellow and Whitman will buy books with the money they received from the EFW.  These books will be used to extend the Battle of the Books experience to the students at Whitman and provide a competitive academic experience between the two schools.

INDEPENDENCE PLACE: LIFE SKILLS LEARNING FOR YOUR FUTURE $2,000 – NEXT STEPS COMMUNITY TRANSITION SERVICES:

Chris Jackson at Next Steps Community Transition Services will buy storage units and household and hygiene items with the money she received from the EFW.  These items will be used to teach young adults with disabilities how to make guided decisions to function safely and effectively within their living space.

LIBRARY MAKERSPACE $17,200 – ALL LIBRARIES IN THE WAUWATOSA SCHOOL DISTRICT:

Tracy Eccles and Jane Storts will buy materials to create a makerspace in each of the libraries in the Wauwatosa Public Schools with the money they received from the EFW.  A makerspace is a learning environment where students can design and create together.  While using items such as Legos, craft materials, tools and art supplies, the students will be able inquire, create, collaborate, tinker, mentor, experiment, invent and solve problems.

UKULELE IN THE ELEMENTARY GENERAL MUSIC CLASSROOM $770 – EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Shannon Pahl at Eisenhower Elementary will buy ukuleles, cases and tuners with the money she received from the EFW.  While learning how to play the ukuleles, the students in the fifth grade general music classes will be able to apply music concepts in an authentic situation and be encouraged to become independent musicians.

EDUCATORS ENHANCING ENGAGEMENT $2,500 – LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Linda Landis and Janette Wenzel at Lincoln Elementary will buy wiggle chairs for the tables and wobble cushions and fidgets for the classroom carpets and floor areas with the money they received from the EFW.  Through the use of these items, Lincoln teachers will be able to help their students stay engaged in the learning process, and the students will be able to move while simultaneously being able to focus, learn and complete work with their peers.  

BRAIN, BODY, AND BEYOND: USING MOVEMENT TO ENSURE HIGH LEVELS OF LEARNING FOR ALL  $6,500 - JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Aspen Verink and Linda Dusel at Jefferson Elementary will buy standing desks, rounded stools, ball chairs and hand and foot fidgets with the money they received from the EFW.  Through the use of these items, Jefferson teachers will be able to proactively design instruction, and the students will be able to choose flexible seating, standing and movement options to increase their attention and promote active engagement in their own learning.

DYNAMIC CLASSROOM DESIGN: LEARNING MY WAY $2,500 – UNDERWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Mary Hahn and Sabine Desmore at Underwood Elementary will buy standing workstations, stools and chair bands with the money they received from the EFW.  Through the use of these items, Underwood teachers will be able to provide more differentiated individual learning and work styles, and the students will have more choice in their learning style.

UNIVERSAL STRATEGIES FOR ALL LEARNERS $4,500 – EISENHOWER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:

Sarah Sallmann and Landa Evers at Eisenhower Elementary will buy flexible learning furniture and movement and sensory materials with the money they received from the EFW.  Through the use of these items, Eisenhower teachers will have additional flexibility with how they allow movement in their classrooms, and students will increase their learning outcomes.