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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.

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