We are pleased to announce 11 “From Excellent to Exceptional” grants for the 2019-2020 school year, bringing innovation in a wide range of curricular areas to students in every school in the Wayzata School District. The grants, totaling more than $34,000, are funded by donations from families, businesses and district staff.
“This year we again had a great selection of innovative, curricular grant applications from the district’s teachers and staff,” says Adam Hannemann, Wayzata Education Fund chairperson. “We are funding a wide range of projects, from an elementary outdoor learning center to building materials and dash robots.”
“I am constantly impressed with the creativity and dedication of our teachers and staff,” said Superintendent Chace Anderson. “Our school district strives to continuously improve. The enthusiasm, creativity and innovation of our teachers is strengthened through our partnership with the Wayzata Education Fund. We appreciate the dedicated efforts of our WEF board members and the support they provide to the Wayzata Public Schools.”
The funding is specifically intended for projects above and beyond those typically funded by the district and school budget, PTA/PTO, Boosters and other existing Wayzata district and school resources. The grants must also align with the district’s strategic roadmap and its four strategic directions of achievement; each and every; personalization; and health and well-being.
The 2019-2020 Wayzata Education Fund grants will impact thousands of students of all ages, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities from across the Wayzata School District.
The 11 projects receiving 2019-2020 funding from the Wayzata Education Fund are:
- iMacs and virtual reality for use in coding, movie making, and photo editing, to enhance experiences for the Central Middle School Alternative Learning Program, thanks to teacher Chad Bartels
- An outdoor learning center to apply science skills and concepts outside the classroom for all students at Meadow Ridge Elementary, thanks to teacher Brian Etling
- Building materials to encourage creativity, imagination, and teamwork through math at Oakwood Elementary, thanks to teacher Jean Gentile.
- Dash robots to encourage STEM experiences for Vision 21 students at all 9 elementary schools, thanks to teacher Angela Henry.
- Increased robotics and coding opportunities for all students at Sunset Hill and Plymouth Creek Elementaries via the use of Dash Robots, thanks to teacher Michele Hull.
- An author visit to all elementary schools by Hena Khan, a Pakastani-American Muslim author who shares about her culture through her age appropriate writing, thanks to Julie Kirchner and the elementary school media specialist team.
- An enhancement of all science classes’ technology at West Middle School via Cernier LabQuest, which provides technology that connects data collection to the students’ iPads, thanks to teacher Scott MacLachlan.
- The development of enrichment challenges for all classrooms at Birchview Elementary through STEM supplies, thanks to enrichment specialist Danielle Miller
- Access to cubelet technology for all Sunset Hill students, by building off of the technology classroom skills and allowing further development and exploration in the general classroom, thanks to teacher Robert Olson.
- A vacuum former for the high school’s engineering courses, allowing for the design and creation of prototypes and molds, forming plastic into permanent objects, thanks to teacher Kenneth Pashina.
- Introduction to augmented reality for all middle school students via Merge Cubes in West, Central, and East Middle School media centers, thanks to technology integration specialist Belinda Stutzman.
We’re excited to bring back our Thank A Teacher program for Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6th-10th), and through the end of the school year. Does your child have an exceptional Wayzata teacher or staff that you’d like to thank, but are looking for just the right way? Wayzata Education Fund is proud to offer the Thank a Teacher program as a way to honor your child’s teacher or staff, and make a difference in the district.
Any donation through the program until June 3rd will come with a certificate of appreciation directly to the teacher. Additionally, with a donation of $25 or more, they will receive a bundlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Minnetonka. All certificates and cakes will be delivered directly to the teacher or staff by before the end of the year.
Donations made to the Wayzata Education Fund support our amazing teachers, staff, and students by granting funds for innovative curricular ideas throughout the entire district, including spheros, makerspace carts, mathematical lab kits, and more.