We are pleased to announce 10 “From Excellent to Exceptional” grants for the 2018-19 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 $43,000, are funded by donations from families, businesses and district staff.
Since our inception in 2003, the we have distributed grant funds totaling more than $270,000 and is the only organization that raises private funds for innovative teaching for the entire school district. Teachers and staff submit grant applications from August through December each year and WEF awards the grants the following spring.
The 2018-19 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. In addition, the grants will reach across many different curricular areas, including math, art, reading, music and physical education.
We are so grateful to all the teachers who took time to apply for a grant and for the Fund’s generous donors who make these grants possible!!!
The 10 projects receiving 2018-19 funding from the Wayzata Education Fund include:
- A new physical education program, Wayzata Elementary Fitness Initiative Training (WE FIT), that will impact all 7,000 elementary students in the district, thanks to physical education teacher Sheila Schultz
- A tower garden for the new Compass class, The Ecology of Foods and Nutrition Education at Wayzata High School, thanks to teachers Scott Tordeur, Anne Swanson, and Miriam Lejonvarn
- A CNC router for the advanced woodworking class at Wayzata High School, thanks to teacher Kyle Swenson
- Coding and robotics challenges for 2nd graders in all district elementary schools, encouraging a lifelong interest in STEM, thanks to Vision 21 teacher Chip Brofford
- A screen printing light exposure unit for graphic design and ceramics classes at Wayzata High School, to provide real world application of their designs, thanks to graphic design teacher Lea Anne Jasper
- A new chamber style band program that connects East Middle School band students with senior citizens in the community, teaching music, stage presence, public speaking and how to engage with an audience, thanks to band teacher Sue Kim
- A collection of Big Books for shared reading in kindergarten and first grade at Birchview Elementary School, thanks to literacy coach Ann Carlson and teacher Jeremy Willenbring
- A book binding machine to be shared with several elementary schools in order to improve the longevity of our media center resources, thanks to media specialists Chris Schiemann and Elizabeth Robertson
- Mathematical lab kits to incorporate physical experimentation, simulation, and modeling in the Differential Equations and Linear Algebra advanced math class at Wayzata High School, thanks to math teacher Bill Skerbitz
- Providing new social coping tools through We Thinkers to students at Birchview Elementary, thanks to the school’s first grade team of Renee Wenberg, Maura Freier, Daeaun Messer, and Mai Huynh.
Thank a Teacher
The Thank a Teacher program has been nothing short of fantastic! Thank you all for your donations. We will be keeping the Thank a Teacher program going through the end of the school year. As long as you donate by June 1st we will make sure your teacher gets their treat!
Golf Tournament Date Set!
This won’t be the last time we mention this, but our annual Drive 4 Excellence Golf Tournament is scheduled for September 24th this year. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Our Thank a Teacher program allows families to honor special teachers and staff members throughout the Wayzata School District who have made an impact this year, while helping to fund grants awarded each year.
When you donate in honor of a teacher, coach or other staff member, your recipient will be presented with a certificate of appreciation with the donor’s name included. Gifts of any amount are appreciated, however, any donation of $25 or more will include a special treat delivered to your recipient, thanks to a generous donation from Nothing Bundt Cakes, Minnetonka. The treat will be delivered for any donation made by June 4th.
The donation process is a little different this year. When you enter the information below and click the “Proceed to Donation Form” button you will then be presented with the actual donation form. Having this extra step will ensure that we get the treat delivered to your teacher!