Congratulations to the 2017 “From Excellent to Exceptional” Grant Recipients

We are proud to announce that we are funding 12 new grants for the 2017-2018 school year totaling more than $36,000. Congratulations to the following teachers and staff for their dedication to our students.

  • Charlene Barghini and Colleen Wier – District Volunteer Literacy Program. New books for the district-wide literacy program, which helps struggling readers in grades 2-5, impacting all 8 elementary schools.
  • Olga Campbell and Carole Ries – All Wayzata Schools. Augmentative alternative communication devices to help give a voice to non-verbal and limited-verbal students throughout the district.
  • Mary McKasy and Sarabeth deNeui – Gleason Lake Elementary and Oakwood Elementary. Google Expeditions virtual reality technology for 4th and 5th graders.
  • Katie Baker – Meadow Ridge Elementary and Kimberly Lane Elementary. Ukuleles for 5th grade music students.
  • Samantha Exsted – Meadow Ridge Elementary. Aeroponic tower garden for 2nd graders, allowing plants to grow in the classroom all year.
  • Angela Henry – Sunset Hill Elementary, Kimberly Lane Elementary, Gleason Lake Elementary and Oakwood Elementary. Ozobots provide early exposure to code for students in the Young Scholars program in grades 1-5.
  • Jessi Herrscher and Kristi Byrlev – East Middle School. A drone and additional resources to augment student research capabilities in 7th grade life science bioblitz and outdoor research.
  • Mark Gitch – Wayzata High School and 8th Grade Orchestras. An East meets West collaborative workshop and curriculum for all high school and 8th grade orchestra students, featuring a world-class Indian composer and performer.
  • Toni Leland – Wayzata High School. Full size fossil specimens for new evolution class.
  • Dawn Duwenhoegger – Wayzata High School. 3D printer for the high school art department and 3D design classes.
  • Amy Campbell – Wayzata High School. Anatomical human skull collection to enhance the anthropology unit in the high school forensic science class.
  • Renee Heiland and Nicole Delorme – Wayzata High School. Recumbent bike for autism spectrum disorder program, helping students cope with anxiety, stress and sensory overload.

Congratulations again to all of this year’s recipients. We are excited to see our students flourish through these programs.