List of Grants

For more than 15 years, the Wayzata Education Fund has been providing grants for innovative curricular ideas in the classroom across the district.

2018

  • 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 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.

 

2017

  • Full-size fossil specimens for Wayzata High School’s new Evolution class and Biology classes, thanks to science teacher Toni Leland
  • Aeroponic tower garden for 2nd graders at Meadow Ridge Elementary School, thanks to teacher Samantha Exsted
  • Recumbent bike for Autism Spectrum Disorder Program at Wayzata High School, helping students cope with anxiety, stress and sensory overload, thanks to Renee Heiland and Nicole Delorme
  • New books for the district-wide Volunteer Literacy Program, which helps struggling readers in grades 2-5 in all eight elementary schools, thanks to Charlene Barghini and Colleen Wier in the District Volunteer Office
  • 3D printer for Wayzata High School’s Art Department and 3D Design classes, thanks to art teacher Dawn Duwenhoegger
  • Google Expeditions virtual reality technology for 4th and 5th graders at Gleason Lake and Oakwood Elementary Schools, thanks to principals Mary McKasy and Sarabeth deNeui
  • Anatomical human skull collection to enhance the anthropology unit in Wayzata High School’s Forensic Science class, thanks to science teacher Amy Campbell
  • Resources to augment student research capabilities in 7th grade Life Science Bioblitz/Outdoor Research at East Middle School, thanks to teachers Jessi Herrscher and Kristi Byrlev
  • Ukuleles for the 5th grade music program at Meadow Ridge and Kimberly Lane Elementary Schools, thanks to Meadow Ridge music teacher Katie Baker
  • Augmentative alternative communication devices to help give a “voice” to non-verbal and limited-verbal students throughout all Wayzata schools, thanks to speech-language pathologist Olga Campbell and assistive technology and occupational therapist Carole Ries
  • Ozobots to provide early exposure to coding for students in the Vision 21/Young Scholars program in grades 1-5 at Sunset Hill, Kimberly Lane, Gleason Lake and Oakwood Elementary Schools, thanks to Vision 21 teacher Angela Henry
  • An East-meets-West collaborative workshop and curriculum for all high school and 8th grade Orchestra students, featuring world-class Indian composer and performer Chitrvina N. Ravikiran, thanks to orchestra teacher Mark Gitch

 

2016

  • 3D printers at all three Wayzata Middle Schools, thanks to Nancy Neal
  • An incubator at Central Middle School, thanks to Jessie Starken
  • Mindfulness group sessions and instruction at Wayzata High School, thanks to Becky Halvorson
  • A digital microscope at Wayzata High School, thanks to Amanda Laden
  • Sphero robotic balls at Kimberly Lane Elementary and Gleason Lake Elementary, thanks to Debbie Mossefin

 

 

  • Mathematical literature though storytelling, allowing a springboard for higher level, critical thinking surrounding mathematical topics at Gleason Lake Elementary, thanks to Emily Lewis
  • iPads and laptops for school homework clubs, an intervention to help close the resource gaps in the community at Gleason Lake Elementary, Sunset Hill and Oakwood elementary schools, thanks to Sue Strom
  • Expanded e-book licenses for all elementary schools in order to capitalize on the use of technology with engaging and motivating e-books, thanks to Rebecca Whitlock
  • Classroom libraries to create a culture of reading at Wayzata High School, thanks to Mark Ferry and LaToya Scott
  • Select Choirs access to authentic composition experience and real-world techniques for writing music at Central Middle School, thanks to Chris Larson

 

2015

  • Collaborative mobile makerspace carts at Greenwood Elementary that provides creative time and space for all ages, thanks to Brad Gustafson

  • Mathematical literature though storytelling, allowing a springboard for higher level, critical thinking surrounding mathematical topics at Gleason Lake Elementary, thanks to  Emily Lewis
  • iPads and laptops for school homework clubs, an intervention to help close the resource gaps in the community at Gleason Lake Elementary, Sunset Hill and Oakwood elementary schools, thanks to Sue Strom
  • Expanded e-book licenses for all elementary schools in order to capitalize on the use of technology with engaging and motivating e-books, thanks to Rebecca Whitlock
  • Classroom libraries to create a culture of reading at Wayzata High School, thanks to Mark Ferry and LaToya Scott
  • Select Choirs access to authentic composition experience and real-world techniques for writing music at Central Middle School, thanks to Chris Larson

 

2014

  • Expansion kits for Lego Robotics for the Engineering & Technology departments at all three middle schools
  • Augmented Reality World Book Talk, offering an innovative and interactive book talk project using apps and technology to engage students in reading at Greenwood Elementary
  • Polar heart rate monitors allowing PE instructors at all three middle schools to provide differentiated instruction strategies based on individual student fitness needs
  • Teacher educationTotal Physical Response program to help facilitate all levels of Spanish learning available at all elementary schools

 

2013

  • S.T.E.M. simple machines materials to teach engineering principles to students in Vision 21 program at Birchview Elementary
  • Development of 10 self-directed online learning modules accessible to students 24/7 that supplement and extend the classroom curriculum in grades 3-5 at Greenwood Elementary
  • Ukuleles for music instruction, expanding and enhancing music education for fifth grade students at Sunset Hill Elementary
  • e-books for all three middle school libraries to support the district-wide My Way for Student Learning initiative
  • Equipment for use in five classes involved in teaching video and graphics production, and broadcast journalism at Wayzata High School

 

2012

  • iPads for use by students in the Middle School Alternative program, increasing alternative academic achievement through individualized educational programming
  • iPads to facilitate accurate feedback to teachers from peer coaches

 

2011

  • Funding for a pilot program to train staff in specific sensory strategies for classroom use to enhance school performance for students of all learning styles
  • A summer reading program to help struggling readers in 1st- 4th grades at Plymouth Creek Elementary
  • Funds to purchase 15 e-Readers, digital grade level novels, and audio books at West Middle School
  • iPads and customized applications to be used at Oakwood Elementary School’s special education program

 

2010

  • Accelerated Summer Math Program at Wayzata High School

 

2009

  • No grants were given in 2009.

 

2008

  • Support the needs of students in the WPS elementary and middle schools

 

2007

  • Document Based Questions AP- based program for all Wayzata High School U.S. History classes
  • Elm Creek water and soil testing and research materials for students in Wayzata High School’s AP Environmental Science, Environmental Science, and Wildlife Biology classes
  • U.S. history and geography book collection upgrade at middle school media centers
  • Elementary media centers book collection upgrade
  • Funds for the elementary literacy project, which offers community and school partnership to provide one-on-one reading assistance to elementary students
  • A ropes challenge course that is a S.T.E.M.- based collaborative approach to physical education curriculum by utilizing biomechanical and physics concepts in P.E. class lessons at Wayzata High School