Congratulations to Meghan Casey at Walter Ambrose Family Center for her awarded grant titled “Connecting with the Outdoors”. Funds from this grant will allow our youngest learners in the district the opportunity to create waterways, construct hideout and smaller spaces and explore the world of art. The children will grow their creativity and expand their cognitive abilities, increase peer interaction by working collaboratively and doing this all while experience the joy of nature. Congratulations again to Meghan Casey for helping to construct an outdoor space to problem solve, construct and create spaces of wonder!
Congratulations to 7th grade teacher, Leslie Creath, for her awarded Grant titled “Responsive Spaces”. The definition of Responsive Spaces can be defined as “A classroom where the teacher follows the Responsive Classroom approach is a positive space where students' voices are heard and where they play an active role in their education.
Responsive Spaces provide an opportunity for students to collaborate and learn in different ways. Teaching in the 21st century is requiring teachers to rethink the traditional model of school. With this grant from the WGSDF, Leslie will be able to provide new seating options in her classroom. Her students will be able to engage in new, innovative and dynamic formats.
The end of November was an exciting time for many teachers around the WGSD. This year for the first time, the WGSDF awarded Major Grants during the fall semester. This opportunity gives teachers more time to implement a larger project during the academic year. Typically, major grants were only awarded during the spring semester.
Grant checks were awarded to Hudson Elementary, Steger 6th Grade Center and The Computer School, Edgar Road School, WGHS and Avery Elementary. Below is a summary of the awarded grants.
Congratulations to Hudson Elementary for their Grant to fund Lego League 2.O. Lego League is part of the international FIRST LEGO League Jr. Program. The program objectives are to introduce STEM concepts through LEGOs, promote teamwork and inclusion and build confidence and have fun!! Hudson Parent, Chris Jackson, submitted the grant and coordinates the program at Hudson Elementary.
Congratulations to Steger 6th Grade Center and The Computer School for their grant to fund “Video Production for All”. Kendall Olsen, Librarian at Steger plans to teach her 4th – 6th graders “Bloxels” materials, which will give them experience in computer coding and producing their own video games. The video games that the students create will be tied into their curriculum in other content area and core classes.
Congratulations to Edgar Road School for their grant for “One Book, One School”. The grant idea came from Julie Wuch, Kelly Lee and Susan Berger. The focus of the project will be to look at equity in a variety of ways using literature and art in a whole school and community approach. This multi media project incorporates speakers, students, teachers, parent involvement and community artists to motivate and encourage learning in a variety of areas of English Language Arts and Art Education.
Also awarded were funds to help support the grant “Tools to Practice Anti-Racism”. Colleen Schrappen, Teacher at Edgar Road School wrote a grant to help fund a program called “Witnessing Whiteness”, a training program and book study about the need to talk about race and how to do it. The focus being on taking action and being an agent for change – not just “admiring the problem”.
Congratulations to Stacey Kuschel at Avery Elementary for her grant titled “Water Filtration”. This funded grant will allow students to now understand the issues of water pollution and importance of clean water. Studens will experiment with filtering various substances from water by making their own simple water filters. This activity will allow students to think about our planet’s major problems and by working with small scale models, students could begin to problem solve global issues.
Congratulations to Spanish Teacher, Jaime Schwartz at WGHS, for her grant titled “A Classroom to Reflect Redefined Teaching Strategies”. The focus is to have a more communicative and collaborative space to better instruct students in their target language. A greater emphasis can be placed on speaking, reading, watching and listening by students not sitting in traditional desk format. With help from the WGHS Parent Club and the WGSD Foundation, Jaime has transformed her classroom and the students LOVE the space!
Congratulations to Nicholas Kirschman at WGHS for his grant titled “Physical Computing”. This funded grant will purchase a Digi-Comp II, which is a mechanical computer that can be used to demonstrate binary thinking and more broadly, how a computer works. The Statemen Robotics Team will use this tool to increase community outreach and to educate and inform people about robotics and technology. Their outreach efforts span across our district to different elementary schools and also the St. Louis Science Center and the Rotary Club. Additional Math and Computer Programming classes with benefit as well.
Congratulations to all the teachers who will be implementing innovative and creative learning in their classrooms!
The WGSDF had the pleasure of awarding Fall Mini Grants across the WGSD in September and October. Grant recipients are from Edgar Road School and WGHS.
Congratulations go out to Betsy Moppert, District Science Coordinator and Administrative Intern at Edgar Road School. In September, Betsy was awarded a $1,000 check for her grant titled “STEMetize my Learning”. This grant is a Professional Development opportunity for teachers in the district to learn how to create interactive hands-on creative learning for students with STEM activities. STEM activities and projects are a great way to motivate students to take learning outside of the classroom and combine multiple content areas into a relevant project. Congratulations Betsy!!
In October two Mini Grants were awarded! Mebbie Landsness, Chemistry and Physics Teacher at WGHS, was awarded a $1,000 grant for her project titled “Inquiry in Physics: Electricity Comes to Life”. Mebbie will be using the CASTLE (Capacitor-Aided Systems for Teaching and Learning Electricity) approach to allow students to “see” electricity. Students will have a hands-on inquiry lab based curriculum that allows them to be fully engaged in their learning. New electricity supplies will allow students to discover and really connect with the ideas surrounding electricity. Congratulations Mebbie!
Also in October, the WGSDF awarded a grant to Edgar Road School Kindergarten teachers, Samantha Gegg, Kelly Wilkes, and Kerry Anne Cocos for $425. Kindergarten students can “Wake Up and Be Awesome” at Edgar Road School! Interactive, hands-on, problem solving, creative and fun supplies will be added to their morning routine. This new approach will encourage a new way for Kindergartners to learn in non-traditional ways. Congratulations Edgar Road School!
On October 21st, 2017, in front of Webster Groves High School, the 14th Annual Ivory Crocket Run for Webster was the start of another fantastic Webster Groves community event! As always, all the participants and volunteers were thrilled with the sense of community evident on race day. From the 5K through the beautiful streets of Webster Groves, to the 1 mile fun run and walk that brought families together, and the signature 100 Yard Dash with its endless smiles, the morning was a huge success - even with a little rain.
On you Mark… Get Set… GO!! The raced kicked off with words from Ivory Crockett, the fastest man in the world, (read more about his story here) the runners and walkers were on their way! Coming in first place were some pretty fast kids from our own Hixson Middle School! Overall male and female winners, Emerson Lack and Grace Ely, are in the 8th grade at Hixson. Congratulations to them both!
As finishers completed the run, the excitement continued inside the high school at the Pancake Breakfast and Kids Activities Fair. Chris’ Cakes outperformed again and served THOUSANDS of pancakes to hungry families. And while the parents waited in the line, the little kids kept busy with the Kids Activity Fair hosted by the Child Development Department at WGHS. Arts and crafts, sticky fingers, full bellies and lot of smiles filled the inside of WGHS!
One of the biggest highlights of the morning was the much anticipated 100 yard dash. Our first group of runners was a new and FUN competition this year. Fredbird AND Louie battled it out for who could finish first! It was a photo finish to the end!! Next up was the pre k runners, and followed was each grade though 6th grade. Speedy runners crossed the finish line faster than you could believe!!
The money raised during this fun community event helps the Webster Groves School District Foundation carry out its mission of expanding learning opportunities for the students of the district. In addition to providing students and teachers with innovative new curriculum, materials and experiences, the Foundation uses proceeds from the Run for Webster to award annual Ivory Crockett Scholarships to several graduating seniors who are entering college in health-related fields.
The Ivory Crockett Run for Webster continues to be one of the best community events in Webster Groves. Evident by the WGHS Band, WGHS Cheerleaders, WGFD Fire Truck, WG Mayor Gerry Welch, WGSD Student Singers, WGSD Administration, Adult and Student Volunteers and Community Sponsors. Without all this support, none of this could take place. Thank you Webster Groves! We can’t wait to see you next year, October 20th, 2018 at the start line!
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\With summer winding down, and students back at school, the WGSD Foundation is ready for another successful and excicting year. We are so incredibly thankful for all of our supporters and donors who have given generously to the Foundation over the many, many years. Without your support we would not be able to make such an impact on the students and teachers within our district. Over the last five years, the Foundation has awarded over $400,000 of grants and scholarships to the WGSD!!
This new year brings some fresh new faces to the Foundation’s Executive Board and Board of Directors. The following is a list of those that volunteer to serve on our board and help lead our organization.
Joel Oliver – President
Tim Halls – Vice President
Tricia Nieman – Treasurer
Aimee Muldrow – Recording Secretary
Dave Buck – Events Chair
Melissa McCartie – Grant Co-Chair
Tom Newport – Grant Co-Chair
Judy Dante – Communication Chair
Sara Kotthoff – Board Member
David Addison – School Board Liaison
Kristin Denbow – District Liaison
Becky Hauser - Development Director
Visit this news page often to hear more about awarded grants, our events and celebrations. If you have any questions about the Foundation or would like to volunteer your time, please email email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!
May 7th proved to be another great community day for Webster Groves and the WGSD Foundation. What a FUN day for the Webster on Wheels (WOW) bike ramble. WOW is a non-competitive event for kids and families of all ages and cycling abilities. The event took place on the Bristol Blacktop where there were so many FUN activities for all the participants. Before the bike ramble began, families could enjoy the bike decorating station, the bike rodeo, and bike safety checks provided by The Hub Bicycle Company. The bike ramble was a safe and family friendly opportunity to ride either a 1 mile or 5 mile route through the streets of Webster Groves. After the ramble, music was provided by The Whisky Band Musicians and BBQ was provided from J. Greens Pub. The Bubble Bus made an appearance for lots of fun for the kids and the afternoon wrapped up with a stunt show from the St. Louis Sprockets. WOW... that was an AWESOME way to end the day!
Families with kids of all ages had a FANTASTIC day participating in WOW. Thanks again to our sponsors and participants who made the event such a success.
Spring time brings a sense of excitement to the WGSD Foundation. This Spring we were able to award over $34,000 worth of grants to teachers in the WGSD. Congratulations to all of our grant recipients. Your hard work makes a difference in the lives of so many students. Below is a list of grant recipients, their awarded grant and the amount. For more information about the grant application process, click here. Check out the pictures below to view the celebrations.
Thank you to our entire Webster Groves Community for their support in Spring for Schools. Spring for Schools is a one day event where restaurants and retailers partner with our community to raise funds for our schools.
The following restaurants and retailers donated a portion of their sales on April 11th back to the Webster Groves School District Foundation. In return the Foundation promoted their store by sending flyers home to every student in the district, placed an ad in the Webster-Kirkwood Times Newspaper and highlighted their store on social media.
We are looking forward to being able to fund more innovative opportunities throughout the year because of the support of our community. THANK YOU!
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KIND Soap Company
LA Luxury Activewear
St. Louis Bread Co
CJ Mugg's Bar and Grill
Cyrano's Cafe and Wine Bar
Highway 61 Roadhouse
J. Green's Pub
Milagro Modern Mexican
Robust Wine Bar
Papa John's PIzza
Papa Murphy's Take 'n Bake Pizza
It is with GREAT excitement that the WGSDF announces the results of the FUNDing Innovation Campaign. The Campaign raised $12,000 to award to the schools in the WGSD. Therefore, each of the 10 schools in the WGSD will be presented with a check for $1,200. This is the first time the WGSDF has awarded a grant to all 10 schools at the same time.
The purpose of the FUNDing Innovation Campaign was to help FUND Innovation with a Webster Groves School District Makerspace Program. A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace for hands on making and learning where students can gather to create, invent, explore and discover by using a variety of tools and materials. A space where teachers actively help students develop critical thinking, self-confidence and STEM skills. As we realized that each school has different needs and spaces, it will be at the discretion of each Principal and Staff how they use the funds from this grant to either create a Makerspace in their school, or expand an existing Makerspace program that already exists.
Along with the funds that arrived during this campaign, there was also a Teacher Tribute recognition program. These teachers are recognized as an inspiration to so many students and families in the WGSD. What a wonderful tribute to all these great teachers!! Click here to read the list.
Thank you to all of those who donated to the FUNDing Innovation Campaign. With your donation, the students in the WGSD will continue to enhance their ability to learn, create and collaborate.
Webster Groves School District Foundation
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