The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support for educational projects, programs, and initiatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in West Hartford Public Schools.
The Foundation raises funds from individuals, businesses, and civic groups in the community as well as alumni nationwide. Gifts of $1,000 or more entitle the donor to honor an individual, business or civic group by having the Foundation name a grant. Once a year, certified teachers throughout the school district are invited to apply for grants ranging from $200 to $3,000 for a project that will enhance student experience, complement the curriculum and demonstrate educational merit. A Foundation committee reviews the applications with the teacher's name and school removed. After approval by the Foundation board, awards are presented in late spring of each year.
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Grants Awarded to Wolcott School this year:
B.R.A.G Creative Marketing Grant: Meet Monet and Friends
Karen Abels, Lead Teacher & Jennifer Clinton, Emily Thurston
To align with the kindergarten “Great Artists” art curriculum, this grant funds a field trip for 65 kindergarteners from Wolcott Elementary School to visit the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT. The students will see works from Impressionists such as Monet, Degas, Renoir, van Gogh, and Cassatt. After a one-hour tour that will be adjusted for kindergarteners, museum teachers will lead students outside so they can create their own plein-air sketches in the style of the Impressionists. The students will learn about these great late-19th-century artists and about the plein-air technique.
Civic Participation Grant: Capitol Tour and History Museum
Cathy Fagan, Lead Teacher
To support, enhance and align with the fourth-grade study of state government, this grant covers the cost of transportation to allow all fourth graders at Wolcott Elementary School the opportunity to visit the Connecticut State Capital building. Students will tour the chambers where both the Senate and House of Representatives meet and learn about both the historical significance of the Capital and its modern-day operation. Following a tour of the Capital, students will visit the nearby Connecticut History Museum for a self-guided tour and scavenger hunt highlighting important aspects and milestones in Connecticut history.
Civic Participation Grant: Hiking the Freedom Trail
Steve Brouse, Lead Teacher
As an integral part of a study unit of the American Revolution and as a result of this grant, 5th grade students from Wolcott Elementary School will hike the Freedom Trail in Boston. Children will have studied the sights they will visit in books, online resources and during a colonial simulation game. As they hike the Trail they will act as “experts” while experiencing first-hand sights including the USS Constitution, the Boston Common, Old North Church, Faneuil Hall, several graveyards and Paul Revere’s home. The unit will culminate in a final project.
Founders Grant in honor of Dougie Trumble and Heather Congdon Grant: Craving some Rebel Girls
Matthew Dicks, Lead Teacher
This grant funds the purchase of books for Wolcott Elementary School. Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2 by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo are children's books packed with 100 stories each about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world. Each woman's story is written in the style of a fairy tale, making the story both entertaining and compelling. These stories are short, packed with information, and can serve as a remarkably inspirational jumping-off-point to further research. These books allow girls and children of color to see themselves more clearly in some of the nonfiction texts they read, as well as expose all students to see the great diversity in our word.The fifth-grade language arts and social studies curriculum is focused primarily on the Age of Exploration and colonial America, which are both fascinating and interesting times in American history; however, the lack of diversity presents challenges for teachers.
Kathryn & Stephen Deane Family Grant: A Vision of the Future
Matthew Dicks, Lead Teacher
Fifth graders at Wolcott Elementary School will tour Manchester Community College and Trinity College in order to provide students with an understanding of what college looks like, what is expected of a college student, and what opportunities are available to college students. They will meet with faculty and students and sit in on a college class. This can serve as a motivating force for the rest of their school experience. One of the Common Core primary directives is college and career readiness and an important part of that readiness is an awareness of what that ultimate goal looks like.
Lexham Properties Grant: The Art of Water ~ Observing Science Through a Lens
Joshua Ranaudo, Lead Teacher & Cathy Fagan, Amy Fisher, Michelle Sebastianelli
Fourth graders at Wolcott Elementary School will have a creative, hands-on learning experience with cameras while exploring various scientific aspects of water to better understand the water cycle and conservation. During the course of a week, students will have daily hour-long instruction based on the work of photographer Craig Norton that will tie together visual arts and the 4th grade science curriculum. They will be taught how to handle and operate digital cameras that will be purchased with funding from this grant. They will use the cameras to photograph the different aspects of water and visit natural habitats such as marshes, lakes or rivers to capture the environments from both scientific and artistic perspectives. On the last day of the workshop, student work will be celebrated and showcased in an exhibit.
Mr. and Mrs. David Dupee Grant: CT Historical Society
Cathy Fagan, Lead Teacher & Joshua Ranaudo
Funding this grant will enable fourth grade students at Wolcott Elemenary School to learn about Connecticut State History. They will learn about the early history of Connecticut and move into learning about the things made or created here as well as famous people from Connecticut history.
Thomas Ford Memorial Grant: Reading with Connections
Amy Fisher, Lead Teacher & Michelle Sebastianelli, Josh Ranaudo
This in-residence grant with the Hartford Stage Company is for fourth grade students at Wolcott Elementary School. It uses theater techniques to strengthen reading comprehension and build excitement about reading. A teaching artist will visit classrooms to lead drama activities based on a work of literature chosen by the fourth grade teachers. The Connections Program of the Hartford Stage Company provides an innovative and engaging way to integrate reading comprehension strategies including “reader’s theater”, building background knowledge, collaboration with peers and close reading of text.
Women’s Health Specialty Care Grant: BE A PAGE TURNER!
Wendy Gorfain, Lead Teacher
This grant funds book clubs, to be named Page Turners, at Wolcott Elementary School. The clubs will exist for multiple levels of ability at each grade level, and will involve parents. Starting in October, a different book club will be offered bi-monthly to target specific populations. Once the club finishes reading and discussing the book, the participants will offer several book talks to the rest of the student body to spread excitement about reading. All Page Turner books will be housed in a special student-suggestion section of the library.
Please see this letter with information about the Fifth grade trip to Colebrook.
Just a reminder to families to please log summer reading online in Wandoo Reader by Sept 14th. If you don't remember all the books read, typing in a few is helpful for the numbers that we must report to the state. Usernames and passwords are the student's first name and then last initial. There may also be a 1 at the end. If this doesn't work, you can sign up for a new account and type in some books read over the summer.
Please see the letter for curriculum night details and schedule. We are looking forward to seeing families on this important night.
Please enjoy the International Night Video created by our own Dan Zipadelli.
Paul Cryan Photography will be coming to Wolcott this year on April 16th and 17th. If you are interested in having your child's photo taken please sign up for one 5 minute slot per child.
An International Night Celebration with
Music, Dance and Food from 6-7:30 on Wed, March 28th!
Artwork will be on display from March 14, 2018 until April 25, 2018.