WGEF completed their first grant review of the year in December. WGEF funded over $14,000 total for 3 innovative grants: ‘Google Expeditions Virtual Field Trips’ presented by Anna Laubscher and Jileen Urbanek for use in both Westwood and Lyndsey, ‘Aquaponics’ (food production, sustainability & population concepts) presented by Mike Sustin for the High School and ’21st Century Classroom’ (modified and adaptable classroom learning options) presented by Angela Wyatt for use at Lyndsey. Over $7,400 is available for additional grants. Deadline for February Grant Submissions is 2/15/2019.
Thanks to generous support from United Gymnastics in Chesterland, WGEF sponsored a Dodgeball/Open Gym night in December at a reduced fee for children 4-15. Light coffee/refreshments were served and information about WGEF was provided. Over 65 children participated.
Thanks to the continued support of John Powers and the Chesterland McDonald’s, WGEF hosted their 30th Annual Thanksgiving Breakfast.
It was a fun and tasty success serving many community, family and district members! Funds generated support innovative programming for the WG district. Thank you to all who helped and came out for breakfast!
Please visit wgef.org to download the application.
On Sunday, April 23rd from 2:00 to 5:00 pm, friends of the West Geauga Educational Foundation are meeting at Whirly Ball, 5055 Richmond Road, Bedford Hts. to enjoy competitive play on the Whirly Ball courts, Laser Tag, pizza, wings and salad. The event is the final fundraiser of the 2016-17 school year for WGEF and is a chance to celebrate the exciting programs and equipment that the foundation funded this school year.
All parents, students age 9 and up, and friends are invited to join in the fun. Tickets are $35/per person and include at least two sessions on the Whirly Ball courts, one game of Laser Tag and dinner. A cash bar is available. $10 of each ticket is returned to WGEF as a donation and will help fund grants for the 2017-18 school year.
To ensure that guests have time for court games and one Laser Tag session – registration is limited to 50 participants. Sign up MUST be done prior to the event.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CAME OUT TO PLAY & THOSE WHO DONATED – WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!
WEDGE gratefully acknowledges our breakfast patrons, the McDonald’s Chesterland staff and our volunteers!
WEDGE’s 25th annual Thanksgiving Breakfast at McDonald’s in Chesterland was the most successful in the history of the event, raising $2,600 to help fund educational programs for students in the West Geauga school system.
“Special thanks to Steve Goden and Patrice Mishaga, co-chairs for this year’s event, all our volunteers and students who took time on Thanksgiving morning to work the breakfast, our business sponsors, and John Powers, McDonald’s Chesterland owner/operator, and his staff for opening their store on a holiday and giving their time and support,” said Jill Snyder, WEDGE President. “Everyone involved should be proud that their efforts helped to raise funds that will go toward supporting innovative and enriching learning experiences for West Geauga students.”
Please join the West Geauga Educational Foundation for our 25th Annual Pancake Breakfast. We serve a fantastic McDonald’s pancake breakfast at the Chesterland McDonald’s on Thursday, November 26th from 730am until 1130am. A beverage is included in the breakfast. All proceeds are used to fund the West Geauga Educational Foundation Grants that are awarded in October and February to applicants pursuing innovational projects in education.
The 2nd Annual Kickstart College Fair will be held Monday, April 27. Pre-fair speakers will start presenting at 5pm and the fair starts at 6:30pm.
Plenty of parking is available surrounding the West Geauga High School Campus located at 13401 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026
For a detailed agenda – Agenda
For a printable version of the Flyer: Kickstart2015Poster
Mrs. Alley has applied for & received various grants throughout the years in an effort to enhance science, reading, writing & technology instruction for her students Westwood Elementary Kindergarten Students. Mrs. Alley’s enthusiasm for Innovative Education tools has lead her to use these grants to acquire Butterfly Garden & a worm composting kit, Response Clicker, a classroom Smartboard and Goldie Blox, a program that enables girls to utilize engineering skills and get girls interested in becoming engineers.
Mrs. Alley was nominated for the 2014 WEDGE Award by her principal, Mrs. Brewster. Mrs. Brewster wrote:
“Mary Beth has pioneered many initiatives that have been shared with the other kindergarten teachers at Westwood and Lindsey. It is without hesitation that I nominate Mrs. Alley for the WEDGE Award. She continues to seek out innovative programs to challenge her students as well as other primary students in our district.”
We would like to congratulate Mrs. Mary Beth Alley on her award and thank her for her dedication to Innovation in the classroom.
Mrs. Debbie Lachman is a 3rd Grade Teacher at Lindsey Elementary. She is instrumental in teaching her students through the use of technology. Debbie used a WEDGE Grant to purchase incubators for a science project that par lade into other content areas. With the use of an Ipad, SMARTBoard, and a web camera,the students in her class were able to witness the cycle of an embryo as it developed into
a chick. The students logged the development on a daily basis. Video clips were captured and posted to her classroom website so that the students could share this information with their parents. This was only one exciting learning experience for the students. Debbie utilizes various websites to meet student’s needs. Along with that, Debbie has taught the children, both on a laptop and Ipad-keynote, how to design power-point presentations for reports and presentations.
Mr. Sean Whelan has been a tremendous help with the integration of technology at Westwood Elementary. During the 2012-2013 school year, he has spent countless hours reviewing information, creating walk-through packets for staff, holding in-service meetings on tech usage and sharing best practices with his grade level team as well as staff in the building. Even though he served in the capacity of instruction tech for Westwood, he makes himself available during his planning time, lunch and after school to address issues and assist Westwood staff and students using anything from smartboards, computers, iPads, elmo projectors, senteos, apple tvs, etc. Denise Brewster stated “Most importantly, Sean knows how to seamlessly integrate technology into our day-to-day instruction. Our staff would overwhelmingly agree, Sean, makes a huge difference on how teachers teach students in their classrooms.”
At the beginning of each school year, West Geauga Education Foundation presents the WEDGE Award. This award is given to those in the community that use new and innovative methods for learning in our schools.
Congratulations Mrs. Lachman and Mr. Whelan. These innovative teachers have split the annual $500 award.