Celebrating

Harlem Wizards vs. Weston’s Brainy Bunch

Don’t miss the FUNdraiser!

Weston’s Brainy Bunch (aka, our wonderful K-12 teachers, staff and administrators) are taking on the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, November 19 at 4pm in a fast, fun-filled basketball game to raise money for school-based grants. The game will take place in the Weston High School gym.

The event will also feature performances by:

  • WHS Band “Fever”
  • the WHS Westones
  • Weston Cheer

Concessions will be provided by the Boosters Club.

Get your tickets here – don’t miss out! https://harlemwizards.thundertix.com/events/203355

If you’d like to become a sponsor of the event, please email president@westoneducationfoundation.org. Thank you!

 


WEF Board members tour Coley House

WEF Board members were delighted to tour the newly reopened Coley House last weekend. Weston Historical Society Executive Director Samantha Kulish-Fargione led the tour of the historic home, which now focuses on how the Coley family would have experienced life in the 1940s. Members also stopped by the wayfaring sign that was completed in 2020 with the help of a WEF community education grant from November 2018.


Community conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion

WEF is proud to co-sponsor this important community conversation about diversity, equity and inclusion in Weston. Please join into the discussion, led by KJR Consulting, on either Saturday, October 1 or Saturday, October 22. Register by following this link:

https://reg.learningstream.com/view/cal10a.aspx?ek=&ref=&aa=&sid1=&sid2=&as=49&wp=247&tz=&ms=&nav=&cc=&cat1=&cat2=&cat3=&aid=KJR&rf=&pn=

Thank you to all of the wonderful people who donated to our Racial Justice Education Fund and made this event possible!

 



Weston Walks 2022 kicks off today!

Donations will be gratefully accepted throughout July

Weston Walks 2022 is officially off and running (or walking)!

Please join us in honoring our school community by participating in our virtual walkathon to raise money for future school-based grants. Run, jog, hike, or walk indoors or out, according to your own schedule. You can join our fundraising team or start your own.

Scan the QR code above or text WESTONWALKS2022 to 44-321 to get started.

Our path is sometimes rough, sometimes steep … but Weston walks together!


WEF Presents 2022 David Trigaux Award to two WHS teachers

 

June 2022 –

WEF was honored to present our 2022 David Trigaux Innovation Award to two wonderful teachers at Weston High School – English teacher Ionna Opidee and Environmental Science teacher Michael Aitkenhead.

Ms. Opidee has had a far-ranging impact on both students and staff through her innovative approach to teaching and learning in English classes and the Writing Center. Among many other efforts, she created an Identity, Culture and Society unit for English 10 Honors, as well as an Environmental Literature and Justice unit using Mona Hanna-Attisha’s book “What the Eyes Don’t See” – a text originally provided through a WEF grant. She was also instrumental in bringing to WHS a national poetry competition called Poetry Out Loud in which WHS sophomore Billy Stammer became the 2022 CT State Champion. Running through all her professional efforts is a thoughtful and caring focus on helping students reach their true potential in the manner most accessible to them. In her words, “it is a way of approaching each aspect of my work with the intention to serve and support all students holistically — not just as learners of content standards, but as full, dynamic human beings on a journey toward understanding themselves, their world, and others so that they can shape themselves, and their world, more mindfully, more deliberately, and with more care.”

Mr. Aitkenhead – fondly known in the WHS community as “Michael Recycle” – is a treasure trove of environmental knowledge, care, and creativity for both Weston High School and the larger community. He has transformed the content and approach of the Environmental Science courses at WHS and has created a new class for 2022-23 called “Sustainable Solutions”, which will enable students to identify and tackle real-world environmental problems in the community. In his view, in this new class “students will develop the skills of problem solving by actually solving real problems, and in the process, they will completely transform our school.” Mr. Aitkenhead was aptly described by Science & Tech Curricular Instructional Leader Jamie Charles as “an incredibly passionate, engaging and motivating teacher who strives to bring his curriculum to life for his students in ways that inspire them to be agents of change in the world.” While Mr. Aitkenhead’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention in full, one connecting thread is always a deep commitment to the environment and a belief in our youth as the vectors of change.

WEF applauds 2022 David Trigaux Award winners Ms. Opidee and Mr. Aitkenhead, two shining examples of creativity and innovation in teaching!



Social Emotional Learning Storytime Grant Awarded to Weston Resident

 

April 2022 – WEF is excited to announce a grant to Weston resident Zaneta Moravec for the creation of additional original content for a free monthly Social Emotional Learning Storytime Series at the Weston Town Library. Using wordless books in black and white, children ages 3-7 are encouraged to communicate while creating their own versions of each story, which features an original character created by Zaneta.


WEF is excited to announce a year-end fundraiser celebrating our school community – Weston Walks!

Weston Walks is a safe and family-friendly WEF fundraiser designed to celebrate our educational community’s resilience, perseverance and achievements during this challenging time.

Join us in appreciating our educators, staff, students, and Board of Education members by becoming part of our fundraising team or directly contributing a donation to our school-based grants.

Weston walks together!

Ways to Fundraise:

  • Pledge a mileage goal and walk!

Walk, jog, run or hike…but be aware of traffic conditions and be safe!

  • Engage in peer-to-peer fundraising!

Set your own goal and share your campaign page with family and friends

  • Simply donate!

Dedicate a donation to your favorite teacher, staff member, or student

To donate or register for the team, click here

Or scan our QR code

Or simply text “westonwalks” to 44-321

  • Help spread the word!

Take a photo of yourself participating in the event and share it on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #westonwalks


WEF Honors All Weston Public Schools K-12 Certified Staff with 2021 David Trigaux Award

Recognizing the extraordinary experience of the past school year, with its new and challenging demands on our teachers and certified pupil personnel staff, the principals of our four schools nominated all certified staff to be the recipients of the 2021 David Trigaux Innovation Award.

The tremendous amount of innovation that occurred during 2020-21 includes:

  • District-wide – all teachers became adept at using technological resources including Zoom, Kami, Peardeck, Jamboard, and Screencastify
  • Hurlbutt and WIS – numerous uses of technology to integrate “roomies and zoomies”
  • Weston Middle School – addition of virtual field trips and guest speakers as well as continued participation in academic competitions through online resources
  • Weston High School – all teachers implemented Canvas for learning management, with additional resources such as Labster, Pivot Interactive, Desmos, Soundtrap, Musescore, Noteflight and Audio Tool used for particularized instruction