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About Us

About WPSEF

 

The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation was formed in June 2003 by a group of citizens concerned about the serious impact of state and federal budget cuts to education. The group's mission is to maintain educational experiences in Wayzata Public Schools by providing private financial support to the district for academics.

 

Since 2007, nearly $120,000 has been awarded in grants to the Wayzata Public Schools and since its inception in 2010, the 'From Excellent to Exceptional' program annually funds up to $10,000 for grant projects that extend the regular curriculum in collaborative and innovative ways.

 

The foundation is administered through the Minnesota Community Foundation and qualifies as a public charity under federal and state laws. It is an entity separate from Wayzata Public Schools with its own board of directors and by-laws.  All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.

 

WPSEF Advisory Board Roster 2014

 

Michael Hagerty - WPSEF Board Chair

 

Joan Curtiss - Vice Chair

 

Cathy Goodman - WPSEF Secretary

 

Lindsey Merkel - WPSEF Treasurer

 

Chithra Binoy

Steve O'Neill

Kelly Piller

Esther Dale

Roger Remark

Amy Hartman

Suzanne Marinaro

Board Members

 

Ex Officio Members

 

Chace Anderson

Superintendent

Wayzata Public Schools

 

Sarah Johansen

Board Member

Wayzata School Board

 

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The Foundation is administered through the Minnesota Community Foundation and qualifies as a public charity under federal and state laws. It is an entity separate from Wayzata Public Schools with its own board of directors and by-laws. All gifts to the foundation are tax deductible under IRS guidelines.

Share Your Gratitude:  Honor a Teacher or Staff Member

 

 

The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation (WPSEF) is offering a meaningful way to thank the teacher or special staff person who has made a difference in your child's life by making a tax-deductible donation through the WPSEF to the academic programs in the district.  WPSEF supports excellence and innovation in education through its 'From Excellent to Exceptional' grant program.  Please print and complete the form below and, along with a check payable to 'WPSEF', send to:

 

Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation

P.O.Box 915

Wayzata, MN  55391

 

Thanking a teacher can be done anytime! Consider a holiday gift or honor a current or past teacher that has made a difference in your child's life.

 

Remember, it is never too late to thank a teacher

Programs

Excellent to Exceptional Grant Program

WPSEF seeks exceptional and innovative learning opportunities that have not been included in regular district funding. The Excellent to Exceptional Grant program rewards collaborative, educationally sound and curriculum-based projects within or among the Wayzata schools.  We encourage creative ideas that impact the student population and community at large and enhance learning for a significant number of students. The projects awarded should strive to move the learning environment from Excellent to Exceptional.  WPSEF intends these grants for projects beyond those typically funded by annual school budgets, PTA/PTO, Boosters, and other existing Wayzata schools resources.

 

WPSEF will award up to a total of $10,000 to fund project expenses, including instructional supplies, equipment, books and periodicals, consultants, software/computer supplies, technical services, transportation etc. The deadline for Project Concept Forms is December 31, 2014. WPSEF will review submissions in January of 2015 and selected applicants will be invited to provide a more detailed grant application. We will announce grant recipients in May with funding for school year 2015-16 (or summer, if applicable).

 

The goals of the "From Excellent to Exceptional" grant award program are to:

 

  • Provide exceptional and innovative learning opportunities that have not been possible within the regular Wayzata Public School funding system.
  • Support collaborative, educationally sound and curriculum-based projects
  • Give preference to projects that impact the student population and the community at large, and enhance learning for significant number of students
  • Support projects that strive to move the learning environment from "Excellent to Exceptional"
  • Support projects with a clearly defined purpose, student performance outcomes, methods and procedures

Application Deadline December 31, 2014

Grant Program

Exceptional Grant Program

 

 

The Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation (WPSEF) seeks exceptional and innovative learning opportunities that have not been possible within the regular Wayzata Public Schools funding system.  The Excellent to Exceptional Grant Program rewards collaborative, educationally sound, and curriculum-based projects within or among the Wayzata public schools.  Applicants are encouraged to think outside of the box and submit projects that impact the student population and enhance learning for a significant number of students. The project(s) awarded with this grant should strive to move the learning environment from “Excellent to Exceptional.”

 

Up to $10,000 in one-time grants is available to a single or to multiple projects. This funding is specifically intended for projects above and beyond those typically funded by the annual school budget, PTA/PTO, Boosters, and other existing Wayzata district and school resources. All grants will be awarded to the Wayzata Public Schools.

Exceptional Grant 2013

 

WPSEF funded the following programs in the Wayzata Public Schools. These projects total $18,622 in grants:

    S.T.E.M. Simple Machines:  materials to teach engineering principles to students in Vision 21 program, Birchview Elementary.

    Grizzly Den:  development of 10 self-directed online learning modules accessible to students 24/7 that supplement and extend the classroom curriculum. Expandable across the district. Grades 3-5, Greenwood Elementary.

    Ukuleles in the Classroom:  ukuleles for music instruction, expanding and enhancing music education for 5th grade students, Sunset Hill Elementary.

    E-Book Project: Purchasing e-books for all three middle school libraries to support the district-wide My Way for Student Learning initiative.

    Project SCORE!: equipment for use in 5 classes involved in teaching video and graphics production, and broadcast journalism at Wayzata High School. Student produced videos and graphics will also be used in delivery systems throughout the district.

Thanks

to the sponsors of the

2014 Drive for Excellence

Contact Us

Mailing Address:

Wayzata Public Schools Education Foundation

P.O.Box 915, Wayzata, MN  55391

Grant Application: Project Concept Form

This Project Concept Form is step 1 of a two-step grant application process. The form is intended to help you conceptualize your proposed project and will indicate whether your project satisfies key WPSEF funding requirements without the expenditure of significant time and resources. As such, your submission does not need to be lengthy. The WPSEF grant committee will review Project Concept Forms on an ongoing basis. Applications accepted through December 31, 2014. If your proposed project fits within the WPSEF’s mission, you will receive an invitation from WPSEF in January to submit a more detailed grant application.

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Thanks

to the sponsors of the 2014 Drive for Excellence

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