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26 Jan
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Smart Parenting for Smart Kids – Dr. Eileen Kennedy Moore

Smart Parenting for Smart KidsOn February 4, 2016, WW-P Community Education and the WW-P Education Foundation are hosting, “Smart Parenting for Smart Kids.”

This special event features Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Princeton-area psychologist and nationally renowned co-author of Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child’s True Potential.

This special Parent University Program will explore the challenges that smart children face and will offer strategies to help children cope with feelings, embrace learning, and build satisfying relationships.

Drawing from research and clinical experience, Dr. Kennedy-Moore will discuss the essential skills children need to make the most of their abilities and become capable, confident, and caring.

This event will be held on Thursday, February 4, 2016, at High School South, in the theater, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Dr. Kennedy-Moore’s books will be available to purchase at the event.

The program is free, but registration is required. Click here to register, through WW-P Community Education.

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21 Jan
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Welcome Our Newest Board of Trustees Member

Please welcome our newest board member, Dr. Linghui (Lynn) Tang. Dr. Tang is Professor of International Business and Economics at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ). She earned her Ph.D. in International Economics from Syracuse University in 1998. We are excited to have Dr. Tang join our Board of Trustees and use her experience and expertise to enhance the educational opportunities of our students.

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10 Jan
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New Excellence in Education Grants Announced

WWPEF is happy to announce that we awarded four new grants as part of our Excellence in Education grant program.  The four grants are:

  • CMS Maker Ambassador Maker Fridays awarded to Rebecca McClelland-Crawley.  This grant will fund projects using littleBits electronic kits to enable our Maker Ambassadors to help other budding engineers on the development of their own creations, like bubble blowing machines and handmade keytars.  The students will be encouraged to present their inventions in a school maker faire and record their inventions through a video blog to share with the community.
  • Modeling the Molecular World awarded to Dr. Kate Heavers.  This grant will fund 3D molecular models of proteins and DNA replication.  The goal is to provide a hands-on, kinesthetic experience of both replicating DNA and of transcription and translation into a protein.  WWPEF and district administration agreed to extend this grant to cover both high schools.
  • Change Through Chocolate: An Interdisciplinary Design Project awarded to Matthew Fleck.  The goal of Change Through Chocolate is to fuse curricula across grade levels and content areas, providing students with a real-world learning experience surrounding the theme of custom-made chocolates to potentially be sold as a fundraising effort. Student teams will select an organization or cause that they would like to support. Teams will then design custom chocolates and packaging. The proposed activities encompass a variety of scenarios in which students will be self-directed as they use critical thinking skills, collaboration, effective communication and problem solving strategies.   WWPEF and district administration agreed to extend this grant to cover both high schools.
  • History Really Is Alive! awarded to Lisa Stamile.  Students will dress up in historical costumes to perform skits they have written to re-enact famous events from early American history. This will help them to experience the social studies curriculum on another level. They would practice their skills in being an effective communicator while collaborating with their classmates in writing and performing the skits.  This grant targets students in special education allowing them to practice their speech and language goals while building confidence in their communication skills.

The Excellence in Education Grant Program is designed to fund innovative programs in teaching to enhance the skills and performance of our district’s students.  We congratulate the teachers above for their creative ideas and thank them for their dedication to our students.

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19 Nov
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WW-P’s Got Talent Audition Sign-Up Now Open!

Talent Show Audition Sign-Up Now Open

Audition sign-up for the fifth annual WW-P’s Got Talent! is now open!  Audition dates are January 7 and  8, 2016 from 6 PM to 9 PM and January 9, 2016 from 9 AM until 12 PM.  All auditions will be held in the New Theater at High School South.  Please sign up using our form here.

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10 Nov
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WWPEF Announces Two Major Grants

Continuing its focus on large, district-wide initiatives, WWPEF is pleased to announce two large grants to the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District.  The first grant, totaling almost $17,000, will benefit all fifth grade students in the district.   This grant will fund a program utilizing Pro-Bots to integrate mathematics and computer programming. Cleverly disguised as a race car, Pro-Bots offer students an enticing, engaging, and hands-on experience with Logo programming as well as robotic controls. This builds on our successful funding of the mini-maker program for all fourth graders last year.

Our second grant, which at almost $28,000 is our largest grant to date, benefits high school students.  With this grant, we purchased equipment for a fabrication lab for the new course “Principles of Engineering.” High School South had been without a lab since the construction of the New Theatre in 2007. Our funding allows a consistent experience for students at both high schools and enabled the offering of this popular and important new course.

These programs, plus our continued funding for the popular and successful StarLab portable planetarium, and our Excellence in Education mini-grant program, are only possible through your continued support.  We hope you will continue to support our students as part of your year-end charitable giving. Donations can be made online through our website or by mail. All donations are fully tax-deductible and will qualify for most corporate matching gift programs.

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01 Jun
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Mini-Maker Grant a Rousing Success!

As its largest grant to date to the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District, the $19,000 grant to Rebecca McClelland-Crawley and Russell Wray to purchase Makey Makey boards and littleBits Classroom Kits for every 4th grade class in the district has been a rousing success!

Allowing the 4th grade students to get hands-on experiences with electronic circuits as part of the electricity and magnetism unit in the science curriculum, the grant has shown the importance of providing experiential learning to the district students.

The program has received national attention, with a case study on the littleBits website and an appearance by our students at Digital Learning Day in Washington, DC – the only school group in the country to appear!

Congratulations to Rebecca and Russell for their innovative grant!

Please see a video about this grant that Russell presented to the Board of Education at https://vimeo.com/124975550.

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12 May
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WW-P’s Got Talent!

The WWP’s Got Talent Show was a tremendous success! Thank you to all our sponsors, donors and advertisers for your support and thank you to the performers for putting on a terrific show!

And, a very special thank you to our terrific Youth Committee for their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm – you did a fantastic job! Lastly, a big thank you to all the parent mentors – we appreciate your time, wisdom, guidance and dedication throughout the entire process.

Until next year!

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13 Mar
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EDP Kidzscience Grant in the WW-P News

Our grant to the district’s Extended Day Program was highlighted in the February 6th issue of the WW-P News. The grant was designed to bring more hands-on science projects to the after school program. Thank you again to Daniela Nita for her grant application and success with this program!

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