The West Irondequoit Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits West Irondequoit schools, has announced four grants it will fund for the 2020-21 school year. All grants must be initiated by teachers or staff. Applications are submitted, reviewed and voted on by the WIF Board of Directors. This year’s total grant donation is $32,831 increasing the 30-year figure given by the WIF to the District in excess of $966,431. Established in 1987 to receive gifts/donations to enhance educational opportunities, the WIF raises money to underwrite grants for innovative projects, equipment and pilot programs at West Irondequoit that cannot be supported by the district’s annual operating budget. The grants are:
Mini-One Electrophoresis Systems: Eighth- and ninth-graders in Living Environment class will get hands-on experience in DNA investigations – something they normally couldn’t do until college. The grant will allow the district to purchase equipment needed to engage in DNA fingerprinting that will not only enhance their experience in Living Environment toward the associate learning standards but also experience technologies used in medicine, forensics and DNA testing. Grant requestor: Nicole Denissoff, science teacher.
Active Pens in Physics: Physics students will be able to utilize existing technology (laptops) in new ways to promote differentiation, collaboration and feedback. Their current use of technology is limited to text from a keyboard. This enhancement will help students make sense of their world using equations, graphs, sketches, graphic organizers and flow charts. These active pens are superior to traditional stylus in their ability to interact with the student laptops. Grant requestor: Ari Kramer, science teacher.
Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) Router: The CNC machine will help Irondequoit High School students execute highly detailed cuts in a variety of materials, including all types of wood, metals, plastics, resins and fiberglass. The machine will bring 21st-century skills used in high-tech manufacturing and expose them to “G- code” – the primary programming code of CNC machines. Students develop skills to design and draw in 3-D using software that enables them to create highly detailed drawings. Moving from drawing to actual objects is very difficult to do using traditional hand tools. The CNC machine changes all that. Grant requestors: IHS technology teachers Eric Schultz and Steve Mascari and Data Director, Chuck Miller, a former tech teacher.
Rain gear for Helmer Nature Center: As the district’s “outdoor classroom,” HNC gives students a wide array learning opportunities outside surrounded by nature. However, inclement weather often prevents our students from these experiences. This grant will outfit students (and adult chaperones) with proper rain gear while at HNC to ensure successful (and dry) learning experiences. It will also help ensure equity for students who may not have access to necessary rain gear. Grant requestor: Casey Franklin, HNC Education Coordinator.
Bigger. Better. 2nd annual Cornhole Tournament a success!
Watch the video to see what 2019’s 2nd annual WEST IRONDEQUOIT FOUNDATION Cornhole Tournament looked and sounded like. Forty-eight teams competed (up from 32 in 2018) and one survived. David Maynes and Douglas Thompson of the “Big D” team edged Angry Buffaloes in the title game and took home the $1,000 first prize. The Buffaloes exited with $200.00.
Sticky Lips BBQ did a terrific job again catering the event and its team advanced to the playoffs this year, exiting in the Round of 16. Rising Storm Brewery out of Livingston County and Anthony Road Winery, which has strong Irondequoit ties, kept our players’ thirst quenched and Camp Eastman was a great partner providing the event with a lot of space, a great sound system, lighting –just an outstanding facility!
Thanks again to major sponsor Diamond Packaging, FULL MEA5URE and Sticky Lips BBQ! We hope everyone who played and attended had a blast! Special thanks to the WIF Board of Directors for its hard work putting the event together. Next year’s event will be the weekend of Oct. 4, 2020 so mark your calendars!
Foundation announces four grants awarded for 2019-20 school year
The West Irondequoit Foundation, the non-profit organization that benefits West Irondequoit Schools, has announced four grants it will fund for the 2019-20 school year.
All grants must be initiated by teachers or staff. Applications are submitted, reviewed and the Foundation Board of Directors votes annually on which to approve. This year’s total grant donation is $10,358, increasing the 30-year figure given by the Foundation to the District in excess of $933,600. Established in 1987 to receive gifts/donations to enhance educational opportunities, the Foundation raises money to underwrite grants for innovative projects, equipment and pilot programs at West Irondequoit that cannot be supported by the District’s annual operating budget. The grants are:
iPads to Enrich Learning: The eight devices will help third-grade teachers at Seneca School better assist English Language Learners. iPads are ideal because as standards change, so can the wide array of apps and programs that enhance learning. Grant authors: Christy Grieco, Akira Stata and Amanda Tomchesson.
Q-Interactive: This comprehensive digital system can administer, score and record psychological student assessments that are traditionally done manually. The system improves administrative accuracy and speed, helping determine if immediate or future sub-testing is needed. It also reduces time away from the classroom for students. This would impact approximately 50 students in grades 4-8.
Grant authors: Celina Cohen, Kathy Jensen and Kristen Bellnap.
The Breakfast Club: Counselors at Dake Junior High (grades 7-8) will start a club that meets weekly at 7 a.m. The intent is to target select students in order to foster a readiness to learn and create a sense of belonging as well as a stronger connection to the Dake community. The goal is to improve academic achievement. Grant
authors: Colleen Graham, Courtney Hathaway, Jessica Hess and Nicole Williams.
Micro:bits to teach coding skills: Micro:bits, which are tiny programmable computers, can create and code numerous products, from robots to musical instruments. The grant is for starter kits to help junior-high students learn the critical skill of coding and computational thinking in a maker space environment. The kits include online support from scientists, engineers and mathematicians. Grant author: Anna Bayerl.
For more information, contact the West Irondequoit Director of Public Information and liaison to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 Cornhole Tournament raises $13,676!
The West Irondequoit Foundation replaced its annual golf tournament this year with a Cornhole Tournament and the event, held on October 12th, raised $13,676 for the non-profit organization that supports our schools via grants. Since 1990, WIF has generated more than $936,000 for education and other initiatives in the West Irondequoit Central School District.
Thirty-two teams signed up to play in the single-elimination event at the St. Paul Firemen’s Exempt Club in Irondequoit. Diamond Packaging was the major sponsor, FULL MEA5URE the Food Sponsor and the event was catered by Sticky Lips BBQ, which is headed by Irondequoit High School graduate, Howie Nielsen. A team from Diamond Packaging won the $1,000 first prize. That duo, former IHS basketball star Josiah Heath and Ilche Nakovski, rallied from deficits of 14-2 and 20-9 to win the championship game.
Special thanks to all of the sponsors, the Exempt Club and the IHS Tech Team, led by Eric Schultz, which made all 32 cornhole boards. Those boards are available for sale for $125 (with bags, $150). Contact the WICSD Office of Public Information (336-3067) for more details.
To see highlights of the event, click on the video above.
Fundraising for the 2018 tournament kicked off Tuesday, Aug. 7 with a “Cornhole Social,” at Irondequoit High School and televised by 13WHAM-TV and Fox Rochester. To see interviews with school and foundation officials from the social, visit Fox Rochester.
30 Years of Support for West Irondequoit Schools
Who We Are
The West Irondequoit Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1987 to receive gifts, bequests and donations in order to provide funding to enhance the educational programs of the West Irondequoit Central School District (WICSD).
What We Do
The Foundation raises funds to underwrite teacher-initiated grants for projects, equipment and programs that cannot be supported by the district’s annual operating budget. The Foundation is led by a volunteer board of directors whose energies are deeply rooted in an enduring pride and abiding commitment to West Irondequoit Central School District. They rely entirely on the support of alumni, businesses and the community to carry out the Foundation’s endeavors in support of educational excellence.
Through a strong annual campaign and a variety of fundraising activities, the West Irondequoit Foundation has granted more than $909,088 to West Irondequoit Central School District Teachers and Programs since 1990 when the first grants were awarded.
Thank you donors!
We cannot do what we do without you. Thank you to the many individuals, families and businesses in our community who have supported our mission over the past year. Your contributions have funded programs and equipment to enhance the educational experience of the students in our school district.