Funding WGHS Mock Trial Team

Foundation Allocates Funds to Support Willow Glen High School Mock Trial Team as it Advances to State Finals

At its March meeting, the Foundation voted to join the Performing Arts Boosters and the Parent Club in allocating $780 each to support Willow Glen High School’s Mock Trial Team. Days earlier, the team won the Santa Clara County Mock Trial Competition – and the honor of representing the county in the State Finals to be held in Riverside (see below) – requiring funds to cover hotel and transportation expenses. Foundation members felt that the students’ hard work and success should be supported, especially given the clear alignment with the Foundation’s goal of supporting 21st century learning – including collaboration, critical thinking, and public speaking. Although the Foundation does not typically fund club activities, this allocation represents a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on the school and on a level of accomplishment that is inspiring to the entire community.

Willow Glen High School Wins Santa Clara County Mock Trial Tournament

Willow Glen High School Mock Trial team member Peter Tamura is questioned on the stand as the presiding judge Hon. Jacqueline Arroyo looks on.
Willow Glen High School Mock Trial team member Peter Tamura is questioned on the stand as the presiding judge Hon. Jacqueline Arroyo looks on.
San José, CA (March 1, 2013)—Last night the Willow Glen High School Mock Trial Team defeated the team from Monta Vista High School to win the Santa Clara County High School Mock Trial Tournament. The win marks Willow Glen’s first mock trial county championship and advances them to the state championship in Riverside on March 22 – 24.

Willow Glen was undefeated entering the final round of the tournament, having defeated Santa Clara, Pioneer, Saratoga, Mountain View, Sobrato and Los Gatos. In the final round, Willow Glen argued their case as the prosecution, winning narrowly by a score of 406 to 397. Anni Guptill, a member of the prosecution team said after the team’s victory, “It was such an honor to take part in the mock trial competition, our team worked extremely hard and was exceptionally coached. We are all so very excited to have won and look forward to representing Willow Glen High School and Santa Clara County in the state championship.” This was the second year in a row that Willow Glen was in the final.

Bottom Row L to R: Lizi Doar, Maiya Rodocker, Coach James Scharf, Donald Franks, Michelle Dion 2nd Row: Nick Kane, Sylvia Lutze, Anni Guptill, Peter Tamura Back Row: Morgan Sprinkles, Travette Copeland, Max Callahan, Emily Kulers, Willem Bowman Not pictured: Jeremy Scharf and Mason Scharf.
Bottom Row L to R: Lizi Doar, Maiya Rodocker, Coach James Scharf, Donald Franks, Michelle Dion — 2nd Row: Nick Kane, Sylvia Lutze, Anni Guptill, Peter Tamura — Back Row: Morgan Sprinkles, Travette Copeland, Max Callahan, Emily Kulers, Willem Bowman.
Not pictured: Jeremy Scharf and Mason Scharf.

Of the 15 current team members, 12 of them are expected to return next year to defend their title. Continue reading Funding WGHS Mock Trial Team

2012 Tasting & Auction

Save the Date! …

2013 Tasting & Auction: November 3, 2013

Support the programs and special activities that make our local Middle School and High School even better!


Tasting & Auction 2012

Willow Glen Public Library
Sunday, November 4, 2012
3:00 – 7:00 pm

Tickets are $60 per person in advance, and $70 at the door.

Tickets purchased online include a $2 admin fee, and will be available at the Door on November 4. You will receive a confirmation notice from a Foundation Volunteer a few days after your online purchase.

Thank You for supporting the Willow Glen Foundation!



First 2012-13 Funds: Technology & Motivation

The Foundation’s first Board Meeting of 2012-13 set the stage for an exciting year. We established ambitious fundraising goals and approved the first round of funding allocations.

Willow Glen High School received $10,000 for critical classroom tools:

  • Fifteen iPads and Covers
  • Five Document Cameras
  • Doceri Software (enabling classroom presentations by connecting iPads with document cameras)

Willow Glen Middle School received $6,800 for a range of tools to support students:

  • Motivational Assemblies encouraging students to make good choices and achieve their best
  • T-Shirts to recognize Academic Achievement – including improvement in grade point average
  • Classroom Materials to support Achievement in Literacy
  • Tools to help students better understand and participate in the November election

The Foundation will continue to work hard this year to raise funds to make Willow Glen’s neighborhood public schools the best they can be. The Tasting & Auction is coming up soon – and it’s a great chance to support the Foundation and the schools, and have lots of fun too!

Intero Helps Build Academic Bridge

$7,000 Grant Allows Willow Glen Foundation to Support Transition Program at Middle and High Schools

Thanks to a grant from the Intero Foundation through its Meridian Real Estate Office, the Willow Glen Middle & High School Foundation is providing funds to supplement a Summer Bridge Program that will help sixth and ninth grade students from low-income families make successful transitions from elementary to middle school and from middle school to high school, paving the way for academic success. “By helping disadvantaged students during this critical crossroads in their academic careers, Intero is directly impacting our students’ success – in middle school, high school, college, and beyond,” says Willow Glen High School Principal Kaia Hamilton.

At its weekly meeting of realtors today, Intero officially presented a $7,000 check to the Willow Glen Foundation, noting that strong schools not only benefit the students who attend, but the community as a whole. To boost schools as a whole, all students must have the opportunity to be successful, and through their grant it was acknowledged that students from low-income families often don’t have adequate preparation — or even the school supplies — necessary to make smooth transitions to their new environments and to get on track to reach academic success. “Transitioning to a new school can be challenging for any student. For a socio-economically disadvantaged student, the challenges are magnified,” explains Willow Glen Middle School Principal Shannon McGee.

Willow Glen Middle School and Willow Glen High School will not only welcome all of their new students; they will expose 250 of them (who are eligible, on the basis of need) to core academic content and social/emotional development courses, and provide free breakfast, lunch, and school supplies. Sessions will be taught by Willow Glen Middle School and Willow Glen High School teachers credentialed in math, English, science, and physical education. In addition, more than 20 volunteers from the Willow Glen community will provide assistance.

“Willow Glen is an amazing community. With support from local businesses like Intero, along with committed volunteers and dedicated educators at our schools, we can make an enormous difference for kids — today and in the future,” says incoming Willow Glen Foundation President Shari Rodenberger. “On behalf of the Foundation, I’d like to express our sincere thanks to Intero for making a positive impact on our kids, our schools, and our community.”