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.”

District 6 Community Honoree

The Willow Glen Foundation Awarded District 6 Community Honoree

It was with great pride that the Board of the Willow Glen Middle & High School Foundation accepted the District 6 Community Honoree Award from San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed at his State of the City Address on February 9, 2012.

We are grateful to Councilmember Pierluigi Olivero for his nomination and for his dedicated support of public school education. The Board is also deeply grateful to each of our member donors; it is your money that makes it possible for us to fulfill our goal to offer Superior Programs and Academic Excellence in Willow Glen.

Thanks to all!

Recruitment for 2012/13 School Year

The Foundation is looking to grow its volunteer base of passionate parents, teachers,
administrators and community members. We believe in a public school education and
want to make Willow Glen Middle & High School the very BEST they can be. But we
need your help to make that happen. Please consider volunteering as you are able –-
There are many opportunities to suit every ability and available time!

The following Board Position are open for the 2012/13 school year:

  • President
  • Development / Fundraising
  • Vice President
  • Communications

We also need help with a number of smaller jobs and projects for the remainder of
this school year and next year.

  • Help us with mailings to our donors and potential donors
  • Help with Back-to-School membership drives
  • Coordinate the senior scholarships the Foundation awards
  • Help plan assemblies, in partnership with Hickelbees, to bring famous authors
    to WGMS
  • Volunteer in one of the many positions related to the Tasting & Auction
  • Head up or help with the Silent Auction
  • Solicit corporate donations
  • Help the Foundation write grants
  • Assist in collecting pictures and writing the Foundation’s Annual Report
  • Design promotional materials as needed
  • Research, write and promote the monthly e-newsletter for elementary schools
  • Help plan and implement the High School’s “College & Career Day”

Does one of these sound like something you’d be willing to take on? … Please let us know!