Once again, Christmas Tree Jubilee 2016 was an incredible success thanks to our amazing community. Over a one week period, hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors came together to benefit children in Weber County.
On Monday, more than 300 volunteers and tree donors filled the Eccles Conference Center, transforming an empty building into a celebration of the season, complete with nearly 100 trees and wreaths, a ballroom full of live auction items, raffle gifts and beautifully decorated dinner tables, all coming together as we readied for our grand gala event. On Tuesday, 900 guests enjoyed a wonderful dinner and purchased over 250 silent auction baskets that had been donated by schools, PTA’s, and local businesses. Those same guests donated $50,000 for our live auction items and pledged another $120,000 towards our All-Abilities Playground Project.
The next several days were filled with Christmas joy as thousands of guests viewed and purchased the beautiful trees that had been donated, while enjoying our amazing students as they entertained the crowds. The week concluded with Weber and Ogden School District employees, Weber School Foundation Board Members, and other community and school groups volunteering to bring joy to homes from Willard to Salt Lake City as they delivered Christmas trees.
Every individual part of the Christmas Tree Jubilee is vital to our success. From a local vendor donating a gift for our silent auction, to a family or business decorating, donating, or purchasing one of our beautiful Christmas trees, to the many guests who purchase tables to our gala, we thank each one of you. Without any of your efforts, we would not succeed. Thank you for being part of our success in bringing support to all of our students, especially those with special needs.
Please take a moment to watch this heartwarming video.
Weber School Foundation announces the opening of two new All-Abilities playgrounds, the playgrounds are located at Plain City and H. Guy Child Elementary Schools. The playgrounds are made possible due to generous donations from community partners, as well as a r.a.m.p. grant.
Thank You for your support!
2016 Cragun Citizenship Awards were announced this week!
Houston welcomed hundreds of international visitors to the world’s largest international science fair focusing energy, engineering, and environment this week. The 9th Annual International Sustainable World (Energy, Engineering & Environment) Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP) concluded with a high-energy awards ceremony this past weekend. 385 highly qualified projects from 62 countries were displayed at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the week of April 27-May 1, 2016. 564 young high school researchers and 300 teachers traveled to Houston for this remarkable event. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to meet other students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not alone in their commitment to find solutions to the globe’s sustainability problems.
Weber School Foundation is a proud sponsor of the Ogden Weber Chamber Partners in Education breakfast. On Thursday, April 28th educators and business leaders in our community gathered at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center for a breakfast to honor, recognize and thank local businesses in our community who value education. We appreciate our partners and their commitment to education. Thank you to those who attended. Our award recipients are as follows;
The Weber School District Student Art Show is a yearly tradition that has phenomenal support from the Weber School District Foundation. Awards are presented that are backed up by generous monetary support from the Foundation itself. This gives our students a ‘real artist experience’ of participating in a show and receiving monetary awards. Many of these same students graduate school and continue on in their art career to become commercial artists, fine artists, illustrators, photographers and visual communication artists. Being part of this art show and the experience that they received helps them to decide to pursue an art career.
The caliber of art is impressive. WSD has one of the top art programs in the state and the support from the teachers, community, administration, district, foundation and parents is what makes this possible. The show has grown from smaller venues to the Eccles Art Center. Also the show has grown from a one week to running an entire month. These students participate in many shows throughout the school year but the WSD Art Show at the Eccles Community Art Center is the highpoint for the students.
Earl Cragun was an advocate of education. He spent his career as an educator in the Weber School District. He understood the value of great leaders in our school system. He established a fund through the foundation to honor elementary and secondary principal's who exhibit excellent leadership skills throughout the year. The recipients of the award each receive a $500 cash prize given out each spring during the annual Administrator's dinner.
Shelly’s staff has complete trust in her. She has a very calming way about her that makes others feel that everything is going to be okay. She is extremely fair and patient, and does everything she possibly can to help students and staff succeed--truly the consummate leader. And you can’t beat her sense of humor! She represents the model of the qualities we want in all our administrators—she IS the Weber Way!
Nick Harris is an energetic and innovative principal. Nick greets his students each day as they walk into the school. He is found making the rounds into teacher classrooms throughout the day. He has set high expectations for both students and staff challenging them to work harder and smarter. He is the epitome of an educational leader. The professional learning communities at Orion Junior High are top notch and they have bought into Nick’s message of working hard to improve student learning. Nick measures, tracks, and celebrates successes on his Friday Focus blog which he shares with his faculty. We are proud to recognize Nick with this prestigious award.
Weber School Foundation is excited to aid these fine students with their travel expenses to Phoenix AZ. to participate in the International Science Fair. These students were selected by an independent judging panel with experience and expertise in ISEF projects. They have worked hard and are an extremely qualified group that will represent Weber School District.
On February 25, 2016, the Weber School District celebrated students during an awards ceremony to honor STEM fair participants. The Weber School Foundation sponsored the cash awards and students took home over $500 in cash prizes. The following students took first place in their respective categories.
Did you know The Weber School Foundation has an ongoing social media campaign to recognize great teachers in our district? Every Tuesday, we give a shout out on Facebook and Twitter to a deserving teacher. You can get engaged in this campaign; tag us on Twitter @weberfoundation or post on Facebook and tag Weber School Foundation. Use the hashtag #TotallyAwesomeTeacherTuesday and let our teachers know they are appreciated.
Thank you for your participation in this year's Christmas Tree Jubilee!
The week of Thanksgiving is a wonderful time; a time to be with family and friends, a time to reflect on what we have, and a time to give thanks and share with others our good fortune. There is nowhere that these values are more evident than at the Christmas Tree Jubilee each year.
Green Acres Elementary receives a new All-Abilities playground. A Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held on Monday, August 24, 2015 as part of the back-to-school night. Students, parents, faculty and community members gathered for this celebration. Principal, Lisa Gilstrap, addressed the audience as well as foundation board members Kara Liston and Steve Kier. Funds raised during our annual fundraising event "Christmas Tree Jubilee" made this playground a reality for students. This playground allows students of all abilities to play together.
Weber School Foundation hosted a back-to-school night at the ballpark at Lindquist Field to support the Ogden Raptors.
It was a beautiful night for baseball. The evening began with a VIP BBQ for Weber School District Administrators and Weber School Foundation Board Members.
Local schools compete for $100,000 in cash AND prizes!
The My School’s Cool program is where high schools and junior highs compete for the highest
accumulation of loyalty points and receive cash awards.
The Foundation partners with Treehouse Museum, Dinosaur Park, and Ogden Nature center. This year we sent over 8,000 students on field trips. Students and teachers love going on field trips and having hands-on experiences. Our students in Weber School District are so fortunate to have such awesome places to visit.