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Foundation News

We hope you take a moment to read our January 2021 Foundation and Alumni Newsletter 


Foundation Grant Interest Survey for Teachers

The WCS Foundation wants to help you out in the midst of this pandemic! Instead of applying for a grant at the end of this school year, let them know what you need when you need it. Fill out their new Grant Interest Survey.The form can also be found in the Staff Portal on the Staff Forms & Documents page.


If you have any question, please contact: Chastity Flanigan at ext. 7499 or email A list of Wilmington School Foundation Board members that are available to help answer questions, help with writing a complete grant, or bounce ideas off of will be coming soon!  Please use them as a tool for completing a successful grant. Most are retired teachers that have been in your shoes. I encourage you to use their knowledge to your benefit!


Teachers, if you received a Foundation Grant for 2019-20, please complete an Evaluation Form:  


Williams Award Winners 2019

The Wilmington Schools Foundation presented the 2019 Williams Excellence in Teaching Awards on May 22nd at the District Staff Recognition breakfast. This year the Wilmington Schools Foundation recognized a teacher from each building. Each teacher received a certificate and $200 to spend in their classroom. The Williams Award was established in 1996 by the WHS Class of 1945. It honors the memory of two devoted teachers, Woodrow and Esther Williams, who dedicated their professional lives to excellence in education. The awards are presented each year to teachers who reflect the enthusiasm, dedication, preparation, and inspiration the Williams exhibited.

Courtney Caparso - Kindergarten Teacher, Holmes Elementary

Karen Long, Principal of Holmes Elementary had this to say about Mrs. Caparso, “ Courtney serves on the building leadership team and is a leader among her peers on her teacher based team and as a mentor teacher. She has assisted with pre-school to kindergarten transition meetings, meeting with families and learning about new incoming kindergartners and sharing information with her fellow kindergarten colleagues.”

Kristin de Fasselle - 3rd Grade Teacher, Denver Elementary

Denver Principal Cortney Karchner-Rethmel couldn’t say enough about Kristin de Fasselle. “She is a strong leader in the building, who continuously changes practices in the classroom based on student need. She is always willing to try new ideas and think outside the box to help students be successful. Throughout her time at Denver Place Elementary she has taken an leadership roles and helping her team continue to grow. Denver would not be the same without her.”

Jeff Warix - 5th Grade Teacher, East End Elementary

Jen Martin, Principal at East End Elementary, said “Mr. Warix goes above and beyond with students. He develops genuine relationships with kids and truly cares about each and everyone of them. He develops his planning time to check in and spend time with multiple students throughout the building, He is accessible to all staff and students daily and East End is very fortunate to have such a positive role model and influence.”

Rebecca Haberlandt - 7th Grade Math Teacher, WMS

According to Bert Martini, Principal at WMS, “Rebecca Haberlandt is the ultimate team player at Wilmington Middle School. Mrs. Haberlandt works hard on instructional planning, helps other teachers around her, and looks out for the best interest of the school as a whole. Her insight is valued by the staff and she is constantly dedicated at a high level to the students and staff of WMS, as she seeks to have balance with her family. A few of her accomplishments include students consistently earning high growth, being a team leader and helping with the math club and Rube Goldberg club."

Justin Tomlin - Science Teacher, WHS

WHS Principal, Matt Unger, spoke highly of Mr. Tomlin. "He is continually looking for ways to make his class more engaging and meaningful for his students. He is always positive and sees the best in every student and situation. Justin has a great sense of humor and uses it to connect with staff and students.”





East End Elementary, Preschool Classroom Receives Grant

Mrs. McGee's Preschool classroom at East End Elementary, received a foundation grant, called "Listen and Learn." A listening center equipped with headphones, a book and book on CD. During free choice time students have the ability to listen to stories that have been read to them previously during story time by the teacher. It's a great way for students to practice and enhance their retelling, comprehension and overall early literacy skills.


Denver Place Second and Third Grade Book Club

Students in second and third grade at Denver Place Elementary, got to stay after school for a Book Club on October 4. They read the book, Dear Mrs. LaRue letters for Obedience School. Students had hot dogs for a snack and made dog crafts. This Book Club is made possible by a Wilmington Schools Foundation grant. Want to help make more grants like this possible? Donation to WSF today!


East End Teachers Receive Grant For Flexible Seating

Mrs Reavis, Kindergarten classroom at Holmes Elementary received a Foundation Grant for flexible seating. What is flexible seating you might ask? This allow students to choose the best working space for them and allows them to move and wiggle while they work. Wobble cushions can fit into a regular chair allow moment while sitting or they can be used as cushion on the floor for kneeling or sitting. Lap trays will allow students to work on floor in a location that perfect for them, such as a quiet space or a place with more wiggle room. Bouncy bands stretch between the front legs of a classroom chair and allow students to bounce their legs or students can push or pull against the band to create resistance.