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Outlook 2014-15: Empowering!

Warwick teachers are preparing 18 new programs – all funded by the WEF and selected to engage, enrich, and empower today’s youth for the future.

  • Interactive software to visualize and understand geometry concepts better at Warwick High School.
  • An on-site weather station at Warwick Middle School for student collection and use of live weather data.
  • Interactive music software for elementary students to learn the basics of sound, rhythm, and pitch using pictures and animation.
  • Children’s author, Kate Messner, will work with students at all elementary schools when she visits as a WEF Expert in Residence, and
  • All elementary students will see the Franklin Institute’s program “How to Build a Storm: The Weather Show”, when the program visits their school.

The full list of WEF funded Innovative Education and Expert In Residence grants for 2014-15 can be found here.

Shakespeare LIVE! at Warwick Middle School

IMG_7333Over 300 eighth grade Warwick students enjoyed a unique visit from the touring theatrical company known as “Shakespeare LIVE!”. The troupe performed an educational rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream that brought Shakespeare’s comedy to life and complemented the middle school language arts curriculum.

Eight high-energy actors participated in the show in the Warwick Middle School Auditorium. Each actor performed multiple parts and wore distinct and colorful costumes. They spoke in an early form of modern English that is more easily understood by young audiences than the original English in which the play was written. Students laughed and listened, and at the end of the play engaged the actors with questions when they returned to the stage for a “Talk Back” session.

Teacher Wendy Hoyer and her colleagues from the Language Arts department at Warwick Middle School received a $1,000 innovative education grant from the Warwick Education Foundation to bring the play to the school for Warwick students.

Family Movie Success

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Over 1,600 students, families, friends, and Cylo, the Lancaster Barnstormers mascot, enjoyed the Warwick Education Foundation’s 7th annual Family Movie Night at Penn Cinema. The newly released movie “Rio 2” was the feature presentation for the evening, playing simultaneously in all of the Penn Cinema theaters.

Penn Cinema was the event sponsor. Individuals and companies also sponsoring the event included Platinum sponsors: Blue Ridge Communications, ELA Group, Lititz Orthodontics, McElroy Pharmacy, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Owl Hill Learning Center, Rohrer’s Quarry, Sechan Electronics, Inc., Shultz Transportation, and Jeff & Jane Tennis.

Gold sponsors were: Bomberger’s Store, LaPiazza Italian Restaurant, Roma Pizza, and Scooter’s Restaurant.

Proceeds from the WEF Family Movie Night will provide innovative education grants and visits from experts in residence for Warwick students.