EFW Grants Support Art at West, English at Washington

West High students take over direction of art gallery from teacher who conceived it, and two Washington Elementary teachers get help for innovative vocabulary and spelling program.

By Mary Phillips for EFW

Thanks to a grant from the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa (EFW), Wauwatosa West High School is home to Gallery 114, a gallery featuring artwork and writing submitted by Wauwatosa West students.

While art teacher Jessica Belich is the force behind the creation of the gallery, she says it is now run by the students. Senior Isaac Micheal is the gallery director and junior Maureen Vento is the gallery assistant.

In addition to creating a space to showcase the talents of Wauwatosa West students, Gallery 114 was developed as a way to give real world work experience in managing the activities of an art gallery.

The December exhibit in Gallery 114 is "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder." This latest exhibit features works that show us what the artist finds beautiful and may include short stories and poetry. The show runs from Thursday through Dec. 3, 2013.

Gallery 114 is located in the library on the east side of the Steiner Center and is open to the public weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. If you'd like to visit during school hours (8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.) please enter through the attendance office, sign in and obtain a pass.

Washington teacher get vocabulary, spelling grant

Eleuteria Gonzales-Dobbe and Jennifer Kannass from Washington Elementary School were awarded a $1,271 grant from the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa (EFW) to give their students the tools to develop their vocabulary and spelling skills.

By using the Bear Primary Spelling inventory, the students will receive differentiated instruction based on their scores and will then work in word work groups.

For more information on the EFW, visit our website.


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