Thanks to everyone who marched with the South Whidbey Schools Foundation, and for those who cheered us on, in this historic Maxwelton Independence Day Parade today!
Chad Felgar and Charlie Davies Receive SWSF’s Faculty Recognition Awards at June 4 Senior Farewell Assembly
The South Whidbey Schools Foundation wrapped up the 2014-15 school year with two awards for outstanding SW School District faculty.
The Extra-Mile Award acknowledges and honors a current South Whidbey School District teacher for having gone the proverbial “extra-mile” in terms of service to students and faculty. This year’s recipient is Charlie Davies, a South Whidbey graduate and the special education and work-based learning teacher at South Whidbey High School. Davies’ nomination was endorsed by more than 25 district faculty and staff.
As Davies’ colleagues explained:
“I have seen Charlie be a teacher first, but also a mentor, adviser, coach, trainer, disciplinarian, and someone who the students look up to and strive to be like. He can take a bad situation and turn it into a great positive learning lesson for the students. He amazes us every day. I can go on and on about the respect I have for this man. He gives everyone around him the feeling of wanting to do their best,” wrote one colleague.
“He goes above and beyond to make sure he has given our students every opportunity to succeed,” wrote another.
The award, which includes a cash stipend, was presented to Davies at the Senior Farewell Assembly for the Class of 2015.
SWSF’s annual Mentorship Award recognizes teachers, principals and other school-based staff who exemplify the kind of commitment to students that creates exceptional results. Graduating seniors nominate a teacher who has had a lasting positive impact on their lives. This year there were 21 nominations for 13 different teachers.
Leading the nominations and this year’s recipient is Chad Felgar, also a South Whidbey alum and currently the high school shop and agriculture teacher.
“He always keeps students busy with new, fun projects,” wrote one senior.
“Mr. Felgar has influenced me to be the best I could possibly be. He has given me the confidence to be who I am,” wrote another student.
“(Mr.) Felgar showed me what it is like to have a job, good work ethic and to be a leader,” commented another student.
“He’s pretty chill, he does all types of classes and he does them well,” wrote another senior.
Felgar, who will be leaving the district next year, received the award and the accompanying cash stipend at the Farewell assembly to resounding applause from the senior class.
The award was established by Steve Shapiro, MD, and his wife, Debora Valis, for students in the community to acknowledge and honor the leadership, mentorship and inspiration of specific teachers who have unlocked the doors to the future for their children.
There are eight years of funds remaining for each award. The South Whidbey Schools Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to teachers and students in the South Whidbey public schools.
More information about the awards, the Foundation’s activities and how to make a charitable tax-deductible donation can be found on various pages of this website.
Thank you to all the people who attended the 2015 Dinner Gala and Auction and to all the sponsors and businesses who donated to the event.
Thanks to you, approximately $14,000 will be added to the amount to be used for teacher-requested classroom grants for the 2015/16 school year.
Additional thanks to Jim Freeman, our emcee for the evening, the SWHS Jazz Band combo, the SWHS Music in Motion Choir, the SWA Robotics Team, SWSD Superintendent Dr. Jo Moccia for leading the medallion game, and Betty Bond, the SWSF Board member who organized the event.
Special thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated goods and services for the auction and our two Gala sponsors, Whidbey Island Bank (a division of Heritage Bank) and Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. Additional thanks to Whidbey Telecom for promoting the Gala on WhidbeyTV and on the locally produced show, “Life’s Better Here,” and to the South Whidbey Record for covering the schools so well in general and providing its readers with advance notice of the Gala.
Thanks also to the students and teachers demonstrating Foundation-funded projects involving the SWA Underwater Robotics Team, the SWSD Farm and Garden (Cary Peterson), and outdoor expeditions at the Elementary School (SWES teacher Bruce Callahan).
Hats off to emcee and auctioneer Jim Freeman for an evening filled with his quick wit and charm. Superintendent Jo Moccia deserves a medal for conducting the “Medallion Game,” which involves eliminating medallion holders until the last one standing wins half the medallion sales. Special thanks to Shelly Ackerman, who won the game a second year in a row and promptly donated her entire $1,000 winnings back (a second time) to the Foundation!
Extra-mile gratitude to the principals at South Whidbey Academy (David Pfeiffer), South Whidbey Elementary (Jeff Cravy) and Langley Middle School (Eric Nerison) on the impact that Foundation-funded projects had on their schools and to SWHS English teacher Jennifer Gandarias who spoke about a Foundation-funded professional development program for teachers which she spearheaded. Long-distance thanks to Gavin Imes, a South Whidbey High School graduate and former Foundation board student representative, who told how Foundation-funded projects helped enrich his education and continue to influence his college activities at Gonzaga University.
Listen to what Gavin had to say about the Foundation and the effect it has had on his life.
Applause to the South Whidbey High School jazz combo and to the Music in Motion SWHS Choir (under the direction of Paula Ludtke) whose members provided entertainment.
Music in Motion Performers at the SWSF dinner: Cory Ackerman, Maddie Barker, McKenzie Chapman, Kelsey Coutts, Lauren Damerau, Emily Davies, Bayley Gochanour, Elizabeth Hanzelka, Chloe Huffman, Julia Lowe, Aria Ludtke, Ashley Lyons, Autumn Mackie-Timmerman, Rubie Maltbie, Leah Merrow, Sarah Merrow, Sarah Parker, Amandalyn Petticlerc, Kyra Reafs, Alexander Reitz, Marina Schulz, Taylor Tangeman, Emily Turpin, and Olivia Zuver
The South Whidbey Schools Foundation Board; Betty Bond, Chris Gibson, Jo Moccia, David Pfeiffer, Linda Racicot, Susie Richards, John Riley, Jean Shaw, Sophia Stoughton, Tom Walker and Bob & Kay Wiley
Among the 22 classroom projects which the Foundation is funding this school year are several field trips for students to learn about our local marine and forest environments. You can read more about the latest funded field trip in Saturday’s South Whidbey Record article linked below.
The fifth-grade field trips were funded by a $1,400 grant from the non-profit South Whidbey Schools Foundation. The foundation also funded four other field trips for fifth graders during the 2014-15 school year. The Langley Middle School seventh-grade oceanography program was also funded by South Whidbey Schools Foundation with a grant of $1,280. Your donations, and attendance at our annual Gala Dinner (May 16 this year) make it all possible.
Mark your calendars for this year’s annual SWSF Gala Dinner at Useless Bay Golf & Country Club on Saturday, May 16.
Come and enjoy a fine dinner, meet students and teachers who benefited from the Foundation’s classroom grants, and have a fun time full of entertainment and a lively after-dinner auction.
Tickets are available online at:
Tuesday’s 7th grade marine science field trip to the Langley Marina was made possible by a classroom grant from the South Whidbey Schools Foundation. Teachers and Whidbey Watershed Stewards showed students how to conduct several water measurements, identify marine organisms, and discussed how they relate to the health of our local marine ecosystem.
You can read the new SWSF Annual Report recapping the Foundation’s work during the 2013/14 school year, plus a list of 2015 classroom grants.
SWSF Board members Jean Shaw and Tom Walker did an outstanding job producing this year’s SWSF Talent Show Fundraiser. Thank you to everyone who participated and attended. Get well wishes go to Jim Freeman who was feeling under the weather and unable to emcee. Jean Shaw did a great job in filling in.
Here are some highlights from this year’s show.
The Rural Characters invite you to the South Whidbey Schools Foundation’s awesome Talent Show fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 23.
- Jim Freeman will serve as emcee for this great lineup of local talent:
The Rural Characters
The SWHS Jazz Trio
The LMS Jazz Combo
The SWHS Show Choir under the direction of Paula Ludtke
Kim Morris & Kent Ratekin
Jeff Greene on piano
SWSD staff and students
SWSF board members
Latest Addition: Danny Ward
- You won’t want to miss a skit with Schools Superintendent Jo Moccia!
- Fun for the whole family! Come and support the kids! All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s classroom grants fund. Tickets are $25 and are available at:http://www.wicaonline.org/events-calendar-view/2014/11/23/south-whidbey-school-foundation-talent-showcase
or at the box office. Buy them today!