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If you're interested in becoming a volunteer before or after school, view our volunteer form at the link below.
Parent and community involvement at WSTEM is one of the main reasons we exist today and a key ingredient of what makes us unique! We encourage both individuals and businesses to consider donating their time, talent and/or resources to ensure our continued success. There are so many ways to participate, we hope you find one that matches your interests below.
WSTEM has had local control of the school through its governing board since its inception. The Governance Council, the parents, teachers and community members have developed the guiding beliefs that shape the decisions and affect the day to day operation and success of the school.
The Governance Council meets the first Wednesday of every month to share information related to the school and vote on action steps to be taken. All meetings are held in the Wilson Elementary library and begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. We encourage all parents to attend and learn more about how decisions are made at WTSTEM!
Please consider joining the Governance Council, a committee or attending the one of the new Focus Forums held prior to the formal Governance Council. Your skills, talents and time are valuable to the success of our school and ultimately our children.
The Executive Committee serves the membership that elects them into their terms and oversees all the operations of the governance board. The committee is comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Administrator. They are responsible for making decisions based upon committee and council input. The Executive team develops, maintains and reports on the annual budget, acts as a liaison to the Wauwatosa School Board and maintains charter and 501C3 status and reporting.
The Governance Council is responsible for building and maintaining an effective council for our school. Its purpose is to develop new leadership and work to sustain the organization over time and is made up of parents and business partners.
Appointment to the WSTEM’s Board of Directors or the office of President occurs through the annual nomination and election of the board. This meeting takes place during the first full week of June. Notice of the meeting will be given to all parents and guardians of students attending WSTEM at least seven days in advance.
The Curriculum & Innovations committee is responsible for updating the governance board with developments in curriculum changes or upcoming curricular events and partnering with the teaching staff to communicate the rationale behind the changes. They develop curriculum driven by authentic and formative assessment that is delivered through best instructional practices by educators.
The Curriculum & Innovation Committee (CIC) welcomes new members who are interested in investigating new and next best practices for our classrooms, whether it be through curriculum or experiences that extend beyond the classroom. We feel that it is important to stay current and at the forefront of best practices and all that is innovative to ensure that our student’s needs are being met.
We are teacher supported and contribute to the sustainability of our school. CIC is also responsible for school wide activities that include but are not limited to educational fundraising events, the administering of the ‘I Can Spell’ program, field trip scouting, Spooky Lab Day, the Science Fair and the End-of-the-Year Spotlight Celebration. This committee works closely with the teachers and all actions of this committee are student driven.
The purpose of the Grant Writing committee is to actively pursue and apply for grants that will improve the learning environment for our students.
The grant writing committee always welcomes parents, grandparents and friends to join the pursuit of identifying, writing and securing grant funding to meet our school priorities. The opportunities are endless. Join us and help fund our children’s success.
The Fundraising committee is responsible for actively pursuing fundraising opportunities with both the parent and business communities to improve the learning environment for our students and staff. They work to identify and attract financial and other educational resources to our school.
The fundraising committee meets on the third Monday of the month at Collectivo on 68th and Wells Street. We welcome new members and always looking for creative ideas to raise important resources for our students learning environment.
Can’t commit to attending the monthly meetings? We also seek individuals who are willing to volunteer on the day of events.
The Marketing committee is responsible for partnering with the fundraising and grant writing committees to promote WSTEM. They develop strategic messaging to communicate clearly both internally and externally. The Marketing committee is also instrumental in the creation and maintenance of the school’s website, social presence and the development of spirit wear.
We are currently looking for someone to act as our social media manager for Facebook. There is no posting involved as our Facebook page is populated through our news posts on this website but we would love for someone to encourage others to “like” us and to “like” others who have similar educational interests. The marketing committee meets on an as-needed basis and most of the communication among team members is via email.
We would also love for someone to manage our spirit wear initiative. Spirit wear encompasses all branded promotional items. You would be asked to partner with the school and the fundraising committee to determine the needs for the year. This commitment would also be on as as-needed basis and require minimal meeting time.
The Technology committee is the driving force behind creating a plan for sustainable 1:1 technology at WSTEM. It is their responsibility to understand the needs of the school and propose any changes and/or purchases to the board. One of the many components that makes WSTEM unique is how integrated technology is in the learning process. This committee looks for ways to infuse the technology to help our students develop Twenty-First Century skills and prepare them for success in the future.
If you have a background in IT or are interested in helping us maintain our goal of 1:1 technology in the classroom, we would love to hear from you!
The Project W.I.L.D. team is responsible for planning, coordinating and building the outdoor classroom which requires partnership with engineers, architects and parents to plan for the construction. The committee will also create presentations to various organizations in an effort to grow our community partnerships through branding and financial support. Through their work, members of this group will be leading the way on providing our students an opportunity to have their learning move beyond the walls of the classroom and in creating an innovative and interactive learning environment for all that visit this area.
We are currently looking for parents and partners to join the committee to assist in preparing the land and volunteering to assist in the actual construction of the outdoor classroom when the time comes.
There are also possibilities for volunteers to be who may be very interested in WILD but not very construction oriented. We also seek to continue to grow the curriculum and learning opportunities for students and neighbors for both WILD and the school gardens. If you are interested please contact us.
As parents and guardians, we want the best for our children and their education is a top priority. Like us, we are sure you feel fortunate that our children have the opportunity to participate in Wauwatosa STEM as part of Wauwatosa’s public school system.
Woodrow Wilson understood the importance of public school education for Americans, but also understood that a child’s success and therefore the US, was heavily determined on more than just the system itself. His beliefs may have been ahead of their time:
This improvement depends on our participation.
There is a place for every parent that wants to be involved in the governance and success of the school. Your skills, talents and time are a valuable resource for our school and ultimately our children. If you are interested in chaperoning one of our many field trips or assisting the teaching staff in any of the classrooms please contact us.
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Wauwatosa STEM, instrumentality charter school of the Wauwatosa School District.
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