Dear Wyckoff School Community,
The Wyckoff Education Foundation (WEF) has a long tradition of supporting the work that occurs in our schools and has contributed over $1.2 million dollars to support innovative projects and ideas in the Wyckoff Public Schools. Three years ago, with support from the Wyckoff Education Foundation (WEF), the Board of Education was able to provide over 450 iPads to the students in the district. Last year, with WEF’s support, the district was able to focus on a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiative to implement a state-of-the-art, middle school robotics program, and to provide block grants to the four elementary schools supporting STEM education.
For the 2014-15 school year, building off of these successes, the WEF is partnering with the district to enact a 1:1 laptop initiative in Grades 5 and 6. For the past several years, the district has been piloting this project in 6th Grade Social Studies classes. Using a Google Chromebook, a laptop device, these teachers have successfully created and implemented their lessons using these devices. The results have been remarkable. The Google Chromebook is an appropriate device for our students to access and use their Google Docs accounts. Google Docs, now in use in grades 2 – 8, provides a safe, protected platform for our students to work digitally in school and at home. While our initial effort will focus on grades 5 and 6, it is our aim that within a few short years, every child will have daily access to a tablet or laptop device that can be used in the classroom.
We are very excited by this initiative and the impact that it will have on our students’ learning experiences. It is hard for all of us to imagine what our lives would be like at work or at home without the use of a Smart phone, tablet or laptop. While these devices will never replace a great teacher, they are the tools of today.
It is our hope that you will join us in gathering support for this cause by participating in the WEF “Swing Into Spring – Roaring 20’s Gala” fundraiser on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Macaluso’s Restaurant. This is an opportunity to keep Wyckoff on the cutting edge of education and to enhance the many wonderful opportunities that your children enjoy while attending the schools in Wyckoff.
With sincere appreciation for your anticipated support,
Richard D. Kuder
Superintendent of Schools