TechNext – Technology in the schools with the assistance of WEF

Here are some videos that illustrate the benefits of the technologies that WEF funded to enhance our students’ school experiences, learning and education. These TechNext videos show the iPads and SMARTBoards WEF bought being put to good use in the learning process:




A group of enthusiastic Wilton High School students have come together to create a professional grade recording studio in an unused space at the high school. After a very informative and comprehensive presentation was made at the last meeting, the WEF Board voted to grant $35,000 toward the project, asking the students to continue their active fundraising effort to raise the remainder of the $46,000 estimated total cost. The student presentation included well constructed supporting information including benefits to the students and school as well as to the larger Wilton and Fairfield County communities. Here is a video that was only a small part of this excellent presentation: Students talk about having a professional audio studio at WHS.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?

On behalf of the Wilton Education Foundation, we would like to thank the many organizations and people who supported the “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?” which was held on March 13, 2015.

We would like to thank Wiremill Academy and Petite Chou Chou for their wonderful live ads – the girls did a fantastic job! We are also indebted to all of our local advertisers who supported “Smarter”:

Boundless Education, Ed’s Garage Doors, Blue Star Bazaar, Outdoor Sports Center, Café Ruche, Bartaco, Bob Riccio, Greene Educational Consulting, Renaissance Beauty, Med-IQ, Wilton Dance Studio, Kristine Lilly Soccer Academy, Good Morning Wilton, Bianco Rosso, Wilton YMCA, Wilton Children’s Theater, Jade Active Life Styles, Paul’s Prosperous Printing, Custom T’s ‘n More, Orange Theory, Custom Cookies, Conservatory of Dance, Wilton Hardware, Sun Spa and Nails, and Dr. Lewin.

The evening would not have been possible without the help of Cider Mill’s Assistant Principal Catherine O’Keefe and the fifth grade teachers who administered and scored the qualification tests to over 100 5th graders. Thank you to the fifth graders who took the test and the final 16. Very impressive!

Thank you also to our brave contestants, Jeremy Cross, Dr. Jennifer Mitchell, Maria Coleman and Dr. Kevin Smith, and to our talented emcees, Sal Giaimo and Bryan Ennis who always put on a great show, with Matt Hepfer making sure all the electronics worked. Our gratitude also goes to Greg Theriault and Period 6 Desktop Publishing Class who laid out and created our program, Christian Planton, our theater manager, and to the entire “Smarter” team who made sure the night went off without a hitch.

Most of all we would like to thank the students and parents who support the Wilton Education Foundation through “Smarter than a 5th Grader”, “Reading Rocks!”, “Get Smarter for Wilton 5K”, and our other events and programs. Your support and donations help WEF enrich the learning experiences of our students.

Kimber Felton + Carolyn Lyon
Co-Chairs, “Smarter Than a Fifth Grader”

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Michele Bennett
WILTON, Conn., February 23, 2015—The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) today announced the official roster of contestants who will compete in the foundation’s fifth annual community fundraiser, “Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” in an exciting battle of wits. Based on the hit TV show, the spirited team-based game places Cider Mill fifth graders on stage to readily assist local “celebrity” contestants in answering questions derived from the elementary school’s challenging curriculum. WEF’s version is a family-friendly event that incorporates Wilton-specific subject matter into the trivia, utilizing the technology the organization helps to fund for the schools, like interactive SMARTBoards and iPads, to display questions and provide responses.

This year’s contestants are Wilton Public Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith, Miller-Driscoll Assistant Principal Jeremy Cross, Cider Mill Principal Jennifer Mitchell, and Middlebrook Principal Maria Coleman.
Miller-Driscoll teachers and co-emcees Sal Giaimo and Bryan Ennis will return to run the show.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 13th at The Clune Center at Wilton High School. Premium seating is available at $25 per seat. General admission is $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at Tickets will be on sale at the door, if they are still available. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

To select the student contestants, Cider Mill instructional leaders and teachers developed a qualifying exam that is administered to all fifth graders interested in participating in the event. This year, more than 100 students sat for the demanding test and the top four scorers in each house were selected as representatives. This year’s fifth grade participants are:

Nod Hill:
Samhita Kakarlapudi, Rhea Raghavan, Ava Sexton, Jessica Wu

Avery Baumel, Sophia Hemschot, Dylan Koziol, Matt Tabet

Belden Hill:
Caroline Blessing, Emily Johnson, Tyler Moody, Abby Morris

Ria Raniwala, Natasha Ring, Michael Soojian, Anjo Therattil
This year, T-shirts designed for the event by a Belden Hill 5th grader will be on sale as well. To order shirts, please click here or visit Cider Mill’s Homepage by March 2nd and follow the first link under the News.

Kimber Felton, the event’s co-chair, said, “We love that the whole town comes together while supporting WEF and ultimately the Wilton Schools.  This is a fun way to showcase and support the efforts of the students, the staff and the Foundation all at the same time.” Felton’s co-chair Carolyn Lyon added, “The bar is high as this has become one of the most popular tickets in Wilton. We’re continuing with much of what has made this event such a wonderful tradition, while adding in several new things that the public should enjoy.”

About the Wilton Education Foundation
The Wilton Education Foundation is dedicated to enriching the learning experience for Wilton students by providing ongoing professional development for teachers, the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools, support for music and the arts, and “beyond the classroom” experiences to provide Wilton’s public school students with the confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond. For more information on the foundation, its mission, volunteer opportunities, and the many events and programs, please visit

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