Two Spring Gripp Grants totaling $15,519 were awarded to 12 teachers across all four elementary schools and will benefit students from our earliest learners in the Lechner Early Education Program (LEEP) through fourth grade. The grants address both the need for kids to move their bodies in new and innovative ways, as well as to learn and practice literacy in the digital world.
The District 39 Educational Foundation’s 8th Annual Bingo Night took place on Saturday, February 26th from 6-8 pm. Due to the COVID pandemic, this was the second year that the foundation hosted the event virtually on Zoom. This popular evening of family fun attracted over 80 families across the district’s schools. Emcees Mike Lieber and Dave Lundy kept players engaged and excited throughout by mixing up games and announcing multiple winners and prizes.
Cheers and Beers Party Brings the Community Together Oh, what a night! The District 39 Educational Foundation hosted its very first Cheers & Beers party this spring at Double Clutch Brewing Company in Evanston. Sponsored by North Shore Community Bank, this event featured live music, dancing, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a silent auction and raffle to raise money for the Foundation’s Gripp Grants program. The event committee included foundation trustees Stephanie Adam, Nazish Faruqi, Carolin Huh, and Jolie McLaughlin, who led and executed every detail of the event from promoting ticket sales to procuring auction items to ensuring the night itself went off without a hitch. (more…)
After a year off, the D39 Educational Foundation revived its LAB39 STEM class offerings. Five classes ran this year, serving D39 students in grades 5-8. Classes included Sports Physiology, Planets Near and Far, HUMANatomy, Science of Sound and Power Up! Kids and parents all provided positive feedback about the experience, and we extend a special thank-you to our volunteer instructors. Next year we hope to bring back the community open house for the kids to show off what they’ve learned. Check out these pictures and videos that we collected this year instead https://d39foundation.org/making-impact/lab39/
On a particularly chilly night perfectly suited for paddle tennis, the District 39 Educational Foundation held its first ever Paddle Classic on Saturday, March 12th, from 7-10 pm at the Wilmette Platform Tennis Club. This was the first in-person event sponsored by the foundation since the start of the pandemic and it was a great success! After two years of virtual events, it was a joy to mingle with fellow district parents while supporting the foundation’s mission. (more…)
In the spring of 2021, the D39 Educational Foundation launched Silver Lining Project. D39 students and families were asked “What is your Silver Lining?” The goal was to find and share the positive amongst the unknown of COVID-19. (more…)
Two Spring Gripp Grants totaling $8,705 were awarded to 12 teachers, library professionals, and administrators, which will positively impact every student in the District by addressing needs encompassing those resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Thanks to a D39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, we have brought innovative technology to our schools, allowing students to imagine and create in a three-dimensional world. Apps such as Tinkercad and CoSpaces empower kids to design and interact with structures and spaces using virtual modeling and programming. Merge Cubes bring augmented reality to the classroom by letting students hold virtual 3D objects in the palms of their hands. The future is here at D39, thanks to your support. Visit d39foundation.org to learn more about Gripp Grants, make a donation to our Annual Appeal, and help support our D39 teachers and students.
Kristin Johnson, Early Childhood LBS teacher, Elizabeth Foley, Early Childhood LBS teacher, Stacy Levine, Kindergarten teacher (Romona), Kristen Olsen, Comprehensive LBS (Romona), Stephanie Boron, Early Childhood SLP, Cindy Anderson, Principal (Romona), Lisa Anderson, Assistant Principal (Romona), and Amanda Barton, Early Childhood Coordinator, received a grant to build an all-seasons outdoor classroom to be used by the District’s Early Childhood program, as well as Romona Elementary students in grades K-2. The wooden structure will take the form of a cafe including a “mud kitchen”, dining area, and work table, and will be called the Romona Mud Cafe. The goal of this project is to provide a space that allows students a year-round, nature-rich environment to learn through play-based, imaginative, and collaborative experiences. In addition, the space can be used for curriculum based lessons and will be universally accessible to the diverse community of students at Romona.
We are all motivated by the electronification of mileage trackers and step counters, and now, thanks to a D39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, students are able to track their Mileage Club progress through the innovative StrideTrack software. The card scanning system maximizes efficiency for educators, allowing for better reporting and the ability to create achievement certificates at the click of a button. Students can set mileage goals while also working on statistics and math in a fun and active way. StrideTrack also provides tools to keep students active when learning from home. Visit d39foundation.org to learn more about Gripp Grants, make a donation to our Annual Appeal, and help support our D39 teachers and students.
The Board of Trustees of the District 39 Educational Foundation proudly announces a $3000 gift to District 39 to support the implementation of SORA – the Student Reading App, from Overdrive.
With mandatory masking and social distancing altering classroom structure, teachers are looking for new ways to engage students. Thanks to a District 39 Educational Foundation Gripp Grant, our four elementary schools are making great use of the QBall, a throwable, foam-covered, wireless microphone used in classrooms. Teachers use the Qball to amplify their own voices but also to encourage students to share their ideas in a novel way. During these uncertain times, Qball is making learning fun for kids and letting voices be heard beyond the mask. Visit HERE to make a donation to our Annual Appeal, and help support our D39 teachers and students.
Five Spring 2020 Gripp Grants totaling $17,104 were awarded to 12 teachers, positively impacting students and inspiring learners at each of the District 39’s six schools. Bonny Skutch, Differentiation Specialist Teacher at Central, received a grant to bring Tang Math ‘Math Mania Days’ to each of the District 39 schools, which will be co-funded by the district. Math Mania Days will provide an immersive full day experience at each school for students, teachers and parents in the 2020/21 school year and will include: student assemblies, materials for teachers and students, professional development training for teachers, and family math nights led by Greg Tang. The goal of this program is to enhance mathematical fluency for students, develop best practices for teaching math fluency for teachers, and educate parents about how to support math fluency at home. Learning Behavior Specialists, Julia Ryan (Romona), Kristen Olsen (Romona), Jen Archer (Central), Amanda Kahana (Central),…
In April 2020, the Foundation donated $5,000 to the District’s Angel Fund. This fund provides qualifying families facing hardship with financial support to cover a variety of needs (school lunch, transportation costs, extracurriculars, etc.) but during the COVID-19 crisis, the fund is being directed to support food stability and Remote Learning resources. Donations can be made securely through this link: https://wilmette.revtrak.net/Angel-Fund-Donation/#/v/Angel-Fund-Donations
Current students, prospective students and community members gathered at the WJHS Cafeteria on Saturday, February 22nd to see what LAB39 students had been doing since December. They were amazed at all they saw! (more…)
Congratulations to Paula Lundell, McKenzie School OT, for the Encore Gripp Grant awarded to her for a hallway sensory path. Encore Grants are awarded for Foundation-funded projects that have previously been successful within D39 schools. In this case, sensory paths were awarded to each D39 elementary school last spring and are being used by students in each school with great success. McKenzie’s hallways were carpeted at that time so a sensory mat was purchased to use in the school’s motor room. Now McKenzie School has new linoleum hallways and is ready to have the same sensory path experience for its students. This Encore Grant will allow McKenzie students to benefit from a path that engages them in a sensory motor activity during transitions.
Our sixth annual “Attire to Inspire Fashion Show” was standing room only at the Westmoreland Country Club on November 13th. A new venue provided the setting for some fun twists to this event. Featured fashion ran the gamut from casual to high style.
The District 39 Educational Foundation Board voted on May 15th to approve a donation towards the Board of Education’s strategic planning initiative to outfit innovative classrooms in all six D39 schools. A total of $42,000 will be donated — $6,000 earmarked for each elementary school, $9,000 for Highcrest Middle School, and $9,000 for Wilmette Junior High School.
Cheri Bridge and Jill Forti, Technology Specialists at WJHS, were awarded a grant to purchase 29 MERGE cubes to support the initiation of the D39 Augmented Reality program, which builds upon the existing Virtual Reality program. MERGE cubes allow students to visualize complex systems by turning 3D models into a virtual object that students can manipulate, allowing them to better ‘experience’ the content they are studying. All four elementary schools will benefit from the grant for Sensory Paths to be installed in each of the schools. A Sensory Path is an organized course typically placed in a school hallway that encourages a routine, predictable motor break and provides students with an additional place to take ‘brain breaks’ during the school day. This grant was a collaborative effort involving 10 staff members, namely: Elyse Adamo (Romona LBS), Michelle Mermelstein (Romona OT), Lindsey Barnes (Romona Early Childhood OT), Gabrielle Young (Romona 1st…
The Wilmette Pub Crawl on Thursday, May 16th was a great success with perfect weather this year! It was be a fun night to meet friends and enjoy Wilmette dining and bar establishments. Many thanks to the Wilmette Pub Crawl founders, Ted Zaller and Peter Lipsey, for the $4,070 gift they bestowed upon the D39 Educational Foundation. We are very grateful for your support.
The D39 Educational Foundation proudly announces the Ray of Light Fund in honor of Superintendent Dr. Ray Lechner at his retirement. The fund celebrates Dr. Lechner’s background, support, and advocacy of special education and inclusion programming over his 20-year tenure. Dr. Lechner’s steadfast encouragement of all students to learn and grow together not only strengthened the Wilmette community throughout all six of D39’s schools, but also positively impacted children to be advocates for one another throughout their lives. The Ray of Light Fund was designed to support and enhance inclusion efforts by encouraging positive, mutually respectful educational experiences to inspire students of all needs and abilities to learn alongside one another while fostering positive relationships. The fund will sponsor a variety of programs to benefit all D39 students, staff, and the Wilmette community to continue the inclusion efforts Dr. Lechner enriched during his time as Superintendent. The D39 Educational Foundation endowed the Ray of…
Dog owners and comedy lovers joined to watch “Best In Show” on Thursday, April 11th at the Wilmette Theatre fundraising event for the D39 Educational Foundation. Many viewers sent in photos of their dogs that played in a slide show prior to the movie with one lucky winner enjoying a Wilmette Pet gift. Plus a door prize of a Wilmette Park District-donated pool/beach pass for a family of 4 including beach parking pass was given to one happy attendee. Thanks to all of the wonderful Wilmette businesses and organizations that helped make this a howling good time for all!
For the 7th year of Trivia Night, we changed up a lot, but made sure the fun was amped up as well! A new location at St. Joseph School created a different atmosphere. Sporcle Trivia Master and Jeopardy Champion Seth Wilson led the 19 teams through new types of trivia rounds requiring point wagering and strategy. We even added a Super Bowl Squares game to our raffle and Heads or Tails game for added fun and fundraising. The evening ended with a time for dancing and socializing so teams could mingle. Congrats to Team Livin’ On A Square for their victory over the pack in the last trivia round! Soymates won Best In Show with fabulous costumes and table decor!
Four Gripp Grants were awarded on November 14th for the Fall 2018 grant season. Jeneane Pence, Highcrest PE teacher, was awarded a grant for 30 Zone watches to assist students with heart rate monitoring during PE activities. Students will get accurate, real time feedback while still active to help them make a connection between their intensity level and heart rate. Teachers will also be able to use this information to personalize the students’ fitness goals. D39 Student Services Coordinator, Taylor Harvey and Romona/Harper Assistant Principal, Elena Ryan were awarded a grant to purchase 20 Qballs and JBL Flip portable speakers which will be used in all D39 elementary schools. A Qball is a ball-shaped microphone that sends a user’s voice via Bluetooth to a speaker that amplifies their words for all to hear. It can be passed or tossed around the classroom as students answer questions, read papers, and contribute…
It’s hard for us to believe we’ve been part of the District 39 community since 1993. Our mission continues to be: Promote educational innovation and excellence Support educators as they raise their aspirations for educational programs Increase students’ global awareness and understanding of human diversity Expand opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests & talents Encourage community involvement & support for education We’ve do this through the awarding of Gripp Grants named in honor of Phyllis Gripp (foundation member and former D39 teacher). These encourage teachers, administrators, and others in the community to pursue innovative ideas and think beyond traditional classroom teachings. We fund what the district cannot support with tax dollars alone. What have Gripp Grants Provided?: Introduction of digital cameras, laptop carts, iPads & SmartBoards to D39 Outdoor classrooms & learning gardens at all six schools Learning Commons district wide Academic speakers such as Jo Boaler on the…
Due to the resounding success of Meghan Espinoza’s 2017 Gripp Grant for pedal desks in her 6th grade classroom, the D39 Educational Foundation has gifted Highcrest and WJHS up to $5000 to purchase approximately 144 under-desk pedal units to be used in classrooms across the two campuses.
Thank you to the WJHS PTO and the 2017-2018 8th Grade Class for the very generous $3,325 donation. For all who donated to the 8th Grade Graduation Raffle, we appreciate your generous participation. We are honored by this gift and will use it in our Foundation efforts to enhance the educational opportunities for students throughout District 39 via Gripp Grants, Science Olympiad, in-school enrichment, and more. Congratulations WJHS graduates, best of luck in your high school endeavors!
The District 39 Educational Foundation announced that three Gripp Grant’s were awarded this spring, totaling a gift of $14,031 to District 39. The Gripp Grants will impact students at Highcrest, Wilmette Junior High and those in the comprehensive needs classrooms throughout the district. Overall the District 39 Educational Foundation had a very robust year awarding 9 grants and gifting a total of $25,164. Moticams: Dr. Peter Ower, requested the purchase of 4 Moticams (one per classroom) to enhance the 7th grade science curriculum. Moticams are special cameras that can be mounted to the lab microscopes already in use at Wilmette Junior High School. These cameras will allow students to take pictures of their work in biology and share this work with their teachers and other students. The current practice is for students to hand draw what they view in the microscopes or in some cases attempt to photograph their findings with iPads. Moticams will eliminate this cumbersome practice, streamline the workflow…
Thank you to the Wilmette Pub Crawl for donating over $3,200 in proceeds to the D39 Educational Foundation. Your support is much appreciated. Thanks also to those who attended the event and made it such a success.
Our screening of the classic, family movie “The Princess Bride” was a great success! Inconceivable? Not all all! The attraction of a movie liked by young and old, interactive audience participation during the showing, a costume contest, and horrible Spring weather combined to make this fundraiser a huge hit. Many thanks to the Wilmette Theatre for generously donating the venue for the event! It was a great way to lead into their “Kid’s Klassics” movies they are showing on various Sundays now through June 3rd. We appreciate all who joined us in this inaugural event that very likely will lead to more D39 Educational Foundation movie fundraisers in the future. Stay tuned next school year.
Six Gripp Grants were funded for the 2017 Fall grant cycle: Mayaan Sloane and Samantha Sutton, Highcrest Technology Innovation Specialists, were granted the purchase of video and recording equipment to transition the weekly WHMS News into a live student written, directed and executed broadcast. Currently only two students per homeroom participate in the broadcast creation and all of the editing, filming, etc. is done by Ms. Sloane and Ms. Sutton. The new, student-led format allows one homeroom each week to write, prepare, film and star in the broadcast. Students will choose roles: scriptwriter, feature creator, anchor, editor, camera operator, sound mixer, meteorologist, or producer. Every student who desires to participate will have the chance to actively create a final live broadcast shared with their classmates and community. The elementary school Differentiation Specialist Teachers, led by McKenzie’s Julie Garry, were awarded a grant to create individual recording studios. This inventive grant…
Our 4th annual Family Bingo Night on Friday, October 20th filled the Wilmette Masonic Lodge with families and fun! After many rounds with multiple winners of all ages, we ended the night with a round of blackout for $100 in cash! (more…)
The D39 Educational Foundation and District 39 partnered to host visiting Swiss Artist Verena Brassel May 16 – May 25 at WJHS. This initiative provided students with an opportunity to make connections across curriculum and explore different world views. The program was financed by the Foundation through the Lydia Martin Memorial Fund.
Our 10 Every Day Heroes Award event was a night to remember. It was an amazing opportunity to celebrate some special members of the District 39 community. These staff members were recognized for touching the lives of many and having a lasting impact on our school community. They are crossing guards, custodians, front desk staff, cooks, PE teachers and more. Read more…
On March 9th and 10th Highcrest Middle School 6th graders were treated to an afternoon of improv games, learning critical skills while laughing through fun individual and team games.
Science Olympiad Open House Wows! Over 50 families joined Science Olympiad students and teachers at the program Open House on Saturday, February 25th. All of the courses from Food Science to Crime Busters to Bottle Rockets to Hovercraft and more were represented. Students proudly displayed the work they completed during the courses. Current HMS and WJHS students plus 4th graders looking to learn what Science Olympiad is all about were treated to enthusiastic student presentations. Congratulations to all of the Science Olympians on their great work! Thank you to Starbucks on Green Bay for donating coffee and Jewel-Osco on Green Bay for providing food for the event.
The Foundation approved two Gripp Grants for the Fall 2016 grant cycle – Breakout EDU boxes and Google Chromebooks.
Teaching Mathematics for a Growth Mindset The Educational Foundation and Wilmette Public Schools District 39 hosted a special Parent Night on Thursday, September 29, at WJHS. Dr. Jo Boaler, Professor of Mathematics Education & Co-Founder of YouCubed at Stanford University and Cathy Williams, Co-Founder & Executive Director of YouCubed at Stanford University discussed what it means to teach math for a growth mindset and the implications for your child. For more information about the speakers and YouCubed visit youcubed.org. This event is made possible through funding from a Foundation Gripp Grant. For more information about the event click HERE. Questions? CONTACT D39 Department of Curriculum & Instruction. 847.512.6054
The District 39 Educational Foundation is proud to distribute $12,502 to 3 D39 schools and the District’s Office of Curriculum and Instruction.
The District 39 Educational Foundation is proud to announce a gift of $40,000 over 4 years to the district, towards the learning commons initiative.
Congratulations to the JV & Varsity Science Olympiad teams for an outstanding performance at Regionals at Harper College! Varsity brought home a 1st place trophy & advances to States at U of I on April 16. (more…)
The Foundation awarded four Gripp grants this fall totaling $5,802. Three grants were awarded to McKenzie school and one to the special education departments for Highcrest Middle School and Wilmette Junior High.
Our 7th & 8th grade Varsity Science Olympiad team participated at the Marie Murphy competition on December 12. The kids represented the district well. They supported each other, had positive attitudes & brought home some medals
The 2015 Spring round of Gripp Grants were awarded on March 26th. This grant cycle the Foundation approved four grants for projects at four different schools. 8th grade teachers Beth Kalish and Beth Cummo will pilot transforming a classroom at WJHS into a flexible learning space. Node desks with swivel seats and built-in stands for tablets, and white boards will be purchased to create a fluid environment. The classroom will be adaptable to suit different learning needs such as small-group work, whole classroom discussions, debates, collaborative work, etc. At HMS, 6th grade teacher Eric Resis will pilot differentiated seating options with new, adjustable-height desks. The goal is to provide movement to help maintain focus and attention. The students at McKenzie will soon have reusable water glasses and pitchers to use in the cafeteria thanks to a grant awarded to the McKenzie PTA and principal Denise Welter. This grant teaches the…
On Saturday, February 7th, 2015 over 200 friends, neighbors, and trivia buffs formed teams and came to the Woman’s Club of Wilmette dressed according to their own creative theme. (more…)
The Foundation awarded 5 Gripp Grants this fall, totaling over $4,100. The 4th grade teachers at Romona will purchase automobile artifacts for students to examine during their inventions study using the 5 lenses of the new social studies curriculum. Romona’s Early Childhood Evaluation Team received a grant to create 3 new play scheme boxes to improve their assessment process. WJHS Drama teacher, Dinah Barthelmess at WJHS will use her grant to conduct a Process Drama unit in her Improv Classes on “Us and Them” focusing on diversity and tolerance through a collaboration with Canadian teaching artist, Margaret Boersma. Also at WJHS, Yiyi Xu, the Mandarin teacher, will purchase an application to help students with reading proficiency and advanced vocabulary. Lastly, Central’s 2nd grade teacher Susan Morris will use funds for technology to help with “fliperentiation” and cloned teacher mini lessons to reinforce concepts to accommodate the differentiation among students’ capabilities…
The Foundation is excited to announce its plans for a Community Fine Arts Project funded through the Sam Mikaelian Fine Arts Fund during the 2014-2015 school year. With the help of District 39 students, the Foundation will facilitate the fabrication and installation of three artistic bike racks in the Village of Wilmette. The Rack*It Project will begin in the art classes at all six District 39 Schools this Fall when the children are invited to design a bike rack that represents the community of Wilmette. For Highcrest and WJHS students, if your child does not have Art scheduled during the First Quarter, but wishes to participate in the Rack*It Project, he/she should contact your school’s Art Teachers. All designs must be submitted by October 31st. Each school will review the designs submitted by the children and select five designs to submit for consideration. A Design Committee, comprised of teachers from the District 39 Art Department, Foundation members, cycling advocates and community stakeholders…
Thank you for your donation to the D39 Educational Foundation! Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. You will receive an email confirmation of your donation and a letter from the Foundation acknowledging your donation.
For the 2013-2014 school year the Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in Gripp Grants! And, this year all six D39 schools received at least one grant to expand, enrich and complement the curriculum. Four grants were approved for the spring grant cycle. Parlez vous francais? Highcrest’s French teacher, Katie Fox’s students will be able to develop vocabulary, grasp story meaning and flow with new French fairy tale books purchased with her Gripp Grant. Using familiar tales will give students confidence, a frame of reference and enhance the foreign language reading experience. “Recess is a time for fun, but it isn’t much fun for kids who feel left out or lonely”. Ms. Belconis’ 5th grade class at Highcrest read that quote in a Scholastic News magazine article from a boy who came up with the idea for a “Buddy Bench”. The class submitted a grant and now HMS will have two…
Thanks to the tremendous support of the community and a lot of hard work, the District 39 Educational Foundation has met its goal of raising $110,000 over a two-year period for the WJHS science labs. Earthquake towers, microscopes, DNA extraction kits and forensic detective labs are just some of the items purchased with these funds. The Foundation is proud to partner with District 39 to help bring science to life for our students!
The foundation will be supporting a number of innovative initiatives within the D39 schools with five new grants that were recently awarded. The grant for Central School’s 21st Century Learning Space will pilot the initial phase of creating a collaborative learning area by reconfiguring the computer lab, library and adjoining classrooms. This new student-centered space will include technologies and other tools, space configurations and furnishings to facilitate various learning modes, and more. Pre-loaded, portable audio books called Playaways, will be purchased for Harper’s library thanks to a Foundation grant. Playaways increase opportunities for students of all reading abilities to have creative, educational, and successful literature experiences both in school and at home, provide support for struggling readers, and give all students access to more challenging text. HMS will host composer Quincy C. Hilliard as artisan-in-residence for the sixth grade Hawks Band on February 19, 2014. The band will be performing…
Katie Lee, D39 Curriculum Coordinator, received a Professional Development grant early this fall. With this grant, Katie was able to participate in the 2013 Chinese Bridge Delegation designed to help educators start and expand their Chinese language and culture programs. The goal is to improved, enhance and develop the D39 Mandarin curriculum for grades 5-8.
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The District 39 Educational Foundation recently presented Wilmette School Board with a check for $55,000 to help fund projects for the District 39 community, according to its newsletter. The foundation is supporting District 39 and the Wilmette Junior High School science wing renovation through a private-public partnership of the Inspiring Scientist Fund, which will help provide hands-on classroom materials to complement the new science curriculum that debuts in fall 2013. The foundation is also planning to continue the Science Olympiad program next school year; the program was unveiled at Highcrest Middle School this year Posted on May 29, 2013 by Chi-an Chang in Wlmette-Kenilworth Patch
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Central School classrooms will be receiving Tanzanian artifact boxes to compliment their Sister School Program thanks to a Gripp Grant from the D39 Educational Foundation. Central School classrooms will be receiving Tanzanian artifact boxes to compliment their Sister School Program thanks to a Gripp Grant from the D39 Educational Foundation. Central School classrooms will be receiving Tanzanian artifact boxes to compliment their Sister School Program thanks to a Gripp Grant from the D39 Educational Foundation.
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In June 2012 the D39 Educational Foundation approved an innovative public/private partnership to dedicate fundraising efforts in support of new Wilmette Junior High Science Labs. The Foundation set a goal of raising $110,000 over the next two years to be used for these high priority enhancements and was proud to be a part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil the new science labs at WJHS in the fall of 2013. (more…)
The Foundation will be funding three new initiatives in D39 schools this fall. “Say Yes to Improv!” will bring 8th grade drama students at WJHS an in-depth study of the art of improvisation.