New Endowment Project
In spring 2017, founation trustees and the school board approved the our involvement in expanding and enhancing Tonka<codes> curricular programs.
This will transform Minnetonka students
from being consumers of technology
to becoming creators and inventors, making them
highly employable and successful in the 21st century.
Specifically, we will provide materials, training and events that support opportunities for Minnetonka students to creatively engage with technology and “unplugged” materials to innovate and address real world problems. The foundation will support primary and interdisciplinary applications related to coding, computer science, STEM, robotics, design thinking, Makerspace and more. Foundation involvement will provide open-ended student-driven learning experiences that encourage creativity, collaboration and teamwork to achieve a goal.
The Foundation's Endowment FundA stable, permanent source of income, the foundation’s $1.2 million Endowment Fund allows us to support long-term and broad impact programming. It is managed by a professional investment firm in accordance with strict investment principles approved by the Foundation board. An investment committee of highly qualified volunteers meets regularly to monitor the investment portfolio.
Previous Foundation Endowment Projects:
Writing Center: In 2007, The Foundation launched the first project funded by the Endowment, the Writing Center at Minnetonka High School. The Writing Center supports all MHS students and staff through 1:1 writing conferences, workshops, and outreach. One full-time writing teacher and 22 well-trained student writing coaches serve writers in grades 9-12 and work on cross-age projects with middle and elementary students.
Global Learning: Partnering with the district, Foundation resources increased the scale and impact of global learning for Minnetonka students through curriculum design and teacher training from 2013-2016. The Foundation also celebrated the inclusion of Global Perspectives as one of eight core elements for deeper and more meaningful student experiences in the Minnetonka Teaching and Learning framework, building a lasting legacy of Global Learning in all Minnetonka curriculum.