Monday, February 23, 2009

U.S. House of Representatives Page

This is directed to students who are 16-years-old and have at least a 3.0 GPA who might be interested in serving in the Obama Administration as a page.
Serving as a page can be an invaluable experience and boost the impression of a college admissions application.
To learn more about this enlightening educational opportunity, click the link below for details.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund

3950 Chesapeake Street, NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0120

February 17, 2009

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students and Parents,

The Wilson community is mourning the death of Ms. Sarah Tilman, an exceptional young teacher whose death following a short illness was a devastating loss. Ms. Tilman passed away on Monday, February 9, 2009. Ms. Tilman was in her third year at Wilson and already had made her mark on the school. Her fellow teachers and other members of the Wilson staff knew her as a radiant, quick-witted, caring and generous colleague. Her students knew her as someone who loved her subject and was able to engage them in her enthusiasm for it. Finally, the parents of her students knew her as someone who cared about their children and worked hard to ensure their success.

We are writing to let you know that a scholarship fund has been established in Ms. Tilman's memory. The Sarah Tilman scholarship will be awarded each year to a student distinguished by his or her love of science. The faculty of the Wilson science department will be responsible for developing the guidelines to be applied in making the award and selecting the annual award recipients. The committee that is working to raise money for the scholarship would like to build a fund of approximately $16,000 to support an annual award of $500 in perpetuity.

If you would like to contribute to the Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund, your gift of any amount will be gratefully accepted. All contributions to the fund are tax deductible. Checks should be written to the Wilson High School PTSA; on the memo line of the check, please write "Sarah Tilman Scholarship Fund" to ensure that your gift is directed properly. Checks may be mailed to PTSA Treasurer, Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016, or placed your contribution in the PTSA box in the main office at the school in an enveloped marked to the attention of the PTSA treasurer.

Ms. Sarah Tilman is someone who should not be forgotten and the scholarship fund that is being established in her honor will help to ensure that she is long remembered by the Wilson community.

Yours sincerely,

Peter J. Cahall Susan Carter Mary GiffinPrincipal PTSA Co-President PTSA Co-President

Sarah Tilman Memorial

Friday, February 20, 2009
Woodrow Wilson High School Library

Obituary for Sarah Tilman

The following obituary for Sarah Louise Tilman was published in the MinneapolispSt. Paul Star Tribune Also, please NOTE that the url for the article is included at the end of the obituary. You can cut and paste this to go to the original, which includes a photo as well as other links.
Tilman, Sarah Louise 27, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on February 10, 2009, after the flu. Sarah will be remembered by family, friends and students for her enthusiasm for life and her strong, caring and giving personality. She is deeply missed.

Sarah attended St. Louis Park High School and Carleton College. A gifted student, Sarah was driven to help others. She chose a career in education because she thought that all students should have teachers like those who inspired her. Sarah taught at North High School in Minneapolis, then at Woodrow Wilson Public High School in Washington DC. She earned a Masters in Education from American University. She challenged, inspired and loved her students, and the feeling was mutual. Sarah adored her family, and they her. Sarah will be forever loved by her parents, David and Cathie Tilman; sisters, Lisa (Adam and Aimee Strand) Tilman and Margaret (Per) Nelson; brother, Andrew Tilman; nephew, George Nelson; grandmothers, Lauretta Titman and Bertha Baxter; and her many other relatives and friends.

Funeral 11AM Monday 2/16 at WOODDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 4003 Wooddale Ave., St. Louis Park with Visitation 3-7PM Sunday 2/15 at the THOMSON-DOUGHERTY MANSION, 2535 Park Avenue, Minneapolis and one hour prior to service at church. Interment Lakewood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations that will be distributed to Sarah's favorite educational institutions.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Parents of Teacher Sarah Tilman

Mailing Address

For those who would like to send a card, the mailing address for Sarah Tilman's parents is:

Dave and Cathy Tilman

3710 Glenhurst St Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55416

Also, as the school determines how it will respond collectively, we will keep you informed.

Principal Cahall on Ms. Tilman's Death

Good morning students and staff…there is never a good way to have to communicate the news that I must share with you this morning…it is with great sadness and sorrow that I share with you the loss of one our school community members. We were informed yesterday that Ms. Sarah Tilman passed away suddenly. Ms. Tilman was one of our teachers who taught biology for the last three years in our school. On Monday, Ms. Tilman left school early with “flu-like” symptoms. Yesterday, we received a call from her parents informing us that she had passed away Monday evening. In talking with her parents, their first concern was for her daughter’s students. They were concerned about who would be there to teach her students and how they would handle the loss of one of their teachers. Ms. Tilman was a dynamic and dedicated teacher and person. She had the gift of sharing her love of science while building relationships with the students that she served. She made learning about science and biology fun, exciting, and with a practical application to the lives of the students that she taught. Although Ms. Tilman’s life was short in terms of years, she had a tremendous impact on hundreds of student’s lives that far out weigh the time that she spent on this earth. It is not necessarily the amount of time that one has on earth but what ones does with the time. I can tell you today that Ms. Tilman had a full and productive life. As we mourn the loss of one of our teachers, colleagues, and friends, I believe that Ms. Tilman is in a better place today. I want our students to know that many of our teachers and staff are hurting today because we lost someone that we respected and cared for. Students, I would ask that you be sensitive and compassionate to the adults that you serve you today. For all of us, this is a time of loss in our school community. Whether you knew Ms. Tilman or not, you may be having some feelings of sadness and grief. I want you to know that we are here to support you, to assist you, and to comfort you. We will have available a team of counselors with us today. If you are in need of someone to talk to or just need some time to reflect, we have identified rooms that you can go to. If your classroom is in the lower level or main level, we will have counselors in room 108. On the second floor, you can go to room 200. On the third floor, you can go to room 327. And if you are in the L-wing, you can go to the library.

I want to reassure you that together we will get through this very difficult period. I know that the caring and compassionate spirit that lies within each of us will shine through in the days and weeks to come as we celebrate the life of Ms. Sarah Tilman who touched so many of our lives. Even though we may be feeling sad right now, it is important to remember all the wonderful and extraordinary things that Ms. Tilman accomplished and what she stood for. Today, you can use this opportunity and dedicate yourself to being the best student or teacher that you can because that is what Ms. Tilman exemplified and lived each day. I have asked your teachers to use part of today’s lesson to allow you to talk and to share how this situation may be affecting you. But it will be important to also focus and continue with the work, learning, and the state of living because I know that is what Ms. Tilman would want us to do.

At this time, I would ask that you would observe a moment of silence in memory of a Ms. Sarah Tilman.

As your principal, I want to reassure you that we care about each of you in a very special way and I will ensure that we will survive this tragedy together. Thank you for taking the time to listen and understand my message today.

Teacher Sarah Tilman Passes

Teacher Sarah Tilman
Died Monday Evening

Sarah Tilman, Advanced Placement and 9th grade Biology Teacher at Wilson, passed away on Monday due to sudden illness. The school's administration and support services will provide information, support and grief counseling on Wednesday when students arrive at school.

Once we have additional information from the family, we will provide it to Wilson families via mail and list-serv.

Our deepest sympathies go to her family, her friends, and the students, teachers and staff at Wilson.