2011-12 INNOVATIVE CLASSROOM AWARDS

15 Grants Awarded
2210 Students Impacted
$14,233.00 Granted

Congratulations to the grant recipients!

1) Naturalists in Training program at Skyview Junior High – Impacting 300 students
$1000 awarded for Naturalists in Training program at Skyview Junior High Outdoor Environmental Learning Center while maintaining and extending the center.  Under the direction of John Schmied and Tom Nowak this student and community-centered project will provide practical and theoretical experience about environments and environmental management.  The Naturalist in Training program will extend the existing center’s reach and increase the student leadership and relevant job training aspects of the environmental learning center’s current scope.

 2) Library collection at Secondary Academy of Success – Impacting 150 Students
$2500 awarded to fortify the Library collection at Secondary Academy of Success, at the request of Librarian Terri Davis. This special one-time request will be used to purchase high interest fiction books, best selling and award winning books, and nonfiction books that support classroom curriculum.

3) Adaptive Arts Education Project at Bothell High School – Impacting 30 Students.
 96 awarded for the Adaptive Arts Education Project at Bothell High School.  Under the direction of Natalie Mosely, this project will support students with moderate to severe disabilities by providing visual arts instruction that is both standards based and modified to meet the needs of individual students.

4) Sustainable Learning Project at Secondary Academy of Success – Impacting 100 students.
$250 granted for Sustainable Learning Project at Secondary Academy of Success.  Under the direction of Judy Ellis and Barbara Wilson, the entire student body will work on site at 21 acres, a sustainable farm in the Sammamish Valley, on ongoing organic farm projects that encourage service learning and environmental stewardship.

5) FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program – Impacting 40 students
$1000 awarded to support high school students competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program.  Under the leadership of Damen Schuneman the program provides students with the opportunity to explore robotics and engineering fields of study while learning key competencies for meeting academic standards and real life applications.

6) Class Fitness Mats at Bear Creek Elementary School – Impacting 450 students.
$800 awarded for Class Fitness Mats at Bear Creek Elementary School.  Under the direction of Alicia Geoghagen, students will enjoy the use of fitness mats during stretching and yoga instruction, fitness exercises and track and field units.

7) “Greening” Science units of study at Moorlands Elementary – Impacting 60 students.
$795 Awarded for “Greening” Science units of study at Moorlands Elementary.  Under the direction of Deborah Fullerton, the sixth grade science curriculum will be enhanced to include the concept of sustainability through the implementation of a world based understanding of water.

8) Helping Hands Program at Wellington Elementary – Impacting 175 students
$900 awarded to expand and support Helping Hands Program at Wellington Elementary where nearly 1/3 of the student population is already engaged in monthly opportunities to become more conscious of the needs of others and serve their community in positive ways, under the direction of Meggin Mann.

9) Activity  room dividers at Sorenson Early Childhood Center– Impacting 200 students
$800 awarded to Sorenson Early Childhood Center for activity room dividers to allow the optimum utilization of the multi-purpose space and enhance the learning environment for all children.  Grant submitted by Sorenson Parents.

10) Summer Reading Book Bus at Woodmoor Elementary – Impacting 130 students
$1000 awarded to the Summer Reading Book Bus program that offers students from Woodmoor Elementary to travel to school to read books, be read to, and to check out books during the summer months when the Woodmoor’s school library is traditionally closed.

11) Spanish Read-alouds at Wooin Elementary.  – Impacting 330 students
$1000 awarded for Spanish Read-alouds for the new Benchmark Literacy curriculum at Woodin Elementary.  Under the Direction of Kristin Cortes, students will have access to titles in Spanish that match the new literacy curriculum for the dual language program.

12) MP3 players for struggling readers at Woodin Elementary – Impacting 110 students
$800 awarded for MP3 players for struggling readers at Woodin Elementary to increase their access to Spanish, nonfiction and popular titles that are not available with the District funded e-audiobooks subscription.

13) High interest, low-level books for Woodmoor Elementary – Impacting 90 students
$1000 awarded for high interest, low-level books for Woodmoor intermediate classrooms.  Under the direction of Kathy Strawn, these books will help community members and staff to provide targeted, comprehensive instruction for students who are below grade level readers.

14)  Structured Seating for Success in Contained Learning Centers at Cottage Lake and Woodmoor Elementaries – Impacting 20 students
$912 awarded for structured seating options for the success of students in Contained Learning Centers at Cottage Lake and Woodmoor Elementarys.  Under the direction of Casey Klinich and Jenny Woods, these chairs will provide an innovative way for students who are on the autism spectrum, have sensory processing disorders, or have mobility or orthopedic impairments stay focused on the group or individually structured learning activities.

15) Music production and performance program at the Secondary Academy of Success. – Impacting 35 students
$500 awarded for the music production and performance program at the Secondary Academy of Success.   Under the direction of Tony Olney, nearly 20% of the students at SAS have participated in this incentive based program which has proven to improve student academic performance, improve attendance, increase self confidence and creates an environment of creativity and mastery for students.