Since 1995, the Northshore Schools Foundation has returned over $1,000,000 to the Northshore school district.
Each year, our board donates approximately 4500 volunteer hours. The Northshore Schools Foundation supports the critical needs of the Northshore School District by:
• Investing nearly $552,000 for district curriculum enhancement which support School Board goals and objectives in Literacy & Arts; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM); Advanced & Disadvantaged Learners; and Health & Enrichment efforts
• Promoting innovation and creativity for close to 64,000 students by funding 313 classroom grants
• Supporting Teacher Excellence through National Board Teacher Certification of 26 teachers with grants of $27,000+ impacting more than 350,000 students
• Funding nearly $28,000 in support of student groups like Science Olympiad, Math Olympiad, Deca, FBLA, Honor Society, ASB and Class Officers, Jr. High science field trips among others
Literacy & Arts
Basic reading proficiency is the foundation to future student success in all subjects. Strong literacy skills are closely linked to academic success and the probability of getting a good job, decent earnings and access to training opportunities. The Foundation is supporting classrooms by providing literacy enhancement materials for students of all ages. Included in this effort over the years is financial support for the Swing Shift program, school libraries, classroom libraries for new elementary teachers, family literacy for Spanish-speaking families, and the Literacy Link Summer School Program among several others.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
The workforce is changing and a student’s proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math is required for a successful career in the 21st century. NSD has adopted a variety of curriculum and expanded program options for students to develop these skills. An example of these program offerings is the Environmental Studies Program created in collaboration with Cascadia Community College. The Foundation is committed to ensuring students have the programs and equipment necessary to successfully embark on a comprehensive STEM learning experience. Over the years, the Foundation provided interactive Science Kits and updates for EVERY elementary school, specialized Science and History Books for EVERY elementary school, Safety Equipment for secondary science classrooms and Science textbooks for secondary schools. We also funded a PCR machine and materials for the Biomed progam and hospital beds for the nursing program.
Teacher excellence through quality instruction is a priority for the Northshore School District. National Board Certification is an advanced teaching credential awarded to teachers who successfully complete a “voluntary assessment program designed to recognize effective and accomplished teachers who meet high standards.” To date, 99 NSD teachers have earned this distinction.
The Foundation is committed to supporting the cultivation of exceptional teachers for our students by supporting new classroom teachers and teachers pursuing the National Board Certification. We fund scholarships to the UW Support Group that supports teachers in the National Board Certification process and have set up a fund where teachers in that process can apply for paid time off to prepare for their exams.
Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners
Northshore School District strives to provide a world-class education to each of its more than 19,000 students. The District provides rigorous curriculum, programs, and opportunities to meet the varied needs of students and challenge them to excel academically to be college- and/or career-ready. Examples of district-wide programs to meet unique student needs include the Elementary Advanced Program (EAP), Advanced Placement, English Language Learner (ELL), International Baccalaureate (IB), Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Special Education and Homeless Services.
The Foundation has a long history of purchasing textbooks for our more advanced students as in support of Honors, College in the High School, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in Math, Science, World Languages and the Humanities, College Boards testing; textbooks, supplies and equipment for children with learning disadvantages. The Foundation is partnering with the NSD to support programs such as Natural Leaders, Hang Time and Community Schools and also is expanding its scope beyond classroom walls by helping to support programs that address non-academic barriers to learning as well.
Health & Enrichment Programming
Since our inception, the Northshore Schools Foundation has focused on supporting opportunities that enhance the learning experience for students. The Foundation continues to prioritize programs that extend and enrich the learning environment and experience for our students. Fitness, health, service and other activities ensure that our students are ready to learn and provide support for beyond classroom essentials. Included in Foundation funding support are the Healthy Youth survey and McKinney Vento effort among others.