2013-2014 Innovative Classroom Awards.
$18,342 Granted. 3,607 students impacted this year!
1) Curriculum and Resources for Student Leadership Course at Canyon Park Jr. High – Impact: 300 Students
$620 awarded to fund materials to support the Foundation’s initiative to ensure that every student has the opportunity to meet their potential. Under the direction of Sebastian Ziz and Jackie Phillips, students in this class will learn to develop and strengthen leadership abilities. Skills learned will contribute to positive school changes and climate. It will also prepare them for leadership positions in college and the career world, as well as making them a viable part of the community.
2) Schoolyard Gardens at Crystal Springs Elementary – Impact: 300+ Students
$1000 awarded to fund the Foundation’s initiatives for STEM and Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the supervision of Kris Hill and Lori Hardwick, students will develop and tend two gardens. In a physically active setting, gardening has the potential to reconnect students with nature, thus helping them to become more engaged and empowered.
3) Martian Geological Survey Robots at Woodmoor Elementary – Impact: 400 Students
$1000 awarded to help purchase Lego Mindstorms packs with software to support the Foundation’s initiative for STEM education. Under the direction of Linda Peterson, this exciting program will involve students in the field of robotics. Their goal will be to design and create equipment and a robot that will successfully perform operations on a simulated flight to Mars. They will learn teamwork while working with students of differing skills and interests.
4) Woodmoor AAC Language and Social Group at Woodmoor Elementary – Impact: 245 Students
$996 awarded for a Laptop Communicator to support the Foundation’s initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the direction of Cathy Kennedy, students with severe communication limitations will learn skills required to communicate as successfully as possible. Learning will enhance group interaction and will include parent participation. This program is also planned to include general education peers in the groups for peer-mediated support.
5) Arduino Micorcontroller Lab Kits at Skyview Junior High – Impact: 1150 Students
$1000 awarded to fund 10 Arduino Kits to support the Foundation’s initiative for STEM education. Under the supervision of Doug Pumptuis, students in grades 7/8 will connect with robitics and electronics studies. The projects can be individualized for different abilities. The programming and problem solving promotes logical thinking that better prepares students for advanced math and science.
6) WEB – Middle School Transition Program to Increase Student Achievement at Leota Junior High – Impact: 650 Students
$1000 awarded to support a middle school transition program to increase student achievement at Leota Junior High called “Where Everybody Belongs,” supporting the Foundation’s initiative for Enhancement activities. Under the direction of Kathleen Hartman and Ryan Adams, 9th grade students will be provided with leadership skills and supplies to help 7th graders transition into their first year of junior high school. Student achievement is enhanced by improving school culture, developing student leaders, and increasing academic performance as a result of a safer, more supportive school environment.
7) SAS Music Program at Secondary Academy for Success – Impact: 25 Students
$1000 awarded for musicians who work with students to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the supervision of Robert Morgan, SAS students have the opportunity to write music, play instruments, set up equipment and help with recording. Having a music program with professional musicians will help SAS students feel more connected to school, increase the on-time graduation rate, increase community partnerships supporting student learning, and provide the opportunity for professional instruction.
8) Sorenson Table Grant at Sorenson Early Childhood Center – Impact: 240 Students
$985.50 awarded for 3 tables with variable height adjustment to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the direction of Louise Oneil-Gray, this grant will offer Sorenson students appropriate seating/tables for their size. Appropriate table heights during seated activities can affect vision, range of motion, trunk stability, core control, upper extremity function, and head control. With adjustable tables, each student will be able to be seated properly for maximum learning.
9) Materials to Support SAS’s Yoga Class at Seconary Academy for Success – Impact: 50 Students per year
$1000 awarded to buy essential Yoga equipment and supplies to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Health and Enrichment. Under the supervision of Toni Janus and Donna Tyo, SAS students will have another PE option to earn credits for graduation.
10) The Bucket Brigade Student Team at Fernwood Elementary School – Impact: 600 Students
$200 awarded to buy board games at Fernwood Elementary to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Literacy & Arts, Math, Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners, and Heath & Enrichment. Under the direction of Danyel Joyner, team members from grades 3-6 will work with peers who have been selected by their teachers to receive help in needed areas. Not only will students get help with school work, they may make a friend and play a game. It will also help children become empowered to lead and to include and interact successfully with everyone.
11) Puppets and Picture Books at Maywood Hills Elementary School – Impact: 67
$1000 awarded to this traveling reading program for Maywood Students to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Literacy & Arts. Under the leadership of Renee Huizenga and with the help of other Maywood teachers, a traveling story time will be brought to K-3rd students in three different Maywood localities once a week for 6 weeks during the summer break. They will hear stories, practice retelling and sequencing, learn puppetry skills and leave with a book to read. Younger siblings and parents are encouraged to come and learn skills.
12) English Language Acquisition at Kenmore Elementary School – Impact: 480 Students
$1000 awarded to Kenmore Elementary School to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Literacy & Arts. Under the teaching of Kim Menon, students will be able to check out books and DVDs to use at home. Having exposure to these materials over a longer period will enhance students’ reading and language abilities while increasing their success.
13) From Seed to Harvest – A Hands-on Garden for K-6 at Sunrise Elementary – Impact: 1500 Students
$1000 awarded to Sunrise Elementary School to fund the Foundation’s initiative for STEM. Under the supervision of Christy Vacchio, Nicki Foran and Maureen Juenger, students will work together to develop a sustainable hands-on garden program. Gaining access to a greenhouse and gardens will provide a unique way for teachers to integrate and reinforce curriculum across subject areas.
14) Tier 2 Intensive Reading at Shelton View Elementary – Impact: 230 Students
$1000 awarded to Shelton View Elementary to fund the Foundation’s initiatives for Literacy & Arts and Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners This program under the supervision of Deb Stone will provide reading intervention and support for all students in reading and writing. By using leveled books and materials, students will be provided with additional support and instruction on a daily basis. The program is specifically designed to target the most vulnerable students who read below standard, but all students who participate will benefit.
15) Hang Time at Kenmore, Northshore and Skyview Junior Highs – Impact: 150 Students
$1000 awarded to Kenmore, Northshore and Shyview Junior Highs to fund the Foundation’s initiatives for Health & Enrichment and Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the direction of Lauren Hopp, Eileen Jewell, and Trevor Sata, this program will provide afterschool classes and tutoring. Volunteers who help with these sessions are college students from UW Bothell, Cascadia CC, America Reads and other community members. They build positive relationships and provide positive role models while giving much needed help with assignments.
16) Isokinetics Stability Ball Chairs at Timbercrest Junior High – Impact: 50 Students
$821 awarded to Timbercrest Junior High to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the supervision of Kelsea Franklin, these chairs will be purchased for Exceptional Classrooms. Students will benefit from this equipment because it allows movement while the student focuses on learning.
17) Reading Intervention Program Grades 3-6 at Hollywood Hill – Impact: 180 Students
$1000 awarded to Hollywood Hill to fund the Foundation’s initiatives for Literacy and Arts and Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Under the direction of Christine Koch and Scott Beebe this intervention program will provide teachers with the resources to provide specific teaching and learning to those targeted students who are reading below grade level.
18) Sensory Diet in Education at Cottage Lake Elementary – Impact: 300 Students
$1000 awarded to Cottage Lake Elementary School to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Advanced and Disadvantaged Learners. Kari Galvagno will supervise this program which will provide students who have sensory processing difficulties a planned and scheduled sensory activity program. Providing more equipment will give students more opportunities to participate in sensory experiences and can help prepare them for optimal learning.
19) Game Plan Charts and Visuals for Kokanee Elementary – Impact: 30 Students
$890 awarded to Kokanee Elementary to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Literacy and Arts. Under the direction of Michelle Poage, this program will enhance music education for Grades 1 and 2. By purchasing this equipment, teachers will be able to enhance the curriculum and engage students in active music making. Lessons will spark creativity and higher-level thinking skills.
20) Full Steam Ahead Recess at Cottage Lake Elementary – Impact: 1600 Students
$1000 awarded to Cottage Lake Elementary School to fund the Foundation’s initiatives for STEM and Art. This program, under the supervision of Suzanne Sterling, will take place during lunch recess. The purchase of a wide variety of board games, puzzle and maze games, engineering and building games and science and art kits, will encourage creativity and facilitate cooperation, basic social skills and critical thinking.
21) Nonfiction Mentor Texts at Moorlands Elementary – Impact: 1000 Students
$1000 awarded to Moorlands Elementary School to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Literacy & Arts. This program, under the direction of Linda McDonald, will build a collection of nonfiction mentor texts which will be used to model elements of good writing for students. Subjects will include people, mammals, birds and insects. By using these texts, the teachers will create a rich environment in which writing will flourish. Students will become stronger writers.
22) Fidgets for Fidgets at Lockwood Elementary – Impact: 2160 Students
$240 awarded to Lockwood Elementary to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Health and Enrichment. Kerri McCaul is the project Leader. With the increasing numbers of students with attention, focus and/or executive functioning issues, hand on sensory tools are essential for them to stay focused on the standards driven lessons they receive daily. The project will have whole class activities and tools for individual students.
23) Motivated Movement at Moorlands Elementary – Impact: 175 Students
$950 awarded to Moorlands Elementary to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Health and Enrichment. Under the supervision of Mary Neifert, equipment will be purchased that will promote movement. Movement facilitates learning by increasing a student’s ability to pay attention.
23) Educating ESY with Uniform Materials for Summer K-6 – Impact: 500 Students
$600 awarded to the Summer 1-6 program to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Disadvantaged Learners. Under the supervision of Casey Klinich, equipment such as plastic/paper money, flash cards, reusable art supplies, books etc. will provide students with special needs with interactive activities during their summer program.
24) Weight Room Project at Canyon Park Junior High – Impact: 8000
$700 awarded to Canyon Park Junior High to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Health and Enrichment. Under the supervision of Danielle Meyer, equipment will be purchased to invigorate and strengthen the health/fitness curriculum. By increasing the focus on core stability, balance, muscle strength and endurance, teachers will help students increase fitness scores and student desire to participate.
25) Student Recognition at Secondary Academy for Success – Impact: 640
$75 awarded to SAS to fund the Foundation’s initiative for Enrichment. Under the guidance of Donna Tyo, materials will be purchased to use as incentives to give to students for “doing the right thing.” Students who are recognized for doing well will help build a more positive school atmosphere, improving both school pride and attendance.