2011-2012 Funded Grants

In 2011, the Highline Schools Foundation awarded $31,608 in Excel/MAD grants for 54 grants at 30 different schools. The Grant Review Committee (comprised of Foundation Trustees) had a very difficult time selecting grants to fund with so many original and worthwhile projects!

Academy for Citizenship and Empowerment

Shauna Pierson, Counselor
The Face of College
In order to allow freshmen the opportunity to dream and see themselves as college students and to help develop their academic identity, we would like to take a college visit to the UW. In the past it has had a profound effect on how freshmen see themselves and to see students on a college campus who look like them. Many of our students are first generation high school students and will be first generation college students. By showing them what is possible, we keep the dream alive and can make meaning out of their high school career. The money I am requesting is to pay for school buses to transport us to the UW.

Samuel Gadbury, PE Teacher
PE equipment improvement
I would like to update and supplement much of the equipment within the PE program to offer a greater variety of life-long sports and exercise activities. Many team sports are not viable options as an adult since organizing a large number of people is difficult. I like to offer individual and small team sports as well as leisure activities to promote exercise the leads to lifelong fitness. Many of our students are non-athletes and need to find ways to exercise that fit their lifestyle, ablities and interests.

Beverly Park Elementary

Linda Wheeler, Librarian
Bonanza Girl
Sixth grade students will read and discuss the book Bonanza Girl. They will then recreate the restaurant in the book. Students will invite guests, make invitations, signs, create the menu, name the restaurant, cook and serve the food for their guests. Before service the students will introduce themselves as one of the characters in the book. They will reenact their character in first person.

Big Picture High School

Bonnie Lathram, College and Career Counselor
Explore: Life After High School is Real  
The “Explore: Life After High School is Real” project is geared toward 9th graders at our school. The 9th grade teachers and I will teach a 4 week curriculum preparing students for a culminating all-day field trip to a local college where students will have the opportunity to learn more about what life is like on a college campus, meet with college students, shadow a class of their interest, and learn more about how to pay for college. To prepare for the field trip, the 4 week curriculum will include a workbook for each student featuring lessons on cost of living and budgeting, a post high school scavenger hunt, and financial planning for life after high school. We conducted pre and post survey data last year and found that students had engaged more with parents about life after high school as a result of both the college visit and the lesson plans.

Bow Lake Elementary

Melinda Nixon, Teacher
Field Trip to Puget Sound Skills Center
Melinda Nixon, a 6th grade teacher at Bow Lake Elementary, recently took her students on a field trip to Puget Sound Skills Center. The goal was to open the eyes of the students to all the possibilities that the future holds and provide them the opportunity to begin thinking about a career pathy and to physically see their options. >>read more

Deanna Bell, Librarian
Country Books for the Bow Lake Library
We need new up-to-date country books in our library collection for two reasons: 1. Our children come from all over the globe and they want to read about their country. 2. Teachers are trying to combine social studies with non-fiction reading skills and ask for country books throughout the year. As you know, this is the second year the district has not funded libraries. It is important that we try to maintain quality collections that benefit all of our children.

Susan Bjelke, K-6 Music Specialist
Music and Math Go Hand in Hand
“What? Math during Music, this is not Math class!” That is what I often hear after telling my students we will be doing “Music-Math.” I always remind them that music is math. We make math connections in all grades while we count, figure out note values, find patterns, write and solve equations, and work with fractions and percentages. When we talk about fractions in music, I often draw and divide a pie on the white board. We then work to illustrate a measure (whole note = 2 half notes, one half note = 2 quarter notes …) and how it relates to the pie. Music Magnets would be a great visual and manipulative to help my students learn their notes values as well as percentages of “the whole.” >>read more

Sallyanne Hendren, Teacher
A Reading Sanctuary
I would like to create a reading sanctuary where kids melt into cozy beanbag chairs and get lost in their beloved texts. Graphic novels are the latest craze, and my students cannot devour enough of them! They are hungry, and I want to serve up a life-long love of reading. I would like to buy 10 beanbag chairs and more graphic novels for boys and girls. >>read more

Cascade Middle School

Amy Carlson, Art/Photography Teacher
Studio Photography
I would like my students to begin to explore the world of studio photography. If we had studio back drops and lighting in my class they would be able to take professional grade photos of people for our portrait unit. I also love the idea of having individual light boxes to use at their tables to photograph items for our marketing unit. The students would be so engaged and their photos would be of professional quality. Our art and photography program is growing at Cascade and my students are beginning to make connections between the work we do in class into their other content classes. It’s amazing! Last year we had our first exhibit and it was so great to see the students be proud of their work. I hope to continue to expand this program and provide great opportunities for student growth and engagement!

Claudia House, AVID/Fitness Teacher/ Track Coach
Shoes to keep’em running
“Vans” are not the right shoes to run a mile in or even do a 100m sprint. Each season we have at least 20- 30 students on our track team who show up for practice every day in shoes that are made for walking, not running. Shin splints and sore muscles are a constant issue we are dealing with. With the grant we would purchase inexpensive but solid running shoes and support our neediest students in their desire to be part of a sports team representing their school.  >>read more

Cedarhurst Elementary

Bianca Smith, Music Teacher
Student Composition Recordings and CD
Making This composition project allows for students in 5th and 6th grade to build their musical knowledge and learning by creating their own songs, recording them, and having a CD as a finished product. The composition process is much like the writing process, where it includes drafting, revising, practicing, and publishing. I created a composition unit where students can work individually or in groups to write songs for their instruments of choice. After the songs are written and practiced, class sessions become “studio sessions,” where each group performs and records their songs for the class using my digital recorder. Students learn quickly how songs often need to be recorded multiple times to get the best performance quality.

After recording, students design their own CD labels to go on their copy of the CD. During this stage in the project, the classes discuss connections between visual art and music, and students are thoughtful about their album artwork. We also discuss the copyright laws and the significance they play in this technological time, as well as how it affects the musicians and artists to which they listen. By the end of the project, students have all the recordings of their music, the music of their peers, and I would like to even include recordings from ensemble work and performances they do throughout the year. Especially for 6th graders, this will document memories of their experiences in their last year of general music.

Fallon King, Kindergarten Teacher
Shared Reading in Kindergarten
I would like to purchase 16 big books to use for shared reading lessons in my kindergarten classroom. These books are large enough for each of my 25 students to see and read at the same time, which can be a problem with smaller books! I have selected books with simple, fun stories that young children will love. Through the use of these books my students will learn to point to words as they read, notice and use punctuation, and read fluently. I also plan to share these books with the two other kindergarten classrooms in my school.

Debbie Thoma, Library Assistant
Dual language books for learning
Cedarhurst has over 190 students from other countries learning to speak English. Our library needs dual language books in more world languages to help these students feel welcomed to their new school in America. We want to add bilingual dictionary word books, early readers and cultural books in Vietnamese, Cambodian, Somali, Punjabi, Tagalog, Farsi, and Spanish. When students take dual language books home, it allows them to maintain their native language and to learn English together with their parents. Having dual language books also gives all of our students the opportunity to explore language from other countries—and to see how we are all similar even if our words are different.

Chinook Middle School

Tonni Best, Math Coach
The real manipulatives for middle schoolers (Cards, Dice, Chess)
Middle school students enjoy math when it can be seen as relevant to their lives. I would like to purchase chess boards, decks cards and dice to engage students and connect with them on a more personal/practical level of math. Playing Chess and learning dice and card games not only helps students overall number sense skills but requires the mind to think logically, problem solve, and enjoy math. Our School Improvement status encourages us to reach out to kids in new ways. Our scores last year show we are doing this. We would like to continue.

Des Moines Elementary

Marci Anderson-Youngstrom, School Psychologist
Social Detectives and Social Skills!
These activities will give my students the tools and confidence they need in order to develop their social skills. They will learn to be a “social detective”–this means they will learn to think about their own thinking as well as start making guesses about what others are thinking about them. This set of skills is the foundation of all interactions and friendships. With these skills, my students will be able to join groups, ask for help, understand the feelings of others, and change their own behavior for the situation. With these materials, I can make an abstract concept more concrete and accessible

Evergreen Campus

Jill Wilson-Zahn, School Social Worker
Art Classes
I recently had my cousin Blair Wilson who is a local Seattle artist come speak to three different school programs within the White Center area of our district. What I witnessed during this time while my cousin engaged our students in art was absolutely amazing. We observed several of our students for the first time actually interested, stimulated and motivated in a school project. Unfortunately, we currently don’t have any funding to keep this going, as my cousin did this on a volunteer basis. All the students involved have requested that he return to teach them more about art.

Jennifer Fichamba, College & Career Specialist
So you Think you can Test?
In the College and Career Center we are always looking for ways to help our students be more prepared for their post high school life. One of the things we would like to do is be able to assist students in paying for the compass test at our local community college South. This seems to a big barrier for many of our students. We are able to get them through the application process only to discover later that they never followed up with the compass test. >>read more

Global Connections High School

Melissa Struyk, Language Arts and Art Teacher
Accessible Materials for Shakespeare Month
For the second year in a row, we are planning a whole-school Shakespeare unit. We will immerse our students in the tragedy, beauty, romance, and comedy of Shakespeare’s genius. Last year we tried out this possibly MAD idea and it was a great success! Our highly diverse and often struggling student population LOVED reading various Shakespeare plays in their Language Arts classes. Teachers across each grade level co-planned the units and worked in test preparation and other key skills….but above all, they wanted to help our students appreciate these classic plays.

Jill Weseman, ELL Teacher, ELL Department Chair, ELL Facilitator State
Capitol Field Trip
My colleague Kate Hennessy-Fiske and I are seeking funding to take two classes of students to visit the state capitol in Olympia for a one-day field trip this spring. We will arrange to take an official capitol tour while there, and explore the state government. We will also arrange to meet with a state legislator while we are there, so that students will be able to make a local connection and better understand how they may become involved in the legislative process once back in SeaTac.

Rachel Walker, Learning Specialist/Upward Bound Teacher
Chimposium Visit at Central Washington University!
This grant money would allow 45 students from the Tyee Complex and the Evergreen Campus to participate in a Chimposium while visiting Central Washington University. The Chimposium showcases a unique research facility that houses chimpanzees who are being taught sign language; because students in our group have learned sign language during summer course work, this would be an amazing opportunity for our students to see how sign language is used in the program (and perhaps even communicate with the animals!)    >>read more

Gregory Heights Elementary

Michael Bento, Librarian
Girls Just Want to Have … BOOKS!
Wouldn’t it be great for our school library to have books girls request, read and recommend to their friends? As the librarian at Gregory Heights Elementary, I have learned which fiction books our intermediate girl students really want. These include mysteries or diary style, stories with strong or funny girl characters (including Latina girls) and stories about school life and friends. These are books that appeal to middle grade girls, encourage reader interest and are the books girls will talk about and want to share. Unfortunately, we currently only have a few. Grant Proposal: purchase 63 new books, all titles guaranteed to be of interest to our 4, 5 and 5 grade girl students. The list of these books is attached and will be ordered directly from Perma-Bound, company which makes top quality book bindings. Result: a wonderful new collection of library books our Gregory Heights girl students will read, renew and recommend.   >>read more

Ashley Andrews, Occupational Therapist
Developing supports for children who have trouble talking or understanding speech
Many of our special needs students have trouble understanding spoken words, talking to teachers or other students, or making sense of the school routine. Pictures make all the difference! This software will allow me to make up picture schedules and social stories to help students navigate through their day. We will even be able to help with challenging situations such as “how can I join in that game at recess?” or “how can I calm down when I get really mad at my friend?” I had to list one school for the purposes of this application, but I actually serve 3 schools, all with students who could benefit from this software. >>read more

Hazel Valley Elementary

David (Scott) Schneider, Music Specialist
Instrument Acquisition
I am hoping to purchase two alto Xylophones (AX-GBF) for my music classroom. These instruments can be used in a variety of ways to teach: (1) Pitch and rhythmic aquisition, (2) Melody and harmony, (3) Proper instrumental technique and they can be used in music performances throughout the school year. It should also be mentioned that these instruments are a sustainable purchase. You spend the money once, but the instruments can be used year after year. >>read more

Joyce Boewe, Teacher Librarian
Manga Reading Enthusiasts
Nothing is more frustrating than a child who wants a book and nothing is appealing or available – especially for those who are newly converted book fans. Currently what gets the attention of reluctant or struggling readers is graphic novel series. Manga is way cool. Research says reading frequently and in volume is more important that the content or level. Getting books in kids’ hands and to keep them coming back is our library’s goal. We only have a few Manga graphic novels. Most are so well loved they’re heavily taped and missing pages. There are waiting lists and book battles over who gets to check them out. Kids are hooked and there’s nothing available.

Health Sciences and Human Services High School

Elle Parsons, ILC Special Education Teacher
We all Deserve to be Heard!
I have the extreme privilege of teaching students with special needs. Each day they surprise me and teach me life lessons, instead of me teaching them. This year we have 21 students total. In this group, we have 4 students who are non-verbal. Four students who long to communicate, but so far, don’t have a proper way to do it. Currently we have one communication system on loan for about 2 more weeks. One of our students has been able to tell the rest of the class simple things, like what he has eaten for lunch. The rest of the class lights up as they learn something about the classmate they haven’t been able to communicate with before, and the student who is doing the communicating finally feels like they are part of the group.

Highline High School

Mary Legate, PE/Health Teacher
Get Fit!
I would love to offer my physical education classes more variety in our daily conditioning stations. Currently, our work out activities include push-ups, sit ups, and jump roping but with the added weighted ropes, wobble boards and rocket pulls I could develop and encourage upper body and core strength. My students come to class eager to learn and participate, I know the additional stations will increase their enthusiasm and overall fitness level. The additional equipment would be used by several Physical Education teachers benefiting many students for years to come.

Hilltop Elementary

Katrina Erni, 3rd Grade Dual Language English
Become Spellers with SpellingCity.com!
We’d love to help our students practice their Word Study words with this interactive and easy to use website. The Premium Membership allows the teachers to track the activities of students and their progress as well as access to more activities. The only thing we need are computers (already in our classrooms!) and a premium membership (with your help!). The site also has ready-made lists to help us reinforce content area vocabulary. All this practice will help the students become better spellers and writers.

Terre Salzer, Librarian
Wildlife Experiences 5th & 6th
I believe that being aware of our surroundings encourages us to lead a more responsible life. To that end, I would like to pique student interest in the OUTDOOR world around them by providing classroom investigation programs offered through the Tacoma Nature Center, with the cooperation of the Tahoma Audubon Society. Three fifth grade classes would attend “Awesome Owls”. Through hands on experience, students will learn about how owls are built for hunting and gain knowledge of which owls inhabit the northwest. For three sixth grade classes, the center would provide the program, Washington Wildlife”. During the presentation students would learn about common wildlife species found in the Washington and some of the adaptations they have, in order to survive. They would also investigate the problems facing wildlife today.

Terre Salzer, Librarian
Wildlife Exploration 1st & 2nd
I believe that being aware of our surroundings encourages us to lead a more responsible life. To that end, I would like to pique student interest in the OUTDOOR world around them by providing classroom investigation programs offered through the Tacoma Nature Center, with the cooperation of the Tahoma Audubon Society. Four first grade classes would attend “Birds of a Feather”, a program that would allow students to learn what makes a bird a bird and gain knowledge of the many adaptations of birds living in different habitats. Four second grade classes would take part in the, “Habitats” course. During this presentation, students would learn about the composition of a habitat and what wildlife needs to survive in three common northwest habitats.

McMicken Heights Elementary

Sydni Neves, 4th Grade Teacher
WeDo S.T.E.M.
McMicken Heights teachers would like to partner with our elementary students to create innovative robotics projects using Lego’s WeDo sets and Scratch (free programming software from MIT). Using WeDo, we want to provide our students with the opportunity to build animals, soccer players and more, then add movement with fun, drag and drop software. We would use the materials with our 4th grade students during the day and then offer a 6-week class after school to 20 fifth/sixth grade students. Engaged students will write about their projects.   >>read more

Midway Elementary

Derek Byrne, Physical Educator
Let’s Move” Afterschool PE Program
Our goal is to create a comprehensive physical education program at Midway Elementary School, a program that makes an impact during the school day and outside of class. The goal being to teach students about the importance of leading healthy and active lives while at the same time giving them new physical activity experiences.

Mount Rainier High School

Nichole Calkins, Fitness Teacher and Health & PE Department Head
Heart Health Awareness
We would like to purchase 2 Omron 10 Series Blood Pressure Monitors. Each blood pressure monitor is $125. In our Fitness and Health classes, we are starting to have students track physical health assessments and blood pressure is one indication of health. Blood pressure is known as the silent killer, because people do not know that they have it. In our country, heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Students need to be able to have access to checking their blood pressure and monitor it in order to see improvements. We are using the measurements of resting heart rate and blood pressure as a way to show students how their exercise can help to improve their heart health, which ultimately will affect the length of their lives. Students will use the measurements to help write fitness & nutrition plans and as a way to demonstrate that they have met goals that they have set.”

Michelle Mahurin, Teacher
Giving Back
We are interested in getting our Emotional Behavior Center students involved in the community. They utilize a local clothing bank, so we thought it would be a good idea to have them volunteer there, to both do laundry for the bank and help organize the clothes. So often our students take from their community, but do not have the opportunity to give back. This opportunity will teach them to 1. Figure out a metro schedule and ride metro to the clothing bank. 2. Use a washer/dryer at a laundry mat 3. Work as a team to volunteer in a community setting. >>read more

Sara Stricherz, Choir Teacher
Set of Classroom Piano Books
I teach Beginning Piano, and we use the Alfred Piano Book 1 for Adults. The covers are flimsy, and over the years they have fallen off, pages have ripped out, etc. This year, the school added another section of Piano to my teaching schedule, so I now have 40 piano students instead of 20. Because of the additional section, my students must share one old classroom set of these piano books for daily use. There are previous markings and general wear and tear on each of these piano books. In the past, the kids had the opportunity to take these books home to practice (most of the students do have a piano or keyboard in their home, or knows someone who does – so the books do get utilized). Because my students share one classroom set, they cannot practice outside of school.

Mount View Elementary

Jim Seaman, 6th Grade Teacher
University of Washington Future Scholars field trip
Our scholars often do not envision themselves attending a university. They have limited personal and family experience of college. Before, students will explore career interests (www.careercruising.com). They will research and report on education requirements (high school and post-secondary), and available jobs with technical, 2-year, and 4-year degrees in a chosen career.We are contacting various UW organizations to arrange for ambassadors (students of color/low income backgrounds) to lead chaperoned small group tours of libraries, lecture halls, and science/engineering and art buildings, followed by a Q&A session. Upon return, scholars will complete reports and set career and education goals based on UW experience.

Delila Leber, Teacher
We need trees!
I am the Spanish teacher in our school’s dual language kindergarten program, and teach science in Spanish to 50 dual language students per year. We have an enhanced amount of time for science instruction because it is the primary way in which the English speaking students learn Spanish. We are lucky to be able to use FOSS science kits, including the Trees unit. As part of that unit, the kit recommends planting a tree with the students so that they are able to learn about what a tree needs to grow. In addition, they will be able to watch their “”class tree”” change through the seasons and grow year after year while they are in elementary school. Our district paid for a tree in the past, but it does not have the funds anymore due to budget cuts. They are willing to come out to help plant a new tree each year with a tree that we purchase. >>read more

New Start High School

Beverly Mowrer, Science Teacher
Outdoor Art & Music Station
New Start has an inordinate amount of musically talented students. Most cannot afford instruments of their own. They are constantly creating a beat on whatever is available….doors, windows, metal support posts or even their own body parts. The request for funding is to create an outdoor music area with PNW weather resistant instruments such as steel drums, pipe xylophones, chimes and bells done in an artistically inviting setting.

North Hill Elementary

Christine Bunes, Music Specialist
Xylophones
At North Hill we divided up the xylophones between the two general music teachers. All of the xylophones have been repaired, but some are not fixable anymore. I would like to replace two of those so we have a good solid set. The students use the xylophones to learn steady beat, create their own songs, learn part work (playing different parts at the right time together)and play or create ensemble pieces. I generally incorporate xylophones in the students music performances for parents.

Colleen Thomas-Reitsma K-6 General Music
Contra Bass Bars
I would like to purchase 2 Contra Bass Bars to use with my students when they are working on xylophone/ metallaphone pieces. Contra Basses provide the “”low end”” of a piece of music and help provide depth and a better overall ensemble sound. The Contra Bass bars are pricey so I have analyzed the pieces of music we use regularly and chose the two most valuable bars: the low C and the low G. We use our Orff (xylophones) ensemble throughout the year, especially with our 5th and 6th graders. Our school would have these for YEARS to come! The investment is initially expensive, but they can last for generations with the proper care.

Stacie Kang-Ricard, Math Specialist
FLL Robotics Team
We particiapte in the FIRST organization’s Lego League. In this after-school activitiy, the team of 10 students works to build and program a Lego Robot to complete missions. They also research a topic facing today’s scientists and create a new solution or improve on an existing solution. The team creates a presentation to share their information with others. The team participates in the regional FLL competition in December. Students develop math, science, communication, teamwork and leadership skills.

Pacific Middle School

Kathryn Hardesty, Librarian
Grolier data base x 2 – English & Spanish
Pacific Middle School educates 690 students in grades 7-8. A large percentage of our students are Hispanic and/or ELL (for some, English is their 3rd or 4th language). Consequently, we have a very large collection of titles in the 2nd-4th grade level as well as books, both fiction and non-fiction, written in Spanish. I would like to purchase a year’s subscription to Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia in both English and Spanish.

Parkside Elementary

Lizzy LaBelle, Music Teacher
Chimes
We would like to buy 25 piece chromatic set of Suzuki hand chimes for the music program. As a music teacher, they are a very useful teaching tool. A few years ago I borrowed a set for the year and discovered what wonderful music we could make by giving a few students the notes of the chords for a song that we were singing. Armed with a corresponding rhythm and perhaps other percussion instruments, we were able to create some great instrumental arrangements and accompany our singing. This is a set of instruments that I would use in all of the classes I teach, especially 1st-5th grades. The portability of the instruments (they are kept in a case) will enable my teaching partner to easily use them in her classroom as well. My principal, Robin Lamoureux, has expressed interest in starting a hand chime club for students who would like to further participate in music. Hand chimes are a great, fun learning tool! For beginning musicians. They are easy to use and experience musical success. They are also very durable and will last for generations of Parkside musicians.

Jeanette Yee, 4th Grade Teacher
Build an Air Propelled Motor Boat (Car Boat)
Students will combine the joy and excitement of mechanical toys with science content, “Electric Circuits” by constructing an air propelled motor boat for their culminating project. Students will use functional reading and apply science skills by building circuits and troubleshooting. Students will be engaged because they love to build science models and will have an opportunity to participate in a car boat time trials. >>read more

Puget Sound Skills Center

Olivia Britt, Digipen Animation Instructor
Seattle Art Museum Special Exhibition Tour: Gauguin and Polynesia
Students will visit SAM downtown to view the special exhibition Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise. The scheduled tour will provide an in-depth account of sixty drawings, paintings, and sculptures by French born artist Paul Gauguin and sixty works originating from Polynesia that together emphasize the cultural exchange between Europe and Polynesia in the 19th century. A sketchbook assignment will require students to document five works through drawing and to later research the artist(s). Each student will create a self-portrait in oil paint on canvas to connect with the many portraits included in the special exhibition. Visiting a major cultural institution and viewing art in person that spans the globe will increase visual literacy, broaden cultural perspectives, and deepen connections with community. >>read more

Seahurst Elementary

Micheline Mazzola, Emotional Behavior Classroom Teacher Grades 1,2,3
Can I play? Social skills games for Emotional Behavior Classroom
We would like $100 to purchase board games and age appropriate activities for students in our emotional behavior classroom. We would like board games so that we can teach appropriate social skills such as turn taking, coping with losing a turn, positive interactions with peers, problem solving, how to initiate playing with others etc.

Kelly Davidson, 5th and 6th Grade Teacher
Classroom Science Lab
To better address the needs of our students, my partner teacher and I have developed a program for our students to teach the scientific process through demonstrations and lab experiments in which the students participate. We want to be able to teach the scientific inquiry process by supporting our students in designing and carrying out classroom-based experiments. We hope to develop scientific thinkers while increasing the passage rate on the MSP.

R. Mimi Krsak, ELL Teacher Gr. 4-6
Outdoor Learning Means More
I have two ELL Newcomer 6th grade girls who need help with the expenses of the week at Camp Waskowitz. I also have seven 4th grade students who would like to attend the one day event at Camp Waskowita for them, when they learn about Pioneer Days in Washington. I have former students, now in the mainstream, but also from struggling families who would greatly appreciate help with Camp expenses as well. The help from the Highline School Foundation Excel Grant program has been invaluable to my students over the years. I am deeply grateful for your understanding of the value of the Waskowitz program, and your support of it. Read Mimi’s thank you letter on the Foundation’s Blog – this is exactly why were are here and why we do what we do!

Shorewood Elementary

Nancy Holmes, Librarian
Bridging the Language Gap
Research indicates that “the literacy skills children develop in their first language form the foundation they must have to be academically successful in their second language.” (Clearinghouse on Early Education and Parenting). My ELL students, their parents and their teachers are requesting bi-lingual books for them to checkout and read at home so the children can build the bridge of knowledge between their native language and English. Other students are seeking to learn some of the language of their classmates and other cultures. Right now we have 34 aged and tattered books. We need new bi-lingual books and dictionaries.

Jenny Lin, 1st Grade Teacher
Reading Mastery Book Bags
Many students who are struggling in reading lack confidence and give up when they come to a difficult word. They rely on others to read for them or to them rather than trying to do it on their own. At Shorewood, we help build confidence and reading skills by using a separate curriculum, Reading Mastery, for our “at risk” students. Reading Mastery provides special text that helps students identify vowel sounds, diagraphs and other spelling patterns that make reading difficult for these students. With this support, students are able to read for the first time and build confidence every day reading their story books. With this grant money, I would like to buy the student story books for kids to bring home and share their reading progress with families.

Southern Heights Elementary

Lara Davia, Literacy Site Based Specialist
Parent Support Nights
We will be conducting a series of parent support events to help our families in literacy and math. We will teach them ways to support their students academically at home. As part of our parent support nights we would like to be able to give each family a book to add to their home library. The families can then use these books to try on the literacy strategies we are teaching them while working with their children. Thank you for the consideration.

Sylvester Middle School

Christie Walker, Teacher
Technology in the Classroom
Our teachers use projectors and document cameras on a daily basis. We use it to show/share student work in every subject area. Many of our classrooms have projectors that are no longer working. This makes conducting student-led lessons with meaningful sharing to the whole class extremely difficult. We need to replace the projectors and document cameras but do not have the funding to do this. The projectors allow teachers to connect to almost any media source to expand student visuals. The document camera enables students to share student work, model learning and even hook up microscopes. Cameras can turn any picture or student work into a classroom teaching tool instantly.

Heidi Gleb, Teacher-Librarian
Flash Forward for Success!
Purchase 15 flash drives for student checkout at Sylvester Library. Having access to a flash drive would greatly enhance the academic possibilities for my students who may have a computer at home but not internet access, thus denying them the opportunity to email projects from school to home.

White Center Heights Elementary

Anne Hickey, Speech-Language Pathologist Special Education Preschool
Communication for All
The need for this communication support bundle is to provide opportunities for spoken communication for nonspeaking special education preschoolers being served at White Center Heights. This tool will be used for alternative access support that allows the flexibility of vocabulary needs stipulated by individual student need. Students served by this tool will have increased opportunities to make requests, comments, ask and answer questions as well as engage in social play activities with typically developing peers. Having such a tool onsite will not only give students increased access as communicative participants but also assist with determining future communication support needs through data driven trial and evaluation using this device.