Tag: Parkside Elementary

Excel Grant Stories – Technology

One way the Foundation supports the HPS district’s Strategic Plan where every student in the class of 2026 will graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate is through our annual Excel Grants. The Foundation’s Excel Grant program was created to support classroom innovation

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Excel Grant Stories – Books

We know that getting young people hooked on reading is critical. A recent study by Sam Houston State University show strong connections between reading for pleasure & academic success. It showed that high school juniors who engaged in reading for

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Design and Engineering

Last fall Sandy Gady from Pacific Middle School was the recipient of the Foundation’s $10,000 Impact Grant for her proposal  Design and Engineering. Below we are sharing Sandy’s proposal and her success story – but she wants everyone to know

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2016 Gold Star Award Winners

Outstanding Alumnus Monique Matheson, Highline High School, Class of 1985/Nike Vice President and Chief Talent and Diversity Officer Monique grew up in Ellensburg and came to Highline when her father, Kent Matheson, accepted the role of Superintendent for Highline Public

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Des Moines Back to School Resource Fair

a Huge Success! (Burien, WA)  Today, the Des Moines community held their second Back to School Resource Fair where over 500 backpacks were distributed to students in need. Superintendent Susan Enfield was there to greet the families along with principals

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Gaming in Ancient Egypt

Celeste Borowiak Timulak at Parkside Elementary School asked for an excel grant last year for a wonderfully fun and inventive social studies (and art) project. She told us “For social studies, each year I teach my sixth graders how to play the

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Car Boats

Jeanette Yee from Parkside Elementary School submitted an Excel Grant application last fall for so her students could make Car Boats. Students used their conceptual understanding of electricity and circuits and built a basic car circuit that included a motor, propeller, batteries, wires and

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Books and Excel Grants

Every year, the Foundation receives many, many requests for books – from librarians (of course) but also from teachers and counselors, and even from  a PE teacher this year! And they all start out pretty much the same … budgets are tight

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Announcing the 2014 Gold Star Award Nominees

And the Nominees Are …  2014 GOLD STAR AWARD NOMINEES Outstanding Administrator Nominees Heidi Geise, Assistant Principal, Pacific Middle School Karin Jones, Principal, McMicken Heights Elementary School Bruce Kelly, Assistant Principal, Raisbeck Aviation High School Dr. Kristin Percy Calaff, Principal,

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Ancient Egypt Connections

Celeste Timulak, a 6th Grade Teacher at Parkside Elementary School wrote in her Excel Grant application: “Our sixth graders are studying Ancient Egypt. A field trip to see the Tutankhamun exhibit at the Pacific Science Center would be the perfect

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