I have a bar height table in my classroom (provided by FES) which is difficult to find appropriate seating for. Each year I’ve had to use my own resources to replace the chairs used for the table (6 chairs). Due to the cost of this type of seating I’ve had to be resourceful and I’ve purchased seats from IKEA for $20-30 each. The seats are not great quality and break easily. I am requesting funding to buy sturdier seating (preferably metal stools) that will last longer. If there is additional funds left after purchasing the bar height stools I would love to be able to some additional seating to meet student sensory needs such as wobble stools or floor cushions.
Submitted by Kayla Rutledge
Virtual Field Trips
With students unable to attend field trips or missing out on many outings they would have experienced the last year, I would like to provide multiple Room Transformations to bring some joy in these hard times. The supplies I’m asking for would allow me to decorate my room to turn it into a different environment for students to feel like they are visiting a different place and also attire for the children to dress in to immerse themselves in the adventure. We would then participate in a 1-2 day experience pretending to be a different person in a new location, while learning and practicing all subject areas. Examples of Room Transformations I would like to do: Boot Camp, Restaurant, Superhero Lair, Surgery Room, and Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Submitted by Melissa Trowbridge
African Drum Unit
We currently do an African drumming unit with the third grade and we are limited in our world drums. This would allow me to purchase a variety of cowbells, agog bells, shekeres, and djembe drums to expand the current drums that we use to give the students a more authentic idea of African music and more students will have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments.
Submitted by Miranda Greenlee
Flexible Seating for All My Students
My 5th-grade students are in the classroom for an excess of 5 hours and tend to get restless even with breaks, fidgets, and snacks. I would like to add flexible seating (yoga balls) in my classroom to allow students more movement while still being engaged in the lesson.
Submitted by Michelle Anderson
Wireless Bluetooth for Entire Classroom
I am requesting funding for a set of 25 wireless/Bluetooth headphones for my classroom. These are needed due to the extra time the students are spending on their Chromebook due to COVID-19. We are using these more in the classroom. A pair of headphones is on our Kindergarten Supply List. The issues I am having are some parents do not supply them, some students want to take them home on weekends and breaks and do not bring them back, some parents buy really inexpensive headphones and the sound stops working or they break. Another huge problem is the cord gets tangled and in knots and kindergarten students cannot untangle them. This requires me to stop teaching and help them. Some students also put the cord in their mouth and chew on it which is both unsanitary and dangerous.
Submitted by Courtney Treon
MES 2nd Grade STEM
Every year, the second grade hosts a STEM night where all 2nd graders can come and do STEM activities. This year, that will not be able to happen as in the past, so we would like to do some activities for a whole week in our classrooms instead.
Submitted by ALL MES 2nd Grade Teachers
In her article, Visual Journaling as a Reflective Practice, published in Psychology Today, Cathy Malchiodi, PhD wrote how, “we continue to learn more about the benefits from the relatively simple practice of visual journaling, both as a means of self awareness, but also as a powerful way to promote a sense of health and well being.” During the months spent in quarantine this past year, I found myself doodling in my journal to calm my mind. The process of visual journaling was very soothing and enabled me to continue to be creative despite the uncertainty in the world. I knew going back to school this year would cause anxiety for many children. I decided that I would introduce my students to reflective visual journaling in the beginning of the year to help create a healthy mindset. Students were asked to have an art journal and some sharpies and markers to get started. After spending the first quarter journaling with my students I already see the benefits. Third, fourth and fifth grade classes start each art period off with silent sketching. During this time they work in their sketchbooks using some of the techniques we learned in the beginning of the year such as zentangles and mindful doodling. Students often use their art journals at home and in class as well. Focusing on the process that leads to learning rather than only on the outcome helps foster a mindset that allows children to persist and grow. With this grant I would like to purchase additional drawing supplies in a variety of sizes and colors. I would like to purchase sharpies as well as thicker markers that would benefit my younger students. As we continue the process of reflective visual journaling I would love for the students to not be limited by the materials available.
Submitted by Liz Jenkins
Social Emotional Relationship Skill Building
Due to Covid 19 procedures, we have restrictions on our recess procedures and opportunities. We also have a limited amount of materials that students can use together to build social emotional relationships, among many other aspects of sharing, working together, and building relationships. These materials will provide my students with multiple ways to build upon these skills.
Submitted by Casie Medvescek
Literacy and Math Center for Kindergarten
Literacy and Math Center Material for a Kindergarten Classroom. Center time in our classroom is a great way for students to gain hands on learning opportunities. With Math manipulatives it is so helpful in helping students gain understanding of math concepts. I am requesting items for students to use in literacy centers to gain the same understanding of letters, sounds, words, and reading concepts. We have a need for magnetic letters, word building and concept games, and phonemic awareness activities that build learning with hands on opportunities.
Submitted by Katey Huggins
Flexible Seating Wobble Stools
I would like to have wobble stools for my classroom. I have tried the yoga balls, but those are not ideal for all the different heights of my first through fifth grade students. The wobble stools are a happy medium between chairs and yoga balls.
Submitted by Lauren Adams
I am seeking more flexible seating options for my students. Our morning is academic work from 7:30 am – 12:05 pm. This is an extremely long morning for 10-11 year old’s. Due to Covid we are very restricted on the movement we can do in the room and quite honestly they are stuck at their desks the majority of the day. I would like to supply my students with seats that allow for small movement to keep themselves regulated and charged for learning. Currently we have yoga balls but I have several students who cannot stay on the yoga balls without falling due to lack of keeping their feet on the floor. I have two of the balance ball chairs already that I am requesting and I would like to have 3 more for those students who need to have the option to move in their seat but also need the assistance in staying upright at their desks. I would also like to have the option for wobble stools. I have a few students who do not like the yoga balls at all and prefer the wobble stools. I would like to add 4 wobble stools to our flexible seating options.
Submitted by Ashley Schenck
In pandemic teaching everything is different and meeting the needs of my kids and their sensory needs is becoming more difficult each day that we are in our seats nearly all day long. I hope with new sensory items. I am able to meet the needs of my kids and help add movement to having to sit for long periods of time. I want to add wobble chairs, yoga balls, a class weighted lap pad, and kick bands to allow students to be able move while staying safely in their desks. My hope is this will help redirect focus and keep students on task throughout the day!
Submitted by Jordan Sell
To gain more educational games for my class to benefit from in all areas.
Summitted by Brooke Chapman
Kindergarten Math Task Boxes
I would like to request funding to create individual Math Task Boxes for the kindergarten students at Mt. Comfort Elementary. The materials purchased will provide teachers the opportunity to create hands-on activities that can be used throughout the school year. Kindergarten Math task boxes can be used in small groups, independent centers, one on one instruction and for take-home boxes. These task boxes will be toolkits that will help promote independent learning skills for early learners. The boxes can also be customized to meet the needs of high ability students, ELL students and students with special needs. My hope is that these task boxes will be fun, engaging and will keep our kids wanting to learn and practice skills over and over again.
Submitted by Brianne Williams
Virtual Learning Video Camera
Several teachers in our department are recording our lessons or explanations and then uploading them for our students to see. We are currently using our personal cell phones to achieve this. I would like a video camera specifically designed for video recordings and uploads.
Submitted by Nick Clarkson
HS Band Speakers, Keyboard Amplifier
The Mt. Vernon high school band is needing to purchase electronic equipment that is usually purchased during the fall marching band season. Since marching band is the first activity for the band program, we budget and purchase the items during this time. The items are then used throughout the year. Due to the adjustments we’ve had to make to account for the COVID-19 Pandemic, we were unable to budget for these items. We are hoping for assistance in purchasing replacement batteries for our Megavox Speakers, new 1/4 cords for various speakers and equipment, and a keyboard amplifier.
Submitted by Jackie Nason
Literacy and Fidgets
Choice reading is an everyday occurrence in my classroom. My English 9 students begin each class period with a book of their choosing in one hand, but what do they do with the other hand? That’s where I need help! In a time where screens are abundant and attention spans are short, my students sometimes need a mindless task to occupy restless hands during choice reading, Yes, big kids need fidgets, too! A one-handed fidget can help my students focus on reading, and I know these stress-relievers would benefit students during assessments as well. The world is stressful enough these days and teens are feeling it. Help me calm the minds of my readers so they can focus on the worlds in their books to take a break from the world around them.
Submitted by Jennifer Leavell
Virtual Calming Room for Staff
MVHS developed an Educator Wellness committee to support the social and emotional wellness of MVHS staff. It is the belief of the committee that supporting the staff will also support MVHS students. The committee recently developed a Virtual Calming Room to provide virtual calming techniques and supports to the staff. We also gave staff donated candy for Halloween. While we would like to provide opportunities for staff to connect and support one another in person, we are mindful of COVID restrictions and are currently focused on small pick-me-ups.
Submitted by Brooke Tharp, Lee Larkins, Joana Goff, and Alyson Zelencik
Safe Dissections Equipment
I am requesting funding for supplies related to providing safe dissections following COVID protocols.
Submitted by Carinne Collier
Independent reading is a priority in my classroom. Though COVID has thrown a wrench in my independent reading routine and weekly practices, I am still trying to establish the first 12 minutes of my class as a space where students are given the opportunity to read what interests them. Not only does this daily practice foster a love of reading, but it is crucial in building reading stamina, fluency, and comprehension. While reading is essential in understanding and appreciating the differences in others, it also emphasizes how much we as humans have in common. Having a classroom library that gives students access to books that feature characters of all walks of life is a step in the right direction; however, it is not enough. To truly understand the experiences of others, we must know who is telling our stories. #OwnVoiceBooks is a recent movement that ensures stories are written from an author’s perspective using their personal experiences. If students are going to read about characters from a marginalized or under-represented group, they should read stories by authors who have lived as a member in that group, not by an outsider. I would like to purchase #OwnVoices books to add to my classroom library.
Submitted by Jordan Gerbsch
Individual Biology Frogs
This request is for frogs to be dissected in the Biology Classes. A $500 grant would provide frogs for 58 students. Due to the COVID restrictions this year, students cannot share supplies so although our students pay lab fees, they are not enough to cover all of the expenses this year. The school has been generous in providing $4 per student for basic supplies such as paper, markers, pencils, modeling dough, lab notebooks, tape, scissors and glue. Hancock County businesses have contributed $300 through a Facebook page someone was kind enough to set up. I have contributed approximately $500 of my own money for various needs, but we are still short. Thanks for considering a contribution to our Biology classes in an effort to provide the best possible experience for our students.
Submitted by Lynette Huth
Anatomy and Physiology Dissection Experience
I am requesting funding to help offset the cost of each Anatomy and Physiology student having an opportunity to do a Fetal Pig dissection. Dissections are an important part of A&P and allow students to really see and understand the anatomy of the fetal pig and it allows students to compare the pig to human anatomy. Dissection practice is important in preparing students for Anatomy & Physiology classes at the college level where they will be exposed to specimens with expectation that students have the skills needed to perform dissections. Some students at the college level will even be exposed to cadaver labs, so this preparation is extremely important to ensure their future success. Normally we would have 2-3 students work on each pig, but with the Covid restrictions each student needs to be provided with their own pig.
Submitted by Dennis Mitchel
Targeted HS Boys Literacy Enhancement
Studies have proven that girls tend to score higher than boys on reading tests. While there are many factors that lead to this international phenomenon, one proven method of improving reading comprehension is choice reading with high-interest novels. I would like to build my classroom library with more novels that feature male protagonists or are geared towards male interests.
Students independently read in my class for 60 minutes a week as is our English department policy. Additionally, students are required to keep weekly journals to prove comprehension and connect with their reading. When students have accessibility to books that appeal to them, they are more likely to read. The more students read, the more they strengthen their reading comprehension scores. I am hoping that these additions to my classroom library will help me close the gender gap in reading scores.
Submitted by Danielle Stindle
I am requesting a year-long membership to Kesler Science. This project is needed because our curriculum, while lovely for in-person students, lacks the “meat and potatoes” for virtual students. The Kesler Membership is a teacher-based curriculum developer who many of the science teachers already utilize for enrichment, interactive notebooks, and lab station activities. This particular curriculum developer has gone above and beyond in reimagining all the standards-based science concepts with an added virtual component, saving the teacher time and money. I have already purchased several curriculum components, out of pocket, to use with my in-person and virtual students, as the activities are Chromebook-ready and technology-based. This has saved my in-person students from moving around the room and coming into unnecessary contact with one another during the Covid outbreak. For the virtual students, they are receiving a robust instructional activity that is fun and engaging, all while working from home.
Submitted by Jenny Buchta
Sewing Machines Serviced
I teach Family and Consumer Science classes where we do the hands on experiences through, cooking, sewing, financial literacy, ages and stages of children, caring for children, comparing brands, and discussing the importance of family and friends in ones life.
Our biggest need is to have plastic aprons and plastic gloves for our students when we do our hands on activities. Every time we cook we are wearing a disposable apron and using disposable gloves for cooking and numerous other activities in the class. I will not be able to do these hands on experiences unless I have these items.
Also, the other area of need is to get my sewing machines serviced so I can have enough sewing machines for students to learn the basics of sewing and to make a mask and to learn how to make a reusable product.
Submitted by D’Lee Rush
Walk on Water
The 8th grade science department has been having students work in teams to create devices to walk on water for many years. This year, we would like to have each student build a prototype after brainstorming possible designs for the Walk on Water projects. In the past, we have had students draw and label rough sketches of their ideas to share when they are working on their teams, but we feel that having students create prototypes will allow them to evaluate their designs in more detail and will allow all students to have a voice in the final design by giving them physical models to share with their peers. These various prototypes can be used to synthesize a final product for the team.
This idea is based on the engineering standards for middle school science:
6-8.E.4 Develop a prototype for investigations and modify a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Submitted by Krissy Monagle
6th Grade Math Enhancements
The 6th grade math teachers are hoping to get the teacher plan of Kami. We use this for our weekly math spiral reviews, online assignments, and virtual math learning. This allows us to integrate with Google Classroom, grade simultaneously, and interact with our virtual students easily — especially when it involves showing the math processes. Students who are in person also gets the benefit of this as they can complete uploaded assignments on here, use it as a whiteboard/scratch paper, and complete tests/quizzes while in their handwriting.
Submitted by 6th Grade MVMS
STEM Welding Schematics
We are in need of STEM Welding Schematics in order to proceed in the building of a new Welding Lab at the HS which will provide a skilled graduation pathway for our HS students.
Submitted by Stan Wilkison
Providing Internet Service to Virtual Underserved Students
The Mt Vernon Education Foundation purchased mi-fi boxes to be disbursed to students who did not have access to the internet for virtual learning. MVEF also purchased internet services from internet providers for those students that couldn’t be supported thru the mi-fi box program.
iPads for Kindergarten | Mt. Comfort Elementary
By placing iPads in the classroom, not only are students introduced to technology which they will need to use today and in the future, but it will provide another more attractive avenue for educating students. The iPads will be used by students in kindergarten for the enhancement of math and reading skills.
Given the multitude of downloadable, education applications, students can improve reading skills, language arts skills, math skills, and so much more. The allure of the iPad aids in retaining student attention levels and interest. With increased attention and interest levels, the success of a student is likely assured. These iPads will add to the already existing number of iPads granted for use at the Kindergarten level, and will directly benefit a classroom of students currently identified as “at-risk”.
A partial grant for five (5) iPads with covers is recommended.
Innovative Technology in Little Hands | McCordsville Elementary
The iPads which are the subject of this grant will be used by students in kindergarten for the enhancement of math, reading, music, and intervention needs. Given the multitude of downloadable, education applications, students can improve reading skills, language arts skills, math skills, music skills and so much more.
The iPads could also possibly be utilized by other teachers/grades in the building. These iPads will also be used in cooperation with the pre-school iBuddy program.
A partial grant for five (5) iPads with covers and additional, needed technology is recommended.
Computers on Wheels | Mt. Vernon Middle School
With increased access to computer technology, today’s students can search the internet for research projects, access Moodle, create PowerPoint presentations, prepare for required testing which now must be completed via computer, etc.
This grant would greatly increase computer availability to seventh-grade students at MVMS. This grant will allow the seventh-grade English department to use computers whenever needed. The subject of this grant is computers and a storage cart. It is the belief of the committee a storage/charging cart is already in use at MVMS.
It is our hope the cart can be shared to benefit the subject matter of this grant as well as that of a previously awarded grant. A partial grant for 25 laptops is recommended.
Summer is for Getting Better | Mt. Vernon High School
This grant offers the possibility for Mt. Vernon High School students to achieve greater AP exam scores. The subject of this grant is a number of intensive four-day workshops to aid some of our high school teaching staff in acquiring additional skills needed to educate our math and science AP students.
Six educators have been selected to attend the AP Summer Institute at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State University during the months of June and July. The subject areas include Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Calculus. A full grant is recommended.
We’re Dreaming of iPads | Fortville Elementary
e’re dreaming of Apple TVs and iPads. The pairing of an Apple TV and an iPad for the classroom will increase student participation and provide unique exposure to concepts in reading, math, social studies, and science curriculums. The most common use of the Apple TV in a classroom is screen mirroring.With AirPlay, the iPad will wirelessly display the device’s screen on an HDTV/Projector that is connected to AppleTV. The iPads and AppleTV would be used in the classroom for YouTube videos, annotating documents with students, display pictures of student and teacher work, as a document camera, as an interactive whiteboard, inputting participation grades into Skyward and in many other ways.
The iPads and Apple TV will be another tool to help teach the five components of literacy along with remediation and enrichment activities. In order to be functional in the classroom, a wireless access point and HDMI Cord will be necessary.
Submitted by: Angela Hyde
Strengthening the Core Curriculum of Our 90 Minute Reading Block with Researched Based Differentiated Instruction Services | Mt. Comfort Elementary
By providing staff with professional development regarding differentiated instruction, teachers will be able to improve students’ performance in reading.
Differentiated instruction is defined as a teaching methodology that involves providing students with different avenues to acquire content knowledge.
This grant will fund an all-day in-service by an instructor from SMEKENS Educational Solutions, Inc. to provide information specifically designed for grades K-2 and 3-5 teachers. In addition, individual coaching opportunities will be provided to any teacher or team requesting an appointment.
This in-service will be available for any applicable teacher in the district to attend. (supported by HCCF)
Submitted by: Dianne Grannan
Non-Fiction Books | Mt. Comfort Elementary
Students in the 5th-grade struggle with reading non-fictional text. This is proven by the NWEA scored in reading, in which many students score lower on non-fiction text. By providing books to be read in the classroom, students have an opportunity to work with non-fiction texts in research projects, literature circles, and small group work. Working with these books in the classroom improves the NWEA scores in the non-fiction reading section. (supported by Hancock County Community Foundation)
Submitted by: Lauren Bailey
Kindles for Readers | Mt. Comfort Elementary
The Kindle Fire provides all sorts of innovative and creative possibilities for student learning. The device is used as a station each day including Math RTI to help approaching-level students gain needed skills.
Early finishers will have access to books and apps that will challenge beyond-level students. Using a Kindle Fire gets students enthused about reading and help achieve a lifelong desire to read.
Submitted by: Amy McCleery
Character Counts | Mt. Comfort Elementary
The Character Counts program is the final piece to the character education foundation that has been at work for the past few years.
This research-based program provides staff training, assessments, evaluations, curricular materials, lesson plans, and activities designed to create a positive school climate with the tools to address some of the most difficult academic and behavioral challenges.
It also satisfies the legislative regulations requiring anti-bullying programs and reporting systems.
Submitted by: Tiffany Creager
Epson DC-06 Document Camera | Mt. Comfort Elementary
A document camera in the classroom would replace the need for a bulky overhead projector and offer more versatility than a whiteboard or projecting from a desktop computer.
It is able to project anything and can be projected in a size that is readable and complete, zooming in and out as needed.
The educational benefits of this camera include interactive lessons and demonstrations, such as projecting small science specimens, sharing a small map or image during Social Studies, or sharing math computations with the class, along with many other applications. Additionally, images can be saved for absent students, re-teaching, and for future years in the classroom. (Supported by Hancock County Community Foundation)
Submitted by Alison Moore
The Eyes Have It | All Schools
The Titmus V2 Vision Screener is used to perform state-required vision screenings for Kindergarten/1st grade, and 3rd, 5th, and 8th grades. Previously, students were tested with Snellen charts.
The Titmus V2 Vision Screener is more accurate at testing near and far vision, eye muscle balance, colorblindness, and vertical/lateral screening. It eliminates human error that occurs with Snellen charts and speeds the testing time per student allowing them to get back to the classroom sooner. (supported by Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation)
Submitted by Michelle Shaw, R.N.
Healthy Choices, Healthy Teens | Mt. Vernon High School
Healthy Choices, Healthy Teens provides visual displays in which students can analyze the fat, sugar, and salt intake of their favorite foods. Students view flip charts that allow side-by-side comparisons of 40 entrees and side dishes and count out the fat and carbohydrates that represent each choice.
Additionally, students use food models and gram cubes to compare and contrast foods high and low in fat, high and low in simple sugar carbohydrates, and foods high and low in salt content. The food models and gram cubes will be reused from year to year. (supported by Hancock County Community Foundation )
Submitted by Tammy Bauchert
Guitars for 5th Grade
Eighteen guitars and straps will be provided for two elementary schools’ fifth-grade students to share. The positive effects of learning an instrument help teach self-discipline, confidence and provide a sense of accomplishment which will enhance personal strength, character, and self-esteem.
Recipient: Deborah McEvers, Music Teacher
Technology at their Fingertips
Four iPads will be provided for the general and special needs students to create, connect and collaborate with their academics. Interactive apps will offer unique learning opportunities in all areas of study. A wireless access point for MES will also ensure classroom internet connectivity.
Recipient: Ashley Plank, 5th Grade Teacher
Math Interventions at MES
Math workbooks will encourage student achievement for those students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade struggling with learning math concepts. Copies of the pages will be made for approximately 100 individuals so the workbooks can be reused each year.
Recipient: Amy Marshall, Interventions Coordinator
Juggling balls will improve eye/hand coordination and motivate students’ academic performance. Students progress through their juggling steps by setting and reaching goals, counting, telling time with five-minute intervals, as well as being physically active.
Recipient: Candy Adkins, 2nd Grade Teacher
Dibels Next Materials
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) Next is a tool that allows the literacy staff to evaluate reading achievement for each student. The DIBELS Next program evaluates phonemic awareness, accuracy, fluency connected with text, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Recipient: Erin Flick, Dibels Instructor
Building a Math RTI Library
An academic program called “Do the Math Now” will encourage student achievement for those struggling math students. The program contains 150 lessons specifically designed as an intervention program that complements the existing curriculum to increase reasoning skills among other life skills.
Recipient: Amanda Hill, 6th Grade Teacher
Healing Grieving Hearts
Grief from the loss of a loved one can significantly hamper student achievement in the classroom. Grief workbooks provide a way for the students to express themselves and will help them progress through their grief.
Recipient: Julie Russell, Social Worker
The Media Center Revs up Instruction
Five new Mobi Views offer students to learn with whiteboard technology engaging their attention and interest. Mobi Views includes an interactive touch screen for the teacher to keep the students’ attention.
Recipient: Jill Scott, Media Specialist
The new Mt. Vernon High School bookstore, Marauder Mall, will be stocked to provide a real-life job environment for special needs and resource students. Students will learn sales, marketing, inventory tracking, and customer service among others. The Marauder Mall will be self-sustaining where profits will fund the future growth of the vocational life skills lab and Marauder Mall supplies
Recipient: James Cochran, Job Coach
Developmental Reading Grant
Supplementary reading books and novels will offer more variety of topics to engage students reading a topic of interest. This will help struggling readers meet Common Core standards better
Recipient: Brooke Tharp, Resource Teacher
Elmo Speaks Volumes
Do not be fooled, this grant will not put Sesame Street’s Elmo in our 1st-grade classrooms, but will put technology into the classroom which is designed to enhance student learning through the use of a “document camera”.The ELMO TT12 device, with the use of a projector, allows for the projection of documents i.e. quizzes, tests, study materials, mathematical calculations, etc.; allows for the observation of small objects and the comparison of graphs and charts or other items; allows for the projection of three-dimensional shapes/objects, and provides for endless other possibilities for learning.
This technology can be used to actively engage the visual learner as well as hands-on learners. The visual learners will be able to see the topic of discussions such as a coin or math calculation while the hands-on learner can benefit by operating the equipment and placing objects under the document camera and describing them to their classmates.
Submitted by: Kathy Tingwald, Board Member assigned: Jenn Longman
Science Olympiad Materials | Mt. Vernon High School
This grant will open up the possibilities for Mt. Vernon High School students to participate in Science Olympiad events that have not been available to them in the past due to the lack of resources.
The introduction of a Robot Arm and other needed materials will provide the resources needed to participate in all 23 categories of the Science Olympiad expanding the current reach of MV students to the robotic Arm, MagLev, Gravity Vehicle, Elastic Launched Glider, and Boomilever events.
The Science Olympiad provides highly motivated students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a hands-on way that makes learning that much more exciting and adds the element of competition which provides confidence, poise, and a sense of accomplishment. The Team and its faculty sponsors have worked hard to garner support from outside sources, and this grant would aid in achieving the success much desired by the group.
Submitted by Christine Turk, Board Member assigned: BJ Erlewein
Mock Presidential Election | Eight Grade Academy
The program is designed to teach students about the presidential election process from the primaries through the Electoral College. It is a hands-on program that requires student participation from role-playing to voting.
Submitted by Dean Falkenberg, Board Member assigned: Nancy
The Body Safety Program | Mt. Comfort Elementary
The Body Safety Program is a previously funded program designed to educate students as to their rights to their bodies so that they can play an active role in keeping themselves safe. While child molestation is not a pleasant subject to think about or talk about, it is something that must be discussed with young people at a level that is age-appropriate, in an environment that is safe, and in a manner that does not create embarrassment or humiliation.
This program is intended to be implemented corporation-wide for a second year, and it is also intended to include parents. The program was developed by Sergeant Terry Hall, a veteran police officer of 38 years; seven of those years were served with the IPD Sex Offense Branch.
Sergeant Hall presents the Parent/Teacher/Community portion before the program is presented to students. The past presentation was well received by parents and children alike. Future funding for this program is currently being researched.
Submitted by Tiffany Creager, Board Member assigned: Jack McKinney
Music’s Modern-Day Mini Musician | Mt. Comfort Elementary
This grant is designed not only to enhance the music appreciation of our 5th grade students but also an attempt to restore a sense of responsibility granted to the student class having seniority in the school building and a sense of maturity and leadership that may have been lost when the 5th-grade students were held at the elementary level buildings.
The students will not only learn how to use and play the ukulele but will gain an understanding of the instrument itself. The goal is to offer an opportunity for playing in a musical ensemble and develop a group of dedicated troupe ukulele players.
Submitted by Katie Bieda, Music Teacher, Board Member assigned: Jan Vieweg
Filling in Fiction | Mt. Comfort Elementary
Through the funding of this grant, our students in grades 1 – 5 will be provided a greater variety of fiction books that are believed to hold their interest. Upon discovering that Mt. Comfort Students love reading fiction series, this grant request was submitted in the hopes of gaining funding for the purpose of filling the library shelves with fiction books that will interest students and assist them in meeting the needs of their “Scholastic Reading Counts” independent reading program.
This grant will also help in replacing and supplementing the many books and book series shifted among and between the elementary schools and MVIS.
Submitted by Suzanne Hanselmann, Board Member assigned: Patricia Beaty
Adding Techonology | McCordsville Elementary
This grant request is for a mini-computer and portable projector cart. These tools will assist in presenting videos, pictures, and PowerPoint slide shows via an existing projector and Mimeo. The combination of these tools creates a more interactive setting for students and teachers alike.
It provides for greater abilities than exist today in the classroom by providing larger more visible presentations, interactive “writing” on the whiteboard, and additional technology to be learned and used by our 1st-grade students. The portability of the mini-computer/laptop also provides an opportunity for other teachers and classrooms who may wish to avail themselves of the technology.
In addition, the visual learning it provides is highly likely to benefit the learning of students who are on the Autism spectrum. Ms. Morton has two such learners in her classroom.
Submitted by Amy Morton, 1st Grade Teacher, Board Member assigned: Mandy Perdue
Resources for Resource | Fortville Elementary
By placing iPads in the classroom, not only are students introduced to technology which they will need to use today and in the future, but it will provide another more attractive avenue for educating students.
The iPads will be used by students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Given the multitude of downloadable, education applications, students can improve reading skills, language arts skills, math skills, and so much more. The allure of the iPad aids in retaining student attention levels and interest. With increased attention and interest levels, the success of a student is likely assured.
Submitted by Alyson Huston, Board Member assigned: Jeff Young