Building Big Readers – Emily Bell Wilder and Andrea Krueger
This grant will provide a set of “I’m Reading” books for each kindergarten classroom. These books will be used during small group instruction to encourage fluency, accuracy and comprehension.
Creating and Sharing Art with iPads
– Celia Castle
New technology and applications has made creating art a multi-media endeavor. This grant will help students in Mrs. Castle’s art class learn new ways to integrate technology into their art-making experiences. With six new iPads, the students will create digital artwork (including claymation videos) and develop online portfolios to share their work with friends and family.
Phonics Made Easy – Angela Gerontakis
This grant is designed to help classroom teachers in grades K-3 support Tier 2 students in the area of reading. Teachers will receive Recipe for Reading, a phonics resource, as well as other tools that will enable them to provide multi-sensory instruction as their students master different reading skills.
This grant will provide an ActivPanel for the library at Hall-Kent Elementary. This multi-touch interactive board allows students and teachers to simultaneously share ideas, problem solve and manipulate images in whole-class or small-group settings. The ActivPanel will be used by all students at Hall-Kent Elementary during their library time.
Students learn to read in many different ways. This grant is designed to help classroom teachers in kindergarten and first grade with their effort to improve literacy skills among their students. Teachers will receive Recipe for Reading, a phonics resource, as well as other tools that will enable them to provide multi-sensory instruction as their students master different reading skills.
This grant will provide the Osmo Genius for each third grade classroom. This device allows students to use technology while also incorporating hands-on activities to build critical thinking skills.
Students in 2nd through 5th grade are mastering the skill of reading and analyzing complex texts. To help them in this effort, this grant provides teachers with appropriate assessments to help provide a clear, cohesive plan for the teacher’s next steps in developing students as readers.
Enhancing Independent Reading – Ellen Helf
SPONSORED BY THE NORWOOD CLINIC/DR. BLAKE PEARSON AND MRS. MARY SCOTT PEARSON
Students in 3rd through 5th grade are mastering the skill of reading and analyzing complex texts. To help them in this effort, this grant provides teachers with appropriate assessments to help provide a clear, cohesive plan for the teacher’s next steps in developing students as readers.
Scholastic Math” – Tracy Colley and Angela Langston
The Foundation will, once again, fund this resource, “Scholastic Math,” for 7th grade math students. This resource makes math meaningful and accessible for students with articles that apply math concepts to real-world topics. Each issue connects math to current events, sports and entertainment and will help students see how math is applied beyond the classroom.
Digital Video Recording and Production – Paul Litten and Eric Swope
SPONSORED BY WARREN AVERETT ASSET MANAGEMENT
This grant will provide a video camera for the music and art departments at Homewood Middle School. Students will use the camera in a variety of ways including music videos in music technology class as well as videos to promote activities taking place at the school.
Enhancing Classroom Instruction in Eighth Grade Algebra through the Use of Graphing Calculators – Part II – Laura Thuirer
The Foundation is funding the final phase of this grant. This grant will fund the final class set of graphing calculators so that all 8th grade students will have access to this technology.
Chromebooks for HHS World Languages – Marta Parker, Melissa Dameron-Vines, Julian Kersh, Michelle Myers, Robyn Brown, Rebecca Brown and Doug Welle
In the spring, the Foundation funded a class set of Chromebooks for the World Languages department since it is exclusively using online textbooks for all of its classes. This grant will provide another class set of 25 Chromebooks and microphones to be used throughout the department so that students can make the most of this new resource.
AP English Vertical Team Training – Michele Cooley and Anne Kreider
This grant will send the AP English teachers at Homewood High School to the Advanced Placement Summer Institute to gain valuable information and learn best practices for instructing students in AP English classes. The teachers will share their information with the Pre-AP English teachers to continue to build upon the success of these programs.
Examine the News – Rhonda Rush and Teri Nash
The Foundation will, once again, help to fund NBC Learn, a news resource for students, at Homewood High School. The program keeps students updated on current events.
Enhancing Literacy in Special Populations with Web-based Practice – Lori Renkl
To support ELL and special education students as they work to improve their reading skills, this grant will provide a subscription to IXL, an online resource. This tool provides a fun environment for students to work on specific reading skills at their independent reading level.
Toys for Teaching Science – Tommy Lyas and Will Alexander
This grant will provide a variety of scientific toys for the Physics and Physical Sciences classes at Homewood High School. The toys teach students scientific processes like motion, speed and acceleration and encourage ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking.