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2016-2017 Grant Reports

GRANT TITLE: 2017 Warrior Olympic Games
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Brandy Crenshaw* Lori Ballinger and Virginia Newton
BPS BUILDING: Logan Fontenelle Middle School
AMOUNT: $447.24
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 7th and 8th 
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 150
PLAN: The purchasing of equipment to use for this year and in future years and to expand the current one-day dodgeball tournament to a week-long multi-sport tournament.
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The students told me they had a great time!” 


GRANT TITLE: Flexible Seating for 21st Century Learners
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Meagan Cinfel, Melissa Ridgeway and Courtney Smeby*
BPS BUILDING: Central Elementary
AMOUNT: $1500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 1st, 2nd and 5th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 72
PLAN: To improve student engagement, heighten intrinsic motivation, develop core strength and posture, help foster attention and alertness, and improve necessary creativity and critical thinking skills by providing flexible seating arrangements for the students.
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “We’ve noticed higher collaborative discussions between peers, an increase in intrinsic motivation and an overall increase in MAP Math and Reading scores.” 


GRANT TITLE: Scout Brew (Coffee Shop & Smoothies)
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Stephanie Colpitts
BPS BUILDING: Lewis & Clark Middle School
AMOUNT: $500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 7th and 8th grade
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 20
PLAN: To promote an inclusive environment for special needs students
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Our Scout Brew Operation has helped develop social and communication skills for our students with Autism."


GRANT TITLE: Bringing Scholastic Journalism into the Digital Age
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Stephanie Conley 
BPS BUILDING: Bellevue East High School
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 9th-12th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 81
PLAN: To purchase necessary equipment to help the journalism students create products that are in line with other scholastic journalism programs in the metro area
​​​​​​TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Because of the generous BPS Foundation Grant, students have improved their scholastic journalism products and have also learned additional skills through the use of the new equipment as they relate to video and audio production.” 


GRANT TITLE: Wiggling While We Learn
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Crystal Cizek*, Patty Wenninghoff and Tonya Gordon
BPS BUILDING: Fairview Elementary
AMOUNT: $1011.66
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 3rd
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 67
PLAN: Restructuring the classroom seating and adding flexible seating to create a more open space that promotes creativity and critical thinking
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The students enjoyed the yoga balls most of all because they are able to wiggle without distracting others in the classroom” 


GRANT TITLE: Robotics Engineering
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Steve Daughtrey* and Sarah Juarez
BPS BUILDING: Mission Middle School
AMOUNT: $1,463.14
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 7th and 8th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 60
PLAN: Purchasing computers, robotic build parts and Raspberry Pi programmers to allow students the opportunity to program, build and operate different robot platforms
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The innovation grant from the BPS Foundation has given our students the chance to experience programming across different robotic platforms for the first time at Mission M.S.”


GRANT TITLE: Maximizing Green Screen
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Shannon Dunkel
BPS BUILDING: Bellevue East High School
AMOUNT: $1,300.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 9th-12th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 1,200
PLAN: To purchase more iPads to allow more students access to the green screen room
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “We are able to show what we have learned by doing something fun. It is nice to do something different than writing papers and taking tests.” -- 12th grade student


GRANT TITLE: Ready, Set, Create, Connect
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Monica Evon
BPS BUILDING: Bellevue Elementary
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 1st-6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 450
PLAN: To purchase materials that would enrich and enhance Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The students were engaged in their learning while having fun and developing higher-level thinking skills as they problem-solved, analyzed, inferred and evaluated.”


GRANT TITLE: Can You Hear Me Now
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Terri Fuxa
BPS BUILDING: Belleaire Elementary
AMOUNT: $1,310.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 3rd
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 22
PLAN: To purchase a Lightspeed Redcat Amplification System to allow students to have the teacher's voice in “surround sound” 
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The amplification system has changed my teaching. I can stand anywhere in the classroom and they can ‘hear me now’!" 


GRANT TITLE: S.M.A.R.T. Science, Math, Art, Robotics, Technology
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Tommy Harris
BPS BUILDING: Betz Elementary School
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: K-6
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 25+
PLAN: To purchase five mini iPads to empower and helps students with Math Response to Intervention and the Robotics club

TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET PENDING: WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING HOW IT'S WORKING!


GRANT TITLE: Breakout EDU and Flex Seating
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Lisa Keene
BPS BUILDING: Leonard Lawrence Elementary School
AMOUNT: $500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 4th grade
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 36
PLAN: To help students gain the skills they need for the 21st century by allowing students to learn curriculum, essential objectives and social skills in a collaborative, individualized and motivating setting
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Students stayed on task better and were distracted less in their comfortable seating.” 


 


GRANT TITLE: Uke Can Do It!
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Dr. Lynda Laird
BPS BUILDING: Fort Crook Elementary School
AMOUNT: $1,350.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 5th and 6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 80+
PLAN: To teach students essential ukulele skills, better musical understanding and building new friendships and encouraging whole class participation 
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “My ukulele partner and I became good friends this year because we had to help each other a lot.” -- music student


GRANT TITLE: BPS Community Resource Center
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Allison Lauritsen*, Emily Arkfeld, Susan Jones and Megan Pendley
BPS BUILDING: Support Center
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Early childhood – BEST transition program
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: Over 60 students and families
PLAN: Bellevue Public School’s FASE (Family and Student Empowerment) Team will meet the material needs of families and students within Bellevue Public Schools to improve academic achievement and reduce family stress
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Thank u soooo much. Now I can give the kids a good Christmas!!!! Thank you thank you” -- BPS Parent


GRANT TITLE: Ipods for Audio Books
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Lynette Ledbetter
BPS BUILDING: Avery Elementary 
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Kindergarten
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 25+
PLAN: To allow students to use iPods to listen to audio books, and increase their reading achievement and love of books
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: "...my classroom is now more relevant for Generation Alpha!  Thank you so much for this opportunity to improve my classroom instruction and student achievement!" 


GRANT TITLE: Constructing a Creating Space for 21st Century Learners
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Sarah Mlnarik and Sharae Geldes
BPS BUILDING: Two Springs Elementary
AMOUNT: $932
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: K-6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 360
PLAN: To complete makerspace and filming studio, provide space and materials to allow students to collaborate, create, think critically and communicate, expressing their creativity and innovation while experiencing the technology tools for expressing themselves as 21st century learners
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “We were able to build solar-powered robots and structures like the Eiffel Tower, as well as create green screen videos for all kinds of topics, from poetry to social studies.” 


GRANT TITLE: 3D Printer Bellevue West High School
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Joe Nadgwick
BPS BUILDING: Bellevue West High School
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 9th-12th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 75
PLAN: To expose more students to how 3D printing operates and how it can be used with design
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Thank you BPS Foundation for your generous contribution to our new 3D printer at Bellevue West High School.” 


GRANT TITLE: iPads to Reach All Learning Levels
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Daniel Nakai
BPS BUILDING: Twin Ridge Elementary
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 20
PLAN: To provide technology to help all students learn 
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “This grant was instrumental in helping me efficiently and more effectively teach all students.” 


GRANT TITLE: Board Games
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Holly Oelmann
BPS BUILDING: Betz Elementary
AMOUNT: $100
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Early Childhood Special Education Preschool
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 18
PLAN: To purchase board games for the class to help support the development of young children across all areas, and engage and motivate the students to learn
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “This grant gave students the opportunity to build skills in an interactive way in their natural environment.” 


GRANT TITLE: Tier II Intervention
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Nancy Pechar, Jodi Evans, Melissa Sindelar and Tina Clark
BPS BUILDING: Bertha Barber Elementary 
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Kindergarten-2nd
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 20+
PLAN:
To improve student achievement in math for students in grades K-2 who are currently performing in the bottom 20% based on our universal screening Fall 2016 assessment; funds will be used to purchase annual licenses for Imagine Learning, a tool for reading improvement
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: "Imagine Learning provides individual progress monitoring data for each student. This data gives us immediate feedback and a component to share with parents."


GRANT TITLE: Program Outdoor Garden
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Sid Quint
BPS BUILDING: B.E.S.T. Program
AMOUNT: $831
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: ages 18-21
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 18+
PLAN: To create/build an outdoor garden with special education students to teach focus, patience, cooperation, teamwork, financial independence and social skills
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “For many of our students this was the first time they had been entrusted with caring for something that provided tangible results. Students had the responsibility of preparing the area for planting, installing a fence, setting up a watering system, transplanting plants, research on products, purchasing materials, planting seeds, and monitoring plant growth. We have also begun the process of applying for a spot within the Bellevue Farmers Market. This will help our students with a variety of different skill sets."


GRANT TITLE: Technology Needs for High Level Gaps
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Sarah Roth
BPS BUILDING: Lemay Elementary
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 2nd
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 16
PLAN: To purchase 4 iPads, headphones, covers and apps to support higher achieving students in Math and Reading
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “With the addition of technology into my classroom, I have been able to transform the math curriculum to more effectively reach all students. I feel confident in all my students [testing] for MAP.” 


GRANT TITLE: Building Newcomer Support In and Out of the Classroom
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Hailee Schmit 
BPS BUILDING: Wake Robin Elementary
AMOUNT: $500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Kindergarten-6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 11
PLAN: To improve newcomer students' English through dual-language and Spanish take-home books
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “I have seen tremendous growth...just since January!” 


GRANT TITLE: Classroom Ukulele
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Charles Serfass
BPS BUILDING: Betz and Central Middle Schools
AMOUNT: $736.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 5th and 6th 
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 125
PLAN: To purchase ukuleles to teach the students about fretted string instruments and how they work
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “It was wonderful to open up a new area of music teaching!”


GRANT TITLE: Breakout EDU
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Matt Sinclair* and Allison Smith
BPS BUILDING: Betz Elementary School
AMOUNT: $238
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 4th 
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 40
PLAN: To encourage students to work together as a collective group and improve communication skills
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “Breakout EDU really challenged students to work together to solve puzzles and to collaborate with each other.”


GRANT TITLE: Updating Centers
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Lesley Sprague
BPS BUILDING: Central Elementary
AMOUNT: $500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Early Childhood Special Education
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 21
PLAN: To update and/or replace materials from the centers
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “I love the new kitchen materials and puzzles that we got!” 
 


GRANT TITLE: Standing Success Stories
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Lanette Starbuck
BPS BUILDING: Peter Sarpy Elementary School
AMOUNT: $1,430.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 1st
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 20
PLAN: To offer the students the choice to stand through 11 new standing desks equipped with a swing bar for natural movement
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The standing desks have had a profound positive impact on the level of engagement seen in my students.” 


GRANT TITLE: AP World History Review
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Alexandra Thiessen
BPS BUILDING: Bellevue West High School
AMOUNT: $568.50
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: 10th AP World History
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: 26
PLAN: To purchase AP World History Review Books as a quality study aid for the students to prepare for the newly revised AP test
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “I’m so glad Mrs. Thiessen was able to get us review books to study for the AP test. They have been a huge life-saver to help me focus on my studying. I feel I am better prepared for the AP test now.” -- BWHS student


GRANT TITLE: Mini iPads for Library Research
GRANT RECIPIENT(s): Nancy Voris
BPS BUILDING: Birchcrest Elementary
AMOUNT: $1,500.00
GRADE LEVEL(s) OF STUDENTS SERVED: Kindergarten-6th
NUMBER OF STUDENTS SERVED: approximately 380
PLAN: To teach, reinforce and enrich research and writing concepts as part of Bellevue Public Schools library and grade level curricula
TESTIMONIAL SNIPPET: “The donation of Mini iPads and headphones have made a huge difference in our Birchcrest Library!” 

*Team member who submitted the report