Band Equipment & Sheet Music Dr. John Hammitt, Band Director, Dysart and Luke Elementaries. Tools for the performance of different styles of music were requested. Luke Elementary currently does not have a drum set, and Dysart Elementary needs a set of mallets for the xylophone and metal bells. In addition, funds to build the band libraries at both schools will allow the students to perform different styles of music and sufficient compositions for one concert of 5th – 8th graders.
Exploring Culture through Ceramic Clay in the Art Room Sara Mendoza, K-8 Art, Rancho Gabriela Elementary. Students in grades K-8 will have the opportunity to work with clay, exploring various cultures and traditions, from creating jewelry inspired by Navajo traditions in kindergarten to carving personal tiki’s in 8th grade, to learn about Polynesian culture and ancient Maori mythology.
Logitech Cameras in the Art Room Suzanne Putman, Art, 4 – 8th Grade, Sunset Hills Elementary. Digital cameras in this art classroom will allow students to learn photography techniques as they also learn fundamental art techniques. Students will have a better understanding of how different types of media are created.
Going Global Rachel Kelley, K-8th Grades, Asante Preparatory Academy. Students will have multiple opportunities, through personalized learning and the Design Thinking Process, to utilize coding and robotics to solve problems. There will be a variety of learning opportunities in the areas of graphic design and media production such as designing logos, marketing products, presenting findings, and creating commercials for products. Funds will be used to purchase 6 Galaxy tablets for this new school.
STC L3 TechnologyMichele Gillespie, Exceptional Services, 3rd to 5th Grades, Dysart Elementary. Four new Chromebooks will be purchased to replace outdated equipment. Special Education students will be able to access curriculum in a modified and differentiated way, building not only academic foundations but also life skills needed in the real world.
6th Grade Science Camp Rebekah Mach, Julia Marshall, Tamarro Washington, 6th Grade, Kingswood Elementary. Seventy seven Kingswood 6th graders will be heading to Chapel Rock in Prescott, AZ to participate in the hands-on application of science in a real world setting. This grant will be used along with other fundraising sources to ensure that all students can afford the trip.
Traveling Maker Space Kathryn Voss, iExplore K-8, Marley Park Elementary. All students at Marley Park will benefit from a traveling project cart and materials that will support the school’s signature program “Young Entrepreneurs”. Materials can be organized on the cart as needed, and will be augmented with recyclable materials from home.
Technology for Art Classroom Brandi Moore, Art, Shadow Ridge High School. Currently, AP students are using their own devices, often small cell phone screens, to do significant research for their required AP Art portfolio pieces. Students in AP Art will especially benefit from access to Chromebooks in this art classroom, and students in other art classes will have access to the new Chromebooks as well.
Science for Preschoolers Lora McFarland, Preschool, Mountain View Elementary. Funds will be used to purchase materials that will encourage collaboration and cooperation to build, create, and discover as preschoolers are introduced to science, art, math, and engineering concepts such as gravity, magnetism, shapes, patterns, heavy/light, and early math skills.
Deaf-Blind Activities Emma Horlick, 9-12th American Sign Language, Willow Canyon High School. Students learning American Sign Language will have the opportunity to learn to read and write Braille letters and numbers.
Learning Through Experience Delbertta A. Smolinski, 4-5th grade, Riverview Elementary. Students in 4th and 5th grades will take an overnight field trip to Lake Pleasant Desert Outdoor Center for hands-on learning that is aligned to the standards in science, social studies, physical activity, art, and workplace skills development. Students will be introduced to problems faced by the park rangers and use their learning to determine solutions that are plausible and practical. Funds provided by DEF will be used to reduce the costs of the trip, especially for families of limited means.
From Seed to Seed Lisa Moberg, K-8th, Sunset Hills Elementary. The Bobcat Garden Club at Sunset Hills allows students in grades K-8 to work together on garden chores, physical fitness, and a mini-lesson. Older students are encouraged to mentor younger students as they participate in garden activities. The Seed Project will teach children the importance of growing plants from seed, nurturing their maturation into flower and fruit, and thus creating seeds as an end result.