Elementary School

Connect ED Implementation

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

The purpose of this grant is to gain the tools needed to pilot and research the details of the new Everyday Math Connect ED portal on a 1:1 basis. Currently, our district adopted a new math curriculum for all grade K-5. New to this program is an online portal for teachers, students, and families to access lessons, activities, games, homework, and more. At this time, no grades K-5 have enough technology to fully implement this aspect of Everyday Math to it's full potential. Thus, many are unsure what it is capable of evening with the training we have has so far. Many teachers facing challenges while trying to implement the resources. I am seeking an additional Chromebook devices to help research, implement, report on, and share findings for this aspect of the curriculum. It is my goal, to report back to the technology department, teachers, and the curriculum publishers about what I learn.

School Site
Description (10 points)

The objective of this grant is to obtain 10 more Chromebook devices for my classroom to help implement the new Everyday Math curriculum. Recently, our district adopted a new math curriculum for all grade K-5. New to this program is an online portal for teachers, students, and families to access lessons, activities, games, homework, and more. At this time, no grades K-5 have enough technology to fully implement this aspect of the grant to it's full potential. Many teachers facing challenges while trying to implement the resources. I am seeking an additional Chromebook devices to help research, implement, report on, and share findings for this aspect of the curriculum. It is my goal, to report back to the technology departments, teachers, and the curriculum publishers about what I learn. As a result, of what I learn while implementation, I will create troubleshoot resources, hold additional PLC opportunities for teachers, be a resource for questions, and create implementation resource tools. Furthermore, the Everyday Math Connect Ed portal is new;thus the developers need feedback from users to help let them know what is happening when students and teachers use it. As a district, if we need the program to make changes to better meet teachers and students' needs to be consistently reporting  what we see and what we need. I would like to be person one to do this.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of this grant will be measured by the level of access to students, level of engagement for students, the level of additional teacher education to come from the grant discoveries, and speed in which technological glitches are reported and fix.

Implementation (10 points)

Last year, I was on the Classroom Design of the Future team. Through this grant, I obtained 10 devices for students to work on other learning activities. Through the school, I currently have 3 Chromebooks and 1 desktop computer. After speaking with the Director of Technology from the district about this idea, he offered to add 6 more devices from the technology department to support this initiative. . Thus, I am seeking 10 more Chromebooks toward implementing 1:1 computer access during my instruction. From the Classroom of the Future grant last year, I have additional tools such a the Mimio Interactive Whiteboard, instructional TV, and  Mimio Connect License that will all be helpful, in conjunction with student devices to help research the full potential of the technology of Everyday Math.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, the resources created because of this grant can be shared with my grant level and all grades K-5 ot better help them implement these resources. 

Notes

While it directly impacts my class for the short term, all students K-5 will benefit from the reporting to Everyday math, teacher PLC, helpful documents for troubleshooting/implementation, and the general sharing of information. On October 5th, I held 3 PLC sessions on Everyday Math technology based on what I already know.

Taxes
$251.25
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

The technology department is contributing 6 devices.

5th Graders are Wordly Wise

Grant Date
2015
Other Applicants

Jenni DeWald, Candy Blesse, Mardiece Patrick

Grant Category
Grant Description

Recognizing that vocabulary development plays a foundational role in student success in not only Language Arts, but also science, math, social studies, and other subject areas,we are requesting funds to purchase a 12 month subscription to the online version of Wordly Wise.  Wordly Wise 3000 Online is an interactive, sequential, and systematic vocabulary program for students in grades 2-12.  It is aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

School Site
Description (10 points)

The objective of this program is to support vocabulary developement.  The relationship between word knowledge and understanding of text, or comprehension, is well established.  Vocabulary is also correlated with writing ability and with spelling. The stronger a student’s vocabulary, the better he or she performs in all areas of the curriculum.

Success of Program (10 points)

One of the reasons we would like to begin using this system is because of the monitoring and reporting system that is included.  We have used the paper version of Wordly Wise for several years, and it has been great.  However, the students did not receive immediate feedback about their success, and teachers were required to do extensive grading in order to measure a student's achievement.  The online version provides this feedback automatically, creates reports for teacher use, and even provides extra practice on the specific skills and words that students demonstrate a need for.

Implementation (10 points)

The Wordly Wise 3000 online program fits beautifully with our Daily 5 literacy program.  Students can access the online program each day during one of their literacy rotations.  The program provides audio support (crucial for our English Learners and struggling readers), immediate feedback, and multiple exposures to words that are vital to their academic growth.  In addition, students are able to access this program at home on a daily basis.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, this program will benefit all 5th grade students at Truckee Elementary.  Because it is a one-year subscription, it will also be used at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.

Taxes
$97.50
Shipping
$0.00
Other funding sources

Classroom funds may be available to help offset the price per student.
We are hopeful that by demonstrating the effectiveness of this program, we will be able to receive funding from parents in future years.

Sagehen 5th to 1st Grade Collaborative Outdoor Education Program

Grant Date
2015
Other Applicants

Julia Lawrence, Candy Blesse, Majory Prisco, Jenni DeWald, Mardiece Patrick, Sherry BurnsSullivan, and Amber Pierce

Grant Category
Grant Description

Statement of Need:

We are requesting funding to purchase science books for a cooperative endeavor between the students in 5th grade and 1st grade.  These books will bridge the knowledge 5th grade students learned while at the Sagehen Field Station enabling the 5th grade students to pass on their knowledge to the younger children.

Program/Project Description:

Sagehen Outdoor Education is excited to expand its vision, for a 2nd year, to include a 5th grade/ 1st grade collaborative component in which the 5th grade students will be:

1. Reading informational books with the 1st graders as a means of building understanding of science concepts that were a part of the 5th graders Sagehen experience.

2. Helping solidify understanding of these science concepts by helping 1st grade students with hands-on observation techniques.

3. Assisting 1st grade students with producing writing about their learning.

Culminating event will be joint field trips to Sagehen Field Station where the 5th graders will provide at least three science lessons for the 1st graders.

Sets of books being requested will allow multiple reading opportunities for all 5th graders (95 students) and all 1st graders (70 students) at Truckee Elementary.

School Site
Description (10 points)

Program Objectives/Application to State Standards:

The following objectives directly correspond to the Common Core State Standards and to the Next Generation Science Standards.  An extensive number of standards will be covered.

To increase collaborative conversations with diverse partners on 5th and 1st grade topics which build on ideas and expressing their own ideas clearly.

To instruct younger students about topics 5th grade students have studied.

To follow agreed upon rules of discussions and carry out assigned roles.

To read and write informational text as we explore science topics.

To gain a deeper appreciation of our immediate bioregion after studying topics we read through exploration and observation.

To gain hands-on experience with the Next Generation Science Standards under the heading: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Assessments:

The assessments will be ongoing through:

Observation of how well the older students communicate their knowledge to the 1st graders

Analysis of writing in the science journals

Knowledge in Action – The final Sagehen Field Station science learning day where 5th graders provide lessons and 1st graders have opportunities to relate their learning to hands on experiences.

Implementation (10 points)

Methods:

Over the course of 6 weeks 5th grade students will be partnered with 1st grade students. The 5th graders will come to 1st grade classrooms for 30 minutes a week and work 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 with children teaching what they know about the following topics:  insects, birds, plants, and camouflage.  If this grant is approved, 5th grade students will review purchased texts in their homeroom classes and then instruct the 1st grade children on the content of the text through reading, questioning, discussion and explaining.  The children will also work collaboratively to complete science journals about the topics in the texts being read.  After the 8 weeks of building background the students will have the opportunity to explore these topics at Sagehen Field Station with the older students being the instructors and mentors to the younger students.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Sharing the Grant:

This grant will benefit at least 165 children in both 1st and 5th grades.  All the teachers in both grades are invested in the program and committed to its success.

Taxes
$112.80
Comments

Truckee Elementary's PTO funded the books we used last year.

Local Environmental Study to Enhance Trout in the Classroom Program

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

Students learn about Lake Tahoe, threats to water quality, and what we can do to help protect our watersheds using Project WET activities on shore. Aboard a reserach vessel, students look at plankton and talk about the food chain, drop the Secchi disc to observe water clarity, do tests to measure water quality, and talk about the impact of invasive species. 

School Site
Description (10 points)

Students will further their understanding of their impact with the Trout in the Classroom service project. The Lahonton Cutthroat Trout are native to the area but overfishing led to their demise. Students are raising the fish and releasing them into the local waterways in hopes they will return and thrive in the area. Understanding more about the watersheds, lake health including clarity, invasive species, the food chain and zooplankton helps the students deepen their understanding as they become ambassadors for area environmental health and the baby fish they are invested in helping survive and thrive. 

Success of Program (10 points)

All students at Truckee Elementary will have had the benefit of observing and learning about the Lahonton Cutthroat Trout in the Science Lab. Upon returning to school, the 4th grade students will write persuasive essays, create posters and educate the school about the need to protect and preserve the watersheds and area lakes in order for the Lahonton Cutthroat Trout to survive. 

Implementation (10 points)

Using the Next generation Science Standards as a guide, 4th grade students will learn about and raise Lahonton Cutthroat Trout in their classrooms and in the Science Lab at school. Before their release in June 2016, students will participate in the watershed activities and water ecology research on the Great Basin Outdoor School/Marine Research and Education vessel, the Prophet, on Lake Tahoe in late May. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is shared amongst all 4th grade classes and extends to the rest of the Truckee Elementary students.

Other funding sources

Students will be asked to bring in $5 each toward the cost of the field trip.

Calculators for the classroom

Grant Date
2015
Other Applicants

Anna Davis

Grant Category
Grant Description

Teachers in the second grade classrooms at Truckee Elementary are excited to use use Everyday Mathematics with students building confidence and ensuring positive feelings about math giving every child the opportunity to succeed. Everyday Mathematics emphasizes problem solving in every day situations, routines, games and other activities to ensure long term math learning. Calculators are suggested by Everyday Mathematics as one strategy to support learning in both the Standards of Mathematical Practice and the California State Standards.  

School Site
Description (10 points)

The objective of teaching and using calculators in the classroom is to build conceptual understanding, and develop a depth of knowledge while providing careful focused instruction to all students in the critical areas of focus: Understanding of the base-ten system and Understanding of addition to develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 1000. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Playing these games during class will allow the teacher time for Assessment Check-in to informally assess students on their progress with California State Standards, Operations and Algebraic Thinking and Number 2.0A and Operations in Base Ten 2.NBT.

Implementation (10 points)

The calculator strategy uses games to build understanding of the base-ten system and understanding of addition to develop fluency with addition and subtraction within 1000. Students will play many games during class instruction over the course of the school year to build number sense and addition fluency, i.e. Beat the Calculator, Broken-Calculator problems, skip counting, counting with, Calculator change puzzles, and Calculator place-value puzzles are a few of these calculator games. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The use of calculators is part of the mathematical learning process for all students. This grant will benefit the second grade students as well as the teachers at Truckee Elementary building confidence and ensuring positive feelings about math giving every child the opportunity to succeed.

Notes

Truckee Elementary currently has 100 second grade students. I am requesting calculators for 120 students. This would allow teachers to have 5 back-up calculators due to possible breakage or damage over the future years.

Taxes
$45.24
Shipping
$64.79
Other funding sources

No other funding sources at this time.

Comments

Delta Education - Set of 10 calculators $44.99 ; 12 sets of calculators $539.88. For a total of 120 calculators. This would give each teacher 5 extra calculators in case of breakage or damage in future years.

Using iPods to Touch the Future

Grant Date
2015
Other Applicants

Candy Blesse, Jenni Dewald, Katie Old, Mardiece Patrick, Marji Prisco

Grant Category
Grant Description

The use of technology is written throughout the California Common Core Standards. iPod Touches are affordable, efficient and convenient devices for students to access the internet for research, reference, projects and more on a daily basis. The 5th Grade teachers at Truckee Elementary are looking to add 10 iPod Touches to their classes where students can work in groups of 2 and/or 3 to create "how-to" videos, support listening and speaking standards by reading and listening to themselves for fluency, conduct research around their units of study, reference primary sources that are online, and create projects to share with their peers. 

School Site
Amount Funded
$7000.00
Description (10 points)

The use of iPods will help students touch their future by providing them with more access to the internet on a daily basis. The main objective of this project is to have students access the internet in class, individually or in small groups, to conduct research and broaden their learning of the California Common Core Standards. The iPods will allow for more differentiation in the classroom, as well as a device for students to express their learning with a variety of mediums (recording a narrative, explaining how to complete a math problem, record a science experiment, create a video, etc.). Having 10 per classroom will not only allow more access for students, it also encourages them to work collaboratively and to share their projects with a wider audience. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Success or achievement can be measured in a variety of ways, depending upon the assignment and project. Due to the nature of the 5th Grade teachers working closely together as well as with other colleagues, rubrics can be found and created and discussed with the students. The amount of use is another measure as to how successful these devices are in touching our students' futures. 

Implementation (10 points)

The students in the 5th Grades at Truckee Elementary visit the Technology Lab twice a week for 36 minutes. Due to the schedule of the lab and the size of our school, the lab is not open for classes to come and use the computers to conduct research, etc. during an open lab time. The implementation of 10 iPods per classroom will allow students to access the internet and enhance their learning easily, in their classrooms, on a daily basis where the main instruction takes place. Students will be able to take the teachable moment and create a "how-to" video about solving multi-step word problem, how to walk in the hallway for a buddy class in a primary grade, personify a key historical character, read their own writing for their peers, etc. The use of these iPods will allow students to more effectively access sites that they currently use in their classrooms: Khan Academy, iMovie, Accelerated Reader, etc. This is definitely a team effort between the 5th Grade teachers, the tech teacher (Heidi Bushway Verkler) and Katie Old, a Special Education teacher for 5th Grade,  who implements iPods in her classroom from the resources she gathered during the iLearn Program.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The 5th Grade team and other colleagues are writing this grant collaboratively. There has been a need for more access to the internet for their students and iPod Touches are an efficient, affordable, and easily implemented device to bring into the classrooms. The team has vowed to share ideas, devices, and expertise with one another in getting this grant implemented. The students will also be the motivation behind the learning since they, for the most part, already know how to work these devices. 

Taxes
$750.00
Other funding sources

School site funds to purchase more earbugs (when the need arises) and cases for the iPods.

Comments

The Belkin spitters can be purchased and picked up from Best Buy in Reno.

Swing set for SELS

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

In an effort to improve and increase the available play opportunities for students, SELS would like to add a swingset. This piece of play equipment has been in high demand by parents and students, and the school will be able to accommodate these requests in Spring 2016 (pending funding). With other construction project slated for that time, SELS will have the labor and machinery on site for installation.

Description (10 points)

Extensive research indicates the benefits of physical activity throughout the day for students. SELS hope is that a swingset will provide another avenue of activity for all students, and will in particular increase motivation in less active students.

Success of Program (10 points)

Mostly anecdotal: student/parent feedback ; observed levels of activity and enjoyment.

Implementation (10 points)

To be used during recesses, and supervised by staff at all times.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Has been discussed for several years across the school community.

Taxes
$293.13
Shipping
$300.00
Other funding sources

The swing set costs goes well beyond the frame. Installation is complex, and the area must meet all safety standards for ground padding and ADA access. All these costs (estimated at approximately $1500 with volunteer labor, or $4000-$5000 without) will be covered by SELS.

Comments

We have not yet settled on the precise swing set we wish to purchase. However, the style and size we would like is generally around the cost provided.
Link to example set: Item #CW90015502, http://www.bluegrassplaygrounds.com/swings-5od-arch-post-swing.htm

Barton Reading and Spelling System

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

At each school we continue to have students that are reading significantly below grade level and not responding to interventions. The Barton Reading and Spelling System is an evidence-based and research-based, systematic and explicit reading and spelling program designed for students who have difficulty with written language in the areas of decoding and spelling. This program is unique because the training can be done quickly, online and implementation can be done easily. As well, the program is designed to be implemented not only by teachers, but also paraprofessionals, tutors and parents. 

School Site
Amount Funded
$1391.00
Description (10 points)

he Barton Reading System will help to improve literacy skills for struggling readers. Specifically, the Barton Reading System will improve student performance in phonological awareness, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension and spelling. This program will target students who are not responding to classroom interventions and need a program that delivers a multisensory approach.  

Reading research has found that multisensory, explicit, direct, and systematic reading programs help students who struggle with reading.  The Barton Reading System is based on this reading research and is evidence based.

The Barton Reading System is an easy-to-implement program for teachers, paraprofessionals and parents of students who struggle with reading.  Many programs are difficult to implement and require many hours of training and follow-up training. As well, other research-based programs require implementation to happen 5 days a week for up to 90 minutes. With all of the other activities going on in the school day, special events and other common-core lessons in the general education environment, it is challenging to find this type of time.  The Barton Reading System is designed to target the most challenging learners, and implementation is flexible. In other words it can be delivered two days a week for 30 minutes, 3 days a week for 60 minutes or even five days a week for 30 minutes depending on the student’s needs and scheduling availability.

Success of Program (10 points)

This program will be assessed in a variety of ways. On-going progress monitoring by teachers will evaluate students’ reading progress.   As well, assessments are built into the program and students are required to master concepts before moving on to future levels.

Implementation (10 points)

The Barton Reading System is designed to be done one-on-one or in a small group setting of three students to one teacher or tutor.  The program can be implemented in a Special Education environment or in before or after school programs.  As well, this program could be implemented in classrooms that have paraprofessional support or consistent parent support.  Finally, to ensure effective and consistent implementation, training videos and tutorials are provided and can be watched online or on personal computers. As well, 24 hour online support is available for anyone who purchases the program.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes. This program will provide Special Education teachers with another tool to use for students that struggle with reading and are not responding to other methods. As struggling readers begin to improve their skills, they are more likely to access the core curriculum which also ties into our participation in our Special Ed PLC’s and our site grade level PLC.

Notes

At Tahoe Lake Elementary, of the 330 students, the following percentages are reading "below proficient:"
Transitional Kindergarten (13%)
Kindergarten (26%)
1st Grade (40%)
2nd Grade (50%)
3rd Grade (43%)
4th Grade (40%)

Taxes
$107.50
Shipping
$69.75
Other funding sources

Classroom funds and Special Education Department funds to purchase any supplemental materials (i.e. tiles, Stand Alone Books). However, no major additional funding is needed at this time.

BPA Free Tableware for Truckee Elementary Classrooms

Grant Date
2015
Grant Category
Grant Description

As a way to reduce our footprint, each student and staff member would have a plastic plate, cup and three-piece utensil set. Each month, students and staff members throw away disposable tableware when participating in Harvest of the Month, cooking activities and/or class festivities. These sets would reduce the waste from these activities within the classrooms as well as teach the students to be a part of a larger community service project. This adoption is an extension of the schoolwide effort to reduce waste and recycle during lunch and snack times. 

School Site
Description (10 points)

Students and staff will use the plastic tableware whenever food or drink is consumed within the classroom. This includes but is not limited to the monthly tastings of Harvest of the Month, classroom festivities, math and science lessons which include food, and daily drinks of water. The teachers can use the tableware as tools to teach table manners when partaking of such foods. Fine motor skills will be honed as students use the utensils properly when cutting foods and eating them. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Success will be noted immediately as the students and the teachers will take note of their lack of waste after the first Harvest of the Month activity. This will be noted again as the class reflects upon their lack of waste every time they use the reusable plasticware rather than disposable tableware. Each class will get a Tableware Activity Log in which they will enter their dates and impact when using their disposable tableware instead of reusable tableware. As a class, grade level, and school, we will measure our impact in June of each year. 

Implementation (10 points)

Sets will be assigned to each grade level by color. Each class will be given one set per student, a teacher set and a few extra for additional members. Teachers will organize, store and clean the sets when necessary. Sets will stay with the grade level at the end of each school year. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is shared school-wide.

Taxes
$52.87
Shipping
$249.00
Comments

If it's possible the grant would not be funded because of the cost of shipping, I will drive to Sacramento for a Store Pick Up, no charge.

Magnetic Whiteboards

Grant Date
2015
Other Applicants

Michele Smiljanich-Forsberg, Tamara Anderson, Katie Bowden, Leslie Fansler, Margie Prisco

Grant Description

Porcelain Steel MAGNETIC dry erase whiteboards 4'x8'  (SKU NOR-7408)from School Outfitters @ 187.99 each for a total of 939.95.

Proma PROJECTION magnetic markerboard 4'x8' from School Outfitters @ 302.88 each for a total of 1514.50.

School Site
Amount Funded
$1636.00
Description (10 points)

Currently, all third-grade classrooms, as well as one fifth-grade classroom, are working with defective whiteboards. It is difficult to display graphs, charts, posters, as well as project from our Doc Cams, the information needed to provide visuals for our students. Our objective is to provide our students with the same opportunities for learning as is found in other classrooms. 

Success of Program (10 points)

ALL students learn when provided visual support. The projection board will be interactive, while the accompanying board will provide strategies.

Implementation (10 points)

The projection whiteboard is nonglare. This option will allow direct instruction, via the internet, and will provide so many opportunities for learning not accessible at this time. 

Due to a cost savings, the nonprojection unit will provide additional support for learning by allowing the teacher to quickly change visual materials that are necessary for instruction.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We are writing this grant as a team and including a fifth-grade teacher as well. Last year, the other three fifth-grade classrooms wrote this grant and were approved.

Taxes
$205.55
Shipping
$475.71
Other funding sources

N/A