Grant Applicant
Rachael Posada on behalf of Randy Humphreys
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$6000.00
Description (10 points)

We are seeking funds to purchase additional instruments for the music program at Alder Creek Middle School.  As well as having a need to replace aging items, we are very excited that ACMS has added "band" to their rotating elective program.  This means that every student in 6th grade has the opportunity to experience the program and take a turn at learning an instrument.  The increased number of students now participating makes it critical to expand the inventory.  The immediate need is for the following:  4 flutes; 4 clarinets; 4 trumpets; 4 French horns.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

From a concrete perspective, the new instruments will make it possible for more students to be hands-on more frequently.  Rather than share an instrument, each student will be able to work fully each music period.  And although slightly less concrete, yet definitely substantiated, studies have shown that there is a scientific link between music and math and a link between music and good mental health.  This is an excellent opportunity to expose more students to music as they enter both a more challenging scholastic world and experience more complex social/emotional situations.  The impact of this expanded program could provide dramatic, positive effects on students' academic success as well as their emotional well-being.

Success of Program (10 points)

Allow students to have a more hands-on experience and introduction to band and orchestra.  Give more advanced music students the opportunity to use newer, higher-quality instruments and refine their skills.  In general, increase music appreciation, foster personal growth, and improve academic performance across multiple subjects.

Implementation (10 points)

Purchase 4 flutes, 4 clarinets, 4 trumpets, and 4 French horns.  Once received, the instruments will be immediately useful and incorporated into the year-round and elective programs.

Sustainability
Fortunately, musical instruments typically have a long life. There may be a future need to replace irreparably damaged or lost instruments, but typically Measure A (or Measure Aa) funds will allow us to cover those needs.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The music program at ACMS is a multi-grade program.  This grant will help 6th, 7th, and 8th grade levels.

Budget Notes

The price for musical instruments can vary widely.  $6,000 is the lower-end of the spectrum cost for student models of the instruments needed.  The reason a formal estimate is not included is because suppliers have seasonal sales, liquidation of certain models, offers of refurbished items, and also because we would like to have the opportunity to ask local vendors (BlueNote B's Horn Shop in Reno and/or Split Rock Music Co of Truckee) to have an opportunity to match, or do better, against the larger firms. 

Other funding sources

Measure A is our main source of funding.  Typically, this covers repair and replacement of instruments, purchase of music, method books, corks, reeds, oils, and other supplies.  The Associated Student Body (ASB) account provides funding for field trips such as music festivals.

Grant Applicant
Kathy Tallant
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$2953.00
Description (10 points)

I am requesting to purchase two facial reconstruction labs.  Anthropology is one of the core disciplines in forensic science and facial reconstruction is an important part of forensic anthropology.  When bones are found, whether ancient or more recent, it is the goal of the anthropologist to determine who the person is. 

Skulls, long bones, and the pelvis can help determine sex, age, race, and stature.  A skull can also be used to reconstruct the person's facial features.  This technique is often used in forensic science.  It is based on the known consistency off tissue depths and muscle structure on different areas of a human face.  This is the basis for the forensic facial reconstruction lab I am requesting.

Each kit is a complete lab with materials for eight lab groups to complete this process from bare skull to complete face.  I am requesting two lab sets so there would be enough materials for two Forensic Science classes to conduct the lab at the same time.  Currently there are two sections of Forensic Science at Truckee High School.

 

 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All students who take forensic science would be completing this lab.  Currently that equates to up to 62 students/year.  This number could potentially increase since the 9-week course is now a-g approved and has increased to 18 weeks.

This lab would be the culminating activity for the Anthropology Unit in my Forensic Science course.  I currently have labs that look at bone fragments and another lab that has groups of students analyze sets of bones to determine age, sx, race, and stature of the individual.  

Potentially, this lab could be used in Art and in Human Body systems as well.

Success of Program (10 points)

This lab would greatly enhance the current Anthropology unit in Forensic Science by adding a completely different component to anthropology.  Students would see the art within this science discipline.

This also incorporates a career-connection.  Many students are not aware that this discipline could actually be a career path.

The center of the lab, the skull, is a replica of the recently discovered remains of King Richard III.  Therefore, a history lesson could be incorporated into this lab as well.

 

Implementation (10 points)

I could implement this program immediately upon arrival, hopefully this year.  I currently am teaching two sections of Forensic Science and plan to teach the anthropology unit this spring.  I could add this lab at the end of the unit this year.

Sustainability
All supplies for this lab are reusable. No further funding would be needed.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes.  It could be shared with Human Body systems and Art.  It could also be introduced to biology classes as a means to show students how scientists were able to reconstruct the faces of ancient humans and pre-human species.  We could also share with history classes as the face they reacreat is King Richard III's.

 

Taxes
$206.09
Shipping
$249.00
Grant Applicant
Jo Anna Battaglia
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Amount Funded
$2132.00
Description (10 points)

I would like to purchase three stands with LED lights and five studio pop-up tents to use in the photography classroom. This special photography equipment would help with creating a clean and professional background so students gain the skills and experience needed in a professional photography studio.

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Lighting is a key element in photography. Throughout the year there are various student assignments that require proper lighting and clean backgrounds to complete. If we had studio lights for students to use, their portrait, still life, compositional, and commercial shots would come out better and more professional. It would also enhance their overall educational experience and the skills they gain. 

Additionally, if we had access to five studio pop-up tents, the still life, compositional, and commercial shots would come out with a cleaner, more professional background. With the lights and the tents, students will learn how to really use lighting in photography to help create emphasis on the subject, something critical in professional photography.

These tools would be a huge improvement over what the students have access to currently. The lights I use now are lights on cords similar to what construction working use at a job site. They work but I only have three, they are not on stand but can be clipped to things to hold them into place. Other times students use their flashlights on their phones to project light. When it comes to studio setups and backgrounds the students use my matte boards, paper, and different fabric I have leaned up or taped to the wall or stools to hold them in place. Studio lighting and tents would make the photo shoots more professional and give students a more real-life experience to what they would have if they were working in the field in photography.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of the program and the new professional tools will be immediately apparent as students will be able to use lighting to make higher quality photographs. These lights can be directed, reflective, and fused to created different light effects and with the five studio pop-up tents, the still life, compositional, and commercial shots would come out with a cleaner, more professional background.

What students learn and do would be more similar to a real life experience giving them skills for their future success. 

Implementation (10 points)

The lights and the tents would be used for different class units throughout the year and they will be accessible to all students in my class. 

Sustainability
The stands and lights can and will be used for years. Over time, the light bulbs will need to be replaced and the replacement bulbs will be covered by our site.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes if needed the lights and tents can be shared.

Taxes
$41.68
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

5 Studio Essentials 24" Pop-Up Shooting Tent  5 @ $24.99 = $124.95

Flashpoint 3 Monolight Strobe Outfit with Stands, Umbrella, Soft Box, Barn Doors $449.96

Shipping is free

Taxes: $41.68

Other funding sources

Art and Photography budget will pay for light bulbs 

Grant Applicant
Ingrid Bourke
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$194.00
Description (10 points)

3rd grade students at Tahoe Lake have traditionally tie dyed shirts at the end of the year.  This has become somewhat of a right of passage. The students then wear these vibrant shirts for all of our end of the year activities.  We would like to continue this tradition and are requesting funding to purchase the dye and other chemicals necessary to do this project with our students. We would also like to purchase some t-shirts for those students unable to bring a shirt from home.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All students in third grade will benefit from this program. We will have 60-70 students for the 2019-2020 school year. Objectives are:

  • to have fun!

  • explore the chemistry of dying

  • experiment with color blending

  • create a wearable piece of art

Success of Program (10 points)

In the past the success of the program has been evident through the excitement of turning a white shirt into a colorful piece of clothing. No two shirts are ever alike! Students learn about the dying process but mostly have fun creating a wearable piece of art.

Implementation (10 points)

This program will be implemented some time in June.  We will dye one morning at school. The students will take the coiled shirt home to sit for a night. The shirt will be rinsed and laundered at home. The students will wear their art to school the following day and for the remainder to the 3rd grade field trips and probably for years to come. (If you want to know the specific details of the the chemical soaking and dying process, I can provide you with those.)

Sustainability
This is a consumable item so it is not sustainable on site. But, it will be sustainable for each individual student for a number of years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes. The grant request includes enough material for each 3rd grade student to dye a shirt.

Shipping
$37.00
Budget Notes

pdf of shopping cart is attached above

Other funding sources

There are not any funding sources for this project.

Grant Applicant
Dan Dickerman
Grant Date
2019
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$2953.00
Description (10 points)

We are seeking funds to purchase drum equipment for the Truckee High School marching band. The marching drumline's snare drums (the highest in the drum line) and the tenor drums (carried in sets of 4 as a "quad") that the THS band uses have taken a beating for decades. They are showing distressing signs of wear and have become a hazard to the students. All of these drums are carried with shoulder harnesses, which are currently largely broken and held
together with duct tape, and the drums themselves are in need of replacement heads and hardware, along with other maintenance issues common in drums of this age. In the words of a student, “​the painful awkwardness of this equipment is significantly impacting these students' enjoyment of marching band”. ​Or as another student put it bluntly, ​“they are uncomfortable and simply sound bad”​. The hardware that connects the harnesses to the drums is nearly all
jury-rigged and the drums have been known to fall from the harness onto the ground in the middle of a parade, or a half-time show.

We hope to purchase 3 Pearl snare drums with carriers, along with 2 Pearl quad sets with carriers. This will outfit half of the overall drumline, with the other half of the drumline (the bass drums) being addressed through other funding sources and grants. Other possible funding sources include TEMPO (Truckee HS music booster group), Measure A, community donations, THS Boosters, and a grant request from TTCF.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The Truckee High School Marching Band would use this percussion equipment at all marching band events. This year's marching events included home football games, basketball games, the homecoming parade, the Dr. Seuss Day Parade at Truckee Elementary, and the "Day of Bands" at UC Berkeley. The snares and tenor drums outfit five percussion players with marching instruments, taking their place alongside the rest of the percussion section in support of the entire marching band.

Success of Program (10 points)

Having new snare and tenor drums would allow the Truckee High band to retire its aging equipment, allowing all percussion students to continue to play, and the drum parts to maintain coverage as existing equipment continues to ages beyond use.

Implementation (10 points)

Once funding is secured, we would be able to place the order with Absolute Music, and hope to take delivery before in time for next year’s marching season. This would allow players to have equipment in place for summer's marching band training and home football games, which usually precede the start of the academic school year.

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase, and we hope to gain many decades of use of this equipment, as we had of the previous sets.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The Truckee High School band spans all of grades 9–12 and the marching band is a unique program within the school, yet it is an integral part of school-wide and community events such as sporting events and parades.

Taxes
$373.00
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

Details of the pricing from Absolute music are attached, including options from other drum manufacturers, and quotes for additional equipment. Note that these quotes already include applicable taxes and delivery, which are not detailed separately on this form. After comparing many options and
quotes, the school pricing Absolute Music has extended to us offers a substantial discount, and we have a long-standing good working relationship with them.

Other funding sources

We have requested additional funds for the replacement drumline through Truckee High School Boosters, and a grant request with TTCF. We will also utilize community donations, TEMPO (THS Band Boosters), and Measure A funds to supplement the cost of the drumline.

Grant Applicant
Diane Welch
Grant Date
2019
Amount Funded
$666.00
Description (10 points)

Kiwi Co. Crates are hands-on kits that arrive monthly with a focus on science, art, and engineering for children ages 5-8. These crates come with all the necessary materials needed to give students a project based experience that fosters creativity and collaboration in order to build a science and art project. Crates will be shared by groups of 4 students working together.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

With the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, the all-inclusive Kiwi Crates will help with the engineering portion of these standards. Students will work together to design and implement the project working together, making mistakes, and problem solving to complete a fun project all while teaching them principles of science.

Success of Program (10 points)

Students will successfully complete the tasks presented to them each month. The Kiwi Crates foster creative problem solving techniques, including reading simple directions, designing and planning for a project, and completing the project with their team/crew. Basic scientific concepts will be taught along the way while exploring the crates.

Implementation (10 points)

Kiwi Co. Crates will be delivered monthly to the classroom where students will work in groups of 4 at work stations to complete the tasks. These crates will be used to strengthen science, art, and engineering practices for each group. Six crates will be ordered for the classroom with a six month subscription.

Sustainability
Kiwi Co. is a monthly delivery that will be piloted in the 2nd/3rd grade class and initially will be used for 6 months. This grant will need additional funding in future years and other funding sources will be considered once the pilot year is completed. Our goal is to see how this fosters and sparks Engineering and Design in the primary elementary grades.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This subscription will be for a single classroom to pilot the program.

Notes

We have used individual crates in class and the students are highly motivated to complete the tasks and learn content specific science skills through creative experiences.

Attached photos show 2nd and 3rd grade students completing the Moving with Muscles Kiwi Crate in order to build a soccer player and model how muscles are used in the human body. It also promotes collaboration while students work together to complete a task and follow written directions.

Other funding sources

This is a pilot program for 2019-2020 school year. If the program is successful, additional funding sources will be considered.

Grant Applicant
Suzie Bates
Grant Date
2018
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$0.00
Description (10 points)

Nancy Tieken Lopez – Community Art Partnerships

In the 2003/2004 school year Nancy Lopez collaborated with the Glenshire Elementary fifth grade students and teachers with Randi Thompson from the US Fish and Wildlife Services to create beautiful totem poles displayed in the student’s neighborhood. The students learned about the environment through a class workshop with Randi and then the students collaborated with each other to create a wildlife scene that they painted on the totem poles.

This art project won the Roots and Shoots activity report sweepstakes and more importantly the students ranked this project their favorite of the whole year.  The totem poles are featured at the trailhead of the Glenshire pond and helps to educate the public on the local flora and fauna of our area.

In the past 15 years the totem poles need repainting and this fall would be a perfect time to work with a new group of students to recreate the totem poles. We are requesting funds for design, painting, and securing the totem poles near the Glenshire Pond and designing, painting, installation of a new community art project in the meadow of Glenshire Elementary School.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

The results that we strive to achieve are to provide young people (5th graders - approx. 90 students) with in-depth arts and humanities experiences that develop techniques and skills for creative inquiry.  Also, to help students understand and appreciate their local wildlife and watershed area, understand the creative process through mentorship with a professional artist, and for students and teachers to experiment with materials, techniques, and processes in the painting with emphasis on the social function of art.

Success of Program (10 points)

This art project won the Roots and Shoots activity report sweepstakes and more importantly the students ranked this project their favorite of the whole year.  The totem poles are featured at the trailhead of the Glenshire pond and helps to educate the public on the local flora and fauna of our area.

The new art installation at the Glenshire Elementary School meadow would be seen on a daily basis by the students and families who attend GES.  It would also help to education the public on the local flora and fauna in our meadow.

Implementation (10 points)

Fall -Winter 2018 Classroom Instruction with all 5th grade classes at Glenshire Elementary in conjunction with Junior Botany and preparation for Sagehen Outdoor school.  Nancy Lopez, will work with teachers to design with students, meet with engineers and volunteers, draw patterns with students, resurface poles, paint with students, purchase paints and other needed art materials, and facilitate on-site painting of poles with students and teachers.

During this time, the design and planning will occur for the new art installation that will be in the Glenshire Meadow next to the school.  A second grant will be written if more funding is needed for the new art installation.

 

Sustainability
It is possible that the new art installation may require additional funding that we would seek in the next grant cycle. However, we anticipate being able to find volunteers and donations of time and materials.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

All 5th grade students, approximately 90 students, will participate in this project.  The new art installation will benefit the entire student body of Glenshire Elementary and the Glenshire Community.

Notes

The new art installation in the Glenshire Elementary Meadow would be dedication to Kathleen Jensen, our beloved secretary who passed away this year.

Other funding sources

Glenshire PTO is aware of the project and will help find volunteers to implement the new art installation.

Grant Applicant
Abby Osborn
Grant Date
2018
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$6508.00
Description (10 points)

As a science centered elementary school, Tahoe Lake Elementary would like to augment our science program with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) “Makers Cart”. This movable Makers Cart will include various materials for students to engage in creative design, engineering, construction, and experimentation in the classroom and on their own. The cart will also augment the already popular STEM building supplies used by the 4th grade team to make building materials available for all grade levels.  

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This cart will benefit all students by providing opportunities to create, build, and test new ideas. The ability to design, engineer, and create aligns with the NGSS science standards across grade levels: https://teachergeek.org/NGSS%20K-12.pdf.  For English Learners, it will provide a rich environment for language development, team building, and academic discourse when discussing their designs, successes, and failures. For GATE and ALS students, the “Makers Cart”  will provide materials for students to participate in engaging, hands-on activities, that will challenge these advanced learners. It will give them the ability to design and create projects while adhering to the NGSS science standards, and then give them the opportunity to share and present them to the class.  

Success of Program (10 points)

A successful Makers Cart program would include teachers and staff checking out the cart on a regular basis to enhance their science lessons and other team building activities and challenges. As students complete their designs, they would video or present to the class. This will greatly enhance students’ critical and creative thinking while also developing their ability to fail, struggle, then eventually find solutions.

Implementation (10 points)

After a brief introduction to go over norms at a staff meeting, the cart would be available for sign ups as soon as it is assembled! Teachers are already familiar with the sign out procedure with the tech cart. Teachers can easily find projects and lesson plans aligned with the cart’s contents on https://teachergeek.com/blogs/projects.  

Sustainability
The beauty of this concept is that recycled materials can be used! If funded, our cart may need occasional additional funding for to replace broken building materials we are unable to get donated or funded from other sources. By partnering with SWEP and their Green Team, we will be able to collect additional recycled building supplies constantly!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This cart would be available for all grade levels on a sign up basis similar to our current method for our rolling technology cart. Engineering challenges are available for all ages and grade levels on teachergeek.com and Makerspaces.com.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$8.00
Budget Notes

Taxes $0  no taxes charged by TeacherGeek.com

 

Shipping is $8.00 if ordered online, $300 if ordered by PO

 

 

If EEF is unable to fund the entire $6500, an alternative would be building our own cart based on this model: http://www.instructables.com/id/Maker-Cart/ However, this is not ideal as it would mean ordering and assembling all parts and materials from scratch including tools and could take substantially longer to implement. The beauty of the Teacher Geek cart is it is ready to go with all required materials.

Other funding sources

The McConkey Foundation is a possibility for funding if Excellence in Education is unable to fund it. 

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2018
School Site
Amount Funded
$452.00
Description (10 points)

This program's objective is to give our students a chance to experience 8 different activities that closely simulate activities common in the life of a pioneer of the mid 1800s. The students make candles and rope, cook bread on a stick, do tin smithing, make corn husk dolls, do charcoal drawing, play cards and marbles, do leatherwork, and pan for gold. They also sew a gold pouch in the weeks preceding living history. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Students will participate in 1850 crafts and activities in an outdoor setting. Former students state the living history field trip was a highlight of 4th grade.

Success of Program (10 points)

Each student is expected to complete a journal throughout their day. Each station will be described and critiqued prior to leaving that station. During the following week the students will write about the different activities and experiences.

Implementation (10 points)

Depending on snow,  the Living History field trip is in June. We use the Tahoe Donner Campground as our setting for this experience. Students will rotate through the 10 different stations, creating objects at each station. 4th grade teachers and many parent volunteers will run the stations and lead the groups of students through their day.

Sustainability
Last year our grant replaced lost permanent items like spoons and cups. Thus, this grant is only for consumables.


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

We plan this event as a group. We revise and update the activities every year.  We will determine which expository texts we will use as supplemental material.

Taxes
$33.00
Shipping
$12.00
Budget Notes

Our items will be ordered from Michael's.

Other funding sources

We have some Visual and Performing Arts funds available that will cover some items. 

Grant Applicant
Kathy Muonio
Grant Date
2017
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$1447.00
Description (10 points)

This grant would fund 4 handheld microphones with the required cords and microphone stands, 2 handheld wireless microphones, 5 lapel ipad microphones and 1 bag for storage.  The lapel ipad microphones could be shared by all the teachers in a school on a check out system to allow their students to record their voices on the ipad without interference noise of the classroom.  As a music teacher, I would use these microphones to record students and create Imovies with all the students in the school.  The other handheld microphones and the wireless microphones would be used on our stage by me for school wide musical productions but also would be used by other grade levels that have yearly theatrical productions.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Our elementary school is in desperate need of  microphones.  We currently have one microphone that works consistently and no reliable microphone stands.  It was very difficult to put on a school wide musical performance last year with such limited resources.  The microphones would benefit the entire school community.  They would be used for school wide productions by the music teacher and also used by the classroom teachers who put on yearly productions.  Giving children the opportunity to be on stage and perform for an audience is an invaluable experience.  The school wide performances help create the school community and reinforce the values of our school.  Teachers enhance their social studies and science curriculum through musical productions.  The fourth grade classes produce a show every year called "Gold Bust or Dust "  that is the culminating event for their study of the Gold Rush.  The first grade classes perform a play based on their science curriculum and the study of animals.  The small lapel microphones requested for Ipads would help bring kids ensure good sound quality for podcasts and other video/audio assignments done in the classroom.

Success of Program (10 points)

Our music, science and social studies curriculum would be enhanced by the purchase of these microphones.  It is very frustrating to work for months on a production of a play only to have the microphones fail during the presentation.  Teachers work many extra hours to give the students the opportunity to be in a play and they want their students to have the opportunity to make history and science come alive. We are providing students the opportunity to have a multi-sensory approach to learning. The students are motivated to learn songs, dances and concepts of history and/or science in order to present them to a live audience.  Furthermore, one of the most important music standards in the curriculum is performance.  Children are excited to learn something in music class when they know they will have an opportunity to perform what they learned.  

Implementation (10 points)

I would like to put the microphones into use immediately for our Winter Concert in December.  The lapel microphones would be available for check out by teachers by the start of January.  The stage microphones would be available to any classroom teacher that wants to use them for a musical play production.  I would be in charge of the microphones and the training of any teacher that would like to access them.  The microphone bag would allow me to keep the microphones and accessories well organized and safe.

Sustainability
The grant will be sustainable for many years to come as the microphones should last for many years. This grant will allow for multiple productions and musical shows to take place successfully every year at KBE.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

The microphones would be available for use by any classroom teacher that would like to use them.  I've already spoken with the fourth grade teachers who are very excited about the prospect of new microphones in their fourth grade play.  With the purchase of new microphones, as the music teacher, I would love to help encourage and develop a curriculum based play for each grade level at KBE.  These microphones would also be used for Back to School Night, Walk-a-Thon and other school wide events where microphones are needed.

Taxes
$104.00
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

Vendor :Amazon:

Lapel Microphone for iPhone, iPad,

$7.90x5= 39.50

 

Vendor: Guitar Center:

Handheld microphone

$99x4= 396

 

Mic stands

$39.98 for 2 x2= 79.96


 

Microphone cable

15 ft 33.99x1

50ft 67.99x3

237.96


 

Dual channel wireless microphones

$549

 

Microphone bag $39.95

 

$1,342.37total 1,343 rounded up

Tax 7.75%=104

1,446.37 no shipping costs

Other funding sources

yes

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