Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$510.00
Description (10 points)

Truckee Elementary 4th grade is requesting  nonfiction book sets to support social studies reading after the Gold Rush. Our library has book sets about California history, however the historical novels end with California Ranchos. Books are needed that tell the story after 1900. The titles align with the State Standards and  one addresses the UN's Global Goal 4 - Quality Education and Goal 10 - Reduced Inequalities. 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 4th grade students will benefit from our expanded collection. The books will also be available to students of other grades. 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students love to read about California history. The new books will support student learning and foster excitement about non-fiction reading. I hope students will choose to read non-fiction books on their own. The books are about the internment of Japanese-Californians during World War 2, famous Californians (Disney and Muir) and the civil rights movement.

Implementation (10 points)

The book sets are available in the school library and are used by all Truckee Elementary teachers. 

Sustainability
The book sets will remain in our school library and will be used for many years to support social studies literacy and student interests.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

All 4th grade teachers and our ELD teacher will utilize these books. All other grades will have access to these materials to meet individual learning needs.

Taxes
$53.00
Other funding sources

Our library has funds to purchase books. The librarian regularly updates our collection with new titles, but their isn't enough for all requests. 

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$196.00
Description (10 points)

Purchase the PeaceJam Junior Curriculum for our school. It is accessed online with videos, lesson plans, and downloadable information. 

Truckee Elementary School received an award for our Blended ELD model. When I attended training last summer in Sacramento, I learned of ways to enhance our Blended ELD program and our school  by incorporating the United Nations' Global Goals. The PeaceJam program is one way to expand our global awareness and add to our character education program. The PeaceJam Foundation offers a curriculum for elementary schools. The curriculum includes information and activities so students may learn about Nobel Peace Prize winners. There are also service learning and project based learning components. 

From their website:

The PeaceJam Foundation is an international organization whose mission statement is to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates who pass on the spirit, skills, and wisdom they embody. The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace. This foundation supports young people working for change through peaceful acts, giving them a platform by which they can be heard.

 

 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Truckee is a small rural town and our students have limited exposure to other cultures and regions of the world. Students will increase their global awareness and their conflict resolution skills by utilizing the PeaceJam curriculum. The curriculum "introduces young learners to the world through engaging literacy-based lessons that explore the lands, lives, cultures, and lessons of 14 heroes of peace with a step-by-step guide for engaging young students in service." 

 

Success of Program (10 points)

Students will have increased awareness of global issues, an understanding of social justice, increased compassion and empathy, an increased acceptance of diversity, and responsible decision making. The PeaceJam curriculum enhances our SecondStep program by broadening the scope from school to the world. 

Implementation (10 points)

The curriculum contains 15 chapters with biographies of 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners and Alfred Nobel. One chapter is for a service learning project. PeaceJam suggests that each grade study Alfred Nobel,  2 different Peace Prize winners, and a service learning project.  PeaceJam hopes to educate, inspire and create action. Each chapter contains suggested activities and literature across all subject areas, an assessment rubric, and links to more resources.

I hope to create a sequence for grades K-5 by utilizing the current state standards and determining which biography fits best. Teaching only 2 biographies in each grade will be doable. 

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant will be shared school-wide. 

Other funding sources

Truckee Elementary received a grant for our Blended ELD program and those funds are for teacher training and collaboration. At this time these grant funds are not available for curriculum.

Grant Applicant
Erica Stukey Allstadt
Grant Date
2019
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$344.00
Description (10 points)

As a team, our school as chosen a variety of books that would best support our curriculum in each grade level and books that would allow students to have a variety of levels to choose from when selecting for themselves. Students will be able to move between classrooms with ease and still find success in reading because there are options of levels on the same topic. We decided on a variety of books from Jean Craighead George that support our science and literacy standards while maintaining student engagement. The book set The Case of the Missing Cutthroat directly connects to our Trout in the Classroom project participation and students can cross grade level read this series during "Reading Buddies." The author also writes books called One Day in the... which there are five different short chapter books and each connects to a habitat.  Students are engaged in a fictional text while still being able to pull factual information to apply in class.  This directly connects to our second and third grade NGSS standards. Other books include Greek mythology for our 2nd and 3rd grade literacy standards.  Finally, we've come to understand and connect with our students deeply.  We have learned what they love to read and constantly try to stay on top of finding engaging books that keep them interested and help them learn to love reading.  The Hank Zipzer series is a book set we have included because we are finding that it really connects to our students who struggle to read for a variety of reasons.  We would like the whole set so more students can begin to find an entry point in loving to read. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Providing students with variety in levels, genres, and authors is always a benefit in any classroom.  The best way to become a better reader is to read.  I've always believed that our job as teachers is to support the child in discovering what it is they love about learning, what types of books inspire them, and to engage them by connecting and learning more about the child.  From there we can make classroom choices that support literacy and life-long learning. These book choices specifically support the curriculum. We've spent much time trying to be sure that our selection directly aligns to themes and common core standards across while vertically aligning one grade to the next.  We will observe the benefits as students select, read, and take AR quizzes on these books. We will see benefits as STAR assessment scores rise.  We will see the benefit when a child takes home a book for the first time with a smile on their face after a long period of being a reluctant reader. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success was also described above. We should see formative and summative assessment scores rise as students become more engaged in the classroom curriculum because there is an appropriate entry point for learning available to all students. Students will also be able to make across disciplines connections as we create thematic learning opportunities. 

Implementation (10 points)

There will be immediate implementation. I'm looking forward to the Greek myth books for my first unit next year which will really draw in my new class of students. The three teachers will share the texts in the library that we have created in our spare space at school and we will also utilize the books in our curriculum that allows us to come together for our cross grade level units.

Sustainability
This is a one time purchase. These books will be integrated into learning in a variety of ways over many years.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

I am writing the grant but we have discussed it is a team and have planned these books as a team so we can all utilize them together. This is a very specific selection of books that we have decided upon together while planning and analyzing students.

Taxes
$7.25
Budget Notes

I have attached a link to Truckee's Word After Word online cart of books. The only items that they don't have available but can order are the books What a Beast Guide to Mythology at $13.95, the Hank Zipzer Series of 8 books for a total of $50.99, and One Day in the... for $28.75.

Other funding sources

We have been trying to create more current book selections for our students. We have purchased some books already with our site funds but we don't have the current funding in our budget for these books. 

Grant Applicant
Caroline Piper
Grant Date
2019
School Site
Amount Funded
$890.00
Description (10 points)

There are many captivating picture books that build on student’s learning of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and California Social Studies Standards. Students learn NGSS material through experiments, reading articles, writing, and discussion. However, they rarely get time to read further about what they are learning in science in a leisurely way. This is similar for social studies. They each have a social studies text and workbook which serves as the base for learning California history. In addition, they have discussion, picture analysis, and projects. However, there are so many great children’s picture books that can illuminate our state history. Our school library has some of these texts, however there are mostly single copies. The fourth grade team would benefit from small group sets of these books to make them available to students during specific units. For example, when students study landforms in science in the fall, we can each have landform picture books in our classroom for students to read in guided reading groups, with a partner, or independently. Similarly, in the spring when students are studying the Gold Rush, we can have books such as, “If You Were a Kid During the Gold Rush” available for students to build on their knowledge of this important historical moment. Use of standards aligned picture books in the classroom will build and enhance student's reading comprehension and understanding of important fourth grade standards.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All fourth grade students would benefit from this program. Students will benefit regardless of their reading level for two reasons: one, the books are at different levels so even if they are a more beginning reader, there will be a book for them. Two, students will have background knowledge from which to build on in order to comprehend these books because they will be purposefully provided during the course of the unit. These picture books will in turn help them to comprehend the often difficult Science and Social Studies texts that the whole class reads together.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success of this program will be measured in a number of ways. On the most basic level, if students are reading and enjoying these texts, as well as making connections to the Science and Social Studies standards. Fourth grade teachers will also be able to assess whether these picture books build content understanding by analyzing assessments given on the same material.  

Implementation (10 points)

There is no setup required to implement this program, aside from ordering the books and placing them on the class sets books shelf in the library. Ms. Hines, the librarian, already as a system in place for teachers to check out class sets of books. Therefore, an addition such as these books can be used immediately.

Sustainability
Yes, this grant will be sustainable. These books will only be used in the classroom and will not be taken home by students, so there isn’t a risk of them being lost or damaged.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

Yes, all fourth grade teachers will have access to these books. 

Taxes
$103.77
Shipping
$10.00
Budget Notes

NGSS Science books from Book Source Tax: 56.53 (estimated tax: used an online sales tax calculator) 

Social Studies books from Amazon Tax: $47.24 

Shipping Cost is estimated for Book Source, free for Amazon with Prime membership. 

 

Grant Applicant
Jamie Schwartz
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
Grant Co-applicants
Amount Funded
$585.00
Description (10 points)

Each year the 4th grade at Kings Beach Elementary participates in Living History Day. This event is the culmination of our year long social studies curriculum based on California history, pioneers, and the Gold Rush. The students participate in 7 hands on stations in which they create items like the pioneers in early California, all while dressed in period costume! We need supplies for our Living History Day.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

All 7 stations are hands-on learning that are linked directly to the year's socials studies learning concepts. This allows students the opportunity to anchor the concepts to a tangible activity, increasing concept retention as well as the ability to apply attained concepts to new learning situations. Another huge benefit is simple: good old fashion FUN while learning. Living History is consistently a favorite learning day of our students.

Success of Program (10 points)

Success is determined by observed demonstrated skills during the day as well as writing in student journals, anecdotal observation based evidence, and smiles. Personal narratives will be evaluated using our common rubric.

Implementation (10 points)

Students, teachers, and parent volunteers will dress in period costume (pioneer). Students will rotate through 7 different stations based on activities that children living in early California would have participated in: candle making, tinsmithing, rope making, leather stamping, square dancing, corn-husk doll making, and ukulele music station. Students will complete their journal prompt at each station. Students will use their journal notes and experiences to write a personal narrative.

Sustainability
Living History is a program that has been in our school and district for 20+ years. This grant is a consumable grant for supplies needed for the event.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for the entire 4th grade, encompassing our PLC. Our PLC writing focus for the third trimester is narrative writing. Living History Day will happen during the third trimester and we will use this writing piece as a common assessment in our 4th grade PLC.

Taxes
$35.00
Shipping
$60.00
Other funding sources

No other site funds are available for this project. 

Grant Applicant
Marguerite Paras
Grant Date
2019
Grant Category
School Site
Amount Funded
$198.00
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, create a  charcoal drawing, play cards and marbles, do leatherwork, and pan for gold. They also sew a gold pouch in the weeks preceding our living history day.

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)

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
A portion of the grant will replace lost or damaged utensils and storage containers. The remainder of the grant is 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.

Notes

I am completing this application before Living History 2019, so I am unsure which items we will need to replace. The items listed above are from Spring 2018, and I assume that the quantities will be similar. 

Taxes
$40.00
Shipping
$12.00
Other funding sources

Each teacher brings to the project some classroom funds which are spent on the meal (beans, salad, drink) which the students have for lunch. (These funds are raised through our Walk-a-thon and Pumpkin Patch annual events) I did speak to my principal to use some site funds for other supplies.

Grant Applicant
Diane Welch
Grant Date
2019
Amount Funded
$316.00
Description (10 points)

During the holidays in Downtown Truckee, our students lead historical tours during the Festive Fridays sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association. Students spend the fall researching the historical buildings and stories of Truckee in the early days. Each child chooses a building in downtown and writes their own informational script to share along the tour route. Parents, shoppers, and visitors to our area get to hear the historical stories of these select buildings on Commercial Row. 

Our historical docents are in need of additional costumes. Students are dressed in time period outfits to aid their presentations. We are looking to purchase 4 additional costumes for the boys in our classes.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

Our Historic Tours give students in 2nd and 3rd grade an authentic audience in which they can share their learning from our Fall Expedition on Truckee History called Fire and Ice. Students spend the fall semester learning about historic buildings and these performances give them a platform to practice their public speaking skills as well as lead historic tours on Truckee's Commercial Row. These costumes give the students the authenticity needed to lead a well planned and practiced historic tour.

Success of Program (10 points)

Students complete their projects and successfully share their knowledge to an outside audience. They learn the skills necessary to speak clearly and answer questions about historical buildings in our community. There is a sense of pride and confidence that follows once they have shared their learning with the tour group.

Implementation (10 points)

Costumes are issued to all students prior to their historical tour. Students arrive at the Trout Creek Pocket Park and tours begin at this location. Tours depart every 10 minutes until the final group leaves the area. Once tours are complete, students return their costumes to school the following school day for the next class to use.

Sustainability
These costumes will be used multiple times in the years to come. When we first ordered costumes, our classroom demographic was a majority of female students. Now our 2019-2020 demographic is a majority of male students. We need to add to our existing costume closet to outfit all the students appropriately.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This is a 2nd/3rd grade production that is shared by each student in our crew.

Taxes
$23.00
Shipping
$23.00
Budget Notes

Our current supply of costumes were funded through our school's PTC (Parent Teacher Crew) and through fundraising efforts by our students.

Other funding sources

These costumes were partially funded by our school's PTC (Parent Teacher Crew). We requested 7 costumes and were funded for 3. We are looking to fund the final 4 costumes.

Grant Applicant
Georgie Garcia
Grant Date
2019
Grant Co-applicants
School Site
Amount Funded
$511.00
Description (10 points)

Weekly newspapers covering Social Studies, Science and current events to enhance our literacy and knowledge of given topics. The topics all correlate to what is being taught in kindergarten. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This is a great resource to get students excited about learning the Science, Social Studies and current event topics we are teaching. The newspapers are age appropriate and engaging. They support our Daily 5 reading and ELD Speaking and Listening standards. They allow for great class discussions and peer-to-peer conversations. There is also an online component that is really engaging. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success comes from great collaborative conversations. They add a lot of great facts/information to our curriculum. They are also very exciting and engaging. The students really look forward to reading them in the classroom together and taking them home to share with families.  

Implementation (10 points)

They are used weekly during our ELD time. We read them whole group, small group and independently. They are then taken home to be read with families. 

Sustainability
One year of use for all.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

They will be for all kindergarten and TK classrooms. 

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$80.88
Budget Notes

We are projecting 1 TK and 4 Kindergarten classes next year at 24 students per class. This amount would cover one subscription for each student. 

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
Grant Date
2018
Amount Funded
$2745.00
Description (10 points)

This larger than life way to teach young people the power of maps and the limitless depth of geography using a half court-sized map of a continent or a classroom-sized state map on which they can explore, travel around, compete, collaborate and have lots of fun. The National Geographic Giant Map is an enormously entertaining and educationally powerful tool for introducing geography and map reading skills to students, grades K-12. This grant is requesting the purchase of both the North American continent and State of California maps. 

Benefits of Program (10 points)

A giant National Geographic map of North America, measuring 26 feet by 35 feet, gives student explorers a geographic experience like no other. The National Geographic Giant Traveling Map brings with it rich content and exciting activities to enliven the study of geography, making it a fun, interactive experience. The map is based on the National Geographic reference map series and on the North America map in the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 8th Edition.”The new giant map, designed for grades K-8, includes interactive games, geography adventures, and lessons that teach students about the physical characteristics of North America as well as its rich history and varied cultures. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The success of these maps will be measured by the depth of geography knowledge obtained by the students and their application of social studies and science concepts in connection to their continent and state. We could use these maps to bring together families with geography nights/ or tie them into open house night where parents can play the games with their child on the maps. 

Implementation (10 points)

This map can be rolled up for folded for easy storage. These maps will be used by all classes for interactive lessons to support concepts in science, social studies, and geography in grade K-5. 

Sustainability
This is a one time purchse of two maps made out of strong vinyl material that is dourable to last for many generations of Donner Trail students to utilze to enrich their learning experience and connections between what and where things occur in both science and social studies.
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

All Donner Trail students will use these maps and have access to them at any time for lesson support. 

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$110.00
Grant Applicant
TK/Kindergarten at TES- DePew, Krengel, Reid, Garcia, Duner
Grant Date
2018
School Site
Amount Funded
$690.00
Description (10 points)

Weekly newspapers covering Social Studies, Science and current events to enhance our literacy and knowledge of given topics.  The topics are all what is being taught in the Kindergarten Classrooms.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This is a great resource to get students excited about learning the topic of that week.  An additional resource for our Daily 5 reading, our ELD Speaking and Listening standards as this allows for great discussions!  There are also online resources to use each week like videos, games, songs etc.

Success of Program (10 points)

The success comes from great conversations, more facts and adding to our curriculum.  Success can also be measured by the excitement on the students' faces when it is Weekly Reader time!  They love the videos and little readers.

Implementation (10 points)

These are utilized weekly during ELD and for science and social studies.  Used for guided reading, then independent read-to-self, then home to discuss with their families.

Sustainability
One year of use for all!
Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

This grant is for whole grade level; a copy for each child.

Taxes
$0.00
Shipping
$0.00
Budget Notes

We are projecting 1 TK and 4 Kindergarten classes next year at 24 students per class.  This amount would cover one subscription for each student.

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