Spring 2014 Grant Highlights

SEF is proud to have distributed over $320,000 this spring cycle. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who submitted grants to bring new ideas into our schools!  The top grant highlights include:
Nature Observatory/Classroom at Wilson Primary Center
Ground will be broken to create a four-season, outdoor classroom at WPC.  It will include areas for science, a visual arts/creative expression area, a weather station, a music and movement area, and a meeting and collaboration area - all designed for cross-curricular learning.
Nonfiction Author Melissa Stewart - Visit at all 5 Elementary Schools
Each elementary school will get to spend a day with Melissa Stewart, author of more than 150 science books for children.  Students in grades 3-5 will participate in interactive presentations designed for their grade level.

Lego Robotics for the 7th Grade STEAM Cycle Course
The STEAM cycle course will now feature robotics!  SEF has funded Lego Mindstorm kits for student teams to assemble and program robots.  The robotics component will help students further develop 21st century creative thinking and problem-solving skills.
Latin American Art Display at SHS
Various works of art by Mexican muralist Diego Rivera will be displayed at SHS for both Spanish class study of Spanish art, and for all to experience the artwork of Latin American culture.
SEF is proud to provide continued support of the following programs:
  • LCJSMS Year 2 of the iPad Pilot
  • Extended Day Program at all 5 Elementary Schools
  • INSPIRE - LCJSMS's online literary magazine
  • College Specialist activities in the Guidance Department
  • SHS Science Research Program