Spring 2016 Grant Highlights
is proud to have approved 22 grants totaling over $263,000 in May 2016. These
grants bring SEF's total funding for the 2015-16 academic year to over
$348,000. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators who submitted grants to
bring new ideas into our schools! Grant highlights from the spring include:
Virtual High School at SHS
SEF will fund expanded course offerings for 11th &
12th grades through the "Virtual High School" program.
Astronomy Equipment at SHS
This grant will enable purchase of a high-quality automated telescope
system and astronomical binoculars for the high school's Astronomy elective
Project Adventure at SHS
The grant will fund installation of new adventure challenges, the Indoor
Multi Swing and the outdoor Initiative Wall, for the physical education
department's popular Project Adventure curriculum.
Hispanic and ELL Academic
Outreach Coordinator for SHS and LCJSMS
SEF will provide two years of funding to help ELL (English
Language Learner) students face the barriers encountered when they transition
into and navigate through the public school system.
Coding Club at LCJSMS
SEF funding will support continuation of the highly successful CS First
Computer Coding Club.
STEAM Carnival for All
The STEAM Carnival for grades K-5 will bring together the elementary
school community to celebrate science and technology, offering numerous
hands-on science activities and demonstrations, including presentations by the
Liberty Science Center and Playwell.
Equipment for All Elementary Schools
The grant will provide all of the elementary school libraries with
“Ozobots” and “Squishy Circuits” to enable hands-on engineering and technology
activities in conjunction with library research on inventors and computers.
Battle of the Books at All
SEF will fund books for this team-based reading motivation program where
elementary school teams “battle” one another to correctly answer questions
based on texts.