Spring 2016 Grant Highlights

SEF 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 course.
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 Elementary Schools
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. 
"Makerspace" 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 Elementary Schools
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.