2012-13 Enrichment Grants
School budget cuts won’t stop classroom innovation, thanks to $10,000 in grants from the North Clackamas Education Foundation. The 18 grants, from $300 to $1,000, will fund innovative teaching projects. Planned projects include science experiments, engineering projects, after-school projects, and more. Winners include:
- Bilquist Elementary School, Deborah Holland. 65 English Language Learners (grades 1 – 5), 3 faculty, and 8 parent volunteers will attend the Portland Timbers U-23 Providence Health and Fitness Days Program in May.
- Bilquist Elementary, Teresa Kubo. An innovative science enrichment program for grades K through 3 will be implemented in the spring of 2013. Two scientists will deliver a series of hands-on, ecology-based science lessons structured to engage and excite students while supporting Oregon’s Science Standards.
- Bilquist, Sunnyside, and Verne Duncan Elementary Schools, Jennifer Dove-Kiltow. Title 1 teachers from the three schools regularly work together to share their resources in order to support their most struggling students. This program will be enhanced by the “My Sidewalks” program, which is an intensive reading intervention program that accelerates the reading development of struggling students.
- Linwood Elementary School, Leslie McGraw. The Linwood Right Brain Committee will bring the Body Vox movement performance group to Linwood as a part of their artist in residence through the Right Brain Initiative.
- Linwood Elementary School, Dave Noyes. Fifth Grade students will study the music of Orff and Mozart by reading and performing music on xylophones. Third Grade students will explore absolute pitch, names, and music literacy by simultaneously learning to play recorders and xylophones.
- Mount Scott Elementary School, Melinda Jordan. Non-pitched percussion instruments will be purchases for students in grades K – 5 for musical hands on activities. Wood, metal and ethnic instruments will be used in an active learning setting of imitation, exploration, and creating for songs, stories, poetry and drama.
- Mountain Elementary School, Julie Budeau. Students in all grade levels will design and build a solar energy project and an electrical circuit. In a group project they will experiment with building a wind turbine.
- Sunnyside Elementary School, Pam Brown and Doug Bourquein. Students will study 8 to 10 artists and their techniques. They will create their own works using a variety of media reflecting techniques of the masters. This will culminate in a museum, displaying students’ art works. Students will serve as docents, guiding school and community visitors through the “museum.”
- Alder Creek Middle School, Rick Bures. Grant funds will be used to purchase the equipment necessary to enhance and enrich student learning about forces in general, and levers in particular, through hands on experimentation. This will especially facilitate a higher level of learning for students with learning disabilities, language barriers, or other hindrances.
- Alder Creek Middle School, Bud Taylor. This grant will provide PE teachers at Rowe with the equipment necessary to offer a new unit of study for 1,000 students. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in North America, and is another activity that helps to encourage students to stay active and healthy for a lifetime. Due to funding shortfalls, our school has been unable to purchase a set of lacrosse equipment since Alder Creek MS opened in 2002.
- Cascade Heights Public Charter School, Tim Petrocchi. The grant will provide funds to enable the school to purchase the materials to introduce the Kind Campaign, a social movement and club focusing on the development of kind and compassionate girls. This program hones in on the powerful belief in KINDness that brings awareness and healing to the negative and lasting effects of girl-against-girl “crime” in Grades 5 – 8.
- Happy Valley Middle School, Kevin Wright. The academic Success program will improve the grades and educational opportunities for up to 36 academically struggling students. Students will participate in a four week class, attend six sessions with their school counselor, attend a three hour low elements challenge course and a half day indoor rock climbing activity.
- Rock Creek Middle School, Deanna Benson. Every sixth grader is new to middle school. Rock Creek MS selected and trained successful eighth grade student volunteers to mentor sixth graders, creating a strong community and increased student engagement. Grant funds will be used for supplies and materials to continue to build relationhsips throughout the year with ongoing academic and social activities.
- Rowe Middle School, Rachel Hutson. A community garden project will bring students, staff, parents, and other community members together to build an educational and recreational resource, accessible to all, that promotes healthy living, sustainability and community development. This grant will provide the supplies and tools necessary for our garden.
- Clackamas High School, Dan Robinette. Students will design, build and investigate a fan-powered vehicle. They will experiment with types of motion and factors that influence the acceleration of their car, analyzing key principles such as Newton’s Laws and friction. They will create video reports to explain their vehicle’s performance.
- Milwaukie High School, Nicole Matthews. Students will be able to see rocks from a different perspective through microscope slides of thin rock slices. These slides purchased with grant funds will be used to incorporate the Common Core State Standards for writing into the science curriculum as students describe what they are seeing in the slides and learn the cycles of how rocks are formed. This also fits well into the earth science unit.
- Milwaukie Academy of the Arts Students, Milwaukie HS, Ginny Denny. Presentation and publicity materials will be purchased for a free ACT prep/review course to help MHS and MAA students achieve higher ACT scores. Some of the funds will be used for ACT registration fees for students in need.
- New Urban High School, Anna Scarpino. New Urban senior house will expand their study of Shakespeare through play. Artist-in-Residence and Shakespearean actor Orion Bradshaw, will assist in production of the student version of one of his plays. Students will learn elements of acting, production, set and costume design, teamwork, confidence and literacy.
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NCEF Host First Annual Principal for (Half) a Day Event
After half a day shadowing North Clackamas principals, business and community leaders discovered education is hard work, especially in these tough times.
The first-time Principal for a Day event, sponsored by the North Clackamas Education Foundation, gave 26 community leaders the opportunity for hands-on experience in schools.
Dennis Gilliam, head of marketing for Bob’s Red Mill, visited his alma matre, Ardenwald School, where he was surprised to see 200 children eating breakfast at school. After the experience, he launched plans to sponsor a school garden project.
Chamber of Commerce Vice President Wilda Parks visited New Urban High School. “She offered to help involve Chamber members in mock interviews and student project evaluations,” said Principal Mike Englen. “We want to adopt her as our matriach.”
Business and Community Leaders that participated in this event include:
Jim Bernard, County Commissioner
Greg Chaimov, City of Milwaukie City Council
Jamie Damon, County Commissioner
Lori DeRemer, Mayor of Happy Valley
Dan Floyd, Safeway
Angela Fox, The Clackamas Review
Dennis Gilliam, Bob's Red Mill
Marie Henrie, Lincoln Park Cemetery
Jose Hernandez, Community Leader
Renee King, Providence
Robert Le, Attorney
Susan Lehr, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
Ann Lininger, County Commissioner
Truc Nguyen, Community Leader
Wilda Parks, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce
Emily Powell, Powell's Books
Craig Roberts, Clackamas County Sheriff
David Russell, Adventist Health/Adventist Medical Center
Paul Savas, County Commissioner
Martha Schrader, Former Senator and Commissioner
Vivian Scott, NCSD School Board Chair
Dave Smith, Blount
Bill Stewart, Assistant District Attorney
Steve Spinnett, Mayor of Damascus
Craig Van Valkenburg, Willamette View
Dave Worsely, Oregon Iron Works
2012 Scholarship Awards
With costs rising 13 percent a year, students are struggling to afford college. To help deserving students begin higher education, the North Clackamas Education Foundation awarded 11 deserving high school seniors $1,250 each for college, totaling $13,500. Kaiser Permanente sponsored one of the scholarships. The Clyde Main scholarship was also awarded through NCEF to a Milwaukie Academy of the Arts scholar.
- Jessica Kler, Clackamas High School
- Logan Pedersen, Clackamas High School
- Valentina Galindo, Milwaukie High School
- Autumn Krumm-Bradley, Milwaukie High School
- Sreyhick Seng–Kasier, Milwaukie High School
- Shelby Sharron, Milwaukie High School
- Michael Tang, Milwaukie High School
- Coner Lee, Milwaukie School of the Arts, Clyde Maine Scholarship
- Samantha Carl, Rex Putnam High School
- Natalie Fund, Rex Putnam High School
- Benjamin Phillips, New Urban High School