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FUND A TEACHER

Funded Projects

 
NCEF is honored to have awarded $40,000 in Enrichment and Discretionary Grants to teachers and programs throughout the North Clackamas School District During the 2018-19 school year!
Congratulations to all of our Grant Recipients! Your dedication to the students of North Clackamas Schools is empowering and inspiring. You make a difference in each of your students' lives and provide them the tools and knowledge they need to reach for their dreams.
2018-19 Spring Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients

NCEF awarded more than $27,000 to 13 projects. NCEF awarded teacher enrichment and discretionary grants to 13 projects in North Clackamas Schools. These awards impact thousands of students in North Clackamas Schools as well as our entire community. This round of grant awards was in addition to our Fall grant awards, for a total of more than $40,000 in grants delivered to our schools from NCEF. Our grant application process will be open again in the Summer, but we are always accepting programs to put on our Fund-A-Teacher platform -- Apply Here

Elementary School Projects

  • Passport to the World: Bilquist Elementary, Justin Sooper --$1,040.20

Thinking beyond his fourth-grade classroom, Bilquist Elementary teacher Justin Sooper sought a $1050 grant to bring “Passport Club” to all students at Bilquist Elementary. A supplemental program that begins in second grade, Passport Club follows students all the way through grade 5. The program allows students of all levels to learn about countries around the world with opportunities for individual goal setting, progress checks, and accountability as students create their own plan to work towards earning stamps from the various countries they want to adorn their passport with.

 

  • Reading Café : Cascade Heights Charter School, Denise Cantin -- $1,000

Cascade Heights Teacher Denise Cantin was awarded $1,000 for the creation of a reading café in her 4th-grade classroom. The purpose of the new reading café is to inspire and further motivate a love of literature in all of Cascade Heights 4th grade students. Take-home opportunities outside of the classroom, in addition to the flexible seating options within the reading café, will expand the opportunities for students to enjoy reading beyond the hours of the school day. The 4th-grade specific library will also increase opportunities for engagement by providing a collection of books best suited to both the interests and reading level of these students.

 

  • Podcast Equipment : Lot Whitcomb Elementary, Desi Nidodemus --$270

This $270 grant will fund podcast equipment for Fourth and Fifth Graders at Lot Whitcomb Elementary. Students will build research and presentation skills by learning to produce and edit podcasts for their school community. Stay tuned for the upcoming podcasts conducted by these students which may include topics such as science reports, playground fun, storytelling, and grammar tips.

 

  • Chromebooks for Kindergarten : Mt. Scott Elementary, Megan Erb --$2,520

Mt. Schott Elementary teacher Megan Erb was awared $2,520 to bring touchscreen Chromebooks to her Kindergarten classroom. Early engagement with educational technology is necessary to prepare even our youngest students for academic success. Students will be able to practice math habits, make video responses to literature, create and revise writing pieces into books using these touchscreen Chromebooks; overall allowing these young students the opportunity to start building a solid foundation of literacy and math technology skills.

  • Focus Tools: View Acres Elementary, David Grieshammer, Mackenzie Baker --$440

Student teacher, Mackenzie Baker and classroom teacher David Grieshammer were awarded $440 for the purchase of twenty new wiggle board focus tools. The pair not only plan to implement these tools in their own classroom, but to also make them available to other classrooms across View Acres Elementary. Already having implemented a couple of wiggle boards in their classroom, the teachers have received incredible feedback from their students about how they use these tools to help regulate energy, maintain focus and stay on track during class time.

Middle School Projects

  • The Need for Graphic Novels: Literary Merit & Equitable Access:Rowe Middle School, Allison Ackerman --$1,117.32

After the highly successful implementation of a new “Why Read?” 7th grade English unit, Allison Ackerman saw a significant increase in Rowe Middle School students advocating for and using genre specific language to describe the types of novels they are interested in reading. Visual cues help build deeper interpretations of words and storylines for visual learners and struggling readers.

Compared to traditional novels, graphic novels can be consumed with relative speed and immediate enjoyment,

providing a unique access point for reading engagement by students who identify as visual learners,

or who may struggle with, or otherwise not enjoy reading. The 95 brand-new graphic novels to be

purchased with this grant will help struggling readers build vocabulary, reading comprehension,

and confidence.
 

  • Flexible Seating for Reading:Rowe Middle School, Ashley Friedman --$1,355.08

Because students learn better when they are more comfortable, Rowe Middle School teacher Ashley Friedman will use this grant to bring flexible seating options such as yoga balls, wobble chairs, and armchairs to her classroom. An array of seating options with cater to the diverse needs of her students; while some option can help to ease the general sense of discomfort that many students feel while at school, other options can help mitigate the need for movement experienced by students with ADHD.

 

  • Lego Robotics:Rowe Middle School, Tricia Halonen --$2,487

Expanding the number of students who can access Rowe Middle School’s Lego Robot program, this funding will expand the number of students who can access the robots. The lego robotics program helps students learn foundations for computer science and drag and drop programming. Competing in challenge courses facilitate teamwork, programming, competition, design, and grit.

High School Projects

  • The Air We Breathe : Milwaukie High School, Phil Marchant --$409

Milwaukie High, Biology teacher, Phil Marchant wants to run an experiment to show his students just how serious indoor air pollution is. This grant will fund a new classroom experiment, making the best out of Milwaukie’s temporary portable classroom situation. Using different combinations of air-filtering plants and technologically-powered air filters Mr. Marchant’s class will test, report on, and publish the results of their air-quality experiments and later use their scientific insights to make recommendations for classroom improvements.

 

  • NGSS Biology Pilot : Milwaukie High School, Nicole Matthews --$966.14

Embracing North Clackamas Schools transition into NGSS Biology, 10th-grade biology teacher Nicole Matthews and Donny Law are piloting a new ecology lab incorporating engineering design. The materials purchased with this grant will support a  three-week long, STEM-based, algae growth experiment. For this lab students will use science skills to research and identify the requirements for plant growth and photosynthesis; engineer a recipe of chemical ingredients to maximize algal growth; and develop math and technology skills while using a spectrophotometer to determine growth rates. This exciting new lab will successfully hit on all elements in a STEM curriculum but will also boost students understanding of plant essential nutrients and the vital role of plants in our ecosystem.

 

  • Breaking the Code: Supplies to create escape room style challenges for science concepts : Clackamas High School, Patty Heintz, --$1092

Clackamas High School science teachers Patty Heintz, Sally Howe, Sara Schipper are combining creativity, science, and a popular new trend in order to make science concepts more exciting to their students. These three science teachers will use their grant of $1,092 to engage over 600 students a year in a series of classroom escape room style challenges based on science concepts. The collaborative group competition will challenge students to use their knowledge to decipher puzzles, each clue leading to another with an end goal of unlocking the strongbox to reveal a prize.

 

  • Kingsmen Thunder Drum Line:Rex Putnam High School, Rene Ormae-Jarmer & Jeff Wilson --$5,000

The Rex Putnam High School Kingsman Drumline does not qualify for district funding and relies heavily on grant funding and donations for the continued success of their steadily growing program. The Kingsmen Thunder Drum Line was awarded $5,000 for the purchase of their own dedicated PA system--  essential to ensuring that the front ensemble can be heard over the drummers. Funds will also go towards the purchase of the drumline’s second-ever Marimba, standard drumline equipment that the program has never been able to afford until a very recent fundraiser. Playing the Marimba is required for college percussion majors as it establishes necissary experience with mallets, the addition of this instrument will prove key for young students wishing to pursue higher education along the music-track.

2018-19 Fall Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients
 

NCEF awarded $12,000 to 6 projects impacting more than 4,000 students. For the first time the North Clackamas Education Foundation has awarded Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grants, and Discretionary Grants through a Summer application process that allows teachers to implement innovative and exciting projects into their classrooms at the beginning of the school year. These Fall grants are in addition to NCEF's Spring Grants -- We're accepting Spring Enrichment Grant Applications Now! Apply Here

Elementary School Projects

  • Happy Valley Elementary, Donna Mansour, Culture Day, $325 (Discretionary Grant Funds) - My students want to organize a “Culture Day” for the students of our school. They want an event celebrating the diversity of our school and community, and a chance for students to dig deep into the history, music, art and food of their culture and then share with others.

  • Linwood Elementary, Shaun Martinez, Bilingual Story Time for Families, $1,000 (Discretionary Grant Funds) - Each month, October - May, we will open the Lot Whitcomb Library for Bilingual family story time during the evening. Staff and guests will share stories in English and Spanish. Students and families will participate in story time, an activity and have an opportunity to check out books from our school library. Each evening will consist of 30 minutes of story time, 15 minutes of an activity, and 20 minutes of library check out.Since not all families are able to access the public library, opening the Lot Whitcomb library each month provides another source of access to literature. As educators we will be able to model literacy skills while we are reading. Books used during Bilingual Story Time will be made available in the Lot Whitcomb Library for student check out and future use. Each person that attends Bilingual Story Time will be given a raffle ticket to be used for a drawing for a book. Drawing for books is to support literacy and reading at home.

    • (This program is partially funded, please visit our Fund-A-Teacher Elementary Projects page to make a donation to this project!)                                                                                                                                                                                 

  • Oregon Trail Elementary, Gianna Bargetto, Creating School Wide Wellness, $550 - This year, Oregon Trail Elementary will have a new Health and Wellness Specialist who will teach a class focused on health and social-emotional practice. Oregon Trail Elementary is looking for funding to repurpose the school’s computer lab into an innovative classroom and for class materials to enrich the learning experience. Students will learn curriculum which will aide them in becoming more empathetic, adapted and self-aware learners. 
     

Middle School Projects

  • Alder Creek, Jeff Schroeder, Medicine Balls for Middle School, $600 - 20 - 6 lb medicine balls and a couple of racks to store them will be purchased for our Strength Training and PE classes. These medicine balls will promote efficient movement training concentrating on the students core muscles. This fits under the Resources and Quality Programs and Improve processes to provide greater efficiency District goals. This is an innovative way to exercise that we learned from Jimmy Radcliff at the University of Oregon. He has been extremely successful using these techniques with his collegiate athletes. We plan on continuing to meet with Jimmy on a yearly basis to improve our program year after year. The medicine balls will also be available to our new Unified PE class that we're starting this year. That's a PE class that includes special ed students with general ed classes. We plan on starting this right away.                                                                                                                                       

  • District Wide Program, Innovative Therapy with Technology, $8,805 - Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) propose that $17,610.46 be used for special technology hardware and software to serve students with communication needs. Therapeutic iPads will benefit students by improving their overall communication skills with peers, teachers, families and the community at large by providing equitable access to the newest technology advances in therapy. It’s anticipated that students will improve their success rate at school due to improved participation in therapeutic sessions and increased carry-over skills in class. Therapy will be more innovative, engaging, and evidence-based. Case management for therapists will improve, allowing for more collaborations with parents, teachers, and other professionals.

High School Projects

  • Rex Putnam, Erika Lockwood, Music for All of Us, $1,000 - The purpose of this grant is to purchase high quality choral literature composed and/or arranged by women and people of color in order to broaden the music education of current and future choral musicians at Rex Putnam High School. The fulfillment of this grant will allow concert programs to represent more diverse backgrounds, while enriching student learning and connection with composers. All students will be able to identify with professional musicians and see this timeless, global art form as a possible field of study for students from all backgrounds.

 
2017-18 Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Awardees

The North Clackamas Education Foundation is pleased to award grants totaling over $27,500 to 15 projects at 11 district schools. NCEF's Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grants, along with Discretionary Grants, enable teachers to create innovating and exciting projects to challenge and motivate students in the arts, sciences, literature, and more. NCEF Grants and our Fund A Teacher program go hand in hand to make sure our teachers have the support they need to make their projects a success!

Elementary School Projects

  • Bilquist Elementary, Jenny Klassen, Boost Phonological Awareness and Phonics Skills for 2nd Graders Using HD Word Student Kits - $1,650.00 - HD Word is a researched-based program which takes a strategic approach to reading multi-syllabic words, focusing on functionality and efficiency, rather than memorization. This leads to strong decoding skills and fluent, accurate reading for all students. This project will allow for the purchase of 25 HD Word kits plus teacher training. Students will gain word attack strategies appropriate for their reading level that will move them to more complex text levels. It will improve their accuracy as readers which is crucial for comprehension. The project aligns with District goals to provide quality instruction, sound literacy practices, and provide additional effective student assessments.

  • Bilquist Elementary, Justin Sooper, Engaging Authentic Texts for Struggling Readers - $1,500.00 - This grant will allow the purchase of 200 high-interest, low-level books to help meet the needs of struggling 4th grade readers. Research shows that students make the most gain in reading when their self-selected independent practice is at their instructional level. By purchasing materials that honors a student’s current level, but is also of high interest to their actual grade level, students will move toward benchmark. Text selection will also include a mix of cultural and economic perspectives so that students see themselves represented in classroom libraries.

  • Mt. Scott Elementary, Karen Morgan & Angie Richen, Diversity Research & Classroom Library Project - $770.00 - “There is no one like me in this school – I don’t fit in.” These words from a 4th grade student to her teacher inspired this grant project that will purchase over 40 new books. The new book set for the 4th grade level will increase the quantity, quality, and availability of diverse reading options that will broaden cultural awareness and celebrate cultural differences of students in fourth grade and the school. The books will allow for differentiation across reading levels so all students can access books that explore equity and diversity.

  • Riverside Elementary, Shani Johnson, Relooking at History with a Native Perspective - $1,230.00  - Fourth and fifth grade students will learn to read non-fiction texts by examining the history and culture of Native Americans of the Northwest through information literature. Students will collaborate and work as a team to research a Native American tribe with a culminating project. As an active member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, teacher Shani Johnson will provide an authentic perspective of the Native American experience, as well as artifacts for students to study.

  • Lot Whitcomb Elementary, Annie Schlegel, Community Room Updates - $1,324.00 (Discretionary Grant Award) - Improvements to the Lot Whitcomb Community Room will better support multi-generational, bicultural, bilingual family groups, and Title X families. Purchase and installation of a dishwasher, refrigerator, washer, and dryer will increase the school’s ability to provide greater family and community which engagement which promotes early learning, expanded learning opportunities, enhanced school involvement, and meeting basic needs.

  • Oregon Trail Elementary, Kim Kellogg & Gretchen Rowland-Horrigan, Oregon Trail Community Garden - $1,000.00 - Oregon Trail Elementary will create a Community Garden which will be a place where students and the community grow together. Oregon Trail is partnering with many community business and groups to make the garden a reality. Students will be able to apply math, science, and English knowledge to real world experiences in the creation and care of the garden.

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Shani Johnson, Relooking at History with a Native Perspective

Annie Schlegal, Community Room Updates

Middle School Projects

  • Rowe Middle School, Lucas Dix, Graphic Novels: A Gateway to Reading - $673.00
    Over 60 graphic novels will be purchased and available to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Graphic novels are a gateway to stories for many young readers and help struggling readers become excited about reading. Providing more access to different kinds of books makes the classroom a more equitable environment and sets a path for students to become quality readers and quality graduates.

  • Happy Valley Middle School, Megan Neal, Verse Novel Literary Circle - $1,700.00
    Verse novels are not strongly represented in our current curriculum, yet are becoming more popular with young adults. This literature circle unit will increase the number of titles available to 7th grade language arts teachers that are written in this diverse format. Through a shared literary experience, students would not only examine and evaluate the content of the text, but also analyze the format and style of a verse novel. This unit would add titles written by and about underrepresented populations.

  • Rowe Middle School, Christina Welker, Base Ten Blocks - $530.00
    Base Ten Block Sets will be purchased for 6th grade math teachers in order to deepen students’ understanding of the standard algorithm for long division and operations with decimals. Students will have a tangible, visual model that decimals are an extension of the system they are already familiar with. Having a manipulative is helpful to all students to make the abstract algorithm more concrete.

  • Alder Creek Middle School, Claudia Carle, STEM: Lego Robotics - $2,940.00
    The purchase of a class set of robots will make Lego programming an STEM available to all ACMS students. This grant will expand on the success of a small Lego Robotics club and extend the program to reach more students. Teachers will be able to share equipment to provide access to STEM and coding activities with Lego Robotics. With a Lego Robotics unit, students will be able to work in groups at their own pace to identify variable within a robotics problems and design, build, test, and defend their robot structures and coding solutions.

High School Projects

  • Clackamas High School, Laurie Thurston, Points of View - $500.00
    This grant will purchase books reflecting diverse voices for 9th graders. The addition of texts from contemporary YA writers will offer equitable access to narratives written from different cultural, racial, and gender perspectives. The teacher seeks to create a culture of choice, offering the space and time to enjoy books and providing the opportunity to reflect on the impact of the reading experience are necessary components for an effective program. And by adding the lens of examining a life through a different culture or gender, students will have the opportunity to participate in discussions and write about how this point of view changed the way they see the world.

  • Milwaukie High School, Ashley Snyder, Learning the Art of the Potters Wheel - $1,700.00
    Two new pottery wheels will be purchased to replace worn out equipment and to provide greater access for students. Students will learn how to create a three dimensional form on the pottery wheel and will study both historical and wheel thrown pottery. Working on the pottery wheel is one of the most engaging aspects of the curriculum.

  • Clackamas High School, Dan Robinette, The Physics of Music - $1,050.00
    Students in grades 10-12 will research, design, build, and analyze their own stringed musical instrument in a cross-disciplinary project that combines music and science. Students will develop an understanding of vibrations, patterns, resonance, sound, waves, and energy through a long-term engineering design project involving planning, testing, and revision. The project-based nature of the program provides students with a variety of pathways to success and allows students’ individual needs and goals to be addressed.

  • New Urban High School, Tate Braeckel, Starting a School Library - $8,000.00
    New Urban High School will build an in-school library from the ground up. Currently, the 180 students at the school have only in-class reading resources of individual teachers. The students would greatly benefit from having immediate access to a functioning library in the school building. The grant will buy book sets, shelving, bookcases, furniture for seating, and tables for reading and writing.

  • New Urban High School, Tate Braeckel, Tools for Practical Skills/Fusion Classes - $3,000.00 (Discretionary Grant Award)
    New Urban High School will purchase and create a construction took kit for crossover classes (such as Geometry/Building). Fusing practical, technical skills with academic learning will create more interest among students and will give them concrete skills they can use in future careers.

NCEF Board Member Gary Chapman presenting a grant award to Claudia Carle of Alder Creek Middle School

Dan Robinette, The Physics of Music

Presentation of the $11,000 combined Enrichment and Discretionary Grants at New Urban High School.

2016-17 Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Awardees
 

Elementary School Projects

  • Bilquist/Stephen Katz: Gyotaku (Fish Printing) in the Classroom - $275
    Students will learn how to create artistic prints using fish models and ink on rice paper. The project provides students of all levels and abilities with diverse opportunities for communication and expression creating an inclusive learning environment.

  • Linwood/Christopher Hosman: Exploring the World through Virtual Reality -$1348
    Google VR Cardboard and Expeditions will add the “wow” factor to any lesson. Meaningful connections students make during virtual field trips when connected to a lesson’s learning outcome will provide these kids with engaging insights that they would not be afforded otherwise.

  • Oak Grove/Alisa McNaughton: Engaging Kindergarteners in Math with iPads - $2,348
    Kindergarteners’ engagement in math and development of crucial digital skills will be increased through the implementation of the new Envision math curriculum with programs that have accountability and assessment features (Nearpod and Seesaw).

Middle School Projects

  • Alder Creek/Bud Taylor and Jeff Schroeder – Healthy Hearts – $3,000
    Heart rate monitors will be used to provide feedback and help students improve their personal fitness and lifestyle in collaboration with science and health teachers in cross-curricula classes. Parental participation will be encouraged.

  • Alder Creek/Claudia Carle: STEM Ecology Garden- $2,480
    The courtyard garden will be revamped into a hands-on vehicle to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) targets and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for 7th grade students. Students will choose projects that match their individual learning style: increases in student engagement, science test scores, sense of belonging and voice are anticipated outcomes.

  • Alder Creek/Heidi West - Hearing Quiet Voices - $358
    This project, which addresses the District’s equity goal, provides an opportunity for students to engage in inquiry and discussion; and create a project to express why it is important to explore history through multiple perspectives. It sheds light on the experiences of Native Americans during the Indian Removal of the 1830s.

  • Rowe/Coco Vernon: Classroom Living with an Equity Lens -$636
    To create a place where students see “their history and heritage are celebrated” through literature written by people of color about people of color. TAG students and students of higher abilities will also be provided access to pre-AP books that are more appropriate for high school reading ability and beyond.

  • Rowe/Jeff Young: Native Plant Seedling Project- $737
    In collaboration with the city of Milwaukie, students will grow and plant native plant seedlings along Kellogg Creek. This hands on project will help students understand human impact, design solutions to mitigate impact and investigate the influence of environmental factors on plant growth.

  • Rowe/Lucas Dix: Shamrock News Camera - $600
    In a program aligned with Oregon’s technology standards, students will learn to collaborate on projects creating segments representing the many diverse races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, abilities, etc. at their school.

High School Projects

  • Clackamas/Janet Tansy: Bringing Art into the SPED Classroom - $600
    Through a variety of media, simple art instruction and art techniques, reluctant learners will be taught how to overcome fears and see their mistakes as opportunities for authentic expression.

  • Clackamas/Sara Schipper – Green Fuel: Making Biodiesel From Waste Oil and Comparing Fuel Efficiency- $850
    Students will make and test biodiesel using waste oil from the Clackamas High School kitchen. This project aligns with the NCSD #12 by providing opportunities to engage in a challenging project that intentionally and purposefully integrates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

  • Clackamas/John Stewart: Creating for Kids: Writing and Illustrating Books for Children - $600
    Students involved in National Art Honor Society, Creative Writing and English classes will work in collaborative teams to research, storyboard, write, illustrate, and publish children’s books about equity and growing up, which will be read in elementary school classrooms throughout the District and children outside of NCSD.

  • Clackamas/Carrie Ann Tkaczyk: Interactive Notebooks - $1889
    All learners (ELL, IEP, TAG, AP, etc.) will apply a variety of techniques to apply learning styles that work best for them for effective notes.

  • Milwaukie/Ken Blacksmith: Microscopes for College-Prep and Biology and Genetics Class - $2448
    Biology and genetics students will have simultaneous access to college-level equipment in order to use problem-based learning for achieving NGSS: benefits all students and learning styles and provides a head start for college/career science-related professions.

  • Milwaukie/Stephanie Gaslin: IPads: Tools for Teaching Students with Speech, Language and Communication Disorders - $913
    Targeted IEP goals will be met by providing motivating, novel ideas/materials for speech and language therapy.

  • NCSD Special Education/Vivian Garrison: Special Education Hardware and Software - $10,000 and 20 i-Pads
    Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) advanced technology software will create equitable educational opportunities for students who do not have the ability to use spoken language to communicate. It will improve students’ success in school through providing opportunities for participation in classroom discussions, accessing/understanding curriculum, interacting with their peers, and increasing their families’ connection to their education