Funded Projects

NCEF is honored to have awarded $32,637 in Enrichment and Discretionary Grants to teachers and programs throughout the North Clackamas School District during the
2020-21 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.
2020-21 Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients

Elementary School Projects

  • Opening Our Eyes to Others: Happy Valley Elementary, Donna Mansour & Hayley Reinauer — $185

Purpose: Purchase of picture books to use to teach the Social Justice Standards to 4th and 5th graders. These books expose students to diversity topics and are able to be used in an online distance-learning class setting.

  • Every Student Reads: Sunnyside Elementary, Summer Smith, Modesta Dominguez, Melissa McEwan, and Traci Dolan — $2,400

Purpose: Purchase classroom sets of books to deliver to 1st grade students to increase their access to literature during distance learning.

  • Growing Readers: Sunnyside Elementary, Laurie Foote - $624

Purpose: Purchase books to deliver to 3rd-grade students to increase their access to books during distance learning

  • Student Dictionaries: Happy Valley Elementary, Casey Pfleger - $150

Purpose: support 75 first-grade students in reading and writing by providing them the student-friendly Quick-Word Handbook for Beginning Writers.

  • White Board for All: Scouters Mountain Elementary, Amy Mathews - $979.86

Purpose: During CDL, it is important that all students' math problem thinking is made visible so the teacher and community can honor and assess their level of understanding. This grant will allow Scouters Mtn staff to get whiteboards, erasers and pens in the hands of each student in their school to make this possible.

  • Social-Emotional Learning During Distance Learning: Oregon Trail Elementary, Theresa Just, Melissa Konrad - $599.98

Purpose: This project will provide a 2-year subscription to a multi-sensory curriculum for students receiving specially designed instruction in social skills, behavioral, and adaptive skills in special education during distance learning and hybrid learning. Students can access videos, worksheets, interactive games, and more with this curriculum.

  • Books for Home: Verne Duncan Elementary, Jodi Lee, K'Ann Iparraguirre, Kate Mills - $1,005

Purpose: This project will provide 3-5 books for 3rd graders to read at home. Our students are struggling to find books at home that they have not already read. They are also improving in their reading and many of them do not have books at home to support this.

  • Books for 4th Graders: Beatrice Morrow Cannady Elementary, Barb Stephens, James Ringo - $383.40

Purpose: To get books into the hands of our 4th graders to get them away from the screen. Providing an opportunity for them to meet in small groups via breakout rooms and read and discuss the book. Through sharing their thinking, they build a richer understanding than any one student could gain from independent reading alone.

  • Books in Hand During CDL: Spring Mountain Elementary, Lisa Bach - $250

Purpose: To put books into the hands of kids that are doing all of their learning online. Allowing children to each pick a book once per term. Books would be chosen with the classroom teacher’s guidance and limited in cost to less than $10 (no activity books)

  • Shared Reading Experience: Scouters Mountain Elementary, Rebecca Olson, Nadia Bora - $84

Purpose: To send home a 2nd-grade level chapter book, so that each student can read along with the teacher and then continue the book at their own pace. The book, Zoey and Sassafras, features a young black girl who enjoys science and will be an excellent way to get readers into a new series! Once we all have the book, we can use it as a mentor text for reading mini-lessons.

  • Books in Their Hands: Beatrice Morrow Cannaday Elementary, Grace Morishita, Kelly Granato, Michele Giddings - $1,120

Purpose: Our third-grade team sees a dire need to get books into the hands of our students. We recognize the value of all online reading applications, however there is nothing like an actual book in a student's hands. Many of our students do not have books at home and are relying on reading online. We would like them to have CHOICE as well, as we know that when a reader is selecting books that interest them, it increases engagement and develops a lifelong love of reading. We are asking for 20 dollars per student, which would allow them to choose 3-5 books each.

  • Whiteboard Table Tools: Sunnyside Elementary, Jeanne Acker, Rick Kirschmann - $333.91

Purpose: To purchase markers, erasers, and cleaner for whiteboard tables (tables were purchased with prior NCEF grant)


  • Materials to Build Literacy and Focus: Beatrice Morrow Cannaday Elementary, Anna Tsoi, Aksana Sirosh - $650

Purpose: Purchase Books, magnet letters, wiggle cushions, playdough, and other tools to encourage a love of reading and inclusive classroom

  • Enhancing Audio for K/1: Spring Mountain Elementary, Claire Walker - $384.72 (Discretionary Grant)

Purpose: To purchase portable microphone/amplifiers so students can more clearly hear teachers.

  • Biography Project: Verne Duncan Elementary 4th Grade, Ryan Johnson - $500 (Discretionary Grant)

Purpose: Students research, by reading a "Who was/Who is" book about a variety of influential people and through a variety of projects, share their learning with school community.

Middle School Projects

  • BIPOC Authors in the Middle School Classroom: Alder Creek, Rowe, Happy Valley, and Rock Creek Middle Schools, Carrie Blythe and Barbra Ackerman - $2,827.92

Purpose: This grant is to provide eight North Clackamas Middle School teachers with young adult novels written by BIPOC authors to enrich their classroom library. The books will be read by the eight Equity Group members and book talks will be presented to the ENTIRE North Clackamas Middle ELA Department.

  • Ballet Folklorico: Alder Creek Middle School, Karina Ramirez Velazquez - $1,100

Purpose: This grant will help purchase costumes for Ballet Folklorico club at ACMS. This dance group will give students an opportunity to learn traditional Mexican dances and as well as learning about Mexican history through dance and music.

  • Supporting Authentic Writing with Middle School Literary Magazine: Alder Creek, Rock Creek, Rowe, and Happy Valley Middle Schools, Wendy Weatherill - $1,000

Purpose: This project aims to bridge the gaps in literacy of middle school students attending NCSD. Eleven teachers, representing all four middle schools, working collaboratively want to provide authentic writing experiences for every student. They aim to create an opportunity that inspires students to share their stories with the world.

  • Table Ball, Fitness Bars, Racquet Sports: Alder Creek Middle School, Bud Taylor, Amanda Byrn, Jeff Schroeder - $4,818.94

Purpose: Submitted as three individual grants to support the physical health of Alder Creek students, these grants purchased; 10 folding tables and 15 rubber bouncy balls. The tables will also be used for table tennis., A class set of 40 18lb fitness bars and a rack.,Table tennis equipment and tennis racquets to expand racquet sport offerings in PE.

High School Projects

  • Kingsmen Thunder Drumline: Rex Putnam High School, Rene Jarmer — $5,000

Purpose: To support the drum line program costs for supplies, equipment, masks, clinicians, PPE and virtual costs. The program is starting virtually with hopes of moving in person (when allowed). Music, drill/design, and virtual clinicians will help the drumline prepare for the year and stay trained and vital.

  • Gizmos, Engaging Interactive Virtual Science Labs with Next Generation Science Standards & Practices: Rex Putnam High School and Milwaukie High School, Nicole Robinson, Nicole Matthews - $2,840

Purpose: This project provides 3 teacher licenses for Gizmos. A quality science education is one that includes experimentation, engineering, and hands-on experiences. The Gizmos technology will provide students with online interactive opportunities to engage and explore science content. The Gizmos technology can also provide students with opportunities for differentiation, remediation, and additional vocabulary development (in person or online).

  • Learning Materials for Special Education Department: Milwaukie High School, Kelsey Balint - $1,420

Purpose: This project supports the entire special education department at MHS. We are in great need of supplies for our classroom such as calculators, headphones, and individual whiteboards. These materials will support hundreds of students in their learning each year. Each of these supplies will provide access to IEP accommodations. Headphones will allow students with disabilities in reading and writing to access speech-to-text and text-to-speech technology. Calculators will support students with a disability in math by allowing them to check their work. Whiteboards will allow students to participate in formative instruction.

  • Music Studio - Creating a More Inclusive Music Program: Milwaukie High School/Milwaukie Academy of the Arts,            Willy Dolan - $3,980.40 (Discretionary Grant)

Purpose: We are building a recording studio and creating a new class to meet the needs of our diverse students. The idea for this class was born out of a desire to create an inclusive music program that celebrates music from every genre, representing our students and their diverse cultural assets. School is also receiving another grant to fully fund project.

2019-20 Spring Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients

Elementary School Projects

  • Engaging Whiteboard Surface Tables: Sunnyside Elementary, Richard Kirschmann — $1,870

Purpose: Kidney-shaped tables with dry erase, whiteboard surfaces, to support students with special education needs.


  • Makerspace: Happy Valley Elementary, Kristi Norton — $1,500

Purpose: Create a common area that is reserved for creative exploration, engineering, tinkering, inventing, and purposeful play.

  • Learning With Light: Oak Grove Elementary, Rachel Wong — $490

Purpose: Learning with Light: Students will practice and extend their joy of learning with a challenging and engaging light table during instructional and exploration time. Students will have the opportunity to practice writing letters in sensory materials, manipulating letters to form different words, building patterns, adding, subtracting and decomposing numbers with translucent math materials.

  • Headphones for Learning: Scouters Mountain Elementary, Ron Burr — $720

Purpose: Purchases 36 headphones for students to access a multitude of online resources to enhance learning.

  • Everyday Speech Social Learning Curriculum: Happy Valley Elementary, Melissa Wilcken — $800

Purpose: 4 subscriptions to evidence-based curriculum “Everyday Speech," to be used by SPED to help students with social learning challenges, particularly to help them with perspective and empathy skills.

Middle School Projects

  • Spikeball for PE: Alder Creek Middle-School, Bud Taylor, Jeff Schroeder, Amanda Byrne — $990

Purpose: Purchase of 10 sets of Spikeball for use in PE units.

  • Literature Circles for 7th Grade: Rowe Middle School, Coco Vernon — $3,675

Purpose: Purchase of class sets of 3 novels to use for novel study projects. Novels will share a theme but offer varying levels and choices for students.

  • Fractured Fairy Tales: Happy Valley Middle-School, Beverly Whitewolf — $475

Purpose: Fractured Fairy Tales: Purchase of class set of 4 books. Sixth-grade teachers implement an Inquiry By Design unit in which students read, compare, analyze, and write fairy tales. I want to capitalize on the interest and excitement students have for this genre and offer grade-level appropriate, fun and challenging fairy tale-based novels as independent reading options during and after this unit.

  • Lasers for Learning: Clackamas High School, Rhiannon Boettcher — $1,390

Purpose: Laser and vinyl cutting machines are a versatile way for students to learn industry-specific skills like Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software usage, materials manipulation, marketing, etc. Students will be able to design materials for a huge variety of school or extracurricular projects that are high-quality and professional. No more scissors and pens!

  • Forensic Photography: Sabin-Schellenberg Center, Mike Boyes — $6,300

Purpose: Purchase of 2 forensic photography kits for use in Crime Scene Investigation class.

2019-20 Fall Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grant Recipients

Elementary School Projects

  • Assistive Technology: Ardenwald, Cannaday, & Oregon Trail Elementaries, Rachel Brekke — $2.328

Purpose: To increase communication for individuals with complex communication needs who use augmentative and alternative communication systems. To help with communication disabilities in the classroom by training and providing the staff with an iPad that has ProLoQuo2Go and an IEP goal-tracking app that will be used while teaching their lessons. This will provide a more efficient data collection routine and facilitate more activity involvement.


  • Quality Headphones for All: Sunnyside Elementary, Melissa McEwan — $1,209

Purpose: Provide high-quality headphones with microphones so students can listen in comfort and record their learning without distractions. This project provides an engaging enhancement to the interactive listening pieces of our newly adopted literacy, math, and science curricula. All students (IEP, ELL, TAG, etc) can benefit from the use of the microphone headphones to share their thinking in an equitable way.

Middle School Projects

  • Reading in Room 110: Rowe Middle School, Lucas Dix — $800

Purpose: This goal of this project is to add books to Mr. Dix’s classroom library that would be interesting to and beneficial for 7th and 8th grade students in his Literacy Workshop intervention class, as well as other students throughout the school who tune into Rowe’s It’s Lit Podcast and the It’s Lit book review segment on the Shamrock News program.

  • Project Healthy Reading: Rowe Middle School, Dana Johnson — $1,500

Purpose: The goal of health class is that students learn and practice how to be healthier versions of themselves. By providing a “health class library”, students will be given an opportunity to pick out a health-related book based on their own interests and reading level, regardless of which unit we are studying.


High School Projects

  • Kingsmen Thunder Drumline: Rex Putnam High-School & Alder Creek Middle School, Rene Ormae Jarmer & Jeff Wilson —$3,000

Purpose: The Kingsmen Thunder Drum Line gives students at Rex Putnam High School and Alder Creek Middle School an opportunity to learn an engaging and athletic art form. This grant helps them purchase another keyboard/synth station to add to the front ensemble. Electronics/Synths are heavily present in the marching arts in Front Ensembles. Piano is a highly popular musical instrument to learn, and there is a piano class at Putnam, yet there are few opportunities for performing in groups.

  • Putnam Coding Club: Rex Putnam High-School, Mike Anders — $750

Purpose: Putnam Coding Club: Each school year, the Rex Putnam Coding Club participates in the “Oregon Game Programming Challenge (OGPC).” OGPC is a non-profit organization that uses computer game development as a way of engaging students in STEM/STEAM activities. Students will grow in their knowledge of computer programming and will grow in their ability to effectively contribute to the development of a product within a team. Coding Club gives students a community, which is important because they often feel excluded elsewhere, and allows them to advance their learning and move towards their potential alongside a diverse group of peers.

  • Sources of Strength: Milwaukie High-School, Jennifer Krumm — $1,250

Purpose: Sources of Strength is a relationship-building program that focuses on suicide prevention. The program is based on relational connections, using peer leaders (mentored by adult advisors) to change peer social norms regarding seeking help. It also encourages students to individually assess and develop positive mental health behaviors. The program is entirely dependent on grants to operate, and NCEF’s grant will provide part of the funding needed to train peer leaders.

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 North Clackamas School District 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

Purpose: Thinking beyond his fourth-grade classroom, Bilquist Elementary teacher Justin Sooper sought a $1,050 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

Purpose: 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

Purpose: This $270 grant will fund podcast equipment for 4th and 5th 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

Purpose: Mt. Scott Elementary teacher Megan Erb was awarded $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, and create and revise writing pieces into books using these touchscreen Chromebooks, 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

Purpose: 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

Purpose: 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

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


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

Purpose: Increasing 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 facilitates teamwork, programming skills, competition experience, design skills and grit.

Grant for Rowe Middle School

High School Projects

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

Purpose: Milwaukie High School 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

Purpose: Embracing North Clackamas Schools transition into NGSS Biology, 10th-grade biology teachers 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 plants' 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 —$1,092

Purpose: Clackamas High School science teachers Patty Heintz, Sally Howe and 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

Purpose: 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, which is 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

  • Culture Day: Happy Valley Elementary, Donna Mansour — $325 (Discretionary Grant Funds) 
    Purpose: 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.

  • Bilingual Story Time for Families: Linwood Elementary, Shaun Martinez — $1,000 (Discretionary Grant Funds)
    Purpose: 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!)      

  • Creating School Wide Wellness: Oregon Trail Elementary, Gianna Bargetto — $550
    Purpose: 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

  • Medicine Balls for Middle School: Alder Creek Middle School, Jeff Schroeder — $600 
    Purpose: 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.                                                                                                                                      

  • Innovative Therapy with Technology: District-Wide Program — $8,805 Purpose: 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 rates 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

  • Music for All of Us: Rex Putnam High School, Erika Lockwood — $1,000
    Purpose: 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.

District-wide grant for NCSD staff
Grant for Rex Putnam High School
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 North Clackamas School District schools.

NCEF's Teacher and Classroom Enrichment Grants, along with Discretionary Grants, enable teachers to create innovative and exciting projects to challenge and motivate students in the arts, sciences, literature and more.

NCEF's 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

  • Boost Phonological Awareness and Phonics Skills for 2nd Graders Using HD Word Student Kits: Bilquist Elementary, Jenny Klassen — $1,650.00  
    Purpose: HD Word is a researched-based program which takes a strategic approach to reading multisyllabic 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 also 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.

  • Engaging Authentic Texts for Struggling Readers: Bilquist Elementary, Justin Sooper — $1,500.00 
    Purpose: 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 gains in reading when their self-selected independent practice is at their instructional level. By purchasing materials that honor a student’s current level, but is also of high interest to their actual grade level, students will move toward benchmarks. Text selection will also include a mix of cultural and economic perspectives, so that students see themselves represented in classroom libraries.

  • Diversity Research & Classroom Library Project: Mt. Scott Elementary, Karen Morgan & Angie Richen — $770.00
    Purpose: “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.

  • Relooking at History with a Native Perspective: Riverside Elementary, Shani Johnson — $1,230.00 
    Purpose: Fourth and 5th 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.

  • Community Room Updates: Lot Whitcomb Elementary, Annie Schlegel — $1,324.00 (Discretionary Grant Award)
    Purpose: Improvements to the Lot Whitcomb Community Room will better support multigenerational, 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 engagement, which promotes early learning, expanded learning opportunities, enhanced school involvement and meeting basic needs.

  • Oregon Trail Community Garden: Oregon Trail Elementary, Kim Kellogg & Gretchen Rowland-Horrigan — $1,000.00
    Purpose: 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.

Grant for Mt. Scott Elementary School

Shani Johnson, Relooking at History with a Native Perspective

Grant for Lot Whitcomb Elementary

Annie Schlegal, Community Room Updates

Middle School Projects

  • Graphic Novels: A Gateway to Reading: Rowe Middle School, Lucas Dix — $673.00
    Purpose: Over 60 graphic novels will be purchased and made 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.


  • Verse Novel Literary Circle: Happy Valley Middle School, Megan Neal — $1,700.00
    Purpose: 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.


  • Base Ten Blocks: Rowe Middle School, Christina Welker — $530.00
    Purpose: 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.


  • STEM: Lego Robotics: Alder Creek Middle School, Claudia Carle — $2,940.00
    Purpose: 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 variables within a robotics problems and design, build, test, and defend their robot structures and coding solutions.

Grant for Alder Creek Middle School

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

High School Projects

  • Points of View: Clackamas High School, Laurie Thurston — $500.00
    Purpose: 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 for students to enjoy books and providing the opportunity for them to reflect on the impact of the reading experience, necessary components for an effective program. By 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.


  • Learning the Art of the Potter's Wheel: Milwaukie High School, Ashley Snyder — $1,700.00
    Purpose: Two new pottery wheels will be purchased to replace worn-out equipment and to provide greater access to pottery for students. Students will learn how to create a three-dimensional form on the potter's 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.


  • The Physics of Music: Clackamas High School, Dan Robinette — $1,050.00
    Purpose: Students in grades 10-12 will research, design, build and analyze their own stringed musical instruments 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.


  • Starting a School Library: New Urban High School, Tate Braeckel — $8,000.00
    Purpose: 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, which come from individual teachers. The students would greatly benefit from having immediate access to a functioning library in the school building. This grant will buy book sets, shelving, bookcases, furniture for seating and tables for reading and writing.


  • Tools for Practical Skills/Fusion Classes: New Urban High School, Tate Braeckel — $3,000.00 (Discretionary Grant Award)
    Purpose: New Urban High School will purchase and create a construction toolkit 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 their future careers.

Grant for Clackamas High School

Dan Robinette, The Physics of Music

Grant for New Urban High School

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

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


  • Exploring the World through Virtual Reality: Linwood Elementary, Christopher Hosman — $1,348
    Purpose: Google VR Cardboard and Expeditions will add a “wow” factor to any lesson. Students will make meaningful connections during virtual field trips while connected to a lesson’s learning outcome, providing these kids with engaging insights that they would not be afforded otherwise.


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

Middle School Projects

  • Healthy Hearts: Alder Creek Middle School, Bud Taylor and Jeff Schroeder — $3,000
    Purpose: 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.


  • STEM Ecology Garden: Alder Creek Middle School, Claudia Carle — $2,480
    Purpose: 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.


  • Hearing Quiet Voices: Alder Creek Middle School, Heidi West — $358
    Purpose: This project, which addresses the district’s equity goal, provides an opportunity for students to engage in inquiry and discussion, and to 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.

  • Classroom Living with an Equity Lens: Rowe Middle School, Coco Vernon — $636
    Purpose: 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.


  • Native Plant Seedling Project: Rowe Middle School, Jeff Young — $737
    Purpose: 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.


  • Shamrock News Camera: Rowe Middle School, Lucas Dix — $600
    Purpose: 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.

Grant for Linwood Elementary
Grant for Oak Grove Elementary
Grant for Alder Creek Middle School

High School Projects

  • Bringing Art into the SPED Classroom: Clackamas High School, Janet Tansy — $600
    Purpose: 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.


  • Green Fuel: Making Biodiesel From Waste Oil and Comparing Fuel Efficiency: Clackamas High School, Sara Schipper — $850
    Purpose: 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).


  • Creating for Kids: Writing and Illustrating Books for Children: Clackamas High School, John Stewart — $600
    Purpose: 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, as well as to children outside of NCSD.


  • Interactive Notebooks: Clackamas High School, Carrie Ann Tkaczyk — $1,889
    Purpose: All learners (ELL, IEP, TAG, AP, etc.) will apply a variety of techniques to discover the learning styles that work best for them, via effective notes.


  • Microscopes for College-Prep and Biology and Genetics Class: Milwaukie High School, Ken Blacksmith — $2,448
    Biology and genetics students will have simultaneous access to college-level equipment, in order to use problem-based learning for achieving NGSS. This benefits all students and learning styles, and provides a head start for college/career science-related professions.


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


  • Special Education Hardware and Software: NCSD Special Education, Vivian Garrison — $10,000 and 20 iPads
    Purpose: 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

Grant for Clackamas High School