Bethany Grants

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2015-2016

Camp Achieve West | $30,000

School: Terra Linda, Rock Creek and Bethany Elementary Schools

Funding provided through: BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program, Genentech, First Tech Federal Credit Union, Regence BlueCross BlueShield and PGE Foundation.

Camp Achieve West is a multi-week collaborative summer school offering high-quality, research-based instruction to help prevent “summer slide” – the loss of academic skills over the summer. The program is designed to serve students of all abilities and skills. With key partnerships with community-based organizations, students from all three schools will enjoy the “Camp” experience via enrichment activities.

STEM for Elementary: $1,000

Schools: Bethany, Chehalem, Beaver Acres and K-9 BSD Science Expo

Funding provided by Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Spirit of New Seasons Market Awards, and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program.

Hands-on STEM activity kits will be created to use at 4 evening STEM events for students and their families. It is expected that over 4,000 students and their families will be impacted by these events. All BSD Elementary teachers are invited to the K-8 Expo to learn about the kits and see them in action. Lesson plans that have been developed for the hands-on activities and are aligned to NGSS performance expectations will be included as a resource for teachers. Money will be used to create new STEM activity kits and to replenish the consumable supplies of STEM kits that have been created using past BEF grants. Both new and refurbished kits are part of resource library that can be checked out and used by elementary teachers throughout the year in their classrooms or for events like Open Houses, Back to School Nights, Pre-K Parent Nights, after school STEAM Clubs, etc.

Bethany Maker Fair: $1,000
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

The collaborative event between staff members, students, and families is aimed at increasing participation in Computer Science and Engineering though a variety of exploration opportunities. This evening event has brought together our local families and community members for the last 3 years and we hope to continue this tradition, while adding a “Future Ready Schools” focus. Participants and sponsors to date include Sunset High School Staff and Students, SparkFun Electronics, volunteers from Intel, as well as BSD employees across multiple school sites.

2014-2015

Camp Summit | $30,000
Schools: Terra Linda, Rock Creek and Bethany Elementary
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

Camp Summit is a 9-week collaborative summer school offering high-quality, research-based instruction to help prevent “summer slide” – the loss of academic skills over the summer. The program is designed to serve students of all abilities and skills. With key partnerships with community-based organizations such as Tualatin Valley Parks and Recreation, students from all three schools, will also have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities.

Family Engineering Night 2014: $800. Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program. 

The “Family Engineering Night” provides children, parents and community members a unique opportunity to learn about the new elementary Next Generation Science Standards through fifteen engineering challenge stations, designed to activate curiosity and higher order thinking.   Each participant will take home a family engineering challenge to try at home.

2013-2014

Family Engineering Night 2014: $1,000. Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program.  Young children who receive a strong foundation in science during their elementary years do better in science in later grades.  Many students make fundamental career decisions by the time they get to middle school.  Family Engineering Night engages students in science at an early age, providing them with more career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Challenge stations will include all materials necessary for students to do an engineering challenge with teachers, family and friends.  An additional challenge, organized in a zip lock bag with materials and instructions included, will be sent home with students.

Arts for Learning (A4L): $312.50
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in each grade 3-5. Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

2012-2013

Arts for Learning (A4L): $625
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in each grade 3-5. Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

Family Engineering Night: $1,000
Funding provided through the Dave Gettling Technology Fund
A Family Engineering event is an informal hands-on learning experience, with a focus on increasing interest and understanding of the practical applications of engineering. Each challenge station is designed to activate curiosity, higher-order thinking and encourage family interaction.

Wooden Car: $1,000
Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program
This project will fund materials for the Beaverton Science Specialist team to go to all 33 elementary schools and teach first grade students a science inquiry lesson. Students will learn about the motion of objects when a force is applied as they wind a rubber band around a wooden car and measure how far it goes over different surfaces.

 

2011-2012

Arts for Learning (A4L): $625
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in each grade 3-5. Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

 

2010-2011

Arts for Learning (A4L): $625
Award will be used to fund one Arts for Learning unit, with an artist in residence in each grade 3-5 during the spring. Arts for Learning integrates standards-focused, text-based content and arts strategies to improve students’ achievement in literacy, learning and life skills.

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