March Beaverton’s Choice Grants Awarded

March Beaverton’s Choice Grants Awarded

With thanks to our generous donors, including the Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Spirit of New Seasons Market Awards, and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program, the Beaverton Education Foundation was able to award $5,290 funding 7 projects this cycle. BEF has awarded 93 Beaverton’s Choice Grants and other grants and awards so far this academic year totaling $198,138. BEF Beaverton’s Choice Grants are awarded monthly.

Alternative Seating for Busy Readers | $500

School: Erroll Hassell Elementary

Recipient: Karen McCarty

The Intervention Room, where students from kindergarten through 5th grade, participate in reading groups due to high risk reading problems and struggles. Students who are served in our classroom most often have attention and physical needs that impact their learning. At times, the attention and physical needs can distract the learning processing, progress, and success.  Students who need to move to think, yet have only access to a stable chair, can become frustrated and distracted. The request of Hokki stools and balance balls are a perfect match as they allow students to pivot and gently rock while remaining focused on the academic tasks in front of them. Hokki stools and balance balls will help respect the need for students to move and stay focused, therefore increasing engagement towards reading success.

Ballpoint 2017 | $500

School: ACMA

Recipient: Amy Fanning

Ballpoint has become an integral part of ACMA’s writing culture. This project creates an authentic environment for students to discover the importance of care, of craft, and of discipline in order to creating our best work. They learn that writing is a joy, a way of discovering yourself and the world around you. They experience the challenge of writing. They realize good writing is really hard work. And that they themselves are, in fact, capable of really hard work. Ultimately, they discover the satisfaction that comes from effort, from resilience, and from not quitting until you produce your best possible writing. As a culminating activity, writing students publish their work in a gorgeous, professional anthology through Amazon’s self-publishing arm. Writers feel an immense and lasting sense of pride in their accomplishments as they discover the satisfying discipline of polishing words until they gleam. Each author receives a contributor’s copy of Ballpoint: a literary journal — and participates in an author’s event where we celebrate our journey, read to an audience, and autograph our new books.

Columbia Gorge History & Science Exploration | $800

School: Greenway Elementary

Recipient: Nina Winegar-Thurston

On the Columbia Gorge History and Science Exploration, students will participate in place-based, hands-on experiences that bring science and history to life. This field trip into Oregon’s backyard will allow 4th graders to gain new understanding of the science and history topics they studied in the classroom this year. In Oxbow Park, at the mouth of the Columbia Gorge, students will work in small groups with Gorge Ecology to explore the science topics of erosion and Oregon natural resources. The history stations will include activities allowing hands-on experiences surrounding the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Oregon Native Americans and Oregon’s early years as a state. Traveling to the Columbia River, a major character in our classroom studies of Westward Expansion, engages and awes students. On this trip, they are able to feel like a part of the events of the past and better understand their role in Oregon’s future.

The Spectactular Phenomena: The Great Solar Eclipse | $500

School: Jacob Wismer Elementary

Recipient: Patricia Blechman

Set your watches, mark your calendars ladies and gentlemen, the Great Solar Eclipse is coming to Oregon on August 21, 2017 at 10:17am. Jacob Wismer students will get excited as they learn about solar eclipses through building pinpoint projectors, modeling an eclipse and researching this fantastic phenomena. The project will jumpstart with an all school assembly. Students will participate in a mock eclipse and learn what causes a solar eclipse. Next, classes will research eclipses using a variety of sources and create both models to demonstrate eclipses as well as pinpoint projectors in which to watch the actual eclipse on August 21st.

Family Tree Project | $1,000

School: Springville K-8

Recipient: Brian Torres

Our seventh and eighth grade students are taking a deep dive into DNA. We are studying genotypes and phenotypes (human traits) that run in student’s families. For our final project we would like each student to complete a framed portrait of their family tree, where they trace one trait in their family history. This powerful project can have a tremendous impact on student’s going forward, especially when they identify traits like skin cancer, diabetes, or heart attacks in their own family. This project takes the abstract concepts of genes, heredity, and traits and transforms it into a personal connection with the molecule that we all share –DNA.

Spherobots of Ancient World | $990

School: Highland Park

Recipient: Tyler Smith

For far too long our students have simply looked at history. They see pictures in a book, read articles, and watch the occasional video. Our students will travel to the past and have them experience the excitement of the different eras of ancient history while integrating art and technology. In collaboration with our art teacher, our LITT leader, and the BSD Future Bus, our 7th graders will recreate the past using technology and skills of the future. The acquisition of Spherobots will give the students an opportunity to learn basic coding skills. Once those skills have been learned, the students will design Roman chariots and program them to race in a class-built colosseum. Later in the year they will reprogram robots to simulate the feudal era of Japan where warlords battled for the title of Shogun. The integration of art, technology, and history will allow students to experience the past by way of futuristic technology.

Summer Digital Reading Challenge | $1,000

School: Nancy Ryles

Recipient: Kayla Bell

Fourth and fifth graders can participate in the Oregon Battle of the Books book club by joining the Summer Digital Reading Challenge. Our goal is to get kids engaged in reading and online discussions around books. All students deserve the opportunity to improve their skills. The Oregon Battle of the Books inspire students to read for enjoyment and for depth of understanding. We extend this opportunity to students who may want to consider joining battles next spring to participate this summer. We hope all students will become stronger and more strategic readers.