McKinley Grants

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2016-2017

ELLs Learning English and Math Through Coding with Ozobots | $1,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

English Language Learners (ELLs) are a demographic that have both huge hurdles and opportunities in our educational system. They bring with them diversity of culture, language, and experiences; yet they are also chasing a moving target in learning new content, cultural mores, and literacy skills in a new language. Technology is often a great equalizer, and the Ozobots provide a structure based invisual and kinesthetic modalities that allow for hands on experiences, language development, design, and advancement in critical thinking in both their native languages and in English. ELLs will learn coding in small groups using the Ozobots while simultaneously using English related to direction, measurement, movement, and interpersonal communication as a part of problem solving and discourse. The project will further develop their oral language skills, 21st century technology skills, and most importantly, problem solving using the Ozobots via collaboration.

Girls Engineering Club | $1,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

The Girl’s Engineering Club provides an opportunity to the diverse, underprivileged Title 1 population of our school. Through this unique club we’d be providing an opportunity that opens doors into a field of study that has been predominately male. Ozobots will be used to develop their problem solving and computational skills through mathematical situations. We’re working toward debunking the stereotypical fixed mindset that girls aren’t mathematicians.

2015-2016

Bad Kitty Author Visit | $1,000

Grant funds will make it possible for Nick Bruel, author of the best-selling Bad Kitty series to visit McKinley for an all-day Author’s Visit. All 650 students will be involved in classroom work before and after the author’s visit, that have his books as part of the lessons. Mr. Bruel’s picture and chapter books will be used as mentor texts for student’s narrative writing pieces.

2014-2015

Jump Start 2014 | $10,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This focused and intentional academic summer program will give incoming Kindergarten students the “jump start” they need to be successful in the classroom.  A combination of language and classroom teachers will pool their expertise in order to better support individual student needs.  A technology piece, including the use of iPads, will be a part of daily instruction.  Parents will be invited to attend on the last instruction day of each week to participate in activities, access the school library, and learn teaching strategies that can be used with their children at home.

Learning Through Games | $750

Children who are English Language Learners (ELL) and children from low income families will have the opportunity to learn how to play classic board games, from around the world, in this after-school club. Students will be able to check out games to take home and share with their families. Playing these kinds of games will increase the student’s vocabulary and provide social experiences that they may not otherwise have.

Pianos for All | $1,000

Grant funds will provide the piano keyboards needed to continue a before and after-school program for 4th and 5th grade students who are not able to afford piano lessons. The use of the keyboards will also be extended to all 4th and 5th grade classes as the use of keyboards is incorporated into lessons about reading music and creating music.

2013-2014

Jump Start 2014 | $10,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This focused and intentional academic summer program will give incoming Kindergarten students the “jump start” they need to be successful in the classroom.  A combination of language and classroom teachers will pool their expertise in order to better support individual student needs.  A technology piece, including the use of iPads, will be a part of daily instruction.  Parents will be invited to attend on the last instruction day of each week to participate in activities, access the school library, and learn teaching strategies that can be used with their children at home.

Facilitating Independence | $960
This project will help children with Autism learn to interact within their environment with as much independence as possible.  Students with fine motor deficits that prevent them from writing, will be provided with iPad mini’s to access apps that will help them with not just functional academic lessons, but more importantly , communication and schedule software.

Arts or Learning (A4L) | $312.50
Award will be used to fund two Arts for Learning units, with an artist in residence in one classroom 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

Jump Start: Transition to First | $10,000
The Jump Start program will provide a focused and intentional academic summer program that will give incoming first graders the “jump start” they need to be successful in the classroom. The program combines the expertise of both language and classroom teachers in order to better support individual student needs. Technology, including the use of iPads will be part of daily instruction. Parents will be invited to attend the last instructional day of each week to participate in activities, access the school library and learn teaching strategies to use with their children at home.

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.

 

2010-2011

Arts for Learning (A4L): $312.50
Award will be used to fund one Arts for Learning unit, with an artist in residence in one classroom 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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