Sunset High Grants

2016-2017

Books for a Diverse World | $1,100

I am the Spanish 1 and 2 Teacher for a very diverse community of Spanish speakers. Many students are from Sri Lanka. Some others come from India. Some others come from the United States. I am always looking for materials in Spanish that will reflect their own cultures on the target language. Spanish books do not reflect such reality. Our book, Exprésate which focuses on Latin America from a very unicultural standpoint no longer reflect our changing student population. As we speak, we need to develop intercultural competence. Many of our students will become leaders in multicultural communities. Currently publishing houses have not yet tapped into this reality. Our IB world needs a book that speaks to teens and at the same time teaches them valuable skills. Their books are geared towards college student and only portray older students. The textbook “Diverso”, which can only be obtained in Spain, can help us reach a unique level of motivation, global approach to Spanish learning. If we obtain a set for our students, they will be able to use it in the classroom and their chrome-books. This innovative material focuses on grammar and vocabulary while leaving room for the educator to explore possibilities for them to learn to speak and write in Spanish.

BEF Community Awards | $1,575
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign.

  • French Club, Key Club, Speech & Debate.

2015-2016

BEF Community Awards | $2,475
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Cheer, French Club, Grad Party, Key Club, Speech and Debate

The Publishing Journey: Empowering Creative Student Voices: $1,000

Grant funds will be used to continue this highly successful and popular project for a new group of creative writing students. The process of sharing the work is pivotal to the world of creative writing. Through this project, Creative Writing students will be challenged to take this step. Through collaboration with the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org), and their peers in the Graphic Design program, students will emerge at the end of the semester as self-published authors, releasing their work in the form of a hardbound book.

 

2014-2015

Circuits and Wearable Technology | $1,000

Funding provided through the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program

This hands-on project will give students in the Exploring Technology class the opportunity to create wearable circuits. The class seeks to introduce exciting technology topics to student populations that are typically underrepresented in STEM classes, including female students. Grant funds will be used to purchase materials to teach circuitry to the class, as well as the supplies needed to manufacture unique wearable circuits that are programmable, light up, and even make sounds.

The Publishing Journey: Empowering Creative Student Voices | $1,000

Grant funds will be used to continue this highly successful and popular project for a new group of creative writing students. The process of sharing the work is pivotal to the world of creative writing. Through this project, Creative Writing students will be challenged to take this step. Through collaboration with the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org), and their peers in the Graphic Design program, students will emerge at the end of the semester as self-published authors, releasing their work in the form of a hardbound book.

The Publishing Journey: Empowering Creative Student Voices | $1,000

The process of sharing the work is pivotal to the world of creative writing. Through this project, Creative Writing students will be challenged to take this step. Through collaboration with the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC.org), and their peers in the Graphic Design program, students will emerge at the end of the semester as self-published authors, releasing their work in the form of a hardbound book.

BEF Community Awards | $1,800
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Key Club, Grad Night Party, Cheer, JSA

2013-2014

Student Mindsets — The Psychology of School Success | $1,000
Funding provided with a generous donation from the Sunset Class of 1963

The “Student Mindset” project will teach students how to approach learning and other life-long endeavors wtih a growth mindset.  A growth mindset, as opposed to a fixed view of one’s ability, helps students see that important qualities can be cultivated.

BEF Community Awards | $1,475
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Key Club, Grad Party

2012-2013

Shirts for Schools: A Student Driven Business | $1,000
This project will provide Transition Program students with a work experience opportunity through the creation and development of an in-building T-shirt printing business. The business will provide students the opportunity to learn relevant work skills such as organization, attention to detail, measurement and math skills, budgeting, marketing, customer service, packaging and sorting, design and printing.

BEF Community Awards | $1,000
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Key Club, Girls Basketball Team

2011-2012

Increasing Opportunities for Students with Disabilities| $998
This project will implement iPod technology to increase opportunities and skills of students with Autism. Students will use various applications to improve communication skills, social skills, self-regulation of behaviors, writing, reading comprehension and functional life skills.

BEF Community Award | $2,175
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Key Club, French Club, Cheerleading

 

2010-2011

BEF Community Awards | $5,150
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Cheerleading, French Club, Key Club, Japanese Club, Grad Party, Speech and Debate, Model UN, Leadership, Girls Basketball

 

2009-2010

BEF Community Awards | $3,050
Awarded to activity groups that assist with the annual BEF Phone campaign

  • Cheerleading, French Club, Key Club, Model United Nations, Science Research, Speech and Debate

 

2008-2009

Advanced Robotics | $900
Grant funds will be used to purchase a robotics kit for this hands-on science project. Advanced Robotics combines mechanics, electronics, problem solving and working as a team in order to accomplish goals. Much of what the students will be doing involves presenting a problem that can be solved through the use of a robot.

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