SMCF Annual Report

Tools for Teachers

Tools for Teachers equips Pendleton Indiana and Lapel Indiana teachers with vital tools

Equipping teachers with vital tools.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the following projects will be undertaken to build a rich learning environment and a bright future for Pendleton and Lapel students:

Pendleton Heights Middle School, Teachers Melanie McCarty and Rick Johnson for Environmental Data Collection. Students will collect water samples from local waterways and from highway runoff. They will also collect soil samples and monitor atmospheric conditions. Water samples will be tested for clarity, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, and other substances. Soil will be tested for type and consistency. Findings will be submitted to NASA Globe, where students worldwide will be able to compare and contrast and track results over time. Fully Funded at: $1,936.60

Pendleton Elementary-Intermediate, Principal Arlene Bennett and Teacher Deena Dinkins for a Sensory Room. Students may spend scheduled breaks to counteract overstimulation or excessive stress and as a place to re-set after a student has calmed down from an escalation. Breaks help students better follow directions and spend more time on task. Overtime, students learn how to self-regulate without leaving the classroom environment. Fully Funded at $728.70

Pendleton Elementary-Intermediate, Teacher Jennifer Westman Rhythm for Life
Rhythm for Life will help students explore different styles of drumming by adding yoga balls and kinetic expression to bucket drumming. This addresses the instructional standard to perform the distinguishing characteristics of different music genres, thereby broadening understanding of music performance. Students will also use software to compose, hear, and print their own music. Fully Funded at $885.

Pendleton Elementary-Primary Teacher Tonya Boynton for Tower Gardens.
Tower Gardens are aeroponic growing systems that fit in small spaces and grow quickly and abundantly. They can be used indoors and outdoors with no weeding, tilling or dirt. Students will learn about plants as they evaluate and chart data like pH levels and temperatures, and will learn and use the metric system. Fully funded at $1,303.45.

Maple Ridge Elementary, Teachers Doug Habben, Emily Paulsen and Kendra Waters for the “Windy 500”
Student groups will research, design, develop and test race cars in an effort to be the fastest of all Maple Ridge 6th graders. Cars will be propelled by a small motor and fan with wheels, chassis, axles, type of motor, type of fan, and size of battery selected to gain the best competitive advantage on race day. Fully funded at $646.50.

Maple Ridge Elementary, Teachers Allison Ezell, April Martin, Gay Klotz, Angela Holbert for “Soft Starts.” Students come into the classroom each day with different needs and experiences. It is difficult for most of them to start their day by immediately sitting down quietly and working on an academic assignment. They need to be given time to adjust to the transition from home to school. Soft Starts creates a relaxed environment that allows them to ease into their learning by choosing from a variety of activities to complete independently or with a group of students while still meeting instructional standards. Fully Funded at $800.

Lapel Elementary School, Teachers Brittany Walsh and Lori Granger for a Sensory Path.
While Sensory Paths are beneficial for all students, they can especially help students with learning disabilities and sensory processing disorders catch up with their peers by strengthening neural connections in a way that reminds the students of play. The different exercises in the Sensory Path are used to stimulate all five senses and improve spatial awareness and balance. Fully funded at $1,294.92

All Pendleton Elementary Schools, Teachers Ashley Snyder, Paul Claxon, Sara Watson for Robotics Expansion. Vex Robotics is an after-school voluntary program where students design, build, test and troubleshoot robots for local, state and national competitions. Each year 10-25 students from each school participate, and there are more who want to participate at each school. Because we want to continue to grow this after school opportunity and provide a quality learning experience for our students, we need more robots, registration fees and competition fees. Amount Requested $2,500 /Amount Awarded: $2,067 (Remainder funded by Charlie's Fund for Children)

East Elementary, Teachers Nicole Powers, Jessica Flatter and Melissa Merz for a Leveled Reader Library.
Having access to a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction books builds confidence, stamina and motivation to learn. While East’s library provides a wide range of reading material, teachers have seen a need for more leveled readers, particularly in first grade when students are progressing from being emergent to independent readers. This grant will build a leveled reader library that first grade teachers can use to supplement their curriculum. Amount Requested $2,462.24 Amount Awarded: $1,500 (Remainder funded by Charlie's Fund for Children).

Lapel Elementary School, Teachers Ashley Andryuk, Lori Granger, and Amanda Russo for a Kindness Rock Garden. Students will design and paint rocks to be displayed on the playground and school entrance. The rock garden will promote team building and unity within the school and community as it illustrates the individual as part of the whole. Amount Requested $1,000/Amount Awarded: $500 (Remainder funded by private donor)

Lapel Elementary School Teachers Amy Lehman and Kathryn Parker for “Secret Stories”
Secret Stories provides logical explanations for letter sounds in the form of “secret stories,” which are the secret reasons why letters make the sounds that they do when they get together in words. Compatible with all methodologies and curricula, Secret Stories supports the inclusion of phonics into literacy programs for students at all levels. Amount Requested$3,569.50/Amount Awarded: /$2,000. (Remainder funded by Charlie's Fund for Children)

Lapel Elementary School Teachers, Kristen Wasilewski and Kandi Martin for Novel Ninjas.
In Novel Ninjas, various levels of reading achievement correlate to the belt levels in martial arts. For example, for reading 20,000 words, a student is recognized with a white belt and a prize from our Ninja Box. Novel Ninjas levels the playing field of academic competition by allowing opportunities for students of all ability levels to reach success and be recognized for their accomplishments. Novel Ninjas builds student confidence in reading, goal setting, and in daring to push oneself to the next level, often going beyond what they previously believed possible.
Amount Requested $2,240 Amount Awarded: /$1,500 (Remainder expected to be covered by Scholastic Points)


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