Tools for Teachers

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

Equipping teachers with vital tools.

For the 2017-2018 school year, the following projects will be undertaken to build a rich learning environment and a bright future for Pendleton and Lapel students:

1. Lapel Elementary first grade team (Stacey Brown, Malina Sandman, Nancy Beard, Ashley Andryuk, Danielle Trinkle, Jody Wilson): $350 was awarded to the first grade team for “We Can Be Authors!” In this multi-month unit, students will read the collected works of author/illustrator David Slonim, then enjoy a visit from Mr. Slonim where he will demonstrate his craft and share experiences of his process from concept to publication. Following the visit, students will write and illustrate their own stories. This grant received partial Foundation funding with additional funds provided by Charlie’s Fund for Children and other parties.

2. Lapel Elementary PBIS Committee and Garden Club (project leader Holly Manning): $2000 was allocated for “Cultivating Community,” a curricular and extracurricular project that will provide an additional opportunity for students to engage in a constructive activity that will encourage responsibility, patience, and positive social interaction. Upper elementary students will apply knowledge about biology and weather to inform the care and keeping of plants. Plants grown in the new greenhouse will be shared with the community at large for summertime beautification, instilling a sense of community pride and ownership among participating elementary students.

3. Lapel Elementary and Middle School (Amanda Russo): $750 from the Foundation and $350 from Charlie’s Fund for Children will provide the start up costs of a printmaking studio. A drying rack for wet media will be utilized throughout the school year, and safe, reusable gelli plates will introduce printmaking principles to even the youngest artists. Consumable goods to keep the printmaking studio supplied in future years will be purchased through the art department budget for consumable goods.

4. Lapel Elementary (Rebecca Walls): $1024 represents a full award for the 60 books that make up the “Young Hoosier Book Award Program.” Reading and comprehension levels for the selected books are linked to incentives to encourage reading. As stated in the grant application, “Just as in learning to play an instrument, one must practice to get better, so it is in reading. The way to get better at reading is to read.”

5. Lapel Middle School (Kelly Huntzinger, Zach Newby, Shelley Busch, Micah Walls): $950 was awarded for “Hands on Health” for a set of manipulatives like inflatable lungs, body system models, simulation eyeglasses, and fitbit style health monitors. These manipulatives offer a view inside the body’s systems to provide a comparison between the practical effects of healthy and unhealthy conditions.

6. Lapel High School (Andrea Allison): $1550 was granted for the establishment of a Vex Robotics club at the high school level. The club will serve as a continuation of earlier levels of school sponsored robotics clubs. Before this grant, high school students interested in participating in robotics had to commute to another community to participate in open, regional clubs.

7. East Elementary (Heather Walton): $1087 in grant funds will purchase a classroom set of 32 ukeleles for the music department. The new instrument will complete a three-year instrument instruction program of increasing difficulty, beginning with recorder in fourth grade, continuing to ukulele in fifth grade, and completed with drum in sixth grade. Ukeleles are ideal classroom instruments as they can be played solo or as a group and with or without vocal or instrumental accompaniment.

8. Pendleton Heights Middle School (Alicia Breedlove, Wendi Hilligoss): A $500 grant will assist Middle School girls’ health teachers in “Teaching Healthier Choices.” The grant will be used to demonstrate the preparation of healthier fruit and vegetable based alternatives to prepared, packaged food choices. Middle school students are asserting their independence and control over their food choices. By learning economical, tasty, satisfying, and convenient alternatives with good nutritional impact, students will have a stronger change to develop a lifetime of healthier habits.

9. Pendleton Heights Middle School and High School (Amy Claxon and Karen Osburn): $1692 was granted for “Lesen Sie Deutch?” (Do you read German?) to add to a German/English library with an international twist. This grant will add many new titles to Pendleton’s German language library. A book recycling/ exchange program with German counterparts will help students in both countries become more fluent in their chosen foreign language and develop conversations across national boundaries. For instance, high school students may be too mature for a middle school favorite like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid,” but their familiarity with the story makes reading the title in German entertaining and instructive. In this exchange, local students can exchange their ‘outgrown’ books for the same titles from their German peers.

10. Pendleton Heights High School (Cherie Ritz): $835 will fund the purchase of a television, game system, and school-appropriate video game titles. The game center will be open to resource students in the downtime of the school day (before first bell, during lunch) to help them break the ice socially with their typically developed peers. Social interaction will be monitored by school staff members who will help nurture relationships and erase social awkwardness and isolation.

11. Pendleton Heights High School (Josh Elrod): $675 was awarded for devices and site licenses to allow the use of the smartphone application Lab 4 Physics. The app uses features already embedded in smartphones (accelerometer, camera, etc) to reinforce the principles of physics.

12. Pendleton Heights High School (Jacqueline Brown): A $2000 grant will purchase high definition video equipment and editing suite to document and record the many arts performances, civic events and convocations that take place in the high school auditorium. The vendor who previously provided these services has ceased operations, opening an opportunity for students to provide the service in-house. This will enhance their skills, opportunities, and could develop into a source of future revenue for the auditorium’s operations.

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