Debbie Stoll at Cleveland Elementary received $600 for her project, “Mini-Mice for Mini-Hands.” In order to teach proper computer usage and skills, mini-computer mice were purchased so that children Pre-K through first grade can accurately move and click the buttons on a mouse.
Melissa Edmonson at Edison Elementary received $1000 for her project, “Next Step in Technology.” In order to keep up with the advances in technology, this project is working to get ebooks into the libraries and classrooms for students to use. Not only will this spark student’s interest, but it will also support and supplement the curriculum as well.
Melissa Edmonson and co-applicants: Margie Bush, Cynthia Curtis, LaRue Dabney, Cassie DeMarcus, Chelle Heffernan, Brenda Ivy, Allegra Robertson, Mary Tippens, Kathy Webb, Christi Wilson at Edison Elementary received $1000 for their project, “Reaching all Students with E-Books.” To supplement the funds that the school brings in from book fairs, this project will use its funds to purchase E-Books that can be used for independent reading and integrated into the lesson plans.
Sarah Owens at Freedom Elementary received $1193.88 for her project, “Tech-Know Kids.” In order to utilize STEM skills in a computer lab class, Owens seeks to develop a program that will challenge and grow her student’s computer skills. With the grant Owens will be able to teach children how to use video cameras, upload, edit, and create a finished product, allowing them to create tutorials, interviews, and a new morning announcement segment.
Shelly Herrera at Pioneer Park received $432.90 for her project, “Play to Learn.” The project is based on the notion that kids learn best when they are experience hands-on lessons and simulations, like pretend play sets. By purchasing toys which enable kids to pretend such as cash registers, Lego Sets, grocery items, lemonade stands, etc. kids will learn to cooperate, problem solve, and think flexibly.
Eric Gorbet and Tanja Godlewski at Pioneer Park received $656.60 for many computer lab essentials that the school was lacking. In order to meet technological education standards, the purchase of new computer equipment such as headphones and mouse pads will facilitate learning and help children get used to real-life lab technological situations.
Angela Price at Pioneer Park Elementary received $1445.74 for her project, “Engaging Students in Oklahoma’s Story.” Every child should know the history of where they live simply because it is a part of their life, but it is also required by Oklahoma C3 Standards. Because this information is lacking in textbooks, this grant will be used to purchase reading material and historical resources about Oklahoma’s past.
Sandy Jolly at Pioneer Park Elementary received $400 for her project, “Recorder Fun.” Mastering a musical instrument is a hard feat and students should feel confident when they do so. By supplying each student with a recorder, students will be able to work towards goals, boost their mood and learning, and learn a new skill.
Gaye Lynn Reinke at Woodland Hills Elementary received $203.97 for her project, “Say Cheese!” An iPad will be purchased for the Student Council Photographers so that the kids can take pictures of school events on the spot and mail them to the Yearbook Committee. The school does not have a camera and this allows students to take clear pictures and to send them right away.
Cynthia Gable of Woodland Hills Elementary received $1,795 for an online subscription to HearBuilder to continue to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency in online learning programs for students. These programs allow kids to work on problem solving while a teacher may monitor their process and view their results.
Cynthia Gable of Woodland Hills Elementary received $1,131.12 in order to equip all students with EET (Expanding Expression Tool), a multi-sensory tool kit. In the past these kits have been used to improve oral expression, reading comprehension, and written expression and now each student has this incredible resource to work and learn with.
Amy Watkins at Central Middle School was awarded $1000 for her project, “Building Heroes.” Celebrating heroes and inspiring students is what motivated Watkins to start this reading, crafting, and writing project in which students learn about and meet real life heroes. From firefighters to police offers, veterans and healthcare workers, students will get the opportunity to celebrate and learn from local heroes in the community.
Moises Christian at Central Middle School received $227.36 for his project, “Selfie-Where I want to be.” In his twist on the traditional selfie, this art teacher utilizes new materials such as oil pastels and watercolor paint for a project in which students can depict themselves in a self-portrait wherever their imagination takes them.
Tanya Crawford with the Central Middle School and the MacArthur Middle School Gifted Talent program received $4157.65 for her project, “Exploring the World with GPS.” Through the use of GPS navigators, protective cases, and a day-long field trip, Crawford provides an accelerated program that works with students to further develop their problem solving, science, math, social studies, and reading skills.
Gary Webb at Eisenhower Middle School received $1,621.50 for his project, “STAND UP AND DELIVER.” Often times children have difficultly focusing and sitting still and this can become a distraction to both their own learning and the learning of others. AlphaBetter Stand Up desks will be provided for some students through this grant in order to allow movement and fidgeting while still enabling the student to focus.
Eleonore Dennis at the Eisenhower Middle School and Tomlinson Middle School Gifted/Talented Program received $417.15 for each school for her project, “RaceWay One 80.” This program works to introduce students to engineering and demonstrate to them what a path in mechanical engineering and engineering in general may look like for a career. This program utilizes science, technology, engineering, and math skills to work on diagrams, constructions, modifications, and designs for cars and other vehicles.
Erin Berry at MacArthur Middle School received $2,000 for her project, “Enhancing Entomology.” At the beginning of each year, 8th grade students work on a project in which they go outside and learn how to identify and mount insects for a lab project. Supplies were desperately needed and with this grant they will receive new nets, kill agents, jars, field guides, and more.
Valerie Thompson at MacArthur Middle School received $537.26 for her project, “Algebra I EOI Prep.” New books and resources were purchased to replace the outdated textbooks that no longer follow Oklahoma P.A.S.S. Standards. These new resources will assist in teaching as they provide workbooks, eBooks, and teacher’s guides.
Deborah McNally of MacArthur Middle School received $454.20 for art supplies for her project, “Realistic Still Life Drawings and Portraits.” In order for art to last, the supplies need to be of good quality and fairly recent. For this project McNally will be able to purchase new pastels, charcoal paper, kneaded erasers, and blending stumps.
Jessica Parker and Tony Terrill at MacArthur Middle School received $576.79 for their project, “Atlas Update.” New Atlas’s will be purchased so that student’s can learn many principles from how to use maps, analyze populations, look at patters, analyze ecosystems, and more. These atlases will also supplement textbooks for all grade levels.
Jennie Hanna and Tommye Ayers at MacArthur Middle School received $732 for their project, “Buzzing in For a Good Cause.” The MacArthur Middle School Academic Team has made it to the state level every year for 4 years and now they will be getting new equipment. New buzzers will make competitions smoother and strengthen the team allowing them to go further in next year’s competition.
Kari Meyer of MacArthur Middle School received $399 for her project, “iPad for Innovative Speech Therapy.” A new iPad will be purchased so assist Meyer in her daily speech therapy and assessments of her students. This tool will limit the need for extra supplies, motivate students to work, and help student develop in many areas such as articulation, phonology, following directions, social skills, verb usage, and more.
Carrie Pipkin at the MacArthur Middle School received $1,621.50 for her project, “STAND UP FOR LEARNING.” For students who have trouble sitting still throughout a school day, fidgeting can lead to an inability to focus and a distraction to other kids. With the purchase of new AlphaBetter Stand Up desks, students will be able to move freely without prohibiting their learning and the learning of others.
Karen Torbert of MacArthur Middle School received $697 for Mouthpieces for the Mac Middle Band. These new pieces will replace old ones and help the band put on great concerts at their Halloween, Christmas, and spring shows and in their competitions in February through April.
Anita Kennedy at MacArthur Middle School received $705.60 for her project, “MMS Book Club.” 20 students are anxiously awaiting their first book club meeting and now that the club has copies of their books from the Kiera Cass’s Selection series they can start creating lifelong readers and inspire others.
Anita Kennedy at MacArthur Middle School received $883.49 for new graphic novels in the library. Many students love the graphic novel section of the library but find that its books haven’t been change in over five years. With this grant 52 new novels will be purchased and ready for students to read.
Patti Junghanns of MacArthur Middle School received $2,200.80 for her project, “Literature Circle.” Through small groups of different roles, students will learn to work together and analyze the newly purchased and read novels. This will teach them basic analytical reading skills such as summarizing, looking at word choice, illustrating scenes, and finding quotes.
Kristin Custer of MacArthur Middle School received $907.20 for the purchase of an Elmo Projector in her classroom. This will allow students to see projects on the board and reduce the use of printed-paper.
Nick Mims of MacArthur Middle School received $1,180 for his project, “Supporting Movement One Ball at a Time.” In order to promote physical activity and to instill a love of sports in middle school students, this grant will allow Mims to purchase new sports equipment. By teaching sports in PE class, students are more likely to be involved in high school sports.
Kathy Plunk of MacArthur Middle School received $107.54 for her project, “Equate Board Games.” This math game makes learning fractions, addition, subtraction, and algebra fun. Kids are motivated by the game to use their math skills and problem solve to obtain the highest score.
Carolyn Zimmerman of MacArthur Middle School received $920.61 for her science project, which utilizes tools and technology to view different worlds of science they may have never seen before. Through the purchasing of microscopes, a skeleton, and rock sets, Zimmerman will be able to introduce students to new forms of science and learning.
Amanda Thomas and Amy Romeros at Tomlinson Middle School ACTS Program for Gifted/Talented Students received $5,000 for their program, “ACTS Technology.” By purchasing new iPads for the class and attending a workshop on how to utilize them, this program will update technology and the supply of reference materials in classrooms.
Michelle Churchwell and Daryl Garner at Eisenhower High School have received $2,500 for their project, “Eisenhower Freshman Ignition Program.” This program provides peer-mentors for the freshman students at Eisenhower to ease them into high school life, curriculum, and social activities. Not only has this program provided support in leadership and teamwork skills, but it also seeks to improve graduation rates, build character, and serve the community.
Joan Cole at Eisenhower High School received $700 for her project, “’Eagle Express’ Soars at EHS.” Since upgrading the technology at the school, art and design capabilities have soared! In order to keep up with artwork demands of the buttons and posters found around the school and expand the program, this funding will help provide software for additional computers and a safety program for all computers.
Katherine Hergenrether at Eisenhower High School received $8413.31 for the Eisenhower Science Labs. Supplies for labs and curriculum will be replenished for all levels in the Eisenhower High School.
Bobbie Ramsey of Eisenhower High School received $1816.40 for his project, “Environmental Awareness.” To raise awareness of environmental protection and the pollution of natural resources, this program allows students to work in the environment first-hand. Students will identify invertebrates and plants in streams, test and treat the water samples, and learn about new methods of reclaiming wastewater.
Karen Lopez at Lawton High School received $2772.13 for her project, “The Stage and the School books.” In order to effectively teach drama and the skills required for production work, books and programs are necessary. This grant will supply books for the students, a teacher’s manual, and a CD-ROM that supplements the teaching and can be used year after year as they last.
Cristine Melby-Levinson of Lawton High School received $2000 for her program, “Exploring the Human Body through Disection.” The best way for a child to learn is to not only hear the lesson but also have a hands-on experience with it. In order to really teach student’s about the anatomy of the human body and prepare them for college level courses, new dissection labs will be put into place over the course of the school year.
Karen Beavers of Lawton High School received $700 for her project, “Not enough SNO in Oklahoma.” SNO (School Newspapers Online) is the newspaper-hosting site that LHS uses for online publications and with this grant they are able to take their site to a whole new level. With new add-ons, training, a branded name, and more the website will be able to advance and allow students to learn more about journalism and technology.
Dennis Neveu of Lawton High School received $215 for a class set of the book Night by Elie Wiesel. This novel sheds an important light on the holocaust and will be paired with several article and additional readings. Additionally, it will improve comprehension and literature skills in students.
Nancy Willoughby of Lawton High School received $167.88 for her project, “Read to Dream.” In order to develop reading skills in students who failed important academic criteria, this grant will provide novels that can be read together in additional reading classes. Specifically the novels that will be read are October Sky and Gifted Hands.
Terry Brandenburg of Lawton High School received $1,225 for a program known as Kutasoftware for all math classes. Rather than having to replace all the textbooks to get new programs, this software provides resources for Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Calculus so that the teacher can put together additional worksheets and quizzes. This will keep the students math skills strong and up to date so that they are on track for each progressive level of math.
Steven Smith and Kenneth Hobbs at Lawton Senior High School received $2407.30 for their project, “Kiln for our Creative Kiddos.” A kiln is an incredible art tool that is necessary for a thriving art class, and until now, all four art teachers have been sharing one old kiln. In order to meet the demands of the 1,440 birdhouses, marionettes, glazed kitchenware, and other pieces that go through a kiln a semester, a new kiln will be bought.
Lori Manning at MacArthur High School received $1,020 for her project, “Mac Makerspace: Full STEAM Ahead.” While utilizing science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills this program helps to inspire students to become the type of people who help and improve the world around them, find solutions to problems, and have a desire to learn. Through kits and project books, kids will have the opportunity to challenge themselves and create something exciting and new.
Stephen McKinley and Dr. Jesse Bailey of the MacArthur High School received $846.64 for the resupply of the MacArthur Laboratory. In order to teach lessons and labs properly, all the broken or outdated equipment in the science labs will be replaced. Additionally, for biology classes, pigs will be supplied for dissections during the anatomy lessons.
Gifted & Talented Programs / ACTS Program
Diane Keene at LPS Special Services Center received $861.65 for her project, “We’re all Ears for Testing.” In order to assist kids in the special education program during standardized tests, this program provides headphones to each student so that their individual test may be read aloud to them. This has proven to help kids with Specific Learning Disability immeasurably as they are better able to understand the question.