This grant, awarded to Bexley High School science teacher Tami Golliday, supported a high-altitude balloon launch by Bexley High School students. The goal of the LEO Mission was to successfully launch a research payload-bearing balloon into inner space and at approximately 110,000 feet take a photo of “a lion in space.”
This grant funded the purchase of percussion equipment to support a recent rapid increase in band students in grades 5-12. The equipment to be purchased included a marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, chimes, concert bells, drums, cymbals and assorted mallets and stands. The purchase eliminated the need to transport percussion instruments between elementary schools, accommodated separate band practices at the same time, provided equipment to students with financial needs and established a front ensemble percussion section for the high school marching band.
This grant supported the development of the Molly Davis Memorial Garden, honoring the memory of a beloved and accomplished teacher. The garden, now complete, is located at the northwest corner of the Cassingham complex. The grant was awarded to Cassingham Elementary Principal Jeannine Hetzler, who applied for the funds on behalf of a committee comprised of Cassingham teachers, parents and students. The garden was planned as an extension of Cassingham Elementary; not only as an outdoor classroom but as a space where staff and students can read and be inspired to write and create and where the community is welcome. Grant funding from the BEF supported the construction of the garden’s hard structures, including a low sitting wall, a brick walkway and entrance areas.
This grant supported four days of training for Bexley elementary teachers in Writing Workshop during the summer of 2013. The training, provided by Columbia Teacher’s College, equipped teachers to implement a writing workshop environment in their classrooms. A writing workshop approach aims to put in place structures that will help students to meet the new Common Core Standards for English and Language Arts.
While elementary students have traditionally focused on narrative writing, the new standards call for students to write opinion, informational and narrative pieces with equal proficiency. The “writing workshop” classroom includes study of various genres; promotes independence; supports inquiry and collaboration; encourages independence, volume and craft in writing; and uses performance assessments to chart progress. The grant was awarded to Montrose Principal Quint Gage and Reading Specialist Sue Umpleby, and engaged elementary teachers from across the District.
The Bexley High School Science Department received a grant of $3,395 to purchase a chlorophyll fluorometer to be used in biology and environmental science classes.
This grant will support the visit of Grammy-nominated musicians Peter Cooper and Eric Brace for a three-day songwriter residency in all three elementary schools plus an evening concert open to the community.
Through a partnership with the District, this grant supports the creation of a dedicated STEM classroom (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Bexley Middle School. The district is remodeling classroom space; the BEF grant supports the purchase of science equipment and technology for the classroom.
A grant of $786 will purchase a series of posters for each elementary school in the district. The posters help students, particularly those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Sensory Processing Disorders to self-regulate their behaviors.
A grant of $7,000 will support the purchase of science discovery and manipulative materials for Montrose Elementary that will be used in the classrooms as well as during indoor recess and after school. The grant also provides for the purchase of storage carts.
A grant award of $12,000 supported the renovation of the playground, including the installation of new play structures, at Montrose Elementary School.