Congratulations to the Fall 2016 Teacher Grant recipients! The Foundation awards grants twice a year to encourage unique and innovative ideas that enhance the educational experience of students. Goals of the grants program include increasing student learning, building connections with families and the community, improving students’ academic performance and social behavior, inspiring innovative teaching and learning, developing a collaborative teacher learning community, and serving as a pilot for possible district-wide implementation.
Fall 2016 grant recipients, titles, and projects:
- Jill Guenther, "Bow Down Brew," to provide Papillion La Vista special education students an opportunity to work on social, communication, job, and life skills through beverage sales.
- Nathan Cain, "Titan Brew" and "Titan Brew Morning Sales Team," to continue to grow a successful program designed to give Papillion La Vista South special education students real world job experience.
- Courtney Carter, "Healthy Processing," to help Liberty Middle School students create nutritious recipes and learn healthy eating habits.
- Sara Foster, "Improving Preschool Number Sense," to help preschool students develop a deeper knowledge of number sense in preparation for kindergarten.
- Molly Grasso, "Characterization In and Out of the Classroom," for Monarch alum and professional actor Danielle O'Farrell to work with Papillion La Vista High School drama students on creating more vibrate characters and vocals.
- Molly Grasso and Jeff Nienhueser, "Peter and the Starcatcher," allowing Monarch and Titan theater students to create an outstanding joint performance for the first high school production of this award-winning play in Nebraska.
- Becky Hoch, "Multi-Camera and Graphics Post-Production," to provide high school broadcasting, marketing, and media students the tools to create unique, professional videos.
- Becky Hoesing, "Vocational Learning Center Workbox/Task Card System," for work boxes designed to help Papillion La Vista South students with a variety of disabilities learn attention, time on task, behavioral, and independent work skills.
- Ray Keller, "Titan Microfinance Club Starter Fund," to teach students about microfinance and the positive impact they can make on the lives of people around the world.
- Scott Kneifl, "STEM Explore for Girls," for summer programs to offer a valuable a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) experience for girls at Papillion La Vista and Papillion La Vista South High Schools.
- Pete Langenhan, "Science Exploration Club," to support a new club at Parkview Heights Elementary that increases knowledge, comprehension, problem-solving skills, and life-long interest in science.
- Lisa Masters, "Titan Brew," implementing the coffee sales program to provide work skills, social skills, and speech language related IEP goals for students at Papillion Middle School.
- Renee Mead, "Jump Start College Credits While in High School: Advanced Placement and Dual Enrollment Scholarship," offering financial support for Papillion-La Vista South students for Advanced Placement exams and Dual Enrollment tuition.
- Bobbi Moraski, "More Than Just Fluency," a district-wide opportunity through speech-language pathologists to provide fluency materials that improve the lives of students who stutter.
- Stacey Muller, "Keyboarding in a 1:1 iPad Classroom," to enhance the technology tools in Prairie Queen's 5th Grade classroom that is gathering data to help determine future digital use within Papillion La Vista Community Schools classrooms.
- Jarrod Olson, "Exploring Energy Transfer Through Rocketry," helping Papillion La Vista South students in special needs science class practice following steps, reading, measuring, engineering, and concepts of conservation of energy.
- Valerie Parrack, "Titan Pride Character Education," to implement a program that increases positive recognitions of Papillion Middle School students.
- Linda Poole, "Collaboration and Bucket Filling to Improve Student Achievement," to enhance staff collaboration at Prairie Queen elementary through the Gallup Strengths Finder program.
- Tony Reisdorff, "PLC Middle School Robotics EV3 Pilot," to use new technology to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in students at Liberty Middle School.
- Tyson Smith, "Mike Smith Live," bringing motivational speaker Mike Smith to La Vista, Liberty, and Papillion Middle Schools to share his message, "how do you want to be remembered?"
- Elizabeth Von Nagy, "Library Makerspace," to build a student-centered flexible area at Papillion La Vista High School that prompts learning through the creation and exploration of materials and technologies.
The next due date for grant applications is Friday, February 24, 2017. Learn more about the Teacher Grant program and download your application to get started.
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