KELSO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
2020"FaLL" GRANT RECIPIENTS
“Clothe the Bears” $500
The Barnes clothing supply is mainly used to support students who have accidents while at school but is also used for general needs and spills. A grant was utilized last school year for this purpose, and it was tremendously successful. Our hope is to continue the success by re-storing our closets supply of clothing and shoes.
BEACON HILL ELEMENTARY
“Phonics Chip Kits” $462
Students in Resource operate below average compared to their same-aged peers, especially in reading. Students with disabilities struggle with reading accuracy and phonemic awareness which can lead to other areas of lagging skills. Using the 95 Percent Group Phonics Chip Kit, this program will help identify specific areas in which the student has basic skills but low self-confidence that may affect their fluency and reading rate.
"Germ Busters" $473
The Germ Buster project is intended to keep COVID and other germs out of our school. Rather than just telling students to wash their hands we want to teach, demonstrate, and practice proper hand washing techniques. the Grant will be used to purchase products that are applied to hands, allowed to dry, and then wash off. Students would then go about their normal routines. After a few minutes we would hold a black light over hands and workspaces to see how well they washed the "germs" away. Proper hand washing techniques would be taught with activity sheets provided with the product.
"Health Room Rainy Day Closet" $500 Tonya Holt
The Beacon Hill Health Room provides clean, dry clothing to students who have an accident at school or get wet/muddy on recess. This school year with Covid restrictions, they are unable to take in donated clothing, which is how they generally get all the clothing in which they can get these kids changed. the grant allows to buy clothing of various sizes to be prepared in the case a child needs clean clothes at school.
“Therapeutic Listening” $479
Sara Dahl (Catlin, Beacon Hill & Wallace)
Therapeutic Listening is a sound-based intervention that is embedded in a sensory integration perspective…Because the auditory system has connections to many parts of the brain, sound is a powerful way to access the nervous system and affect changes. The students at Catlin, Beacon Hill & Wallace deserve as much support as possible to keep them engaged and learning at school and Therapeutic Listening would provide an important missing link.
“Promoting Reading” $233
Scholastic Storyworks will be for a third-grade classroom at Catlin. Throughout the school year, students will receive 6 full-size issues of the grade-level appropriate magazine covering both fiction and non-fiction concepts and standards. The magazine also integrates digital supplements with videos, slide shows, and read a louds to incorporate more technology experiences with the students in the classroom.
“Emergency Clothing Supply” $400
Each year students who have accidents at school and need a quick change of clothing to return to the classroom. In previous years, these needs have been met through donations of clothing from staff and community. This year, due to Covid restrictions we are unable to accept donations. Students will still need to change clothes occasionally at school. The grant will allow us to purchase clothes to address this need.
KELSO HIGH SCHOOL
Approximately 56% of KHS students fall into the Free and Reduced category. This means the supplies they need for school cannot always be purchased. One item most students need for school is a scientific calculator. The library has had a classroom supply of calculators for students to check out. These calculators are several years old and have been used so often, that they need to be replaced due to broken calculators or missing calculators.
“GoFormative for High School Math” $432
The Algebra-II teachers have used Formative for 2 years. GoFormative allow them to make their content into an interactive and virtual system. The students access the practice work, quizzes, tests, entry/exit tasks that we make through their google classroom.
“Nearpod for Distant Learners” $372
During the distance learning (and upcoming hybrid) period, student engagement has proven essential as educators build community and assess the progress/understanding of our scholars. Nearpod is a learning platform which achieves this outcome by transforming traditional teaching tools (like PowerPoints and videos) into interactive experiences for students. In a Nearpod lesson, teachers can add media like virtual reality, simulations, and a variety of other participatory exercises to enhance learning; all while receiving real-time reports to help them plan my instruction that day or in the future.
“Scholastic Action Students” $306
Students who have been identified as ELLs (English Language Learners) are enrolled in a Language Arts class that is specially designed to help them strengthen their English language speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills while earning a Language Arts credit. Scholastic Action contains a variety of high-interest short fiction stories and a range of informational texts that address topics of interest to teen readers. Each issue of Action is supported by online resources that can be used for classroom instruction including Common Core aligned assignments, grammar skills, audio support, video clips, and supplementary online-only articles/activities that the teacher may use to meet the needs of students who are ready for additional challenge.
“Little Home Library” $320
The grant will provide each student with a book a month that they could then store in a special Little Home Library bin. The goal is to foster a love of reading, provide families with a variety of books, and do this at no cost to the students or their families.
“Pedometer Power” $388
Wearing a pedometer and recording your daily steps is a motivating tool to increase activity, fitness, and overall health. Wallace students will have a pedometer checked out to them to take home during distance learning. Students will track and record their exercise (P.E./Math). We will work on individual goal setting and set a class goal to "step our way to Disneyland". I plan on tracking the kids' mileage by map (geography) to Disneyland. Pedometers will also be used for STEM experimentation (ex- which types of activities register the most steps?) and Running Club.