KELSO PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION

     2018-2019 GRANT RECIPIENTS

BARNES ELEMENTARY

"Feed the Bears"                                            $500      

Karen Rowton

This project is a simple one, but one that is very needed.  Barnes Elementary has a large number of students at or below the poverty level.  Barnes students regularly come to school hungry,  for some some of them only foods they have are the meals they get at school.  This project supplies a small food pantry that students can come to when they are hungry.

 

"Clothe the Bears"                                        $500       

Karen Rowton

This project is a simple one, but one that is very needed.  Barnes Elementary has a large number of students at or below the poverty level.  Barnes students often have accidents at school that require a change of clothes. This project supplies a small closet of clothes that students can access in times of need.

"Core Word Activities"                                 $300      

Alison Geisler

This grant allowed Barnes to provide instruction around the most commonly communicated words. This will allow students to improve their functional communication skills. This project will include a total of 8 core word activities across four different classrooms.  Core words have been the communication focus of all four significant disabilities classrooms.

 

"Homework/Positive Start Room"             $500       

Debbie Fick

This grant assisted teachers in improving their instructional practices through intentionally structuring training and support for all Kelso School district's instructional coaches. The target was for elementary and middle school cluster teachers in the highly capable program.

BUTLER ACRES ELEMENTARY

"Battle of the Books"                                   $500        

Bethany Webb

Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program designed to increase student motivation in the area of reading and expose students to quality literature.  The grant purchased 25 books for the program.

"Readers Everywhere"                                $360        

Kelly Sims

This grant allows Butler Acre students to access books from anywhere at anytime through the use of technology devices at school and home.  Students will have online access through an online app and the website Raz Kids.

"Begging Band"                                            $500        

Rhiannon Fanning

This grant will assist in offering more hands-on musical opportunities for students, work on life-long

learning skills, and give them an applied understanding of the curriculum. The monies will be used to purchase school copies of the methods books needed for each student.

"Soaring Blue Jay Readers"                        $500        

Tammy Ramseth

This RIF Program has historically provided free book distribution for K-3 throughout the district.  Unfortunately, it is no longer available.  The grant provides Butler Acres to continue to provide students with free books.

CARROLS ELAMENTARY

"Talking Pen Pals"                                        $490    

(With Beacon Hill Elementary)        

Scarlet Reinike

This grant provided two portable green screens, stands and laptop cameras with built in microphones for communication  and recording purposes.  The grant also purchased green screen kids size body suits and face covers for special effects lessons and story building. Students/staff can all with free downloadable green screen apps on the already present iPads in the classroom. 

 

"Social Emotional Learning Tools"             $495        

Devanie Morgan

This grant allows Carrolls to implement new social emotional learning tools for use with all students by providing the the supplies/tools needed to implement the T-Sec Program.

 

"Speaking and Listening with a Qball"      $450      

(With Beacon Hill Elementary)

Scarlet Reinike

This grant will provide to portable Qball wireless microphones to be used in participating classrooms on a rotating basis.  The Qball is an effective tool in large and small group settings.  The Qball helps ensure that everyone can be heard clearly, especially students who tend to be shy or soft spoken.

 

"T-SEC Supplies"                                          $500        

Devanie Morgan

This grant purchased games, books, growth mindset activities, therapy putty and more, these items helped Carrols staff implement socio-emotional interventions in the T-SEC room.

CATLIN ELEMENTARY

"Stars Running Club"                                  $500       

Rhonda Jorgenson

This grant will purchase Fitness Finders that track students laps as well as help the instructors set goals for each student. Catlin Running Club is an intermural program that meets twice a week in the mornings to encourage walking/running and overall fitness.

 

"Social Emotional Learning Support Room"    $500  Heather Barfuss

This grant purchased games, books, growth mindset activities, therapy putty and more, these items helped Catlin staff implement socio-emotional interventions in the T-SEC room.

"Social Emotional Learning Support Room"    $500  Ashley Mooney

This grant provided the materials needed to meet the sensory needs of students during their time in the Social Emotional Learning Center.

"Promoting Reading In/Out of Third Grade"   $255  Beth Wills

This grant purchased classroom sets of the magazine Scholastic Storyworks Jr. for Beth Will's 3rd graders at Catlin. Students receive 6 full size issues along digital supplements.

 

"Promoting Reading In/Out of Third Grade"   $255  Christine Ott

This grant purchased classroom sets of the magazine Scholastic Storyworks Jr. for Beth Will's 3rd graders at Catlin. Students receive 6 full size issues along digital supplements.

WALLACE ELEMENTARY

"Cardio Drumming"                                            $500  Karen Anderson

Cardio Drumming is a non-competitive, high energy, group workout combining dance/rhythm and fitness. The grant will purchase the exercise stability ball, a stand and the drumsticks needed for each student participating.

COWEEMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL

"Improved Environment in Room C-8"             $305     Kristanna Eveland

This grant will purchase a 5 gallon water dispenser for use in a portable classroom at Coweeman Middle School. One physical reality of teaching in a portable is the student learning time lost for students needing to leave to get water in the main building.  The dispenser has cut down on students leaving the classroom.

"Salmon Release"                                                $500    Jennifer Echtle

This grant payed for teacher substitutes and bus expenses needed to take students to the Kalama falls Hatchery for a tour. During the hatchery tours students helped feed the salmon stock and participated in clipping or tagging salmon while being  supervised by hatchery personnel. 

HUNTINGTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

"Destination Imagination"                                 $465    J’Aime Graff

This grant will help fund the Destination Imagination (DI) international STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) problem solving competition. DI is a unique program that will help students learn about the creative process, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, project management, team building, conflict resolution and perseverance while having fun.

"Herb Garden Kits & Seeds"                               $500   

Colette Clement

This grant allowed HMS students to use the AeroGarden Grow System in FACS classroom to discover and utilize growing fresh herbs as an alternative to dried herbs and the usage of table salt.  FACS will use this system each semester when studying healthy nutrition and cooking. 

 KELSO HIGH SCHOOL

"Choir Robes"                                                      $500    Colinn Cossi

This grant assisted the high school choir and its booster club in providing robes for the concert choir  performances. 

 

"Spanish Novels"                                                 $495   

Jillane Baros

This grant purchased a wide variety of novels written specifically with the new language learners and readers in mind while telling stories that are interesting and relevant to teenage students. Forty-six leveled Spanish novels were added to the Kelso High School library both for use by students in the Spanish language program as well as any students schoolwide who wish to improve their Spanish skills.

"Caring Connections"                                          $500   

Nicole Nickel

Caring connections aims to provide education for teen parents regarding: personal self-care including mental health, infant, toddler, and early childhood mental health and development, and connection to educational and career development opportunities within the community.  The grant will provide supplies and resources not provided by the mental health professionals who volunteer there time.

 

"Attendance Campaign"                                     $500    Megan Thomas

This grant helped the Kelso High School Leadership Team fund the "I am here" campaign. The KHS leadership students noticed a severe problem with student attendance levels at the high school.  The money was used to make posters, provide swag bags and food incentives for students in an effort to educate and reward them about the importance good attendance.

"Automotive Certification"                                $500    

Gunnar Guttormsen

This grant pays the testing fees for KHS automotive students to have the opportunity to take the tests necessary to become industry certified in different areas.

 

"Welding Certification"                                      $450     Gunnar Guttormsen

The welding classes at KHS require a lab fee of $15 per trimester.  49% of our students are on a free or reduced lunch program which identifies them as financial need students.  The grant monies assist those students with their welding fees.

"Fishing Pole Building"                                       $450       

Gunnar Guttormsen

The forestry classes at KHS include a project of building a fishing pole and requires a lab fee of $25.  49% of our students are on a free or reduced lunch program which identifies them as financial need students.  The grant monies assist those students with their project fees.

"College and Career Readiness"                        $500       

Denise Miles-Foges

This grant provided financial support for students who did not have the resources to pay testing fees. The test allows students to earn high school credits toward graduation requirements for their skills in their native language.  

 

"Student Recognition"                                       $450       

Kim Allias

This grant will purchase gift cards to be used by administrators to reward good citizenship and outstanding performance in the classroom demonstrated by KHS students.

"Enhancing Social/Emotional Learning"            $80      

Kali Dalton

This grant was awarded to the KHS counseling center to improve their efficiency, through increasing the use of technology to better support the district's mission to improve Social/Emotional Learning for all students.  The grant will purchase a Chromebook stand which will make technology more accessible to all students.

"Senior Photographs"                                          $500      

Megan Thomas

This grant will purchase the needed equipment to make the current KHS Photo Studio capable of taking Senior Portraits for low income seniors who may not be able to get professional photos taken. The program will be ran by the yearbook class.

 

"Chicken Coop"                                                    $200     

Jason Langenbach

This grant will purchase the materials needed to build a chicken coop as part of a project for our high school students with disabilities. The project will help our students learn and work together and increase their life skills in the areas of math, reading, work readiness.

 

"Scholastic Upfront ELL"                                     $500      

Karen Krieder

This grant will purchase English Language Learner (ELL) students subscriptions to Scholastic Upfront magazine.  The magazine content is written at an appropriate level for these students and will help build their confidence and language skills.

LOOWIT HIGH SCHOOL

"Expanding STEM"                                              $500       

Kali Dalton

This grant helped provide access to science lab equipment to supplement the online curriculum used with the Kelso Alternative Program.  The money purchased lab kits that helped Kelso Virtual Academy, Loowit and Kelso High School students gain a more meaningful understanding of scientific concepts.

 

"Career Training Opportunities"                        $300    

Kali Dalton

This grant payed the fees for 30 Kelso School District Alternative program students to earn their Food Handlers Cards.

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