We awarded the following grants to Hopkins Schools during the 2005-2006 school year:
AP Euro Projector
A technology grant for a laptop and projector allows AP History teacher, Carrie Lucking and her class to
use pictures, video, music, and interactive online activities. They experience technology as they
will when they get out in the real world.
Best Practices Teachers’ Fair
Provided funds for a “Best Practices Teacher’s Fair” where district teachers present instructional strategies to their colleagues in order to share knowledge and enhance staff development, ultimately diminishing the student achievement gap.
Challenge Activity Sets for ALM
Challenge activity sets enrich the curriculum for Autonomous Learner Model (ALM) classes for gifted and talented students.
Computer Aided Design
High school engineering, woodworking, carpentry and construction students benefit from using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and an industry standard programmable router table to create three dimensional projects. This software and equipment exposes students to the engineering design process, using a model that is considered state of the art. Read more.
Culture of Literacy
This grant stocks classrooms with mini-libraries specific to the subject the teacher is teaching.
Digital Cameras enable students to demonstrate the concepts they are learning in language arts, math, science, and other classes. By integrating digital photography into the lessons, more learning styles are addressed. Students and teachers alike gain experience with digital technology.
Drop Everything and Read
Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) provides grade appropriate mini classroom libraries and common novels for “North Reads” to strengthen reading comprehension of all North Junior High students, regardless of the level of reader.
Following three years of pilot support for improving sound environments in elementary classrooms, the Hopkins Education Foundation awarded its largest grant in history to complete amplification in all Kindergarten-6th grade classrooms in the district. This $130,000 grant will have students hearing more clearly in an additional 79 classrooms. The original pilot program and district-wide implementation has been coordinated by Diane Arenson. Read more.
This grant updates the library collection at Katherine Curren Elementary in order to better match students’ interest and reading level.
The North Junior High Freshman Academy written by Becky Melville and NJH Ninth Grade Teams addresses the unique needs of the transitional freshman year. Physically located in the junior high, ninth graders are working to earn high school credit. The $20,000 grant helped to create an environment to ease this challenging transition. Read more.
This grant provides a collection of “Good Books” that appeal to reluctant readers and encourage recreational reading.
JumpStart for College
First-generation college students will have an opportunity to get a JumpStart for College through a summer 2007 workshop. Students will be exposed to post-secondary options and learn about the college search and application process.
Language Masters helps students who are nonverbal or minimally verbal expand their vocabulary by seeing, hearing, and saying words. Non-readers build intonation, pronunciation, and articulation skills by using the reading cards.
LEGO Educational Materials
LEGO Educational Materials allows students at Meadowbrook Elementary to apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts through hands-on activities with levers, gears, pulleys, wheels and axles; motorized simple machines; and renewable energy.
Matching Books to Readers
Matching Books to Readers expands the library collection to better meet the needs of beginning and early readers. Glen Lake Elementary will add books that are categorized by content and level of difficulty. This enhances independent reading by matching student reading level to book difficulty.
Peer Insights builds bridges between Hopkins High School students with disabilities and those without disabilities. In addition to learning about each other’s differences and unique abilities, the students go on social outings to focus on teamwork and to foster skills of independence.
Pre AP Social Studies
Social studies interactive curriculum challenges and prepares gifted learners at North Junior High for high school Advanced Placement classes.
Reading Comprehension Materials
This grant provides Reading Comprehension Materials for students who need assistance in understanding and retaining what they are reading.
Teaching Gifted Students
The Teaching Gifted Students grant provides teachers at North Junior High with resources on gifted education and a staff in-service class.
West Writers’ Workshop
The West Writer’s Workshop offers an after school activity for West Junior High students interested in multiple styles of writing and gives students an opportunity to gain measurable progress in their writing abilities.
Young Authors allows high achieving writers at Eisenhower Elementary to attend a seminar where exposure to a variety of writing, illustrating, and publishing provides inspiration for future writing.