Alice Smith Elementary School Grants

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The table below lists grants that have specifically benefited Alice Smith Elementary school.

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HEF also provides grants that benefit all the elementary schools.  See them here.

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Title Description Year
Young Writers Conference Sponsored attendance at Young Writers Conference. 1998-1999
Junior High Transition Supported sixth grade celebration to assist student transition to junior high. 1998-1999
Anti-Violence Program Funded CLIMB Theater anti-violence programming. 1999-2000
Reading Resource Lab Creating computer program and trained reading teachers to track reading progress of each student. 1999-2000
New Forest A matching grant was awarded to Alice Smith students who raised $800 to plant and nurture a 1.25 acre “forest,” incorporating three biomes and three outdoor classrooms. 2000-2001
Differential Instruction Alice Smith Differential Instruction 2000-2001
Respect and Tolerance Residency Provided funds for CLIMB Theater to spend a two-week residency on respect and tolerance. 2001-2002
Mobile Teaching Station Funded a mobile multimedia teacher's station to allow for flexibility in instruction. 2001-2002
Guided Reading Funded a grant to purchase Guided Reading materials that supplies all teachers and students with multiple copies of books for all reading levels and various interests. 2002-2003
Donald Coppins Memorial Millennium Forest Donald Coppins Memorial Millennium Forest Awarded funds to enhance the Millennium Forest which since its creation in 1998 has been very successful in creating a stronger school community in connection with nature. 2002-2003
Reading Fluency Supported a grant to address reading fluency among 5th and 6th grade students with small-group, concentrated reading study and continued intervention in order to develop fluent, independent readers 2003-2004
Leveled Books Leveled Books 2004-2005
Africa Residencey Funded a grant to provide the two-week residency, Africa to America, in each school for fourth grade students. Taught by Soli Hughes, students are actively engaged in the learning of the Afro-American experience with the goal of increasing understanding and embracing different lifestyles and traditions. 2004-2005
ELMO Digital Cameras and Activotes Personal Response System This grant funds 1) three ELMOTM digital cameras to be used with the carts in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade and 2) two sets of ActivotesTM, integrated personal response systems used with interactive whiteboards. They are designed to encourage student participation and enhance learning. 2007-2008
Math Academy This before-school program provides math support for students in an effort to increase their success on MCA and MAP testing. 2007-2008
Digital Voice Recorders This pilot program enables teachers at Alice Smith and Glen Lake Elementary schools to more accurately identify needs in the evaluation process and give more specific feedback and therapy for speech and language students. 2008-2009
Building Self-Awareness Through Technology Integration This grant helps fund a sensory tools and software library for students' independent use. While this program will primarily be used with special education students, it will also be used as an intervention tool for other students. 2008-2009
Staff Development for Playground Paraprofessionals This grant funds training for playground paraprofessionals to teach them culturally responsive, in-depth and personalized tools to help support and develop positive student behaviors. 2008-2009
Student Support with Programmed Reading This grant funds a reading program to help below-grade readers and ELL students achieve success in reading. 2008-2009
Triumphs in Reading This series of reading intervention books helps special education teachers effectively and efficiently teach a reader decoding, encoding, vocabulary and comprehension skills that support one another and align with Wilson reading skills. 2009-2019
TeacherMate Hand-Held Computer System The TeacherMate program is an integrated learning system specifically designed to meet the needs of K-2 students. Programmed to adapt to Hopkins core math and reading curriculum, this system effectively delivers differentiated instruction for all levels of learners with intriguing learning activities. 2009-2010
District Preschool Pilot Project Early intervention has been proven to help children overcome achievement gaps that are evident in young learners. HEF funded a portion of the start up costs for a pilot project that helps these preschoolers get “ready to learn” at Alice Smith. 2009-2010
Reading Matters To promote reading and develop confidence in reading skills during the summer months, 1st and 2nd grade students are given books matched to their reading level. 2009-2010
Peaceful Playgrounds Based on a well-researched program implemented in schools nation-wide, the Peaceful Playground helps kids with varied interests and abilities play together. Activity areas with up to 100 games motivate children to play cooperatively, learn to handle conflict, and increase physical activity. Read more 2010-2011
Kindle the Love of Learning E-book pilot. Teachers can engage students by giving them quick access to popular new books. This 21st century technology helps disguise the difficulty level of books to reduce the embarrassment some students feel who are reading below grade level. 2010-2011
Celebrating a Half-Century of Music in Hopkins Schools A spectacular concert by students and special alumni guests to honor retiring and past music teachers. Read more 2014-2015
Spanish Language and Culture Comes to Life Students create and perform a Spanish play around the theme of peace. Read more 2014-2015
Re-Imagined Learning Space Pilot redesign of Alice Smith 5th grade classroom to maximize the learning space and fully engage students. Read more 2014-2015
Designing a Coding Curriculum for K-6 This HEF grant to Alice Smith Elementary will fund the design of a Coding Curriculum for grades K-6, building the necessary soft and hard skills needed for computer programming, and offering access to the vast opportunities awaiting our students in the future. Read more. 2015-2016
Sixth Grade Mosaic Much more than a fun art project, the Mosaic Mural at Alice Smith will represent each of the 90 sixth graders’ diverse cultures, talents and dreams. The mural is a lesson in empowerment, teamwork and community building, with students taking the lead in planning and managing the project. Learn more. 2016-2017
Trauma-Sensitive Self-Regulation Room Alice Smith Elementary School is one of Hopkins ‘trauma sensitive’ schools, focused on mitigating barriers to student learning, such as high rates of stress and adversity from homelessness, poverty, neglect, abuse, immigration, and more. HEF will now fund a specific Self-Regulation Room designed for sensory breaks. Read more. 2017-2018
Student Wellness = Student Success 2018 Royal Bash Special Appeal, year one of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal funds after school mental health centers, a farm-to-table program, and teaching wellness strategies. Learn more 2017-2018
Urban Boatbuilding In our land of 10,000 lakes, crafting birchbark canoes is the perfect medium for Alice Smith 5th and 6th graders to practice teamwork and problem-solving through the hands-on building process. Guided by renowned non-profit Urban Boatbuilders of St. Paul in a ‘lab’ setting, students will gain much more than the satisfaction of creating and launching a water-tight craft. Read more. 2018-2019
STEM Enrichment for Young Learners The focus of this grant is to build problem-solving skills in Alice Smith’s K-2 learners through more exposure to STEM activities. Enrichment, challenge, and hands-on learning will benefit all students and help decrease the opportunity gap. Read more 2018-2019
Student Wellness = Student Success 2019 Royal Bash Special Appeal, year two of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal funds after school mental health centers, a farm-to-table program, and teaching wellness strategies. Learn more 2019-2020
Project-Based Learning Project-Based Learning is part of the 2020-2022 Pathways to a Healthier Future Special Appeal. Learn more. 2019-2020
Calming Corners Calming Corners is part of the 2020-2022 Pathways to a Healthier Future Special Appeal. Learn more. 2019-2020
VariQuest Design Center This wonderful tool is much more than a time saver for creating beautiful bulletin board displays. VariQuest Design Center quickly “cuts out” visual and kinesthetic learning tools and manipulatives from heavy-duty re-usable vinyl.At-home kits can be created for reinforcement and fun.Learn more 2020-2021
Longboarding and Community Service This spring, HEF will fund the construction of 20 shared longboards for current sixth graders, an exciting hands-on learning opportunity with returning assistance from Urban Boatbuilders of St. Paul. Learn more 2020-2021
Family Engagement This grant provides a research-based family engagement program based on the landmark Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler Model of the Parental Involvement Process. The program is based on decades of research on increasing student achievement by increasing parental efficacy, knowledge, motivation, and confidence to partner with the school system. Learn more. 2021-2022


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