Gatewood Elementary School Grants

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The table below lists grants that have specifically benefited Gatewood 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
Big Willow Wildflowers Supported restoration of native wildflowers in Big Willow Park. 1998-1999
Japanese Resource Kit Purchased resource kit for study of Japanese culture. 1999-2000
International Understanding Through the Arts Due to the tremendous increase in immigrant families – both refugees and hightech/ professional families new to the area – Gatewood School is facing significant language and cultural issues. At the same time this ethnic diversity provides a tremendous teaching opportunity for all students. HEF awarded a grant to develop a program designed to incorporate international artifacts into teaching resources and to create a welcoming atmosphere through display of these artifacts. 1999-2000
Orientation for English Language Learners Funded video to provide orientation for English Language Learners and their families. 2000-2001
Special Ed Gatewood Special Ed 2000-2001
Multimedia Projector Purchased a multimedia projector to allow teachers to demonstrate technology to an entire class. 2001-2002
Assurance of Mastery Support Supported bus transportation for students participating in the Assurance of Mastery (AOM) program. 2001-2002
Mobile Elementary Computer Lab Helped fund the purchase of a wireless mobile computer lab allowing the use of computers for smaller groups of students. 2001-2002
Reggio Emilio Approach for Early Childhood Education A matching grant was awarded to Stepping Stones, an all day program for four-year-olds, located at Meadowbrook and Gatewood to integrate the Reggio Emilia philosophy into the curriculum. 2002-2003
Learning Lab Expansion Granted funds to expand the before school Learning Lab to include an after school session weekly which provides tutoring services once a week to help kids who need additional one-on-one academic support. 2002-2003
Peace Project Provided funds for Project Peace, designed to foster peaceful attitudes for the students. The project includes the rebuilding and rededication of the Peace Garden and anti-bullying book discussion groups for students, staff and parents. 2003-2004
Boys and Writing Gatewood Elementary received a grant from the Hopkins Education Foundation to focus on strategies for increasing writing motivation and achievement for boys. Read more. 2006-2007
ELMO Digital Cameras Students and teachers' discussions are enriched with ELMO digital cameras that project books, papers, original documents and other items onto classroom screens. 2007-2008
Classroom Stability Balls Stability balls promote physical fitness as well as encouraging better focus on instruction. 2007-2008
Interactive Learning with ActiVotes This grant funds ActiVotes for all 2nd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. 2008-2009
Movement-Enhanced Learning This action research project will evaluate the impact on learning with stand up desks, stability balls and traditional seating. Teachers will monitor student engagement, focus and behavior with each type of classroom environment. A student survey is part of this research project. 2009-2010
Learning to Focus with Biofeedback Students are more successful at learning when the mind, heart rate and emotions are in-sync. Biofeedback software teaches techniques to create a more balanced emotional state. The software will be used in the computer lab and with hand held units for classrooms to help students self regulate. 2010-2011
Young Authors Publishing Project English Language Learners, with the help of their families, will use cameras to create books that share their favorite cultural traditions, holidays and festivals. Read more 2014-2015
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
Robotics Building Leadership Principal Mark French has found a unique way to encourage leadership, responsibility, and conflict resolution by engaging his students’ interest in robots. Read more 2016-2017
Learning Studio Prototype HEF will help the School District kick start the creative redesign of a Gatewood classroom, turning it into an innovative learning studio; an agile and adaptable space to better engage students and offer greater opportunity for learning. Read more 2016-2017
Heart Zones Fitness The use of Blink Armband heart rate monitors for second through sixth graders will help make the physical education curriculum more fun and meaningful, and eventually eliminate the need for traditional testing such as counting push-ups and sit-ups. Read more 2016-2017
Mobile Makerspaces Two Mobile Makerspace carts at Gatewood have the potential to reach every student as they provide both high-tech and low-tech experiences ranging from robotics and coding to sewing, cardboard challenges, and recycled projects. Read more. 2017-2018
Outdoor Playscapes and Environmental Learning HEF will fund expansion of Gatewood’s enriching outdoor classroom space specifically for its youngest Pre-Kindergarten students, based on definitive research defining the importance of purposeful outdoor learning. Students will practice gross motor skills on a log balance beam and curved wooden balance boards and create wonderful loud music with outdoor xylophones and drums. Read more. 2017-2018
Experiential Language Learning Links to Learning, a special education program located at Gatewood Elementary, serves our students with severe cognitive disabilities. This HEF grant provides a library of engaging materials to foster active and enthusiastic learning through hands-on activities, and to provide the repetition needed to enhance core skills and vocabulary. Read more. 2017-2018
Modern Band Instruments Modern Band is a new model of music curriculum using popular music and performed with electric guitars, bass, electronic drum set, small keyboards, and a vocal PA system. The 1,200 students will benefit from HEF’s grant to purchase these new instruments. Read more 2019-2020
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
COVID-Safe Equipment for Sensory Motor Room This grant purchases sensory motor pieces of equipment that will be easy to clean frequently, and will greatly benefit Links to Learning students. Learn more 2020-2021
Gizmos and Reflex Subscriptions These online programs offer a solution to the problem of too much online learning. Reflex(Math) and Gizmos (Science) are fun and engaging interactive programs that promote rapid understanding and send boredom to the back of the class. Learn more 2020-2021
Outdoor Forest Kindergarten Startup Two of three Gatewood Kindergarten sections (50 students) will be outside next year 3-4 hours out of their six-hour day! The forest, pond, field, gardens, and hillside will be their classroom. Forest Friday has been popular for six years; now the Kindergarten Team is ready to take it to the next level. HEF will be funding rain/mud gear for all students, including boots. Learn more 2020-2021
Community Earthen Oven Gatewood is embracing a unique outdoor learning opportunity: next fall, HEF is funding the construction of a permanent dome oven from straw bales, sand, clay, and bricks. The oven, 5’ tall and 3’ in diameter, will begin as a hands-on Engineering Learning Project for student teams guided by a professional craftsman, and then live on as a weekly teaching tool, accessible to the entire school for many years to come. 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
Building Foldable Camp Chairs Gatewood Elementary is rapidly becoming a K-5 Outdoor Education School (check out their goats and their greenhouse), and this HEF grant is the perfect complement to their exciting endeavors. These 60 foldable camp chairs, to be built by the 4th grade students next fall, will be used outdoors for many, many years by ALL Gatewood students. Learn more 2021-2022


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