This spring, HEF is pleased to award seven new grants totaling 17,634. From art to music to social and emotional learning, this wide range of grants enriches the student experience in the Hopkins School District through engaging projects proposed and carried out by Hopkins staff. Each grant reflects the creativity of Hopkins staff as they continually enhance the curriculum through proactive innovation.
Since 1995, HEF has awarded more than 390 grants totaling more than $2.5 million to Hopkins schools. Each grant engages Hopkins students through enriching educational experiences. You can see all of our grants by school, by curriculum area, or by year awarded.
Social Emotional Learning Assessment Study — $2,930 — K through 6 —
Nikki Ehrenberg, Madeline Tolkan Conrad, Kristin Lutz
Over the course of the 2017-18 school year, Special Education staff will pilot 4 different assessment tools for evaluating students’ social and emotional leaning. With the goal of accurately and efficiently implementing interventions and evaluating progress, the assessment tool that best benefits students will then be used as a framework to further the work of school social workers and classroom teachers. Read more.
Green Card Voices — $3,760 — North & West Junior High Schools —
Angela Wilcox, Allegra Smisek, Matt Scroggins
Green Card Voices is a digital storytelling project to build bridges and understanding between people by sharing interesting first-hand stories and videos of family, hard work, and cultural diversity. Green Card Voices has published two volumes of essays from first-generation high school students in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Fargo, and these will be made available to our students. Learn more.
Fitbits for Self-Regulation — $1,200 — West Junior High —
Adrienna Korsman, Brian Stanley, Jane Jacobwith
This exciting pilot program utilizes special Fitbits you won’t find at your sporting goods store. This Fitbit goes beyond monitoring heart rates to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder identify early warning signs of escalation and then self-regulate to get back on track. Learn more.
Sixth Grade Mosaic — $845 — Alice Smith —
Tamara Gebhardt, Kristin Lutz, Karen Schmitz
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. All students will learn from and about each other as the project unfolds; it includes, among many other important symbols, the flags of 26 different countries. Learn more.
Permanent Recording and Playback Systems — $5,000 — Hopkins High School — Mark Czech
Permanent installation of a recording/playback system in each of the 3 large music practice rooms in HHS is a simple – yet huge – enhancement to the high school’s music program. Directors can record and play back a few measures for review, or an entire week-old rehearsal to measure progress. Learn more.
Latino Youth Group — $1,500 — Community Education —
Elisa Dorfman, K. Giddings, Lisa Walker
An after-school program for Latino youth will be offered next winter and spring to foster leadership, decision-making and problem-solving skills in a comfortable peer group setting. The group will meet at North Junior High and be facilitated by a youth program leader from La Oportunidad in conjunction with NJH staff. La Oportunidad, a well-established Twin Cities nonprofit, has been successfully “assisting Latino adolescents to develop their assets” for 30 years, including within the Minneapolis Public Schools. Read more.
Sequels on the Shelves — $2,400 — North Junior High —
Kimberly Busch, Jennifer Behnke, Elsa Boxx
Classroom libraries promote literacy through easy access to high-interest material. This grant of sequels to popular teen novels promises to keep readers intrigued far beyond the assigned reading. Learn more.