West Junior High

The table below lists grants that have specifically benefited West Junior High.

Teen Trek Retreat Supported keynote speaker and M.A.D.D. drama for an asset-building retreat. 1996-1997
Climbing Wall Supported construction of a climbing wall at West Junior High 1997-1998
Junior High Retreat Funded asset-building, courage, and respect retreat for all junior high students as part of a joint project with Youth Frontiers. Learn more. 1999-2000
Community Computer Program In an effort to offer all students equal educational opportunities both in the classroom and at home, HEF awarded a grant for a pilot community computer program. The program provides 30 computers for at home use to families unable to afford them, allowing students to complete research projects, papers and homework during non-school hours. The selected families have the option to purchase the computers at a reduced price when they leave West Junior High. 2000-2001
Junior High Retreat Funded asset-building, courage, and respect retreat for all junior high students as part of a joint project with Youth Frontiers. Learn more. 2000-2001
Get Connected Program Expanded the “Get Connected” computer program which provides computers and mentors to families unable to afford them. 2001-2002
Culture of Literacy Backed a program to create a “culture of literacy” which includes the purchase of books for every classroom, incentive programs for reading, and staff development. 2001-2002
SET Libraries for Literacy Provided books for the SET libraries to insure motivation and success for all students. 2001-2002
Hands On, Heart Engaged Awarded a grant to the WJH Area Learning Center for their Learning With Hands On and Hearts Engaged project allowing new experiences and community service for students who achieve best when learning is tied directly to real life. 2002-2003
Ethics Through Art Provided funds for the art department students to produce murals reflecting principals of ethical behavior. 2002-2003
Get Connected Awarded a matching grant to both Junior High Schools to expand the Get Connected program to North Junior High School which provides computer training and a mentor for those families that do not have access to a computer and the Internet. 2002-2003
West Junior High Book Club Granted funds to continue a book club designed to encourage a love of literature among all students. 2003-2004
STAR Fund -- Junior High Core Classes Awarded $48,000 for the schools to restore five sections in core classes like English, Math, Science and Social Studies. This helps to decrease class size allowing instructors to sustain a higher level of teacher to student/family contact and services. 2003-2004
Fuel Cell Cars Provided funding to incorporate fuel cell technology into the 9th grade physical science curriculum. By being part of an engineering team and building fuel cell model cars, students will have a real life opportunity to synthesize concepts taught throughout the year. 2004-2005
West Writers' Club 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. 2005-2006
Reading Comprehension Materials This grant provides Reading Comprehension Materials for students who need assistance in understanding and retaining what they are reading. 2005-2006
Good Books This grant provides a collection of “Good Books” that appeal to reluctant readers and encourage recreational reading. 2005-2006
Culture of Literacy This grant stocks classrooms with mini-libraries specific to the subject the teacher is teaching. 2005-2006
Supplementary Skills Curriculum Curriculum development to teach 16 good habits of the mind that engage students in higher level thinking and can be applied in all disciplines. Pilot will benefit students in the Alternative Learning Center with plans for school-wide implementation in 2007-08. 2006-2007
West Writers' Group Provides an after-school creative writing program utilizing digital cameras and visual arts to deepen the writing experience for students. 2006-2007
ActivBoard --Interactive Whiteboards This grant expands the inventory of interactive whiteboards to all the 8th grade science classrooms at West Junior High. Read more. 2006-2007
Classroom Performance System With the Classroom Performance System, every student in the classroom will hold a clicker to answer questions. The system immediately identifies who answered correctly and who responded incorrectly or not at all. This technology enables the instructor to adapt her teaching to the classes’ needs and identify students needing more challenge or help.   Read more. 2006-2007
Geography in the 21st Century Seventh grade social studies students are learning about geography through using GPS units. This technology provides an engaging way for grant writer Anne Sateren and her colleagues to teach map reading skills as well as introduce all their students to a useful tool. 2006-2007
AVID Middle School Curriculum AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination and strives to improve the performance of all junior high kids in the academic middle. The AVID program includes both an elective course and a building–wide approach with the goal of improving students’ academic skills, their ability to “do school” and become college-ready. 2007-2008
Technology Grants at West Junior High Technology grants provided an important component of the literacy initiative at West Junior High. Read more 2007
Resident Video Curriculum Development Specialist This technology pilot project at WJH increases curricular engagement with students through the medium of video. The Resident Video Specialist will work with classroom teachers to illustrate classroom topics through the use of video, many times featuring Hopkins students. Through writing and participating in the videos, students will have the opportunity to become teachers of their peers. 2007-2008
Math Intervention Technology Using the nationally recognized Larson’s Math program teachers create a totally individualized approach for students who struggle with math. The interactive and engaging software program uses diagnostic assessments to show where each student’s skills are lacking, then teaches each skill to the student before providing formative and summation assessments and any necessary help or instruction. 2007-2008
ADHD Lab This grant helps fund an ADHD Lab, where students will learn new strategies that provide the structure in which they can begin to experience academic success, many for the first time, and be better prepared for high school and beyond. In addition, parents have opportunities to attend classes to gain a greater understanding of their child's disorder, provide support for the organizational strategies learned and assist their child in developing self-advocacy skills. 2008-2009
Wellness Goals Lab This pilot program explores the benefits of exercise before tackling rigorous academic subjects. Students will exercise aerobically for 25-30 minutes prior to focused academic work. Teachers monitor homework completion and accuracy, attendance and behavior incidences before and after initiation of the program for each student. 2009-2010
Teaching Science with Technology A combined grant and special appeal funded hand-held and desktop computers in science labs in both junior highs and the high school. With these computers, our students are able to analyze data, research online and understand which sources are credible, interpret the information, connect with scientists around the world and then develop multi-media presentations, just like our “real world scientists.” 2009-2010
Mobile Film Lab A mobile, dedicated film lab with laptops and cameras will provide interdisciplinary tools for students to learn to create and publish their work in this visual age. Current computers do not have the processing and memory power to handle new video formats. This rolling cart will allow people to effectively use the lab school-wide as students plan, act, film and edit projects from English to science. 2010-2011
Unleashing the Power of iPad From pilots beginning in 2010 to Special Appeals at Royal Bash 2011 and 2012, HEF has funded over $60,000 in iPads and related software. Our support has enabled the Hopkins School District to develop a plan to use the technology more strategically and effectively. Read more 2010-2012
Where Everyone Belongs A year-long orientation and transition program at West Jr. High that links 7th grade students with 9th grade students who are trained as mentors.Read more 2011-2012
Be Your Dream Academic Coaching Professional life coaches will provide one on one coaching for students and workshops for teachers, staff, and parents. Read more 2011-2012
Enhancing Teen Literacy via eBooks Students in grades 7-12 will have 24/7 online access to 900 titles of popular fiction and nonfiction e-books. Read more 2012-2013
Let's Talk! and Job Talk! Curricula to teach critical work- and life-related skills to students with special needs. Read more 2012-2013
Magnifying the Power of STEM Bash 2013 Special Appeal, year one of a two-year initiative. This Special Appeal provided STEM kits in elementary schools and rolling robots labs in Junior highs. Read more 2012-2013
LabQuest2 Technology Update Next generation hand-held data collection tools for 'Real World Scientists.' Read more 2013-2014
Microscopy in the 21st Century Digital microscopy cameras connected to iPads. Read more 2014-2015
Choir Festival A concert presented to sixth graders by the upper level choirs. Read more 2014-2015
Lights, Camera, Action! Movie-making software for iPads and movie-making equipment for WJH media center. Read more 2014-2015
History Live Minnesota Historical Society experts will use 21st Century technology to ‘transport’ Hopkins students back in time, connecting them to important segments of our country’s history. Read more. 2015-2016
Minecraft After-School Club In this fun extra-curricular enrichment program, junior high students play MinecraftEdu, a school-ready remix of the popular game Minecraft. They’ll learn programming and coding, planning, asset management and critical thinking skills. Students will be able to use what they learn in Minecraft Club for projects in nearly any subject area.  Read more 2015-2016
Kiva Microfinance: Making a Difference in the Third World Students, collaborating in groups of three, will get the opportunity to invest in someone’s future. After first heavily researching entrepreneurs in developing Third World countries, each group will choose a small business to receive a $25 loan. Read more. 2015-2016
Shifting to New Concepts in Literacy HEF is partnering with the Hopkins School District to send nine teachers to train next summer in successful research-based adolescent literacy education for junior high and high school students. These teachers will in turn train others in the District in these ‘best practices’. Read more. 2015-2016
High-Altitude Weather Balloon Fun, hands-on science takes flight with this helium-powered weather balloon. Seventh and eighth grade students in the Experimental Science elective will track the balloon’s fact-finding mission with a Go-Pro camera they install before launch. Read more. 2015-2016
Creating Sustainable Mini-Ecosystems Excited 7th graders formulated the idea for this project and undertook the initial research into designing and building two hydroponic gardens and an aquaponic garden.Read more. 2015-2016
Green Card Voices 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. Learn more. 2016-2017
Fitbits for Self-Regulation 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. 2016-2017
Take Charge of How You Feel In alignment with HEF’s focus on Student Health=Student Wellness, this start-up grant provides ALL Hopkins Junior High 8th grade students – more than 500 per year – with the self-regulating tools they would typically only be exposed to through mental health professionals or sports psychologists. Read more 2017-2018
¡A Bailar! Latin Dance Club Salsa! Merengue! Cumbia! HEF will fund a residency conducted by professional Latin dancers Yeniel Chini Perez and Hanna Kuluvar Esparza. They will teach some of the most popular dances of the Spanish-speaking world in this after school club. Read more. 2017-2018
PAWSitivity A working Facility Dog will report every day to WJH and be scheduled in a variety of services and activities. It will truly be a community dog promoting relationships with and between students, offering emotional support such as de-escalation, coping with daily stress, and processing emotions to succeed in school. Read more 2018-2019
Backstage ‘Magic’ The theater program at West Junior High is expanding its playbill of performances; this grant to provide stage lighting and a professional light board for student training will offer the opportunity for increased student involvement, both in and beyond the classroom. Learning theater technical skills is a detailed endeavor in ‘backward design’ – deciding how a finished product will look and then making that happen. Read more 2018-2019
Bicycle Repair Program There’s a special pride earned in repairing something discarded and deemed trash-worthy. This grant provides (Setting IV) special education students with the tools and equipment to set up a ‘bike shop’ (at the Hopkins Pavilion Alternative Setting) to do just that. Read more 2018-2019
Smart-Pens Promote Independence This pilot project has the very specific goal of breaking down barriers that keep students from meeting their full potential. Echo Smart-Pens offer students on the Autism spectrum the ability to keep up with the rigor they are capable of – while remaining in the general education classroom. Read more. 2018-2019
Westside Rovers Robotics Four junior high robotics teams will share the full FTC Regulation Playing Field complete with competition obstacles funded by this grant. Read more 2019-2020
Garden Growers for Food Equity At the heart of this grant is a new partnership between West Junior High and Transition Plus. The two- and-a-half dozen older students from T-Plus will work with about 50 students with unique needs from WJH. The whole group will cooperatively design, build and grow gardens at both locations. Read more. 2019-2020
The Closet Opened last year, The Closet is an LGBTQ+ resource library housed at WJH in the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) headquarters, open to any student. HEF is providing funds for a wide range of reading resources to represent the LGBTQ+ community in all its facets, which in turn provides extra support for ALL students to see themselves in positive and affirming ways. Read more. 2019-2020
Kandama Club The ancient Japanese game of Kendama builds tools for transforming failure and adversity into opportunities to learn and grow. The club is bringing in an inspirational speaker from the Kendama Institute of Minneapolis to present at a West Junior High school assembly, as well as offer twenty hours of afterschool instruction in the techniques and tricks of the game. Read more 2019-2020
Video Game Club This community of gamers previously operated with consoles brought to school by staff members, but all of the back and forth took its toll on the equipment. This Awesome Fund grant will purchase consoles and controllers for the sole and permanent use of the club, which will also allow more students to participate. Learn more 2020-2021

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