We are proud to provide a brief overview of the grants that will be serviced by our 2015-2016 fundraising efforts.
Chromebooks ($25,540) As our students continue to utilize more online academic resources, ever useful and always needed Chromebooks will be purchased for the elementary and middle schools.
Science Technology ($15,000) New Windows-based Physics laptops will utilize the latest software and provide students with authentic scenarios and access to relevant data. High School Physics is taught every hour of the trimester and this grant will help fill the great need for these computers.
4K Technology ($18,000) The MTEF is excited to continue to support our new 4K learners. Rounding out last year’s grants for 4K curriculum and technology, this grant will provide additional iPads. Now all 4K students will have access to the technology increasing student engagement and interaction in the learning process.
Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) Elementary PATH Training ($19,000) This grant will be used to help expand the AVID program to the elementary schools. The MTEF is proud to have been a financial supporter of the AVID implementation at all three school levels (high school, middle school and elementary) over the last several years.
Springboard English Language Arts (ELA) ($30,000) With a goal of making rigorous courses accessible to all learners, MTSD is upgrading the 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts curriculum to the College Board’s comprehensive instructional program. The MTEF will help fund the textbooks, staff development, and curriculum writing hours with this grant.
Advanced Placement (AP) Seminar ($16,250) This grant will be used to cover some of the startup costs for the new AP English Language and Seminar class at the high school. Students will have the opportunity to hone their critical reading, writing and thinking skills while strengthening their abilities as researchers and communicators.
Robotics I Course ($15,250) The MTEF will help fund the new high school Robotics I Class start-up costs (equipment, textbooks, and curriculum writing hours). The new course will allow students to develop mechanical design, and critical thinking skills needed to construct, operate, and program robots through collaboration and project planning.
Language Honors Classes ($5,500) This grant will cover the start up costs for both the new Latin IV Honors and Mandarin Chinese IV Honors language classes. Both courses focus on all four aspects of communication; listening, speaking, reading and writing to help prepare students for collegiate level content.
Professional Development: ($32,500) The MTEF appreciates one of MTSD’s greatest resources: outstanding teachers. To help educators continue to grow and keep up with best practices, the MTEF will be granting all six school principals discretionary support to cover staff professional development.
HHS Writing Lab ($15,000) Before and after school, and during every hour of the instructional day, High School English teachers will continue to help students with an array of writing assignments—from an outline to a research report, with the support of this grant.
Donor Designated Donations ($32,744.50) Individual donors have funded these grants to meet specific needs throughout the school district. The use of these funds is designated by the donor. The Leave a Legacy project – “Room 2016” is one of many designated grants included in this total.
Excellence in Teaching Awards ($4,000) Teachers are the heart of our schools and the MTEF is proud to be able to recognize them by awarding our Excellence in Teaching Awards to a teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In 2015-2016, an extra award was given to recognize a district “specialist”. $228,784.50 / Total Grants
Special thanks to the Grants Advisory Committee Chair Tom Price and his committee: Debbie Anderson, Sue Birmingham, Brett Bowers, Jeridon Clark, Matt Joynt, John Krueger, Diana Levy, Brett Ludwig, Ali Rudich, Bryan Sadoff, and Robin Schlei