Sustaining Educational Excellence

Archive for November 2013

Hokki Stools for ME Miss Miller – Scarlet&Gray Match: Just Met! Request Funded!

Hokki Stools are cleverly designed stools that would replace the traditional chair in my classroom.

The Hokki stool is a backless stool with a curved bottom. These stools force students to sit upright, strengthening their core while allowing students to wiggle and move their bodies and remain sitting at their tables.

The benefits of children being able to move while they are working are numerous.

The children are able to be in motion while still focusing on the work in front of them. The stools are designed to improve posture, which in turn also improves handwriting and fine motor skills as well and core strength, both of which are crucial at the Kindergarten age.

Attention spans grow longer and the ability to concentrate improves. Research proves that this relationship between movement and brain activity leads to better academic results.

A class set of these chairs will allow the most active children to continue working on their academics while addressing their physical needs and provide the less active children with the task of staying upright rather than slouching in their chairs. These stools are designed to withstand the use of Kindergarten aged students and will be used for many years to come, impacting hundreds of children.

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Online fundraising for Hokki Stools for Mrs. Miller's Kindergarten Class at Mariemont Elementary

Macbook Pro for TPE Mrs. Childs – Elan Tech Match: Just Met!

MacBook Pro for JH Band – Madison Wealth Match Met! Request Funded!

Our band director, Mr. Canter, has initiated a technology committee at the Junior High and has submitted a  Make it Happen proposal for equipment to get them started. His request is for funding to  purchase a MacBook Pro computer with video image and audio processing software:

This year, the 8th Grade Band will be adding a technology committee. This student-lead committee will be responsible for creating videos to back up the performances of music at concerts for the 7th and 8th Grade Bands using iMovie and other Apple programs. These movies would be shown on a projector screen behind the band during a performance to add an exciting element to musical selections. In addition to video production, the band technology committee will be learning how to professionally record performances using Garage Band and other recording software. This committee will also be responsible for making promotional videos to be used at concerts and to be shown at community events.

By working together in this committee, students will learn new technology, how to better work together, leadership and teamwork skills that will enhance their experience in band. The success of this program will be measured by how the performances are impacted through the use of this new technology.

 

Help “Make it Happen” for Music Classes at Terrace Park

The music teacher at TPE, Mrs. Croll, would like to purchase a Listening Center to make a variety of music accessible to students in class.

Listening to a variety of music is an integral part of music education. The purchase of the Listening Center would provide another outlet for making music accessible to students during music class. The comfortable headphones will provide high quality sound while students are free from other classroom sounds. A durable CD/MP3 player with a hub for up to 8 headphones makes it possible for several students to listen to the same music or audio excerpt at one time while the rest of the class works on a different assignment. The teacher can work with smaller groups of students while students complete listening assignments at the Listening Center. This equipment will help provide many opportunities for enrichment and support beyond the activities that the class completes as a group.

You can help Make it Happen by clicking on the donate button below.

Online fundraising for Listening Center for Music Education

For more information on the Make it Happen Fund or to browse other projects, please click on the image below.

Stereoscopes for ME Mrs. Melvin & Mr. Miller – Scarlet&Gray Match Met! Funded!

Mrs. Melvin and Mr. Miller would like to purchase 6 additional Stereoscopes for their science classes. This will reduce the number of students that have to share a stereoscope from 4 to only 2 students, allowing each student more time to study the materials.

Sixth grade students study rocks, minerals and soils in our geology unit. Because these are not transparent materials, the students can not see tiny features of sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous samples through a regular microscope.

Fifth grade students will be exploring the stomata and cells of leaves to gain a better understanding of the photosynthesis equation. Students will explore parts of animals and learn how those small adaptations can make them successful in so many environments. Students will create slides of cheek cells and discuss the differences between a plant cell and an animal cell. They will also use the scopes to observe the bones they find in owl pellets.

These scopes will help us meet the state benchmarks for grades 5-8 science education which are as follows:

  • Use appropriate mathematics, tools and techniques to gather data and information;
  • Analyze and interpret data;
  • Develop descriptions, models, explanations and predictions;

We currently own 9 student stereoscopes. Because there are as many as 29 students in our science classes, we have 3-4 students sharing each stereoscope. We would like to reduce the ratio so that each pair of students has a stereoscope to share.

It’s easy to help Make it Happen!  Simply click the donate button below.
Online fundraising for Stereoscopes for ME 5th and 6th grade science classes

To learn more about the Make it Happen Program and to browse all open requests, click the image below.

Soil Sampling Tool ME Mrs. Melvin, TPE Mrs. Alexander – Scarlet&Gray Match Met! Request Funded!

Mrs. Melvin and Mrs. Alexander would like a deep soil sampling tool to allow their 6th grade science students to collect and analyze soil from the area.

Mrs. Melvin attended the “Dig Deeper”workshop sponsored by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (and Warren and Butler Counties) on October 24, 2013. She learned a great deal, and is anxious to use the activities. However, she lacks some basic equipment to enable the students to have the most hands-on experiences possible. She has applied for a $250 grant from the HCSWCD to purchase 6 small soil sampling tubes, one per table group. These are not sufficiently long to go beyond 10″ into the soil, so she would also like to have a soil sampling tube that will go 36″ deep to use with the whole class.

Students will collect soil samples, analyze the properties of the samples, and evaluate the quality of the soils found within the Mariemont School District (and any samples they bring in from further away). There are 77 science students at Mariemont Elementary. Since this project is on-going, each successive 6th grade class will make use of the tools. Mrs. Melvin’s colleague at Terrace Park Elementary, Heather Alexander, will also be able to use the tools for her two science classes.

They will take soil samples out in the community at the neighborhood parks and on school property. The proper tool will allow the students to sample more than one horizon and will standardize their sampling so we can make more accurate comparisons. The activities described correlate with Ohio’s State Department of Education’s Science Revised Standards and Model Curriculum.

It’s easy to Make it Happen, just click below to donate!

Online fundraising for Soil Sampling Tool for ME and TP 6th Grade Science

To learn more about the Make it Happen Fund, and to browse other open requests, click the image below.

Deep Soil Sampling Tool for ME and TP 6th Grade Science

Mrs. Melvin and Mrs. Alexander would like a deep soil sampling tool to allow their 6th grade science students to collect and analyze soil from the area.

Mrs. Melvin attended the “Dig Deeper”workshop sponsored by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District (and Warren and Butler Counties) on October 24, 2013. She learned a great deal, and is anxious to use the activities. However, she lacks some basic equipment to enable the students to have the most hands-on experiences possible. She has applied for a $250 grant from the HCSWCD to purchase 6 small soil sampling tubes, one per table group. These are not sufficiently long to go beyond 10″ into the soil, so she would also like to have a soil sampling tube that will go 36″ deep to use with the whole class.

Students will collect soil samples, analyze the properties of the samples, and evaluate the quality of the soils found within the Mariemont School District (and any samples they bring in from further away). There are 77 science students at Mariemont Elementary. Since this project is on-going, each successive 6th grade class will make use of the tools. Mrs. Melvin’s colleague at Terrace Park Elementary, Heather Alexander, will also be able to use the tools for her two science classes.

They will take soil samples out in the community at the neighborhood parks and on school property. The proper tool will allow the students to sample more than one horizon and will standardize their sampling so we can make more accurate comparisons. The activities described correlate with Ohio’s State Department of Education’s Science Revised Standards and Model Curriculum.

It’s easy to Make it Happen, just click below to donate!

Online fundraising for Soil Sampling Tool for ME and TP 6th Grade Science

To learn more about the Make it Happen Fund, and to browse other open requests, click the image below.

Stereoscopes for ME 5th & 6th Grade Science

Mrs. Melvin and Mr. Miller would like to purchase 6 additional Stereoscopes for their science classes. This will reduce the number of students that have to share a stereoscope from 4 to only 2 students, allowing each student more time to study the materials.

Sixth grade students study rocks, minerals and soils in our geology unit. Because these are not transparent materials, the students can not see tiny features of sedimentary, metamorphic or igneous samples through a regular microscope.

Fifth grade students will be exploring the stomata and cells of leaves to gain a better understanding of the photosynthesis equation. Students will explore parts of animals and learn how those small adaptations can make them successful in so many environments. Students will create slides of cheek cells and discuss the differences between a plant cell and an animal cell. They will also use the scopes to observe the bones they find in owl pellets.

These scopes will help us meet the state benchmarks for grades 5-8 science education which are as follows:

  • Use appropriate mathematics, tools and techniques to gather data and information;
  • Analyze and interpret data;
  • Develop descriptions, models, explanations and predictions;

We currently own 9 student stereoscopes. Because there are as many as 29 students in our science classes, we have 3-4 students sharing each stereoscope. We would like to reduce the ratio so that each pair of students has a stereoscope to share.

It’s easy to help Make it Happen!  Simply click the donate button below.
Online fundraising for Stereoscopes for ME 5th and 6th grade science classes

To learn more about the Make it Happen Program and to browse all open requests, click the image below.

Listening Center for ME and TPE Music – Scarlet&Gray Match Met!

The music teacher at ME and TPE, Mrs. Croll, would like to purchase a Listening Center to make a variety of music accessible to students in class.

Listening to a variety of music is an integral part of music education. The purchase of the Listening Center would provide another outlet for making music accessible to students during music class. The comfortable headphones will provide high quality sound while students are free from other classroom sounds. A durable CD/MP3 player with a hub for up to 8 headphones makes it possible for several students to listen to the same music or audio excerpt at one time while the rest of the class works on a different assignment. The teacher can work with smaller groups of students while students complete listening assignments at the Listening Center. This equipment will help provide many opportunities for enrichment and support beyond the activities that the class completes as a group.

You can help Make it Happen by clicking on the donate button below.

Online fundraising for Listening Center for Music Education

For more information on the Make it Happen Fund or to browse other projects, please click on the image below.