Mariah Crow, $1000
We would like to open a school store that sells Belgrade Panther's spirit gear and memorabilia. We want to bring Panther pride to the Belgrade school and community. We hope to achieve a self-sufficient school based enterprise (SBE). Our goal is to provide school spirit related gear to peers, staff and families. We will be teaching students job skills and responsibility.
Tom Grady, $1000
3rd Grade Lego Kits:
We would purchase 5 Lego Wedo 2.0 kits to be used primarily on the 3rd grade floor at Heck/Quaw. In trials using school-wide kits, the Heck/Quaw teachers saw some outstanding engagement and learning. in addition, having to work in cooperative groups led to strong social skills development. Having our own kits would mean that we could build our robots and the be able to leave them constructed as we spend more time on programming/coding the robot behavior. Our kits would also be available for checkout to other grade levels and classrooms in the periods where they were not being used by 3rd grade.
Matthew Wenger, $950
LED Grow Light Carts:
The purpose of this grant is to further engage student learning of the life sciences through hands on, inquiry based, and student designed experiments involving the growth and life cycles of plants. These grow lights would allow for controlled and consistent growing conditions for lab experiments involving plants.
Richard Meyn, $1000
Alternative School Community Experiences, Grant Summary:
Field trips get students out of their normal routines and introduce them to opportunities and possibilities they may not have thought about before. This course will be targeted at exposing students with both the hard skills that pertain to a specific job and the soft skills that encompass social competencies like listening and engaging in conversation. Field trips and guest speakers provide a diverse population of students more opportunities to achieve their goals of not only graduating high school, but also the real potential of attaining a job they are passionate about.
Past Launch Grant Recipients
Kyle Gavin, $1000
The agricultural education program at Belgrade High School has an older open topped horse trailer that has been stored and not used for the past few years. It was donated by an FFA family to help the program. We will be converting the trailer into a mobile greenhouse (greenhouse on wheels) similar to the Bozone Ozone Bus. Once completed the greenhouse will be used to produce vegetables and other crops. The mobile greenhouse will be created to be able to be used as a teaching tool. The plant science students will be able to take the mobile greenhouse to the elementary schools or to community event and host demonstrations/workshops related to food production and healthy eating. The money received from this grant and other sources will be used to modify the horse trailer and add greenhouse siding. Once completed the agriculture program will develop and coordinate events for Belgrade schools students and community members using the mobile greenhouse. For example, students could create a presentation to teach 2nd or 3rd grade students about where their food comes from or they could take the mobile greenhouse to the fair with a workshop on tomato production. The Belgrade FFA could also take the mobile greenhouse to the farmers market and sell vegetables or plants that they have produced. The mobile greenhouse would be a valuable tool for the Belgrade High School agriculture program as well as for the students of Belgrade and the community.
Brianna James, $1000
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Elementary Implementation Kits:
The purpose of the grant project is to use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to build grade level specific kits for elementary teachers to use in the classroom that will aid them in giving the students a three dimensional understanding of science. The NGSS consists of three different dimensions: the the core ideas, the practices and the crosscutting concepts. Definitions of each of these dimensions have been taken from the NGSS website and are as follows: "Crosscutting Concepts help students explore connections across the four domains of science, including Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design." "Science and Engineering Practices describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems. The practices better explain and extend what is meant by “inquiry” in science and the range of cognitive, social, and physical practices that it requires." "Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are the key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. These core ideas build on each other as students progress through grade levels and are grouped into the following four domains: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering." These new standards are meant to give students a deeper understanding of science as a practice. The kits would make implementation of these standards a smoother transition from the old standards.