• PTSA-funded Staff Mini-Grants
     
    ****The goal of the KMS PTSA mini-grant program is to provide funds for classroom projects, activities, or materials that are not available through traditional sources.****

    Mini Grants 2016-17

    Fall Awards:

    Applicant(s) Name

    Summary

    Amount

    Approve?

    7th grade Soc Studies Teachers (Daugherty, Coyle, Jennings)

    30 Virtual Reality Headsets

    $381

    Yes





    Burgeson

    ALAN Conference & books

    $250

    Yes.





    Christel & Haslett

    Subscription

    $105

    Yes.





    Kennedy

    Fidget toys

    $250

    Yes





    Troth

    Literary Nonfiction books

    $248

    Yes;  





    Intervention Team

    Outings

    $500

    Yes





    Miller

    Dystopian Books

    For classroom

    $248

    Yes


    Total awarded: $1932


    Applicant(s) Name

    Summary

    Amount

    Approve?

    Kyle Tackett & Cindy Morrison

    Fidget Spinners

    $250

    Yes





    Angela Jennings

    YA fiction books

    $250

    Yes.





    Stephanie Brennan

    YA fiction books

    $250

    Yes.





    Pamela Sneek

    Costumes & Props

    $250

    Yes





    Strous Cox & Burgeson +

    Info Kiosks

    $1120

    $830 for 2 kiosks (café & library)






    Spring 2017

    Total awarded: $1830

    Description of Grants Awarded

    Fall 2016

    Valerie Haslett and Caitie Christel   $105

    We are requesting that the KMS PTSA sponsor a three-year subscription to www.senorwooly.com.  This website enhances the learning opportunities for our students by providing fun videos and activities that correlate to our curriculum.


    Matt Daugherty,  Staci Coyle and Angela Jennings $381

    This funding request is for one classroom set (30 pairs) of Pocket Virtual Reality (VR) Headsets, to be shared between the three Social Studies 7th grade classrooms. The VR Headsets use a smartphone to create a VR environment students can explore in 3D; the smartphone itself slides into the glasses to create the image. The glasses will enhance student learning in a number of ways. First, students will be excited to use a new technology like virtual reality in the classroom. Students enjoy engaging with the newest technology and the glasses are a great way to marry new technology and curriculum. Second, the seventh grade curriculum covers countries and continents that are far away (Greece, Rome, Europe, Asia). These glasses will allow teachers to develop virtual guided field trips so students can see things like the Parthenon, the Roman Coliseum, and more.


    Erik Burgeson $250

    This proposal is written with the express purpose of acquiring more of the latest books for our library, language arts classes, and reading electives at a minimal cost.  I would like to use the money from this grant to pay for attending the Assembly for Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, hereafter referred to as ALAN.  This conference attracts the latest and greatest Young Adult Literature authors to speak in front of librarians and English teachers about their craft and how great literature can impact adolescent learning. In addition to providing lectures and graduate-level class workshops to incorporate these texts into the classroom, the authors and their publishers provide each participant with a box of the latest books that each person can use in their classroom and/or library.  For attending, each participant will get a box of books that would easily cost $800 or more if purchased from our regular vendors.


    Robin Troth $250

    This grant will be used to continue building a classroom/department library of memoir and high interest fiction for independent reading and small group analysis and discussion.


    Zack Isenhart and Kyle Tackett $500

    We are using the grant to take our SCLC students to Get Air Columbus, in Hilliard, as a new experience for all of our students. Get Air Columbus is a trampoline park that has accommodations for individuals with special needs, and we will be taking our students there on April 27.  At Get Air, students will have the opportunity to work on active, team-building scenarios, and engage in real-life social situations to practice learned social skills from Social Mentor Club, Inclusion Classes, and Speech Services.  This field trip will allow students the practice learned social skills in a new environment under the guidance of the SCLC staff and the Speech Language Pathologist, while simultaneously engaging in physical activities to practice spatial/body awareness under the guidance of the Adaptive Physical Education Instructor.  After our return from Get Air Columbus, we will be walking to Dewey's in order to have lunch with our students.  At Dewey's, the students will be able to work in pairs and make their own pizzas under the instruction of the Dewey's staff for their pizza school.  In this way, all of our students will have an opportunity to practice their learned conversation skills, as well as functional, daily living skills of following a recipe. 


    Kate Kennedy $250

    This grant will be used to purchase additional fidget spinners and/or wiggle stools. These items help 6th graders focus and relax while being in an environment that fosters creativity and engagement.


    Scott Miller $250

    This grant will be used to continue building a classroom/department library of dystopian novels for small group analysis and discussion. KMS students benefit from the various reading levels and interest areas that these novels provide.


    Spring 2017


    Kyle Tackett and Cindy Morrison $250

    This grant will be used to purchase materials and cover other expenses to construct fidget spinners for KMS students in the Special Education Department. This would act as an additional resource for students to help guide themselves in self-regulation and complete given tasks across the school environment.


    Stephanie Brennan $250

    This grant will be used to purchase fiction young adult novels that are high interest and engaging to middle school students.  We would like to secure as many as possible to be able to offer a wide selection to students, as well as to allow them to take home to read if necessary.


    Angela Jennings $250

    This grant will be used to purchase fiction young adult novels that are high interest and engaging to middle school students.  We would like to secure as many as possible to be able to offer a wide selection to students, as well as to allow them to take home to read if necessary.


    Pamela Sneek $250

    This grant will be used to purchase additional props and costumes for the upcoming performances.


    Thomas Strous, Kelly Cox, and Erik Burgeson $830

    This grant will be used to purchase materials and cover other expenses to construct digital announcement kiosks for KMS students to get information about events and activities. This would act as an additional and more consistent resource for students to receive information across the school environment.