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Otsego, MI 49078

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31,2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District. Funding for grants not implemented by the end of the 2012-2013 school year will revert to the Foundation. Project Summary: Staff Member's Name: Title of Proposal:

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Kyle Uramkin Staff Member's Name: Building/Grade: Alamo Elementary / K-5 Physical Education Title of Proposal: JumpStart! GameBikes Dollar Amount Requested: $1000 - $1300 Implementation Date: As soon as I get them. Estimated number of students Estimated classroom To benefit per year: approximately 25-30 life (in years) 10 years Detailed description of final outcome (attach additional pages as needed) I would like to purchase 2 Game Rider Game bikes for my JumpStart! Program. The bikes would be used everyday during JumpStart! The intent of JumpStart! is to increase reading scores /behavior in school through daily exercise. The gamebikes would be very motivating for the students to work hard to increase their heart rate. In this program we have equipment that has been donated /purchased for the school. The equipment that we have is nice; however some of it is very old. I would like to get something that the kids will enjoy, works well, and is very motivating for them! I think the bikes are a great way to encourage the kids to work hard to get their heart rate up. Describe the educational objective: Exercise has been proven to increase learning and grades in students. At Alamo Elementary we are working to increase reading scores through a program called JumpStart! It is a morning exercise program to increase heart rate which in turn increases focus & learning when kids return to class. During JumpStart! students exercise to increase heart rate. We have some equipment and are always looking for more. I am also always looking for different kinds of equipment for variation and motivation. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes X No If "Yes "please explain. Amy Nieuwenhuis & Darcy Bentley physical education teachers at Washington Street Elementary and Dix Street Elementary, have the same program and exercise bikes. They were purchased through the OPS Foundation Grant also. At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding: Yes X No If "yes" please explain: I am always lo-eking for new and different equipment. As principal, I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied. ~~a~---

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Otsego Public Schools Foundation P.o. Box 251 Otsego, MI 49078

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1. Number of students affected in I year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31,2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District. Funding for grants not implemented by the end of the 2012-2013 school year will revert to the Foundation. Project Summary: Staff Member's Name: Title of Proposal: Dollar Amount Requested:

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Jennifer Shearer/Kim Seger Dix Street Elementary /3rd grade Science Information in Their Hands $1,224.30

To be implemented as soon as possible Estimated number of students To benefit per year 60+

Estimated classroom life (in years) 10 +

Students will use the trade books requested to help them better understand the science concepts being taught in a lesson. Currently the new Battle Creek Science Kits come with one copy of each trade book for any given lesson. There can be a total of up to four books per kit and we have four kits to teach. We use the document camera to project the images of the books, but we know it isn't as effective as getting this literature in the hands of the children. Furthermore, they will be able to apply skills that are taught in our Language Arts Lessons. Some examples would include: partner reading, choral reading, summarizing, evaluating, questioning, and going back to the text to find answers to questions. Having the information in their hands, as opposed to the document camera, will make a difference in their understanding of the material.

The objective is for students to have trade books available to help meet the new Common Core Standards for reading and comprehending informational texts. Students will be able to see illustrations, diagrams, and other text features in better detail. They can spend more time with the material and have greater access to it when needed. There are no other science texts that accompany these new kits. Yes, this project has been used in OPS before. Last year Jennifer Evans was awarded a grant for books to accompany her kits. She reports that it has made a real difference.


This project could definitely be enhanced with more funding. It was difficult to pare down the list of books we wanted for this grant. There are many other titles that we could use. I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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List of Books to accompany Battle Creek Science Kits Requested by Jennifer Shearer and Kim Seger Third Grade Dix Street Elementary Herman's Moving Experience By: Nancy Karre

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25

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$200.00

Jump into Science DIRT By: Steve Tomecek

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25

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$182.25

Oil Spill! By: Melvin Berger

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Nothing Sticks Like a Shadow By: Lynn Munsinger

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Are You a Snail? By: Judy Allen

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$182.25

Total: $1113.00 Shipping $111.30 Grand Total Requested:

$1,224.30

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Otsego Public Schools Foundation P.o. Box 251 Otsego, MI 49078

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration

may include the following:

1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) • 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants Grants accept remain

will be awarded by letter no later than May 31,2012. Excellence in Education are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District.

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EXCELLENT IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION Page 2 Staff Member's Name: Building/Grade: Title of Proposal: Dollar Amount Requested: Anticipated date of Implementation: Estimated # of students to benefit per year: (approximately 500+ students) Estimated classroom life (in years):

Darin L. Price Otsego Middle School (6_8th grade) 31 Keyboarding Skins & 1 Gyration Ultra Wireless Optical Mouse Skins (Approximately $360-420) Mouse (Approximately ($80-$100) Fall of2012 (new school year) Every student in the middle school 3-5 years (keyboarding skins) 10+ years

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF FINAL OUTCOME The items that I am requesting are keyboarding skins that are tightly placed on the keyboard to cover the letters. They are designed to improve student accuracy and speed because it forces students to learn where the keys are without looking at the keyboard. The technology department purchased 30 keyboarding skins four to five years ago and they are starting to tear apart and stretch which makes it more difficult for the students to effectively and efficiently type. The budget does not allow for the replacement of these covers. The costs of the keyboarding skins vary from $11 to $13 per skin depending on the specials going on. Often times, there are discounted rates as the number of items ordered increases. The OMS computer lab was updated with new computers at the beginning of this school year, but I am using the previous keyboards because the current keyboarding skins do not fit the new keyboards. The new keyboarding skins would also allow us to use the new keyboards that were purchased with the computers. The present keyboarding covers used in the middle school lab have been extremely effective, valuable, and the keyboarding skills of the students have improved greatly due to the use of the covers. The purchase of these keyboarding skins would allow the students of Otsego Public Schools to effectively improve their keyboarding skills. The wireless gyration optical mouse would be used in conjunction with the SmartBoard that is used every day and with every class. Every student benefits a great deal from the use of the Smartboard. I had a wireless gyration optical mouse that I have used in my classroom for over ten years and it has just run its course. I use it every day for every class. It is an incredible teaching tool. It allows me to move about the room as I am instruction and basically run my computer. I mainly use it while instructing using the SmartBoard. It is a handheld mouse that is used in the air but can also be used as a normal desktop mouse. The mouse has been invaluable and I can definitely tell the difference now that the old one is no longer working. The cost of a quality wireless gyration mouse is approximately $80 to $100. I


If I was able to get the keyboarding skins and mouse for less, I would gladly put the money back into the foundation. Michelle may be able to get a better deal with her connections or knowing better whom to go through.

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Every student in the middle school is required to have computers in their sixth, seventh, and eighth grade years for a trimester. The keyboarding skins have and would continue to benefit every student for the three years they are at the middle school. They would help improve the keyboarding skills of all the students, which would benefit during high school and beyond. The educational objective would be to improve student keyboarding skills by not allowing students to look at the keys on the keyboard. Students will increase their accuracy and speed if they keep their hands on the home row keys, use the correct fingers, and keep their eyes on the screen. The biggest increase in keyboarding speed is when a student knows the location of all of the keys without looking at the keyboard. The keyboarding skins provide this opportunity. The following are benefits of the keyboarding skins that would be purchased: Product Features Opaque mask. The mask is opaque so the student cannot see the keyboard letters. 100% Latex Free. The mask is made of a high-quality, durable polyurethane material that is 100% latex free. Infection Control. The typing covers provide a degree of bacterial control by allowing the use of antiseptic wipes between student uses. This can be critically important in peak illnes Made in the USA with safe materials. The masks are manufactured in the United States from high quality materials that are guaranteed non-toxic. Easy installation. The typing mask slips on easily when the student is ready to start learning touch typing techniques. The mask slips off in seconds for the next class or student whom Custom fit. The typing masks are precisely molded to keyboard models. We have most popular keyboard model masks available and we are adding new ones all the time. Installs in minutes. The mask design and material assures that they can be installed and removed quickly and easily/


The educational objective of wireless gyration optical mouse would be to allow the teacher an easier, more efficient and more effective way of instructing and covering information while using the Smartboard without having to go back to the actual computer to do. The teacher does not have to be at a table to control the mouse because the mouse can be used in the air while being held by the teacher. The students can visually see the information that was being covered and taught, while the teacher actually performs the task at hand. The Smartboard is such an unbelievable instructional tool and having the wireless gyration optical mouse greatly adds to its effectiveness. Much of the content covered in computer class is always first done with verbal instruction, along with entire class activities. Being able to have the class follow along with the instruction by seeing exactly how it is done while they are also performing the tasks is a great learning style and opportunity. The wireless gyration optical mouse should last as long as needed and as long as the equipment holds up, which is nothing more than basic wear and tear (use) of the equipment. The wireless gyration optical mouse in conjuction with the Smartboard has and will continue to benefit every student for the three years they are at the middle school.

HAS A PROJECT LIKE THIS BEEN USED IN OPS BEFORE:

YES

As mentioned above, I presently have keyboarding covers in the middle school lab that students use every class period during the school year. The constant use of the covers over the past five years has caused them to stretch and not fit tightly on the keyboards. This causes the covers to bubble up over the keys and makes it more difficult to type and it loses its effectiveness. We also are not able to use our new keyboards because the current covers do not fit or go with that particular keyboard. The new covers are designed to fit the new keyboards. I have also had and used the wireless gyration optical mouse for many years and it adds immensely to the effectiveness of my instruction especially while using the SmartBoard.

AT TIMES FUNDS MAY BECOME AVAILABLE FROM OTHER SOURCES. COULD THIS PROJECT BE ENHANCED WITH MORE FUNDING: NO The initial cost of the Dell keyboarding skins and the wireless gyration optical mouse would be the only cost of the project. The life of the skins would vary depending on the durability and use of the product. The mouse should last a very long time. Both are used constantly by and with the three grade levels. The previous skins are on their fifth year of use and my current wireless gyration optical mouse is no longer working.


Thank you very much for your consideration for this grant. This project has proven to be and would continue to be an effective and educational benefit to our students.

I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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Otsego Public Schools Foundation P.o. Box 251 Otsego, MI 49078

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requesleffto present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1: Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant. Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31,2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a__ position elsewhere, items funded through Exceiience in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possessionof, the Otsego Public School District. Funding for grants not implemented by the end of the 2012-2013 school year will revert to the Foundation,

Project Summary: Staff Member's Name: Title of Proposal: Dollar ~ount Requested:

Martha Roelofs Learning is a Ball! $240.00

A follow-up report must be submitted no later than June 1,2013. Failure to submit this report may result in disqualification from future funding.


Excellence in Education Grant Application Page 2 Staff Member's Name: _=.:.M"-'a""-rt!:!ch!-"'a'-"'R-"'o"-"eco-:lo"'-"f:""s_--;r----.:;::_ Building/Grade: Otsego Middle School/6th_8th Grade Math & Special Education Title of Proposal: Learning is a Ball! Dollar Amount Requested: "'-$2'='-4-'-'0"-'.-"'-0-'<-0 _ Implementation Date: ",--Fa"",l~l ==-2"",-0"",12,,_~ _ Estimated classroom Estimated number of students life (in years): 5-10 To benefit per year: --=3,--,,0,--_ Detailed description of final outcome (attach additional pages as needed) 15 ball chairs will be made available for student seating. Being able to bounce and rock in chairs helps students to concentrate, particularly students who come to the resource room. Many of these students have attention and/or sensory issues. Describe the educational objective: The educational objective is to provide seating for students that is more comfortable and accommodating, particularly for students who have attention and/or sensory issues. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes---.2L No _ If "Yes" please explain. Karen Dame, another middle school special education teacher, obtained funds from the OPS Foundation for the 2011-2012 school year to purchase ball chairs for her classroom; ball chairs are also used in the second grade classrooms at Washington Street Elementary, as well as other rooms throughout the district. At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding: Yes X No _ If "yes" please explain. With further funding, more ball chairs could be purchased. This would allow more students to benefit from their use. A pump could also be purchased, so that ball chairs can remain inflated for longer periods of time. I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years OD ating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the bud ting pro ess and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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Excellence in Education Grant Application STAFF MEMBER

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Math

Boys and Girls Learn Differently; Providing Stability Balls for

TITLE OF PROPOSAL

Active Students ITEMS REQUESTED

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Fall 2012

DATE

TO BENEFIT PER YEAR

152 students ~ Average class size is 30, so 16 students will benefit each class.

ESTIMATED

3-5 years

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NUMBER OF STUDENTS CLASSROOM LIFE (IN

YEARS)

Detailed description of final outcome: Replacing class chairs for stability

balls is an innovative

new way to improve

posture and

attention.

Describe the educational objective: Using stability wiggles out.

balls instead of chairs allows students to focus on their structure

and get the

Brain research supports movement and these stability balls allow students to move in

class which has been proven to keep them more engaged in the educational process. The ability to pay attention whole

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body is engaged, your brain is engaged.

while they are working students disturbing

balls give students tactile stimulation

extra movement

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to do so in a quiet manner without

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practicing

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on balance, assisting their brains to be ready to learn.

in the classroom who require

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good balance and posture.

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Has a project

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Yes. There are several teachers

in the district who use stability

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in place

of chairs.

Many of the early elementary

teachers use them, as well as four middle school

teachers.

All of the teachers I contacted

are extremely

At times funding with

may become available

pleased with the durability.

from other sources.

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be enhanced

more funding?

No, unless there was a need for a whole class set.

I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating suppli s will be denied.

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Otse{3o Public Schools Foundation

Excellence In Education Grant Application Amy Nieuwenhuis - Washington Street Elementary Physical Education, K-5 "Equipment for Adaptive PE;" Dollar Amount Requested:

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Implementation date: As soon as possible Estimated

number of students

to benefit per year: All students

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classroom life (in years): 10+ years

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Detailed description of final outcome: This grant is to purchase some equipment for physical education class that all of the students

at WSE would be able to use but that the adaptive students

would

find it easier to use than some of the equipment that we currently use. With a budget of less than $200 per year there just isn't enough to go around when it comes to purchasing new types of equipment, generally wejust maintain what has become damaged with that

money. The 2010-11 school year was the

first year had the county AI classroom within our building. I did not receive any extra budget to cater to their skill levels. There are several activities that we do that

make it difficult for these students to be successful.

For instance, when we

are shooting balls at the basketball hoops we are not able to lower them at WSE so that

height makes it a frustrating

activity for someone that might not have

the best motor control or may be in a wheelchair. So this equipment; I've asked for would first and foremost

benefit the adaptive students

school, but it is not anything so exclusive that the students

of all ages within this

it could not be used by the rest of

within our school.

Describe the educational objective: By using the equipment the students adapt the activities participate

with any sort of disability I will be able to

so they will be able to feel as successful as the students

with the regular curriculum. The students

more independent in their physical education activities,

that

will also be taught to be rather than relying on an

aide to guide them. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: No At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding? Yes, I would love tq add some adaptive pieces of


aquatic equipment also as I witnessed the AI students

thrive and smile more than

ever in the pool atmosphere. I attest

that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at

this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31, 2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District. .Funding for grants not implemented by the end of the 2012-2013 school year will revert to the Foundation. Project Summary: Staff Member' s Name Title of Proposal

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration

may include the following:

1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31,2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District. Funding for grants not implemented to the Foundation.

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Feb. 20,2012 Educational Objective for the Excellence in Education Grant: To foster literacy independence in our second grade classrooms.

Daily 5 Background Information:

Daily 5 is a series of literacy tasks (reading to self, reading with someone, writing, word work, and listening to reading) which students complete daily while the teacher meets with small groups or confers with individual students.

It is based on literacy learning

and motivation research, and has been practiced and refined in various classrooms over the past 10+ years. Within our county, Hopkins Elementary, Baker Elementary, Dorr Elementary, and Martin Elementary are just a few of the schools that are implementing the program, along with Dix Street. Current research suggests that 80% of the teacher's day is spent instructing, leaving 20% of the student's day to actually practice the skills we are instructing them in. (Boushley & Moser). Our goal should be the direct opposite.

We were sent to extensive Daily 5 training in Ypsilanti last summer. We are excited about what we learned through the training and have been eagerly implementing what we can into our classrooms.

Funding needs for better implementation: Listen to Reading is one of the Daily 5 strategies that help to foster a strong reading vocabulary.

Currently we do not have any cassette or CD players available for our

students. After researching the best method and talking with other teachers that are using Listening to Reading, we learned that the playlists of many books can be easily developed and downloaded on ipods. The children can listen to their own playlist of multiple book titles. We are asking for the Excellence in Education Grant to fund 5 ipods for each of our classrooms.

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grade classes at Dix Street last year and we are requesting the same ones. At this time the estimated price per ipod is $150.00.

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per set. Many book titles can be downloaded for free from various sites, but an additional allowance for downloading future books of $200.00 would cover these expenses.

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Otsego Public Schools Foundation P.o. Box 251 Otsego, MI 49078

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16, 2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration

may include the following:

1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

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Detailed description of final outcome: Career education is taught to all students K-5 as a part of our comprehensive guidance and counseling program. Fifth graders complete a simple interest inventory to get a beginning picture of where their talents and interests lie. Following the interest inventory, we ask students to research a particular career related to their interests. The Careers for Me Junior Reference Books will allow them to complete their research from an age appropriate resource. The reference book will help students to understand a basic job description, work characteristics and school subjects that are important for their career choice. Therefore, we are requesting funds to order 100 Careers for Me Junior Reference Books from Counseling Resources for Elementary Grades (ISBN# 1-929879-45-8). We will divide the books between all three elementary buildings. (If purchased individually the cost of the books is $7.95 each; purchased in sets of 10 the cost is $49.95 per set; shipping and handling is 12% of the order total.)

Describe the educational objective: The students will begin to investigate careers that match their talents and interests.


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Staff Member's Name: Allison Edema Building/Grade Level: Alamo Elementary/Kindergarten Title of Proposal: Capturing Kindergarten Dollar Amount Requested: $211.97 (This amount could be adjusted based on store) Implementation

Date: Immediately

Estimated number of students to benefit per year: All of my students and their parents, Alamo Elementary students Estimated classroom life (in years): 5+ years Detailed description of final outcome: I currently implement a classroom website. I offer access to the parents in my classroom and provide them with many features about our class and school. For example, I have curriculum information, snack calendars, my newsletter, upcoming events, and homework. One of the main features that I provide is photographs. I update the photographs regularly so that parents will be able to see what their child is experiencing in kindergarten. I also email individual parents pictures of their child. This grant would provide me with an updated digital camera that I would be able to keep in my classroom. Having a classroom digital camera would allow me to quickly capture the learning experiences of my students as well as the other activities at Alamo Elementary. I would be able to share these photographs with my parents as well as with other teachers and parents at Alamo. I like to create digital writing stories with my students and having a classroom camera would allow me to do these projects more efficiently. Describe educational objective: By providing my parents with a classroom website, I am able to give them updated information regarding classroom happenings and curriculum. Parents can use the photographs of their student as starting points for conversations regarding their learning and their experiences. Students will benefit from being able to verbalize their school experiences and parents will feel connected to the daily happenings of kindergarten at Alamo. Students will also be able to enhance their writing projects by using the pictures taken at school for projects and prompts. Has a project like this been used in OPSbefore? Unsure.


At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding? Please explain. With more funding, this grant could be enhanced by providing all teachers at Alamo with a digital camera (if they would use it) so that they, too, could capture school experiences to share with parents.

*Please see attached documents that contain feedback from parents regarding the photographs.

As principal, I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grant for such operating supplies will be denied.

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Hi Alii! I hope all is well with you I visited your site just a few days ago as I still have it in my favorites from last year when JJ was in your class and it brought back some great memories. Many of us parents aren't nearly as connected to the daily activities of our children as we'd like to be due to many things in our own daily life like the demands of work. When I was able to take afew minutes out of my day and spend it on your site to see what JJ had been up to at school, it made my day better EVERY TIME. To see the pictures of him and hisfriends learning, playing, and enjoying their day, made me remember what the important things in life really are . . On another note, when I was able to sit down with JJ at home and go over the site with him, it was great to have him explain with pride, what the pictures were and what he was learning at the time. To be able to share that with my son was priceless to me. I hope you are able to continue to produce the website for your future students and their parents. Thanks again for what you do, JJ still talks about you! JK Joe Kruizenga 269.779.1627

Mrs. Edema, We really enjoyed being able to check out your website and see what was going on with Andrew. There were field trips and classroom gatherings that I was not able to attend and it was nice to see the pictures that you took and posted on your website. I was able to get afeel for what the kids were able to experience because of you and I thank you for that. We could also print pictures too and that's priceless. Thank you very much, Tammy Durian


Dear Alli, I thoroughly enjoyed having a website to keep up on snack schedule, school happenings, important dates, and pictures of the kids in the classroom. Currently his 1st grade teacher does not have a website, and I feel pretty spoiled from last year. I appreciated the time you took uploading photos and updating your site. I hope all is well with your Kindergarten class and we miss you!! Raegan Radke

Hi Mrs. Edema - My daughter sure misses you. Hope you are doing well. The website along with photos is a wonderful tool for parents to stay in touch with the happenings of their children at school. This is such a wonderful time for them and they have many stories to share. Unfortunately we don't get to hear all of them. With the website and photos, I was able to "check in" on things I might have missed. I used it to also ask questions about their day and events they participated in - that maybe they forgot to tell me. It was also very exciting for the children to see themselves in the photos. Thanks, Torrie Meier

Hi Mrs. Edema, I just want to say that I truly miss your website and feel very lucky that Noah had that experience in your classroom. I think it would be helpful to send you personal insight as to how your website and email communication assisted our family and our student. As a busy working parent, I didn't always have the time to be in the classroom with my son to engage firsthand in his day to day educational experience. I am feeling that disengagement tremendously this year for both of my boys who do not have classroom websites. The website allowed for me to engage more with him at home. While we have homework and papers that come home on a daily basis, the interactivity of a website is so much more engaging. For example, going through his newsletters and homework was not nearly as exciting for him and was probably more of a "chore". However, Noah and I would sit down at least once a week to see if Mrs. Edema updated the website. He loved looking at the pictures of himself and his friends and telling me all about what they did that day, including the letters. We would use that time as a learning opportunity that came alive to us in the pictures. Noah would want to tell me the names of all the students in his


class that started with the letter "j" for example, prior to looking at the picture and then we could talk all about the sound the letter makes and different words that begin and end with that letter, etc. This was a very proud moment for him to show me all the activities that he did and were captured in pictures. He could describe the events for me like telling me a story and practice reading the words that also described the photo. His little brother loved looking at it !! I also enjoyed having the website and getting to see my son's smilingface enjoying school while I was away at work. I could look up the information at any moment when I lost my snack schedule, newsletter or needed to know what school supplies were in demand All around, particularly in this electronic day and age, having the website, in my opinion is a necessity. Having the ability to easily put the pictures on the site for parents is extremely beneficial and brings the classroom experience to our student's homes, probably especially for a kindergartner, who in many instances is away in a new environment for far longer than ever before. I really feel the difference this year not having that resource available for us and I do hope nothing prevents you from being able to continue to provide that for your students. Sincerely, GailM

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Hey Allison, For us, the pictures really made Tyler's kindergarten experience come alive. It allowed us a window that at times seemed to look right inside his day at school. While Tyler always talked about what he did, the pictures allowed us to put a little more "definition" to what we got from him. That was just one of the benefits for Ryan and I as parents. A benefit, for Tyler, was the sheer excitement he got when he would look on the website and see himself, with friends. It opened up avenues of conversation between us and our (at that time) 5 year old. The motivation he got from seeing himself, and hoping for more was beyond words. When I thanked you at the end of last year, this was a strong part of why. You made our experience with Ty's first year in school simply amazing. The website, amount of pictures, etc all were a part of what made you a fantastic teacher for our son. Thank you again! Coree Vander Lugt


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WOW! Alli- this is so cool! What a great way to showcase all the great stuff going on here at Alamo. Have a great year with all those little ones, and welcome to Alamo. It's great creative teachers like you that make our school wonderful!!! @Mary R 10114/20106:08:45 PM

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Mrs. Edema, Ilove this website. Iuse it all the time and Ilove seeing the pictures you post. The Thanksgiving pictures were just awesome ... so much fun. 3 11130/2010 6:03:04 PM

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What a wonderful website--so accessible, so complete, so informative=you are an awesome teacher! Enjoy your holiday break! 12/22/2010 10:09:18 AM

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AlIi, I was trying to access information about you and your class and this was a great way to get to know what you are doing. What positive comments from parents. Keep going kid! We miss you. Bob and Janine 2/14/2011 10:00:16 PM

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I have to agree with everyone, this is great!! You are such a thoughtful, loving teacher. Loganjust adores you and you have done an excellent job helping him along. Thank you for all the extra steps you have taken to be a remarkable teacher. Michelle

The website is great! It's nice to see what the kids are learning and see the pictures of the kids in action. I used it tons last year when Emily was in your class, and I hope this is something you are able to continue with. Thank you for being an awesome teacher. Brandi


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short description of the methodology behind the Heidi Song products. We are applying for a grant to allow us to purchase the Sing and Spell DVD's and workbooks which teach students sight words in a fun, interactive way. Students not only see and read the words but they also sing and do motions By using the Sing and Spell DVD's, our kindergarten students would be learning sight words in the most effective way-by activating multiple pathways in the brain at once. The DVD's and resource workbooks would accompany our teaching of sight words to our students and enhance our students' experience by allowing them to learn in multiple ways. This way, students will learn quickly, retain more information, and have fun.

Describe educational objective: Successful readers use a number of tools to help them understand texts. One important tool is sight word recognition. In kindergarten, all students begin to learn and master sight words. Sight words are important because they are used so frequently in texts and cannot be easily decoded. Because they are so important, it is crucial that our kindergarten students begin to learn and read these words on sight. The Heidi Song materials will help students learn and recognize sight words instantly-therefore

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16, 2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Staff Member Building/Grade Title of Proposal $ Amount Requested Implementation Date Estimated Number of Students Educational

Shannon TerMeer OMS ~ 6tn and 7tn Grade Math Flipping the Classroom: Teacher iPad $500 (although may be less) Fall 2012 Approximately 150

Objective:

"Flipping the Classroom" is a new approach to instruction. It is being used in many classes throughout the United States and there is a lot of research showing the benefits of this type of instruction. "Flipping the Classroom" is where a teacher creates videos and interactive lessons to be used and previewed at home, in advance of class. Class time then becomes the place to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Students watch the videos and complete the "notes" at home for "homework" and bring the material to class the following day to review in small groups and get additional, more individualized assistance. This type of instruction helps teachers to focus more on individual learners, both those who need more remediation and those who need more of a challenged. Here are some of the benefits to a flipped classroom: •

Lectures become homework and class time is used for collaborative student work. •. Differentiated Instruction. Flipping enables students to progress at their own pace. • Allows students with multiple learning styles and abilities to learn at their own pace and through traditional models. • Parents are more likely to be able to help. They will be able to walk through the notes with their child and "re-learn" the material if necessary. There is some comfort in knowingJhe teacher will have small instructional group activities the next day. •

The students always have front row viewing of the lesson. They can review the video as many times as needed.

When a·student is absent, he/she can still listen to the lesson on video and be more prepared when they return to school.

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With the use of the iPad, I will be able to create videos that will be used for the students to watch outside of the classroom for homework. Students will be able


to access these videos on my webpage and can be viewed as many times as needed. The iPad can be used to help with the flipped classroom in a variety of ways: • I will be able to create the lessons that will be used in place of a lecture given in the classroom. • I will be able to videotape and prepare the lessons. • It would be used during class to document students work and accomplishments. • It would be used to document grading and progress. (ie: Standards Based Grading with the Common Core Standards and Objectives) • It will allow for me to be able to move around the classroom more freely and still be able to monitor student progress. • It would allow me to work on lectures, notes, and prepare the lessons outside of the school building. A list of programs that could be used include, but are not limited to: • Vimeo • Camtasia • Screen Chomp • Edu Create • Jing • Show me • Flip Snack. com • Teacher Pal • Online Pinnacle Global Scholar • Socrative.com • Thatquiz.com • Edmodo.com • Scoopit.com • Gosoapbox.com • Wufoo.com • T odaysmeet. com

Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes. There are several teachers in the district "flipping" their classroom. There is one math teacher at the middle school and two math teachers at the high school. There are a couple of other teachers who have piloted units within their content.


Additional Funding: Yes, this project could be enhanced with more funding. The goal would be to have access to student computers so students who were unable to view the videos at home could do so in class. This could be in way of a student Netbook or student iPad.

I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.


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Names: Michelle Holmes, Aubrey Richie, Sara Schuemann

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Title of Proposal: Third Grade iPads (6 iPad2s with 16gb and 6 cases) Dollar Amount Requested: $3,350 total Each iPad = $499.00 plus tax Each case = $25.00 plus tax Implementation

Date: As soon as possible

Estimated Number of Students to Benefit per year: 80 Estimated Classroom life in years: 10+ Detailed description of final outcome: Our final goal is to not only have students more engaged in their learning but to have the iPads more available to them on a daily basis. iPads harness the technology and connectivity of a computer but provide levels of interaction that are more multi-sensory and intuitive. The iPads combination of simplicity and versatility gives the teachers the ability to meet the diverse learning needs of students and distinguishes the iPad as a disruptive force within education. (Hard, K., 2011-12) We can utilize the iPads across the curriculum in a variety of ways. There are many different apps, in every subject area, that students can use to deepen their understanding of concepts. The iPads can be used for assessments that are more meaningful to the students. It can also provide an avenue for written content creation, voice and video recordings as well as multiple applications to reinforce skills. Describe the educational objective: The iPads can be used to reinforce concepts being taught in class. Students are able to be selfdirected learners as they work at their pace and ability level. Students will enhance their math, reading, writing, science, and social studies skills using the apps on the iPad. Teachers will use the iPad to enhance the learning in the classroom through a variety of ways including video clips or voice recordings. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes, this year each elementary has 10 iPads. Teachers may check the iPads out for use in their classroom. We find them very beneficial, however challenging to use them to the full extent with only ten available for the entire school. Students will benefit the most by having iPads that are more easily accessible, on a daily basis.


Could this project be enhanced with more funding: Yes, more funding could help purchase more iPads as well as for the apps that cost money. The more iPads available with a variety of applications will continue to provide support to even more students.

References Hard, K. and Hopper, J. (2011-12). Are iPads Creating a New Instructional Journal (Winter 2011-12). pgs.8-10

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Kathy Reifert, Eileen Lane, and Mary Megan Heintz Building/Grade: Washington Street Elementary/Z'" Grade Title of Proposal: iPads for the Classroom Dollar Amount Requested: $2451.54 total $2400.00 = 6 x iPad2 @ $400 each $51.54 = 6 x iPad2 Leather Case with Stand (Amazon by ECGADGETS) @$8.59 ea. Implementation Date: Fall 2012 (or ASAP) Estimated number of students Estimated classroom to benefit per year: 75 students life (in years) 5 years Detailed description of final outcome (attach additional pages as needed) Our students are growing up in a world of technology so we want to help prepare them for the future by utilizing that technology in the classroom. There are a wide variety of apps for the iPad that students can use as resources or to aide in their learning. Each class would have two iPads to use with their class on a daily basis. This will provide our grade level with six iPads for a lesson or a small group activity. When combined with the school iPads from the media center we could make use of a whole classroom set. Describe the educational objective: Our educational objective is to use the iPads as another resource to help increase student learning. We hope to see an increase in student success in all areas of the curriculum. We plan to use these iPads throughout the day to enhance the learning environment in the classroom. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes X No If "Yes" please explain. Last year, Kathy and Mary Megan each got two iPod Touches for their classrooms. They implemented them in the Fall 2011. Students have been using these devices this year to practice math facts, time and money, creative story telling, taking pictures in the classroom, practicing handwriting, working on reading fluency, sight words, etc. with various apps. Children's music and aerobic music has been put on the iPods and with the use of the iPod dock the class has been able to listen to music during work time and enjoy exercises throughout the day. The iPods have been used as an incentive as well and students have been given the opportunity to earn free time on the iPods.


At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding: Yes X路 No If "yes" please explain: An expansion of this project would be to have 1 to 1 iPads in the classroom. Students would have their own iPad to utilize throughout the day. With this enhancement it would allow for each student to take ownership of a device. There is also so much more that can be done in the classroom if students had an iPad in their hand. I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION GRANT APPLICATION The purpose of the Excellence In Education grant is to provide support for innovative Educational programs that are not ordinarily funded through the school budget. Deadline: Only grant applications mailed to the above address and postmarked by March 16,2012 or received by Deb Wesaw in Central Office by the same date will be considered. Finalists may be requested to present the application to the Foundation trustees. Criteria for award consideration may include the following: 1. Number of students affected in 1 year. 2. Length of use (how many years will it last) 3. Used in school system before 4. Requested and denied through school budget process 5. Applicant participated in OPSF fund raising project. 6. Application filed properly and received by deadline. 7. Historically, requested amounts from $50.00 to $750.00 have been considered first, partial grants may also be awarded after consultation with applicant.

Grants will be awarded by letter no later than May 31, 2012. Excellence in Education Grants are awarded to staff members of the Otsego Public Schools. Should the recipient accept a position elsewhere, items funded through Excellence in Education grants must remain the property of, and in possession of, the Otsego Public School District. Funding for grants not implemented by the end of the 2012-2013 school year will revert to the Foundation. Project Summary: Staff Member's Name: Title of Proposal:

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Staff Member:

Kim Winchel

Building/Grade:

Washington Street Elementary th . 4 Grade

Title of Proposal:

Informational Text

Dollar Amount Requested: 30 books for each of the four science units & 4 storage totes ($750.00- About $6.00 per book) Implementation Date:

2012 School Year

Estimated Number of Students to benefit per year: 85 students (all fourth grade students) Estimated Classroom Life: 8 years Final Outcome: As we are moving into the Common Core, fourth grade students will be required to read and understand a wide range of informational texts. By using classroom sets of nonfiction books, students will be exposed to informational text, and they will also gain a deeper understanding of the science concepts taught through each of the four science units. Educational Objective: The purpose of this proposal is to allow all children to be exposed to informational text. As we venture into the Common Core Curriculum, fourth grade students will be required to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction. We are lacking the nonfiction resources. Currently, we use the Battle Creek Science Kits. Students do not have a science book; therefore, I am asking the foundation to help me purchase a classroom set of nonfiction science books for each of the four science units: View From The Earth (Sun, Moon, and Earth), States of Matter, Relationships of Living Things, and Energy Transfer (Electricity and Magnetism). We will use the books to integrate reading skills and science content.

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Staff Member's Name: Mary Reitenour Building/Grade: AlamolUpper Elementary Title of Proposal: Math Manipulatives/Games Dollar Amount Requested: $508.00 Implementation Date: Fall of2012 Estimated number of students Estimated classroom To benefit per year: 50+ Students life (in years) 10+ years

Detailed description of final outcome (attach additional pages as needed) Upper Elementary students will be able to understand key concepts of geometry, fractions, multiplication, and division by using hands-on math manipulatives and games to help strengthen their mastery of common core expectations. Describe the educational objective: The educational objective is to use the math manipulatives and games in classrooms as center based learning stations to help reinforce math concepts needed for common core expectations in afun hands-on learning approach. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes If "Yes "please explain.

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Subject: Excellence in Education Grant Request Dear Members of the Otsego Public Schools Foundation, I am writing this request for a $500 Excellence in Education Grant to purchase a selection of quick read/short story books for our 1.0 - 4.5 reading level students. With the increasing expectations placed on our students for reading comprehension and speed, it is imperative that we provide a variety of literature for our students to peak their interest and foster a life-long love of reading. These books would provide a variety of subject matter to capture their interest and also allow us, the educators, to monitor not only their speed, but also their comprehension.

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over 240 students currently eligible for our Title I services, time is of the essence when we are working with our students. We require a shorter length, yet compelling read, to ensure that the student will enjoy the selection, and that we can appropriately monitor them in a timely fashion. I intend to work with the teachers on the book selection to choose reading materials that are . coinciding with their current curriculums. I also intend to select both fiction and non-fiction selections to encourage the students to read a variety of genres. After returning to work in the Otsego Public School system after 25 years, I have witnessed the remarkable growth in our students, programs and curriculum. I am encouraged every day by our wonderful students and educators, and I am proud and thankful to be a part of this amazing team. Thank you for considering this proposal for the Excellence in Education Grant, Sincerely,

Julie Vilas, Title I Tutor Washington Street Elementary


Excellence in Education Grant Application Staff Member's Name: Sherri Storbeck Building/Grade:

Washington Street Elementary

Title of Proposal: Games for Indoor Recess Dollar Amount Requested: $400.00 Implementation

Date: Upon receipt of items

Estimated number of students to benefit per year: 430 Detailed description of final outcome: I am requesting additional DVD's for the Wii game system that was provided to WSE through the Excellence in Education Grant last year. These additional games will help keep students active during indoor recess time. With the addition of two or three more games we will have a larger variety of songs to choose from. In addition WSE could use spot markers, ring toss, hula hoops, Lincoln logs, legos, lego building plates, trouble game, etch a sketch and catch ball. (Attached are samples of the requested games.)

Describe the educational objective: The Wii player and DVD's are used during indoor recess when we are unable to go outside. The DVD's keep the students moving in a fun way to expel excess energy so students can better learn in the classroom.

Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes Last year WSE received a grant for a Wii game and Dance for Kids DVD to use for indoor recess when weather was not suitable to go outside. The students have really enjoyed the Wii system. At times funding may become available from other sources. with more funding: Yes New Wii games are always being produced.

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Excellence in Education Grant Application Staff Member's Name: Kristy Vickers Building/Grade: WSE K-2 Art Title of Proposal: Literacy Rug and books Dollar Amount Requested: $580.00 Implementation Date: September 2012 Estimated number of students to benefit per year: All K-2 grade students at WSE Estimated classroom life (in years): At least 10 years

Detailed description of final outcome: My goal is to create a comfortable learning environment for students at the kindergarten through second grade level by creating a space in the art room where they can sit and learn as a group. This space will be used in a variety of ways which include story time in art, demonstrations and free draw time. Students will be able to comfortably sit on the floor with clearly indicated spots (as of right now we are using a rug that is too small for all students to be able to sit on). The rug that I have selected uses both English and Spanish vocabulary words; this was chosen in hopes of bridging together the elementary Art and Spanish curriculum whenever possible. It is the goal of both programs to create a cross-curriculum and this would be a large first step to implementing it. The new picture books will be used to help drive the curriculum with this age group. The subjects of the books vary from art history to culture to science, which will promote interdisciplinary learning. Based on my teaching experience I find that students love to listen to stories and create artwork that corresponds with what they have learned. Students often retain more from an art lesson when there is a story that goes along with it, as the story garners their attention and provides them with a visual. The combination of the new bilingual rug and book collection will help enrich the art curriculum by expanding the student's knowledge and vocabulary in both English and Spanish. Describe the educational objective: The object of this grant is to open student's minds to the world of art through literacy, having a rug will provide them with a comfortable space that is suitable to promote learning. Students will learn valuable lessons on what art is, how a person views art and how to discuss the value of a piece of art work. The idea is to have students recognize and understand the bridge between the subjects and learning. On a weekly basis students will be able to practice their art vocabulary in English and Spanish. As well as developing a knowledge of art history and global art. Has a project like this been used in OPS before: Yes _ No X If "Yes "please explain. At times funding may become available from other sources. Could this project be enhanced with more funding: Yes ~ No_ If "yes" please explain: Extra funding would allow for the creation of an art room library with art related books for students to be able to use as references in their own artwork and be able to read about art in their free choice time in the art room. As an art educator I have had the wonderful

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experience of teaching in Phoenix, AZ and being immersed in the Mexican culture. My experiences teaching have allowed me to create a productive repore with the Spanish program, allowing for successful collaborations. An interdisciplinary program would allow for the art program to build more resources that connect Art and Spanish curriculum including the subjects of Day of the Dead, Cinco de Mayo and traditional Mexican crafts. As principal, I attest that funding of this item is outside the scope of the building budget at this time. If in subsequent years operating supplies are required, I understand that they will be funded through the budgeting process and further grants for such operating supplies will be denied.

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Books found at Crizmac.com Estimated cost of books $340.00 for 25 books Celebrating the Chinese New Year Sanmu Tang Little Mei, a young Chinese girl, learns the real meaning of Chinese New Year from her grandfather. She hears a tale about a monster that lived long ago and how he came to scare the people once a year. A brave boy named Nian scared the monster away by tricking him with a bright red scarf, a sticky cake, and fireworks. Your youngest learners will love discovering the customs that are practiced to honor this tradition. This value priced series is terrific for your youngest students. Search Dragon Boat Festival (1782), Mid-Autumn Festival (1783), Lantern Festival (1784) for the other titles. Grades K to 3 Paperback, 32 pp.

(1781)

$4.95

Smart About Art - Henri Matisse Drawing with Scissors - Kessia Johnson & Jane O'Conner Matisse's famous cutouts are fabulous examples for so many lessons on the elements of composition. His use of shape, color and pattern provide wonderful visual examples. As your students learn about his many different styles of working, they will better appreciate how artists develop over time. The delightful style of this book is very inviting to young children. Grades 1 to 4 Paperback, 30 pp.

(9683)

$5.99


The Pot That Juan Built Nancy Andrews-Goebel Unearth the mystery of Mata Ortiz pottery with this biographical children's book based on the life of master potter, Juan Quezada. Your students will be fascinated as they hear how he digs his own clay; creates his own paint, and fires in a handmade kiln. Juan shared his primitive methods with family and friends, transforming the small town into a prosperous community. The award winning illustrator brings the tale to life with his unique color pallete and use of ancient symbols. Grades K to 3 Hardback,

32 pp.

(9658)

$17.95

Bilingual Paint by Numero Factory Second The Bilingual Paint by Numero Factory Seconds Classroom Rug is a fabulous teaching aid to help kids with EnglishlSpanish color and number conversions. The wonderful colors will get kids excited about learning new words in a different language. Sizes & Prices: • • •

5'5" x 7'8" - $169.95 6'9" x 9'5" $239.95 8'3" x 11'8" - $329.95

Bilingual Paint Rug found at

http://www.sensoryedge.com/bilingual-paint-numero-rug.html#topofpage Estimated

cost for rug $240.00/

Total Cost $580.00


Grants 1-25