|2016-17 IMPACT GRANT DETAIL
|Ashland High School – Grades 9-12
|Hands on Banking and Community Access
||Students in the transition life skills program will have the opportunity to access community resources through the hands on and real-life experience of balancing funds, checkbooks and purchases along with practicing social skills, leisure activities and adult skills to help better ready them for life outside of school.
|Band California College Tour
||AHS Band students will travel to several universities in California to experience performing with a different director, and get a glimpse of band at a higher education level. A part-time assistant will be secured to help band members prepare for the trip.
||Students will engage in a study of a natural area near our school campus. The study will be based on the concept of phenology (change in nature over time) and incorporate both observations in nature and a citizen science component using the online tool Project BudBurst. At the end of the project, students will produce either an electronic phenology “flipbook” or an annotated phenology wheel (similar to a cyclical calendar) that documents changes in their tree over time.
||Local professionals were hired to provide supplemental instruction to students individually and in small groups in the two orchestras at AHS: Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra.
|Synergo Challenge Course
||Synergo Challenge Course offers a unique opportunity with far reaching effects for our alternative ed students. They are able to practice teamwork, build self- esteem, establish trust, and conquer fears. It is empowering for students to work towards and earn something through effort, actions, and attitude.
|PACE Class Sees SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE
||Students in the AHS PACE English class will read and analyze the play, Shakespeare in Love, learning the characters and main arc of the story. Students will practice the language and write journals. Then they’ll go see a matinee at OSF followed by a play evaluation.
|Breakout the Fun!
||Kenfield, French, Watson, Hobein
||Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. AHS will purchase 2 Game Kits (Breakouts/Locked In/Escape Room) that teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, and troubleshooting by presenting participants with challenges that ignite their natural drive to problem-solve within the content area.
|Mini- Me ‘Manikins’
||Ashland High School Anatomy & Physiology students use a three-dimensional ‘manikin’ that is manipulated to study each of the body systems. The manikins enhance our students’ learning through hands-on body system construction. This grant will allow the school to add to their current inventory of manikins.
|Catalyst Yoga & Mindfulness
||Parowski, Sorenson, Wahpepah
||At risk Alternative Education students will receive 6 weeks of instruction in yoga, mindfulness and stress reduction techniques to deal with anxiety and stress that may result from adverse childhood experiences.
|Ashland Middle School
|Calm Bodies = Successful Learners
||This project will give special education students the opportunities to build independence when they become overwhelmed and over stimulated. Students will use these items to calm their bodies and minds and assist them with focusing on academics.
|AMS Food Forest
||In conjunction with a Community Grant from the Ashland Food Coop, middle schools students will create a food forest on campus near the current garden. They will clear the area and place new soil. The forest will include nut trees and fruit trees and bushes. They will also build trails and benches for the outdoor classroom, and possibly additional fencing for the garden area.
|Mi Propio Cuento
||After reading a variety of short simple readers in Spanish, students will have the opportunity to use bound art notebooks to create and illustrate their own stories based on vocabulary learned in the classroom.
|Oregon Battle of the Books
||AMS students will participate in the Oregon Battle of the Books competition. In doing so, they will gain reading comprehension skills and develop cooperation and teamwork as they prepare and engage in battles for this academic program.
|Willy Wonka Jr
||The AMS Musical engages students in all areas of production and performance of a Broadway musical, rewritten to be accessible to the middle school age student. This is the only school-wide opportunity for students to participate in theatre, vocal music and dance at AMS. It is also a great opportunity for elementary students to see a theatrical performance that is appropriate and accessible to their age group.
|Latin American Culture and Crafts Class
||This grant will fund materials for an enrichment class about Latin American Culture and Crafts. Students will learn about different Latin American cultures and make art/craft/food projects that come from those cultures. Students will learn about different parts of Mexico and make ojos de Díos, papel picado, Nearikas, tortillas and piñatas. Students will learn about Guatemala and make Guatemalan worry dolls. Students will learn about Spain and make fans.
|The Arts- Building Pathways Within
||An artist will come in and work with special education students who do not have the opportunity to participate in any type of art classes. Students with special needs tend to thrive in both of these areas which can create pathways within their brains.
|Mind Over Matter
||AMS students learn “circus arts” skills which they then teach to elementary school students. In this class they will be experimenting and playing with various kinds of juggling, object manipulation and balance tricks. They will team up with Ms. Dallas' third grade class at Walker Elementary School, visiting them about once every two weeks to teach them some of the skills we are learning. They will work on solo, partner and group juggling; rola bola and slack rope balance; baton twirling; hula-hooping; devil stick, diabolo and cigar boxes; and possibly other skills if time and resources allow.
|John Muir Magnet School K-8
|Dance/movement classes for grades K-3 will support John Muir School’s Art Focus program, which is an integral part of its arts curriculum.
||The Zoo Snooze is an overnight educational field trip to the Oregon Zoo in Portland Oregon. The two Bellview 4th Grade classes (approx. 50 students), two teachers, and 8-12 volunteer adult chaperones travel on a bus to the Oregon Zoo where they engage in supervised educational activities related to the care and enrichment of the zoo’s animals.
|Spring Musical – 101 Dalmations
||Third through fifth grade students will be mounting a “Kids” version of “101 Dalmatians.” Students will learn music, movement, and speaking parts as well as all backstage technical aspects plus the business management of putting on a production.
|Exploring Shasta Caverns
||Students will travel to Lake Shasta where they will get to take a boat ride across the lake, a bus ride up the hillside, and a tour through the caverns. They will get to climb around one small section of the cave and dig for fossils. Upon return to the visitor’s center, they will get to mine for gemstones.
|OMSI Coastal Discovery
||As part of a larger trip to Newport to explore coastal ecosystems, students will participate in Inquiry-based learning through OMSI’s Coastal Discovery Center. Students will participate in approximately five hands-on science experiences. We are asking for funding to cover one of these classes.
|Energy-Forces and Motion
||The students will be using Hot Wheels cars and tracks to complete an engaging exploration of experimental design AND forces and energy.
||Helman First Graders will be involved in a semester long, multidisciplinary unit of study titled The Aloha Project. The ASF funds will be used for materials for science inquiry projects, boat making and 3 dimensional mapping.
|Watercolors with Joyce
||Students will create 4 or 5 art projects using watercolor techniques. They will learn drawing techniques as they plan their work and watercolor techniques as well. They will use the work of great artists like Picasso and Georgia O’Keeffe as inspiration and will see their greatest works of art. Students will learn about balancing a painting to maximize the effect of their work.
||Second Grade students will be extending their learning about social justice by putting a play based upon the Dr. Seuss book, The Sneetches. The play will ensure that all students have an active acting role in the play.
||Many students with sensory needs have self-regulation issues and often Attention Hyperactivity Deficit problems which make it difficult to sit still and listen to instruction or do seat work. This grant will provide 4 “rocker” chairs that will provide an alternate to the static school chair and help with those issues.
|Clay with Kinders
||Yurchis, Sayre, Alvord
||Students will have a hands on experience with clay that will include history, geology, vocabulary, tool making and basic forming techniques. Projects will include a functional piece like a cup or bowl and a sculptural piece that could be based on an animal or person.
|Walker Library Makerspace
||This grant will help Walker School create a Library Makerspace for 3rd-5th graders to engage them in a participatory learning process. Makerspaces, also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. The school hopes to engage the students as makers, dreamers and doers.
|Willow Wind Community Learning Center
|Blues in the Schools
||Hawley, Keoppen, Albano, Pindell
||The 2016-2017 school year at Willow Wind has been highlighted by a K-8, cross-curricular study at Willow Wind covering numerous topics related to systems and systems in transition. The students will culminate the social science aspect of these studies with an all-campus interactive assembly by Michael Hawkeye Herman. This presentation, which is titled “The Blues Had A Baby and They Called It Rock and Roll”, will be accompanied by instruction for students in the art and history of American music, with a specific focus on the African American contribution to what we all know as American music. In alignment with our systems theme, Michael Herman will teach and demonstrate the power of music as a means for a group to unite as they transition and oppose a social system that is malfunctioning.
||Kleepsie, Terr, Freeman, Pindell, Hawley
||This project for K-6 graders at Willow Wind will help to integrate the pollinator education already embedded in this year’s cross-curricular study, into a service-learning project which includes two primary goals; a school-based pollinator habitat re-boot, and community outreach through sharing and donating pollinator habitats.
|31 PROJECTS - TOTAL 2016-17 IMPACT GRANTS: