Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation
Spring 2003 Grants
Total $30,863

Grant #1: The Definition is $128.70
Toni Vivion

Today, with the increased development in science, technology, business, medicine, and cultural diversity, our vocabulary is changing at a faster rate than ever before. A well-designed reference book is the foundation of effective learning and promotes information retention, while making the learning process more interesting. These changes in our language have made many of our current reference materials obsolete. With these new materials, we will have the most up-to-date materials for the students.

Grant #2: Bookaroos $850.00
Patricia Gore

Bookaroos would bring to all four elementary schools Tammy and Shane Bronson for a one half day visit at each elementary school. The Bronsons write, illustrate and publish their own books for children. Their presentations motivate and inspire students to become better readers and writers while they gain insight into what goes on behind the scenes of writing, illustrating and publishing a book.

Grant #3: Reading for Understanding $424.71
Dee Ann Briggs

The importance of reading is the pathway to all other learning. Improved reading skills will increase all other academic areas. We, as educators, must make every possible attempt to make sure a child is reading with understanding. One way to do this is to present a variety of reading materials to each child on a daily basis. With this reading lab, each child will have a chance to read on level each day. They will be able to see Reading for Understanding and to see their own progress.

Grant #4: Fly Away with Geometry: Tetrahedron Kites $208.37
Dana Ross, Sandra Price, Brenda Barnett

Students in geometry classes will receive hands-on experience to help make geometrical concepts become fun to learn and enjoyable to use. Through building tetrahedron kites, students will learn about 3-dimensional objects, surface area, and volume.

Grant #5: String A’Roos Partial funding for $1500.00
Carol Kackley

String A’Roos after school violin program will provide music education to children that may have never had an opportunity to touch a musical instrument. Our mission statement is: “To build a better community through music education.” With the purchase of these violins that will become permanent property of Roosevelt School, students will be provided with free instrument training, groups lessons, ensemble participation, music theory, and ear training. “The arts teach young people how to learn by giving them the first step: the desire to learn.” Richard Riley, Secretary – Department of Education.

Grant #6: Touch and Learn Phonics $879.04
Charlotte Sharp and Kim Atkins

The hands-on learning tools will be used to adapt phonics lessons for all types of learners: visual, auditory, and tactile-kinesthetic (touch). The children will be able to manipulate the letters and words for different phonics activities throughout the year.

Grant #7: Where in the World is… $235.29
Mary Jacobs

Surveys continue to show that many American students cannot identify major nations on a world map, or even find their own state on a U.S. map. With geographical literacy increasingly important to understand crucial national and world events, Weekly Reader Map Skills for Today is more important than ever.

Grant #9: Dell Classroom Computer $725.00
Janie Gage
Computer to stay at this grade level and in a room where after school tutoring will take place.

This project would provide first grade students with the opportunity to use a computer daily. Having a computer in the classroom that is designated for student use will ensure daily computer learning or practice. This will promote reading comprehension, spelling and math skills improvement.

Grant #10: Chess-Phase 2 Partial funding for $159.95
Joanie Head

It’s a battle of kings and queens with rules some think can help kids make it through life. Increased interest in our existing chess club has doubled our student membership. Chess-Phase 2 would allow more students to participate in an activity that develops higher order thinking skills, discipline and creative resolution methods.

Grant #12: TouchMath $556.20
Janie Gage

We, as educators, must find more effective ways to teach math to diverse student groups. TouchMath is a product that is going to touch every child. It is good for every type of learner, whether they are visual, auditory or kinesthetic. This project will build on the math program that is already in use.

Grant #13: Reading: A Roaring Success $370.00
Denise Brown

Kindergarten through second grade teachers work diligently to lay the foundation for reading. We are continually looking for motivational techniques to teach reading skills. One way of doing this is by using videotapes. Through a mix of live action, puppetry and animation literacy skills will be fostered. We can make Reading: A Roaring Success utilizing Between the Lions videos.

Grant #14: Listening Library $101.00
Amy Edgar

This project would provide books on tape for reluctant and struggling readers. These are books read in class that are often above the student’s reading level.

Grant #15: Get in the Game: Reinforcing Math Skills $773.55
Brenda Barnett, Dana Ross, Sandra Price

Students will develop and reinforce skills in fractions, geometric shapes, angle study, thinking skills and number sense. This will be accomplished by playing mathematical versions of bingo, dominos and Scrabble.

Grant #16: Spanish Language AR Books $324.89
Brian Parish

With the recent problem of non-English speaking students in my classroom, I discovered a lack of AR books for these students to read. These titles are the ones I selected to appeal to the greatest range of students who do not speak or read English.

Grant #17: How I Understand $473.90
Mary Jacobs

This program will challenge students to analyze, draw conclusions and make inferences and predictions by reading ascending leveled stories. Students will challenge themselves with every story they read. Immediate feedback is on a self-grading system to reinforce learning.

Grant #18: Classroom Reading Lab $356.55
Toni Vivion

This project will purchase a reading lab consisting of a complete range of cross-curricular interest areas and a variety of literature formats including biography, fiction, and nonfiction. These have been proven effective in keeping students interested in reading. There is a range of reading levels, 2.4 – 8.0, that encourages students to learn independently and at their own pace. Self-directed reading lets the teacher manage an entire classroom of readers at different levels. To insure that students will become a generation of readers, we must provide reading opportunities as much as possible.

Grant #19: Classroom Jeopardy $700.97
Joanie Head, Lori Siever

Wake up those sleepy learners and turn review sessions and test preparations into exciting games of challenge. Teachers can enrich subjects such as math, spelling, history, science, and social studies with this clever, motivating tool called Classroom Jeopardy. The idea of using technology to enhance classroom instruction benefits both students and teacher.

Grant #20: It’s a Whole New World! $1495.00
Frances Head

Remember in science class when it was frustrating to try to locate an object under the microscope that the teacher guarantees is there? Those days are gone. The hottest teaching technology is now available. A digital microscope that connects to a computer and television energizes students and turns a solitary activity into a classroom experience that stimulates students in the science of microscopy.

Grant #21: The Power of English $176.00
Shelly Nutter

The Power of English is an activity that will challenge students’ general knowledge. The questions are based on English grammar, literary terms, word power, famous people, books and authors. This activity will engage students’ interaction with their peers for the correct answer.

Grant #22: Mind Sparks $452.30
Cash Devers, Gerald Osborne

In our desire to make American History more meaningful and relevant to the students, we are always looking for quality material to bring into the classroom. The Mind Sparks Visual Primary Sources Sets are exactly the kind of thing to better engage our students than just the same old bookwork. The Editorial Cartoon Value Package will be superb in enlightening our students regarding key concepts in civics, government, geography and economics.

Grant #23: Creative Expression Partial funding for $300.00
Connie Melton

Art instruction strengthens creative thinking skills and enables children to explore by using a variety of art resources and materials. This grant will help provide children the opportunity to use a variety of materials and techniques in making original art.

Grant #24: Sizing It Up!: Measuring and Constructing Instruments for Mathematics $300.48
Dana Ross, Meleaia McClure, Brenda Barnett, Sandra Price

Students enrolled in mathematics classes will have the opportunity to explore different projects that relate to real life through the use of different measuring instruments that relate to the mathematics curriculum.

Grant #25: Knight Life Character Building Program Partial funding for $3000.00
Kim Sisk, Connie Jackson, Marilyn Merritt

The Knight Life is a character building program presented by The Knights of the Guild, which utilizes the exciting theme of Knighthood and chivalry to teach positive values, life skills and self-esteem to school children. Its components include teacher training, student orientation, curriculum based on the Code of Chivalry, monthly Assemblies of Champions, and parenting seminars.

Grant #26: Science Exploration $253.00
Connie Melton

This grant will introduce children to the marvels of science by providing hands-on science activities that will let them exercise their natural curiosity.

Grant #28: People Matter $1224.75
Donna Moore

Our students need positive role models. They are aware of historical figures (George Washington, Betsy Ross, Abraham Lincoln), but can not relate as readily to those figures due to the passage of time. Current-in-time biographies will enable our students to develop paths toward success. Why? Because people matter! Upon receiving the grant, the librarian will purchase recent biography books of people in the news, in the entertainment field and sports figures. The librarian will purchase accompanying Accelerated Reader quizzes for these biographies using funds from book fair profits.

Grant #29: Let’s Get Moving $227.20
Connie Melton

Young children need opportunities to sing, dance and move to help express themselves. These compact disks will provide children with an opportunity to develop coordination and educational skills that are an important role in a child’s educational development.

Grant #30: AR Test Disk Expansion $125.00
Brian Parish

The Accelerated Reader Program is integral to the language arts department of Pryor Junior High. There is a great need of higher level books to be added to the AR test list and this disk is part of that solution. The books are contemporary and will appeal to the higher grades and the higher level readers.

Grant #31: Information Explosion Partial funding $1200.00
Donna Moore

Reading nonfiction material and comprehending the information requires practice that the Accelerated Reading Software can provide. With the information explosion that has taken place over the last few years, many of the nonfiction books in our library need to be updated. We house very few nonfiction books that have accompanying Accelerated Reader quizzes. Upon receiving the grant, the librarian will purchase nonfiction books and with book fair profits, she will purchase accompanying Accelerated Reader quizzes.

Grant #32: STAR Math $1619.90
Suzanne Kull

STAR Math is a computerized diagnostic math program that will allow student assessment in math quickly and easily. It will enable teachers to see what level their students are on academically without having to score tests by hand or wait for months for the results.

Grant #34: Accelerated Math $5075.00
Toni Vivion, Janet Rowland, Linda Motter

As our schools focus on improving overall achievement of our students’ math scores, there is a need to find ways to implement evidence-based principles of effective instruction. Math Renaissance provides vital information about student performance through a combination of computerized learning information systems. Math Renaissance is comprised of two programs: Accelerated Math and STAR Math. The information provided by the software enables educators to dramatically improve math skills for every student. Math Renaissance not only meets Oklahoma PASS objectives, but also meets the federal requirements of the “No Child Left Behind Act.”

Grant #35: Atlas Power $462.00
Cash Devers, Gerald Osborne

The maps included in our history texts are average at best. Coach Osborne and I need atlases to supplement our American History classes. This grant, Atlas Power, should greatly enhance our ability to connect history with geography.

Grant #36: Reading Success $680.00
Connie Melton

Explicit, systematic phonics instruction allows students to develop the foundational skills necessary to achieve a lifetime of successful reading. This phonics program will give children that success.

Grant #38: Love to Read! $236.31
Kelly Vance

Reading age-appropriate, enjoyable novels in the classroom makes practicing literary skills much more pleasurable. Students are more responsive to materials that interest and excite them. The objective of this project is to help promote a life-long love of reading.

Grant #39: Study Island $751.20
Theresa Sinor

Study Island is a preparatory program designed to improve students’ scores on the Oklahoma State Testing Program. The program is based solely on the Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) as they relate to each subject area: math, reading, writing, science, history, geography, and art. Study Island offers thousands of questions, then automatically and instantly grades and records all students’ work. Because Study Island is completely web-based, it requires no software installation and is accessible to all students simultaneously. Students can use the program at school, home, the public library or anywhere with an Internet connection.

Grant #40: When Death Comes $184.00
Marilyn Merritt

School is where we equip children for life and loss is part of life. The materials requested in this grant are designed to help deal with urgent crises and with the daily challenges of grieving students.

Grant #41: Shutterbug Safari Partial funding for $400.00
Linda Motter

Elementary students are introduced to the concepts of animal adaptations and habitats through text, video presentation and Internet research. Students will then visit an environment where they are able to observe, identify, and record information on specific adaptations and habitats. Photos taken by the students and information they have gathered will be incorporated into a field guide notebook. Students will also complete an animal research report. The project is culminated with a power point presentation created by the students.

Grant #43: Stamp Out the Alphabet Partial funding for $300.00
Marsh White, Rhonda Combs

We will use stamp sets and stamp pads to introduce skills in a fun and creative way. Children will love using the scented stamp pads and fun stamps while learning.

Grant #45: Pass It On – Read! $265.95
Peggy Pool

Reading Practice tests are the mainstay of Accelerated Reader – helping teachers motivate and monitor large amounts of student reading practice. These tests are motivational because they ensure a successful, positive experience if the student has read a book at the proper reading level.

Grant #46;: Making History “Their Favorite Class” $892.50
Greg Arnold

Social Studies is the integrated study of the social sciences to prepare young people to become responsible citizens. Make Social Studies Their Favorite Class is a teaching curriculum that contains an array of creative activities covering American History and American Government while making learning fun and keeping student interest high with dozens of creative teaching strategies. The lessons help develop reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The curriculum contains information paced activities, high-interest readings, investment games, simulations, and special projects. Each lesson series combines fun and learning in unique activities.

Grant #47: Developing a Generation of Readers $1678.00
Toni Vivion

Helping every student succeed is the goal all educators share. Using the advanced technology of Accelerated Reader, coupled with research-proven Reading Renaissance teaching practices, will help ensure success for every student. Accelerated Reader is a computerized learning information system designed to help motivate, monitor and manage student reading practice. Reading Renaissance is a set of teaching techniques that, when combined with Accelerated Reader (AR), results in maximum reading growth for every student.

Grant #48: Building and Discovering Hands-On $796.00
Connie Melton

This multi-purpose Lego/discovery table and accessories will provide students with hands-on tools to help develop fine motor and cognitive skills that are important in a child’s education.

Pryor Academic Excellence Foundation
Fall 2002 Grants
Total $42, 829

Grant #1 – Masterpiece of the Month $529.95
Lora Siever Lincoln Elementary

“Masterpiece of the Month” is an art program with the lessons based on an art history approach. Each month an artist will be introduced to the students and they will learn key works, concepts, and art history information such as period, style, artist name, and nationality. They will become actively involved as they recreate their own masterpiece.

Grant #2 – A Look at the Arts According to PASS $320.00
Tim Nutter, Lisa Becerra, Kelly Vance Jefferson Elementary

This project will provide for an Artist in Residence to work with two fifth grade classes and their teachers. During the eight-week time period, students will have an opportunity to create various art works after learning the principles of design, as well as gain an understanding and appreciation of these principles in recognized works of art.

Grant #3 – Art Connection $815.58
Shelly Nutter, Janet Rowland Roosevelt Elementary

Visual arts education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole person, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. The goal of this project is to provide our 5th graders with the opportunities to explore the connections within art to other disciplines and to lifelong learning.

Grant #4 – Art Connection $815.58
Kathy Kolb, Angela Miller Lincoln Elementary

Visual arts education benefits the student because it cultivates the whole person, gradually building many kinds of literacy while developing intuition, reasoning, imagination, and dexterity into unique forms of expression and communication. The goal of this project is to provide our 5th graders with the opportunities to explore the connections within art to other disciplines and to lifelong learning.

Grant #5 – Gallery of Artists $890.80
Cliff Huff, Kathy Lee Washington Elementary

The goal of this project is to offer a unique way for art to come alive in the 4th and 5th grade classrooms. By the end of this simulation, students will have studied great artists, become familiar with artistic periods and how they fit in history, and they will recognize terms associated with the visual arts. Each student will practice becoming an artist, while developing his or her own portfolio. Students then turn the classroom into their own unique museum, inviting others to view the young artists’ masterpieces.

Grant # 6 – Creativity Through Art $1076.00
Valarie Raymer Lincoln Elementary

This grant will provide our classroom with an array of new and unusual art mediums to which most children have not been introduced previously. Being able to experiment with different art materials will enable students to develop their creativity by creating their own unique pieces of art.

Grant #7 – Patriotic Pride $435.04
Linda Tincher Washington Elementary

The students will be presented with opportunities to learn about our country’s uniqueness and greatness. They will be given a chance to explore American heroes of our past and present and identify themselves as heroes of the future. They will learn about our country’s history, resources, landmarks and music. The students, in cooperation with two other classes, will also present a patriotic children’s musical in February which will showcase what they have learned for the public.

Grant #8 – Patriotic Pride $416.22
Linda Tincher, Patti Jobe Lincoln Elementary

The students will be presented with opportunities to learn about our country’s uniqueness and greatness. They will be given a chance to explore American heroes of our past and present and identify themselves as heroes of the future. They will learn about our country’s history, resources, landmarks and music. The students will also present a patriotic children’s musical in February which will showcase what they have learned for the public.

Grant #9 – Fitness Tracker Software $110.90
Kelli Mills Jefferson/Roosevelt Elementary Schools

Fitness testing is a way to track a student’s physical progression through the elementary school experience. The President’s Challenge Physical Fitness Test has been the testing procedure used for keeping track of this progress. Computer software is now available to help give students and parents a more detailed description of this progress from year to year along with recommendations on how to improve their scores.

Grant #10 – Remember the Time… $1000.00
Deana Gorbet, Sheri Madole Alternative School

How many times have you pulled an old yearbook off the shelf and said, “Remember the time…?” That is the theme of our memory journal for this year. This journal has been a tradition for the Alternative School for the past seven years and is not funded by the school system, so we are searching for grants to help with the cost of the journal. Working on the journal will give the students the skills of compromise and cooperation. They will also learn about budgeting, not only finances, but also the time it takes to create a final copy working within a determined timeframe. The students are put in charge of completing a certain page of the journal – from taking the photographs to getting the final product to the printing company. This gives our students pride in what they have accomplished when they see the final product.

Grant #11 – No More Fumes $1298.10
Pam Devers, Frances Head Pryor High School

We hope to install a ventilation system. It will be a simple fan that will draw smoke, odors and other undesirable products out from the lab areas. The fans will be placed in outside windows of two exterior lab rooms.

Grant #12 – Global Positioning Systems $2300.00
Danny Callison Pryor Junior High School

I would like to purchase the GPS’s for my eighth grade science classes so that they may learn more in the area of reading and understanding a map. So much of our world today uses these instruments. Finding longitude and latitude with help of the GPS’s would enhance the students’ understanding of the satellite systems that we have in place all over the earth. You find these systems in automobiles, airplanes, hiker’s backpacks, etc. I feel it will be a great learning tool for today’s students.

Grant #13 – Kim Draws and Writes $817.00
Connie Teague Lincoln Elementary

This award-winning author/illustrator’s school visit becomes a “Fabulous Fun Infotainment Day” as Kim Doner presents an informative and fun program.

Grant #14 – Hands-On Math $343.31
Marsha White, Rhonda Combs Roosevelt Elementary

These materials will be used to provide students in the 4-year-old Program the opportunity to experience math concepts using a hands-on approach. This will better prepare them for the pencil-paper math tasks in early elementary.

Grant #15 – The Roots of Reading $1080.00
Jill Murray Jefferson Elementary

The only way children can become familiar with written language before they can read for themselves is to be read to, or even more importantly, for adults to read with them. This project will allow beginning readers to solve many of the problems of beginning reading when they and an adult are reading the same story at the same time. The Big Books, which are approximately 18 “ x 18”, allow everyone in the class to see the page, the printed word, and follow the developing story together.

Grant #16 – Investigative Science $77.80
Connie Arnold Washington Elementary

Washington first graders’ understanding of their environment will be enhanced through studies of an ant farm and earthworm kit.

Grant #17 – Ready, Set, Go! – Transportation Unit $331.78
Kim Atkins Lincoln Elementary

The items purchased will be used to teach the children about transportation and its importance to our community. These age-appropriate manipulatives will be used to meet the kinesthetic learning needs of young children.

Grant #19 – Hands-on Nature Study $382.74
Connie Arnold Washington Elementary

Hands-on studies of nature will be enhanced for Washington first graders with binoculars, magnifiers and primary field guides.

Grant #20 – Connecting to Your Future $651.90
Jean Murray, Lawrence Perkins Pryor High School

This project provides a private computer station for the student and parent to use. Software would be installed to enable students to research careers, colleges, scholarships, financial aid information and to practice for the ACT, SAT, and PSAT exams. Applying online for college admission, scholarships and financial aid is increasing and this computer station would facilitate this process.

Grant #21 – What Did You Just Read? $265.95
Peggy Pool Jefferson Elementary

Reading practice tests are a mainstay of Accelerated Reader – helping teachers motivate and monitor large amounts of student reading practice. These tests are motivational because they ensure a successful, positive experience if the student has read a book at the proper reading level.

Grant #22 – Stay Ahead of the Curve $88.15
Robin Haff, R.N. Pryor High School

Scoliosis is a side-to-side curvature of the spinal cord. It is not preventable, therefore, early detection is key to controlling its effects. A scoliometer provides a way to measure the degree of rotation of a deformity of the back. The information that is obtained can be used as a guideline in deciding which persons should be referred for further medical evaluation.

Grant #23 – Let’s Travel to Russia $1630.00
Joanie Head Lincoln Elementary

Opportunities to experience other cultures don’t come along every day. And when they do, they usually require traveling to other countries. Now, with an innovative program called Cultural Kaleidoscope, we can bring these countries right to our school. Cultural Kaleidoscope is a convenient and entertaining way for students to experience a variety of cultures firsthand, without having to travel halfway around the world.

Grant #24 – Take the Lead…Read! $1500.00
Peggy Pool Jefferson Elementary

Reading Renaissance and the Accelerated Reader (AR) program takes the guesswork and paperwork out of managing student reading growth. The students select and read AR books, then take computerized tests. The program encourages students to read, which will help them have greater over-all success in school.

Grant #25 – ACT Preparation $1219.60
Paula Clark Pryor High School

This project will provide a curriculum that encompasses all of the written tools that are necessary to prepare students for the ACT Assessment. The comprehensive, semester length ACT Prep curriculum will be used in conjunction with the ACTive Prep computer program to instruct, assess, identify and correct comprehension weaknesses within each subject area of the ACT Assessment.

Grant #26 – The Leap Pad Learning Center $479.94
Becky Rogers Roosevelt Elementary

The Leap Pad Learning Center is an electronic tool that allows books to talk. Using Near Touch technology, any part of a page can be made touch-interactive. This allows students to use the Leap Pad to read specific words, to sound out decodable words or to read entire pages.

Grant #27 – Learning Through Listening $820.00
Valarie Raymer Lincoln Elementary

This project will provide students with a classroom listening table and appropriate materials that students can use in a variety of ways. The listening center will be used on a daily basis for activities that range from mathematics instruction to enjoyable story time.

Grant #28 – TI-83 Plus Silver Edition Classroom Set $3657.53
Meleaia McClure Pryor High School

This grant is for regular mathematics students to have access to the latest technology in graphing calculators. Thanks to the previous grants funded by PAEF, we currently provide graphing calculators for all Honors Trigonometry and AP Calculus students. Recently, I have become aware of the many applications that are available for regular math students using graphing calculator technology.

Grant #29 – Illustrators/Animators – Who Are They? $527.00
Connie Teague Lincoln Elementary

Giving students exposure to authors and illustrators brings literature alive. Students will see the progression of Larry Latham’s career from avid reader to animating cartoons to illustrating children’s books.

Grant #30 – Frog Family Fun-Pack Game Sets $427.87
Jo Ann Goins Roosevelt Elementary

Frog Family Fun-Pack Sets are a twenty-four week parental involvement, homework and test preparation program. Each set contains twenty-four different game packs, which make it possible for each student to take one game pack home weekly. Each game pack reviews twenty-five of the most important skills at each student’s own level. These packs also provide positive family interactions, effective home-school communication and a systematic way for parents to help students do well in school.

Grant #32 – Fractions in Action $403.35
Kelly Vance Jefferson Elementary

Research has supported the conclusion that the more students are involved in their learning the easier it is to retain the learning. The Fractions videos will introduce students to fractions using familiar situations such as half a glass of milk or one-quarter of an hour. The students will then be able to practice what they have learned by using the Rainbow Fractions Tiles to compare fraction relationships.

Grant #33 – Map Mural $143.00
Cash Devers Pryor Junior High School

Map Mural is an 8’ x 13’ world map, which would be mounted on the classroom wall. The addition of this mural to my room would greatly enhance the teaching of Social Studies, be it history, geography, economics, etc. The large size of this map will make quite an impression on hundreds of students for years to come.

Grant #34 – Technology Tools for ACT Prepartation $2625.00
Paula Clark Pryor High School

This project will provide the technological support that is necessary to adequately prepare students for the ACT Assessment in the areas of math and science. Students will receive daily instruction and practice in the use of a “standardized” class graphing calculator: the TI-83 Plus Silver Edition.

Grant #35 – Indoor Motor Room $850.00*
Kim Atkins Lincoln Elementary School

The equipment purchased will be used to make an age-appropriate, indoor motor room for the early childhood classrooms that do not have structured Physical Education classes. The percentage of obese children in the United States presently indicates a need for physical education at all levels, including early childhood.
*This grants one-half of the requested funds.

Grant #36 – Frog Learning Game Sets $393.33
Jo Ann Goins Roosevelt Elementary

Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) taught in the classroom will be complimented and reinforced through the use of informative games that are leveled for success. The Frog System will help meet each student’s needs on their own level using twenty-five fun games. Phonics, basic vocabulary, homonyms, capitalization, sentence building, punctuation, and comprehension are a few skills emphasized with this program. Math skills include counting, addition, subtraction, problem solving, time, money, fractions, place value and other PASS requirements.

Grant #38 – Capturing Realism $700.00
Sheri Madole Alternative School

The students will be exposed to realism using photography and painting. In the first section of this study, students will be spending time with Tim Bonea in his studio. They will be capturing real-life situations or emotions to later produce on canvas. Lisa Ritchie will come for the second session to instruct the students in the correct way to use mass and volume, plus shadowing and texture in their paintings. The final paintings will then be donated to PAEF to be offered at their annual auction and dinner in April 2003.

Grant #39 – Reading Between the Lions $390.00
Connie Melton Lincoln Elementary

Reading Between the Lions video reading program will help provide a visual element that will help enhance children’s reading ability.

Grant #40 – Fifth Graders Explore the World $726.00
Kelly Vance Jefferson Elementary

The students will be able to practice map and globe skills while the skill is modeled using the large wall maps. This hands-on experience will allow the students to have a better understanding of the map and globe skills required by the state-mandated Criterion Referenced Test.

Grant #41 – Reach the Stars with Reading $1389.72
Toni Vivion Washington Elementary

To improve reading scores and meet PASS objectives, a student must practice the act of reading. To the reluctant reader, reading can be a difficult task. By providing the students with materials that are on their reading level, but of high interest, the task of reading becomes more appealing and reading levels improve.

Grant #42 – Listening to Learn $669.30
Connie Melton Lincoln Elementary

Listening to literature is an excellent way for children to develop good listening skills, work on comprehension ability and become better readers. This project will help to provide the books that are necessary for enhancing children’s reading ability.

Grant #43 – Around the World with Learning $491.10
Toni Vivion Washington Elementary

Educators are faced with the challenge of teaching students in an ever-changing world. Because of the reorganization of political names and boundary lines, this task is even more demanding. The responsibility of teaching students about the world in which they live in is made more difficult when materials are out-dated. This grant will update our materials.

Grant #44 – Learning Styles Smiles $260.00
Lisa Cowan Roosevelt Elementary

Research has proven that utilizing a student’s individual learning style will increase that student’s capacity to learn. Knowing that 80% of all children learn through movement, using hands-on manipulatives in the classroom will increase my student’s academic success.

Grant #45 – “Hears to Healthy Students: Providing School-wide Hearing Screenings $4588.80*
Robin, Haff, R.N. Pryor High School

Research has shown that students who are identified and receive hearing screening intervention have significantly better speech and language development. Students with hearing losses who are not identified are often mislabeled as being developmentally delayed or as having a learning disability. An otoacoustical emission test system will screen a student’s hearing in 7 seconds, making it possible to screen every child in Pryor Public Schools, every year.
*These funds are coming from a new donation to PAEF specifically ear-marked for this project.

Grant #48 – A Decade of Mathematical Manipulatives $518.62
Becky Boston Washington Elementary

How effective is a carpenter without his hammer, saw, and tape measure? About as effective as a teacher of young children without sets of manipulatives that actually show mathematical concepts in action! Each of these sets of math materials would help primary grade students interact with their world as they begin to internalize mathematical concepts.

Grant #50 – CRT Success in Geography $239.89
Cash Devers Pryor Junior High School

Our CRT scores in Social Studies need to improve. Geography is one of the lowest scores locally and statewide. Through the appropriate use of these selected resources, the students will learn more geography and their scores will improve.

Grant #51 – Listen and Learn $203.00
Dee Ann Briggs Jefferson Elementary

The use of tape recorders in the classroom is an important part of the over-all learning process. Learning to be a good listener is an on-going skill. This is one of the learning modes that are tested on the PASS objectives. Tape recorders are used by students in Read Naturally Center (funded by PAEF). They use the tapes in free reading time; the students use them during testing on listening skills and again during the day for recording their own oral reading.

Grant #52 – Yan-Koloba $151.15
Kim Sisk Roosevelt Elementary

Yan-Koloba is a social, educational, and multicultural team building game rooted in Africa. It is a character building game that develops the concepts of respect, teamwork, tolerance, trust, unity, responsibility and leadership in an enjoyable and fun environment.

Grant #53 – Learn It, Use It $297.32
Pam Devers Pryor High School

In this project, the students will build a model house. They will learn the basics of electricity and how it connects and will actually do this on a small scale house. The house will be wired with lights, switches and motors along with being decorated.

Grant #54 – Making United States History Fun $298.50
Cliff Huff Washington Elementary

This grant will allow every student in the class to have an atlas at their desk to follow along with and to reinforce the lessons being taught. Each atlas shows an overview of United States History with maps, graphs, photos and concise explanatory text. The content is organized into ten eras that correlate with the National Standards for History.

Grant #55 – The Learning Styles Inventory $500.00
Brenda Smith, Joanie Head Lincoln Elementary

Learning Styles is not a cure for everything that ails a student or classroom. What a learning styles agenda can do is encourage students to use their strengths to make learning a successful and satisfying experience. The Learning Styles Inventory Project will simply offer a process to determine how all students in grades 3 – 6 learn best.

Grant #56 – Keeping the Music Classroom Current $121.70
Charlene Williams Roosevelt/Washington Elementary Schools

Teaching music to today’s children can be a gratifying experience; however, a teacher must keep up with a constantly changing field and a diverse generation of children. In order to do this, new materials and resources are necessary. Music K-8 provides a resource that is not available through the typical textbook.

Grant #57 – A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words $639.00
Dee Ann Briggs

Teachers need to make every effort to make their classroom as interesting as possible. One way of doing this is by using current material to supplement their textbooks. This may be done with the use of video tapes. With the current technology that is in each classroom, we have an opportunity to enhance our teaching with videos on a topic that we are studying.

Grant #58 – STAR Search $879.00
Patricia Gore Roosevelt Elementary

STAR Search is a proposal that would permit our school to update our current STAR Reading School License. This new version of STAR includes new normative data that ensures that our students are compared with their peers of today. STAR Reading is software that measures individual reading levels of students and also class reading levels while monitoring growth throughout the year for all students in grades one through six.

Grant #59 – Earobics Step 1 and 2 $657.90
Peggy Rawdon, Robin Edmondson Lincoln Elementary & Coop

Auditory processing skills and phonological awareness are essential components needed for a child’s success in the classroom. Activities that can sustain a student’s attention and interest are very important for a student to achieve his greatest potential. Computer games and activities can provide the therapist with exciting ways to assist the students in improving language skills.

Grant #60 – Junior Geographer $176.55
Cliff Huff Washington Elementary

Junior Geographer will provide a set of skills handbooks with an atlas of the United States. The first half of the book introduces students to concepts and skills used in reading maps and globes. The second half is where students can apply their new skills to an orderly study of states and regions.

Grant #61 – Quiz Me $99.99
Frances Head Pryor High School

Computer software will allow the teacher to edit slides for presentation on labs, lessons and quizzes that are already included in the software package. This will make the information relate to the wording used in notes that are presented to the student during class and in their reading materials.

Grant #62 – Alphabet Books $108.48
Connie Arnold Washington Elementary

Washington first graders’ mastery of the alphabet and letter sounds will be extended through the study of Jerry Pallotta’s theme-based alphabet books.

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