Monday, February 27, 2012

Excellence in Education Foundation Allocates First Round of Grant Money to School District Janesville Educators



The Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation (EIE) offers grants for programs that enhance educational opportunities for students in the School District of Janesville. The vision of the EIE Foundation is to provide a quality education to meet every child’s needs and maximize each child’s potential. Under the leadership of Superintendent Karen Schulte, the EIE Foundation has raised approximately $30,000. Schulte had the following to say when asked about the potential educational impact of the donations and grants, “The School District of Janesville endeavors to provide unique opportunities for its students to further advance areas of academic study or physical fitness. The foundation offered this grant process to all employees who wanted to enhance the educational experiences of our students. The Foundation wants to encourage and create an environment where students are engaged in their learning. These grants will allow teachers to go beyond the typical instruction in the classroom and bring fresh and creative ideas to their students. The Foundation is able make these grants available through many generous donations including a $25,000 grant from M & I bank. The EIE Foundation is thankful for our community support and encourages others to consider a donation to this worthy cause. Our children are the future of this community.”

The total amount awarded during the first round of grants was $6239.90. A special “thank you” to all EIE Foundation Board Members who visited each recipient at his/her respected school today to present the awards: Camilla Owen, Dori MacFarlane, Elle Siegert, Renee Dooman, Sandra Ardrey, Tim Cullen, and Susan Sellman. Superintendent Schulte and Janesville School Board Commissioner Karl Dommershausen also joined in fun!

Janesville Excellence in Education Individual Grant Recipients

Craig High School – Domanic Wiegel

“SWS Calculators”

Math and School within a School (SWS) Teacher Domanic Wiegel was awarded $255.90. Wiegel will be using the money to buy calculators to use in math and science classes for the School within a School program. The School within a School program is a smaller learning community that operates in Craig High School and currently services approximately 120 at-risk students in grades 9-12.

Jefferson Elementary School – Jeff Halverson

“Apples in the Classroom”

First Grade Teacher Jeff Halverson was awarded $500. Halverson will be purchasing four Apple TV convertors, which is used with the Apple iPad projector for the classroom. It will allow Halverson to demonstrate on an iPad while projecting his screen to the entire class.

Parker High School – Sara J. Heiss

“Walk a Mile in My Shoes”

English Teacher Sara J. Heiss was awarded $500. Heiss will be using the money to purchase a novel series for an American Literature class. The 14 novels are written by African-American authors. Ms. Heiss would like to inspire the love of reading and expose her students to more diverse novels compared to traditional American Literature.

Franklin Middle School – Kurt Larson

“Roller Coaster Tycoon”

Technology Education Teacher Kurt Larson was awarded $490. Larson will be purchasing materials for students to build a 3D model of a Roller Coaster. Roller Coaster Tycoon is realistic business model that can help students gain research experience, design techniques, problem solving/critical thinking skills and learn a variety of business concepts including investment decisions, park design and fiscal and human resource management.

Janesville Excellence in Education Department/Building Grant Recipients

Madison Elementary School

“Learning with iPads”

Madison Elementary School was awarded $2,994. Madison Elementary School will be using the money to purchase iPads for small group work in the Title program, more specifically, Response to Intervention (RtI) groups. RtI groups are formed based on data to help struggling students reach benchmarks in learning. They will also be available for a classroom to use for educational purposes.

Edison Middle School – Physical Education Department

“Edison Disc Golf Course”

The Edison Middle School Physical Education Department was awarded $1500. Edison Middle School will be using the money to build a disc golf course to be used by the physical education classes, the Community Learning Center (afterschool program) and the community. This is to promote an increase in physical activity and help students become healthier learners.

Community members may donate to the Janesville Excellence in Education Foundation to enhance the learning opportunities for students. Donations will be used to provide student opportunities in a wide variety of areas. Donations will benefit students through such activities as: arts in schools, foreign language expansion, field trips, innovative learning opportunities, sports equipment as well as other areas of need. There is a special account designed for students affected by substance abuse who need financial assistance with assessments or counseling. For more information about donating, please contact The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin, 608-758-0883. Applicants must be representatives of the School District of Janesville.






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