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2017 Grant Recipients

The Foundation’s sixteenth annual competitive grant opportunity has awarded almost $21,000 due to generous donations from the community and a very successful annual Labor Day 5K run/walk.

The 2017 recipients of twenty-one grants will impact every Tri-Creek student in some way.  The 2017 recipients are:

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Three Creeks:  Allison Wright, Kassie Hanger
Not Pictured D'Ann Habas, Christa Werling, Michelle Mishlove


Three Creeks Elementary teacher D’Ann Habas ($795.00) “TC Robotics.”  These funds will be used to expand the Robotics program at Three Creeks to include three teams from grades three to five and to purchase equipment and pay team registration fees.

Three Creeks Elementary Student Support Advisor Christa Werling ($450.00) “365 Days of Wonder.”  Three Creeks students will participate in book clubs based on Wonder and We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio.  The books’ messages will also tie into Mix It Up at Lunch activities and daily positive announcements.

Three Creeks Elementary Student Support Advisor Christa ($900.00) “Redefining Recess.”  Grant funds will purchase “larger than life” games to engage fifth grade students  in play options that will build communication and team building skills.

Three Creeks Elementary music teacher Allison Wright ($273.00) “A Song to Grow With.”  Fifth grade students will benefit from the purchase of an assortment of music selections and will participate in Solo and Ensemble Contest.

Three Creeks Elementary music teacher and Nifty Notes Director Allison Wright and Nifty Notes director Michelle Mishlove ($500.00) “Nifty Songs for Nifty Notes.”  This project supply ability level music selections for Tri-Creek’s fourth and fifth grade honors choir, Nifty Notes.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Kassie Hanger ($750.00) “Book Study of My Father’s Dragon.”  Second grade students at Three Creeks will study an award winning book, participate in Reader’s Theater based on the book, and attend a performance of the play based on the book, My Father’s Dragon.


Oak Hill:  (front) Amie Patterson, Kassie Helsel, (back) Amanda Haskins,
Ivy Wilcher, Bridget Helms, Lauren Schutz,
Not Pictured Samantha Gill, Nicole Nigh, Robyn Plonczyski

Oak Hill Elementary teacher Amanda Haskins ($1,150.00) “Rockin’ Robotics.”  Oak Hill will initiate its first robotics team this year, and grant funds will be used to purchase equipment and team t-shirts and to pay competition fees .

 

Oak Hill Elementary teacher Kassie Helsel ($1,250.00) “Flexible Seating.”  Grant funds will purchase a variety of classroom seating options for a fourth grade classroom, meeting individual needs and allowing students more control of their learning.
 
Oak Hill Elementary teacher Amie Patterson  ($1,250.00) “Flexible Seating.”  Grant funds will purchase a variety of classroom seating options for a second grade classroom, meeting invidual needs and alowing students more control of their learning.

Oak Hill Elementary Student Support Advisor Bridget Helms and art teacher Lauren Schutz ($771.00) “Embracing Uniqueness.”  This program will be based on the story “Only One You” by Linda Kranz.  Grant funds will enable students to create a beautiful garden of “unique” rocks to greet school guests at the front entrance.

Oak Hill Elementary teacher Ivy Wilcher ($734.00) “Task Boxes Project 2017.”  This project will promote literacy, math, fine motor, attention and functional skills through the creation of independent student activities related to IEP goals. 

Oak Hill teachers Samantha Gill, Nicole Nigh, and Robyn Plonczyski ($750.00) “Choose Kind.”  As part of their effort to work toward the title of “Certified Kind” for Oak Hill fifth grade students, teachers will use the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio to show student show to be kind and compassionate to those who are different.  The project will culminate with attendance at the film Wonder. 


Lake Prairie:  Katilyn DeBoer, Steffany Mears, Mia Kouros,
Not Pictured Kim Harris

Lake Prairie Elementary librarian Steffany Mears ($836.00) “Makers Gonna Make.”  Funds for this pilot program will be used to expand Lake Prairie’s Makerspace through the purchase of engineering and robotics supplies and the implementation of an origami project based on the book Sadako and a Thousand Paper Cranes. 

Lake Prairie Elementary Student Support Advisor Kim Harris ($1,728.00) “Stress Relief Stations.”  Grant money will be used to create sensory bins for each classroom to benefit students as they utilize sensory, fidget, and stress relieving tools to help regulate emotions and use calming skills and strategies. 

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Mia Kouros ($603.00) “LP Robotics.”  This grant will fund Lake Prairie’s first Robotics team, purchasing equipment and team t-shirts.

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Sheryl Buche ($990.00) “Launching Digital Readers.”   This pilot program will provide digital leveled books for kindergarten students at Lake Prairie, Oak Hill, and Three Creeks through the purchase of classroom subscriptions for RAZ Kids.

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Sheryl Buche ($547.00) “Solidifying Sight Words and Beyond.”  This pilot program will provide practice in sight words skills through game playing for kindergarten students at Lake Prairie, Oak Hill, and Three Creeks.  Grant funds will purchase classroom subscriptions to Spelling City.


Lowell High School and Lowell Middle School:  
Shannon Smith, Joe Gianotti, Anna Batastini, Leon Simon

Lowell Middle School teachers Anna Batastini and Amy Koteles ($750.00) “Build-A-Story.” Sixth grade students will create short stories that are built around a bear that has overcome an obstacle in its life.  Over sixty bears, each with a story, will be delivered to sick or injured hospitalized children. 

Lowell High School teacher Shannon Smith ($3,200.00) “Probing for Data.”  Grant money will be used to purchase GoDirect SpecroVis, to allow students finds concentration of a solution or monitor rates of reactions.  This will give students the opportunity to use equipment they will see and use in college.

Lowell High School teacher Joseph Gianotti ($500.00) “College to Crawl to Indy.”  While visiting Indianapolis area colleges, students will have the opportunity to visit several museums.  Grant funds will pay museum fees.

Lowell High School teacher Leon Simon ($2,400.00) “High Teach Automotive Tools”   This project will assist the LHS autoshop in providing automotive scan tools, giving students experience with new technologies and encouraging safety.

 

Also, as a residual beneficiary of the Ruth and Joe Weinberg estate, the Foundation Board has committed to fund the following projects for the next ten schols years:



 

2016 Grant Recipients

The Foundation’s fifteenth annual competitive grant opportunity awarded almost $21,000 due to generous donations from the community and a very successful annual Labor Day 5K run/walk.

The 2016 recipients of twenty-four grants will impact every student in some way.  The 2016 grant recipients are:

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Holly Carter ($645.54) “Robots…Let’s Build the Future!”  These funds will be used to purchase the items necessary to start a second grade and fifth grade Robotics Team at Three Creeks.

Three Creeks Elementary Art teacher Amy Ahiga and Music teacher Allison Wright ($505.00) “Nutcracker Ballet.”  Third grade students will attend this ballet performance at LHS and will then have follow up learning during music and art classes.

Three Creeks Elementary teachers Kassie Hanger and D’Ann Habas ($1,188.66) “Minds in Motion.” Minds in Motion is a maze which includes various activities that aid with balance, movement, auditory and visual skills.  Grant funds will be used to supplement the maze equipment needed for older students and to update and replace weathered equipment.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Kassie Hanger and Linsey Waterstraat ($954.00) “Pedaling through 2nd Grade.”  Six DeskCycle systems that fit under a table or desk will be purchased allowing students to actively move while learning.

Three Creeks Elementary PE teacher Kristan Ellis ($456.85) “Gone Fishing.”  This project focuses on students practicing the skill of hand eye coordination while using their imaginations.  Trout nets, puffer balls, mesh jerseys, and rubber fish will be purchased.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Katie Taylor ($556.00) “Bouncy Bands: Get Your Wiggles Out.”  Eighty Bouncy Bands will be purchased allowing 2nd graders and LRE students to actively move while working on their academics.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Michele Klein ($560.00) “Measurement MATTERs.”  These funds will purchase digital balances, triple beam balances, and graduated cylinder sets that will benefit all Three Creeks fifth grade students.

Three Creeks Student Support Advisor Christa Werling ($497.00) “Go Zen! Pro 10.”  Grant money will be used to pilot 10 one year-long licenses to share amongst the three elementary schools.  This program has the potential for boosting the emotional well-being of all Tri-Creek’s elementary students.

Three Creeks Student Support Advisor Christa Werling ($406.01) “Mindfulness for 21st Century Learning.” Items purchased will be used in small counseling groups for students to address stress/anxiety, depression, and/or inattention as well as be used to teach whole class guidance lessons.

Oak Hill Elementary Interventions teacher Julie Alessia ($199.00) “Boardmaker On-line.”  This pilot program will fund a one year Boardmaker subscription that provides individualized activities to help meet students’ IEP goals.

Oak Hill Elementary Student Support Advisor Bridget Helms ($1,900.00) “Meeting Sensory Needs in the Classroom.”  This grant will purchase many items needed to help meet the sensory needs of students, which will, hopefully, ensure that students are able to stay in the classroom with less disruption to learning.

Oak Hill Elementary Student Support Advisor Bridget Helms ($497.00) “Go Zen! Pro 10.”  Grant money will be used to pilot 10 one year-long licenses to share amongst the three elementary schools.  This program has the potential for boosting the emotional well-being of all Tri-Creek’s elementary students.

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Kaitlyn DeBoer ($477.00) “21st Century Assessments for 21st Century Learners.”  Funds for this pilot program will be used to purchase a one year subscription for ESGI (Education Software for Guiding Instruction.)  This program gives instant data on student performance and growth, allowing adjustments to instruction in a timely manner for Lake Prairie’s kindergarten teachers.

 Lake Prairie Elementary Student Support Advisor Kimberly Harris ($1,657.66) “The Squirm Skirmish.”  Grant money will be used to purchase alternative seating and fidget devices that will help students who struggle to stay on-task.

Lake Prairie Elementary Student Support Advisor Kimberly Harris ($497.00) “Go Zen! Pro 10.”  Grant money will be used to pilot 10 one year-long licenses to share amongst the three elementary schools.  This program has the potential for boosting the emotional well-being of all Tri-Creek’s elementary students.

Lake Prairie Elementary Art/Music teacher Jennifer Lusinski ($476.00) “Made By Hand Pottery.”  A potter’s wheel will be purchased and used in art classes to make bowls, cups and vases.  This all helps contribute to a child’s sensory development, motor skills, esteem building, and problem solving skills.

Lake Prairie Elementary Librarian Steffany Mears ($2,000.95) “I.D.E.A. Lab.”   This grant will help to purchase many supplies needed to set up a makerspace that encourages student innovation through research, collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking.

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Sheryl Buche ($344.58) “Molly’s Garden.”  These funds will purchase items that will help kindergarten students create and maintain a sustainable indoor garden for their pet rabbit, Molly.

Lake Prairie Elementary teacher Kerri Coapstick ($738.07) “Flexible Seating in Fifth Grade.”  This grant provides seating options for students in Kerri’s classroom.  Hokki stools, bean bag chairs, tall tables, and laptop lapdesks will be purchased.  All of this helps to elevate student engagement and motivation.

Lowell Middle School teacher Anna Batastini ($800.00) “Build-A-Story.” Sixth grade students will create short stories that are built around a bear that has overcome an obstacle in its life.  Over sixty bears, each with a story, will be delivered to sick or injured hospitalized children.

Lowell Middle School teacher Laura Eller ($1,750.00) “Mentoring: Bridging the Gap.”  This mentor/mentee program is to help improve the well-being of the learner by providing a role model that can support the learner academically, socially, and/or personally.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies for teambuilding activities and for the mentor training retreat for 7th and 8th grade students.

Lowell Middle School art teacher Jill Sayers ($160.00) “Highlighting the Hero’s Journey.”  Paper circuit materials will be purchased enabling students to create images that depict a story with a light up feature.

Lowell High School teacher Rebecca Witkowski($47.00) “Job/Task/Tally Counter.”  Grant money will be used to purchase tally counters that will be used by students to track their progress and monitor their performance while meeting IEP goals.

Lowell High School Assistant Principal Shannon Richards ($3,300.00) “Break the Hate.”  T-shirts and banners will be purchased by the  STAND club, a student driven program where the  goal is to foster a culture that is welcoming and safe for all students.

Lowell High School French teacher Shari Coulis ($600.00) “8th Grade Visit to LHS French Market.”  Eighth  grade students will have exposure to an authentic French Market put on by LHS students.

Lowell High School Student Support Advisor Kim Harris ($600.00) “Why Try?” This pilot program will provide funds for one year access to the ‘Why Try?’ curriculum which gives hands-on solutions for dropout prevention, violence prevention, truancy reduction, and increased academic success.


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2015 Grant Recipients

The Foundation’s fourteenth annual competitive grant opportunity awarded $17,744 due to generous donations from the community and a very successful annual Labor Day 5K run/walk.

 

The 2015 recipients of twenty-two grants will impact every student in some way.  The 2015 grant recipients are:

 

Lake Prairie Elementary Principal Lisa Patton ($625.00) “Big Life Skills.”  This grant will be used to purchase giant sized games that will be used during character education enrichment time and indoor recess time.  The games will incorporate life skills such as cooperation, compromise, playing fair, following rules, and positive attitudes.

 Lake Prairie Elementary Student Support Advisor Kimberly Harris ($852.46) “Character First.” Grant money will be used to purchase this character education curriculum which focuses on an essential character trait and one animal in nature that exudes said trait.

 Lake Prairie Elementary Art/Music teacher Jennifer Lusinski ($600.00) “Multicultural Grandparents Day Musical.”  This project will allow students to share with their grandparents all the multicultural music, art and information they have learned about other countries.  Grant money will be used to purchase costumes and supplies for the musical.

Lake Prairie Elementary Art/Music teacher Jennifer Lusinski ($500.00) “Interactive Bulletin Board.”   This bulletin board will have a world map with QR codes.  An iPad will be used to scan the QR codes that will link to clips of music and art from around the world.      

Oak Hill Elementary P.E. teacher Kimberley Quasney-Bober  ($1,089.00) “Just Move.”  This grant will replace 33 pedometers that were purchased with a prior grant eleven years ago and have been in continuous use since then.  Data from the pedometers is used to graph steps, average steps, and set daily goals.

Oak Hill Elementary teacher Amanda Hill ($404.67) “Interactive Circuits.”  This project uses Snap Circuits and Little Bits to provide hands-on learning experiences during the circuits unit of study for 4th grade students.

Oak Hill Elementary Principal Stacey Schwuchow ($1,457.76) “Keep Calm and Code On!” This project will help to develop students’ coding skills, which improves logical thinking, problem solving, persistence, collaboration, and communication.

Oak Hill Elementary Student Support Advisor Bridget Helms ($535.00) “Effective School Group Counseling through Art and Sensory Integration.”  This curriculum project involves six different school counseling groups which will teach students ways in which to cope and manage difficult times.  The grant money will be used to purchase the materials needed for this curriculum.

Oak Hill Elementary teacher Samantha Gryczewski ($499.00) “This Apple each day will allow children to make way.”  This project will allow the teacher to present content through the Apple TV and Smartboard and then use the iPad mini4 as she moves around the classroom observing students and their work.  The technology will enhance the way students and teacher share ideas and understanding.  The grant money purchases the iPad mini4.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Holly Carter ($500.00) “Science through Experience.” This grant will help to lower the cost to students for a trip to the Museum of Science and Industry.  This trip will provide a hands-on educational experience that goes along with science units.

Three Creeks Elementary Art/Character Education teacher Amy Ahiga ($616.00) “Freedom Train Play.”  Fourth graders will travel to Munster’s Theatre at the Center to see this play about Harriet Tubman, culminating with follow-up classroom activities.  There will be no charge to students.

Three Creeks Elementary teachers Michelle Hubbard and Karen Darnell ($995.00) “PebbleGo Digital Database.”  This database is specifically designed to meet the need of K-3 readers for research projects.  Grant money will be used to cover a one year membership to the animals, science, social studies, and biographies databases.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Kassie Hanger ($599.94) “Hands on Meets Technology=Engagement.” This project involves the Osmo gaming accessory that pairs with the iPad.  Osmo has manipulatives that allows students to work in collaborative groups to build words, solve puzzles, and complete number games.  Grant money will be used to purchase six Osmo sets.

Three Creeks Elementary PE teacher Kristan Ellis ($234.33) “Scooter City Continued.”  Scooter City turns the gym into a small city with students cruising around town on their scooters.  The lesson focus is for students to demonstrate how to be good citizens in their community and to practice good safety measures.  The grant will purchase additional equipment:  traffic lights, a talking railroad sign, and four scooters.

Three Creeks Elementary teacher Joanna Tinich ($340.00) “Firsties Love Sumdog.”  Grant money will be used to purchase 85 math/reading licenses for the Sumdog website that helps first grade students practice math and reading skills.

Lowell Middle School Librarian Lori Gross ($500.00) “Creation Corner.” Supplies for students in need will be purchased to be used in a corner of LMS Media Center where students can work on projects and posters

Lowell Middle School teacher Laura Eller ($2,000.00) “Bridging the Gap.”  This mentor/mentee program is to help improve the well-being of the learner by providing a role model that can support the learner academically, socially, and/or personally.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies for teambuilding activities and for the mentor training retreat for 7th and 8th grade students.

Lowell Middle School teacher Megan McCollister Iussig ($868.00) “Gotta Dance.”  This project allows 8th grade honor students to attend this Broadway in Chicago play.  The play will be used as the impetus of a project-based, collaborative learning experience where students will explore the role of imagination and storytelling.

Lowell High School teacher Amanda Czyszczon ($525.00) “Color Me Calm.”  Grant money will be used to purchase materials needed to help students use color therapy to help decrease the amount of stress and anxiety in their lives.

 Lowell High School Academic Teams’ Director and teacher Joseph Gianotti ($1,040.00) “Indianapolis College Crawl.”  This grant helps the Academic teams to travel to the Indiana State Museum, Indiana Medical History Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art and two college campuses to study Hoosier Heritage

Lowell High School Academic Teams’ Director and teacher Joseph Gianotti ($2,612.92) “Academic Wall of Fame.”  This grant will be used to purchase the Wall of Fame lettering needed to showcase awards received by LHS Academic Teams.

Lowell High School LRE Facilitator Kristine Van Hoose ($350.00) “www.usatestprep.com”   Grant money will be used to renew this license that helps English 10 and special education students to practice specific standards for the ISTEP test.

Three Creeks Elem...Katie Taylor, Holly Carter, Kassie Hanger, Karen Darnell, Kristan Ellis, Amy Ahiga



Lake Prairie Elem...Kim Harris, Lisa Patton, Jennifer Lusinski



Oak Hill Elem....Kim Bober, Stacey Schwuchow


Lowell Middle School...Megan Iussig, Lori Gross, Laura Eller


LHS...Kristine Van Hoose, Amanda Czyszczon, Joe Gianotti


LMS Bridging the Gap mentors & sponsor...Heather Karm, Natalie Kotlin, Julianna Damm, Marissa Crouse, Olivia McCauley, Anna Kampa, Laura Eller


Weinberg Grants

Michelle Nichols (Lake Prairie Elem), Rebecca Niermeyer and Michele Klein (Three Creeks Elem)...Rendezvous with a Comet at Challenger Learning Center



LHS Red Devil Mentor Program...Anthony Szorc (mentor), Joe Swanson (sponsor), Blake Clifford II (mentor)

8th Grade Class Trip...Pete Iussig, Nancy Satterblom, Andrew Timm, Megan Iussig





2014 Grant Recipients

The 2014 recipients of seventeen grants will impact every student in some way.  The 2014 grant recipients are listed below. Click here for details of each grant.
     



Challenger Grant Winners

(left to right) Trisha Stanton, Mary Ann Sytsma, Nicole Nigh



Lake Prairie Grant Winners

(left to right)  Mary Ann Sytsma, Amy Bugajski, Sheryl Buche,
Kristan Stone, Kim Harris, Samantha Luchon, Jennifer Lusinski




Oak Hill Grant Winners

(Left to right) Amanda Hill, Amanda Haskins,
Becky Blackman, Nicole Nigh, Christina McDermott




Three Creeks Grant Winners

(left to right) Christa Werling, Trisha Stanton, Janet Bailey,
Mary Stinnett, Joanna Tinich, Karen Darnell, Michelle Hubbard




LMS and LHS Grant Winners

(left to right)  Amanda Czyszczon, Tara Dransoff,
Tammy Gordon, Jill Sayers, Denise Smith


Sheryl Buche Lake Prairie Coding in Kindergarten
Kimberly Harris Lake Prairie A-‘Maze’ing Minds-in-Motion
Kristan Stone Lake Prairie Scooter City
Sheryl Buche Lake Prairie Seating for the 21st Century Student
Samantha Luchon Lake Prairie WittFitt Stability Balls: Education in Motion
Jennifer Lusinski Lake Prairie Lake Prairie’s Recycled Bottle Cap Mural
Becky Blackman  Oak Hill Listening Our Way to Fluency
Amanda Hill
Nicole Nigh
Oak Hill SPRKing Students with Sphero
Amanda Haskins
Christina McDermott
Oak Hill SPRKing Students with Sphero
Christa Werling Three Creeks TC B.E.A.R.S. ‘Paws’ for Positive Character
Mary Stinnett
Janet Bailey
D’Ann Habas
Sarah Taylor
Three Creeks 4th Grade Study Trip to Indianapolis
Karen Robison
Amanda Cataldo
Kim Summers
Three Creeks One More Story
Joanna Tinich
Karen Darnell
Michelle Hubbard
Three Creeks Sumdog Math and Reading
Jill Sayers Lowell Middle Brick by Brick
Tara Dransoff
Tammy Gordon
Laura Eller
Amy Kotelles
Lowell Middle Children Can Make a Difference
Amanda Czyszczon Lowell High Steelee’s Turtle Cam
Denise Smith Lowell High Kuta Software – Add Infinite Algebra 1




2013 Grant Recipients

2013 Grant Recipients

2013 Grant Recipients

Thank you note from Kendra McPheeters-Neal


2012 Grant Recipients

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

2012 Grant Recipients