Navasota ISD Announce Recipients of Grants to Teachers Awards

By: Navasota ISD Press Release
By: Navasota ISD Press Release

NAVASOTA The Navasota ISD Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of the Grants to Teachers awards. Eighteen teachers, working on eight distinct projects will be awarded funding totaling $35,600.01.

The projects and teachers are as follows:

Project: 1st Grade ELA Enrichment
School: High Point Elementary
Teachers: Sarah Lee and Elicia Meekins
Award: $4,950.00

The ELA summer enrichment program is a project designed to meet the needs of first grade students who attend High Point Elementary by providing them with English/Language Arts instruction and additional Neuhaus phonics instruction in small group and whole group settings. The program was designed to give students the additional instruction to help prepare them for the next grade level, and at the same time, give a stronger foundation in the basics of reading and phonics. The goal is to get at-risk students to grade level by the end of the program.

Project: Minis for Many
School: High Point Elementary
Teachers: Ashley Barrett, Julie Mock, & Pam Mojica
Award: $4,774.38

The Minis for Many project will allow second grade students (especially from economically disadvantaged and non-English backgrounds) to utilize current technology on a daily basis. Not only will they use them daily in stations, they will also use them across curriculum for projects and research. Daily exposure will allow all students to experience the information multiple times in a variety of formats; orally, kinesthetically and visually. Research has shown that students have a greater grasp of information when given multiple opportunities to learn the same concept. The High Point Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teams have implemented iPads in their daily schedules and have seen major benefits of their inclusion. All teachers have seen greater focus and increased engagement while utilizing this technology.

Project: Chairs and Desk Systems
School: Navasota High School
Teachers: Kimberly Ann Currens and Megan Wilkinson
Award: $4,962.00

To facilitate cooperative learning it is imperative that students have the proper learning environment which includes a seating arrangement that can quickly and quietly form groups. With NISD moving toward project based learning, this becomes even more important. This project involves the purchase of seminar style chairs and tables. Cooperative learning is based on building small groups that work toward a common goal with each student’s success is dependent on the group’s success. It is more than working side-by-side while solving problems. With seminar style tables, two pairs become a group of four with a minimal amount of effort – two students turn around.

Project: Media Crew
School: Navasota High School
Teachers: Jake Henson and Ronnie Gonzalez
Award: $4,977.31

The Navasota High School Media Crew needs a new camera package to improve the visual and audial aspects of their final project, speed up transfer time of camera-to-computer workflow, have new features and tools on the package to learn new skills, and use the updated equipment to create more positions for student crew members to meet the needs for a quickly growing after school program. The package will include the camera to add a new camera operator position with improved image quality and coverage and will require additional mastery of new controls currently not offered with our other cameras, extra batteries and chargers for long shoots, a protective case for storage and travel, two tripod stands (both short and tall) to add dynamic holding positions and open up new filming opportunities, new video cards which will allow fast transfer and create a new student position called on-site editor (an essential position in the professional realm) where a student can begin creating a highlight or promotional video live at the event, and a slate, headphones, and audio kit to create another student position called on-site audio recorder in which a student can capture and control sound recording which will merge to the video footage: a technical skill currently not available with our equipment. The theory behind the project is that with the equipment update new student jobs will be available, the range of skills taught and practiced will expand, the production value will improve, and the strength of our promotional outreach as a program and a school will grow.

Project: Science Fair
School: Navasota High School
Teachers: Kristi Ramsey and Darcie Crumpacker
Award: $2,560.00

At the end of the 2012-13 school year, the high school science department made the decision to no longer require students to complete a science fair project and participate in science fair. Several students were very disappointed in this decision as science fair was an area where they were able to learn, lead, and succeed in school. This project is designed to allow students who choose to continue with their science fair projects to. The students will complete science fair projects outside the classroom requirements. They will be mentored by an experienced science teacher and allowed the opportunity to compete locally with the option of advancing to regional competition and beyond. The grant will provide the funding necessary to facilitate this action.

Project: Landscaping
School: Navasota Junior High School
Teachers: Brett Henry and Benjamin Mendez
Award: $3,468.32

This project will create a more inviting environment for students, faculty and visitors than currently exists at Navasota Junior high. The project fits with the district goal of ‘building on the individual’s imagination, curiosity, and talents’. this will be accomplished by guiding the students through the process of planning, budgeting, procuring materials and implementing the project. The project will involve landscaping of the campus with particular attention paid to the areas where visitors come and go. Students will design the layout of ornamental plants such as crepe myrtle trees, roses, purple-sage, dwarf yaupon, pink muhly grass, Mexican feather grass, Southern Bayberry, Leyland cypress, Arizona cypress, esperanza, bottle brush, and other trees, shrubs, annual and perennial flowers They will select plants, prepare the soil and install the plants.

Project: Creating Innovators through Project Based Learning
School: Navasota Junior High School
Teachers: Monica Guerrero and Cara Moreland
Award: $4,908.00

Project based learning is a collaborative way of teaching and learning. It is gaining popularity in many schools because of the way it engages students and motivates them to want to learn. Through the use of projects, it connects learning to real life. This makes learning relevant to the students. Students complete complex tasks that allow them to problem solve, investigate, debate, and present their ideas. These tasks are centered on a driving question the students must answer. Students learn to use many resources to find answers instead of relying on a teacher to answer all questions. Many project based models require students to use devices to connect to the Internet, collaborate with peers, and present their learning to an audience. This funding of this project will give the students access to mobile, Internet enabled devices. Navasota ISD has set goals for the classroom teacher to move towards student-centered learning. Project based learning fits that vision perfectly. It allows the student to take control of his/her own learning and supports a true student-centered environment.

Project: Arts and Smarts
School: Navasota Schools
Teachers: Jo Anna Moreland, Jessica Waldroup, and Ronnie Gonzalez
Award: $5,000.00

Live theater! Many of our students have not experienced the thrill of live theater. This project proposes trips for elementary students to attend OPAS Jr.’s “Peter Pan”, Junior High students to attend MSC OPAS’s “Cirque Dream Rocks”, and High School students to attend “West Side Story” at a very reduced cost plus transportation. Students would be required to pay $5 for “Peter Pan” tickets and $10 for “Cirque Dream Rocks” and “West Side Story” tickets. The grant would cover the rest of the regular ticket prices of $18 and $29 (student rate) each.

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