Superintendent Darlene Schottle (left), Walmart repesentative Kathy (center right), and KMS principal Tryg Johnson (far right) joined teacher Cheryl Russell to announce funding of her Project Wii: Students Rising to Independence! A Walmart community grant will fund $1,000 of the project, and KEF Director Mike Kofford presented Cheryl with a certificate of recognition.
Local businessman and McDonald’s owner Scott Hadwin, joined KEF Director Mike Kofford and Glacier High teacher Josh Munro to announce that McDonald’s will be funding the Virtual Restaurant Simulation to be used in marketing classes at GHS. “We’re incredibly excited to get this going,” said Scott, “I think this will give students a taste of what running a business is really like.” Josh and Scott even discussed the possibility of McDonald’s staff coming in to take a simulation challenge against students before answering questions about running a restaurant. Congratulations to Josh, and thank you to Scott and McDonalds!
The KEF is happy to announce that First Interstate Bank will be partnering with us to fund the Veteran Blankets project for Helen Lyford at Flathead High School. The project will involve special needs students producing blankets for retired veterans in the Kalispell area. Helen posed with Susie Bailon and Barb Kelly from FIB, along with KEF Director Mike Kofford.
The KEF began announcing recipients for this year’s Great Opportunities Grants this week by visiting teacher’s on site with certificate’s of recognition for their projects. Continuing a tradition of partnering with community businesses for supporting submitted projects, the KEF joined KMS teacher Paul Holmgren at Cabela’s in Kalispell to recognize the donation of 20 vices for the Fly Tying for Fun on the Fly. Working with valued partners like Cabela’s has allowed the KEF to recognize more projects and spread the word on the great things happening in our local schools.
The 7:00 P.M. showing of Bridegroom at the FVCC Arts and Technology Building room 139 may be sold out, but the KEF is happy to announce it will add another showing at 4:00 P.M. on the same date. Please visit the ticket category in our website toolbar (upper right) to purchase a $7 ticket. Bridegroom has been recognized with the audience choice award at a variety of film festivals including the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival. Subject of this heartfelt documentary, Shane Bitney Crone, will be appearing at both FVCC showings. Students under 17 will need a permission form signed by parents (rated R).
The KEF recently heard from Kerrie More at Glacier High School about her E-Read Cafe’ project. Here is some of what she had to share:
The lunchtime book club at GHS, “Read Café” was already in operation when we received the funding from KEF to incorporate the e-readers. Until then, we had been running out of books for the number of students who wanted to participate. Adding the Kindles allowed twelve more students to join the book club. Furthermore, it did so at a significant savings. Amazon allows up to six devices to be included on one account. Therefore, we purchase only two copies of the book in electronic format, yet we can add them to all twelve of our devices. Since we added the Kindles, I’m finding that many of the students who come to inquire about joining the book club are very excited to check out the e-readers. On the other hand, there are still some “traditionalists” who specifically ask for the hard copy. I’m so glad we can accommodate both preferences! The e-readers have been extremely effective for our program and have allowed us to raise the number of our participants. I have found no weaknesses to the program – only positives!
We used grant funding to purchase approximately $250 worth of book downloads in the form of Amazon gift cards that were uploaded to our GHS Kindle accounts. These gift cards are only used for titles used for “E-Read Café.” Our book club meets four times a year, which requires us to purchase about eight titles each year on the Kindles. It is my expectation that we will be able to sustain the e-readers for about two more years using the initial funding provided by KEF. Beyond that, we will use funds generated from our fines and fees account, as well as from our book fair, to keep the book club going for years to come!
Many thanks to KEF for helping us purchase e-readers for the students at GHS. Their addition to turned “Read Café” into “E-Read Café” and had expanded our program in a positive way!
FHS teacher Sean O’Donnell faced some tough challenges in completing his display cases showcasing local history. Graduating students had just run out of gas at the end of last year, and it has taken until mid-September for him to invigorate a new group. However, with new life to the project, Sean has announced the display will be up and running in his final report to the KEF. According to Sean, “The images which were selected from the Northwest Historical Societies collection turned out to be striking. There are not ten large, framed photographs of the early Flathead Valley hanging in the alcove outside the history office. On a regular basis I see students looking up at them and sometimes even asking a history teacher about a particular picture. The irony is that one of the greatest benefits of this project was the actual selection of images. During the process, we all learned a remarkable amount about early Kalispell. The museum staff was so knowledgable that each of us left with information that we could share with our classes about our hometown. My hope is that those connections formed with the Central Museum can be fostered and, ultimately, offer a greater connection for our teachers and students to local history.”
The KEF would like to thank Sean and his FHS students for all of their hard work.
Teachers returned to meet and be welcomed back by KPS Superintendent Darlene Schottle on Monday, August 26th at Flathead High School. KEF Director Mike Kofford announced another teacher training available at the central office on September 24th at 4:00 p.m. for Great Opportunities Grants applications. The applications will be due on October 15, 2013.
Kirsten Pevey recently turned in her final report for her KEF funded 2012-13 project at Peterson Elementary School in Kalispell. Some of the successes outlined in that report included:
- The writing station provided students with more opportunities to draft, edit, and revise their works. Students were seamlessly able to access their work on the school computer lab from home through an internet connection. 73% of her class voluntarily chose to complete classroom assignments outside of the school setting.
- The Common Core standards specify that 5th grade students should be able to, with some guidance, use technology to produce and publish a two-page written work in collaboration with others that demonstrates sufficient command of keyboarding skills. By the end of the year, 88% of her students were either proficient or advanced.
- Student groups researched projects that included maps and photos that they presented to their classmates.
- The class iPads allowed students instant access to information. Students were more willing to look things up on the iPads rather than go the library to figure out which reference book was relevant.
- Throughout the year students created a variety of projects including a commercial for an invention they created (using iMovie), a persuasive letter to their parents, compare and contrast papers, summary paragraphs, wax museum scripts, and twisted fairy tales using iPad apps. She provided passwords to parents so they could view their student’s works from home.
- Students regularly edited and revised their work on the iPads, making it easy to view works in progress and grade student papers. This eliminated the need for tedious paper and pencil revisions. One of the apps allowed students to record themselves reading their own writing, then listen to the audio for revisions. This proved to be a powerful tool.
The KEF would like to thank Kirsten for all her hard work and dedication.