One of the highlights of every school year for the KEF is our Great Opportunities Grants awards in November of each year. For the past two years we have successfully partnered with community businesses and organizations in funding projects. Please read this year’s application summary below and contact the KEF if your business or organization would like to participate.
1. Project: Music Room Additions for Creative Minds. Russell Elementary School
2. Project: Social Responsibility Class. Kalispell Middle School
3. Project: Coding with Ollie the Robot. Kalispell Middle School
4. Project: Bamboo Fly Rod Building and Fly Tying. Linderman Education Center
5. Project: Technology Powered Laboratory Stations. Glacier High School
6. Project: DNA Barcoding of Life. Glacier High School
7. Project: Information is a Two-Way Street. Flathead High School
8. Hedges Geocachers: Connecting with Our World. Hedges Elementary
Brief paragragh describing each project:
a. Hedges Elementary School. Project: Hedges Geocachers: Connecting with Our World.
Hedges Geocaching Club provides the opportunity for students to use math and technology outside the classroom in a way that connects them to their neighborhood, their world, and to satellites in space; in real time, and in a way that is personally relevant to them.
b. Glacier High School. Project: Technology Powered Laboratory Stations
Transforming standard science classrooms into dynamic technology lab-stations only requires six laptops. As students perform laboratory experiments, they should have immediate access to unlimited amounts of digital resources found in real-life. Teachers could then provide multimedia, virtual labs, server-based software and programs that allow students to thrive in future workplaces.
c. Glacier High School. Project: DNA Barcoding for Life
One hundred-forty freshman biology students from GHS will study taxonomy using a new approach that incorporates conservation. Students will access these technologies by sequencing native plant DNA from native species garden on campus. “DNA barcoding” and electrophoresis will provide students the opportunity to learn lab techniques that are not available in most high schools.
d. Flathead High School. Project: Information is a Two-Way Street
Information is a Two-Way Street involves Regular Education teachers and Special Education teachers sharing vital student information to guide future learning. Regular Education teachers need information about individual student’s learning profiles (sill levels, behavior concerns, IEP goals) and Special Education teachers need information about student progress in inclusive classes. FHS plans to strengthen that two-way communication process with the help of technology thereby boosting student achievement.
e. Linderman Education Center. Project: Bamboo Fly Rod Building and Fly Tying
In an ideal world each student would be given lessons that apply directly to their lives. When students acknowledge that knowledge has value for their future, they are much more likely to engage in material. The goal of the new bamboo rod building seminar is to create opportunities to engage students individually while providing lessons that will stick with them throughout their lives. The program also seeks to create community within the Linderman Education Center that strives for real world learning while creating more elective options for students. Funding will give students the opportunity to build bamboo fly rods as well as learn to tie flies. Students will then have the opportunity to add onto this learning by combining math and science components that go into building a fly rod as well as look at the conservation issues regarding our rivers. Some students will have the opportunity to show case their work and research at a local science fair highlighting conservation in our state.
f. Russell Elementary School. Project: Music Room Additions for Creative Minds
Linderman Educational Center’s (alternative high school) Art Department will work to create a mural for Russell Elementary School’s music room that will bring color and create a pleasing environment for the students to learn. A Linderman student will collaborate with Russell Elementary students to create a welcoming atmosphere for students to be creative, express themselves through movement and sound, and take pride in their school’s music program. Even though the classroom is on a stage, the teacher would like to create the best possible environment for learning; one that inspires and is filled with instruments.
g. Kalispell Middle School. Project: Coding with Ollie the Robot
Ollie is a multipurpose robot that can be programmed using free applications on both IOS and Android. This innovative technology provides students with a hands-on learning experience that requires STEM (science, technology, math) related educational skills. Teachers throughout KMS will collaborate to ensure that at lease 600 students will experience Ollie each year.
h. Kalispell Middle School. Project: Social Responsibility Class.
The KMS Social Responsibility Class addresses specific needs of our high-risk students. It empowers students through interactive and team-building activities to teach social/emotional, conflict resolution, goal setting, and personal insight skills. Field trips, staff mentors, and classroom leadership round out opportunities to engage and motivate student success.