Adopt-A-Grant at Forney ISD
From Friday, Nov. 12 to Friday, Dec. 17, you will have the opportunity to invest in a teacher or campus in memory of a loved one, in honor of someone special, as a means of advertising for your business or simply because you believe in that teacher or innovative grant.

All donations are tax-deducible and include a letter of gratitude with our EIN number 30-0268757.

If you would like more information on listed grants please contact Justin Eatherly (469) 762-4100 or jdeatherly@forneyisd.net

You may adopt one or more grants listed below and you must adopt the full amount unless donating towards the Grant Fund (see #54). Grants will be removed from the list below once adopted.
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1. Mindy Allen - Claybon Elementary - Adopted
Playground Communication Board - A communication boards located on the playgrounds at Claybon Elementary and Griffin Elementary. The boards will be displayed on all weather banners with a grid of different pictures students can use to communicate with each other and adults while on the playground.
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2. Mindy Allen - Claybon Elementary
Able to Learn with ABLLS-R - ABLLS-R stands for Assessment of Basic Learning and Language Skills (Revised). These kits provide materials to assess and support student learning and growth in language and communication as well as academic skills.
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$5,000
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3. Jamie Ball - Johnson Elementary
Extra! Extra! Read All About It! - Providing 1st grade students with a monthly subscription to Scholastic News magazine. Students will receive 4 magazines each month that center around seasonal topics from a first grader's perspective. Scholastic news includes science, social studies and social development topics. Teachers will be provided with a larger copy to read with students. In addition to the monthly magazines, there are knowledge building videos with interactive games.
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$812
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4. Robin Barela - Blackburn Elementary
In Real Life... The Prequel - How often are we seeing children in cars, restaurants, stores, offices ,churches and other social settings glued to their screens? We are experiencing a society where children are in front of a screen wherever they go. They are missing opportunities that prepare them to be socially successful in school and life. Our vision is to have a place for our kindergarten and 1st grade students to experience, learn and practice through play. This will build strong real life skills such as, communication, team work, conflict resolution and leadership for our youngest students, by providing a learning environment that mirrors the real world.
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$1,449
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5. Adrian Caloss - Brown Middle School
Current Global Connections - Engaging, age-appropriate text is not easy to come by for middle school students. The Scholastic Scope magazine provides students with engaging and relevant multi-genre text in each issue. Along with the texts, several activities are included that are both part of the physical magazine and the digital version. The text and activities provide our students with multiple entry points to engage with the information in the magazine in a risk free environment. Our students will have the opportunity to find articles, poems, plays, or stories that spark their interest which will help to instill a lifelong love of reading as they discuss, analyze, and synthesize the information in the magazine and make connections to their own life experiences
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$350
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6. Scott Calvery - Warren Middle School - Adopted
Living Skills Support Program - The project will allow for special needs student in the Life Skills Structured Learning Center setting to learn and grow job and living skills such as making food/drinks for others teachers as well as practice money handling skills and the ability to follow on the job instructions that will be crucial for them as they go into the transitional period in their life. Students will own and be in charge of (with teacher supervision) a shop which will take order from teachers weekly for coffee/snacks. Students will fulfill each order and deliver it to that classroom on Fridays during a specified time and take payment/return change to teachers. This will allow them to practice needed real world interactions and job skills they will need as they transition to adulthood.
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7. Brooke Carter - Henderson Elementary
Picture Exchange Communication System Training - I work with the Autism Behavior Learning Environment (ABLE) unit at Henderson Elementary. The group of kids that I'm serving would all benefit from my knowledge after receiving Picture Communication Exchange System (PECS) training. A few of the kids are non-verbal and need some form of communication to express themselves and make basic requests. This system is an evidenced-based practice that has been proven to help teach functional communication and also develop speech.
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8. Laura Cottle - Claybon Elementary - Adopted
Educate the Heart - During this pandemic students have been isolated and quarantined. This isolation and being behind the screen for so long we have lost of the art of self awareness and self regulation. Children need tools and hands on activities to build these aspects back in their lives not only at school but outside of school. The 5 components of SEL are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These components need to learned and practiced just like multiplication or personal narrative writing. To truly build and put relationships first we needs ways to help children find their voice again in a healthy and safe way while at school. I would love to provide SEL games, hands on activities, and books to help my students learn and build up the 5 components of SEL. Teaching kids how to be able to talk things out with each other as well as express their feelings to adults will help children as they go throughout their school years as well as into the workforce after school.
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9. Mark Dietz - Forney Learning Academy
Gardening for Growth - Forney Learning Academy will create a school garden/outdoor classroom to engage students in hands on learning across all core subject areas. Students will be able to apply classroom concepts in a setting that will allow them to understand the "why" of the material covered.
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$565.94
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10. Erin Duplissey - Lewis Elementary
Making it Stick: A Brain Based Approach to Phonics - Phonics is unquestionably the most important skill that beginning readers learn. In Forney ISD, we understand the importance of a strong foundation in phonemic awareness and phonics instruction. The science of teaching reading is a relatively new area of focus for many teachers in our district. We are working diligently to increase the effectiveness of our current instructional resources while incorporating brain based components. This project provides an element of support our teachers and students need to help phonics skills stick. The project provides a resource that is simple, effective, and works seamlessly with any reading series or phonics program already in place. Essentially, it's an added layer of impactful instruction that can be implemented immediately in any classroom.
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$1,928
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11. Catrina Esters - Forney Learning Academy
Diverse Learning Environment: Outdoor Classroom - This grant will allow FLA to meet the diverse needs of students served in the GOALS program by creating an extension of the tradition classroom space. With the fulfillment of this grant request students will have access to outdoor learning spaces that naturally allow for social distancing.
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$1,926
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12. Christopher Evans - North Forney High School
MakeCode Will Travel - Game Design is a major component of NFHS Computer Science. Our CS students need something tangible to feel connected to their projects away from the keyboard. Through Microsoft MakeCode and seeed Studios GameGo Handheld Game Console students can transition their games off the computer to an actual handheld game console. This allows the students to see their projects fully realized as handheld games. The GameGo Console resembles commercial handheld game systems with which the students are familiar, giving them a sense accomplishment they cannot get from their computers. The GameGo Consoles will also serve as a promotional and recruitment tool to demonstrate what the computer science program has to offer potential students.
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$1,150
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13. Melanie Farrell - Rhea Intermediate
Closing the Gaps-Tile by Tile - Students are able to work through skills in an engaging, rewarding screen-free way providing an innovative alternative to traditional skills practice with the Versa Tiles hands-on reading program. The program utilizes numbered and colored tiles that students use to answer questions, flip over to self check for correct answers, and then students self correct any misconceptions. The reading Versa Tiles are based on learning skills in phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. Using these hands-on materials, as well as the incorporation of physical movement into learning activities with the program, will promote a higher level of student engagement through a fun and enthusiastic method during reading blocks for all 5th and 6th grade students at Rhea.
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$4,480
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14. Michelle Garcia - Smith Intermediate
Cooking Club - By allowing the students to chose what they will be making during the cooking club, using their reading skills for the recipes, math reasoning for measurements, and being able to experiment with ingredients which brings in science is a great opportunity to involve them in their learning and thinking outside the box. In the end they will be able to reflect back on what they have learned "outside" of the classroom and how it has made them future-ready.
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$5,000
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15. Kerri Hammack - FISD Administration
Vocational Assessments for Special Populations - My project is a two part. Part One - Functional Vocational Assessments for the lower functioning students in 7th-12th grade Life Skills and Next Step programs. I am asking for two different options to have the opportunity to assess all students. Part Two - I am asking for authentic cash resisters to be used by both of the high schools and Next Step programs for students to have real life exposure and experiences when selling their products.
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$4,593
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16. Amanda Happel - Lewis Elementary
Pianos: The Tutors You Didn't Know You Needed! - Pianos are the tutors you didn't know you needed! Lewis Elementary School wants to start a piano lab pilot program to help students close achievement gaps and raise their STAAR scores after Covid-19 brought down a vast number of test scores. There is a clear link between learning a musical instrument like the piano and academic success. With access to a piano lab, a good piano curriculum, and a willing piano teacher, Lewis hopes to see many of their fourth grade students recover from last year's test score slump.
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$1,968
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17. Mel Harlan - FISD Administration
College Readiness Summer Enrichment Program - Middle and early high school students have a unique opportunity to set themselves up for ultimate success in college by qualifying for the National Merit Scholarship competition. The proposed summer enrichment program will arm these students with the skills needed to be competitive. The Knowsys College Readiness course covers SAT, ACT, and PSAT math and verbal content & integrates college exploration through project-based learning.
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$2,880
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18. Francheryl Harris - Criswell Elementary
Inside Out: Bringing Diversity into the Classroom Through Literature - Education today is more than just making sure our students master all the TEKS. The world around us requires students to become adults that are aware and sensitive to the diversity surrounding them. We live in a time where knowledge of other cultures is important. It can be difficult to be understanding and have empathy for others when you do not have a working background knowledge of others' perspectives. Representation of an array of cultures is important for students of every ethnicity. They also need to see and learn about different people and cultures. This can be made possible through authentic literature. Students need to be immersed in books throughout their educational career to help build life long readers. This project covers both of those ideas. We have selected a plethora of books that will peak our students' interests ranging in various genres, cultures, and levels. The list includes books about scientists, politicians, athletes, musicians, inventors, artists, explorers, and culturally diverse topics. They feature culturally diverse characters and real people. Many of them are written by authors from different backgrounds. This project will reach beyond the students sitting in our ELAR classes today and onto future students.
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$2,660
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19. Jenny Harstrom - Lewis Elementary
Motor Lab - Adding a motor lab to our campus will help to address the increasing social and emotional regulation challenges that our students are coming to us with. These challenges prevent students from being ready to focus on academics for the length of time that research indicates they should be able to at their current age.
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$1,600
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20. Brittany Hartley - Claybon Elementary
Phishing for Phonics - The Science of Teaching Reading has reexamined and brought to the forefront the fundamentals of teaching reading and how children learn to read. A part of their research examines the importance and effectiveness of students being able to decode text and opportunities to practice with controlled text. The GoPhonics Teacher Program provides teachers with a variety of decodable texts and corresponding phonics games to support their classroom reading instruction. Through the use of small groups, partner work, and a teacher-led table, students will have the opportunity to grow in their decoding skills and improve their ability to read and decode even the hardest of text.
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$4,480
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21. Dianna Hellenguard - Rhea Intermediate
Got gaps? Do the Math! - VersaTiles and Do the Math are two programs that have been widely used in many districts to meet the needs of all students. VersaTiles are a hands-on approach to keep students engaged in their learning while giving them a quick way to assess their own progress. It covers below grade level and above grade level so all students will benefit from VersaTiles. Do the Math was developed by Marilyn Burns, one of America's well known math educators, as a way to build numerical reasoning and student's confidence in math. It is an intense small group instruction that builds the foundation of adding, subtracting, multiplication, divisions, and fractions. By using both of these programs we will be able to meet the needs of each student on our campus, whether it is to build a foundational concept that they have missed during the Covid shut down, or to extend the learning of those students who need to be challenged in advanced classes.
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$4,968
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22. Beth Heredia - Blackburn Elementary
Recess Equipment for 2nd Grade Blackburn Students - This project will provide students with the opportunity to improve their physical health and expose students to different types of outdoor activities during recess, in an effort to encourage lifelong healthy learners. This project will also provide students with opportunities to practice their social skills by displaying teamwork and sportsmanship.
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$1,619
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23. Cristal Jocoy - Johnson Elementary
Phonics Fun for First Graders is Fundamental! - Phonics fun for first graders is definitely fundamental. The Go Phonics 50 Phonics Game Set will help us on our way. We are excited about our district's initiative to get our students back to the basics of reading this year with the science of reading. We are striving to meet the needs of our learners in light of the recent struggles due to lost learning in these unique times. In our push to guide our students using systematic and explicit instruction in phonics, we are looking for more avenues to help us along the way. To meet the needs of our students, our school has purchased new decodable reading materials from Go Phonics that focus on phonics in a way that will help our students develop better word decoding and fluency skills. We want to use the Go Phonics 50 phonics games set, along with the coordinating readers, to help our readers experience success and have an engaging way to do so. This set has a wide variety of fun games that focus on the most essential first grade TEKS in regard to reading. The games focus on phonograms, vowels, digraphs, consonant blends and much more. They will give our students the repetition they need in a fun way that will build their skills and confidence. They will also help them expand their vocabulary and comprehension of word meanings that will carry over into reading the coordinating decodable readers and other texts.
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$1,287
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24. Catherine Johns - Johnson Elementary
Fountas and Pinnell Interactive Read Alouds - Currently our kindergarten team of 6 teachers shares 3 sets of these resources. Our purpose in writing this grant is to supply each teacher with their own classroom set.
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$3,240
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25. Sharon Kirbie - Criswell Elementary
Sight Words in Spanish and English for K-3 - Sight words in English and Spanish placed around the campus.
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$65
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26. Sharon Kirbie - Criswell Elementary
Out Door Classroom - Outdoor Classroom for Criswell Elementary.
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$5,000
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27. Angela Lane - Criswell Elementary - ADOPTED
ADOPTED - Chicken Life Cycle - As part of our first grade TEKS, the students learn about the life cycle of a chicken. For the past several years we have hatched chicks in the classroom. This is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences for our first graders. This incubation period lasts 21 days. In an effort to explain how the chick is forming inside the egg, we would like to use a visual aid so the students can see this development. The "Chick Life Cycle Exploration Set" by Learning Resources would be a great resource that has realistic illustrations of a chick developing inside of an egg. The students will look forward to opening up an egg for each 21 days to see how the chick has grown. After watching how the chick is developing inside the egg, on the twenty-first day our real chicks will hatch in our classroom incubator!
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28. Olivia Lemons - Griffin Elementary
These Numbers Were Made for Talkin'....and That's Just What They'll Do - Daily Math Fluency is a year-long, ready-made solution for developing efficiency, flexibility, and accuracy in students' grasp of basic math facts in less than 10 minutes a day. Daily Math Fluency, or Number Talks, teach children to share their differing ways of solving math equations mentally. Students are given opportunities to lead the Number Talk, so that their peers can understand another point of view. This program promotes confidence in math, as well as diverse ways of thinking.
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$1,500
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29. Jennifer Linhart - Criswell Elementary
BookWorm Vending Machine - The kindergarten team wants to start spreading the love of reading while encouraging positive behavior and character development in the school. We want to get kids excited to win a book for good character, kindness and citizenship. The Bookworm vending machine will be full of books, appropriate for kids age 4-11. The students will be given a golden coin as a reward for positive behavior or kindness. The golden coin will allow the student to choose a book to keep forever from the vending machine.
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30. Kelli Londono - Smith Intermediate
Author Visit-Nathan Hale - Nathan Hale is an award winning author and illustrator of many types of genres. He is best known for his American history graphic novels "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales." During his visit Mr. Hale tells and illustrates exclusive historical Hazardous Tales, only heard during school visits. He combines American history, English language arts, and fine arts to create a unique experience for our students. This is an opportunity that most students will only ever get to see through their computer screens. The 5th grade ELAR department would like to bring this experience to our students in person!
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31. Monique Martin - Blackburn Elementary
Outdoor Recess and Exercise Equipment - Exercise, Exercise Read All About It!! Our first grade students are requesting outdoor exercise and play equipment. Providing recess for over 100 students it is difficult for all of them to access the single playground at our school. So we've come up with a solution; additional play equipment. The equipment will allow our students to exercise independently, work collaboratively in pairs and groups, problem solve and simply have fun! The equipment will be used for teacher-led activities as well as free play for the children to explore. The exercise and play equipment will build fine and large motor skills in our first grader students. Subsequently, we will also be able to use many of the equipment indoors when the weather becomes to cold to go outside or due to rain. Finally, building collaborative students through outdoor group play will enhance the skill of working together in our classrooms and ultimately in their community
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$487
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32. Amy Mathewson - Rhea Intermediate
Meet Them Where They Are - After over a year of COVID causing disruptions to our educational system students and teachers are all readjusting to normalcy this year. As this process unfolds I am seeing larger academic, social, and emotional gaps than ever before. The importance of truly finding out where each student is in all of these areas and meeting them where they are at is crucial if we want to get our students back on track. I want to use any grant money that I am awarded to aid in this process. For my students that need academic gaps filled I would like to purchase manipulatives to help bring learning to life. Fraction tiles, algebra tiles, versa tiles, dice, cubes, and more can help all of my students fully engage in the learning needed to get back on track academically.
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$1,547
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33. Kelsey Mayo - Griffin Elementary
Sensory Seeking Strategies - I am writing a sensory grant for three ABLES units to use (2 at Griffin and 1 at Claybon). We see so many students who struggle behaviorally but it is simply because their sensory needs are not being adequately met with the supplies that we have in the classroom. This grant is not only for our 3 ABLES classes but also to be used as a resource for the campus. When I see another teacher struggling with a student, I will offer any and all of my sensory supplies. The campus counselor loves being able to utilize the sensory stuff that I currently have to use in our campus calm down room. This grant will positively effect the whole campus. It would make my heart smile to be able to serve students' sensory seeking needs.
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$2,728
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34. Angela McCarroll - Johnson Elementary
Science Exploration in the Classroom - Our students are naturally curious and we want to create an innovative classroom of science exploration opportunities. These activities are hands-on, engaging, and brain-based to promote discovery and creativity.
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$1,638
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35. CJ McClung - North Forney High School
Mental Health Matters - Since March 2020, there have been two pandemics occurring simultaneously: the Covid-19 Pandemic, but also the Mental Health Pandemic. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1 in 5 adults and 17% of youth (6-17 years old) experience mental illness. We have 2,302 students and 176 staff members at North Forney. Statistically, 391 of our students and 35 of our staff members are currently struggling with a mental health issue. That is a HUGE number. We are consistently talking about Covid-19, but we also need to be discussing the mental health struggles that people are experiencing and trying to handle. This grant, "Mental Health Matters" is a step in the right direction, by providing resources and tools to our students and staff on mental health, mindfulness, and coping strategies. These resources include journals, books, and inspirational materials. The first step in ending the mental health stigma is education and as a school we have such an amazing platform to change the way that mental health is handled among youth and adults. This grant is just scratching the surface.
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$1,392
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36. Bailey McDaniel - Lewis Elementary
Interactive Read Aloud Library - I am requesting a grant to be able to purchase the Interactive Read Aloud books in my classroom. I believe that receiving the grant to order my classroom the IRA set of books, will better impact my students learning as well as being able to use them in years to come. This will be a great resource for my students in the idea that I can go back and better discuss the book throughout that specific block of my day.
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$300
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37. Norma Nava - Griffin Elementary
Powering Up Pre-K - Pre-K is in need of Chromebooks to support our students. Our students currently do not have access to any computers. Our Circle Curriculum and the Pre-K guidelines state that students should be receiving instruction on particular tools, programs, and applications that they can use in the classroom as well as how to properly care for devices. Our Curriculum also gives suggestions for how to integrate technology lessons into all content areas. We would love to be able to provide our students with the opportunity to grow their technology skills as they became future ready learners.
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$4,068
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38. Renee Nelson - Brown Middle School
Student-Initiated Learning - As the state of education changes, so must the conventional roles of the teacher lecturing and the student listening. This project allows the role of the teacher and student to shift, with the teacher being a facilitator of learning. With this project, the student can take an active role in their education with self-checking activities and inquiry-based challenge activities that allow ample time to spend immersing and experiencing the learning for themselves. Time spent in this level of immersion will enable students to retain 60-70% of the content and, therefore, increase engagement, rigor, and student achievement. In addition, this project puts into motion a stage for our students to be successful by allowing them the arena to problem-solve and apply their learning in a way not currently available to them.
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$4,872
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39. Samantha O'neill - Johnson Elementary
Secret Stories Phonics and Differentiated Reading Stations - Secret Stories Phonics! Cracking the code with the brain in mind! A neuroscience-based approach to reading instruction! As well as Scholastic News Magazine! Differentiating student reading material to ensure success for all students, meeting the students where they are, in order to grow them and challenge them!
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$1,931
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40. Jeffrey Overbay - Forney High School
Photo Phynish Physics - Photogates are a timing device that measure times of the changes in state of an infrared beam that is blocked by a flag of known length, as well as the times the beam is unblocked. Photogates are a staple of every physics lab, used to teach students fundamental concepts about measuring time intervals and calculating speed and acceleration from their measurements. These devices allow students to explore the behaviors of moving objects. Our photogates are old and many are broken. The existing equipment also does not interface with our existing Chromebook technology the way our other lab equipment does. This grant would fund the purchase of new photogates and the "picket-fence" accessory.
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$1,543
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41. Elise Pratt - Johnson Elementary
We Like Good Books and We Cannot Lie! - The Fountas & Pinnell Independent Reading collection will be used to augment our current classroom libraries. The collection includes a variety of texts covering a range of reading levels so each of our students would have an opportunity to have a book that both fits his or her interests and abilities. Students read texts that are at a their independent reading level, then they share their thinking through discussion and writing. The teaching occurs in brief conferring conferences that support students' thinking (the collection includes a conferring card for each book).
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$3,960
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42. Kourtnee Purcell - Crosby Elementary
Equipping Students with Mobile Tools for Learning In and Out of Classroom - These tablets are a tool we would like to use that will reduce paper and pencil tasks and will enable collaborative and active learning in the classroom. The integration of tablets, when explicitly positioned as a teaching and learning tool, will support new forms of peer-to-peer collaboration, encourage the use of open educational resources, and will shift the traditional classroom. Individual student writing tablets are the 21st-century version of the chalk slates used by students in colonial times! Writing tablets are a great way of actively involving students in the learning process -- and a terrific tool for immediate feedback and assessment. Other benefits, these are tools that will allow less interruption to learning. It will allow students to learn outside the classroom and have tools to record their learning. These tools will reduce the parents cost of school supplies because they would no longer have to purchase the expensive dry erase expo markers.
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$3,000
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43. Maurie Reeves - Jackson Middle School
Hands on Learning - Through this project students will be able to experience differentiated learning to promote deeper understanding of the curriculum by analyzing, problem solving, and experimenting with hands-on materials that demonstrate mathematical learning in a physical world.
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$2,080
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44. Lindsay Reinke - Johnson Elementary
Helping student break the code of reading - Learning how to read is arguably one of the most important and challenging skills students will learn in school. The K-2 teachers of Forney ISD went through an extensive training this summer to learn more about the English language and how to help our students read through Science based instruction. Among the concepts we learned, one stands out the most. Students must learn that the 26 letters make 44 sounds. The rules that go along with teaching our young 5, 6 and 7 year old kids to read are numerous and hard to remember. We researched and have found a set of phonic stories to help our students as they learn the complex English language rules. These stories will promote them to transfer what they are hearing to decoding words within text. The Secret Stories is an approach that connects The Science Of Reading to Brain Science. These stories help students understand why letters in specific places of a word make a certain sound as well as why when two specific letters get together they make a whole new sound. This tool of Secret Stories will afford us a vertical tool to in-depth connect the phonics rules into long term memory. Using this resource K-2, will allow the students to have multiple years exposure which will enhance their abilities. This is vitally important for our students who are experiencing a learning gap due to Covid loss. Consistency is key!
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$1,748
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45. Sunny Richardson - FISD Administration
Stack It For Health & Academics! - Sport Stacking is an amazing sport of fitness, agility, concentration and quickness. PE teachers at Griffin, Criswell, Claybon, Brown and Smith are excited to add sport stacking to their curriculum. Sport Stacking is a fitness based sport that kids from all backgrounds and abilities can do. For the athlete and non-athlete alike, regardless if you are instructing eighth graders or kindergartners, sport stacking can be a great enhancement for our fitness routines. With over 70 fitness based activities, sport stacking helps to motivate kids to be active and fit. Teachers and parents also like sport stacking because it can be done at home. Today schools, teachers and parents are focused more than ever on academic achievement. Sport stacking not only promotes physical fitness, but also academic learning. Students that sport stack on a regular basis have shown increases in test scores and levels of concentration. This is achieved by students using both their right and left sides of their brain. These new connections help to spur brain growth which in turn promotes greater academic achievement.
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$4,500
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46. Tiffany Ross - North Forney High School
Wacom - Drawing Tablets - It's critical that students learn how to use the tools that professional creatives rely on in every field, including Graphic Design, Illustration, and 2D/3D Animation. Wacom drawing tablets will encourage students to explore, experiment, and express their creative ideas. In addition, students will develop the capability to apply illustration, animation, motion graphics, and design techniques using industry-standard tools, preparing them for college-level studies and industry jobs.
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$1,882
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47. Daniel Stewart - Forney High School
Iron Chef Jackrabbits - This project includes the acquisition of small to mid-size industry standard commercial equipment and small-wares. With this equipment, students will better be able to perform basic food preparations using the proper commercial kitchen equipment and techniques as applied in a commercial kitchen setting.
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$4,989
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48. Stephanie Termin - Jackson Middle School
Diverse/Relevant Classroom Library - Implementing a diverse classroom library will allow students to find joy in independent reading. With a diverse classroom library, students will be able see themselves in certain novels and explore different genres that they may not be familiar with. Students will also form a sense of belonging, validation, and confidence when presented the opportunity to select a novel that reflects their background. Presenting a library that contains a vast variety of books geared towards student interest will increase student engagement and foster strong independent readers.
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$4,408
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49. Sabrina Thompson - North Forney High School
Equity for Basic Students - Equity for Basic Students, is a project that is designed to provide all freshmen Biology resource students at North Forney High School, equitable learning opportunities in their own classroom. The purpose of Equity for Basic Students is to provide resource students the same chance to master content enjoyed by their peers with specially selected tools and equipment. Since this is a new program, the lab equipment, models and hands on learning supplies sometimes are different from those in a regular or advanced Biology class. These supplies will help simplify and fill learning gaps from the past. The ultimate goal is for these students to master the same TEKS as their peers, but in a way that is meaningful to them, leading to their success. Choosing lab equipment that is more simplistic, safer, or easier to work with and comprehend, will provide meaningful hands-on biology lessons for our students. My hope, and that of others in our district, is that this is just the beginning of new success for all students hungry to learn. This class and the tools used, will help hone the skills these students need for their future careers like those in medicine, biology, a variety of first responder jobs, and engineers, just to name a few. As our district continues to grow, let us continue to develop excellence in Forney ISD that empowers and educates every student.
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$2,000
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50. Bronwyn Vaughan - FISD Administration
Using Depth and Complexity to Provide Differentiation for All - Welcome to one of the most powerful tools in instruction ever created: The Depth and Complexity Framework! This tool allows teachers to differentiate for any grade level or content area in a way that is straightforward to implement. This training will focus on integrating Depth and Complexity into lessons and pairing them with high levels of thinking. This robust toolbox rewards educators who are interested in deepening their teaching practice.
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$450
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51. Darlene Wade - Forney High School
Simulation Lab Equipment - My team and I would like to improve our simulation lab at Forney High School. We would specifically like to purchase a birthing simulator that includes a pelvis and baby, along with the ability to administer medications, assess fetal heart tones and fundal height post delivery. This would allow the students to be prepared should they need to deliver a baby in an emergency. We would also like to purchase more equipment in order to make our lab more realistic. For example, we would like to simulate hemorrhage and blood administration, as well as create a medical office environment that the students can use to practice patient clinic visits.
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$2,920
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52. Roger Waters - Warren Middle School
IRL Survivor - "In Real Life" is a ground-breaking and innovative course. I love teaching it and am so grateful for the opportunity to get to do so. We know what it says it's supposed to be, but, let's be "real", the big question is "How do you break new ground; implement a solid, new curriculum; keep middle schoolers entertained; maintain excellent classroom management; help to change school culture; and produce students ready for a much bigger world?? Well, I am tying all of these elements to the television show Survivor. Survivor, in my opinion, is the ultimate social experiment. It is also a physically and mentally demanding game. Now, in class, we can't really do or justify straight physical challenges, but mentally challenging and socially engaging challenges are perfect. I am developing challenges throughout this school year and have bought and/or created all of the elements needed. The grant would help me in getting enough puzzles and challenges to make everything a bit more time-friendly. I have also been using "Kindness Coins". These are coins that are given out whenever a student is found doing something good for someone else, when a student or a group wins a challenge, or when a student completes a "Kindness Bingo" card. The coins are collected and can be turned in at any time to my Survivor Store, which includes simple things like a bottle of water to more costly items like brain puzzles, stuffed animals, etc. The grant would help alleviate the costs on me.
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$1,950
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53. Amanda Wisdom - Johnson Elementary
Social/Emotional/Behavioral Positive Behavior Support System : P.R.I.D.E Practicing Responsibility, Independence, "Doing what's right," Everyday - Social skills is an important aspect to a child's developmental growth. Thus, leading to a proper functioning in life. Adequate social skills provide children with the skills needed to make good decisions in life, what to say to others, how to ask others for help how to maintain good relationships in the society. The academic performance, involvement in co-curricular activities, social relationships, behavior, and family relationships are based on the extent to which an individual possess good social skills. Social skills help in navigating everyday interactions e.g. exchanging information, holding conversation, making new friends, maintaining the friendship, asking for help from others and giving instructions. Effective Social Skills/Sensory breaks can facilitate a pro social pattern of behaviors which will ultimately lead to academic growth. Additionally, a daily tracking system is implemented for each student. Students who struggle with over stimulation and sensory processing difficulties, as well as those that struggle with social anxieties, will be monitored through the PRIDE (Practicing Responsibility, Independence, & "Doing What's Right," Everyday) program. Once these tools are in place and actively utilized, we will expect to see a positive increase in focus, academic growth, pro-social behaviors, and independent use of self help skills.
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