Elementary Co-Curricular Enrichment
Teachers have created a reading enrichment program modeled upon the real world Newbery Award competition where fifth grade students read from a selected list of books and evaluate them according to the same criteria used by the Newbery Awards for the year. Students vote a winner to be awarded the “Roary” Award (“Roary” is MKES’ mascot!) and attend an awards dinner with local authors of children’s literature. The Foundation purchased the books for the 2015/16 school year’s competition.
Following our full funding of the 2015 spring semester of in-school co-curricular enrichment pilot, the Foundation purchased Lego WeDo Kits, expanding the coding workshop module for the 2015/16 school year.
In 2014 WPES piloted a school-wide enrichment program that used core time to provide 3rd-5th grade students with project-based opportunities to increase enjoyment, engagement and enthusiasm for learning. Students chose projects related to science, the arts, math, history, physical fitness or the environment, which require the application of core skills such as writing, reading, math, research, and computer technology. The Foundation funded the second semester of this widely successful program in its pilot year, 2014/15.
Fox Lane Middle School
In 2015, the Foundation purchased two 3-D printers to enhance the Autodesk Inventor software module. Beginning spring 2016, instead of creating approximate models by hand of projects designed in Autodesk, students were able export their files to the printers and create the exact object they have designed.
VEX Robotics ® Kits
In 2014 the FLMS Unified Arts program began teaching the Gateway to Technology curriculum developed by Project Lead the Way. Students learn through activity-, project-, and problem-based curriculum, where they apply what they know, identify problems, find unique solutions, and lead their own learning. Students trace the history, development, and influence of automation and robotics as they learn about mechanical systems, energy transfer, machine automation, and computer control systems.
During the 2014-15 school year, the Foundation co-funded the acquisition of VEX Robotics® kits, which allowed 7th grade students working in small groups to get comfortable working with the VEX kits and learn to program using ROBOTC software. Their assignment was to design and build real-world objects such as traffic lights, toll booths, and robotic arms.
Fox Lane High School
Writing Center Tutor
Further or farther? No contractions in formal writing. Remember to use the possessive with a gerund. Fox Lane High School students who have questions about papers, college essays or any subject’s writing assignments can go to the school’s Writing Center for assistance.
From Spring 2014 through Spring 2016, the Foundation provided a tutor to supplement the hours staffed by teachers. Students are encouraged to bring their drafts and specific questions to the writing center. Foundation tutors allowed the Center to be open during lunch hours on days when teachers were not staffed. The rotating block schedule, which took effect in Fall 2015, made staffing with an outside tutor more difficult. Recently there has been sufficient room in the writing center schedule with teacher staffing.