Mini-grants for 2007 – 2009

Arts Infused Field Trip, Dunn, Black, Conley, Chuck, MES
The P-4 teachers plan to bring all third grade students at Murray Elementary School to LBL to visit the Home place1850’s interpretive center. We intend to divide the third grade classes into two groups one will go the Home place and the other group will participate in music in the environment experience with regionally known artist Chad and Carrie Schott. In collaboration with the interpretive staff of LBL, the regular classroom teachers, the arts and humanities teachers and our visiting artists we intend to make our visit to LBL the culminating experience of a two week unit involving arts and humanities, science, and social studies while at Land between the lakes the students will be assigned digital still cameras and digital video cameras to document our experience and then with the help of the teachers the students will create a movie about the visit.

Tiger Tales, MES
Tiger Tales highlights the writings and art work of our MES students. It has been a part of our tradition of excellence for many years. Each contributing author is presented a copy of the book and recognized during a special ceremony. Children are delighted to see their work published. Additional funding for this project comes from the PTO and school activity funds.

ERN A 4, Hope, Foster, MMS
This project will purchase the t-shirts that are used as rewards in the ERN A 4 campaign to promote high achievement on open responses in all academic areas.

Inside your Body, Mike Epperson, MMS
This grant allowed my students to participate in a session called “Inside Your Body” which is one of the memorable presentations created by the educator Brad Reynolds in his Real Science Programs. The students absolutely loved the presentation because it was engaging, interesting and they actually had the opportunity to participate

Mini Economy, Jill Courtney, MMS
The Mini-Economy is a hands on approach to economics. The students earn money by performing various jobs in the classroom. They learn how their parents work hard to make ends meet as they become responsible for renting their desks, selecting insurance, saving, giving to charity, putting money into retirement (for an end-of-the-year auction), buying snacks and school supplies, and just having fun in our store. It is a wonderful experience for the students.

Why Try?, Leisa Faughn, MMS
The Why Try Program is a strength based approach to helping youth overcome their challenges and improve outcomes in areas of behavior, academics, and truancy. His project will use the WhyTry Classroom Value Pack of materials.

Fluency and the Analytical Reader, Chris Merfeld, MMS
This project involves the purchase of software so that we can expand the use of the read naturally program.

Celebrating Ceramics, Gena Maley, MMS
Middle School students will explore pottery traditions from various cultures, i.e. Native American, China, Greek. Students will create their own ceramics pieces using a variety of techniques that will be kiln fired and glazed.

Saxon Math Pilot, Joan Hayman, MMS
This is a pilot program to compare the traditional math curriculum with the Saxon math curriculum.

Teen Pregnancy, Cindi Alderdice, Murray High
My Child Development classes will be working with The Life House of Murray to combat teen pregnancy.

Moon Buggy Race, Teresa Speed, Murray High
Students in Tech Ed, Physics, Math and business construct a moon buggy fitting specifications set by NASA. The completed buggy will race at MSU and Huntsville.

The Right Book Can Make a Difference — Kara Brown
The grant will purchase books by multicultural authors and illustrators to bring diversity into the classroom library.

“Bee Botting” Coders in 1st Grades — Kriss Buss
First grade students will engage in coding and team-building activities to complete projects to increase their knowledge in Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering.

Drumming around the World!! — Hunter Carter
Students will have tubano drums with which to make music, learn basic techniques of drumming around the world, and enhance fine motor skills.

Sensory Solutions — Shannon Harrell
Purchased materials will provide a multi-sensory approach to both stimulate and relax elementary school children as they need.

Farm, to Fork, to Food — Candace Huston
Students will plant, grow, and harvest fruits and vegetables in raised beds near the cafeteria, while learning important knowledge and skills in life sciences.

Every Day Speech — Billie Martin, Geneva Karanja, and Shannon Herrell
The program will use videos, activities, and games to teach and help social/emotional learners self regulate their emotions.

Nuts and Bolts of Building Early Numerancy — Nancy Newsome
The grant will purchase materials to provide a multi-sensory system to develop and build basic math skills of kindergarten students.

Snap, Build, Read — Nancy Newsome
Purchased materials will provide a multi-sensory approach to enhance foundational reading skills, linking fine motor development to basic reading skills.

Growing All Year — Jacqueline Robinson
The grant will purchase materials to facilitate a year-long plant growing project which will allow students to research, investigate, observe, illustrate, record, and analyze data about various plants.

Phonological Awareness “PH”un — Hannah Stark and Five Other Kindergarten Teachers
The grant will purchase a program to teach phonological awareness and build reading skills.
All In! It’s Cornhole Time — Shauna Traylor
The grant will purchase seven sets of boards and toss bags for a game to teach teamwork, sportsmanship, hand-eye coordination.

Let’s Bowl! — Shauna Traylor
The grant will purchase equipment for six bowling lanes to accommodate larger PE classes in learning a lifetime activity and its required skills.

How Are Ordinary People Changing the World? — Beth Wood
The grant will purchase for the library a set of 23 high-interest biographies of diverse role models thatwill appeal to all ages.

Murray Middle School

Reflex Math Program — Keri Hicks
Students increase their math fact fluency through an online program that provides coaching, assessment, and practice and allows them to work at their own individual pace through a series of exciting, fast-paced games.

Stream Table — Lindsay Koebbe
The grant will cover most of the cost of equipment which will allow 4th grade students to observe and measure in a few hours geological processes relating to weathering and erosion that take place over several years.

Bringing History to Life — Michael Koebbe
The teacher will purchase and wear costumes to help students make stronger connections to their past when he introduces them to historical figures.

Bringing the Mountain to Mohammed — Beth Stribling
The grant will help pay to bring gifted teachers and musicians to participate in a clinic with 7th and 8th grade band students.

Enriching the Band Experience: Digitally — Beth Stribling
The grant will purchase an additional iPad to help students record individual and group performances and more easily learn to compose and play instruments and thus extend their own abilities.

Murray High School

Outdoor Art Classroom — Emily Chipman
The grant will purchase four picnic tables for students to paint and then use to make art outside.

Creature Collaboration — Emily Chipman
The grant will purchase material for a collaborative project in which MHS art students will make creatures imagined by MES third grade students.

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