Award Recipients for 2013-14

Robert Glin Jeffrey Scholarship — John Ramey
Clara Waldrop Griffin Humphrey — Hannah Green and Meg Robinson
Eli & Sally Alexander Scholarship — Allyson Futrell
James H. Boone Scholarship — Willie Richardson
Tommy Carroll Scholarship — Seth Carter

26 students from 18 families received tuition assistance grants for 2013-14. The Etherton Speech Fund made assistance available to speech students. The Fund for Excellence contributed to mini-grant funding.

2013-14 Development and Enrichment Grants

Learnpads for Classrooms—Matt Gardner, Lauren Hines, Sarah Hines, and Scott Turner
Four tablet computers for use in language and history classrooms were purchased.

Building a Library of Scripts—Michael Robinson
A grant provided additional funds to purchase sources of scripts to be used by the Murray High Speech Team in preparing for competition.

Ornament Economics — Amanda Ashlock and Laura Miller
A $400 grant will provide startup funds for a service-learning project. Fourth grade students will learn about economic principles and sharing with others as they create, advertise, and sell hand-made ornaments. Profits will be donated to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge.

Tablet Computers for MMS—Krissy Zirbel
An anonymous contribution of more than $11,000 purchased 13 iPad Air computers, protective cases, an AppleTV, and a cart for the 8th grade at Murray Middle School.

Chatauqua Speaker—Richard Todd
Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Jim Sayre, will visit the MMS 8th grade in April as part of a series of dramatic programs sponsored by the Kentucky Humanities Council.

Bridging the Gap!—Sherry Bazzell
The foundation provided partial funding to support attendance at a professional conference by an officer of the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts.

Tiger Eyes to the Skies—Chuck Williams
Equipment will be purchased to supplement a previous Schmidt Award so that a weather station and amateur radio club can be developed at MHS.

Mark Schmidt Technology Award for 2013-2014 

Doreen Johnston
Funds were used to purchase MP3 players for the library so that students could download and listen to books.

Mini-grants for 2013-2014 

Appalachian Folk Arts Festival — MES Arts & Humanities Team: Teachers Tina Dunn, Kim Black, Stoya Hastings, and Michael Conley
The grant provides continued support for a program focusing on an arts festival in LBL. After two weeks studying the history and culture of the region in the 1850’s, students will visit The Home Place. They will experience wool spinning, music, dance, and folk tales and will create a video of highlights of the festival.

Math is Marvelous, but Better with Manipulatives — Sherri Bazzell, MES Teacher
Children are better motivated and better learn mathematical concepts when they see and handle variously shaped concrete objects. The grant will help purchase items which may be used for several years.

Learning Doesn’t Fall Far From This Magazine — Sherri Bazzell, MES Teacher
The grant will help purchase subscriptions to Scholastic News, a resource for learning in the areas of reading, language arts, science, and social studies.

Magazines with a Purpose — Amy Coulson, MMS Teacher
The grant will again help purchase subscriptions to Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope. Both magazines are good resources for study of current events and use of textual evidence in language arts, reading, and social studies. They will help students improve skills in argumentative writing.

Reading Jamboree — Tina Dunn, MES and MMS Library Media Specialist
After hearing a model performance by storyteller Mary Hamilton, MMS students will select a story and learn to become storytellers themselves. They will visit and read to students at MES individually and on special reading theme days. Contests throughout the year will encourage students to enjoy various genres of books.

My Scene — Tina Dunn, MES and MMS Library Media Specialist/Drama
Research shows that the skills involved in drama help enhance other learning. Students will see and learn to practice communication through verbal and non-verbal expression. They will create and perform drama in various places, culminating in school-wide performances.

Attitude of Gratitude — Hope Foster, MMS Teacher
A Special Purpose Grant designated for a project which focuses on writing skills, this grant helps students learn the value of showing gratitude while gaining valuable real-world writing experience. Students write and then mail thank you notes.

Seriously Seuss — MES Kindergarten Team: Teachers Stacey Lawson, Kara Brown, Robin Brown, Hannah Stark, Nancy Newsome, and Barbara Kough
Grant funds will purchase multiple copies of books by Dr. Seuss to be used throughout the year in teaching reading, math, social studies, and science.

Handwriting Without Tears; Building Successful Writers — MES Kindergarten Team (see names in item above)
The grant will purchase paper, writing utensils, and supplies for a program which uses a multisensory approach to develop fundamental language skills.

Flipping and Flopping Over Numbers — MES Kindergarten Team (see names in items above)
Funds will purchase research-based materials to teach and reinforce number sense concepts. The material can be used for several years and may prove useful in Headstart and First Grade classes as well as Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Performance — MES Kindergarten Team (see names in items above)
Creative dramatics help achieve reading comprehension, writing, and drama skills. The grant will help purchase costumes and props to be used in a performance by all Kindergarten students for students in Murray Elementary School and their parents..

MHS Choir Formal Wear — Laynie Mitchell, MHS Choral Director
Funds will help purchase additional formal wear for both men and women members of the growing MHS choir.

I See What You Mean — Jacqueline Robinson, MMS Teacher
Funds will purchase a document camera for classroom use.

Magazines with Purpose —Jacqueline Robinson, MMS Teacher
Funds will used for subscriptions to Junior Scholastic and Scholastic Scope. The magazines will be used in language arts/reading classes and other subjects.

Character Cash Rewards Program — Amanda Tipton, MMS Teacher
The grant provides continued support for a program in which students in the Sixth Grade earn fake “money” throughout the year for positive behavior and good grades. They can spend this “character cash” for items at the end of the year, and the grant will purchase items for the store.

Flip Flopping Over Multiplication & Division — Beth Wood, MES Teacher
The grant will purchase materials to be used in games which develop fluency in multiplication and division.

Dreambox Math — Beth Wood, MES Teacher
The grant will purchase subscriptions for five students in each of grades K—3 to an internet program which helps struggling students better understand number concepts, especially the quantitative aspect.

A Better Way to Learn Math — Krissy Zirbel, MMS Teacher
The grant provides continued support for a web-based-computer program which is aligned to mathematics common core standards. Students may use the program in school or at home. The teacher can monitor students’ progress and generate reports to identify for each student those math skills that are strengths and those that need improvement.

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