Student and Family Awards for 2019-2020

Robert Glin Jeffrey Scholarship — Chloe Lovins
Eli & Sally Alexander Scholarship — Mark Thompson
James H. Boone Scholarship — Chase Merriss
Tommy Carroll Scholarship — Harold “Beau” Osborne
Brad Barnett Scholarship — Olivia Baron
Bob and Gayle Rogers Scholarship — McKinzie Nelson
Connie Payne Scholarship — Will Lovins
Clara W. G. Humphrey Scholarships — Kyle Hendrith, Andrea Morales, Carolyn Madden, Eliana Archibong
Tuition Assistance Grants totaling $2735 were approved or 16 students in 10 families for 2019-20. Assistance for Students will be provided by the Etherton Speech Fund and the Alumni Band Fund. The Burgess-Spann Foreign Travel Award will be selected in 2020.

Development and Enrichment Grants 2019-20

Tiger Tales — Amanda Pittman
A commitment grant will help publish the writing and art work of students at Murray Elementary School.

Challenger Space Center — Michael Koebbe
The grant paid part of admission costs for all fifth grade students to visit the space center in Paducah.

Sensory Breakout! — Darrah Jackson
The grant will purchase materials to help special needs students better respond to various sensory data.

Uke Can Do It! — Hunter Carter
Ukeleles will be purchased for MES students so they may learn basic music skills through hands- on experience.

Build a Creature — 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.

Mark Schmidt Technology Award 2019-20
High School Information Technology and STEM – Whitney York

Funds will be invested in materials, supplies, and software for MHS students to explore and engage in science, technology, engineering, and math related fields.

Mini-grants 2019-20

Murray Elementary School

We Love Informational Text! — Sherri Bazzell
Magazines which enhance cross-curricular learning will be purchased.

Now I Like Math!!! — Sherri Bazzell
Books about math will be used to encourage students who like reading to also develop interest in both subjects.

Go Fish—Kinders Find Music! — Kara Brown and six others
All kindergarten students will prepare and perform in the Musical Go Fish as the culmination of their last science unit: oceans. The grant will help pay for materials needed for props, costumes, and scenery.

Mystery Science — Kandi Dawson
The grant will purchase materials with which students will use scientific methods of inquiry to enhance their natural curiosity about their world.

Second Grade Economic Fair — Thenia Gibson
Students will learn basic principles of economics by planning and managing all steps needed to develop an Economics Fair at which products they have created are displayed.

Growing Independent Readers and Writers — Hannah Stark
The grant will help purchase materials which develop confidence and skills in young readers.

Bump! Set! Spike! It’s Volleyball Time! —Shauna Traylor
Volleyball equipment appropriate for introducing the game to younger students will be purchased for the elementary school.

It’s the Climb! Rock Wall Fun for P.E. — Shauna Traylor
Improving coordination, balance, and strength is the purpose of materials and equipment to be purchased for constructing a climbing wall at Murray Elementary School.

One Size Doesn’t Fit All — Beth Wood
Seating appropriate for younger students will be purchased to replace adult size chairs in the Murray Elementary School library.

Serious About Series — Beth Wood
Funds will help purchase more durable books in the kinds of series which motivate elementary school students to develop the habit of reading for pleasure.

Lego Robotics for Littles! — Whitney York
The grant will add equipment to allow elementary school students to transition to a program at the middle school which introduces engineering principles and helps students learn and practice computational thinking.

Murray Middle School

Books, Books, Books! — Chelsea Allen and Rebecca Clark
The grant will help purchase books that present many cultures, races, and ethnicities in an engaging way.

IXLing to a Better Understanding of Language Arts — Amy Coulson
The grant will cover part of the cost of a web-based computer program by which students receive both results and explanations for missed responses. The focus will be on reading and language arts skills.

Reading’, Writin’, and Debatin’ for Fun — Amy Coulson
A continuation grant to purchase magazines and videos which may be shared among classes, the project will add emphasis on development of argumentative skills and creative thinking.

Flexible Seating — Amanda Curlin
Seating which encourages and enables collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking will be purchased for the Murray Middle School library.

Graphic Novels — Amanda Curlin
The grant will help purchase novels which use imagery to improve literacy and reading comprehension, especially among students with language and learning disabilities.

Dressing KUNA — Krista Fielder and Heidi Mallory
The grant will help purchase native attire for students to wear while attending the Kentucky United Nations Assembly.

Attitude of Gratitude — Hope Foster
Students learn the value of showing gratitude while gaining valuable real-world writing experience. Thank you notes are both an assignment and extra credit opportunity.

Super-Sized Grammar Instruction — Hope Foster
The grant will cover part of the cost of a web-based computer program by which students receive both results and explanations for missed responses. The focus will be on instruction in grammar.

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.

Robo Challenge Xtreme: LEGO Robotics — Mechelle Morgan and Mike Epperson
The grant will purchase materials for use in an enrichment class and with which more than 50 students will learn to perform functions, complete challenges, and build and program robots for competition.

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.

Sounds of the World — Beth Stribling
Authentic percussion instruments from Brazil will be purchased to help continue an after school drumming circle for 4th and 5th grade students.

Flexible Seating — Jennifer Westbrook
A variety of classroom seating options, which improves comfort and thus better focus on learning, will be purchased.

A Better Way to Learn Math — Krissy Zirbel
The grant will pay part of the cost of a web-based computer program to enhance students’ math skills by allowing teachers to monitor their progress and identify strengths and needs for improvement.

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