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COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO SCHOOLS FOUNDATION - Staff at Miller Education East accept a grant from Hillsboro School Foundation board members for Lets get down to Biscuits, which will help students enrolled in Independent Transition Services to start a business manufacturing and selling all-natural dog and pet treats. Hillsboro Schools Foundation board members handed out more than $56,000 in grants last week to fund innovative programs designed by teachers in the Hillsboro School District. In all, 10 grants were funded for the 2016-17 school year.


They are:

Coloring Connections — David Yabu and Sean Fishback for Evergreen Middle School.

Students will create dual language coloring books following the Hero’s Journey Archetype. Shop students will 3D print molds to create matching crayons and all will be donated to local elementary schools in a shared reading time. Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Innovative Young Scholars — Jennifer Robbins for McKinney Elementary School.

Students will gain access to project-based learning to increase their STEM knowledge and skills with Project Lead the Way curriculum. It will be used in science, literacy, math, language arts and more. Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Makerspace — Rebecca Price for City View Charter School.

Expands STEAM opportunities for students by creating a Makerspace supply cart to foster critical thinking, collaboration and comfort with scientific equipment and processes. Cart will be available to all classrooms in partnership with the media specialist.

Real-Time Classroom Spectroscopy — John Gibbs for Glencoe High School.

Creates an authentic experience investigating the visible light spectra of several sources including elements and stars and provides a unique tool for research opportunities for astronomy students as well as the school’s chemistry and physics departments. Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

Let’s Get Down to Biscuits — Shelley Hawbecker and Milana Grant for Miller Education East.

Students enrolled in Independent Transition Services will start a business that manufactures and sells all-natural dog and pet treats. This will create real-life experiences with hands-on, side-by-side coaching to ensure students acquire the skills necessary to meet the standards of the workplace. Sponsored by New Seasons Market Orenco.

Literacy Center “Cookie Swap” — Karen Murphy for North Plains Elementary School.

Coordinates kindergarten teacher opportunities throughout the district, to “swap” literacy lesson plans in all elementary schools. Each participant will purchase materials and prepare copies of a literacy center activity with all the necessary student materials, supplies and instructions. Kindergarten teachers will access and share plans on the web.

Korean Drumming — Carissa Martus, Lyndsey Sherman, Amber Young, Emily Helligso, Lise Ullman and Dan Bosshardt for Quatama, Lenox, Free Orchards, Brookwood, Imlay and Lincoln Street elementary schools.

Fifth- and sixth-grade students will receive hands-on experience with authentic Korean music to encourage school engagement and cultural diversity.

Dolphin Design Studio — Angela Adzima for Minter Bridge Elementary School.

Leverages students’ love of technology and video games to enhance math, reading and writing. The fifth grade dual language students will use Game Star Mechanic to create video games while improving math and writing skills. Sponsored by First Tech Federal Credit Union.

The following two grants are funded entirely by the Richard Siegel Foundation:

Mariachi STEAM Camp — Dan Bosshardt for Hillsboro School District mariachi students.

Middle and high school musicians will attend a comprehensive five-day mariachi camp experience while emphasizing exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. The camp is designed to provide a pipeline to higher education and offer underrepresented students the chance to engage with university staff and students, increasing college access and enhancing academic preparation.

Hillsboro Storytelling Festival — Holly Robison for W.L. Henry Elementary School.

Students and staff will learn the art of storytelling with an artist residency and will choose, write and practice their stories in preparation for performing the stories for their peers. Judges will evaluate and superior storytellers will perform for the school and a special event at the Hillsboro Main Library.

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