Northwest NEWS

June 12, 2000

School

Foundation provides support for innovative programs

by Deborah Stone

   Since 1995, Northshore Public Education Foundation has strived to encourage innovative teaching and creative learning, improve academic performance in local schools, expand learning opportunities, and promote community involvement.

   Through its yearly grants, the Foundation provides support for enrichment projects and allows opportunities for teachers to pilot new techniques in the search to create quality education for all students. Grant applications can come from K-12 teachers, parents, and/or other educators in the Northshore School District, and must apply to programs outside of the regular curriculum (ones which cannot be funded under the current budget of the District). Projects are required to be tied to one or more of the goals in the Districts' Strategic Plan.

   Most of the grants awarded range between $300 and $1,000. During the past 1999-2000 school year, the Foundation granted a total of $13,775 that was used for a wide variety of projects.

   At Arrowhead Elementary, a butterfly hummingbird garden was created for students to study life cycles, habitats, and the seasons. Each Friday at Canyon Creek, low-cost enrichment classes were held in Spanish, Theater, and Advanced Drawing.

   At Kenmore Junior High, students interacted with, listened to, and questioned guest expert speakers in various academic fields of study as part of an academic enrichment program. Timbercrest designed a multimedia program with thousands of images and full motion video to support the earth science curriculum.

   Students at Woodinville High studied the historical, literary, and artistic backgrounds of selected pieces of music and then were able to attend performances by the Seattle Opera Company. At Sunrise Elementary, students were given a hands-on experience with life skills that included starting and maintaining a business.

   At Fernwood, books and instruction were provided at skill levels that met individual needs for emergent readers struggling within the existing curriculum. The Reading Naturally Program at Frank Love, an extended day progam, was instituted to improve reading comprehension and fluency of students through use of journals and Read Naturally teaching materials.

   Woodmoor Elementary's physical education program was enhanced by students learning how to create and edit their own physical education and music videos. At Inglemoor, a nationwide program was developed to give high school students a course study on the United Nations and global politics, leading to a series of conferences in the spring.

   In all, fifteen different projects were funded by Northshore Public Education Foundation this past year. For more information about the Foundation, call 425-489-6380.