Since MVEF was established in 2007, more than $130,000 in teacher-requested grants has been awarded to the six Mt. Vernon Schools. More than 100 teachers have been impacted by the grants along with many of their colleagues and their students.
2014 Spring Grants
Submitted by Amy Brake, Ruth Mills and Laura McWilliams
Installing document cameras, wireless digital projectors and interactive whiteboards, teachers are enabled to move around the room at will, connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime who has digital access.
(Supported by the Pearson and Jeannine Miller Charitable Fund through Hancock County Community Foundation)
Submitted by: Stephanie Miller
As an active, hands-on project, 3-D printing projects include sculptures, object prototypes and the opportunity to learn manufacturing skills.
Submitted by Mark Douglass, Kyle Miller
Networking opportunities along with the opportunity for the entire technology staff to attend the conference allows the MVCSC technology department to work together and plan for further technology integration into our schools.
Submitted by Greg Rollo, Brandon Hayes, Kathy Reed, John Davis, Veronica Kirby and Melissa Montague
2013 Fall Grants
With AirPlay, the iPad will wirelessly display the device’s screen on an HDTV/Projector that is connected to AppleTV. The iPads and AppleTV would be used in the classroom for YouTube videos, annotating documents with students, display pictures of student and teacher work, as a document camera, as an interactive whiteboard, inputting participation grades into Skyward and in many other ways.
The iPads and Apple TV will be another tool to help teach the five components of literacy along with remediation and enrichment activities. In order to be functional in the classroom, a wireless access point and HDMI Cord will be necessary.
Submitted by: Angela Hyde
Differentiated instruction is defined as a teaching methodology that involves providing students with different avenues to acquire content knowledge.
This grant will fund an all day in-service by an instructor from SMEKENS Educational Solutions, Inc. to provide information specifically designed for grades K-2 and 3-5 teachers. In addition, individual coaching opportunities will be provided to any teacher or team requesting an appointment.
This in-service will be available for any applicable teacher in the district to attend. (supported by HCCF)
Submitted by: Dianne Grannan
Submitted by: Lauren Bailey
Early finishers will have access to books and apps that will challenge beyond-level students. Using a Kindle Fire get students enthused about reading and help achieve a lifelong desire to read.
Submitted by: Amy McCleery
This research based program provides staff training, assessments, evaluations, curricular materials, lesson plans and activities designed to create a positive school climate with the tools to address some of the most difficult academic and behavioral challenges.
It also satisfies the legislative regulations requiring anti-bullying programs and reporting systems.
Submitted by: Tiffany Creager
It is able to project anything and can be projected in a size that is readable and complete, zooming in and out as needed.
The educational benefits of this camera include interactive lessons and demonstrations, such as projecting small science specimens, sharing a small map or image during Social Studies or sharing math computations with the class, along with many other applications. Additionally, images can be saved for absent students, re-teaching and for future years in the classroom. (Supported by Hancock County Community Foundation)
Submitted by Alison Moore
The Titmus V2 Vision Screener is more accurate at testing near and far vision, eye muscle balance, colorblindness and vertical/lateral screening. It eliminates human error that occurs with Snellen charts and speeds the testing time per student allowing them to get back to the classroom sooner. (supported by Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation)
Submitted by Michelle Shaw, R.N.
Additionally, students use food models and gram cubes to compare and contrast foods high and low in fat, high and low in simple sugar carbohydrates and foods high and low in salt content. The food models and gram cubes will be reused from year to year. (supported by Hancock County Community Foundation )
Submitted by Tammy Bauchert
2013 Spring Grants
Given the multitude of downloadable, education applications, students can improve reading skills, language arts skills, math skills, and so much more. The allure of the iPad aids in retaining student attention levels and interest. With increased attention and interest levels, the success of a student is likely assured. These iPads will add to the already existing number of iPads granted for use at the Kindergarten level, and will directly benefit a classroom of students currently identified as “at risk”.
A partial grant for five (5) iPads with covers is recommended.
The iPads could also possibly be utilized by other teachers/grades in the building. These iPads will also be used in cooperation with the pre-school iBuddy program.
A partial grant for five (5) iPads with covers and additional, needed technology is recommended.
This grant would greatly increase computer availability to seventh grade students at MVMS. This grant will allow the seventh grade English department to use computers whenever needed. The subject of this grant is computers and a storage cart. It is the belief of the committee a storage/charging cart is already in use at MVMS.
It is our hope the cart can be shared to benefit the subject matter of this grant as well as that of a previously awarded grant. A partial grant for 25 laptops is recommended.
Six educators have been selected to attend the AP Summer Institute at the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities at Ball State University during the months of June and July. The subject areas include Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Calculus. A full grant is recommended.
2012 Fall Grants
The ELMO TT12 device, with the use of a projector, allows for the projection of documents i.e. quizzes, tests, study materials, mathematical calculations etc.; allows for the observation of small objects and the comparison of graphs and charts or other items; allows for the projection of three dimensional shapes/objects; and provides for endless other possibilities for learning.
This technology can be used to actively engage the visual learner as well as hands-on learners. The visual learners will be able to see the topic of discussion such as a coin or math calculation while the hands-on learner can benefit by operating the equipment and placing objects under the document camera and describing them to their classmates.
Submitted by Kathy Tingwald, Board Member assigned: Jenn Longman
The introduction of a Robot Arm and other needed materials will provide the resources needed to participate in all 23 categories of the Science Olympiad expanding the current reach of MV students to the robotic Arm, MagLev, Gravity Vehicle, Elastic Launched Glider, and Boomilever events.
The Science Olympiad provides highly motivated students an opportunity to apply their knowledge in a hands-on way that makes learning that much more exciting and adds the element of competition which provides confidence, poise, and a sense of accomplishment. The Team and its faculty sponsors have worked hard to garner support from outside sources, and this grant would aid in achieving the success much desired by the group.
Submitted by Christine Turk, Board Member assigned: BJ Erlewein
Submitted by Dean Falkenberg, Board Member assigned: Nancy
This program is intended to be implemented corporation wide for a second year, and it is also intended to include parents. The program was developed by Sergeant Terry Hall, a veteran police officer of 38 years; seven of those years were served with the IPD Sex Offense Branch.
Sergeant Hall presents the Parent/Teacher/Community portion before the program is presented to students. The past presentation was well received by parents and children alike. Future funding for this program is currently being researched.
Submitted by Tiffany Creager, Board Member assigned: Jack McKinney
The students will not only learn how to use and play a ukulele, but will gain an understanding of the instrument itself. The goal is to offer an opportunity for playing in a musical ensemble and develop a group of dedicated troupe ukulele players.
Submitted by Katie Bieda, Music Teacher, Board Member assigned: Jan Vieweg
This grant will also help in replacing and supplementing the many books and book series shifted among and between the elementary schools and MVIS.
Submitted by Suzanne Hanselmann, Board Member assigned: Patricia Beaty
It provides for greater abilities than exist today in the classroom by providing larger more visible presentations, interactive “writing” on the white board, and additional technology to be learned and used by our 1st grade students. The portability of the mini computer/laptop also provides an opportunity for other teachers and classrooms who may wish to avail themselves of the technology.
In addition, the visual learning it provides is highly likely to benefit the learning of students who are on the Autism spectrum. Ms. Morton has two such learners in her classroom.
Submitted by Amy Morton, 1st Grade Teacher, Board Member assigned: Mandy Perdue
The iPads will be used by students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. Given the multitude of downloadable, education applications, students can improve reading skills, language arts skills, math skills, and so much more. The allure of the iPad aids in retaining student attention levels and interest. With increased attention and interest levels, the success of a student is likely assured.
Submitted by Alyson Huston, Board Member assigned: Jeff Young
2012 Spring Grants
2011 Fall Grants
2011 Spring Grants
2010 Fall Grants
2010 Spring Grants
The Book Buddy reading program has 4th grade students mentor and help teach full-day, at-risk kindergartners to learn to read. Research shows that pairing emerging readers with established readers leads to reading improvements for both. The students spend 00 minutes a week reading books, creating literature-based projects and forming positive peer relationships.
The kindergarten students have shown vocabulary and language improvement, as well as a growing interest in books and learning to read. New storytelling kits and puppets, recognition certificates and book-making supplies will enhance the successful outcome of the program (fluency, comprehension and vocabulary improvement.
Because of a federal stimulus grant of the hiring of a Job Coach, to give much needed supplies to a new area, was funded by the government. Students will be required to job shadow, complete tasks with limited supervision and eventually without supervision. The grant will facilitate a number of job seeking activities and work-experience activities such as a new time-clock and life skills for students to work in the community.
Video presentations “School Service Delivery Models: Effective, Efficient, Intensive” and “Therapy Services in the Classroom: Creating Student Success” will aid the Mt. Vernon speech pathologists in their training. The programs “5 Minute Therapy” and “5 Minute Kids” will enable the speech pathologists to minimize the amount of unproductive “down time” in previous therapy and maximize active, individualized learning.
Comparative data from the program shows students were discharged 42 therapy hours sooner than the students receiving traditional group therapy.