The Zionsville Education Foundation awarded $18,525 in grants to Zionsville Community Schools last month.

Seven classroom grants and two student enrichment grants were awarded to teachers and students, bringing the total awarded through ZEF grants and strategic initiatives in the 2018-19 school year to $97,805.

The 2019 Spring Classroom Grants include funding for STEM classroom technology, foreign language experiential learning, social and emotional learning, innovative computer coding technology, physical conditioning feedback devices, and instructional tools to facilitate flexible learning. ZEF also funded two Student Enrichment Grants that give ZCS students the opportunity to travel and compete in international competitions. The ZCHS Robotics Team’s success this year gave them the chance to compete in the VEX Robotics World Championships in Louisville, KY the weekend of April 26 and the Future Problem Solving teams comprised of seven ZCHS students earned a chance to compete at the International Competition in June. ZEF Student Enrichment Grants provide matching funds to these groups for help with the costs associated with these unique academic-related opportunities.

“ZEF is committed to funding academic excellence in our schools through grants for teachers, students, and classrooms. We are excited about the experiences these grants enable for studentsand the innovative projects they fund in ZCSclassrooms,” said Jane Louiso, ZEF board member and grants committee chair. The Zionsville Education Foundation is in its 24th year and has provided more than $1.3 million in support of Zionsville schools. ZEF grants are funded through corporate, small business, and individual donations.

“Community support such as Eagle Honor Awards and sponsorship or attendance at Barn Bash makes it possible for ZEF to fund innovative projects that promote excellence and give teachers and students the tools they need to succeed,” said Katie Aeschliman, ZEF Board President.

Spring awards included:

Digital Science Probes and SPARKvue Grant-Andy Seward, Zionsville Middle School ($1,089)

Funds a SPARKvue Site license, science probes and accessories to allow students to test and collect a variety of data used during science labs, projects, demonstrations, and experiments. The probes can be used to measure a wide range of data including motion, sound, light intensity, UV light, forces, temperature, and acceleration.

En el mercado-Allison Manwell, Zionsville West Middle School ($2,000)

Spanish students will participate in a culture-rich experience by communicating and dining at a local community Hispanic grocery store, Carniceria Guanajuato. Students will practice and utilize communicative Spanish skills but also develop their capacity for cultural understanding and interacting in a diverse society.

Coding with a “Specdrum” of Sound and Color-Kyle Beimfohr, All ZCS Schools ($6,957.30)

Sphero Specdrums allow students to use interactive rings with sensors that detect color to code music based on the color selected. Educators at all grade levels (K-12) will be able to develop lessons that immerse students in computer science skills, while allowing student agency through music.

Habitudes – Making a Habit of Attitude-Mikayla Koharchik, Zionsville Middle School ($1,249)

Provides Mrs. Koharchik and the 7th Grade Green Team with training and curriculum materials for an engaging, image-based leadership development system specifically designed for how today’s students learn. By teaching students a direct social and emotional curriculum, educators and students develop a common language for developing social skills and making wise decisions.

Performance Enhancement Through Speed Development Amy Emkow and Scott Turnquist, Zionsville Community High School ($1,809)

This technology provides immediate feedback to the teachers and athletes in Advanced Physical Education by measuring improvement or regression in speed and power output of the athlete allowing for more individualized instruction and student success.

Untethered Tech: Utilizing Mobile Technology to Maximize Student Learning-Stephanie Barrientos, Zionsville West Middle School ($970.43)

Provides a Microsoft Surface Pro and stylus enabling Mrs. Barrientos to work directly with students in small groups and individually by disconnectingfrom traditional media constraints and utilizing this technology for modeling, demonstrations, and shared learning experiences.

5th Grade School Counselor Small Groups-Krista Hoffman, Zionsville Middle School ($380.74)

Counselors will be able to address social and emotional topics such as anxiety, organization, friendship, social skills, and growth mindset in small groups through hands-on, project based crafting projects.

ZEFStudentEnrichment Grants include:

ZCHS Robotics Club ($2,320)

This grant provides matching funds for the Zionsville Community High School Robotics Club to attend the Vex Robotics World Championship competition. Two teams from the ZCHS Robotics Club qualified for the international competition in Louisville, Ky. where they gained knowledge of the STEM field as well as essential life skills such as teamwork and communication.

Future Problem Solving ($1,750) Seven students from Zionsville Community High School competed at the Indiana FPS Bowl and qualified to represent Indiana at the FPS International Conference at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. The teams will receive matching funds to travel to the competition where they will explore challenges related to “De-Extinction”by using the Six-Step Process on a hypothetical future scenario.

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