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February 2017 Grant Recipients

Brooke Webb - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Math Plus

Brooke Webb - Lake Hazel Middle School


Because we have no text for the math curriculum, teachers have put together resources based on determined guidelines of the Common Core standards. With that said, we are looking to increase student logic and better understanding of why math works. We are requiring students to essentially explain how they know math concepts and calculations work, so strengthening their logic concepts would greatly benefit how they piece together ideas.

Breanna Carmack - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Table Tennis Club

Breanna Carmack - Columbia High School


As an energetic new teacher, I started a Table Tennis Club at my school last year. It is expanding with more students interested in participating. We, however, have insufficient funds to pay for replacement or additional tables. Due to the success and interest in this program over the past two years, we are unable to keep up with the growth with the current equipment. We currently have one table that was purchased when the school opened almost a decade ago. I have used my own money to purchase balls, and have tried to fundraise. We have done tournaments with students competing against administration and other teachers--these have been successful every time!

Chad Arnzen - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Mineral Identification Materials Needed

Chad Arnzen - Fruitland School


Many of the mineral samples and sampling equipment disappeared. As a result I would like to purchase 25 - American Educational Hardness Collection with Test Kits to aid in my mineral identification unit and an industrial Mohs' Harness test kit. Without these test kits or with only partial kits it is difficult for students to correctly determine the hardness of a mineral for identification. In addition to these kits, I also am in need mineral samples for students to be able to identify.

Greg Sandmeyer - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Cabking for the THS Rockhound Club

Greg Sandmeyer - Timberline High School


For the past five years the students of the THS Rockhound Club have been using equipment lent for their use to cut, grind, and polish the gemstones that the club collects on field trips. The equipment being used is not ideal for the work the students are doing and this causes projects to be completed slowly and only one student is able to work at a time. Scheduling time on the equipment is discouraging for the students.

Jocelyn Graziano - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Blastoff Reader's for Heritage Projects

Jocelyn Graziano - Eagle Hills Elementary School


Learning about social studies can often be hands off and does not connect to students' lives. Through our Heritage Project we hope to change that. This project takes students through interviewing a family member, learning about their own ancestry and heritage, researching their country of origin by reading informational text, and then presenting their findings to family and peers.

Juanita Seale - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Simple Machines

Juanita Seale - Washington Elementary School


There is a Lego Education Simple Machines set #9689 that contains all the simple machine models that are demonstrated in this unit and would provide the children with hands on application in creating these simple machines. Students will be able to internalize because they are physically creating these simple machines and be able to demonstrate how these simple machines work.

Kerie Kushlan - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Cascade Loves Elementary PE

Kerie Kushlan - Cascade Elementary School


Cascade School District LOVES PE. We are one of the few schools in the state which provides elementary students with the national recommendation of 30 minutes of PE each and every day! That's almost unheard in this day and age. With new and additional equipment, we will be able to expand curriculum, introduce new health-enhancing activities, and meet a significant number of state and national Physical Education standards.

Michelle Carter - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Life Cycle of a Chicken

Michelle Carter - Peregrine Elementary School


The incubator I am requesting keeps the correct temperature, turns the eggs when they need to be turned, and keeps track of the correct length of incubation. Another teacher from another school has used this type of incubator in her classroom for a couple of years with great success. I also know it would be an amazing experience for my students to actually be able to see how the chicken is growing inside the egg.

Rebecca Dunn - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Books, books, OH MY!

Rebecca Dunn - Indian Creek Elementary School


When teaching reading and writing, it is crucial to have authentic, current and engaging non-fiction texts to use as mentor texts. As a district, we are using Lucy Calkins as our writing curriculum and have looked at her reading units as well. However, it makes it difficult to teach these effectively without access to quality non-fiction texts. With this grant, we would be able to purchase books of a variety of topics to help engage our students with informational texts.

Stacey Demers-McFarland - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner

Math Manipulatives: Length, Weight, and Time

Stacey Demers-McFarland - Xavier Charter School


Throughout the six-week progressive math units on Length, Weight, and Time, manipulatives will be used to enhance student learning in my second grade classroom. Through the use of these resources, I hope to provide the concrete evidence students need to understand these topics and help bridge their thinking into the next stage of mathematical development, representational. Using manipulatives in learning length, weight, and time will provide a solid necessary foundation, as well as bolster confidence in students’ mathematical skills and reasoning.

Evelyn Thompson - Idaho CapEd Foundation Teacher Grant Winner


Evelyn Thompson - Potlatch Jr. Sr. High School


This Fall, I began a STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Club at our school. We are just getting started, but more are showing interest all the time, as word gets out. I was honored to be selected last summer to be a Space Camp Honeywell educator and I brought back lots of fun NASA Challenge projects that I am doing with STEM club members. One of the classes I took at Space Camp was on Lego Robotics and how useful and fun it is to learn about programming robotics.