Grants by Year

The Foundation is proud to have awarded grants to district staff each year since the 2001-2002 school year. Click on the years below for a complete list of grants that the Foundation has awarded.

Principal Kirkwood of Jefferson Middle School

 

2017-18
2013-14
  |  2014-15  |  2015-16  |  2016-17
2012-13  |  2011-12  |  2010-11  |  2009-10
2008-09  |  2007-08  |  2006-07  |  2005-06
2004-05  |  2003-04  |  2002-03  |  2001-02

2017-18 School Year

$16,830 Growing Mindfulness Practice for O’Keeffe Middle School and our Community
This project creates a dedicated mindfulness space at O’Keeffe for all students (grades 6-8) and staff members, trains regular education, special education, Encore student services staff and student leaders in Mindfulness practices, creates opportunities for collaboration, and offers Mindful Movement/Yoga in all PE sections and workshops for families.
O’Keeffe Middle
$15,104 Multilingual Project Based Learning
This project recognizes the creative and critical agentive role played by administrators and teachers in creating school and classroom cultures that are welcoming to diverse linguistic and cultural practices. Using Prasad’s PRISM framework for multilingual project-based learning to teach grade level content will allow teachers and students to work together to build both academic understanding and social inclusion. By the end of the year, every student will have the opportunity to participate in and create two multi-lingual projects.
Thoreau Elementary
$12,274 TAB Cycles for Sandburg
TAB (Take a Break) Cycles for Sandburg incorporates current brain-based research into daily classroom practice. This grant has two key components. The first is staff development. Each classroom teacher will receive a copy of The Kinesthetic Classroom and participate in a 5 hour book study. Second, 32 TAB cycles will be purchased for use of the entire student body. TAB cycles de-stigmatize the natural need for elementary students to wiggle. The subtle paradigm shift here is that no child has to be wrong or in trouble in order to get themselves regulated.
Sandburg Elementary
$12,000 Achievement Connections – Expansion to La Follette
United Way of Dane County, in partnership with MMSD, provides high school students with Algebra and Geometry tutoring through the Achievement Connections Program. This program currently operates in three Madison high schools (Memorial, West, and East). Targeting the skills and competencies students need to succeed in higher level math and science sources that are closely linked to high school graduation, college completion, STEM industry employment and earning potential is the overarching goal. This project provides 1:1 math tutoring to 9th and 10th-grade Algebra and Geometry students, focusing on building basic math skills, test preparation, and skill development.
MMSD Strategic Partnerships & Innovation
$10,000 Science and Engineering Enrichment Development
This grant creates a personalized learning space that supports student inquiry and creation, educating students toward being both technologically savvy and students of the earth. This innoavtive space and program will show students how to go beyond consuming technology, toward creating and employing technological tools in order to study the biosphere, integrating engineering and biology
Allis Elementary
$6,242 Sennett Scholars Makerspace Mania
After attending a forward thinking educational conference, Sennett is rethinking of ways to engage students. Restructuring a model classroom to implement out of the box type thinking and learning. Creating a makerspace, hands-on activity area to increase student desire to remain in the classroom, as creators and developers. Such items as a Lego wall, magnetic puzzle wall, creative seating, fidgets, Cubelets, and a screen printer will be purchased. Students will have access to this equipment in after school clubs.
Sennett Middle
$4,448 Lincoln Dance Program
The Lincoln Dance Program is an in-school club that provides creativity, movement and performance, as well as confidence and the feeling of accomplishment. Students are able to participate in a variety of different dance classes that change monthly, including Mexican, Folkloric Dance, West African Dance, Hip Hop, Breakdancing, Nepali Dance and Salsa/Latin Rhythms. In order to provide students with authentic dance experiences, all instructors are dance instructors. Special outreach to students who may not have access to dance is important. This grant ensures that every child is able to attend free of charge.
Lincoln Elementary
$3,000 Huegel Lego League
The goal of Huegel Lego League is to give ALL students K-5 a chance to have an enriching experience in engineering and computer programming. Lego League participation promotes creativity, teamwork, problem solving and confidence. Teams of students research a theme, develop and build Lego structures and compete at a Lego League Expo event. This grant provides additional financial support for students that may not have the economic advantage to participate.
Huegel Elementary
$998 Breathe for Change
Through participation in a Yoga Alliance 200 hour certification course that is sponsored by Breathe for Change, Shabazz teacher Peter Fee will support students in learning and applying effective coping strategies in his Brain Plasticity class at Shabazz High School. Shabazz believes that mindfulness and resiliency training is required in entry level classes as stated in their school improvement plan.
Shabazz High

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2016-17 School Year

$25,000 Youth on Air Project
The Youth On Air project will give students of all ages opportunities to build skills and express themselves through the creation, operation, and programming of a student and community-led low-power FM radio station at the Lussier Community Center.  This is a collaboration between Memorial HS, Jefferson MS, and Muir Elementary, Edgewood College, and Lussier Education Center.
Memorial High, Jefferson Middle, and Muir Elementary
$25,000 Active Classroom Engagement (ACE)
The Elvehjem Elementary School Active Classroom Engagement (ACE) project creates movement permissive classrooms to accommodate students’ natural needs to move.  Six 3rd through 5th grade classroom teacher volunteers, instructing 120 students, will participate in this project slated to begin in the 2016-2017 school year.  In ACE, students will be provided individually-fitted standing desks, with stools and anti-fatigue mats to use as they choose throughout the school day; and will participate in daily 3-5 minute teacher-led movement breaks.  Disruptive student behavior and task disengagement are among the most significant classroom management problems, diminishing individual and class-wide opportunities for learning.  This program seeks to redirect and improve student engagement and learning.
Elvehjem Elementary
$17,760 Trail to Success
Trail to Success is an off-campus academic and family support resource center located on High Ridge Trail in the Pines Townhouses.  Because the High Ridge Trail neighborhood is isolated from Chávez Elementary, this center will provide easy access for students and families in need of additional tutoring, mentoring and family enhancement programs who live in the Chávez attendance area.
Chávez Elementary
$24,500 Lake View After-School Arts Program
Lake View Elementary will partner with Madison School and Community Recreation (MSCR) and four community partners (Madison Music Makers, First Wave, DrumPower and one other) to provide after-school arts opportunities to 75 students participating in MSCR.  Artists-in-residences for instrumental music lessons, Hmong Dance, African drumming, hip-hop/spoken word and visual arts will offer classes on a weekly basis throughout the school year.
Lake View Elementary

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2015-16 School Year

$25,000 Advancing a Welcoming Schools Movement in MMSD: Partnering with schools to embrace family diversity
Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive, LGBTQ-inclusive approach to create respectful and supportive schools for all students and their families. This grant will provide funding for the Teacher Mentor program, Partner School Professional Development, Family Engagement events, and LGBTQ+ books to enhance curriculum.
MMSD
$24,000 Achievement Connections High School Tutoring Program
Achievement Connections increases the number of students passing Algebra by 10th grade, enabling them to progress towards graduation. It responds to the racial and ethnic disparities in math grades and course completion, which suppress graduation rates, college enrollment and college completion for low-income and students of color.
MMSD
$17,760 College and Career Readiness Effective Course I and II
This grant will fund East’s planning year to develop two college and career readiness courses. Work included in this planning year will be creating curricula for these two courses, as well as implementing these two courses into the school day and Master calendar.
East High
$9,244.69 Google Classroom for 21st Century Social Studies Learners
This grant will create a Google Classroom site that 8th grade social studies students will use at school on Chromebooks to access differentiated lesson materials, complete formative assessments, and participate in interactive discussions. The Google Classroom will also improve two-way communication with families and community members.
Black Hawk Middle
$5,625 Restorative Critical Response
Funding will support the development of a district level critical response system with restorative practices in order to preserve and enhance staff and student health, well-being and learning
MMSD
$9,782 Simultaneous Interpretation Equipment for Academic Parent Teacher Teams
This grant will purchase simultaneous interpretation equipment to use with Spanish speaking families during Academic Parent Teacher meetings.
Thoreau Elementary
$2,500 Mariachi Kit
The Mariachi Kit will provide a collection of materials to facilitate teaching mariachi style to students. It will include class sets of curricular books, CDs and DVDs of mariachi performances, and additional mariachi instruments. This grant will also provide the school with a local mariachi group to teach in a clinic format. The goal of this grant is to elevate students’ cultural perceptions through the use of authentic instruments and native artist instruction.
Whitehorse Middle
$825 Viva Community
This grant will fund an all-school multicultural event, which will showcase immigrant families. It will include stations where families can learn a craft, a song, or a dance from various cultures, and a dinner during which students will perform.
Elvehjem Elementary

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2014-15 School Year

$25,000 Healthy Minds at Glendale Elementary School
This grant aims to reduce stress and support healthy minds at both the staff and student level. Staff will have opportunities to be trained in the practice of mindfulness Based on Stress Reduction while students will participate in integrated social Emotional Learning instruction and practice. Glendale has over 30 students who meet the criteria to receive individual intensive support to meet their behavior needs each semester.
Glendale Elementary
$10,000 Launching Engineering in the Elementary Schools
This Collaborative project represent a new undertaking for MMSD – teaching engineering practices and concepts to elementary students. Project Lead The Way curricula is already underway at the middle and high school levels, allowing K-12 students cohesive engineering opportunities.  The grant pilots a means to address the Next Generation Science Standards and a commitment to integrate engineering design into the structure of science education.  This grant will meet that need of providing professional development and materials, to provide this rigorous engineering instruction to elementary students.  Will  serve as a pilot project.
MMSD
$10,000 Learning Naturally: Providing Outdoor & Environmental Science Learning to MMSD Students
2,000 East attendance area students (elementary, middle, high) will participate in outdoor & environmental field trips to the Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Lesson plans will align with a variety of science standards that emphasize sustainability and environmental literacy. The grant will pay the $5.00 student fee and complement an individual grant that subsidizes transportation for these schools, which have limited resources.
MMSD
$10,000 Stronger Together
This grant will fund the purchase of equipment that will allow Shabazz and Sherman students to improve physical fitness. Students from these schools share a common physical education facility, but do not interact, currently. This proposal would train Shabazz students in strength training skills, allowing them to mentor, coach & provide direct feedback, to the Sherman students as they attempt to improve their fitness levels.
Shabazz High
$10,000 Chrome Literacy Project
This grant funds the purchase of 30 Chromebooks and one charging cart with the intention of increasing literacy achievement for struggling students. Specific apps and extensions available through Chromebooks scaffolds instruction to meet student needs.
Sherman Middle
$25,000 West High Peer Mentorship Project
This grant will create and launch a mentorship program that will empower students to engage their younger peers in the academic process. Modeled after the Shaker Heights High School MAC Scholars Program, student leaders will be identified and meet regularly with their younger mentees to elevate pride in their academic accomplishments thus producing better outcomes for students.
West High
$2,500 Mariachi Kit
The Mariachi Kit will provide a collection of materials to facilitate teaching mariachi style to students. It will include class sets of curricular books, CD’s and DVD’s of mariachi performances, and additional mariachi instruments. This grant will also provide a clinic at Whitehorse Middle School for students. The goal of this grant is to elevate students’ cultural perception through the use of authentic instruments and native artist instruction.
Whitehorse Middle

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2013-14 School Year

$5,640 Chavez Elementary ESL Technology Grant
The project will purchase 10 iPads to increase academic achievement and engagement in English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at all grade levels. ESL teachers will learn to implement iPads in the classroom through professional development modules.
Chavez Elementary
$10,000 Print Path
This grant will provide materials and training to start Print Path, a research based and engaging handwriting program, in all kindergarten and first grade classes in the district. Presently, there is no district wide handwriting program.
MMSD-ED Services
$583 “To Infinity and Beyond:” Rocket Launching Project
This grant funds the purchase of materials to construct bottle rockets which will allow 8th grade science students to experience the first four stages of rocket launching (blast-off, survival, instruction without eyes and map location) while learning about the solar system.
Jefferson Middle
$1,650 Wright Middle School Garden
This grant will be used to purchase materials needed for creating and maintaining a school garden. Teachers at all grade levels will integrate gardening into their curriculum and the garden club would develop an indoor-seed starting garden using fluorescent lights and better equipment.
Wright Middle
$10,000 New Educator Jump Start
Approximately one-half of new District hires are first year educators. This project will provide well-organized materials (New Educator Resource Guide/Toolkit) and mentoring support prior to the start of the school year.
Professional Development-Doyle
$9,782 Using Technology to Advance Instruction and Learning at O’Keeffe Middle School
For 6 to 10 elementary schools, this project will provide timely, specialized onsite classroom observation/assessment, consultation/resources, and technical assistance for students identified as at-risk for mental health problems. In addition, 4 training presentations will be available for school staff to provide them with a better understanding of children’s mental health issues and resources. The project will also include a replication manual to assist in the development of the model in other schools.
O’Keeffe Middle
$5,000 Link Up
Link Up, created by Carnegie Hall, is a music education program that will be piloted in 4th and 5th grade MMSD classrooms. Students will explore various aspects of music, which will culminate in a performance with the Madison Symphony Orchestra (MSO). Each student (six schools) will receive a soprano recorder and teachers will have detailed lesson plans and resources.
MMSD-Curriculum & Assessment
$8,370 Youth Frontiers- Developing Courage and Respect in the Madison Memorial Attendance Area
The three middle schools, Memorial H.S. and the Youth Frontiers organization are collaborating to promote student engagement. They will hold Courage Retreats for seventh and eighth grade students to encourage student engagement and to create a shared perspective for all middle school students entering Memorial H.S.
Spring Harbor Middle
$10,000 Incorporating iPad Technology in Elementary Specials Classes
The LV Specials teachers are collaborating to incorporate iPad technology into art, music, PE and library classes to help all students and children living in poverty who may lack access to technology. This grant will secure a starter mobile iPad lab (10 iPads) with a charging cart that will accommodate 30 iPads. Four specials teachers will share the iPads.
Lake View Elementary
$9,974 Hamilton Middle School Positive Behavior Support Multimedia Broadcast
This grant will fund 21st century video technology in computer labs, so students can create weekly live TV broadcasts in Unified Arts classes at Hamilton. The videos will focus on the theme, “Respecting Everyone, Education and the Environment” to increase academic performance, improve school safety, decrease problem behavior and establish a positive school culture.
Hamilton Middle
$5,000 Tri4Schools- Exercise to Acadmeic Achievment
Six MMSD schools (Glendale, Lindbergh, Sherman, Lake View, Whitehorse and Van Hise) will team up to start an 8-week after school tri/run training club which would promote health and wellness while increasing attendance and academic achievement. The program will culminate in a competition for students in one of four races. In addition, students will learn to set goals, feel a sense of achievement and enjoy participating in after school clubs.
Glendale Elementary
$9,046 Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practices that Innovate Change
For 6 to 10 elementary schools, this project will provide timely, specialized onsite classroom observation/assessment, consultation/resources, and technical assistance for students identified as at-risk for mental health problems. In addition, 4 training presentations will be available for school staff to provide them with a better understanding of children’s mental health issues and resources. The project will also include a replication manual to assist in the development of the model in other schools.
Gompers Elementary

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2012-13 School Year Grants

$10,000 The Rainbow Project
In partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Psychiatry & Madison Schools Student Mental Health Collaborative
For 6 to 10 elementary schools, this project will provide timely, specialized onsite classroom observation/assessment, consultation/resources, and technical assistance for students identified as at-risk for mental health problems. In addition, 4 training presentations will be available for school staff to provide them with a better understanding of children’s mental health issues and resources. The project will also include a replication manual to assist in the development of the model in other schools.
MMSD Elementary Schools
$10,000 Leopold Open Schoolhouse
The project seeks to engage families in a positive and successful school community by offering academic and community resources and programming every Tuesday evening. Through this program, families will have access to the school library, computer lab, and gym, as well as other programs supporting student achievement and community well-being.
Leopold Elementary
$6,227 Middle School Restorative Justice Initiative
Through partnership with the YWCA, this project will allow middle schools to provide proactive and creative solutions for school discipline while addressing racial disparities in school discipline.
Black Hawk Middle
$6,227 Powerful Instruction and Interventions
Providing Every Student WIN (What I Need) Time to Ensure Every Student Succeeds Every Day
This project will redesign the school day to include enrichment/intervention time (WIN) each day. Staff will be trained in culturally responsive teaching and learning in order to develop and implement culturally responsive enrichment/intervention activities.
Mendota Elementary
$5,000 The Spoken Word Initiations
This project is focused on enhancing the talents of 8th grade O’Keeffe students with disabilities. The Spoken Word provides students with an outlet for their voices and the opportunity to reflect upon their identities through poetry and engagement with the community. Spoken Word draws on the oral tradition of the African American community.
O’Keefe Middle
$5,000 Walk for Words
This collaborative effort of the art, music, physical education, and REACH teachers along with the school librarian will purchase books that link from their content area to social skills being taught in the classroom. The team will also develop lessons to assist students in knowing how to interact and react to others appropriately. To sustain this project, the team will develop a school-wide run/walk to fund future books and support other events that improve students’ social development.
Kennedy Elementary
$3,765 Parent School Partnership (PSP)
The Parent School Partnership project will actively instruct and involve parents of these schools in the advocacy and advancement of their children’s education by developing a parent’s leadership skills. The curriculum teaches that parents are best able to support their children when the parents are educated about their rights and responsibilities in the schools.
Nuestro Mundo/Allis Elementary
$2,989 JMM Music Collective
This project will fund the JMM Music Collective in assisting students in forming musical groups, providing safe supported space for students to practice, and providing instruction around performing and marketing in the musical area. Faculty leaders and mentors will practice with students and reach out specifically to otherwise uninvolved students who are interested in music.
Memorial High

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2011-12 School Year

$3,000 Responsive Classrooms for the Changing Face of Crestwood
Crestwood proposes to enhance the learning environment by implementing one of the following: expanding library materials; using research-based stress reducing techniques and classroom redesign; or providing staff training for more responsive classroom settings. Partial grant funding allows for one segment to be funded.
Crestwood Elementary
$5,075 Africa Connects
Africa Connects brings together Art and Social Studies staff from Sherman Middle and Shabazz High to create a curriculum based on the African collections at the Chazen Museum of Art. Shabazz students will model service learning presentations to Sherman students who then will present their African projects to students from the feeder elementary schools.
Sherman Middle
$7,477 East Area Energies
East students will be trained in peer mentoring and scientific content related to renewable energy, then share their knowledge with 30 female and minority students from Blackhawk, O’Keeffe, and Sherman Middle Schools. MATC pathways to related careers will be explored.
East High
$10,000 Toki Middle Models Expeditionary Learning in the Community
Toki will implement the Expeditionary Learning Model to increase achievement levels, particularly in, but not limited to, reading and writing. Using comprehensive strategies in all content areas, students will increase their skills to interpret a wide variety of text and media.
Toki Middle
$2,938.20 Integrating using Disco-Sits, Stability Balls & Rocking Chairs for Academic/Behavioral Improvement
Thoreau Elementary will measure the impact of three self-regulation products in creating calmer classrooms conducive to better learning.
Thoreau Elementary
$9,988 Fostering Rainbow Connections Through Quality LGBTQ Literature
Through an extensive collaborative effort, good-quality LGBTQ literature will be purchased and library staff will be trained to use it appropriately. The materials and training will be piloted at Shorewood Elementary.
Shorewood Elementary
$5,000 Growing Sustainability in MMSD
The Dept. of Curriculum and Assessment seeks funding to support five MMSD teachers and administrators who will attend Edgewood College’s Sustainability Leadership Program. Sustainability, defined in the current context, provides an innovative, creative framework for addressing the most significant long-term challenges facing MMSD.
MMSD
$8,700 A Kid Can Be a Farmer
Kennedy Elementary students will have the opportunity to learn skills associated with running a small-scale organic farm at East High Youth Farm, adjacent to Kennedy – from planting seedlings in the spring to harvesting, washing and packing food in the fall.
Kennedy Elementary

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2010-11 School Year

$8,650 Design and Construction of an Environmentally Sustainable Green House
Spring Harbor Middle School hopes to design and construct and environmentally sustainable green house on school property. The green house would be fully incorporated into the school’s environmental mission and be used to grow native plants that would be used in restoration projects throughout Dane County.
Spring Harbor Elementary
$10,000 Inspiring Students Through the Life and Music
Teaching and Learning of Jazz Legend, Mary Lou Williams
MMSD Schools and alternative programs (Cherokee Middle, West High, Toki Middle and Spring Harbor Middle; AAETO and Work and Learn) will participate in a community –wide celebration of Mary Loug Williams, the most important female musician in jazz history. Partnering with Madison’s Centennial Coordinating Committee and the UW Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives, this project will provide innovative ways to excite students about music, poetry, and history.
$9,990 Instructional Practices that Change Student Lives
Hawthorne staff, after attending the National Black Child Institute (Atlanta), developed a sense of urgency toward addressing engagement & learning issues confronting African American students. Their comprehensive “Harlem Project” is designed to help staff address these issues.
Hawthorne Middle
$8,348 Creating Leaders: C.L.A.S.S
A team of 100+ junior and senior students will receive valuable leadership & mentorship training which they will utilize to provide structured social, emotional & academic supports to 400+ incoming 9th graders at East High School. Predicted outcomes include reduced truancy/ suspensions & increased academic success.
East High
$6,719 Memorial Spartan Perks Food Cart
Spartan food cart is a partnership between Memorial & the Lussier community center. The project will provide vocational opportunities in the community for special education students; it will expand their vocational skills in the restaurant career field.
Memorial High
$3,000 SNN – Sennett News Network
Sennett will purchase a sound board, components, and a video mixer to replace equipment that was brought out of retirement two years ago. This media production equipment is used for the student-run news show, daily announcements, & a PBS show.
Sennett Middle

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2009-10 School Year

$2,833 Data Collection & Analysis in Science & Math
This proposal supports the purchase of Verneir science sensors and other related technology that allow Cherokee Middle School students to experience a high level of scientific processes including collecting and analyzing data in the field. These tools increase student motivation and engagement in the learning process and provide experience with tools needed in the 21st century work environment.
Cherokee Middle
$2,833.50 Uniting Nationalities at Sandburg Elementary
Sandburg proposes to purchase simultaneous translation equipment, so that Hispanic and Hmong families can better participate in a wide variety of school-wide events.
Sandburg Elementary
$8,000 Engage, Empower, & Enlighten
Teaching and Learning proposes to increase professional development opportunities for caregivers in the MMSD Play & Learn programs (15 locations throughout Madison) in order to increase children’s school readiness skills. These caregivers often are family, friend, or neighbor to low-income parents.
MMSD T&L
$10,000 Timebank Youth Court
This proposal will provide partial support for a Dane County Youth Court at La Follette High School. A $31,000 grant from the Office for Justice Assistance provides most of the support.
La Follette High
$2,038, ($1,969 from the Music Endowment Fund) Sennett M.S. Drumming Project
Sennett Middle School proposes to purchase drums and percussion instruments and develop curriculum to support a drumming program that will include learning and performing; emphasis will be placed on integrating the “Drum Circle” concept into the regular curriculum.
Sennett Middle
$7,000 Woodlands Environment…
Crestwood Elementary staff will partner with parent/community volunteers including arborists, GPS specialists and gardeners to develop an environmental curriculum for students across all grades incorporating restoration and maintenance of the Crestwood grounds: mapping and photographing, removing/replacing invasive species with native plants and monitoring and maintaining the woodland progression. Funding would support the development of the curriculum and purchasing materials to support the curriculum including GPS units and cameras and a teacher workshop for training in curriculum.
Crestwood Elementary
$5,955 Desks of Dreams
Emerson Elementary students will work with local artists to decorate/transform old desks from storage to reflect their own dreams. Several artistic treatments will be taught. The results will be desks that represent the students’ dreams and talent. Desks will be auctioned to raise money for the school’s endowment. Funding supports three local artists working with classes and the materials they will use.
Emerson Elementary
$8,000 Facilitated Language Study
This proposal would implement a Facilitated Language Study course so that students at East High School could pursue study of less-commonly taught languages. Cohorts of students would study via on-line resources, print materials and native-speakers, facilitated and guided by a teacher certified in foreign language instruction. Funding would support training and pay for native- speaking conversation coaches.
East High
$2,000 Bouncing Into Learning
This proposal would provide each 1st and 4th grade child at Frank Allis Elementary the opportunity to have an alternative seating arrangement to manage the ability to attend to instruction. Ball chairs have been shown to allow students who have attention needs the ability to independently regulate their own movement while still be attending to instruction. Funding would provide professional development for teachers and materials for students.
Allis Elementary

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2008-09 School Year

$10,000 Madison – Our History
This proposal would support the completion of Phase II of this project to write a book, Madison-City of Four Lakes, Our History and Our Home and the accompanying curriculum for third grade history instruction for Madison schools. Phase II includes funding for the graphic artist to complete the layout for the book and printing 2,000 copies and the web based construction.
MMSD T&L
$9,120 AVID Summer Training
AVID is a program designed to provide underachieving and underserved populations training for skills they will need to be successful in advanced level high school courses and four year college programs. This grant would support summer training for teachers at the AVID institute.
East High
$9,900 Literacy Initiative Grant
This proposal would fund 5 and 1/2 days of training for 12 East High teachers to learn content area reading strategies across all major content areas. The professional development is part of a sustained coordinated effort to improved literacy at East. Funds would also support some of the materials necessary to implement literacy instruction.
East High
$4,415 Learning to Read by Reading
Rigby PM software can provide a unique alternative to daily reading practice opportunities for district first graders. The program provides built in degrees of support. The proposal would fund the one time purchase of the software site license that will allow the district to pilot and if successful sustain an intervention for first grade struggling readers.
MMSD T&L
$2,369, ($2,033 Music Endowment Fund) General Music Expansion
The music teacher proposes to expand student experiences in general music through the purchase of guitars, keyboards, and a digital recorder.
Spring Harbor Elementary
$8,256 “Drama Days”
John Muir Elementary proposes to purchase equipment and contract with a visiting artist to assist teachers in incorporating the dramatic arts in their teaching practices, help students understand the various elements of drama and experience dramatic performance themselves, and relate dramatic experience to John Muir’s Above the Line activities.
Muir Elementary

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2007-08 School Year

$5,050 “Building Literacy Skills through Readers’ Theater”
The establishment of a Readers’ Theater program at Muir School will promote literacy; strengthen relationships among students and among Muir families; and allow students to participate in the performing arts in a way that encourages creativity, builds self-esteem, and makes reading both fun and purposeful. Using RT students read from scripts rarely using props or costumes. Students learn to use their own voices to create a character; this reliance upon their voices deepens students’ understanding of how tone and inflection are used to convey meaning and emotion. Repeated reading of the scripts helps students develop reading fluency, improve reading comprehension, build vocabulary, and learn high-frequency words. Performing together encourages community in the classroom, school and community. To encourage all Muir teachers to consider RT as a useful strategy for promoting language skills, the artist will oversee a workshop for all Muir teachers on “Using Readers’ Theater.”
Muir Elementary
$5,950 “Logging on to Literacy”
“Logging on to Literacy” is a collaborative project that will forge a bond between resource professionals across departments and district teachers at every elementary school serving intermediate students (Grades 3-5). This leadership development project combines face-to-face and on-line learning that focuses on literacy connections across content areas differentiated for all learners. Its purpose is to share current knowledge of best practices in literacy instruction, and to initiate a support system that can be built upon over the next five years to significantly impact the quality of literacy instruction in school-dependent third through fifth grade students.
MMSD T&L
$10,000 “Glendale CSC Model (Collaboration, Shared Ownership, and Coaching)”
This project represents a significant restructuring of Glendale’s staffing and professional development plan by providing professional development funds to support the integration of ESL (English as a Second Lang.), Title 1, and special education services into classroom based Instructional Teams (ITs). The new model seeks to better coordinate services among the myriad of special programs at Glendale – CC (Cross Categorical), DHH (Deaf and Hard of Hearing), ESL, Title 1, and Bilingual. The entire staffing plan is reorganized around Its that embed ESL, Title 1, and special education services to better coordinate instruction and collaboration among these specialists and classroom teachers.
Glendale Elementary
$10,000 “Creating Above the Line Classrooms and Schools”
This grant will help provide a week-long training with Corwin Kronenberg (“Above the Line” approach to address antecedent causes of behaviors that lead to suspension), targeting all MMSD elementary, middle, and high school staff. Planning and support for the training will include collaboration with Student Services personnel, Positive Behavior Support Teams, after-school care providers, and parent organizations. Through the systematic training across students’ adult supports, it is anticipated that student behaviors will improve due to consistency in expectations, language, and techniques.
MMSD Assistant Superintendents
$3,000 “Personal Learning Plan”
The Personal Learning Plan will be a multifaceted, internet-based tool designed by a work group of West High students, staff, and community members to help students succeed in school and customize their educational experience to meet their broader life interests and future goals. This grant continues the development of the PLP program adding new pre-designed goals, a printable facilitator’s guide, new student assessment tools, access to infinite campus, and an evaluation component regarding the use of the PLP.
West High
$3,500 “Elvehjem Playground Improvement Project
Underwritten by the Madison Central Lions Club”

LVM is one of the select schools in the MMSD that serves children with all cognitive disabilities, physical handicaps, and learning abilities in grades k-5. There is also an Early Childhood Program serving children as young as three years old. While the building is fully accessible, the playground offers very limited opportunity for all children to interact and learn the social, physical and academic lessons of childhood through play. The Elvehjem Long-Term Playground Improvement Committee is seeking funds to promote inclusion, improve safety, increase recreational/educational opportun9ties and promote physical fitness through a comprehensive improvement plan.
Elvehjem Elementary
$5,000, ($1,600 Music Endowment Fund) “All Together Now”
Lindbergh and Mendota Elementary Schools, in collaboration with two non-profit organizations (Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities and Kiddo Publications of Madison), will work with an innovative hip-hop group, “The Figureheads,” to address and enhance efforts to improve inclusion and the celebration of individual differences.
Mendota Elementary and Lindbergh Elementary
$5,000 ($1,600 Music Endowment Fund) “Let’s Rap”
Chavez Elementary School will work with community professionals to develop a comprehensive program to address student behavior referrals. The “Let’s Rap” initiative will address cultural differences in student behaviors through staff training in how to handle cultural differences in student behavior, and how to use effective behavioral interventions to turn misbehavior into a learning experience; provide information to African American parents about the school’s social/emotional learning programs, and to create a forum where these parents can discuss their thoughts, ideas and concerns; and to create a music video in conjunction with The Figureheads and Kiddo Publishing containing original songs created by the students using the social skills and value statements taught at Chavez.
Chavez Elementary
$1,516 (Wozniak/Dickinson Visual Arts Fund) “Growing Friendships Around the World”
Artist K. Michele Hatchell will collaborate with poet Fabu Mogaka, parent artists Lenora Saposnik and Brenda Gratton, REACH teacher Jeanne Dalle-Steele, the Global Focus Committee and the PTO to create a 6’x 8’ clay tile mural with the young artists of Shorewood Elementary School that incorporates poetry, photography and student created imagery about global friendship. This grant is intended to fund the mosaic supplies portion of the grant.
Shorewood Elementary
$1,037 (Immigrant Families Fund) “Spanish for Spanish Speakers”
This grant provides funding for literature and media supplies to initiate a unique class for middle school Latino students. These students will enhance their personal identities while developing Spanish language and literacy skills and a greater understanding of the experience of Latino Americans in the United States.
Wright Middle

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2006-07 School Year

$300 A Helping Hand for Autism
AHHFA was created by a group of 4th and 5th graders at Glenn Stephens Elementary because some students were teasing a friend with autism. Support for this friend is now being directed to developing materials for a successful transition to Jefferson Middle School.
Stephens Elementary
$3,700 A Helping Hand for Autism
A Helping Hand for Autism (AHHFA) is a unique student developed organization that provides social support for student with autism and spreads awareness among students without autism. The Wisconsin Council on Developmental Disabilities has paid for copies of the AHHFA DVD and has hired Beth Moss to replicate the group in other schools. AHHFA’S message is positive and has made an impact on the community. It has 70 members at Glenn Stephens Elementary, Jefferson Middle, and Spring Harbor Middle Schools. This proposal would support the expanded efforts of this grassroots group.
Stephens Elementary, Jefferson Middle, and Spring Harbor Elementary
$8,177 Community Building at Lincoln School: Phase II – Cob Wall
Neighbors and students will come together to design and build an artistic archway at Lincoln Elementary. Last year grant funding supported an archway at Midvale Elementary. This proposal will complete the project at the paired schools creating a symbolic connection between the two schools. Goals are to strengthen the relationship between Midvale and Lincoln Schools as well as school staffs, parents, and community members while enhancing the beauty of the school and providing a learning experience for students.
Lincoln Elementary
$2,910 Biotechnology Video Tours: Virtual Lab Experience
The West High teachers will produce ten 10-minute videos (DVDs) that highlight leading edge applications of biotechnology in the Madison area. The videos will bring the excitement of real people doing real science in real labs to Madison students. The DVDs will be shared with all who can use them.
West High
$10,000 Personal Learning Plan
The Personal Learning Plan will be a multifaceted, internet-based tool designed by a work group of West High students, staff, and community members to help students succeed in school and customize their educational experience to meet their broader life interests and future goals.
West High
$5,500 Schools and Families for Math
Falk teachers working in collaboration with parents and the elementary math resource teacher will provide two parent education nights for each grade level during the 2006-2007 school year. The agenda for these nights will include parent education regarding expectations for math and strategies/activities that will accelerate the achievement of the children.
Falk Elementary
$3,800 Memorial High School Coffee Cafe
The Coffee Cafe, to be set up in the foyer near the principals’ offices, will serve staff and students during the school day. Vocational students in Special Education will operate the Cafe. The project will enhance contact between Special Education students and regular education students and staff as well as provide transferable vocational skills for the Special Education students. It is a cooperative project between Memorial and Ancora Coffee.
Memorial High
$4,268 Getting Ahead Study Center
The libraries at Memorial High School propose to expand the Neighborhood Program to include an after school Getting Ahead Study Center from 4:00-5:00 pm three days per week. The goal is to increase student’s achievement and access to educational resources while offering a safe open place to work after school.
Memorial High
$4,000 Art Museum Field Trips: Authentic Learning Experiences that Connect to Art in the Elementary Schools
The grant will provide art museum field trips to the Chazen Museum of Art and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art for 31 elementary schools. These trips will provide authentic learning experiences in art while meeting the MMSD Visual Arts Standards and Benchmarks.
MMSD Elementary Schools
$3,189 East High Cultural Center
This grant would address the struggles of isolation and loss of connection that some students face attending a large high school by creating a space for students in which students can have ownership. The Cultural Center would be unique in that it would be reflective of the students’ ownership and provide ways for students and families to connect to the school during and after the school day. A team of teachers would initially plan and implement culturally relevant activities and gradually turn more ownership over to the students.
East High

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2005-06 School Year

$5,000 Signed Readers
Historically deaf and hard-of-hearing students have had difficulty becoming literate readers, with an average of a third to fourth grade reading level reported for high school graduates. Many of our deaf students do not begin learning any language until they start attending school. “Signed Readers” will pair photos of conceptually accurate sign with early reader written text/pictures to facilitate the transition from a deaf child’s first language of American Sign Language to written English text decoding and comprehension. Using these texts, children could practice reading/signing the text by themselves, using repetition and pairing of the known (sign) to the unknown (English words) to facilitate the development of beginning literacy.
Glendale Elementary
$6,017 Community Building at Midvale Elementary: Phase 1 Cob Wall
This hand-made gateway, to be built from cob, a historic building material made from mud, straw and sand, will become a novel, local landmark. The project will address a variety of critical needs including community building within the school and with surrounding neighborhoods, enhancing the education of students through service learning, and beautification of the school grounds and neighborhood. Students, staff, and residents will directly invest in the school by building the gateway themselves.
Midvale Elementary
$10,000 El Centro Familiar
The Sandburg Family Resource Center, El Centro Familiar, will offer highly-engaging learning materials that Spanish speaking families will be able to check out on a regular basis to encourage family learning beyond the school and work day. The project addresses the fact that the Latino population at Sandburg has grown substantially in recent years, from just 3.8% in 2000-2001 to 22% of the population in 2004-2005.
Sandburg Elementary
$5,590 Wild Rice Cultural Awareness and Ecological Restoration
The Wild Rice Cultural Awareness and Ecological restoration project is unique in that it allows Native American students to act as leaders in the development of curriculum materials by creating a website for classroom use after they have interviewed tribal elders and plant biologists, done research on the cultural, historical, and biological significance of wild rice, and documented the status of wild rice beds in southern Wisconsin. This project provides a unique resource on the importance of wild rice to Indigenous people and their knowledge systems, and the relevance of these systems to ecological science and sustainable resource management. The project has won an international award from the Nestle Company.
MMSD T&L, Title VII Indian Education Program
$4,000 (Unrestricted Grants), $2,000 (Shirley Baum – donor designated gift) Madison West Honor Guard
Honor Guard is an academic tutoring and mentoring program for freshmen and sophomores whose goals are to improve the achievement of all students at West, create a safe and inviting environment for underclassmen, and provide a greater number of deserving students an opportunity to shine as leaders. Operating in the Resource Halls, this program recognizes the need for a support system of peers to whom younger students can relate and respect, the need for stronger bonds between all sections of a school community, and the need for positive and visible recognition of all students, especially students of color.
West High
$3,000 East LMC Reading/Browsing Renovation: “Library Café”
East High School LMC will renovate an area of the library to create an enticing reading/browsing/study area resembling a bookstore café. This will promote reading, increase library traffic, develop life-long library and reading behaviors, and provide a positive experience for students using the library. The plan is a direct result of asking students what they want from their library – a colorful, relaxed space with appealing displays, smaller tables, and comfortable furniture. In order to successfully reach out to students, the Library Café is an effort to reach out to bring them into an environment in which they are comfortable.
East High
$3,000 Emerson Pride Photo Project
The Emerson Pride Project is an innovative and creative opportunity for all students at Emerson, but especially those experiencing homelessness, to feel a stronger connection with the school. By having their pictures displayed throughout the school, students transitioning in and out of Emerson will know that they are valuable members of the Emerson community. By enhancing leadership skills, providing opportunities for learning new digital technology skills, and connecting with families and neighbors through students’ photos, this project will provide a vital connection to school and academic achievement.
Emerson Elementary
$1,885 (Unrestricted Grants), $1,100 (Music Endowment) One Drum Experience
One Drum Experience will provide a day-long musical experience at a school where no music programming is available. Affiliated Alternatives serves a diverse group of at-risk students through 4 alternative programs. Many of the students are interested in music, play instruments or perform rap, and clearly possess kinesthetic learning styles. This program offers an engaging and educational musical experience which will promote a better sense of community and greater school pride.
Affiliated Alternatives
$1,000 Outdoor Classroom Revitalization
This grant project will clean up the school prairie and revitalize the outdoor classroom. Work would be completed in two phases during 2005 and would involve students, teacher, parents, and community members. The goal is to turn a neighborhood eyesore into a place of wild beauty and a learning center.
Huegel Elementary
$3,000 Bilingual Resource Specialist – Knowledge Project
The BRS project is intended to utilize the reflective inquiry process with the Bilingual Resource Specialist based on a model provided for teachers in the Teacher Knowledge Project. This project focuses on professional improvement through self-reflection, which has gained national attention for its success in implementing best practices. Currently there is no professional development offered by the District for BRS to improve their support to English Language Learners (ELL). With over 3000 ELL in our district, the 76 BRS would like to take advantage of this professional development plan by developing their own BRS Knowledge Project (BRS-KP).
MMSD-ESL & Bilingual Division

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2004-05 School Year

$7,000 Reading Connections between School and Home
This project will provide funds to implement a school-home program for beginning readers, struggling readers, and ELL students. Beginning reader books, books-on-tapes, and Spanish beginning books will be purchased for check-out to provide extra, successful practice at home with parents. Parents will be trained in the home reading program (both English and Spanish). This project coordinates the school reading program with the need for parental support of emerging and struggling readers. It supports a positive successful reading experience for children with their parents and honors the families’ first language as an asset in learning to read.
Lake View Elementary
$2,000 Standards-Based 8th Grade Exit Project
This project is to develop an integrated 8th grade exit project that demonstrates mastery of the Wisconsin and MMSD middle school technology standards in accordance with NCLB. Students will prove proficiency by designing a web page that includes graphics and animations. This is a high interest project that allows students to develop their own parameters within a given framework of requirements that is designed to accommodate students with various needs and abilities. The software being requested is appropriate for students at all levels of interest and abilities. The project will eventually become the eighth grade computer technology curriculum at Whitehorse.
Whitehorse Middle
$5,240 West-African Drumming
The West-African Drumming residency will teach students the skills of drumming, focusing and listening, strengthen their rhythmic abilities, expose them to an African culture, and increase their sense of community. It is hoped that these skills, learned through drumming in a disciplined group, will generalize to other classrooms and subjects. With 54% of Mendota’s population being African American, the focus on one of Africa’s great art forms cannot help but add to the self-esteem of the African American students and to create respect and appreciation by non-Black students.
Mendota Elementary
$8,680 School Yard Treasure
This project would create a focused plan for systematic, long-term development and integration of Outdoor Learning Areas in its school yard into the academic curriculum. It is critical that children form some attachment and sense of appreciation for the natural world if they are expected to become adults who feel a sense of responsibility and stewardship toward that world. Only through direct experience can enough knowledge and understanding be gained to encourage students to pursue sustainable lifestyles that will preserve some natural world for generations to follow. In the classroom, outdoor learning offers unlimited opportunities for authentic inquiry-based instruction especially in math and science. In the community, two of the three neighborhoods that Allis serves are bussed. The School Yard Treasure provides valuable opportunities to bring families together for outdoor learning-related activities.
Allis Elementary
$10,000 Aircraft Construction Experience (ACE) Project
Students will construct a full-scale aircraft from raw materials. The aircraft will be constructed under the guidance of a teacher, Experimental Aircraft Association Technical Counselor, and FAA Certified Airframe and Power plant mechanics. Students will develop realistic solutions to authentic science and engineering problems while they experience the time, energy, effort, and quality consciousness required to create a useful product. This is intended to challenge their notion of a “disposable” world. The sale of the finished aircraft will finance the continuation of the endeavor.
Memorial High
$2,800 Design and Construction of an On-site Garden to Monitor and Control Run-off in the Lake Mendota Watershed
The garden will be used to monitor the change in water quality when rain passes through the garden and determine which native plants are best suited to reducing non-point source pollution. As an environmental science middle school, students and teachers at Spring Harbor are committed to finding solutions to local problems. The garden will provide them with a multitude of research questions about run-off, sediments, vegetation, biodiversity, architecture, water quality, and land use planning.
Spring Harbor Elementary
$1,618 Restoration of the Toki/Orchard Ridge Woods and Outdoor Classroom
This project will restore three acres of woods between Toki and Orchard Ridge Elementary by removing the overgrowth of alien species, restoring the prairie area, building an outdoor classroom council ring and updating the trails for handicap accessibility. While doing this, students actively learn about the woodland and prairie habitat and environmental stewardship. The study of Full Options Science Systems “Populations and Ecosystems” is complemented with this school yard science immersion project.
Toki Middle
$1,618 Restoration of the Toki/Orchard Ridge Woods and Outdoor Classroom
This project will restore three acres of woods between Toki and Orchard Ridge Elementary by removing the overgrowth of alien species, restoring the prairie area, building an outdoor classroom council ring and updating the trails for handicap accessibility. While doing this, students actively learn about the woodland and prairie habitat and environmental stewardship. The study of Full Options Science Systems “Populations and Ecosystems” is complemented with this school yard science immersion project.
Toki Middle
$4,000/p> Peaceful Playground
The community has identified the need to design a playground that makes available to students a variety of games and activities that are fun, safe, and stimulating. The program stresses the development of social skills, conflict resolution skills, and positive interactions among students. The plan will provide all staff and students with a common language and set of behaviors that are part of a positive, healthy, and safe school environment. It will also work to increase parent and community involvement at Emerson. Peaceful Playground is a unique response to violence in schools. Implemented school wide it will instill responsibility and conflict resolution skills that transcend from the playground to the classroom, the home, and the community.
Emerson Elementary
Restricted & Donor Designated Funded Grants
$2,000 Emergency Nurse Fund (GHC)
Group Health Cooperative in the memory of Dr. Russell Hess has created an endowment fund as an emergency fund for use by school nurses. Uninsured children with acute health problems are getting emergency help through this fund. Students of all ages have needed prescription medication, personal hygiene items, clinic visits, and dental work among other things according to Freddi Adelson, a district nurse who oversees the fund.
$2,650 Stephens Library
A gift in a will provides new books for the library at Glenn Stephens School for several years.
Stephens Elementary
$500 East Boosters-Sports Hall of Fame
The proceeds from this endowment fund provides for activities at East and development of the Hall of Fame to commemorate a history of Athletics at East.
East High
$2,500 Kuypers-Stephens Art
A gift from Joan Kuypers provided a tile wall developed by the students at Glenn Stephens. The wall taught geography and celebrated multiculturalism.
Stephens Elementary
$2,500 Kuypers-Thoreau Art
A gift from Joan Kuypers provided a tile wall developed by the students at Glenn Stephens. The wall taught geography and celebrated multiculturalism.
Thoreau Elementary
$1,000 Gould Dickinson Pottery
This endowment fund provides a pottery scholarship annually.
East High
$500 Gifted & Talented-Lynn Entine
This gift from Lynn Entine provided assistance to gifted and talented programming.
MMSD
$4,000 Reading Recovery
This endowment fund, developed by Marlys Sloup and Dale Wortley, provides several scholarships each year for students who successfully completed the Reading Recovery program in 1st grade and went on to academic success throughout school.
MMSD

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2003-04 School Year

$9,996 Courage to Teach: Improving Practices through Reflection and Collaboration
This project will support 17 MMSD educators to participate in retreats based upon the Courage to Teach Program.
Thoreau Elementary, Falk Elementary & District-wide (MMSD)
$3,000 For the Education of the Children – Part 2
During Part 1 of this project, Shabazz students created K-12 curriculum materials after studying and visiting Mound Bayou, one of the few remaining historic Black townships in the US. During part 2, Shabazz students will create K-12 curriculum packets for distribution to MMSD staff members. Through several in-service opportunities MMSD staff members will be trained to use the Mound Bayou curriculum and web site.
Shabazz High
$3,964 Bilingual Literacy Project
The Bilingual Literacy Project is designed to support the academic success of Cherokee’s growing bilingual Spanish-speaking population. The project has four components: building a collection of books in Spanish for the LMC; involving families in support of children’s literacy goals; encouraging students and their families to read together; and strengthening parents’ involvement in the school community.
Cherokee Middle
$5,000 Community Gardens
The community gardens project will help tie the community to the school. Through the purchase of supplies, tools, books, and a shed the Hawthorne Community Garden will be able to maintain and sustain itself through the years to come. Community relationships will be enhanced through work with EMOC.
Hawthorne Elementary
$10,000 Community Gardens
This project will use Scholastic’s Read 180 instructional program to service struggling readers in regular education, special education and English Language Learner programs. The program offers individualized skill instruction and motivating, technology-based components for building comprehension, vocabulary, spelling and fluency.
Toki Middle
$5,435 The Planting Roots Project
This project will impact all 258 students of Falk Elementary School in that they would be involved in the creation of handmade mosaic tiles to be installed as an art piece on a new concrete sign identifying the neighborhood in which the school is located. The project would bring together the Greentree neighborhood Association, the Falk PTO, Falk students and the artist-in-residence, Bill Grover.
Falk Elementary
Donor Designated Grants
$100 (Marwell Fund), $500 (Music Fund) The Groove Project
Students will be involved in interactive and collaborative musical activities that use the exploration of improvisation and composition as the backdrop for discovering or reinforcing basic music concepts in a hands-on setting.
Falk Elementary
$325 (Marwell Fund), $275 (FMPS) Composed Poems
Students will have the opportunity to create their own poetry and musical compositions to accompany the poems. The language arts classroom and string classroom curricula will be integrated and extended with the skill of two gifted artist-in-residences, Fabu Mogaka, poet, and Leo Sidran, musician and composer.
Wright Middle
$325 (Marwell Fund), $275 (FMPS) Opera for the Young
Midvale will host a performance of the Opera for the Young. Students at Midvale will participate in the opera in a variety of ways, ranging from audience participation to acting and singing on stage.
Midvale Elementary
$100 (Marwell Fund), $500 (Music Fund) African Drumming
The purchase of 16-20 African drums as well as a performance by Omo-Ana African drummers and Dancers from Milwaukee will enhance the music program at Thoreau. African drumming has been known to increase the self-esteem and motivational drive in at-risk students. Drumming is being used in communities throughout the world to foster creativity, focus, equality, and cooperation.
Thoreau Elementary
$1,000 Grade Level Books Lending Library
A gift from the August Foundation will provide funds to purchase Grade Level Books Lending Library books for Glenn Stephens Elementary School.
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2002-03 School Year

$2,800 Continued Monitoring of Prairie Restoration Site
Last year FMPS provided the funding to initiate a professional quality research project to obtain baseline data on the 75-acre site adjacent to the school forest, prior to its restoration as a prairie. All students in the school have participated in the project through their science classes. The project has been presented at Science Teacher Conferences and will be presented at the schools’ 6th Annual Environmental Conference this spring. New funding will support transportation to the site for continued data collection for all Spring Harbor students for the 2002-2003 school year. The applicants will be advised to seek other funding for future continued implementation.
Spring Harbor Elementary
$5,390 Open Captioning Video Program
With these funds the Hearing Impaired Program will be able to purchase equipment needed to provide on-going video-captioning services for curriculum-related films for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The films will also be available for use by English language learners and learning disabled students. As a result of a pilot project in collaboration with WHA-TV, the team has already captioned 12 films for use in classroom instruction and 4 District video projects, including the FMPS campaign video. A donation of one VCR from the Sertoma Club is helping to support this program.
La Follette High
$7,745 Community Cultures
This project is designed to build community among students, staff, and parents and honor the diverse cultures at Lindbergh elementary, a school where 50% of the students are not native English speakers and two-thirds are children of color. The four-part community–building and cultural heritage project will include: (1) parent gatherings in the three housing projects serving Lindbergh School, focused on discussions of cultural diversity; (2) a series of curriculum-related classroom presentations by community members representing the different cultural communities at Lindbergh; (3) an artist-in-residence to work with the children to develop class collages using visual arts and writings to express the children’s experiences and sense of belonging in the school and wider Madison community; and (4) a Saturday Festival of Community Cultures with performances, workshops and displays for the school and surrounding neighborhood. The project will reach out to the older, mostly white residents of the community to bring them into closer connection with the growing ethnically diverse group of younger families.
Lindbergh Elementary
$3,000 High School Archives and History Museum
A student project to collect, preserve and maintain the history of La Follette High School and its community, as an example of high school culture from the 1960’s onward. The project teaches students methods of historical study, including preservation of artifacts and documents which will record the history of La Follette High School. This project, which will be the first operational archives in a U.S. high school, was initiated by a group of students who are now seniors, under the direction of a history teacher. Students can earn ¼ credit working as Archive Assistants. The project will require additional funds from other sources to complete its budget.
La Follette High
$3,000 Printmaking Program
This funding will support the purchase of an etching press for the newly initiated printmaking program in the La Follette Art Department, and enable students to design and produce holiday cards to build the endowment of the Printmaking Fund which will support art scholarships for graduating La Follete students. The teacher involved has already garnered donations of materials and raised other funds for this endowment. It is anticipated that students in the printmaking project will design materials which can be used in thank-you messages to donors to FMPS.
La Follette High
$8,000 Middle School Video Production Program
This project targets at-risk middle school and 9th grade students not currently involved in sports or other after school activities. Students will learn video production skills and develop on-air announcing skills for projects that will be seen on Cable Channel 10 or in their schools. It is anticipated that students will participate in the project through middle and high school and serve as mentors to younger students. The project will be integrated with Madison School Community Recreation programs and supported, in part, through staff time from the MMSD Media Production Department.
MMSD T&L Dept.
$3,000 Reading Outstanding Books on Tape (ROBOTS)
This project will provide materials and the services of a professional interpreter to record books in Spanish, Hmong and other languages spoken by Franklin students to support reading at home for Franklin’s increasing population of English Language Learners. Children will take home books, tapes in their native language and tape recorders to emphasize the importance of parental support for reading and increasing the child-parent bond around development of a critical academic skill. This is an expansion of a successful pilot program conducted at the school for the past 2 years. The Franklin PTO has also committed funding to the project.
Franklin Elementary
$2,970 Outdoor Classroom
This funding will support Hamilton staff in their development of an inquiry-based curriculum, aligned with District science standards, which makes use of the outdoor classroom and restored prairie on the school grounds. This project is collaboration with two University of Wisconsin Programs, School Yard Science and Kindergarten through Infinity. Funding has been committed from the PTO and other donors to support the materials needed for construction of the outdoor classroom and prairie restoration. This project will benefit all students at Hamilton, as well as making an esthetic contribution to the neighborhood.
Hamilton Middle
$3,000 Middle School Service-Learning Conference
This funding will support a service-learning conference for middle school students and their teachers organized and facilitated by Shabazz students, as part of an English class, under the guidance of the teacher and the school’s Coordinator of Service Learning. Following participation in the conference, teams of middle school students and their teachers will implement service-learning projects at their schools. The participating Shabazz students will complete Teaching Service-Learning: A Guide to Student-Directed Conferences, as a result of their experience organizing this conference. Shabazz High School has been recognized as a model service-learning school by the National Youth Leadership Council and the Corporation for National Service. Service learning has been demonstrated to enhance academic achievement, foster positive character traits, and promote democratic citizenship.
Shabazz High
$4,800 Literacy Lab
Six computers, needed to implement a technology-based Literacy Lab for students who are one or more grade-levels below standard in reading, will be purchased with this grant. The lab, will provide opportunities for supplementary instruction and practice throughout the school day and during summer school. It will be staffed by reading specialists and support staff and serve approximately 150 students. The Sherman parent organization has committed funding to the project and additional funds are being sought to complete the total budget required.
Sherman Middle
$4,560 Project Renewal
This project will focus on building new organizational and instructional systems to foster academic and social connections between entering 9th graders and their large impersonal high school. The 9th grade team will identify and implement instructional strategies such as cooperative learning, differentiated instruction and a more inclusive environment to reduce alienation and increase the academic success and graduation rate among West High School students. This project has evolved from 6 months of study and planning by more than 50 West faculty members and their new principal. It is one of three initiatives identified by the school staff as needed for changing the climate at West so that all students can be successful.
West High
$7,000 Moving Middle School Students Toward Success in Literacy
This funding supports professional development time for teams of language arts teachers from Cherokee and O’Keeffe Middle Schools to develop a curriculum which will implement research-based strategies for motivating and teaching students who are considerably below grade level in reading skills. Both schools serve a high proportion of students considered to be at risk for a high school graduation unless they develop the reading skills necessary for high school-level work. The teams of teachers involved in this project have worked with UW-Madison faculty at the National Center on English Learning and Achievement on a federal grant which has supported investigation of research-based strategies for improving the literacy skills of middle school students. Through funding from the Foundation, the teams of teachers will collaborate to turn their new knowledge into practical applications for students.
Cherokee Middle & O’Keeffe Middle
Restricted & Donor Designated Funded Grants
$4,000 Emergency Fund for School Nurses
These funds are used by school nurses throughout the district as “last resort” funding for children who have specific health needs that are not covered by insurance. Examples include dental care, asthma medicine, and eyeglasses.
MMSD
$3,000 Emergency Homeless Fund
A gift from an anonymous donor was used to provide clothing, school supplies and necessary personal care items to homeless families.
MMSD
$7,500 Grow Our Own Principals
This program was funded through gifts from several MMSD retirees. Through it, new principals are trained and mentored.
MMSD
$16,000 Summer Reading Academy
This was a designated gift from a generous anonymous donor to fund a summer reading program so that the students involved don’t back-track on their reading progress over the summer.
MMSD
$6,000 Student Parent and Reading Connection (SPARC)
This program increases students’ literacy through collaboration between school and home with fun activities based on students’ interests. This was the first grant made by Shorewood School under the Foundation’s Individual School Endowment initiative, which builds an endowment for every school in the district.
Shorewood Elementary
$16,600 Summer Reading Academy
This was a designated gift from a generous anonymous donor to fund a summer reading program so that the students involved don’t back-track on their reading progress over the summer.
MMSD
$1,140 Science Olympiad
Madison West High School has one of the most successful Science Olympiad teams in the country. A generous anonymous donor helped to fund their expenses using the Foundation as a vehicle for making the gift.
West High
$1,000 MSCR Swimming Program
An individual supports this swimming program annually as a way of endorsing the work of Madison School Community Recreation.
MMSD

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2001-02 School Year

$2,000 Reading Together at Sandburg
This is a parent-education program that targets families with at-risk kindergarten and first grade children for a series of 7 workshops on effective techniques for supporting early literacy.
Sandburg Elementary
$1,810 Rock and Read at Home
This project will use video technology and books to begin a home library and create activity packets to share with parents about effective techniques for preparing young children to read. The project will focus on families in poverty.
Glendale Elementary
$1,500 Rock and Read at Home
Parents of at-risk kindergartners will receive a videotape of their child, which includes three segments modeling strategies for engaging children in literacy activities and 7 books for their home library.
Stephens Elementary
$9,950 Lillith Computer Project
The Lillith project will provide mentoring for middle school students to gain and expand skills in computer technology. It is open to all students, but activities are designed primarily to engage girls. The project is district wide with new sites to be opened at Sherman and Blackhawk Middle Schools. It is in partnership with the UW-Madison.
MMSD
$10,000 Do-IT Information Technology Academy
This is a 4-year pre-college technology access and training program for minority and disadvantaged students. Participants are selected at the end of 8th grade for participation throughout high school. Funds will support mentoring and case managing activities for 30 students. It is in partnership with the UW-Madison.
MMSD
$5,070 Empowering Families of Color
The project consists of a series of dinner meetings for Southeast Asian, Latino, and African-American families which are designed to empower parents of color to participate more fully in their children’s education. Parent meetings, a curriculum for children, and joint parent-child activities are planned.
Franklin Elementary & Randall Elementary
$3,900 African-American History and Culture
A consultant will work with the 6th grade teachers and students in developing two classes per month focused on historical and cultural information about the African-American experience in American society.
Jefferson Middle
$2,960 Baseline Study of Fallow Field Adjacent to School Forest
This project will support the work of 240 students at Spring Harbor Environmental Magnet Middle School in establishing a baseline record on 100 recently acquired acres of farmland adjacent to the School Forest and monitoring changes to the ecosystems of the site as they are restored.
Spring Harbor Elementary
$3,000 Simply Wright
This grant will support printing and distribution of a book using the concepts of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture to teach the Standards for Visual Arts of the 4th grade curriculum. The book will be distributed to all Madison elementary schools in conjunction with staff development for art teachers and 4th grade teachers.
Elvehjem Elementary & MMSD
$6,150 Grow Our Own Principals
This project plans for future school leadership by providing an authentic leadership experience through a year-long internship under the supervision of master principals from several schools. In collaboration with the UW-Madison, this project offers on-the-job experience, portfolio development, action research, and university credit.
MMSD
$2,000 Memorial Neighborhoods Block Council Mini-Grants
In cooperation with the Edgewood College Center for Democracy in Action, the Memorial Neighborhoods, a Smaller Learning Communities initiative, will provide mini-grants of $100 each to Neighborhood Block Councils and service–oriented student government units. The mini-grants will serve as “seed money’ for community-building activities, events, and projects.
Memorial High
Donor Designated Grants
$2,000 Emergency School Nurse Fund
These funds are used by school nurses throughout the district as “last resort” funding for children who have specific health needs that are not covered by insurance.
MMSD
$2,128 Science Olympiad
Madison West High School has one of the most successful Science Olympiad teams in the country. An anonymous donor helped to fund their expenses using the Foundation as a vehicle for making the gift.
West High
$1,250 Rob Hetzel Special Professional Development
Bob and Carroll Heideman used a portion of the fund they have established for a special professional development opportunity for Rob Hetzel, an 8th grade teacher at O’Keeffe Middle School.
O’Keeffe Middle

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