In order to fund grants for student and teacher educational projects, we need to collect donations. We are now preparing for our one major fundraiser, the 6th annual Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction. We will soon be sending out many emails and postcard invitations to the event. Please be generous. Consider attending, or give a direct donation.The Foundation also thanks Mary Childers (District 207 School Board Member) for organizing the recent BRIDGE TOURNAMENT fundraiser. It was a great success, netting nearly one thousand dollars for the foundation.
Recent Grant Awarded:
FitnessGram® software purchase - Frosh/Soph. Physical Education - $750
Maine East - Scott Chovanec - Physical Education
This is software specific for tracking student psychomotor progress. It would be used as a part of tracking both the PLT (Professional Learning Team ) progress (Team #1) and individual student fitness assessment growth throughout the year (PLT driven). FitnessGram® has been used successfully at many high schools across the state and has become the ‘standard’ for programs to use regarding the tracking and recording of fitness progress. It can create a variety of outcome configurations, is easy to use and allows for data manipulation to track progress in multiple ways. Students can be directly involved in the process of recording and monitoring progress over time and information can be assembled in such a way that: (1) reports are easy to format, and, (2) parents can be provided with their child’s information.., displayed in a format that both students and parents can easily understand.
Over the course of a full year, there would be frequent formative assessments (6-8/semester) and one summative assessment using the software. Additionally, students would enter data, via Chromebooks, and be responsible for routine recordings. Data and summary reports would be available to parents regarding student growth. This supports our PLT process and well as student involvement and student ‘critical understanding’ regarding their own assessments.
Given the use of our fitness testing metrics at Maine East, this software offers flexibility in meeting our needs that current (non-software) programs do not. With a heavy emphasis on fitness in every physical education curricular area, and as part of our Illinois Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance “Blue Ribbon” award for curricular excellence (only one of eight high schools in the state to achieve this honor), along with the changes in student-centered learning, having the appropriate materials to assist students and teachers is crucial to overall success.
The Maine Township High School District 207 Educational Foundation awards grants to teachers and staff for educational support programs that are beyond normal school district funding.