Grant Recipients


2017 DPSEF GRANT RECIPIENT PROJECTS

Alaina Pilate, Congdon Park Elementary, Sugarbush: Blending History, Culture, Science and Engineering from Traditions of the Anishinaabe, $320
Connect cross grade level curriculum expectations to experiential and inquiry-based learning while incorporating Anishinaabe cultural connections. Simultaneously will work on building teamwork skills and healthy lifestyle choices. Students will continue to learn about the Anishinaabe culture during the maple sugar moon and see how science and engineering were used in their way of life from past and present Funds for instructional supplies.

Cindy Sutherland, Piedmont Elementary School, Battle of the Books, $500
Battle of the Books is a program intended to inspire our students to read more. Fourth and fifth grade students read from a list of twelve titles and then participate in a quiz bowl based on those books. Purchase 12 titles of 7 books and awards.

Christine Valento, Lincoln Park Middle School, Shine a Light, $545
My art club students would like to learn the ancient art of felting with wool from sheep. We have the opportunity to purchase local wool from a local sheep farm here in Duluth. Our plan is to make felted lanterns with the wool and donate them to residents of Benedictine Health Center. This project, in essence, is a Service Learning Project. Wool and instructional supplies

Susan Mikel, Lester Park Elementary, Spotlight Authors, $648
The “Author Spotlight” project will introduce first grade students to the work of successful yet unfamiliar authors and give them the opportunity to delve into an author’s life and work though the integration of text, writing, media, and the arts. Funds for instructional supplies buy books and "whisper phones".

Christine Valento, Lincoln Park Middle School, Artful Gardening, $726
Will study how artists created still life of inanimate objects. All LPMS 6th graders will plant seeds of varying types (while receiving any needed assistance from Science teacher, Pete Mostrom), and grow plants that they will use to draw in a still life composition. Plants will be later moved to the school garden and harvested when appropriate. Middle school art students will also create clay fired plant markers for permanent use in the school garden. Will buy seeds, soil, containers, clay, etc.

Timothy White, Denfeld High School, Closing the Achievement Gap with ACT Preparation, $750
We have identified students of color that we think could perform better on the ACT if we offered them a mini-ACT Prep Class during the school day. Would purchase materials to place in the hands of these students that I can use as a curriculum in order to help them prepare. The plan would be to work with native american and black students during a WIN Period once a week Would buy a calculator & ACT Math & Science prep book. for each student.

Annette Strom, Ordean East Middle School, Get Plugged Into Science!, $777
Project focusses on the use of technology in the classroom to enhance individual learning. Asking for a classroom set of headphones so I can continue to improve my ability to differentiate lessons, use technology and facilitate individual learning for all of my students. Request that ten headphones also have microphone capabilities. This feature will allow some special needs students use the voice to text features on some of the sites. It will also allow for students to record podcasts and add voice to their video creations.

Allison Hoffbauer, Laura MacArthur Elementary School, Breakout the Standards Vocabulary, $1,050
This project is a collaboration between the Special Education teacher and speech-language pathologist at Laura MacArthur Elementary School. Together, we serve students in grades 3-5 on Individualized Education Plans. Our students need extra support to master English Common Core Standard vocabulary and comprehension skills Our goal is to provide a highly engaging activity that extends their learning from the general education classroom while still holding to their grade level English Language Arts Standards. Purchase chromebooks & breakout edu boxes/kits.

Peter Froehlingsdorf, Ordean East Middle School, Physical Science Fanatic, $1,110
Grade 6 science centers around the physical sciences. Students are exposed to lessons which focus on: forces and motions, mixtures and solutions, electricity, and aviation.Asking for hands-on materials to supplement the current materials. 150 students costing only $7.39 for an entire year of student labs. They would be used for years and years to come.

Gwyn Curran, Congdon Park Elementary, Our Big Backyard, $750
We do not have a complete set of classroom science resources.. I would assemble 30 backpacks- one for every student to take outdoors into nature. I would be able to share these with other grade levels/classrooms. Inside the backpack would be a plastic mat for sitting on the ground, a magnifying glass, bug box, bug net, bug tongs, nature journal, nature sensitive paper, thermometer, binoculars, weather wheel, reference books on insects, trees, birds, -wild like activity book. I would also like to purchase weather puppets, life cycle magnets and geodes for our classroom centers. Hands on learning outdoors.

Aaron O'Leary, Lincoln Park Middle School, Engaging Readers and Writers, $900
Want to increase learners’ independence and motivation to read and write. A significant key to accomplishing this is to offer technology that facilitates their literacy and actively engage them in learning. In the process of becoming more invested in their reading and writing, these learners share their own points of view, passions, and questions. As a result, every learner becomes a teacher.
Project entails the use of Chrome Books with student learners in my class to increase their independence and motivation to read and write. Will buy six chrome books.

Nathan Norman, Ordean East Middle School, Closing the Achievement Gap With WebBased Learning, $1,925
Expand the ALEKS Web-Based Learning Tool to 4 sections next year, and continue our goal of closing the achievement gap for our students of color, and socioeconomic need. Purchase 55 ALEKS licenses at $35 each. If support for this program is submitted next year it will not be supported. After multibple years of support, it would be up to the District to evaluate its true effectiveness and whether to make it a District wide standard program.

Tami Stafstrom-Allen, Woodland Hills Academy, Project Based Learning - Energy Conservation, $1,962
Purchase 11 chromebooks. Technology is an integral part of Project Based Learning. Access to the internet is needed on a daily basis in the classroom throughout the project. There is currently no money available to purchase Chromebooks for the classroom. The energy project students will be presented with the "challenge" to reduce the carbon footprint at Woodland Hills Academy.

Timothy Churchill, Ordean East Middle School, 3D Printing: Connecting Classes and Clubs, $2,000
The grant will be used to purchase and use one or more 3D printers. Goals are:
Learn how to use a 3D printer
How a project management system works with a 3D printer in the area of design, cost analysis of product development, care and maintenance of equipment, team work in the area of product development, and integration of skills from Industrial Tech Classes.
Show how this type of machine can integrate the skills in STEM.

James Kyes, Duluth East High School, Anatomy and Physiology Lab Update, $1,000
Working to develop our Anatomy and Physiology lab and bring it up to current college level standards. Funding will be used to purchase prepared slides to complete our inventory. Models of brains, hearts and muscles to supplement our dissections, and some physiology testing equipment to build lab skills like urinalysis, respiratory and cardiac function.

Jennifer Pederson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Music and Motion: Turning STEM into STEAM, $1,500
Music in Motion: Turning STEM into STEAM would integrate STEM and Music. We hope to be able to purchase musical marble runs that have the ability to sound the pitches and duration of notes through building and designing a marble run. These marble runs would be used in a variety of lessons for grade levels from second to fifth. Xyloba Mezzo- Musical Marble Run Kits
$149.00 each.

Jennifer Pederson, Myers-Wilkins Elementary, Taking Gardening Indoors: Hydroponics/ Micro-greens, $1900
Hydroponics and Micro-greens Project will allow students to experience year-round gardening, different gardening systems, eating fresh produce in the cafeteria that was grown themselves. This project will be an extension to our outdoor school garden and will be located in our cafeteria allowing all students to be a part of the project. This project will be focused on second grade as a part of their New Plants FOSS unit, part of our After-School Program, and Summer School. Purchase the necessary equipment for a hydroponic and micro-greens growing systems, and fund a field trip to local hydroponic and micro-greens farm.

Timothy Churchill, Ordean East Middle School, Technology in the Air: Drones!, $1000
This project is for the Technology clubs. Project aims to teach students how to use and fly mini-drones. Goal is to teach students how to use mini-drones; to get the experience with simple low cost drones and to move onto more advanced drones with video capability. Two sets of drones will be purchased. Lower cost drones in the $30 - $50 range and then to purchase more sophisticated drones -$80 - $100 Expect the program will develop and then be used for a proposed summer tech camp.Complete checklists in order to complete tasks in flight, care, maintenance, and knowledge
Learn how to fly, control, and land mini-drones in a safe and open area, the basics of aviation technology and the skills in aviation flight, how to care for and maintain machines, about the costs of buying, maintaining, replacing, and upkeep of equipment.



2016 Grant Recipients

Christine Valento
Laura MacArthur Elementary
 $1965

Linda Pelto
Kristen Resch
Tamara Meyer
Laura MacArthur Elementary
$1000

Pat Isbell
Lester Park Elementary
$672

Nathan Norman
Michael Valsesano
Ordean East Middle School
$1000

Peter Froehlingsdorf
Greg Jones
East High School
$1200

Susan Mikel
Lester Park Elementary
 $539

Stephanie Larson
Piedmont Elementary
$1000

Cher Obst
Homecroft Elementary
$750

Eric Holmstrom
Denfeld PhyEd Teachers
$2000

Gwyn Curran
Congdon Elementary
$500

Sarah Walker
Barnes Head Start
$500

Holly Bowen-Bailey
Ordean East Middle School
$1900

Alexandra Breilein
ALC
$500

Samantha Webster
Lester Park Elementary
$500

Cynthia Grindy
Bob Fox
Denfeld & East High Schools $630

Stephanie Aagenes
Cindy Rourke
Ordean East Middle School
$900

Elizabeth Kersting-Peterson
Homecroft Elementary
$506



2013 Grant Recipients

Elizabeth Miller and Elizabeth Bartel
Lakewood Elementary

Susan Borich
Laura MacArthur Elementary

Sue McDonald
Duluth Head Start Program, Barnes Early Childhood

Timothy J. Churchill
Woodland Middle School

Sarah Walker
Lincoln Park Head Start

Carol J. Hubert
Rockridge Elementary

Carolyn Heistad and Robert Fox
Duluth Central/Denfeld High School

Kim Eaton
Laura MacArthur Elementary

Kathryn Kyyhkynen
Lester Park Elementary School

Sarah Walker
Piedmont Head Start

Timothy J. Churchill
Woodland Middle School

Joe Schingen and Frederick McDougall
Denfeld High School

Sue McDonald
Duluth Head Start Program, Barnes Center

Susan Jessico and Glenn Tracey
Ordean East Middle School



2010 Grant Recipients

Nancy Olmem
Central High

Nancy Wittmer
Chester Creek Academy

Kimberly Jam
Denfeld High

Jean Priest
Denfeld High

Cynthia Grindy and Robert Fox
East High

Peter Tideman and Robert Fox
East High

Kristin Teberg
Lakewood Elementary

Elizabeth Bartel and Kristin Teberg
Lakewood Elementary

Sue Hartzell
MacArthur Elementary

Susan Borich
MacArthur Elementary

Linda Braaten
MacArthur Elementary

Susan Schmidt
Merritt Creek Academy

Michelle Bowker
Nettleton Magnet

Susan Jessico
Woodland Middle School

Nathan Norman
Woodland Middle School



2015 Grant Recipients

Elizabeth Chelseth
Laura MacArthur Elementary $2,000

Adair Ballavance​
and Ethan Fisher
Denfeld High School 
$200

Leann M. Udesen
Ordean East Middle School $2,000

Sheila Larsen Darker
East High School 
$2,000

Gwyn Curran
Congdon Elementary 
$1,500

Tanya Hallgren
Laura MacArthur Elementary $1,000

Tanya Hallgren
Laura MacArthur Elementary $1,000

Nathan Norman
Ordean East Middle School $1,253

Tanya Hallgren
Laura MacArthur Elementary $1,286

Tanya Jackson
Piedmont Elementary School $2,000




































2012 Grant Recipients

Terry Norton
Denfeld High School

Anne Krafthefer
Lester Park Elementary School

Ann Ek
Woodland Hills Academy

Deb Wendling and Jeanne Tonkin
Denfeld High School

Ann Kucinski
Denfeld High School

Dena Hagen
Nettleton Elementary School

Gwyn Curran and Heather Anderson
Homecroft Elementary School














































































2014 Grant Recipients

Cindy Miller and Carol Gallinger
Congdon Park Elementary 
$1,185

Robert Fox and Kevin Michalicek
Denfeld High School 
$400

Barb Wiklund and Tom Tusken
Denfeld High School 
$800

Carolyn Heistad and Robert Fox
Congdon Park Elementary 
$388

JoAnn Margo and Jane Sullivan
Lowell Elementary 
$600

Linda Pelto
Laura MacArthur Elementary 
$850

Lisa Ann Larson
Denfeld High School 
$600

Joe Schingen
Denfeld High School 
$1,000

Terry Norton
Denfeld High School 
$1,500

Jan Seaman
Denfeld High School 
$1,100

Susan Borich
Laura MacArthur Elementary $1,800

Shawn Roed and Jennifer Madole
East High School 
$1,000

Tim Velner
East High School 
$1,500

























2011 Grant Recipients

Sue McDonald
Barnes Early Childhood Center

Deb Wendling, Laura LaFontaine
and Alison Wood
Central High

Tim Velner
East High

Susan Borich, Kim Eaton, Joan Nelson
Laura MacArthur Elementary

Sarah Barnes, Cheryl Scianni
Phyllis Makila and Erica Wittmers-Graves
Lakewood Elementary

Mary Courage
Lester Park Elementary

Sally Larson
Merrit Creek Academy

Mindy Beaudry, Lisa Bergman, andDarlene Peterson
Nettleton Elementary

Susan Mikel
Rockridge Elementary