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20 school district employees awarded PPIE education grants

Grant program has reached its 26th year

Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2014 Innovative Education Grant Program.

Twenty educators and counselors were awarded $41,000 in education grants to fund projects that are student-focused, promote creativity and innovative thinking, and offer expanded learning opportunities to students.

According to PPIE, this was one of the largest pools of recipients in the history of the program.

"While the grant committee was encouraged to see increased interest, the limitations of the budget made decisions difficult and many qualified applications went un-funded," said executive director Susan Hayes.

Oracle Corporation, a local supporter of the grant program, gave a grant of $30,000 for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) related projects -- which funded almost half of the requests received.

Grant requests were accepted in amounts up to $3,000 to supplement district funding.

The following are the PPIE Foundation 2014 Innovative Education Grant award recipients:

* Orff Instruments at Fairlands

$3,000.00 -- Jason Borris, Fairlands Elementary School

Funds purchase instruments to support transition from theory to hands-on learning and volunteer ensemble

* Art at Horizon High School

$2,700.11 -- Christine Capitani, Horizon High School

Funds purchase materials to support development of a comprehensive art program

* Harmony through Innovation

$1,800.00 -- Jon Grantham, Amador Valley High School

Funds provide a "Harmony Director" technology tool for instruction in musical concepts.

* Harvest Park Library History/Social Studies Supporting Materials

$ 3,000.00 -- Megan Maloy, Harvest Park Middle School

Funds support technology conversion of library resources enabling more students to meet common core requirements.

* Launching "Project Lead the Way" with iPads

$3,000.00 -- Erin Dixon, Mohr Elementary School

Funds support integration of "Project Lead the Way" programming at the elementary school level.

* Programming, Coding, 3D Printing, Robotics in Elementary

$2,912.00 -- Adam Randall, Vintage Hills Elementary School

Funds support STEM-based project using iPads to learn about these technology concepts while improving critical thinking.

* Introducing Next Generation Science Standards

$536.47 -- Amy Turner Bull, Amador Valley High School

Funds purchase reusable kit offering activities which introduce new biology standards.

* Protein Studies, PAGE, ELISA and Fluorescent Proteins

$2,750.00 -- Lata Mistry, Amador Valley High School

Funds purchase laboratory materials that introduce practical skills utilized in industry.

* Mobile Formative Assessments for Science

$1,500.00 -- Heather Pereira and Brandy Barnett, Amador Valley High School

Funds purchase Android Tablets offering greater access for students to formative assessments.

* Outdoor Garden Education: Linking Science, Food, Nutrition

$402.69 -- Kathryn Peters, Walnut Grove Elementary School

Funds provide materials for students to build a student-friendly composter station.

* Accurate Dissolved Oxygen

$970.46 -- Eric Thiel, Amador Valley High School

Funds purchase outdated probes with optical sensors, which are next generation technology.

* iPads for Resource Room

$414.54 -- Jessica Sempronio, Lydiksen Elementary School

Funds bring technological support into the Resource Room to support equitable and assistive learning.

* Please Pass the iPad

$1,160.00 -- Linda Boveda, Lydiksen Elementary School

Funds purchase 2 iPads to support existing technology projects using Glogster, Educreations, iMovie and iBooks apps.

* Chromebooks for Creative and Innovative Instruction

$1,525.00 -- David Middleton, Foothill High School

Funds purchase Chromebooks for use in Social Studies Research projects.

* Chromebooks for the Classroom

$2,717.37 -- Michelle Williams, Walnut Grove Elementary School

Funds purchase Chromebooks to provide enhanced Geography research tools in elementary school.

* Collaborative Classroom

$2,020.50 -- Tammy Creighton, Vintage Hills Elementary School

Funds support existing classroom redesign effort towards a student-centered, interactive environment.

* Chromebooks for Prezi

$2,113.51 -- Erin Diaz, Walnut Grove Elementary School

Funds purchase Chromebooks to enable use of Prezi online visual learning tool in third grade.

* From Spiral to Online Notebooks

$2,627.46 -- Debbie Harvey, Amador Valley High School

Funds support integration of technology necessary to advance an existing, successful program.

* 3-D Printing in Unified Arts

$3,000.00 -- Warren Jensen, Pleasanton Middle School

Funds support purchase of 3-D printer for projects aligned with 'Project Lead the Way,' reaching over 1,000 students in the first year.

* Chromebooks for Math

$2,850.00 -- Christopher Ragg, Pleasanton Middle School

Funds support transition to 'flipped' classroom requiring additional technology tools.

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Posted by FHS Mom
a resident of Foothill Place
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:34 am

6 awards to Amador and one to Foothill?


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:01 am

You were expecting a different outcome!?


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Posted by AVHS Dad
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:02 am

Congratulations to all for your excellent accomplishment!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 7, 2014 at 11:58 am

Congratulations WINNERS! do your stuff!


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Posted by Your Neighbor
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Aug 8, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Quote: Posted by FHS Mom, a resident of Foothill Place
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:34 am
6 awards to Amador and one to Foothill?

My response:

Foothill's administration ran off most of the folks who were technology leaders. The teachers either retired or left the district. Dave Middleton is one of the rare exceptions who still displays that kind of leadership.

Compare the websites of their two libraries and you'll see what I mean:

Web Link

Web Link

Foothill High is second-rate and likes it that way.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 9, 2014 at 9:41 am

FOOTHILL is a FIRST RATE HIGH SCHOOL. The students are cool, the teachers are cool, and you've been ANGRY about something for years "Your Neighbor".

chill...


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Posted by Your Neighbor
a resident of Heritage Oaks
on Aug 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

"FOOTHILL is a FIRST RATE HIGH SCHOOL."

Says the guy and resident P-Weekly troll who doesn't have kids at Foothill and lives in Livermore. I'm sure compared to the Livermore schools, Foothill looks great. By Pleasanton standards, second rate.

During the last accreditation cycle, Foothill was only reaccredited for three years while Amador was reaccredited for six years. It was the first time in a long time that Foothill didn't get a slam dunk for six years and is symptomatic of the school's decline.

By the way, if you have to type ALL IN CAPS to make your point--it proves you can't make your point.



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Posted by AmyKirby
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm

AmyKirby is a registered user.

It's great that they've been supporting educators for so many years now. Sadly not all school employees are this lucky. Today teaching is way too underestimated and whenever something happens in our country it affects them and their welfare immediately. I know several talented educators who started to teach with the help of Web Link instead of common lessons. I fairly understand them, because it's really hard to handle teenagers today. You are responsible for so many things while getting minuscule salary. Anyway, it's a pleasure to read that teachers are still respected at least somewhere. Amy


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