Chesterton High School was awarded funds to start a MakerSpace program in its library to offer students additional low-stakes, non-competive opportunities to develop their abilities to think critically and creatively. Students will have the opportunity to use the MakerSpace for passive activities in the library during study hall as well as more structured activities and design challenges after school.
Westchester Intermediate School science teachers will advance the opportunities for STEM/STEAM/STREAM learning with a space for hands-on learning and encourage students to pursue science-related careers. The MakerSpace will allow students to create/engineer products, use the scientific method for experiments, share creations and learning through class presentations, and learn from their peers. The MakerSpace will provide teachers with a suitable space for extended projects, storage for science materials and student work, and offer a space for students to display their creations. (Duneland Schools photo by Bridget Martinson)
With 50% matching funds from the CMS PTO, the grant funds will be used to purchase ten iPads with silicone covers for use by the CMS Student Tech Team, which will support learning and community engagement with a newly approved course for the 2017-18 year. The students will use the equipment daily as they work to support the CMS building, staff, and student body. The course will simulate a work environment and help students develop work skills.
A project championed by Tom Schnabel, the music truck will be used to transport musical instruments and equipment to CHS Show Choir and CHS Marching Band competitions. The truck will also be used to transport equipment when the CMS orchestra visits the Duneland elementary schools.
The Duneland Education Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 gift from Bob and Becky Dunbar to further strengthen the Foundation’s endowment. These funds will serve to improve the quality of education for children throughout Duneland. The Dunbars and their family are longtime Duneland residents, and supporters of the Duneland schools. The Foundation is very thankful to be included in the Dunbars’ ongoing generosity.
Chesterton High School students were given the opportunity to attend a workshop by Certified Professional Organizer Wendy Taddeucci presenting strategies for students to get and stay organized.
Brummitt Elementary Kindergarten teachers were awarded funds to purchase a supplemental reading and math suite called Learning Alive. The augmented reality reading and math curriculum uses advanced technology to improve reading and math skills.
Jackson Elementary Students read the book The Pet War for a shared experience with students, families and teachers. While reading The Pet War, both at home and at school, students participate in a number of writing activities and projects. During a school visit with the author, students gain insight into the creative process as he reads from his book and shares the struggles he encountered during the writing and editing process. (Duneland Schools photo)
Brummitt was awarded funds to be applied toward the purchase of additional activity monitors, a smaller number of which had already been employed using video game like technology to motivate students to move. The students were able to view their progress as well as that of their peers, their teachers and their principal, then encourage and challenge one another.
Beginning with outside donations solicited by Katie Hines via the website Donors Choose, Brummitt was awarded funds to be applied toward the goal of purchasing six iPad minis for a first grade classroom, allowing small groups to work together to partake in small group time, literacy centers, virtual field trips and more. (Duneland Schools photo by Bridget Martinson)
Bailly Elementary Kindergarten student Ambrea Flick was this year's winner of the fifth annual Duneland Education Foundation (DEF) 10,000 Gift of Education Scholarship Raffle drawing hosted at the annual Gala on April 22. Joining in on the presentation of the check for her college fund is, left to right, Superintendent Dr. David Pruis; her teacher Jacob Havner; her mother Laura Flick; Ambria; Principal Kevin Zeck; Brandon Kroft, Duneland School board member and Allison Kroft, DEF president. (Duneland Schools photo by Bridget Martinson)
The Duneland Education Foundation has awarded Brummitt Elementary PE Teacher LouAnn Hopson, center, a video game technology grant that will enhance the physical education experience. This grant has been used to purchase the Sqord video game techology that is being used with some of the fourth grade students. The students wear Sqord watches which record their movement and are integrated with the computer where students can monitor their challenges. Pictured front, left to right, are fourth grade students Savannah Allison, Jacob Spence, PE teacher LouAnn Hopson, Brooke Hanson and Mason Forrester. Back row, Foundation director Allison Kroft, Foundation president Joseph Day and Principal Antonino Cammarata. (Duneland Schools photo by Bridget Martinson)
Chesterton High School and the Duneland Education Foundation presented display cases in recognition of the services of school attorneys Mox G. Ruge and Michael C. Harris. The cases will feature rotating displays including items from the school's 125 year history.
Throughout the year, directors and members work with Duneland educators, administrators, community members and businesses to share the story of the Foundation and to increase grant opportunities for Duneland educators.
CHS 5% Club
Chesterton High School hosted the 23rd annual 5% Club Banquet for 22 students of the 2012 senior class at the Water Bird Inn and Spa.
The Duneland Education Foundation awarded Chesterton High School vocational student Kyle Gilbert, senior, with a monetary honorarium for his creation of a promotional video for the DEF. Kyle created his recording in the video production class at the Porter County Career Center in Valparaiso.
Acorn Grant Recipients