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May 12th, 2008
Grant awards weaved into technology showcase

Nearly 35 teachers from campuses throughout Hays CISD received Innovative Teaching Grants exceeding $31,000 from the Hays CISD Education Foundation. The grants will be formally awarded during the district’s 3rd annual Technology Showcase on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. Teachers received boxes in the shape of the Hays CISD’s star last week. Inside each box was a “flash” drive that contained a PowerPoint presentation announcing the grant award and details about the Education Foundation. In addition, each winning teacher received enough “tickets” for his or her students to the “no limITs Technology Showcase.” Though the showcase is free and open to the public, those students who redeem their tickets at the showcase (and witness their teacher receiving a winning grant) will receive a free gift.

The weaving of the awarding of the Innovative Teaching Grants into the Technology Showcase further endorses the spirit of technology in the classroom.

Grant winners are:

  • Debra Flynn, Lehman High School, “100 People: A World Portrait,” $865
  • Judith Cooper and Sherre Boothman, Lehman High School, “Reaching for the Stars,” $2,500
  • Whitney Self and Lynn Sundholm, Chapa Middle School, “The Cougar Scrub Club,” $2,500
  • Carrie Bartsch, Sandra Bickham, Lisa Corn and Christy Thomason, Negley Elementary School, “Literacy Camp Out,” $3,592
  • Cheryl Kohtz, Kristen Stewart and Richard Ingels, Negley Elementary School, “What is it Like to be an Engineer or Scientist?” $3,978
  • Carla Bailey, Debbie Brown, Kim Montague and Carol Denton, Fuentes Elementary School, “Study Island,” $3,400
  • Kari Bennett, Mary Patterson and Jonathan Bickham, Lehman High School, “The Nspired Science Lab,” $4,082
  • Jamie Coy, Casey Boggs and Susan Sides, Dahlstrom Middle School, “Disc Golf Family and Community Tournament,” $1,7500
  • Carol Denton, Cornelia McQuage, Janice Gray and Stacey Williams, Fuentes Elementary School, “Susie T. Fuentes Jardin Organico Y Cocina,” $2,390
  • Anne Marie Garza, Guadalupe DeHoyos Mallen, Elsa Ibarra and Roxanna Garza, Camino Real Elementary School, “It’s All About Building Assets through TRIBES Process,” $4,000
  • Dina Secrest and Elizabeth Swearingen, Negley Elementary School, “The Making of Drama Queens (and Kings),” $910
  • Kay Faile, The Academy@Hays, “The Word Junction,” $1,491

Since 2000, the Education Foundation has awarded nearly $500,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants. The twice-a-year event has funded innovation in the classroom at elementary, middle and high school levels ranging in projects from the construction of a greenhouse and sale of plants to a partnership with the Fort Worth Opera to a summer library bookmobile.

By JULIE JEROME
Chief Information Officer – Hays CISD

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