The halls and rooms of the Hays CISD Performing Arts Center were buzzing, literally, with technology and the people — students and teachers — who work it on Thursday night during the third annual districtwide technology showcase.
More than 50 projects represented by all campuses in Hays CISD were on display for parents and community members to look at, and, more importantly, participate in.
From making movies to publishing books to designing a house to analyzing data surrounding a sound wave to “Survivor: Real Math for Real Life,” where Wallace Middle School students were assigned a job, a salary and a distance to work and they drew up a budget for living, the showcase brought to light that technology happens everyday in the classrooms of Hays CISD.
In the auditorium, animated and actual movies made by students rolled throughout the night, interrupted by the awarding of gifts to student logo design winners and $31,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants.
“Last year the Foundation gave $50,000 in Innovative Teaching Grants,” said Chris Harkrider, President of the Hays CISD Education Foundation. “This year, I am pleased to say we are giving away $70,000. It gives us a lot of pleasure to give back to this great school district.”
Traditionally, the Innovative Teaching Grants in the Spring average less than $20,000. However, that tradition was broken on Thursday with the granting of $31,000 to nearly 35 teachers throughout the district for innovation in their classrooms.
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.”
Grant winners were:
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.Email | Print