REF along with the Allergan Foundation funded a grant for a sawmill in Construction Trades. Jeff McNew shared, "The sawmill is awesome! We are able to mill our own lumber and make projects out of wood. It is great to show the students different types of cuts on a log. The students are able to see where their lumber comes from and see boards that were trees just a few weeks ago. We have been cutting cedar and we will soon be cutting some mesquite."
Tickets for Rockets Go Wild at Cameron Park Zoo are now available for purchase online. Please go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-ObcBLDS7U1-dOIpUk_G5BDljOddrf89Pwkq9XzCY47Z5mQ/viewform or to risdweb.org/ref and click on the event Rockets Go Wild!
RJH students will have a game space in the cafeteria that challenges the mind while enjoying a break from everyday lessons all while learning how to interact socially and build relationships. Students will want to put down their phone to go and play a game with another group of students or staff and/or face the challenge in cup stacking. Students can thank Patti Goforth, RJH assistant principal and REF for the grant Put that Phone Down!
Do you know that math and cooking go together? Amber Clemons at Robinson Junior High is excited to receive a grant from REF for What's Cookin'? What's Cookin'? will incorporate hands-on cooking activities in the math classroom. We often use recipes and cooking-related measurements in math examples and word problems. The items purchased through the What's Cookin'? grant would allow us to bring those examples to life in the classroom.
The media center at Robinson Junior High will receive MakerSpace kits that students will use to build functioning technological items, preparing them for the future. It will give them hands-on experience with science, technology, and engineering- three fundamental aspects of the acronym STEAM. Congrats to Meagan Noranbrock on receiving the REF grant for You Can't Spell STEAM Without STE!
Congrats to Mrs. Morgan at Robinson Intermediate who was awarded a grant for Boogie Boards - Not Your Average Whiteboard! This product is used to encourage and motivate students to participate in teacher-directed and student-led activities using a new technology-driven whiteboard. The "Blackboard Note Boogie Board" is an electronic device that works as a new age whiteboard.
Audrey Kelley at Robinson Intermediate is excited to receive a grant from REF! Rocket Fuel: Launch into Vocational Learning will provide vocational learning for the students in her classroom. Just as one experiences in real life working in a coffee shop, students will undergo job training, put on a uniform, read coffee orders, make coffee orders, deliver the order, take money, provide change, and complete their shift.
Amanda Foster's classroom at Robinson Elementary will have fun with two grants awarded by REF! Lounging and Learning will provide flexible seating allowing students to have the freedom to pick their best learning positions for class activities, assessments, group work, stations, etc. Awesome Osmos will provide Osmo Genius Kit with Number Sense. This will address the automaticity of math facts to use in math stations.
Congrats to Amy Thomas for her REF mini grant of Fixer Upper Classroom Library Edition! Students will use the books provided to read independently or with peers. After reading their books, students will be able to create book reviews using Flipgrid giving a brief summary of the book without giving away the ending. This will allow other students to watch the book reviews to see if a certain book is one they would like to read.
All Aboard the "Osmo-tastic" training Station was awarded to Robinson Elementary third grade teacher, Kimiko Curran! The OSMO products encourage students to problem solve through engaging activities, all while increasing their number sense awareness and social collaboration. The products will allow for number sense operations at differentiated levels, as well as social and collaborative interactions when sharing the device in groups. These educational devices will encourage critical thinking, while providing an engaging opportunity to learn with technology.
Cassidy Gibbs, 3rd grade teacher at Robinson Elementary was awarded a mini grant from REF for High Score Learning with Gaming! Third grade students in math will now have items that provide more engaging ways to enhance math skills, critical thinking, and are fun while learning. The Osmo games will give students opportunities to create and think critically. The VersaTiles allow students to practice math skills with challenging fun puzzles that are standards-aligned. The giant jenga (Tumbling Timbers) can be used in a variety of ways in the classroom to make learning engaging and challenging. I can use it for review activities in both math and science, team building, class incentives, math facts, math stations, and so much more. All three of these products will help challenge student growth in small groups, whole group, and math stations.
Congrats to Shelly Chudej and Robinson Elementary on receiving a REF mini grant for Window Wednesdays and Beyond. Window Wednesdays and Beyond will be instrumental in allowing parents to take a virtual peek into their child's classroom. By utilizing our mobile broadcast setup, we will be able to produce live/recorded video of real-time student learning. Teachers will go live under the campus Twitter account to broadcast a portion of a lesson of the day so the parents and community members have a window into the classroom to see the learning experiences that involve our students.
Congrats to Kara Ficke, fine arts teacher at Robinson Elementary on her grant from REF - I've Got This Feelin' Inside My Bones! This grant will provide items that create opportunities for some "rock star" music lessons. Some items such as stick horses, plastic yard art candy canes, large scarves, a class parachute, flashlights, and plastic plates will be provided. These supplies will provide the tools necessary to help direct students so that their movements correspond with music. This utilizes the entire brain and leads to further brain development!
Congratulations to Diana Newton, Robinson Primary 1st grade teacher on the grant she received from REF! Take a Look! It's a Reading Nook! provides comfortable places for students to read which will encourage students to read more and fall in love with reading! This grant will provide several reading nooks in a classroom, as well as pillows and bean bag chairs that they can move around and use during reading times. We can also use them when we are working on our Chromebooks and iPads.
Willie Thomas and James Hughes will help RISD Drop the Snowball with this grant awarded by REF! Snowball Microphones will be available for checkout through the media centers to be used & promote student voice & teacher/student created videos.
Congratulations to April Eide, 1st grade teacher at Robinson Primary for receiving the grant Taking Learning to “The Mat” The Learning Carpet is a tool that empowers young learners to physically engage in foundational math skills utilizing whole body learning. This carpet is a permanent grid resembling a life size 100’s block.