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Scholarships for Students

The Foundation awards scholarships to graduating seniors to help with the cost of higher education. Applicants must meet specific criteria to be considered for each scholarship. Read more about the scholarships offered by the Foundation »

Grants for Teachers

Grants support innovative classroom projects, proposed by teachers, for which traditional funding is not available. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $1 million in grants to Spring ISD teachers.

Newsletter

Each year the Foundation engages in numerous activities which support and enhance the lives of both our students and teachers. Many events are in concert with the Spring ISD administration. Such as the Grant Express – which is a secret – takes Grants to the actual classroom is planned as an activity with the administration. Whereas the Golf Tournament, Partner Appreciation Luncheon and several others are planned and coordinated through the Foundation. Following is a brief summary of our activities and support to Spring ISD Student and Teachers.

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Houston – January 8, 2016. Holding true to the mission of The Spring ISD Education Foundation, the Grant Express rolled onto several district campuses on Friday, January 8 and delivered five grants totaling $28,861. Several local donors and school board members were loud and noisy as they joined foundation board members on their way to surprise grant recipients at each school. Since 1993 the Foundation has awarded grants to teachers for new and innovative learning programs. During the past 20 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants.

The 5 grants will fund a variety of projects that support district initiatives. For example, several of the grants will introduce students to the world of STEM education through robotics. This is a field where women and minorities are underrepresented. Teachers at Jenkins Elementary and Ponderosa Elementary Schools will use their grants to change the statistics for young women and minorities by introducing them to the fascinating field of robotics.

The following grant descriptions will confirm that the focus on innovation is stronger than ever within Spring ISD.

STEM-ulating Young Minds Through Robotics – The purpose of this proposed grant is to provide students an introduction to STEM education through robotics. This is a field where women and minorities are underrepresented. Teachers hope to change the statistics for young women and minorities by introducing them to this field.
Jenkins Elementary and Ponderosa Elementary Schools - $9922.77
Recipients are Wesley Vaughan, Shanna Swearingen

Student Global Leadership Institute-Carl Wunsche Sr. High Student Global Leadership Institute was created to develop the leaders of our future workforce and communities. The Institute will teach students how to become leaders of themselves and their peers presenting the opportunity for students to create positive influences and effectiveness on a student-to-student level in an environment that is relevant to their generation. Through the institute, facilitators will introduce students to principles, experiences, skill sets, and practices that students can use to transform values into actions, problems into solutions, dreams to realities, failures into learning experiences, and risks to rewards.
Carl Wunsche Sr. High School - $5,000
Recipients are Phylicia Hill, Karla Sandoval, Lisa Chebret, Tekedra Pierre, Austin Hayward

SMARTer Math – Bailey Middle School proposes the integration of ten SMART Slate WS200 wireless slates for use in math classrooms to better serve students, increase student achievement and proficiency in areas of technology and mathematics, and support and enhance the learning of its student population.
Rickey C. Bailey Middle School - $5000
Recipients are Tracey Taylor

Scholars On Stage - The Scholars On Stage Project will encourage involvement in the arts, consistent attendance, and build communication skills while at the same time strengthening reading comprehension skills and improving self-esteem.
Hoyland Elementary School - $639.95
Recipients are Maria Cano, Kelli Lewis, Shannon Becks

Forensic Science District Cohort – The purpose of this project is to provide an equitable Forensic Science experience for all students at Spring ISD high schools through access to the appropriate and required materials, as specified in Texas Essential Knowledge Standards. With this access, a Forensic Science professional learning community of cohort teachers can develop common gradual release model curriculum including checks for understanding and suggestions for modifications for students with learning or language difficulties.
Wunsche, Dekaney, Spring and Westfield High Schools - $8,298
Recipients are Kara Marquez, Robin Bailey, Phelecia Parks, Zuriel Morales

The Spring ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993 to benefit the students of the district. The non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a collaborative effort that includes local business, community and educational leaders.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that demonstrate a commitment toward enhancing the district’s mission. This is accomplished through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. To date, the Foundation has awarded $1,058,594 for teacher, campus and district grants. For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visitwww.give2springkids.org or call the Spring ISD Community Relations Department at 281-891-6012. Believe in Spring Kids, LIKE US on FACEBOOK at https://www.facebook.com/give2springkids.org/…

Spring ISD Education Foundation giving students the 'gift of reading'

Spring Independent School District's education foundation is seeking donations to give "the gift of reading" to its elementary students.

At a ceremony in December, the group plans to present a book wrapped like a present to each student who attends.

The gifts, in addition to celebrating the holidays, are part of the district's goal to improve literacy for all students, a part of its five-year strategic plan released in May. Along with raising funds to distribute books, the campaign is encouraging volunteers to read to students through local school campuses.

The strategic plan's other priorities include meeting the learning needs of each student, creating safe learning environments, student accountability and high-quality teaching.

"The district has made it clear that improving reading and literacy is directly connected with student achievement and success. We are happy to offer our support though this type of initiative and are even more excited about seeing the faces of students as they unwrap their books and read," Spring ISD Education Foundation President Ed Wade said in a release.

The Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works with the school district and the Spring community.

People interested in contributing to the gift of reading campaign can donate through www.give2springkids.org, where the foundation said $10 will support one student.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Grant Express Delivers Over $69,000 to Campuses Districtwide

Edward Wade, Spring ISD Education Foundation president, from left, surprises Teresa Caronna, Jenkins Elementary School teacher, and her students with a $1,300 grant.

HOUSTON - April 27, 2015 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation delivered $69,285 in innovative grants to Spring ISD campuses districtwide during a recent surprise visit by the Grant Express.

The 14 grants will fund a variety of projects that support areas where the district is focusing, namely literacy, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs and mentoring.

Following are the grant descriptions and their recipients.

Smith Elementary School received $2,260 to implement Arduino technology that will allow students to build electronic projects while using critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Recipients are Nancy Gealow, Tara Viningre and David Blanchard.

Cooper Elementary School was awarded a $5,000 grant to initiate the Leveled Literacy Intervention program for third- through fifth-grade students who need intensive support to achieve grade level competency in reading and writing. Recipients are Michelle Lee, Lana Kennedy, Marge Loucks and Janet Carlson.

Burchett Elementary School received $3,100 for purchasing Stride Track technology to help teachers ensure that students are participating in structured recess every day. Students will set goals, receive incentives and meet the daily required 135 minutes of Physical Education. The recipient is Lori Carroll.

Northgate Crossing Elementary School was awarded $5,000 for a program that will use robotics to introduce STEM education to fourth- and fifth-grade students. The goal is to positively promote interest among girls and minorities who are under-represented in the STEM fields by introducing them at an early age. Recipients are Wesley Vaughan and Shanna Berlitz.

Reynolds Elementary School received $3,000 for implementing mobile interactive whiteboards in the classroom to help teachers create a fully interactive classroom, keep students engaged during content-based lessons and monitor students to determine their level of understanding. Recipients are Kiara Davis, Sheneria Perry, Tanya Day, Laura DeLeon, Karla Orozco, Matilde Helton and Rebecca Perez-Rangel.

Salyers Elementary School was awarded $1,175 for creating a print-rich environment that stimulates and engages all learners at every grade level – prekindergarten through fifth grade. Students will develop a learning notebook to reinforce Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), the state standards for what students should know and be able to do. Recipients are Kelley Cox, Karen McDougald, Marissa Gonzales and Ann Hammitt.

Bammel Elementary School received three grants. First, a $10,250 grant was awarded for implementing six experiential writing camps throughout the 2015-16 school year. The camps will give students the opportunity to improve their writing by experiencing, firsthand, events and activities that offer enrichment. Recipients are John Flowers, Natasha Jernagin, Heather Rogers and Lahshonda Domeaux.

Additionally, Bammel Elementary received a grant valued at $9,100 for an innovative program that will introduce new ways of teaching and learning in fifth-grade math classes. The recipients are Alvin Mitchell, Dallas Groce, John Flowers, Natasha Jernagin and Lahshonda Domeaux.

Finally, Bammel Elementary School received a $5,750 grant for a greenhouse project that will allow students to apply math and science skills and learn environmental stewardship while being physically active. Recipients are Lahshonda Domeaux and Dallas Groce.

Jenkins Elementary School received $1,300 for a technology- and research-based reading program called Headsprout. Described as “kid-friendly,” the program will be used to reach the school’s lowest-performing readers and keep them engaged while improving their reading skills. The recipient is Teresa Caronna.

The Spring ISD Parent Engagement Department received two grants totaling $15,450. A $7,450 grant was awarded for funding an interactive workshop that will help parents prepare their students for graduation from high school and post-secondary education. Additionally, an $8,000 grant will be used to implement a districtwide mentoring program designed to increase student achievement by decreasing deviant behaviors. The program will benefit both middle school and high school students. The recipient is Tranita Carroll.

Twin Creeks Middle School received $6,900 for transforming the school’s computer lab into a mobile Career and Technical Education classroom that will raise the level of technology interactions for students significantly. Recipients are Deborah Atkinson, Chase Jones and Gerald Points.

Additionally, Twin Creeks was awarded $1,000 for creating a “Smart Classroom” where technology is readily available. It will allow teachers to differentiate instruction and be more flexible while their students are being more creative and interactive in their learning. Recipients are Chase Jones, Gerald Points and Michael Shotwell.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that demonstrate a commitment toward enhancing the district’s mission. This is accomplished through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $1.1 million for teacher, campus and district grants.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, call 281-891-6012.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Hosts Annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon

HOUSTON - Feb. 12, 2015 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation hosted its Annual Partner Appreciation Luncheon recently at Shirley Acres. Spring ISD Education Foundation directors, board trustees, district administrators and campus principals gathered at the event to show their sincere thanks to the donors for their generous contributions.

The event offered a great opportunity for guests to meet and personally thank many of the major gift donors present. This was also a chance for previous grant recipients, directors, donors and guests to view a short video presentation of how their contributions have impacted Spring ISD and the community as a whole through innovative technology and education in the classroom.

Major Gift donors recognized by the Foundation during the 2015 luncheon include: American Express Giving, Automated Logic, BBVA Compass, Bentley & Associates, BOSC, Bracewell & Guiliani, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Commercial Flooring, Edgenuity, Houston Northwest Medical Center, ICI Construction, InvesTex Credit Union, Layer 3 Communications, Loop Capital Markets, Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, Smart Financial Credit Union, Stantec and Spring ISD Employees.

Since 1993, the Spring ISD Education Foundation has awarded $1,062,850 in grants to Spring ISD educators and $294,500 in scholarships to graduating seniors.

Innovative Teaching Grants awarded in 2014

Spring ISD Education Foundation Grant Express Delivers 5 Grants Totaling $26,250 to Campuses Districtwide

HOUSTON - April 22, 2014 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation delivered $26,250 in innovative grants to Spring ISD campuses districtwide during a surprise visit by the Grant Express April 11.

The five grants will fund a variety of projects that range from using fine arts to support learning and expand students’ cultural experience to purchasing 3-D printers for the district’s high schools.

Following are the grant descriptions and their recipients.

Major Elementary School a $2,300 grant to help improve the vocabulary skills of kindergarten students by combining a vocabulary building program with a dramatic play area. Through the use of dramatic play kids can be anything they want just by pretending while building their vocabulary at the same time. Recipients are Jamie Bates, Jacqueline Deas, Kathy Francis, Allison Johnson and J.C. Harville.

Bailey Middle School a $2,250 grant for a program called See the Music, which will draw visual learners further into musical success by providing them immediate visual feedback regarding their performance. The program will also meet “digital natives” in their element and promote their engagement, while encouraging all students to strive for excellence. Recipients are Suzanne Ray, Victor Flowers, Michael Krueger and Nathan Reeves.

Dueitt Middle School and Dekaney High School a $6,400 grant, called Bocce Bonanza that will benefit all Spring ISD secondary schools. The grant will provide secondary schools with the necessary equipment and tools to participate in districtwide Special Olympics traditional and unified bocce programs, with the end goal of participating in area and state games. The programs will include students served in both general and special education programs through unified sports, awareness, and empowerment/leadership through volunteering and planning, and encourage awareness, participation and growth for families and other staff. Recipients are M.J. Carvell, Katrina Barton, Carolyn Mayer, Susanna McKelvy-Guinn and Frances Banks.

Wells Middle School a $3,800 grant to provide seventh-grade students with a cultural and educational experience. Seventh graders will attend a performance of the Houston Symphony through the Cameron Explorer Concert Series. Students will write a personal narrative about their experience and complete lesson resources developed by the symphony staff. Recipients are Devon Pickett-Hammel, Reva Bland and Denise Coello.

Carl Wunsche Sr. High School, Dekaney, Spring and Westfield high schools an $11,500 grant for Makerbot 3-D printer/Makerware software. This multicampus grant will provide the latest technology available in a 3-D printer. With the focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics pathways, this innovative technology will stimulate students to create and develop projects in architecture, drafting, digital electronics or robotics. Recipients are Tiara Woods, Justin Jackson, Tobin Giraud, Chris Igwe and Joseph Malchar.

The Spring ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993 to benefit the students of the district. The non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a collaborative effort that includes local business, community and educational leaders.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that demonstrate a commitment toward enhancing the district’s mission. This is accomplished through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. To date, the Foundation has awarded $1,058,594 for teacher, campus and district grants.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, call the Spring ISD Community Relations Department at 281-891-6012.

Golf Tournament

The annual "Tee Up for Education" golf tournament increases the community awareness of our Educational Foundation and generates revenue to help fulfill our budgetary goals for grants, staff development and scholarships.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Fundraising Golf Tournament - Oct. 28

Tee Up for Education Golf Tournament

HOUSTON - Sept. 3, 2014 - Sign up for a day of fellowship, fundraising and golf at the Spring ISD Education Foundation’s annual “Tee Up for Education” golf tournament Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Cypresswood Golf Club. Tee off is at noon. The tournament includes lunch, dinner, a golf clinic with Mancil Davis and access to the exclusive Nike Store.

Other contests include a Hole-in-One with a $10,000 cash prize, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and others. Non-golfers are encouraged to join the dinner and awards ceremony at 5 p.m. to browse the silent auction items.

All funds raised from the tournament directly benefit Spring ISD students. The 2013 golf tournament raised over $60,000 for innovative teacher grants and student scholarships. Since its inception in 1993, the Spring ISD Education Foundation has awarded $1,062,850 in innovative teacher grants and $267,000 in student scholarships. Sponsors and golfers may find sponsorship information and registration forms online at www.springisd.org/Foundation or call 281-891-6012 or email callencr@springisd.org for more information. Register today to ensure your spot at this popular event before it sells out.

Back to School Walk

Spring ISD Education Foundation, Spring ISD and Community Team Up to Reach Out to Students During the Reaching for Excellence Graduation Walk

HOUSTON - Sept. 8, 2014 - After just two weeks into the new school year, the Spring Independent School District and members of the Spring community teamed up on Saturday, Sept. 6 to reach out to students who had not returned to school this year.

Over 500 volunteers participated in the Spring ISD Reaching for Excellence Graduation Walk. Groups of volunteers traveled the neighborhoods surrounding every campus in the district to knock on doors and let students, who had not returned or are struggling with attendance or academic performance, know that the district and their community care and want to help.

“We are reaching for excellence this year, and our goal is to find those individuals who, for whatever reason, maybe due to a hardship, have chosen not to come to school,” said Dr. Rodney Watson, Spring ISD superintendent. “This morning we are going out as a community, knocking on doors and trying our best to get those individuals to come back to school.”

The community showed its support for the event in several ways. Volunteers made phone calls to about 400 students on Sept. 4-5 sharing the community’s concern for them and making them aware of the event on Saturday. Volunteers then met at each of the district’s 37 campuses to spend the morning visiting the students and their families, discussing their needs, presenting options and inviting them to return to school.

“These are the children of the Spring community, and it is important to every member of this community that our children have a quality education, that they have opportunities to go on and do great things and become healthy, happy, productive members of our Spring community,” said Rhonda Faust, Spring ISD Board of Trustees president. “I think that we all have a vested interest in that, so this is a really important activity here today.”

Community and business partners also contributed to the effort. The Spring ISD Education Foundation supplied T-shirts for every volunteer; Houston Northwest Medical Center, Office Depot and Texas Tutor Professionals donated backpacks; Dr. Gleem donated car washes; and Chick-fil-A donated coupons for the walk.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Hosts Partner Appreciation Luncheon

HOUSTON - Feb. 14, 2014 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation hosted a Partner Appreciation Luncheon Jan. 23 at Shirley Acres. Spring ISD Education Foundation directors, board trustees, district administrators and campus principals gathered at the event to show appreciation to the donors for their contributions. Identity Automation was presented with a special recognition for partnering with the Foundation and donating over $40,000 through the “Tee Up for Education” Golf Tournament since 2008

Guests were treated to a musical presentation by the Dekaney High School Wildcat Chorale and Vibe! directed by Adavion Wayne, Dekaney choir director. State Representative Debbie Riddle’s office presented a letter of commendation to the Foundation along with a donation. Mr. Rodney Green shared with the audience why he continues to award the Brenda Green Memorial Scholarship through the Spring ISD Education Foundation annually.

Major Gift donors recognized by the Foundation for donating $2,000 or more during 2013 were: American Express, BBVA Compass, BOSC, Bentley & Associates, Bracewell & Giuliani, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates, Commercial Flooring, First Capital Corporation, Houston Northwest Medical Center, ICI Construction, Identity Automation, InvesTex Credit Union, Loop Capital Markets, PBK Architects Inc., Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, Power Green Design Group, SHW Group Inc., Scholastic, Smart Financial Credit Union, Spring ISD Employees and Texas Sports Radio Network.

Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded $1,032,344 in grants to Spring ISD educators and $264,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Grant Express Delivers $36,600 to Campuses Districtwide

HOUSTON - Jan. 6, 2014 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation delivered $36,600 in innovative grants to Spring ISD campuses districtwide during a surprise visit by the Grant Express Dec. 13.

The nine grants will fund a variety of projects that range from using music to advance English fluency at an elementary school to a weeklong workshop to increase the participation of middle school girls in a high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) academy.

Following are the grant descriptions and their recipients.

Lewis Elementary School $800 for a project called Lyrical Learning that is based on the premise that music goes beyond entertainment and promotes students’ academic achievement. This grant will support the development of a music program that will advance English fluency through the use of diverse and cultural music. The recipient is Seba Houston.

Marshall Elementary School $1,900 for Creative Family Literacy sessions, which are designed to equip parents of kindergartners with tools and resources for enhancing their children’s reading, creativity and critical thinking skills. By building a strong Foundation at home, the parents will enrich their children and help guide them towards achieving long-term academic success. The recipients are Tasha James, Gwendolyn Wright, Cindy Zwernemann and Alex Nativi.

Smith Elementary School $3,500 for a project called 3M: Momentum Mechanics and Maniacs, which will help students experience force and motion by making and designing their own roller coasters. The recipients are Nancy Gealow and Terry Genseal.

Twin Creeks Middle School $4,500 for purchasing an interactive, web-based product called StrataLogica that combines traditional 2D maps and atlases with the 3D satellite imaging and terrain of Google Earth for cross-curricular, collaborative learning experiences. The recipients are Shelly Tindle, Katherine Bailey, Charity Morgan, Mark Murphy, Michael Culbertson, Tammy Spangler, Albert Brooks, Daniel Garcia and Evageline Welch.

Twin Creeks Middle School a second grant worth $1,600 that will be used to purchase electronic tablets and applications for use by students with autism and intellectual disabilities. Electronic tablets and applications provide an additional response mode for teaching academics, daily living, and social skills to students with autism and ID. The goal is to provide multiple approaches to learning and reinforcement of skills. The recipients are Ramona Buffington and Kathy Vestal Brown.

Spring High School a $9,800 grant for a project called Pretty Brainy STEM Workshop. The purpose of the weeklong summer workshop is to increase awareness and interest in the Spring High Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Academy for girls who attend Twin Creeks and Dueitt middles schools. The short-term goal is to increase the number of girls enrolled in the STEM Academy by demonstrating the value of the subjects; the long-term goal is to prepare the girls for college and careers. The recipients are Debra Beeman and Kerri Saffer.

Westfield High School $5,000 for establishing an outdoor classroom for children in the school’s Early Learning Academy, which serves children aged six weeks to three years. The outdoor classroom will provide a planned educational play area, using the natural environment to provide the children with opportunities to reach developmental milestones physically, emotionally and socially. Students enrolled in Westfield’s Principles of Education and Agricultural Mechanics and Metal Technology class will collaborate on designing and constructing the area. The recipients are Carol Briggs, Kimosha Seastrunk and Arlinda Turner.

Westfield High School a second grant for $5,000 for a program called Math Blast. Throughout the spring semester of the 2013-14 school year, the school is enrolling students that are successful on the Algebra 1 STARR Retest into an online SAT/ACT Math Prep program already in place at Westfield High School. By building on the students’ recent success, the school expects to solidify their confidence and self-esteem in the first step towards higher education. The recipients are Amy Keene, Robert Kearney and Van Polk.

The Even Start Family Literacy Program, which is housed at Northwest Assistance Ministries, $4,500 for creating a multimedia checkout library for families enrolled in the Even Start program. The library will offer appropriate printed materials, portable Internet-ready devices and musical and listening activities. The purpose is to offer greater interactive opportunities for families to continue intergenerational literacy building and language development onsite and in home settings. The library will encourage early childhood literacy development and create greater opportunities for primary grade educational success. In addition, adult reading will be supported through multi-genre high-interest titles, study materials for basic adult education and GED preparation, and parenting education. The recipient is Elizabeth Villalta.

The Spring ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993 to benefit the students of the District. The non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a collaborative effort that includes local business, community and educational leaders.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that demonstrate a commitment toward enhancing the district’s mission. This is accomplished through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. To date, the Foundation has awarded $1,032,344 for teacher, campus and district grants.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, call the Spring ISD Community Relations Department at 281-891-6012.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Golf Tournament Makes History with First $10,000 Hole-in-One Winner

HOUSTON - Nov. 6, 2013 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, can add another successful golf tournament to its history, including the first $10,000 hole-in-one winner.

The 2013 Tee Up for Education Golf Tournament, held Oct. 29 at Cypresswood Golf Club, began with many golfers arriving early to enjoy the beautiful weather and have time to shop in the Taylor Made store.

A highlight of the tournament was when Frank Ildebrando won $10,000 in the Hole in One Contest sponsored by Mancil Davis, PGA Record Holder for 50 Holes in One. Over 200 golfers took the opportunity to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship on the green while raising money for a good cause. The golf tournament is the primary fundraiser for the Foundation, which provides funding for innovative teaching grants and student scholarships.

Numerous business sponsors helped make the day a success, starting with title sponsor Identity Automation, lunch sponsor BBVA Compass and dinner sponsor Houston Northwest Medical Center. Other major sponsors are Bentley and Associates, BOSC Inc., Bracewell and Giuliani, First Financial Capital Corporation, InvesTex Credit Union, Loop Capital Markets, PBK Architects, SHW Group and Scholastic.

Students, Educators to Celebrate Hyundai Grant Supporting STEM Education Oct. 3

WHAT:

Hundreds of Spring Independent School District (ISD) students, teachers and community supporters will gather to accept a grant from Hyundai Motor America to establish a blended learning math program at four Spring ISD elementary schools: Burchett, Lewis, Marshall and McNabb. The grant is part of the Hyundai ST Math Initiative, which aims to improve the math skills of young students and propel them toward high school graduation and college success, especially in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Spring students are among thousands in four metro areas across the nation selected to receive the grant from Hyundai through a partnership with the nonprofit MIND Research Institute, which develops ST Math®. The event will include a tour to see students learning in the ST Math lab funded by the grant, remarks by students and teachers, and a check presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, October 3, 2013

  • 9:00 a.m. – Press conference, check presentation and school assembly
  • 9:30 a.m. – ST Math lab tour

WHERE: Burchett Elementary School

  • 3366 James Leo Dr., Spring, Texas 77373

WHO:

  • Zafar Brooks, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Diversity Inclusion, Hyundai Motor America
  • Dr. Ralph H. Draper, Superintendent, Spring Independent School District
  • Joan Harding, Principal, Burchett Elementary
  • Youshawna Hunt, Principal, Bammel Elementary

About the Hyundai ST Math Initiative

The Hyundai ST Math Initiative will benefit over 6,000 students and 200 teachers in Chicago; New York City; Spring, Texas and Pinellas, Florida. Hyundai Motor America is providing grants to 15 high-need elementary schools in these markets to provide a unique research-based ST Math instructional software, teacher training and ongoing educational support. The visually-based ST Math program has been shown to double or triple schools’ growth rates in math proficiency. Follow updates at the hashtag #HyundaiLovesJiJi.

MIND Research Institute

MIND Research Institute is an education nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all students are mathematically equipped to solve the world’s most challenging problems. MIND’s distinctive visual approach to math and problem-solving is the basis of its innovative, research-proven ST Math® programs for elementary and secondary schools. MIND’s programs currently reach over 500,000 students and 21,000 teachers in more than 1,780 schools in 30 states. For more information, visit www.mindresearch.net.

About Hyundai Motor America

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform, complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Delivers $55,875 in Innovative Grants

HOUSTON - April 23, 2013 - In 1993 when the Spring ISD Education Foundation was being born, the organization determined that grants would be awarded for new and innovative learning programs. During the past 20 years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants, including $55,875 delivered to ten campuses on April 18. The following grant descriptions will confirm that the focus on innovation is stronger than ever.

Dekaney High School $975 for Interactive Statistics, an initiative to create a technology-enriched environment to process and interpret concrete data collection methods for Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics. Students will be provided concrete, hands-on data collection lessons and activities that will help prepare them for the rigor and high expectations of the AP Statistics test. The recipient is Kevin Moore.

Dekaney also a $10,000 grant to purchase Nook e-readers for all English I students. The purpose of the project is to improve and increase engagement in ninth-grade English classes. The recipients are Tamia McEwen, Kathleen Middleton, Kevin Moore and Cindy Worley.

In addition, Dekaney was awarded a $650 grant for MacGamut 6 music software, which will provide Advanced Placement (AP) music theory students with an individualized curriculum for the aural training required for the AP music theory test. The recipient is Benjamin Clark.

Jenkins and Anderson elementary schools were awarded a $16,500 grant for implementing Successful Reader, a reading intervention program that uses book clubs to help struggling readers by exposing them to literature and building experiences, vocabulary and comprehension. The recipients are Joy McGarry and Tweaka Dilek.

Heritage Elementary School was awarded $5,200 for purchasing the Teach Smart Learning System and iStartSmart tablets that will provide prekindergarten students with technology at their fingertips. The system has been proven to motivate students to learn by offering engaging lessons and educational games that cater to individual student abilities. The recipients are Jennifer Goodson and Marilen Martinez.

In addition, Heritage $800 for purchasing whisper phones, acoustical voice-feedback handsets that enable learners to focus and hear the sounds that make up words more clearly. Whisper phones will be used while students read to themselves and when they proofread their writing. In addition, Whisper phone duets will be used during the buddy-reading portion of literacy stations. The recipients are Susan Langlois, Geneva Floyd, Pattie Johnson, Irasema O’Sullivan, Amber Wilkins, Kim To, Carmen Sidel, Shandrea Silmon, Sally Falkner, Nohra Torres, Luz Velasquez and Regan Taylor.

Heritage also $2,250 to further the efforts of the Go Green Group afterschool recycling program by continuing the group’s study of renewable and nonrenewable resources and their effects on the environment. The Go Green Group is designed to meet the learning goals of students who are interested in logic, mathematics and nature. The recipients are Mary Henderson and Susan Langlois.

Bammel Middle School and Eickenroht, Ponderosa and Meyer elementary schools, which feed into Bammel Middle, a $10,000 grant for a collaborative project called Composing Across the Campus. Students will work together using online “cloud” resources, Web 2.0 applications and multimedia technology to compose and perform music. In addition, the project will successfully apply music to mathematics and instructional technology. The recipients are Joe Clark, Kristen Sillyman, Kim Gonzales, Vicki Wilkins Herzog and Charlotte Hatley.

Carl Wunsche Sr. High School was awarded $5,000 to buy an electrocardiogram machine that will be used to increase student comprehension of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems with a focus on the electrical conduction system. The machine will provide students the opportunity for hands-on experience that will help them be more successful in passing summative assessments and industry certifications. The recipients are Lisa Cranford, D’Hania Miller and Jill Tackett.

Westfield High School was awarded $4,500 for the Tomorrow’s Fathers program, which will support male teen parents districtwide in job preparation and placement and lead to successful high school graduation and college enrollment. Recipients are Albertine Teresa Walton, Chris Daniel and Arlinda Turner.

The Spring ISD Education Foundation was established in 1993 to benefit the students and teachers of the District. The non-profit 501c(3) organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and is a collaborative effort that includes local business, community, and educational leaders.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that demonstrate a commitment toward enhancing the academic mission-of-excellence in the district. This is accomplished through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. To date, the Foundation has awarded $978,744 in innovative grants.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.springisd.org/Foundation or call the Spring ISD Community Relations Department at 281-891-6012.

Spring ISD Education Foundation Honors Lead Gift Partners

HOUSTON - Jan. 25, 2013 - The Spring ISD Education Foundation recognized lead gift partners at the Foundation’s annual appreciation luncheon Jan. 24 at Shirley Acres. Spring ISD Education Foundation directors, Board Trustees, administrators and campus principals gathered at the event to show appreciation to the donors for their contributions.

The Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and Superintendent Dr. Ralph H. Draper thanked those attending for their long-term commitment to the children of Spring ISD.

“We are grateful for your partnership and commitment to the children of Spring Independent School District. We appreciate your commitment to us and your support of the innovative ways we try to reach out to our children,” Draper said.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide financial support to those areas that would enhance academic excellence through direct support of new and innovative academic programs that would otherwise not be funded through traditional sources. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded $922,869 in grants to Spring ISD educators and $214,000 in Spring Way Scholarships to students.

Foundation President Brandon Huffman presented a certificate of appreciation to Michael J. Darlow, Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott, LLP, for partnering with the Foundation since it began in 1993.

“We are always looking for opportunities to raise our profile and do good things in the community that we work in, so participating in the Education Foundation was something that we wanted to do and we have been pleased to do for many years,” Darlow said.

Lead gift partners recognized by the Foundation are American Express, BBVA Compass, BOSC Inc., Bentley & Associates PC, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Brady, Chapman, Holland & Associates Inc., Creating & Managing Wealth, ezTask.com Inc., Houston Northwest Medical Center, ICTX-Wave Media, Identity Automation LP, Infrastructure Associates Inc., InvesTex Credit Union, Johnson Controls, PBK Architects Inc., Perdue, Brandon, Fielder, Collins & Mott LLP, Power Green Design Group LLC, SHW Group Inc., Spring ISD Employees and Texas Sports Radio.

For more information or to make a tax-deductible donation, call the Spring ISD Community Relations Department at 281-891-6012.

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