Highlights of ACSF in Vance Elementary
Anndrea Burns, Blair Johnston, Lisa Hash, Rockelle Hancock, Susan Hale, Scott Courtney-Smith, and Ian Wilkinson of Vance Elementary have been awarded $4,509 for Globalize Me. The primary goal of this project is to increase student knowledge of the Geography and Culture strands in the North Carolina Social Studies Essential Standards and to provide teachers with hands-on teaching tools targeting those strands. It will highlight the 21st century interdisciplinary theme of Global Awareness and reinforce the school’s Diversity theme. This team intends to reach all Kindergarten through 5th grade students and all teaching staff at Vance. The project will consist of a magnetic world map mural installed in the lobby of the school, a cultural research board accompanying the mural, and two large scale floor maps purchased for classroom checkout.
· # of Students Impacted: 430
· # of Teachers Impacted: 29
Carrie Buchanan with artist Kenya Webster
Greta Ciesla with artist Ian Wilkinson
Kristin Doe with artist Carrie Wagner
Shannon Montgomery with artist David Novak
Kathryn Van Dyke with artist Ginger Huebner
2010 - 2011 Awards
Vance, Claxton & Jones Elementary Schools are all recipients of an Energy Education Grant for the Use Motion and Technological Design Science Kits written by Donalyn Small. These kits will provide 5th graders with the tools they need for new science experiments.
A Micro-Grant was awarded to Nichole Accordino and Anndrea Burns for a Multicultural Cooking Toolkit. This project will be a mobile cooking cart to allow students to cook and learn about food from other cultures.
Vance Elementary is awarded an ACSF Innovation Grant for Tutoring for Promise--Implementing an After-School Tutoring Program for K-2, written by Ximena Del Corral Smith, Cynthia Calhoun and Cynthia Sellinger. This program focuses on minimizing the achievement gap for students who are limited in English Proficiency. Students will be paired with tutors and the program will work in conjunction with a 3-5 grade tutoring program already in place.
A TAPAS grant was awarded to Stacy Montana-Hipps for resident artist, Kenya Webster, and the West African Drumming project. This project allows students to learn about African drumming and for some part of their heritage.
2009 - 2010 Awards
All five elementary schools are awarded an ACSF Innovation gratin for Bringing Words to Life, a proposal written by Helga Graff, Chrystal Hendrix, Martha Hayes, Beverly McBrayer, and Linda Geer. This program brings award-winning, African American, North Carolina, author Carol Boston Weatherford to hour-long assemblies for all third through fifth graders, for which the students will have read her books and will complete follow-up activities.
All five elementary schools are awarded an ACSF Innovation grant for Science Notebooks, a proposal written by Donalyn Small. This program will engage students in writing about science exploration.