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Event celebrates Oshkosh teachers, education programs and volunteers - March 21 2011

Please note: An earlier version of this article included the incorrect dollar amount that Rudoy Award recipients receive. The correct amount is $600. This award may fluctuate from year to year.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation invites the community to join a celebration of local educators, programs and volunteers during Celebrate Education 2011.

The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 N. Main St., Oshkosh. An awards presentation will begin at 5 p.m.

Celebrate Education will award more than $32,000 in grants to 24 local educators, volunteers and programs that have or will contribute to the quality of education in the Oshkosh area. The event is sponsored by Community Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis and Wisconsin Public Service.

The following grants and awards will be presented.

Celebrate Education Grants
These grants assist teachers in bringing new and innovative programs to their classrooms. Celebrate Education Grants are funded by the Zmolek Family Education Fund of the Community Foundation and Oshkosh Mid-Morning Kiwanis. Grant recipients are:

Carl Traeger Middle School
    Scott Cameron
    TEAM, Technology Enriches Adolescents understanding of Mathematics
    This project will use Flip technology to develop children's understanding of math concepts by allowing students to produce vidcasts (video).
    Deborah Hilscher
    Biotechnology in the Classroom
    Seventh-grade students will work with the Biotechnology Center of UW-Madison to learn about DNA and forensic science.

Franklin Elementary School
    Jenna Rindo
    (teaches at Read and Roosevelt Schools also)
    Meaningful Manipulatives: Building Vocabulary for Greater Comprehension
    Students in kindergarten through fifth-grade will use 3-D objects to develop their words and thinking skills.
    Merrill Middle School
    Oliver Schinkten
    Green Machine: Exploring the Benefits of UW-Oshkosh's Biodigester
    Students will use the biodigester facility's digestate material to grow plant species and compare it to plant growth using other types of compost.
    Kari Parker
    Get a Job! Improving Employability through Technology
    Students taking part in a restaurant simulation unit will use an iPad to search for jobs online, perform research, create presentations and plan their time.

Oshkosh North High School

    Wendy Falk
    Spartan Network Club: Everyone Gets a Chance to Bloom
    This project seeks to grow the Spartan Network Club, a new student mentoring program, and develop the connection between students who are engaged in the school community and academic achievement.
    Barbara Muza Reed
    LabQuest: One-to-One Computing Integration
    This project will incorporate new technologies into the science classroom, including laboratory probes and sensors through for more hands-on learning.
    LeeAnn Morrill
    Lights, Camera - Reflection
    This project will allow students to upload recordings of their speeches to the Internet and reflect on their performance.

Oaklawn Elementary School

    Robin Goedderz
    Silent Sustained Reading in Comfort
    Chairs, couches and bean bags will allow students to be more comfortable while they increase their silent reading time from 15 to 30 minutes a day.

Peace PreSchool and Peace Head Start
    Jean McKnight
    Treasure Chest of Music
    This project will be thematically based on classical preschool music literature. Related books, CDs, props, costumes and
    puppets will be stored in treasure chests for easy access.

St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School
    Karen Coats
    Sprout and Grow Plants and Insects
    Second-graders will grow plants from seeds and then use computer microscopes to take a closer look.
    Donna Krohn
    Einstein Projects
    Students will create ecosystems, design electrical circuits, and study weather patterns, plant life and chemical reactions.

Roosevelt Elementary School
    Pamela Gerrits
    Pump Up the Volume: Facilitating Volume Reading
    This project will encourage low-level readers to read more by providing age-appropriate reading material.

Smith Elementary School
    Kim Brown
    Igniting a Passion to Read
    A book wall in an area where students exit the school will entice children and parents to pick up or exchange a book anytime without worry about losing or damaging the books.

South Park Middle School
    Tom Anfinson
    Smart Boards in the Classroom
    This project will equip the classroom with a Smart Board, allowing more interactive instruction.

St. John Neumann Middle School

    Sandy Ehlers
    Web of Life: Freshwater Marsh
    Students will create and participate in a life-size web of life mural. The project, to coincide with Earth Day, will demonstrate how humans and the environment are closely connected.


Rudoy Awards
Every year, the Edward and Belle Rudoy Fund selects a winner from each middle school or high school submitting nominations to receive a $600 grant for classroom supplies or professional development. The 2011 awards focus on middle school teachers. The Rudoy Awards, established in 1996, aim to support teachers in their efforts to provide the best possible education for children.
Rudoy Award recipients are:

Ann Reise, Media Center Specialist
Carl Traeger Middle School

Mary Uecker, Language arts and reading
St. John Neumann Middle School

Laura Damon, Language arts, reading and Spanish
St. John Neumann Middle School

Amanda Zenker, Literacy
Webster Stanley Middle School

Sara McKittrick, Mathematics, at-risk students,
Perry Tipler Middle School

Tara Feiter, German, world language
South Park Middle School

Christine Koehler, Literacy
South Park Middle School

Kim Gauthier, Mathematics
Merrill Middle School

Educational Leadership Award
J. Thomas (Tom) McDermott will receive the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Educational Leadership Award. The honor is presented to an individual or business demonstrating a long-term commitment to education.

"Tom has proven to be a pragmatic, solution-oriented asset on the board," said Cecil Streeter, education coordinator for the Oshkosh Chamber. "Tom is a positive force for quality."

McDermott began volunteering for the Oshkosh Area School District in1993. He has been a Board of Education member since 2002. His term ends this spring and he will not seek re-election.

Spirit of Education Award
The Oshkosh Community YMCA will receive the Oshkosh Area School District's Spirit of Education Award. The honor is presented to an individual or group that provides exceptional service to the school and community, expresses a passion for learning, inspires others and serves as a role model for school and community partnerships.

Whether supporting the Oshkosh Ice Hawks, hosting a 4K site, encouraging Well Oshkosh or serving as a Chamber PAL to Jacob Shapiro, the YMCA continues to meet the needs of the whole child. This year the YMCA provided six free swim lessons to all second-grade students. The Oshkosh Area School District recognizes the YMCA for its advocacy for children and their families, its outreach to support health, wellness and recreation, and most importantly, its commitment to strong kids, families and the community.

Oshkosh Community Education Fund
The grant recipients are the Oshkosh Civility Project, the Self-Sufficiency Project's Youth Mentoring Program and the Early Learning Collaboration Council.

The Oshkosh Community Education Fund aims to foster educational excellence in Oshkosh area public and parochial schools by funding educational opportunities, and aims to unite parties interested in growing those opportunities.

The Oshkosh Civility Project launched this year with a groundswell of public interest in improving civility in the community. This $4,000 grant will fund efforts to organize 100 people to develop and initiate programming.

The Self-Sufficiency Project's Youth Mentoring Program will focus on the need for the community's youth to have positive role models, career mentoring and life skill development. The $4,000 grant will help the group develop a mentory model to address unmet needs and promote a "ready for the world of work" focus.

The Early Learning Collaboration Council will use its $4,000 grant to develop material for a community-wide public awareness campaign on the importance of reading to children at an early age.

The Oshkosh Area Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable organization created by and for the people of Winnebago County, Waushara County, Green Lake County and Ripon. Through charitable giving, the Community Foundation strives to make our communities thrive. For more information, please call 920-426-3993.





 

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