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Calculating our Future

by: Tracy Gibbons

Graphing calculators are something every math student should have access to. In freshman level classes, much emphasis is put on the teaching students how to use the graphing calculator technology. Many students are unable to afford these on their own, so by providing them, we are creating an even playing field for all. Learning how to use technology is an essential component to using it correctly. By providing our students with the needed materials, we are helping them to gain confidence in a subject area many students feel inadequate. Where Your Donation Goes MATERIALS COST QUANTITY TOTAL Texas Instruments TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator • STAPLES ADVANTAGE $124.97 12 $1,499.64 Duracell AA Batteries, 4/Pk • STAPLES ADVANTAGE $5.79 4 $23.16 Materials cost $1,522.80 Vendor shipping charges FREE State sales tax $0.00 3rd party payment processing fee $22.84 Fulfillment labor & materials $30.00 Total project cost $1,575.64 Total project goal $1,853.69 Still needed View calculation $1,853.69 Our team works hard to negotiate the best pricing and selections available.

McFarland High School

McFarland, WI

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Good Fit Readers for Advanced Learners

by: DODI KUEHL

Can you remember when you first began to make sense from written symbols and learn to read? While it is a magical moment for most children, it takes a VILLAGE to create young readers! Research shows that children need exposure to text they can read with 95% fluency and independence to grow as readers. This means we need to put books in their hands that they can confidently read, with minimal coaching. As part of my classroom effort to partner with families to "grow readers", I have sent home leveled Book Bags with each of my students every single day of the year. In an effort to assure that my students all meet or exceed our district literacy benchmarks this year, I plan to add new participation elements with family involvement. Both students and family members will complete a "Reader's Response" ticket each evening, reinforcing the ever important skill of reflecting on your learning. That being said, it is crucial that the books they take home to share MUST be at the independent reading level they are currently performing at. This collection of leveled readers are selected at lexile levels that will meet the needs of more accelerated learners who are working on higher level comprehension strategies and word study. They deserve to show off their hard work!

Conrad Elvehjem/McFarland Primary Schools

McFarland, WI

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We Can Read It!

by: MARIA MARKING

I remember years ago, sitting on a classroom carpet with my kindergarten teacher, when it happened. My teacher had taught us strategies, tips and tricks and with her guidance and support from home, suddenly reading "clicked" for me! There on that carpet my strategies for reading came to life! I couldn't wait to get home to show my family! I am inspired by Kelly Livingston's "Bringing Families Together with Books and More!" project, and I know that her proposal could benefit the children of my kindergarten families! Children need so much exposure to text and most importantly text they are able to read fluently and independently. This means that having the appropriate books available for our young learners and their families is so important! Throughout the school year, I have sent home leveled book bags with each of my kindergarten readers! The books are read with families in the evening and the bags and books come back the next day. We have certainly worked hard to "grow readers"! This upcoming school year I will be adding a new component to our bags! A "Readers Response" for our kinder readers and families to reflect on what they have read. The response will be a bubblegum thought, "what stuck with you from your reading?" Was it a snap word you read? Did you find punctuation in your book? The possibilities are endless! To complete this family activity, it is so necessary to have the books they need to share available at the level they are independently reading at. I am looking to secure funds to add to my limited collection of books meeting readers at a more accelerated level. These students and I work on higher level comprehension strategies and word study. I would love to be able to provide my students with more of a selection to share how much they have "grown" as readers with their families!

Conrad Elvehjem/McFarland Primary Schools

McFarland, WI

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Flexible Seating, Flexible Learning!

by: WENDY PLISKA

Help provide comfortable, flexible seating for McFarland High School's Academic Support lab! We all remember being told to "stop fidgeting!" when we were in school...but what if we could harness the power of movement to help kids focus and be more successful? The chairs we are requesting in our grant can be used at both the tables and the computers, allowing flexibility and focus. Students can sit comfortably and move around, which increases focus!

McFarland High School

McFarland, WI

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It's Electric: Light Up Tanongou!

by: ANGELA BAZAN

The World Geography Class at McFarland High School is working to raise money to place solar panels in the village of Tanongou- located in Benin, West Africa. While we are used to the daily luxuries that electricity provides, such as lights, cellphones, technology, and stoves for cooking, the village of Tanongou has no electricity at all. Students who go to school all day are expected to contribute to their family's survival by helping in the home and fields after school. By the time they are able to study in the evening, it is too dark, making it near impossible to do so. Tanongou is also located near the largest game preserve and natural waterfall in Africa. The ability to get tourists to come off the path and into the village would promote economic tourism and give jobs to the people of the village. Having electricity would encourage tourists to stay in the village and provide all with a better way of life. Our goal of raising $2230 would allow us to place six solar panels in the village and change the lives of the people in Tanongou forever. Please help us change the world!

McFarland High School

McFarland, WI

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Colorless, Without a Clue Competes on a Global Stage!

by: Jessica Karls

On 4/8/2017 the Destination Imagination team at Indian Mound Middle School qualified to compete at the Global Finals to be held May 24-27 in Knoxville, TN. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to put their quick, creative and critical thinking skills to the test against the best in the world! The students will have less than 6 weeks to raise funds for the team to attend the global competition. The amount needed will cover registration, meals, lodging, and transportation of students and props.

Indian Mound Middle School

McFarland, WI