October 21, 2013 marked the date MTEF approved 14 grant applications totaling more than $36,000

Twice a year, fall and spring, MTEF disburses contributions from area businesses and individuals to implement educational programs that are applied for by school district educators. The projects selected are targeted towards enhancing the existing curriculum in ways that excite students and broaden their experiences in the arts, athletics or academics. MTEF is celebrating its 21st anniversary and has distributed nearly $1 million dollars since its establishment in 1993.

Grant requests ranged from mathematics software for 4th grade students, to document cameras for Landis Run Intermediate School math classrooms, to Mobile Learning Labs that integrate iPad® technology at elementary schools, to Hands-on Science involving the County Conservation District, to Baseline Concussion Testing for more than 800 student-athletes at the high school.

F1 in Schools Design & Engineering Competition Team

Grades 9-12 | A team of MTHS engineering (STEM) students combined their expertise and knowledge to research, design, build, test, and race a CO2-powered race car according to strict specifications. They presented their work by designing and building a display, creating a portfolio, and delivering an oral presentation in the Formula 1 sponsored competition. The students directly applied learning experiences from STEM courses and enhanced those experiences by researching innovative ways to solve problems that occur.

Team Imperia at the F1 in Schools World Finals

Students Working at JA BizTown

JA BizTown

Grade 5 | The fifth grade student body attended a day-long visit to the fully-interactive, simulated, town facility presented by Junior Achievement. At JA BizTown, students used their understanding of citizenship, business practice, and government to "run" the city. The opportunity provided a solid foundation of business, economics, and free enterprise education. STEM career lessons emphasized the application of math and science skills to the workplace, building money-management skills and reinforcing business responsibility.

Concussion Baseline Testing at MTHS

Grades 9-12 | All 800+ student-athletes at MTHS underwent baseline testing for use in the event of an injury that causes a concussion or concussion-like symptoms. Establishing neurocognitive baselines for each student-athlete aids in establishing the need for therapy, determining the safest time for returning to sports, and which classroom accommodations may be needed while symptoms exist.

Online Math, ixl.com

Nitrauer Grade 4 | The online math program, ixl.com, augments current curriculum and helps meet mathematical needs of all students. Students having access to the internet program at school and at home can work at their own pace to master multiple math strands. Students, teachers, parents and administrators can monitor the students’ usage, practice and mastery. Individualized instruction with selected problems is differentiated for struggling, average, or advanced students providing an exciting challenge at all levels.

Let’s Talk About Math

Grades 5-6 | A document camera for every fifth and sixth grade math classroom (24 in all) facilitates immediate display and discussion among students and teacher of solution approaches and areas of difficulty. Quick visual production enhances student talk, peer critiques, and exposure to multiple solution paths. Supporting Core Standards, this technology eliminates the labor-intensive and time-consuming rewriting of student work on the wallboard and fosters more interchange and student talk.

Sensory Motor Room

Bucher Grades K-4 | This Sensory Motor Room includes various materials and equipment for students with autism spectrum disorder. Students use the room to calm or stimulate their senses depending on their individual needs. Carefully selected learning materials support the development of communication and enhances sensory skills, hand-eye coordination, and cause-and-effect responses. Sensory experiences assist development of social and emotional skills, and improve levels of concentration, alertness, calmness and general awareness of surroundings.

Spelling Bee in Middle School

Grades 7-8 | Spelling bees integrate spelling skills taught at the elementary and intermediate school level with the word-part strategies taught in the reading and English middle-school curriculum. Students participating in local spelling bee competitions have opportunities to participate regionally if selected. This grant pays for registration fees at the regional level for our successful middle-school students.

Alumni Plaza Fire Ring

Grades K-12 | The Fire Ring, located in an area now designated for the Alumni Plaza-project, provides a central focal point for gatherings and future activities such as alumni and distinguished guest visits, picnics, concerts and community festivals. Dedicated during the Community Pep Rally in support of the 2013 Powder Puff Football Game/Mini-Thon event, the Fire Ring provides a safe location for participants and first-responders to celebrate. The Fire Ring provides a visible structure for building a legacy of school district tradition.

Mobile Learning Labs: iPads® in Elementary Classrooms

Grades 1-4 | This large-scale pilot program (13 iPads with ancillary support) places tablets with education application software into the hands of elementary students and teachers inspiring their creativity and provide opportunities for hands-on learning. This project begins the integration of the broad use of technology with existing teacher lesson plans and the expectation for technology in the Common Core Standards. This equipment provides for a new learning concept which is for students to interact with instruction, respond to it, and create and share with the technology.

Neff Elemenatry Listening Library

Grades K–4 | Teachers at Neff Elementary implemented a Daily 5 literacy program that develops the habits of reading, writing and working independently. Each day during Daily 5, students have the opportunity to listen to reading. Listening to reading is a valuable tool in the development of fluency and vocabulary. This project helps supply students with a variety of books on CD helping to ensure success for all students.

Independent Reading Extension for Reluctant Readers

Grades 7-8 | This project acquires targeted books that support students in the block reading class with material that is of higher interest and lower readability. By increasing the students’ motivation to read by providing books that are more interesting, students increase their reading time. Increased reading increases vocabulary which increases comprehension. These books are placed in leveled libraries to enhance students’ independent reading skills.

Hands-on Science Investigations and Simulations

Bucher Grades 2-4 | Elementary students at Bucher Elementary have ready access to a natural stream and this project embeds their science lessons with the local community by learning more about each. A visual, hands-on, program is brought to students by a County Conservation District officer and includes small, live, animals with instruction on our natural resources, the environment and ecology.

Closing the Digital Divide: eBooks in the 21st Century School Library

Grades 9-12 | This project provides students with eBooks through the school library, which can be accessed from any place that is internet- accessible. While some students cannot afford to purchase e-content, this project provides curriculum-oriented eBooks for all students allowing them to complete teacher-required research. Ready access to teacher-selected resources allows the students more time to focus on content and lessens the time required to obtain the resources themselves.