FY 2018-2019 Year in Review

FY2018-2019 Budget – $62k

Administration and Taxes – $3k
STEAM Night and Science Fair – $3k
Earth Lab and Aquarium Maintenance – $2k
Software Licenses (Seesaw and BrainPop) – $5k
Technology Support and Upgrades – $10k
Elementary Teacher Grants – $5k
Middle School Teacher Grants – $5k
Teacher Training – $4k
Outdoor Learning Lab Planning and Development – $25k

FY2018-2019 Allocations Summary:

May 2019 –

District Contribution: Stanley W. Ekstrom Foundation donated 4 Smart TVs for the classrooms. The Foundation donated the necessary funds to install the TVs and add the necessary accessories. ~1000 Students (125 students/year for 8 years)

April 2019 –

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for C-STEM Robotics Competition Entry Fees, Last year, our team won the State Championship. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

School Contribution: Mrs. Duncan, 6th Grade Science Teacher, requested funds for advanced payment of 6th Grade Overnight Camp at San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park. Estimated Benefit: ~100 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Jennings, 4th Grade Teacher, requested funds for VEX Robotics Parts. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Andrade and Mrs. Wagner, Elementary STEM and Kindergarten Teacher, requested funds for Kindergarten Science Activities. Estimated Benefit: ~90 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Andrade, Elementary STEM Teacher, requested funds for the Femineers After School Program. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Duncan, 6th Grade Science Teacher, requested funds for Science Lab Supplies. Estimated Benefit: ~100 Students

March 2019 –

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for Teacher Stipends to attend CSTEM Training for 3rd-8th Grade Math. Estimated Benefit: ~600 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Wagner, Kindergarten, requested funds for Chicken and Duck eggs and supplies for the Kinder Science Lab. Estimated Benefit: ~100 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Andrade, Elementary STEM Lab, requested funds for 3rd Grade Science Supplies. Estimated Benefit: ~100 Students

February 2019 –

Science Fair: The McPherson Science Fair highlights the entire student bodies achievements in Science. The Foundation supports the Fair with Appreciation for the Judges and providing all of the awards hardware (trophies, medals). Estimated Benefit: All Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Duncan, Middle School Science, requested funds for vet bills for the rabbits in the McPherson Therapy Zoo. Estimated Benefit: ~900 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Conrad, Middle School Science, requested funds for PLTW Supplies. Estimated Benefit: ~300 Students

January 2019 –

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Jennings, Elementary Robotics, requested funds for VEX Robotics Entry Fees. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

Teacher Grant: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for Drones to start up the Drone League. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Duncan, Middle School Science, requested funds for STEAM Night supply reimbursement and Earth and Science Lab Supplies. Estimated Benefit: ~400 Students

Teacher Grant: Mrs. Conrad, Middle School Science, requested funds for Biology Lab Supplies. Estimated Benefit: ~300 Students

December 2018 –

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for Typing Club and Kodable software licenses to be used in the classroom. Estimated Benefit: ~400 Students

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for a teacher stipend to provide more support for our ever growing after-school VEX Robotics Club. Estimated Benefit: ~30 Students

November 2018 –

STEAM Night: Multiple Teachers and Staff requested funds to pay for all of the materials necessary for each of the experiments and activities that are happening at STEAM Night. As the title sponsor of STEAM Night, the Foundation supports all of the expenses associated with STEAM Night to ensure it’s success and a fun, FREE family friendly evening highlighting McPherson Magnet School. Estimated Benefit: ~500 students and their family

October 2018 –

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for a teacher stipend to provide for one extra class period for Elementary STEM. This will allow another teacher to fulfill her Career Technical Education certification, providing additional capability to teach more dedicated Elementary STEM in the future. Dedicated Elementary STEM staff is one of the most unique aspects of McPherson Magnet. Estimated Benefit: 600+ students

District Contribution: Cindy Lundby, Kindergarten teacher, requested funds for a new laptop, as her current one is non-functioning and the District was unwilling to replace. Estimated Benefit: 30 students each academic year

Teacher Grant: Jay Turner, Journalism teacher, recently received a donation of VR headset equipment. He requested funds for VR journalism training through the New York Times and 360 degree VR cameras for the students to create VR News content.  Estimated Benefit: 800 students each academic year

Teacher Grant: Diane Jennings, Robotics teacher and Adrian Ober, Office Manager, requested funds for VEX Robotics team registration and competition entries. The purpose of VEX Robotics is to provide hands on learning and competitions to encourage  4th and 5th grade students in STEM fields. Estimated Benefit: 60 students

Teacher Grant: Shannon Duncan, 6th Grade Science teacher, requested funds for a new iPad to harness the full potential of her newly outfitted Project Lead the Way Classroom. Estimated Benefit: 200+ students each academic year

Teacher Grant: Shannon Duncan, 6th Grade Science teacher, requested funds to replenish Middle School Science supplies and the McPherson Therapy Zoo. Estimated Benefit: 350+ students

September 2018 – 

District Contribution: Mr. Erven, McPherson Magnet Principal, requested funds for a 2 year license of Seesaw when the district declined to continue funding. The Purpose of Seesaw is to provide an easy to use software application for Kinder – 3rd grade student to easily upload and store their Portfolios and share with family to show what they have been working on and bring with them to the next grade to provide visible growth. Estimated Benefit: 400 students each academic year

Teacher Grant: Diane Jennings, Robotics Teacher, requested funds for a new VEX Robotics station in her new classroom. The purpose of VEX Robotics is to provide hands on STEM learning and competitions to encourage young students in the 4th and 5th grade. Estimated Benefit: 60 students each academic year

Special Event: Kayee Conrad, STEAM Night coordinator,  requested funds to have two major presenters at the annual STEAM Night. The Purpose of STEAM Night is to showcase the uniqueness of McPherson Magnet. It is not only open to the students and their families but the public as well. This year we have invited Bubblemania and Kids Reptile Parties. Estimated Benefit: 500 students and their families.

August 2018 – 

Teacher Grant: Kayee Conrad, Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Science teacher for 7th and 8th Grade, requested funds to replenish tools and supplies for the classroom and projects. Estimated Benefit: 200+ students