CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Sierra Schools Foundation’s Spring Grant Cycle was a great one with the grants awarded adding up to $14,246! We are so thrilled to have supported the schools, teachers and students of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District by granting a grand total of $31,767 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Thank you to the community and our donors for making such a meaningful difference in the lives of our rural students! For more information on our organization, please visit our website at: www.sierraschoolsfoundation.org
♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:
Downieville School, K-12 - Fully funded $624 for the Downieville Native and Heritage Plants Botanical Demonstration Garden. Robin Bolle, Teacher.
♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:
Loyalton High School, 9-12 - Funded $3,804 for the Filmmaking 2.0 Project: Digital Storytelling. Students will not only have an enhanced filmmaking experience, but also begin working in the other digital arts to begin telling stories through video game design, JAVA Script coding for 2D and 3D game design. Megan Meschery, Teacher.
Loyalton High School, 7-12 - Funded $2,536 for the Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. The students of the Theatre Arts and English Classes will view live plays and visit Southern Oregon University. Camille Alfred, Teacher.
Downieville High School, 7-12 - Funded $3124 for the Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. This three-day experience includes a visit to Ashland, Oregon to view two plays, and will also involve college tours at Southern Oregon University, California State University, Chico and Shasta College. Lynn Fillo, Teacher.
Loyalton Elementary School, Kindergarten - Funded $1,390 for the Art Experience for the Youngest Students Project. Kindergarten students will enjoy two day-long art workshops at the Painted Vine Art Studio in Truckee, CA. April Burns, Teacher.
Loyalton High School, 7-12 - Funded $350 to add value through the purchasing of additional equipment for the current Art and Science Combination Ceramics Project, which provides ceramic design and creation to all students 7-12. Laura Calabrese, Teacher.
Downieville School, K-6 - Funded $948 for the Zumba Dance for Kids Project. Downieville Elementary will offer dance classes once a week to increase body awareness, provide fundamentals of dance, and give opportunities for fun exercise. Maire McDermid, Teacher.
Loyalton High School, 9-12. Funded $1,470 for three SAT workshops to offer instruction on the new SAT/PSAT, which are now in line with the Common Core Standards. The new exams will be administered starting in October 2015 and we want our students well-prepared for this change. Kim McKinney, Teacher.