This year, we are supporting programs at all seven North Kitsap elementary schools that provide direct support to students who need extra help in the areas of reading, math or science.
Here's the list of grants:
•$2,050 to Breidablik Elementary – $650 to provide an extra hour each week of instructional para-educator time so that 30 students can participate in the Before School Computer Lab for supplemental instruction in math or reading, and $1,400 to continue MAP testing for 4th and 5th graders in the areas of reading and math to measure progress and tailor instruction to individual student needs.
•$5,000 to Gordon Elementary to staff and provide materials for an After-School Math Support Program to work with up to 36 kids low-performing students individually and in small groups. The program will provide an extra hour of instruction each week and is staffed by a volunteer math specialist and three para-educators.
•$2,000 to Pearson Elementary to provide an extra hour of reading and math instruction each week before school for 15 struggling students in grades 3, 4 and 5. The grant funds materials, a stipend for a certificated teacher and hourly pay for two para-educators.
•$5,000 to Rolling Reader to provide reading tutors and free books to about 300 students at Suquamish, Poulsbo and Wolfle Elementaries, and Kingston Middle School. Participating students are at least one grade level behind when they start the program. More than half are at or near grade level by year’s end. High school students who tutor earn $10 an hour for college tuition.
•$3,023 to North Kitsap School District’s Summer Science Academy to provide materials for three science kits for special education students and to replenish consumable supplies in K-5 science kits.
•$5,000 for Vinland Elementary to purchase 835 books at 16 reading levels for a Before-School Reading Lab. This program operates five days a week and will be available to students in grades 1-5 who are not meeting grade-level standards. It is expected to serve 30-40 children this school year.
•$2,300 to Wolfle Elementary for ALEKS Math, an on-line program that helps struggling students master grade-level skills and build math fluency. This program will serve 138 students in grades 3, 4 and 5 during school, in before-school Math Lab and at home. This grant allows Wolfle to continue a program that has helped fifth-graders (those who have used the program longest) to increase their math MSP scores by 10 to 20 points.