DEF Spring 2019 Grant Recipients

Technology-Related Grant Awards:

$1999.50, Samuel DeWitt, FFHS Math teacher (MHS math teacher, teaching virtually)

Smart Board for AP Calculus AB & BC, Pre-Calculus, and Math 3 classroom (NOTE: foreign language class also uses classroom, so can also benefit)

$1020, Charlotte Hester, MES 5th Grade teacher

4 iPod Touches with accessories to accompany the Sphero robots funded by DEF in Fall 2019.  Younger students (Pre-K through 2nd grade) who do not have Chromebooks will use iPod Touches to code with Spheros

$1544.55, Raleigh Hudock, MHS EC teacher (grades 9-12)

MimioTeach interactive system plus document camera for EC students at MHS; goal is to engage EC students with the use of technology.

$695, Christine Spinella, MMS Technology Facilitator, Grades 6-8

Makey-Makey STEM Station to practice coding and STEM concepts. This station will enhance materials purchased with a DEF Grant last year.

Field Trips:

$1253, Evan Ferguson, CHSS Foods & Nutrition teacher, Grades 9-12 & Erin DelMonte, CHSS Science & Math teacher, Grades 7, 9-12

Food & Life Science Field Trip to explore North Carolina’s role in food & animal production.  (DEF’s grant will supplement $2419.66 already provided by HIYEF)

$575, Douglas Potter, NHES 5th Grade Science Teacher

One-Day field trip for 5th graders to CSI to study STEM-related concepts. Grant will be used to pay CSI for staffing & materials. 

Classroom Materials:

$573.25, Suzanne Blackstock, FFMS 8th Grade Social Studies teacher

Printed copies of World History book to supplement & enhance lessons presented via Chromebooks.  Book’s title is Everything you Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook, and is accessible to students of all levels.

$500, Helen Corbett, MES AIG teacher (Grades 3-5)

Flexible seating for AIG classroom

$1899.00, Solomon Dixon, FFMS PE teacher (Grades 6-8)

Portable Disc Golf Course for PE classes, also ultimately a Disc Golf Club

$1000, Mollee Holloman & Holly King, Dare to Innovate Professional Development Project

Professional Literature Lending Library to be available to all DCS teachers. These teachers were awarded a DEF grant in Fall 2019 for their Digital Tools Lending Library.

$1300, Hollie Writtenberry-Lewis, MES music teacher (grades K-5)

Ukuleles for all 5th graders.  Instruments can be reused for several years.

DEF Fall 2018 Grant Recipients

$1000, Ralph Cleaver, MHS AVID Coordinator,

College trip for 31 Dare County AVID High School juniors from MHS, FFHS, and CHSS. Students will visit UNC-Chapel Hill, NC Central University, Wake Technical Community College, UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro College, and Appalachian State University.

$1000, Teresa Edwards, MMS AVID Coordinator

College tour for 90 AVID students from MMS. Students will visit Elizabeth City State University, COA, and East Carolina University.

$1000, Ricki Stewart, FFMS AVID Coordinator

College tour for 73 AVID students from FFMS. Students will visit universities as well as public and private colleges in North Carolina.

$540, Ellen Bryson, KHES Media Coordinator (grant to benefit all DCS teachers)

20 copies and 2 digital e-copies of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, by Nadine Burke Harris.  Available for all DCS teachers to check out from KHES library. Ms. Bryson will create a digital book club open to all DCS teachers to discuss this book.

$500, Carrie Housenecht, MMS Media Coordinator

Over 50 book titles addressing mental health issues that students may be facing will be purchased for the MMS library.

$592.92, Mary Elizabeth Carlton, MMS EC teacher

Readtopia, a literary curriculum serving students with moderate to severe disabilites. The curriculum includes ELA, Science, and Social Studies for special education classrooms. The grant will cover a license for a one year pilot project.

$2000, Elaine Marrion, FFMS Media Coordinator

A “STEAM Station” will be set up in the FFMS library, with technology kits that teachers can check out to use in their classrooms. Projects will focus on collaboration among students, and will incorporate art, design, engineering, math, and coding.

$1800, Solomon Dixon, FFMS PE teacher

“The Geo Race” requires students to work in teams to complete challenges similar to those in The Amazing Race; students use GPS to find hidden objects and complete team-building mental and physical challenges. All FFMS PE students will benefit.

$2000, Dare to Innovate, Virtual Professional Development Project (Mollee Holloman, Media Coordinator, MES & Holly King, Science Teacher, MMS, co-leads of project)

DEF will fund a Digital Tools Lending Library that will be available to all DCS teachers. Technology will focus on coding/robotics.

$1019, Triva Day, MMS ELA teacher / Ken Middlemiss, MMS Social Studies teachers

MimioFrame touch board to use in 7th grade classes at MMS. This is an interactive smart board where up to 10 users can interact at one time in classroom activities. This technology enhances small-group and whole-group interaction.

$340, Brad Bentley, 8th grade ELA teacher, MMS

43 copies of The Outsiders for 2 sections of 8th grade ELA

$900, Jessica Taylor, Executive Director, Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, Rhana Paris, Outreach Coordinator, NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island & Meredith Fish, Outreach Coordinator, Jennette’s Pier

This team will present to 2 General Biology classes at MHS, and 2 at CHSS. Their presentation is entitled “Learning about dolphin populations to better understand gel electrophoresis and mapping”. They will incorporate concepts students have studied in biology class and apply it to real-life local research situations.  

$1799.99, Charlotte Hester, 5th grade teacher, MES

One set of Sphero robots which students can code. This technology can be applied to many different STEAM activities and can be applied to art, music, and all other disciplines.