Project:  Weird Science!

Nancy Turner, Lorraine Elementary - Science Lab

Project goal:  $245

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Talk about weird science! Imagine dissecting owl pellets! What are owl pellets you ask? They are regurgitated fur, bones, and teeth that owls can not digest. By dissecting the owl pellets with tweezers in the science lab, students discover what sorts of prey that owls consume, by identifying and reconstructing the skeletons of the prey. This exciting hands-on lab experience enables the students to engage in real-world scientific investigations to learn about food chains and food webs within an ecosystem.

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Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair - Grades 6-12

Funding Needed!

Goal: $5,000

The mission of the Rockdale Regional Science and Engineering Fair (RRSEF) is to provide an opportunity for middle and high school students to showcase their independent research.  By completing a scientific research project, students learn how to apply the scientific method by solving problems using an organized, logical, and methodical process.  This educational experience is invaluable to the students.  Students in grades 6-12 from public schools, private schools and home schools in Rockdale County who advance from local school fairs will be participating in this exciting science competition. 

Additionally, RRSEF is responsible for paying all registration and travel expenses for students who become eligible to advance to the State and International Science Fairs.  All students receiving a grand champion award at RRSEF will advance to the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair (GSEF) which will take place in March, and three projects from RRSEF will advance directly to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh this May.  The RRSEF works to make sure that winning projects have the opportunity to attend these exciting educational events.

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Special Guitars for Special Students

Jeremiah Isbell, Music, Flat Shoals Elementary

Funding goal:  $500

I am starting a guitar program in my elementary school. Some of my students lack the motor skills to properly fret guitar strings. I would like to purchase five guitars and five sets of "ChordBuddy" guitar fretting devices to assist with pushing and holding down the strings. These will help the students to be successful as we learn to play our guitars. With a little modification, they can "rock out" in music class!

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Conyers Middle School Beautification Project

Michelle Dukes, Visual Arts (grades 6 - 8)

Funding Goal:  $2,500

CMS students will work on a long term collaborative project to create inside and outside art pieces to be on display at the school and serve as a welcoming element to visitors.  The pieces will be designed and inclusive of a variety of topics and themes based on cultural, personal and worldwide subjects.  There will be a variety of tools and materials needed to complete the outlined tasks for the project.

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Project:  Quick Snaps to Last a Lifetime

Mary Allen, J. H. House Elementary - 5th grade

Funding goal:  $1,000

update:  $25 has been donated!

Our 5th grade students are headed to Rock Eagle for a multi-day trip in the Spring of 2018. We are all very excited! This is a field trip free from electronics, such as cell phones, so we want to provide the students with disposable cameras to help capture their memories of this once in a lifetime experience!  Our funding goal will provide for the film developing cost as well as the purchase of (50) 27-exposure disposable cameras.

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Empty Bowls Annual Event

Katy King, Visual Arts, General Ray Davis Middle School

Funding Goal:  $500

Our school would like to continue to assist the Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund & Food Pantry to stock its shelves for in-need families in our community.  We plan to get every staff member and student involved in our annual Empty Bowls Dinner where a simple meal of soup and bread is served in exchange for a cash and/or non-perishable food donation.  Students create hundreds of ceramic bowls for the event. The bowls are handed out to attendees as a symbolic reminder of the many who struggle with hunger, often having “empty bowls” themselves.  All funds and non-perishable food items collected at the event are donated to Rockdale Emergency Relief and Food Pantry.  It is our hope to raise awareness of the hunger problems in our community and to get everyone under our school roof to come together to make a difference. Food insecurity is a growing issue today affecting many families here in Rockdale County. 

All funds donated here will be used to purchase clay and glazes to create the hand made ceramic bowls for our annual event held in February.
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Project: Fiber Optic for the future

Seth Field, Rockdale Career Academy (grades 11-12, Networking - MTA: NF and Cisco)

$100 has been donated

Project Goal: $1,000

We would like to purchase four fiber optic termination kits, multiple fiber terminators, and 2,000 ft. of fiber optic cable. We will use this to provide students with hands-on training for the growing industries /careers involved with fiber optics.

Helping our students with this equipment will allow a local pool of fiber capable installers. Preferable for local businesses who deal with communications equipment, we could provide trained personnel for Work-based learning opportunities where students bring skill and experience to the business.

Typically, this unit of study is too small to account the needed supplies in one year's Networking supply budget because it is a very small domain to student certification.  But considering Atlanta’s metropolitan fiber network expansions and companies upgrading fiber infrastructures, this in itself can prepare students to enter the workforce. We will use the students’ made cable runs to connect high internet/network access with fiber (EMI/RFI) lines versus their copper lines (cat6) currently in place. This new equipment will provide hands-on training over a purpose that’s beneficial to our academy. With Atlanta being the South’s “Silicon Valley”, adding this talent to our students in IT, Construction, and Electronics will give them an extra edge.

Please help us reach our goal!  Thank you.

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Make A Difference Class, Program Challenge, Flat Shoals Elementary

ongoing Goal: $500 per school year

This project is funded for sy 2017-18

About the project:  Mrs. Jones’ third grade students are getting involved and learning to make a difference in their local community.  Their project is to research the impact of $100 on a local non-profit organization. Five groups will work together to purchase the most goods to donate to a local organization in Rockdale County.  Here are the five organizations:

  • Rockdale County Animal Shelter
  • Elks Aidmore
  • Phoenix Pass
  • Resource Center for Community Action
  • Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund

Guest speakers will help students learn about their organizations and identify items needed.  Students will research and compare prices of needed items, using coupons to make the most of their money.  In addition, students will have an opportunity to shop and  purchase items.  On the last day of class, reps from each organization will come to our class for a special program where we will present our purchased items.

Why donate?  Your donation will not only help students learn about the importance of community service, but it will ultimately help a local non-profit organization as well!  Thanks in advance for your support of our class project.

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Project:  Taking Students from the Text to the Theater

Dornalie Henry-Antoine, C. J. Hicks Elementary, 1st - 5th grade ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) Students

$40 has been donated - PROJECT GOAL:  $ 700

Wow!  Do you remember the first time you went to the theater?   We want to share that wonderful experience with our students.  We would like you to help us fund a field trip to the Center for Puppetry Arts Theater to see a rendition of the famous book “Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach”.  The Play is titled La Cucarachita Martina. The ESOL students will get a chance to see text come to life.

Please help us fund this wonderful theater experience.

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Cameras Needed for Yearbook Staff

Charly McAllister, Salem High School

Funding goal:  $1,500

This year we have a new yearbook advisor and a new staff, yet we are on the same mission: to create a yearbook that embodies the spirit of Salem High School. We are revamping the entire layout of the yearbook and we are trying to create content that every student will be proud of share for years to come; however, CAMERAS ARE NEEDED. We are asking for donations so that we will be able to purchase cameras for the staff to use around the school and at sporting events.  Any amount you are willing and able to donate is greatly appreciated.

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Project: Cultivating Growth

Charlotte Walton, Sims Elementary Art Club

Project Goal: $500

$10 has been donated.

I would like to beautify the outside of our school where it looks like a garden once was. I will enlist the aid of my art club scholars to assist with this project. We will paint a mural on the bricks, plant bright flowers, and possibly add a bench.  I believe my art scholars will not only find joy in completing this project, but they will feel pride from a sense of ownership in beautifying our school . When a little color/paint is added it will brighten everyone's day. This project could also serve as inspiration for future beautification projects around the school.

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Project:  "Busy Bars" for the classroom

Tammy Trail, Barksdale Elementary (3rd grade)

Project Goal: $500

UPDATE:  $125 has been donated.

"Busy bars" are PVC pipes attached to the desk for students to remain active while seated at their desk.  Studies have shown students who remain active are more apt to stay engaged and focused on the task at hand.  I think this would be a great way to keep students motivated in the classroom.

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Creating a Story with Sound

Jeana Beasley, Music, Memorial Middle School

Funding Goal:  $1,300

Creating a story with sound engages young musicians in reading and notating their own music. Students will be able to share their works and demonstrate understanding of music as it relates to the science and art of sound. Students will write a short story and compose music to enhance the experience. Creating a story with sound is an interdisciplinary project to enhance student achievement in music, science and language arts. This project will be a catalyst to drive greater exploration and understanding of music composition and theory. The science behind sound and vibration as it relates to music will strengthen student creativity and experimentation. Young musicians will write not only words, but also notes to tell a story. The final project will be shared by students as they take ownership in performing for the school community.

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Project: Salem Sports Radio

Jamie Walker, Salem High School (grades 9-12, Radio Production)

Project Goal: $500

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Our project seeks to bring live play by play action to an audience who is not able to attend sporting events but would like to listen.  Salem Seminoles Radio has launched and has the ability to broadcast live, but additional equipment is needed!  Additional production and broadcasting equipment would make it possible set up a studio without continuously having to transfer equipment.

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Connecting to the Community

Cara Lott, Flat Shoals Elementary, MOID/3rd, 4th and 5th grades

funding goal:  $1,200

Students will prepare for a money lesson in the community by using a store flyer to look up the prices of each item needed for school projects.  While in the community, students will locate the item and learn to read community signs.  Behaviors such as learning to wait in a line or having a quiet voice will be taught as well.

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The Show Must Go On

Stephanie Tyler, Flat Shoals Elementary/Program Challenge, 5th grade Social Studies

funding goal:  $500

update:  $100 has been donated

Students will do time period and character research and apply their research to a stage production set during the Civil War era. Students will learn how to put on a theater production, from the construction and maintenance of props, designing and creating set pieces safely based on period research, synthesizing character research to performance level, working individually and within a group dynamic, publicizing a production, presenting the production to an audience, and facilitating the actualized production for community members, teachers, and other students. They will also learn about the value of helping their community by collecting donations for The Atlanta History Center to aid in the refurbishing of their Civil War exhibit.

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RCA/ELC Lending Library

Niya Marilla, RCA, Early Childhood Education

Funding Goal:  $2,000

The Lending Library, located in the Rockdale Career Academy front parking lot, has been used over the years to promote reading and literacy skills in our school and community.  It is readily available to all families ... from our youngest students who attend the Early Learning Center housed at RCA to our older readers. 

The Lending Library is now in need of a face lift and an enhanced selection of books. 

Currently, there are three wooden book houses and one is in need of repair.  We would like to add an awning to cover the existing benches to create a pleasant, leisure area to entice readers to use the space.  The surrounding flower beds need to be replanted.  And, an additional book house would allow us to separate specific genres of books. 

A group of our high school seniors have adopted this as a community service project.  Initially, they are working in groups to develop fundraising ideas.  As funds are being raised, they are creating a website to promote the Lending library and activities for the ELC students to be installed within the Library space.

Please help us reach our goal!

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CJH Chess Project

Monette Lowe, C. J. Hicks Elementary, grades 2 - 5

funding goal:  $1,000

The CJH Chess Project has been developed to provide a hands-on, fun approach to teaching elementary students basic algebraic expression, critical thinking, and socialization and communication skills.  Through healthy person-to-person engagement, our students will build skills that will help them throughout their academic and social lives.  Proof comes from the doctoral dissertation of Robert Ferguson, executive director of the American Chess School in Bradford, PA.  His findings saw that students engaged in computer or chess game activities can be well ahead of other students in several psychological tests -- scoring almost 13 percentage points higher in critical thinking and 35 percentage points higher in creative thinking areas. (Parent Magazine 2001)

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2017-18 Academic Booster Club

The RCPS Academic Booster Club supports student and teacher recognition programs and other school system events that cannot be funded by taxpayer dollars.  These programs honor students and teachers for their achievements and service to the students of Rockdale County.  Contributions also allow the school system to promote youth leadership initiatives and to show appreciation to those employees retiring from loyal service to education.  Programs supported by the Academic Booster Club include (but are not limited to) the Teacher of the Year Celebration, the Superintendent’s Academic Awards, the Retiree Recognition Reception, the Academic Showcase and county science and social Studies fairs.  Thank you for your generous and continued support of Rockdale County Public Schools!

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