Two SHS Students Advance to FBLA National Competition!

travel expenses for these outstanding students and teacher/sponsor to Anaheim, CA - June, 2017

Funding goal:  $6,000

fully funded!

Two students from the International Entertainment and Business Leadership Academy at Salem High School, senior Gradea Harris and junior Demetrious Sampson, competed at the national Future Business Leaders of America competition this summer.  Under the guidance of SHS Business Education teacher Karleta Sigman, Gradea won first place on the state level in Healthcare Administration, beating out 206 students. She previously placed fifth in the same category at the regional level.  Demetrious won second place in Impromptu Speaking, succeeding over 13 competitors at the state level. He previously won first place in Impromptu Speaking at regionals. 

These are the first RCPS students to advance to the national FBLA stage in more than 14 years! 


Project:  Outdoor solar charging station

Michael Zellous, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, 9-12 Math

PROJECT GOAL:  $220

This project is fully funded!

What if there was a way to distribute electricity to rural communities, and help answer the question for the growing need for widely distributed publicly accessible charging stations? Students at Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology will have the opportunity to gain the basic understanding of how a solar power charging station works. The project will consist of a 9v, 2w solar panel, a 5v, 2a voltage regulator, 2 x 100 ohm resistor, and a 4 pin USB A female connector to make one station. The concept of this project is for the students to integrate physics, math, and technology.  They would have to build a schematic, calculate the voltage, and test their theory to ensure that the station will perform safely without causing damage to any electrical devices. This idea benefits the students and the community. Several restaurants in the community could receive the portable station and, as the customers sit and eat, they could charge their cell phone when an outlet is not nearby. According to a recent U.N. report, 6 billion out of 7 billion people on earth have mobile phones.  Therefore the need for a solar power charging station could greatly improve quality of life in a rural communities by providing access to medical care and financial services, improving community safety, and enabling local business and commerce.

Many thanks to our community partner for your donation!


Project: Genetics of a Superhero

Tanya Hampton, (Program Challenge - Flat Shoals Elementary)

This project is FULLY FUNDED!

Project Goal: $230

Students will be genetic scientists who will look at characteristics of heroes. Students will look at DNA of plants and animals and mutations that can occur in nature. They will look at how mutations could come into play for superheroes and how they got their powers. They will evaluate what characteristics and powers are needed to create a team of superheroes to save the world from terrorism today. Each team will create a superhero directory showcasing their team and its powers to help in the defense against terrorism.


Project: Scholastic News Magazine

Lindy Donahue, JH House Elementary (2nd Grade)

Project Goal: $109

This project is fully funded. Many thanks to the sponsor!

I would like to provide each of my students with a monthly subscription to the Scholastic News Magazine. Each month, a magazine with quality non-fiction news articles that are aligned to our state standards will be delivered to the school. These articles will be a wonderful addition to our classroom learning. The cost is $4.95 per student for an entire year's worth of articles. Thank you!


Project: Calling all Labels!

Anna Burdett, C.J. Hicks Elementary (PK-5 Media Center)

Project Goal: $250

This project is fully funded.  Many thanks to our community partner!

Have you ever shelved books in a library?  If so, you will quickly recognize the value of this project.  Vertically-oriented call numbers allow for easy identification and efficient placement of titles.  Speeding the process by which books get back on the shelf allows for students to find books quicker!

Funds are needed to purchase a Brother PT-D400VP Desktop Labeler and Laminated Label Tape in order to quickly and efficiently replace call number labels on library books.  The purchase of this device would allow for school library books to have call numbers applied vertically on the spine (allowing for quick identification by staff and students).  Currently, replacing call numbers is a time intensive job that delays books from being placed quickly on the shelves.


Project: A Trip to the Zoo

Claudia Trimaldi, Heritage High School (Special Education 9-12)

This project is fully funded!

Project Goal: $580

My students are the best. Seriously. They are excited, curious and love to learn. Like most students with special needs they learn best through hands on experiences and benefit greatly from learning things outside of the classroom. This semester we have been learning about Land Animals and they are so excited to take a trip to the Atlanta Zoo. For some of these students it will be the first time they have been to a zoo. For many of them this will be the first time they have been into Atlanta! They have worked hard to learn the material in hopes that the reward will be an awesome field trip to see, in real life, many of the animals we have studied. Unfortunately, that trip is proving to be costly. We have to pay for our tickets, a lift bus (to accommodate wheel chairs), the driver and mileage. All those expenses add up quickly and even with the teachers pitching in, many of our students cannot afford to go. We are asking for donations to help offset (or in a perfect world cover!) the costs of sending our students to the zoo.

thank you for helping us reach our goal!


Project: Learning Games for Struggling Readers

Ms. Mask (grades K-1), Pine Street Elementary

Project Goal: $392.00

THIS PROJECT IS FULLY FUNDED!

My students need fun and engaging phonics centers to practice those tricky phonics sounds and engaging sight word games to master those first 220 sight words. They need Phonemic Awareness Instant Learning Centers, Roll & Read Phonics Games, and Learning Sight-Words Activity Chest.

My Students

Do you remember how proud you were when you read your first book? My students have not yet achieved that milestone - but my dream is for them to become lifelong readers. My students struggle to retain information from day to day but with fun centers, I know that can change!

I am an intervention teacher in a high poverty school with a heavy minority and Hispanic population.

I work with the most amazing group of kids. They are sweet; they are curious; they want to do well in school; they want to read, but for them reading is not coming easily. For a lot of my students, English is a second language; therefore, the letter sounds within words are not commonplace for them. Many of my students have no one that reads to them at home or helps them with their homework. The kids are excited about school and learning; many of them just don't get the support at home that they need to be successful at school. My school is full of the most creative and dedicated teachers that you can cram into one building and the one common thread among everyone is their love for the children, and their desire to see them be successful.

With the phonics and sight word centers, my students will able to manipulate the sounds within words (phonemes) as well as look at the colorful pictures (which really helps those second language learners). I plan to use the centers daily in small teacher led groups and for independent practice. These will be the building blocks of reading readiness with my kindergarten and first grade students.

They are struggling, but they want to learn. The more fun that I can make the learning - the easier it will be for them! My dream for all of my students is that they become fluent readers who not only read for information, but also read for pleasure. Can you imagine your life without a good book? Or worse yet, can you imagine not being able to read at all?

 


Project: Make A Difference - Phase One and Phase Two

Phase One was fully funded 2/8/16; Phase Two was fully funded 5/3/16

Mrs. Jones’ 3rd Grade Program Challenge Class at Flat Shoals Elementary

Project Goal: $600

Many thanks to the sponsors of both phases of this project.

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 and to compete to see which of the six groups can purchase the most goods to then donate to a local organization.  Guest speakers from Rockdale Emergency Relief Fund, Phoenix Pass, and Walking Home Together Animal Shelter will help them learn about each program and the impact of their donation.  The students are also researching the needs of these organizations and brainstorming ideas and ways to help.  Students will research and compare prices and use coupons to make the most of their money.  Guest speakers will also introduce them to the basics of grant writing.    The students are very excited about this class project and being able to help others!

Why donate?  Your donation will not only help these students learn about the importance of community service, but it will ultimately help a local non-profit organization as well!


Project: Special Needs Student Dance

Carol Wilson, Heritage High School (Special Needs Students, Senior Interact Club)

This project is fully funded.

The HHS Senior Interact Club students started in January, 2016 with an effort to do something for the special needs students here at Heritage. They raised approximately $400! 

We asked for help from the community to finish funding this dance for 170 special needs students and their parents. We needed help with decorations and refreshments.  We didn't have all the resources, but we did have a large group of Senior Interact Club students working hard to make this happen for the special needs students and their families. We wanted to honor the parents with this Mother/son Father/daughter dance.

Many thanks to our community partners for your contributions!