Educator and Operations Employee of the Year Nominees Announced
The CPS Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2012 Educator of the Year Award and Operations Employee of the Year Award.
All nominees will be recognized at the April 16th meeting of the Board of Education. The award recipients will be announced at the April 27 CPS Employee Recognition Banquet, at which the winner of Educator of the Year will receive a $1,000 cash prize and the runner up will receive a $500 cash prize (sponsored by the Columbus United Federal Credit Union), and the Operations Employee of the Year winner will receive a $500 cash prize sponsored by Bob Markham (CHS Class of 1976) and wife, Chris.
And the nominees are…
2012 CPS Educator of the Year Award:
(*Teachers whose names are followed with an asterisk are FINALISTS.)
The CPS Foundation Educator of the Year Award was created to recognize CPS teachers for their dedication, knowledge, and skill in the classroom; their ability to gain the respect and admiration of students, parents, and colleagues; the active and useful roles they play within their school and community; and their talent for inspiring students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn. Students, parents, CPS employees, and school supporting organizations submitted nominations. A committee of CPS teachers and parents selects finalists and award recipients.
2012 CPS Operations Employee of the Year Award:
(* FINALISTS' names are followed by an asterisk.)
The CPS Foundation Operations Employee of the Year Award was created to recognize permanent full-time and part-time district employees, who excel in their service to the teachers and students at CPS, for the contributions that they make to the betterment of the quality and advancement of CPS. Parents, CPS employees, and school supporting organizations submitted nominations. A committee of CPS employees selects finalists and award recipients.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and good luck!!!
Classroom Grants Awarded
Grants for Classrooms Awarded to CPS Teachers
On August 9, at the CPS district-wide staff meeting, Jessica Kuehler, CPS Foundation Executive Director, awarded three grants for use in CPS classrooms. Cheryl Ferguson and the kindergarten teachers at Lost Creek Elementary received funds to improve reading fluency in kindergarten students.Annie Sokol and the Columbus Middle School science teachers were awarded a grant for their project to incorporate National Geographic Extreme Explorer into the classroom. Finally, Amy Jahn of Columbus Middle School was selected for her project to equip the media center with Logitech microphone headsets.
After initial review by Dr. Troy Loeffelholz, District Superintendent, and Dr. Amy Romshek, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, applications were reviewed by a committee of District staff, Foundation representatives, and members of the community. Submissions were scored based upon their potential to impact instruction, the need for the project, and the major objectives of the initiative.
Funded by the Dave Ernst Memorial, the grants are intended for the development of instructional opportunities that complement the district’s mission statement, “engaging all learners to achieve success”. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, math and science labs, technology, fine arts, career exploration, and internet-based programs. Grant funds may not replace normal funding from tax-based sources.
Three additional grants are available for the 2011-2012 spring semester. All CPS district professional personnel who work directly with children are eligible to receive grant funds. Applications are available at Grant Initiatives under the Foundation tab on the CPS website. The deadline is October 31, 2011.
CHS band equipment provided by Lovci Memorial
The Columbus High School Band Department’s need for more music stands has been met. Fifteen music stands, two storage carts, and a conductor’s chair were purchased on February 24, with the Sue Lovci Memorial Fund.
“Since the addition of the highly popular guitar class, and the growth of the CHS Band and Percussion units, it has been necessary to utilize more music stands in both the band and choir room, along with the need to store the new equipment appropriately,” said Jeff Peabody, High School Instrumental Music Instructor.
The semester-long guitar class allows the fine arts department to reach more than 100 students each year from an entirely new demographic. Many of these students are not involved in other music classes because they have prerequisites and performance attendance requirements, but choose to take guitar class because it is a music class which is offered without any of these conditions.
The Susan Lovci Memorial Fund was established through the Columbus Public Schools Foundation to honor the memory of Susan Beth Hollingworth Lovci. Lovci served several terms on the Columbus Public Schools Board of Education and was an outspoken advocate for education. As an accomplished violinist, she was passionate about music programs in the public schools.
With donations from more than 40 generous individuals, including family and friends, the Fund, earmarked for the Columbus High School Music Department, reached $2,381. The purchase by the CPS Foundation marked the second anniversary of Susan Lovci’s passing.
The mission of the Foundation is to enhance student learning by working with the school district, businesses, and community to provide financial support for innovative programs and other needs not covered by the school district’s funding sources.
Columbus High School Principal Steve Woodside understands the important role the Foundation plays when the district is facing budget constraints. “The foundation’s role in enhancing educational opportunities will allow schools the opportunity to enhance programs and fill many of the gaps in funding that will continue to be a concern now and in the future due to tightened budgets and the current economy. The Lovci Memorial Fund, specifically, targeted the need of our guitar class that is a new and growing program of the fine arts department.”
Over the last 11 years, the CPS Foundation has distributed more than $350,000 to the Columbus Public Schools and their students in the form of equipment and supplies, books, sponsorships, and scholarships. Memorial gifts are just one of the ways to utilize the Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization.
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