Grants

Spring/Summer 2017 Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Spring/Summer Grant Cycle was a great one with the grants awarded adding up to $12,722.16! We are so thrilled to have supported the schools, teachers and students of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District by granting a grand total of $27,351 for the 2016/2017 school year.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Downieville School, K-12 – Partially funded $406.45 for the Multi-Media System Grant to film ongoing outdoor and environmental educational projects. Robin Bolle, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, grades K-6 – Fully funded $830.00 for the LES ZomBee Watch Program, a citizen science project developed with San Francisco State University to collect and analyze data concerning the honeybee in North America. Amy Filippini, Learning Garden Director.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 4 – Fully funded $143.94 for a class set of head lamps to be used for the annual Lava Beds National Monument field trip taken in the spring.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grades K-6 – Fully funded $1,710.00 for the Learning Garden to create shade spaces in critical educational and growing areas in and around the facility.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville High School, 7-12 – Funded $2,930 for the “Julius & Odysseus” Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. This three-day experience includes a visit to Ashland, Oregon to view two plays, and will also involve college tours at Southern Oregon University and California State University, Chico. Lynn Fillo, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Kindergarten – Funded $1,620 for the Art Experience for the Youngest Students Project. Kindergarten students will enjoy two day-long art workshops at the Painted Vine Art Studio in Truckee, CA. April Burns, Teacher.

Downieville School, K-6 – Funded $3,844.77 for the Downieville STEM Program featuring 3D Printing. Robin Bolle & Steve Fillo, Teachers

Loyalton Elementary School, grades K, 1. Funded $1,237 for the Elementary STEM lab. The grant will purchase a school pack of Keva Blocks for enhancement projects.

Winter 2016 Grant Recipients

It was another phenomenal grant cycle with The Foundation funding $14,629.25 for stellar educational projects and programs, all of which align perfectly with our Roots & Boots Initiative, as well as with The Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards! Congratulations to all!

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Downieville School, Grades K-12 – Fully funded $2,000 for the Downieville Garden’s Art-Science Fusion Project. Maire McDermid, Teacher

Loyalton High School, Grades 9-12 – Fully funded $1,433.25 for Northern California Geology Field Trip to Lassan Volcanic National Park and surrounding areas. Jason Adams, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 4 – Fully funded $1,500 plus up to $1,000 for transportation costs for the Lavabeds National Monument 2-day field trip. Joanna Haug, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, Grades 9-12 – Fully funded $863 for needed equipment and tools in the Agricultural Classrooms. Cali Griffin, Teacher.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville & Loyalton Elementary Schools, Grades K-6 – Fully funded $4,000 for the Mobile STEM Labs in the Classroom Project. Andrea Ceresola, Principal.

Downieville School, Grades 4 -12 – Fully funded $2,250 to provide voice, dance and music instruction and support for the 2017 Spring Musical. Lynn Fillo, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, Grades 7-12 – Fully funded $358.00 for a digital microscope with built-in WiFi sharing capability to be used for multiple classes. Jason Adams, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grades K-1 – Fully funded $760.00 for the Introducing STEM to the Youngest Years Project. Ann Fisher, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 3 – Fully funded $465 for University of Nevada Reno Planetarium Field Trip. Erin Folchi, Teacher.

 

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Spring Grant Cycle was a great one with the grants awarded adding up to $14, 246! We are so thrilled to have supported the schools, teachers and students of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District by granting a grand total of $31,767 for the 2015/2016 school year.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Downieville School, K-12 – Fully funded $624 for the Downieville Native and Heritage Plants Botanical Demonstration Garden. Robin Bolle, Teacher.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Loyalton High School, 9-12 – Funded $3,804 for the Filmmaking 2.0 Project: Digital Storytelling. Students will not only have an enhanced filmmaking experience, but also begin working in the other digital arts to begin telling stories through video game design, and JAVA Script coding for 2D and 3D game design. Megan Meschery, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 7-12 – Funded $2,536 for  the Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. The students of the Theatre Arts and English Classes will view live plays and visit Southern Oregon University. Camille Alfred, Teacher.

Downieville High School, 7-12 – Funded $3124 for the Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. This three-day experience includes a visit to Ashland, Oregon to view two plays, and will also involve college tours at Southern Oregon University, California State University, Chico and Shasta College. Lynn Fillo, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Kindergarten – Funded $1,390 for the Art Experience for the Youngest Students Project. Kindergarten students will enjoy two day-long art workshops at the Painted Vine Art Studio in Truckee, CA. April Burns, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 7-12 – Funded $350 to add value through the purchasing of additional equipment for the current Art and Science Combination Ceramics Project, which provides ceramic design and creation to all students 7-12. Laura Calabrese, Teacher.

Downieville School, K-6 – Funded $948 for the Zumba Dance for Kids Project. Downieville Elementary will offer dance classes once a week to increase body awareness, provide fundamentals of dance, and give opportunities for fun exercise. Maire McDermid, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 9-12. Funded $1,470 for three SAT workshops to offer instruction on the new SAT/PSAT, which are now in line with the Common Core Standards. The new exams will be administered starting in October 2015 and we want our students well-prepared for this change. Kim McKinney, Teacher.

Winter 2015 Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Winter Grant Cycle was a huge success as we were able to fund EVERY grant that was submitted from both Downieville and Loyalton schools for a grand total of $17,521.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Downieville School, K-12 – Fully funded $5,000 for the Downieville Greenhouse Project. Maire McDermid, Teacher.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 4 – Fully funded $1,140 to provide lodging for the three-day field trip to the Lava Beds National Monument. Joanna Haug, Teacher.

Downieville School, 6-12 – Fully funded $1,626 for The Biological, Geological and Historical Documentation Project of Western Sierra County to purchase mapping and geological equipment. Robin Bolle, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 6-12 – Fully funded $1,520 for the Aquaponics Learning Project to purchase an aquaponics system for the agriculture program. Cali Griffin, Teacher.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Loyalton High School, Grades 7 – 12 – Funded $905 for new ceramics equipment to enhance the ceramics/sculpture program. Laura Calabrese, Teacher.

Downieville School, Grades K-12 – Fully Funded $2,250 to support dance, music, and stage art training for the 2016 spring musical. Lynn Filo, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 6-12 – Fully funded $2,080 to purchase a one-year license for the reading comprehension news site NewsELA to enhance student literacy and current event knowledge. Tom Jones, Principal; Megan Meschery, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, 6-12 – Fully funded the Grizzly Way Project $1,000 for student incentive awards for stellar academics and citizenship each semester. Tom Jones, Principal.

Loyalton High School, 9-12 – Fully funded $2,000 for theater arts students to attend the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon in the spring. Camille Alfred, Teacher.

Spring 2015 Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Spring Grant Cycle was a huge success as we were able to fund EVERY grant that was submitted from both Downieville and Loyalton schools for a grand total of $22,864. We are so excited to report that the following amazing projects, programs and educational tools will be part of the student experience to kick off the 2015-2016 school year.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Loyalton High School, Grades 7 & 8 – Fully funded $2,925 for the “Creating an A-Team Environment” program, which involves outdoor education, leadership training and team building activities to all middle school students at a local ropes course facility. Mark Fisher, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 6 – Fully funded $1,000 for the “Yuba River Outdoor Classroom” program, which includes an overnight experience at the San Francisco State Field School along the Yuba river. Students participate in environmental science activities, learn to fly fish, build shelters, and learn about watershed science in California.
Pat Doyle, Teacher.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville High School, grades 10 -12 – Fully funded $2050 for the Ashland Theater and College Tour Field Trip. This three-day experience includes a visit to Ashland, Oregon to view two plays, and will also involve college tours at Southern Oregon University, California State University, Chico and Shasta College.
Lynn Filo, Teacher

Loyalton High School, grades 7-12 – Fully funded $7,700 for the “Exploring STEM with a 3D Printer” project. The 3D printer will be used to enhance design, iteration of math and engineering concepts, production, and data gathering in the mathematics and industrial arts classrooms.
Sue Gressel, Kim McKinney, and Craig Sheridan, Teachers.

Downieville & Loyalton High Schools, grades 9-12 – Partially funded $1,300 for three SAT workshops to offer instruction on the new SAT/PSAT, which are now in line with the Common Core Standards. The new exams will be administered starting in October 2015 and we want our students well-prepared for this change.
Janet McHenry & Kim McKinney, Teachers

Sierra Pass Continuation High School – Fully funded $700 for the “Working with Wood” project. The grant will be used to purchase tools and materials to allow at-risk students to build their wood-working and artistic skills.
Leslie Osgood, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School, Grade 3 – Fully funded $470 for a field trip to the Fleischmann Planetarium in Reno, Nevada as the culminating activity after the solar system and planets unit of study.
Erin Folchi, Teacher.

Downieville Schools, grades 4-12 – Fully funded $1,000 for the Digital Video Making Project designed to empower students with digital technology skills. The project includes the purchase and use of industry-level filming equipment and software for multi-media products in and outside of the classroom.
Maire McDermid, Teacher

Loyalton Elementary School, Kindergarten – Fully funded $1,710 for a hands-on art program for the kindergarten students. The students will participate in two class sessions at an art studio in Truckee, California where they will study and reproduce works by famous artists.
Andrea White, Teacher.

Loyalton High School, grades 7-12 – Fully funded $1,566 for the Roots & Boots focused “Ceramics for Art and Science Combination Project.” The high school will be adding an advanced ceramics class this year and also using ceramics to explore topics related to biology and environmental science. The grant goes towards the purchase of much-needed equipment to ensure ceramics across the curriculum is a success.
Laura Calabrese & Mark Fisher, Teachers.

Loyalton Elementary School, Kindergarten – Fully funded $243 for admission to The Discovery Museum in Reno, Nevada to provide the children with an opportunity to explore their senses, to hone their observation skills and vocabulary around science.
Andrea White, Teacher

Loyalton High School, grades 7-12 – Partially funded $2,200 for the production of Shrek, the Musical to purchase equipment and provide stipends for performance instructors.
Camille Alfred, Teacher

 Winter 2014 Grant Recipients

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS OF SIERRA COUNTY! The Winter Grant Cycle was a huge success as we were able to fund EVERY grant that was submitted from both Downieville and Loyalton schools for a grand total of $23,832. We are so excited to report that the following amazing projects, programs and educational tools will be part of the student experience in 2015. What a terrific way to start off the New Year!

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Dowieville Schools – Fully funded $855 for Trout in the Classroom Project, an environmental education project focused on aquatic resources providing strong connection to our local watershed.
Alicia Schofield, Teacher

Loyalton Elementary School – Fully funded $3,325 for Farm-to-School Program to improve existing gardens with water systems, more beds, and educational equipment and supplies.
Amy Filippini, School Career Counselor

Loyalton High SchoolFully Funded $5,620 for a complete watering system, beds, and equipment for the new Loyalton High School garden and green house.
Amy Filippini, School Career Counselor

Loyalton Elementary School – Funded over $2,000 for the 4th Grade Lava Beds National Monument Field Trip.
Joanna Haug, Teacher

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville Schools – Fully funded $2,250 for Dance and Vocal Music Workshops for the spring musical.
Lynn Fillo, Teacher.

Loyalton High School – Fully funded $1,900 for the LHS Ceramics Program to purchase potter’s wheels and other equipment.
Laura Calabrese, Teacher

Loyalton Elementary School – Fully funded $2,500 for The Alice in Wonderland Experience. The grant allows the entire elementary school – all 187 students – to attend the professional production of Alice in Wonderland in Reno, NV.
Andrea White, Teacher.

Downieville & Loyalton High Schools – Fully funded $1,400 for the SAT Workshop Project to provide three free SAT workshops to offer instruction on strategies to take the SAT Reasoning Test, with one workshop focused on SAT Critical Reading, one focused on SAT Mathematics, and one focused on SAT Writing.
Janet McHenry, Teacher

Loyalton High School – Fully funded $2,982 for Phase II of the Digital Media and Film Program for student workshops on film techniques, lighting and green screen use, and software, along with field trips to YouTube and other digital media locations.
Megan Meschery, Teacher

Loyalton High School – Fully Funded $1000 for Incentive Program to provide motivation to students who maintain their high academic progress as well as perfect school attendance.
Marla Stock, Principal

Spring 2014 Grant Recipients

This spring we awarded a grand total of $22,887.50 for stellar educational programs and projects for the students of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified Schools District, making the total funding for the 2013-2014 school year over $40,000!  This is all thanks to our generous donors and the efforts of our volunteers who work tirelessly with our four yearly fundraising campaigns.

The Foundation awarded funding to projects that met specific criteria in line with The Foundation’s “Roots & Boots” Initiative, which is committed to encouraging students to explore, appreciate and preserve their rural “roots” and the remote and rural landscapes that shapes them, while also providing them with the “boots,” or skills, training and experiences to walk into their future prepared and inspired for what is ahead.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science:

Loyalton Elementary School – Funded $9,700 for the Farm to School Program. Funds go to upgrade the elementary school’s green house and put in outdoor beds, fencing, and sheds. All grade levels will participate in planning, planting, cultivating, harvesting and preparing the food they grow with the future hope to bring it to the school cafeteria for all students to enjoy.  Joanna Haug, Teacher and Amy Filippini, Career Counselor.

Downieville High School – $1,937.50 for the Art in the Core Curriculum.
This projects serves to bring an enhanced knowledge of the core curriculum through art exploration with the help of local artists and local resources.

♦The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville High School & Loyalton High School – Funded $2,500 and $2,100 for experiential learning field trips to the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Lynn Fillo, Teacher and Camille Alfred, Teacher.

Loyalton High School – $3,000 to start a Choral Music Program for middle and high school students.
Marla Stock, Principal

Downieville Elementary School – $1,600 to purchase Lexia Phonics Software for students in grades K-3.  Important reading software for the youngest readers allowing them to learn to read at their pace and enjoy doing it.
Alicia Schofield, Teacher.

Loyalton Elementary School – $2,050 for KinderArt Hands-On Art Day in Reno, NV for the kindergarten class. As the kindergarten level does not receive any formal art instruction, this grant introduces them to an all-day art immersion project to connect our youngest students to the beauty of art and enjoyment of its creation.

Winter 2013 Grant Recipients

We are proud to the report that we have awarded nearly $18,000 to the teachers and schools of the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified Schools District in December to provide excellent educational opportunities for its students.  The Foundation awarded funding to projects that met specific criteria in line with The Foundation’s “Roots & Boots” Initiative, which is committed to encouraging students to explore, appreciate and preserve their rural “roots” and the remote and rural landscapes that shapes them, while also providing them with the “boots,” or skills, training and experiences to walk into their future prepared and inspired for what is ahead.

• The following is a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Boots focus area, which funds experiences and programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Art, Music, Career Development, and College Readiness:

Downieville Junior/Senior High School – Funded a total of $6,469.20 for the iPad Tablet Project  One-to-one student use of computer technology in the classroom.                  Stephen Tassone, Science Teacher

Loyalton High School – Funded a total of $1,165-Sparking Interest in Renewable Energy Engineering  K’nex Renewable Energy Kits for 8th and 10th grade science classes to launch engineering and renewable energy projects in the classroom.                                  Mark Fisher, Science Teacher

Downieville and Loyalton High Schools – Funded $1,000 Advancing to College Program SAT preparation (instruction and student supplies) free for all high school students.    Janet McHenry, English Teacher & Kim McKinney, Mathematics Teacher

Downieville Junior/Senior High School – Funded $1,500 Art for the Core Curriculum Project to jump start the inclusion of art into secondary education.                            Augustine Corcoran, Social Studies and Spanish Teacher

Loyalton Elementary School – Funded $2, 628 The Experience of Musical Theatre       Field trip for the entire elementary school to see the musical performance of Shrek in Reno, NV.                                                                                                                                    Loyalton Elementary School Staff.  Andrea White, Lead Contact

Loyalton High School – Funded $3,000 The Digital Media & Graphic Design Project  Graphic arts students learn how to use design software from professional graphic designers.                                                                                                                                                     Marla Stock, Principal

• The following are a list of the projects and programs completely or partially funded by The SSF in the Roots focus area, which funds experiences and program in Outdoor Education, Agriculture Education, Rural & Mountain Heritage, and Environmental Science.

Loyalton Elementary School – Funded a total of $1,625 Outdoor Learning at the Lava Beds National Monument – 4th grade two-day field trip studying the lava caves, the history of the Modoc Indians, ancient rock art, and a variety of plants and animals.   Joanna Haug, 4th Grade Teacher

Loyalton High School – Funded a total of $155 Agriculture Barn Rehabilitation Project – Funds to replace heat lamps with safer, more reliable models.                                                      Cali Griffin, Agriculture Teacher

 

Spring 2013 Grant Recipients & the Roots & Boots Initiative

This cycle, we’re proud to report that we were able to fund ALL of the grant applications submitted for a total of $9,858.  Each grant will fund one or more of the branches of our Roots & Boots Initiative launched this spring thanks to our incredibly successful School House Community Workshop and 5-year strategic planning.  A huge congratulations to all of the schools, teachers, and students who will benefit from the following excellent educational grants:

Downieville & Loyalton High Schools, BOOTS – College Readiness
Fully funded $1,708 for SAT preparation workshops (instruction and student supplies)
Janet McHenry & Kim McKinney, English & Math Teachers

Loyalton Middle/High School, BOOTS – STEM, Art, Career Development
Fully funded $7,000 for audio/visual equipment to build a digital media library and an after-school film club
Megan Meschery, English Teacher; Blaine Donnelly, District Technology Coordinator

Loyalton Elementary School, ROOTS – Outdoor Education, Environmental Science
Fully funded $500 for the Yuba River Riparian Classroom
Pat Doyle, 6th Grade Teacher

Loyalton High School, BOOTS – STEM, Art
Fully funded $650 for Yearbook Training & Summer Institute
Laura Calabrese, Yearbook & Art Teacher

Winter 2012 Grant Recipients

This cycle we funded over $20,000 in teacher and school grants!  Congratulations to the following teachers & administrators:

Loyalton Middle & High School Agriculture Department
Fully funded $5,000 for computers, software and other necessary technology.
Cali Griffin, Agriculture Science Teacher

Downieville Jr./Sr. High School – Fully funded a total of $3,865
Experiencial learning projects & fieldtrips to The Wild & Scenic Film Festival & Workshops; Ashland Shakespeare Festival; and California University tours.
Lynn Filo, English Teacher

Loyalton Elementary & Middle Schools – Partially funded $4,000
To support successful music program
Derek Cooper, Principal

Downieville Elementary & Jr./Sr. High Schools – Fully funded $805.61
Four Die-Cut sets for AccuCut machine for billboard making.
Suzi Pangman, School Secretary

Loyalton Elementary School – Fully funded $2,502
Entire school to see the musical performance of “Miracle of 34th Street” in Reno, NV.
Andrea White, 1st Grade Teacher

Loyalton High School – Fully funded $800
Accelerated Reader Program student prizes.
Barbara Jaquez, Teacher
Loyalton Middle & High Schools – Partially funded $1,200
After-school musical theatre performance project of “Grease.”
Camille Alfred, Teacher

Loyalton Middle School – Fully Funded $2,100
“Reach” Leadership and Empowerment Conference for Leadership Class
Mark Fisher, Teacher