Board Meeting Venue Change
The regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Post Falls School District will be held for the conduct of business commencing at 6:00pm at River City Middle School at 1505 N. Fir in Post Falls, Idaho, the second Monday of each month.
PFHS and PFMS Receive $100,000 Khan Academy Grants
Post Falls School District has been awarded two $50,000 Khan Academy Grants funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. One grant will outfit three Post Falls High School classrooms with Chromebook computers that are used to give students access to advanced math practice lessons via the Khan Academy. The second grant will provide Chromebooks for three Post Falls Middle School classrooms to allow middle school students access to the Khan Academy math materials. PFHS received a $50,000 grant last year to pilot the program. The PFHS staff members that were involved in the project were recognized for their exceptional work by the foundation during a ceremony in May. These teachers were then invited to apply for the additional grants for this upcoming school year.
Century Publishing Receives Business Award
The Board of Trustees recently honored Century Publishing for their ongoing contribution to school district activities. Specifically, Century Publishing is the main sponsor for the district’s annual spring food drive. David Risdon, CEO, was present to receive the recognition during the regular July Board Meeting. He and his company, provide all the prizes and incentives to the schools for collecting the food destined for the Post Falls Food Bank. Over 16,000 pounds of food was collected this year. Century Publishing supports many other district activities including the Reverse Job Fair. A big thank you goes out to Century Publishing. They are one of the district's fantastic business partners.
Two Schools Receive $450,000 Tech Grants
Mullan Trail Elementary School and Ponderosa Elementary Schools have been awarded grants through the Idaho Technology Pilot Program. Mullan Trail will receive $204,000 and Ponderosa will receive $250,000. The money will be used to fund innovative technology projects in both schools that if successful can be replicated in other schools around the state. The Idaho State Legislature set aside $3,000,000 for this project and 99 grants were submitted for consideration from across Idaho, totaling over $26,000,000. A total of 15 grants were ultimately funded out of the 99 requests and two came from Post Falls School District.
To be eligible, a pilot project had to be a full integration model and designed to improve student academic growth and financial efficiencies throughout the entire school. The project had to be scalable to other schools and demonstrate sustainability statewide after the technology pilot period ends. The 15 grant awards were selected by a committee of education stakeholders in a “blind” process.
Mullan Trail Elementary, Post Falls School District: $204,464.80
Mullan Trail Elementary wants to become Idaho’s first “Google School.” The goal of this “Google School” is to assist teachers in improving student achievement and engagement by utilizing technology to deliver unique, authentic and challenging lessons specific to their students’ interests, learning styles and abilities. Mullan Trail will purchase and implement Chromebooks, tablets and management systems, Chromecast and other Google accessories to improve student achievement by providing individualized instruction based on real time data. Mullan Trail also intends to use some of the pilot grant funding to install and enhance Wi-Fi and network infrastructure to ensure sustainability. In addition to the technology purchases, Mullan Trail is also making a significant investment in professional development for their teachers and staff.
Ponderosa Elementary School, Post Falls School District: $249,909.60
The Ponderosa Elementary pilot project entitled “G.A.M.E.ON!”, for Going Another Mile to Educate, intends to capitalize on today’s students’ familiarity with digital games and game mechanics. This will help to ignite enthusiasm in the individual student’s desire to “show what they know” and “level up” to more advanced material at their own rate. The intent is to “Gamefy” aspects of education challenging students to master skills and concepts, move on to more challenging levels and be recognized for their achievements. Using a $249,909.60 grant award, the school will purchase Chromebooks and accessories, and utilize Open Educational Resources, Mozilla Open Badges, and personalized content. Students will practice and master reading, writing and mathematics while creating and accessing new, personalized educational content. If a student is struggling with a subject, they can utilize approved, online content such as Khan Academy to progress at their own pace. Advanced students will be able to move on at their own pace as well. Learners will earn digital badges for mastering content based on Idaho Core Standards and will be able to “level up” to new, more challenging content as they demonstrate mastery.