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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.

 

PFHS Seniors Offered $3,000,000 in Scholarships

The Post Falls High School Class of 2014 has been offered nearly $3,000,000 in college scholarships.  The awards were recently announced as part of the Senior Awards Night activity held at the school.  The following are just a few of the scholarships offered to our outstanding senior class:

Acadia Babin

University of Idaho

$    6000

Matthew Bauman

Kiwanis Key Club Award       

$      750

Nicole Collie

Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

$    3000

Savannah Deskins

Carlson Memorial Scholarship

$    2000

Nicole Dutton 

Idaho Forest Group    

$      500

Alexander Gibson

LCSC Trustee Scholarship

$  68000

Scott Givens

Gonzaga University Scholarship

$  60000

Sydnee Hancock

Rocky Mountain College

$  32000

Matthew Hillman

George Fox    

$  52000

Kennadie Johnson

PF Lion Club Scholarship

$    1000

Marissa Leupold

U of I Academic Achievement

$  12000

Shachel Manbeck

Whitworth Univ. Scholarship 

$  60000

Justin McCabe

WSU Cougar Academic Award

$  36000

Katylynn Miller           

Carroll College Presidential

$  56000

Tim Mueller

Oregon State Athletic

$105180

Serena Porter

PF Rotary Club Scholarship

$      750

Caleb Quates

Manuel & Gladys Schneidmiller

$  31644

Erin Roush

Molstead Family Memorial NIC

$   1665

Brook Sausser

U of Montana Scholarship

$  56000

Megan Spenser

Seattle Pacific Scholarship

$  68000

Alexis Smith   

EWU Athletic Scholarship

$  16000

Nathan Taggart

BYU-Idaho Scholarship         

$  15000

Justin White

PF Chamber of Commerce

$      500    

District Honors Staff at Annual Banquet

The District held its annual Awards and Retirement Banquet on May 6 to honor our valued staff members. The following were honored as Teacher of the Year and Classified Employee of the Year.

FPK: Heather Wood and Rebecca Thompson
MTE: Sara Lewis and Kathy Pollock
PES: Julie Beck and Jean Anyan
PVE: Sandy Doering and Kelly Yamaura
SES: Kathy Cooper and Mary Coulter
WRE: Kathy Webster and Jill Stevenson
PFMS: Jacob Munyer and Khrist Rojas
RCMS: Kevin Hauck and Melissa Heck
NVHS: Terry Wall and Vicki Hornfelt
PFHS: Ame Trull and Susan Schneidmiller

Also honored were the following 2014 retirees:  Linda Adams, Mike Arnold, Bill Dean, Linda Fry, Monica Hillard, Lorali Holt, Karla Merrill, Nancy Strom, Kathy Webster and Linda Wilhelm.  The District extends a special note of appreciation to Parker Toyota for their generous donation for the retiree dinners.

Board Appoints Chris Sensel as PFHS Principal

The Post Falls School District Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from Superintendent Jerry Keane to appoint current Post Falls High School assistant principal Chris Sensel as the interim principal for the 2014-2015 school year.  Mr. Sensel came to the district as a teacher at New Vision High School in 1996 and served in that role until he was appointed the principal of New Vision High School in 2005.  He was hired as an assistant principal at Post Falls High School in 2010.  Mr. Keane states, “In each of the positions he has held in the district Mr. Sensel has demonstrated the intelligence, dedication, and passion for students, staff and parents as well as the overall leadership skills that are necessary for him to be successful as the principal of Post Falls High School”.  Along with his career in education, Mr. Sensel served many years in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Bagdad, Iraq in 2003 as a tank commander and platoon sergeant first class.  Mr. Sensel will take over the position from current principal Dena Naccarato who will be the Director of Programs and Instruction.

 

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