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2009 Pyramid Awards

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By The Staff

The Pyramid Awards are teacher grants sponsored annually by the Oldham County Educational Foundation.

For 2009, OCEF distributed $15,437.24 to fund 16 projects at 10 schools.

The Pyramid Awards are sponsored by PNC, Head Trust, Fastline Publications, La Grange Rotary, Morgan Keegan & Co., THE BANK – Oldham County, National City Bank, BB&T, Republic Bank and PTSAs from Buckner, Camden Station, Centerfield and Locust Grove elementaries; East Oldham, South Oldham, Oldham County and North Oldham middle schools; and North Oldham, South Oldham and Oldham County high schools.

Teachers submit innovative projects designed to increase student learning. Another criterion for these teacher-developed projects is student engagement, which encourages hands-on learning. Teacher projects are rated by a panel of OCEF Board members.

The following is the list of the grant recipients and each  teacher’s project:

Project fairy tale

Alison Hafner

Harmony Elementary

Project Fairy Tale incorporates the rich literature and magical characters of fairy tales and fables to teach, model and reinforce social and vocational skills such as conflict resolution strategies. The instructions will be presented in formats including reader’s theater, picture books, eBooks and puppet shows to learn about feelings, emotions and values.

America at War in the 20th century

David Wallace

Goshen Elementary

This project will focus on America’s involvement in the major conflicts of the 20th century. Through inquiry, collaboration with peers, formal research, and product display, the students will demonstrate how World War I, II, The Korean War, Vietnam and the first Persian Gulf War impacted the citizens, economy and armed forces and shaped common history in the 20th century.

Bilingual literacy

Amy Neal

La Grange Elementary School

In order to facilitate the ability of ESL students and parents to complete reading homework and to foster literacy, 80 to 100 bilingual books will be purchased. This will help students and parents in elementary schools complete their reading assignments.

Music education software project

Kyle Ray

North Oldham Middle and High Schools

The students will use multi-level music education software to engage students of varying levels of experience and learning in the pursuit of music proficiency and excellence.  Through the use of games and colorful 3-D graphics, the child is engaged

in learning the basics of music terminology and note reading all the way through music composition and arranging.

On Stage Live

Kate Nitzken

South Oldham High

This project will provide audio equipment for the drama I, drama II and EAD classes who present live productions.  The drama classes studying theater design will have a real sound board and the necessary learning tools for all levels of drama.  Performers will use microphones; tech students will design sound effects and control the audio board.

Engineering motion

Katie Stephens

Oldham County Middle School

Students will have the opportunity to observe, study and modify designs of model rockets and model airplanes.  Students will test the effects of the modifications they implement on the motion of the airplane or rocket. Culminating events include tests of the design modifications, recording data and writing an analysis of the results.

 A Year in the life of...

Joe Percefull

Oldham County Middle

The students will create a video yearbook of their school year. Students in all three grade levels will organize and gather video clips from all areas of student activities.  The students will bring back what they captured at the events to a laptop and learn through sifting through pictures and video to generate a professional looking video.

Moving to Learn – making the brain/body connection

Laura Coleman

Centerfield Elementary

The project will incorporate the SmartMoves DVD series, Brain Gym exercise strategies and Action-Based Learning to improve focus, attention, and retention for students while activating students’ brains for optimal learning.

portable,     practical publication project

Cindy reedy

South oldham high

The project will make the current journalism curriculum portable for students and expand the journalism program to offer students increased areas of journalistic study. Some examples: Technologically updating student knowledge of business aspects, opportunities for scholarships, be able to present at state levels and the  development of web-based journalism.