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Gripp Grants In Action

Here are some updates on recent Gripp Grants.


WJHS Science Moticams

Dr. Peter Ower, WJHS 7th grade science teacher was granted funding for 24 Moticams, which are special cameras that mount on the lab microscopes already in use at WJHS.

With these cameras, students can take photos of their biology studies and share this work with their teachers and other students. This replaces the outdated practice of students hand drawing what they view in the microscopes or attempting to photograph their findings with iPadsMoticams have streamlined the workflow during biology labs, and encourage collaboration between lab groups and science classes.

Dr. Ower says this new method of examining cells is “very engaging for the students!”




Harper “Only You” River Rocks Path

Harper art teacher, Kathleen Robinson, was awarded a grant to create a school-wide art installation that fostered conversations about individuality and making the world a better place for all. Students read “Only You” by Linda Kranz focused on these topics. After reading the book, students brainstormed how they can make the world a better place. Then they each painted a river rock to represent their uniqueness. The rocks were then combined into a beautiful, colorful path in the school prairie garden. Reflecting on the project, Ms. Robinson said, “We made the prairie garden space a little brighter for all to enjoy.”



Romona Outdoor Learning Gazebo


Students and teachers are thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to learn in their new outdoor classroom. From preschool reading time to elementary science exploration the gazebo provides the school community with a unique extension of the main school building. It’s almost like a one room school house from year’s gone by! Romona School Principal Cindy Anderson is thrilled for students “to engage with the natural environment in an innovative and exciting way!”


Breakout EDU Boxes

Teachers and students at all elementary schools and WJHS have been wildly enthusiastic about these boxes and their potential uses.  They have been used at every grade level in multiple classes from science to music to social studies. A Harper school social worker and an LBS ran a Breakout focused on the skills they are teaching to students in their social skills group.  “This box helps target SO many skills – and works with ANY curriculum,” said Harper DST Sue Flachsbart.



Central School Mileage Club

At recess, Central School students can choose to participate in the optional Mileage Club. Students track laps walked or run and have a personal card scanned to log their distance. Many students set a goal to complete a marathon over time. According to PE teacher and program innovator, Kathleen Peth, the record so far is five marathons in one school year!