The Monona Grove Education Foundation is designed to support projects and programs that promote excellence in the Monona Grove School District.
The Foundation is supported solely by generous gifts from individuals, groups, and businesses.
These resources will enhance the total educational program and expose students and staff to new perspectives in learning.
Through funding of innovative and original programs, the Foundation seeks to take educational experience beyond the expected level.
It is the Foundation's expectation that programs supported by the Foundation will help develop and refine education innovations that will ultimately provide Monona Grove students with added knowledge and skills.
The Monona Grove Education Fuondation is a non-profit corportation that has been created to support education excellence in our schools.
The Foundation provides scholarships and grants, in addition to funding special projects. Grants to teachers and students fund special class projects, allow for staff development, and provide special assistance to students and school programs.
The Foundation supports creative, innovative and nurturing pilot programs and projects that benefit students, teachers, and the educational environment as a whole.
The following grants are examples of current activities supported by the foundation:
Attendance for one teacher at the Wisconsin School Leadership Academy in June. The conference will have four experts in the area of leadership, student learning and relationships. The topics include: 1) what makes a successful school work, 2) leadership and learning connecting every level of leadership to improve learning and tips for bringing leadership into the classroom, 3) classroom assessment and grading that works, and 4) connectedness and personalization: building student relationships that lead to student academic success. Funded through the Onsager Grant.
The funding supports the cost of training for up to ten teachers in the district to be GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) certified. The GLOBE project is an international program that promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the earth system through hands-on research projects. Funded through the Onsager Grant.
This grant will fund the purchase of a Classroom Performance System (CPS). The CPS is an innovative, proven technology which allows a classroom to become an interactive learning environment through the use of individual remote-control 'clickers.' Students using the system give teachers instant feedback as to how well the class understands a given concept allowing for immediate modification of lesson plans based on student understanding. Funded through the Huntington Learning Center Grant.
Funding to begin a school-community garden at the Glacial Drumlin School in Cottage Grove. This project will enhance student learning with hands-on projects, meaning and relevance to learning. Improve children’s health by giving exercise digging and working in the garden. Teach children how food is grown and expand the range of healthful foods they eat. Build and strengthen the between the school and Monona and Cottage Grove communities. Help green the school by harvesting rain water and planting some native perennials. Develop lunchroom composting program to reduce school waste. Funding will assist with purchasing tools, seeds, and supplies for gardening. Funding through Phoebe Bakken grant.
Our assistance is ongoing – on projects large and small. The Foundation has taken a lead role in fundraising to place an orchestra pit in our new high school fine arts center. This $150,000.00 project will greatly enhance the new school and benefit all of the citizens of the district for decades to come. Together with members of the Friends of the Arts Committee, the foundation is working hard to raise the funds for this fine addition, which will be named after Mr. Ed Schwan, the first High School Principal and the first District Superintendent of the Monona Grove School District.
And among these things, the Monona Grove Education Foundation also helps to...
* Acquire special materials or equipment.
* Show appreciation to teachers and others affiliated with the district.
* Fund enrichment programs within academics, the arts, drama, music and athletics.
* Promote community involvement in our schools.
* Give other special assistance to students