Raider Scholastic Foundation Overview
3 months ago
The Brookville Raider Scholastic Foundation, a 501c (3) corporation, is a collaborative effort among individuals committed to providing financial support for the Brookville Area School District. The foundation and the BASD are separate entities, but work together as partners to support the students being educated in the District’s schools. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is made up of individuals from a broad segment of the community who volunteer their time and expertise to raise funds needed to support the Foundation’s programs.
The Brookville Area Raider Scholastic Foundation financially supports innovative programs and learning opportunities for students in the Brookville Area School District. By working with educational professionals and community members, we seek to develop students’ individual talents and interests by affording them unique, stimulating, high-quality educational experiences. Our programs are available to Brookville Area School District students from kindergarten to high school.
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Supporting our foundation is supporting the future of the children of the Brookville Area School District! Foundation grants have been made possible by donations from businesses, community organizations, and individuals. Why not consider making a tax deductible donation? To become a part of this generous opportunity, contact Ellen Neyman at 814-849-1103.
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3 months ago
The following is a list of EITC approved programs supported by the Brookville Raider Scholastic Foundation. Your donations to the foundation directly support these programs in the Brookville Area School District.
EITC Approved Programs
Advanced Placement Courses (AP Programs)
The program seeks to offer students the ability to pursue higher level course work in preparation for a post-secondary education. It is the intention that the advanced course offering provide student with advanced skills and preparation which allows them to be competitive when applying to colleges and universities and to also have the skills to transition and exceed in that environment.
Funding for the program will be used to support the programs as follows;
• Provided materials and supplies necessary for the course offerings
• To help support the cost of the instructor
• To provide training and resources to ensure the courses are rigorous and maximize the student’s opportunity
• To provide funding assistance to students for the cost of the AP exams
• To assist in the development of additional AP course offering as the need develops
The tentative AP course offering for the Brookville
• AP Physics
• AP Chemistry
• AP Biology
• AP Calculus
• AP Spanish
• AP German
• AP History
• AP English/Literature
• AP English/Language
Artist in Residence
The program seeks to offer students the ability to pursue higher level course work the specific area of art. It is the intention that the artist in residence offers a project for all students at an advanced level of skill which allows students the opportunity to explore the composition of various visual texts.
Funding for the program will be used to support the programs as follows:
• Provided materials and supplies necessary for the project
• To help support the cost of the instructor
• To provide training and resources for students and the classroom teachers
• To provide funding assistance for a finished product that will become part of the school’s landscape externally or to add art work to the interior of the building.
The tentative artist in residence projects for the Brookville Area School District
• Sculpture (Interior and/or exterior)
• Decoration for an event
• Stage settings
• Displays of art work
With advances in technology moving ever onward at an increasing pace, school districts find that they must either move forward and adapt or leave their students at a disadvantage when they enter the work force. The Arts is a near perfect vehicle for instilling a drive for knowledge that students can greatly benefit from.
While not every student will go into the arts as a career choice, certainly the arts can provide a more rounded education. It is vital that we can benefit all students and not just those who go into the arts. Any extra funding that can be provided will greatly enhance the learning experiences of those who are involved. This funding will be spread out over 3 distinct areas; digital, three dimensional arts including sculpture, and two dimensional arts including graphic design and painting.
The best example of this benefit is in the digital arts because of the three dimensional thinking that it encourages. With the digital art programs we use, the student must use a process of layering images on top of each other. In some assignments our students will use up to sixty four layers or more to create just one single image. The processes can be very involved and it requires students to not only learn exact ways but to also experiment with those processes. Encouraging abstract thinking and creative solutions to open ended problems are what the Arts do best. Keeping students in school is another as there are many options now for students to choose not to be in school, the Arts is a great way to keep students in the district. Throughout the school year I will hear many times that if it was not for the Art Program that a student would choose to go to PA Cyber because that is the easier route, but our Programs keep them interested. Another benefit of the digital classroom is the amount of paper supplies that are saved. Students now turn in their projects over the internet.
Any extra funding would go into enhancing these programs whether it would be in the purchasing of equipment or software, or even replacing older items that no longer function as they should. As a Program we should always be advancing with the times and technology that will be coming available. It’s difficult to predict where the technology might advance to, but in order to keep the interest and the high expectation that we have for ourselves fulfilled we will need to keep up with the advances.
Benefits for the programs would include:
- Upgrades to existing software to latest versions
- Purchases of 3D rendering software
- Purchases and maintenance of 3D printers
- Purchases and maintenance of Large format printers (Printer Ink)
- Visiting Artists
- Purchases of Equipment such as (Tripods, Cameras, Lights, Pottery Wheels, Kilns,)
- Trips to Museums such as the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Phipps Conservatory, Smithsonian Museum
Project Lead The Way (PLTW)
The PLTW program is targeted at giving students the essential knowledge and skills to lead them into the path of engineering and related fields. The program leads students through several different courses exposing them to real life problems that involve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This program will prepare students to become contributing members in a community.
The program exposes every students at the jr. high grade levels to the basics of engineering. This includes 3-D modeling with the use of Autodesk Inventor. It also exposes students to safety, the design process, environment and energy, and introduction to technology. At the end of the eighth grade year the students then have the opportunity to sign up for the next course which is Introduction to Engineering Design. This course works extensively with the Inventor program. Students learn how to take real life objects and make 3-D models of these objects in the Inventor program.
The next course the students have the opportunity to take is Principles of Engineering. During this class students have the opportunity to work with real life engineers to deal with real life designs. This course is very science, math, and physics based. Students do a series of projects dealing with statics, fluid flow, robotics, and material testing. The final course that the program offers will be a capstone course which has the students going out into the real world to view real life engineering as it happens. An example of this would be a field trip to a local university to see state of the art nanotechnology, to a local business to view robotics and manufacturing, and visits from university professors to talk about bio engineering. Students also have the opportunity to experience the manufacturing world in the various material manufacturing and drafting courses offered. The department prides itself in offering a wider range of courses.
The courses listed above are allowing the Brookville Area School District to move forward in making science, technology, engineering, and math real world for every student while allowing those students with a desire to delve deeper into the areas an opportunity to continue. The courses are extremely useful and innovative. They allow for students to develop the 21st Century Learning skills needed to be successful in a globally economic playing field. The program also allows for the school to create partnerships with area employers, which fosters communication and input between both partners. Our district would like to continue to enhance the programs by applying for necessary funding needed to help elevate the current program to new heights.
RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION AND INSTRUCTION (RTII)
Response to Intervention is an intervention model that Brookville Area School District put into place in grades K-2 in 2006. Since implementation we have been able to provide additional instructional supports to children with identified areas of literacy needs.
Through this process we collect and analyze children’s formal, informal and diagnostic data. Teachers meet in grade level teams and use this data to determine instructional groups and design lessons. Teachers in grades K-2 provide small group instruction daily to the children in their classroom based on individual children’s data. Children’s progress is monitored on a regular basis and instructional groups are flexible. This flexible grouping allows teachers to realign groups in order to meet the ever-changing needs of each student.
Teachers and staff have been provided with on-going professional development in the area of literacy instruction. To ensure that concepts learned in the professional development sessions are transferred into reading instruction, our literacy coach models lessons in the classroom and provides on-going coaching. This support assists teachers in designing and implementing explicit lessons to their children.
Teachers and staff now feel empowered and are leaders in our buildings, expecting higher levels of student achievement than ever before. We are working as a community of learners supporting one another to provide a balanced reading program consisting of explicit and systematic phonemic awareness, phonics, and comprehension instruction. Our literacy instruction has improved and our data supports our efforts.
In the primary grades, the percentage of children reading on level has increased from 88% to 97% in kindergarten, 70% to 86% in first grade, and 57% to 73% in second grade.
Brookville would like to sustain this RTII model and continue to provide additional small group instruction to our children with literacy needs. We know that in the primary grades we can close the achievement gap by analyzing children’s data and providing 30 to 60 minutes of specially designed literacy instruction daily to our children.
TV Studio Project
Brookville Area High School will be equipping a fully functional television studio to facilitate the advanced communication curriculum and communication between the school and the community. The studio will be used to broadcast student produced news programs as well as morning announcements. Students in Communication Arts II and School Media Production will learn proper studio protocol and then be able to serve as mentors for younger students who wish to create video sessions for their other classes. The project will have an impact across all curricula with an extra emphasis on writing, speaking and technology. The studio will also be a powerful tool for multi-media analysis and expression along with an avenue for professional development. The program may also be expanded in the future to broadcast special events and presentations to the community so they can see what’s happening within the school. Eventually partnerships could be developed with local television stations to provide career exploration activities for participating students.