Over $34,000 awarded in CSEEF grants
Teachers across Commerce Independent School District celebrated October 28 when they learned their grant proposals had been approved for funding by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation. Ten grants totaling over $34,000 were funded by the organization this school year.

Completed grant projects are showcased during the annual Boots N BBQ fundraiser which will be held April 21 at Commerce High School. To date, the CSEEF has funded projects totaling more than $200,000 to enhance instruction in math, science, technology and the fine arts.

Commerce High School
Advanced Instruction for Statistics and Chemistry
At Commerce High School, Jason Thompson and Bill Knutson will use their $11,000 grant to enhance instruction in AP statistics and chemistry. TI-Nspire CX calculators and a variety of probes and sensors will be purchased to increase student experience with technology. Exposure to the most current technology helps provide students interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics the necessary experience to be successful in these areas, according to Thompson and Knutson, who are science and math teachers at CHS.
The Art of Darkness...and Light
Theatre arts students will study filmmaking and the genre of horror film through funds provided by a grant secured by Karri Anderson, CHS theatre arts teacher. Using what they learn about suspense building techniques and filmmaking, students will write, direct and edit a short horror film. Completed projects will be shown in a film festival for family and friends in the spring. Video cameras and lighting equipment are included in the $2000 grant.

Commerce Middle School
Camp Write On 2011 and Recording Robotics History
Commerce Middle School will hold a writing boot camp for seventh graders called CMS Camp Write On. Students will spend a week participating in themed, camp activities that help strengthen their confidence as young authors. The end of the writing camp will culminate in a Campfire Day where students get to share their writing with their peers around a faux campfire. The project encourages students to develop a voice and character by focusing on what has shaped their beliefs, according to Rebekah Russler, seventh grade English teacher.

The CMS Robotics Team has doubled in size in its second year with continued growth anticipated because of its success in competition and in community events. Documenting their progress through the year has been a challenge, according to sponsors Rebekah Russler and Andrew Simpson, CMS teachers. Grant funds will be used for a digital camera to be used to chronicle team events.

A.C. Williams Elementary School
Adventures and Explorations in Science
Third grade teachers presented a winning proposal for a trip to the Nature and Science Museum in Dallas to allow students the opportunity to experience hands-on science and math lessons and meet science professionals, which will expose them to opportunities available to them for career in science.
Go, Go, van Gogh
The grant proposal entitled “Go, Go, van Gogh” will take fifth graders to the Dallas Museum of Art in the spring and also bring a traveling exhibit about the artist, Vincent van Gogh to A. C. Williams Elementary School . ACW art teacher Lonnie Plunkett said each student will create a painting in the style of van Gogh and also learn the etiquette involved in viewing an art exhibit or visiting a museum.
Texas: Now and Then
Fourth graders will make their annual trip to Austin again next year due to the generosity of the CSEEF board. By visiting the state capitol and the Bob Bullock Museum, students delve into their first study of Texas history.
Symphony Video Conferencing
String instruments will become the focus of music instruction at Commerce Elementary and A.C. Williams Elementary Schools. Teacher Angela Neal will use a program from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to provide students an interactive introduction to string instruments through video conferencing.

Commerce Elementary School
Where the Forest Meets the Sea
Second grade students’ student of aquatic and forest plant and animal life will culminate in a trip to the Dallas World Aquarium. Each child will complete a research project and present a visual and oral presentation to the class on an animal of their choice from the ocean or rainforest. Second grade teacher Rhonda Overman said the major goal of the project is to develop and acquire new vocabulary.
iLearn with iPads
Ten Apple iPads will be purchased for use in kindergarten and second grade classrooms. According to grant writers Cari Sturch and Heather Kilgore, the iPads will be used to differentiate instruction for individualized learning and they will also use apps to complement their units of study.

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