Current Projects that MTEF is funding this year:
Orchard Hill Elementary
- Purchasing hanging rail systems for all hallways to display student class and art work
- Purchasing/repairing bicycles and equipment to maintain the Bicycle Safety and Skills course within the PE Program
- Purchasing a Video Streaming Add-on Component to support the VES Morning News Program and provide classroom access to educational videos
- Purchase bulletin boards and art rails to display class and artwork
Lower Middle School
- Completion of the second half of the existing rock climbing wall—this has been a student favorite and will provide more opportunity for all children to participate
- LMS signage
- LMS outdoor classroom
Upper Middle School
- Working to assist the administration in structural and technical upgrades to the aging UMS library
- UMS outdoor picnic tables
- Working to upgrade the MIRE radio systems for the broadcasting of MHS sporting events and for use in the radio broadcasting class
- Working with the art department to complete and display its multiyear glass art project
The Foundation has recently funded the following projects:
- COUGAR STADIUM – Funding of Cougar stadium is ongoing until we meet our 10 year loan commitment. ONE Cougar Stadium was paid off in 2013! Thank You.
- Purchased 8 picnic tables to help UMS establish an outdoor lunch area
- Purchased an audio lift classroom sound system for district use to aid teachers with sound/voice limitations
- Funded "lunch & learn" with the new superintendent & supervisors
- Purchased various pieces of equipment to aid the district is producing banners & maps.
- Purchased 8 LCD classroom projectors for VES
- Contributed supplies to SEPTA (special education PTA)
- Helped fund community showing of "Race to Nowhere”
- Purchased Lexmark education station for district teacher use
- Provided teacher recognition awards
- Provided scholarships for MMS athletics
- Funded start up costs for MIRE (Montgomery Internet Radio)
- Purchased a PCR machine, photocopier of genes, for the science department
- Purchased athletic achievement banners for the high school gymnasium
- Awarded 5 teacher grants to district teachers
- Established the Jack Mahoney Scholarship
- Assisted with the purchase of a video mixer for VES
- Constructed an outdoor classroom at LMS. comfortable benches and numerous trees create a peaceful environment to enhance learning09.
- Established the Ann Heckel scholarship fund to support graduating art students.
- Facilitated the district robotics program and assisted with their ability to participate in competitions
- Contributed to the Montgomery Township Shade Committees desire to increase the number of shade trees on school grounds. As a result, the schools now have various new trees that will enhance the school grounds for years to come.
- Providing grants to 5 district teachers who received awards during the 2007-2008 school year. The awards were in recognition of outstanding teaching and their grants will allow them to enhance the educational experience in their classrooms.
- Sponsor of "A Conversation with the Community". A program designed to discuss the future of educating district students and preparing them for success.
- Providing 25 new cameras to the district so that additional photography classes could be added to the curriculum. As a result, many more students were able to participate in photography which has become such a popular elective.
- Providing grants to 5 district teachers who were recipients of various awards highlighting their excellence in teaching during the 2006-2007 school year. The grants will enable them to enhance the educational experience in their classrooms.
- Providing funds to supply the High School nurses with the necessary supplies for the implementation of the Advisory Period. The Advisory Period is designed to monitor and reduce the stress on the students during the school year. The nurses are assessing its effectiveness.
Every Elementary grade student experiences astronomy as part of the science curriculum. This is a very exciting and important part of the curriculum for students and teachers. In the past we borrowed a planetarium through the county or Raritan Valley Community College. Owning our own Planetarium enable OHES teachers to utilize the planetarium more on their own time and schedule, extend its use to more students and enable our teachers to become even more diverse in its application across the curriculum. We have many teachers trained to present the portable planetarium to the students. The digital projector is designed specifically for use in portable and small fixed domes. The flexibility of digital projection enables educators to cover a much broader and deeper range of topics, a vast improvement over portable analog (pinhole) projectors. Think of the difference between using a slide projector and a computer. Information regarding planetarium can be found at www.digitaliseducation.com.
Project Achieve is a program that helps at-risk students meet academic success in after school programs. The Foundation donated $2,000 for Elementary School teachers to purchase materials for the students they work with.
The Foundation donated $1,000 for Elementary School teachers to purchase a collection of age-appropriate books for their students to support Project Literacy.
The Foundation has provided the funds to purchase new uniforms for The Montgomery High School Marching Band Color Guard. Our $10,000 donation provided the band with new uniforms for the squad that leads the band at games, parades and events.