Evansdale STEM in the News

Take a look at a recent school spotlight by Georgia Public Broadcasting featuring Ms. U and her goal of “developing a STEM curricula that is based primarily on solving real world problems through questioning and investigation.”

Just a year ago we asked you, our supporters to take a chance on STEM in our school.  STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.   In a STEM school learning is collaborative and project-based; kids work closely together in a hands-on way to solve real-world problems. Learning problem-solving skills — and helping students develop into creative, critical thinkers — is at the core of any true STEM school. The missing link was a liaison/coordinator who could help bring these pieces together.

Thanks to a successful online campaign we were thrilled to welcome Ms. Christine Ukumoro to Evansdale this past August.  Known affectionately as Ms. U, STEM is coming to life in every classroom.

Eagle Trek 2015 is Here!

For the third year in a row, the Evansdale Education Foundation is partnering with the Evansdale PTA for thelargest fundraiser of the year with a goal of $65,000 between now and October 1st.

Every student, from Pre-K to 5th grade, will put their effort and energy on the line in this fundraiser.  Individual students and classes will compete to collect pledges from family and friends. Eagle Trek a tremendous benefit to our community students and a core pillar of our schools identity.  We invite you to take part in helping our children Dream Big!

Click here to visit our fundraising page– search for a student and DONATE TODAY!

Our largest fundraiser of the year with the Evansdale PTA is happening now!

Our largest fundraiser of the year with the Evansdale PTA is happening now!

 

All donations are 100% tax deductible

Proceeds from the event and sponsor contributions will benefit both the Evansdale PTA and Education Foundation.   These organizations invest in teacher training, classroom technology and resources, enrichment materials, and additional staffing not provided by the county.  The benefits of these investments are felt by Evansdale students each and every school day.

Perhaps the best part is that we keep more of the money you pledge right here at the school. Kids have done a great job with catalog sales or other items for purchase in previous years and at other schools, but a portion of those proceeds are shared with the managing company. By joining forces, the PTA, the Foundation, and our students are making this happen at our school, and all of the proceeds stay here.

Our theme for the 2015 school year is How Big Can You Dream?  Every day is an opportunity to dream big and work hard to make your dreams come true; our attention and efforts have enormous potential when we try hard, take pride in our work, and keep our goals in focus.

Investment History

A summary of investments since our formation in June, 2010.

School Year 2010-2011: In our inaugural year we provided incentives for 5 teachers to become Gifted Certified. This small investment resulted in an additional $16,000 in annual funding to be utilized to support the entire school.

School Year 2011-2012: In our second year we did the following to bring almost $30,000 in additional annual funding to the school.

  • Provided incentives for 4 more teachers to become Gifted Certified.
  • Provided funding for training in differentiated instruction in reading and math for 23 teachers.
  • Hired Early Intervention Program (EIP) reading teacher, Jacqueline Whited, part time to assist with challenged readers and provide classroom support.

School Year 2012-2013: In our third year we did the following. (Note: benefits will be communicated when quantified.)

  • Provided incentive for 1 more teacher to become Gifted Certified.
  • Hired EIP reading teacher, Jacqueline Whited, full time and provided her training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading to assist her with differentiated instruction.
  • Hired an instructor to provide Orton-Gillingham training in the summer for up to 20 teachers.
  • Paid for 10 teachers to receive differentiated instruction in reading for the fall.

School Year 2013-2014: In our fourth year we did the following. (Note: benefits will be communicated when quantified.)

  • Provided incentive for an additional homeroom teacher to become Gifted Certified.
  • Funded Daily Five training for 8 homeroom teachers to enhance Language Arts instruction in the classroom.
  • Provided stipends for 16 teachers to attend STEM training.
  • Continued momentum with off-level reading students by renewing full-time EIP reading teacher, Jacqueline Whited.
  • Paid registration fees to send Ms. Mann to a national music conference to support music instruction for all students.
  • Approved funding to grant Ms. Whited a raise, plus holiday and sick days, to align her compensation package more closely with a typical DeKalb County employee.
  • Paid for 15 teachers to receive incentives to attend summer training on Core Curriculum Math & Training.