NEWS

 PAWZ PATROL 2014

The Baldwin Education Foundation “Pawz Patrol” made the rounds this
morning to each of the USD 348 schools. 21 grants were awarded to 42
teachers for innovative projects for our students.

The Board was extremely pleased with the number and quality of all the
grant proposals.  We truly appreciated the hard work of every
applicant.  The Board wants to extend its sincere thanks to everyone
who applied.

The 21 grants total  $13,137.  It is only through the terrific support
of our community – of which each of you are a part – that we are able
to award these grants.

The Baldwin Education Foundation Board is pleased to announce the
recipients of the 2014-2015 Innovative Project Grants:

• Bench Currie, BJHS Science, STEM, $800, Top Vote Recipient Prize.
• Loretta Verhaeghe, Amy Anderson, Sarah Harris, Nancy Kincaid, Ashlea
Troth, BESPC 1st , Kansas – There is No Place Like Home, $800, Top
Vote Recipient Prize.
• Laura Beaulieu, Sheila Vander Tuig, Mardi Gras Diversity Awareness
Celebration, BHS, $750, Presented in partnership with Kansas State
Bank.
• Deborah Kalkman, BJHS Language Arts, I Am Malala, $750.
• Danita Price, BESIC 4th, Watch and Learn, $734.
• Patty Flory-Evans, BJHS Language Arts, To Whom It May Inspire, $750,
Presented in Partnership with MarLan Construction.
• Catherine Maxon, BESIC Reading, Reading Rainbow, $375.
• JoAnn Heins, BESIC 4th, The Listening Station for Literacy Centers, $442.
• Betsy Ulrich, BESPC Kindergarten, Talk and Write, $392.
• Jana Wallen, Carol Wright, Jessica Barker, Jennifer Herrington,
Jessica Iverson, BESPC/BESIC, Online Boardmaker, $750.
• Erik Bailey, BJHS Reading, Reading is Exciting & Meaningful in 7th
Grade, $750, Presented in partnership with Baker University.
• Kim Heckathorne, BESIC P.E., Learning Movement Skills With Technology, $750.
• Robyn Elder, Gina Dearing, Kathy Minden, Jennifer Herrington, Janey
Wiseman, Deanna Kessler-Miley, BESPC Early Childhood Team, Partnership
with Parents, $750, Presented in Partnership with Mid America Bank.
• Sheryl Burggraf, BJHS Reading, Adding Apps to the Classroom, $700.
• Jill Boyle, BESIC Library, Bullpup Book Club, $400. Presented in
Partnership with Baldwin State Bank.
• Kathleen Dorsey, BESIC Reading, Reading is the KEY, $510.
• Katie Ellena, BESIC 3rd, iPads for Daily 5, $750.
• Danielle Balsman, BHS Math, Tuning Into Blended Learning, $321.
• Lori Lampe, BHS Math, Teaching with a Smart Pen, $190.
• Christina Gilley, BESIC, Little Free Library, $750.
• Debbie Ellebracht, BESPC Music, MerrieNan Melodies, $750, Presented
in Partnership with Lifetouch Photography.

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2013 “PAWZ PATROL” STRIKES AGAIN

The Baldwin Education Foundation “Pawz Patrol” went to every school in our district on Sept. 13,  and awarded 25 grants to our teachers for innovative projects for our students.  

The Board was extremely pleased with the number and quality of all the grant proposals.  We truly appreciated the hard work of every applicant.  The Board wants to extend its sincere thanks to everyone who applied.

The 25 grants total  $16,212, and were presented to 30 teachers.  It is only through the terrific support of our community – of which each of you are a part – that we are able to award these grants.  

The Baldwin Education Foundation Board is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013-2014 Innovative Project Grants:

  • Erik Bailey, 7th Reading, Nonfiction Literature Circles. Presented in partnership with Baker University.
  • Laura Beaulieu & Sheila VanderTuig, BHS, Mardi Gras Diversity Day.
  • Jill Boyle & Rita Tutschulte, BES-IC Library, Bullpup Book Club. Presented in partnership with Baldwin State Bank.
  • Sheryl Burggraf & Kathy Johansen, 6th Reading and Language Arts, iPad’s in the Classroom.
  • Bonnie Butell-Huntoon, BHS English, The Lost Art of Letter Writing.
  • Will Cooper, BHS Band, Pyware 7.1. Presented in partnership with Baldwin City Lions Club.
  • Kathy Dorsey, BES-IC Reading, Better Readers Read More.
  • Debbie Ellebracht, BES-PC Music, Continuation of D.R.U.M. Presented in partnership with LifeTouch Photography.
  • Holly Gaylord, BES-PC Physical Education, KaZAM Balance Bikes. Presented in partnership with Mid America Bank.
  • Kim Gilbert, 7th Science, Dissections.
  • Chistiana Gilley, BES-IC Music, Green Chimneys.
  • JoAnn Heins, BES-IC 4th, Centers for ELA & Mathematics.
  • Teresa Hiatt, BES-IC 3rd, Bringing Writing to Life.
  • Susie Martin & Katie Marten, BHS, BHS Re-cycling & Special Education Job Training.
  • Catherine Maxon, BES-IC 4th, The Daily 5: Work on Writing.
  • Beth Nelson, BHS Music, Recording Concerts from the iPad. Presented in partnership with Mar Lan Construction
  • Nancy Parr, BES-IC 4th, You Want Me to Teach What?
  • Danita Price, BES-IC 4th, Qrazy for QR Codes.
  • Stephanie Ramirez, BES-PC 2nd, iTouchs for Learning.
  • Barbara Schwering & Betsy Ulrich, BES-PC, I Can Shine Bike Camp Initiative.
  • Rachael Smith, BHS English, Finding the Right Book for the Right Student.
  • Carolyn Stansberry, BES-PC Reading, Reading Fluency.
  • Marilee Valentine, 8th History, “Props” for History.
  • Heather Wallsmith, BES-IC 5th, Elemental QR Codes.
  • Ted Zuzzio, BJHS Physical Education, BJHS Strength & Conditioning. Presented in partnership with Rodrock Chiropractic.

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Joyce Castle to Deliver  Foundation Luncheon Address 

Baldwin High School alumna Joyce Castle will speak at this year’s annual Baldwin Education Foundation Luncheon at noon on March 8. Joyce<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Castle“We are so delighted and honored that Joyce Castle is able to be here. She has performed all over the world, and we are excited she can share some of her stories with us.  We are also happy she will be able to see our new Performing Arts Center,” Patty Irick, BEF President said.

“This year the luncheon will take place in the Baldwin Junior High Commons. Then we will adjourn to the Performing Arts Center for the program portion of the event, ” Irick said. ” This give the community a chance to see our beautiful new facility – many will be there for the first time.”

Also at the luncheon, the recipients of BEF’s Innovative Project grants will be recognized.  Last fall, the Foundation awarded 20 grants to 41 teachers – $13,114 in total.  Baldwin High School senior, Kylie King,  is creating a video about the Innovative Project Grants.  The video will highlight several of projects.

“As always the luncheon will bring together community members and educators to celebrate education in our district,” Irick said. Last year the event raised $4000 for the Baldwin Education Foundation, the proceeds going to support the funding of the Innovative Project Grants,” Irick said.

The event will be held at Baldwin Junior High School Commons and the Performing Arts Center, 400 Eisenhower, Baldwin City.  Sponsorship opportunities are available.  Individual tickets are $25 and available at the Baldwin Junior High School or on-line at baldwineducationfoundation.org/giving-to-bef/ or contact Kathy at kgerstner@usd348.com. Please RSVP by March 5.

Mike Carriker, ’73 to Deliver Foundation Luncheon Address

Baldwin High School alumnus, Mike Carriker ’73, will speak at this year’s annual Baldwin Education Foundation Luncheon at noon on March 10. “We are so excited Mike is able to join us.  He is currently the Chief Test Pilot working on the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.  He narrates and appears in a new IMAX movie, “Legends of Flight”. He has had a distinguished career as an aviator serving in the Navy, where he was a test pilot and instructor before joining Boeing,” Patty Irick, BEF President said.  “After last year’s luncheon, we decided it would be fun to bring in a distinguished BHS graduate to speak. We are honored that Mike agreed to attend.”

Capt. Mike  Carriker

Another unique happening at this year’s luncheon will be the dedication of the Merle Venable Sports Complex.  The USD 348 board voted last fall to dedicate complex in Coach Venable’s honor.  He and his family will be present for the formal dedication.  (See related article below.)

The recipients of BEF’s Innovative Project grants will be recognized.  Last fall, the Foundation awarded 17 grants to 29 teachers – $11,322 in total. Mr. Kit Harris and students from his Journalism class are working on a video about the projects which will be presented at the luncheon. The luncheon will also feature BHS Band members under the direction of Mr. Will Cooper.

The event will be held at Stony Point Hall.  Tickets are $25 and available at the Baldwin Junior High School or on-line at baldwineducationfoundation.org/giving-to-bef/ or contact Kathy at kgerstner@usd348.com. Please RSVP by March 4.

Coach Venable to be Honored at Luncheon & Reception

Last fall, the USD 348 School Board voted to rename the sports complex adjacent to BHS and the Baldwin Junior High School the “Merle Venable Baldwin High School Sports Complex”. A formal dedication will take place at the Baldwin Education Foundation Luncheon on March 10.  Coach Venable and many members of his family will be in attendance to receive the honor.

On Friday evening March 11 a reception will be held from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Lodge in Baldwin City to further honor Coach Venable.  Expect old photos, scrapbooks and lots of good stories at the event on Friday.  The committee in charge of events wanted to have a time where former players and friends could come together to reminisce with Coach Venable.

Coach Merle Venable

Due to the overwhelming positive feedback the committee received regarding the complex naming, they also decided to create “The Merle Venable Scholarship Fund”. The $500 scholarship will be awarded annually to a senior boy or girl who participated in athletics, maintained a 3.0 GPA and plans to attend a post-secondary school. The Baldwin Education Foundation serve as administrator.

Donations may be made to the “Merle Venable Scholarship” fund though the BEF website at baldwineducationfoundation.org/giving-to-bef/ or for more information contact Kathy Gerstner at 785 594 0404 or the Merle Venable Naming/Scholarship committee @ VenableCommittee@embarqmail.com

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