Tag Archives: Classroom Instructional Activities

Grant Spotlight: Guest Speaker Chris Hanusa

February 15, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In February, math professor and mathematical artist Chris Hanusa visited MLWGS, where he worked with students in the Math & Art Seminar, Discrete Math classes, and the Multivariable Calculus class, where he held a Mathematica & 3D Printing workshop.  He also gave a presentation entitled “Using Random Numbers to Create Art” to more than 30 […]

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Grant Spotlight: AxiDraw

February 12, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

The Foundation recently purchased an AxiDraw pen plotter for use in Ryan Webb’s “Explorations in Mathematical Art” seminar.  The AxiDraw can work with computer code to make digital art come to life as “hand-drawn” ink on paper.  Ryan has a long-held interest in the intersection of math and art, as his creative work with 3-D […]

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Grant Spotlight: Student Solo Art Shows

January 17, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Some of the enhancement grants we give out are for little things that add something extra to a project, lesson, or classroom.  For example, art department chair Jeff Hall applied for $225 worth of funding to print invitations and provide vinyl lettering for the solo art shows his Art 5 students put on throughout the […]

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Grant Spotlight: books for We the People

December 13, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

In addition our commitment to offset the cost of the We the People team’s trip to nationals by $20,000, the Foundation is supporting those students in other ways.  We set aside $22,000 this fiscal year to support enhancements that enrich classroom instruction across all departments.  Sam Ulmschneider (’02) received funding through this category to purchase […]

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Grant Spotlight: Art Department Trip to DC

December 6, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every year, art teachers Jeff Hall and Kori Mosley take art students to Washington, DC for a day of guided visits to museums around the city.  Last week, the group visited the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery.  The Foundation was able to offset the cost of this […]

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Grant Spotlight: Frontier Culture Museum field trip

November 20, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

On November 13, 2017, social studies teacher Hana Voight took a group of her AP Human Geography students to the Frontier Culture Museum located in Staunton, VA.  The museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for  themselves and their descendants.  The […]

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Grant Spotlight: Physics Modeling Equipment

November 16, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

In October of 2017, the Foundation purchased physics modeling equipment for use in classroom instruction.  The equipment allowed honors physics students to model various scenarios involving force, mass, and acceleration.  In one set of experiments, small groups constructed scenarios dealing with different constants and variables.  For example, one group kept the force constant while increasing […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2017 Senior Art Show

June 12, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

“Flourish,” the 2017 Senior Art Show, opened at Art Works on the evening of Friday, June 9.  The show features artwork in a wide range of styles from 21 seniors.  Each student also submitted an artistic statement along with their pieces and learned from Jeff Hall how to display their work in a gallery setting. […]

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Grant Spotlight: Books, Books, Books!

May 27, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

We’re proud of the big grants we fund, for things like We The People and Math Modeling, but we’re also proud of our smaller grants, many of which were used this year to purchase books for classroom use.  Those purchases included 60 copies of Death of a Salesman for American Lit, 50 copies of The […]

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