Tag Archives: Classroom Instructional Activities

Politics of Gender & Justice Conference Class Trip

November 29, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

A grant from the Foundation covered the cost of bus transportation for Dr. Anderson’s students to attend the Politics of Gender & Justice Conference at GMU.  Here’s more information about the field trip the school’s blog: “On November 16th, MLWGS’s Dr. Christine Anderson took students from her Gender, Politics & Consumerism in a Global Context VCU/Dual Enrollment class and […]

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Grant Spotlight: Pizza Pizza Pizza!

October 25, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Sometimes our enhancement grants pay for 3-D printers, and sometimes they pay for a nice bunch of pizzas.  The Foundation provided a grant to cover lunch for summer booster camp students so that they could have a chance to reconnect with each other and check in with the faculty members who run the camp for […]

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Grant Spotlight: Chorus Software

October 5, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS welcomed three great new music teachers in the 2018-19 school year.  One of those teachers is Michelle Graham, who is teaching chorus.  Michelle requested a Foundation grant to cover the cost of a subscription to SightReadingFactory.com in order to enhance her instruction.  “I can generate sight reading exercises at SightReadingFactory.com that are aligned with […]

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Grant Spotlight: Chinese Instruction

October 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

One of the things that makes MLWGS a unique place to learn is the foreign language class offerings.  As technology changes, language instruction changes as well.  In 2016-17, the Foundation purchased 32 webcams to facilitate online exchange programs that pair native speakers of various languages with MWLGS students to cultivate conversational skills.  This year, Chinese teacher Sharon […]

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Grant Spotlight: Music Software

October 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS welcomed three great new music teachers in the 2018-19 school year.  Nicholas Merillat is teaching Jazz Band, while Michelle Graham takes on Chorus, and Christina Sienkiewicz, Orchestra.  The Foundation purchased software requested for shared use to aid in their instruction.  PhotoScore & NotateMe covert music handwritten on a surface or laptop into digital scores.  It can also read, transpose, and extract parts […]

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Grant Spotlight: Camera Restoration

October 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Diverse and unique course offerings are part of what make MLWGS such an exceptional place to learn.  One great example of this is the photojournalism senior seminar offered by Georgianne Stinnett.  Ms. Stinnett developed this course to instruct students in the technical aspects of capturing photojournalistic images, the history and ethics of the field, and to allow […]

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Grant Spotlight: 2018 Library Refresh (Phase 1)

June 26, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

MLWGS librarian Wendy DeGroat is working this summer to refresh the school’s library space.  She is working based on data collected from student focus groups that included students who utilize the library frequently, sometimes, and not at all.  She will be creating a new student seating area with poufs, floor pillows, accent rugs, and more.  […]

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Grant Spotlight: World Religions field trip

May 3, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

This year, the MLWGS faculty has applied for nearly $25,000 worth of Foundation support in the category of classroom instructional activities.  Funding in this category is available for supplemental activities or materials that teachers would like to use to enrich their instruction.  In March, World Religions teacher Kinsey Hall accessed some of that funding to […]

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Grant Spotlight: Yoga for Sophomores

May 2, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every spring for the last few years, Paige Hawkins has arranged for Becky Eschenroeder to teach yoga to MLWGS sophomores during PE for the month of April.  Becky is one of the most beloved instructors in the Richmond area, and spent four years as a certified YoKid Facilitator Trainer responsible for training adults in ways […]

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Grant Spotlight: Music Department Trip to New Orleans

April 27, 2018 / Catherine Nicholas / Spotlight - Grants

Every spring, orchestra and band teacher Karl von Klein organizes a trip open to any student taking a class within the music department.  This year, he is chaperoning students on a trip to New Orleans for the first weekend of this year’s Jazz and Heritage Festival (aka Jazz Fest).  The Foundation provided a grant to […]

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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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