“School of Fish” Student Mosaic Mural, Part 2

This award by the TCSD Foundation finished the installation of a K-12 collaborative mosaic mural with the help of local artist, Denise Milito. Engaging and actively involving the entire school in its design and creation, this 9’ x 15’ mosaic mural was permanently installed on the exterior wall of the high school gym foyer. All K-12th grade students made their own individual tile for the mosaic at various times throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

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Thank you for your support of our varied educational programs: http://tcsdfoundation.org/donate/

Trumansburg Kids Discover the Trail!

How fun can those curriculum-based field trips be? Check it out! Here are some pictures to remind you of recent trips to the Johnson Art Museum (Pre-K); Tompkins County Public Library (Gr. K); Museum of the Earth (Gr. 1); Sciencenter (Gr. 2); Cornell Botanic Garden (Gr. 3); History Center (Gr. 4); Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (Gr. 5); and Cayuga Nature Center (Gr. 6).

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We are pleased to have been able to fund these trips; but we need your help to be able to continue such programs. Please donate now to support educational enrichment for students across the district: http://tcsdfoundation.org/donate/ . We hope to raise $10,000 in honor of our 10-year anniversary. [For more information, watch for a mailing to arrive soon in your mailbox.]

Continue your support for nutrition education in Trumansburg Schools

Do you remember last year’s nutrition programs?  The Foundation is pleased to have been able to support Localvore Club:   where middle school students learned about nutrition, local food sources, and food preparation, sampling and sharing! 

 Recently, the Foundation supported Classroots:  a campus-wide event that connected local farmers, chefs, small-scale food producers, and researchers with the school community to promote nutrition, an awareness of local food production & culture, and to begin to establish relationships that could lead to internship & employment opportunities for high school students and graduates.

 We need your support to be able to continue such programs.  Are you able to help us raise $10,000 in honor of our 10-year Anniversary?  In only ten years, the foundation has distributed over $150,000 of community donations to teacher-inspired projects that serve students pre-K through high school; and our goal is to continue that tradition.

 Please donate now to support educational enrichment for students across the district: http://tcsdfoundation.org/donate/

 

June 2016 TCSD Foundation Grant Awards

Classroots: A Farm-to-School Experience

Melissa Bryant, Hope Lewis. Gail Brisson, $1,500
Classroots plans to connect local farmers, chefs, small-scale food producers, and researchers with the school community to promote nutrition, an awareness of local food production & culture, and to begin to establish relationships that could lead to internship & employment opportunities for high school students and graduates. Classroots will be a campus-wide celebration Friday, October 7, and will include art and music students. Chefs, farmers, and local food producers (including students who are beekeepers or who garden, raise animals, and cook) will lead demonstrations and activities.

Hoophouse Fiesta: Growing Salsa & Sustainability

Melissa Bryant, Gail Brisson, Alan Vogel, $750
Hoophouse Fiesta plans to establish an on-campus garden and hoop house so that TCSD Middle School students can grow greens, tomatoes, hot peppers, and herbs. Students will then use these ingredients to make salsa and other products that can be sold to staff. This project will invite local experts to share their knowledge with students about plant science, hydroponic gardens, sustainable agriculture, plant-breeding, and the basics of planting and growing. TCSD STEM students will be mentored through the design and construction of the hoop house.

Active Afterschool

Ulysses Philomathic Library, $250
Active Afterschool will support the library’s very active afternoons at the library program with the addition of new games for students. Many students hang out at the library between three and five in the afternoon, more resources are needed to help them occupy those two hours in a way that engages them in recreation and learning, and allows other library patrons to continue working in an environment that meets their expectations. Upper elementary and middle School students are the primary target for these resources.

“School of Fish” Student Mosaic Mural, Part 2

$1,200
This award will finish the installation of a K-12 collaborative mosaic mural with the help of local artist, Denise Milito. Engaging and actively involving the entire school in its design and creation, this 9’ x 15’ mosaic mural will be permanently installed on the exterior wall of the high school gym foyer. All k-12th grade students made their own individual tile for the mosaic at various times throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

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2015-16 Grants in Action: Grants awarded in December 2015

The TCSD Foundation awarded a total of $6,000 for Eight Grants in Action in December, and are as follows.

Middle School Library Makers Club supported with $200.

This will help with the purchase of materials for students to explore and work with building and controlling robots.

Middle School Author Visit supported with $800.

Look for details of an author visit for middle school students, offering an opportunity to meet and talk with an author whose work students read.

Elementary School kits for developing fine motor skills for $200.

This will support the assembling of classroom kits by our elementary school occupational therapist.  The kits will be fun and help students develop needed skills.  These experiences should help reduce referrals for special services for motor skill development.

Middle School Localvore Club supported with $1,000.

This will help provide supplies for food experiences in the ELA special class as well as in other classes.  The experiences include nutrition learning, learning about local food sources,  organizing and presenting information, food preparation and sampling.  Many will be integrated with ELA topics.  Funds will also go toward the planning and construction of a food cart in technology classes.

Middle School Fifth Grade Music Classes workshops supported with $1,000.

Classes will participate in 4 in-class workshops led by Music for Unity.  They will explore themes of unity, culture, civil rights through music.  Materials related to the workshop experiences are available for the teacher to use throughout the year.

K-12 Youth Art Month and Mosaic Mural Project is supported with $1,500.

Continuing the tradition of celebration March as student art month,  K-12 art teachers plan student participation throughout the year and special workshops in March to make special tiles for an outdoor mural installation.  Foundation funds will help support the materials needed and the services of a local artist to work with students on final design and installation.  The community is invited to a special art show on March 31.

The High School Jazz Ensemble is supported with $300.

This will provide the fee for a professional jazz musician to rehearse and play with the group to develop their skills.  At this year’s Jazz Cabaret on February 10th, the ensemble (will show) their skills.

High School Robotics Club is supported with $1,000.

This will help in the purchase of a control system board and supplies to give students an opportunity to work on component parts and programming of a control system.  It will provide a foundation for training on robotics control for this and future years.

Congratulations to all our recipients, and we look forward to the next grant cycle, with applications being accepted throughout the month of May.

TCSD Foundation Seeks Art Donations

Art Show 1The Youth Art Month Art Show and Auction, a fundraiser for TCSD Foundation, will take place on March 31st, and we need YOUR art!

We are seeking art donations from 4th graders, and art and craft donations from community members and TCSD employees who are ready to showcase their art and support the programs the TCSD Foundation provides for the children in our school district. We are looking for art/craft donations of any size or medium. Some examples may include (but are not limited to): paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, sculptures, fiber arts, collages, jewelry, woodworking, etc. Framing and matting of 2D artwork is encouraged, but not required.

100% of proceeds from the Art Auction support our educational programs including the field trip program Kids Discover the Trail!, Youth Art Month, Food is Elementary, and the publication of the Trumansburg Troubadour.

If you are interested in donating to the Art Show and Auction, download and complete the appropriate form found below, and return to the elementary, middle, or high school no later than March 28th.

Download the 4th grade auction donation form.

Download the community auction donation form.

Download the TCS employee auction donation form.

Thank you for your interest in participating in this supportive opportunity! Any questions may be directed to the TCSD Foundation.

March is Youth Art Month

TCSD will celebrate Youth Art Month throughout March with programs for students and the community, and ending with the Art Show and Auction on March 31st. The Art Show and Auction will be held from 5:30-7:30pm in the High School cafeteria, with refreshments provided by Good to Go! Trumansburg Market.

Throughout the month of March, under the guidance of Ithaca Art Trail artist Denise Milito, students will participate in mosaic workshops. Elementary students will create mosaic letters and stepping stones, and middle school students will participate in a mosaic workshop, while high school students will be involved in a tile workshop for a mosaic mural.

On Saturday, March 5th the community will have the opportunity to come together for a mural painting event. This event will take place in the Elementary School cafeteria from 10am – 12pm.

Follow the TCSD Foundation Facebook page for updates, or email the TCSD Foundation for more details.