McDowell Seniors are invited to apply for our scholarships for college or career/technical school support.
The MEF Scholarship Application will be posted on the website by February 1st each year and must be submitted by March 15th.
2021 SUBMISSION PERIOD CLOSED
“Inspiration for Instruction” New Classroom Teacher Grant
July 15 By August 15
**EXTENSION: DUE SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
The “Inspiration for Instruction” Grant Application is open to any new classroom teacher employed by the Millcreek Township School District that meets the eligibility of being a first-time, Pre-K-12 classroom teacher. Click on the Application link below to review eligibility.
Breanna Elder (Tracy Elementary)
Kristina Keith (JS WilsoN)
Tessa Moseley (Sarah Reed/Ridgefield)
Alexandria Smith (Westlake)
Shayla Brown: 5th Grade, Belle Valley
Andrea Chizewick: 1st Grade, Belle Valley
Courtney Deiner: 4th Grade, Grandview
Alexa Schultz: 4th Grade, Belle Valley
MTSD teachers and staff have an opportunity to seek mini grant funding of up to $2,000.00 for programs, projects, supplies, and professional development.
August 1 September 30
December 1 January 31
April 1 May 31
Please note: As of October 1, 2018, we no longer accept grant requests
for PAR or School Wide Positive Behavior Initiatives.
MEF "Bright Spots" are nominated by colleagues for his/her seemingly effortless ability to make things easier and better for others. "Bright Spots" are given simple treats and a sign to hold onto for a week and then are asked to nominate another for this designation.
The 2021-2022 Bright Spots (so far)
Congratulations to our latest grant recipients!
• Brandon Edwards/McDowell High School: Materials and resources to establish a Free Enterprise Club
• Lori Hirtzel/Belle Valley: Staff development for the elementary physical education and kindergarten teachers at all elementary schools to get a refresh in the action-based learning course
• Melinda Marshall/McDowell: A new camera and extended lens for the Yearbook Club.
• Hillary Fenell & Tami Pulice/Grandview: Storage, organizational, and decorative items to set-up a school store
• Sherri Shafer/Grandview: Math Stackers (math tinkerer, math thinker kits & bundle) for use by all kindergarten students
• Jerry Anderson & Michael McKinney/McDowell: 5 back-drop stage curtains for the McDowell Marching Band
Next MEF grant applications are due December 1st!
Congratulations to our latest grant recipients!
* Joe Jablonski/Grandview Elementary: Adaptive Swings for playground
* Gloria Herlihy/ JS Wilson: Air Tracks for friction and momentum
*Sarah Duris/Belle Valley Elementary: STEM Pack resource for student presentations
*Dr. Susan Greenaway/MTSD Child Development: 5 Chromebooks & Google Chrome Management Licenses for the before/after school programs.
* Lori Hirtzel/Belle Valley Elementary: K-5 Outdoor Classroom Voice Amplification System
* Colleen Pagano/McDowell High School: Tynker student seat licenses for Website Design Course
Next MEF grant applications are due August 1st!
2019-2020 GRANT RECIPIENTS
The following projects/programs were selected to support:
**Stephanie Travers/Grandview Elementary: Creation of a fully inclusive (all grades/abilities) blacktop play space & sensory path.
**Miranda Lish, Betsey Gotham, Ashley Holdford/All MTSD Elementary Schools: Creation of sensory pathways in hallways at each MTSD Elementary School (Asbury will pilot fall 2020)
**Sarah Thompson-Samec/Belle Valley Elementary: Purchase ESL Communication Devices and Bluetooth headphones to assist in the ability to communicate with their ESL families and students.
**Kim Adams/All MTSD Schools: Purchase iPads for each MTSD school nurse to download Apps that will serve as quick guides and reference tools for the nurses.
**Sarah Webb/MIHS: McDowell’s Blue Bean Café to purchase a Ninja Blender, Ice Maker, and whey protein mixes!
**Jean Malthaner/Westlake MS: For solar robot building classroom kits, Modeling Stream Erosion and Deposition Kits, and Volcano DVDs.
**Michael McKinney/Walnut Creek MS: For the Choral Department to purchase sheet music folios for students
**Emily Skelton/Walnut Creek MS: For the purchase of sensory tools and flexible seating
**Leslie Weber/MIHS: To support McDowell students for a Disney World Broadway Workshop and Performance experience
**Kim Clerkin and Jayme Taylor/MIHS: To support the start-up of a Student Garden Club with supplies and materials needed
**Mrs. Snider/Asbury: to purchase a hygrometer and candler for chick embryology activities
**Mrs. Johnson & Mrs. Kirsch/Walnut Creek: to purchase Historical Fiction Accelerated Reader Books & Artifacts
**Mrs. Patsy/McDowell: for students to attend the Sewing & Quilt Expo!
FREE before school, girls only, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) hands-on, interactive program. Students are introduced to women mentors working in the field and participate in activities. This is a “Make and Take” experience with the idea that each student will make something, take it with them to show their peers, their family, and others. This is an empowering tool to encourage creativity and participation.
The program is held in the 5 Millcreek Township School District elementary schools (Asbury, Belle Valley, Chestnut Hill, Grandview, Tracy). It has a multi-fold purpose - to engage young women in the possibilities of STEAM and to get essential equipment and supplies into the schools where all students will benefit.
Our Sparks program has been developed to recognize students completing middle school that exemplify the characteristics of being invested in the school community and possess a spark worthy of admiration. Principals and middle school faculty chose two “Sparks” per 8th grade team –4 students from each MTSD middle school to be recognized with this designation. Students are selected by the following criteria: Demonstrates
Each “Spark” will be required to submit information annually to the Millcreek Education Foundation to be eligible for a financial award upon graduation from McDowell High School.
CONGRATULATIONS to the 2021 SPARKS!
JS Wilson Middle School: Ashlee Sallot, Shawn Chludzinski, Ike Patton,
Walnut Creek Middle School:
Jennifer Duong, Brady Kramer,
Abriella Whatmore, Dominic Zeto
Westlake: Alayna Denofrio,
Ananya Patanakul, Jersey Niemenski,
(The form link will be posted on the MEF website May 15-June 15 each year and must be submitted by June 15 midnight.)
MEF supports the Millcreek Township School District with many special projects.
360° Cameras were recently purchased to provide an inside look at the capital improvement projects being done in the school buildings and Millcreek Education Center (MEC). Originally, the plan was to provide actual bus "field trips" to buildings to show the issues highlighted in the Town Hall Meetings conducted in 2018 and 2019, With the buildings closed to the public,
the plan shifted to the 360° viewpoint
of the work being done.
After the work is completed, we will provide virtual tours to showcase the upgrades and share with viewers the incredible things happening in these buildings to support Millcreek students.
McDowell students will be able to use the cameras for creating virtual field trips to be shared with other students and to craft creative projects in multi-media courses.
For more information on MTSD's "Focus on the Future" plan for capital improvements: https://www.mtsd.org/community/long-term-facilities-plan/mtsd-focus-on-our-future