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Authors in Schools
Students from all six CPS middle schools were bused to the Missouri Theater to hear Jacqueline Woodson speak on April 19, 2019, as part of the Unbound Book Festival. The grant provided Woodson’s books for all the middle schools as well as transportation for students to the festival.
Student Trip to China
As part of CPS’s Chinese program, students can take a two‐week trip to Shanghai and Beijing for language and culture learning. This was the fourth year of the trip, covered by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Once the students are in China, they are hosted by Shanghai Normal University, the leading teacher college in Shanghai. This year 18 students, from freshmen to seniors, traveled to China from July 3-16. CPSF grant funds covered the airfare, along with Veterans United and the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Family Welcome Center
Families new to Columbia have a welcoming space to gather and seek services, thanks to a 2017 grant for the Family Welcome Center, located inside the CPS Aslin Administration Building at 1818 W. Worley in Columbia. Grant funds went to renovating the area and providing new furniture to create a more welcome space for families of English Language Learner (ELL) students who are being evaluated.
Drumline Trip to Japan
The CPS drumline group is the only high school from the United States selected to participate in the 2018 Japanese summer festival in Nagano. During the trip, from Aug. 3-10, the students will have the opportunity to rehearse with 1,000 Japanese marching band students. The trip also includes cultural site visits and a ceremonial meeting with the local governor. The grant covered the costs of passports and provided two cultural experiences, including etiquette lessons, for the students. The Foundation funds also include the creation of a CPSF flag for use during the festival’s opening ceremonies.
M.A.C. (Minority Achievement Committee) First Annual Achievement Gap Conference
Scholars First Annual Achievement Gap Conference: Failure is NOT an Option. All secondary schools.
Gifted center, all Elementary Schools
Bridging the Gap
Helps high schools develop and implement strategies to decrease the achievement gap among minorities and free/reduced lunch students who have good attendance but are not succeeding in school. Strategies include transitional programs for entering high school, study skills, organizational skills, career path counseling, reading enhancement.
Dynamic Immersion of English Language Learners (ELL):
Introduces interactive technology (Rosetta Stone) into the CPS ELL classrooms. The software helps students learn English in an environment that combines technology with native English speakers and a rich visual environment to build English language proficiency. The software is interfaced with a Student Management System to track student progress. At any time, 51 students can access this software anywhere in the district, providing access in computer labs and individual classrooms.
Language Arts Program for ESL
West Junior High – ‘Woodcock-Munoz,’, a language learning program, will be used in the language arts classes of ESL (English as a Second Language) in order to increase reading levels and writing abilities of ESL students.
Technology Enhancement for Foreign Languages
The Author Study Kits project impacts curriculum across kindergarten through grade 5, and in language arts, social studies and science at Mill Creek Elementary. An extensive set of reading materials is organized into author study kits. The authors selected for the project have demonstrated attributes such as the use of rich and unforgettable language, sharing personal experiences, vivid illustrations, and effective use of dialogue. Students learn to compare and contrast authors, experience fiction an d non-fiction works, and model the writing of the selected authors.