FFEL Awards Super Grants to MEHMS
On Thursday, the Falls Church Education Foundation made the rounds to all the schools to bestow $58,655 to the winning applicants for Super Grants. The FCEF raises funds through the Run For the Schools, the Annual Gala in the spring, and Academic Booster donations from the community. For Super Grants, teachers apply for grants and the FCEF board makes the awards.
Outdoor Amphitheatre and Foyer Furniture
This FCEF Super Grant provides funding for two nontraditional learning venues. The grant will be used to build an outdoor amphitheatre/classroom that will accommodate 60 students. Sisler's Stone is donating the materials at or below cost and MEH will use parent, staff and student "sweat equity" to build the structure. Entry foyer furniture will not only provide a welcoming atmosphere to the school and allow students and others to sit and gather while they are waiting for events, but will be used as an additional learning space for students, especially for those who might need some time away from class or for special needs students.
Demonstration Table for the Family Consumer Services Classroom
This FCEF Super Grant provides funding for a cooking demonstration table with electric range and mirror, which will allow the teacher to "show the necessary skills to all kids at once", so she can move around the classroom once cooking begins as opposed to breaking the groups down and showing each group individually.
Equipment for STEAM classes and Makerspace at Henderson (M@H)
This FCEF Super Grant funds new types of equipment and technology that will benefit all middle school students through the STEAM classes and M@H. New technology includes Ozobots, Bloxels, Arduinos, Glowforge laser cutter, KEVA planks. In addition to bringing new equipment to MEH, Mr. Erick, Ms. Fogle and Ms. Slifer will be holding tutorials after school to show students how to use the equipment. They will also implement a "Maker Buddy Board" where students can find peer mentors to help them with projects. This grant helps M@H and STEAM classes expand their outreach and offerings to all MEH students and parents.
Four Standup Desks, Four Balance Ball Chairs and Sensory Items for 7th Grade Special Education Students
This FCEF Super Grant funds items to provide students with movement while they are learning. Standing desks "allow for movement, which increases attention, engagement, and student learning." Students who have standing desks have health benefits, such as preventing orthopedic degradation and dysfunction, repetitive stress injuries, pelvic floor dysfunction, and knee and hip disorders. Balance ball chairs help students with ADHD engage in needed movement, help to increase alertness and attention and strengthen core muscles.
Focus On: The Environment Club's Garden Team
The Environmental Club Garden Team is almost ready to harvest its first crop of lettuce!
Environmental Club offers a way to get students energized about taking care of the Earth and helping out the community! Students learn about environmental issues facing the 21st century and gain hands on experience through working with hydroponic units to raise vegetables in the MEH garden.
The club meets after school on Thursdays with Ms. Smolarek.
Focus On: Uniting Peers Student Group
Uniting Peers, aka UP, is a club based on creating a more inclusive school where everyone feels like part of our community. In the past, we have done lunch bunches with life skills students, worked on banning unkind words and helped to sponsor a Special Olympics track meet. This year we look to build upon our past with new endeavors while we continue to try to impact the culture of the school.
UP is a precursor for the Best Buddies Club at the high school. It provides opportunities for students with special needs to interact with peers that might not have special needs.
UP meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month in Mr. Block's classroom (#214).
MEHMS Clubs & Activities
MEH offers a variety of clubs and activities for all of your interests! Check out the Student Activity list!