The Fremont Public School Foundation focuses on three main initiatives every year. We also support other projects and fundraisers where we can help as needed. Our three main initiatives each year are the Creative Teaching Grants, the Academic Achievement Banquet, and our annual Jim Ebers Golf Classic. For more information, click on the heading below.
During the 2015-16 school year the Fremont Public School Foundation distributed $6,775 in Creative Teaching Grants to 16 teachers for a variety of classroom needs. Every year we challenge teachers to submit proposals that will allow them to become more effective teachers and help students improve their achievement. To see our 2015-2016 recipients and how they utilized the grants, as well as to find grant applications, please go here.
To see summaries and pictures of past recipients and how they utilized the grants, please go here.
Making A Difference funding is administered by the Fremont Public Schools Foundation and is available to FPS educators at all levels and all buildings. This funding source, which can be in collaboration with a community organization, will be posted online on the Fremont Public School Foundation’s website. Citizens can browse proposals online and make a tax deductible donation to fully or partially fund a proposal.
To be considered for Making A Difference funding, the application process is identical to the process of applying for a Creative Teaching Grant. A single application may be reviewed for both funding streams. However, the two funding sources differ in this way: Making A Difference applications will be accepted throughout the year, whereas in order to be considered for partial or full funding from the Creative Teaching Grant, applications must be submitted by the Creative Teaching Grant deadline. To apply for Creative Teaching Grant and/or Making A Difference funding, please go here to print an application form.
To view and select current projects for funding, please go here.
At the end of every school year, the Fremont Public School Foundation honors the highest achieving students of Fremont High School along with a mentor that has been instrumental in their achievement. In 2018, we honored 34 students and their mentors, looking forward to growing that number in the future. For more information on the annual banquet go here.
Who doesn’t like to hit the links with friends to support a good cause? Every summer, we host a golf tournament to raise funds than enable us to keep helping teachers and honoring students. Starting in 2014, we have renamed the tournament the Jim Ebers Classic in honor of everything that Jim did over the years to help support the teachers and students of the Fremont Public Schools. We’d like to thank everyone who came out in 2017 and look forward to another great crowd in 2018. To find more information on the Jim Ebers Golf Classic, and the link to a registration form go here.
Chromebooks for Kids
The Chromebooks for Kids project is being conducted by the Fremont Public Schools Foundation as a means of providing Chromebooks for student use in grades 7 and 8 at the Fremont Middle School. The Foundation will purchase 720 Chromebooks at a cost of approximately $275.00 per unit for a total of $198,000.00. By supplying the funding for 720 devices for these 2 grade levels, the Fremont Public Schools students in grades 5 – 12 will have a Chromebook for every student (approximately 2,880) enrolled in these grades, often referred to as a “1:1” initiative.
In recent years many area districts have embarked on a 1:1 initiative with lap top computers. There has been a more recent and noticeable shift of districts to Chromebooks. One of the major reasons is the cost of the devices. At $275.00 per device, there is a substantial savings over lap tops (over $1,000 in most cases) and iPads ($550.00). In addition, the reliance on applications, at an addition cost in most instances, is greatly reduced or eliminated. Probably the most important reason is because the use of cloud-based operations has become the predominate choice of the industry, and the Google Education Suite (free to educational entities) is the leader in this field. Students will use the technology that is relevant to their future career.
Opportunities for Student Learning and the rationale for a 1:1 setup includes:
Collaboration: We know that we live in a world that is becoming more and more connected. Chromebooks offer students a unique opportunity to collaborate on projects within the district and with the world at large. Chromebooks is a cloud-based operating system and productivity suite that is easy to navigate for students and also easy to manage for IT personnel.
Engagement: Using the Google productivity suite, students easily create, share, and complete projects assigned by teachers. Google has done an excellent job of adapting their software to meet the needs of teachers. Products like Google Classroom, Docs, and Slides empower teachers to easily differentiate instruction and maximize individual learning potential.
Critical Thinking: Using programs like Google Earth and Maps with Chromebooks will continue to increase the skills our students need to master to be prepared for their future in the workforce. Without a doubt, our students will be exposed to many technologies, most of which will be cloud-based. Students will need the ability to problem solve, question, and analyze. Students with Chromebooks can use any number of web-apps to help boost their critical thinking skills.
To donate, go here!