2016-17 Outside Grants Received

 

We are very excited to announce that Minuteman Press of Sandy Springs has once again generously donated a $1000 in-kind school sponsorship to be divided up for the 2016-17 school year as follows:

  • $500 Spartan Nation Foundation & PTO 
  • $250 SABC (which has been used to create our beautiful collapsible banner)
  • $250 NSCHS (Carol Ciepluch, PR)
We are all very grateful for owner John Wittenberg's continued support of North Springs Charter High School and its many parent-run organizations. Please support Minuteman Press of Sandy Springs, and our other loyal Spartan Nation Community Supporters.
 

 

North Springs Awarded $10,000 Grant For Music Studio 

This is third grant The Sandy Springs Society has made to the school.

By August 19, 2016 4:43 pm ET (

SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Thanks to the generosity of The Sandy Springs Society, music, film and video broadcast students at North Springs Charter High School will soon be able to produce and record live music.

A $10,000 grant largely funded by The Sandy Springs Society will allow the school to open a new music studio on campus. This is the third such grant made to North Springs by the Sandy Springs Society over the course of three years. 

The first supported specialized science lab equipment for use by all science students while the second supported more than 1,600 students taking math classes with hand held response devices. This grant now reaches nearly 600 students taking electives through the school’s outstanding Visual & Performing Arts Magnet program.

The recording studio will join two rooms: currently, choral music teacher Van Craven’s office, with an adjoining practice room. With the addition of a window, the recording operator and performer will be able to see each other and will be able to communicate using an audio connection.

The recording suite will also include a specialized computer and monitor as well as recording components, a monitoring system, headphones, amplifier, acoustic treatment, cables and tables. Universal Studio Plug-Ins will allow recording from the classroom/chorus area.

“We are so excited to have this studio,” said Craven, a North Springs’ piano and choral music teacher who this year is teaching a new music technology class that will be using the new studio. “We have many students already professionally involved in music, or who want to be, as performers or producers. This studio will help prepare students for careers in both.”

Craven is also starting an extracurricular club called Spartan Mixers, which will work on special projects outside of the school day. This initiative will draw an 30 additional students who will use the studio. 

"We can't wait," said North Springs senior Justice Michael, an accomplished jazz pianist and drummer who is helping Craven and whose band played at the Atlanta Jazz Festival and has already recorded its first album. 

Photo: Music teacher Van Craven, and senior Xavier Jones, work on recording a tract in the new music recording studio being built at North Springs thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Sandy Springs Society. Jones and classmate Justice Michael, are members of the band Anonymous Da Band who recorded their own album after playing the Atlanta Jazz Festival this summer. Credit: North Springs Charter High School

 


2015-16 Outside Grants Received

Partners in Education Awards Funds to Theater

Jon Wittenberg, owner of Minuteman Press of Sandy Springs, through Partners in Education provided $300 to fund new casters for the heavy theater storage containers. This allowed the purchase of very high quality, professional level casters.  "They roll smoothly and quietly which will help with the safety and efficiency of set changes during our large scale musical." says Joel King, Drama teacher.

   

 

Northside Hospital Foundation Awards Funds for Health Pathway

The Northside Hospital Foundation approved a grant in January 2016 for almost $2000 to purchase a Strap-on Venipuncture Trainer and two Advanced Injection Arms for North Springs Charter High School.
 
 
   
The Northside Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to Northside Hospital and the health and wellness of the communities we serve.  Our philanthropic vision is to connect donors, volunteers and resources to build strong and healthy communities!

Sandy Springs Society Awards over $10,000 to NSCHS for Math Classes

FONS is delighted to announce a grant award for Promethean ActivExpressions student clicker response classroom systems for the Math Department from The Sandy Springs Society, a community-based philanthropic organization.  The grant application was submitted in March 2015 by FONS Grant team. News of the award for $10,300 arrived in early June.

The traditional way of teaching is that the teacher teaches and it is the responsibility of the student to learn. Most of the time the teacher is talking and the students are barely engaged. Teachers also struggle with assessment, in other words, teachers assess at the very end and do not go back to check for understanding. This results in students not mastering the material. North Springs has been moving away from this standard of teaching with the use of newer equipment like smart boards, simple clicker systems and the Vernier science equipment. All of these approaches utilize hands on learning which engages the students.

At the request of the teachers, FONS purchased one student response system for each department to usethis year to be shared within the department. These devices have been popular, but are limited to multiple choice only. The Promethean ActiveExpressions Response System allows alphanumeric short answers. It also provides student ID submission with each response, allowing teachers to have an automatically created report on how each individual student has performed. This data may be used to easily group students and differentiate instruction. LCD screens add texting capability, which, in turn, facilitates open-ended questions and self-paced learning. Promethean has recently boosted reporting and analytics in their latest version. 

FONS thanks The Sandy Springs Society for their support and looks forward to demonstrating the successful results of their investment in our students.

         

 

 

The Sandy Springs City Council

 
The Sandy Springs City Council on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 approved distributing funds from the city's nonprofit grant program. Friends of North Springs Foundation received one of the 12 grants awarded and had a top rating for its grant application. Thank you City of Sandy Springs!
 
  • Friends of North Springs ($4,000) – The request for funding supports the Spartan Plaza Enhancement Project at North Springs Charter High School. The $67,225 enhancement project began in February 2015, and is planned to be completed in the Spring of 2016. Enhancement additions and activities include a bio-retention pond, re-sodding and landscaping of school’s greenspace. North Springs Charter High School is a math/science and visual/performing arts magnet school, home to more than 1,700 students.

 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant

On January 6, 2015, Lowe's Toolbox for Education awarded FONS $5,000 to support the new NSCHS Architecture Construction Design Club (ACDC) and the Theater Tech group. This grant will purchase tools, supplies and safety equipment through Lowe's. Students in ACDC and Theater Tech will be taught construction skills as well as Club volunteers working on projects for the school and the community.
 
ACDC co-sponsor art teacher John Gresens and Friends of North Springs Foundation (FONS) Grant Chair, Mary Reid, show off the tools the ACDC club will use, thanks to a $5,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant received by FONS for the program. The tools from the Sandy Springs Lowe's arrived just in time for the evening's VIP reception held in the school's media center.
 

The Sandy Springs City Council

 
The Sandy Springs City Council, during its Dec. 16, 2014 meeting, approved financial support to FONS to support NSCHS theater department by upgrading outdated equipment including bulbs and batteries, gaffer tape, Dataplex DMX cable, universal fader wing (sound board), and cordless microphone system.

   

 

Northside Hospital Foundation Awards Funds for First Aid Kits

The Northside Hospital Foundation approved a grant in December 2014 for $1,440 to purchase 16 first aid kits for North Springs Charter High School.
 
 
   
The Northside Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to Northside Hospital and the health and wellness of the communities we serve.  Our philanthropic vision is to connect donors, volunteers and resources to build strong and healthy communities!

 

Sandy Springs Society Awards over $10,000 to NSCHS for Science Lab

FONS is delighted to announce a grant award for Vernier LabQuest Science equipment from The Sandy Springs Society, a community-based philanthropic organization.  The grant application was submitted in March by FONS Grant team.  News of the award for $10,100 was delivered the morning of May 23, 2014 and FONS had the opportunity to announce it at the end-of-year Teacher Appreciation Luncheon. 


As a science magnet, this equipment will support North Springs' STEM leadership in Fulton County and the state of Georgia, impacting every student at NSCHS and enriching our entire science curriculum with hands-on science in the classroom and the field.  

The awarded funds will cover the purchase of Vernier LabQuest 2, leading-edge data gathering technology, and will comprise 2 classroom sets of portable sensing equipment.  To name a few of its uses:
  • Biology students will use it to monitor ecosystems
  • Chemistry students will use it measure conductivity, temperature changes in reaction and acid-base reactions
  • Physics students will use it to measure energy transfer
  • Environmental science and earth systems students will monitor water quality for sustainability and viability
  • Research Methods, Botany, and Biochemistry classrooms will benefit as well
FONS thanks The Sandy Springs Society for their support and looks forward to demonstrating the successful results of their investment in our students.
 
          
   

Turner Application Awarded!

March 13, 2014 - FONS is delighted to announce an award to NSCHS by Turner Voices in Technology, a philanthropic division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.  In conjunction with faculty members, Sallie Holloway, Interactive Media Teacher and Chris English, Business & Computer Science Teacher, FONS submitted an application that was accepted on March 13th.  

In late Spring, students will be escorted to Turner facilities to participate in a Career Exploration Workshop, a special day-long experience with hands-on activities, tours and panel discussions with bright Turner leaders in technology-related fields.

FONS was alerted to this valuable Turner program by a NSCHS parent employed by TBS and looks forward to further identifying and building on the synergy between our Academy curricula and Turner's interests in supporting technology and arts-related education.