Northside Neighbor on October 19, 2016
The Sandy Springs City Council Oct. 18 approved distributing funds from the city’s Serving Sandy Springs grant program to assist local civic groups for the coming year, the city announced that day.
The city received 21 applications and awarded grants to 11 nonprofits: Act 3 Productions, Am Yisrael Chai Inc., Atlanta Jewish Music Festival Inc., Every Woman Works Inc., Friends of Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex Inc., Mary Hall Freedom House Inc., Sandy Springs Education Force Inc., Housing Initiative of North Fulton Inc., Friends of North Springs High School Inc., Sandy Springs Tennis Association Inc. and Los Niños Primero Inc.
The program was established to provide a consistent response from the city for requests for financial resources on behalf of non-profit organizations. The city allocated $50,000 to be used toward the program. To be eligible to apply for funding, applicants must be a 501(c)(3) qualified nonprofit in good standing, located in the city or substantially serving residents of the Sandy Springs.
The organization should provide programs or services to residents of Sandy Springs and must support the goals and objectives of at least one of the council’s adopted priorities: public safety, transportation, recreation and cultural enhancement, natural resource protection, community appearance, downtown development, sustainable growth or economic development. Funding is not granted to support operational, administrative or fundraising functions.
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:
This is third grant The Sandy Springs Society has made to the school.
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
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.
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.
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.