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2012 Pyramid Award Winners

Congratulations to 21 teachers who earned a 2012 Pyramid Award.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Buckner Elementary

Jennifer Dolan and Jenny Graff of Buckner Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Hook Up with a Good Nook Book." This award will be used to help struggling 4th and 5th grade readers advance at least one reading level by the end of the school year using Nook e-reader devices. In an ongoing project, students will be provided with books that are "just right" which will thus encourage them to engage more deeply in the texts and develop into proficient readers.

Camden Station Elementary

Jennifer A. Hull of Camden Station Elementary School and Stephanie Vernak of Goshen Elementary won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "The Oldham Octopi." This award will be used to provide 4th and 5th grade students with percussion instruments that will be used to create an ensemble. Students will learn valuable skills such as cooperation, leadership, self-confidence, and responsibility as active members of the ensemble. The project will culminate in a final performance for friends and family.

Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest

Cindy Smith of Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Book Buzz." This award will be used to increase student literacy using iPads and a variety of creativity applications. Students in grades 3-5 will create "book buzzes" -- twenty-first century book previews rich in media that will encourage students to read. These will be published online for future students to use.

David Wallace, Kari Kittleson, Ruthie Parrott, Ryan Rembold and Jamie Wilson of Goshen Elementary at Hillcrest won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Taste of 5th Grade." This award will be used to help 5th grade students embrace the concept of empathy and learn how to use fractions and decimals in real world situations. Students will create a cookbook that they will publish and sell. They will donate the proceeds to Hearts 4 Kenya -- a local charity that has paired the students with pen pals from a region in Kenya. The project will culminate with the "taste of fifth grade" night where students will make their recipes to share with the community.

Harmony Elementary

Jennifer Hallas of Harmony Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Math in Motion: Engaging Students in Mathematics Instruction." This award will allow 1st-4th grade students to use technology to further their learning of mathematics. The award will provide the students with two iPads that will enhance and further students' learning in the area of mathematics through visual demonstrations, interactive experiences, and videos.

Alison Hafner of Harmony Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "iStudy; iPods in the Classroom." This award will provide iPods and academic applications for students in grades 3-5 with learning and behavior disabilities. Many of these applications track student progress and enable students to achieve new learning levels throughout the school year.

Karen Clark of Harmony Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Gateway to Reading." This award will provide students in grades K-5 with greater access to graphic novels – books in which the story, or content, is conveyed to the reader in what resembles a traditional "comic book" format. The award will supplement the collection of graphic novels already in the school library.

Kenwood Station Elementary

Beverly Dallaire of Kenwood Station Elementary won a Pyramid Award for her proposal called "It's Podcastic!" This award will provide iPods and software to students in grades 4 and 5 that will enable them to create an original podcast based on the theme and content of a work of fiction. The iPods will also be used for learning purposes far beyond this project through the use of educational software.

Whitney Cox of Kenwood Station Elementary won a Pyramid Award for her proposal called "Podcasting: The Speaking Tool of The Future." This award will provide 5th grade students with digital voice recording technology that will allow them to improve their speaking and listening skills while "working on multiple content areas." Students will create projects such as podcasts and "book talks" that will promote literacy.

Lauri Pytko of Kenwood Station Elementary won a Pyramid Award for her proposal called "Authentic Literature for Life-Long Readers." This award will provide 1st and 2nd grade students with six copies of 41 different books specifically designed to support strategic thinking. These targeted books facilitate the development of independent readers by providing intense instruction through a structured, research-based lesson format incorporating multi-faceted literature activities.

LaGrange Elementary

Rebecca Broughton of LaGrange Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal called "Fractions, Fractions Everywhere: Incorporating the Latest Technology into Math Instruction." This award will provide special education students in grades 3-4 with an iPad, two iPod touches and applications to enhance their comprehension of fractions. Students will use their newfound knowledge across multiple settings to solve problems.

Locust Grove Elementary

Susan Vialpando of Locust Grove Elementary School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal called "Peer Coaching." This award will provide students in grades K-5 with technology and resources that will encourage students to read and promote skills such as word recognition, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension by working in groups, participating in class discussions, etc. This hands-on project allows for social interaction in the process of learning to read.

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

East Oldham Middle

Beth Wallingford and Dennis Mangum of East Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Where Did That Energy Go?" This award will be used to help 7th grade students better understand energy transfer through research-based strategies such as lab stations, vocabulary instruction, teacher demonstrations, student collaboration and text analysis. Students will learn to describe the main forms of energy, describe energy transformations and trace the energy flow of a system.

Megan Kelley of East Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "iCan." This award will provide struggling students in grades 6-8 with iPads that will help them practice individualized, basic skills such as math and vocabulary that will carry over to the regular classroom. Downloadable texts for reading comprehension practice as well as audio files for fluency modeling are also available for the iPad.

South Oldham Middle

Winn Wheeler of South Oldham Middle School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Promoting Avid Reading in Struggling Readers". This award will provide students in grades 6-8 with e-readers and e-books that will promote literacy. The use of highly engaging material will increase the number of minutes spent reading as well as comprehension.

HIGH SCHOOLS

North Oldham High

Chad Padgett of North Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Modeling with Periodic Functions." This award will provide Precalculus students in grades 10-11 with scientific calculators that will enable them to better understand the periodic or trigonometric functions. Students will explore the characteristics of this mathematical concept in a dynamic setting using the latest technological resources.

Leah Berry of North Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Skype to Read and Write Successfully!" This award will provide students in grades 2-12 with technology that will allow the high school students to teach elementary students remotely. All students will write a personal narrative appropriate to their grade level. The high school students will give lessons and feedback to the elementary students. This act of teaching will hone the reading, writing and oral communication skills the high school students have already learned.

Oldham County High

Gabriel Kessler of Oldham County High School won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "Vernier Video Physics." This award will help Physics students in grades 10-12 analyze motion by filming real life projectiles using an iPad and The "Vernier Video Physics" application software. The project will culminate in student projects and presentations that will demonstrate the students' comprehension.

South Oldham High

Adam Watson of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for his proposal "iMovie, weReview: Collaborative AP Literature Test Prep with 21st Century Tools." This award will provide current and future senior English classes with software and an additional iPad to complement existing iPads and other tools that will help them prepare for the AP Literature exam. Students will make a two-minute movie trailer that summarizes the major information from a text they are given to analyze.

Karen Ford and Tammy Redecker of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for their proposal "Zoom Algebra." This award will provide students in grades 9-12 with calculators and software to solve geometric and algebraic problems which will further their understanding of mathematical concepts. This learning concept forces students to think critically and then communicate their reasoning.

Kate Nitzken of South Oldham High School won a Pyramid Award for her proposal "Drawing Unlimited with iPad and Stylus." This award will provide Drama students in grades 9-12 with technology that will enable them to create a set, costume design, and "virtual sketchbook" for a play of their choice. Use of this technology will allow the students to seamlessly go back and forth between creating content and researching information on the Internet.