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Posted July 6, 2016

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Six Schools Get APS Foundation "Success Plus" Grants

Awards total $49,000

Six Albuquerque Public Schools – Valley and West Mesa high schools, Roosevelt, Eisenhower and John Adams middle schools and Carlos Rey Elementary -- have been awarded APS Education Foundation Success Plus grants for projects aimed at improving school culture and academic performance.

The awards, which totaled $49,000, were announced late last month during a Foundation board of directors meeting, and the projects will be implemented in the 2016-17 school year.

Valley, West Mesa and Carlos Rey were awarded $11,000 for their STEM Trajectory Initiative, a collective effort that gives students hands-on learning opportunities. Students at the three schools recently interviewed astronauts on the International Space Station, and have for several years teamed up on rocketry and high-altitude balloon projects.

Roosevelt Middle School was awarded more than $14,000 for an innovative idea that will allow students to build digital portfolios, an increasingly important way to help kids prepare for projects they’ll face in high school and college.

John Adams Middle School, which received a Walmart Blue Sky grant in 2014, received $10,000 to continue a program that provides mentors to the 100 lowest-achieving students at the school.

Eisenhower’s award funds a project called Where Everyone Belongs, a student leadership technique that allows eighth graders to mentor incoming sixth graders so that all students can be part of a culture of respect and success.

“The Foundation received 18 different project ideas for schoolwide achievement, and it was a difficult job to narrow the field to the eventual winners,” said APS Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “What’s plain to see, especially at the middle school level, is that schools are looking for a variety of ways to engage kids at a critically important age.”

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