Paul M. Owen Memorial Fund for Technology

About the Paul M. Owen Memorial Fund for Technology


Founded in 1995 and sponsored by SCHOOLS PLUS, the family and friends of Paul Owen established this fund to provide technology support in the schools where Paul worked as an administrator and teacher.

A single technology grant of $500 can be awarded to each of three of six schools on a rotating cycle.

Eligible schools are:


School Years beginning with an odd year (like 2021-22):

Green Acres Elementary
San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High School
Aptos Jr High School

School Years beginning with an even year (like 2020-21):

Shoreline Middle School

MacQuiddy Elementary School

Bradley Elementary School

 

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Recent
Paul M Owen Memorial Fund for Technology Grant Recipients

 

2019-20:
Karen Snedeker, Jessica Curcio, Byron Williams  -

San Lorenzo Valley Middle School

"3-D Printer and supplies for MakerSpace." (6th-8th Grades)

This grant provides funding for purchase of a 3-D Printer, design software, and printing materials as the cornerstone for the school MakerSpace. "This 3D Printer opens up multiple ways to spark research, creativity, presentation, and emotional connection to a created project students develop from ideas to final product." 

2018-19

Melissa Nix, Mariko McMillin, Tammy Bye, Nick Elias, Rachel Dysart, Amelia Siegel, Amber Julien - Shoreline Middle School

"Fantastic Flight!" (6th, 7th & 8th Grades)
 

This grant supports another year of school-wide participation in the Math Department's kite-building project. "Over the years, our school-wide kite project has grown and evolved. Initially, in 2015-16, the math department assigned a particular kite design for each grade level. With the support of Schools Plus, this first year ... was an enormous success. It was the first project to bring everyone together and we knew we wanted it to continue for it genuinely unified our students and staff. In 2016-17, Schools Plus helped us expand the project to incorporate a maker-space design, allowing students to have access to a variety of materials to design and create a kite of their interest." This year, "we will evoke a new era of kite designs: the environ-kite... to make a concerted effort to test designs which utilize environmentally-friendly materials." (See Pictures HERE!)


2016-17:

Mariko McMillin, Tracy Morse, Bob Van Dyk, Nick Elias, Susan Toohey, Linda Carman, Deirdre Robinson - Shoreline Middle School

"Let's Go Fly a Kite! Using Math and Maker Spaces to Create

Flying Phenomenon" (6th-8th Grades)

This grant supports another year of school-wide participation in the Math Department's kite-building project. (See Pictures HERE!)

2015-16 (off-cycle per board approval)
Mariko McMillin, John Hayes, Bob Van Dyk, Nick Elias, Susan Toohey, Linda Carman and Deirdre Robinson - Shoreline Middle School

"Go Fly a Kite! Building kites to demonstrat math concepts" (6th-8th Grades)

In this school-wide project, the Math Department will engage all 545 students in building kites as a way to apply mathematical concepts and build 21st Century skills. (See Pictures HERE!)

2013-2014: Aptos Junior High School: 
Hand-held calculators for Common Core Standards Preparation

2012-2013: Bradley Elementary:
Funding toward ceiling mount digital projector system.
 

Lisa Rispaud, Green Acres Elementary, 2nd Grade:
     Listening Center Materials, including CD/cassette player and headphones to allow students access to literature, fluency practice and audio lessons.

 

Jessica Middour, Live Oak Elementary, 2nd/3rd Grade:   

    Listening Center Materials, including CD player and headphones to allow students to read along with books that they write and then burn onto CDs.


Dan Richey, San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High, 6th-8th Grade:
     Digital camera and four printers to print quality student work for use in projects, including the yearbook project.

 

Bill Sillavo, Aptos Jr. High, 7th Grade:
     Document Camera for varied instructional lessons, projecting images onto the digital projector.

 

Leslie Smith, Aptos Jr. High, 8th Grade:
     iPad to provide immediate feedback for students’ work in language arts.

 

Karen Elerick, Aptos Jr. High, 7th-8th Grade:
     iPad to provide real-time feedback to students and parents and to track assignments for students, teachers and parents.

PLEASE NOTE:
APPLICANTS INTERESTED IN TECHNOLOGY GRANTS ARE ALSO WELCOME TO APPLY FOR THE CLASSROOM TEACHER GRANT
 Paul M. Owen Fund Grant Cycle Dates

 

2nd Friday of November: Application due date.

 

January : Funds issued.

 

April:  Implementation documentation to be sent to Schools Plus

 

September:
Final Project Report due

Schools Supported by the Paul M. Owen Memorial Fund for Technology

 

Green Acres Elementary School

Shoreline Middle School

San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High School

Aptos Jr. High School

MacQuiddy Elementary School

Bradley Elementary School

Details of the Paul M. Owen Memorial Fund for Technology

 

  1. The general purpose of the grant is to support the integration of technology in the curriculum including computers, software, video, multi-media, audio and telecommunications.

  2. An important outcome for the use of the funds is the direct benefit to students and active encouragement of student participation.

  3. Grant applications may be submitted by the principal, a teacher, or a member of the technology committee (if the school has one).  Schools have the option of submitting a single application to support a school-wide goal or multiple applications from teachers within the school for specific projects (for a total of $500 per school).  All applications must be approved by the principal.

  4. Expenditures must be made within one year of receipt of the award.

 

This is not a competitive grant process.  However, each application will be reviewed by a committee to make sure that it conforms to the above guidelines.  In addition, the committee may offer suggestions for ways to enhance or strengthen the application.  SCHOOLS PLUS will require a brief follow-up report at the end of the funding period to summarize how the school implemented the grant.

 

Distribution Guidelines

The general purpose of the Paul M. Owen Memorial Fund is to support technology in the following six schools where Mr. Owen worked as a teacher and administrator:  Green Acres Elementary School, Shoreline Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High, Aptos Jr. High, MacQuiddy Elementary, and Bradley Elementary.

 

  1. Grants of $500 will be awarded to each school every other year on a rotating basis. One year will be Green Acres, San Lorenzo Valley Jr. High, and Aptos Jr. High; the next year will be Shoreline Middle, MacQuiddy and Bradley.

  2. All funds are to be used for technology acquisition including computers, software, video, multi-media, audio, and telecommunications.

  3. Funds must directly benefit students and encourage active student participation.
    Grant applications may be submitted by the principal, a teacher, or a member of the technology committee (if the school has one).  All applications must be approved by the principal.

  4. Expenditures must be made within one year of receipt of award.