iMac Computers for First Floor Art Studio Two 21" iMac computers were granted for the first floor art studio, completing the conversion to a Mac-based platform.
ProPanels & Pedestals The Art Department was awarded professional display panels with which to exhibit student artwork throughout school and at art shows.
LFHS Foundation Speaker Series The primary purpose of the speaker series is to provide students with 'Living' primary sources of information. For example speakers might include a Holocaust survivor, expert on Armenian Genocide, a Haitian earthquake survivor or a local artist. This grant expands the LFHS Foundation Speaker Series into a school-wide initiative.
Timpani This grant provides a new Timpani, replacing the existing one in collaboration with funding from Applause and District 115.
SMART Board™ Expansion This grant provides 13 SMART Boards, 1 Dual Touch, 1 Portable, 2 sets of Smart Response devices, computers, projectors and wireless as needed plus basic training for up to 15 staff members. This technology increases student acquisition of skills, information and knowledge. It encourages increased student engagement while supporting teacher collaboration, enhancing presentations and improving technological proficiency. Specifically in science it allows for the display of scientific images with "zoom in" feature, provides a way to capture, share and analyze data from experiments across classes, makes graphing lab results easier and allows lessons to be taught with the lights on.
Camera/Computer Mini-Lab This grant supports the Social Studies department's visual essay initiative by providing 8 Flip Cameras and 8 MacBooks with AppleCare protection plans as well as a Bretford Cart to safely store the technology. In recent years students have been challenged to use their creativity produce visual term papers which are both informative and entertaining. This challenge places students in a more active learning role and instructors are required to think out of the box when creating lesson plans. The increased access to portable technology provided by this grant greatly expands the possibilities for these projects.
SMART Board™ Expansion This grant provides 9 SMART Boards, 1 Dual Touch, 1 Portable, 2 sets of Smart Response devices, computers, projectors and wireless as needed plus basic training for up to 15 staff members. This technology increases student acquisition of skills, information and knowledge. It encourages increased student engagement while supporting teacher collaboration, enhancing presentations and improving technological proficiency. Some of the additional benefits for Social Studies courses include availability of accurate and detailed graphs which can be manipulated without redrawing, availability of digital maps for instruction and the ability to view maps side by side.
David Miller Theater A/V Equipment As a result of this grant the David Miller Theater will be transformed into a more complete multimedia viewing, meeting and small group presentation space. The 18 year-old speaker and amplifiers will be replaced with a 7.1 surround sound system. An HD auditorium projector designed to produce a much brighter image for large spaces will be installed. Logitech Harmony remote controls will be incorporated making the equipment user-friendly.
Cardio Exercise Equipment A new Wellness initiative will be supported by this grant providing 32 cardiovascular exercise bikes. During the 2008-09 school year a nationally normed fitness test was given to LFHS Wellness students and 49% of students fell below the "Healthy Fitness Zone." In response to this data, the Wellness staff revamped the curriculum. The new curriculum requires fitness related activities 2 days per week. Heart rate monitoring and goal setting will be part of the program. Bikes will likely be used 6 periods a day on fitness days.