Palms Middle School

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DonorsChoose

DonorsChoose is a website where teachers ask for specific supplies or equipment they need in their classrooms and parents and other donors chip in with donations until the total is reached and the items are purchased. For items that one parent couldn't easily donate, DonorsChoose lets multiple donors combine their efforts. Some organizations make matching donations, which can double donated dollars.

Here's why it's so useful: Donors can choose their favorite classes or requests and give any amount at any time. Teachers get exactly what they need and students are the ultimate winners!

Check out the DonorsChoose Palms Middle School page. After you register for the site, add Palms to your Favorites and Donorshoose will notify you whenever a Palms teacher asks for supplies or equipment.

Current Fundraising Donation Drive

Donation Drive: High-Interest Novels for our Classroom Library

Mr. Westhoff said:

These books will be used to build a USEFUL, RELEVANT, HIGH-INTEREST classroom library. Students will participate in reading circles, book clubs, and discussions groups. The ultimate goal is to have them leave my room in June with a love of books and an appreciation for the value of reading. Reading is particularly important for our English Language Learners.

Deadline: September 1, 2016

Recent Donation Drives

Donation Drive: High-Interest Novels for our Classroom Library

Mr. Westhoff said:

These books will be used to build a USEFUL, RELEVANT, HIGH-INTEREST classroom library. Students will participate in reading circles, book clubs, and discussions groups. The ultimate goal is to have them leave my room in June with a love of books and an appreciation for the value of reading. Reading is particularly important for our English Language Learners.

pop art project

Projects in progress as a result of this donation drive

Donation Drive: Empowering Students Through Pop Art!

Before the drive, Ms. Purdy said:

Pop art–an important art movement that surfaced in the 1950's–amazes my students-even 60 + years later! Pop artists revealed the beauty of the ordinary everyday object and elevated commercial graphics to fine art status. Students-with their pulse on pop culture-can't wait to create their own Pop Art!

My students need 60 bottles of laundry starch to transform recycled newspaper into paper mache sculptures as well as acrylic paint to make their Pop Art burst with color!

After the drive, Ms. Purdy said:

Because of the funds donors provided, students will begin a fantastic, sculptural exploration of 3-dimensional space. They start by using recycled newspaper and masking tape to construct a large scale Kit Kat or Cup of Noodles or Trident gum...whatever object they chose as their Pop art inspiration. Next they will paper mache the 3-D form in several layers using laundry starch, newspaper and white paper strips, which hardens and strengthens the exterior of their sculpture. The final steps involve sketching and painting the graphics onto their larger than life Pop art sculptures, bringing them to life with color and texture!

Donation Drive History

Total raised to date: $12,753!

Click the teacher's name to see his or her DonorsChoose page. Click the items to see descriptions, photos, comments from donors, and thank-you messages.

Donation Drive History
Teacher Items needed for students Status
Ms. Purdy Starch and acrylics to make student Pop Art projects burst with color. Received Mar 2016!
Mr. Westhoff Let's Keep These Kids Reading Books!: a classroom set of the book "I am Malala". Received Jan 2016!
Mrs. Chi Document camera and projector for reading music and learning to sing with proper vocal techniques. Received Sep 2015!
Mr. Westhoff Powerful Classroom Technologies: a centralized server for iPads. Partially funded Aug 2015
Ms. West Baritone Horn for the Band enabling more students to play the baritone and take it home to practice. Received Jul 2015!
Ms. Purdy All You Need Is Tape for wallets, roses, and unique creations of each student's own design. Received Oct 2014!
Ms. Purdy Duct tape for Pop Art and other projects. Received Feb 2014!
Ms. Purdy Colored and patterned duct tape for art classes, where students make duct tape wallets, roses, even a pair of glasses, and Pop Art inspired creations like seaweed wrapped sushi or french fries and a cheeseburger. Received Feb 2013!
Ms. Purdy Art supplies for Day of the Dead Nichos, small 3-dimensional, mixed media sculptures that use tiny skeletons - and humor - within a stage like setting to celebrate life and honor loved ones. Received October 2012!
Ms. Purdy Duct tape for art projects, making wallets, jewelry (rose rings) and wearable art like flip flops and ties. Received Apr 2012!
Ms. Twaijri Markers and whiteboard erasers to keep students engaged in their algebra and geometry studies. Received Apr 2012!
Ms. Garret iPod touch for history applications, NPR, and other educational apps. Received Mar 2012!
Ms. L. Clark Markers and whiteboard erasers for math practice and competitions. Received Feb 2012!
Mr. Scott Human Skeleton to let students learn about health the way they learn best, when they can engage their eyes, ears, and hands. Received Feb 2012!
Ms. Twaijri Algebra CD-ROMs with interactive whiteboard lessons to engage students with better visual representations of algebra after lessons are completed and opportunities to manipulate algebraic equations and discover the changes that coefficients can make to linear and quadratic equations. Received Feb 2012!
Mr. An Paper cutter, mat cutter, hole puncher, extended stapler, and pencil sharpeners for history lessons, including creating samurai journau and an Aztec codex. Received Jan 2012!
Ms. Wohl Art supplies: paper, glue, pens, crayons, construction cards to incorporate art projects into the content and subjects being taught, from Anthropology to Islam to Medieval Japan to Europe. Received Jan 2012!
Mr. An Air purifiers for students with allergies. Received Dec 2011!
Mr. Scott Heart Rate Monitors to study circulation, learn to take pulses, and take a more active role in developing a healthy body, healthy habits, and a critical mind. Received Dec 2010!
Ms. Wohl Art supplies: paints, markers, pencils, glue sticks, and other supplies to incorporate art projects into the content and subjects being taught, from Anthropology to Islam to Medieval Japan to Europe. Received Jun 2007!
Ms. G. Yoga Kids for Focus and Wellbeing: 50 mats for a new yoga class. Received May 2006!


Tip: After you sign up for DonorsChoose, go to the Palms Middle School page and click the star next to "Add this school to your Favorites".
 

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Palms teachers

Palms teachers thank you for supporting them through DonorsChoose!

Cherry Blossom Project

Cherry Blossom Project

Using supplies obtained through DonorsChoose, students created beautiful representations of cherry trees in bloom by using straws to blow drops of wet ink across watercolor paper and gluing tissue cherry blossoms to the branches.

Coat of Arms Project

Coat of Arms Project

Using supplies obtained through DonorsChoose, students displayed their knowledge of Medieval Europe by creating individual Coats of Arms.