The North Rock Creek School District in Shawnee has been awarded a nearly $250,000 grant for hands-on science and behavioral support for students during the 2018-19 school year.

The Champions Grant is from the State Department of Education in the amount of $247,876.

Among the goals for the grant is to increase ease students’ hands-on, active “doing” of science by 30 percent, while increasing daily science instruction to 45 minutes per day.

Increasing the integration of technology into instruction to support the learning of science practices and content through authentic, real-world applications of learning is another goal.

Project activities include creating curriculum maps and pacing guides for PK-5, creating interdisciplinary lessons integrating science into reading and math for PK-5 classrooms, along with connecting families to science learning through grade-level science family nights, to name a few.

Safe and healthy Schools goals include improving student access to a systematic approach for identification, referral, and follow up of students needing social, emotional, behavioral, or mental health services, while also increasing parent and family engagement in training opportunities.

Project activities include: implementing Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework, hosting a spring Healthy Families event and providing professional development for teachers in the areas of family and community engagement and social, emotional, behavioral, and mental health prevention and intervention.

Several partners will join North Rock Creek to accomplish project goals, providing valuable in-kind services and resources, including: Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Pottawatomie County Health Department, City of Shawnee, Shawnee Police Department, Oklahoma Baptist University, Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Hope Revealed, Oklahoma State University Extension Center – Pottawatomie County, Community Renewal of Pottawatomie County and Knights of Columbus.