SJPS Foundation Grant Recipients

Thank You for Your Dedication to SJPS Students!

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Melissa Binns, Jason Huber, Kaylee Gray: Don’t Drop the Bloxels!! $599

This project is a creative and authentic way students can explore, code, create, and narrate stories in in the classroom or at home.

Ian Brown: Bringing the World to All: VR Headsets in the Classroom $14,628

Carmen A. Grandy Award for Teaching Excellence

Callie Campbell: Flexible Seating for SJHS Secondary Resource Room $2,127

Sarah Juengling: Graphing Calculators for SJHS $2,813

Burke Lokey, Joshua Doe: Band and Orchestra Spain Tour – Masterclass and Performance in Madrid $5,000

Laura Pallo, Gabriela Parra: Operation Update $1317

Technology specific iPads for speech and language applications.

Natalie Rank: Learning is Always in Play $296

New materials/manipulatives for the Early Childhood Special Education Preschool classroom which will enhance the learning of all of the children in the program.

Tessa Sheldon: High Noon Reading Intervention Program $1301

High quality, research based materials designed for students with learning differences in the area of reading.

Sara Smothers: PLT4M Conditioning Program for Upton and SJHS  $2,550

PLT4M offers physical conditioning programs for remote or in person physical education students.  Students can engage in training videos put together by Certified Strength and Conditioning Coaches, and will also be encouraged to set healthy lifestyle goals.



Lauren Borre, E.P. Clarke $1,930.52

Emmy Koenig, Lincoln Elementary $349.65

Brittany Mohney, All schools $832.04


October 2021 Awards = $122,762.21


Kristina Allen: Builder’s Club Offsite Project $70

Bryan Arbut: Project Lit Book Club $2,300

Tracy Becker and Joyce Hunter: Senior Service Project Presentation Day Materials $246

Lauri Berry: Key Club Service Leadership Conference $800

Greg Blomgren: Outdoor Metal Tables on Lakeview Ave. $5,330

Carrie Brunsting: SJ Robotics Funding $10,830

Callie Campbell: SJHS Photography Club Field Trip $1,800

Amy Dirlam: Project Wayfinder — SEL Curriculum for SJHS $24,035

Amy Dirlam: Building Book Love Year 3 and Beyond $15,180

Colleen Elkins: DiLL Language Lab Head Phone $1.100

Kelly Gaideski: Professional Learning Communities at Work (PLCs) Refresh II $43,646

Daniel Hernandez: Spanish Club $612

Colette Jasiak: Social Emotional Learning Applied Through Games $908

Craig Jeffers: Intervention and Restorative Practices Programming $6,500

Nevine Khalil: Checkmate Chess Club $836

Kelly Kietzerow: Science Olympiad $500

Claire Krieger: Fostering Love for Literacy in Virtual Students $828

Claire Krieger: Virtual Field Trips for Virtual Elementary Students $265

Burke Lokey:Large Instrument Rental for Spain Trip $5,000

Chad Mandarino: Sarrett Nature Center Pond Ecology Field Trip $1975


March 2022 Awards = $250,690.53


Kristen Bawks: Engaging Every Student Every Day – Professional Learning with Dr. Jensen $17,975

Kristen Bawks: Continuing our Partnership with the Positivity Project $8,985

Greg Blomgren: Senior Career Day Experience $1,410

Kristin Burnette: Have I Got News for You: Expanding the Upton Experience $2,100

Denise Clark: FIRST Robotics Elementary and Middle School $8,847

Amy Dirlam: Media Center Makeover; Outfitting the Heart of the School $50,000

Joshua Doe: Jazz Band Updates! $4,500

Chastity Edlefson: Modernizing the SJHS News Studio $4,350

Kelly Gaideski: GrapeSEED $22,200

Kelly Gaideski: Project Wayfinder – Curriculum for SJHS and Upton MS $24,035

Kelly Gaideski: Summer Reading Book Bonanza and Secondary Summer Send Off $48,500

Kelly Kietzerow: Science Olympiad Coaching Program $260

Stephanie Lear: Tech Team Hits the Fab Lab at Lake Michigan College $3,730.98

Becky Lokey: The Writing Process & Author’s Craft: Author Visit with Literary Award Winner, Sharon Draper $1,000

Amy Peterson and Tracy Olson: Senior Dinner Dance $3,000

Marcus Roll: LED Lighting Upgrade for the John and Dede Howard Auditorium $49,797.55