In the Classroom

Small Group Learning

Small Learning Groups

Most education occurs within a classroom, and teachers and teaching assistants – who spend the most time with students – have a direct impact on student learning. This is why IPSF provides a significant amount of funding to the Irvine Unified School District to facilitate smaller learning groups, also called additional staffing hours, every year. These funds provide schools with greater flexibility in managing larger class sizes through the use of small learning groups.

Instructional assistants in elementary schools make it possible for teachers to work with students in smaller learning groups, which has proven to be incredibly effective. Through these smaller groups, teachers and instructional assistants can offer more personalized instruction to these groups by tailoring assignments based on skill level.

In middle and high schools, these funds provide staffing hours, enabling schools to add sections of core classes, including math and language arts. By adding sections, this reduces class sizes in key subject areas and provides students with a smaller learning environment.

The amount of classroom support funding provided to each school is determined by IUSD based on enrollment figures.

Researchers report that, regardless of the subject matter, students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats.

Source: Davis, Barbara G. Tools for Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2009. Print.

Music Class

Music

In a time when most public school districts have eliminated school music programs, Irvine’s continues to thrive thanks to community support of IPSF.

IPSF fully funds the primary music program provided to students in kindergarten through third grade. This program provides students with a solid foundation in musical concepts in a fun, supportive environment. IPSF also provides funding for instructional assistants for the fourth-through-sixth grade instrumental music program, enabling a richer learning experience for students.

IPSF works together with the school district to ensure that each child in every school, TK-3rd grade, receives quality music education. Why? Because we know that early exposure to music promotes collaboration and communication skills, creativity, self-expression, leadership, and overall improved academic performance. Music is essential if we want to truly offer a world class and well-rounded education to our students.

athletic trainer

Health & Wellness

The IPSF health and wellness initiative exists to ensure that each child in every IUSD school receives high quality school health services, regardless of their health insurance status or ability to pay.  Since 2005, IPSF has maintained the health and wellness initiative as a high priority, so that all IUSD students can thrive and succeed in school.

A mounting body of evidence has established links between comprehensive school health programs and educational outcomes, indicating that healthier students attend school more often, perform better academically and are significantly less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors.

IPSF is working with IUSD, health experts, and community leaders to implement a comprehensive program to foster healthy and health-literate students. Current objectives include:

Increasing nursing staff at IUSD school sites. School nurses oversee the health of more than 32,000 IUSD students. In the 2014-2015 school year, IUSD’s has a staffing level of 13 IUSD school nurses and a student to nurse ratio of 2500:1.  This effort is made possible through ongoing support from Hoag Hospital Irvine.

Supporting Athletic Trainers for IUSD Athletic Programs. Thanks to generous support from Hoag Orthopedic Institute, IPSF is providing support for 4 athletic trainers in the 2015-2016 school year.  The major focus of the Athletic Trainer Service will be to identify risk factors, prevent injuries, provide appropriate medical treatment, including rehabilitative services and referral support, and detect and correct health problems directly related to athletic performance, such as concussion risks.

IPSF is working to continue our efforts and engage the medical community, local businesses and foundations, parents, institutions of higher education, and the City of Irvine to meet the health needs of the IUSD student population and those who serve them.

Summer Enrichment Academy

STEAM Education

In a rapidly changing global society, our students must be prepared to be creative, think strategically, and innovate. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) provides those skills while engaging students in hands-on learning that is both educational and exciting. Students who are involved in STEAM activities are more likely to thrive and succeed in school, and to pursue careers in STEAM fields.

The goal of IPSF’s STEAM Initiative is to engage the Irvine community in STEAM education so that all students have extensive opportunities to develop high interest in science and related relevant subject areas, in line with next generation Science Standards and the Irvine Unified School District’s strategic priorities. We seek to achieve this by supporting and offering programs that expose young learners to real-world applications and career exploration opportunities throughout their primary and secondary education, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our annual OC STEAM Fest event is a fun-filled day for students and families to explore exciting, hands-on activities related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

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high school students in computer lab

College Counseling Resources

IPSF is proud to support Naviance, a web-based counseling tool that supports personal, social and academic development as well as college and career planning. This tool is made available to IUSD students and their families beginning in middle school and is used continuously until graduation. Families can use this tool to  develop course strategies, explore career options, and facilitate college knowledge and planning.

Educational Excellence Fund

AT YOUR SCHOOL

IPSF is proud to provide nearly $5.5 million annually in grants and program support to Irvine Unified School District. See how your donations are used to make an impact in your local school.

Alderwood Elementary

At Alderwood, we are so grateful for the financial support provided by IPSF and how it positively impacts our students directly. Of our fifteen instructional assistants, IPSF helps to fund seven, providing over 85 hours per week of added instructional support. Instructional assistants work with students across all grade levels TK-6.  Our instructional assistants support all areas of curriculum in small group settings. These groups allow students to have more specialized and differentiated instruction and activities. We use IPSF funds to support programs at Alderwood that provide enrichment opportunities to our students including the ACE afterschool program and our Summer Enrichment program.  These programs provide our students with educational experiences that they may not otherwise be able to have.

In addition, IPSF has been an integral partner in supporting innovation at our school. Alderwood has been awarded two separate IPSF Innovation Grants in previous years. These grants provide flexible seating and a makerspace in the classroom setting. We received a Mega Grant in 2016 to build an Innovation Lab on site. This lab promotes creativity, design, and collaboration for all students in a 21st century STEAM learning environment.

Kelli Cheshire

Principal, Alderwood Elementary School

Beacon Park K-8

The support of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation has a significant impact at Beacon Park for student support. The instructional assistant allocation provided by IPSF gives Beacon Park teachers support to ensure that students’ needs are being met. For example, instructional assistants run large group activities in our 4th through 8th grade classes so that the classroom teachers can meet with small groups of students to build and enrich math and reading skills. In addition to academic support, one of our IPSF instructional aides leads small study groups and organization seminars to build student independence. At the primary level, the instructional aides daily lead writing interventions and reading groups to build decoding skills, fluency, and comprehension.

Our IPSF allocation for our Middle School allows us students to participate in year-long electives in addition to our instructional program. Beyond music electives, we’re able to provide Yearbook, ASB Leadership, Foreign Language, and STEM-based Career/Technical Education classes for our Middle School students.

We’re grateful for the support and enhancements IPSF allows us to provide for our students.

Bob Curley

Principal, Beacon Park School

Bonita Canyon Elementary

At Bonita Canyon, we are so thankful for our partnership with IPSF. We are able to staff our school with even more classroom support thanks to their generosity. By enabling us to hire more instructional assistants, IPSF supports our initiatives of lowering the effective class size and giving our students more individualized attention. We also run a successful ACE afterschool program at our school. Our ACE program gives our students the chance to enrich their education in ways they may not get without IPSF’s support. This year our program has expanded to 12 classes! Thank you IPSF for your partnership in providing the highest quality educational experience we can envision. Go BC Bears!!

Corey Pace

Principal, Bonita Canyon Elementary School

Brywood Elementary

At Brywood, IPSF classroom support funds employ five part-time instructional assistants who assist in teaching a diverse population of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Last year, this allowed us to implement an instructional block focused on enrichment and intervention. The instructional aide support has a positive impact on all facets of student learning in both English Language Arts and math by allowing us to differentiate targeted instruction and activities. In addition, Brywood’s students continue to thrive and develop their individual talents due to the unique enrichment opportunities IPSF provides through their music, science, and summer programs.

Timothy W. Moeller

Principal, Brywood Elementary School

Cadence Park Elementary

At Cadence Park School, IPSF funds are allocated to pay for additional instructional assistant (I.A.) hours to support daily instruction. By strategically adding IA support at certain times, we are better able to facilitate student rotations, which effectively reduce the adult to student ratio. In addition to instructional support, these additional I.A. hours allow us to cover classes while teachers across a grade level are released to participate in their Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s). During PLC meetings, teachers focus on improving learning outcomes via responsive and intentional instructional practices. Beyond the supplementary IA support, Cadence Park students will benefit from the incredible enrichment opportunities offered by IPSF via the ACE, SEA, and Primary Music Program. We are grateful to IPSF for their continued investment in the youth of Irvine.

Carlo Grasso

Principal, Cadence Park Elementary School

Canyon View Elementary

Because of IPSF, our TK – 3rd grade students receive high quality primary music instruction every other week. The teachers are trained and credentialed music specialists who bring knowledge, joy, and passion for the Arts into the classroom. If you walk into a music class at Canyon View you will see students singing, playing instruments, moving around, and expressing themselves creatively. These classes instill a love for Music in our students that will help them succeed in school.

Christine Miller

Principal, Canyon View Elementary School

College Park Elementary

This year at College Park Elementary School, we had a parent come forward to lead an IPSF afterschool play so we are blessed to be able to offer that opportunity to our students. College Park students for the first time have a chance to audition and take part in an amazing performance of Alice in Wonderland to be presented the week before Thanksgiving.  In addition, at College Park, IPSF adds support into our classrooms through instructional assistants. Thanks to IPSF, we have aides who help during our WIN time (Whatever I Need), pulling small groups of students who need extra instruction, or supporting the rest of the class while teachers pull the small groups. With these trained aides, teachers are able to meet the needs of all students with more individualized attention, whether their students need extra support or extra challenge in the areas of reading, writing, math, learning English, or other curricular areas.

Meg Gwyn

Principal, College Park Elementary School

Creekside High School

IPSF has provided tremendous support for our student programs at Creekside Education Center. One of the many programs IPSF supports is our afterschool Creekside Community Leadership Academy, which operates in conjunction with the City of Irvine Youth Action Team. This program runs 3 days per week and includes a community speaker series as well as opportunities for students to provide volunteer service in the community. Additionally, IPSF helps support our student recognition activities and events. Without the support of IPSF, these programs would not be possible.

Rebecca Roberts

Principal, Creekside High School

Culverdale Elementary

Culverdale continues to benefit from IPSF funding of instructional aide support for more targeted small group instruction. Our instrumental and vocal music programs are flourishing, ACE classes are opening up after-school opportunities, and co-funding from IPSF and our PTA has allowed our library to be converted to a Collaborative Media Center for students in grades TK-6.  Students are also enjoying the third year of coding, “green screen”, and explorational technology projects in our Innovation Lab made possible by IPSF innovation grants.

David Burke

Principal, Culverdale Elementary School

Cypress Village Elementary

Cypress Village is grateful for the continuous support IPSF provides to our students to enrich learning and support instruction across all grade levels. By using IPSF class size reduction funds, we are able to provide teachers and students with instructional assistants through TK – 6th grade classes. With the support of instructional assistants, students are able to access learning in smaller groups, and we can provide additional learning opportunities for students needing re-teaching or enrichment opportunities.

We are also very fortunate to be the recipients of several IPSF’s teacher grants. These generous grants have allowed us to offer learning experiences, fostering creativity and innovation for all students. IPSF after-school and summer programs also provide a variety of creative learning opportunities that allow students to extend their educational experiences beyond the classroom; developing thinking and reasoning skills that support whole child development.  We are incredibly appreciative for the partnership we have with IPSF and the support they provide to Cypress Village and our community.

Carla Beal

Principal, Cypress Village Elementary School

Deerfield Elementary

IPSF has made an incredible impact in supporting the needs of Deerfield’s students. Tens of thousands of dollars have gone directly back into supporting students and programs on our campus to support academic enrichment and achievement. Some of these supports have included a $20,000 IPSF grant to renovate classrooms with innovative furniture, allowing our kids to physically and actively engage in learning throughout the day and funding instructional aides who support lower class size ratios for targeted intervention time with students. We are incredibly grateful for their support!

Julie Hatchel

Principal, Deerfield Elementary School

Early Childhood Learning Center

ECLC has been supported by IPSF through the innovative teacher grant program, and received grants each year we have participated! IPSF grants have sustained teachers in their ongoing quest to deepen and extend student learning in meaningful and developmentally appropriate ways in order to lay the foundation for learning. In addition, we have received support though Visual and Performing Arts funding, supported by IPSF, to explore creativity in the arts at preschool. This year, ECLC plans to continue our exploration into creativity in the classroom and use our IPSF monies to support ongoing training with teachers.

Robin Hunter

Principal, Early Childhood Learning Center

Eastshore Elementary

The greatest contribution IPSF makes to our site is the funding to hire qualified instructional assistants for grades K-6. IAs allow us to reduce class size by supporting teachers during core instruction. IPSF also supports our primary music program, which provides bi-monthly music instruction for our K-3 students. One of the most significant, positive impacts that IPSF has contributed to is providing support for our mental health resources.  We are grateful to be able to offer counseling support to elementary students and their families in need. Additionally, our teachers have the opportunity to apply for grants to supplement and enhance classroom instruction each year. We are able to increase the quantity of technological devices and innovative instructional materials on campus thanks to these grants.  The staff, students and parents at Eastshore benefit enormously from the support provide by IPSF and we are thankful!

Lisa Kadam

Principal, Eastshore Elementary School

Eastwood Elementary

IPSF supports our schools in so many ways that best meet our needs.  In our efforts to provide a personalized learning experience, we value tailored enrichment and student choice.  IPSF supports this vision by providing high-quality Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) classes that are engaging and fun.  We are able to select from a wide variety of classes that both extend our student’s learning experiences and heighten curiosity.  The ACE program, along with IPSF’s support of k-6 music, instructional assistants to support small learning groups, and a grant to purchase 3D printers and a variety of STEAM materials provides a well-rounded experience that helps us address the whole child.

Aaron Jetzer

Principal, Eastwood Elementary School

Greentree Elementary

IPSF is instrumental in bringing programming and other amazing opportunities for student learning to ALL of the students at Greentree Elementary School. Our students are able to participate in creative afterschool programs, such as our annual School Musical, Claymation, Forensic Science, and Video Game Design through the ACE program. Our youngest Eagles, in grades K-3, are offered primary music taught by instructors paid for by IPSF.  Our school also benefits from 38 hours/week of support from instructional assists who work with our teachers in order to lower class size and give more direct attention to those student who require it. Through the Innovative Grants program, Greentree School was awarded over $16,000 by IPSF to create an Innovation Lab, which will help our students take their learning to the next level through interactive design and problem solving situations. We LOVE IPSF and what they bring to our school and the greater community!

Tamara J. Brown

Principal, Greentree Elementary School

Irvine High School

IPSF has been an instrumental partner with IUSD and Irvine High School. School wide IPSF’s investment in our students through their support of Naviance has allowed us to enhance our counseling program and has provided a value-added resource that assists our students with their high school and college and career plans. The safety and wellbeing of our student-athletes has increased with IPSF’s support of a Certified Athletic Trainer. Our Athletic Trainer is available daily to help support, treat, and educate our student-athletes about their injuries so that they can get back to their playing field safely. Through IPSF’s support we are able to offer a Homework Club afterschool where all students can come and access additional support for their academic needs. Most recently, we were able to enhance our Engineering program with the opportunity to apply and receive a $20,000 innovation grant. Our students are now able to apply what they learn with an industry standard 3D printer.  Through IPSF’s support of our STEM  program our CubeSat team has been able to thrive and provide opportunities for our students who are interested in aerospace engineering.  IPSF’s partnership allows us to continue to work on providing the best possible educational experience we can envision at Irvine High School.  Thank you IPSF!

Monica Colunga Ed.D.

Principal, Irvine High School

Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Funds from IPSF benefit our students by enabling us to offer academic enrichment courses both during summer and the school year. Their programs allow students to explore their interests as well as reinforce their learning in core curricular areas and leadership.

Our students benefit from Afterschool Classroom Enrichment programs (ACE), the Summer Enrichment Academy and funding of our Jetsetter mentor program.  At Jeffrey Trail, our students are fortunate to benefit from the support of IPSF in a variety of ways!

Michael Georgino

Principal, Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Lakeside Middle School

Today more than ever, we recognize the need to provide genuine challenges and meaningful supports for students to be successful. This is made possible, in part, by the support of IPSF.  The financial assistance provided by the foundation gives us the opportunity to lower class sizes and provide intervention course options. With the help of IPSF we are able to help students become confident problem solvers.

Scott Sodorff

Principal, Lakeside Elementary School

Meadow Park Elementary

Meadow Park Elementary School is extremely appreciative of the continued support of IPSF to strengthen our instructional programs. With the assistance of IPSF, we currently have instructional assistants in every grade level, kindergarten through six grade. The flexibility and financial support benefits every child, in every grade level.

Specifically, the funds of IPSF have allowed for small group instruction in both Language Arts and math.  This is the second year that Meadow Park will be embarking on What Is Needed (WIN) Time.  In grades first through sixth, our teaching teams work together to target specific skills sets of the children.  Whether it is our instructional assistants helping with a group of students or providing skill reinforcement, we appreciate their important roles.

Meadow Park is also very proud of the ACE Programs that are offered after school. To have programs for our students that can strengthen their learning in a safe environment, taught by highly qualified teachers is optimal. The variety of classes means there is something for everyone.

To have IPSF assist our students and teachers with the resources to meet the needs of all of our students is greatly appreciated. As Meadow Park is at a new campus this year, we look forward to the continued partnership for the future.

Thomas Potwora

Principal, Meadow Park

Northwood Elementary

IPSF’s impact can be felt by each student at Northwood. Funding provided by IPSF adds instructional assistants to classrooms creating opportunities for more individualized attention for our students. IPSF fully funds Northwood’s K-3 Primary Music program and rents nearly 2,000 high-quality instruments at affordable prices to students in IUSD. This year, IPSF has committed to help fund K-12 mental health initiatives throughout the district. IPSF is a valued partner in the pursuit to ensure every student learns at high levels.

Janelle Kellar

Principal, Northwood Elementary School

Northwood High School

NHS would like to thank IPSF for their support of our new Forensics Core Program! The innovative grant has allowed our students to engage in authentic connections and learning in our honors level Forensic Science, Forensic Psychology, and Critical Theory and Ethics courses.

NHS has also been able to keep class sizes for freshmen level courses such as English, History, Science and Math low through the support from IPSF. In addition, the Athletic Trainers that are funded by IPSF are vital! They not only are the first aid responders, they follow up with injured athletes and their parents. Our students’ safety and wellness remain a priority thanks to this support!

Leslie Roach, Ed.D.

Principal, Northwood High School

Oak Creek Elementary

At Oak Creek Elementary, IPSF funds are used to hire instructional assistants (I.A.s) to support leveled reading instruction (referred to as RTI). This occurs 3-4 times per week in all grade levels. By strategically pushing one or two I.A.s into certain classrooms, we are better able to facilitate student rotations, which effectively reduce the adult to student ratio by two thirds. In addition to RTI support, I.A.s are utilized to cover classes while teachers across a grade level are released to participate in their Professional Learning Communities, which focus on improving learning outcomes via responsive and intentional instructional practices. Beyond the vital support provided by I.A.s, Oak Creek Elementary students continue to benefit from the incredible enrichment opportunities offered by IPSF via the ACE, SEA, and Primary Music Program. We are grateful to IPSF for their continued investment in the youth of Irvine.

Mandy Ferrell

Principal, Oak Creek Elementary

Plaza Vista K-8

Before I applied for the job here as the principal, I asked a family friend whose son attends Plaza Vista, “How does the school make you feel?” She told me, “In kindergarten, my son was still learning how to read. I would pack him a small note in his snack every day. And a teacher would read that note to him… Everyday.” Once I got the job, I found out that the “teacher” she was referring to was an instructional assistant paid for by IPSF. Not only does IPSF help us have world-class achieving students, but IPSF is an important part of the fabric of the Irvine and IUSD culture. My wife and I are thrilled to be IUSD alumni, Irvine residents, and have our children attend IUSD schools where IPSF is a critical partner in every student’s success.

James Parker

Principal, Plaza Vista Elementary School

Portola High School

As a brand new school, people assume we have everything we need. No one can argue that we have a beautiful facility, however, the most important work we do is in the classroom with the teacher. IPSF is instrumental in providing funding for us to help run a couple of extra classes that normally our enrollment would not allow us to support. Because of that, students have more access to electives and classes they are passionate about.

Another key component for us has been the support of our athletic trainer. The partnership with IPSF has added a layer of safety, injury prevention, and treatment to over half of our student body.

Through an IPSF grant that our Science Department was awarded, we were able to provide a Genius Project for students to learn about, design, and construct individual Aquaponics systems. We could not have taken on that project without the generosity of IPSF. Finally, our school is very excited to participate in the CubeSat STEM program. Students in that program have enjoyed collaborating with other students and professionals in the field to ultimately play an active part in the building and launching of an actual satellite into space. Incredible!

John Pehrson

Principal, Portola High School

Portola Springs Elementary

It is through the generous financial support of IPSF that we are able to provide opportunities for small group instruction throughout your child’s day. Many of our instructional assistants are funded through IPSF including Ms. Zennedine and Ms. Guiterrez, who serve 1st-3rd grade, and Ms. Reames and Mrs. Thome who serve 4th-6th Grade. These Instructional Assistants are invaluable in your children’s English Language Arts instruction. They allow for more specific targeted instruction in smaller groups. As we are able to make our instructional groups smaller, we can more effectively serve your child in their specific areas for growth in ELA. We are grateful for the generous contributions through IPSF.

Megan Bricker

Principal, Portola Springs Elementary School

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

The support we receive from IPSF helps to reduce our average class size at Rancho. Their funding boosts our class section allotment, allowing us to provide a more robust and balanced schedule of classes for our students. Thank you IPSF, for helping us provide the best learning environment possible!

IPSF awarded us a grant for “Enhancing Student Learning Through Technology” last year which helped to fund the purchase of Chromebooks. Thanks to this support, we are 1:1 with devices for students in English and Social Studies classes, and close to that ratio in Science, too! The increased access to technology has shifted how students learn and interact with curriculum on campus.

Additionally, IPSF awarded a grant to support our counselors’ “Be Nice to People” campaign. This campaign results in recognition for, literally, hundreds of students who are then empowered to positively impact our campus.

We can’t thank IPSF enough!

Mike Modeer

Principal, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Santiago Hills Elementary

Our classroom support funds are used to support reading instruction in smaller groups. The instructional flexibility that it allows for learning has a tremendous impact on our students. Our five instructional aides support RTI in various grade levels from TK-6 and general classroom support in others. Our instructional aides have an important role in allowing each student’s voice and thinking to be heard and making the lessons more accessible through small group support. With instructional aides in the classroom, our teacher to student ratios go from 30-32 students per teacher to 15-17 students per teacher, allowing for differentiation, targeted instruction, and reduced behavior challenges.

Dr. Michele Ogden

Principal, Santiago Hills Elementary School

Sierra Vista Middle School

Thanks to the support of IPSF, Sierra Vista students have smaller class sizes in their core classes; receive instruction from our guidance counselors on using the Naviance program, which allows each student to begin their college and career exploration and self-discovery; and students have the opportunity to participate in the ACE afterschool program which continues to thrive due to the unique and interesting course options provided by IPSF teachers and specialists. This past summer the children in the Northwood community had the opportunity to attend summer enrichment classes conveniently located right on our Sierra Vista Campus. Our IPSF partners are the best!

Lynn Matassarin, Ed. D.

Principal, Sierra Vista Middle School

Springbrook Elementary

Irvine Public Schools Foundation adds immeasurable value to the educational experience of our Springbrook students. From the ongoing support of the music program, to their support of mental health resources, IPSF helps make our overall school culture whole and well-rounded.

Our instructional assistants are also a valued and integral part of our instructional program. They provide classroom support and small group instruction for all students in K-6, as well as for students in need of targeted interventions. Instructional assistants help provide differentiation for various student learning levels so that our students can maximize their achievement.

IPSF’s support of our ACE program has also added immeasurable value to the extracurricular offerings that we are able to provide our students and families.  From guitar and chess, to STEAM and cooking, our students learn and grow beyond their school day.  From the curricular, to the “extra” curricular, IPSF is a tremendous support to our Springbrook program!

Sunny Shen

Principal, Springbrook Elementary School

South Lake Middle School

At South Lake Middle School, we are extremely fortunate to benefit from the financial support of IPSF. All students directly benefit from a decrease in class size due to funding provided from IPSF. In addition, through the Innovative Grants Program for teachers and counselors, South Lake has been able to bring new, advanced curriculum and programs to our students that support academic growth and emotional wellbeing.

Belinda Averill

Principal, South Lake Middle School

Stone Creek Elementary

We are incredibly grateful to IPSF for funding our recent Mega Grant in support of our STEAM Lab here at Stone Creek! Our students have access to robotics, engineering tools, science based Lego kits, video production tools, and so much more thanks to IPSF. Weekly, our students can be observed engaging in innovative activities during class visits to our lab, accessing the STEAM tools for check-out use in their classrooms and enjoying lunchtime STEAM lab activities. The enthusiasm and excitement in the STEAM Lab is palpable!

Funding from IPSF also provides the amazing resource of instructional assistants that impact our students’ access to the educational program each day during the school year in multiple grade levels from K-6. They engage students in small groups, providing reinforcement of reading skills and re-teaching of challenging math concepts. Additionally, they reduce the ratio in classrooms during WIN (What I Need) time so that students can be engaged in activities unique to their needs including enrichment, practice, and re-teaching. Our instructional assistants are integral members of our school wide positive behavioral system, engaging with our students in a positive way across our campus on a daily basis. Their impact is not only academic, but relational and we couldn’t provide the same level of support to our students without them.

Jenna Berumen

Principal, Stone Creek Elementary School

Stonegate Elementary

IPSF continues to be a true champion in enriching the educational experience of each and every child here at Stonegate Elementary. By partnering with IPSF, we are able to raise funds and leverage these resources to provide enriching educational programs that are grounded in educational excellence and real world experiences. In recent years, Stonegate was awarded two innovative grants through IPSF. Our upper grade science lab teacher was presented with the funding to purchase different robotic devices, which has allowed hands-on engineering practices that pair nicely with the use of 3D printers. Our 5th and 6th grade yoga teacher also received a grant and is implementing a mindfulness program through the lens of physical education including positive self-awareness, kindness, healthy eating, and strategies to reduce anxiety and depression.

Sam Joo

Principal, Stonegate Elementary School

Turtle Rock Elementary

With IPSF’s financial contributions to Turtle Rock, we have been able to place instructional aides at each grade level for additional support, or Response to Instruction (RTI). These instructional assistants help to reduce our student to teacher ratio during critical learning times. Also with IPSF support, Turtle Rock has a very large and successful Afterschool Classroom Enrichment Program (ACE). These classes extend the learning day and provide choices for students who would like to explore specialized interests. The class offerings include athletics, fine arts, engineering, biomedical…and many more!

Jeremy Stonebarger

Principal, Turtle Rock Elementary School

University High School

As our school staff attempts to construct programs and classes that meet the needs of a growing variety of student learners, the funding provided by IPSF is crucial. The opportunities that IPSF provides have a significant and long-lasting impact on students.

IPSF funding allows us to serve kids in several ways at Uni including:

  • We can offer specialty courses to meet the unique needs of certain learners – even when the classes are small.
  • We have a qualified athletic trainer that provides a crucial level of safety for our student athletes who push themselves hard throughout the year.
  • The ongoing support of our CubeSat program has allowed our students to access activities and projects that were unimaginable just a short time ago.
  • In addition, our music program received a major IPSF grant. Music Director Corey Heddon describes the impact: “The IPSF grant we received has improved and expanded our curriculum and membership. The funds dedicated to replacing instruments have allowed students to perform on quality instruments to improve the experience of the entire ensemble. The funds for new instruments have allowed us to teach new types of music, like the African drumming and dancing the percussionists performed at our Spring Concert last year. The resources dedicated to outreach have allowed us to refine our message and recruit more members to the band program. This grant has had so much direct impact to the students of the University High School Band program.”

We hope you continue to support IPSF because of all the ways they improve learning for our kids.

Kevin Astor, Ed.D.

Principal, University High School

University Park Elementary

Through the generosity of IPSF, University Park is able to provide teachers and students with over 50 hours a week of instructional aid support in our classrooms (TK-6th grade). With additional support in the classroom, teachers have the time to provide students with enrichment opportunities and support students who may need more instruction in literacy, math, or English language development. In addition, our K-3 students receive quality music instruction, which is funded entirely by parent and community donations to IPSF. Finally, our UP students receive excellent enrichment programs at our school site through our Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) program.

Molly Daley

Principal, University Park Elementary School

Venado Middle School

Funds from IPSF help us reduce our average class sizes across the master schedule. This support results in better teacher to student ratios and promotes optimum classroom learning environments. Our Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) program offers students a wide variety of classes to take after school throughout the year and is only possible with the strong support from IPSF. We truly appreciate this support.

Luis Torres

Principal, Venado Middle School

Vista Verde K-8

At Vista Verde, we continue to value the impact IPSF makes in providing resources for classroom support across the K-8 spectrum with instructional aide allocations. IPSF’s support of the visual and performing arts, allows us to maximize teacher instructional contact with students. Since we serve students K-8, this allows us to serve all kids in an impactful way! Finally, IPSF’s support for Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) Classes provides quality enrichment opportunities by offering after school courses that hit a variety of student interests—from art to cooking and more! Thank you, IPSF!

Jerry Vlasic

Principal, Vista Verde School

Westpark Elementary

IPSF makes a great impact at Westpark during the school day and beyond. After school, our students can be found learning hip hop, chess, robotics, public speaking, yoga, cooking and more, thanks to our amazing ACE classes. In core academic areas, additional staff, funded by IPSF, lower our class sizes and allow us to provide systematic, targeted instruction to students. Thank you IPSF for partnering with Westpark!

Deanna Rutter

Principal, Westpark Elementary School

Woodbridge High School

I’m routinely approached by parents who are amazed by the scope and array of resources we’re able to provide our students. From mental health support in our classrooms, to athletic trainers on the sidelines of our fields, and STEAM opportunities for our courses, this quality of support and enrichment would not be possible without the support of IPSF. We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful partnership.

Christopher Krebs

Principal, Woodbridge High School

Woodbury Elementary

The contributions and support Woodbury receives from IPSF are invaluable. Being awarded with IPSF’s Mega Innovation Grant last school year, Woodbury has had the ability to expand our STEAM Innovation Labs into an outdoor workspace equipped with a water source, shade structures, flexible seating, and other critical equipment, including 3D printers. Additionally, through IPSF’s facilitation of the ACE program, we are able to offer our students a wide range of afterschool programs like performing in a musical, running with our Mustang Miler Club, and producing live newscasts. I know of no other school district in Orange County offering these kinds of student opportunities on such an advanced level.

Alan Battenfield

Principal, Woodbury Elementary School

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