Support for Schools

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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 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.

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Music

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

IPSF fully funds the primary music program provided to students in transitional kindergarten through third grade. This program provides students with a solid foundation in musical concepts in a fun, supportive environment.

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.

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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 36,000 IUSD students. In the 2019-2020 school year, IUSD maintained a staffing level of 17 IUSD school nurses and a student to nurse ratio of 2500:1. This effort is made possible through ongoing support from Hoag Community Benefits Grant.

Supporting Athletic Trainers for IUSD Athletic Programs. Thanks to generous support from Hoag Orthopedic Institute, IPSF is providing support for athletic trainers at each of the five comprehensive high schools. 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 proud to continue to commit $250,000 annually to help support Mental Health programs throughout the district. Mental health is important for every student in maintaining a well-balanced life. While studies indicate that up to 20% of children in America have a diagnosable mental illness, every student experiences times in their lives when they feel down, stressed out, or overwhelmed by some aspect of their life. Maintaining good mental health means having the skills and strategies to address problems in ways that are positive and knowing how to seek support if needed.

Building resiliency is central to IUSD’s strategy for addressing mental health and promoting wellness among all students, preschool through high school. Age-appropriate social emotional learning programs and other supports are in place to provide students with the knowledge and tools they need to recognize and deal with stressful situations.

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.

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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.

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AT YOUR SCHOOL

IPSF is proud to provide nearly $6 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 our partnership with IPSF. The valuable resources and support provided by IPSF, enhances the learning experience of students and staff. With IPSF’s class size reduction funds, we are able to provide Instructional Assistants in all of our classes, PK-6th grade. These Instructional Assistants work with students providing support in all areas of the curriculum in small group settings. These groups allow students to have more specialized and differentiated instruction and activities. We also are able to 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 valuable programs give students educational experiences that they may not otherwise be able to have. In addition, IPSF has been an integral partner in supporting innovation on our site. Alderwood was been awarded two separate IPSF Innovation Grants in previous years. These grants have provided flexible seating and a makerspace in the classroom setting. We have also received two Mega Grants, one in 2016 to build an Innovation Lab and another in 2019 to enhance the technology in our Learning Commons. These grants have been an integral part in promoting creativity, design, and collaboration for all students in the 21st century STEAM learning environment.

Kelli Cheshire
Principal, Alderwood Elementary School

Beacon Park K-8

The support Beacon Park students receive on behalf of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation is invaluable. Their funding for Beacon Park transcends all grade levels and impacts the social, academic, and extracurricular experiences of our students. Instructional Assistants funded by IPSF allow Beacon Park teachers flexibility to ensure that students’ needs are being met. At times instructional assistants lead large group activities so that the classroom teachers can meet with small groups of students to build and enrich math and reading skills. At other times, the Instructional Assistants lead small student groups focused on literacy and writing.

The IPSF allocation for our Middle School allows us to add classes and give our students in a smaller K – 8 setting access to some of the same experiences in the comprehensive Middle Schools. Beacon Park students are able to participate in trimester exploratory classes each trimester in the arts and technology, while also enrolling in year-long electives like Yearbook, ASB Leadership, Foreign Languages, and STEM-based Career/Technical Education classes. Our Middle School Music Electives are full since our students have been able to experience high-quality music instruction during their primary years of school.

IPSF’s generous support provides foundational experiences for all our students while they’re young, targeted intervention and enrichment in academic courses, and the access and equity of a comprehensive Middle School. I can’t imagine the impact on our program if we lost the support of IPSF.

Kris Linville
Principal, Beacon Park School

Bonita Canyon Elementary

IPSF is a wonderful partner who contributes greatly to the success of Bonita Canyon Elementary School. Our students directly benefit from IPSF when we are able hire classroom support because of their generosity. This support allows teachers to more effectively reach all their students and provide the enrichment and remediation necessary for all of our students to be successful. IPSF gives our students so many enrichment opportunities in our afterschool ACE program as well. The afterschool opportunities dovetail quite nicely with our programs here at BC. We are excited to be able offer these classes year after year. Excitingly, we’ve added a musical theater program as well because of the support from our partners at IPSF. Thank you IPSF for your relentless support 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 three part-time instructional assistants who assist in teaching a diverse population of students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. 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 recent years, Brywood teachers have been the recipients of two IPSF Mega Grants to purchase a Virtual Reality system and to create an aquatic science laboratory at our school. 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. We are so grateful for our continued partnership with IPSF!

Michael Hernandez
Principal, Brywood Elementary School

Cadence Park K-8

At Cadence Park School, IPSF funds are allocated annually to fund additional instructional assistant (IA) 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 (PLCs). During PLC meetings, teachers focus on improving learning outcomes via responsive and intentional instructional practices. Beyond the supplementary IA support, all Cadence Park students will benefit from the incredible enrichment opportunities offered by IPSF via the ACE, Summer, and Primary Music programs. Further, our school has benefitted tremendously from the IPSF Innovative Grants Program, receiving grants in recent years to support STEM education, our school gardening program, and VEX robotics! We are grateful to IPSF for their continued impact and investment in the youth of Irvine.

Carlo Grasso
Principal, Cadence Park Elementary School

Canyon View Elementary

The generosity of IPSF enhances the educational experience of all our students at Canyon View in so many ways. At a time when mental health support is invaluable, we are grateful to the commitment of IPSF to ensuring full time mental health support through our Elementary Resource Counselor. Thanks to additional funding provided by IPSF, we are able to fund a portion of our IA positions, who are instrumental in providing targeted support to daily instruction. Additionally, our TK – 3rd grade students receive high quality primary music instruction every other week from teachers who are trained and credentialed music specialists and bring knowledge, joy, and passion for the Arts into the classroom. And not to be forgotten, IPSF after school ACE classes offer enrichment outside the school day and our students look forward to joining in the fun each session. Thank you to IPSF for all you do!

Christine Miller
Principal, Canyon View Elementary School

College Park Elementary

The support that IPSF provides to our College Park community is invaluable! IPSF gave our school a $10,000 grant last year to purchase items for our calming centers which are spots around campus where students can release their stress, anxiety, or just take a short break. Through these calm centers, we hope to teach our students how to regulate their fears and worries and how to calm themselves in times of stress, which are skills they will need in their daily lives as they grow up. In addition, IPSF funds Instructional Assistants who assist small groups of students who need extra support in the classroom, and also support the rest of the class while teachers are working with 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. IPSF provides our K – 3 music funding which allows each primary classroom with music instruction. In addition, IPSF has provided our school district with much needed mental health funding, which is so important as we navigate this pandemic and its aftermath. The afterschool and summer enrichment, the instrument rental, and student STEAM and other workshops are all extras that our school district is blessed with, funded by IPSF. We are so fortunate to have the wonderful support of IPSF here at College Park.

Meg Gwyn
Principal, College Park Elementary School

Creekside Education Center

IPSF has provided tremendous support for our student programs at Creekside Education Center! We are grateful that IPSF has added district-wide mental health resources to the areas that they support each year. Our mental health specialist is an invaluable asset to our counseling team, providing additional social/emotional support to our students on campus through individual and group counseling. They work with the counseling department to identify students in need of support and guide the student and family to resources in our community. Working within the counseling team, they are an additional support on our campus and play a crucial role in providing a safe and healthy environment to all our students. The mental health specialist is also a member of our PBIS/MTSS team and presents guidance and mental health lessons to students on campus. The mental health specialist has greatly increased the strength of our ability to provide students with comprehensive access to mental health and wellness services.

Rebecca Roberts
Principal, Creekside High School

Culverdale Elementary

Culverdale students continue to benefit from IPSF’s impact. IPSF commits funding for additional instructional assistant support at school to provide students with more playground supervision and optimized student-to-staff ratios for learning activities. IPSF continues to support music education on-site for grades K-6, including assistance with instrument rentals for families in grades 4-6. After the school day, students will have the opportunity to register for Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) course offerings for fine arts, STEM, and sports courses. In the summer months, many of our Koalas participate in enrichment classes through IPSF Summer. Our students continue to experience the flexible furniture which was provided by IPSF through a teacher grant several years ago. Our Culverdale Koalas, their families, and our staff are fortunate to have the ongoing support of IPSF.

David Burke
Principal, Culverdale Elementary School

Cypress Village Elementary

Cypress Village is incredibly grateful for our partnership with IPSF. This organization provides valuable resources and support to our entire Cypress Village school community that enhances the learning experiences for all of our students. With IPSF’s class size reduction funds, we are able to provide teachers and students with instructional assistants through PreK-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. Through our partnership with IPSF we are able to enrich student learning experiences across all grade levels to benefit all students. IPSF’s dedication to bringing the arts to school and supporting afterschool and summer programs provides a variety of creative learning opportunities that allow students to extend their educational experiences beyond the classroom. We are incredibly appreciative for the partnership we have with IPSF and the support they provide to Cypress Village and our community.

Jennifer Lambert
Principal, Cypress Village Elementary School

Deerfield Elementary

IPSF has made an incredible impact in supporting the needs of Deerfield Elementary! IPSF has provided much needed funding for our instructional aides who support lower class size ratios for targeted intervention time with students, as well as other resources to support the social/emotional wellness and growth of our kids. In addition, grants have been directed to students and programs on our campus to support academic and social/emotional enrichment and achievement. IPSF grants have allowed us to create “Flock Together”, a leadership service program for our upper grade students to thrive in leadership roles across our campus. An IPSF grant also funded the redesign and replanting of our interactive school garden which has become a favorite place for students to use as a calming space connected to nature. We are incredibly grateful for IPSF and their support!

Alicia Brewer
Principal, Deerfield Elementary School

Early Childhood Learning Center

IPSF has been instrumental in supporting ECLC’s capacity to develop innovative programs that ensure high quality preschool learning for all children. 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. We have received grants to enhance creativity in the arts at preschool, STEAM programming, play, language, social and motor development, inclusion, language and literacy, and increase family engagement in schools. Some of ECLC’s most recent grants have been used to facilitate an increase in communication, play, and social emotional skills with students in all areas of our campus! Each summer, many of our students participate in the IPSF summer classes to support student success as they transition from ECLC to their PK or K programs.

Robin Hunter
Principal, Early Childhood Learning Center

Eastshore Elementary

IPSF is an essential component of the quality educational experience Eastshore provides the community. IPSF contributes to the funding used to hire essential instructional assistants for grades PK-6. These important staff members allow us to reduce instructional group size to ensure students meet the critical core standards in literacy and Math. We were thrilled to recvieve an innovation grant. IPSF donated $10,000 to Eastshore to purchase inclusive literature for students in our classroom and school libraries. Now every child is represented on our reading materials! The staff, students and parents at Eastshore benefit enormously from the support provided by IPSF and we are thankful!

Kara Rydman
Principal, Eastshore Elementary School

Eastwood Elementary

IPSF is instrumental in providing the world-class education we expect in Irvine. As we work to reconnect with our students and our community, the value of having instructional assistants on campus who can support both the academic and social needs of our children cannot be overstated. The generous allocation from IPSF provides more caring adults on campus who support our core mission at Eastwood of developing personalized connections to support the whole child. Every kid needs a champion, and IPSF provides more opportunities for this to happen!

Aaron Jetzer
Principal, Eastwood Elementary School

Greentree Elementary

IPSF is instrumental in districtwide fundraising in order to bring 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, as well as various other high interest, engaging classes, through the ACE program. Our primary Eagles, in grades K-3, are offered primary music taught by instructors paid for by IPSF. Our school also receives funding to support instructional assists, who work with our teachers in order to lower class size and give more direct attention to those students who require it. We LOVE IPSF and what they bring to our school and the greater community!

Tammi Brown
Principal, Greentree Elementary School

IUSD Virtual Academy K-6

When the IUSD Virtual Academy Elementary began, we had over 8,700 students throughout the district. Online learning was new and teachers needed support. IPSF provided support in the form of a mega-grant that purchased supplementary software for our students. This year, IPSF continues to support with the software and offers ACE programs to IVA students that want to take enrichment activities. IPSF has been there academically and socially for our students in a time of need. Thank you IPSF!

Jeff Warren
Principal, IVA K-6

IUSD Virtual Academy 7-12 / San Joaquin

IPSF has provided tremendous support for our student programs. We are grateful that IPSF has added district-wide mental health resources to the areas that they support each year. Our mental health specialist is an invaluable asset to our counseling team, providing additional social/emotional support to our students on campus through individual and group counseling. They work with the counseling department to identify students in need of support and guide the student and family to resources in our community. Working within the counseling team, they are an additional support on our campus and play a crucial role in providing a safe and healthy environment to all our students. The mental health specialist is also a member of our PBIS/MTSS team and presents guidance and mental health lessons to students on campus. The mental health specialist has greatly increased the strength of our ability to provide students with comprehensive access to mental health and wellness services.

Rebecca Roberts
Principal, IVA 7-12

Irvine High School

IPSF continues to be an instrumental partner with IUSD and Irvine High School. IPSF’s ongoing commitment to our school continues to be evidenced through their yearly support of additional funds for staffing which assists us in lowering some of our class sizes. 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 were able to enhance our Engineering program with the opportunity to apply and receive a $20,000 innovation grant. This support has enabled our students to apply what they learn with an industry standard 3D printer. IPSF’s continued support through innovative grants has also been instrumental in our Science programs, providing 3D anatomical models for our students to manipulate in class which have enhanced their practical application and knowledge of the anatomical aspects of the human body. Our partnership with IPSF has allowed 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

IPSF continues to partner with Jeffrey Trail Middle School to bring programing to our students that enrich and extend their learning. Last year we were thrilled to receive $10,000 Innovative Grant for our Independent Living Skills program and Classroom VR Adventures project. This year they also continue to support our award winning Robotics program. We look forward to adding additional IPSF sponsored programs as we strive to meet the interests of all students. IPSF has provided summer programs that many of our students benefit from every year. We are grateful for the support of IPSF and all they do to meet the needs of our community.

Michael Georgino
Principal, Jeffrey Trail Middle School

Lakeside Middle School

The high level of community support that we enjoy in Irvine is vital to the success of our schools and our students. Nowhere is this more apparent than through the support we receive from IPSF. The contributions made by the foundation help us create meaningful learning experiences for students through smaller class sizes, meaningful elective classes and exciting extra-curricular opportunities. With the help of IPSF we are able to support students to become more confident and successful in the future.

Scott Sodorff
Principal, Lakeside Elementary School

Loma Ridge Elementary School

The contributions of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) are received with gratitude at Loma Ridge. We utilize the instructional assistant support provided to reduce ratios and deliver small group, differentiated instruction to meet individual student needs. Additionally, the opportunity to have our younger students experience music at school would not be possible without IPSF. Throughout the past couple years, it has become more evident than ever before that we need resources to maintain positive mental health for our students. We greatly appreciate IPSF’s contributions to that end. Finally, we are excited to begin planting a fresh new array of vegetables, herbs, plants, and flowers in our school garden funded by the IPSF innovative grants program. Each grade level has identified a plan for their garden bed for the school year and the student gardening experiences will begin soon. The $10,000 grant that IPSF provided in 2021 funded this innovative outdoor learning space for students in pre-kindergarten up to sixth grade. We are so grateful to have been the recipient of such an incredible resource that IPSF provides to enrich our students’ experiences at Loma Ridge.

Jenna Berumen
Principal, Loma Ridge Elementary School

Meadow Park Elementary

Meadow Park school is beyond grateful for the partnership with IPSF and the support of IUSD parents, especially our Mustang families! Our students have benefited in countless ways throughout the year, most recently with the fulfillment of last year’s grant which provided school-wide mobile STEM Bins. In addition to enhancing our students’ educational experience through grants, IPSF enriches the daily experience of every child through its support music and instructional assistants in addition to the ACE after school program and their IPSF Summer program.

Thomas Potwora
Principal, Meadow Park Elementary School

Northwood Elementary

IPSF enriches the educational experience of each child at Northwood. Their impact can be felt daily in the academic and extracurricular experiences of our students. Instructional assistants funded by IPSF assist in creating opportunities for more individualized attention for our students, providing more frequent intervention and enrichment opportunities. IPSF fully funds Northwood’s K-3 Primary Music program and rents nearly 2,200 high-quality instruments at affordable prices to students in IUSD. IPSF has committed to help fund K-12 mental health initiatives throughout the district. Additional support programs funded by IPSF at Northwood include the ACE afterschool program and the Summer Enrichment program. Northwood has been the recipient of several IPSF Innovation Grants in previous years. These grants have provided Chromebooks and materials to enhance students’ access to technology. IPSF is a valued partner in our commitment to provide the highest quality education we can envision and we are grateful for their partnership.

Kelly Duncan
Principal, Northwood Elementary School

Northwood High School

NHS would like to thank IPSF! We have 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. We also want to thank IPSF for the Innovative Grants they have provided over the years to support our Forensics Program, Art, and Mental Health Programs. 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 ACE, IPSF Summer and the Primary Music Program. We are grateful to IPSF for their continued partnership in support of Irvine students!

Chris Weber
Principal, Oak Creek Elementary School

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. Last year, we were thrilled to be awarded nearly $10,000 Innovative Grant from IPSF for our ‘Let Our Voices Be Heard’ project to augment wireless microphones to be used for music education, assemblies and school-wide performances. My wife and I are thrilled to be IUSD alumni, educators in IUSD, 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

IPSF has been 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. Fortunately, our staff has benefitted from several IPSF Innovative Grants as well, including a $10,000 grant to convert our music classrooms into recording studios to benefit our music education and instrumental music students. Our Science Department was also awarded a grant, allowing us to provide a Genius Project for students to learn about, design, and construct individual Aquaponics systems. We could not have taken on these projects without the generosity of IPSF.Finally, IPSF has made available funding for our seniors to ask for mini grants to help fund their senior passion projects. The support from IPSF during our students’ formative years remains vital.

John Pehrson
Principal, Portola High School

Portola Springs Elementary

It is through the generous financial support of IPSF that we are able to provide the full-time support of our Elementary Resource Counselors (ERC), Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Chavez (2 days a week). This year, IPSF has again partnered with IUSD to provide 5 day a week support at every Elementary School. Mrs. Hamilton and Ms. Chavez support our students in small group social skills groups, individual counseling, and so much more. With our commitment to Portola Springs to #RSPCT and the Social Emotional well-being of our students, we know this support is invaluable. Additionally, IPSF fully funds our Primary Music program for PK-3rd graders and their music education with Mrs. Findlay. The support of IPSF makes such a difference for our Grizzlies!

Megan Bricker
Principal, Portola Springs Elementary School

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

We love our partnership with IPSF! We are fortunate enough to be the reciptent of a couple IPSF grants. The IPSF grants have supported the expansion of our student leadership programs, provided musical instruments to our music program, provided hands-on activities for our students, including an interactive white board for our library, rocket launches in science as they study physics, and team-building equipment! The additional funding from IPSF helps to boost our class section allotment, allowing us to provide a more robust master schedule with smaller class sizes for our students. Every single student at our school has benefited from IPSF. Thank you IPSF, for helping us provide the best learning environment possible!

Kimberly Snowden
Principal, Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Santiago Hills Elementary

The Irvine Public School Foundation has provided many opportunities for enrichment and small group instruction at Santiago Hills. We have been the recipients of several IPSF Innovation Grants, most recently in 2022 we were awarded $10,000 to add a Glowforge laser engraver and accessories to our Innovation Lab. Students are able to Dream, Design, Develop and see their ideas come to life. We look forward to continuing to find new ways to use these tools to engage our students in all grade levels! In addition to the grants we have received, our students also benefit from the K-3 music program where primary students learn musical concepts in fun and engaging ways and upper grade students have a choice of vocal or an instrument. We are grateful that IPSF provides funds to support the addition of instructional aides on our campus. The instructional aides reduce our class sizes and allow for small group instruction and improved student learning. 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. We are so fortunate to have parent contributions to IPSF to provide these valuable learning resources to Santiago Hills. As we enter the 2023/24 school year at Santiago Hills, we look forward to the continued support and collaboration with IPSF.

Tim Potwora
Principal, Santiago Hills Elementary School

Sierra Vista Middle School

IPSF continues to do amazing things for our school community. IPSF provides opportunities for kids so they can have a more enriching experience here at Sierra Vista. Over the summer, students can take fun and enlightening courses during IPSF Summer School and that continues throughout the course of the year with IPSF ACE before/after school classes. Students benefit from these experiences because they are able to build relationships while exploring common interests. Our teachers have benefited greatly from IPSF grants so that our students have a more enriching experience and access to opportunities that they would not have otherwise. The grants that our teachers have won in the past few years have expanded opportunities for kids while also bringing our community closer together. We are so thankful for our partnership with IPSF!

Jeff Morano
Principal, Sierra Vista Middle School

South Lake Middle School

At South Lake Middle School, we are extremely fortunate to benefit from our partnership with IPSF. The contributions made by the foundation help us create meaningful learning experiences for students through smaller class sizes, and exciting extra-curricular opportunities. With the help of IPSF we are able to support students to become more confident and successful in the future.

Belinda Averill
Principal, South Lake Middle School

Solis Park School

The Irvine Public School Foundation has been an integral part of support at all of the sites across the district. As IUSD’s newest K8, we have been so grateful for the time and energy they have given to supporting Solis Park. They provide funds to support the addition of instructional aides on our campus, which enables us to reduce class sizes and allows for small group instruction and improved student learning. We are also the recipients of IPSF Innovation Grant funding to Reimagine Recess. This grant will provide $25,000 to our school over three years so that we can offer students alternatives to traditional recess activities, and allow them to explore, create, and engage with peers in other ways. As we grow, we look forward to continued collaboration with and support from this amazing organization!

Heather Phillips,
Principal, Solis Park

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 Springbrook School’s culture whole and well-rounded. IPSF funding that supports classroom instruction is invaluable: our instructional assistants are a valued and integral part of our instructional program. They provide classroom support and small group instruction for all students in Pre-K through 6th grade, 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. Last year, our school received a grant to support project based learning and we look forward to the impact this will make for our students!

Mike Modeer
Principal, Springbrook Elementary School

Stone Creek Elementary

IPSF continues to be a partner to our Stone Creek community in creating opportunities for our students to access enriching programs and resources. IPSF ACE classes have also provided hands-on learning classes for our students in creative subjects like dance, cooking, chess, and science. With the partnership of IPSF, Stone Creek receives funding that supports Instructional Assistants, who are critical to ensuring our students have access to small group instruction for extra help and enrichment. Don’t forget that each year all of our students have access to music instruction due in part from the generous support of IPSF to all schools in IUSD. Your financial support of IPSF matters to each one of our Stone Creek students. Please help continue enriching our students’ educational experiences and join the countless parents who have generously donated to IPSF!

Christina Pierson
Principal, Stonecreek 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 provide enriching educational programs that are grounded in educational excellence and real-world experiences. Through past grants, Stonegate has launched a successful innovation lab that provides a powerful learning environment to promote greater collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and innovation. ACE classes on our campus bring a variety of programming that our students love, with the spring musical being a favorite. Don’t forget that Instructional Assistants provided through IPSF funding support our music program and provide small group instruction at multiple grade levels. Stonegate is a grateful partner with IPSF!

Deanna Rutter
Principal, Stonegate Elementary School

Turtle Rock Elementary

IPSF supports Turtle Rock students in so many ways, including funding music teachers, beginning in Pre-K, instructional assistants that allow our teachers to give more individual attention to your student, and mental health resources. 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! We are so appreciative of the support that IPSF gives to the Turtle Rock Community and the Irvine Unified School District.

Jeremy Stonebarger
Principal, Turtle Rock Elementary School

University High School

What we offer our kids at University High School is so much more robust as a result of our partnerships with the larger community. Significant to that is what we are able to achieve alongside IPSF. 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:

• Offering additional courses in our master schedule especially designed to meet the needs of diverse learning – many times these classes are run at smaller numbers which is only possible with the additional funding from IPSF

• We have a qualified athletic trainer that provides a crucial level of safety for our student athletes who push themselves hard throughout the year. With my own son playing football and lacrosse at another high school, I know first-hand the crucial need met by our trainers.

• Our school has been the recipient of three Mega Grants that are funded up to $20,000. These funds allowed us to build up our Engineering experience for many students and our band program expanded their outreach to 8th grade students with new types of instruments that had not been available previously.

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

We are so grateful for our continuing partnership with the Irvine Public School Foundation. IPSF generously provides funding for 50 hours per week of instructional aid support in our classrooms (PK-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. IPSF also provides quality music instruction for our K-3rd grade students, which is funded entirely by parent and community donations to IPSF. Finally, our UP students have access to excellent enrichment programs through IPSF’s Afterschool Classroom Enrichment (ACE) program and summer camps.

Dr. Vicki Wong
Principal, University Park Elementary School

Venado Middle School

We are so grateful for the partnership we have with IPSF. This partnership has made it possible to take on projects at Venado that we might not otherwise be able to do on our own. Venado has been the recipient of a number of IPSF grants in recent years that have made a meaningful impact at our school. We have received grant funding that put sound amplification systems in classrooms; funds to help modernize our library; and, most recently funds to help upgrade the audio/visual equipment in the Knights Plaza, our multipurpose room. Additionally, IPSF provides Venado with a class teaching section. Finally, 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 generous support from IPSF. We truly appreciate IPSF for their continued and strong support.

Luis Torres
Principal, Venado Middle School

Vista Verde K-8

IPSF’s support of the visual and performing arts, particularly our vocal, strings, and winds programs, 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! At Vista Verde K-8 School, we value the impact IPSF makes in providing resources for classroom support across our nine grade levels, especially with instructional aide allocations and support. IPSF’s support for After-school 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! And, more exciting news: VVK8 was awarded an IPSF $20,000 Mega Grant VEX IQ Robotics Lab for upper grade elementary students in 2021! Thank you, IPSF!

Jerry Vlasic
Principal, Vista Verde School

Westpark Elementary

IPSF makes a dynamic impact at Westpark! During the school day, in core academic areas, additional staff, funded by IPSF, lower our class sizes and allow us to provide systematic, targeted instruction to students. After school, our students can be found learning hip hop, chess, robotics, public speaking, yoga, cooking and more, thanks to our amazing ACE classes. This spring, Westpark was awarded an IPSF Innovation Grant to support our students in creating real world products – we look forward to seeing what they will create! We are lucky to have this amazing resource!

Nathan Allen
Principal, Westpark Elementary School

Woodbridge High School

We do everything we can each year to balance the need to keep our class sizes low and still offer enough classes to give students access to all of the courses we can offer. Through the additional staffing made possible through IPSF funds Woodbridge High School was able to start the year meeting both goals. The partnership we have with them has become an essential component of continually offering the quality of program our community has come to expect. Funding from IPSF’s Innovative Grants Program have also allowed us to expand and innovate in our Woodbridge Makerspace. 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.

Christopher Krebs
Principal, Woodbridge High School

Woodbury Elementary

The contributions and support Woodbury receives from IPSF make a huge impact on our students. At Woodbury, we believe in providing opportunities for every student across various areas of interest. Partnering with IPSF has allowed us to provide opportunities for students to follow their passions by participating in our afterschool ACE programs including the school musical, our Mustang Milers running club, producing live newscasts through Woodbury Weekly, and participating in the various sports tournaments through Tournament of Champions. Past IPSF Innovation Grants have allowed us to expand our STEAM Innovation Labs into an outdoor workspace and have provided sound amplification systems for every classroom. I know of no other school district in Orange County offering these kinds of student opportunities on such an advanced level. We are grateful for their partnership and continued support in making our schools exceptional.

Alan Battenfield
Principal, Woodbury Elementary School

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