Outstanding Springfield Public Schools Reading Teachers Receive 2018 Turner Reading Awards
June 14, 2018 – “A love of books and reading. Creatively engaging students in reading. Dedication to the needs of all learners.” Those are just some of the shared characteristics of this year’s Turner Reading Award recipients.
2018, marked the 17th year for the Turner Reading Awards, managed by the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS) and given annually to five, outstanding Springfield Public Schools (SPS) reading teachers. Established and supported by the Turner family of Springfield, the awards include a cash prize for all five winning teachers and their schools. Teachers who show excellence in teaching reading and literature in the classroom, and instill a love of learning to read in their students are awarded the prestigious honor.
Earlier in the year, nominations for the Turner Reading Awards were submitted by SPS educator peers and the public. Nominees completed a questionnaire detailing their accomplishments in the classroom and a panel of judges selected the recipients.
Marc Mayer, FSPS President Elect, and Pamela Anderson, FSPS Director of Development presented the awards to this year’s recipients at the Foundation’s May board meeting. SPS teachers receiving the prestigious reading instruction award for 2018 were:
- Heather Caster, Fremont Elementary
- Kyle Wallace, Central High School
- Laura Snelson, Sequiota Elementary
- Stalena Snyder, Holland Elementary
- Krista Perez, Watkins Elementary
“We’re thankful to be able to help recognize the importance of reading in the lives of all SPS students through the Turner Reading Awards,” said Natalie Murdock, Executive Director of the Foundation for SPS. “and also show appreciation to these outstanding teachers for their excellent and dedicated work to engage their students in reading and literature.”
2017-2018 Pick-a-Project Sets a New Record for Donations!
May 8, 2018– Our Pick-a-Project Grant Program has come to a close this year and we are excited to announce that we have reached a new record thanks to our amazing donors. This year, we were able to fund $14,062 in projects!!!
We received a total of 36 applications from teachers across the SPS area and 21 of the projects were fully-funded and 7 projects were partially funded!
All projects that received donations will receive their total donations to use towards the project or within the classroom. If your project did not receive full funding, we encourage you to apply to our 2018 Back-to-School Campaign.
Parkview and Foundation for SPS Cut the Ribbon for New, Outdoor Classroom
May 3, 2018 – “Outdoor learning has been shown to be really helpful to students and we want to say thank you to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools for helping us to fund, this wonderful, outdoor classroom at Parkview High School,” said Parkview Science Teacher Gloria Gammel on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the official, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new, outdoor learning space.
The new, outdoor classroom is outfitted with multiple, umbrella-covered, seating areas, supported by a concrete base and surrounded by landscaping, within the courtyard area of the school grounds. It will be available to serve the student population of Parkview High School which totals approximately 1,300 students, grades 9-12.
Participating in the ribbon-cutting were Parkview High School Principal Eric Ramsey, Foundation for SPS Board Member Scott Bratcher, Parkview Science Teacher Gloria Gammel, Foundation for SPS Executive Director Natalie Murdock, Foundation for SPS Director of Development Pamela Anderson and Parkview Science Teacher David Crisco.
The outdoor classroom project was funded through contributions from multiple, community partners. One of the largest was an $8,700 Foundation for SPS Back to School grant awarded in September of 2017. Rounding out the funding were contributions from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, CONCO Companies of Springfield and other partners.
“It is exciting to see projects like this one come to life,” said Natalie Murdock. “The FSPS is proud to support Gloria and the Parkview staff who have put in a lot of hard work to make this space a reality for students.”
Kum & Go Gallons for Growth is Thursday, April 19!
April 10, 2018 – Join &Rewards and gas up to support the Foundation for SPS, students and teachers! The Foundation for Springfield Public Schools will team up with Kum & Go on Thursday, April 19, from midnight to midnight, for the ninth annual Gallons for Growth fundraiser. Last year, Gallons for Growth raised $5,600 for the Back to School grants thanks to Kum & Go and great supporters like you!
During the 24-hour fundraiser, Kum & Go will donate three cents for every gallon of gas sold in Springfield, plus $5 for every new &Reward member signed up in Springfield between April 16 and 19.
Signing up for &Rewards is easy! Here’s how:
Step One: Between April 16-19, register at kumandgo.com/rewards or download the Kum & Go app (Text REWARDS to 39771). You do not need a physical card unless you’d prefer to have one.
Step Two: Make a purchase at any Springfield Kum & Go and be sure to scan your app, use your registered phone number or swipe your card.
That’s it! If you have trouble registering, please call Kum & Go Customer Relations at 1-888-458-6646.
Thank you for participating in Kum & Go Gallons for Growth and supporting Foundation for SPS Back to School grants!
Pick-a-Project March Match!
February 26, 2018 – The Foundation for SPS has great news to share! Thanks to a generous donor, the Foundation for SPS has $5,000 available to use as matching money for Pick-a-Project donations made during the month of March! Learn more and view current Pick-a-Projects now!
Linda Luke Librarian of the Year Award
February 20, 2018 – Linda Luke Librarian of the Year Award nominations are being accepted and will be open until March 19, 2018. Nominate an outstanding SPS Librarian today! For more information and to submit a nomination for the award go to Linda Luke Librarian of the Year Award
Save the Date for the 24th Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet!
February 1, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE! The 24th Annual Teacher Appreciation Banquet will be held on Monday, April 16, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Oasis Convention Center! We’ll be honoring our dedicated SPS educators with a fantastic evening of fun, door prizes, delicious food, recognition of teachers and educators, and awards including the 2018 Teacher of the Year! Sponsorships are now available 2018 TAB Sponsorship Levels Contact Pamela Anderson, Director of Development, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 523.0144.