Foundation For Allen Schools Funded Classroom Grants at

    Cheatham Elementary




    2021-2022 Classroom Grants


    Building up STEAM!

    This grant under Advanced Academics - AP/IB/GT Curriculum was awarded to Karri Decker and will benefit 100 students this coming year.

    "Imagineering" supplies will create opportunities for students to be producers of content and products and will facilitate to students the idea of entrepreneurship through innovation. This is Problem Based Learning! The materials will also be available for other grade levels (K-6) to use to support their integration of STEAM in the classroom.


     FUNdamental Phonics in First Grade

    This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum was awarded to Mikala Hartis and will benefit 100 students this coming year.

    Cheatham first graders are putting the FUN back in phonics fundamentals! We are using fun centers to engage learners at all levels to help build their literacy skills and continue growing our phonemic and phonological awareness.


    Breakout Edu

    This grant under Science / STEAM Curriculum was awarded to Courtney Knight and will benefit 800 students this coming year.

    This grant provides a school-wide subscription for BreakoutEDU which will allow all students at Cheatham Elementary to develop problem-solving skills and work collaboratively to complete standards-aligned escape rooms, both digitally and in the physical classroom. Students will also have the opportunity to use their technology skills to think logically about their curriculum and develop their own digital escape rooms to be shared with their classmates, fostering opportunities for communication, teamwork, and rigorous thought.


    Early Childhood Special Education Assessment Tools for Success!

    This grant under Special Education Curriculum was awarded to Holly Sanchez along with Karen Ruehlen, and Mariana Esparza will benefit 140 students this coming year at both Cheatham and Rountree Elementary.

    The Allen ISD ECSE Team is in need of testing kits to use for the annually administered VB- MAPP Assessment (Verbal Behavior Milestones Assessment and Placement Program). These testing kits are critical to accurately measure our students? abilities and areas of growth, and set goals to ensure their progress. Having the same materials to use across all classrooms will help us to maintain consistency and accuracy when assessing each and every student.


    DT - Leveled Readers

    This grant under English Language Arts (Elementary) & Dyslexia Curriculum awarded to Ella Jones along with Jill Jaska, Susie Barlow, Deb Scott, Carli Burke, Dena Goddard, Amber Arnold, Candice Frazier, Janice Harrop, Maria Burnes, Julieta Henderson, Angela Lunde, Shia Valdovino, Janell Cook, Tami Everett.  The grant will benefit 900 students this coming year at the following campuses: Anderson, Bolin, Boyd, Chandler, Cheatham, Evans, Green Kerr, Lindsey and Ford Middle School.

    Connected texts are decodable books that use predictable words and word patterns through engaging stories. The Dyslexia Therapist can use these books, in combination with other materials, to address the student?s fluency and comprehension skills. The Allen ISD Dyslexia Department wants to enhance its program by giving its students the opportunity to read these books so they can become stronger readers.