Galileo Academy PTSA – Sponsored Events/Projects -2013-2014

Thank you for your generous donations to the Education Fund Drive.
Here are some of “Your Donations Put to Good Use”:

We were able to sponsor the Freshmen Orientation Lunch held on August
16, 2013 providing lunches for over 500 students, parents, teachers and staff.

Galileo Academy of Science and Technology’s 18 page
Recruitment/Information Brochures given to prospective students and
parents as well as School Visitors from all over the country.

Annual Teacher/Staff Appreciation Luncheon-sponsored by PTSA to
personally thank all the teachers and staff for their year long hard work
and support to our students.

Education and Enrichment Grant Awards to teachers and staff.
Complete list of grant awards can be found in our PTSA website
under “Project &Grant status”.

Gifts for the annual “Teacher “ and “Staff” of the year winners chosen by

Parent Meetings and Wellness Workshops to help support parents as their
child goes through the high school years.

Galileo PTSA Education and Enrichment Grant Awards – 2013-2014

Thanks to the generous donations toward the Galileo PTSA Education Fund
Drive, we have been able to award the following grants totaling $5,118.44.

Eugene Wing, ASB Advisor
Registration for CADA Leadership Conference – $500

39 Student leaders attended this annual Student Leadership Conference
sponsored by CADA, California Association for Director of Activities.

Paul Matsumoto, Chemistry Teacher
Purchase of a Milligram Precision Electronic Balance – $437.66

This equipment will be used for various chemistry laboratory activities. Other science teachers
will also have access to this balance.

Stan DeBella, Biotech Academy Lead Teacher
Purchase of Biotechnology supplies – $488.84

Purchase of consumable supplies of gloves used in classroom activities involving Genetics and
DNA, Proteins and Immunology.

Naomi Forsberg, Wellness Center Community Health Outreach Worker
Nail Art Club – $153.35

Purchase of nail art supplies and equipment. This club gives students a safe place to talk, develop
healthy relationships with peers and adults, and relieve stress helping to foster students’ self
esteem, creativity and discovery of new artistic talents.

Jessica Colvin, Wellness Center Coordinator
Wellness Program Incentives – $294.36

Purchase of incentives (prizes) for students to participate fully in the annual school wide health
awareness event focusing on: Mental Health Awareness, Sexual Health Awareness, Nutrition and
Substance Abuse Prevention.

Bai Zhen and Serena Chan, College Counselors
College Night and Financial Aid FAFSA workshops – $422.23

Purchase of snacks and drinks for two 3-4 hour long evening workshops given to approximately
200 parents and students on “Road to College” and “FAFSA”, applying for student loans,
scholarships, gift aids and more.

Doug Page. Mathematics Department Chair
Purchase of Teacher Pack (10 calculators) Texas Instruments-TI-84 Plus C Silver EZ-Spot
Graphing Calculators – $1,237

With the move to Common Core State Standards for Math, graphing calculators will be needed
by students in the lower level classes. Math teachers will share the use of these calculators in all
math level classes .
Curtis Chin, Science Teacher
Purchase of AP Biology Review books – $498.24

These Biology Review books are for classroom use to help prepare students for the AP Biology
Exams, and will be a resource for the next 5-10 years.

Mirjam Krohne, Teacher
Wellness-After School Girl’s Club-Movement – $111.16

Purchase of scrapbook and Year End Pizza party for participants in this Movement
Class with support from Wellness Center and Futurama.

Kristy Morrison, English Teacher
Creative Writing Books – $500

Funds to publish “Students’ Creative Writings” for students in her 10th, 11th and 12th grade
Creative Writing Classes including short stories, poems and prose. Each student has their own
personal copy of their hard work and reflects Galileo’s diverse student community. Copies may
be found in the Galileo Library.

Alicia Sheppeck, World Language Department Head
Spanish Readers – $475.60

Purchase of 2 classroom sets of Spanish Readers, 4 corresponding audio CDs and 2 Activity
Masters for Spanish classes to improve students’ reading levels, writing and spoken vocabulary.

Help raise money for Galileo by purchasing from 4 new Partners

Four new partners help to raise money for Galileo

We have added Four new partners which will donate to Galileo if you shop with them.

  • – Online Shopping perfert for Christmas shopping.
  • Mollie Stone – If you like shopping for Groceries at Mollie Stone, here is you chance to help Galileo.
  • Realtor Donation – If you need the services of a Realtor, you can help Galileo to receive a $1000 donation.
  • Sports Basement – Need Sport equipment or supplies, check out Sport Basement.

There are many ways to help Galileo rasie funds, so check out our Donation and Support page by clicking Here.

Galileo PTSA Education and Enrichment Grant Awards 2012-13

This year we  awarded 8 grants totaling $4,150.


Allison Wagner: English Teacher

2 class sets of The Alchemist  – $500

This grant will help towards funding the purchase of two class sets of The Alchemist by Brazilian author Paulo Coelho for Ms. Wagner’s 10th grade World Literature classes. The books will be used for two classes for several years.


Daniel Grimm: Chemistry Teacher Lab supplies

Chemistry  Lab Supplies – $500

This grant will help towards the purchase of Chemistry Lab supplies as there was no budget for any lab supplies in the 2012-2013 school budget.


Bai Zhen: College Counselor

Road to College Workshop, February 2013 – $300

This grant will be used to buy the food for the dinner provided during this evening college workshop. Information is provided for seniors and their parents in one session and all other grades in another. This workshop has become an essential part of the Galileo College Counseling program. Many parents would be deterred from coming to a 2.5 hour workshop after work, if food were not provided.


Robotics Club/David Barrios: Physics teacher/Sponsor

Robotics Club participation in the FIRST Robotics competition – $500

This grant was to be used towards the purchase of supplies for the competition and for some of the hotel and food costs for the approximately 30 Robotics Club student members who will be attending the event held at UC Davis.


Lillian Giles: English Teacher

Class Set of The Wild Seed – $500

The grant will help purchase a class set of  The Wild Seed by Octavia Butler to be used by 2 sections of 11th Grade American Literature for several years.


Cassandra Gamm: Physics Teacher

7 Vernier Labquests – $1286  (as approved by the PTSA at a General meeting)

This grant was matched by the Galileo Alumni Committee and aided in the purchase of 7 Labquest sensors and a charger for the Science department.  Currently adopted by the Physics teachers, these instruments help take/make measurements of many kinds and are useful not only in teaching the material of the course but in preparing students to use such equipment when they go on to college. This will make it possible for more than one teacher to use a set at a time and the possibility of more availability for students to use first hand and not only in large groups. The sensors will be used for many classes for many years.


Eugene Wing: ASB Advisor

Student Handbook Folders – $500

This grant will help towards funding the printing of the Galileo student handbook/folder which provides information about graduation requirements, attendance policy, citizenship policy, directory, clubs, school song and yells and campus map.


Curtis Chinn: Biology Teacher

USA Biology Olympiad – $75

This grant will help pay for the registration fee for 11th and 12th grader’s to participate in the initial rounds of the Olympiad held on campus. Eventual winners would continue on to the national competition at Purdue University.


Galileo PTSA Education and Enrichment Grant Awards — 2011-2012

Galileo PTSA Education and Enrichment Grant Awards — 2011-2012

This year we awarded 10 grants totaling $4,501.35.


Eugene Wing: ASB Advisor
Student Handbooks for academic year 2012-2013 — $500
This grant will help towards funding Galileo student handbook folders which provide information about graduation requirements, attendance policy, citizenship policy, directory, clubs, school song and yells and campus map.

Cecelia Chan: Counseling Department
Commencement programs for the 2012 graduation — $500
This grant will help towards the cost of commencement programs for the 2012 graduation.

Lauren Marshman: Counseling Department
Top scholar Medallions for Graduation 2012 — $500
The top Scholars are given their awards at the Move Up Assembly and are introduced on stage. This inspires other students to do well during their four years at Galileo.

Andrew Tsao: Student
Eagle Scout Gardening Project — $400
This grant was to be used to build three flower boxes and plant plants on the Van Ness side of school and the Courtyard. The gardening club is going to be responsible for the upkeep of the planted areas.

Paul Matsumoto: Chemistry Teacher
Probeware for Chem Lab for Honors and AP Chem — $401.35
This grant was to purchase additional probeware for the Chem lab due to rising class size. This will reduce the number of students in each group using the probes.

Jessica Colvin: Wellness Coordinator
Incentives for Wellness Program Events — $500
The Wellness center provided services to 795 students last year and connected with hundreds of others through events, drop in activities and support. This grant will be used to purchase incentives to encourage students to participate in Wellness activities. As well as being used for supplies for the Wellness Drop In Center some supplies will be used in grief and loss support groups.

Eugene Wing: ASB Advisor
Student Handbook Folders — $500
This grant will help towards funding Galileo student handbook folders which provide information about graduation requirements, attendance policy, citizenship policy, directory, clubs, school song and yells and campus map.

Casey Gold: Community Health Outreach Worker
Wellness Youth Outreach Worker (YOW) — $200
This grant will pay for the YOW group to participate in a Camping in the Presidio (CAP) program which will act as an enriching experience and a team building experience  which will in turn empower them to help the Galileo community.

Michael Roman, English teacher
Renaissance Fair — $500
To help pay for the entrance fees for 50 students to go to the Renaissance Fair. Mr. Roman has been taking senior students to the fair for the last five years but lost his funding this year so asked for PTSA help. The students will see plays and be submersed into the life and culture of the Renaissance Era in preparation for studying the works of Shakespeare.

Eugene Wing; ASB Advisor
Welcome Assembly Speaker — $500
This will help to fund the motivational speaker, Brodie Kaster, to speak at the welcome assembly. The goal is to motivate students by embracing diversity, encourage them to chase their dreams and make an impact on the school and community. The speaker will attend two assemblies and a leadership workshop for ASB class and club officers.

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