Programs - Your Donations at Work
MVEF funds core programs in art, music, science, and athletics, as well as middle school extended day electives.
Program Spending Budget for 2019-20
Art by CSMA: MVEF pays for the art teachers who teach the weekly art classes in our elementary schools. The teachers are trained by and work for Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) The program consists of in-depth, skill-building and sequential art lessons that meet the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art. Classes and content is appropriate for each grade level. Taught by professional CSMA visual arts instructors, these art classes coordinate with each classroom’s curriculum to become an integral part of the school day.
Music by CSMA: MVEF pays for the music teachers who teach the weekly music classes in our elementary schools. The teachers are trained by and work for the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) The program consists of in-depth, skill-building, hands-on, sequential music lessons that meet the California Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Music. Classes and content is appropriate for each grade level. Grades K-3 focus primarily on singing and rhythm. In 4th grade children play the recorder. In 5th grade students can choose an instrument to focus on.
Science: MVEF brings hands-on science into the schools:
Living Classrooom brings garden-based lessons to classrooms several times each year. Lessons build from one year to the next on topics like photosynthesis, life cycles, ecology and relevance to students’ lives. Visit a school and look for planters of vegetables planted by children!
FOSS kits in elementary schools: MVEF pays to replenish consumable components of FOSS kits, which provide lesson plans and supplies for hands-on science.
Middle school supplies: MVEF funds certain supplies for middle school science labs.
Environmental Education: Field trips led by the Mountain View Whisman Environmental Science Collaborative (MVWESC), which is a partnership of environmental education nonprofits led by the group Environmental Volunteers that provide coordinated science education to MVWSD schools. The collaborative is made up of 6 independent non-profits, each bringing their expertise to a student's environmental education. MVEF provides funds so that all 4th, 5th and 6th graders get to experience field trips like a discovery trip to the tidepools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, a day exploring Hidden Villa’s organic farm, or a boat ride on the bay with Marine Science Institute, and more. All of the programs from each provider supports the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that identify core ideas and practices in science that prepare today’s K-12 students for success in college and future careers. Studies in the US found that schools that provide nature-based experiential education show substantial improvements in academic performance.
Professional Development: MVEF is pleased to fund professional development for RTI (Response to Instruction) teachers teaching science.
Electives and athletics:
Electives: MVEF sponsors middle school extra-curricular activities and extended-day electives.
Athletics: MVEF supports 48 coaches to train and inspire over 900 middle school athletes on 18 teams; 44 referees and umpires for basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, and wrestling home games; and 80 bus trips for 18 sports teams for away games.
Instrument Repair and Purchase
MVEF funds the purchase of new instruments as well as the repair of existing instruments for all our 5th grade through 8th grade blossoming musicians.