Foundation Impact at Scenic Heights

2018-19 Foundation Teacher Grants for Scenic Heights

Improving Executive Function Skills
Qingling Mendenhall | Awarded $400

Tools to teach Executive Function skills, to facilitate memory, decision-making, planning, prioritizing, and focus.





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Two Grants for Hui Yu

Chinese Character Stroke Order Practice
Awarded $540 from the Nick Duff Multicultural Fund | Allows students to practice stroke order in forming 300 high frequency Chinese language characters.

Ipen with Chinese Reading Materials
Awarded $1,200 | Provides K-3 language support in reading fiction, non-fiction and pinyin texts at different levels.






Social Emotional Learning Library
Angie Elliott | Awarded $958

Books in both English and Chinese to address current social emotional issues, represent the current teaching language, and expand social emotional lessons.



Pedal to Success
Jeanne Krake | Awarded $2,800

Students will build social skills and friendships by pedaling together on a daily basis.


Colored Choir Hand Chimes
Jennifer Kimball | Awarded $1,400 from the Minnetonka Alumni Association Fine Arts Fund
For Clear Springs & Scenic Heights

Hand chimes to correspond with colored music notes on the Smart board.




Chinese Immersion Author Event with Ying Compestine

Erin Carcamo | Awarded $7,500
($3,460 from the Nick Duff Multicultural Fund and $4,040 from MPSF)
For Excelsior & Scenic Heights

The author and chef will present in Mandarin to grades K-2 Chinese Immersion students. A private cooking class will also be presented for parents.



Growing Through Grief
Donna Dahl | Awarded $759
For all schools

Funds a Stress Reduction Tool Kit for the Minnetonka Grief Counselor to use in peer support groups, individual sessions, and wile supporting crisis events.



Design for Learning
Nicole Snedden | Awarded $5,000
For all schools

A district wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.








Novel Engineering Scenic Heights Julie Baeb






Launching The Hub to Promote Maker-Based Learning


I like to program things and tell them what to do. It’s fun because they do stuff at your command. I get to make the decisions and I can make something


- Scenic Heights 3rd Grader

Future workplaces will require people who can problem-solve, adapt and communicate in environments that are increasingly complex.


With $200,000 from our Endowment Fund, the Foundation launched The Hub last year. We provided plugged and unplugged materials to enhance the tonka curricular program and support maker-based learning in all PreK-8 Minnetonka schools.



The Hub materials provided by the Foundation encourage open-ended student-driven learning experiences that encourage creativity, collaboration and teamwork to achieve a goal.

Sphero Obstacle Course   Coding Sphero for Chinese







Student Project


  Students working on Project



Students share how much fun they had and ask when they get to do it again


- Scenic Heights Teacher




I hear from parents about
the positive things their children
share with them about using The Hub materials. They think it's great!"

- Scenic Heights Teacher







Students working on project


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celebrating 1 mil in teacher grants since 1999



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We also provide continued financial support for district-wide programs



Design for Learning
A district-wide innovation project that empowers students and staff to transform education through the design of the learning environment.




Parenting with Purpose
Community Book Read Event: Raising Unselfies!

Featuring Michelle Borba, Ed.D, author of “Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World” on November 14, MHS Arts Center.

Save the Date for Foundation Events

November 16
Tour of Tables
Ladies Luncheon
Lafayette Club

February 9
Dream Makers
Minneapolis Event Center




Your Financial Support of the Foundation will be used at Scenic Heights to:

  • Sponsor Scenic Heights teacher grants
  • Provide new Hub materials and technology
  • Replenish Hub consumable items used by students
  • Make future Hub enrichment events possible

"I saw a high level of student engagement;
taking their knowledge
and applying it.”
- Scenic Heights Teacher