Southside ISD Education Foundation 2017-2018 Innovation Grant Winners

Congrats to these amazing Cardindals. They are a great example of Southside ISD…Soaring to Excellence!


The SISD Education Foundation board of directors awarded the following innovation grants to the 2017-2018 school year. The foundation’s mission is to enhance education for Southside ISD students by funding additional learning opportunities and resources. We couldn’t be more proud to be able to accomplish for the benefit of our Southside students.


Message in a Bottle Project” for SHS and Pearce Primary.  

Applicants: Donna Martinez, ELA Instructor and Demetria Sance.

This is a program that focuses on innovative ways to teach and get students engaged in poetry and share the message in a bottle between Pearce students and High school students.  Grant Award – $1317.45

SHS and Pearce Innovative grant winner 2017

“Coding with Ozobots” for all Southside Elementary Schools.

Applicant: Dr. Sam Ebong.

Ozobots ( tiny robots) will help introduce coding which also helps with critical thinking and problems solving, students will be exposed to smart tablets, phone apps with touch and graphic interfaces to control robots at an early age.  Grant Award – $3635.84

“Coding with Ozobots” for all Southside Elementary Schools

Flexible Seating for 3rd graders” for Heritage Elem.  

Applicants: Claudia Rios Wright, Carol Calderon, Rachel Ramirez, Diana Holguin, Belinda Jasso, Blanca Peralta and Tara Lindow.

“Flexible Seating for 3rd graders” for Heritage Elem.

The entire third grade at Heritage is looking forward to an innovative treat. These teachers will be introducing flexible seating which has been proven to decreases ineffective behavior and off task behavior. It has also been proven to increase attendance. The different seating options that will be purchased are exercise balls, cushions, stools, picnic tables, wobble stools, and bean bags. Grant Award – $4855.88