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SCUC ISD awarded DoDEA Grant

SCUC ISD was recently notified that we have been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA.)

This is a five year, K-12 grant that will begin on Sept 30, 2021-May 31, 2026.

Project RAMP-UP Wellness (Readiness in Academic, Mental, and Physical Health) seeks to successfully meet three goals:

(1) increase science achievement for elementary-aged military- connected students,

(2) increase science achievement for secondary-aged military-connected students, and

(3) improve mental and physical health and wellness for secondary-aged military connected students.

The goals will be achieved by employing a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) framework to identify and support military-connected students who are just entering the district and/or at-risk of not meeting proficiency the Texas state accountability science test.

Some specific strategies and supports include: (a) timely science and social emotional screeners for military-connected students entering the district, (b) frequent academic and social emotional wellness records reviews, (c) STEAM labs/makerspaces for innovative instruction, (d) extracurricular STEAM and Wellness clubs and activities to promote achievement, belonging, and overall wellness, (e) Supplemental health science/wellness instructional supports, and (f) Military Support Specialists to ease transitions, promote wellness, provide supports, and assist military-connected students, their families, and teachers.

Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD seeks to provide an atmosphere for all students to be inspired, innovate, and excel. DoDEA funds will support our mission to empower all our students to fulfill their lifelong potential through inspiring learning experiences.

The grant will maintain the two amazing Military Student Transition Specialists (MSTC--now referred to as Military Support Specialists (MSS) Tina Barber and Ronnie Williamson. Dee Thomas will serve as the Grant Project Director.

MANY folks helped put this grant proposal together and we cannot begin to thank them enough: Kelly Reifenberg, Amy Massey, Araceli Trejo, Kelley Mosely, Cassandra Gracia, Sylvia Ramos, David Thein, Dr. Kelly Carrero, Scott Lehnhoff, Shannon McWhorter, Windi Hughes, and so many more who listened, advised, prayed and now celebrate this new endeavor! Thank you!

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