2017 Mini-Grants Awarded to Teachers, Staff

The JY Joyner PTA–funded Mini-Grant Program allows teachers and specialists to implement ideas that might not otherwise become part of the classroom environment. Mini-grants have helped to fund many significant achievements at our school including: the Reading Rainbow series, campus and grounds improvements, class sets of books, special Spanish language programs, updated counseling technology, and equipment for teachers and specialists. The PTA is committed to supporting this outstanding program that promotes creativity among the education staff and adds interesting elements to the curriculum.

The next funding period for mini-grants will be fall of 2018. The Mini-Grants Committee will post information and applications in September. Contact Arinn Widmayer if you have questions about the Mini-Grant Program.

Congratulations to our fall 2017 mini-grant recipients!

  • Christina Bell, Spanish: Spanish Literacy, Math and Sequence Flashcards and Games
  • Andrea Burston, Counseling: JYJ Counselor Technology Update…with iPad and software
  • Fran Cameron, 3rd grade: Document Cameras for each grade-level teacher
  • Whitney Carroll, 2nd grade: Document Cameras for each grade-level teacher
  • Emily Dawson, Kindergarten: Second Step Emotional Learning Curriculum for K students
  • Adriana Duncan, Spanish: Spanish Lessons on Money and Currency
  • Natasha Durrette, Spanish: Timers and White Boards for use in Spanish Classrooms
  • Ryan Fotta, ArtL Art Library for Art Room
  • Amy Gourley, Spanish: Novels for 5th Grade
  • Denise Hale, Media Center: Diversity Literature for Beginning Readers and Graphic Novel collection
  • Katherine Johnson, Kindergarten: Classroom Rugs for Grade-Level Team
  • Charles Jones, 4th grade: Classroom Books – Inventors Galore
  • Brittany Kelly, EBS I (K-2): Cultural Leveled Books with Cart
  • Kim Millsaps, 3rd Grade: Classroom Books – Frogs Leap Into Reading
  • Laura Munster, 1st Grade: Document Cameras for each grade-level teacher
  • Monica Normark, 2nd Grade: Letterland Sound Mini Cards
  • Lourdes Onate, Spanish: Spanish Math Resources
  • Stefanie Piner, Kindergarten: Culturally Diverse Classroom Books
  • Susan Serenari, Instructional Resources Teacher: Leadership Curriculum for PTLs
  • Jennifer Smythe, 3rd Grade: ELA Recommended Texts
  • Ann Truax, Intervention: Intervention Games and Materials
  • Anna Young, AIG: Science Olympiad materials

2016 Mini-Grant Program supports Joyner teachers

The JY Joyner PTA–funded Mini-Grant Program allows teachers and specialists to implement ideas that might not otherwise become part of the classroom environment. Mini-grants have helped to fund many significant achievements at our school including: the Reading Rainbow series, campus and grounds improvements, class sets of books, special Spanish language programs, updated counseling technology, and equipment for teachers and specialists. The PTA is committed to supporting this outstanding program that promotes creativity among the education staff and adds interesting elements to the curriculum.

The next funding period for mini-grants will be fall of 2017. The Mini-Grants Committee will post information and applications in September. Contact Arinn Widmayer if you have questions about the Mini-Grant Program.

Congratulations to our fall 2016 mini-grant recipients!

  • Jennifer Bell, Technology: MacBook Upgrade + Configurator App; Wonder Workshop Robotics Kit
  • Christina Bell, Spanish: Dice With Clear Pockets
  • Andrea Burston, Counselor: Counselor Book Club Refresh + Speaker + Audible subscription
  • Fran Cameron, 1st grade: “Well Lookie Here” Document Cameras
  • Emily Dawson, Kindergarten: Legos for Education Kits
  • Sra. Duncan, Spanish: Escribe! Dry Erase Boards
  • Natasha Durrette, Spanish: Spanish Classroom Presentation Speaker and Mics
  • Ryan Fotta, Art: Document Camera, Matte Cutter and Bead Racks
  • Amy Gourley, Spanish: External DVD Drives
  • Denise Hale, Library: “Libraries in Community” Free Lending Library; Graphic Novel Refresh
  • Emory Jepsen, 1st grade: ELA Mentor Texts Book Sets for Classroom
  • Lauren McCallum, 1st grade: Leveled Readers for Student Library in Classroom
  • Kim Millsaps, 3rd grade: Hocus Pocus Deskcycle + Fidget Toys; Read Aloud Spotlight Classroom Books
  • Phyllis Moore, Music: Instrument Repairs
  • Laura Munster , 1st grade: Geodes! Project; Count to 120 Math Boards; Number Line for Floor
  • Monica Normark, 2nd grade: RAZ Kids Classroom Books
  • Rose Olone, 2nd grade: Readers for Life Classroom Books
  • Sra. Onate, Spanish: Fluency/ Digital Timers
  • Tim Poyer, PE: Pinnies for All
  • Stefanie Piner, Kindergarten: MathRacks Manipulative for Classrooom; STEM Stations for Classroom
  • Lynn Reynolds, Speech Therapy: Social Learning Library
  • Laura Sollazo-Doran, Behavior Support 3-5: Ipad Cases
  • Jo Wallace, 4th grade: Classroom Seating (stools)
  • Jakala Wilson, 1st grade: Leveled Readers for Classroom Library
  • Megan Wing, 1st grade: Keats Book Set for Classroom; Kinesthetic Classroom Fidgets and Exercise Balls

Update | 2016-17 PTA Executive Board and Committee Chairs

Executive Board

  • President: Catherine Otto
  • Vice-President: Cyndi Soter O’Neil
  • Secretary: Kate Sonawane
  • Treasurer: Clair Marshall

Committee Chairs

  • Academic Boosters: Amy Warren
  • Advocacy: Jennifer Grady
  • Advisory Board- District 6: Kelly Miller
  • Audit Committee: TBD
  • Communications: Cyndi Soter O’Neil, Jennifer Grady
  • Cultural Enlightenment: Andrea Burston
  • Grounds Restoration: Julie Dalton
  • Birthday Recognitions: Meredith Swindell
  • Box Tops/Labels: Tammy Cloyd
  • Book Fair: Laura Moreschi
  • Budget Chair: Kristen Findley
  • Character Education: TBD
  • Cultural Arts: Chris and Angelita Becom
  • JYJ 5K: Arinn Widmayer, Joe Nuss, Tor Swenson
  • JYJ 5K Running Club: Tor Swenson
  • JAG Publishing: Suzi Landis, Meredith Myers
  • JAG Wear: Ameshia Turlington, Kelli Gracely
  • Joyner Jamboree: Melanie Jones, Juli Openshaw
  • JYJ Dining Night Out: Amy Circosta
  • K-2 Liaison: Hanna Compton
  • Media Center: Helen Green
  • Membership: Ele Roberts, Julie Poyer
  • Mini Grants: Arinn Widmayer
  • No-Fuss: Ele Roberts, Julie Poyer
  • Nominating: Cyndi Soter O’Neil
  • Night of Nonsense: Jen Schrage, Julie Brincefield
  • Odyssey of the Mind: Laura Moreschi, Andrew Jones
  • Original ArtWorks: Meredith Swindell
  • Philanthropy/Backpack Buddies: Lisa Brown
  • Pre-Order School Supplies: Sarah Mears
  • School Pictures: TBD
  • School Store: Ann Truax
  • Science Go Round: Katie Cavillo
  • Spelling Bee: Lisa Brugh
  • Student Directory: Sally Burlington
  • Study Buddies: TBD
  • Summer Reading Program: Kristin Wolverton
  • Teacher/Staff Appreciation: Alli Corsmeier, Ashley Davenport
  • Technology/Web Site: Matt Harrell
  • 3rd-5th Grade Liaison: Ashley Bailey, Laura Ryan
  • Volunteer Coordinator: Leigh Wolitski
  • Yearbook: Lindsay Kornely, Susie Petretich

2015 Mini-grants support Joyner teachers

The JY Joyner PTA–funded Mini-Grant Program allows teachers and specialists to implement ideas that might not otherwise become part of the classroom environment. Mini-grants have helped to fund many significant achievements at our school including: the Reading Rainbow series, campus and grounds improvements, class sets of books, special Spanish language programs, updated counseling technology, and equipment for teachers and specialists. The PTA is committed to supporting this outstanding program that promotes creativity among the education staff and adds interesting elements to the curriculum.

The next funding period for mini-grants will be fall of 2016. The Mini-Grants Committee will post information and applications in September. Contact Arinn Widmayer if you have questions about the Mini-Grant Program.

Congratulations to our fall 2015 mini-grant recipients!

  • Stacy Arch (5th Grade) — Chess for the Mind
  • Christina Bell (Spanish) — Cultura, Drama y Mas!
  • Andrea Burston (Counselor) — Counselor supplies
  • Adriana Duncan (Spanish) — Escriba, Escriba, Escriba a Tiempo
  • Amy Gorley (Spanish) — Spanish Conversation Digital Timer
  • Denise Hale (Library) — Award Winners! Book Collection
  • Mallory Mbalia (Admin Intern) — Rain Barrels for Community Garden
  • Phyllis Moore (Music) — Music Room Printer
  • Monica Normark (3rd Grade) — Reading Strategies for 3rd Graders
  • Lourdes Onate (Spanish) — Cultural Dancing garment bags
  • Adriana Pardo (5th Grade) — Knitting Club
  • Heather Pelletier (2nd Grade) — NC Science Olympiad
  • Stefanie Piper (Kindergarten) — Legos for Education
  • Tim Poyer (PE) — Kidz Bop! CDs and Cones for Joyner PE
  • Jenni Wilkinson (Kindergarten) — Do You Toobaloo?
  • Anna Young (AIG) — Scholarly Reading in a Global World

TEK Clubs for Spring 2016

Tailored Enrichment Kids (TEK) is excited to return JYJ this spring with a fantastic line up of enrichment clubs! Our teachers have done an outstanding job creating a variety of club offerings. TEK pays Joyner teachers to teach clubs, so participation supports our JYJ teachers. Here are the details:

Spring 2016 JYJ TEK Clubs
Wednesdays, March 2-April 13 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Registration forms go home the week of Feb 8.
Registration held on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the JYJ media center.

  • Upcycled Art! — Grades K-2 taught by Tina Lyon
  • Cool Concoctions — Grades K-2 taught by Stefanie Piner
  • Junior Chess Mates — Grades K-2 taught by Fran Cameron
  • Black Keys/White Keys — Grades 1-2 taught by Phyllis Moore
  • Brain Busters — Grades 2-5 taught by Dominique Orr
  • Purls of Wisdom Knitting Club — Grades 2-5 taught by Adriana Pardo
  • Latin Dancing — Grades 2-5 taught by Christina Bell
  • Ultimate Team Sports — Grades 2-5 taught by Tim Poyer
  • Fantastically Fun Frenzy of Camp Games Galore — Grades 2-5 taught by Amy Gourley
  • Chess Mates — Grades 3-5 taught by Stacy Arch
  • “What’s Your Inspiration?” Exploring Artists and Creating Art — Grades 3-5 taught by Del Lancaster
  • Tech and Tinkering — Grades 3-5 taught by Jen Bell

Have questions? Please contact Duval Fisher at duval@tailoredenrichmentkids.com or 919-612-2982.

Note: These programs are not sponsored by the PTA.