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Mission High Foundation funds academic enrichment, materials & equipment, and professional development which enhance the educational experience of Mission High School students.


Educator Grants have the most immediate and effective impact on enriching academics. These grants inject funding into classrooms that benefit students directly. They support teachers and administrators with innovative ideas for learning that may not be covered by normal classroom and school budgets.

In the 2023-24 school year, Mission High faculty and administrators applied for and were awarded $30,698 for 42 grants. Some highlights include: 

Photosynthesis Lab for Biology Class - By supplying Photosynthesis and Cellular Respiration Kits for Freshmen Biology classes, teacher Mark Lau was able to teach 150 students both photosynthesis and cellular respiration in this hands-on lesson. By studying in the lab, students had a tangible experience with an otherwise elusive concept. The algae bead system allowed students to explore both energy processes and learn experimental design. While dispelling the misconception that plants only do photosynthesis. The kits help meet the Next Generation Science Standards* (NGSS) requirements for general biology.

"This project had an enormous impact on our students' ability to understand a difficult concept. It generated genuine excitement and enthusiasm from the students," said Mr. Mark Lau. 

This 3-dimensional learning opportunity was provided to six Biology classes that include students from many different backgrounds, some with special needs, language learners, and students with varying degrees of math and science proficiencies. The experience was particularly effective for students who lack a strong STEM background. The opportunity for them to anchor their learning with a process they could touch was invaluable.

African American Mentor Group - The Peer Resources Pathway collaborated with the school's African American support staff and Administration to develop the African American Mentor Group. A small group of 9th grade African American students were identified as being particularly vulnerable, based on attendance and grades, and needing more support. With guidance from teacher Aimee Riechel, Child Welfare Attendance Liaison/African American Support Staff leader Gigi Hasley, and funding from the Mission High Foundation, the Peer Resource Pathway students developed a positive peer mentorship group that hosted weekly 30-minute meetings that included a welcoming environment, food, community energizers, prizes, and direct mentor services. Over the course of the spring semester, they identified obstacles to coming to school and areas where the school could make the classroom experience more welcoming and engaging. By cultivating peer leaders within the school, the mentorship program created greater connection among all the students and increased school attendance and engagement of the mentor group. The Peer Resources student mentors will present their findings to the staff this fall.​​​


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