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 Melania Smith has started a fundraiser, Tablets these Artists!!, for Melania Smith Jan 29, 2013
 Ms. Smith My students and I have been working on recycle material to create 3D sculpture like dragons, dinosaurs and animals in their habitats. Jul 20, 2012
 Ms. Smith I would like funds for technology in my classroom. Aug 26, 2011
 Ms. Smith QWe are preparing for our school wide artshow for the month of May. Apr 25, 2011
 Anonymous has donated $25.00 to Melania Smith Oct 26, 2010
 Melania Smith has added the lesson plan Walk a Day in my Moccasins Sep 17, 2009

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Here is the technology that Melania Smith has acquired through Digital Wish:
2 Tablets, 2 Cases, 2 Cards, $240 (2)
Ms. Melania Smith
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Brookside Elementary School
Class Information:
Room Number: C-14
Students per Class: 538
Class Description:
My classroom is the art room where I see about 150 or more students a day. I have 60 Pre-schoolers, 538 Grades K through Grades Five. I teach 38 Gifted students in Grades 3- 5 and a Gifted Special Needs group of artists which is multi-generationalclass.Our school make up is 54% Hispanic,30% White,20%Black,3%Asian and 1% Island Pacific
Art/Talented and Gifted Art Program
My students are in needs of basic technology equipment which enhance the curriculum which would align with the state Visual Art Standards. We are in desperate need of a laptop for a mimio board wand that we won from another contest. My school district does not value specialists to give them technology ,so we rely on "hand me down technology" from classroom teacher or through away computer that no longer are usable. I don't mind a refurbished laptop as long as it works.
My Philosophy:
My philosophy is to do all that I can for my students. I try begging, writing grants and calling companies that are going out of business and have supplies of any kind(ribbons, wallpaper swatches, buttons, construction paper, bond paper, newsprint, cardboard, crayons, markers, colored pencils, anything to do with art I can use. We have no money in the budget for art but art goes on any way.
Personal Information:
About Me:
College and Degrees:
United States International University,Pratt Institute, Albertus Magnus, B.A. Art Education, Sacred Herth University,MAT Early Childhood Education, University Of Bridgeport,CAS Administration and Supervision
Why Do I Teach?:
I teach a subject that is near and dear to my heart. I give back to my community and to my students by empowering their minds. I challenge their minds through art to look at the world to contribute or change it. I enpower them to think outside the box.
Percent of Students are:
     At-risk: 20 %
     Average: 40 %
     High-achiever: 15 %
     Special Needs: 25 %
Percent of Students are:
     White/Caucasian : 32 %
     Hispanic: 45 %
     African American: 23 %
     Asian: 2 %
Free/Reduced Lunch Program Enrollment:: 35 %
ESL Enrollment:: 34 %
Average number of students in class:: 24 students