The DSHS Educational Foundation, a non-profit committee comprised of teacher, parent, and alumni volunteers, continues to assist classroom developments, educational opportunities and individual scholarships through the support of our Ram Fam community. Dubuque Senior High School faculty and students are proud of the diverse, progressive educational environment and fine arts opportunities available. These are afforded largely by the DSHS Educational Foundation as budget funding is continually decreased and inadequate to support field trips, classroom technology, fine arts improvements and other such educational enhancements. The DSHS Educational Foundation is able to fund classroom resources and experiences through hosting various fundraising events throughout the year.
"The Senior Ed Foundation has provided money for my classroom in many ways, but the student desk boxes have been the biggest hit. With money from the Ed Foundation, I was able to purchase fidgets and stress balls and the containers for each of my classroom tables. Not only do students have supplies such as pens, highlighters, and sticky notes right in their workspace but the fidgets have helped many students in moments of anxiety or needing to expel extra energy. My students have commented on how it helps them focus and how thoughtful the items are to have in the classroom." - Kristin Weiland
"The Ed Foundation has been very generous to the science department over the last decade to be sure. I am aware of only a fraction of what they have purchased for other departments and activities, but understand it is substantial. For the science department, the resources secured through the Foundation are those of which we would have never been able to purchase. Students of all grades, ability and interest have benefitted from the money spent on unique and valuable tools to be used in the classrooms and labs. One of the more immeasurable side effects is how the teachers feel once a request reaches its destination in the classroom. Teachers become energized when they present allowed to present students with material in new and innovative way. The Ed Foundation often heightens the level of enthusiasm with which a lab or activity is conducted. This year the department requested 5 items that we find to be essential to teaching specific classes. Without the Ed Foundation, the items asked for would just never be available to the teachers. On behalf of the science department and all of the staff at Dubuque Senior High School, we sincerely thank you for the work you do and the money awarded." -Brent A. Mills
"Through the generosity of the Senior Ed Foundation, the World Language classes have been able to purchase stand up desks for our students, site licenses for websites which all students and teachers use, as well as short novels in the students' second language. We are so appreciative of the support we get from our Ed Foundation to enhance student engagement and achievement!"
Merci, Danke, and Gracias from the DSHS World Language Department
"The Dubuque Senior Educational Foundation has been a great support for the Fine Arts at Senior! Within the art department their fundraising success has led to the purchase of equipment that adds to what we can afford with our school budget and allows us to enhance our art experience for our students. This year alone we are able to purchase a Polishing Cabinet that sets up an additional station for Art 3D students as they are creating one of a kind jewelry pieces. We are also getting a set of 24 Aluminum Travel Easels that can be used by Art 2D students in the classroom to work vertically when drawing and painting or can be used for display of artwork for an event or space. A Canon digital camera and bundle of equipment adds another camera to our classroom set allowing another student access both in class and to take home. These all add to the opportunities we can provide for our Senior Rams and are thankful to the Foundation for the opportunity to purchase them!" -Steffany King
"The Dubuque Senior Ed Foundation is a truly integral part of our Publications programs. Since we rely so much on technology to build our newspaper and yearbook, keeping our equipment current is crucial. It is also important for students to work with technology like what they will encounter in the workplace. Thanks to the Ed Foundation, we can obtain the necessary technology to keep our publications looking great and ensure our students receive the best training and education." -Sarah Jackman
"History teachers are always looking for ways to get the students more engaged with the content as well as strategies to help them develop skills to become historical thinkers. The more opportunities the students have to practice these skills and grapple with real world questions, the better prepared they are to become productive members of our community...