How does our school partner with businesses and organizations in our community?
Volunteer Matching Grant (VMG) Program
The Intel Corporation encourages its employees to be active in their communities. Intel employees who volunteer in schools can earn money for education. Under the VGM program, for every twenty (20) hours an employee volunteers at Farmington View, the Intel Foundation will donate $200. The volunteers and their contributions are recognized each year at a ceremony to celebrate the success of the program. Over the past six years, Intel employees have donated 2,580 hours of their time at Farmington View for $23,500 in Volunteer Matching Grant awards.
Farmington View Parents for Academic Excellence (FVPAE)
The Farmington View Parents for Academic Excellence (FVPAE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Accelerated Math Program at Farmington View. FVPAE sponsors fundraisers and solicits donations from the community to fund a half-time math teacher for students in grades 4-6. Approximately 50 students are enrolled in Accelerated Math each year, lowering the student to teacher ratio in regular math classes, thus benefiting all students. Most students who complete the Accelerated Math Program at Farmington View continue to take advanced level math courses in middle school and high school.
YMCA School’s Out Program
The YMCA offers after school day care at our school Monday through Friday until 6:30 p.m. The School’s Out Program tries to create a great experience that is fun and engaging for children and also meets the needs of working parents. Students focus on homework first before engaging in arts and crafts, games, and recreational activities. A snack is included in the program fee. For further information, please call the YMCA office at (503) 327-0013.
Cub Scout Pack 729 and Boy Scout Troop 874 Annual Food Drive
Farmington View students join forces with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for our annual Holiday Food Drive and “Coins for Kids’ Christmas Basket Program. Students and scouts bring donated food items and coins to school the first two weeks in December. Classroom competitions are held to generate enthusiasm for the spirit of giving. The money collected is used to purchase clothing and gifts for children and the food is distributed to needy families in our community. The Student Council coordinates this community service project.
Architecture In The Schools Program
The Regional Arts and Culture Council in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter, sponsors Architecture In The Classroom at Farmington View Elementary School. Fifth and sixth grade students work with an architect to help them understand the architecture used to design and build structures and create communities. Through a number of hands-on activities over a six week period, students learn about “stress” and “force” in the design process, how to “build to order” with an emphasis on communication, and how to design a community using “function” and “scale.” Students create architecture projects modeled after a city. The unit culminates with a guided tour of Portland’s downtown historical buildings.
Hillsboro Schools Foundation
The Hillsboro Schools Foundation is a volunteer organization dedicated to raising private funds to enhance public education for children. In the past four years, the Foundation has awarded more than $360,000 that directly benefits Hillsboro students through service, technical and education grants. In the past, Farmington View has received approximately $25,000 for a new computer lab, $5,000 to implement our STAR Academy to support reading in the primary grades, and $5,000 to support our STEPS summer program for entering first and second grade students. This year, HSF expects to award $80,000 in grants to teachers for innovative projects that will extend student opportunities for success and learning.