• grants
    The majority of our fundraising goes towards
    supporting teacher creativity in the classroom
    through the Teacher Grant Program.
    Chairs - Heidi Bahr and Jennifer Simmen

     2018/2019 Grant Selections
    For the upcoming school year 12 Grants at a total of $14,505.59
    will be implemented in the classrooms.

    Classroom Calm: Becoming Mindful
    Learners by Julie Lang Kindergarten $ 1449.77
    Yoga for the classroom and materials to support yoga

    Engineering and Stem Centers
    by Nadine Surak Kindergarten $1,378.94
    Stem challenges and Steam Theatre Kits

    Flexible Seating in a 21st Century Classroom
    by Molly Cauterucci Fox 5th-8th Basic Skills $622.20
    Flexible Seating Options for the English Language Classroom

    Even More Flexible Seating in 7th Grade Math
    by Kristy Sinkhorn 7th Math $1497.64
    Flexible Seating Options to accompany the previous white board grant

    Cozy Critiques
    by Christina Andreasi Kindergarten-8th Art Room $874.42
    Provide rug and seating area for classroom, to
    use as an area to critique art and discuss

    Literacy Lounge & Lab
    by Karen M. Sandoz 7th Grade Language Arts $1459.00
    An area of seating, magazine and newspaper subscriptions,
    and technology to promote lifelong reading

    Breakout Edu
    by Justin Clymer Grades 4th-8th $800.00
    Critical thinking and teamwork games

    Enhances Screen-casting and Video Lesson Production with the iPad Pro
    by Amy Caruso 8th Grade $1048.99
    Upgraded iPad Pro equipment to be used by Flipped Classroom videos

    Maker Faire II
    by Angel Somers FAS, BME WLB Community $1461.00
    Hosting a 2nd Makers Faire in 2019

    Flexible Seating
    by Alexandra Salvati 3rd Grade $1155.32
    Flexible seating, tables, and desks to be used all over the classroom

    Differentiated Seating
    by Megan Ricker 1st Grade $1479.31
    Three different seating options and chair bands to use
    during all forms for learning

    Using Technology and Toys to Learn
    by Lori Roberts 1st Grade $1279.00
    Using Osmo to introduce robotics, Brick Math
    with LEGO math learning, Book Creator to share books

    Grant Recipients
    TOTAL FUNDING - $13,180.05

    Makers Fair

    by Angel Somers


    This teacher grant will help students from the makers club and TV production class accompanied by high school students and other community volunteers to provide hands on STEAM experiences for the school community.  

    Digital Music Composition/Production

    by Justin Clymer


    The purpose of this grant is to engage all students in a creative and collaborative environment by increasing access to technology, develop and enrich musicianship skills by using mobile technology.

        Children will be given iPad video cameras which will provide immediate feedback on their musical skills. It will over time showcase student growth and achievement.

       There are many music based apps that would be incorporated into the classroom, such as:  Garageband, symphony Pro, Soundprism, Avid Scortch, DrumJam and Finale Songbook just to name a few.

    Flexible Seating and a Paperless Environment

    by Kristy Sinkhorn


    This grant will provide the classroom with dry erase tables and flexible seating options for the 7th grade math students.  This will be in collaboration with Mrs. Saniscalchi, the 7th grade special education teacher, concurrent for the seating.  

        Students will have the option for flexible seating choices and dry erase work surfaces allowing them to move around, receive and provide immediate feedback on their work and use excess energy all while giving them a hand in how to improve posture as well as help with metabolism and balance.

    Flexible Seating for a 21st Century Classroom

    by Kim Sansiscalchi and Kristy Sinkhorn


    This grant will provide seating in conjunction for the dry erase tables at varying heights. Some examples of seating but not limited to: Balance ball chairs, WOBBLE chair, Bunjo Bungee dish chair, Low-back computer chair, Big Joe dorm room chair and oversized lounger.

    Standing-Up for the Next Gen Classroom

    by Amy Caruso


    This grant is for Chairigami Standing Desks, which are both lightweight and durable, to support the fluid learning communities in the flipped math classroom. It will allow students to breakdown and reform groups efficiently and effectively within the class period. The desks will give the students the control of the communities aesthetics so that they can focus on the process and product of the content they are exploring.

    Breakout EDU with Flexible Seating

    by Felicia Tvrdik


    Students will complete Breakout EDU tasks based on the current content being taught in their math class. The Breakout EDU activities provide the opportunity for students to apply their problem solving skills coupled with their acquired knowledge to solve problems and reveal a “code”. The flexible seating with whiteboard tabletops creates an environment that promotes collaboration and problem solving for bot Breakout EDU and everyday practice and learning. Having a large workspace versus individual pieces of paper allows all students to be a part of the collaboration.

    All The World’s a Stage...and BME its Players

    by Lanai Robbins


    This grant is for a library of plays and musicals to be used for upcoming Spring Shows and as an option within the classrooms to meet the Language Arts Standards regarding drama. The BME Spring Show has been a community staple for many years. It is the goal of this grant to reach students of all ages through the show, but also to introduce them to drama within the classroom walls.

    Differentiated Seating

    by Stacie Smith


    The purpose of this grant is to obtain differentiated seating for a co-teaching kindergarten classroom. The grant gives all the students a choice of seating that will not single out special education children. The students will benefit greatly from a choice of seating during Guided Reading time and while at their desks.

    Engineering in Early Childhood: STEM Center

    by Julie Lang


    The purpose of this grant is to create a STEM center in the classroom that provides students with materials to create, explore, and problem-solve. Items included in this grant will also include cross-curricular STEM activities, so the students can connect Science, Math, and Literacy. When we study fairy tales, the students will make STEM connections with each fairy tale at the STEM Center. For example, the students will need to construct a bridge for The Three Billy Goats Gruff to cross, design a raft for the Gingerbread Man to float across the river, and build a chair that Goldilocks cannot break.

    STEM for First Grade

    by Jill Famula and Lori Roberts


    One of the purposes of this grant is to provide opportunities for students to use collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The Breakout EDU kit provides a game format where students work in teams to solve a series of challenging puzzles in math, language arts, science, and social studies to open the locked box. This grant also includes online subscriptions to Mystery Science and SeeSaw Plus which allow students to independently document what they are learning at school. They “show what they know” using photos, videos, drawings, and text.

    Flexible Seating

    by Nadine Surak


    The school day can be long for elementary students and includes little time for play and exercise to burn off energy. Physical activity has been linked to higher academic achievement, improved behavior and better health. Flexible seating will provide a safer or more comfortable way for students to sit and work in groups. This grant provide for various seating choices so students can choose which seat and they can safely move and wiggle while they are still seated.


    Grant Recipients 
    TOTAL GRANT FUNDING - $10,904.54  

    3D Printing by Megan Heslin 

    The engineering and design process involves 21st century skills such a communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity to solve problems and satisfy human needs and wants. This 3D printer will be part of a 3D printing lab that will focus on tasks that are connected to the real world and connected to content studied in math, language arts, science and social studies.  The cross-curricular, engineering projects utilizing the 3D printer will be embedded in the Technology and Coding curricula and will give all FAS students the ability to think critically, computationally, and creatively to develop models and create solutions.

    Educational Podcasting by Justin Clymer, Molly Cauterucci & Ellen Scherr

    "Through this school wide initiative, students will find their voice and be heard. They will learn how to use microphones, mixers, and audio production software to turn ideas into well-crafted, professional sounding productions, acquiring the skills that can be used well beyond the classroom.  From storytelling, to citizen journalism, theater and beyond, podcasting is a platform perfectly suited for self-expression. Aligned with the core curriculum content standards, podcasts allow learners to develop, produce, record, and publish their own unique digital content for a wide audience.”

    Exploration in Robotics by James Straley

    Building on the communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking skills used by students engaged in robotics exploration, this grant will provide an expansion. Students will have more hands-on time and a wider variety to engage in challenges using the Lego EV3 classroom kits. With 105 students enrolled in the robotics program, the additional kits will allow for higher engagement in the engineering design challenges offered which will promote problem-solving and critical thinking skills in the students that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

    FASTV: PART II by Christian Hess, Monika Cagliostro & Angel Somers

    Expanding on the 2015-2016 Year I FAS TV implementation funded  by the Foundation last year, this grant allows for a deeper dive into the process of video production.  From a standard video camera, to microphones, to basic video editing software, these tools will enhance what was started, add to the FAS TV YouTube Channel, and allow students to better apply the editing techniques as well as a focus on    pre-production.  Examples of the previous year's work can be viewed here:
    Spartan Spotlight: https://youtu.be/WYAIZaANAyo
    Student Council Food Drive: https://youtu.be/qFV_pNRsghg
    December Highlights: https://youtu.be/cvfZOTzr9ww
    Dodgeball Tournament: https://youtu.be/_txExu7r1Cs 

    Learning Center Fun by Julie Lang and Nadine Surak

    $1,362.78 and $1,362.78 
    With the various learning styles that make up the population of Kindergarten classes, differentiated centers are a must. So important that two teachers applied for this grant opportunity for each of their classes.  Centers that take place during guided reading that focus on fluency, independent reading, listening skills, writing, and word work need to be varied and are time consuming and expensive to either create or purchase. Math centers that are sustainable and allow students to engage in hands-on exploration and mathematical thinking such as sorting and counting activities are challenging to create. This grant will provide time savings that will allow teachers to focus on individualized, small group instruction.  

    Leveled Reader’s Theater Sets by Michelle Sokol

    Leveled Readers Theater Sets - To not only work collaboratively and use creative expression in an engaging way, these leveled readers theater sets allow students to also grow as readers. Because the sets are differentiated by level, all readers are able to actively participate regardless of their skill level. All third-graders will be able to grow with respect to reading rate, fluency and expression, and comprehension by acting out stories with their peers using these highly engaging theater sets.

    Non-Fiction Leveled Library by Lori Roberts & Jill Famula

     Non-fiction texts are important for students to have access to because they are real-world” - they are the types of text that people utilize the most and and that they will be exposed to in their everyday lives.  Having leveled and varied informational texts accessible to students supports the differentiated learning that is necessary for students to apply their reading strategies effectively. They are high interest, strengthen vocabulary, and give students the chance to utilize the special text features in their reading that are specific to informational text.


    Using Hearbuilder to Improve Auditory Memory, Phonological Skills and Sequencing Skills by Judith Shapanka
    HearBuilder is a suite of software for grades pre-K through eight that strengthens and improves auditory memory, phonological skills, and sequencing skills. The engaging software motivates students with its individualized learning activities that feature animation, music, and positive reinforcement. The multilevel activities also features progress monitoring reports as well as opportunities for students to self monitor.



    Teacher Grant Recipients 2015-2016

    TOTAL FUNDING - $9723.84 


    Amy Caruso

    Grade 8

    Flipping Algebra: Innovating Traditional Practices  - $349.95

    Using small group instruction in a flipped classroom environment, Versa Tiles Algebra Lab will provide a differentiated resource that allows for hands-on manipulative math practice in a cooperative learning math station.  It also provides a CD for a skills intervention station. An accompanying iTunes gift card as part of this grant will benefit a technology-based learning station by expanding the math digital library.  Mixing both hands on and technology-based math stations in this flipped classroom will create a true blended learning environment.

    Jill Famula and Lori Roberts

    Grade 1

    Using Bookmaker in First Grade - $1077.75

    From practicing sounds on bingo cards, to sequencing pictures from a story, to matching number of objects to a numeral, Boardmaker Online will provide students a differentiated environment to improve reading fluency and comprehension, reinforce and extend mathematical skills, and self-assess skills as well as monitor their behavior and schedule, using visual clues. Teachers create print and interactive activities for whole class and differentiated instruction.  With its formative assessment capabilities, teachers will be able to progress monitor along the way.

    Christina Hess and Angel Somers

    Grades 5-8

    FASTV - $1466.37

    FASTV will be the news hub of the school.  Using live streaming software and green screen technology, students will deliver the news of the day.  Skills in research, script writing, digital citizenship, videotaping, editing, production, and oral presentation will be major outcomes as well as a more connected community for our school.

    Julie Lang, Laura Meyers, Nadine Surak


    Nonfiction Leveled Readers  - $1310.82

    The non-fiction leveled readers provide complex, informational texts that students can use to self-select books that are of high interest to them and on their individualized level.  Daily access to these readers will provide students the opportunity to grow as readers of informational text by allowing for autonomy based on interest and allowing students to access the information at their own level.

    Peg Naparlo

    Grade 8

    STEM and Legos - $1339.55

    By connecting, constructing, contemplating, and continuing throughout the problem-solving cycle, students will use LEGOs to apply real world STEM connections.  In small groups and in pairs, students will use cooperative learning and critical thinking skills to solve open-ended, interest-based LEGO challenges.

    Lanai Robbins

    Grade 1

    Real Reading: Putting Books Back in the Hands of Children - $1492.04

    This leveled classroom library will provide first graders with interest-based, quality literature that is specific to each child’s individual reading level.  Their “just right books”  will allow them to successfully apply reading comprehension strategies and consequently will allow them to grow into fluent, confident readers.

    Stacie Smith


    Using iPads to Reinforce Kindergarten Lessons and Centers - $1215.80

    Using iPad minis in literacy and math centers will improve fluency with letter sounds and letter recognition as well as hone number and shape recognition, and skills in addition and subtraction.

    Angel Somers

    Grades 3 and 5

    Junior Makerspace - $1471.56

    In support of STEAM and literature appreciation, Makerspace Junior will focus its innovative creations around a literature-based theme.  After reading a story, students will spend their after-school time using critical-thinking skills to create a related masterpiece using the problem-solving cycle and journaling along the way.



    2014-2015 Teacher Recipients

    Christina Andreasi- Digital Art Production/Student Created Art Web Tutorial -$ 942.44
    Lou Castagno - Extending the Flipped Classroom Experience - $1356
    Alexandra Faccone - Ipadology:  Teaching and Learning with iPads - $1364
    Lisa Fallon and Loretta Roberts-Incorporating Mini iPads in the Elementary Classroom - $1497
    Jill Famula - Leveled and Listening Libraries - $1364
    Julie Lang - Using iPads to Enhance Kindergarten Centers - $1452
    Angel Somers - Makerspace - $1445
    Kathleen Whalen - Project Pencast - $1433.9
    Total Grant Funding: $10856.54
    2013 - 2014 Recipients
























    "Creating A Digital Classroom Center"  Lanai Robbins -  Kindergarten -  $1,257.99

    "The Digital Kindergarten"   Eveann McNicholas – Kindergarten  -  $1,257.99
    “Listening Center Fun!” Julie Lang  -  Kindergarten -  $ 549.70
    “iPads in the Classroom” Lori Roberts – Grade 1  -  $ 1,196.00
    “Incorporating the I-Touch Device in the Elementary Classroom”   Lisa Fallon – Grade 1 -  $ 1,492.00
    “Classroom Connections II: The Power of Teaching and Learning with iPads”     Alexandra Faccone – Grade 3  - $ 786.00
    “Reach Out and Touch – iPad Success Part III – Empowering Students”     Donna Naylor – Grade 3 - $ 786.00
    “Fire Up for Reading – Reach Reading Goals with Kindle Fire”       Bryna Plofker – Grade 6 -  $ 1,469.95
    “Digital Authoring & 21st Century Learning”     Karen M. Sandoz & Erica Kauffman – Grade 6 - $ 1,483.75
    “Algebra: Flipping the Classroom”    Amy Caruso – Grade 8 - $ 1,504.87
    “STEM Project  2013”   Peg Naparlo – Grade 8 - $ 1,096.00
    Total Grant Funding: $12,880.25
    2012 - 2013 Recipients




    Kindergartners are SMART Responders  ($1,500)                                                 

    Julie Lang,

    Eve McNicholas, Lanai Robbins       


    Classroom Connections: Teaching and Learning with iPads   ($1,370)          

    Alexandra Faccone                  


    Reach Out and Touch iPad Success Part II


    Donna Naylor


    Digital Critiquing of Peer Artwork      ($69)               

    Christina Cella 


    Using New Media to Create Artwork In the 21st Century                                      


    Christina Cella             



    Going Mobile in the Media Center    ($1,499)

    Angel Somers



    Guided Reading Leveled Library   ($1,490)   

    Nicole Greco


    Guided Reading Leveled Library  ($1,465)            

    Karina Gervolino


    Algebra: Going Viral with iPads ($993)                          

    Amy Caruso



    2011-2012 Recipients






    8 / SCIENCE







    $ 749.00


    8 / ALGEBRA








       $ 597.40









    $ 1001.00




    N. GRECO





    $ 610.00





       $ 722.66




    A. ROSSI





    $ 765.70



    K - 8











    $ 1499.01


    7 & 8







    $ 1490.00




    $ 7434.77




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    Grant Form and Scoring Rubric (for Applicants)