The majority of our fundraising goes towardssupporting teacher creativity in the classroomthrough the Teacher Grant Program.Chairs - Heidi Bahr and Jennifer Simmen2018/2019 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 Centersby Nadine Surak Kindergarten $1,378.94
Stem challenges and Steam Theatre Kits
Flexible Seating in a 21st Century Classroomby Molly Cauterucci Fox 5th-8th Basic Skills $622.20
Flexible Seating Options for the English Language Classroom
Even More Flexible Seating in 7th Grade Mathby Kristy Sinkhorn 7th Math $1497.64
Flexible Seating Options to accompany the previous white board grant
Cozy Critiquesby 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 & Labby Karen M. Sandoz 7th Grade Language Arts $1459.00
An area of seating, magazine and newspaper subscriptions,and technology to promote lifelong reading
Breakout Eduby 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 IIby Angel Somers FAS, BME WLB Community $1461.00
Hosting a 2nd Makers Faire in 2019
Flexible Seatingby Alexandra Salvati 3rd Grade $1155.32
Flexible seating, tables, and desks to be used all over the classroom
Differentiated Seatingby Megan Ricker 1st Grade $1479.31
Three different seating options and chair bands to useduring 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
2017-2018Grant RecipientsTOTAL FUNDING - $13,180.05
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.
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.
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.2016-2017Grant RecipientsTOTAL GRANT FUNDING - $10,904.54
3D Printing by Megan Heslin$1,486.98The 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$1,347.96"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$1,470.81Building 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$1,395.23Expanding 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:Back to School : https://youtu.be/YtCUVcDG-mASpartan Spotlight: https://youtu.be/WYAIZaANAyoStudent Council Food Drive: https://youtu.be/qFV_pNRsghgDecember Highlights: https://youtu.be/cvfZOTzr9wwDodgeball Tournament: https://youtu.be/_txExu7r1Cs
Learning Center Fun by Julie Lang and Nadine Surak$1,362.78 and $1,362.78With 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$1,420Leveled 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$959Non-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$99HearBuilder 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.
TOTAL FUNDING - $9723.84
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grades 3 and 5
Junior Makerspace - $1471.56
In support of STEAM and literature appreciation, Makerspace Junior will focus its innovative creations around a literature-based theme. After reading a story, students will spend their after-school time using critical-thinking skills to create a related masterpiece using the problem-solving cycle and journaling along the way.
2014-2015 Teacher Recipients
Christina Andreasi- Digital Art Production/Student Created Art Web Tutorial -$ 942.44Lou Castagno - Extending the Flipped Classroom Experience - $1356Alexandra Faccone - Ipadology: Teaching and Learning with iPads - $1364Lisa Fallon and Loretta Roberts-Incorporating Mini iPads in the Elementary Classroom - $1497Jill Famula - Leveled and Listening Libraries - $1364Julie Lang - Using iPads to Enhance Kindergarten Centers - $1452Angel Somers - Makerspace - $1445Kathleen Whalen - Project Pencast - $1433.9Total Grant Funding: $10856.542013 - 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 - $ 1,096.00Total Grant Funding: $12,880.252012 - 2013 Recipients
Kindergartners are SMART Responders ($1,500)
Eve McNicholas, Lanai Robbins
Classroom Connections: Teaching and Learning with iPads ($1,370)
Reach Out and Touch iPad Success Part II
Digital Critiquing of Peer Artwork ($69)
Using New Media to Create Artwork In the 21st Century
Going Mobile in the Media Center ($1,499)
Guided Reading Leveled Library ($1,490)
Guided Reading Leveled Library ($1,465)
Algebra: Going Viral with iPads ($993)
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UNITS OF STUDY
K - 8
7 & 8
$ 7434.77Teacher ResourcesGrant Form and Scoring Rubric (for Applicants)