2016 - 2017 Grants
School Start Time Forum
Applicants: Jeffrey Kotkin and Christine Hogan
This grant funded the full honorarium for Dr. Judith Owens, MD, MPH, who spoke about the importance of sleep for our students at Curtis Middle School on January 12, 2017, at 7:00pm. Dr. Owens is the Director of Sleep Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital and a faculty member in Neurology at Harvard Medical School. She is an internationally-recognized authority on pediatric sleep and the author of over 150 original research and review articles in peer-review journals, chapters, and books on the topic. This event was free and open to the public.
Movies for METCO
Kristen Moffat, Sara Harvey, Jen LaMontagne, Scott Mulcahy
This grant provides individual video devices for METCO students on their commute to and from Boston that support both educational and social emotional needs.
Bullying Prevention through Empathy and Kindness: International Bullying Prevention Conference
This grant funded conference fees for applicant to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association’s Conference allowing an opportunity to make a greater investment in students’ social emotional learning, success and academic growth.
TEAMWORKS for Elementary METCO Students
Scott Mulcahy, Steve Desrosiers
This grant plans to bring all elementary METCO students to TEAMWORKS to provide students with the opportunity to experience “experiential and education-based teambuilding events”. The activities would be selected to enhance student connectedness and promote a unified student culture and climate.
Lincoln Sudbury High School Grants
Project LS: We are Warriors
Annalisa Notoro, Susan Shields, Jason Medeiros, Leslie Patterson, Lori Hodin
The objective of Project LS: We Are Warriors is to bring the entire LS community together through speakers, performances, workshops, interactive projects, and student and teacher-led lessons/activities to help start a conversation regarding diversity, which can be tricky given the political and racial climate both in and out of school. The workshops will enable teachers and students to talk about how to make LS a better place in terms of accepting human differences and cultivating community.
A Taste Of China: Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
Xin Dong, Vicky Caburian
This grant funds the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration. The event provides hands-on cultural experience for learners and lovers of Chinese/Asian Cultures from various student groups. This open-door event also offers the whole LS community a taste of China; all students and staff have the opportunity to taste and make dumplings, learn to use chopsticks, learn about the Chinese Spring Festival, and engage in many other cultural activities.
FATA WACOM Drawing Tablets
Applicants: Jessica Sperandio, Carol Padden, Paul Sarapas
This grant funded the purchase of digital drawing tablets that will provide students access to an industry standard tool used by contemporary artists. Access to these tools will allow students to fully realize the artistic and design capabilities of software (Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop). The tablets will facilitate student ability to acquire and use new skills in technology and design while creating designs that will integrate with other tools such as the laser cutter and cnc router.
Sun Spotter: Sunspot tracking as a means to prove solar rotation and examine photospheric structure and solar activity.
Applicants: Christopher Collins and Samantha Parker
This grant allowed the LS Earth Science and Astronomy instructors to purchase 3 new Sun Spotter devices. Sun Spotter devices allow students to safely view the photosphere (visible surface of the Sun) by projecting an image of the Sun onto a piece of paper. This allows students to identify and track (by tracing the sunspots on a piece of paper) sunspots over the course of their investigation of the Sun and stellar evolution units.
Medical Arts Library Membership
Applicant: Mel Gonsalves
This grant funded a two year membership to the Nucleus Medical Arts Library which will allow any teacher at LS access to many types of informative videos and resources. The videos will be used in class to enhance lectures and more importantly, the 400+plus animations videos are narrated with exceptional quality. Teachers can also create keynote type presentations while using over 20,000 medical illustrations and other tools. Topics include monograph anatomy, physiology, embryology, surgery, trauma, pathology, diseases, conditions and other topics.
Bringing “Angaje”, a Haitian dance production inspired by the struggle against homophobia in Haiti to LS (LS)
Marie-Josée Galano, Steve Desrosiers, Dot Samsi, Julia Keith, Desiree Butter
This grant funds a dance performance of “Angaje” to raise awareness about the struggle against homophobia in Haiti and educate about Haitian traditional music and dance. This fight for justice encourages students to look at the world surrounding them and acquire knowledge of those human differences in a global context to act and interact as competent citizens of the world.
Pi in the Sky – Math Meets Mobile Construction (LS)
Lisa Weiss, Melanie Palma
This grant funds an artist in residence where students will explore the math of large-scale mobile construction and learn to express their mathematical inspirations artistically. Student input will be incorporated into the mobile design and students will learn about communicating the power of mathematics through artistic expression.
Project Design for Deeper Learning at the High Tech High Fall Residencies Conference
This grant funded conference fees for a group of administrators and teachers to learn how best to support and implement student project based learning through the newly formed LS Innovation Hub for Learning
Brendan Wimberly and Lori Hodin
This grant funded workshops to foster connections amongst Intersections students as a source of healing and strength for student leaders as they engage in social justice work. The workshop also helped students gain new skills and strategies to interrupt injustice and cultural misunderstandings.
Sudbury K-8 Grants
HeadStarting Frog: Conservation Science in the 6th grade classroom
Ed Eich and Holly Estes – Curtis
This grant funds a a three-part, interactive exploration of native frog ecology and conservation as part the 6th grade science curriculum. Students will also participate in “headstarting” native tadpoles in the classroom, helping local frog populations as they learn about vernal pools and their vital role in New England ecosystems. The program gives students an opportunity to learn core conservation principles, study native examples of threatened species, and gain experience with scientific practices while participating in a real-life, place-based conservation science project.
STEAM Pilot Initiative
Dorothy Kramer – Haynes
The goal of this grant is to fund the implementation of a science, technology, engineering, art, and math-derived focused (STEaM) curriculum pilot program for Fifth grade and Kindergarten. The lessons will be aligned with standards in math and science in order to provide students opportunities to use content knowledge and skills in ways that are practical and applicable to what they will encounter throughout their lives following the 5 Es instructional model: engage, explore, explain, extend, and evaluate.
Enriching Social-Emotional Education Through Literature, Open Circle, & DESSA
Elizabeth Clark and Barbara Gogan – Noyes
The goal of this grant is to support the piece of the Open Circle curriculum teaching social-emotional skills through literature. Using picture books and short fiction stories, students will see examples of skills and issues demonstrated in an age appropriate manner that can help teachers to illustrate the social competencies and further discussions on social skills.
Open Circle Re-Energizer Workshop
Applicants: Kristyn Traversi & Sharon MacDonald – Haynes
This grant funded a three hour workshop specifically to review strategies, vocabulary and routines for the Open Circle Social Competency Program that SPS uses as part of its Social-Emotional Learning Program. Open Circle provides a unique, evidence-based social and emotional learning program for elementary schools from Kindergarten through Grade 5. The workshop facilitators delivered interactive, in-person professional development for all school staff. This workshop included classroom teachers, specialists and assistants. The curriculum proactively develops children’s social and emotional skills, including managing emotions, empathy, positive relationships and problem solving. Open Circle helps schools build communities where students feel safe, cared for and engaged in learning.
Flexible Seating Options in the Regular Classroom
Applicants: Sara Fischer – Loring
This grant provided a regular fourth grade classroom with various flexible seating options, including Hokki stools, stability chairs and adjustable podiums. Attention span and focus increases when a student’s body can bounce or shift without disturbance. By having a variety of seating options for students to choose from, students will improve their focus for optimum learning.
EDU Breakout Kits
Kristen Moffat and Shannon Famigletti – Noyes
This grant funds Breakout challenges kits, which come with a collection of locks, hidden contraptions, and other “diversion hardware” and can be used across content areas. Players have a fixed amount of time to solve a series of challenges, riddles and mysteries in order to “break out” all while teaching critical thinking, teamwork, complex problem solving.
Curtis Middle School Engineering Technology Classroom & Curriculum Project
Mark Rodriguez and Kim Swain
The grant provides funds to update current 7th and 8th grade engineering and robotics classrooms with new tools, machines and technologies that can be used for curriculum and lessons with foundations in engineering. It will assist in creating an effective, hands-on curriculum that results in tangible learning for students in the 7th and 8th grade and implement engineering curriculum aligned with new MA Science Technology and Engineering standards.
Congratulations to these grant recipients!
Lincoln-Sudbury High School
Center for Innovation
LS is excited to announce that we are creating a pilot center for innovation space for LS staff to work with students through project based learning to foster the development of skills that will support a mindset for adaptability and creative innovation. The intention is to support projects developed via an established design thinking protocol whereby students are prompted to think carefully how to define the problem and the interactive process they will use to resolve a solution. Students will be encouraged to think of applications to social and technical global issues when defining problems for their projects. The ultimate mission is to encourage students to think of themselves as social entrepreneurs for the future.
The Little Rock Legacy
– Lori Hodin, Steve Desrosiers
This grant provides students the opportunity to enhance their American History curriculum by listening to Dr. Roberts, one of the first African American students to be integrated into Little Rock Central High School. This will provide an invaluable perspective about the Civil Rights Movement.
– Paul Schultz
This grant funds a large CNC router for the Applied Technology department for use in the “3D Modeling and Rapid Prototyping” class. This will get kids excited about high-end manufacturing and prototyping. A CNC Router is a piece of equipment that can be used to cut a variety of materials and allow for fast prototyping of complex parts and shapes that are used in various manufacturing and engineering industries.
Wellness Day 2015
– Susan Shields
This grant will go towards funding various Wellness Day activities. It is a combination of health fair and conference with guest speakers, activities and contests. It is a large school event that brings together students and staff to celebrate health and well being in a fun and interactive way.
Poet and Teacher, Regie Gibson
– Annalisa Notaro, Tim Jason
This grant will provide funding to bring internationally known poet and teacher Regie Gibson to present to the entire school during National Poetry Month. He will also work with students who are enrolled in the creative writing course.
Epson Dc-11 document camera for use in science
– Allison Richardson
This grant will fund a document camera for use in Earth Science classrooms to especially help visual learners , English language learners, and those with learning disabilities.
Maximizing Use of existing technologies for students with learning disabilities
-Mary Jane Walsh, Shoshi Kahn-Woods, Marc Perec
This grant will hep promote best practices regarding use of technology to facilitate achievement of Individual Education Program (IEP) goals for students with moderate learning disabilities. Funding is sought to hire an outside consultant to deliver professional development to special education teachers/liaisons. The professional development will be hands on use of Google extensions and apps for reading, writing, organizing and studying.
Pilot of b. Mindfulness Curriculum for Students and Adults
– Sandy Crawford
This grant is for a research‐based, nine‐week mindfulness curriculum designed to give students and staff tools to come back to themselves, to rest, and to find meaning in the current moment.This pilot project will fund bringing in a trained facilitator to offer the b. curriculum to select groups to see how it impacts school community.
FATA Laser Cutter
– Kelly Bultema, Paul Sarapas
This grant is for the purchase of a Laser Cutter which will expose students to the intersection of technology and visual art and will bring in possibilities for future collaboration with other departments such as science, technology, and math.
International Literacy Institute: A Professional Learning Opportunity for Sudbury Literacy Educators
This grant funds the opportunity for staff to attend the conference to learn more about specific connections to the work being done in the school including hearing presenters, John Hattie on visible learning and Lucy Calkins on the writing progressions and units of study which serve as the backbone of the SPS writing program.
Impacts of a Shifting Global Climate
This grant will support teachers through partial funding of a unique professional development experience with the goal of developing science and engineering curriculum through their experience as citizen scientists during a 9-day research expedition investigating shifting global climate in the Pyrenees.
Mathematical Practices for Educators of Middle and Upper Elementary School Students
This grants funded a large part of a professional development institute to empower educators to delve more deeply in to the practice standards and to collaborate with grade-level colleagues to differentiate existing curriculum for students needing additional support of challenges in alignment with the practice standards
Technology Programing for Differentiated Instruction Boardmaker Licenses
This grant provides software for teachers to create a ‘symbol based’ curriculum which adapts concepts to meet accessibility of a wide variety of learners.
Accessible Playground Addition for District Integrated Preschool
Stephanie Juriansz – Peter Noyes Elementary School
The goal of this grant is to purchase various playground equipment that directly align with the district’s mission to improve the inclusivity of all children and to support social emotional learning directly encouraging social interactions, collaborative play and the conversations of connection.
Rekenreks for Kindergarten and Grade 1
– Kathleen Lizotte, Anne Pumphrey, Stephanie Rousseau
This grant supports the purchase of class sets of rekenreks and associated teacher resource books for each Kindergarten and First Grade class. Rekenreks “provide learners with the visual models they need to discover number relationships and develop a variety of addition and subtraction strategies, including doubles plus or minus one, making tens, and compensation, thereby leading to automaticity of basic facts”.
Boogie Board Writing Tablet for Literacy and Learning Centers
– Bonnie McGavick
This grant will fund the purchase of Boogie Board Writing Tablets for the Literacy Center and the Learning Center. This will allow staff to incorporate different teaching styles and environments to fit the needs of students, allow for more student engagement and participation, support active learning, let teachers and students communicate visually, and share new ideas and concepts.
Stability Balls in Classroom
– Stephanie Cohen Mongeon
This grant will funds a classroom set of balance balls to be used as chairs. It has been found that when students sit on a balance ball (stability ball) they are using both sides of their brains. When the brain is being stimulated, they can be more focused on learning and it allows a student to process information, concentrate, discuss and participate in all areas of learning in the classroom. Stability balls have also been found to be incredibly helpful to students with attention challenges.
Special Olympics Field Trip
– Jenniefer Cronin
This grant would cover participation in the Special Olympics event. The special education students each get to bring a unified partner who participates in events with them-where everyone gets a medal. This event has turned into a highlight of the year for the students.
Writing Units of Study
– Melissa Sarno, Paul Orr, Diane Irvine and Barbara Durant
This grants supports a newly implemented writing curriculum (K-2) by purchasing multiple copies of mentor texts, so that teachers can be teaching the units simultaneously and students can be using these texts as they work on their on writing.
DBT techniques and counseling curriculum planning for Middle School Students
– Lauren Richmond and Shafiya Finger
This grant supports additional training for staff regarding Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT). This methodology has been used with students within special education identified as having emotional disabilities across grades 6-8, specifically students with depression and anxiety, who receive counseling support through counseling goals on their IEP’s.
– Dorothy Kramer
This grant will purchase technology and tools to support and enhance a current Makerspace in the school’s library. It requests items that will allow creativity in students through DIY STEM projects including those using LEGOs, Little Bits, a CRICUT electronic cutter, OSMO genius kits and books on engineering, coding, and architecture.
Enhancing Students Self-regulation and Attending Skills Through Teaching and Technology
– Jennifer Neville, Elizabeth Clark
This grant seeks to assist students who are feelings anxious/oppositional/poorly regulated as described in the book The Behavior Code and The Behavior Code Companion. It will expose staff to more of the strategies included in the books through workshops with Jessica Minahan and a continuation of the teacher book club. In addition, classroom technology will be introduced including amplification systems, MotivAiders and relevant apps.
Artist in Residence
-Scott Mulcahy, Sharon MacDonald
This grant seeks to fund artist, Giles LaRoche to enrich students’ creativity with his unique type of artwork; clip paper art. It will allow students to further develop as an artist or begin the process in enjoying/understanding art. This will be accomplished by having artist work with each grade level for an entire day and the displaying of student work.
Zumba in the Physical Education Program
-Priya Ragounath (Nute), Heather St. Onge, Barry Cain
This grant funds a professional Zumba instructor to work directly with middle school students during the PE classes to expose them to a variety of dance steps and routines through varied music as well as to promote Zumba as a life long exercise.
Crossfit for Kids with Crossfit Prototype
-Heather St. Onge, Barry Cain, Priya Ragounath (Nute)
This grant funds a certified Crossfit Instructor to introduce students to Crossfit as a lifelong physical activity that students may choose to participate in outside of school. Students will learn what Crossfit is and the training principles associated with the program and different types of exercise one can do to build strength, coordination and endurance.
CPR/AED Staff Education
-Anne Chabot, Carol Bradford
This grant allows for the purchase of the new materials (manikins) for staff CPR/AED trainings and to increase the number of trained staff at every school.
Parent Education Event Jean Kilbourne, “So Sexy So Soon”
This grant assists in bringing Jean Kilbourne to the Sudbury community to present an parent education event to build knowledge on the media industry and how to construct advertisements and to enhance skills in effectively
discuss sensitive topics with children
Lincoln-Sudbury High School Beacon Program Community Building Fund
This is LS’s new transition program that aids students in their return to school following lengthy absences for medical and/or mental health reasons. Grant funds room materials and in-school community building opportunities for students to develop trust and learn coping skills and funds therapeutic and academic materials such as puzzles, calculators, art supplies, activities and food.
Demonstrating Protein Folding Using Models
-Mary Brunson and Nicole Digenis
This grant funds purchasing 2 amino acid starter kits from Molecular 3D designs. This kit allows students to experience the molecular basis of protein folding, using many concepts talked about in class (including hydrogen bonding, polarity, and amino acid structure, among others.)
3D Printing in Art and Design
-Ken Kimura, Kelly Bultema and Paul Sarapas
This grant gives students access to the emerging technology of 3D printing. Will help integrate science, technology and math into art curriculum while expanding the learning processes, possibilities and options in the creation of 3D art. This will be the first 3D printer at LS.
LS Science Dept: Mini PCR
This grant would fund the purchase of four mini PCR thermal cycler units for use in 10th grade biology, 12th grade AP Biology, Anatomy, Physiology and Forensic Science classes. This device will be used to amplify small genetic samples in order to visualize the genetic makeup. These new PCR units are portable, and much faster than older, larger units.
Language Classroom Instructional Aids
This grant from a foreign language teacher at LS will fund mini whiteboards, dry erase markers, erasers and the tile game, Bananagrams, to practice and review vocabulary and grammar in a fun and engaging method.
The Trojan War in Ancient Greek and Roman Art
This grant from a foreign language teacher at LS will fund a UMASS Professor of Classics to accompany students to the MFA to enhance teaching of classical art and to deeper their understanding of western literature and learn how to ‘read’ Greek vases and classical sculptural reliefs that visually recount the fall of Troy and the events leading up to it.
This grant funds a three-year site license to Kuta Software which is a math test and worksheet generator with built in question banks allowing teacher to create comprehensive and challenging practice problems for students. It contains a wide variety of practice problems covered in Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and Calculus. Access to these resources will not only allow more time to interact with students, but also help to differentiate instruction and provide extra practice for students that are struggling.
Improved Alignment to the Common Core
This grant request is for 4 teacher texts to help teach the learning standards of 5th grade more effectively and efficiently. (Assisting students to respond to multiple texts, acquire new vocabulary and sharpen grammar skills).
Techniques for Increasing Behavioral and Emotional Self-regulation in the School Setting (Loring)
This grant request is to expand the school’s strategies when working with students with academic/behavioral challenges. Would include staff and parent workshops with Jessica Minahan, author of the Behavior Code and purchase hands-on tools to improving self-regulation.
Techniques for Increasing Behavioral and Emotional Self-regulation in the School Setting (Haynes)
This grant request is to expand the school’s strategies when working with students with academic/behavioral challenges. Would include staff and parent workshops with Jessica Minahan, author of the Behavior Code and purchase hands-on tools to improving self-regulation.
Chrome Books for Loring Library
This grant request is for 5 Chrome Books for the library to allow more differentiation into library instruction, to better utilize space and increase efficiency by giving more students access to portable technology.
Haynes Library iPads
This grant request is for 2 iPad Airs to give greater flexibility in teaching literacy and information technology to students. Devices would allow access to create multimedia projects, scaffold instruction and provide exposure to a myriad of reading applications and library research.
Team Loring: Promoting Teamwork and Inclusion
-Lindsey Roth and Melissa Boylan
This grant is to fund a trip with regular education peers/classmates along with special educations students to the Metrowest Special Olympics-School Day Games on April 17th. There are inclusive events held during the day that allow special education students and typical peers to work together on the same team.
Teaching Math Through Literature
This grant will fund frequently referenced literature for the district to supplement already utilized Common Core aligned math journal prompts, as well as fact fluency activities to help support reaching mastery of specific math standards. By receiving these books, all prompts and activities can now be presented with differentiation to enrich students’ math experience. The literature provides a visual for students to help facilitate the connection to math.
The Virtual Book Room
This grant will fund several fiction and non-fiction e-books for students in grades 3-5. It will give students more experience reading books using technology which will help prepare them for computer based assessments and learning. Selections reflect a variety of formats, reading levels, and subject areas each with ties to the learning standards in the MA ELA Curriculum Frameworks and also align with the goal of improving student access to complex texts.
Techniques for Increasing Behavioral and Emotional Self-regulation in the School Setting
-Elizabeth Clark and Jen Neville
This grant will fund both a school and a district workshop with Jessica Minahan, author of The Behavior Code. The grant seeks to improve effectiveness of working with students with behavior challenges by building “toolbox” for students to include such items such as therabands, fidgets and noise canceling headphones and for the staff in form of books and CD’s. Goal is to expose staff and parents to strategies included in the book and to raise awareness of how to assist students.
String Bass: Expanding Access in Fourth Grade
This grant will expand access of the string bass to the fourth graders as the size of the instrument is a barrier for younger students and the music program subsequently lacks these musicians in orchestra and jazz band. Most families are unable to transport the instrument to and from school by car. This grant will purchase four 1/8-size double bass instruments, which will stay at the schools. This will provide an opportunity for 3-5 students to take bass each year. Grant will also allow for a professional bassist to provide expertise and support.
National Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference
This grant funds registration fees for a Curtis teacher to attend the NCSS annual conference this year. The NCSS is the premier organization for Social Studies educators in the county.
Fostering a Growth Mindset
This grant funds the Brainology program which is based on the book, Mindset by Carol Dweck, which teaches brain science and study skills. This program will be used with an entire grade to help them grow and foster a growth mindset and greater resiliency as learners. They will understand that they can always improve, grow and become more fluent in any subject in which they are willing to apply themselves. It consists of 4 online sessions and 10 hours of specific classroom instruction.
Lincoln-Sudbury High School:
Sarteano Chamber Choir Workshop
This grant will permit the choral director to attend the Sarteano Choral Workshop in Italy during the summer of 2014. During this week, he will conduct and sing with an auditioned chorus on a variety of music. They will receive direct daily coaching from an expert, allowing him to develop skills as a conductor and expand his knowledge of useful “teaching moves” to use in rehearsals.
Document Camera for Science Department
This grant funds a portable document camera for the Science Department. This camera can be used to pre-record lessons such as laboratory procedures, internet based demonstrations and sharing of written materials. Projecting demonstrations to the whole class will minimize downtime, maintaining class momentum. The magnification will allow students to experience reactions close up.
Eat to Compete
This grant will fund nutrition education to LS student athletes’ coaches and wellness teachers. The goal of these presentations is to educate about appropriate nutrition to fuel athletes for practices and competitions, prevent injury, and provide nutrients for adequate growth. Each athletic team will receive a series of nutrition lessons covering: nutrition basics, healthy meal planning, eating before during and after exercise, hydration and nutrients of concern for adolescents (calcium, iron and vitamin D). Outcomes anticipated include increased intake of pre- and post-exercise snacks, vegetables, fruits and dairy products.
Integrating SMART technology in World Language Instruction
Calvin Terrell, Social Justice “Warrior”
– Lori Hodin
Calvin Terrell, inspirational social justice speaker and activist, will spend a full day and evening with the L-S school community to promote a positive and respectful school culture. He will lead a variety of programs including a school wide assembly, workshops for groups of students and student leaders, professional development for teachers and a community wide evening event.
Document Camera for World Language Classroom
– Karen D’Amore
This grant provided a document camera for the World Language Classroom, enhancing the instruction by enabling the teacher to project instantly and /or capture text and images from a variety of sources.
Presentation at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference
– Joan Campbell
Funding this grant provided a German teacher admission to an the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Language Annual Conference where she presented at three of the conference’s sessions. Additionally, she was able to attend other conference sessions on a variety of topics relevant to foreign language instruction.
Math Department Document Camera and Cart
– Kathleen Thompson
Funding of this grant provided for a document camera and portable cart for the L-S Math Department. This equipment will be used by multiple teachers throughout the school, enabling them to project teacher and student work, a graphing calculator, class notes and pages from textbooks.
Alternative Multimedia Teaching Tools
Funding a flat screen TV, Google Chromecast technology, and a cart to engage 85-90 students, this fund allows the teacher to present more video and web content from any place in the room and interact with students. This configuration will also be shared with a Unified Arts teacher who shares the classroom four days a week.
Boosting Reading Through Leveled Learning Intervention
– Yvonne Piascik, Melissa Sarno-Dodge, Elizabeth Richter and Joshua Baumer
This grant funded Leveled Learning Intervention (LLI) Systems in all four elementary schools accommodating third through fifth graders. This is a small group literacy intervention system designed to serve those students who need support to achieve grade level competency in the various areas of literacy. This new collection includes carefully leveled books to provide enough support and a small amount of challenge, so the reader can learn through the text and make steps toward grade level goals. All systems have organized lessons, as well as word works.
Charlotte’s Web Performance
– Jennie Brannen and Jennifer Soalt
Funding of this grant provided for all third grade classes in the Sudbury Public Schools to attend a performance of Charlotte’s Web, presented by Theatreworks USA. The goal of this program is to expose third graders to a live dramatic performance of a work they have studied as part of a Common Core-aligned dramatic unit.
Engaging, Enlightening and Empowering LEAP Learners Using iPads
– Joanne Holton
This request funded ten iPad minis, protective covers, two reflector programs and Apps for the LEAP (Language Enriched Alternative Program) Classroom at Curtis Middle School. The teachers of this program requested ipads for individual students to be able to further practice reading, writing and social skills, as well as skill development in reading comprehension, written expression, math computation and math concepts and applications.
Stand Up for Learning
– Melinda O’Neill and Fredda Tice
This grant funded the purchase of six standing desks for student use as part of a pilot program in grades 2, 4 and 5. These desks allow to students who may benefit from doing so, to stand while completing work and attending to lessons.
Activities and Resources to Support the Generalization of Social Skills
– Tara Loscalzo, Jordan Rice and Laurie Foster
This grant purchased a variety of games for one of SPS’s Special Education programs. With these games, students in the program can build on specific social skills that they have learned in the classroom, and practice these skills with peers. These games will help build relationships among all students within the school, help to generalize social skills and bring confidence to those who struggle to initiate conversations and interactions with peers.
Building Executive Functioning Students
– Renee Kramer
Funding this grant purchased materials to implement strategies of teaching executive functioning skills in the classroom. Specifically, they will be used to: Improve students’ time management skills in the classroom, improve their management of materials to and from school and improve their task planning skills.
Executive Functioning Tools for the 1st Grade Classroom
– Gia Raia
This grant funded the purchase of silencing headphones, known as Ear Muffs. These tools benefit students by helping them sustain focus and attention, an executive functioning skill, when reading, writing and during other independent working times.
Using Technology to Advance School Psychologists’ Observation and Behavior Tracking
– Elizabeth Clark
This grant funded the purchase of iPads for School Psychologists to better observe student’s behavior and abilities in the classroom. This information and the testing data for 504 evaluations will track children’s skills and behaviors over time to note progress, concerns or needs. Additionally, students requiring more individualized guidance for self-regulation will be able use Apps on the iPads which teach techniques for self-calming and self-monitoring, and for tracking their own progress.
Lincoln-Sudbury High School:
Bringing Earthquake Monitoring to Halls of Lincoln-Sudbury
– Anita Honkonen
This grant brought real time seismic data to the LS hallways by enabling students to see the “Earth in action”. This grant provided for the live recording and display of seismographic data from activity around the world, allowing students to have a better understanding of how earthquakes and plate tectonics work. Funding also provided for the display other current real time data, such as weather radar.
Quizzer: Development of Web-Based Assessment Tools
– Seth Weiss
This grant funded the next phase of a web-based tool for geometry, algebra and trigonometry, allowing more teachers access. Quizzer, developed by an L-S math teacher, allows teachers to create easily homework assignments, sets of practical problems, quizzes and tests. This tool gives students immediate feedback on their answers and allows teachers to customize assignments.
Introduction to the Mindfulness Program for Educators
– Sandy Crawford
This grant funded three two-hour professional development sessions in an Introduction to Mindfulness program for educators. Mindfulness is a structure of learning to relate directly to whatever is happening in life. It is a way of taking charge of one’s life, a way of doing something for oneself that no one else can do, and consciously and systematically working with one’s own challenges and demands. These practices can help students who struggle with behavioral issues and impulsivity.
Kinesthetic Map Learning
– Tim Nikula
This grant purchased a total of 6 puzzles with the European countries to be used to support the Modern European History Curriculum. The puzzles would help students more quickly and thoroughly learn the geography of Europe. Given the wide disparity in comfort level with political geography, it is clear that some students need additional support in committing the physical boundaries to memory. It is important that all students have quick recall of absolute and relative location of countries for a true historical study of a region.
Language Lab Headphones with Integrated Microphones
– Cristina Gonzalez
This grant purchased thirty six headphones with integrated microphones to enable foreign language students to record themselves and participate in listening activities during Language Lab. These sturdy headphones were mounted at each student station in order for students to use interactive tools such as “VoiceThread” and “Voxopop”. These tools allow students to record themselves and post comments to classmates or teachers, and also allows teachers to individualize teaching and assessment, and to encourage students to take risks while allowing for individualized learning.
A Connected Library: Tools for Online Learning
– Rose Calareso, Haynes
This grant funded five chromebox computers and monitors capable of running web 2.0 applications to support Library/Medial curriculum. All students in grades 3-5 depend on library computer stations to complete activities and research assignments during their library periods. The technology which had been in place was not able to run the online tools and programs necessary to execute the curriculum.
Nature Trail and Outdoor Classroom at Loring School
– Janet Hammonds, Loring
This grant provided funds for curriculum development and educational material for the new nature trail and Outdoor Classroom at the Loring School, specifically funding equipment to support general activities for students to work with ecological principles in their surrounding natural world. The Outdoor Classroom aims to help students identify the living and non-living factors in their local ecosystem and the interrelationships among them. Students will then engage in discussions about conservation issues and land management, and conduct ecological surveys and scientific studies.
– Margaret McGinty, District-wide
This grant funded a pilot program in each elementary school using an innovative math program called Numicon. This program helps young learners to see the connections between numbers and number relationships. The activities in this program help children develop concept images which lead to easy recognition of numbers; then, by recognizing the value of numbers, students can begin to order numbers and then begin to add and subtract. Numicon materials use structural visual representations to make the number system both visual and tactile.
Digital Writing in the Curriculum using StoryBird
– Donna Criswell, District-wide
This grant funded a two year subscription to StoryBird, a web-based digital storytelling tool. Digital storytelling allows students to create, collaborate and communicate on any topic in any content area, K-8. StoryBird is a unique digital storytelling tool that provides students with a vast array of original artwork supplied by various artists. From these images, students create stories as they demonstrate what they know and understand about a topic in a visual way. “StoryBird reverses the process of visual storytelling by starting with the image and “unlocking” the story inside. The 100 licenses funded would give 100 teachers (and all their students) access.
Books that Hook: Promoting Lifelong Reading by Engaging Students in High Interest Texts
– Yvonne Piascik, Nixon
This grant funded the purchase of high-interest books, such as series fiction, graphic novels, interesting non-fiction, and books with media- or popular-culture tie-ins. These books are often requested by students, however the Literacy Center Lending Library had very few of these types of books available. Currently, it is estimated 100 to 160 out of 401 students are “reluctant readers”, to whom these books are targeted, however, it is believed that these books will appeal to all readers and can be used for readers in multiple grades.
Using Technology as a Therapeutic Strategy Tool for Students with Emotional Concerns
– Janet O’Shea, Curtis
This grant funded the purchase of 2 iPads to be used specifically with applications developed to decrease symptoms of anxiety and depression, and to improve attentional control, social skills and self awareness. These applications can be used by school psychologists to track student data in regard to behavior, and to teach and reinforce strategies and techniques for improving emotional functioning. Currently, there are 50+ students in this school who present with anxiety, depression, attention and social skill deficits.
Bringing Digital Writing, Research and the Common Core together for all students
– Janet Jennings, Nixon
This grant provided funds for ten iPads at an elementary school library. These iPads will be integrated into 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes for library research assignments, and used in 1st and 2nd grade classes for digital writing projects, such as “Little Bird Tales” for comprehension and storytelling lessons.
Building Engaged and Thoughtful Learners Though the Teaching of Executive Functioning Using Universal Design to Reach all Students
– Jen Neville, Mary Ellen Coyne-Gordan, Noyes
This grant provided multi-prong funds to bring in consultant Sara Ward for staff training, and to acquire assistive technology and other tools for supporting Universal design. Ms. Ward spoke on impacting student’s academic achievement by enhancing their executive functioning skills at the elementary level. These skills include attending, planning, organizing, focusing, initiating and completing work.
Improving education of students with intensive special needs through alternative technology
– Diana Harotian, Curtis
This grant funded ten iPads for students on IEP’s who have learning styles that require the use of tools and technology to reinforce learning in their general education classes. Students with Language Learning differences and specifically communication disabilities require repetition and practice to reinforce learning and retain for application to increasingly complex content. The iPads facilitate independent learning and will be used to address and support students in all subjects. Using this type of technology allows these students to stay more focused on the task on hand.
Students will be Social Thinkers
– Melissa Boylan, Loring
This grant supported five staff members (Guidance, School Psychologist, Speech Pathologist and two Special Educators) to attend a November Social Thinking Conference in Boston. Social thinking refers to “what we do when we interact with people” and how what we think about people affects how we behave; this affects how others respond to us, which in turn affects our own emotions. Because social thinking is an intuitive process, we usually take it for granted, but for many individuals, this process is anything but natural. This team then trained other educators, regular and special educators, piloted a program in kindergarten classes and collected data to determine its effectiveness with Sudbury’s youngest students. This consistent approach will hopefully decrease the number of special education students receiving social skill interventions.
Promoting Health, Preventing Addiction to Curtis Youth
– Betsy Grams, Curtis
This grant will fund a wellness-based drug and alcohol prevention program to be delivered to all 8th grade students, Curtis staff, Sudbury parents and the greater Sudbury community. Last year, the Curtis STAT (Student Assistance Team) recommended we continue to work with Will Stotnick to implement action that serve to reduce stress. This program will be content-driven and presented in large group (team) meetings. The program is supported by the most current prevention research and uses strategies proven to be most effective in changing unhealthy attitudes and behavior and in reducing the risks associated with substance abuse. This includes a strong emphasis on social and emotional wellness, self management, social awareness and relationship skill and responsible decision making.
Seating Alternatives for Student Success
– Jeff Kotkin, Nixon
This grant funded the purchase of student standing desks, stools, therapy ball seats, and sensory cushions which allow students the freedom to move and stand that traditional desks and chairs do not provide. These seating alternatives will be piloted in various classrooms and all children who might benefit from them would have the opportunity to use them. The goal of this project is to help students stay focused for longer periods of time by providing an outlet for excess energy and fidgeting.
There’s an App for That—Digital Literacy
– Yvonne Piascik, Nixon
This grant funded the purchase of 2 iPads and applications to be used by an elementary school Literacy Specialist. The goal of this grant is to increase interest and excitment about reading and writing activities. When these iPads are not being used at the literacy center, teachers can use them in their classrooms to support student learning in various areas of literacy.
Lincoln-Sudbury High School:
Digital Printing Outside the Box
– Sarah Fine-Wilson, Carol Padden
This grant will fund the purchase of a new digital printer capable of printing student’s artwork on handmade papers, fabric, thin metals, ceramic and wood. This technology will be integrated into current art curriculum. Through access to the new technology, students will be able to use digital images on traditional and new art media.
Using Technology to Enhance Interactive Language Activities
– Silvana Stephen, Jorge Allen
This grant will fund the purchase and installation of an Epson Brightlink interactive projector system for the World Language classroom. Teachers and students can manipulate computer projections on existing whiteboards with the touch of a finger. This technology will be used to create and enhance interactiveinstructional activities for grammar/vocabulary practice and cultural discovery.
The High School Science Active Classroom
– Laura Rotondo, Nicole Digenis
This grant will fund the purchase and installation of an ActiveBoard interactive whiteboard,ActiveExpressions learner response tools and LCD projector for a science classroom. This classroom will pilot the use of interactive whiteboard technology and the learning response system in the LS Science Department. This teacher brings to LS an established chemistry curriculum using the ActivClassroom technology.
Participation at ACTFL Conference
– Cristina Gonzalez, Jorge Allen
This grant will fund participation of two teachers at the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL) national conference. During the convention, the teachers will give a presentation regarding the uses of SMART board technology in the language classroom, and they will attend a series of workshops and presentations on the most current techniques and topics regarding foreign language instruction. SERF funded the SMART board for the World Languages department in 2009.
LS World Cinema Collection
– Marie Josee Galano, Jorge Allen
This grant will fund a video collection of international films for the World Language Department. This permanent instructional collection will be housed in the school’s library and its content will be accessible through the library web page.
Science Video Podcasting
– Mark Sobkowicz
This grant will fund the purchase of a Cintiq tablet device to facilitate the creation of video podcasts for AP Physics and other science students. The recipient plans to make 40 instructional videos in the first year, split between worked problems and 5-10 min. lectures. (Visit Mr. Sobkowicz’s website for an example.)
Measuring Angles in Grade 4
– Christine Joyce, District-wide
This grant will align Sudbury with some of the new Common Core Standards in math. This standard calls for students to be able to measure angles in grade 4. This grant will equip each Grade 4 teacher with a class set of protractors.
Tool for Understanding Fractions
– Christine Joyce, District-wide
This grant helps Sudbury meet the new Common Core Standard for increased emphasis on teaching fractions in Grades 4 and 5. This grant equips each grade 4 and 5 teacher with a partial class set of fraction circles to meet these new criteria. In addition, regular and special educators, in these grades, have been taking a 5 part EDC course on “Improving Math Learning for Students with Disabilities,” which focused on teaching fractions to struggling students.
Bobsled Activity for 8th Graders
– David Jurewicz, Curtis
This grant will fund the purchase of a new program called the Bobsled Activity to teach 8th graders about transportation technology. This activity encompasses design, measure and use of hand and power tools to build a vehicle that will travel the fastest down a track. This activity is designed to include Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) teachings.
Enhancing Instruction with Technology
– Barbara Ryan, Curtis
This grant will fund the purchase a document camera and mobile cart in order to enhance the ELA and Social Studies instruction in the 6th grade.
Understanding Chemical Reactions through Learning with Legos
– Diane McCarthy, Elisabeth Roche, Curtis
This grant will fund the purchase of 24 LEGO Atom and Molecule kits and curriculum for 2 eighth grade science classrooms. The kits and accompanying curriculum are designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of complex chemical processes through the hands on experience of the models.
Tools to Meet and Exceed the New Common Core Non‐Fiction Standards
– Kathy Zito, Susan Laufer, Elizabeth Richter, Joshua Baumer, District‐wide, K‐7
This grant will fund the purchase of resources for all four elementary schools to meet non-fiction instruction standards. The Comprehension Toolkit Bundles for Grades K-2 and 3-6 includes developmentally appropriate lessons for readers as they “read, view, talk, listen and write their way into the world of non-fiction” as well as the pack of mentor texts used in these lessons. The SERF grant will also fund small-group lessons for these toolkits to further reinforce, differentiate and extend lessons for various guided reading needs-based groups. Another new resource is the PreK-7 Toolkit Texts Library, which provides short nonfiction articles on high interest topics for guided and independent practice. The extended grade level range will provide challenge opportunities for advanced readers as well as supplemental practice for less skilled readers. Additional reference materials include Scaffolding the Comprehension Toolkits for English Language Learners and Staff Development with the Comprehension Toolkits.
New Literacies at Work
– Joshua Baumer, Haynes
This grant will fund a school-wide project that will provide students with the opportunity to observe, recognize, and practice literacy skills needed to achieve competence and success in the professional world. A workshop day will welcome “professional mentors” from the Sudbury community and beyond to spend time in classrooms leading grade-level sessions that highlight literacy skills employed in the workplace. Keynote speakers, such as children’s authors, will be invited to address students for whom literacy competency is a cornerstone of their career. Students will then apply new skills to produce a creative project to present to the larger school community.
SERF E‐Book Library
– Susan Harari, Loring
This grant will fund the creation of the first e-book library in the Sudbury Public Schools, targeted for grades 3, 4, and 5. These e-books can be read using laptops and desktop computers, and can be accessed both in school and from home. E-books can also be projected on classroom ActivBoards. These e-books have interactive features such as text-to-speech, highlighting and notetaking. The initial collection will include both fiction and non-fiction titles.
iPads for IEP’s
– Lauren Jurgens, Jennifer Yaffe, Amy Vera, Loring
This grant will fund the purchase of two iPads and special education apps. These will be used by specialists in the learning center to enhance multisensory learning for students with special needs. Special educators will be using this hands-on technology to motivate students and increase their capacities for learning specific skills, including augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for developing skills in those with communication disorders.
– Michael Gorgone, District‐wide, K‐5
This grant will fund each elementary school music teacher with the materials to fully integrate the Conversational Solfege method of teaching into each K-5 music class. This method of teaching focuses on the belief that music literacy starts with great literature and an “eye-before-ear” philosophy. This method can be used in an instrumental setting, vocal setting, as well as in the general music classroom which makes this method universal and also unites the K-8 music staff in terms of common language and focus in student learning.
Biographies for the “Living History Museum”
– Deborah Larsen, Jennie Brannen, Kate Rosenbaum, Haynes
This grant will support the third grade curriculum’s “Living History Museum” with the purchase of an updated and appropriately leveled collection of biographies.
Playaway Digital Audio Books for the Haynes Library Collection
– Rose Calareso, Haynes
This grant will fund the purchase of a collection of Playaway digital audiobooks for a library collection. There is currently a small collection used with special education students and this grant will expand to include multicultural stories, lower reading levels, and highly desired popular literature.