Learn more about the innovative grants that SERF has funded through your generous donations – enriching the educational experience at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, Curtis, Haynes, Loring, Nixon, Noyes and across the Sudbury Public Schools district.
Grants Awarded by Year and District
Imagine Learning Subscriptions for ESL Students
Applicant: Eileen Hanson
To help serve Sudbury’s growing English-learning population, SERF awarded a grant to SPS to purchase 20 subscriptions to Imagine Learning, an online program that is designed and differentiated with the English Learner in mind. Imagine Learning allows students to practice needed listening, reading, speaking and writing skills both at home and in the classroom. Students will also have access to the program over the summer to help practice and retain their English skills.
Applicants: Shannon Famigletti and Elizabeth Kerrigan
SERF awarded a grant to SPS for multiple copies of the text “The Distance Learning Playbook” to be used during a professional development course for K-8 educators. These text books will support the opportunity to reflect and adapt teaching and learning practices for distance learning and enable knowledge sharing among the staff. Topics include student-teacher relationships, teacher credibility and clarity, instructional design and assessments and grading.
Sudbury K-8 Grants
Applicant: Amy Stout – Loring
This year, with remote and hybrid learning, teachers have found new ways to provide students with hands-on experiences. This SERF-funded grant will allow students to participate in a hands-on activity at home: DIY Kites. The teacher will read two fiction picture books about kites and each student will be given a DIY kite kit to take home. Students will decorate kites, follow directions and assemble kites, then fly and observe the kites, giving students a chance to see the scientific side of kites and kite flying.
Applicant: Kevin Donegan – Curtis
SERF’s grant will expand the percussion equipment currently available to student musicians. The grant funds the purchase of a marimba and an additional xylophone and will be used to create a future multi-grade Percussion Ensemble. The instruments will allow the entire band to access and perform a more diverse repertoire.
Applicant: Megan Ring – Haynes
A SERF grant funded “Books in a Bag”, a program which puts books directly into students’ hands and supports independent reading at home for the youngest readers. This is particularly helpful for young readers as they navigate reading in a remote learning model when books are being quarantined. These curated books will enhance reading comprehension, decoding skills, vocabulary knowledge and the joy of reading. This grant will support more than 100 students in having access to just right fit paper books for independent reading at home.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Grants
Applicant: Carly Evans – LS
A SERF funded grant for a subscription to Digital Theatre will enable teachers to find alternative ways for students to experience theater and theatrical productions, including videos of professional plays, interviews with theater professionals, examples of production materials and discussions on how theater gets “done”.
Gizmos Online Interactive Science Simulations
Applicant: Nicole Digenis
SERF funded a grant for “Gizmos”, a web-based learning platform that provides engaging interactive science simulations for both hybrid and fully-remote educational scenarios. This learning platform will allow educators to continue to provide robust laboratory experiences, including remotely.
Applicant: Kim Swain
SERF awarded funding to the district to establish 12 remote learning studios which will be used to support the hybrid and remote learning models. The grant will fund a mix of online subscriptions and teacher technology. Hardware (document and web cameras, microphones, monitors and Chromebooks) will improve video and audio quality. Subscriptions will support students sharing and creating work products and teachers delivering robust remote content.
Remote Learning Software for K-1 (Seesaw)
Applicant: Kim Swain
SERF’s grant will enable adoption of a virtual learning platform for all K-1 classrooms, elementary and English learner students participating in extended school year programming.
Applicant: Kim Swain
SERF’s grant ensures that all paraprofessionals have a dedicated device to increase .student opportunities for synchronous support and learning.
Sudbury K-8 Grants
Applicant: Kristyn Traversi
By using tangible items such as Hobberman Mini-Spheres and Tingsha Bell Chimes, students will practice mindfulness techniques, helping to make them more focused and ready to learn to their full potential.
Co-Applicants: Lauren Egizio and Holly Estes – Curtis
A SERF-funded poster printer will assist all involved with this 8th grade-capstone initiative by helping them prepare for showcasing of their chosen projects.
Co-Applicants: Elizabeth Caldwell and Betsy Grahams – Nixon
Nixon students will be physically and mentally challenged as they scale their new traverse wall.
High-Interest Inclusive Recess Games
Applicant: Erin Kehew – Haynes
Games such as giant Jenga, Connect Four and Tic-Tac-Toe will provide students with fun opportunities to participate in inclusive, non-physical recess activities. They’ll practice communication skills, turn-taking, problem solving and interpersonal skills all while enjoying a break from their scheduled school-work.
Co-Applicants: Elizabeth Caldwell and Susan Magoveny – Nixon
Sensory Path decals will line the hallways providing students access to movement and sensory opportunities throughout the day. These activities will help students with concentration, self-regulation and overall well being.
Applicant: Kevin Donegan – Curtis Middle School
The middle school now has a tuba whose low pitch will provide balance to both the Concert and Jazz bands. With transport logistics and high rental costs no longer an issue, many students will now have an opportunity to learn and share their musical talents in weekly rehearsals and the three public performances each year.
Let Every Voice Be Heard
Applicant: Christina Grassetti – Haynes
Students in this 4th grade classroom will have fun as they take the spotlight, let their voice be heard and gain confidence using a Qball throwable microphone.
Applicant: Michael Gorgone – Noyes
A full collection of drums and percussion instruments will enable music students to explore, experiment, collaborate and create music in ways they’ve not experienced before.
Family Game Night: Math Edition
Co-Applicants: Julie Whitehead, Amie Abdal-Khabir, Christine Grigsby, Kate Freitas, Karen Wolfson – Math Department/District Wide
Students and families will gather to play commercial games that reinforce math skills, strategies and problem solving. The games will then be distributed to classrooms throughout the district for students to continue to enjoy.
Co-Applicants: G. Anderson, R. Boretti, B. Gilman – Curtis
At Curtis, three students submitted grants for a portable Gaga Ball Pit to add a fun, engaging, and inclusive option to students’ outdoor recess and indoor P.E. time. Gaga is a fast paced, high energy social activity played in an octagonal pit. Considered a kinder version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the skills of dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. Players need to keep moving to avoid getting hit by the ball. The games move quickly…after a few short minutes, action heats up with a second ball, sure to get even the quickest players out within minutes. Once the game ends, everyone is back in for the next round. Quite addictive, kids can’t wait to get back in the pit, and the more the merrier! The applicants all agreed that motivating students to be active during recess time will benefit their focus back in the classrooms.
Applicant: K. Arees – Haynes
Look out – robots are coming to Haynes! A proposal for app-enabled robots was approved with the goal of fostering creativity through discovery, play, and to add to students’ foundation for computer science skills. The Sphere Mini Education kit includes 16 clear robotic balls with gyroscopes, accelerometers, and LED lights, as well as bumpers, mini traffic cones, bowling pins, construction sets, and activity cards to spark students’ engagement and imaginations as they practice and learn to control the bots with their own commands. The kit will be accessible to all classes at Haynes.
Applicant: B. Donnelly – Loring
At Loring, an application for (3) 3D printers was approved and will complement the school’s brand new Learning Studio. With the 3D printers, all students at Loring will have access to opportunities such as designing and creating interactive maps, creating mock-ups of buildings and structures, creating new musical instruments or new tools, sculpting animal representations to study their adaptations, making reusable signs for the school, and so much more. With students being the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs, the new 3D printers can support enriching learning experiences with the curriculum while also giving young students early exposure to an advanced tool that will one day be an integral part of their school and their work.
Applicant: P. Bevan – Nixon
“Libraries of Things” are popping up all around the world, and one is coming to Nixon soon! One young applicant suggested a Library of Things for Nixon as a way to encourage learning – “to introduce kids to something they’ve never done before or have always wanted to try but didn’t have the tools.” Nixon’s Library of Things provides objects to explore new areas of interest and learn new skills. Among the objects to check out you might find a ukulele, a microscope, a telescope, a drum pad and sticks, a slackline kit, a polaroid camera, a kids’ construction toolset, snowshoes, and so much more.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Grants
Language Learning in the 21st Century
Applicant: Desiree Butter – LS
LS offers capstone classes in five languages. A consultant will assist in revamping the curriculum to align with that of lower level classes. Students will enjoy learning by studying more contemporary themes such as family and communities, public identities, science and technology, contemporary life and global challenges. The realigned curriculum will also create an assessment framework to measure proficiency with the languages.
Applicant: Mary Brunson – LS -Science
This grant funded 6 escape-room type breakout box puzzles to use in our science curriculum – facilitating creative problem solving and fostering collaborative thinking.
Sudbury K-8 Grants
Applicant: Holly Estes, Science and Engineering Curriculum Coordinator – SPS
This grant will fund materials for this 4th grade project-based learning experience which integrates science, engineering, math, writing and social-emotional learning. Students will ultimately design blades for a wind turbine capable of generating electrical energy.
Micro:Bit for Macro Fun
Co-Applicants: Rex Phung, Digital Literacy and Computer Science – ECMS; Michelle Blair, Music – ECMS
This grant will fund the purchase of a micro:bit as well as a related summer training workshop. Students will learn coding and produce both design patterns as well as music.
Co-Applicants: Elizabeth Kerrigan, Instructional Technology – ECMS; Lauren Egizio, Humanities Curriculum Coordinator – SPS
This grant will fund the purchase of a classroom set of virtual reality headsets and related text materials/Google Expeditions to be used for in-depth study of the Ancient China unit of study.
Co-Applicants: Edmund Good, Michael Clements, Edward Eich and Brent McDonald, 6th Grade Science Teachers – ECMS
This grant will fund the purchase of a full set of reproduction Hominid skulls to be used by students to investigate and evaluate possible evolutionary relationships between modern humans, apes and some extinct hominid forms. In a lab setting, students will use and read measuring instruments, identify cranial and dental features of various skulls and ultimately construct and justify a phylogenetic tree.
Applicant: Katelyn Boudreau – Loring School
This grant will fund the purchase of 6 Breakout EDU Kits. These kits, with an escape room type experience, will help teach big theme topics in math and ELA. Students will need to work collaboratively to solve problems, unlock clues and advance in the game.
Applicant: Dorothy Kramer – Haynes School
This grant funded a Canon eColor printing system that will be used by the entire school. Examples of posters to be made are learning objectives, data organizers, bilingual signage, Word Walls, STEMscope processes etc. Students will benefit through visual reinforcement of ideas.
Co- Applicants: Kristin Moffat, Heidi Strauss and Brian Grigsby – Noyes School
This grant funded sensory walk installations in the school hallways. All students will have access to movement activities throughout the day. These activities will help with self-regulation and concentration as well as motivation and overall well being.
SRA Spelling Mastery
Applicant: Drew Kelsey – Nixon School
This grant funds the purchase of a curriculum enhancement that is a multi-modal approach designed to give students several ways to learn and respond to new spelling concepts. Students will get cumulative practice with spelling concepts thus increasing their ability to encode effectively and compose written responses with improved fluency. The program also contains a data management system to monitor student progress.
Classroom Library Building Project
Applicant: Chris Thibodeau – Curtis
Students were asked to provide the titles of their all-time favorite book and one that they want to read soon. These suggestions will be the basis of additions to the classroom library – building a modern and inspiring classroom library of books that students want or that are loved by current students. This library will serve high-flying readers, and hopefully inspire students who are not readers to choose something they’ll enjoy and become lifelong readers.
Teaching STEM Skills by Solving the Rubik’s Cube
Applicant – Manuel Anderson – Nixon
Holding the Rubik’s Cube, handling the manipulative, concentrating on problem solving, twisting and turning the parts, can help children grasp important math concepts including area, perimeter, volume, angles, algorithms and enumeration, among many other geometry and algebraic topics. Students will work in pairs to solve the 2×2 cubes, and move on to the 3×3 after mastery.
Applicant: Kristin Moffat – Noyes
This grant will fund lightweight surf boards that will allow students their own private and clearly defined workspace when away from desk. Students will be able to access a working space and a seated space in one! Whether reading on the floor or studying on the playground, the whole class can focus on the go with these durable floor desks.
Branches Early Readers for STEPS and Library
Co-Applicants: Dorothy Kramer, Pam Radler
Scholastic has created the “branches” reading series which contains high interest, low-reading level books in many genres. This grant will fund the purchase of two sets of these highly sought-after student-friendly books; one set for the Learning Center and one for the library.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Grants
LS Peers (Prevent, Educate, Empower and Respond to Issues of Substance Abuse)
Applicant: Christopher Shutzer, Clinical Counselor, LS
This grant will fund a speaker (Dr. Marisa Silveri), an expert on the intersection of the teenage brain and substance abuse. The presentation and meeting will be for teachers, and the goal will be to educate teachers on their unique role as an agent of impact in student choices and decision making.
Stop the Bleed
Applicant: Greg Gammons
This grant funded the purchase of a bleeding control training kit. This training, as recommended by the American Academy of Surgeons, will now be part of the CPR/First Aid curriculum in Wellness for all 10th graders.
Applicants: Christopher Collins and Caroline Singler
This grant funded the purchase of a Kelvin Shake Table and Data Collection Interface. After learning basic information about earthquakes and related topics, students will use engineering methods to design original structures which will then be tested on the Kelvin unit. Students will problem solve, redesign and modify based on the interface analysis in order to build the most resistant structure possible.
Applicants; Mary Brunson and Melanie Mahoney
This grant funds the purchase of one MIT Edgerton Center DNA/ RNA set. The set will allow students to experience the molecular basis of DNA structure and replication as well as protein synthesis. The set is designed to teach how molecules work in addition to their structure.
Applicants: Kimberly Bennett and Nicole Digenis
This grant funds the purchase of six Pasco PASTracks systems which include tracks, cars, pulleys, springs, mass blocks and other accessories. These kits will be used in all levels of physics classes. Students will get hands-on experience and improve their conceptual and mathematical understanding of various concepts.
LS Recording Studio Refurbishment
Co-Applicants: Russell Forester, James Goulet
This grant will fund microphones, speakers, soundproofing and audio interfaces to update the recording studio. This studio provides a space for students to tap into their creativity.
World Language Proficiency Based Instruction Workshop
Applicant: Joan Campbell
The World Language Department will invite Laura Terrill, an expert in proficiency-based instruction (the rising standard in World Language instruction) to conduct a workshop on the methodologies and to facilitate creation of units. Students will use authentic materials and authentic scenarios to both acquire and practice the target language. This makes language instruction more meaningful for both the student and the teacher.
LS Academy Greenhouse
Applicant: Tracie Lopex
L-S Academy is a new program for students with social/emotional issues which will teach science experientially. This grant will fund a greenhouse on the property where students can plant and cultivate their own produce. They will have to learn about climate and growing conditions as well as what the plants need to survive Once grown, the students can incorporate the produce into meals which they create in the Academy kitchen. The greenhouse will provide not only an academic space, but also a calming, soothing atmosphere.
LS Academy Therapeutic Strategies Supplies
Applicant: Tracie Lopez
L-S Academy, slated to open in the fall of 2019, is a program for students with emotional issues. When students are overwhelmed with anxiety and depression, it impacts their ability to attend school, attend classes as scheduled, and initiate and complete tasks. This grant will help o create a welcoming space where students can take a short break from school activities when needed, reset themselves emotionally, and return to their schedule and classes as quickly as possible. More time in the classroom equals more learning.
Sudbury K-8 Grants
Applicant: Stephanie Cohen-Mongeon, 5th Grade Classroom Teacher, Noyes School
This grant will fund a standing desk station that includes stand & spin, balance and pedal stations providing kinesthetic movement to facilitate cognition, maximize brain function and anchor learning in a 5th grade classroom.
ECMS Makerspace Expansion
Applicants: Elizabeth Kerrigan, Instructional Technology, Curtis Middle School and Justin Dulak, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
This grant will fund a 3D printer, a vinyl cutter, associated supplies and books which will greatly expand the capabilities of the Curtis Makerspace. The goal is to continue the connections, communication, collaboration and creativity while getting more students and classes involved in the Makerspace.
Expanding 3D Printing at ECMS
Applicants: David Jurewicz and Christopher Reich, Engineering Teachers, Curtis Middle School
This grant will provide an expanded, in-depth experience and exposure of 3D design and printing for all 7th and 8th grade engineering students by funding a Makerbot replicator, 3D printers, and associated materials.
Climate Change Curriculum – Grade 8 Science
Applicant: Tom Rawson, ECMS Grade 8 Science Teacher
This grant will fund training, beyond the teacher’s current level of expertise, in how to most effectively deliver climate change content to students. Teachers will work with subject matter experts from Mass Audubon to determine the key climate change concepts that are important to middle schoolers and develop the most engaging way to explore them.
Applicant: Emma Collins, Elementary Spanish Teacher, Loring and Haynes
This grant will fund a one-year subscription to Rockalingua, a website that provides downloadable music-based resources for elementary Spanish including songs with accompanying videos and lyric sheets. Second and third graders will benefit from learning Spanish vocabulary in a more engaging, effective and memorable way.
Nixon Leveled Library Collection
Applicants: Rebecca Goldthwaite, Sarah Rivera and Briana Pasciuto, Kindergarten Teachers
This grant will fund the purchase of a collection of developmentally appropriate nonfiction decodable texts to support nonfiction reading and writing units as well as guided reading groups. School-based literary specialists will have access to the collection for use across grade levels. Focus will be on high interest topics in order to keep students engaged.
Alternative Seating Options for the Regular Ed Classroom
Applicant: Katherine Brown, 3rd Grade Classroom Teacher, Loring
This grant will fund the purchase of fifteen alternate seating options which will help students optimize their focus and attention while in class. Students’ improved emotional self-regulation is also a goal. Students will try a range of options and rotate use of those most beneficial. In addition to teacher observations, students will participate in pre and post self-assessments.
Applicant: Sharon MacDonald, Principal, Haynes
This grant will offer the school an opportunity to try a variety of adaptive seating for all students. Funding will allow the purchase of four different types of seating which will help to improve the attention and comfort of students with varying needs.
Applicants: Briana Danielson – Art Teacher, Susan Skelly, Krista Riley, Sarah Liberman – PTO volunteers, Loring
Loring Rocks is modeled after the national initiative, The Kindness Rocks Project, and will showcase Loring’s core values of respect, responsibility, best effort and caring. This grant will fund the purchase of supplies to be used by all students to paint rocks with designs and messages of kindness and inclusiveness. Many (approx. 500) rocks will remain in the Loring Rocks garden while others may be placed throughout Sudbury.
Applicants: ECMS 8th Grade ELA Teachers – Christopher Thibodeau, Christine Carosella, Kellie Chavero and Abbey Salon
This grant will fund a theatrical production that will take place after all teams have completed reading the book. The goal is to inspire students and to give them a greater understanding of the original text while enhancing their vision of the characters and plot. This production will no doubt evoke emotion and move students to search for justice in social situations that arise in their own lives.
Enrichment Class/Growth Mindset
Applicant: Maggi Taurone, Teacher, ECMS
This grant will fund a full classroom set of the book, A Long Walk to Water. The book will be read in an enrichment class that will be offered to all 8th graders. While reading the book as a class, the importance of a growth mindset will be stressed. The plot, characters and setting will be analyzed. Connections between the book and student’s communities will be explored while they learn how to apply the mindset illustrated in the book to their own daily lives.
Applicant: Linda Dube
This grant funds the implementation of the initial phase in the creation of a garden in the unused courtyard at the Peter Noyes School. The Noyes Courtyard development project is a space restoration project started by teachers, built by parents and maintained by a full community of student, faculty and parent volunteers. The courtyard will provide a dedicated space for the Noyes community to engage in interactions with the natural world. With funds provided by SERF, large raised garden beds were built for every grade and will be used for outdoor, multi-lesson, cross curricular learning.
Applicant: Rebecca Howard
The Building Mindfulness grant will provide school staff with videos, audio sessions, and books, that can be used one on one, in small groups, and in whole class settings to build the mindfulness of students from grades K-5. These resources can be used throughout the school day to provide physical movement, promote calm, and teach strategies that can lower stress, and build resilience and confidence.
Google Camp Keynote Speaker
Applicant: Liz Kerrigan
This grant is a request for Kasey Bell, a tech-ed blogger and author, to be our keynote speaker for the third annual SPS Google Camp. Kasey believes that technology is not a magic solution for education, but an opportunity to “shake things up!” and help teachers connect, grow, and create dynamic learning experiences for students! The grant money would also allow each Google Camp participant to receive Kasey Bell’s new book, Shake Up Learning.
Lincoln Sudbury High School Grants
Mobile App Development
Applicant: Mark Sobkowicz
This grant funded professional development by allowing the applicant to take an online course in Android app development. The computer science department at LSRHS can now offer Android App Development/ IOS as a course for students.
“If They Had Known” – Film
Applicant: Susan Shields and Lizzy Murphy
This grant funded two showings of the movie “If They Had Known” which is the story of Clay Soper, a college student who died from a mix of drugs and alcohol. Approximately 600 upperclassmen viewed the film during school hours. There was an evening, public showing as well. The objective was to spark conversation among students, alert them to risks and teach them about the signs and symptoms of overdose.
All School Staff Read
Applicant: Bella Wong
This grant funded copies of the book “Why are all the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria”, by Beverly Tatum. The shared reading provided a common base for discussion about race, particularly adolescent racial identity development. This is part of an ongoing effort to improve Lincoln Sudbury’s racial climate to reduce barriers to learning for all students.
Poetry at LS
Applicants: Danielle Weisse, Annalisa Notaro, Paula Myers, Sue King
This grant funded a month long celebration of poetry which included writing workshops led by 10 professional poets, readings by professional poets, “From Shakespeare to Hip Hop” assembly and a student open-mic performance. The extensive offerings allowed all students to experience poetry in both the spoken and written form.
Applicants: Shawn Miller and Charles Despotopulos
This grant funded a large, common area aquarium at LS. Aquariums have been shown to reduce stress, enhance memory retention and improve self-esteem, attributes that lay the foundation of every child’s learning experience. Students in the aquarium club and aquatic science classes had/ have the opportunity to research, problem solve and develop a passion for aquatic science. Special Education students had/will have weekly or daily opportunity to feed, learn about and spend time with the fish.
Construction of Rolling Boards for Visual Art Display
Applicant: Paul Sarapas, FATA Department Coordinator
This grant will fund the materials needed to build six rolling art display boards which will be used to display student art. The displays will be available for viewing by the LS population and the community at large.
High School Quiz Show Buzzers
Applicant: Desiree Butter
This grant funded the purchase of a hand-held buzzer system to be used by the WGBH Quiz Show Team. This purchase enables the students to practice in an environment closer to the actual environment they will encounter during the formal competition.
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.
Applicants: 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
Applicant: Betsy Grams
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
Applicants: 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
Applicants: 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
Applicants: 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)
Applicants: 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.
Applicants: 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
Applicants: 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
Applicants: 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
Applicant: 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
Applicants: 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
Applicant: 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
Applicants: 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
Applicants: 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.
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.
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.
-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 a parent education event to build knowledge on the media industry and how to construct advertisements and to enhance skills to effectively discuss sensitive topics with children
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Grants
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.
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.)
-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.
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.