The Grant Program is intended to support ideas generated by teachers or staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of the educational process and academic achievement.
The Foundation’s Grant Program offered its fourth set of awards for the 2017-2018 school year. The Grants are intended to support ideas generated by staff members to enhance classroom learning or to provide other district-based opportunities towards the improvement of education and academic achievement.
For the 2017-18 school year, the following ideas were awarded:
- Project 1: Career Cafe. The project will create a café for students in grades 10-12 that will become a place
to learn about careers from individuals in their community.The sessions will highlight information on colleges, trade schools, and opportunities
in various job fields to better prepare students for life after high school. Staff recipient: Rebecca Dyer, Secondary Guidance Counselor.
- Project 2: Geared Up To Learn. “Junk-Bots” will be introduced to Acmetonia students to spark creativity.Students will create bots from re-cycled materials to reinforce their knowledge of circuitry, magnets, and electricity. IPads will be used to document and design the bots. Staff recipient: Tina Kaczor, Techology Systems Coordinator.
- Project 3: Beyond Puzzlets. Two Puzzlet games, Abacus Finch (math) and Swatch Out (color-theory) will be introduced to students in their STEAM activities. The additions will benefit students as they integrate technology with creative thinking, problem solving, and social skills. Staff recipients: Carla Lagattuta, Elementary Technology; Lauren Hanlon, elementary art; Leigh Shamey, elementary librarian, and Alexis Redman, elementary math coach.
- Project 4: Classroom Flexible Seating. Ball chairs will be purchased to help create spaces for flexible seating in the classroom. The goal is to be able to create a learning environment that would allow the students to have more time away from traditional desks and work in work spaces suited to increasing and supporting productivity. Staff recipient: McCall Emerick, Grade 5 Teachers
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