UPDATE: Spring Trivia Night is cancelled
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we've had to cancel the Spring Trivia Night, previously scheduled for April 29, 2023.
Tickets will be refunded shortly.
Contact us at SEFtreasurer@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.
2023 John P. Collins Awards Nominations
The Shrewsbury Education Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2023 John P. Collins Awards for Excellence.
These awards honor the exemplary efforts of those dedicated individuals whose work brings to life the mission of the Shrewsbury Public Schools. The award is named for former Superintendent, John P. Collins, PhD, who served for 16 years in Shrewsbury (1978-1994) and exemplified the highest standards of professionalism and a commitment to lifelong learning.
Multiple awards will be presented in the following categories:
Anyone who currently works or volunteers in the Shrewsbury Public Schools can be nominated. This includes any staff member or volunteer who you or your child either works with now or has worked with in the past. Just about everyone who’s been touched by the Shrewsbury Public Schools at any level can nominate someone. All the nominees receive a copy of the nomination letter and a note of appreciation from SEF.
It’s easy to nominate online at the following link: https://forms.gle/XWYcZCUc1ibuweJj8.
Nominations will be accepted until Friday, March 17, 2023 and awards will be presented to each recipient in April.
Grants Awarded for 2023!
For 2023, the Shrewsbury Education Foundation has awarded $15,954.73 in grants for eleven programs.
The SEF can't function without your help! To support the SEF in all its endeavors, please make a generous donation at SEFgrants.org. Thanks to the teachers who have devised these innovative programs for our children!
This year's fantastic grants, made possible by your support are:
Sherwood Middle School Unified Social Club
Linda Berard and Erin Kennedy
Unified activities brings together individuals of different abilities to enjoy each other’s company and learn from each other. Members meet monthly and offers complex learners in the Sherwood community and their buddies a chance to share common experiences and create a community of belonging. Funds will allow for material cost for the monthly crafts and games for 20-30 students.
Expanding Possibilities for Sculpture and Photography
Shrewsbury High School
This grant will provide funds to cover the cost for several initiatives for the Sculpture and Installation and Traditional and Digital Photography courses. The funds will allow for the purchase of one DSLR Canon Rebel T8i camera, one sewing machine for wearable art and other installations, tabletop looms, and lighting equipment for both classes to utilize for a variety of projects.
Making the Cut!
Sherwood Middle School
Grant funds will purchase a circuit cutting machine for Sherwood for teachers to create beautiful inviting classroom spaces that can be changed to reflect new units in a less time-consuming manner.
Amazing Animal-BOTS and Marvelous Makey Makey Golf
Sherwood Middle School
Materials will be purchased to implement two-technology centered projects, one for each grade level. Each project has been aligned to the Massachusetts STE standards and supports the acquisition of skills related to engineering design process.
Improving the District Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Problem Behavior
Funds for this grant will provide training for all BCBAs at all school levels in conducting trauma-informed, brief behavior assessments and in the form of PFA and in developing reinforcements and skill-based behavior interventions able to be individualized for any student in the district. This goal can be reached through on-demand training in the use of Practical Functional Analysis developed by Dr. Greg Hanley.
Making Music Come Alive
Grant funding will purchase instruments for all Coolidge students with the opportunity to play high-quality melodic instruments, where they can transfer their understanding of melodic concepts. The variety of instruments will allow students to learn about different timbres and help inform their decision making when arranging a piece of music or deciding which instrument should play which part. In addition, the ability to transfer melodic activities that involve risk taking, like improvisation, can give students more freedom and psychological comfort to take risks in the music classroom.
Authentic Real-Time Interpersonal Communication with Native Guest Speakers
Shrewsbury High School
The purchase of Guest Speaker Conversations will provide students with opportunities to apply their interpersonal skills with a variety of target language speakers from different walks of life and countries. It will allow students more opportunities to practice and develop more natural, spontaneous conversational skills in real time. TalkAbroad organization provides a platform for making these authentic connections for students. The platform will be used by teachers in French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese in language courses. In 2022, Ms. Leger was awarded a grant for this pilot project and due to the success of the program, sought additional funding to continue the work.
Revitalizing and Reinventing the Paton School Garden and Outdoor Living Space
Johanna Evans, Joan Carlson, Ashley Gallagher, and Scott Mulcahy
Funds will be utilized to build a sensory garden, one planter garden, and a student interactive sundial. This project will create learning experiences across the curriculum to support all students while enriching the Paton School Community.
Dynamic Display – SHS Media Center
Emily Bredberg and Maria Clara Macedo-Wood
Shrewsbury High School
Funds will purchase a mounted LCD screen to communicate news, resources, and book recommendations with media center visitors through a rotation of captivating and colorful slides. Students will be invited to submit slide designs advertising books and other media resources. The IT Department will be able to provide a license to the Carousal Design Signage system, which would allow the Media Center to us Apple TV to set up a rotation of slides.
Pedal Power! A Health and Physics Cross-Curricular Activity: Building a Bicycle Powered Blender
Erin Burtnyk and Patrick Collins
Shrewsbury High School
This grant will allow for skill development in both physics’ classes and health education classes. Students in physics classes will obtain new knowledge to understand how a bicycle can power a blender and apply their learning though hands-on building of a smoothie bike. Students in health education will use ingredients from various cultures to create recipes, test their ideas, and promote increased consumption of nutritious foods. Funds will provide for the resources need to build this project.
Coding with Cubelets!
Floral Street School
Cubelets are tactile, magnetic blocks that can be combined in a variety of ways robots based on Sense, Think, Act design cycle. The use of Cubelets in the classroom allow students screen-free, open ended exploration and collaborative play. Cubelet blocks introduce coding logic in a developmentally appropriate way, while providing a rigorous learning experience that is accessible to all students.
SEF grants will be accepted November 21 through Friday, January 20th, 2023 (FIRM.) Please send application and your cover letter ELECTRONICALLY TO: email@example.com. Funds will be dispersed in early February 2023. Grants are open to all school employees, including teachers, nurses, aides, curriculum coordinators and administrators.
Please direct all inquiries to: Sandra Fryc, SEF Grants Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or (508) 981-8230.
All applicants must submit a separate application cover page
Please include the following info on the cover page: (1) The title of the grant, (2) the name(s) and titles of grant authors (3) the school(s) covered under the grant, (4) Mailing Address apart from school, and (5) permission from the principal if applicable.
Required Grant Information
Introduction - Briefly define the purpose of the project, why it is a creative approach and provides new learning opportunities for all students in order to further their intellectual, social/emotional and health needs. Please include the number of students who will benefit (include number).
Statement of Need - Describe why this project will be beneficial and why outside funding is needed.
Goals and Objectives- Describe WHAT the program will accomplish and HOW it will be accomplished.
Methods- Discuss the approach that will be used and how the project will be implemented to benefit the most students.
Evaluation- Describe how you will determine whether your objectives have been reached and whether the project has been successful.
Budget - Please provide details supporting your total dollar request. All budget items must be directly related to the proposed program. Salaries and food may not be included.
Continuity – Please briefly explain how your grant will benefit students in the long term.
Reporting to SEF - By applying for an SEF Grant, you may be contacted to provide a brief report that documents your grant’s journey. We may also ask you to include photos, video, or any other tangible visuals that SEF can use to tell its story.
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