Shrewsbury Education Foundation Announces Annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner Honoring Grant Recipients, John P. Collins Awards for Excellence Recipients and this Year’s Community Service Award Recipient Shrewsbury High School Unified Club
Shrewsbury Education Foundation invites the Greater Shrewsbury Community to honor and celebrate this year’s Educational Grant Recipients and John P. Collins Awards for Excellence Recipients along with the Shrewsbury High School Unified Club for their outstanding service to the community and the Shrewsbury Public Schools at the Annual Awards and Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston, MA.
SEF is an all-volunteer organization that raises money to fund grants which put resources and programs directly into the classroom. Shrewsbury Public School teachers write grant applications seeking funding for unique learning experiences and resources that will directly benefit students. This year’s Grant Recipients are Mary Ann Hogan, Tina McGrail, Nicole Cormier, Lisa Papazian, Liza Trombley, Kelly Lawlor, Marjorie Fox & Pamela Santilli, Colleen D'Errico, Kara Frankian, Matt Amdur, Derek Pizzuto, Brian Liporto, Kate Mercadante, Melissa Barrett, Becky Dumphy, Brenda Filiere, Jeff LaRose, Ben Pierce, Lisa Smith, Litza Rivera, Amy Smith, and Sophie Straubel.
SEF will also celebrate the recipients of the John P. Collins Awards for Excellence. This award honors the exemplary efforts of those whose work brings to life the mission of the Shrewsbury Public Schools: to provide students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st century, an appreciation of our democratic tradition, and the desire to continue to learn throughout life. 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.
This year’s honorees from the following categories include:
Susan Rapp, Payroll Specialist, School Department Central Office
Deborah Durnin, Shrewsbury High School
Evan Earls, Shrewsbury High School
Heather Sena, Little Colonials Preschool at Shrewsbury High School
Jennifer Flemming, Grade 2 Teacher, Coolidge School
Amy Johnson, Grade 7 Science Teacher, Oak Middle School
Kelly Lawlor, English Teacher, Shrewsbury High School
Sarah Matthews, Grade 5 Math & Science Teacher, Sherwood Middle School
Patricia Waterhouse, Director of Special Education, Sherwood & Oak Middle Schools
Anne Gray, Parent Volunteer/Substitute Teacher, Paton School
The SEF Community Service Award is granted to a town leader or group who goes above and beyond in delivering outstanding services to the community and to the Shrewsbury Public Schools. SEF proudly presents this year’s award to the Shrewsbury High School Unified Club, which was also recently honored with national recognition by the Special Olympics.
Tickets for this year’s dinner are $80 and must be purchased by January 20, 2020. There will be no tickets sold at the door. Ticket purchases support funding for teacher and program grants and awards.
Tickets can be purchased from the Shrewsbury Education Foundation at www.SEFgrants.org.
Fifteen grants, totaling $15,746.27, have been awarded to the Shrewsbury Public Schools for the 2019–2020 school year. Grants for the following year will be considered in the fall of 2020.
“A Sensory Integration Approach; Inclusive Practices to Meet the Needs of Diverse Learners”
Mary Ann Hogan / Tina McGrail (Floral Elementary School)
“Building Empathy by Expanding the Canon: Developing Student’s Social Emotional Skills through Non-Fiction Narratives”
Liza Trombley / Kelly Lawlor (Shrewsbury High School)
“Can You Hear Me Now? Helping Students Develop Self-Monitoring Skills for Independent Work”
Nicole Cormier / Lisa Papazian (Walter J. Paton Elementary School)
“Cultures that Rock Our World: Appreciating and Accepting our Differences through Culturally Responsive Books in the Media Center”
Marjorie Fox / Pamela Santilli (Calvin Coolidge Elementary School)
“Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover: Promoting Representation, Inclusion, and Mental Awareness for ALL Students through Children’s Literature”
Colleen D’Errico (Shrewsbury High School)
“E.E.K. Environmental Education for Kids – 2019”
Kara Frankian (Floral Elementary School)
“Experiencing Everything: Virtual Reality and Enhancing the Learning Experience”
Matt Amdur / Derek Pizzuto (Oak Middle School)
“United Sound Resources: A Project in Inclusivity for Shrewsbury High School’s Instrumental Music Program”
Brian Liporto / Kate Mercadante (Shrewsbury High School)
“Family Book Club Lending Library”
Melissa Barrett / Becky Dumphey (Beal Early Childhood Center)
“Mental Health Toolkit Supply Grant”
Brenda Filiere (Shrewsbury High School)
“Oak Fitness Room”
Jeff LaRose (Oak Middle School)
“Paton’s Premier Pentathlon”
Ben Pierce / Lisa Smith (Walter J. Paton Elementary School)
Litza Rivera (Sherwood Middle School)
“Taking PE to New Heights”
Amy Smith (Floral Elementary School)
Sophie Straubel (Oak Middle School)
Fifteen grants, totaling $13,962.89 have been awarded to the Shrewsbury Public Schools for the 2018–2019 school year. Grants for the following year will be considered in the fall of 2019.
“Continuing to Support Shrewsbury High School Students with the Emotional Resources They Need”
Beth Neiman (Shrewsbury High School)
To replenish items in anxiety tool-kit, and to purchase sufficient back up supplies meet demand due to increased enrollment at SHS.
“Listen to This! Creating Mobile Podcasting Booths at Sherwood Middle School”
Lisa Daly (Sherwood Middle School)
To purchase equipment to create mobile classroom podcasting booths in order to create an avenue for students in the Sherwood school community to reach authentic audiences.
“Math “Anti-Bored Games”: Engaging Students While Building Number Sense & Computational Fluency”
Melissa McCann (Sherwood Middle School)
To purchase “Tang Math” resources for all grade 5 classrooms that will offer supplemental activities to support students in their development of number sense and computational fluency.
Lisa Pashou and Amy Russell (Sherwood Middle School)
To allow the purchase of a tricycle, helmet and bean bag chairs to introduce the importance of physical exercise as well as relaxation as key components to helping students discover a means to exert their energy safely and find comfort in their surroundings
“The Changemaker Project”
Kelly Lawlor (Shrewsbury High School)
To support this project based learning opportunity for students to focus on a number of topics from education to the environment, and from mental health to poverty.
“The Calvin Coolidge Caldecott”
Alice Brennan Fund Early Childhood Grant
Lesley Burnap and Annemarie Hurley (Calvin Coolidge Elementary School)
To help students become enthusiastic readers, critical thinkers, and thoughtful evaluators. Students will read and evaluate a set of (12) picture books published in 2018.
“Bears and Wolves and Troll, Oh My…”
Camille Viscomi (Walter J. Paton Elementary School)
To purchase fairy tale kits that will enhance curriculum by providing students and teachers with a stronger grasp of science, technology, engineering, and math through hands-on learning that draws meaningful connections with real-world applications.
“Literature as Windows, Mirrors & Sliding Glass Doors in High School English Classroom”
Erin Palazzo (Shrewsbury High School)
To allow the purchase of books to expand the classroom library. The books will serve as a scaffold to help students work through challenging texts and naturally improve their vocabulary and grammar skills.
“Synergize for Effective Learning”
Jeff Lane (Shrewsbury High School)
To allow for the purchase of the Adventure Curricula for Physical Education Pack. These lesson plans are comprised of activities designed to develop age-appropriate social and emotional learning skills such as conflict resolution, leadership, communication, and cooperative problem solving.
“Cool Science – The Journey Continues”
Carrie Peacock (Sherwood Middle School)
To provide money needed for material to expand demonstration of particulate model for matter, a working definition of temperature, and a foundation for ideal gas laws to include all 5th grade trams and expansion to 6th grade teams.
“E.E.K. 2.0 – Environmental Education for Kids”
Kara Frankian (Floral Street Elementary School)
To purchase Acorn Naturalist Compact Student Binoculars for use during lessons that involve the nature trail behind Floral Street School.
“Science Presentations in the Elementary/Middle Schools”
Melinda Moynihan (Shrewsbury High School)
To provide supplies needed by the Chemistry Club to use when visiting elementary schools and the middle schools to conduct demonstrations.
“Adventure Education: Surviving, Thriving, and Exploring in the Natural World”
Nathan Forest & Kathy Scibelli (Sherwood/Oak Middle Schools)
To provide The Adventure Curriculum that inspires students to be adventurers and explorers. The program supports students in a way that connects physical active lifestyle with the fields of science and conservation.
“Math and Mindfulness Meet Pre-K”
Jenna Roxo & Rebecca Dumphy (Parker Road School)
To allow the purchase of a lending library to teachers of class sets of books focusing on math and social/emotional learning.
“Harmony: Heart and Rhythm Mold Our Nimble Youth”
Cathy Burke (Shrewsbury High School)
To purchase Drums Alive, a program that combines the benefits of physical fitness program with the brain affected benefits of music and rhythm. The program fosters a healthy balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
Twenty-five grants totaling $19,075.36 have been awarded to the Shrewsbury Public Schools for the 2017–2018 school year. Grants for 2018–2019 will be considered in the fall of 2018.
“A Technological Approach to Phonics”
Spring Street School (Susan McMenemy & Michelle LeMay)
“Bring on The History Buffs! Historical Fiction for 4th Grade”
Floral Street School (Janet Johnson & Julie Murphy)
“Bringing History Alive Through Primary Sources”
Shrewsbury High School (Tim Scheer & Jenn DiFrancesca)
“Connecting Through Kindness”
ALICE BRENNAN FUND EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANT
Beal Early Childhood Center (Melissa Barrett)
“Cool” Middle School Science Enrichment
Sherwood Middle School (Caroline Peacock)
“Establishing a Strong Foundation of Understanding Informational Texts in First Grade”
Calvin Calvin Coolidge Elementary School (Lisa Cantin)
Shrewsbury High School (Pamela LeBlanc)
“Helping Students with Anxiety CONTINUE to Succeed”
Shrewsbury High School (Beth Neiman)
“Highlighting Visual Arts through Exhibition within the Community”
Floral Street School (Robert Wilson, Meri Buono & Sara DeAngelis)
“Incorporating Effective Social-Emotional Learning Practices within the Classroom Environment”
Floral Street School (Suzanne Margiano & Cara Demoga)
“Looking Towards the Future: Bringing 21st Century Skills into the ELA Classroom”
Oak Middle School (Sinead Meaney)
“Making the Past …Present”
Sherwood Middle School (Paula Carney)
“Pickleball Equipment for Sherwood PE & Shrewsbury Community”
Sherwood Middle School (Lauren DeSantis)
Oak Middle School (Jeremy Mularella)
“Powering a Better Life”
FARM TO FORK GREEN GRANT
Oak Middle School (Susan Andrews)
“¿Qué tal?: Fluency and Cultural Extension Through Target Language Reading”
Oak Middle School (Adriana Anderson & Susana Pierce)
“Recess Engagement Options”
Sherwood Middle School (Heather Gablaski)
“Slow Motion Physics”
Shrewsbury High School (Patrick Collins)
“STEM Challenges Through Ancient Civilizations”
Sherwood Middle School (Laure Laliberte & Payson Hendrix)
“Symphony Orchestra Repertoire Project”
Shrewsbury High School (Kate Mercadante)
“Supporting Preschoolers Communication Through Innovative Home and Classroom Interventions”
Parker Road Preschool (Patricia Quinn & Jacqueline Marcello)
Shrewsbury High School (Emily Bredberg)
“The Yellow Dress: Dramatic Play Performance”
Shrewsbury High School (Erin Burtnyk)
“WE NEED TO READ!”
Parker Road Preschool (Catherine Dowling)
“Wearable Art: Creating Fashionable Sculpture”
Shrewsbury High School (Brooke Blenkhorn)
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