SEF 2019 – 2020 Grants Awarded
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)
SEF 2018 – 2019 Grants Awarded
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.
SEF 2017 – 2018 Grants Awarded
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)
SEF 2016 – 2017 Grants Awarded
These seventeen grants have been awarded for the 2016–2017 school year, totaling $11,576.85. We will consider 2017–2018 grants in Fall 2017.
“SHS Weather Station”
Shrewsbury High School (Paul Wood, Tech Ed Teacher & Zac Tashjian, Biology Teacher)
This grant will provide a wireless weather monitoring station for all high school students via an iPad application.
“New Perspectives on Seeing the Familiar”
Floral Street School (Robert Wilson, Art Teacher)
This grant will expose fourth grade students to the use of digital cameras as a new art tool using technology.
“Beyond the Looking Glass”
Walter J. Paton Elementary School (Camille Viscomi, Teacher, Grade 1 & Lisa Papazian, Instructional Coach)
ALICE BRENNAN FUND EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANT
This grant will provide hands on resources to kindergarten and first grade students to strengthen their understanding of science concepts as outlined in the new Massachusetts science technology and engineering standards.
“Going Far With Nearpod”
Walter J. Paton Elementary School (Nicole Cormier, Teacher, Grade 4 & Wendy Bell, Principal)
This grant will serve as a Pilot for the addition of the tool of Nearpod to the ipad initiative enabling teachers to collaborate with other teachers while making curriculum engaging for students with immediate feedback.
“Kindness Rocks at Oak Middle School”
Oak Middle School (Maura Egan, 8 White ELA; Zarina Madan, 8 White Mathematics; Jason Ponticelli, 8 White Social Studies; Jesse Shaw, 8 White Special Education Teacher and Jess Ternullo, 8 White Science)
The goal of this grant is to “spread inspiration and motivation for unsuspecting recipients through random inspirational rocks dropped along the way…” Students will develop empathy which is a vital skill. Ultimately, the team envisions this project expanding to the broader Shrewsbury Community.
“Helping Students Succeed When Faced with Anxiety”
Shrewsbury High School (Beth L. Neiman, Ph.D., School Psychologist)
The Goal of this project is to develop and maintain a minimum of two Mental Health Toolkits including adult coloring books, blank journals, scented eye pillows, aromatherapy scents, stress balls, etc. for students in need of emotional support and stress relief.
“Breakout EDU Spyder Heist”
Sherwood Middle School (Payson Hendrix, 6th Grade Math/Science Teacher & Laura Macchi, 6th Grade ELA/SS Teacher)
This program allows students to learn in an engaging way. The games teach teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and troubleshooting. Students will learn effective communication and collaboration skills while using given clues to solve problems.
““What is the Fuss with Project Based Learning?””
Oak Middle School (Kelly Lawlor, 7 Blue ELA & Sinead Meaney, 7 Gold ELA)
This Grant will allow for the acquisition of “Career Cruising” program which will serve as a project based learning experience that will “bridge” school and the real world. This approach is in the form of a research paper that engages the students to become better critical thinkers, collaborators and communicators. This program shows the strong connection between school and real life.
“Students Helping Students: Coloring Pages as a Strategy for Anxiety”
All Schools (Noelle Freeman, Director of Nursing & Pam Leblanc, Director of Visual Arts)
The purpose of this Grant will provide a creative option for students who are struggling with anxiety. This project will reduce out of class time for students who are struggling by providing a strategy that can be used in the nurses’ and counselors’ offices. It is innovative because it utilizes the artistic talents off a group of students by creating a medium that will help other students. These students are then providing a community service for others.
“Mindful Garden Loom”
Sherwood Middle School (Deirdre Kunar, Art Teacher & Rob Dunn, Curriculum Coordinator, Social Studies)
ROBERT “CHIEF JOSEPH” TERKANIAN GRANT
This Grant will provide an alternative to quiet, calming, creative, mindful space for all students of Sherwood Middle School. It will provide an on-going piece of art equipment. Two permanent looms (equipped with materials) will be installed in the garden space of the recess area at Sherwood for students to actually use at recess time or when a student needs to “take a break.”
“Let’s Beat the Tar out of Tobacco Use!”
All Shrewsbury Elementary Schools – Grade 4 (Shirley LeMay, Health Teacher)
This Grant will bring to life the respiratory system for SPS 4th grade students. It will illustrate the differences between healthy and unhealthy lungs as well as focus on teaching students to make smarter life-long decisions about tobacco use.
“Game On! Improving Math Problem Solving Skills Through Interactive Board Games”
Walter J. Paton Elementary School (Kristine Gustafson & Ann Early, Grade Two Teachers)
ALICE BRENNAN FUND EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANT
This Grant will provide second grade students with curriculum based Math Problem Solving board games which are a unique addition to their educational resources and are user friendly for students reluctant to practice math skills.
“Technical Writing Made Concrete and Fun”
Shrewsbury High School (Dayna Brown-Dolan, English Teacher)
This Grant will be for the ELA classes to use linking blocks to develop and use technical writing skills by conceptualizing the importance of communicating ideas with clarity and precision. By making the activity tangible, it will appeal to students with varying learning styles, etc.
Shrewsbury High School (Pam LeBlanc, Visual Arts Director & Liza Trombley, Director, English Department)
Students, using SEF-granted digital cameras, taking a one point perspective photo of a hallway. This Grant will provide a creative outlet through art and/or writing for all SHS students. The Black History Committee joins forces with the Art & English Departments to create work based on a theme. This year’s Theme, ‘Perspective’ will encourage students to respect each other’s feelings and/or beliefs by using puzzle pieces that represent differences.
Shrewsbury High School (Shari Fox, Art Teacher and Julia Naras, student)
CENTRAL ONE FEDERAL CREDIT UNION GRANT
This Grant will facilitate the purchase of 6 stereoscopes and 2 digital cameras. This will significantly enhance the art program at SHS and heighten its prestige among other schools in the region. It will prepare the students for higher education. Specifically, students will study objects under a stereoscope, then take photographs that they can use for art and science projects, and create artwork inspired by the photographs in various artistic media science reports using the photographs for deeper investigation.
“Photography Materials and Cameras”
Shrewsbury High School (Sarah Williams, Visual Arts Teacher)
This Grant will enable the purchase of two cameras, the repair of 2-3 inoperable cameras in the school’s possession and film and materials for cyanotype prints (original forms of photographic imagery.) This grant enables the learning of old school film photography.
“From iPad to “I Can.””
Calvin Coolidge Elementary School (Amy Clouter, Coolidge School Principal & Erin Kendrick, Instructional Coach, Calvin Coolidge Elementary School)
This Grant will allow the purchase of one Swivl camera to provide opportunities for each Coolidge classroom to document what the students are learning whether it be solving math problems, performing in music class, observing frogs or compare their thinking with a school across town by capturing it in real time and easily sharing it on their iPads.
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