2014 Grants

Horace Greeley High School

Maker Space ($14,750)

Funding from this grant will be used to allow a current Greeley science classroom to be used as a “Maker Space,” or student workshop for high technology project design and construction. Students in all levels of physics — Principles of Engineering and Design, Introduction to Physics, and AP Physics 1 — will use new technology, including SKETCHUP software, laser cutters and 3D printers, to enhance current physics projects and make newer, more sophisticated projects possible.

Paul Bianchi and Kevin Kuczma, Physics Teachers, Horace Greeley High School

Visual Arts Lab ($11,603)

This grant lays the groundwork for a new Art Lab that is being planned for Horace Greeley High School. This first step will provide printing and presentation equipment consisting of a large format printer, two high volume printers and a large HD display to facilitate student brainstorming, live peer-feedback and presentations. This new equipment will allow the nearly 1,100 students enrolled in the art program to increase the planning, producing, reviewing, refining and sharing of work. Students will participate in individual and collaborative project-based learning and more Greeley students will have opportunities to enter juried competitions and present work in various showcases.

Zach Arnold, Art Teacher

Fitness Center Technology ($3,575)

Designed to enhance the Greeley Fitness Center, three smart LED televisions will enrich the Physical Education curriculum, helping to motivate students and make them more independent learners. Internet-accessible programs will direct students on how to conduct appropriate, self-guided workouts, to develop muscles safely and effectively, and how to care for the body to prevent medical conditions such as backaches and bad posture. Lifting programs, such as P90X, Insanity and Cross Fit can be used as teaching aids so that teachers are better able to provide individual feedback on form and techniques.

Lyn Stewart, Physical Education

SMART Board for Greeley Athletics and Physical Education Department ($5,979)

The addition of a SMART Board in the athletic department will enhance the coaching of all athletic teams and the teaching of physical education at Greeley. Athletic teams will benefit from the Coaches’ ability to better explain specific plays and strategy, utilizing video footage of their own teams to review and assess, or footage from college and professional level teams as meaningful teaching tools. Physical Education teachers will employ the SMART Board to augment concepts around fitness and skill development, especially critical to the mandatory 12th grade Lifetime Skills course.

Pete Kuczma, CCSD Athletic Director, and Maureen McCarthy, Greeley Parent

E-Readers – Cultivating a Lifelong Love of Reading


This grant provides 30 additional Kindle e-readers for students of English in grades 9-12, supplementing prior Kindle grants and making it possible for students in two full English classes to use Kindles concurrently. Greeley English teachers have found that Kindles allow students to engage more fully with text, provide a more accessible reading experience to students of all abilities, and motivate students to read more often.

Gail Schlenger and Frank Ceruzzi, English Teachers, Horace Greeley High School

Middle Schools

SMART Boards and Document Cameras for Middle School Music Classrooms ($31,575)

Following the success of last year’s CSF grant which equipped all Elementary Music classrooms with SMART Boards and supporting document cameras and software, this year CSF will expand this technology to all Middle School Music classes.   Bell and Seven Bridges will now have SMART technology in all Band, Orchestra, Chorus and General Music classrooms. Students will use this technology to enhance music reading, interval training and performance-based skills, and this technology will bring a novel and fresh perspective to a curriculum that has been previously taught by primarily traditional methods.

Eric Byrne and Darleen Nicolosi, Chappaqua Central School District, and Kathleen Feldman, Music Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School

Bell Mac Lab ($15, 710)

The Bell Mac Lab, a dedicated new space for Bell Middle School, will accomplish a number of goals, chief among these being the development of a digital age learning environment to enhance teaching and learning. The provisions, and the design, promote innovative teaching practices and foster the development of 21st century skills through collaboration and opportunities for blended learning. Project-based, and authentic learning experiences will be a central feature of the curriculum units designed for this space. This grant will provide the multimedia components of the Bell Mac Lab.

Darleen Nicolosi, Chappaqua Central School District, and Martin Fitzgerald, Principal, Bell Middle School

Library Mobile SMART Board ($6,363)

The library at Bell will be equipped with a mobile SMART Board, for use by all teachers who instruct in the library. The SMART Board will also be integrated into the WISER research program and will be used for student presentations. The mobile nature of this SMART Board increases flexibility, allowing for student involvement and maximizing space configuration. The SMART Board’s Bluetooth capability expands the ability to utilize library laptops that have SMART software installed.

Sharon Wiggins, Librarian, Bell Middle School

Compost Tumblers ($500)

Three compost tumblers will be purchased for use at Seven Bridges to further enhance the lessons surrounding the Seven Bridges’ Sustainable Garden, a CSF grant awarded in 2009. Composting is crucial to teaching sustainability. The tumblers allow student participation in a relatively speedy (one month) composting of food waste into usable garden soil, and this soil will be used in various gardening locations throughout the school. The compost tumblers are a welcome addition to the school’s sustainability program.

Patrick Conley, English teacher, Seven Bridges Middles School

Elementary Schools

Second Grade SMART Boards ($36,597)

Continuing CSF’s support of this interactive whiteboard technology, this grant provides SMART Boards for all second grade classrooms at Grafflin, Roaring Brook and Westorchard. This proven technology enhances student engagement, provides visual representations that reinforce learning and gives young students the opportunity to explore and physically manipulate the concepts of a lesson, creating a dynamic educational experience.

Eric Byrne and Darleen Nicolosi, Chappaqua Central School District

Sensory Studio and Equipment Library ($13,112)

This grant will establish a Sensory Studio and Equipment Library at Roaring Brook Elementary School. Students will visit the sensory studio when they are experiencing either an overload or lack of sensory stimulation, causing them to be distracted, over-active, under-active, disengaged, frustrated, or upset. The sensory studio will have materials specifically used to calm students down, expel energy, assist to alert students, organize their bodies, and therefore allow them to return to their classrooms more prepared and available to learn. Some of the materials in the studio will be available for loan to teachers to utilize with their students in the classroom. These supports can assist both students with special needs as well as those in the general education population. Students will learn to understand how their bodies work, feel, and what they need in order to be ready for the lessons of the day.

Ellen Moskowitz, Special Education Teacher, and Jillian Parke, Occupational Therapist, Roaring Brook Elementary School

Let’s Get Visual ($4,435)

This grant will fund a large printer that can print different sized posters. The poster printer will allow teachers to expand their instructional toolkits and increase the functionality of the four walls of their classrooms. At any grade level in any classroom, a print-rich environment with visual references and instructional charts will build students’ independence and skills as they work individually and in small groups. All teachers and students from kindergarten through fourth grade will benefit from this new tool. The applications and uses for the printer range from charts for reading and math strategy, exemplar and rubric references, and shared reading charts to schedules, routines and calendars.

Jim Skoog, Principal, Westorchard Elementary School