HORACE GREELEY HIGH SCHOOL
Art Department Technology ($37,541)
This grant will provide digital access to students in art classes that are not primarily digitally focused. A MacBook cart and Surface tablets will be available to students in Visual Design, Industrial Design and Fashion Design which will allow students to stretch creativity, try out, refine and revise multiple ideas quickly and visually express more sophisticated concepts than their technical skills would otherwise allow.
Louise Brady, Art Department Chair, Horace Greeley High School
Classroom Redesign Project ($121,864)
This project is an outgrowth of teaching practices in the iLab and a group of Greeley teachers who came together to study how classroom design and configuration could be used to enhance the teaching and learning process in individual classrooms. From this study, five classrooms were selected representing multiple curricular areas. Classroom designs were created to enable teachers and students to engage in new teaching and learning practices and new curricular units intended to help students develop critical thinking and collaborative skills.
Eric Byrne, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Robert Rhodes, Horace Greeley High School Principal, Jacqueline Abair, English Teacher, Steve Walker, LIFE School/Social Studies Teacher, Ping Li, Chinese Teacher, Michael Day, French Teacher, Nancy Becerra, Health Teacher, Horace Greeley High School
CNC Router ($14,952)
The CNC Router will be used by students in Industrial Design and the newly developed 3D Art AP class to design and create highly accurate and professional prototypes out of wood, aluminum and plastic. The addition of a CNC Router to the Greeley Art Department will allow students who used the device in middle school to continue their educational trajectory.
Christopher Kaser, Industrial Design and 3D AP Art Teacher, Horace Greeley High School
Heart Rate Monitors ($6,150)
The Greeley Physical Education Department will integrate the use of Polar heart rate monitors to develop physical education curriculum for all ninth grade students and students in various physical education electives. Students will receive instant feedback on their heart rate and whether they are in the target heart rate zones. The monitors send this information to the software program and graphs are created along with other info that allows for tracking on conditioning.
Anthony Vaglica, Physical Education Teacher, Horace Greeley High School
Math Walls ($8,982)
This grant will provide 5 math classrooms with write on walls. By covering all wall surfaces with writeable areas, teachers can actively engage students and facilitate collaborative problem solving among students.
Peg Breen, Math Department Chair, Horace Greeley High School
Science Equipment ($3,527)
This student submitted grant will support teachers in Physics, Robotics and Computer Science. The grant includes a variety of science equipment to strengthen and develop the current technology, physics and robotics curriculum. Examples of equipment included in the grant are arduino boards and oscilloscopes (used by engineers to measure and graph electrical voltage) and arduino boards (microprocessors used in robotics and other engineering projects).
Matthew Kaufman, Student, Horace Greeley High School, Class of 2016
Student Directed Learning ($29,939)
This grant provides for the purchase of furniture and other classroom equipment to allow the transformation of a social studies classroom into a space that promotes active learning and allows students to participate in the design of a space to support their instruction, provide opportunities for collaboration and practice of other essential learning skills.
Thomas Witmer, Social Studies Teacher, Horace Greeley High School
3D Printers ($7,445)
The additional 3D printers provided by this grant will extend existing capabilities in the MakerSpace to a larger audience by allowing for the teaching of 3D design and printing in the Introduction to Engineering class and by allowing for the better management of workflow.
Paul Bianchi, Kevin Kuczma, Mike DeBellis, Science Teachers, Horace Greeley High School
Gedney Brook Study ($9,738)
This grant will allow 8th grade Seven Bridges students to engage in a long term ecological/environmental study of the Gedney Brook located on the Seven Bridges campus. Curriculum will be enhanced with the addition of data probes, hand held devices and other equipment enabling students to gain maximum value from this outdoor learning experience.
Ray LoGiudici, Gabriella Rubeo, Science Teachers, Seven Bridges Middle School
21st Century Reading/Writing Workshop ($13,669)
This grant will provide for the reconfiguration of a seventh grade English classroom to better facilitate the workshop model of reading and writing instruction by creating six different working stations to be used to support students efforts, promote collaboration, foster independence and generate more authentic work environments.
Tiffany DePeralta, English Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
3D Printers ($14,592)
Adding 3D printers to the Bell technology department which will allow for the introduction of 3D design curriculum to 6th grade students and the enhancement of design curriculum in the later grades.
Robert Raguette, Technology Teacher, Robert E. Bell Middle School
K/1 SmartBoards ($66,273)
Kindergarten and First Grade classrooms in all three elementary school will receive SmartBoard technology. The installation of SmartBoards in K/1 classrooms will enhance teachers ability to deliver curriculum in the areas of math, science and reading and provide a vehicle for interactive learning in these grades.
Lisa Ultan, Staff Developer, Chappaqua Central School District; Josh Block, Instructional Technology Teacher, Chappaqua Central School District
Kindergarten SmartTable ($5,399)
This grant provides for the acquisition of a SmartTable that will be shared by the Roaring Brook kindergarten teachers. The SmartTable will allow students to work in small groups and develop group problem solving skills in a variety of curricular areas. By having access to a SmartTable, teachers will be able to differentiate work and allow all learners to reach their full potential.
Stefanie Kandalaft, Kindergarten Teacher, Roaring Brook
Maker Project ($55,975)
This grant supports the growth and establishment of Maker Programs in each of the three elementary schools. Makerspaces are learning centers with tools and materials that allow students to solve problems and design solutions through creativity, revision and collaboration. The Maker Curriculum combines hitech and lowtech equipment. Through work with Media Specialists and Technology Fellows in each building, teachers and students are encouraged to think differently about problem solving. Maker activities provide opportunities for students to learn in a more active, “handson” environment.
Ellen Moskowitz, Technology Developer, Zach Arnold, Josh Block, Instructional Technology Teachers, Chappaqua Central School District; Alison Turner, Library Media Specialist, Debra Alspach, Assistant Principal, Grafflin Elementary School; Chris Eidem, Library Media Specialist, William Yang Assistant Principal, Roaring Brook Elementary School; Jerry Sulli, Library Media Specialist, James Skoog, Principal, Annie Piekarski, Assistant Principal, Westorchard Elementary School
Poster Maker ($5,094)
Elementary students will benefit from the production of quality materials for instruction and learning through teachers use of this specially designed oversized printer. Visual displays enhance and stimulate student learning and support development and execution of curriculum instruction.
Megan Emerson, Special Education Teacher, Debbie Lenaghan, First Teacher, Grafflin Elementary School
ZSpace 3D Learning Platform ($30,149)
ZSpace is a virtual reality system that brings various science and other curricular areas to life in the eyes and hands of students. Students wear specifically designed and engineered glasses and hold special stylus utensils that allow students to engage in virtual activities and and experience learning and work collaboratively. Four of these devices will be piloted at Grafflin Elementary School and used in small group instruction.
Mara Cohen, Fourth Grade Teacher, Grafflin Elementary School
2015-2016 school year InstaGrants
The InstaGrant program fast-tracks grant requests of $2,500 or less and allows for needed equipment to get into classrooms as quickly as possible.
Horace Greeley High School
Casio Prizm Calculators ($2,495)
This InstaGrant pilots the use of Casio PRISM graphing calculators in high school math classes taught by Mr. Benack. Mr. Benack believes these calculators have stronger capabilities and use beyond the usual TI-84plus calculators.
George Benack, Math Teacher, HGHS
CNC Mill Kit ($1,600)
This InstaGrant funds the purchase of a Shapeoko 3 CNC Mill Kit to be used for cutting wood and metal by students in technology and design classes. This tool will enhance the abilities of students to create a variety of makerspace based projects.
Paul Bianchi, Science Teacher, HGHS
LabQuest Mini Sensor Kits ($2,384)
This InstaGrant provides 16 LabQuest mini sensor kits for the Physics Department at HGHS to be used in labs in Physics and Engineering classes.
Kevin Kuczma, Science Teacher, HGHS
Robotics Equipment ($2,200)
This InstaGrant funds the purchase of 30 Arduino Shields and 2 Quad Copter kits. Arduino shields are circuit boards that will enable students to program current robots using JAVA rather than the outdated BASIC computer programming language. These boards will update the program in a real and needed way. The Quadcopters will enhance the robotics program and be programmed and operated in the Robotics class as well.
James Howard, Science Teacher, Horace Greeley High School
Polypong Table ($1,776)
This InstaGrant funded the purchase of a Polypong table to be used by seven bridges students during recess. Polypong is a multiplayer game which fosters sharing, the development of positive relationships, teamwork and cooperation and is a great stress reliever.
Greg Stiefel, Assistant Principal, Seven Bridges Middle School
CNC Router Supplies ($1,005)
This InstaGrant funds tools and protective equipment to support the use of the CNC Router, a piece of equipment previously granted by CSF.
Chris Stasi, Technology Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
Refugee Book Clubs ($1,007)
This InstaGrant funded the purchase of books and cameras to allow for a new curricular unit focusing on the topic of refugee experience.
Tiffany DePeralta, English Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
Marvel Focus Desk ($1,752)
This InstaGrant funded the purchase of four marvel focus desks to be used in 5West classrooms. Focus desks allow for the height adjustment of the desk to allow alternative seating and standing options for students and the expansion of the desk surface for students who need more space to manage classroom materials or to allow for multiple students to work collaboratively at one work surface.
Tricia Greco, Special Education Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
SB Electric String Project ($2,500)
This InstaGrant provides supplies necessary to allow for the use of electric string instruments already at Seven Bridges Middle School. An Electric String curriculum will be implemented first with seventh and eighth graders and then expanded to fifth and sixth graders.
Kim Meade, Orchestra Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
CNN Heroes ($1,500)
This InstaGrant allowed for CNN Hero finalist, Dr. Wendy Ross, to speak to all grades at Seven Bridges about inclusion and conduct a presentation to the Seven Bridges faculty during a faculty meeting as part of Brian O’Connor’s innovative CNN Heroes program. Dr. Ross, a venerable pediatrician, is the founder and director of Autism Inclusion Resources.
Brian O’Connor, Social Studies Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
Disc Golf ($1,835)
This InstaGrant funds the purchase of non permanent Disc Golf equipment to be used as part of a new unit in the physical education curriculum.
Christine Catapano, Physical Education Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School
Collaborative Research Center ($2,500)
This InstaGrant funded the creation of a collaborative research center within the Bell library to create a space to allow for collaboration and instruction to support research projects and related curriculum.
Sharon Wiggins, Library Media Specialist, Bell Middle School
This grant enables students to engage in preliminary robotic programming and coding. Ozobots are two-wheeled small mini-robots that react to colors and symbols made with markers on paper and designs made on tablets. These activities are a pre-cursor to understanding computer coding.
Warren Whitney, Third Grade Teacher, Grafflin Elementary School
AlphaBetter Standing Desks ($738)
This grant provided two standing desks for Mara Cohen’s fourth grade classroom. These standing desks will be used in pursuit of Grafflin’s self-directed learning initiative to increase active engagement during individual and group work in the classroom.
Mara Cohen, Fourth Grade Teacher, Grafflin Elementary School