2018 Grants

These grants were approved by CSF in the spring of 2018 and will be implemented in classrooms during the 2018-2019 school year.


DISTRICT WIDE

Elementary Art Displays  ($14,435.00)

This grant covers three multi-touch display monitors to be placed in the art classroom in each of the elementary schools. These monitors will facilitate the further development of STEAM curriculum for students across the district in grades K-4 and will facilitate student collaboration as they will allow students to easily show and share their work.

Joshua Culwell-Block, Director of Technology and Innovation; Braken Feldman, Sarah Curry, Elizabeth Rose, Art Teachers, Roaring Brook Elementary School, Westorchard Elementary School, Grafflin Elementary School

Digital Learning Initiative  ($316,785)

This grant is the result of a unique partnership between CSF and the CCSD to develop and fund a 1 to 1 digital learning initiative to be implemented in all third and fourth grade classrooms at each elementary school. This CSF grant funds hardware, software and professional development which are essential to the success of this exciting initiative.

Joshua Culwell-Block, Director of Technology and Innovation

HORACE GREELEY HIGH SCHOOL

Google Jamboards ($13,996.00)

The Google Jamboard is a mobile display board that allows students to collaborate, easily and seamlessly, in-person, on a document, presentation, video production, or research project. Jamboards were only released by Google in May 2017; Greeley will be the second school to use this cutting edge technology in our geographic area. This grant funds the purchase of two Google Jamboards which will support project based learning and small group instruction in the L-building across the English and Social Studies departments.

Joshua Culwell-Block, Director of Technology and Innovation; Daniel Valentin, English Teacher, Horace Greeley High School

Cintiq Tablets for Greeley Art Lab Studio 5  ($35,110.68)

This grant is the result of a collaborative process among Greeley art students and art faculty who recognized the need for additional digital capability for art classes at Greeley. This grant funds a full class set of Cintiq tablets which will be used to equip the existing computers in Art Lab Studio 5, giving access to digital equipment to students in Drawing 1,2,3 and 4, Visual Dynamics, Photography 1, Fashion Design and Industrial Design. Access to Cintiqs will allow these students to learn how to use digital tools, enhance their digital drawing skills and to create drawings and visual prototypes which they can revise and refine.

Louise Brady, Art Department Chair; Sarah Kugelmas, on behalf of Horace Greeley art students

Greeley Dynamic Fitness Center  ($50,000.00)

This grant is part of a larger project to refurbish and renovate the current weight room at Greeley.  CSF is pleased to partner with the District to replace antiquated fitness and weight equipment as part of the redesign of the current weight room.  Funds from this grant will provide equipment to support the physical education curriculum at the high school. This equipment will be utilized by all 9th grade physical education students and upperclassmen enrolled in specific physical education electives.

Jason Semo, Athletic Director, Steve McLees, Athletic Trainer, Horace Greeley High School

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

Outdoor Courtyard Classroom  ($19,861.30)

Bell Middle School will use tables, chairs, and other equipment to establish an outdoor classroom in the courtyard.  The Bell Student Leadership, comprised of representatives from the 5th through 8th grades, initiated this application with the help of faculty and administrators.  Teachers at all levels will be adapting curriculum units to use this new space.

Bell Student Leadership Council and its advisors Justin Olive and Meredith Green

Mobile Production Cart for Project Based Presentation Recordings ($22,757.55)

This Grant will provide multimedia recording equipment that will help students design,create, narrate their work process and present final projects in project based learning units. Students will be able to record video, sound and use animation to produce, edit, share and reflect on their academic work. The equipment includes cameras, lighting, microphones, laptops, ipads, greenscreen, and other support equipment.

Amanda McDonough, Art Teacher; Sharon Wiggins, Library Media Specialist; Elizabeth Sovern, Family and Consumer Science Teacher; Gina Serafin, Music Teacher; Bell Middle School

Tertia Brook Field Study Equipment ($8,866.00)

This grant will upgrade and improve the 8th grade science cumulative, end-of-year ecological/environmental study of Tertia Brook (located near Bell Middle School). The grant allows the 8th grade science teachers to replace out-of-date equipment with updated equipment having additional capabilities and increased accuracy, allowing students to have more technological opportunities in scientific study and observation of the ecosystem.

Patrick Liu and Annie Madden, Science Teachers, Bell Middle School

Everblock Design System ($7,904.46)

This grant funds the purchase of EverBlocks –  modular, oversized plastic blocks that facilitate the construction of all types of objects – and storage carts to allow these blocks to be stored and used by a variety of Bell teachers. These blocks are ideal for collaborative building and engineering projects and will allow students to build full scale, reliable, weight-bearing structures for advanced STEAM work. Use of the blocks will deeply enrich problem based learning and cross curricular units by creating opportunities for students to have hands-on, problem solving experiences.

Jessica Sansevera and Sarah Geronimo, Science Teachers; Megan Barnes, Math Teacher; Amanda McDonough, Art Teacher,  Bell Middle School

Outdoor Science Study ($7,296.00)

This grant funds science equipment and portable tables to create an outdoor study area/classroom for Seven Bridges students. This grant fosters a more active, collaborative and hands on learning experience as it will allow for deeper experiences as part of the seventh grade science program looking at the ecological and environmental impact of invasive species in the natural settings of the Seven Bridges school yard.

Nancy Soliz and Kathleen Kuczma, Science, Seven Bridges Middle School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS

Recording Studio ($7,025.68)

Grafflin will use this grant to convert an existing space into a multimedia studio with recording equipment. Students will be use this studio to create a variety of presentations and projects, including voice-overs, recording of musical performances, electronic music, sound effects and podcasts and audio books.The recording studio will align with the curriculum embracing STEAM/Makerspaces and recognizes that presentation, peer feedback and reflection are important aspects of the learning and design process.

Elizabeth Rose, Art; Steve Listengart, Music; and Ellen Paradiso, Library Media Specialist, Grafflin Elementary School

Tools for Differentiated Learning ($18,495.50)

This grant emerged from a working group of teachers and administrators at Grafflin Elementary School studying ways to engage and motivate students and to allow for more targeted, personalized instruction in their classrooms. This grant will pilot the transformation of teaching and learning in three Grafflin classrooms (one second and two fourth grade) through the use of software programs, cameras to record lessons and iPads (Grade 2 iPads covered in this grant, Grade 4 iPads covered in the District 1:1 Digital Learning grant).  These tools will enable teachers to personalize instruction by differentiating the content to the pace of their students.

Margaret Salmore, Second Grade Teacher; Dana House and Marina Comblo, Fourth Grade Teachers; Jamie Edelman, Principal, Grafflin Elementary School

See also Elementary Art Displays and Digital Learning Initiative under District Wide heading above.