2017 Traditional Grants


Software Tools to Enhance Literacy Instruction ($12,720)

A district-wide grant which will fund two software programs (Co-Writer Universal and Snap and Read Universal) designed to enhance literacy instruction and student text accessibility, for use by all students in the district for the 2017-2018 calendar year and will fund teacher training in use of the software.

Jillian Parke, Ellen Moscowitz, Jenny Gieras, Amy Kaiser, Mary Crewe


Language Department Virtual Reality ($10,704)

This grant funds a virtual reality pilot program at Horace Greeley High School. Four foreign language teachers will use this grant to expose their students to language and culture through a new type of real and authentic space while allowing students to be active participants in their learning.

Lauren Reisner, World Language Department, Horace Greeley High School


Curious Inventor Coding Blocks ($12,518)

This grant will provide the art departments at both middle schools with SAM Labs coding blocks that will allow for the incorporation of coding and technology into art projects in the 5th and 8th grade and will provide an important basis for the development of STEAM curriculum integrating technology and art.

Carolyn Elwood, Amanda McDonough, Art Teachers, Robert E. Bell Middle School and Seven Bridges Middle School

Get Moving! Kinesthetic Furniture ($37,028)

This grant funds the purchase of kinesthetic furniture for 34 classrooms or other student learning areas at both middle schools. In piloting various types of kinesthetic furniture through other CSF grants, middle school teachers have found furniture which enhances the student learning experience and this grant will allow all teachers who want to incorporate kinesthetic furniture into their classrooms to do so in a way that works with their subject matter and classroom environment.

Mary Comparetto and Sara Kenney, Special Education Teachers, Timothy Doyle, Assistant Principal, Robert E. Bell Middle School; Tricia Greco, Special Education Teacher, Andrew Corsilia, Principal, Seven Bridges Middle School

Lego Robots ($17,909)

This grant provides for the replacement of outdated robots used in technology classes allowing for the continuation of the robotics program and the development of richer technology curriculum.

Robert Raguette, Technology Teacher, Robert E. Bell Middle School

This grant provides for the redesign of a mathematics classroom to create an environment which will foster the development of creative and critical thinking skills and will allow for differentiated learning.

Megan Barnes, Math Teacher, Robert E. Bell Middle School

21st Century Transformative Classroom Design  ($21,695)

This grant provides for the redesign of a sixth grade english and social studies classroom at Seven Bridges Middle School to create a space which fosters collaboration and communication, critical thinking, comfort and creativity.

Pauline Daglio, English and Social Studies Teacher, Seven Bridges Middle School


Elementary Innovative Learning Spaces ($40,200)

This grant funds the redesign of two classrooms at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School to provide for flexible, moveable, comfortable elements with the intent of creating a more collaborative, personalized, active learning environment.

Jamie Edelman, Principal, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School

Elementary Classroom Redesign ($40,707)

This grant funds the redesign of two classrooms at Roaring Brook Elementary School to pilot classrooms which are more innovative, flexible and comfortable allowing for more choice, collaboration, independence and differentiated learning.

Amy Fishkin, Principal, Roaring Brook Elementary School

Fourth Grade Learning Commons ($36,381)

This grant provides for the redesign of the fourth grade commons space at Westorchard Elementary School to provide fourth grade teachers and students with the space, furniture and educational tools to enhance collaboration and independent learning and to support the fourth grade curriculum.

James Skoog, Principal, Westorchard Elementary School

Poster Maker ($4,045)

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.

Miriam Longobardi, Ann Marie Scalici, Fourth Grade Teachers, Roaring Brook Elementary School