Learning Excellence Grant Awards

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FOUNDATION FOR BELMONT EDUCATION
CYCLE 2 – Learning Excellence Grants
Approved March 30, 2017

Applicant Target School Award Title Grant Purpose Amount
Colleen Cox Burbank School LEGO Storytelling Kits to purchase Lego Storystarter kits to motivate reluctant writers to create and write their own stories and to be used as an alternative assessment tool when appropriate $855
Colleen Foley System-Wide Authentic Resources and Assessment Through Modes of Communication in the Foreign Language Classroom to provide professional development regarding the use of authentic resources in foreign language instruction and assessment through the three modes of communication:  interpersonal, interpretative, and presentational $1,862
Kathyrn McLeod Belmont High School 3D Printer for Belmont High School to fund the purchase of an NVBots 3D printer to use in numerous classes across multiple departments at Belmont High School $12,499
Monica Frender Chenery Middle School Health and Wellness Technology – iPad Cart to purchase an iPad cart for safe storage and transport of iPads/tablets that will be used to enhance and improve the health curriculum for students $1,700
Deborah McDevitt Chenery Middle School Chromebooks and Cart for Grade 6 Social Studies to provide up to 30 Chromebooks and a storage cart for 6th grade social studies students to practice their research skills and create products for authentic assessments that demonstrate their progression towards mastery of content and skills $7,830
Dan Richards Belmont High School Project Zero Perspectives: Making, Innovating, Learning Conference to fund the registration of four Belmont High School faculty members to attend the ‘Project Zero: Making — Innovating — Learning’ Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania $3,300
Nichole Bukowski Belmont High School Yoga 4 Classrooms Implementation Leader Training to train a cohort leadership team of Belmont High School staff members to receive, plan, and implement the Yoga 4 Classrooms Program at BHS $5,394
Margot Reavey Chenery Middle School Chenery Auditorium Stage Portable Speaker System to implement a portable speaker system for the Chenery Auditorium Stage Rehearsal Space to allow effective presentation of educational materials from devices already routinely used in orchestra rehearsals $1,000
Janet Carey Winn Brook School Reflections and Connections to purchase teaching materials which reflect students’ cultural background, ethnicity, and identity $2,500
TOTAL, 9 APPROVED

LEGP GRANTS                                                                         

$36,940

Foundation for Belmont Education
Cycle 1 – Learning Excellence Grants
Approved November 30, 2016

 

Applicant

Target School Award Title Grant Purpose Amount
Amy Spangler Wellington School Wellington Soar Academy to increase achievement of low performing fourth grade students by providing targeted learning opportunities in ELA, mathematics, and social/emotional learning in the hour before school begins (or ends) twice a week for twelve weeks $1,801
Ann Walsh Wellington School Fairytale Story Performance for Wellington Kindergarteners to fund a visit by Odds Bodkin, internationally-renowned storyteller and musician, who will present three stories with Wellington kindergarten that touch on themes of empathy and kindness and engage students with music and a group discussion $863
Julie Kim Belmont High School Motivating and Engaging Students through Dissections in Biology Class to purchase equipment that will allow hands-on dissections of different animals so as to increase student motivation and engagement in all biology classes at the High School $485
Kate Hayashi Burbank School Renaissonics Workshop to fund a workshop for third graders on the recorder by Renaissonics, an innovative musical ensemble $450
Janice Darias System-Wide Achievement Gap Professional Development – METCO Conference to fund the conference registration fees for seven district leaders and teachers to attend the METCO Directors’ Annual Conference for Educators on December 2, 2016 $1,525
Adrienne Dinh Wellington School Animal Adaptations to fund a Museum of Science Animal Adaptations program for third grade students, including two presentations by museum staff, DVD’s, and five sets of classroom books $1,257
Kristin Ciappina Chenery Middle School Enhance Physical Education Curriculum to purchase yoga equipment to enhance the physical education experience of all Chenery students $1,804
Karen Duff Chenery Middle School Chenery Upper School Author Series to fund a two day visit by Kekla Magoon for all grade 7 and 8 students, including presentations and mini-writing workshops, to enhance understanding of race and racism in American culture and history through the lens of literature $5,000
Mark Abruzzese Belmont High School Data Acquisition Expansion for High School Science to purchase data collection equipment to further High School students’ ability to design and carry out authentic scientific experiments $9,873
Kristin Comment Belmont High School Facilitating Difficult Conversations to fund an EDCO consultant who will train BHS faculty in how to facilitate difficult conversations about race, ethnicity, and other differences in the classroom so that they can help students to process new ideas and experiences in Diversity Programming $1,920
FBE ID Target School Award Title Grant Purpose Amount
Janet Carey Winn Brook School Responsive Classroom Training to fund Responsive Classroom training for two members of the Social Emotional Steering Committee at Winn Brook and purchase books related to this curriculum $638
Paul Ketchen Belmont High School Marching Band – Battery Percussion Instruments and Carriers to replace the current failing inventory of marching percussion instruments in order to enhance instruction, performance, and overall experience of all students in the Belmont Marching Band $5,042
Ezra Flam Belmont High School Diversity Programming: Interactive Workshop Assemblies with Urban Improv to fund two Urban Improv workshops to engage BHS students in sensitive and productive conversations about race and identity $3,000
Janet Flaherty Burbank School Scholastic Book Library: Guided Reading for Daily 4 in Grades 3 & 4 to purchase fiction and nonfiction texts that align with the Common Core Standards to complete the shared level library for students in grades 3 and 4 $3,000
Danielle Betencourt Butler School Chromebooks for Third Grade Google Classrooms & Digital Literacy to fund a pilot to purchase Chromebooks for a third grade class to allow ready and regular access to digital tools so as to develop skills necessary to collaborate, create, and effectively use and manipulate technology to solve complex problems $7,304

TOTAL, 15 APPROVED LEGP GRANTS                                                                         $43,962

Foundation for Belmont Education
Cycle 2 – Learning Excellence Grants
Approved March 30, 2016

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Jessica DeFrances All Elementary Improving Number Sense through Number Talks in Kindergarten to purchase Number Talks and the accompanying Rekenrek materials to create student Rekenreks for every kindergarten classroom in all four elementary schools $1,552
David Beebe Chenery Experiential Curriculum Aids for the Transportation Unit to purchase materials for grade 7 students at the Chenery to use and enhance their understanding of the Transportation Unit, one of the newly adopted science standards $250
Michael McAllister Butler iRover for Grade 1 Mathematics to fund the purchase an iRover interactive easel to help first grade teachers at Butler make their classrooms more interactive and engaging $3,531
Jessica DeFrances All Elementary Engineering Curriculum Pilot for Elementary to support the pilot of three engineering units, including curriculum, materials, and professional development, for grades 2, 3, and 4 in all four elementary schools $2,519
Jennifer Scranton All Elementary Traveling Field Microscope Lab to create a traveling field microscope lab that can be used at all elementary schools in the district $2,487
Jessica DeFrances All Elementary Engaging Students in Inquiry Based Science Instruction Using Picture Books to enhance inquiry based science units for all grades in the four elementary schools by purchasing picture books to be used during read alouds to help capture students’ interest in scientific phenomena, and additional materials for students to use in investigations $2,500
Colleen Foley High School Utilizing Authentic Interviews to Aid Cross-Cultural Proficiency and Linguistic Development for authentic interviews, via online resources, to aid in cross-cultural proficiency and linguistic development, to enhance the existing French and Chinese curriculum at BHS $2,800
Elizabeth Gentes Chenery 6th Grade Science iPad Cart to purchase an iPad charging cart and 30 iPad cases to be used by the sixth grade science classes at the Chenery (30 iPads to be supplied by the Belmont Public Schools) $4,270
Lisa O’Sullivan Burbank Animal Adaptations Program and Materials to fund a Museum of Science Animal Adaptations program (2 sessions), books, and DVDs about Animal Adaptations for grade 3 at the Burbank $957
Lindi DeLorio All Elementary ESL Center Materials to purchase materials needed to implement language-focused centers for ESL classes in all four elementary schools $6,396
Jessica DeFrances All Elementary Supplemental Materials for Struggling Math Students to pilot the purchase of a math intervention module for students in grades three and four at all four elementary schools $4,022
Jonathan Marks Chenery Hands-On Physical Science with ErgoBots to purchase six ErgoBot robots to supplement the eighth grade physics curriculum $3,600
Victoria O’Regan Burbank Scholastic Leveled Library (Levels E-N) to partially fund the purchase of the Scholastic Leveled Library (Levels E-N) book sets for the Burbank $1,000
Jaynene Dellitt-Young Winn Brook,

Burbank

Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention – Gold & Red to purchase Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention (Gold & Red) for the third grades at the Winn Brook and Burbank $10,890
Erica Ross Winn Brook Teaching Reading With Rich Literature and Leveled Non-Fiction to partially fund the purchase sets of leveled nonfiction and rich literature to support Grade 4 student learning in English Language Arts at the Winn Brook $1,000

 

 

TOTAL, 15 APPROVED LEGP GRANTS                                                       $47,774

Foundation for Belmont Education
Cycle 1 – Learning Excellence Grants
Approved December 3, 2015

Applicant School Title Purpose Amount
Justin Lipomi Chenery SOS Signs of Suicide – Middle School Program to assist in identification of at-risk youth by addressing the issues of depression, suicide, and self-injury $395
Kristin Ciappina Chenery Updating Project Adventure and Physical Education Equipment to purchase and/or replace Project Adventure and other physical education equipment to enhance the physical education experience for all Chenery students $5,000
Jaynene Dellitt-Young All Elementary Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention – Green to allow one guided reading intervention kit to be purchased for each first grade at the four elementary schools $8,745
Kelly Hiltz Winn Brook Kindergarten Leveled Libraries at Winn Brook to purchase a leveled reading library for each of the four Winn Brook kindergarten classrooms in order to support literacy goals for our youngest readers $1,436
Karen Duff Chenery Tales2Go: Creating a Digital Audio Library at Chenery to create a robust, readily accessible digital audio library of over 5,000 titles for the Chenery Middle School $5,000
Ezra Flam BHS 21st Century Lighting Control for BHS to purchase a modern lighting control system for the Belmont High School auditorium $7,108
Sharon Phipps Chenery CMS: Instruments for All to provide musical instruments, with a focus on guitars and tubas, for use by Chenery students who wish to participate in music instruction $5,000

 

Erin Gillies Winn Brook First Grade Listening Centers at Winn Brook to equip each 1st grade Winn  Brook classroom with up to date listening stations $2,613
Arto Asadoorian BHS Recording and Playback System for BHS to purchase a Light and Sound recording/playback system for use by BHS faculty and students in band,  chorus, and orchestra $10,000
John McLellan Chenery CMS: Band Room Sound System to purchase an amplification system to enhance instruction by making audible all forms of technological tools used in the music class including iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, computer, and the metronome/tuner $3,402
Briana Wall Wellington Music for Preschoolers to purchase the ABC Music & Me program to help develop the essential listening, early literacy, and social-emotional skills that all pre-school students need to succeed in school $2,435
Sarah Forrey-Pettit Wellington Playworks: Play and Recess to Support SEL at Wellington to implement and establish Playworks recess strategies and activities for 3rd and 4th graders at the Wellington $6,000

 

TOTAL, 12 APPROVED LEGP GRANTS                                                               $57,134