2009 Grant Awards

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Technology Curriculum Mapping

Concession Stand & Restrooms for Chambers Field

Leadership Training Retreat for High School

Freshman Transition Program

Video Chat Capability for Faculty

Seated Tiered Risers for Chorus Room

Football Field Training Equipment

Panel Discussions for "Hot Topics in Athletics"

Skeleton Model for Art Classes

Audio Visual Equipment for Multi Purpose Room

Senteo Interactive Test Scoring System For Elementary School

SMART Board Projectors for Fifth Grade

Performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream”

Faculty Visit to our Sister School in Ecuador

Digital Video Camera for the Athletics

SMART Boards for Third Grade

Support for the Nicaragua Club

SMART Boards for Special Education Classrooms

Cardiovascular Equipment for Fitness Center

On-Line Electives for High School

Video Editing Equipment

LCD Monitor for Faculty Conference Room

Audio Visual Equipment for Board Room

Outside Zip Line for Project Adventure

Communication Device for Special Ed Students

Design and Drawings for Phase II Field Project

Technology Curriculum Mapping

Curriculum mapping is a tool that provides a road map of skills and knowledge required within a subject area grade by grade. By creating a curriculum map for technology, teachers will be able to assess the technology skills needed to be taught at each grade level. In addition, with a formalized set of expectations, Staff Development will be able to support our teachers with strategies to develop our students' skills. This grant will allow each school to assess and to organize student skill expectations along grade levels and measure their achievements against established benchmarks.

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Concession Stand and Restrooms for Chambers Field

A 400 square foot building will be constructed next to the track on Chambers Field and will house a concession area with electricity, refrigeration, counters, sinks, running water and indoor restrooms. This project will benefit all students in the School and the entire Bronxville community. It will provide a sanitary and inviting space for food sales and indoor restrooms for school outdoor events, athletic contests, and outdoor physical education classes. In addition, this facility will showcase the Bronxville School for our community and visiting students and parents.

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Leadership Training Retreat for High School

The Student Faculty Legislature (SFL) will host a leadership training retreat at the beginning of the school year. This will involve the students in SFL elected positions as well as other high school leaders (athletic captains, athletic council cabinet, etc.) During the session, students will work on developing goals for the year and understanding their responsibilities. This will lead to more effective meetings and more elaborate and inclusive planning of events and activities to increase school unity and school spirit.

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Freshman Transition Program

The Freshman Transition Program will connect trained senior leaders with students entering ninth grade. Senior leaders and a staff advisor will meet periodically with small groups of ninth grade students in sixty-minute sessions during the school year. Topics that will be discussed include orientation to the high school schedule, practices and procedures, dealing with change, healthy relationships, personal responsibility, decision making, study tips, organizational skills, role models and goal setting.

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Video Chat Capability for Faculty

Through the use of USB Connection Cameras, video chat capability will be available for use by the High School Faculty as an add-on to their classroom computer. This will enable them to video chat with students and teachers all over the world providing a global perspective to the education of our students.

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Seated Tier Risers for Chorus Room

Four-tiered seated risers for the Chorus Room will create an environment that is more conducive to teaching Chorus to the large number of participants in the Middle School and High School. The risers will also create a more authentic choral rehearsal space.

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Field Training Equipment for Football Program

New field training equipment which includes a gauntlet (blaster), play chute, and blocking sled will be provided to support the football program. The addition of this updated equipment will enable the teaching of proper techniques that will benefit player skills, improve performance and reduce injury. The upgrades and new equipment will make the team competitive with other institutions that currently use this equipment.

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Panel Discussions for "Hot Topics in Athletics"

The Athletic Department will facilitate a panel or series of panel discussions pertaining to “Hot Topics in Athletics.” Discussions will target Middle School and High School student athletes, coaches, parents, and the greater community especially youth sports organizations. Topics will include: Overuse Injuries, Concussion Management, Performance Enhancing Drugs, and College Recruiting.

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Skeleton Model for Art Classes

A high quality anatomical skeleton model will be used as a drawing subject in art classes. This will be an important tool for art students, enabling them to gain an understanding of the underlying bone structure when drawing the human form.

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Audio Visual Equipment for Multi-Purpose Room

This equipment will provide a permanent audio visual arrangement in the Multi-Purpose Room on the first floor of the school. This will ensure that the room is always equipped with a projector and sound therefore eliminating the need to request these components whenever a meeting or presentation is scheduled.

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Senteo Interactive Test Scoring System

Senteo is a SMART Technology device that allows teachers to send questions to students giving them the ability to immediately assess a student’s understanding of lessons and concepts. This system will help teachers identify areas that require further review by students. The Senteo device also provides a high-tech way to deliver and grade quizzes and exams.

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Wall Mounted SMART Board Projectors for Fifth Grade

Currently the fifth grade classrooms are using SMART board technology and the projectors are placed on carts. However, the effectiveness of the SMART boards has been severely hampered by the limitations of the cart-held projector due to the recalibration required during lessons, the shadow on the screen, and the hazard of the large cables running along the floor. The wall-mounted projectors will resolve all of these issues and permit the students to fully engage in instruction without the technical impediments listed above.

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Performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream”

The Middle School English Department is teaching students about Shakespeare. In the sixth grade, students will be introduced to Shakespeare, his times, and some select scenes from his most famous plays. In seventh grade, students will read “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” and in eighth grade, students will read “Romeo and Juliet”. As part of their celebration of Shakespeare, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Touring Company will perform a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at a school assembly.

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Faculty Visit to Our Sister School in Ecuador

As a result of meeting with Mr. Peter Lourie, a guest speaker and author, Spanish teacher Millie Guzman became interested in establishing on-going communication with the teachers and students of El Triunfo, a school in Ecuador. Ms. Guzman was invited by the principal of El Triunfo, to present and participate in a workshop in Ecuador and to share her expertise in teaching a foreign language. El Triunfo also has a FLES program for English and the school is eager to share curriculum ideas suitable for our students as well as to create technology-based lesson plans that can be used with both sets of students together via computers.

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Digital Video Camera for the Athletic Program

Two High-Definition Camcorders and the necessary accessories will be purchased for use by the Bronxville Athletic Department. The digital video cameras will be used to film games and/or practices for future review by coaches and players. Film sessions are a necessary component of team preparation and player development and can also be used to create team and individual highlight tapes which are an integral part of the college recruitment process for athletes.

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SMART Boards for Third Grade

SMART boards will be integrated into the third grade classrooms to be used in every day instruction. These interactive tools will make the presentation of lessons and student work more engaging. SMART boards will help energize presentations, motivate learners and provide an alternative learning opportunity for our youngsters.

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Support for the Nicaragua Club

The Nicaragua Club, a High School co-curricular activity, is in its seventh year at the Bronxville School. During spring break, our students and two chaperones work with a nonprofit organization called Bridges to Community to build homes or community rooms for designated needy families in Nicaragua During the year, club members engage in fundraising activities to defray the costs of the trip. An exciting by product of the program is that our attendees emerge with a more “global” sense of life in a third world country and our role in its solution; a deeper understanding of the complex issues of poverty; and a multicultural experience. This grant provides support for the faculty chaperones attending the trip.

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SMART Boards for Special Education Classrooms

The six Special Education resource rooms will be equipped with SMART Boards to enhance the delivery of instruction in the classrooms. SMART boards will be beneficial to those who have difficulties multi-tasking, note taking and for whom the very task of writing is not only time consuming, but also distracting. As an interactive tool, the boards will help children acquire, develop and master basic skills in reading, writing, and math and provide necessary multi-sensory instruction to students by allowing them to view information on the large screen, manipulate and move information around, and engage in writing and problem solving on the screen.

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Cardiovascular Equipment for Fitness Center

This project will update the cardiovascular equipment in the Fitness Center. The new “Expresso Bikes” use the latest technology which will enable exercisers to access over 30 different courses or games. Riders will have the opportunity not only to beat personal bests, but also to challenge their fellow students, colleagues, and different people from all around the world. Two treadmills will also be added to the equipment in the fitness center. This equipment will better our physical education program and create a wider range of training techniques for varsity coaches.

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On-Line Electives for High School

This project will offer High School students an opportunity to take academic courses not available at our school. These could include Physics C, Introduction to Programming, and possibly Chinese and other courses as negotiated with Stanford University’s Educational Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY). EPGY is an ongoing research project dedicated to developing computer-based multimedia courses in Mathematics, Physics, English, Computer Programming and other subjects, making these available to students of high ability.

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Video Editing Equipment

This equipment will permit our High School students to create and edit videos for the Media Studies course, the Video screen in the Atrium, and other video creations in all courses in the High School. Videos will be created of school events, athletic contests, and performing arts productions. Having these events available for viewing will foster a more cohesive student body and increase school spirit.

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LCD Monitor for Faculty Conference Room

A wall- mounted LCD flat screen monitor in the Faculty conference room will be used in conjunction with a computer for professional development and video conferencing purposes. It will provide a permanent audio visual arrangement for the room eliminating the need to requisition equipment for presentations. In addition, this monitor will be hooked up to Cable TV for viewing. It will provide the faculty with a space where they and/or their classes can watch news events as they unfold.

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Audio Visual Equipment for Board Room

This equipment will provide a permanent audio visual arrangement in the Board Room, eliminating the need to request these components whenever a meeting or presentation is scheduled. Part of this equipment will include “symposium display” by SMART, which will allow presentations to become interactive. In addition, these components will support the district’s strategic curriculum goal of utilizing video conferencing technology to enhance student learning.

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Outside Zip Line for Project Adventure

Two poles adjacent to the track will be installed for Project Adventure which is an integral part the school’s physical education program for students in grades five through twelve. These two poles will add a zip line component to the project adventure equipment. The zip line is used as a core component of the tenth grade curriculum, and has been added as a separate unit in the Middle School physical education classes. In the fifth grade all students are introduced to Project Adventure’s zip line through a team teaching/ climbing unit.

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Augmentative Communication Device for Non-Verbal Special Ed students

This Palm 4 device will assist students with severe communication disabilities enabling them to participate more fully in interpersonal interactions, learning, and communication activities. It will allow a student to select symbols, pictures, letters, words and phrases to generate oral communication. In addition, the device provides visuals to assist in comprehension and learning for students in our self-contained special education program.

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Design & Drawings for Phase II Field Project

The Phase II of the Bronco Fields Project includes a concession stand, restrooms, a new storage building, improved bleacher seating and a press box. This grant to cover the architect’s fees will include the design phase and development of drawings, submission to State Department of Education and any revisions necessary for their approval.

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