2011 Grant Awards

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Environmental Club Courtyard Project

SmartMusic Subscriptions for Grades 4-6

SMART Boards for Grade 1

Literacy Programs for Middle & High Schools

Digital Planetarium System & Inflatable Dome

Literacy Curriculum Development for Grades K-5

SMART Boards for Elementary Music

Science Wall Art Display

Seniors Return to Yesteryear Project

Big Belly Solar Trash & Recycling Compactor

Attendance at National Council of English Teachers

LCD Announcement Screen for Elementary School

Health & Wellness Pilot Program for Grades 1&2

Television Production Equipment for High School

Books for the Learning Center

Digital Cameras for Special Education Grades K-5

iPads & Applications for Special Education Grades K-5

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Environmental Club Courtyard Project

The Environmental Club’s goal is to renovate the Bronxville School Cafeteria Courtyard over the course of two years. The project will create a useable space for school lunches and educational purposes, and will involve other High School clubs in the process. The space will be available to all Bronxville students.

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SmartMusic Subscriptions for Grades 4-6

SmartMusic is music learning software for band and orchestra implemented in the classroom via a projector and computer. Student subscriptions to SmartMusic also enable students to experience guided practice at home. Students see the music they are playing projected on a screen in the classroom or on a computer monitor, engaging the student visually and providing instant feedback. Students can hear and practice their part as a solo or in the context of a larger ensemble. Teachers are able to differentiate assignments by ability and document individual progress with an on-line assessment tool called “Gradebook.” SmartMusic provides an ideal setting for home practice and allows parents to hear their child’s progress and see the growth that is taking place.

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SMART Boards for Grade 1

This is part of the continued initiative to have SMART boards in all Elementary School classrooms. Given the success of the SMART Boards last year in the second grades, first grade teachers are excited to integrate this tool into their daily instruction. Training has also been included in the grant and is a necessary part of this project.

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Literacy Programs for Middle & High Schools

Educating students in the digital age provides a wealth of learning opportunities and a wide range of communication possibilities, but also poses real challenges to the English teachers who are responsible for teaching students the literacy skills needed to prepare them for college and the workplace. In addition, the English department is required to align the curriculum with the newly adopted Common Core State Standards coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers. This grant enables our English departments to continue their work with LitLife, Inc. consultants to ensure a curriculum that both meets the new standards set by the state and enables students to meet the challenges of the digital age.

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Portable Planetarium System with Inflatable Dome

Digitarium Zeta is a high resolution digital planetarium system that consists of an inflatable dome with a vertical entrance. The power of a computer digitized planetarium versus the old fashioned pin hole cylinders system is an amazing feature of this planetarium. For example, students will be able to look at exact dates and times of the sky at any place in the world and see the exact motion of the sun in the sky for each season. The Dome provides a matte projection surface which hides wrinkles for high quality digital projection. The gray interior enhances the black level of digital projectors for a truer black night sky. The Dome is quick to assemble and entry and exit is easy. The Planetarium can be programmed step by step in advance and will revolutionize teaching astronomy to Elementary, Middle and High School students.

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Literacy Curriculum Development for Grades K-5

On January 11, 2011, the New York State Board of Regents approved the New York State K-12 Common Core Learning Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy and the New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards. Through this grant, Elementary School teachers will work with consultants to review the new Learning Standards and determine whether Bronxville’s K-5 curriculum is in alignment. Bronxville Elementary School teachers will revise the curriculum and instructional strategies as needed. Integrating the new Standards needs to take place 1) within the context of the district’s focus on critical thinking and creativity, 2) in such a way that curricular alignment across and within grade levels is preserved, and most importantly, 3) within the context of the needs of Bronxville students.

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SMART Boards for Elementary Music

Over the past year we have begun to integrate interactive technology lessons into the instrumental music program via SmartMusic. Students in band, orchestra, and recorder are actively engaged in the classroom and at home. SMART Boards will enable teachers to introduce technology into the Elementary general music program.

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Science Wall Art Display

Science posters will be permanently attached to the wall adjacent to the Middle School science classrooms. A similar project was done last year to the wall outside some of the High School science classrooms.

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Seniors Return to Yesteryear Project

In an effort to promote literacy, relationships, literary research, and literary analysis, this grant will enable our High School seniors to visit Elementary classrooms four times a year. The purpose of these visits is primarily to read children's books to the class. The seniors will plan a program and theme with their High School English teacher as well as the Elementary School classroom teacher.

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Big Belly Solar Trash & Recycling Compactor

The Bronxville High School Environmental Club will install a solar powered trash and recycling compactor on or near the track at the school. The BigBelly Solar Powered Compacting System is an automatic compacting system that reduces 4 to 5 times the trash and recycling volume of a standard bin, lowering 80% of the costs associated with trash collection. Not only does it manage waste more effectively, but it also teaches our school and our community about the benefits of solar power. These beneficial compactors harness the sun’s energy and store it in a 12-Volt battery, which controls the compaction of both the trash and recyclables. The Environmental Club has chosen a dual bin kiosk which disposes of trash, plastic bottles, and cans at one highly efficient station. The club wants the community to emulate its actions as protectors of the environment and take steps towards greener trash and recycling collection.

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Attendance at National Council of English Teachers Convention

The Annual Convention of the National Council of English Teachers will be held in Chicago, Illinois, from November 17-20, 2011. The theme will be: "Reading the Past, Writing the Future." This grant will enable five High School and Middle School English teachers to attend.

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Announcement Screen for Elementary School

This grant is for the purchase and installation of a LCD flat screen monitor for the Elementary School entrance.

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Health & Wellness Pilot Program for Grades 1 & 2

Called “The Great Body Shop,” this program is a comprehensive Health and Substance Abuse/ Violence Prevention program prepared by the Children’s Health Market. Presented to the students in the form of a newsletter, ten unit topics are covered: Injury Prevention and Personal Safety, Nutrition, Functions of the Body, Growth and Development, Disease and Illness Prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention, Community Health and Safety, Self-Worth, Mental and Emotional Health, Environmental and Consumer Health, and, Physical Fitness. Teachers receive a teacher’s guide, and a parent component is included as a means to support class lessons. In addition, the format of the units follow the teaching philosophy of the first and second grade teachers: Introduction – What do we know?; Information – What do we need to learn?; Demonstration of Learning – What did we learn?; Metacognition – What helped us learn?

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Television Production Equipment for High School

Bronxville High School is continuing its development of resources for students to produce video announcements, a news show, and films. This grant will provide: camera, microphones, backdrop, teleprompter, and tapes. Students in the 21st Century are attuned not only to watching video but also to creating their own videos. It is important that a school like Bronxville has the equipment to allow students to further their education in creating, editing and performing.

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Books for the Learning Center

With the proper picture book, students with learning differences can express their curiosity, interests, and passions as well as develop excellent questions, form opinions, understand procedures, and begin to think critically.

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Digital Cameras for Special Education Grades K-5

These cameras will enable teachers to take pictures of student’s daily interactions, both socially and academically, and to utilize them as auditory and visual prompts. For students who do not easily use words to communicate, pictures can promote conversational skills. In addition, these pictures will be used to provide a common vision of the school day, including lessons, peer interactions, and teachers and therapists with whom the children come in contact throughout the day. Teachers will utilize the digital camera to create a visual daily schedule for each student and a recording of daily lessons for use at home.

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iPads for Special Education Grades K-5

As special class educators of students with autism and related communication disorders, the use of the ipad benefits our students and enhances the delivery of instruction in our classrooms. The ipad is a touch-sensitive, mobile computing device that can be used for video modeling, communication and skill development for specific students needing a modified or alternative curriculum. A variety of curricular tools helps students prepare for mainstreaming across elementary grades.

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Blocks

The Kindergarten teachers are actively involved in developing classroom activities that relate to the current critical thinking initiative. Block building materials provide infinite possiblilities for a child to develop ideas and improvise or create. By working with the large hollow blocks, the children will design and build structures related to classroom information that they are engaged in at the time.

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