2012 Grant Awards

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HS Resource Center for Math & English

ES Cogmed Working Memory Intervention

Lincoln Center Institute School Partnership

Lego Lunch Bunch

Teaching Garden

Latin By Heart

Critical & Creative Thinking Assessment

K-8 Literacy Curriculum

Instructional Coaching for HS Faculty

Science Conference for K-12 Teachers

AP Conference July 2012

Positive Training for Athletic Coaches

MS Character Counts

Library eReader Devices & eBooks

HS Science Data Acquisition, Analysis and Sharing Technology

SMART Document Cameras

SMART Boards for 1st Grade & MS Computer Lab

Television Production Equipment and Cart

Digital Technology for HS Art

K-12 Art Display Panels

Beautification of the 1st Floor

Scoreboards for Main Gymnasium

Concussion Baseline Testing Program

Rock Climbing Wall

Basketball Hoop for ES Playground

MS Computer Lab SMART Board

HS Resource Center for Math & English

This is a pilot project to fund a resource room with a staff member and a HS senior or junior who will provide academic assistance to students in math and English. The proposed times are Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 am to 7:50 am and from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, which will expand the ninth “extra help” period.

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ES Cogmed Working Memory Intervention

Cogmed is a computer based training program for students with deficits in working memory. Working memory, defined as the ability to hold information in mind while performing complex tasks, is an essential component for school success. The grant funds the software, two trained staff members and the pilot program with 10 students.

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Lincoln Center Institute School Partnership

Lincoln Center Institute will partner with the 1st and 2nd grade teachers to develop a study of imaginative learning through the arts. This year-long program will include two units: visual arts with a visit to the MET and performing arts with a live performance of music and dance. The program includes hands-on, in-school activities with art and classroom teachers as well as visiting artists. The objective is to deepen the student's ability to view the world through an artist's eye, focusing on vocabulary development, critical thinking and creativity.

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Lego Lunch Bunch

This social skills activity group will provide 4th grade students who struggle with recess and sports an alternative for socializing and developing a sense of competence. In addition to making friends, students will improve group problem solving, impulse control, and visual spatial skills.

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Teaching Garden

This creation of a teaching garden is a school-wide collaboration to teach our future leaders how to create healthy communities. MS students will design and build the 12'X4'x2' structure from railroad ties. ES students will germinate and plant seeds. HS Environmental Science students will collaborate with elementary classes to explore soil enhancement. Special Education classes will monitor the garden over the summer months, and the cafeteria has plans to use the vegetables and herbs in preparing meals.

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Latin By Heart

HS and MS students will recite or sing original Latin works of poetry and prose in live performances and studio recordings.

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Critical & Creative Thinking Assessment

The District’s professional development program has focused on the need to improve students’ ability to think critically and creatively. While they have developed a shared definition of critical and creative thinking and established a set of assured classroom experiences, the staff needs to be able to accurately gauge student growth in these areas. This grant will enable the district’s curriculum leaders to work with Harvard Project Zero consultants who have expertise in measuring these constructs so that classroom assessments are valid and reliable measures of our students’ progress.

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K-8 Literacy Curriculum

With the support of the Foundation, K-8 curriculum leaders have made significant progress revising literacy curriculum to bring it into alignment with the new Common Core Standards. To date, K-5 teachers have strengthened the poetry strand of the curriculum and redesigned lesson structures to allocate more time for student practice of key skills. MS teachers have focused on developing a well-articulated grammar continuum and fostering literacy within the context of technology. This grant will allow teachers of grades 3 to 8 to align the curriculum across schools so that students are supported as they transition from Elementary to Middle School.

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Instructional Coaching for HS Faculty

“Instructional Coaching” and “Critical Friends” are two methods of professional development that support the efforts of highly experienced teachers. This past year, two pilot programs involving 18 teachers (K-12) were very successful. With this grant, the District will continue to explore these coaching practices and develop a model that serves the needs of our teachers.

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Science Conference for K-12 Teachers

The NSTA Conference, which is considered the foremost event in the country in the field of science education, will be held in San Antonio, Texas April 11-14, 2013. This grant allows members of the Bronxville School Science Department to attend the conference and learn new strategies to help students build their scientific literacy and critical thinking skills and improve laboratory experiences.

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AP Conference July 2012

Members of the HS Social Studies Department attended the AP Conference July 2012 in order to gain an understanding of the changes in the AP tests and the new websites for teachers and students available through College Board.

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Positive Training for Athletic Coaches

This grant will provide seminars with the "Positive Coaching Alliance" for Bronxville coaches grades 7-12. Coaches will learn strategies and techniques to use with their student athletes to help create a positive team environment, improve communication between athletes and coaches, and make student athletes aware of their roles and responsibilities as team members. Close it

MS Character Counts

The MS Character Counts Committee requested funds for two initiatives that will highlight character development in the curriculum and motivate students to treat others with kindness and respect. One initiative is to dedicate bulletin boards and display cases on the first floor to Character Counts; the other is to bring Rachel’s Challenge program to the school in the 2012-2013 academic year. Rachel Scott was one of the first students killed in the Columbine High School shootings. Along with the contents of her six diaries, her acts of kindness and compassion have inspired this program.

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Library eReader Devices & eBooks

The library will purchase 90 eReaders along with a collection of eBooks (approximately 400 titles). This is the wave of the future, allowing students to take notes and define words as they read and share thoughts with fellow classmates. Because many classic book titles are free, department spending will be reduced.

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HS Science Data Acquisition, Analysis and Sharing Technology

LabQuest 2 units from Vernier are data collecting, analyzing and sharing devices and tablets that are compatible with the existing data probes being used in the HS science labs. As information is gathered, students can type notes/observations into the device during their inquiries and send information to smartphones and tablets in real time. Because the device is portable, it can be used for inquiries outside the classroom.

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SMART Document Cameras

This camera is an educational tool that offers teachers a unique way to display and explore documents including student work and 3-D content. Physical objects are placed under the camera and displayed on a SMART Board interactive whiteboard for in-depth exploration.

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SMART Boards for 1st Grade & MS Computer Lab

This is part of the continued initiative to have SMART Boards in all ES classrooms. Given the success of the SMART Boards last year for 2nd grade, 1st grade teachers are excited to integrate this tool into their daily instruction.

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Television Production Equipment and Cart

This new equipment will support elective classes in Media and Photography as well as improve school announcements produced by Bronco TV students. In addition, the Foundation purchased film and video equipment to enable the Film Club to produce video for the Foundation to use in its Alumni fundraising efforts.

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Digital Technology for HS Art

With the purchase of 2 iMac desktop computers, 1 MacBook laptop and a printer, this grant expands digital media artwork and encourages more students to explore and submit 2-D design portfolios.

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K-12 Art Display Panels

This portable 38.5" x 6' panel display system will allow all three schools to host and exhibit art shows. Last year, the HS Art Department exhibited student work at the Bronxville Women's Club, and the event was extremely well received not only by the school but also by the community. The Art Department would like to return this school-wide art show to the school building and transform certain first floor class rooms into an impressive gallery.

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Beautification of the 1st Floor

This project, intended to provide a comfortable, safe learning environment for MS students, includes murals designed and painted by HS abd MS students; new bulletin boards, cork strips and display cases for displaying student work; and along the dropdown sections of the ceiling, inspirational quotes as part of the Character Counts initiative. The intent is for students to have a strong sense of pride when they walk down these halls - pride for themselves and for the school.

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Scoreboards for Main Gymnasium

This grant replaces the existing scoreboards and shotclocks in the main gymnasium with a new, wireless model.

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Concussion Baseline Testing Program

Through a grant from Dick's Sporting Goods, the Athletic Department is piloting the use of impact concussion testing software with the 2012 girls and boys varsity lacrosse teams. The purpose of this Foundation grant is to expand the project by testing up to 500 student athletes during the 2012-13 school year, training our school physician to read and interpret baseline and post testing results, and determine if the impact program should become a permanent component of the school's concussion management policy.

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Rock Climbing Wall

This vertical rock climbing wall, 24’ wide and 16’ tall with 4 climbing stations, will expand the current Project Adventure curriculum to include a unique sport which presents both physical and mental challenges and is one of the fastest growing sports/workouts in America.

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Basketball Hoop for ES Playground

Submitted by 5th grade students, this grant funds a basketball hoop with removable rim for the ES playground. Their goal is to provide more recess activities, support the PE curriculum in teaching the game of basketball to all students, and encourage kids to stay active.

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MS Computer Lab SMART Board

A new SMART Board, external hard drives, and voice amplification system will alleviate the Computer Lab’s heavy usage throughout the day and improve instruction for MS Exploratory classes, daily Life Skills classes, MS and HS classes across disciplines, and certain ES classes.

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