2006 Grant Allocations
1. Parents As Teachers
Janet Ryan, Crocker Farm $2000
An international early childhood parent education and family support program serving families throughout pregnancy until child enters kindergarten, usually age 5. Amherst is targeting children from infancy to 3 years of age. Program is designed to enhance child development and school achievement through parent education accessible to all families.
2. Pipeline Project Enrichment Initiatives
Wendy Kohler, Administrator $1000
A deliberate and comprehensive partnership of home, school and community to serve underachieving children, grades 5 through 10 particularly in low socio-economic groups and within the population of racial and ethnic minorities. Multiple components include 1)academic tutoring; 2)parent/family involvement; 3)local college and community involvement; 4)summer programs on a local college campus; 5)enrichment activities that expose children to a variety of artistic, social, and athletic values.
Mark Prince, Principal Wildwood $1880
(Advancement Via Individual Determination Program)
For purchase of AVID Student Success Pathways Program curriculum and for the training of two teachers in the program. Prepares students for achievement in rigorous curriculum in middle school and beyond. Focuses on organizing the student’s binder but also cultivates organized thinking and learning.
4. Family Math Night
Lauren Mattone, Crocker Farm $470
A school fair, based around the concept of interactive mathematics. Families and children participate together in a variety of age-appropriate challenges in areas such as estimation, geometry, data collection, algebra, literature, technology and more. Each family will leave with a booklet and simple materials so that they might then extend their mathematical explorations at home.
5. Furthering District Dialogue on Class and Race
Ruth Trimarchi All Schools $1675
Goal is to develop a common language, and some common experience, with which we can begin to talk about class and poverty, and especially how these affect student achievement.
(Committee approves grant on condition it be applied to one elementary school, perhaps Wildwood/Pelham partnership.)
6. Outreach Program for Families
Alyssa Melnick, Parent, Mark’s Meadow $1200
For hiring an outreach person to help families adjust while also welcoming them into the school. A student turnover of 30% each year, 40 different countries represented and 30 different languages spoken makes it imperative that families be helped with the basics of living in a new culture.
7. Experiencing the Diversity of American Society and Culture Through Social Dance Forms and Music.
Alizon Ozer, Parent ARHS $1000
To support the goal of Hurricane Swingers and Dance Theater Ensemble to expand opportunities for multi-cultural appreciation and learning about the history and Development of Afro-American and Latin-American social partner dance forms, as well as encourage communication between boys and girls in a fun, respectful, non-verbal manner. Frankie Manning, a 91- year-old veteran of the original Whitey’s Lindy Hoppers and originator of famous ‘aerials’—air dance steps, will share his Video clips, stories and knowledge of the Savoy Ballroom era.
8. Wildwood Differentiated Instruction Inquiry Group Materials Support Project
Susan Secco, Teacher Wildwood School $50.00
Grant is to pay for “whisper phones” to be made by students in the ARHS Technology Club. Since applying for a grant from AAEA they have received an NEA Grant for their program which involves teachers in Graces 1,3,5 and 6 who have met regularly since June of 2005 to explore effective ways of differentiating instruction for diverse groups of students in their classrooms.
9. Infrared Temperature Sensor Labs
Catherine Keppler Teacher ARMS $25.00
Students in Grades 7-9 often have their first opportunities to use specialized scientific technology at school. Small hand-held infrared thermometers allow a user to get a temperature reading off any surface, without actually touching it. Grant allows purchase of one classroom set (15) of IR thermometers, to be used in all 7-8 grade science classes for a series of lab activities.
10. Making Connections – A Real Life Story
Alice Goodwin Brown Teacher Crocker Farm $600
The Crocker Farm Assembly Committee wishes to commission a book that would be used each year during their annual celebration to honor Dr. M.L.King. The story of Louis Armstrong and the Eastern European family that supported him as a child and lent him money for his first trumpet has interested the group for a number of years. Limited resources about this connection are available. A published children’s author is very excited about taking on this project. 20 copies of the book would be created.
11. Mark’s Meadow Community Tile Project
Diane Travis Teacher Mark’s Meadow $1050
An inclusive project involving all classes, teachers, parents, other staff in creating tiles to apply to the columns at the entrance of the school. Richard Moss, an expert mosaic/ceramic artist will consult and oversee the installation. This will be a year-long project with the gradual installation, one pillar at a time. The theme of the entire installation is “Growing and Learning” together and will be a true reflection of this richly diverse school.
12. Family to Family
Linda Gianesin Parent Wildwood $700
Racially and socio-economically diverse group of parents (most of whom are not typically involved in PTO) will work together from May 2006 to March 2007 to continue the highly effective work begun by THE REAL TEAM (AAEA funded) to support four all-school activities planned and implemented by the group: distribution of family-friendly materials for supporting literacy and language development at home and expanded group investigation into ways families and school personnel can support English Language Learners.
13. “A World of Difference: A Classroom of Difference Anti-Bias Peer Training”
Kleaver Cruz Student ARHS $2000
To empower students in the process of closing the Achievement Gap at ARHS through a 3-day anti-bias AWOD peer-training program facilitated through the Anti-Defamation League. Up to 30 student leaders would be trained as peer-trainers in anti-bias work with other students in the future.
14. ARHS African Scholars Program
Oume Cisse Teacher ARHS $250
Ms. Cisse, Bruce Penniman and Momodu Sarr wish to develop a study-abroad program in West Africa for ARHS students. They requested a large sum for a reconnaissance trip to Africa that we felt we could not fund. The $250 would pay for the membership fee (website of potential partner with abundant resources and a virtual tour of Senegal). We would encourage them to pursue this further, perhaps seeking funds from other organizations.
15. Student Voices: Secondary ELL Students Speak about Academic Challenges (a film)
Joan Snowdon ARMS/ARHS $300
ELL Teachers at ARMS and ARHS have been engaged for 3 years in training content area teachers in the techniques of “sheltered instruction” to raise achievement for English Language Learners. In the workshop they have used homemade video tapes of students talking about what it is like to be an English language learner – what the challenges are and what teachers can do to help them. Teachers have rated highly this “student voices” component of the training. Funds would pay for a videographer to make a new, more polished, 15-minute film that can be used in future professional development workshops for the Amherst-Pelham Regional District.
16. All-Town Chorus
Mary May, Teacher Mark’s Meadow $1000
An after-school opportunity for students from all of the Amherst-Pelham elementary schools who want an extra challenge and experience in choral singing. Students meet at
Mark’s Meadow School from September through January and perform in late January. Program ran for 13 seasons, then funds were cut, so that All Town Chorus was not offered in 2005-2006.
17. 2006 SAVUKA Summer Program at ARMS
Laura Perry Administrator ARMS $2000
This program is an extension of the Middle School’s morning academic program. It expands on the math and literacy concepts through hands-on and real world experiences. Adventure based program provides an opportunity for many students to have new experiences (mountain biking, canoeing, hiking and swimming). These activities foster healthy peer-to-peer and youth-to-adult relationships which promote successful transitions in the upcoming year. This is the first year that their After-School budget did not include funds for the summer program. Next year they anticipate having enough.