Amount funded: $2,500.00
Year-long Program 2016-17
Grant Recipients -students in grades k thru 3rd // Benefits students in grades K-3 This fine arts program exposes children to great works of art and introduces important artists in a fun and engaging manner. Six different artists are selected each year. Children will learn about the artists’ styles, preferred art mediums and iconic works in the context of their culture and time in history. Parent volunteers act as Art Guides to provide a short lesson then lead the children in a discovery of their own personal artistic talents. The Skaneateles Education Foundation [SEF] provides funding for art supplies. Parent volunteer coordinators, Anne Salzhauer and Whitney Barnes, will manage the program in 2016-17. Parent art guides often work in teams. They coordinate directly with their classroom teachers to schedule an hour that works for both parties, then they deliver a brief lesson about the artist, and guide an art project inspired by that artist’s style. Typically, the projects are done in October, November, January, March, April/May and June. The artists for 2016-17 are as follows: Claude Monet, Georges Seurat, Andrew Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Steve McCurry (photographer), Patience Brewster
Math Summers Solvers Camp
Amount funded: $1,400.00
Grant Recipients - Brian Cohen and Anne Montreal // Project Objective: 1. Teach students to use numbers flexibly, including learning to decompose and recompose numbers 2. Teach students to problem solve… regardless of the specific mathematical content o Teach students to work in an organized, systematic way o Teach students how to ask mathematical questions that aid their own learning 3. Professional learning for the teacher (ex., experimenting with new programs and strategies)
Brian Sevey: World Scientific Congress of Golf (2016)
Amount funded: $4,500.00
Grant Recipient -Brian Sevey // Each year the SEF awards one teacher with the Jean Graham Fund Award, an endowed fellowship for an educator who demonstrates outstanding dedication to achieving excellence in their classroom. The 2016 recipient was Brian Sevey, a math teacher at Skaneateles High School. His fellowship award funded participating in the World Scientific Congress of Golf, where Brian developed an innovative real-world math curriculum that will benefit SHS students for years to come.
Creating through Coding with CNC Milling Machine
Amount funded: $10,415.00
Grant Recipients -Scott Stagnitta and Rob Tuttle // The CNC milling equipment will be implemented into our 6th Grade curriculum. It will then expand into our other classes (6th- 9th and hydroponics) just like the 3D printers have done in the past. All of our middle school classes are designed to role play what it’s like to be an Engineer, from the design stage to the testing stage of a final product. In our six grade Technology Engineering class, we introduce a project called Maglev Transportation Technology. Students are put to the test with this exciting project. Each student needs to design a maglev vehicle, and all of the parts used to make it run. Then at the end of the class they have the opportunity to race against their classmates, to determine which one is the fastest.
Sean McLeod: Artist in Residence
Amount funded: $3,000.00
Grant Recipients -Coleen Anna and Michael Kringer // Benefits all music and drama students in grades 6-12. $3,000 paid directly to Sean McLeod and his dance troupe will allow approximately 200 middle and high school students to have direct contact with a world-class performer/choreographer/motivational speaker, as well as have access to his professional, NYC-based dance company. Students will get to experience performance, dance, and personality development through rehearsals, talk-back sessions, as well as an actual evening performance where Skaneateles students share the stage with Sean and his company. Sean is an international, professional dancer, choreographer, and motivational speaker (among other things). His time and expertise is costly because of his accomplishment and stature. Highly worthwhile, but costly. With that in mind, we in Skaneateles - teachers, parents, and administrators like Gary Gerst - continue to be touched by Sean generously giving us immense contributions and reductions in his fees, and he remains only a phone call away whenever we may need his help personally.
K-4 Coding: Encouraging Creators
Amount funded: $8,180.00
Grant Recipients - Mary Arnott and Paul Blair // Benefits K-4 students. With coding becoming a necessary 21st Century skill, some declaring it as the "new literacy", we need to provide our students with the opportunities and resources to learn the foundations of coding and computer commands as early as possible. When using the proper tools, coding promotes problem solving, digital skills and creative thinking. We are fortunate enough to be able to provide the students with access to computers where we can explore some avenues to coding, like Code.org and Scratch.com, but these only begin the expansive ways students could utilize code. We need to expand our resources in order to expand the students' knowledge, ability, creativity and understanding of coding and just how powerful it can be in our world, and we have to begin the teaching/learning with our youngest learners. We need to teach these students for the world they will enter into, not the world we live in now. In order to do that, we need to provide them with the resources that will enable them to become learners and producers of the future. Coding is a way we can begin to prepare them, but only if we have the proper resources. In Waterman, coding will be taught by Mary Arnott in the classes she normally teaches. Currently, all students are seen in Computer Lab once every six days. However, with the new format we are looking at, the students would not only code during that time, but would also have opportunities to code during their maker time which would also be once every six days. In Grades 3 and 4, coding will be both an afterschool club and before school club. The cost associated with the creation of afterschool/before school clubs will be borne by the District.
Elementary Summer STEM Camp
Amount funded: $2,750.00
Grant Recipients - Mary Arnott and Brian Cohen // Benefits interested students entering grades 1 through 5. During the summer of 2016, Mary Arnott will teach a one-week long STEM Camp for Waterman students who will be entering grades 1 or 2 in the fall of 2016. A similar camp will be taught by Erin Brown for students entering grades 3-5 in the fall. The STEM Camps will take place for 2.5 - 3 hours each day for 1 week. Each section of the camp will have a maximum enrollment of 20 students. If we exceed 20 and think we can get at least 30 students registered for either camp, we will add a second section of that camp. The majority of the funding for the camps will be provided by the sustainability fund from last year's camps. However, we would like to purchase (and learn/prepare) new units for this year in order to allow students who participated last year to participate again this year and do something different. Each camp will include a unit from the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Engineering Adventure series, which is intended to be used after school and/or over the summer. Students will engage in the Engineering Design Process by asking questions, imagining solutions, planning their designs, creating different models, and improving on their designs. Students will learn to think like an engineer and use technology to collect information/research that will support their design solution. In addition to the content-specific objectives, we also intend for students to learn some science and develop problem solving, teamwork, communication, and creative thinking skills.
Bobby McFerrin Circlesong
Amount funded: $4,950.00
Grant Recipients - Colleen Anna and Sarah Moth // Benefits grades K (general music), grades 3-5 (strings), grades 6-8 (all students). Led by the world-renowned Bobby McFerrin, this workshop will be an “immersion in sound, creativity, learning, and community.” It is an opportunity to learn the improvisational singing technique called Circlesongs. This new way of approaching music making promotes life skills and would affect all students in the way they are taught, learn and create music, both during the school day and for performances.
Tech Valley High School Visitation
Amount funded: $0
Grant Recipients - Paul Blair and Ken Slentz // 8 Skaneateles faculty and staff, plus 2 students to film the experience, visited Tech Valley HS in Albany to explore their model of project-based learning in action.
Chemistry Vodcasts Continued
Amount funded: $2,925.00
Grant Recipient - Richard Allen // Benefits 60 students in HS Regents Chemistry and 60 in Honors Chemistry. This grant would fund 75 hours @ $39/hour of development time to create additional vodcasts and link other supporting materials through Haiku.
Physics Vodcasts Continued
Amount funded: $3,900.00
Grant Recipient - Dan Kurzen // (video and audio recording of instruction) Benefits mostly seniors, some juniors, in HS Regents Physics and AP Physics 1 classes. The flipped classroom model is the basis for this project that has developed video-based lectures. This request will allow Dan to complete the pilot program he has started with good success. Student feedback (anonymous): • “The vod-casts allow me to reinforce info learned in class and are extremely useful in studying for tests (more so than the textbook). It is awesome to be able to “pause” and “rewind” the teacher.” • “You can never worry about missing info because you can go back and watch again.” • “Vod-casts give students explanations that they can watch at their own pace.” • “Your commentary clarifies information that is sometimes ambiguous in the textbook.” • “They allow me to visualize the problem, take more thorough notes, and determine at exactly what point I get confused.” • “We are able to jump into the material and actually practice it in class.” This grant would fund 100 hours @ $39/hour of development time to create the vodcasts and link other supporting materials through Haiku.