FALL 2005 AWARDS - (Projects to be completed between 1/1/06 and 6/30/06) - applications due Octoboer 21, 2005.
Teaching Chemistry/Community Service Learning $1,920
This project works in conjunction with a course designed for students who enjoyed their 1st year in chemistry and wish to continue to probe the concepts while sharing their interest with others. Students will examine the science curriculum in the Northampton elementary grades and identify opportunities for additional chemistry to complement the content of the curriculum. Students will work in small project groups of 4 to 6 students and will be matched with two elementary classes. In co-ordination with the teachers of the elementary grades they are paired with, the team will develop lesson presentations complete with demonstration and experiment materials. HS students will travel to Bridge Street School to present their lesson. This project also provides a new chemistry course for HS students who want to pursue an interest in Chemistry but may not wish to take AP Chemistry.
Street School Newsletter $634
This grant funds a newsletter at the Bridge Street School, providing opportunities for students to publish their own newsletter. This provides writing and artistic opportunities and enhances communication within the school community.
Curriculum Collaboration Bridge and Jackson Kindergarten and Second Grade
The Kindergarten through
third grade teachers from the Bridge and Jackson Street Schools are working
together to design and create developmentally appropriate phonics activities
and materials to support the new English Language Arts curriculum. Teachers
attended professional development workshops in the spring of 2005. They
will develop materials, picture and word cards, games, and other activities
to support and implement the phonics and word study lessons that they
plan to incorporate in our classrooms.
Test Boston Museum of Science Elementary Engineering Curriculum $2000
Introduces the new
Museum of Science Engineering Curriculum in the 3rd and 5th grades at
Jackson Street School. This is an opportunity to field test new materials
and to take advantage of several Smith College science and engineering
faculty who are JSS parents.
Street School Second Annual Science Fair $1313.50
This grant supports the second year of a science fair at BSS. The applicants will produce a manual and build in some fundraising elements to sustain the project in the future. Teachers and parents will work with students in grades 2-5 to develop science fair projects, and there will be a week-long after school clinic to provide extra help. Supplies will be provided at no charge. There will be a fair, complete with pizza and prizes, at the end.
Presents Mad Hot Dances $1587
This project is collaboration between the PE and music teachers at JSS. Students will be introduced to one of 5 different styles of dancing (country line, salsa, Filipino Tinikling, swing, and hip-hop) during music classes, chorus, and physical education courses. There will be a performance in June. This innovative course addresses issues of respect, performance skills, self-confidence, and teaches about different cultures.
Moments in History” Joint 5th Grade Enchanted Circle Theater Residency
and Curriculum Development $2000
This collaborative program involves all 5th graders (and the rest of the school as audience) in creating and performing a unified series of curricular plays on historical topics with contemporary relevance. In collaboration with Historic Northampton, students will research topics in revolutionary-era America and Northampton, create a dramatic work based on their research, and use the expertise of Enchanted Circle Theater artist Nestor Cintron to express and develop the concepts they research. There will also be a theater appreciation workshop for KG, 1st, and 2nd graders to help develop the audience for the work created.
05F-8 Northampton High School Visual and Performing Arts Gallery $606Lisa Leary, Martha McCormick, Lindsay Fogg-Willits
This grant would provide the materials needed to create and install 6 large-scale student paintings in the school’s auditorium. Thematically, the painted images will celebrate the arts, and will be created by students.
This parent education project is designed to establish a home-school partnership with the speech and language pathologists at JSS and those serving pre-schoolers, with parents and other caretakers through monthly group meetings. This will foster deeper understanding of speech and language services that students are receiving, and teach parents how to reinforce these services at home.
Through Movement $1700
Designed for the Life Skills Classroom at the Ryan Road School, this pilot program will serve eight children with significant physical, emotional, social, and mental challenges. The consultant will teach the classroom teacher and the students a range of activities such as cooperative games, partner play, yoga, healthy breathing, relaxation techniques, anatomy, and learning through movement, music, and storytelling.
City, a Second Grade Adventure in Community Building $1020
The second grade teachers at the Leeds and Bridge Street Schools in collaboration with Learning by Design and the National American Institute of Architects will create models of sustainable communities that will engage children in a hands-on architecture and design project related to the City of Northampton’s initiative with the Sustainable Design Assessment Team. A local architect will participate.
Learning Center Video Production $2000
Purchase of equipment for video-making will allow for hands-on learning in areas such as sociology (interviewing member of the Young at Heart Chorus as oral history, for example), interdisciplinary social justice (interviewing Vietnam Veterans), media literacy (making commercials), and job interview skills (making videos of mock interviews).
One Sky: Songs, Instruments, and Dances from our Families and Around the
The 2nd grade students at Ryan Road School (of whom over 60% have learning disabilities or mental health issues) will participate in a program using family history and oral history to learn about culture and immigration. The students will share what they have learned, the consultant will teach songs and dances from those cultures, and the project will culminate in a performance.
This grant purchases and installs an integrated weather station on site at Leeds Elementary School. Students will obtain weather information, record data, and engage in scientific inquiry and data analysis. This connects with the science curriculum at Leeds and will be available on an ongoing basis. The information will be posted on the school website.
is the third year of this project for seventh-grade music classes at JFK
Shakespeare & Company Performance and Workshops
Members of the Shakespeare & Company’s Education Program will conduct hands-on theatre workshops and dramatic coaching with two JFK teams as a springboard for their unit on Shakespeare and a production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The professional troupe will also perform for all eighth-grade students to foster an appreciation of Shakespeare’s contribution to dramatic literature and language.
05S-3: A Celebration of Ancient
and Classical Greece
This project will engage 7th grade students on the Banana Split team in experiencing and learning about Greek history, mythology, drama, music and dance. Nick Kachulis will be artist/scholar in residence and will work with the teachers to deliver this instruction. There will be a series of 16 workshops, at the end of which students will create and present original multi-genre projects based on their understanding of ancient Greek culture and mythology. These projects will be presented to the school and community in a “Museum of Ancient and Classical Greece” to be held at the school. Applicants have applied to the JFK PTO for $1,500 and are seeking funding from other sources so that the full cost of the residency - $6,000 - would be covered. This is the second year of funding for this project.
05S-4: Math Problem Solvers
This project supports the efforts of math teachers at Bridge St. School to continue their professional development in mathematics by studying and sharing ideas from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) journal “Teaching Children Mathematics.” Funding will support a one-year membership in NCTM for up to seven teachers as well as quarterly meetings where teachers can collaborate on math problems and share information on the application of NCTM standards to the teaching of mathematics. A similar study group held a number of years ago resulted in a school-wide collaboration to present math problems and the publication of an article in a professional publication.
05S-5: Family Writing Nights
Smith Vocational-Agricultural High School students and their parents will gather at the school to read, discuss and write about the book Seedfolks by Jay Fleishman over two sessions. In a third session, students and parents will cull favorite family photos and write narratives to accompany them. The narratives will be printed on attractive stationery appropriate for preservation as part of the family’s written history. Journaling and discussion will be assigned for homework. The project, which includes casual pizza dinners, will help improve reading and writing skills, encourage discussion about books, encourage communication between parents and children and increase participants’ comfort level in writing.
05S-6: Flight Investigation and
Eight students will be transported to the Northampton Airport where they will meet a qualified flight instructor, participate in a tour of the facility and take a two-hour ground school lesson on aviation. Then the students will take turns going for a ride to observe a practical demonstration of what they learned in ground school. Each student will be asked to write a summary of their expectations and observations. This project will enhance classroom learning in English, math and science by revealing its value to the physical world beyond the school walls. The trip will be videotaped for additional use in the classroom.
05S-7: Bringing the World to the
Classroom: A Local/Global Connection
This grant will fund the equipment needed to create a digital video library of local, national and international speakers who participant in video conferences with students. Northampton received video conferencing equipment through a grant funded by the Department of Education, but recording these conferences requires special equipment. Creating the library provides opportunities to extend learning beyond a single classroom in Northampton. The video library resources will be made available for borrowing by community organizations and other school districts through a video conferencing network. Student and community volunteers will be recruited to participate in taping and editing the presentations.
05S-8: Lunchbox Science
This program provides fun, experiential science experiments contained in lunchboxes that can be checked out by students in seventh-grade science classes. Each lunchbox contains all of the materials necessary to complete an experiment, a journal for student reactions and input, and explanation of the student’s results and ideas for further study. These kits are intended for home use where students and their families can participate together in fun, hands-on science experiments.
05S-9: The Jackson St. School News
The Jackson St. School News will provide students from Grades 2-5 the opportunity to work collaboratively on a bi-monthly newspaper under the guidance of teachers who are themselves published writers and of journalists from the community. Students will be involved in every aspect of newspaper writing and publishing, from story planning and development to illustration, editing and publishing. The goals are to promote student interest in expository writing, build writing confidence and skill, promote understanding of the role of editing and revision in all written work and promote a greater sense of community at Jackson St. School.
05S-10: Peacemakers’ Academy
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