Grant Year: 2012-2013
By creating a real life, authentic learning project, students will establish a working bakery (restaurant name, logo design), determine the food, bake the food, market and sell the food. Students will learn to do a cost analysis of their items, determine what the mark up will be on each item, as well as go through…MORE
The Bone Collection
A multi-grade, multiple course project designed to enhance the student learning experience through hands-on models and replicas versus traditional use of diagrams and pictures. Students are more engaged and are able to develop deeper understandings when model are available allowing for hands-on interactions. The purpose of this project is to acquire a collection of human…MORE
Early Man Interdisciplinary Unit
With the awarding of this grant, sixth graders will take part in an interdisciplinary study of human origins across the curriculum. As students investigate the Paleolithic and Neolithic era in Social Studies, they will read a fictional account of a twelve year old Cro-Magnon (early homosapien) boy named Tao in the novel, Boy of the…MORE
Digital Cameras in the Classroom
Photographs serve as visual aids to enhance student understanding. Using digital photography helps the student become more involved with the subject. This grant will allow for the purchase of two digital cameras to be used in the classroom for a wide variety of interactive and innovative purposes; for example students will better understand and visualize…MORE
Overlook on the Grow
The purpose of this project is to provide Overlook students and staff with the funding to build three raised bed gardens. These gardens will be used in the science, social studies, math, physical education and life skills classes in the years to come. All Overlook students will be involved with hands-on experiences in the gardens…MORE
Seeing the Big Picture: Cameras for Exploring Patterns in Nature
This grant is for the purchase of two cameras to enhance the science curriculum for students in grades two through five: a time-lapse camera and an infrared motion detection camera. The cameras allow students to make observations of natural events that occur over long periods of time and/or take place at a time and place…MORE
Hands on Math for Mastery
This grant provides for the purchase of a classroom set of Cuisenaire rods, numberless cards and invicta balances for grades 1, 2 and 3. Sufficient materials, in combination with dedicated teachers, will provide us with the opportunity to measurably increase the math skills of our elementary students in a permanent way.
Enhancing Number Sense in the Kindergarten Classroom
Inspired by a recent Math workshop by leading expert Mahesh Sharma on teaching numeracy, these teachers will purchase math manipulatives to help kindergarten students better understand number sense through both concrete and abstract applications. These manipulatives include Cuisenaire rods, Base Ten Blocks and Visual Cluster Cards, important tools used in Sharma’s teaching strategies.