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  • Fall 2018, TBS Grade 5 Teacher, $1,000 Mini-Grant for Escape Classroom Project, Brendan Lynch, AEF granted funds for Mr. Lynch to purchase Escape Classroom kits, which are team-based puzzle games, where students have to collaboratively solve puzzles, riddles, or other challenges together to reach a goal. The very popular Escape Room concept, now possible in the classroom, allows teachers to create their own Escape Classrooms, incorporating any subject area into the theme. In a world of high stakes testing and data driven instruction, any opportunity to bring in a fun, interactive experience into the classroom, while still meeting necessary education standards, is very much valued.

  • December 2017, David and Mardelle Pena Mini-Grant for Moon in My Classroom, Mary Labowsky, PGS 4th grade teacher, Funding provided an interactive moon in each Grade 1 and Grade 5 classroom district-wide, so students can see patterns and phases of the moon every day, supplementing the the curriculum. Here is a quote from a first grade teacher as to how the AEF Grant has advanced learning:"In our first grade classroom we have incorporated the Moon into our morning meeting routine.  We use it weekly to observe the changes in the moon.  We have synced it up to the moon cycle and it has been great to reinforce the students observations at home with their moon journal and make it consistent with observations followed up the next day in class.  It has helped enhance learning in our classroom and made this lesson much easier to teach and also made it more effective!"
  • Spring 2017 Grant: Battle of the Books, Jessica Buckle, Reading Specialist, entire school: Funding will support a school-wide reading motivation competition involving the Nutmeg Book Award selections and other books: to increase student reading and comprehension of complex literary and informational texts independently; to increase reading engagement, motivation, and love of lifelong reading; and to create a school-wide event that united the student body and grade levels.

  • Spring 2017 Grant: Flexible Seating, Catherine Hanks & Mike Deritis, Grade 6: This grant will provide components for a flexible seating environment in some sixth grade classrooms. The stand-up desks, bean bag chairs, balance balls, wobble cushions, stools and tables will allow students to be more engaged in their learning because their focus will be on the material being presented.

  • Spring 2016 Polley Family Digital Literacy and Technology Grant, Basic Coding, Julia Cowans-Wilhelm, Librarian, was awarded funding for the purchase of Probots and Ozobots to bring basic coding capabilities to TBS students, which will enhance the library curriculum with 21st-century and STEM learning opportunities.

  • Spring 2015 Book Publishing Project, Brendan Lynch, TBS 6th grade teacher, will provide a program for students focusing on the behind the scenes work that go into the books that they read. Students will collaborate to write and publish a book, going through and learning about all the stages: writing, revising, editing, copyright, book layout, font choices, binding, cover design, book website, distribution and book release.

  • 2011, 6th Grade: Hudson Family Grant; Yellow Team: Richard W. Kisiel, Ed.D. Grant in honor of his retirement; Blue Team: Oh Family Grant; Red Team: UNICO Grant, Classroom Access to 21st Century Technology, Michael Netkovick, 6th Grade Teacher, and Ardith Franklin, Librarian, Grade 5-6, All Subjects – Upgrade technology in 5th and 6th grade classrooms to enable educators and students to initiate and engage in innovative and creative learning. A ceiling mounted DLP projector and speakers will be installed in each classroom. This will provide capability they do not have today: use Google maps, take online virtual field trips, watch videos and live television to reinforce curriculum, use interactive science activities, collaborate with other classrooms through online communication. Also, every classroom will be able to take advantage of the interactive software for SMART Boards TBS already owns even though they are not equipped with the SMART touch screen itself.

  • 2009 Duffy Family Grant, Hartford Stage Arts and Literacy Connections, Mike DeRitis, TBS with grade level team leads at TBS and RBS, Grades K – 6, Reading – The Connections Program is being expanded after last year’s well-received 4th grade pilot program at RBS funded by an AEF Mini Grant. Over the course of five days, visiting artists in each classroom explore a grade-appropriate core-curriculum book. Designed to enhance reading comprehension skills and to instill a love of reading, students are engaged in a literary text through the use of dramatic techniques. (Additional funding from the PTOs and in-school field trip fees.)

  • 2007 Leo & Jean Duffy Memorial Grant, Fitness for the Future, Tim Feshler, RBS & TBS, Grade 4-12, Physical Education – Incorporate use of technology into Physical Education to enable students to track their fitness levels and progress and to enable educators to evolve the curriculum to meet needs.

  • 2007 Farmington Savings Bank Mini Grant, WAVN TBS Podcasting, Mary Ramondetta, TBS, Grade 6, Language Arts, Social Studies – Application of personal audio technology to Language Arts and Social Studies; students will create podcasts which can be published to the internet for use by others.

  • 2006 Program Grant, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) Lab, Carl Sauerbrunn, TBS, Grade 5 & 6, General Music – Complete the MIDI Lab so that every student has the opportunity to compose, notate and record original musical works on the computer. The technology also enables new ways to integrate music with social studies, language arts and science projects.

  • 2006 Farmington Savings Bank Mini Grant, Regarding the Book, Judy DeVito & Ardith Franklin, TBS, Grade 5 & 6, Reading, Writing – A reading and writing program presented by Nutmeg winning author and journalist Kate Klise.

  • 2005 Dos Santos Family Mini Grant, Connecting to a World of Learning Using Streaming Digital Videos, Kelley Lanahan, AMS, & Doreen Cohn, TBS, Grade 5-8, Multi-disciplinary – Provide teachers and students a new and powerful learning tool – real-time video through United Streaming–to change student-teacher interaction in ways that facilitate student achievement.

  • 2005 Avon United Fund Mini Grant, Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) Lab, Carl Sauerbrunn, TBS, Grade 5 & 6, General Music – Create a pilot MIDI Lab to allow students to compose, notate and record original musical works on the computer.


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