Ongoing Grant for Optimal Choices in Alternative Seating: $10,000 (Dorene Tomaskovic: First Grade teacher)
Repeat Grant-end of the second installment. The first grade team has been working together to plan for ergonomic furniture options. Their vision is to have a multi-sensory classroom that provides opportunities for students to have access to alternate seating that will allow for movement and increase collaboration throughout the school day.
STEM Related Indoor Recess (Alyson Tully and Bonnie Seligson Kindergarten teachers) $568.85 Repeat Grant
Was awarded half of what they asked for last year and this grant is for what items are left. This grant will now cover the whole grade. During indoor recess games, activities and arts and crafts will be used cold/inclement winter months when the students are unable to go outside for recess. Items such as building brick sets and magnatiles.
Chess and Critical Thinking (Kathleen Godleski: 4th Grade teacher) $224.85 15
Chess sets were purchased. As obvious benefit of chess is its ability to help focus along with other educational and social interactions. A game such as chess means students need a level of creativity to solve problems. This is a pilot program for one classroom.
BMS Makerspace (Julie Gallagher-6th grade Science teacher) $5,758.02
A Makerspace is a place where students can gather to collaborate and create, to design and invent, to tinker and engineer and to learn and discover using a variety of different tools and materials. The Grant provided materials to be used during the week of Maker Space-6th grade students look forward to this week throughout the year. One highlighted items are “the little bits”. These little bits help to promote all of the STEM core values including coding.
BMS/BHS Digital DSLR Camera lenses, bags and tripods: (John Brooks-Art Teacher MS/HS) $3,559.09 Repeat Grant
Was awarded half of and this grant completes the initial request. This grant is for Camera lenses, bags and tripods to expand the capabilities of the high school digital photo class, computer art design class and the Photo II class. As well as in the Middle School for the computer art classes.
Items include: 4 200 mm lens, 10 digital camera bags, 2 medium level tripods, 3 heavy duty tripods and one universal photography printing easel.
Fitness Center Upgrade BMS/BHS (Rob Higle-teacher Physical Education and Health) $15,989.69
This grant requests new Fitness Center equipment to better serve the physical Education students, Briarcliff student athletes and coaches. Big draw when prospective students tour the school. Equipment includes: two recumbent and five upright stationary bikes.
BHS Advancement of Sensor for Science and Technology (Ted Sandomenico-HS Science Teacher) $8,000.00
Past grants have funded the initial purchase of Vernier interfaces and sensors for the use in science labs and classrooms. The equipment has become an integral part of the Physics, Regents Physics, AP Physics and AP Physics 2 curriculums and will be used in Earth Science classes as well.
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