SOMERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
During the 2011 - 2012 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $31,277.
2006 - 2007 Grants Awarded:
- Higgin's Armory MBA. To expand the Maybelle B. Avery Medieval Day for the 7th grade. "The Gothic Knight" interactive displayed and discussed dress, weaponry and armor.
- Historical Archive iPods. Students use iPods to record interviews with WWII vets. The class is in the process of creating an archive which can be downloaded to home computers.
- Video Development and Design PC. High powered MacBook Pro Computer for video development and design. Additionally used to video and edit musical and drama performances.
- College Connections SHS. Four partner schools and Asnuntuck Community College joined to offer a college course focusing on global development: Chinese culture, history, language, which culminated with a trip to the United Nations in NYC.
- Renaissance Program. A program to recognize all facets of educational performance to build self-esteem and esprit de corps.
- Kindergarten Literacy SES. Interactive carpets which enhance the kindergarten lliteracy program. Numbers and letters create games to reinforce concepts.
- Improving Reading Fluency SES. 2nd grade at-risk readers use a hand held digital voice recorder-self-correct and improve timing and fluency.
- SADD Prom Speaker SHS. Presentation for high school student body day of prom. Students are encourage to make positive, responsible life choices: drugs, alcohol, etc.
- Life Skills - Fire Prevention MBA. Somers Fire Dept and EMTs instruct about fire prevention and safety, first aid, care of injuries and CPR. Each MBA student has "hands-on" experience.
During the 2006 - 2007 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $14,343.
During the 2007 - 2008 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $15,748.
2008 - 2009 Grants Awarded:
- Alternative Education Orientation. Faculty, students and administrators prepare for new alternative education program.
- Wireless Word Processor. Assist student to formulate thoughts and expressions through reading and writing analysis.
- World Language 21st Century. High tech projector and smart board to facilitate advanced learning.
- Literacy Center. Equipped center to facilitate access to literature.
- Learning Through Play SES. Mock kitchen to teach pre-schoolers social skills using dramatized play..
- Mileage Club SES. Providing elementary school student mileage tokens for participating in excercise program.
- Digital Camera. Provided state-of-the-art digital camera and accessories for district-wide use involving social, educational actuvities.
- Vision Warrior SHS. Provided high school students with dyamic speaker to help in facilitating life choices.
- Social Skills Convention SES. Provided all elementary school students a convention setting to discuss and develop social skills (i.e. bullying, conflict resolution).
During the 2009 - 2010 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $20,262.
2010 - 2011 Grants Awarded:
- VEX Robotics for Grades 6-12, Somers High School, Mabelle B. Avery Middle School. These state of the art robotics will be available to students in high school and middle school with the goal of providing a robotics class with credits as part of the school curriculum. This project is part of an overall STEM movement, a robotics program for applied science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It provides our students exposure to the fields of the future.
- Writers Workshop, Mabelle B. Avery Middle School. This workshop provided insight and tools for teachers and students in planning and processing novel writing.
- Document Cameras, Somers High School Math Department. This state of the art camera equipment allows math teachers to display and solve math problems with the entire class, engaging and challenging students.
- Connect Character Education, Somers Elementary School. This character development program teaches students life long social development skills.
- Active Learning, Somers Elementary Preschool. This equipment will promote gross motor skill development in our preschool students.
- Projector Equipment, Somers High School, Somers Elementary School. This state of the art equipment engages and challenges students through digital technology. Students are exposed to a vast amount of information available through this process.
- SAT Practice, Naviance, Somers High School. This program allows students to practice for their SAT with various activities and tests which monitors the students progress and provides feedback for improvement.
- Math Diagnostic Testing, Somers High School. This program allows diagnostic testing of high school students in the math area early on in their high school career to identify and address any challenges to ensure success in this important discipline.
2011 - 2012 Grants Awarded:
- AT&T Career Exploration SHS. Provided funding for the Alternative Education Program which supports career exploration for at-risk high school students.
- Document Cameras & Tablets SHS. Cameras allowing teachers in English, Spanish, and Science to display work, review assignments, and teach new concepts to an entire class in an engaging manner.
- WMBA Video Switch MBA. Equipment for the WMBA TV studio at the middle school which provides students the opportunity to learn and experience the various rolls of studio broadcast.
- Classroom Learning Center SES. This equipment promotes reading and fluency for our elementary school students.
- Mimio Tech Technology SES, MBA. State of the art technology turns a basic classroom whiteboard into an interactive learning device. This innovative learning tool engages and motivates students of various ages.
- Supporting Grieving Students MBA. Provided crucial training and information necessary to help students through the grieving process after experiencing the loss of a family member or friend.
- ITEEA Conference SHS. The National Conference for Technology Education provided workshops, displays, and discussions on the latest topics and equipment in the field of technology. Information gained was shared with staff and students.
2009 - 2010 Grants Awarded:
- World Language 21st Century MBA. Provided permanent hardware, software and teaching aids to Mabelle B. Avery Middle School for enhancing world language program .
- Teaching and Learning Seminar MBA. A professional development seminar provided Mabelle B. Avery Middle School language arts faculty the opportunity to identify and review the 2010 best new young adult books.
- Science Projectors SHS. The Somers High School science department has enhanced its learning environment through the purchase and the permanent installation of state-of-the-art technology in six classrooms.
- Teaching Special Needs MBA. Allowed Mabelle B. Avery Middle School to purchase eight Aspire One 10.1 net books to establish a net book lab for special education students.
- Safe School Environment SES. Assist Somers Elementary School in purchasing materials and seminar development designed to promote a safe school environment.
- 32 GB Touch IPod K-12. Provides faculty ability to record physical education student test results immediately for K-12 for current and future assessments.
- District Art Display Panels K-12. Expanding budding artists opportunities to display their talents.
- Internet Safety and Awareness MBA. Internet safety training for both Mabelle B. Avery Middle school students and parents.
- Technical Display SHS. Provides Somers High School technology education department with ability to reproduce projects for student portfolio development and display.
- Spirit Learning Center SES. Allowed Somers Elementary School to purchase high tech teaching aid to enhance reading fluency.
During the 2004 - 2005 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $5,909.
During the 2012 - 2013 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant reviewcommittee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $27,974.
2005 - 2006 Grants Awarded:
- Traverse Climbing Wall. Unique tool to promote non-traditional physical fitness initiatives while building student self-esteem and confidence.
- Crew and Chat Book Discussion. To strengthen the home-school connection by bringing parents and students together to discuss and interpret a novel.
- Transporting Technology. To enhance student learning by using jump drive technology innovatively.
- Positive Peer Principle Poster. To use exemplary student interaction as a model for whole school life-long learning.
- The Spartan Advocate Newspaper. To increase student awareness, communication and school pride through student writing and photos about high school programs, sports, the school community and world issues.
- Auditorium Sound System SHS. To improve the quality of the sound system used by the school district and the Somers community.
- Creative Approaches to Fluency and Word Work, Prod. Dev. For teachers to learn to identify weaknesses in student fluency which will improve reading progress.
- The Courage To Speak Presentation. To encourage the students at the high school to make positive, responsible life choices.
- Staff Training in Diversity and Self-Awareness. All SES teachers will participate in a training program provided by the Anti-Defamation League, specifically focusing on diversity, self-awareness and lessons to conduct with students.
- Reading Book Tapes. The increase third grade reading fluency by synchronizing the spoken and written words through audiotape passages.
During the 2008 - 2009 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $13,422.
During the 2010 - 2011 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $25,028.
2012 - 2013 Grants Awarded:
- Tech Robotics MBA. Lego Mindstorm NXT 2.0 robotics program at MBA teaches students about robotic concepts, how to design and build a robot, and how to program it using the ROBOTC 3.0 programming language. Aligns with the VEX Robotics program at SHS and expses students to the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Luna Interactive Camera MBA. Portable document cameras, webcams and video cameras allowing Math teachers to display student work, teach new concepts, and create video clips which can be linked to their web pages.
- The Spartan School Store SHS. A school store run by SHS Business and Special Education students providing students the opportunity to learn marketing, finance, business management, and customer relations. It also allows student to use their math and leadership skill, develop self-confidence and learn peer modeling.
- Mimio Teach Technology SES. Start of the art technology magnetically attaches to a white board turning it into an interactive learning device. Used in conjunction with ceiling mounted projectors, these devices create an engaging environment that motivate our youngest learners.
- NCTM Conference MBA. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) provided workshops and seminars focusing on current issues in mathematics such as the new Common Core Curriculum, use of iPads in the math classroom, the best iPad apps for math students, algebraic thinking and mathematical reasoning.
- Read Strong MBA. The pilot reading program through the SEA Reading Laboratory provides individualized reading instruction to readers of various levels, in addition to offering lessons in areas such as fluency, phonics, comprehension and literature.
Supporting Education for our Future
During the 2005 - 2006 school year, the Somers Education Foundation, after review and recommendation by the grant review committee, awarded creative and innovative grants totaling $17,187.
2007 - 2008 Grants Awarded:
- Multimedia Suite. Technology
- Amistad America. GPS technology
- World Language. Interactive technology
- Carbo Reading Listening Center. Literacy
- Headline. Production of events and programs
- CAPHERD. Phsycial education trends
2004 - 2005 Grants Awarded:
- Forensic Investigation. Applying theory and techniques of scientific inquiry to a simulate arson crime scene.
- Diversity Coalition Presentation. Awareness of racism and promoting a culture of acceptance.
- Electrathon America Project. Using academic skills to desig and build a Kevlon/graphite car.
- Vision Warrior Session. Making healthy life choices on the issues of drugs, alcohol, HIV and teen pregnancy.
- Promoting Positive Peer Principles. Utilizing exemplary model of student interaction.
- A Message of Personal Strength. Partnered with the Somers PTA to purchase books and sponsor visit by author Patricia Poloacco
- After School Program. Developing like strategies through the intricacies of chess.
- Professional Development Grants. Conference on "Design Differentiated Instruction" and National Accreditation studies.
- Development of Writing Skills. Provided educational materials for project "Using Illustrations as a Tool for Teaching Narrative Writing."
- Recommencing High School Newspaper. Promotes a positive school culture and careers in journalism and communications.