Northborough Education Foundation

In Support of Our Schools

Northborough Education Foundation - In Support of Our Schools

2015 Funded Project: Fluency with Chromebooks in the Foreign Language Classroom (Melican Middle School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican teachers Hillary Novitski and Elise Bradley, NEF President Marile Borden

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, Melican teachers Hillary Novitski and Elise Bradley, NEF President Marile Borden

Computer technology can be used in the foreign language classroom to enhance language acquisition, support the content, and provide motivation and promote student engagement. Students will use the free website, Voki, to create talking avatars in our classrooms and practice speaking fluency in the target language. Students will additionally use the Chromebooks for practice on Quizlet.com, cultural webquests, and listening and video activities that supplement the curriculum. NEF will be funding five Chromebooks for the Foreign Language department.

2015 Funded Project: Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award (All Elementary Schools)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Northborough Free Children's Librarian Katrina Ireland, NEF President Marile Borden, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Northborough Free Library Children’s Librarian Katrina Ireland, NEF President Marile Borden, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

The Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award (NSCBA) is a collaboration between teachers and librarians aimed at inspiring all third, fourth and fifth grade students to read great literature that supports and develops their individual literacy skills. Students read, discuss and enjoy at least 3 of 10 librarian-approved titles and gather to vote for their favorite. NEF funds will go toward the purchase of books.

2015 Funded Project: Metabolism and Energy Production Evaluation by Calorimetry (Algonquin Regional High School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, ARHS teacher Christine Thompson, NEF President Marile Borden, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, ARHS Teacher Lori Mott

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, ARHS Teacher Christine Thompson, NEF President Marile Borden, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, ARHS Teacher Lori Mott

This grant will enhance science curricula at Algonquin Regional High School by addressing the four Big Ideas of AP Biology: Evolution, Free Energy, Information and Systems through new energy investigations. The sustainable equipment to be purchased will enable modeling of cooperative teaching and learning for both instructors and student groups. NEF will fund the purchase of calorimeters and Eppendorf Pipet Pumps from Thermo Fisher along with a heated water bath from Edvotek.

2015 Funded Project: Let’s Celebrate (Zeh School)

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President, Marile Borden, Zeh teacher Mary Lincoln, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President, Marile Borden, Zeh teacher Mary Lincoln, NEF VP Kirsten Forbush

Culturally conscious biographies expose students to the struggles, triumphs, and distinct experiences of diverse cultural icons. The use of these biographies in guided reading groups strengthens students’ intercultural awareness, teaches multiple historical perspectives, and encourages critical thinking. This project will enable students to learn about historical representations of a wide range of cultures, gain an understanding of biography as a genre, and build their knowledge of the common characteristics shared by famous historical figures. NEF will be funding the purchase of 56 books.

2015 Funded Project: Enhanced Math Instruction with the TI-84 (Algonquin Regional High School)

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, ARHS teacher Diane DeSantis, NEF President, Marile Borden

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, ARHS teacher Diane DeSantis, NEF President, Marile Borden

The TI-84 graphing calculator is a technology tool that delivers to the student another facet in the understanding of mathematical concepts. For students to ‘model with mathematics,’ they need to be proficient in all types of problem solving, not just paper and pencil. With an additional classroom set of TI-84 graphing calculators, students can explore math concepts and get a visual representation, not just an equation.

2015 Funded Project: Digging Deeper-Developing Digital Literacy (Zeh School)

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Zeh School Librarian MaryEllen Remillard, NEF President Marile Borden

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Zeh School Librarian MaryEllen Remillard, NEF President Marile Borden

The grant will be used to purchase 10 Chromebooks and a Chromebook cart, which will be housed in the Zeh School library and dedicated to students in all grade levels working on collaboratively taught group projects to teach students digital literacy skills. The projects will teach students not only how to use technology but more importantly how to understand and determine accurate information and how to successfully communicate their knowledge to others.

2015 Funded Project: Mobile Spaces (Peaslee School)

NEF VP Kristen Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President Marile Borden, Peaslee Librarian Nancy Kellner, Peaslee Tech Specialist Nick Greenwood

NEF VP Kirsten Forbush, NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, NEF President Marile Borden, Peaslee Librarian Nancy Kellner, Peaslee Tech Specialist Nick Greenwood

STEAM learning comes to Peaslee School via Mobile Makerspaces. Students will be able to tinker, build, create, design, invent, solve problems and learn in a self-guided environment using a combination of high-tech and low-tech tools. Funded items include Bee-Bots, Lego WeDo, Little Bits and Osmos.

 

2014 Funded Project: Creating and Applying Augmented Reality in ELA and Library

Project Based Learning with Portable iPads Award:  Marile Borden, NEF President; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer.

Project Based Learning with Portable iPads Award: Marile Borden, NEF President; Pat Montimurro, Melican Middle School Principal; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer.

Granted: Funding to purchase three iPads

Summary Description: Students at Melican Middle School  will use iPads and augmented reality technology to create multimedia projects. The project files are embedded in a “trigger image” that allows the multimedia project to be viewed when the image is scanned with a mobile device. Using augmented reality technology provides an innovative and enhanced means for publishing and sharing student work and school news with the whole school community.

 

2014 Funded Project: Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: Project Based Learning with Portable iPads

Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: PBL with Portable iPads Grant:  Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor Principal; Marile Borden, NEF President; Sylvia Pabreza, Proctor School Reading Specialist; Mandy Sharpe, Proctor School Special Education Teacher

Continued Development of 21st Century Skills: PBL with Portable iPads Grant: Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer; Margaret Donohoe, Proctor School Principal; Marile Borden, NEF President; Sylvia Pabreza, Proctor School Reading Specialist; Mandy Sharpe, Proctor School Special Education Teacher

Granted:  Funding to purchase three iPads plus protection plans.

Summary Description:  By increasing the number of iPads available to Proctor School students,  staff members will have flexibility in using them for whole class, small group, or individual lessons across all curriculum areas. iPads facilitate the use of Project Based learning activities where students work collaboratively to tackle complex problems that may have multiple solutions. Teachers will access all or part of the lab to facilitate the development of the 21st century skills which need to be addressed in the Common Core State Standards.

2014 Funded Project: Using Complex Picture Books for Close Reading

Using Complex Picture Books for Close Reading Grant Award:  Proctor Reading Specialist Sylvia Pabreza, Zeh School Reading Specialist, Mary Lincoln; Marile Borden, NEF President; Peaslee Reading Specialist Jennifer Shields; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer..

Using Complex Picture Books for Close Reading Grant Award: Proctor Reading Specialist Sylvia Pabreza, Zeh School Reading Specialist, Mary Lincoln; Marile Borden, NEF President; Peaslee Reading Specialist Jennifer Shields; Amy Staunton, NEF Treasurer..

Granted:  Four sets of 49 different picture books and mentor texts

Summary Description: Core reading of complex picture books is an ideal way to hone in on the Anchor Standards for reading outlined in the Massachusetts Framework for English Language Arts. The standards cover key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas. By using complex picture books, teachers can dive deeper and examine theme, main idea, summary, evidence, text elements, vocabulary, structure, point of view, diverse kinds of texts, critiquing texts, and finally text-to-text connections. This project provides classroom teachers at Peaslee, Lincoln, Proctor and Zeh Schools in grades 3-5 with picture books to help teach these standards.