The Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools is thrilled to announce nearly $100,000 of newly awarded grants for the 2014-2015 school year.
“Thanks to our donors, the students of Marblehead public schools will benefit from these diverse grants awarded to grades K-12 that will enhance learning,” said FMPS President Lillie Lombardi. “Coupled with the historic grant in January to create a Wi-Fi network at Marblehead High School, FMPS has donated $150,000 this year in grants to the Marblehead public schools.”
The FMPS “Friends and Flip Flops” Summer Soiree will be held this year on Saturday, June 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 25 Spray Ave. Tickets are $75 a person for food, drinks, music and sweeping views of the ocean.
“FMPS would like to thank Marty and Bill Willis for hosting the event in their home, and we encourage people to attend or make a donation,” Lombardi said. “Every year we have worthy grant requests that we cannot fund. The strength of FMPS lies in the community continuing to give generously.” For more details on the Soiree and to purchase tickets, go to friendsofmarblehead.org.
Grants for 2014-2015
Getting Kids into Electronics
Electronic tools, testing equipment and practical electronics books will give meaningful, real-world, hands-on learning experiences and enhance STEM learning for Charter School students.
Marblehead History Alive
This project will supplement the existing third-grade Marblehead history curriculum and is designed to enhance understanding of the rich history of the community.
Hokki Stools provide a tool for elementary school teachers to help children maintain their own body control. Hokki Stools can help all students be less fidgety, particularly those students with sensory needs, ADHD and behavioral issues.
National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers
This grant allows two kindergarten teachers to attend the 2014 National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers. The teachers will bring back and share best practices with fellow teachers, thus benefiting all their students.
Third-Grade Artist-in-Residence Program
This grant provides funds for an artist-in-residence program for the 240 third-grade students district-wide. This proposal seeks to provide students the opportunity to engage in a hands-on activity with an expert in his field, Giles LaRoche. This grant will enhance the existing social-studies program by introducing a new way to study Marblehead architecture.
Native American Storytelling Presentation and Writers Workshop
This grant will fund a return visit for artist James Bruchac at Glover School for Native American storytelling in kindergarten and first grade and add a writing component to grades two and three.
This grant funds the purchase of a state-of-the-art laser cutter that will bring new technology to the high school. It will introduce students to CAM (computer-aided manufacturing). It allows safe, efficient and precise cutting and engraving of materials for architectural models, art and science projects, and it could potentially be used in a student-run business engraving plaques and trophies.
Peer Mediation Program
This grant provides money for a program that will train Marblehead High School students in conflict resolution and allow them to mediate situations among their peers. The North Shore Community Mediation Center will provide the training and assist in the implementation of the program.
Artist Guest Speaker Series
This grant will bring four working artists to MHS, exposing the high school population to successful career artists who will demonstrate how the visual arts are present in diverse aspects of society and industry. Each artist will present at a general school assembly and then present several classroom workshops for smaller groups.
MHS Library iPad Cart
This grant will purchase an iPad cart, the companion Macbook Pro, and 10 iPads. The equipment will be managed by the MHS library to provide access to new technology to both teachers and students.
Smart Board E70 Interactive Flat Panel
A portable 72-inch Smart Board will be used in the MHS physical education classes to lend meaning to all learners and encourage connections between students’ personal health and the physical education curriculum.
Technology in Middle School Physical Education
The physical education teachers at MVMS will leverage iPads and applications to enhance classroom instruction on anatomy and physiology as well as CPR and first aid.
MVMS Literary Magazine
This grant funds seed money to publish and print a literary magazine created by MVMS students.
Closing the Gap
This grant will provide online software to close the gap in reading skills for students with learning disabilities, those that have gaps in English as a second language, and those with other special circumstances.
Graphic Novel Project
This second-year grant continues to provide funding for the panel of working graphic novelists to provide two presentations for the seventh grade.
World Language Week
World Language Week at MVMS is an annual celebration of world languages, diversity and cultures, and corresponds to the national week of celebration held by foreign language organizations across the country. This grant will enhance the current program by providing more enriching presentations and performances to help students gain a better appreciation for the increasingly global society in which we live.
Picture Books to Create Literary Devices
This grant will provide English teachers at MVMS with master texts and picture books to teach literary devices. Teachers at MVMS have reported great success using picture books for clarification of the figurative language students struggle most to understand.
Universal Design: Meeting Sensory Needs of Students
This grant will fund materials and equipment for use in program classrooms at MVMS. The requested materials will help to create a physically calming yet intellectually stimulating learning environment through the use of specific products designed for this purpose.
Special Educational Materials
This proposal is to fund the purchase of supplementary educational materials — Michelle Garcia’s Social Curriculum — for special-needs students.
Village School Keyboards
New keyboards for Village School music instruction that interface with the iPads granted in 2013 will facilitate assessments as well as allow more individualized instruction and feedback for students who are both ahead and behind the norm. Additionally, the new keyboards are touch-sensitive, responding more like an acoustic piano.
Seated for Success
Good posture is critical to successful instrument playing. It enhances airflow and breathing, as well as stamina. Right-sized chairs for fourth- through sixth-graders will increase focus on the music. Better playing in the classroom leads to greater success and encourages an upward spiral of practice and performance.
Fit Girls Run Club
Fit Girls Marblehead is a running program for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls that builds self-esteem and confidence. This grant will supplement the Fit Girls Run Club program by enhancing the curriculum, providing need-based scholarships and creating a road race to generate future funds.