FMPS Grants 2016-2017

Follow that Shark
The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) raises awareness about white sharks as a keystone species of the ocean ecosystem sponsors the local placement of one of the AWSC’s shark tracking buoys. Data gleaned will help students learn about the habits of sharks as well as the health of the ocean. This grant also supports a speaker series, open to the public, which will bring marine scientists to Marblehead.

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Seamless Integration of Technology into the Curriculum and the Classroom
This grant supplies iPads, Apple TVs, and document cameras to enable collaboration, group presentations, and differentiated learning. The 6th grade teaching team at MCCPSwant their students to demonstrate knowledge through web-based technologies, research solutions to their own questions, and have the opportunity to access programs that meet their individual learning needs.

Village School Mosaic Mural
A unique visual arts piece will be created that will utilize the math, science and social studies curriculum of the 4th grade students at the Village School.  An artist-in-residence will help the fourth grade students design and then create a mosaic mural that will be installed on the front façade of Village School.  The design and build will integrate scientific inquiry and engineering and also link visual arts to other fourth grade disciplines, with a focus on land and water of our community. The glass mosaic mural that will be created will be permanently on display for the entire community to enjoy.

Transitional Skill Development with Curriculum
Transitional skills allow students to use knowledge and apply it to everyday situations in life. In Massachusetts, transition services must begin for the special needs population starting at age 14. This grant will provide new and engaging curriculum for students in grade 8 through post-graduate to support these individuals in the skills they will need for independent living.

Marblehead Track Association Field Day
The Marblehead Track Association is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting running and the sports of track and field and cross country in our community.  The Field Day will reinforce the Spring PE activities in the middle schools and students in grades 4-8.  Three practice days will be held in May to teach track and field skills.

iPad Initiative: Engaging and Enhancing Student Learning by Merging 21st Century Technology Skills with Content Across the Curriculum
The 7th grade teachers at MCCPS will use new iPad devices to enhance learning by enabling their students to demonstrate depth of knowledge through an array of multimedia projects, such as movies, animations, public service announcements, and book trailers.  The awarded iPads will add a more creative element to their project based curriculum.

Enterprise City
This grant supports a 3 -5 week classroom curriculum that culminates with a day trip to Enterprise City in Dover, New Hampshire.  Enterprise City is a student run “city” that includes 9 – 10 “businesses” where classroom skills can be exercised in a “real –life” setting aligning economics and consumer skills.  This program will be tailored for special needs students grades 8 – post graduate to enhance transitional skill building.

Enhancing Student Inquiry Through Technology
This grant supplies MCCPS with stereo-microscopes along with visual and auditory presentation technology such as speakers, document cameras, and Apple TVs. This technology will provide students with valuable opportunities to enhance their scientific inquiry process and communication skills, and allow them to present their discoveries in creative, media-savvy ways.
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Promoting Behavior Self-Regulation
There is mounting evidence that aerobic exercise can improve behavioral self-regulation. Studies have shown that exercise was linked with less disciplinary time out of class and lower impulsivity/hyperactivity scores among students.  This grant will to provide access to integrated opportunities for physical activity throughout the day to students in the TIDES program through the purchase of an appropriately sized virtual-reality Exergame-cycle for the Village School.

Scrabble Showdown for Champions
This timeless game of words will be offered to grades 6 and 7 as part of the MCCPS Enrichment program. In the first term, students will have a creative and entertaining opportunity to sharpen their word skills and practice their socialization skills. The second and third terms will be devoted to friendly competition, working up to a champion showdown!

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Growing Leaders
This grant supports the seventh grade Wellness curriculum at MCCPS by providing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens book and accompanying workbook. The author, Steve Covey, provides a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, as well as tackle new challenges of our time like navigating social media and cyberbullying.

Chromebooks for Math Department
This grant supplies 30 Chromebooks, a cart for storage, and wireless printers for the Math Department at MHS.  Chromebooks in the classroom gives all students access to every problem in the textbooks as well as online examples, guided examples and a variety of other resources that assist in the learning process.

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Text Based Discussion Group
The Text Based Discussion Group has been highly successful during its first year of operation. Funding is being provided for a second year to purchase books for the program. Teachers from across the district will meet in a collaborative forum to read and engage in professional, text-based discussions.


Cognitive Connections
This grant will fund a professional development opportunity for speaker Sarah Ward to present to grade K-3 teachers on the topic of Executive Functioning. A presentation to parents and the community will be held in the evening. Sarah Ward is a highlyregardededucator, speech and language pathologist and director of Cognitive Connections. Executive Functions is a term used to describe processes associated with goal setting, carrying out organized steps, and modifying a plan to complete a task successfully.

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World Language Week
This grant will provide funds to support World Language Week, an annual celebration of world languages, diversity and culture.  The week at MVMS will correspond to the national week of celebration held by many foreign language organizations across the country.

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Visiting Author Workshops, 2nd and 3rd Grades
The study of biographies is part of both the 2nd and 3rd grade curriculum.  April Prince Jones is a Massachusetts-based author who workshops the process of writing (and publishing) a biography for students.  Her biography – Jackie Robinson He Led the Way – is the cornerstone of her presentation, and the grant includes copies of the book for the students to read.

Similarity Awareness
A program named Northeast Passage will come to the MVMS and target the 8th graders.  N.E. passage brings wheelchairs to the school to facilitate a variety of indoor wheelchair games and sports.  The program is an effective way of teaching non-disabled students to learn compassion and sensitivity towards those who are physically challenged.  

Under Desk Elliptical Equipment
Under desk elliptical “machines” are manual and silent.  They are used in the classroom to keep students engaged so that they are able to complete assignments.  Used primarily bystudents who learn best while moving, the ellipticals are also available for all students. On indoor recess days, the ellipticals may serve double duty by providing an indoor outlet for physical movement.

Literary Magazine
The MVMS Literary Magazine will provides an opportunity for students to write creatively. The magazine serves as a creative writing workshop where students develop ideas for writing, sharing their work, and receiving feedback from other writers.  Participants also have the opportunity to be part of an editorial board that solicits writing from the entire school, evaluates submissions, and makes decisions about publication.  

Glover School Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Education
Mindful Schools offers online mindfulness training for teachers and curriculum for studentsDuring the fall, the teachers will work together as a professional learning group.  They will introduce age-appropriate mindfulness practices to their classrooms as well as share with other teachers in the building.  

A Tale of Two Carts: Chromebooks for ELA
This grant supplies 30 Chromebooks, a cart for storage and a wireless printer to the English and Language Arts Department at MHS. Having the Chromebooks in the classroom will change how students at MHS receive writing instruction at the curricular level.  

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Sharing Resources: Staff Library
The professional development collection will be updated in the library at Veterans Middle School. It will be a professional library that will support staff across the school and be an area in which staff will find resources and collaborate across the curriculum.  

Village School Book Club
The Village School Book Club is a monthly forum of approximately 10 teachers. This grant will fund the purchase of professional books related to current research and best practices in education as well as award winning children’s texts. 

If We Build It, They Will Come
“If We Build It, They Will Come” will begin the process of converting the current traditional library space at the Village School to a more flexible “Learning Commons” spaceThe versatile and multipurpose environment will allow Village School to address the changing needs of students and staff by extending traditional classroom learning, increasing technology access, and allowing physical space configurations to fit the various dynamics that change throughout the school day.

Walk This Way
This grant will serve as a preliminary planning step toward building a school-based labyrinth in Marblehead to expand upon current initiatives related to mindfulness. A labyrinth is a multi-layered tool for learning that has a ripple effect on students’ engagement. Exploring labyrinths gives educators the opportunity to relieve stressdevelop team-building, teach problem-solving and communication skills while addressingmultiple common core standards.

Closing the Gap
This grant will provide Lexia software to Village School students. The Lexia program, along with direct instruction, is proving to be a highly effective tool to provide instruction in all areas of reading development. Lexia is presently being used at Veterans Middle School and has been piloted this year at the elementary level. 

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