May 22, 2017

BFEE 2017 Spring Grants

The Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence funded 10 grants this spring, totaling $35,389.81. Grants were awarded based on a number of factors, including uniqueness, impact on the teaching/learning environment, number of students impacted, and alignment with BPS101 goals and priorities. Summary of grants funded:

High-Interest Classroom Books for Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Program
submitted by Kelly Cook, Katie Gabris, Cara Schuster
Rotolo Middle School
Starting 2017-2018 school year, the DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) will be added to the daily routine of RMS sixth graders. The free reading time starts when the students arrives in the morning until class begins. The students will select a book from the classroom library or bring their own. This program will continue throughout subsequent years. To support this daily routine, the teachers would like to purchase new books to add to or create a new classroom library for all sixth-grade classrooms. The goal is to get students hooked on reading through the routine and by having up-to-date, high interest-books to gain their attention.

Rock and Row – Concept 2 Model E Indoor Rowing Machines
Submitted by Dwayne Zimmerman
Batavia High School
This project is designed to give students an opportunity to increase cardiovascular endurance through the use of 20 Concept 2 Model E Rowing Machines. Students currently have very limited options for cardiovascular activity. The rowing machine is an alternative mono structural movement to running and jumping, the most common cardiovascular exercises now used at the school. Running and jumping are very high impact and students may develop injuries from overuse. By having the rowing machines available to students, they would be able to vary the modes of cardiovascular training.

The Backroom: A Student Design Collaboration in the LRC
Submitted by Aimee Miller and Kathleen Tieri Ton
Batavia High School
The Batavia High School LRC has been working with Kathleen Tieri Ton graphics teacher and students to convert the LRC back storage room into an inviting quiet study space. The graphics teacher and students created a mural but unfortunately the mural will not adhere to the cinderblock walls with the material the school currently has. They would like the students to collaborate with a professional installer for a cinderblock application as well as purchase paint and art display installation to complete the space.

Biotechnology in a College Level STEM Class via Dual Electrophoresis Apparatus
submitted by Donna Detrick and Michelle Fabian
Batavia High School
Purchase of six dual electrophoresis apparatus. One of the recommended AP Biology lab is Investigation 9 “Biotechnology: Restriction Enzyme Analysis of DNA.” This answers the question of how we can use genetic information to identify and profile individuals. The students will use restriction endonuclease and gel electrophoresis to analyze DNA sequences. They will also use more sophisticated mathematical practices, such as plotting data using a log scale. Having new equipment will allow the AP students to have a real college-level STEM class.  

The Wonderful World of Programmable Ozobot Robots
submitted by Tamra Ashby, Kari McQuillan, Amy Rash, and Jake Wyeth
Alice Gustafson Elementary School
Purchase a set of 18 programmable Ozobot robots for use by fourth graders. The project closely ties to emphasis on STEM education. Coding the Ozobots challenges students to hone their logic reasoning skills in a fun, engaging, and tangible way.

Literacy in the Making: Introducing JBN Students to Makerspace Concept Using Literature as a Starting Point
submitted by Julie Phillips
J.B. Nelson Elementary School
A makerspace is a place where students can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore, and discover using a variety of tools and materials. A way to introduce students to the concept of makerspace is through literature. At JBN, we’d like students to read a story aloud with ties to science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math. Students would then be given a challenge in the makerspace related to the book. This grant would help fund the materials to accomplish STEAM challenges.

Let’s Get to the KORE of Learning: Wobble Chairs by KORE Design LLC
submitted by Ann Burnham Davis and Gina Consiglio
Louise White Elementary School
Purchase of 24 KORE Teen Wobble Chairs for fifth-grade classrooms. The design of the stool follows students’ natural movements, allowing them to wiggle, shift, and fidget as needed. When students are engaged, they are more invested and begin to take ownership over their learning. This award-winning chair is sturdy, long-lasting, and safe for students. The chair design helps develop postural stability and allows for movement that aids the brain in being calm and organized. This combines for greater attention and therefore, greater learning.

VersaTiles: Active Alternative to Practice Workbooks
submitted by Jodi Bird and Jennifer Torgerson
H.C. Storm Elementary School
VersaTiles is an active alternative to practice workbooks. It combines the challenge of a puzzle with standards-aligned skills practice, helping students develop fluency of key concepts and skills. Students answer questions, flip and check, open and self correct when using the VersaTiles. The books allow for differentiation among our students and have multiple configurations to address a variety of student needs. Each kit includes student activity books, answer cases, and teacher guide.

Adventure Education Rock Wall
submitted by Ryan Farwell and Alex Beckmann
Batavia High School
A rock wall will provide BHS students opportunities to work within the 10 stages of Adventure Education. Students will experience acquaintance activities, ice breakers, fair play, communication, problem solving and trust. Students will also have an opportunity to experience low elements, ropes course high elements, outdoor pursuit, and person challenges/ lifestyle changes. These stages align directly with Social-Emotional Learning. The rock wall will also provide opportunities for other existing groups in the community, including BHS athletics, Adaptive PE Classes, and faculty to experience Adventure Education programming.

Creating an Interactive Classroom for Unique Learners via Boxlight Mimio Interactive Flat Panel Display
submitted by Sarah Malkowski and Mary Johnston
J.B. Nelson Elementary School (will be used at Grace McWayne Elementary School in 2017-18)
Obtain an interactive BoxLite Mimio display to be mounted in a classroom that provides a specialized program for students throughout Batavia School District with moderate to significant disabilities. Many of the students utilize Alternative and Augmentative Communication supports in order to functionally communicate. The BoxLite Mimio display offers a way to develop engaging lessons and interactive activities in which the students can participate with greater independence. The BoxLite is used with whole-class and small-group lessons.