2019-20 Major Grants
Touch IT Boards
HS | MacDonald
This grant is for an interactive Touch IT board which will allow students to use more technology in math classrooms. Mr. MacDonald is working to incorporate more technology into math classrooms to better prepare our students for changes in jobs after school. Mr. MacDonald shared that the possibilities of what this interactive board can do are endless. Students can use their fingers to draw and interact with content, they can project their work from their devices, the class can use the board to annotate over websites, powerpoints, etc., they can project document cameras, save photos from the document camera and more!
Boutwell | Conway
Boutwell was awarded this grant to create a multilingual library of children's books available for use in the classroom and homes of the students. The aim of this grant is to improve the cultural sustainability of the school environment and practices. This grant promotes cultural awareness and biliteracy. In addition to the children book, Boutwell will purchase professional development books for staff members in order to support this initiative. Boutwell's preschool is diverse with 1 out of 5 families speaking a language other than English as their primary language and over 11 different languages represented in the 2019-2020 school year. Since inception this year, families have already donated additional language books to the library!
HS | Gounis, McHugh
This grant is for 50 students in Spring 2020 to engage in a project-based senior experience to learn about the concept and importance of sustainability, the production and preservation of food using sustainable practices, and ways in which these practices can be implemented in their lives and communities. Their students will learn critical problem solving and teamwork skills that they will carry with them after graduation. With climate change and sustainability being a big part of the national conversation in recent years, students will see what they can do at the community level and be introduced to local programs and farms. This course will result in the creation of a community garden on the high school campus, as well as various campus beautification projects and the implementation of other sustainable programs. This program will be shared with the Groton and Dunstable Communities for years to come.
Civics Picture Books
FR, SU | 1st Grade Teams
The Grade 1 team at Florence-Roche will lead the implementation of “Teaching Civics Through Picture Books.” The grant is targeted for K-2 teachers and students as educational supports to teach these crucial standards. This grant supports the critical importance of civics education starting at a young age in schools today. Given exposure to the civics curriculum, through these picture books, students will work to become civic-minded when establishing rules and routines, increasing expected social interactions, and become reflective of their own learning and actions while being inclusive of their classmates.