Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence

2012 Spring Grants

Fitness for All!! submitted by Katie Keller
and Dwayne Zimmerman – Batavia
High School

 

This project would be available to all Physical Education classes. A “Training Station’ resistance band system of exercise equipment would be set up and used in the school’s wrestling room during the school day. These Training Stations would be used to individualize instruction in cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and muscular strength by allowing students to participate at a level which they are capable. These stations would allow for every student to experience a challenge while being successful in performing multiple exercises since a student would be able to adjust the straps to a specific height to modify a push-up or pull-up while still maintaining proper form. By using a variety of assessments which cover
the 5 components of health related fitness, feedback would provide how they
measure up against the National Norms and healthy fitness zones for their age
and gender.

 

Mimio Interactive Teaching
Technologies in the 4th Grade Classroom submitted by Sue
Palombella, Jill Close, and Ginger Sitarz – Grace McWayne School

 

The MimioVote tool allows fourth grade teachers to quickly and efficiently assess
class knowledge and student understanding.  When used as an “entrance exam”, teachers can measure each student’s prior knowledge and adjust instruction to meet their individual need. This targeted instruction contributes to higher levels of student engagement and increased student learning. Funding would provide for the purchase of three MimioVote Assessment Systems, one for each fourth grade classrooms at McWayne School.

 

1-Interactive White Board
for Special Education Students submitted by Lindsay Pollastrini and Lew Girmscheid
– Hoover-Wood School

 

This technology would be used for students who struggle to find meaning in their
learning. Since students with disabilities learn in a way that is not conducive within the typical classroom setting, adding an interactive Smart Board would help to motivate the students and involve them in a way that is not otherwise possible within the general education setting. The installation of the Mimio Teach, Mimio Adaptor, and wireless adapter would motivate the students and involve them in a way that is not otherwise possible within the general education setting by: (1) increasing attention time for the students (2) maintain focus and provide students with hands-on experiences to make learning more meaningful and concrete (3) allow students who struggle with abstract topics to make connections with the materials and (4) reduce the amount of paper used and increase instructional time. 

 

 

TI-Nspire Navigator System submitted by Mary Jo Pruski
– Batavia High School

 

Funding provides this TI-Nspire Navigator System for the math department to
include the management software, a classroom set of 35 TI-Nspire CX CAS
calculators, and a docking station for charging the calculators. With this system,  student’s TI-Nspire handheld is linked to the teacher’s classroom computer via a wireless network. Once connected, the teacher has the ability to see each student’s calculator screen at the same time. Management and instant assessment of student
work and understanding of a concept is also a benefit. Teachers can better understand the progress of individual students, personalize their teaching style to fit class needs, and promote discussions that allow students to share ideas and learn from each other.

 

Ipads in the HWS Art Room submitted by Theresa Aidikonis
– Hoover-Wood School

 

Funding provides for the purchase of four iPads, along with software and
applications to allow students to grow with technology at the speed of their
fingertips. Students would be able to use the iPads for creating art, art history, criticism, and aesthetics. By using applications, such as brushes,
students would be able to produce high quality digital artwork and be able to
independently research, view, and learn about historical artists and
masterpieces. Along with learning visual art, students would be able to learn in a more memorable experience.

 

Making Kids SMARTer submitted by Stacey St.
Onge, Cari Sindelar, and Anne Pappas – Hoover-Wood School

 

This initiative uses technology in the classroom. 
The installation of six units, three each of an Ipevo Point 2 View
(document camera) and a MimioTEACH (interactive white board) stationed in three
classrooms will optimize student learning and teacher effectiveness in the
areas of reading and math. The first grade students and first grade staff member would benefit from this technology this coming year and each school year thereafter.

 

 

Learning and Growing Through Change: A Continuation of First Grade Technology Garden: Planting the Seeds for the 21st Century submitted by Debbie Von Oehsen – Grace McWayne
School and Stephen Cronin – Alice Gustafson School

 

This project is a continuation of a grant awarded to both teachers at McWayne School. However, Steve Cronin was assigned to teach second grade at AGS while
Debbie Von Oehsen remained at McWayne to teach first grade. The teachers split up the iPads (five for each teacher/classroom) and shared the iPads w/each other for special projects if more than five iPads were needed.  Funding provides for the purchase of 10 iPad 2’ w/Application Budget to continue this project to cultivate the seeds of technology that have been so successful to date. Fifty first and second grade students will benefit from this project.

 

 

HCS Building Independence Finding Friends on the Playground submitted by Katherine Murphy – H.C. Storm School PTO Representative

 

Funding provides a merry go round for a Playground Project at HC Storm
School. As part of this initiative, the PTO Playground Committee developed a comprehensive playground plan where students of any ability can connect through play with accessible and age-appropriate equipment. This merry go
round would provide a proactive outlet for students with special needs to
engage in gross motor and heavy work activities that are developmentally
appropriate. This safe and accessible piece of playground equipment means students with physical and sensory challenges will be happier, and more physically safe when playing w/peers at recess.

 

Fitness for All!! submitted by Katie Keller
and Dwayne Zimmerman – Batavia
High School

 

This project would be available to all Physical Education classes. A “Training Station’ resistance band system of exercise equipment would be set up and used in the school’s wrestling room during the school day. These Training Stations would be used to individualize instruction in cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and muscular strength by allowing students to participate at a level which they are capable. These stations would allow for every student to experience a challenge while being successful in performing multiple exercises since a student would be able to adjust the straps to a specific height to modify a push-up or pull-up while still maintaining proper form. By using a variety of assessments which cover
the 5 components of health related fitness, feedback would provide how they
measure up against the National Norms and healthy fitness zones for their age
and gender.

 

Mimio Interactive Teaching
Technologies in the 4th Grade Classroom submitted by Sue
Palombella, Jill Close, and Ginger Sitarz – Grace McWayne School

 

The MimioVote tool allows fourth grade teachers to quickly and efficiently assess
class knowledge and student understanding.  When used as an “entrance exam”, teachers can measure each student’s prior knowledge and adjust instruction to meet their individual need. This targeted instruction contributes to higher levels of student engagement and increased student learning. Funding would provide for the purchase of three MimioVote Assessment Systems, one for each fourth grade classrooms at McWayne School.

 

1-Interactive White Board
for Special Education Students submitted by Lindsay Pollastrini and Lew Girmscheid
– Hoover-Wood School

 

This technology would be used for students who struggle to find meaning in their
learning. Since students with disabilities learn in a way that is not conducive within the typical classroom setting, adding an interactive Smart Board would help to motivate the students and involve them in a way that is not otherwise possible within the general education setting. The installation of the Mimio Teach, Mimio Adaptor, and wireless adapter would motivate the students and involve them in a way that is not otherwise possible within the general education setting by: (1) increasing attention time for the students (2) maintain focus and provide students with hands-on experiences to make learning more meaningful and concrete (3) allow students who struggle with abstract topics to make connections with the materials and (4) reduce the amount of paper used and increase instructional time. 

 

 

TI-Nspire Navigator System submitted by Mary Jo Pruski
– Batavia High School

 

Funding provides this TI-Nspire Navigator System for the math department to
include the management software, a classroom set of 35 TI-Nspire CX CAS
calculators, and a docking station for charging the calculators. With this system,  student’s TI-Nspire handheld is linked to the teacher’s classroom computer via a wireless network. Once connected, the teacher has the ability to see each student’s calculator screen at the same time. Management and instant assessment of student
work and understanding of a concept is also a benefit. Teachers can better understand the progress of individual students, personalize their teaching style to fit class needs, and promote discussions that allow students to share ideas and learn from each other.

 

Ipads in the HWS Art Room submitted by Theresa Aidikonis
– Hoover-Wood School

 

Funding provides for the purchase of four iPads, along with software and
applications to allow students to grow with technology at the speed of their
fingertips. Students would be able to use the iPads for creating art, art history, criticism, and aesthetics. By using applications, such as brushes,
students would be able to produce high quality digital artwork and be able to
independently research, view, and learn about historical artists and
masterpieces. Along with learning visual art, students would be able to learn in a more memorable experience.

 

Making Kids SMARTer submitted by Stacey St.
Onge, Cari Sindelar, and Anne Pappas – Hoover-Wood School

 

This initiative uses technology in the classroom. 
The installation of six units, three each of an Ipevo Point 2 View
(document camera) and a MimioTEACH (interactive white board) stationed in three
classrooms will optimize student learning and teacher effectiveness in the
areas of reading and math. The first grade students and first grade staff member would benefit from this technology this coming year and each school year thereafter.

 

 

Learning and Growing Through Change: A Continuation of First Grade Technology Garden: Planting the Seeds for the 21st Century submitted by Debbie Von Oehsen – Grace McWayne
School and Stephen Cronin – Alice Gustafson School

 

This project is a continuation of a grant awarded to both teachers at McWayne School. However, Steve Cronin was assigned to teach second grade at AGS while
Debbie Von Oehsen remained at McWayne to teach first grade. The teachers split up the iPads (five for each teacher/classroom) and shared the iPads w/each other for special projects if more than five iPads were needed.  Funding provides for the purchase of 10 iPad 2’ w/Application Budget to continue this project to cultivate the seeds of technology that have been so successful to date. Fifty first and second grade students will benefit from this project.

 

 

HCS Building Independence Finding Friends on the Playground submitted by Katherine Murphy – H.C. Storm School PTO Representative

 

Funding provides a merry go round for a Playground Project at HC Storm
School. As part of this initiative, the PTO Playground Committee developed a comprehensive playground plan where students of any ability can connect through play with accessible and age-appropriate equipment. This merry go
round would provide a proactive outlet for students with special needs to
engage in gross motor and heavy work activities that are developmentally
appropriate. This safe and accessible piece of playground equipment means students with physical and sensory challenges will be happier, and more physically safe when playing w/peers at recess.

 

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Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence
 P.O. Box 1003
 Batavia, IL  60510


 

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