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Grant Detail by School 

 
Byram Hills HS
2014-15
MacBook Pro Laptops to Modernize the Photography Curriculum: $42,024

This grant provides MacBook Pro Laptops, printer and related accessories for storage and charging for the Byram Hills High School photography department to complement and enhance students’ knowledge and use of basic photography. With this grant, each class of eighteen (18) students in Basic, Advanced and AP Photography will have the opportunity to learn advanced digital photography skills, including Photoshop editing. These computers allow for the expansion and restructuring of the photography curriculum to include up to 50% of instruction in digital media, allowing students to submit a digital 2-D design portfolio at the college level.

ETC Source Four PAR Cans (Insta-Grant): $2,156
This grant funds a bank of parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) can theatrical lights to be installed in the BHHS theater. When developing lighting plans, students will gel and focus this equipment to be used for many District events, including BHHS theater productions, concerts, Science Symposium, PTSA events, and more. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Art Therapy for Flexible Support Program Students (Insta-Grant): $2,365
This grant funds an art therapy program to foster the social and emotional development and overall performance within the school environment. The program promotes self-awareness, confidence and self-advocacy, helping students better express themselves and flourish in the school environment. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Utilizing a Portable Electroencephalogram (EEG) in Science Research: The EPOC+ (Insta-Grant): $2,500
This grant funds a portable EEG device for use by students in the Authentic Science Research Program, as well as biology, psychology, statistics, health and other curricular areas. The device enables students to collect, synthesize and analyze data related to electrical impulses that come from the brain, and to use these results for original research and/or existing curriculum. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Robotic Tools for Student Evaluation(Insta-Grant): $420
This grant funds two robotics platforms for developing a robotics components curriculum for inclusion in the math, science, and ultimately STEAM Initiatives at BHHS. The grant will be used to evaluate two robotics kits in order to determine which would be best suited for a larger scale rollout for students. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund

2013-14

Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000

This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS, as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the District’s resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has funded grants to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Engineering Design: $9,382

3-D printing is a technology that is revolutionizing how we think about design and building. This grant develops a stronger connection to the elements of design and manufacturing engineering as part of a strong science curriculum. By providing an advanced engineering component to the physics and design classes, this grant enhances a student’s connection to abstract ideas. 3-D printers also connect to many requirements for the next generation science standards (NGSS), which are being adopted nationally as students are asked to apply their understanding toward engineering applications. Ultimately, 3-D printers are expected to have a broader impact on the entire student body. (This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

Mackie Digital Sound Mixer (Insta-Grant): $1,799

This grant funds a digital sound mixer for balancing and limiting sound for theatrical and concert events using a new industry standard mixing system. (This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

Mobile Apps and Programming Tablets (Insta-Grant):  $2,249

This grant funds eleven (11) Samsung Galaxy tablets as a pilot program for the Introduction to Computer Science and AP Computer Science courses. As part of this grant, students will use the App Inventor program to create their own mobile apps and upload them to the tablets.

Green Screen Techniques in the Classroom (Insta-Grant): $2,439

This grant funds the acquisition of two green screen backdrops and the necessary studio lighting to create special effects. The screens can be used both in the film classroom and on-location. Green screen technology enables students to use more sophisticated means to tell and express their stories visually.

Robots for Introduction to Computer Science (Insta-Grant): $2,200

This grant funds robotics equipment used to demonstrate the connection between computer hardware and software, helping students focus on conceptual ideas of computing and understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. (This grant funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)


2012-13
SmartMusic®: $34,854

SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance.  SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily.  This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email.  The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.

SMART Document Cameras (Insta-Grant): $2,097

This grant funds three SMART Document Cameras for the mathematics department that enable students to display and project problems and solutions, then save in the SMART Notebook. The cameras may also be used with manipulatives for use exclusively with the SMARTboard.

Fishing Elective (Insta-Grant): $2,065
This new elective will be part of the Physical Education Curriculum that aligns with the district initiative to reduce stress among students. Fishing has been proven to be a great tool to relieve stress and is a lifetime activity that will remain with the students well past graduation. Students will go fishing four (4) times at nearby locations. In-class instruction will include knot tying, casting, applying for a fishing license, etc.

2011-12

Wellness for Life
This grant funds equipment to replace outdated exercise machines in the BHHS Wellness Center which is used by all high school students who participate in physical education classes and approximately 1,300 athletes. This grant provides new, safe equipment for the Wellness Center which was refurbished ten years ago in part with a grant from the BHEF - $9,046.

Ceramics Pug Mill
 
This grants funds a pug mill, which is a machine used to recycle scraps of clay. The pug mill will help reduce the time spent by students and teachers recycling clay, allowing more time for instruction and creative work, as well as long term cost savings on purchase of new clay - $4,214.

2010-11

Sustainability Education
This grant enables four teams of three teachers each to design interdisciplinary units of study for grades 9-12 in collaboration with other districts though Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. This funding of this grant extends this initiative to the high school, following the successful incorporation of Sustainability Education into the K-8 curriculum, and brings the BHEF total expenditure for Sustainability Education to more than $167,000 - $52,900.

TI-Nspire Navigator
This grant provides funds to purchase nine TI-Nspire classroom navigator systems and the associated computer software for use in the high school math classes. This state-of-the-art system coordinates and accentuates the power of the TI-Nspire calculator, allowing students to wirelessly receive lesson documents and instant assessments and to send responses back to the teacher instantly. The system will increase classroom efficiency, while enhancing both students’ technological literacy and mathematical concept development - $36,940.

Production-Quality Digital HD Monitor
This grant provides a production scale, 65” digital HD television monitor for the high school. This new TV monitor will replace a smaller, 10-year old monitor and will complement the other high-end audio-visual software and equipment used by the visual arts department. All film students in the high school will benefit greatly from the addition of this new, larger HD model, as it will enhance their study of film in an authentic viewing environment - $3,361.


2009-10
WebAssign Software Licenses for Science Classes:
This web-based program, which is used at many major universities, integrates directly with the subject area text books or other resources and allows teachers to assign individual problems, customize an assignment to an individual student, and allows students to collaborate to solve problems - $5,513

High-Definition Cameras for the Physics Curriculum:
Eight cameras with High-Speed and High-Frame-Rate features will be purchased with this grant, enabling Physics teachers to expand the depth and breadth of their lessons - $3,860

Electronic Reading Devices:
The purchase of electronic reading devices - - "E-Books" - - will begin as a pilot program to help 11th grade special education students improve their reading and comprehension skills - $8,384

Flip Mino HD Digital Camcorders for the HS English Department:
Ten Flip Mino camcorders and tripods will be purchased with this grant, enabling English students the ability to review and reflect on their public speaking skills for self-assessment and personal growth - $2,150

Advanced Multi-Media Equipment for the High School Theatre:
The High School Theatre will be upgraded with equipment that is able to support multi-media and technology presentations for student assemblies, staff development and PTSA programs. Upgrades include: a computer, projector, large presentation-quality screen and a new sound system: $86,479

2008-09
Rosetta Stone Enrichment for HS Spanish Communications Classes:
This grant provides $6,000 for the purchase of a Rosetta Stone license (web based) per student in each High School Spanish Communications class.

2007-08
Digital Art Exhibit: Flat screen monitors for displaying student artwork - 16,510

Digital Flat Art Scanners and Large-Format Giclee Printers: Equipment for high quality scanning and printing - 16,684

 
HC Crittenden

2014-15

1:1 Mobile Learning Pilot (H.C. Crittenden: $78,345)

This grant provides 210 Chromebook laptop computers for every sixth grade student to use throughout the school day. The grant also funds related software and charging stations, eliminating the need for students to check out a laptop one class at a time. The 1:1 Mobile Learning initiative extends the curriculum and learning opportunities for students, as well as increases efficiency for teachers and enhances communications among parents and the District. This grant also leverages previous grants awarded by the BHEF, including the BHEF Fast Path grant in 2012 and Cloud-Based Computing in 2013. 


2013-14

Collaborate on the Cloud with WeVideo (Insta-Grant): $2,369

This grant funds a subscription for WeVideo, a web-based video editing software that supports multiple, simultaneous users. Fully integrated with Google Drive, this software enables students to collaborate on video creation and editing from home or while at school.

A Cappella Singing (Insta-Grant): $1,000

This grant funds a performance and workshop for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students by the New York University a cappella group Ani V’ata.  The program introduces students to new and innovative ways to approach and perform music.


H.C.C. Band Student Conductors (Insta-Grant): $2,500

This grant brings professional Band directors and music conductors to conduct workshops with HCC Band students about conducting techniques. College students will accompany the music directors and also share their experiences with the HCC students.


Ryan’s Story (Insta-Grant): $2,500

This grant funds two student assemblies that address  bullying, cyber-bullying and teen suicide prevention. Ryan’s father, John Halligan, tells the story of Ryan’s life including instances when he was cyber-bullied. The presentation stresses four main components: forgiveness, knowing that someone cares and loves you, standing up for what is right or being a bystander and asking for help. (This grant funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)


2012-13

SmartMusic®, shared with BHHS and Wampus  
SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance.  SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily.  This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email.  The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.

Bebop Cello (Insta-Grant): $1,975

Gideon Freudmann, cello innovator, has created his own style of music called CelloBop which is a fusion of blues, jazz, rock, folk and more. This grant brings Mr. Freudmann to do a one day workshop with all of the orchestra students where he will do a short presentation, and then introduce some improvisation ideas for students. He will give students ideas for playing with contemporary music and will demonstrate playing with loops and electric instruments

Teaching Non Fiction Writing Skills Workshop (Insta-Grant): $2,500

Judith Hochman will conduct a seminar for H.C.C. language arts teachers about writing instruction.  Her philosophy and techniques enhance how teachers instruct writing, especially non-fiction, which is essential to the Common Core and the new standards students are expected to master.  She focuses on evidence-based writing strategies, but demonstrates the use of voice and rich language.  She believes that teaching writing across the curriculum will enhance every student’s potential

Dr. McRoy Leads the Band! (Insta-Grant): $2,200

Dr. James McRoy, Professor of Music and Department Chair at CW Post University will work in a clinic setting with all grade 6, 7 and 8 band students.  Dr. McRoy will first have CW Post music students work with HCC band students in small groups.  He will then conduct and critique all musicians in a full rehearsal.  All HCC band students will receive direct feedback of their performance in both small and large groups which will provide students with strategies to improve their playing.

 

Author Visit by Robert Lipsyte (Insta-Grant): $1,250

With so much enthusiasm among students for The Contender by Robert Lipsyte, HCC language arts teachers will invite this author to visit the school and speak with students about his experiences and knowledge.  Bringing an author to the school inspires the desire to read, discuss and analyze books.  In his books, this writer opens a new world of diversity, culture and history for students. Through his visit, he further motivates students in their journey through literature.


2011-12

Glogster 
Glogster EDU is a web-based program that allows all HCC students to create media-rich, interactive “posters.” Glogster enables students to embed video, “grab” sound, upload images and use text to convey their message in any content area. Glogster is a sustainable, engaging and fun way to work on a project, poster, or assessment, while actively engaging students with technology - 
$4,725.

 

Poster Power  
This grant funds the cost of printing and framing posters displaying both positive social images as well as artwork created by HCC students. The posters, to be hung throughout the school building, will support character education, will foster a stronger sense of community and by celebrating student artistic expression, will build greater self-confidence and self esteem - $6,412.


SuccessMaker®
 
This grant funds a two-year license for SuccessMaker, a multimedia program that provides collaborative and individual learning opportunities, in language arts and mathematics, for students at all levels. The program provides teachers with additional tools to offer greater differentiated instruction in the classroom.The program enables teachers to assess student needs, assign appropriate activities and measure students’ growth over time - $38,796.



2010-11

Rachel's Challenge

This grant expands last year’s highly successful and nationally acclaimed program to 6th and 7th graders at HCC. Rachel’s Challenge is designed to motivate positive changes in the way students treat one another and themselves. The program incorporates an assembly and training session, followed by student education in the ways each student can bring positive change to his/her school - $4,800.

E-Readers
This grant provides funding to purchase multiple E-Readers (such as Kindles) for the 7th grade Special Education students. This will greatly benefit those students struggling with reading by making it easier for them to access books; improve note-taking strategies and aid in decoding and comprehension for the required reading assignments. With their high-tech component, E-Readers will also add to students’ enjoyment of reading as a life-long skill - $7,039.

"Word Play" for Language Arts Enrichment
This grant will fund a variety of language arts games to enrich the 7th grade curriculum. The games will enable teachers to reinforce teaching and enhance concepts by engaging students in a fun, innovative way- $1,700.


2009-10
Power of One Day:
This grant provides $7,500 to expand the Power of One Day program at the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. This program focuses on Human Rights and Social Justice, and the funds will pay the fees for speakers and enable sixth and seventh grade students to attend workshops on pertinent US and World issues.


'Rachel's Challenge' Program:
With this grant, 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in this acclaimed program designed to motivate positive changes in the way students treat one another and themselves - $3,800


2008-09
Power of One Day:
This grant provides $7,500 to expand the Power of One Day program at the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. This program focuses on Human Rights and Social Justice, and the funds will pay the fees for speakers and enable sixth and seventh grade students to attend workshops on pertinent US and World issues.

V-Box Gold:
This grant provides $6,147 for the purchase of three (one for each of the H. C. Crittenden Middle School Spanish teachers) V-Box Gold portable hard drives that contain extensive multi-media materials for the Spanish language classrooms

Let’s Compose Our Own H.C.C. School Song:
This grant provides $8,200 for the creation of a school song for the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. A musician and professional composer will work with the band, chorus, and orchestra students to compose a school song.


Table Tennis:
This grant provides $4,254 for the purchase of eleven table tennis tables (and paddles and balls) to enable table tennis to be added as a unit in regular physical education.


2007-08
Multi-Media Theatre Technology:

This grant provides $54,700 to fund the labor and materials needed for the installation of a 30' X 20' Da-lite power-automatic screen with remote control, a high-end video projector, and an advanced sound system.


Sustainability Education:
This grant provides $33,408 to enable three teams of teachers to participate with approximately six to ten other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and sustainable future.

Books on CD Library:
This grant provides for $5,189.42 to establish a "Books on CD Library" for the use of select 7th grade students. The library would include 20 portable CD players and cases, and 20 CD copies of three of the class novels.


Grammar for the Real World:
This grant provides for $3,736.86 to purchase the "Grammar for the Real World" software package with unlimited network licenses from National School Products to include activities for identifying parts of speech, correct verb usage, identifying common errors, proper punctuation and capitalization, identifying sentence fragments and structures, and subject/verb agreement.


 
Wampus

2014-15

Mindset Pilot Materials (Insta-Grant): $494

This grant funds "Get Smart" Toolkits for three third grade classes which leverage the work of Carol Dweck whose research is a growing trend in teaching children how to persevere in the face of challenge. The Toolkits provide practical applications for children to build confidence, take on challenges and persevere in the face of difficulty or failure. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.


Cubelets Educator Robotics Kits for STEAM Integration

This grant provides educator sets of Cubelet Robotic Block Kits that introduce STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts in the second and third grade technology curriculum. Students can combine a host of sensors and action blocks to build their own robotic creations. The Cubelets will provide play-driven learning opportunities to integrate STEAM lessons. Both Coman Hill and Wampus Insta-Grants are funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

2013-14

Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000

This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the Districts resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has provided grant money to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.

Wampus Peaceful Playground: $21,516

This type of playground provides resources that enhance the Wampus playground and provide a better recess experience for students. The design is geared for students in grades 3-5. The program is intended to maximize the number of students involved in physical activities, rather than have them wait on line to use equipment or just stand and watch others. The program provides for several different games on a blacktop utilizing balls, beanbags, and other items, which promotes physical exercise to minimize safety hazards. Nearly 100 activities can be done with the program. Its customized design allows students to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. Such activities include learning how to resolve daily conflicts through cooperative play, and preparing students for leadership roles. Games will be explained and rolled out to each grade during their physical education periods to familiarize each student with the different games available to them. (This grant is jointly funded by the Byram Hills Education Foundation and the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)


Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children Adolescents (Insta-Grant): 1,890

To help students struggling with anxiety or depression, this grant funds a three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for a school psychologist to learn tools and treatment plans for delivering CBT interventions to children. 



2012-13

SMART Document Cameras™ and Mixed Reality Cubes: $21,909

This grant purchases SMART Document Cameras for each classroom at Wampus, including special education classrooms and the two computer labs.  These cameras allow teachers to project sharp, vibrant images onto the SMART Board® which can then be manipulated and saved for future use.  The mixed reality feature allows students to interact with 3-D images to foster deeper engagement and understanding during a unit of study.  This grant extends a similar, highly successful, grant awarded to Coman Hill in 2011-12.


SmartMusic®, shared with BHHS and H.C. Crittenden: $34,854  
SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily. This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email. The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.

Passport to the Internet: Elementary Online Software, shared with Coman Hill

This grant allows elementary students to experience learning in a meaningful and directed way through exposure to engaging digital curriculum. The software helps explain concepts taught in the classroom so students may practice and review material at school or at home.  The programs provide immediate feedback and opportunities to strengthen skills across curricular areas with a single log-in.  The programs include ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (which features Aha!Math, Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dog and Sky).  The use of these programs is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path. (This grant is jointly funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

Grade Level National Geographic Ladder Reading Sets (Insta-Grant):  $2,500

National Geographic has created a laddered approach to leveled readers in order to differentiate text for a shared learning experience.  This Ladder Book Series is divided into grade level content and then written in three different levels, enabling teachers to teach the same content to the whole class while providing students with individualized reading level content.   These texts align with the Common Core Standards for literature, informational reading and informational text writing.


2011-12

FUNdations Reading and Writing 
This grant funds materials and training for full implementation in 3rd grade. This expands the highly successful program already utilized in all K-2 classrooms which were previously funded by BHEF grants. In an age-appropriate manner, Fundations® ensures the teaching of the necessary early language skills using a systematic and hands-on approach  - $11,108. 

 

Probe Pilot Extension  
This grant extends the use of Probeware to all grade levels at Wampus. The Vernier LabQuest™ displays scientific data in a way that elementary students can easily understand. The Probes incorporate data-loggers, sensors, experiments and graphing/analysis software for students, helping develop future scientists and engineers - $7,705.

 

Weather Station  
This grant funds the implementation of the Vantage Pro2™ wireless, solar powered weather station on the roof of the Wampus School. The visual tools in the Console/Receiver and the Weather Link software will clearly display data, making it easy for students to compare local weather to other places around the world. Students can graph the temperature and dew points, measure wind speeds, then create graphs, calculate totals and averages, generate summaries, and analyze trends in weather patterns - 
$3,488.

 

Windows on the World Library Collection  
This grant provides a collection of books encompassing historical fiction, biographical and factual informational texts, along with authentic multi-cultural texts showing alternate points of view and themes. The themes presented in these books promote higher level thinking skills and align with the Common Core Curriculum, with the goal of enhancing critical analysis, synthesis and comparisons between texts. This collection will be kept separate from the general collection of books in the Wampus library - 
$4,102.


2010-11

Lego Education for Introductory Robotics

This is a pilot grant for Lego Education WeDo Construction sets to be used in 4th grade technology Encore at Wampus. The lego sets will provide an introductory experience to robotics based on their science unit of simple machines - $4,106.

Musical Theatre A – Z
This grant provides a yearlong musical theater project for the entire 4th grade at Wampus. The funds will provide materials for creating sets, original “home-made” lighting instruments and costuming, while introducing students to new technologies like digital cameras, sound systems and editing software. This is an exciting, cross-curricular, collaborative, hands-on learning experience - $5,5135.

Performance and Multimedia Facility
This grant will help equip the Wampus cafeteria/stage area with the type of high quality multimedia/technology presentations that have become a regular part of the Byram Hills culture. This project will complement equivalent multimedia facilities in all of the other Byram Hills schools and brings the BHEF total; expenditure for up-to-date performance and multimedia facilities to more than $200,000.00 - $69,684.


2009-10
Enhancements to Wampus Science Curriculum: $9,864: This grant funds the purchase of electronic data collection probes and scopes for the Wampus Science curriculum, enabling students to collect various data (e.g., motion, pH, moisture, and temperature), download and graph the data for analysis, and record still images of the data;

Upgrades to the Wampus Library: $9,740: This grant funds the purchase of 200 books on CD and acquisition of listening centers so that teachers can use this audio collection in their classrooms;

Lexia Reading Upgrade at Wampus: $6,000:
This grant provides a web-based upgrade to the Lexia: Strategies for Older Students software to help Wampus students to improve their reading and spelling skills;

2008-09
Sustainability Education at Wampus:
This grant provides $51,900 to enable six teams of Wampus teachers to participate with approximately ten other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and sustainable future. The current grant facilitates the development of a consistent and cohesive curriculum for Grades 3, 4, and 5 that will provide the foundational skills for HCC students.

2007-08
Here's the Thing:
Single Object Still Lifes: This grant provides $2,300 to pay one-half of the funds for a visiting poet who will work with third grade students in conjunction with their visit to Katonah Museum of Art.

ETA Cuisenaire VersaTiles: This grant provides $6,598.57 to purchase Cuisenaire VersaTile labs for each of the ten Wampus Grade 5 homerooms and the PRIDE class. Teachers will be able to differentiate math lessons and help students develop critical thinking skills.

 
Coman Hill

2014-15
Cubelets Educator Robotics Kits for STEAM Integration (Insta-Grant): $2,396 – This grant provides educator sets of Cubelet Robotic Block Kits that introduce STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts in the second and third grade technology curriculum. Students can combine a host of sensors and action blocks to build their own robotic creations. The Cubelets will provide play-driven learning opportunities to integrate STEAM lessons. Both Coman Hill and Wampus Insta-Grants are funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Perseverance and Problem Solving (Insta-Grant): $1,280 

This grant provides students with activities that foster perseverance and problem solving independently or in collaboration with others. The activities let students practice analyzing problems, making conjectures and planning solutions to problems through hands-on materials rather than traditional worksheets. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

2013-14
Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000

This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the Districts resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has provided grant money to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.

Maker’s Club Pilot (Insta-Grant): $2,500

This grant funds a new elective program for second grade students to participate in a creative and hands-on environment during lunch period. The program gives students the opportunity to create, invent and design projects by having an objective each week and working to carry out their plan.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children Adolescents (Insta-Grant): $1,890

To help students struggling with anxiety or depression, this grant funds a three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for a school psychologist to learn tools and treatment plans for delivering CBT interventions to children. (This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)



2012-13

Passport to the Internet: Elementary Online Software: $21,901

This grant allows elementary students to experience learning in a meaningful and directed way through exposure to engaging digital curriculum. The software helps explain concepts taught in the classroom so students may practice and review material at school or at home.  The programs provide immediate feedback and opportunities to strengthen skills across curricular areas with a single log-in.  The programs include ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (which features Aha!Math, Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dog and Sky).  The use of these programs is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path. (This grant is jointly funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

IXL Math (Insta-Grant): $2,500

This grant adds IXL Math to the Passport grant awarded this year.  IXL Math is aligned to the Common Core and will increase the home-school connection, allowing for “anytime learning.”



2011-12

Me on the Map  
This grant creates a child-friendly map of Armonk for first graders to utilize in their core curriculum study. The map will feature local points of interest, as well as a compass rose, map key, grid, scale, index of important locations, streets, bodies of water, and other landmarks. The map will be available on an interactive SMART Board® Notebook file. Many of the locations will be “clickable” and link to a photograph and blurb about the place of interest - $3,150.

SMART Document Cameras™ and Mixed Reality Cubes 

SMART Document Cameras allow teachers to project sharp, vibrant images onto the SMART Board which can then be both manipulated and saved for future use. The mixed reality feature allows students to interact with 3-D images to foster deeper engagement and understanding during a unit of study. The cameras and cubes will be installed in all classrooms at Coman Hill - $21,220.


2010-11

Walls That Teach

This grant brings a dynamic, creative and totally “hands-on” element to Coman Hill, enabling students to beautify their school hallways. Students from each classroom will work with a professional artist to brainstorm ideas and participate in the design and painting of curriculum-based murals which will adorn the school hallways. The goal is to foster a sense of collaboration and community among all students, generate excitement and school pride, while creating beautiful, lasting works of art - $9,711.

Reading and Writing FUNdations
The grant will fund materials and training for full implementation in 1st and 2nd grades, expanding the highly successful program introduced to all Kindergarten classrooms this school year. In an age appropriate manner, FUNdations ensures the teaching of the necessary early language skills using a systematic and hands-on approach - $30,709.

Behavioral Education and Support
This grant will fund a character education program called PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Strategies) for Coman Hill teachers. All Coman Hill teachers will receive a set of books to clearly explain and demonstrate the three core areas of behavior: being respectful, being responsible, and being safe. This grant will aid in promoting positive behavior by clearly identifying and reviewing the core behavioral concepts with students and maintaining consistency throughout the Coman Hill community - $3,283.


2009-10
SMART Tables for the Kindergarten classrooms: $66,090 This grant provides ten multi-touch interactive learning centers that allow out youngest students to work collaboratively on projects

Sustainability Education: $29,100 This grant enables three teams of K-2 teachers to participate with other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and an environmentally healthy future

Reading Curriculum Enhancements: $14,070 With this grant, LitLife consultants will be able to continue their work with K-2 teachers to develop richer, more effective reading lessons and strategies to aid struggling readers while fostering higher level thinking skills for the more fluent readers

2008-09
Performance and Multi-Media Facility:
This grant provides $64,376 for the purchase and installation of advanced multi-media technology equipment for the Coman Hill gymnasium stage which will greatly enhance current school performances and various other faculty/community presentations.

Imaginative Play: An Endangered Concept: This grant provides $15,367 for the purchase of imaginative play materials which will enable teachers to offer opportunities for imaginative play that match each student’s needs and abilities, in support of the curriculum at a developmentally appropriate level.

2007-08
Making Social Skills Real and Meaningful for Students:
This grant provides $3,820.68 to purchase computer software, literature, personalized stories and games to enable students with special needs to practice and strengthen social skills.

 
District Wide

2012-13

BHEF Fast Path: Enabling Next Generation Technology
This grant significantly expands network resources available throughout the District to support advancements in learning and technology innovations. This project broadens the capability of the District network infrastructure and exponentially increases bandwidth and connectivity to provide improved reliability and accessibility, and it prepares the District for future technological innovations. This grant provides students with reliable access to expanded learning opportunities, and supports opportunities to explore new technology resources and services - $136,579

eBooks for Byram Hills Libraries
This grant funds the acquisition of a starter collection of Common Core and curriculum-aligned eBooks for all four school libraries. These eBooks are accessible through the BHEF-funded Byram Hills BobCat-alog for check-out by students from home, in school, or on the move. The books may be read online on any computer, netbook or laptop, or they may be downloaded to some other mobile reading devices. eBook collections provide 24/7 access to valuable curriculum resources for all Byram Hills students in unlimited quantity. (eBooks for H.C. Crittenden is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.) - $45,000

Safe Multimedia for Students (Insta-Grant): $2,000

This grant provides Byram Hills faculty, staff and students with access to a database of historical photos as well as images, photos and clipart that can be used with any presentation or project.


2011-12

Fun CPR Instruction 
This grant introduces approximately 1,500 students in grades one through eight to the cognitive information and skills necessary to perform this vital, life saving skill. The instruction will take place through the physical education department and will be conducted by certified instructors from Fun CPR Training® - $1,600.


2010-11

Social Skills Development

This grant supports a program focused on improving problem-solving skills for Special Education students who have been identified as having deficits in social and emotional functioning. The grant provides books, videos, games and other materials for psychologists to use in supplementing the Second Step curriculum already in use. The materials from this grant will enhance direct instruction of student empathy, emotional regulation skills, and social problem skills - $5,553.


2009-10
Classroom Action Research Course: $19,800: This grant will fund an in-service course for 12 teachers and administrators on Classroom Action Research.

2008-09
Senteo Interactive Response System:
This grant provides $61,995 for the initiation of a K – 12 pilot to implement the SenteoTM Interactive Response System.