Enrichment Update: Cotswold’s Community Partners have helped fund five new grants, ranging from webcams to iPads. Here are the details:
— Patricia Gilbert received a grant sponsored by a family night at Community Partner Pizza Peel/Mama Fu’s. Ms. Gilbert purchased a class set of Writing Practice Magic Boards that she can continue to use in every curriculum area. This will give students an opportunity to give immediate responses to teacher questions as they learn through inquiry, a key to our International Baccalaureate program. Ms. Gilbert said that will will help students with comprehension and problem solving.
— Beth Hair and Sam Davis also received a grant sponsored by a family night at Community Partner Pizza Peel/Mama Fu’s. They purchased an iPad. It will be used in a variety of ways, but the main focus will be for struggling readers and hearing impaired students. Ms. Hair and Mr. Davis will explore different strategic ways of teaching phonics, reading skills, and improve sight words. There are special education phonics and signed-book apps the teachers have downloaded to the iPad to use with the students.
— Katie Lock received a grant from Community Partner King Tiger for two webcams to be used in the Technology Lab. Students will be able to use the webcams to record projects for exhibition.
— Stephanie Menzo received a grant also from Community Partner King Tiger to purchase a combination of skill-based games and manipulatives. This was a matching grant, with a portion of the grant generously donated by King Tiger and a portion from DonorsChoose.org. These supplemental, hands-on tools are used to reinforce skills in the form of games so students are even more engaged in the learning process. Ms. Menzo’s goal is for students to gain independence using skills reinforced by these hands-on activities and for cooperation among students to increase.
— Patricia Gilbert received a grant to benefit the entire staff, sponsored by Community Partner King Tiger. She used the grant donation to purchase a DVD resource set that will provide all Cotswold teachers new tools for implementing the “Daily 5” and “Cafe” strategies in their classrooms. Daily 5 and Cafe are new writing programs for which all staff will be trained in the upcoming year. This will help all teachers provide more efficient strategies for meeting the Common Core Standards in Reading and Writing.