2017 Grants Funded by
The Foundation for Excellence

Elementary Schools

Computer Programming with OzoBots ($1,000)

Ozobots computer programming systems will allow students 21st Century learning through STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM). Students use of the Ozobot kits will provide opportunities to inventively think, question, and learn simple computer programming skills to enhance thinking in these areas: creativity, problem-solving, decision making, predicting, planning, observing, computer programming and presentation skills. – Brookside

Grade 3: Wolves in The Wild ($3020)

The grade 3 students from Mohansic and Brookside will visit the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem to further our study of wolves. We hope to further our knowledge and understanding of this endangered species by viewing them in their natural habitat and learning from the workshops offered. -Mohansic and Brookside

Document Camera ($314)

Document camera to project images on the Smartboard in a first grade classroom. For projecting workbook pages, writing samples and manipulatives for modeling purposes and images, text and literary passages for effective and engaging instruction. -Brookside

Oh The Places You’ll Go with Ozobots ($1000)

Students that use Ozobots are learning sequential thinking, logical reasoning and coding concepts. Teaching these crucial life skills ensure that children from all backgrounds have the ability to succeed in the future digital age. -Mohansic

A Voice for All ($600)

This grant is to be used to purchase a portable sound system and microphones to be used in the first grade classes to develop fluency, comprehension, and confidence. The microphone will be used mainly in conjunction with our reader’s theater program, but also for class presentations and sharing written work. Because of the ease of portability, the system can also be shared with other classes. -Brookside

Launching A Love of Literacy ($1693.81)

The purchase of Reading kits (books with an audio CD) along with individual CD players, which would be housed in the library so that they could circulate just as books do. Students will be able to enjoy listening to a story even if a parent is unavailable or unable to read to them. -Brookside

Imagination Playground in Kindergarten ($750)

The use of Imagination Playground medium sized blocks in kindergarten will support and enhance learning through productive play in the classroom setting. Our youngest learners will be given the opportunity to work collaboratively to create and solve problems where the answers are not provided for them. Use of these blocks in the classroom will foster social, emotional and intellectual growth while supporting gross and fine motor development, as well. -Mohansic

Art Easel ($517.24)

A traveling Art Easel with organized storage to aid in assisting Brookside students with in-class art projects. -Brookside

STEM Kits in the Classroom ($506.99)

Through the use creative problem solving and communicating and collaborating with peers, “STEM” kits in the Brookside 3rd Grade Classrooms will further the student’s knowledge of ‘coding” and technology through fun and engaging activities. -Brookside


Promoting Creativity through iPad Technology ($3740)

Enhancing English, Science and Social Studies lessons for Crompond students through group and individual multi media presentations and movie production. -Crompond

Creating a Classroom to Cultivate the 4 C’s ($3225)

We are looking to create an environment that will allow for hands on learning experiences and opportunities to think critically, collaborate, communicate and create. In order to support these skills and provide opportunity for students to regularly engage in activities that will strengthen these skills, we would like to redesign our classroom environment from a typical desk and chair for each student to a more flexible learning environment. This environment will support learners of all styles and needs while giving students choice as to how and where they complete their work. -Crompond


Flamenco Vivo ($2,300)

The Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana presentation is a performance and lecture of Flamenco dancing, which has a direct tie into the Spanish curriculum. The presentation would expose students to a different aspect of the Spanish culture as well as the Gypsy, Sephardic Jewish, Arab and Christian cultures. Flamenco Vivo emphasizes character education and promotes acceptance of cultural differences. -MESMS

The Mindful Place ($750)

As a National School of Character, MESMS understands the importance of educating the whole child. Over the past few years we have seen an increased need to support students who have social emotional disregulation. We seek to create a tranquil environment, The Mindful Place, which incorporates some of the strategies and skills of Mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in our building. -MESMS

STEM Workstations ($1513)

The Finch robots, the K’Nex, and the Hummingbird kits will allow us to provide “STEM” stations for students. The stations will be a bridge to the activities of “coding” and “building” that we complete in the technology and computer curriculum. The skills that are combined with these STEAM activities include: creative problem solving, teamwork, communication and collaboration skills. -MESMS