Nearly $20,000 in Education Foundation Grants make Programs possible for Berea City School District Students
The Education Foundation awarded the following Enrichment Grants for the 2015-16 school year.
One School, One Book (OSOB)
Big Creek Elementary – approx. 650 students- entire school involved
Staff: Heidi Demaline, Alison Berger, Jennifer Ditz, Cindy Frontczak, Megan Peters
The "One School, One Book" program is from the organization Read to Them that focuses on family literacy. Over the course of a month students, parents and staff members will be reading a chapter book and participating in book-related activities at school. This program’s goal is to improve reading literacy and to promote reading together as a family at home. This grant will cover the cost of the program.
Put it in Print
Snow School – 30 students involved
Staff: Joyce Huntz
The goal for this program is to improve writing skills for students in the CBTC program. The CBTC program is for students who, for various reasons, miss a lot of school. Often these students are proud of the work they have done but may not have anyone to share their accomplishments with. By the end of this program the students will have created a portfolio of all their writing and a poetry project. The students will design a “poem pillowcase” which they can keep as a reminder of their achievement. The grant will cover the cost of the art supplies needed to create the pillowcases.
Grindstone Elementary – 50 students involved
Staff: Cynthia K. Millen
Wonder is a book written by R. J. Palacio about a 10-year old homeschooled boy who has genetic abnormalities and has gone through 27 surgeries that has left disfigurations on his face. The book tells the story of how the boy adjusts to being newly enrolled into fifth grade. The story provides a platform for Grindstone students to think about the way they interact with each other. The grant will purchase these inspiring books.
BPM Elementary – 550 students involved
Staff: Katie Rolland, Kristen Brandyberry, Cara McGregor
The "Mindful Me" program will teach the students how to cope with daily, social-emotional, economic, educational and environmental stressors. Teacher will be provided with a kit including materials used to create an environment of mindfulness and a training program. Students will also receive yoga session with a certified instructor. The grant will cover the cost of materials and training.
Gabe & Izzy: Standing Up for America's Bullied
Grindstone Elementary – 800 students involved
Staff: Cynthia K. Millen
Gabrielle Ford wrote an autobiography about her inspiring life's story titled Gabe & Izzy. Gabe had a dream of becoming a dancer but that was put to end when she was diagnosed with the rare disease of Friedreich's Ataxia which put her in a wheelchair. Due to this incident she was constantly bullied by her classmates who caused her to fall away from society and become depressed. Later she got a service dog named Izzy, that she developed a strong relationship with the boosted her confidence. Today, Gabe travels to school across the country to speak to kids about bullying. This grant will cover the cost of the book and her presentation to all Grindstone students.
Model United Nations
Middleburg Hts. Jr High – 50 students involved
Staff: Stacey Jennings
Model United Nations is a program in which students, acting as UN members, debate and present their solutions to current world and US issues. The students will participate at a Junior Model UN Conference at John Carroll University where they are evaluated on their work and work with student from other schools. This grant will cover the cost of registration.
DONOR ENRICHMENT GRANTS
Hesche Writing/Reading and Physical Education Enrichment Grant
Middleburg Hts. Jr High – 50 students
Staff: Kathy Robertson
"At-risk" students will work with students with special needs. Together they will read a book called Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper about a disabled child. The students will then work together to write their own autobiographies that will ultimately be published. At the end of the year the students will host a Book Signing event for parents. The grant will cover the cost of the books and the cost to publish the students’ writings.
Hesche Writing/Reading and Physical Education Enrichment Grant
BPM Accessible Playground
Brook Park Memorial Elementary School – 500 K-4th grade students
Staff: Katie Rolland, Mike Kostyack
Being physically active helps children by building healthy muscles and bones, preventing chronic health problem, reducing depression and anxiety, and improving academic performance and behavior. The current Brook Park Memorial playground is not handicap accessible and is currently located on injury-causing gravel and mulch. This grant will assist in covering the cost of a new, safer playground surface.
Imagine! Explore the Arts Enrichment Grant – in memory of Joanna Pusti
Grindstone Elementary School – up to 800 k-4th grade Grindstone students
Staff: Lea Pulizzi-Smith
Students, especially students with special needs, will be introduced to drum circles. This therapeutic drumming program is designed to create a meaningful musical experience for participants. The drum circle experience helps students build confidence, practice communication and social skills, provides opportunities for recreation and is a form of music therapy. The funds will be used to purchase ten Toca Jr. drums and an online subscription to “Drum Circle Leadership”.
The Chevy Network and Serpentini Chevrolet of Strongsville are sponsoring an amazing fundraising opportunity for the Education Foundation and the students of the Berea City School District.
In December 2015, one lucky winner will be the owner of a brand new 2016 Chevy Cruze.
Raffle tickets will go on sale in August and are $10 per ticket.
Student athletes, band members, choir members, students participating in clubs/groups, PTA, booster organizations, staff members and local groups are invited to sell raffle tickets to help raise money for their particular group and to enhance district technology. Participating groups will receive $5 per ticket sold.
On August 6, 2015 at 6:30pm at Middleburg Heights Junior High School Library we are hosting an Information Meeting for groups/organizations who are interested in learning more about participating in this fundraiser.
This is an exciting opportunity for the foundation and the district and we are grateful to Serpentini Chevrolet for this opportunity.
For more information about selling or buying tickets contact Kim Dettmer, Education Foundation Executive Director at email@example.com or 216-898-8270.
by Sally King
Cindy Millen and team partner Kathy Bartkiewicz, fourth grade teachers at Grindstone Elementary, received the Neal and Lynnette Knautz Hesche Writing/Reading Enrichment Grant for $1000 to help finance a reading project using the chapter book, Wonder. Brook Park Memorial teachers, Mickey Krivak and Lisa Hixson, joined Millen and Bartkiewicz by also using the program with their fourth grade students.
Written by author, R.J. Palacio, Wonder targeted students between the ages of 8 to 13. Classified as realistic fiction, Wonder was told using different points of view, many characters, and numerous different situations. The project’s goal was, through the teaching of this story, students would come to understand, recognize, and accept each individual’s differences as well as think about the way they interacted with one another. The project was timed to help fourth grade students develop these qualities prior to moving to fifth grade at Ford Middle School.
The main character in the story was Auggie, a 10-year-old boy born with major genetic abnormalities. Auggie was home schooled until his parents enrolled him in Beecher Prep School at the fifth grade level. After he was enrolled at Beecher, the focus of Wonder changed to how Auggie adjusted to school and his peers as well as how they adjusted to him.
The students from Grindstone Elementary not only worked with fourth grade students from their own school, but they regularly communicated with the fourth grade students from Brook Park Memorial. Blogging and creative writing played major roles in enabling the students to interact with one another on a regular basis. This story’s activities led to the development of character, academic skills, teambuilding, and thoughtful social and academic growth for all students.
The Wonder Grant was used to purchase a book for each fourth grade student. By purchasing books and expanding the group, more students were able to be involved and the impact was widened. Assessments were done throughout the project using the students’ written reflections as well as from oral discussions with both students and teachers. The unit was begun in early January.
by SALLY KING
Brookview Elementary School Title I reading teacher, Renee Nedoma, has received a $5500 grant from Berea’s Education Foundation to implement the literacy reading program, “One School, One Book” (OSOB). All of the school’s students in grades K-4 as well as its staff and parents will participate. The OSOB program provides resources and expertise to schools interested in “building and expanding a sense of community among students, parents, teachers, and staff.”
To whet the reading appetites of students and staff, Brookview had an all-school assembly on February 25. Several staff members performed a skit portraying characters in the book, and teachers then revealed what “HAMPSTER-mania” was about. All students and staff members received a copy of Friendship According to Humphrey, written by Betty G. Birney, and story props were distributed. Although none was requested audio books were available to all families who needed them. As one of the school’s Reading Calendar items, parents and children were requested to read one-half of one chapter together on a daily basis. To enrich that experience, activities at the school were planned to coordinate with each chapter. Although Friendship According to Humphrey is written on a 2nd – 4th grade reading level, it provided a fun opportunity to motivate students and parents as well as to foster one-on-one time at home. In this way, younger students and those reading at a lower level were helped in understanding and enjoyment of the story.
Humphrey’s story is narrated by Humphrey the Hamster who, as a classroom pet, shares his wisdom as he seeks and learns life’s lessons. Humphrey’s sage wisdom coincides well with Brookview’s “Bucket Filling” philosophy and program. Throughout the book Humphrey describes his seven kinds of friends, and it is his narratives that provide parents with opportunities to discuss the trials and tribulations that arise in friendships.
Nedoma and her committee painstakingly pre-planned all the events in preparation for the implementation of the program. To spark interest and curiosity about Humphrey and his story, Brookview’s outdoor sign displayed a “Humphrey” poster. Posters were also placed in strategic areas throughout the school. The sounds of the music, HAMSTER DANCE, were often heard coming from the music room, and each school day in March, a trivia question was posted. The answer was not given until the following day so that students, teachers, custodians, principal, as well as the rest of the Brookview staff could CONVERSE throughout the day about the Humphrey question.
Cuminating activities during March included students, parents and teachers emailing photos of students reading HUMPHREY, TWEETING about the story, and taking selfies. Pics, emails and TWEETS were displayed on HUMPHREY’S WALL OF FAME.
Renee Nedoma’s goal with this literacy project has been to build a community of readers at Brookview and around town while still having fun!
Each April, the Education Foundation awards Payroll Deduction Grants to benefit the students in the Berea School District.
Berea School District employees generously contribute money to this fund through payroll deduction and participate in the selection of recipients. Since its inception, The Foundation has received more than $90,000 via the Payroll Deduction Program. These grants can be awarded to staff or students.
This year the Payroll Deduction Committee and the Trustees of the Education Foundation are excited to announce the recipients of the April 2015 Payroll Deduction Grants totaling $3,735. The grant projects are as follows:
The Wonder Project
Applicant: Stephanie Cox Awarded: $1075
The Wonder Project teaches students how to show compassion and kindness and to look past physical disabilities and differences of others. Students from Grindstone and Brookview will work together to discover, and explore the possibilities that lie within each other when they look beyond surface features as they read the novel Wonder. Funds will be used to purchase books. 100 4th-grade students in Grindstone and Brookview Elementary Schools will benefit from this grant.
National Youth Leadership Forum
Applicant: Haley Daulton and Parents Awarded: $400.00
Third grader, Haley Daulton was nominated by Principal Mike Kostyack to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM in Washington DC. Funds will assist in covering registration for the program.
After School Reading Program
Applicants: Shannon Lazarus & Sean Cook Awarded: $660.00
Kindergarten students will be given the opportunity to join an after school club that focuses on reading and literary skills. This allows BCSD youngest learners to have additional support with the increasing demands of our Common Core. Funds will be used to purchase books.
Up to 112 Big Creek Kindergarten students will benefit from this grant.
Hands-on Science: Owl Pellet Dissection
Applicants: Lori Mucha & Misty Boscarello Awarded: $600.00
Two third grade classes will explore and analyze wildlife in a thematic unit focused on life cycles, relationships with the environments, and the scientific method. Students will be able to read about owls, explore owl pellets, and research a variety of species. Using these resources will help them to gain understanding of the interdependence of animals. Funds will be used to purchase owl pellets and supplies.
50 3rd-grade students will benefit from this grant.
Applicants: Ryan Peoples Awarded: $1000.00
AVID is comprised of students who project well academically, but who, through one setback or another, need some extra help developing latent skills, study habits, and confidence in their own potential. This program traditionally and statistically underserved segments of the populations, including minority students. Funds will be used to assist in teacher training.
75-110 9th-12th-grade students will benefit from this grant.
Congrats to all recipients!
Next round of Payroll Deduction Grant Applications will be available in September 2015. The Education Foundation is NOW accepting Enrichment Grant Applications (due May 22, 2015) from BCSD Staff Members.
Berea-Midpark High School and the Berea City School District are expanding internationally to Inspire Excellence and help students achieve dreams they never imagined possible. BMHS has collaborated, with the Education Foundation and the Berea Leadership Academy, to grow and strengthen our Social Capital, Global Thinking and Deep Learning.
The objective of our Imagine Your Future-Think BMHS Hamburg initiative is to realize a fully funded international experience for a group of select BMHS students, with the goal of creating this opportunity for particular students identified as those that may be most unlikely or unexpected to travel overseas and gain such insight.
With the generous contributions of the Education Foundation and in cooperation with Berea City School District Superintendent Mike Sheppard and Mr. Jack Thomason, founder of The Berea Leadership Academy, we have reserved airline flights, meals, and accommodations for eight students and two chaperones. Coinciding with the BCSD spring break, this group departs from Cleveland on Monday, April 6, 2015 and returns on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Keep posted to this site for daily Hamburg updates from the students!
Click on "Read More" below to see photos and read of our Hamburg experience.
by SALLY KING
Stacey Jennings, Gifted Intervention Specialist at Middleburg Jr. High and Ford Middle School, received a $1250 Enrichment Grant from the Berea Education Foundation. The grant is for the 2014-15 school year and was used to provide financial assistance for Jennings’ sixth, seventh, and eighth grade enrichment students’ participation in “Junior Model United Nations.” Jennings’ grant involved 40 students in grades 6-8 and was designed to simulate the authentic process of the United Nations. It covered most of the cost of the students’ registrations and bus transportation to participate in the enrichment program’s culminating activity at John Carroll University’s Cleveland Council on World Affairs in January, 2015
Russian-Ukrainian conflict to childhood obesity. The students researched their selected country and its issues for several months; they then examined the solutions that had already been proposed in past UN history. After completing their research and examining the various resolutions, students wrote a draft resolution from their selected country’s perspective. The draft resolution was not necessarily be the participant’s own viewpoint.
Assessments of the students’ projects was done several times between September and January 1. Weekly conferences, written research, position papers, and debate tactics was used as part of each assessment.
The culminating evaluation activity of each student’s work was done at the Junior Model UN Conference at John Carroll in January, 2015. Students included research and debate tactics as well as critically analyzed information they have learned. They applied the information and discussed it with others in the committee, working to persuade the others of why their solution would work best. Students then joined together to “co-author” a bill. Each student was awarded points by demonstrating his/her ability to work with others and to get their version of a resolution passed.
The ultimate goal throughout the program is to enable students to become proactive in the community and the world around them. Gaining the confidence to take risks, think critically, listen to varying perspectives, and investigate the world will assist students in creatively communicating ideas to diverse audiences and apply what they learn.
To earn her bachelor’s degree, Stacey Jennings attended Cleveland State University. She also spent six months studying educational and international issues at the University of Sydney in Sydney, Australia. Upon completion of her BA degree, she earned her MEd at Nova Southeastern University located outside of Tampa, FL where she also taught at a middle school performing arts school for eight years. The 2014-15 school year is her sixteenth year of teaching.
The Education Foundation is proud to support such a wonderful program.
Our mission is to invest in the students of the Berea School District by enhancing educational opportunities.