Shrewsbury Education Foundation

Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) is an all-volunteer organization that raises money to fund grants which put resources and programs directly into the classroom. Annually Shrewsbury Public School teachers write grant applications seeking funding for unique learning experiences and resources that will directly benefit students. Without SEF grants teachers would be unable to purchase the materials needed to deliver these valuable learning experiences due to tight education budgets. 

SEF raises money through events, donations and corporate sponsors. Please help SEF today by attending one of our events or making a donation today. 

Annual Awards Dinner

When: January 25, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Where: Cyprian Keyes 284 E Temple St., Boylston, MA
Cost: $70 
Contact: Sandy Fryc at sandyfryc@townisp.com for tickets and information.

Fundraising and Grants Awards Dinner Form

 

Grant Awards

TOWN CRIER
Reegan Altomare, 12th Grade Student 
Dayna Brown-Dolan, Faculty Advisor
Shrewsbury High School

Grant will assist in the printing costs of The Town Crier which is the SHS newspaper which will help put a copy of this publication in the hands of every SHS student, faculty and staff member.

BUILDING SOCIAL SKILL SUCCESS AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL LEVEL
Gillian Litchfield, Sharon Wade, Kelly O’Connell and Rebecca Connole
Sherwood Middle School

Establish a library of resources and materials for teachers and specialists to use for furthering their knowledge of social skills and to better provide social skills training at the middle school level.

SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM THROUGH THE WONDERS OF TECHNOLOGY: THE HOLLISTIC USE OF IPADS
 Deirde D. Lincoln, COTA/L and Sharon Dowd, COTA/L

This grant will help purchase two iPads for therapeutic instruction benefitting students with global developmental delays, autism, visual motor and fine motor difficulties.

GRAPH YOUR STORY-HOW CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MOTION USING A GRAPH?Jessica Crosby and Stacey Militello
Oak Middle School

Acquisition of PASSPORT Airlink 2 Device (6), which will allow for students to use their sensors that school already have with the iPads using Bluetooth technology.

“CHOKING CHARLIE”
Alison McDonald and Shirley Lemay

This Grant will help teach all district 2nd and 4th grade students the Abdominal Thrust Maneuver (formerly known as the Heimlich maneuver).

SUCCEEDING WITH GRIT, GROWTH MINDSET, STRATEGIES AND SOCIAL THINKING
Ellen O’Leary, SLP; Suzanne Margiano, School Psychologist; Cara Demoga, School Psychologist
Floral Street School

This Grant is to support continuing efforts to provide effective instruction in social thinking and self-regulation by expanding its “Social thinking Library.”

AWARD WINNING BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS
Camille Viscomi & Stephanie Halacy
Paton School

Using Reader’s Theatre as a tool to align with Common Core standards, Reader’s Theatre will assist Paton’s first and second graders with comprehension skills as they discuss and act out plays as well as demonstrate strong listening skills as an audience which will translate into other learning disciplines. 

USING THE IPAD MINI AS AN INTERVENTION TOOL IN THE ELEMENTARY CLASSROOM
Ann Early and Kristine Gustafson
Paton School

The purpose of this grant is to explore the use of the iPad Mini to support Literacy and Math skills for two classes of second grade students. It will incorporate the most effective strategies to extend and optimize student learning.  This grant is an innovative initiative. The iPad Mini, a smaller and less costly device than the iPad, is the perfect size for the hands of young students. It is approximately 5 by 7 inches wide, weighing about half a pound, and featuring a multi touch display.

SOCIAL THINKING CURRICULUM
Noreen Camerato & Michelle Lemay
Spring Street School

The purpose of this project is to gain access to the Social Thinking Curriculum written by Michelle Garcia Winner for regular education teachers spanning grades K-4.  This project focuses on enhancing student’s social and emotional development over the life span, but rapidly develops from infancy through grades 3 and 4.

CHOOSING KIND
Lorry D’Ascanio & Carol Virzi
Sherwood Middle School

Grade 5 & 6 Literature Study and Character; Wonder by RJ Palacio, a novel that will invite students to choose kindness over bullying.  The novel has been developed into a multi-media program tha is aligned with Common Core Standards.

JPC Awards

Leadership

  • Jane Lizotte - Principal, Sherwood Middle School
  • Bryan Mabie - Principal, Spring Street School

Mentor

  • Susana Pierce - Spanish teacher, Oak Middle School

Paraprofessional

  • Kim Golosh - ABA Technician, Spring Street School

Professional

  • Sara Biadasz - Kindergarten teacher, Beal Early Childhood Center
  • Peter Collins - Math teacher, Shrewsbury High School
  • Amy O'Leary - History teacher, Shrewsbury High School
  • Carol Virzi - Grade 5 Language Arts / Social Studies teacher, Sherwood Middle School

Support

  • Katie Fox - Secretary, Paton Elementary School
  • David Poe - Custodian, Floral Street School

Community Service Award

The Community Service Award is granted to a town leader who, goes above and beyond in delivering outstanding services to the community and to the Shrewsbury Public Schools. Mr. Thomas Kennedy was the Director of Human Resources for the Shrewsbury Public Schools from July 1, 2000 to his retirement on June 30, 2012. During his twelve years in the district Tom hired and mentored scores of teachers and administrators and helped shape our school district to become a leader in providing educational services to students. Tom was a dedicated and true professional during his tenor with SPS and someone that was often sought after for advice and guidance. Tom is a strong advocate for our community and was a member of the Paton School and Beal School Councils; he also served on the Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services Board as 2nd Vice Chair, the Shrewsbury Retirement Board and the St. Mary’s School Board. Most recently Tom was asked to serve as Interim Executive Director for Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services from January 2013 through May 2013. SEF is grateful for Tom’s quiet and generous contributions to our community.

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To see photos of our 2012 Award Winners and candid photos from our celebration evening, please visit the SEF Facebook Page.