Hudson Educational Foundation Announces Fall 2010 mini-grants

November 3, 2010 —

Claude Rowley, President of the Hudson Educational Foundation announces the Hudson Educational Foundation’s fall 2010 mini-grant awards. The Hudson Educational Foundation provides mini-grants to staff members each fall for projects that are innovative and improve the education of Hudson students. This year’s awards go to:

Paths to Scholarship: Kevin Reed and Karen Cheney; Middle and High School Career Prep and Counseling Departments: Paths to Scholarship (PTS) is the vehicle that motivates and inspires all students to dare to dream great dreams, discover life purpose, chart a career path, plan and prepare for college, and apply for scholarships. PTS is a career, college and scholarship planning guide that empowers students with organizational tools.

Microscopes: Jeff Webb, Jennifer Mason and David Conklin; Middle and High School Science Department. Science research today is done more and more with the use of technology. In an effort to provide students the opportunity to use technology, the Hudson Secondary Science Department will replace the current supply of microscopes with updated versions. Science educators have a responsibility to see that students have the technical knowledge they need to succeed after they graduate from Hudson High. Microscopes are a form of technology that will not only benefit the middle school science students; they will have applications in Biology and Anatomy courses as well. The ability to collect quality data and perform experiments to answer questions about our world is really the crux of what a science class should be. This grant will address that issue.

DK Hands on Math; Gina Lake:, Lincoln Elementary. Increasing the math development of children in the Developmental Kindergarten classroom is a fundamental goal of the program. Students need more sensory materials that they can manipulate to increase shape/pattern awareness, and tactile numbers to track and increase number knowledge. In effort to help students discover the world around them, more classroom manipulatives are needed. This project will use hands-on manipulatives for directed instruction, followed by students exploring, sorting, classifying and developing patterns on their own.

Improving Reading Fluency; Sherry Kirkland: Lincoln Elementary, 2 MP3 8 GB players with voice recorders will be purchased. Students in a second grade classroom will use the recorders in the fluency workstation. They will be used in two ways. In the first way, students will record themselves reading a leveled passage. Students will be able to play back and listen to themselves reading. They will be guided to talk about how their reading sounded and to give their partner suggestions for improving their reading. Students will be able to read the passage again to try using their partner’s suggestions. Student pairs will take turns rereading a leveled passage thus, improving their reading fluency. The MP3 players will also be used to allow students to listen to a story, phrases, words, etc. Stories, phrases, words will be downloaded on the MP3 players by using sound recorder software (which is downloadable for free). Students will use a printed copy to follow along with what they hear. Students will be instructed to listen and follow along with the material the first time. Then they will listen to the material again and be instructed to read along with the text. Then students will be asked to read the material without the MP3 player. Students may record themselves reading the material and then listen to see how they sound.

That’s My Buss: Chuck Jacobs and Jennifer Lee; Transportation Department. Decals with matching magnets will be purchased that will be individual for each bus so that if there is a substitute bus driver or bus the students will still have the same animal to look at and know if they are on the right bus. The goal of this project is to help in the elimination of students getting confused and getting on the wrong bus when there is a change in the “normal” situation be it driver or bus. When one student is “lost” even for a minute it is too long for all involved; and this project will help in eliminating that possibility.

Document Cameras: Missy Darr, Cazzie Mansfield, and Christi Vanover; Lincoln Elementary First Grade Team, Document Cameras are a quick and easy way to integrate technology into instruction. The first grade team at Lincoln Elementary received Smart Boards through a grant this year and the document cameras will be an added benefit to this new technology.