• Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2022-2023 school year
     
    Grant Project Title Teacher(s) School Grade(s) Brief Description
    Science Never Looked So Good Debra Mescal MAMS 6 Students will use digital microscopes purchased with this grant to observe and analyze rocks, minerals and fossils aligned with the Geology unit of the curriculum.  For the Life Science unit, students will observe and analyze a variety of specimens.  Students also will be given the opportunity to observe and analyze specimens of their own collected outside or brought from home, promoting discovery of their natural world.
    A Sensory Approach to Fine Motor Development Amanda Munice CP Pre-K Fine motor development is a crucial part of early childhood education.  This grant will provide sand & water tables and sensory sand and foam to be used in art class to provide fun, engaging creative activities that are geared towards strengthening fine motor skills.  
    Tucker Turtle;  Co-regulating big emotions in little bodies Rachel Alvarez CP Pre-K Tucker the Turtle is a fun interactive resource created to help children and families learn strategies to work through big feelings like anger and calm their body and emotions down.  Tucker the Turtle also promotes emotional literacy, problem-solving, and self-regulation in an engaging way.  This grant will provide Tucker the Turtle puppets and a scripted story to be used in the classroom and borrowed by families to teach emotional regulation with a few simple steps. 
    Movement for Improvement Emily C. Zupkus MRHS 9,10,11,12 With the bouncy bands for desks provided by this grant, students will be provided an opportunity for movement during instruction within the classroom.  Instead of engaging in distracting behaviors like tapping pencils on desks, students will be able to bounce their feet quietly under their desk to relieve their anxiety, hyperactivity, or frustration.  While being physically active, sutdnets may improve their on-task performance and increase their learning time in the classroom.
    Mad Science Fair Katherine Budinsky RD 3 Students will participate in an in-person Mad Science workshop introducing them to scientific methods and experimentation.  Each teacher will then work with her class to think of a question the students could try to answer using scientific observation, and walk through the scientific method to create their own experiments.  Students will then culminate their findings by presenting a tri-fold poster (along with their experiment, if possible) at a student-centric science fair at the end of the year. 
    Gorgeous Guzheng Lindsey Fiore CL & ST Pre-K, K,1,2,3 Elementary students will learn how to play the Guzheng provided by this grant to enhance musicanship skills and to discover a new multicultural instrument.  Students will play the pentatonic scale (containing 5 pitches) on the Guzheng and also learn that the instrument belongs to the string family.  The Guzheng directly benefits multicultural music education at MARSD, as students will celebrate diversity and other cultures by exploring this interesting instrument. 
    The Silence Isn't Quiet:  a collaboration between current students and alumni to confront implicit bias at MAMS Teresa M. Downey MAMS 6,7,8 The Equity Team is working to educate students on the systemic issues that may have led to racism, sexism and other cultural biases and to promote an awareness among students of the diversity of our population in order to combat these prejudices.  The Equity team aims to develop new and engaging podcasts about topics proposed by students and present documentaries at evening community events that promote dialog among students and a panel of diverse alumni.  This grant will fund the purchase of microphones and headphones for recording podcasts and documentaries.
    DON'T BE HOT, DON'T BE COLD BeCool Jennifer Nangano LR 4,5 Learning how to deal with conflict is a core skill that students need now, can learn, and will use throughout their adult lives.  The "BeCool" program purchased by this grant addresses four classes of difficult behaviors that can be expressed by others: Criticism, Teasing, Bullying, Anger/others and Anger/Self.  In engaging video scenarios, a character is challenged by a difficult person who, in some way, is trying to intimidate or manipulate him/her.  The character then models three responses,; blowing up or HOT, giving up or COLD, and being in control or COOL.  The negative consequences of the "giving up response" and the "blowing up response" are contrasted against the positive outcomes of "being in control."
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2021-2022 school year
     
    Grant Project Title Teacher(s) School Grade(s) Brief Description
    Action Based Learning  Casey Jennings Strathmore K-3; 10 Students Action based learning is based on the brain research that strongly supports the link between movement and learning.Students engaged in action based learning show improved memory retention, increased focus and attention, improved grades, and less behavioral issues. Balance and sensory integration has been shown to improve reading skills in children with sensory integration issues and dyslexia. This grant provide a Boomer Board for student's with IEP's and a sensory path for all the students in the school.
    Sphero Indi Danielle Viola Ravine Drive K-3; 400 Students Small robots are great for learning about robotics, mathematics, and programming for all grade levels. These robots will promote critical thinking and problem solving skills, enable learning by doing, and encourage social and emotional learning when students work together. Sphero Indi's can be incorporated into different activities that will enrich students' learning of various topics and skills across the curriculum.
    Author's Visit Elysia Altiero MAMS Grades 6-8; 400 Students Writing has been in existence for thousands of years. All students at Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School would benefit from the perspective of a successful author. This author's visit is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience creativity in its purest form. A visit from a relevant and diverse author will inspire all young students to read, write and learn more about the writing process. Rita Platt explains the importance of an author visit succinctly. She says, “To write is to explore worlds, both those within and those that surround us. Writing is rigor. “Real” writers know that, and when they talk to students they share that message.” (Edutopia 2017) This grant is going to provide classrooms and the media center with copies of the author’s novel to enjoy and get signed. 
    MRHS Fan Shop Krista Huebsch MRHS Grades 6-8; 400 Students Community-Based Instruction and Work-Based Learning has been on the forefront of our recent developments at MRHS. As of Summer 2021, MRHS established a certified Work-Based Learning Supervisory group to grow this program. This grant will provide the physical assets to “start up” a mobile retail kiosk to sell retail merchandise and non-perishable snacks and beverages in the lobby, lunchroom, and during after-school events and activities. The “startup” items that are requested in this grant are a mobile kiosk with lockable storage, and a SquareUp Point of Sale (POS) Register (also includes a website for e-commerce). As we operate both in-person and online, our POS system will become the “heart and soul” of our instruction with topics including financial analysis, marketing information management, market planning, product/service management, pricing, distribution/channel management, promotion, selling, and human resource management - In addition to building on communication, teamwork, organizational, and leadership skills. Overall, a school store is not only an essential component of positive culture within a school community, the learning opportunities within school store operations are critical to bridging the skill gap between instruction inside of a classroom and the outside world of business and commerce. 
    Wonderful Waterphone Lindsey Fiore Cliffwood K-3; 511 Students The students will enhance their musicianship by playing the Waterphone. The MAEF grant provides the opportunity to purchase a waterphone and bow. This unique instrument creates a variety of sounds. A bow is used to drag across the metal spikes. Water is added to the instrument to create a spooky effect. The instrument can also be performed by tapping the spikes with one's hands. Mallets are used to play the instrument, too. This instrument demonstrates to the students how special effects sounds are created and added to films. This exciting project correlates with film music studies. The Waterphone provides the opportunity for students to adhere to the musical standards of creating, performing, responding, and connecting. They will create their own special effects sounds to a video recording that does not feature audio. The students will perform their compositions. They will respond to their classmates compositions and performance with appropriate feedback. The students will connect their learning to the playing technique of other instruments. 
     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2019-2020 school year
     
     
    Grant Project Title Teacher(s) School Grade(s) Brief Description
    Preschool Beetbox R. Alvarez
    S. Bakley
    A. Johnson
    Cambridge Park & Cliffwood Grade PreK;
    160 students
    Preschool students will use Beetboxes, containing a seed-to-table lesson, to be introduced to the concepts of PLANTING, GROWING, HARVESTING, COOKING, and COMPOSTING AND RECYCLING. Through hands-on planting and cooking, children will be connected with the origin of food and encouraged to experiment with and try new foods.
    Coding in Kindergarten C. Burden
    N. Cordi
    C. Marion
    W. Riley
    L. Schneider
    A. Small
    Strathmore Grade K;
    115 students
    Students will learn computer programming skills using Coding Critters, playful coding pets that can bring early STEM concepts to Kindergarten learning through 100% screen-free coding. Students will complete coding challenges to help their critter have a playtime within a storybook adventure.
    Learning Through Movement K. Fisco
    N. D'Agostino
    Ravine Drive Grades K - 3;
    350+ students
    Students will have the opportunity to do sensory paths, which consist of several exercises presented in colorful, fun ways. Sensory paths are specifically designed to improve motor skills (e.g. balance, hand-eye coordination, and spatial awareness) and build connections within the brain by using multiple senses. Children complete complex, multi-stage tasks, encouraging higher level thinking within the classroom.
    Power Up with UNICEF S. Preiser Strathmore Grade 3;
    23 students
    Students will wear UNICEF Kid Power Bands to track steps using a pedometer. For every 25K steps recorded, UNICEF will send a therapeutic food packet to children suffering from severe malnutrition. Students will be physically active, while exploring issues of poverty & philanthropy and learning empathy, self-efficacy, and teamwork.
    KEVA Planks Education L. Schultz Cliffwood Grade 3;
    21 students
    Students will work with KEVA Planks, cuboid wooden blocks, in design challenges and makerspaces in the classroom. Building with KEVA planks will help students think in three dimensions and improve creative expression, organizational, and communication skills.
    Grant Me My Tech Wish L. Bauer
    D. Lehman
    Lloyd Grades 4 - 5;
    594 students
    In the technology lab, students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming with Sphero BOLT Robots and STEM-inspired challenges and games. Students will begin with Draw and Drive, advance to Block-based programming, and graduate to using JavaScript. The coding challenges will prepare students for robotics in middle school. (5th grade students contributed to writing the grant application).
    Tapping Tabla! L. Fiore
    G. Wells
    MAMS Grades 6 - 8;
    925 students
    Students will be introduced to the Tabla, a set of Bayan and Dayan drums from India that are similar to Bongo drums. Students will be encouraged to learn to play the Tabla and develop their improvisation skills as well as gain further understanding of Indian music during multicultural music lessons.
    A Day with Edgar Allen Poe D. Starr
    S. Dansky
    D. Spafford
    C. Sobieski
    K. Maltese
    MAMS Grade 8;
    320 students
    All 8th grade students will attend a presentation by Edgar Allen Poe impersonator, Helena McKenna-Uff. Performing as Poe, Ms. Uff will recount his greatest stories and life events, thus engaging and entertaining the students, and directly tying into their Language Arts narrative unit, in which the students read and discuss Poe.
    Virtual Business Academy K. Huebsch MRHS Grades 9 -12;
    100+ students
    Students will use virtual business simulations as part of the Business Academy curriculum to apply, analyze, evaluate, and create/operate their own virtual businesses, including operating food truck, lemonade stand, and small business.
    Collaborative Cricut Crafting M. Sloan MRHS Special Ed & General Ed; Grades 9 - age 21
    students
    Using a Cricut machine and craft materials, Special Ed and General Ed students will work collaboratively to design and print projects to sell to the school community. Special Ed students will learn technology, retail, and finance skills, as well as improve social and communication skills by interacting with their typical peers.
     
     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2018-2019 school year
      
     

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    Brief Description

    Breakout EDU Boxes L. Lubniewski G. Hynes MAMS 6th grade; 80+ students Students will work in groups to solve escape-room-like puzzles that can be aligned with the curriculum.  The games require students to collaborate, communicate, and think both critically and creatively to solve the puzzle.
    Earth Box STEM Garden Kit J. Bliss MAMS 6th,7th,8th grades;  20 students Students in the LLD classroom will use garden materials to learn a STEM based curriculum, including the scientific principles behind plants, water, soil, light and nutrition.
    Engineering for Preschoolers K. Spagnuolo Cambridge Park Pre-Kinder-garten; 80 students Students will build ramp structures and develop engineering play behaviors while learning about physical science and mathematical concepts. Creative expression, language development and fine motor skills will also be reinforced through active learning experiences.
    MAMS Disc Golf 9 Hole Course N. Vasilenko MAMS 6th,7th,8th grades; 875 students Students will throw frisbee-like discs, aiming at targets using rules similar to golf.  Players seek to complete each hole of the course with the lowest number of total throws.
    MAMS Goes VR D.Baumert
    D.Reynolds
    MAMS 6th,7th,8th grades; 925 students Students will be offered a wide variety of interactive experiences, in multiple content areas, to engage and inspire deeper connections to curriculum in Science, Social Studies, and English & Language Arts.
    Kindness "Rocks" C. Morrissey
    D. Lepre
    L.Bauer M.Torres S.Blake
    P.Murray
    J.Donovan
    Ravine Drive 2nd grade; 80+ students Students will paint inspirational quotes and designs on rocks.  The Kindness Rocks project will be used to promote random acts of kindness through art, enrichment, and Olweus lessons.
    Physics and Philm - A collaborative resource for use in the High School D.Kaplan C.Burfeindt MRHS 9th,10th, 11th,12th grades; 285 students The use of drones in the classroom opens up a new set of opportunities to make classes more relevant and engaging for students. This dynamic tool can be utilized to expand cinematic choices for young filmmakers and provide an exciting, engaging, and unique way to demonstrate relationships in Physics.
    Robotics and Java A.Dandola-DePaolo MRHS 9th,11th, 12th grades; 43 students Students in STEM Technology and AP Computer Science courses will utilize the Hummingbird robot kit to use a programming language in order to solve problems or accomplish tasks in Robotics.
    Steel Drum: Real Fun! L.Lorefice G.Wells MAMS 6th,7th,8th grades; 925 students Students will learn how to play a steel drum in relation to the music curriculum in each grade. The steel drum will be a wonderful tool to promote diversity and celebrate multiculturalism while enhancing musical skills.
    Tower Gardens in the Classroom J.Layton C.Towle MAMS 8th grade; 270 students Tower Garden introduces the concept of indoor farming techniques to assist students with a variety of scientific concepts including biological structure and function of cells, engineering design and construction, human environmental impacts, and sustainability of natural resources.
     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2017-2018 school year
      

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    Grade & Number of Students

    Brief Description

    Human Circuitry D. Reynolds
    P. Hillyer
     MAMS 7th Grade;
    288
    Students will use a human-to-human interface to explore circuits in the body and understand the analogies with a simple electrical circuit having a voltage source (brain & neurons), wires (nerves), and load (muscle groups). 
    Programming Meets Art and Legos D. Lepre   RDS 3rd Grade;
    90
    Students will use Lego WeDo Education kits to build robotic devices, learn algorithms to draw geometric figures, and program the robots to draw the figures autonomously.   
    A Life in Stone A. Fricchione
    J. Johnson
    R. Stevens
    K. Junquet
    MAMS 6th - 8th Grades;
    300
    Students will attend an assembly presented by Franco Minervini, a native Italian sculptor and stone carver, who will share his life story, culture, and language, and demonstrate how he cuts and carves stone. 
    Theremin Theory:  The Science of Music  L. Lorefice
    D. Reynolds
    MAMS 6th - 8th Grades;
    450
    Students will explore music and science concepts through learning how to play a theremin, an electronic musical instrument whose pitch and volume are controlled (without physical contact) by the player moving his/her hands near two metal rods serving as antennas. 
    Revolutionary War Uniforms  D. Tarrazi
    D. Miller
    MAMS

    6th Grade;
    300

    Students will participate in hands-on learning about the Revolutionay War by dressing up in replica British and American soldier uniforms (purchased with the grant) and performing troop movements and drills as the armies did. 
    Musical STEAM  D. Kaplan
    A. Anzano
    A. Baldasserini
    K. Cotter
    S. Pickens
    MRHS 9th - 12th Grades;
    60
    Integrating art, physics, mechanical and electical engineering, wood shop, instrumental and choral music, students will collaborate to invent and build an original musical instrument and then compose and performe a musical piece featuring a solo on the instrument.
    Community Service Learning Throught Language Arts C. Sobieski
    D. Spafford
    MAMS 8th Grade;
    60
    Students will participate in a community service learning project to raise awareness about poverty and hunger.  Through readings, research, panel discussion, and visiting speakers, they will learn about this topic and develop an action plan for change.  They will plan a fundraiser and then decide collaboratively on where to donate the proceeds. 
    QBall:  Giving Children a Voice J. Bliss
    J. Oliveira
    MAMS 6th - 8th Grades;
    35
    The Q-ball is a throwable, wireless microphone made of durable foam.  Using the Q-ball will encourage students to confidently participate in classroom discussions and increase student engagement and fluency of speech. 
     
     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Educational Foundation, 2016-2017 school year
      

    Project Title

    Applicant(s)

    School

    Grade & Number of Students

    Brief Description

    Lego Walls

    D. Lepre,
    L. Bauer, and 
    K. DiBrienza

    Ravine, Cliffwood, and Strathmore

    K - 3rd;
    800 students

    At each elementary school, Lego baseplates will be hung to build "Lego walls" and students will utilize problem solving skills to complete Lego-wall activities that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).

    Butterfly Habitat

    D. Lasko

    Lloyd

    4th - 5th;
    40 students

    Students will propose, research, design, and build a butterfly garden in a park area in Aberdeen township for the entire community to enjoy.

    Life / Daily Living Skills

    D. Wilensky

    MAMS

    6th - 8th;
    special needs students

    Students will utilize a washer-dryer that will be purchased and installed in the the Life Skills classroom, in order to learn daily living skills required for these students to become more independent at home.

    Finale Music Notation Software

    L. Lorefice and G. Wells

    MAMS

    6th - 8th;
    925 students

    Students will use music notation software, which includes musical terms and symbols, to input the music they create into a computer, in order to share the music electronically and/or print their music professionally. 

    Sixth grade Revolutionary War Trunk Presentation

    D. Miller and D. Tarrazzi

    MAMS

    6th;
    300 students

    The Monmouth County Historical Society will visit all MAMS 6th grade social studies classes to present a trunk full of artifacts from the Battle of Monmouth, thus bringing the local battle to life through presentation of the artifacts and storytelling.

    Heart rate monitors

    N. Vasilenko

    MAMS

    6th - 8th;
    75 students

    Students will wear monitors to track and record their heart rates during physical education class and teach them about their personal physical fitness.  A primary goal is to use information from this technology to motivate students to maintain and/or improve their personal health through physical activity.  

    Electrical Conductivity Studies of the Human Body

    P. Servidio

    MARHS

    9th- 12th;
    200 students

    Students will use electroencephalographic (EEG) sensors to enhance the study of nerve conductivity, muscle action, and recruitment of muscle units.  As part of their research, students will determine differences in EEG responses to stimuli, sleep patterns, and other variables in brain response.

    Melanin in rabbits experiment

    R.-M. Turley

    MARHS

    9th, 11th-12th;
    70 students

    Students will research, design, and carry out their own uniquely designed experiments to investigate how temperature affects the production of hair pigments in the domestic rabbit.

     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Education Foundation, 2015-2016 school year 

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    Applicant(s)

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    Grade & Number of Students

    Brief Description

    Claymation           L. Bauer Cliffwood\L/Ravine Drive/Strathmore  2nd;30       Claymation is animation done using characters made out of clay.  Students will plan a simple story, create a storyboard, create characters out of clay, and then video of their story. 
    Ignite Your Mind!  A. Molinari Cliffwood  K-3;400 Students will utilize ThinkFun games to develop reasoning and creative thinking skills through play.  The games will be incorporated into centers within the classrooms. 
    Enhanced Technology for Kindergarten!  C. Marion Strathmore  Kindergarten Kindergarten students utilize Reading A-Z books on iPads during literacy centers and have access to leveled books electronically at home as well. 
    Keep Calm and Experiment On!  B. Weinstein LRS 4th; 50  Students will use three different STEM materials to enhance scientific discovery and exploration in a hands-on approach;  Little Bits to make their own circuits, Makey Makey to connect their computer to their environment, and 4Doodler to do 3-D printing of their designs.  
    Dulcimer Delivery  L. Lrefice MAMS  7th; 304 Students will play an American folk instrument, the Dulcimer, to play single melodies and harmonic accompaniment. 
    Virtual Classroom Poetry Workshops A. Raiola  MAMS  6th; 63 Children's Poet Kenn Nesbitt will visit 6th grade Language Arts classrooms through Kype for two sessions; an interactive Poetry Workshop and an inspiring workshop on how to student can get their writing published. 
    Recognize Social Boundaries and Avoid Exploitation  J. Nangano  MRHS Spec Ed & At-Risk Students  The Circles program will help students learn how relationships are formed and maintained according to the social norms &  social boundaries of our day and age. 
    3D Printer for High School STEM Applications  D. Kaplan  MRHS   9th-12th; 170 Students in the STEM Academy will use a 3D printer to fabricate parts they design with CAD and then use those parts in many engineering challenges. 
       
     
     
    Grants awarded by the Matawan-Aberdeen Education Foundation, 2014-2015 school year
     

    Project Title

    Applicant(s)

    School

    Grade & Number of Students

    Brief Description

    STEM Lending Library

    D. Lasko

    Cliffwood

    K-3; 400

    A collection of STEM materials to be shared throughout the school, for experiments, demonstrations, and projects

    Portable Classroom Planetarium

    C. Mingrone

    MRHS

    Grades 11/12; 100

    Materials for the construction of a portable, storable planetarium

    Full Stream Ahead

    P. Hillyer;

    J. Johnson

    MAMS

    Grades 6-8; 200+

    Materials for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) classroom and club activities, with several project ideas and a 3d printer

    Seeing the heat – Exciting Students’ Imagination with Infrared Imaging!

    D. Kaplan

    MRHS

    Grade 11; 175

    iPhone and matching infrared camera accessory, for heat visualization experiments and demonstrations

    It’s All About the Angle

    E. Brophy;
    T. Zimmer

    LRS

    Grade 5; 24

    Solar cells and meters for demonstration of season sunlight variation


     
     
      
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