the "Second Annual" 2001 Grant Project Winners Site
Annual Grants Competition Summaries of Approved Projects (18 Projects,
Thanks to the Donors who helped make
these projects possible!
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Dan Gray, 80 students. Teacher/student
development of a web page with annotated links useful to life science
students, and as a starting point for Internet-based research projects.
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Jan Berrick, 250 students. The school
already has a successful program that gives students an opportunity
to develop and practice skills for listening to others and expressing
their own thoughts and ideas. This grant will enable the development
of a web page to show a video of students discussing topics that have
been addressed at school. Students will also ask questions from the
privacy of their home computers. Schools around the state will be connected
to share ideas on topics such as ethnic diversity and methods of conflict
Monument Mountain/Rockport High, Grades 11-12, Eileen Christman, 60
students. Hands-on interdisciplinary project between a Marine Science/Biology
class at Rockport and a Probability & Statistics class at Monument.
Rockport will gather field data, and Monument will analyze. Pictures,
videos and narratives will be used in the design of a web page in which
students will report on the project, its methodology and conclusions.
The report will be sent to appropriate manufacturers and advocacy groups.
Web Pages for English and Math Departments
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Bill Mooney & Kristi Farina,
700 students. Student-teacher collaboration to develop web pages for
classes within these two departments. Functionality will include posting
homework assignments and projects for viewing by students and their
parents, links to other resources, on-line practice tests. Mentoring
will be provided to teachers in other departments.
Monument Mountain, Grade 9, Ted Vining & Liz Roberts, 50 students.
Utilize Pasco electronic measurement to advance classroom investigations
to the next level of complexity. For example, the effects of temperature
and humidity on the speed of sound can be measured. The force of a model
rocket engine can be accurately graphed, and students can calculate
acceleration, velocity, and total impulse. With the wide discrepancy
in math skills of entering freshmen, this capability will allow students
to see the importance and application of math to scientific investigations,
and will facilitate the use of mathematics in the analysis of experimental
History On the Move
Monument Mountain, Grade 10, Kara Staunton-Shron, 65 students. Development
of a computer-based experiential learning program in which the U.S.
History class will be "moving" around the country via the
Internet to important locations and "meeting" with important
historical people. Students will access primary documents and question
experts. Each unit will end with a student-created Culminating Project
in multimedia format.
of Foundation Math and Career Math
Monument Mountain, Grade 9, Ted Collins & Art Mack, 20 students.
Implement computer-enabled self-paced math course as stepping stone
for freshman not having the skills to enter a high school level math
class directly. Create a class web page with practical math links so
that students can apply their new skills to real world problems, such
as the stock market.
Stockbridge Plain School, Kindergarten, Ann Kinne, 16 students. Develop
and publish a site with information on class projects, upcoming events,
fieldtrips, curriculum, and links. Students will see their best work
published on the site. Site to be a model for other kindergarten classes
in the District and beyond.
Searles Middle School, Grades 7-8, Ray Zelehoski, Peter Jaworski, Randy
Koldys, 200 students. Life Science and Earth Science teachers will work
with students to create web-based PowerPoint notes on all study modules.
The web sites will contain interactive question-and-answer sections
to elicit questions and share responses across classes.
Stockbridge Plain School, Grades 4-5, Connie Dombrowski, 200 students.
Train all 4th and 5th grade teachers and students in multimedia tools,
to be used in all curriculum areas.
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Al Cece, 700 students. Cross-disciplinary
study potential with Science Department concerning anatomy and physiology.
With muscular fitness and cardiovascular fitness program enhancements
using PC-compatible exercise equipment, each student will be able to
maintain a personal fitness profile. Students will also develop a web
page with a fitness assessment tool to enable anyone to log on and assess
his or her fitness level. Sites will be set up for children, teens,
adults, and seniors, with topics for each group. Professional input
will be welcomed from Fitness Express and Berkshire South Regional Community
Stockbridge Plain School, Grades 4-5, Donna Astion, 200 students. Students
will develop a newspaper published to the Web. They will meet and forge
relationships with practicing professionals in newspaper and website
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Alice Keegan, 250 students. Teach
students to use a digital camera, scanner, and editing equipment to
create or enhance their artwork and publish it to an ever-changing web
page art gallery.
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, Fred Erickson, Chris Congdon, Chip
Vittum, 250 students. A middle school version of the fitness grant approved
for Monument (above), all students will use fitness assessment software
to create personal profiles of their fitness status, design personalized
fitness training using software tools, determine proper training zones
using heart rate monitors and adjusting exercise to healthy levels,
and be motivated to achieve fitness goals by charting progress with
Spanish Web Site
Searles Middle School, Grades 6-8, David Heath, 250 students. Creation
of a web site with the following features: posting of student work (written,
oral and even short video productions) so that parents can track student
progress and achievement from home; monthly calendar; homework; "clickable"
chapter vocabulary words with proper pronunciation; sample chapter dialogues
performed by students; links to Spanish language and music sites; student-produced
"virtual tours" of Searles and Great Barrington, narrated
in Spanish, for sharing with Mexican and Spanish "pal" schools.
Monument Mountain, Grades 9-12, Dan Bouvier, 100 students. Teacher/student
designed web page for posting homework, class and individual projects,
self-correcting quizzes, and links of interest in the Spanish-speaking
Mole Web Page
Monument Mountain, Grades 11-12, Nancy King, 120 students. Chemistry
students, collaborating with Web Page Design students, will design a
page to explore the numeric value of the Mole "in all its splendor."
Students will interview working chemists, and chemistry students from
other districts will be invited to interact through this web page. Proposed
to serve as model for biology and physics classes' web pages.
the Web to Communicate with First Grade Parents
Housatonic Elementary School, Grade 1, Gloria Greaves, 11 students.
Create a web page to increase communication between home and school,
including displays of children's work, a seasonal newsletter, and a
composite of the progression of a year's work for each student.