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2021-2022 Teacher/School Grants

Below is a list of the Grants that have been approved for the 2021-2022 School Year.  These Grants are funded by the donations the Foundation receives.  

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           Mount Bethel Elementary School Foundation              
Teacher/School Grants for 2021-2022

Professional Training & Development

  • Orton-Gillingham Math Training for Kindergarten through Fourth Grades Teachers: OG Math is a multisensory approach that leads the student through small increments of understanding toward unifying themes in mathematics.

  • Orton-Gillingham Reading for All Teachers: OG Reading is a structured literacy approach. It introduces the idea of breaking reading and spelling down into smaller skills involving letters and sounds and then building on these skills over time.

  • Kagan Cooperative Learning for All Teachers: Kagan Structures are instructional strategies designed to promote cooperation and communication in the classroom, boost students' confidence, and retain their interest in classroom interaction.

  • Dyslexia Endorsement for Interested Teachers: Teachers take 3 10-week courses focused on the principles of structured literacy, the practice of structured language and literacy teaching, the rationale for multisensory and multimodal language-learning techniques, adaptations to accommodate individual differences, ph0nological and phonemic awareness, phonics and word recognition, automatic fluent reading of text, vocabulary, listening and reading comprehension, and written expression. 

  • Reading and Writing Strategy Resources by Jennifer Serravallo: These resource books contain 300 strategies in support of thirteen reading goals with each strategy cross-linked to skills, genres, and reading levels as well as a collection of strategies that span all aspects of the writing process, including all genres and modes of writing.

Student & Classroom Support

  • Sensory Hallway: A sensory path is a series of guided movements for kids to follow, shown by markings on the ground or walls. As students follow the path and complete the movements, they work off excess energy and develop their gross motor skills.

  • Acadience Learning Assessments: Acadience helps educators monitor reading proficiency across a variety of educational settings. By detecting when students need extra support, this tool helps teachers improve student outcomes.

  • SPIRE Decodable Readers: This robust library of 120 fiction and nonfiction decodable readers covers topics in science, social studies, and literature. Multiple reading selections for every concept allow students to apply new phonics skills to connected text.

  • Generation Genius Subscription: Generation Genius is a K-8 teaching resource that brings school science standards to life through fun and educational videos paired with lesson plans, activities, quizzes, and reading material. 

  • Blast Off to Reading:  This reading program is research-based, explicit, structured, easy-to-use, multisensory, and interactive. Lessons are structured so as not to be overwhelming and to instill confidence.

  • Speech Grant: Playground signs allow students with limited verbal abilities to communicate their wants and needs while outside on the playground and bring awareness for our neurotypical children to bridge the gap and increase their understanding of our students with communication needs. Three new iPads with Touch Chat and a Go Talk device allow students to communicate and interact with their peers and teachers.

Technology Updates

  • MBTV Updates: Our MBTV Room, which is used to film the morning announcements, has two new preview and output monitors, a new audio/visual mixer, new headphones to monitor sounds, a new camcorder, a new tripod with doily, a new teleprompter stand, and 3 new lapel microphones.

  • 30 iPads for the Learning Lab and the Learning Commons: Students in all grade levels use these iPads for research, original content creation, project publication on SeeSaw, and peer-to-peer collaboration both in the Learning Commons and the Learning Lab.

 

 

 

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Instructors

  • Technology Resource Coordinator: Shawn Lieth is an invaluable tool in education and technology for Mt. Bethel. Ms. Lieth keeps Mt. Bethel’s technology up and running by managing hundreds of tech devices on campus and manages the Learning Lab, where she prepares students to be 21st Century tech-savvy learners and spearheads initiatives to promote seamless technology integration into the classroom. Read more about Ms. Lieth here. 

  • STEAM Assistant: Melissa Pumpian provides invaluable support to the school, its students, and the teachers. She unifies Mt. Bethel’s STEM, Art, and Music programs as she coordinates and delivers all materials for schoolwide STEM days, preps materials for art projects and for the Art Show in the Spring, and assist with curriculum implementation in Specials classes. Read more about Ms. Pumpian here.

Beyond the Classroom

  • Field Day Inflatables and Dunk Tank: This was the first year Foundation ventured out of the school walls and into the fun outdoors. Foundation funded the ever-popular dunk tank and large inflatable obstacle courses and slides for Mt. Bethel’s annual Field Day. Showcasing a variety of physical skills and working together as a team with their classmates, Field Day was filled with excitement and lots of laughter as students successfully dunked teachers and principals into the tank of water!

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