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RHAM Education Foundation Announces 2014 Grants Awards

 

The RHAM Education Foundation is pleased to announce its Grant Awards and Recipients for the 2014 - 2015 Academic Year. The Grants Awards Program is open to all RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School Faculty. The RHAM Education Foundation Grants Program supports academic excellence and promotes innovation and enrichment in both teaching and learning.
The RHAM Education Foundation extends a very sincere thank you to its business and community sponsors for their continued generous support which helped make these grants possible and to its dedicated volunteers without whom the Foundation’s efforts would not be possible.
The RHAM Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to the advancement of educational excellence through initiatives that promote innovation, enrichment and lifelong learning for both students and the greater community.

 

The Foundation is open to all members of the community and welcomes your participation, ideas and involvement. Please join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 7:00 PM in the Principal’s Conference Room at RHAM High School. Persons interested may call John Grasso, President, at 860-295-8161.

 

The 2014 - 2015 Awards and Recipients are as follows:
“The Virtual Business Management Online Simulation License” Grant awarded to Mr. Tim Landry of the RHAM High School Technology Education Department will provide approximately sixty-five students in Management Principles classes the opportunity through direct online access both at RHAM and remotely to engage in real world scenarios which will provide a direct connection to management functions as they relate to business operations as they exist today through lessons simulating higher order thinking and a focus on specific aspects of operational elements of business management.
Similarly awarded sequential online simulation license grants evidenced outstanding success with RHAM students utilizing significantly enhanced depth and breadth learning and understanding and through which, ultimately, teams of twenty DECA students from Management Principles classes successfully competed in 2012 in both state and national competitions placing first in Connecticut and fourth nationally.
“The iPads for the Classroom” Grant awarded to Ms Danielle Mooney and Mr. Eric Protulis of the Special Education Department at RHAM Middle School will provide Special Education students the opportunity to experience, explore and access learning through the use of a variety of alternative, interactive enrichment materials through visuals, touch and auditory sources and applications. In addition to use during direct instruction, the technology will provide for personalized student participation, involvement and improvement at all skill levels and abilities. Each student will have access to technology and applications tailored to individual, unique learning needs and educational plans to further enhance a positive learning environment.
“The Interdisciplinary Puppetry Study” Grant awarded to Ms Beverly Fisher of the RHAM High School Art Department and Mrs. Margaret Clifton of the RHAM High School English Department will provide the opportunity for the enhanced study of puppetry and performance involving students in grades 9 - 12 in both Sculpture and Drama Classes. This collaborative project will build upon and expand the study and production of set design, puppet creation, writing and performance through the opportunity to fund a visiting artist to work with students and faculty in both disciplines facilitating cross-curricular instruction. This grant will also provide the opportunity for students to view a puppetry performance by the UCONN Puppetry Program students, to visit the Ballard Museum of Puppetry on the UCONN campus which “promotes the art of puppetry as a 21st Century art form with deep historic and global roots’,
and will provide for the purchasing of supplies and props to be utilized in the initial year and in future productions.
“The Community Emergency Response Team/Video Production Trailer” Grant awarded to Mr. Paul Bancroft of the RHAM High School Applied Technology Department in cooperation with fundraising efforts and additional community co- sponsors will assist with the funding of the replacement of the current thirty-three year old RHAM Video Truck with a trailer which will provide space for all video production support as well as additional space for the student Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, operations.
“The RHAM Video Production Club is open to all RHAM students and is the cornerstone of all advanced video work at RHAM High School. The Video Production Club tapes live auditorium productions and sports events which are often broadcast on local public-access television.” The RHAM Community Emergency Response Team, CERT, members complete training to join CERT and provide assistance to the greater RHAM Community and to first responders in times of emergency. Some of the emergencies to which CERT has responded since its formation have included, but are not limited to, two hurricanes, a massive power outage, rescue efforts, food and water distribution, and assisting with a town emergency operations center.

 

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RHAM Education Foundation Announces 2013 Grants Awards

The RHAM Education Foundation is pleased to announce its Grants Awards and Recipients for the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year. The Grants Awards Program is open to all RHAM Middle School and RHAM High School faculty. The RHAM Education Foundation Grants Program supports academic excellence and promotes innovation and enrichment in both teaching and learning.

The RHAM Education Foundation extends a sincere thank you to its business and community sponsors for their continued generous support that helped make these grants possible.

 

The 2013 - 2014 Awards and recipients are as follows:

"The Children Who Changed the World" Grant awarded to Mr. Brian Merrill of the RHAM Middle School Art Department will allow approximately seventy-five to one hundred seventh and eighth grade art students to participate in a year long exploration into young, creative minds that have deeply impacted the world culture in a variety of fields. Through this grant opportunity, historical research and hands-on artistic creations in printmaking as well as extension explorations in other media, students will discover that human achievement crosses age, gender and cultural boundaries and ultimately affects human history in countless positive ways.

"The Virtual Business -Sports & Entertainment 2.0 Simulation License" Grant awarded to Mr. Tim Landry of the RHAM High School Technology Education Department will provide approximately seventy students in Marketing Principles classes the opportunity through direct online access both at RHAM and remotely to engage in real world scenarios which will provide a realistic view into the world of business ownership and stadium operations through lessons simulating higher order thinking and a focus on specific aspects of operational elements of business management. A similarly funded RHAM Education Foundation Grant in 2011-2012 resulted in RHAM students experiencing a significantly enhanced depth and breadth of learning and in RHAM students finishing first in Connecticut and fourth nationally in the Virtual Business Restaurant national competition.

"The Vex Robotics" Grant awarded to Mr. George Deliman of the RHAM Middle School Technology Education Department will offer students the opportunity to explore the challenges faced in the career areas of science, technology, engineering and math, STEM, using the next generation of robot kits. Several aspects of robotics including the designing, building, programing and the functionality of robots in society today will explored. Vex Robotics encourages engineering principles, teamwork, leadership and problem solving and as robotics has become widely used in the world from medical to surgical procedures, to law enforcement to hazardous waste handling and more, our students exposure to robotics and STEM will better prepare them for their future world.

"The Making the College Connection" Grant awarded to Ms Joanne Prague Doyle of the RHAM High School Counseling Department will provide the Freshman Support Team the opportunity to create a cooperative college student mentor program with Eastern Connecticut State University for students on the Freshman Support Team. RHAM students will shadow their student mentors, learn about college opportunities, attend an informative and inspiring College Knowledge Day at the University and better understand the power and potential for growth, making the connection that success in high school is a bridge to future success.

"The Sensory Room" Grant awarded to Ms. Danielle Mooney and Mr. Eric Protulis of the Special Education Department at RHAM Middle School will provide equipment for a sensory room at the Middle School for use by students with special needs. The room and sensory equipment will afford the opportunity for sensory breaks within a place to re-settle, find re- direction, and re-engage to be academically and positively engaged and successful within the classroom.

The RHAM Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation dedicated to the advancement of educational excellence through initiatives that promote innovation, enrichment and lifelong learning for both students and the greater community. The Foundation welcomes the involvement and support of parents, alumni, businesses and residents of Hebron, Andover and Marlborough. Interested persons may call John Grasso, President, at 860-295-8161.

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RHAM Education Foundation Grants Recipients

Left to Right: Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Siminski, Mr. Tim Landry, Ms Danielle Mooney, Ms Joanne Prague Doyle, Mr. Brian Merrill, Mr. George Deliman

2012 Grants

Ms Beth Calderoni and Ms Jennifer Person of the RHAM Special Education/STEP Program were awarded a grant to fund a variety of group-based activities, parent support programs, and behavior management incentives.

Mr Jared Clifton of the RHAM High School Social Studies Department was awarded a grant to augment instruction of U.S. History through the integration of instructional “apps” available through the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, and the Military Channel, with connectivity to the classroom Smart Board.  

Ms Beverley Fisher of the RHAM High School Art Department was awarded a grant to allow her students to participate in a full day drawing workshop with faculty members of the Lyme Academy College of Art. Note: Implementation of this project is deferred to 2013.

Mr Tim Landry of the RHAM High School Technology Education Department was awarded a grant to acquire 30 site licenses allowing implementation of the Virtual Business-Restaurant simulation program in the Principles of Business Management classes.  

Mr Richard Staron of the RHAM High School Science Department was awarded a grant to allow the chemistry section of the 9th grade science curriculum to participate in glassmaking through supplies and instruction obtained from Jamestown Glasshouse, which teaches the glassmaking process which was commercially successful in colonial Virginia. The project merges science, art, and history instruction.