FOCRLS Faculty Innovation Grants Awarded for 2015 (2/12/2015)

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Please join Friends of CRLS in congratulating our latest Faculty Innovation Grants awardees! (See list below.) These grants provide funds to enrich curriculum and provide services for (and by) CRLS students.

To date, 150 teachers, counselors, librarians, club advisors, and administrators have received grants of up to $1,000 each for enhancements in every department of CRLS and RTSA.

The experiences, materials, and improvements provided have made a difference in the education of an estimated 7,500 students!

We thank our many donors — family, friends, alumni, and business leaders — for supporting the power of the ideas of our exemplary CRLS educators.

2015 FOCRLS Faculty Grantees:

Nicole Hart, Instructional Technology Specialist, and Ginny Berkowitz, Media Arts Manager – “The CRLS Legacy Project: An Interactive Portrait of Cambridge’s 366 Year-old Public High School”
to “create an interactive online experience that will capture the past, present, and future of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.”

Conrad Hauck, Engineering Instructor, RSTA – “Funding for 2015 FIRST Robotics Team 97”
to help students “surpass the achievements of last year and anticipate increasing popularity in our robotics team due to our success.”

Kimberly Parker, English Teacher – “The Achievement Gap Literacy Initiative”
to “increase the literacy outcomes of CP 10 English students through the creation of a robust classroom library.”

Jennifer Sarmiento, English Teacher/Advisor, Literary Arts Magazine – “CRLS Literary Arts Magazine”
to create a magazine in which CRLS writers and artists can showcase their work and to make copies of this magazine affordable to students.

Elisabeth Macias, World History Teacher – “Funding for CRLS Model Congress”
in which “students will learn how to think globally, respond to moral or ethical dilemmas, and present their arguments in a clear, informed manner.”

Kate Greene, Special Education Teacher, High School Extension Program – “HSEP Community Building”
to increase attendance among students who have struggled for success by “encouraging them to take a leadership role in building a positive school community.”

Douglas Carey, Carpentry Teacher – “Rolling Planters for Physically Disabled Nursing Home Residents”
in which carpentry students will develop the skills to plan, budget, and complete the project and then donate the planters to nursing home residents, enabling them to grow flowers and vegetables.

Marlin Kann, History Teacher – “Beacon Hill’s African American History Experience”
in which 39 tenth graders in AP US History, who have demonstrated commitment to this demanding class, will have a fun, educational event “engaging and expanding their own historical understandings” and being introduced to archeology.

Jack Haverty, Senior Class Advisor – “Prom Funding Needs”
to make prom tickets available to 25 low-income seniors at half-price to bring inclusiveness to this community-building celebration of years spent together.

Jesse Kaplan, Office of Student Support – “Food for Thought: Providing Healthful Snacks to Improve Student Achievement”
to nourish students in self-contained academic classes who do not have access to other nutritional resources.

Congratulations to our awardees and thank you for energizing the CRLS experience for students!

Thank you to our many generous donors who made these grants possible!