Funded Mini-Grant Projects

 

Project Title:  Weather Station
School: Northwood Elementary - District wide
Proposed by: Kelley O'Connell, Jeff Najder
Description:  The purpose of the project is to provide instructional resources involving weather and correlating Science units.  All grade levels K-6 will benefit from having a live and current weather station housed at Northwood Elementary School.  Students can view and analyze current temperatures, wind directions and speeds, rainfall, humidity, barometric pressure, precipitation rates and other various weather conditions.  The weather station unit can directly link all data to a website for classroom use on SMART boards, allowing for analysis and observation of trends, overtime with graphs for hours, days, weeks and months.  A live weather station would also allow Northwood to analyze and compare conditions with other locations such as the airport to compare and contrast the differences within close proximity to Lake Ontario.  The station will be linked with other schools  in the district.

Northwood has a licensed Meteorologist (Jeff Najder) from channel 13 on staff during the school day at Northwood.  Jeff Najder will collaborate on this project, serving as a resource and contributor to the project.  Northwood is a weather spotter station for channel 13 reporting weather conditions for the area.

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Project Title: Tortoise Grant
School: Merton Williams Middle School
Proposed by: Jamie Melos
Description: This mini grant would help the Middle School Life Skills Class work harder and learn about the responsibilities of not only caring for ourselves but others as well. It will also enable the classroom to study the habit and life cycle of a tortoise and other animals in science class.  Students will be assessed on their abilities to follow directions, responsibilities of caring for something other than ourselves and maintaining a clean and healthy environment for our class tortoise.  The class will stay together for three years and would embrace the opportunity to have a classroom pet. 
Date: 2015

Here are some pictures of all the hard work the kids and Mr. D'Augustino have put into the tortoise habitat:

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Project Title: Robotics Club
School: Village Elementary School
Proposed by: Angela Reichert
Target Group: All Elementary and Merton Williams
Purpose: The Village Elementary Robotics Club will participate in the First Lego Competition (FLL) in the Fall of 2014.  Students work together as a team to create and program a robot to complete a series of challenges.  The challenge topics are announced each year in August and are aligned to the STEM principles.  Students must program a robot to navigate through a themed playing field, develop a project to solve a real world problem and work together based on the FLL Core Values. Progress is measured by the number of challenges they complete each week
Date: 2013/2014
Funding: $700.00

 

 

Project Title: Coffee Cart
School: Merton Williams
Proposed by: Jamie Melos
Target Group: All Elementary Students
Purpose: to incorporate the special education students into our community at Merton Williams while working on basic life skills.  The students will manage a coffee cart that provides coffee, hot chocolate and tea to staff at Merton Williams.  They will be focusing on social skills as they help staff purchase their coffee.  Students will also focus on planning and preparation of coffee, counting money, and cleaning skills.  Funding will be used to buy materials.
Date: 2013/2014
Funding: $200.00

 

 

Project Title: Empty Bowls
School: Northwood, Village & Quest
Proposed by: Arianna D'Angelo
            Elementary Art Dept., Laurie Steele-Sperber, Arianna D'Angelo, Emilie Sears, & Samantha Powley
Purpose: Beautifully handcrafted bowls are now in homes all throughout the community after the incredibly successful Empty Bowls Project held at Village Elementary School on March 5. The event raised over $2,100 for the Hilton Cadet Cupboard, The Bridge of Rochester and Heifer International. Every third, fourth, fifth and sixth grader created a bowl to donate to the event.  Students at all three elementary schools created bowls from a variety of materials - clay, plaster, paper maché - some of which are useable and other just decorative. The proceeds from the event will be divided evenly between the three charities.  The event drew 600 guests and about 45 volunteers that included parents, staff, high school students, and Village fifth and sixth grade students. Students created a total of 1,200 bowls.
Date: 2014
Funding: $300

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Project Title: Battle of the Books
School: Quest/ Northwood
Proposed by: Stephanie Harney, Elementary Librarians
Target Group: Fifth and Sixth grade students
Purpose: This is the third year of the club.  The Goal of immersing fifth and sixth grade students from all three schools in a variety of literature and increasing fluency and comprehension through reading and discussing the text are the main objectives of this club.  Featured visiting author this year is Jarrett Krosoczka an author/graphic novelist of 20 books.  This opportunity will foster love for reading, an exploration of humorous realistic fiction and will give kids a chance to shine in a competitive setting in a non-sport event.
Date: 2012/2013
Funding: $500

Battle of the Books 2013 w/Jarrett Krosoczka. Click photo to view larger.

 

 

Project Title: Village Elementary School Food Link Backpack Program
School: Village Elementary
Target Group: Students in Need
Purpose: Millions of children everyday throughout the United States do not get fed at home either during the week or on the weekends. The Foodlink sponsored Backpack Program gives children the opportunity on a regular basis to have enough food to get them through the weekends at home. Village Elementary, in conjunction with the Food Service program at HCSD, has created the "Cadet Cupboard." Every Friday, children are discretely given food in their backpacks to last them for most of the weekend if not all. The food ranges from protein, fruits, veggies, grains and calcium. We are currently working with Wegmans and Foodlink as our main providers for the products.
Date: 2012/2013
Funding: $1000

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Project Title: EMT D
School: High School
Proposed by: Dawn George
Outcome: Here are some pictures of Tiffany and Mikayla in EMT class last week.  They have done a most wonderful job of learning the material and practicing their skills.
Date: June 2014
Funding: $422

 

Project Title: Battle of the Books
School: Quest/Village/Northwood
Proposed By: Stephanie Harney
Target Group: All Elementary students
Date: 2013/2014
Funding: $500.00
Purpose: This is the third year of the club.  The Goal of immersing fifth and sixth grade students from all three schools in a variety of literature and increasing fluency and comprehension through reading and discussing the text are the main objectives of this club.  Featured visiting author this year is Jarrett Krosoczka an author/graphic novelist of 20 books. This opportunity will foster love for reading, an exploration of humorous realistic fiction and will give kids a chance to shine in a competitive setting in a non-sport event.

 

Project Title: Annual Silver Nickel
School: Hilton High School
Proposed By: Julianne Gitsis
Target Group: All students at Hilton High School
Purpose: The Silver Nickel has been in existence since 1989-99 school year and is a showcase of student creative writing specifically poetry and short narratives.  The writing contest encourages students to write independently and submit their work to the publication.  The Advanced Digital Media classes also use the cover design as a project and student compete to have their design selected.  Cover designs are featured during the annual district Art Show.  The funding will be used to fund the writing contest.
Date: Continual since 2009
Funding: $250.00

 

Project Title: Principal's Checkbook
School: All Hilton Central School District Schools
Proposed By: Hilton Education Foundation
Target Group: Universal Pre-K through Grade 12
Purpose: Providing help to students in need
Date: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and ongoing
Funding: $1,000.00

 

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