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Classroom Grant Awards


2016

John Ruane, PTHS, $2,651
Shared grant between the Foundation and the District for Ipad mini tablets and software for game day sideline use and senior highlight film production.

Steve Vinton, PTHS, $1,799
For teleprompter to be used during morning announcement show sports and weather.

Cathy Suman, McCullough Elem., $1,365
For 3rd grade classroom enhancements, including stand-up desk and work stations.

Jamie Riston, Trafford MS, $3,400
For 6 new instruments to kick-off the TMS band instrument lending program.

Maria MacArthur, Sunrise Elem., $147
For white boards and supplies to enrich Daily 5 practice skills.

Eric Nese, McCullough Elem., $550
For Smart TV for 3rd grade social studies enrichment.

Jen Haberberger, PTHS, $2,100
Shared grant between the Foudation and the District for portable room dividers/art display boards.

Lisa Konopka, McCullough Elem., $958
For 2nd grade Imagination Station classroom design enhancements.

Amy Babik, McCullough Elem., $792
For Ipad compatible OSMO game system for 2nd grade classroom.

Kelly Pratt, Harrison Park Elem., $501
For creating a hands-on STREAM Learning center in 2nd grade classroom.

Jeff Fox, Penn MS, $418
For Omnidirectional Microphones to be used in PMS chorus performances.

Kristy Giovannitti, Danielle Lebe, & Linda Kelly, Sunrise Elem., $1,084
For 1st grade reading enhancement area in classrooms.

Stacie Harnden, Sunrise Elem., $699
For 20 Edison Robot kits for use by K-2 students.

Tara Guerrieri, Stephanie Miller, & Kristy Hartman, Sunrise Elem., $1,918
For 60 MathShark hand-held games for 4th grade classroom use.

Stephanie Martini & Eric Crompton, PTHS, $638
For materials to construct picnic tables for Reading Sanctuary in high school courtyard.

Jason Davis, PTHS, $245
For perception inversion goggles and personality trait kit for use in AP Psychology course.

Katie Caruso, Harrison Park Elem., $179
For an Amazon Echo wireless speaker interactive device for 1st grade classroom.

Diana Hlavsa and Jana Belavic, Level Green Elem., $1,592
For 6 Ipad compatible OSMO kits and 2 Ipad AIR2 for use in 1st grade classrooms.

Heather Colgan, McCullough Elem., $555
Grant supported by the district for an Easi-Speak PRO US Recorder for use in speech therapy.



         



2015

 

Gigi Hetrick & Leslie Santicola, Penn-Trafford High School, $1488

For the purchase of two new novels for a new literature module employing the use of history & mayhem.

 

Lisa Konopka, McCullough Elementary, $207

For the purchase of organizational materials and a 1 year subscription to Grammorpolis.

 

Brandon Pyles, Penn Middle School, $3740

For the purchase of musical instruments to offer a musical opportunity to students in need.

 

Lauren Traill, All Elementary Schools, $525 plus $525 match from PTSD

To bring Character Education/bullying program to all elementary schools.

 

Linda Kelly, Sunrise Elementary, $402

For the purchase of Easi speak sound station & recorders for the development of language and speaking skills.

 

Kristy Giovannitti, Danielle Lebe & Stephanie Miller, Sunrise Elementary, $422

For the purchase of 20 boogie boards to be used by this 1st grade teaching team.

 

David Spudy, Sunrise Elementary, $147

For the purchase of subscription to Zaption used to enrich video based learning.

 

Patricia Kearns, Sunrise and McCullough Elementary Schools, $1351

For the purchase of 10 additional kits to expand the Robo Notes project in which students design and build their own musical instruments.

 

Stephanie Miller, Sunrise Elementary, $376

For the purchase of Wireless Eggspert & digital video recorders for this 1st grade class.

 

Katie Datz, Penn Middle School, $1115

For the purchase of materials needed to construct a bubble tower as part of the multi-sensory room.

 

Samantha Carney, Penn-Trafford High School, $1489

For the purchase of equipment needed for new science module featuring an emission spectra laboratory.

 

Christine Chesky, Harrison Park Elementary Librarian, $624

For the purchase of classics to enrich the classic reading challenge program.

 

Kristy Hartman, Sunrise Elementary, $455

For the purchase of books to create novel library for K-2 novel reading groups.

 

Scott Mickey, McCullough Elementary, $2966

For the purchase of SPERO STEAM Interactive Engineering Robots for 3rd grade math and science enrichment.

 

Maria MacArthur, Sunrise Elementary, $304

For materials needed for creating a dedicated classroom reading area.

 

Samantha Redinski, Penn-Trafford High School, $964

For the purchase of materials needed for new science module featuring forensic ballistics.

 

Kim Stefkovich, Penn-Trafford High School, $169

For the purchase of Hire & Fire decision making simulation software for use in business management class.

 

Amber Urick, Sunrise Elementary, $1122

For the purchase of Lego Story Starter kits for building language and creative writing skills.

 

Heather Colgan, McCullough Elementary, $250

For the purchase of vocabulary photo cards used in student speech & language therapy sessions.



2014

Amy Damaska, Level Green Elementary School, $306
For Learning Center and Easi-Speak Sound Station to enhance fluency and literacy skills in her second-grade class

Rick Steele, Penn Middle School, $3,258

For a 3-D printer to be used in the Design and Modeling class

Maureen Harris & Kristine Theys, Penn-Trafford High School, $325
For the High School Read 180 class field-trip expenses

Patricia Kearns, Sunrise and McCullough Elementary Schools, $1,455
For RoboNotes project in which students design and build their own musical instruments


Cindy Dutt & Lynn Eckberg, Trafford Middle School, $180
For hands-on circuits to be used in foundation circuitry science lessons

Jeff Newsome, Penn-Trafford High School, $1,600
For upgrades to robot CPUs and controllers used by the Robotics Competition Team

Lisa Konopka, McCullough Elementary School, $1,343
For the creation of a community classroom design in her second-grade classroom

Mark Romeo, Penn-Trafford High School, $3,258
For 3-D printer to be used in the newly developed College CAD and Engineering Concepts class

John Milavec, Penn Middle School, $4,952
For new technology for hands-on science lab experiments to be shared among all science classes


Pat Konopka, Penn-Trafford High School, $1,000
For a color printer and supplies for creating Human Anatomy & Physiology class projects

Linda Kelly & JoAnne Gates, Sunrise Elementary School, $228
For a multimedia player/records to be used for reading and language enrichment activities





2013


Jennifer Haberberger, Penn-Trafford High School, $500
For sponsorship of the PT Alumni in the Arts program that brings back Penn-Trafford alumni to the high school to speak about their careers in art

Amber Urick, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $782
For 30 ProFit balls to be used as standard chair alternatives in the "Get the Wiggles Out" program

Breann Haywood & Jena Huffman, Level Green Elementary School, $484
For equipment for the life skills/autistic-support classroom to develop fine motor skills

Dawn Brady, Sunrise Estates Elementary School $483
For marker board/dry erase tables for increased engagement in student activities

David Spudy, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $439
For 20 catapult kits for a hands-on project to support physics concepts

Kathleen Scharf, Level Green Elementary School, $299
For professional resource "Speech Buddies" designed to assist children with overcoming speech difficulties

Eric Reger, Penn-Trafford High School, $249
For an HD camera for enhanced data analysis in the physics lab, and improved collaboration and data sharing

Stephanie Miller, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $142 
For 24 dry erase boards with markers for demonstration of daily work and idea sharing

Jodi Weismann, Trafford Elementary School, $125
For Apple TV for integration of iPad applications, websites and videos into daily classroom activities

Stephanie Giannikas, Trafford Elementary School, $139
For two Easi-Speak USB Recorders for use with reluctant readers and speakers to assess fluency and speech

Lauren Traill, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $1,060
For two sets of Counseling Resource Library loaning materials to support students and families through life events

Phillip Moses, Penn-Trafford High School, $7,000
For new student desks and chairs to create a 21st-century classroom to facilitate active inquiry/participation and project-based activities

Melissa Candee, Harrison Park Elementary School, $650
For professional resources "Writing Steps for Success" to aid students with learning disabilities in the writing process

Nicholas Lynn, Penn-Trafford High School, $599
For 20 flip cameras to develop an interactive global studies projects

Tom Monzo Jr., Level Green Elementary School, $800
For aquarium supplies to support existing aquarium and pond area in classroom

Maria MacArthur, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $961
For 65 copies of "The Invention of Hugo Cabaret" as a new reading unit for the entire third grade

Katie Datz, Penn Middle School, $1,060
For AccuCut machine for centerpiece of new life skills classroom workshop

Jeff Newsome, Penn-Trafford High School, $1,000
For Vex Protobot Kit with battery pack and Accessory Parts for Robotics Competition Team

Stacie McDermott, Harrison Park Elementary School, $535   
For Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program for use with dyslexic students









2012

Jamie Witek, Trafford Elementary School, $2,200
For four iPads-3s and Belkin Rockstar multi-headphone splitting device and accessories for enhancement of individual and small-group lessons on reading fluency, listening skills and math practice

Dave Babik, Penn-Trafford High School, $650
For the Trout in the Classroom program that brings a Pennsylvania cold-water conservation program of raising brook trout to his high school science class

Steve Vinton, Penn-Trafford High School, $825
For video and media equipment for the high school video department

Kathy Kelly-Garris, Penn Middle School, $935
For the "Increasing Student Achievement using Flip Video" proposal that included a Flip Video Mobile Lab consisting of HD video-camcorders, tripods, software and other support resources for use in developing student language-arts projects

Melissa Wise, Joanne Gates, Nancy Ferguson & Linda Kelly; Sunrise Estates Elementary School; $1,199
For Marker Board tables in each second-grade classroom to enhance one-on-one and small-group instruction in all areas of the curriculum

Dave Spudy, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $427
 For the "That Screen Cast Was a Blast" proposal that included screen-casting software titled Camtasia used to create online student tutorials, and for classroom furniture to enhance project-based learning

Cathy Dettore, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $125
For the "Exercise in the Classroom" proposal that included hand-held weights (for each child) to be used to enhance physical-activity levels in the first-grade classroom

Kathleen Scharf, Harrison Park Elementary School, $165
For a communication program titled "Non Verbal Communication Trio" for students experiencing difficulties with expressing and understanding social/pragmatic language skills

Kelly Keilbach, Vivian Light, Kelly Pratt & Shannon Smith; Harrison Park Elementary School; $700
For the "Discovery the Joy of Reading" proposal that included resources that will allow this second-grade team to implement a comprehensive flexible-grouping reading program

Janna Belavic, Jena Huffman & Charles Baumgarner, Level Green Elementary School; $1,107
For the Level Green Student News Broadcast program titled "What's News at Level Green?" which will be a student-led newsroom designed to enhance communication and technology skills. (Penn-Trafford School District to purchase a new MacBook Pro for the pilot project.)

Charles Gates and Ryan Tucek, Penn-Trafford High School; $750
For new full-dome planetarium show for the high school planetarium and Astronomy Club. (Grant amount was matched by Penn-Trafford School District.)

Devon Vaia, Harrison Park Elementary School, $799
For two iPad2s for use in the Warrior Workshop, a newly created classroom where students can learn math through hands-on experience, one-on-one lessons, group projects and interactive lessons using technology.

Janice Skoretz, McCullough Elementary School, $660
For 10 interactive technology devices called RIP Boogie Boards for use in all areas of the second-grade curriculum allowing for immediate concept assessment and feedback. (Grant amount was matched by Penn-Trafford School District.)




2011

Jason Davis, Penn-Trafford High School, $500
For Soldiers and Sailors Footlocker Speaker program. Local veterans will come to the high school on Veterans Day to speak to the students and present war-era artifacts

Steve Vinton, Penn-Trafford High School, $845
For Smith Victor Studio Lighting Kit to be used in all levels of Video class to teach and demonstrate proper lighting techniques

Dave Spudy, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $525
For 15 Boogie Boards (portable electronic writing tablets) to facilitate hands-on interaction by students at their desks. This technology works in tandem with the SMART board and SMART slate technologies in the classroom. The foundation awarded 10 Boogie Boards to this classroom in 2010.

Charles Gates and Ryan Tucek, Penn-Trafford High School, $1,500
For a full-dome movie for the newly refurbished planetarium within the high school. Viewings are available to all district classes, as well as the community
     
Lynn Eckberg, Stacy Lamanna, Brandy Lockwood & Nicole Popovich; Trafford Middle School; $1,400
For a Flip Video Mobile Lab Kit that will allow this collaborative group of teachers to enhance the production of both individual and group projects with a public speaking focus. The flip cameras awarded in 2010 through the foundation.

Jamie Shaffer, Trafford Elementary School $1,050
For three SMART Slates to be incorporated into everyday lessons, especially the math curriculum. These wireless handheld boards allow students to interact with the SMART board already in use in the classrooms.

Kellie Walker, Trafford Middle School, $1,500
For three Proform ZT3 treadmills to enhance the physical education curriculum on the benefits of personal fitness and lifetime goal setting through individualized walk/run goals

Kathleen Scharf, Harrison Park and Level Green Elementary Schools, $300
For the "Focus on Fluency" program to improve disfluency and stuttering in students receiving speech therapy




2010
*A special thank-you to the Penn Trafford Adult Education (PTAE) organization for their generous donation.
These funds were directed to support technology initiatives in the classrooms.

Brandy Lockwood, Stacy Lamanna & Nicole Popovich; Trafford Middle School; $800

For I-Flips and batteries for language arts and social studies projects

E. Nese, Penn-Trafford High School, $340
For two Big Key Plus keyboards for visually impaired student support programs

B. Supernovich, Trafford Middle School, $500
For six handheld spellcheckers/dictionaries for "Spellchecker for Success" project

Kutchak, Lantz, Smith; Harrison Park Elementary School; $500
For a flip Mac recorder and an IPod Nano for the "Grow On and Read" project

J. Newsom, Penn-Trafford High School, $950
For Protobot robot kit and accessories for the Warriors Robotics Team

Dave Spudy, Sunrise Estates Elementary School, $1,050
For two SMART Slates (electronic slates) and multimedia player