P.O. Box 684 - Bernardsville - New Jersey - 07924
Your generous donations to SHEF over the past 16 years have made the following teacher-initiated mini-grants possible. These programs directly benefit the students in each school by fostering creativity and promoting excellence in our community’s classrooms.
Get Moving - Get Healthy NJ (Spring 2012) - A program through The Somerset County 4H, Get Moving Get Healthy encourages students to be active and healthy during the summer months. All kindergarten classes will participate during May. The program teaches exercises and activities as well as healthy food and drink choices.
Growing with Kids (Spring 2012) - The first graders will plant, care for and harvest flowers and vegetables in a greenhouse in the center courtyard at Bedwell, complementing the life science curriculum.
Elmo Document Camera (Spring 2012) - 3 Elmo document Cameras will be purchased to be used by all fourth grade classes. The cameras allow teachers to model and demonstrate content using visual cues.
We Go for Nat Geo (Spring 2012) - As a result of their work with the SHEF sponsored Columbia Readers/Writers Program, the 4th grade team has identified a need to introduce more non-fiction reading into their curriculum. SHEF is funding the purchase of one year subscriptions to National Geographic Explorer to provide reading groups the opportunity to work with non-fiction material.
Trees – Seasons of Change (Fall 2011) - Purchase supplies and pay a naturalist to lead classes on trees throughout the seasons for all kindergarten classes.
From the Garden to the Kitchen (Fall 2011) - Fund supplies and materials to build garden beds at Bedwell. Students will grow plants and vegetables, draw and study them and harvest the food to be used in the cafeteria.
Believe to Succeed (Spring 2011) - Purchase posters and materials for a bulletin board to celebrate people with disabilities.
Shakespeare Live! (Fall 2010) - Fund the Shakespeare Theater of NJ to perform A Midsummer Night's Dream for all Grade 2-4 students in the BES multi-purpose room. This would complement enrichment curriculum and afford Bedwell students an opportunity to see Shakespeare performed on stage.
Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman (Fall 2010) - Fund the New Perspectives Theatre Group to perform Steal Away: The Living History of Harriet Tubman, an assembly that will enhance the students studies of the underground railway as well as give them a rich historical and cultural experience.
Environmental Art Education (Spring 2010) - Using newly purchased aquariums and vivariums students will research, study, draw, paint and sculpt the flora and fauna in the classroom setting. Students will document the naturally occurring changes in these environments through the use of sketch books and other artistic medium. Additionally the Somerset County Environmental Center will assist in maintenance of the aquariums as well as speak to students about environmental issues.
Yes to Yoga (Spring 2010) - Fund yoga mats, yoga DVDs for kids, and a yoga instructor for three days to work with all students K-4 PE classes, with the intent that the breathing and stretching techniques to deal with stress, anxiety and conflict, would be introduced and modeled by a professional and then further taught in future PE classes.
Friend of Ed (Fall 2009) - Purchase T-shirts, miscellaneous props and kid friendly video camera for filming of model character behavior of all students, by 21 BES students representing fourth grade. This group will serve as models, voices, and liaisons for BES character education program, giving the state acclaimed program a "Student" perspective.
Dive into the Ocean (Fall 2009)- Fund supplies for a cooperative, environmental education learning experience for Kindergarten through Grade 4 students by creating a 3D ocean under the guidance of Related Arts teachers, with a debut on Golden Guest Day.
Forging the Future of Fitness (Spring 2012) - Crossfit is a fitness program that can be utilized by all fitness levels and encourages individual success and increased fitness. SHEF provided funding for Level 1 Crossfit training for the Physical Education staff.
Enhancing Physical Education at BMS (Fall 2011) - Purchase a video projector and screen to enable the physical education teachers to provide large group instruction.
Survivors Speak (Spring 2011) - Fund books and presenter to speak to all 5th grade classes on the holocaust.
Composition & Inspiration in the Classroom:The music of Larry Neeck (Spring 2011) - Funds the commissioned musical compostion by Larry Neeck for students to perform. Mr Neeck will write the pieces based on the skill level of BMS music students and will offer several workshops for the students.
Dancing Towards Health (Fall 2010) - The middle school gym will offer Zumba in gym classes. The physical education department is striving to move further in the direction of a comprehensive program that puts students on the path towards lifetime fitness.
Elements of Fiction in Music (Fall 2010) - 7th grade literacy students will learn about elements of fiction through the study of ballads. An i-pod dock will be purchased to enable the students to listen to the ballads they will be studying.
Heart Smart - See How it Flows (Fall 2010) - A display looking at risk factors for heart disease will located in the health office. This display will look at risk factors such as inactivity, cigarette smoking and diabetes and how these risk factors stem from habits developed in childhood. This display will be available for all health classes as well as.
Reading Brings Characters to Life (Spring 2010) - Purchase services of local muralist Nancy Peer to paint a large wall mural in BMS media Center that BMS students will design and choose appropriate quotes for. This artwork will promote reading and contribute to a student centered Media Center.
Theatre House Theatrical Supplies(Fall 2009) - Purchase needed theatre supplies including ear worn microphones, Followspot spotlight with tripod and a special effects Gobotron spotlight for BMS dramatic productions.
Living Voices: The Holocaust (Fall 2009) - Host Living Voices, an interactive Holocaust production, at BMS to complement Gr. 5 Team Literacy unit.
Keeping it Nutritious in the BMS Cafeteria (Fall 2009) - Purchase laminated, engaging posters and acrylic poster protectors to disseminate nutritional and hygiene information to BMS students in the cafeteria. Posters are geared toward middle school and focus on portion distortion, bottled drinks, and trans fats.
Expanded Spectrophotometry Program (Spring 2012) - SHEF funded the purchase of 3 and the repair of 2 Spectrophotometers. This instrument, often used at the college level and in industry, are used in the AP and honors chemistry, AP biology and AP environmental sciences classes to measure the concentration of chemicals in solutions based on optical absorption.
BHS Intergenerational Golden Prom (Spring 2012) - Continue funding of supplies - decorations, gifts, publicity and mailing for the 3rd annual BHS Key Club Golden Prom to promote intergenerational interaction between high school students and the Somerset Hills senior citizen community.
Fitness Gram (Fall 2011) - Fund a fitness based computer program that will allow each students to create and fitness plan and monitor their progress.
Robotics Club (Spring 2011) - Purchase equipment and pay registration fees for club to compete in the FIRST robotics competition.
BHS Intergenerational Golden Prom (Fall 2010) - Continue funding of supplies - decorations, gifts, publicity and mailing for the 3rd annual BHS Key Club Golden Prom to promote intergenerational interaction between high school students and the Somerset Hills senior citizen community.
BHS Mathathon (Fall 2010) - The BHS Math League will sponsor a school wide Mathathon. This event will be open to all BHS students and will also be a fundraiser. The Mathathon will foster a spirit of fun in mathematics and will allow students to apply their math skills in a unique way to raise funds for a selected charity.
Project Flip for Video (Spring 2010) - Fund 10 flip video cameras and one new mini MAC to obtain footage and enable editing for creation of broadcasts with footage from the variety of activities, sports and other co-curriculars at BHS to the BHS TV-Channel. 5 cameras & other eqpt funded.
BHS on Display (Spring 2010) - Purchase portable displays (Pro Panel Packs) to safely showcase student artwork and photography in various locations-PAC, Starbucks, Bernardsville library, YMCA, etc. promoting individual student art, as well as the BHS arts programs.
Eureka! Apply Your Imagination! (Spring 2010) - Purchase supplies and fund transportation for BHS Math League contest for Grade 3 enriched math students to promote interaction among math students and have a mathematical experience in a fun and exciting format. Expand to include more students.
Cano Scan 9950F (Spring 2010) - Purchase scanner, to be used by TNT students (required Freshman course) for graphic design projects, as well as any student or staff member who needs access to a scanner.
Inspired Learning in STEM (Fall 2009) - Purchase access to the Futures Channel, library of 5 minute video vignettes that make real life connections to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), including careers. Once purchased can be shared through the school website with other departments to use beyond Algebra and Geometry students.
Shared Partnership (Fall 2011) - SHEF & Friends of the Bernardsville Library: Audio books will be purchased to support the curriculum of the Somerset Hills School District.
The Mask Messenger (Fall 2011) - All middle school students and select high students will have the opportunity to see Performance of Ontario's Faustwork Mask Theatre. This program ties together social studies and language arts to bring a collection of handmade masks to life. Students learn of the historical, cultural and social uses of masks.
COWS Cords (Spring 2010) - Puchase 20 replacement cords/AC adapters for COW carts due to wear and tear.
Shared Partnership-School District Curriculum Support (Fall 2009) - Friends of Bernardsville Library will match a grant from SHEF to purchase books to enhance and support district initiatives such as the battle of the books, author visits, college prep, exam prep etc.
Monster Projects (Fall 2009) - Purchase supplies to facilitate a bookmaking project with BHS juniors and Kindergarten students to emphasize Character Education traits of respect, kindness and acceptance, the elements of storytelling, and promote cross grade level learning.
SHEF Teacher Recognition (Spring 2009) - Purchase 3 plaques, one for each school, to recognize Teachers of the Year, starting with 2000. (District is limited in funding due to new state regulations.)
An Intergenerational Prom (Fall 2008) - Purchase supplies, publicity, mailing costs and DJ for the 2nd annual golden prom, which involves BHS staff, over 60 students, members of the BHS Key Club, and senior citizen community members for an evening of dinner, dancing and conversation.
Keys to Performance (Fall 2008) - Phase 1 Yamaha Digital Contemporary Piano, 1 Yamaha Digital Stage Piano, 2 Keyboard stands, 2 Flight Ready Cases w/Caster and 1 Foot Pedal so electronic keyboards are available, accessible, and portable for the variety of on and off site district band, orchestra, and choral performances
NJASK On-Line Prep Through the Library (Fall 2008) - Purchase LUMOS online test prep site to provide all Grade 3 & 4 students and teachers at BES and Grades 5-8 students and teachers at BMS with access to test preparation for the NJASK 3,4,5,6,7,8 state assessments. LUMOS enables students to establish an online account which contains hundreds of practice questions, a diagnostic test, and 5 sample tests reflective of the NJASK. The program provides immediate feedback on strengths and weaknesses to students, teachers, and parents so students can reach the goal of proficiency and beyond.
Tech Tips (Spring 2007) - Purchase Camtasia Studios software to create video tutorials via email, web based, CD-ROM or DVD. Supplemental tutorials, lessons and training are a few uses of the audio and visually effective tool. This would purchase 15 licenses to be distributed throughout the district
SASI Safety Initiative - Handheld Student Database (Fall 2005) - Enhance district safety and parental communication in a crisis situation (or in future daily situations) with access to student data and parent contact information at a person's fingertips. Having SASI (student database) information on a handheld computer makes critical information portable from any location.
Family Literacy and Homework Audio/Visual Collection (Spring 2005) - Creation of Family Literacy and Homework Audio/Visual Collection that will support school curriculum
Go Grolier! (Fall 2004) - Grolier Online is an educational research tool, available by remote access, of which the core is 3 encyclopedias with various links to current events, atlases and literary links. BHS and BMS would include a complete Spanish encyclopedia
Chem. Demo Team (Fall 2003) - Updated and additional supplies for this multi-grade, multi-school outreach program. BHS chemistry students will continue to make presentations to eager elementary and middle school students throughout the district
The Anita Codey Tribute (Fall 2003) - Upon the retirement of BMS principal Anita Codey, 25 parents made contributions to SHEF in her name. We are pleased to announce the awarding of two grants that reflect Anita’s love of literature, art and innovative learning overall: a collection of selected picture books to extend the understanding of literary skills and devices, and Electronic Classroom Jeopardy! for BMS & BHS.