P.O. Box 684 - Bernardsville - New Jersey - 07924
Ipads In The Classroom (Spring, 2013) – SHEF funded the purchase of 8 I pad minis, cases and appropriate apps for use in the Bedwell Computer lab. At each grade level apps are purchased to support curriculum content and the I pads are used for classroom projects as well as technology lab projects.
Reading Workshop Leveled Library (Fall, 2012) – SHEF funded the purchase of a set of leveled books for the first grade teachers who are piloting the Columbia Teachers College Readers Writers reading workshop. The classroom set of books is designed to meet many reading levels and serves 40 students. The books will be used by all 1st team teachers in the future as more teachers become trained in this new model.
Bedwell Builders (Fall, 2012) – The Bedwell Builders Club for 3rd and 4th grade students uses Lego kits (robotics, famous structures, Mars Rover and digital designer) to explore design and helps foster interest in the middle school robotics club. Kits are also incorporated into classroom lessons.
Digital Storytelling for Young Learners (Fall, 2012) – Through the purchase of an Ipad, keyboard and VGA adapter this SHEF grant has funded the introduction of an educational technique called Digital Story Telling. Digital Storytelling combines the art of storytelling and writing with a variety of digital media (images and sound). This can inspire and motivate students to become more proficient writers and the digital stories can be used across the curriculum.
Digital Work Display (Spring, 2013) - SHEF funded the purchase of a wireless TV connect device that enables teachers to display student work, that has been stored digitally.
Who In The World Am I? (Fall, 2012) - This SHEF grant funded the purchase of DVD's depicting the culture and lifestyles of Spanish speaking countries. By viewing these videos students will become more aware of current global diversity.
Where Did We Come From? (Fall, 2012) – Bernardsville Middle School students are taught a lesson on immigration and culture, asking each student to research their families own immigration story and the country and culture from where they came. Materials purchased through this SHEF grant allow the students to preserve these stories in a binder that is kept in the middle school library for all students to access.
Tessellation Station (Spring, 2013) - SHEF’s grant funded the purchase of tessellating monkey magnets for BHS geometry classes. The tessellating magnets will be incorporate into lesson plans, encouraging students to learn more about this facet of geometry.
Teaching Passion Through Portfolios (Spring, 2013) – This SHEF grant funded the purchase of display books to be used in the creative writing classes for student portfolios. Creating writing portfolios is a very effective educational strategy as it inspires students to create their best work, thereby strengthening their writing skills.
Digital Photography in Lab Science Classes (Fall, 2012) – SHEF funded the purchase of digital photography equipment to enhance BHS science lab courses, providing students lab experiences and lab reporting options currently being used in college courses and by practicing scientists. Additionally these cameras allow students to prepare digital lab portfolios which are increasingly required for college applications.
Exploring the Ancient World at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Fall, 2012) - 12 ESL students traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to participate in a cross-disciplinary field trip. This trip compliments the World History curriculum, math curriculum, and exposes students to the learning opportunities of NYC.
Inspiration, Motivation and Composition: Percussion Ensemble Artistry & Performance with Michael Eagle - (Spring, 2013) – This SHEF grant will facilitate the creation of a percussion ensemble for middle school and high school percussionists. Conventional percussion in the school setting rarely showcases the percussionist and only allows for a few parts for a large number of students. A percussion ensemble would engage all percussion students at a new level, would encourage original compositions and will culminate in a performance at the spring band concert.
Family Sing - (Spring, 2013) – Nick Page, a nationally sought after composer and choral conductor will come to The Somerset Hills School District for a 2-day workshop to work with all the district choruses, culminating with a concert at which all the choruses (grade 3-12) will sing together and including a “family sing” for the audience.
Golden Prom - (Spring, 2013) – The BHS Key club holds a Golden Prom for local seniors and BHS students. This SHEF donation facilitates the purchase of decorations and supplies by the student organizers.
Rachel's Challenge, Chain Reaction of Kindness and Compassion (Fall, 2012) - SHEF funded the purchase of supplies to complete the Chain of Kindness and Compassion activity as part of the Rachel's Challenge program
Summer Reading Blast (Fall, 2012) - The Bernardsville Public Library works in conjunction with the school district librarians to select summer reading lists for the middle and high schools. This SHEF Grant funds the purchase of additional titles from the summer reading list to ensure that there is adequate supply to meet the needs of all students.