BYRAM HILLS
EDUCATION FOUNDATION

PO Box 872   •   Armonk, NY 10504

Email: BHEF1@BYRAMHILLS.ORG

Phone: 914 273 4381 x1

Fax: 914 273 5240

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DETAIL BY SCHOOL

District Wide

2018 – 19

Wellness for Life: $66,222: The goal of these grants is to create healthy, happy, resilient, engaged and motivated learners and to give our children life-long emotional and social skills to help them succeed at school and future endeavors. Through the continued partnership with Stanford University’s Challenge Success program and other leading experts, this grant funds professional development for faculty and community resources for parents, as well as the following programs at each school:

  • Coman Hill* – Assemblies and workshops to assist children in developing emotional and social skills that will help them react, act and interact more mindfully.

  • HCC* - A program utilizing Student Voice Circles dedicated to shaping an emotionally healthy school climate.

  • BHHS – Continued partnership with Stanford University to provide professional development for teachers and parent education workshops, and to design and implement policies and practices that improve student well-being, academic engagement and success. 

*Supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

2017 – 18

Wellness Initiative: $180,886  This grant provides opportunities for all students to reach their highest potential as they grow academically, socially and emotionally in all four schools, including:

  • Coman Hill - an indoor Educational Playspace to be used year-round to enhance skills such as collaboration, creativity and problem solving.

  • Wampus - an outdoor Obstacle Course to provide an innovative and fun way for students to boost their physical and mental health.

  • HCC and BHHS - the Challenge Success program by Stanford University will assess student needs then utilize this feedback to develop an action plan to support students' emotional and physical wellness, including a new Wellness Lounge at each school where students can decompress, reflect and re-center themselves.

Generously co-funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund

 

2016 – 17

Library 2.0, Coman Hill, Wampus and H.C. Crittenden Middle School: $313,000:  The Library 2.0 grant transforms the library experience for all students at Coman Hill, Wampus and H.C. Crittenden. This exciting directed giving grant extends recent 21st Century learning grants and captures the power of media, technology and learning spaces. This grant integrates STEAM and Makers Spaces, updates presentation technology, utilizes active learning spaces, and connects the library and computer labs.

2015 – 16

Full STEAM Ahead!: $90,495:  To expand and accelerate the District’s STEAM Initiative, the BHEF recently approved the Full STEAM Ahead! grant valued at $90,495. This grant gives students of all academic levels in all four buildings exposure to coding, robotics, engineering, electronics and 3D modeling. A portion of this grant includes an investment in professional development to ensure seamless integration with the curriculum. This grant is generously supported by the BHEF and the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

STEAM Labs – Rethinking Learning Labs, H.C. Crittenden and BHHS: $156,000:  This grant funds the renovation of four (4) technology labs – two at HCC and two at BHHS – that have been made obsolete by the rapidly changing technology. By providing a 21st Century STEAM Lab that can easily be reconfigured to meet the needs of the class, this grant allows teachers to group students in a manner that best suits the instructional modality and application of learning. Each STEAM Lab will have height adjustable tables, ergonomic chairs, four (4) 48” LED TVs mounted around the room for small group work, a projector for large group presentations, shelving for storage and a comfortable soft seating area. The room will be controlled by a central control panel, providing specialized lighting and sound to promote an optimal learning environment. This environment will stimulate the 5C’s – Collaboration, Creativity, Communication, Critical Thinking and Community – by maximizing the use of space, furniture, decor and technology to promote 21st Century learning.

2012-13

BHEF Fast Path: Enabling Next Generation Technology:  This grant significantly expands network resources available throughout the District to support advancements in learning and technology innovations. This project broadens the capability of the District network infrastructure and exponentially increases bandwidth and connectivity to provide improved reliability and accessibility, and it prepares the District for future technological innovations. This grant provides students with reliable access to expanded learning opportunities, and supports opportunities to explore new technology resources and services - $136,579
 

eBooks for Byram Hills Libraries:  This grant funds the acquisition of a starter collection of Common Core and curriculum-aligned eBooks for all four school libraries. These eBooks are accessible through the BHEF-funded Byram Hills BobCat-alogfor check-out by students from home, in school, or on the move. The books may be read online on any computer, netbook or laptop, or they may be downloaded to some other mobile reading devices. eBook collections provide 24/7 access to valuable curriculum resources for all Byram Hills students in unlimited quantity. (eBooks for H.C. Crittenden is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.) - $45,000
 

Safe Multimedia for Students (Insta-Grant): $2,000:  This grant provides Byram Hills faculty, staff and students with access to a database of historical photos as well as images, photos and clipart that can be used with any presentation or project.

 

2011-12

Fun CPR Instruction:  This grant introduces approximately 1,500 students in grades one through eight to the cognitive information and skills necessary to perform this vital, life saving skill. The instruction will take place through the physical education department and will be conducted by certified instructors from Fun CPR Training® - $1,600

 

2010-11

Social Skills Development:  This grant supports a program focused on improving problem-solving skills for Special Education students who have been identified as having deficits in social and emotional functioning. The grant provides books, videos, games and other materials for psychologists to use in supplementing the Second Step curriculum already in use. The materials from this grant will enhance direct instruction of student empathy, emotional regulation skills, and social problem skills - $5,553

2009-10
Classroom Action Research Course: $19,800:  This grant will fund an in-service course for 12 teachers and administrators on Classroom Action Research. 


2008-09 
Senteo Interactive Response System:  This grant provides $61,995 for the initiation of a K – 12 pilot to implement the SenteoTM Interactive Response System. 

 
 

Byram Hills HS

 

2018 – 19

Internet of Things: $1,929: This grant funds Arduino microprocessor kits for use in various computer science classes, physics labs and engineering classes. The devices can be used to teach abstract mathematical principles as well as practical electronics. Generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

 

Place-based Experimental Learning: $2,426: This grant funds navigational and measurement tools to enable students to determine their own position on earth using sextants and surveyors.

 

Teaching for Artistic Behavior Summer Institute: $2,500: This grant funds professional development to acquire plans, tools and strategies to implement a choice-based art curriculum. Choice-based art education, and Teaching for Artistic Behavior are new ideas that are revolutionizing art education, enabling students to act and be treated as artists who direct their own learning and independently choose and explore art ideas.

Creating a Professional Photography Studio: $18,863: This grant restructures and equips the BHHS photography room with a professional photography studio including lighting and backdrop equipment, as well as tripods and DSLR cameras.  Students will have the experience of working in a professional studio setting while learning proper lighting techniques to make them better photographers and artist, acquiring real-life applications and skills which can be used for further exploration in college programs as well as job opportunities. Generously co-funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

2017 – 18

Wellness Day Keynote Speaker: $2,500:  This grant funds the BHHS Wellness Day keynote speaker presentation by Shaun Derik inspires students to achieve their goals and to pursue their dreams by proactively working through obstacles and setbacks. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Solar Telescope: $1,518:  This grant funds a specialized astronomical telescope capable of direct solar observations with the astronomy, earth science and physics classes, as well as the astronomy club, giving students more hands on experience and opening up new and innovate ways of studying the sun. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund and the BHHS Class of 1977.

Vex Robotics Competitions: $2,497:  This grant funds resources for the robotics science elective courses. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Physioballs: $1,200:  This grant allows students to experience ‘active sitting’ which encourages students to stay alert while reducing fatigue throughout the day. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Motion Cameras for Study of Ecosystems: $1,862:  This grant funds motion triggered cameras for students studying biodiversity surveys, wildlife studies, and other environmental science topics. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

2016 – 17

Professional Development for Global Competency Initiative: $32,430:  This grant creates a learning community to stimulate and support curriculum development that promotes interdisciplinary global competency. This grant includes a service-learning component that provides a hands-on, authentic learning environment for students that better prepares them for the 21st Century skills needed to be a productive citizen. In the long-term this grant can serve as a model for a professional learning community and help develop a systematic, turnkey approach to the Global Competency Initiative that can be extended to other schools within the District.

TV and Film Curtained Production Area with Cyclorama: A curved green screen wall and lighting system: $29,934:  This grant redesigns a portion of an existing art and film editing studio and equips it with a permanent film and television studio annex. The grant includes a built-in ‘Cyclorama which is a curved green screen wall that can be used as a background for any virtual stage or as an unlimited deep space effect. This new area allows students to insert a variety of background or graphics into almost any production. This new production area serves as a functional addition to the existing film program and also enhances other programs and projects through the high school. It serves as a permanent production annex for any large-scale Bobcat TV/Media Studio project and greatly enhances the creative activities with the existing art and film studio. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Stage Monitoring System: $1,410:  This grant funds equipment necessary to complete two Assistant Stage Manager Stations and a back stage monitor, modeled after a professional stage monitoring system. The system allows for better management of the stage space and provides an experience more like that of a professional theatre. The system would be used for the three theatre productions each year as well as for the many band, orchestra and choir concerts and other events hosted in the auditorium. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Enhanced Technology in Dance Studio: $2,455:  This grant lets the Physical Education Department enhance technology in the dance studio by wiring new components to the existing flat screen TV. Teachers and coaches will be able to provide new and creative ways to present material effectively and efficiently using programs and applications that they are currently unable to present in the dance studio. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Student Voice Circles: A Leadership and Facilitation Model for Student Learners: $2,500:  This grant funds a leadership training program to promote cultural diversity and global competence among Sophomore and Junior members of the Student Leadership Board. Students and teachers will receive training on Student Voice Circles – a school leadership and improvement model based on inclusion and equity. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Potterbot 3D Ceramic Printer: $2,500:  This ceramic printer allows art students to use CAD software to design unique and reproducible forms and to create more complex forms than typical hand building and wheel forming processes allow. This printer lays “ribbons” of clay quickly and precisely so resulting art piece can be altered in any way using traditional claywork methods or left intact for firing. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

 

2015-16

The 21st Century Classroom Pilot Project: $52,480:  The implementation of Chromebooks and the wireless network has changed the way students learn in the 21st Century. This grant enables a group of teachers from the English, Social Studies, Math and World Languages departments to change their classroom spaces in order to transition to an innovative instructional model to support this shift in learning. Seven (7) classrooms will pilot various new designs based on 21st Century learning needs. The classrooms will include at least one of the following: new tables, desks and chairs of various sizes to provide flexible learning groups; student presentation areas that include LED monitors that can display student and teacher Chromebooks; listening stations for language learning; increased whiteboard space; soft furniture seating areas; and minor painting to soften the environment. Through this transformed learning space, students will access the curriculum through multi-sensory techniques and develop the 5C’s of 21st Century learning - Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, Creativity and Community.

Technology for Physical Education: $2,000:  The BHEF is pleased to partner with the Bobcat Boosters to fund this media system for the Physical Education department. This technology, including flat screen TV and state of the art media equipment, will support various health education programs and CPR instruction for all grade levels. This grant is generously supported by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Vernier Data System: $2,497:  This grant funds ten (10) Vernier LabQuest Mini Data Interfaces, sixteen Differential Voltage Probes and eight (8) Current Probes to be used for new programs in the physics, applied engineering and other applications in STEAM education. Physics students will use these devices for electronics explorations, utilizing the interfaces and probes to understand the characteristics of electrical and mechanical devices. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Music Production Studio Start-Up: $2,348:  This grant funds one (1) MacBook Pro laptop and music software for the Electronic Music and Guitar Workshop elective, providing industry standard recording technologies and tools for students to compose, edit and mix high quality music or sound. 

Noise Canceling Headphones: $275:  This grant funds five (5) Earmuff/Noise Cancelling headphones and ten (10) Hygiene Kits for the headphones for students in the Flexible Support Program (FSP). The noise cancelling headphones will assist students by reducing distractions, allowing better focus on educational activities.

 

2014-15
MacBook Pro Laptops to Modernize the Photography Curriculum: $42,024:  This grant provides MacBook Pro Laptops, printer and related accessories for storage and charging for the Byram Hills High School photography department to complement and enhance students’ knowledge and use of basic photography. With this grant, each class of eighteen (18) students in Basic, Advanced and AP Photography will have the opportunity to learn advanced digital photography skills, including Photoshop editing. These computers allow for the expansion and restructuring of the photography curriculum to include up to 50% of instruction in digital media, allowing students to submit a digital 2-D design portfolio at the college level.

ETC Source Four PAR Cans (Insta-Grant): $2,156:  This grant funds a bank of parabolic aluminized reflector (PAR) can theatrical lights to be installed in the BHHS theater. When developing lighting plans, students will gel and focus this equipment to be used for many District events, including BHHS theater productions, concerts, Science Symposium, PTSA events, and more. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Art Therapy for Flexible Support Program Students (Insta-Grant): $2,365:  This grant funds an art therapy program to foster the social and emotional development and overall performance within the school environment. The program promotes self-awareness, confidence and self-advocacy, helping students better express themselves and flourish in the school environment. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Utilizing a Portable Electroencephalogram (EEG) in Science Research: The EPOC+ (Insta-Grant): $2,500:  This grant funds a portable EEG device for use by students in the Authentic Science Research Program, as well as biology, psychology, statistics, health and other curricular areas. The device enables students to collect, synthesize and analyze data related to electrical impulses that come from the brain, and to use these results for original research and/or existing curriculum. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

Robotic Tools for Student Evaluation (Insta-Grant): $420:  This grant funds two robotics platforms for developing a robotics components curriculum for inclusion in the math, science, and ultimately STEAM Initiatives at BHHS. The grant will be used to evaluate two robotics kits in order to determine which would be best suited for a larger scale rollout for students. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

 

2013-14

Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000:  This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS, as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the District’s resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has funded grants to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.

Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) and Engineering Design: $9,382:  
3-D printing is a technology that is revolutionizing how we think about design and building. This grant develops a stronger connection to the elements of design and manufacturing engineering as part of a strong science curriculum. By providing an advanced engineering component to the physics and design classes, this grant enhances a student’s connection to abstract ideas. 3-D printers also connect to many requirements for the next generation science standards (NGSS), which are being adopted nationally as students are asked to apply their understanding toward engineering applications. Ultimately, 3-D printers are expected to have a broader impact on the entire student body. (This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

Mackie Digital Sound Mixer (Insta-Grant): $1,799:  
This grant funds a digital sound mixer for balancing and limiting sound for theatrical and concert events using a new industry standard mixing system. (This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

Mobile Apps and Programming Tablets (Insta-Grant): $2,249:  
This grant funds eleven (11) Samsung Galaxy tablets as a pilot program for the Introduction to Computer Science and AP Computer Science courses. As part of this grant, students will use the App Inventor program to create their own mobile apps and upload them to the tablets.
 

Green Screen Techniques in the Classroom (Insta-Grant): $2,439:  This grant funds the acquisition of two green screen backdrops and the necessary studio lighting to create special effects. The screens can be used both in the film classroom and on-location. Green screen technology enables students to use more sophisticated means to tell and express their stories visually.

Robots for Introduction to Computer Science (Insta-Grant): $2,200:  
This grant funds robotics equipment used to demonstrate the connection between computer hardware and software, helping students focus on conceptual ideas of computing and understand why certain tools or languages might be utilized to solve particular problems. (This grant funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

2012-13

SmartMusic®: $34,854:  SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance.  SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily.  This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email.  The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.
 

SMART Document Cameras (Insta-Grant): $2,097:  This grant funds three SMART Document Cameras for the mathematics department that enable students to display and project problems and solutions, then save in the SMART Notebook. The cameras may also be used with manipulatives for use exclusively with the SMARTboard.

Fishing Elective (Insta-Grant): $2,065:  This new elective will be part of the Physical Education Curriculum that aligns with the district initiative to reduce stress among students. Fishing has been proven to be a great tool to relieve stress and is a lifetime activity that will remain with the students well past graduation. Students will go fishing four (4) times at nearby locations. In-class instruction will include knot tying, casting, applying for a fishing license, etc.



2011-12

Wellness for Life:  This grant funds equipment to replace outdated exercise machines in the BHHS Wellness Center which is used by all high school students who participate in physical education classes and approximately 1,300 athletes. This grant provides new, safe equipment for the Wellness Center which was refurbished ten years ago in part with a grant from the BHEF - $9,046


Ceramics Pug Mill:  This grants funds a pug mill, which is a machine used to recycle scraps of clay. The pug mill will help reduce the time spent by students and teachers recycling clay, allowing more time for instruction and creative work, as well as long term cost savings on purchase of new clay - $4,214

2010-11

Sustainability Education:  This grant enables four teams of three teachers each to design interdisciplinary units of study for grades 9-12 in collaboration with other districts though Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES. This funding of this grant extends this initiative to the high school, following the successful incorporation of Sustainability Education into the K-8 curriculum, and brings the BHEF total expenditure for Sustainability Education to more than $167,000 - $52,900

TI-Nspire Navigator:  This grant provides funds to purchase nine TI-Nspire classroom navigator systems and the associated computer software for use in the high school math classes. This state-of-the-art system coordinates and accentuates the power of the TI-Nspire calculator, allowing students to wirelessly receive lesson documents and instant assessments and to send responses back to the teacher instantly. The system will increase classroom efficiency, while enhancing both students’ technological literacy and mathematical concept development - $36,940

Production-Quality Digital HD Monitor:  This grant provides a production scale, 65” digital HD television monitor for the high school. This new TV monitor will replace a smaller, 10-year old monitor and will complement the other high-end audio-visual software and equipment used by the visual arts department. All film students in the high school will benefit greatly from the addition of this new, larger HD model, as it will enhance their study of film in an authentic viewing environment - $3,361

2009-10

WebAssign Software Licenses for Science Classes:  This web-based program, which is used at many major universities, integrates directly with the subject area text books or other resources and allows teachers to assign individual problems, customize an assignment to an individual student, and allows students to collaborate to solve problems - $5,513

High-Definition Cameras for the Physics Curriculum:
  Eight cameras with High-Speed and High-Frame-Rate features will be purchased with this grant, enabling Physics teachers to expand the depth and breadth of their lessons - $3,860

Electronic Reading Devices:
  The purchase of electronic reading devices – "E-Books" – will begin as a pilot program to help 11th grade special education students improve their reading and comprehension skills - $8,384

Flip Mino HD Digital Camcorders for the HS English Department:
  Ten Flip Mino camcorders and tripods will be purchased with this grant, enabling English students the ability to review and reflect on their public speaking skills for self-assessment and personal growth - $2,150

Advanced Multi-Media Equipment for the High School Theatre: 
 The High School Theatre will be upgraded with equipment that is able to support multi-media and technology presentations for student assemblies, staff development and PTSA programs. Upgrades include: a computer, projector, large presentation-quality screen and a new sound system: $86,479



2008-09

Rosetta Stone Enrichment for HS Spanish Communications Classes:  This grant provides $6,000 for the purchase of a Rosetta Stone license (web based) per student in each High School Spanish Communications class.



2007-08
Digital Art Exhibit:  Flat screen monitors for displaying student artwork - $16,510

Digital Flat Art Scanners and Large-Format Giclee Printers:  Equipment for high quality scanning and printing - $16,684

 

HC Crittenden

2018 – 19

Design and Create for 21st Century Learning: $2,300: This grant funds materials for the HCC Library makerspace to support creative design and expression by any and all students and teachers at HCC. The grant includes cubelets, modular robotics and a Button Making machines and accessories, affording students the opportunity to explore, design and create using physical and tangible thing that extend their learning. Generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

2016 – 17

Resident Artists Music Instruction: $19,800:  This grant provides small group instruction to grades 6, 7, and 8 chorus and orchestra students. A visiting artist works with students during their music ensemble period twice a week. The chorus ensembles are quite large in all three grades and this grant provides students to opportunity to receive small group instruction to improve and support students’ needs. With nearly 100% of HCC students participating in the music ensemble program, this grant supports higher achievement among students and lays the groundwork for continued participation at BHHS in Concert, Band, Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony.

 

 

2015 – 16

The 21st Century Classroom Pilot Project: $16,730:  This grant converts one sixth grade classroom into a “learning studio” that better supports 21st Century learning by increasing the number of learning modalities that can be accomplished. The space will convert easily from full group instruction to small group work stations and individual learning spaces, allowing students to become personally and actively engaged in learning. The redesigned classroom will include adjustable height tables and chairs on casters, three (3) LED monitors and white boards to facilitate multi-sensory and flexible learning. This grant will serve as a model for future classroom redesign projects that promote the District goal of creating leaders of the next generation. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Discovery through Performance with The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Co.: $1,925:  This grant funds a performance and workshop of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream by The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Company for all eighth grade students. Students and actors will work in small groups to study accents, staging, costumes, swordplay, and modern screenwriting techniques. Following the workshop the students will create their own modernized performance for the HCC community.

2014-15

1:1 Mobile Learning Pilot: $78,345:  This grant provides 210 Chromebook laptop computers for every sixth grade student to use throughout the school day. The grant also funds related software and charging stations, eliminating the need for students to check out a laptop one class at a time. The 1:1 Mobile Learning initiative extends the curriculum and learning opportunities for students, as well as increases efficiency for teachers and enhances communications among parents and the District. This grant also leverages previous grants awarded by the BHEF, including the BHEF Fast Path grant in 2012 and Cloud-Based Computing in 2013. 

 

2013-14
Collaborate on the Cloud with WeVideo (Insta-Grant): $2,369:  This grant funds a subscription for WeVideo, a web-based video editing software that supports multiple, simultaneous users. Fully integrated with Google Drive, this software enables students to collaborate on video creation and editing from home or while at school.
 

A Cappella Singing (Insta-Grant): $1,000:  This grant funds a performance and workshop for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students by the New York University a cappella group Ani V’ata.  The program introduces students to new and innovative ways to approach and perform music.


H.C.C. Band Student Conductors (Insta-Grant): $2,500:  This grant brings professional Band directors and music conductors to conduct workshops with HCC Band students about conducting techniques. College students will accompany the music directors and also share their experiences with the HCC students.


Ryan’s Story (Insta-Grant): $2,500:  This grant funds two student assemblies that address  bullying, cyber-bullying and teen suicide prevention. Ryan’s father, John Halligan, tells the story of Ryan’s life including instances when he was cyber-bullied. The presentation stresses four main components: forgiveness, knowing that someone cares and loves you, standing up for what is right or being a bystander and asking for help. (This grant funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)

 

2012-13

SmartMusic®, shared with BHHS and Wampus:  SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance.  SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily.  This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email.  The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.
 

Bebop Cello (Insta-Grant): $1,975:  Gideon Freudmann, cello innovator, has created his own style of music called CelloBop which is a fusion of blues, jazz, rock, folk and more. This grant brings Mr. Freudmann to do a one day workshop with all of the orchestra students where he will do a short presentation, and then introduce some improvisation ideas for students. He will give students ideas for playing with contemporary music and will demonstrate playing with loops and electric instruments

 

Teaching Non Fiction Writing Skills Workshop (Insta-Grant): $2,500:  Judith Hochman will conduct a seminar for H.C.C. language arts teachers about writing instruction.  Her philosophy and techniques enhance how teachers instruct writing, especially non-fiction, which is essential to the Common Core and the new standards students are expected to master.  She focuses on evidence-based writing strategies, but demonstrates the use of voice and rich language.  She believes that teaching writing across the curriculum will enhance every student’s potential.  

Dr. McRoy Leads the Band! (Insta-Grant): $2,200:  Dr. James McRoy, Professor of Music and Department Chair at CW Post University will work in a clinic setting with all grade 6, 7 and 8 band students.  Dr. McRoy will first have CW Post music students work with HCC band students in small groups.  He will then conduct and critique all musicians in a full rehearsal.  All HCC band students will receive direct feedback of their performance in both small and large groups which will provide students with strategies to improve their playing.

Author Visit by Robert Lipsyte (Insta-Grant): $1,250:  With so much enthusiasm among students for The Contender by Robert Lipsyte, HCC language arts teachers will invite this author to visit the school and speak with students about his experiences and knowledge.  Bringing an author to the school inspires the desire to read, discuss and analyze books.  In his books, this writer opens a new world of diversity, culture and history for students. Through his visit, he further motivates students in their journey through literature.

2011-12

Glogster:  Glogster EDU is a web-based program that allows all HCC students to create media-rich, interactive “posters.” Glogster enables students to embed video, “grab” sound, upload images and use text to convey their message in any content area. Glogster is a sustainable, engaging and fun way to work on a project, poster, or assessment, while actively engaging students with technology - $4,725

 

Poster Power:  This grant funds the cost of printing and framing posters displaying both positive social images as well as artwork created by HCC students. The posters, to be hung throughout the school building, will support character education, will foster a stronger sense of community and by celebrating student artistic expression, will build greater self-confidence and self esteem - $6,412


SuccessMaker®:  This grant funds a two-year license for SuccessMaker, a multimedia program that provides collaborative and individual learning opportunities, in language arts and mathematics, for students at all levels. The program provides teachers with additional tools to offer greater differentiated instruction in the classroom.The program enables teachers to assess student needs, assign appropriate activities and measure students’ growth over time - $38,796

2010-11

Rachel's Challenge:  This grant expands last year’s highly successful and nationally acclaimed program to 6th and 7th graders at HCC. Rachel’s Challenge is designed to motivate positive changes in the way students treat one another and themselves. The program incorporates an assembly and training session, followed by student education in the ways each student can bring positive change to his/her school - $4,800

E-Readers:
  This grant provides funding to purchase multiple E-Readers (such as Kindles) for the 7th grade Special Education students. This will greatly benefit those students struggling with reading by making it easier for them to access books; improve note-taking strategies and aid in decoding and comprehension for the required reading assignments. With their high-tech component, E-Readers will also add to students’ enjoyment of reading as a life-long skill - $7,039

"Word Play" for Language Arts Enrichment: 
 This grant will fund a variety of language arts games to enrich the 7th grade curriculum. The games will enable teachers to reinforce teaching and enhance concepts by engaging students in a fun, innovative way - $1,700

2009-10
Power of One Day:  This grant provides $7,500 to expand the Power of One Day program at the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. This program focuses on Human Rights and Social Justice, and the funds will pay the fees for speakers and enable sixth and seventh grade students to attend workshops on pertinent US and World issues. 

'Rachel's Challenge' Program:  With this grant, 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in this acclaimed program designed to motivate positive changes in the way students treat one another and themselves - $3,800



2008-09
Power of One Day:  This grant provides $7,500 to expand the Power of One Day program at the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. This program focuses on Human Rights and Social Justice, and the funds will pay the fees for speakers and enable sixth and seventh grade students to attend workshops on pertinent US and World issues. 

V-Box Gold:  This grant provides $6,147 for the purchase of three (one for each of the H. C. Crittenden Middle School Spanish teachers) V-Box Gold portable hard drives that contain extensive multi-media materials for the Spanish language classrooms 

Let’s Compose Our Own H.C.C. School Song:  This grant provides $8,200 for the creation of a school song for the H. C. Crittenden Middle School. A musician and professional composer will work with the band, chorus, and orchestra students to compose a school song. 

Table Tennis:  This grant provides $4,254 for the purchase of eleven table tennis tables (and paddles and balls) to enable table tennis to be added as a unit in regular physical education. 



2007-08
Multi-Media Theatre Technology:  This grant provides $54,700 to fund the labor and materials needed for the installation of a 30' X 20' Da-lite power-automatic screen with remote control, a high-end video projector, and an advanced sound system. 

Sustainability Education:  This grant provides $33,408 to enable three teams of teachers to participate with approximately six to ten other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and sustainable future. 

Books on CD Library:  This grant provides for $5,189.42 to establish a "Books on CD Library" for the use of select 7th grade students. The library would include 20 portable CD players and cases, and 20 CD copies of three of the class novels. 

Grammar for the Real World:  This grant provides for $3,736.86 to purchase the "Grammar for the Real World" software package with unlimited network licenses from National School Products to include activities for identifying parts of speech, correct verb usage, identifying common errors, proper punctuation and capitalization, identifying sentence fragments and structures, and subject/verb agreement. 

 
 

Wampus

2018 – 19

Creative Arts Community Center, Wampus: $76,826: This grant creates an indoor and outdoor community space at Wampus that can be utilized by all grade levels, connecting two contemporary art studios to an outdoor space that will support student learning. This grant enhances the quality of the educational environment for students - the outdoor space will serve as a classroom - and encourages community at all grade levels. The art spaces encourage students’ passions and interests and support a re-definition of the art programs for elementary students. The art spaces also serve as the heart of the building for other classes to showcase their work for the school community.

2017 – 18

Howling and Learning about Wolves: $2,390  This grants supports the study of interdependence, a topic that is an integral part of the third grade and art curriculum, by funding a visit to the Wolf Conservation Center in Salem, NY where students observe and study wolves, their relationship with the environment and the human role in protecting their future. 

Storyworks Reading: $1,399 and $1,468  These two grants support second and third grade students in reaching a higher rate of literacy achievement and engagement using a variety of resources during Reading and Writing workshops.

2016 – 17

GAGA Ball: $2,495:  This grant funds construction of a GAGA Dodge Ball Pit for the Wampus playground for use during recess, FUEL and PE. GAGA enables students to develop strategic thinking along with agility, jumping, striking and dodging as part of this fun and interactive activity.

Bringing Nature to Life through the Bruce Museum of Art: $905:  This program brings museum objects and live animals to eight third grade classrooms. The program engages students in an interactive, object and inquiry based learning experience that incorporates both science and art in the classroom setting.

2015 – 16

Logitech HD Pro Webcam: $1,133:  This grant funds fifteen webcams and related technology for students at Wampus to connect with other students in the community and throughout the globe through programs such as the Global Read Aloud initiative or other platforms to discuss common books or activities.

2014-15

Mindset Pilot Materials (Insta-Grant): $494  This grant funds "Get Smart" Toolkits for three third grade classes which leverage the work of Carol Dweck whose research is a growing trend in teaching children how to persevere in the face of challenge. The Toolkits provide practical applications for children to build confidence, take on challenges and persevere in the face of difficulty or failure. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

 

Cubelets Educator Robotics Kits for STEAM Integration  This grant provides educator sets of Cubelet Robotic Block Kits that introduce STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts in the second and third grade technology curriculum. Students can combine a host of sensors and action blocks to build their own robotic creations. The Cubelets will provide play-driven learning opportunities to integrate STEAM lessons. Both Coman Hill and Wampus Insta-Grants are funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 


 

2013-14

Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000  This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the Districts resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has provided grant money to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.
 

Wampus Peaceful Playground: $21,516  This type of playground provides resources that enhance the Wampus playground and provide a better recess experience for students. The design is geared for students in grades 3-5. The program is intended to maximize the number of students involved in physical activities, rather than have them wait on line to use equipment or just stand and watch others. The program provides for several different games on a blacktop utilizing balls, beanbags, and other items, which promotes physical exercise to minimize safety hazards. Nearly 100 activities can be done with the program. Its customized design allows students to grow physically, emotionally, and socially. Such activities include learning how to resolve daily conflicts through cooperative play, and preparing students for leadership roles. Games will be explained and rolled out to each grade during their physical education periods to familiarize each student with the different games available to them. This grant is jointly funded by the Byram Hills Education Foundation and the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.


Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children Adolescents (Insta-Grant): $1,890  To help students struggling with anxiety or depression, this grant funds a three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for a school psychologist to learn tools and treatment plans for delivering CBT interventions to children. 

2012-13
SMART Document Cameras™ and Mixed Reality Cubes: $21,909  This grant purchases SMART Document Cameras for each classroom at Wampus, including special education classrooms and the two computer labs. These cameras allow teachers to project sharp, vibrant images onto the SMART Board® which can then be manipulated and saved for future use. The mixed reality feature allows students to interact with 3-D images to foster deeper engagement and understanding during a unit of study. This grant extends a similar, highly successful, grant awarded to Coman Hill in 2011-12.

 

SmartMusic®, shared with BHHS and H.C. Crittenden: $34,854  SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance. SmartMusic fosters improved musicianship while making practicing more fun and tracking individual student progress more easily. This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email. The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.

 

Passport to the Internet: Elementary Online Software, shared with Coman Hill  This grant allows elementary students to experience learning in a meaningful and directed way through exposure to engaging digital curriculum. The software helps explain concepts taught in the classroom so students may practice and review material at school or at home. The programs provide immediate feedback and opportunities to strengthen skills across curricular areas with a single log-in. The programs include ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (which features  Aha!Math,  Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dogand Sky). The use of these programs is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path. This grant is jointly funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.
 

Grade Level National Geographic Ladder Reading Sets (Insta-Grant):  $2,500  National Geographic has created a laddered approach to leveled readers in order to differentiate text for a shared learning experience.  This Ladder Book Series is divided into grade level content and then written in three different levels, enabling teachers to teach the same content to the whole class while providing students with individualized reading level content. These texts align with the Common Core Standards for literature, informational reading and informational text writing.


 

2011-12

FUNdations Reading and Writing:  This grant funds materials and training for full implementation in 3rd grade. This expands the highly successful program already utilized in all K-2 classrooms which were previously funded by BHEF grants. In an age-appropriate manner, Fundations® ensures the teaching of the necessary early language skills using a systematic and hands-on approach  - $11,108

 

Probe Pilot Extension:  This grant extends the use of Probeware to all grade levels at Wampus. The Vernier LabQuest™ displays scientific data in a way that elementary students can easily understand. The Probes incorporate data-loggers, sensors, experiments and graphing/analysis software for students, helping develop future scientists and engineers - $7,705

 

Weather Station:  This grant funds the implementation of the Vantage Pro2™ wireless, solar powered weather station on the roof of the Wampus School. The visual tools in the Console/Receiver and the Weather Link software will clearly display data, making it easy for students to compare local weather to other places around the world. Students can graph the temperature and dew points, measure wind speeds, then create graphs, calculate totals and averages, generate summaries, and analyze trends in weather patterns - $3,488

 

Windows on the World Library Collection:  This grant provides a collection of books encompassing historical fiction, biographical and factual informational texts, along with authentic multi-cultural texts showing alternate points of view and themes. The themes presented in these books promote higher level thinking skills and align with the Common Core Curriculum, with the goal of enhancing critical analysis, synthesis and comparisons between texts. This collection will be kept separate from the general collection of books in the Wampus library - $4,102

 

2010-11

Lego Education for Introductory Robotics:  This is a pilot grant for Lego Education WeDo Construction sets to be used in 4th grade technology Encore at Wampus. The lego sets will provide an introductory experience to robotics based on their science unit of simple machines - $4,106

Musical Theatre A – Z:  This grant provides a yearlong musical theater project for the entire 4th grade at Wampus. The funds will provide materials for creating sets, original “home-made” lighting instruments and costuming, while introducing students to new technologies like digital cameras, sound systems and editing software. This is an exciting, cross-curricular, collaborative, hands-on learning experience - $5,5135

Performance and Multimedia Facility:  This grant will help equip the Wampus cafeteria/stage area with the type of high quality multimedia/technology presentations that have become a regular part of the Byram Hills culture. This project will complement equivalent multimedia facilities in all of the other Byram Hills schools and brings the BHEF total; expenditure for up-to-date performance and multimedia facilities to more than $200,000.00 - $69,684

 


2009-10

Enhancements to Wampus Science Curriculum: $9,864:  This grant funds the purchase of electronic data collection probes and scopes for the Wampus Science curriculum, enabling students to collect various data (e.g., motion, pH, moisture, and temperature), download and graph the data for analysis, and record still images of the data; 

Upgrades to the Wampus Library: $9,740:  This grant funds the purchase of 200 books on CD and acquisition of listening centers so that teachers can use this audio collection in their classrooms; 

Lexia Reading Upgrade at Wampus: $6,000:  This grant provides a web-based upgrade to the Lexia: Strategies for Older Students software to help Wampus students to improve their reading and spelling skills;

 


2008-09
Sustainability Education at Wampus:  This grant provides $51,900 to enable six teams of Wampus teachers to participate with approximately ten other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and sustainable future. The current grant facilitates the development of a consistent and cohesive curriculum for Grades 3, 4, and 5 that will provide the foundational skills for HCC students.


2007-08
Here's the Thing: Single Object Still Lifes:  This grant provides $2,300 to pay one-half of the funds for a visiting poet who will work with third grade students in conjunction with their visit to Katonah Museum of Art. 

ETA Cuisenaire VersaTiles:  This grant provides $6,598.57 to purchase Cuisenaire VersaTile labs for each of the ten Wampus Grade 5 homerooms and the PRIDE class. Teachers will be able to differentiate math lessons and help students develop critical thinking skills.

 

Coman Hill

2018-19

Multi-Sensory Tools for the Diverse Learner, Coman Hill, $947: This grant provides materials for learners having special needs with the tools they need to access the curriculum using a multi-sensory approach. Students benefit from visual tools, physical supports to help them stay focused, sensory tools to help them remain calm and attentive, and assistive technology to help them reach their highest potential. 

Mindful Learning, Coman Hill, $1,235: This grant provides Kindergarten students flexible seating choices, allowing children to wobble, bounce, rock, kneel or stand which increases oxygen flow to the brain, blood flow and core strength. It also helps young minds be more alert and focused and creates a classroom environment that is conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

 

Wiggle While You Work, Coman Hill, $2,437: This grant allows Second Grade students to differentiate their learning environment, enabling students to fully engage in and access the curriculum in a way that best meets individual learning needs. Students will identify their personal learning style and what works best to maximize their learning experience and produce quality work. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 

2015 – 16

Buddy Bench: $1,853  This grant funds a designated seating area on the playground as a safe and encouraging place for children to go when they feel alone or are having difficulty fitting in. Students will learn strategies and techniques whether they are seeking a buddy or if they want to make a positive difference by being a buddy. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Bobcat Buddies: $1,847  This grant funds imaginative play and sensory integration materials, board games, and craft supplies to be used throughout the Bobcat Buddy program at Coman Hill which helps develop social, communication and interpersonal skills among students within and outside the classroom setting. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Everyone Matters Book Bank!: $2,348  This grant funds a set of grade-level library books to support the Everyone Matters campaign which advocates for every person’s right to dignity and respect, without judgment or shame. The books will be utilized for real aloud and small group lessons in support of the Everyone Matters initiative at Coman Hill when students have the opportunity to share something unique and special about themselves. This grant is generously funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

Fun with Phonics: $1,371  This grant provides Kindergarten students in the Academic Support program with additional learning opportunities through play with collaborative games and activities, fostering skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and mastery of basic early literacy. 

2014-15
Cubelets Educator Robotics Kits for STEAM Integration (Insta-Grant): $2,396:  This grant provides educator sets of Cubelet Robotic Block Kits that introduce STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) concepts in the second and third grade technology curriculum. Students can combine a host of sensors and action blocks to build their own robotic creations. The Cubelets will provide play-driven learning opportunities to integrate STEAM lessons. Both Coman Hill and Wampus Insta-Grants are funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.
 

Perseverance and Problem Solving (Insta-Grant): $1,280  This grant provides students with activities that foster perseverance and problem solving independently or in collaboration with others. The activities let students practice analyzing problems, making conjectures and planning solutions to problems through hands-on materials rather than traditional worksheets. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund. 



2013-14
Cloud Computing Into a Bright, Creative Future: $190,000  This grant provides the support needed to transition to cloud computing, allowing students to be exposed to the best resources possible and to experience multimedia creation at multiple grade levels. Currently, all District hardware is on the physical network of the District. By moving to cloud-based computing, the District will take advantage of all the power that the web offers. Allowing the purchase of Mac computers for Coman Hill, Wampus and BHHS as well as a small server, this grant enables students to access all of their files on the Internet and thus be able to access many of the Districts resources from off campus. In the past, the BHEF has provided grant money to purchase a broad array of software instructional tools.  This computer infrastructure will facilitate this software, making it easier to use at home and at school.
 

Maker’s Club Pilot (Insta-Grant): $2,500  This grant funds a new elective program for second grade students to participate in a creative and hands-on environment during lunch period. The program gives students the opportunity to create, invent and design projects by having an objective each week and working to carry out their plan. 
 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children Adolescents (Insta-Grant): $1,890  To help students struggling with anxiety or depression, this grant funds a three-day workshop on Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for a school psychologist to learn tools and treatment plans for delivering CBT interventions to children. This grant is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.

2012-13

Passport to the Internet: Elementary Online Software: $21,901  This grant allows elementary students to experience learning in a meaningful and directed way through exposure to engaging digital curriculum. The software helps explain concepts taught in the classroom so students may practice and review material at school or at home. The programs provide immediate feedback and opportunities to strengthen skills across curricular areas with a single log-in. The programs include ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (which features Aha!Math, Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dogand Sky).  The use of these programs is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path. (This grant is jointly funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)
 

IXL Math (Insta-Grant): $2,500  This grant adds IXL Math to the Passport grant awarded this year.  IXL Math is aligned to the Common Core and will increase the home-school connection, allowing for “anytime learning.”

2011-12

Me on the Map:  This grant creates a child-friendly map of Armonk for first graders to utilize in their core curriculum study. The map will feature local points of interest, as well as a compass rose, map key, grid, scale, index of important locations, streets, bodies of water, and other landmarks. The map will be available on an interactive SMART Board® Notebook file. Many of the locations will be “clickable” and link to a photograph and blurb about the place of interest - $3,150

 

SMART Document Cameras™ and Mixed Reality Cubes  SMART Document Cameras allow teachers to project sharp, vibrant images onto the SMART Board which can then be both manipulated and saved for future use. The mixed reality feature allows students to interact with 3-D images to foster deeper engagement and understanding during a unit of study. The cameras and cubes will be installed in all classrooms at Coman Hill - $21,220

 

2010-11

Walls That Teach:  This grant brings a dynamic, creative and totally “hands-on” element to Coman Hill, enabling students to beautify their school hallways. Students from each classroom will work with a professional artist to brainstorm ideas and participate in the design and painting of curriculum-based murals which will adorn the school hallways. The goal is to foster a sense of collaboration and community among all students, generate excitement and school pride, while creating beautiful, lasting works of art - $9,711

Reading and Writing FUNdations:  The grant will fund materials and training for full implementation in 1st and 2nd grades, expanding the highly successful program introduced to all Kindergarten classrooms this school year. In an age appropriate manner, FUNdations ensures the teaching of the necessary early language skills using a systematic and hands-on approach - $30,709

Behavioral Education and Support:  This grant will fund a character education program called PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Strategies) for Coman Hill teachers. All Coman Hill teachers will receive a set of books to clearly explain and demonstrate the three core areas of behavior: being respectful, being responsible, and being safe. This grant will aid in promoting positive behavior by clearly identifying and reviewing the core behavioral concepts with students and maintaining consistency throughout the Coman Hill community - $3,283

2009-10
SMART Tables for the Kindergarten classrooms: $66,090  This grant provides ten multi-touch interactive learning centers that allow out youngest students to work collaboratively on projects

Sustainability Education: $29,100  
This grant enables three teams of K-2 teachers to participate with other Westchester school districts to design interdisciplinary units of study that address a democratic society, global economy, and an environmentally healthy future

Reading Curriculum Enhancements: $14,070  
With this grant, LitLife consultants will be able to continue their work with K-2 teachers to develop richer, more effective reading lessons and strategies to aid struggling readers while fostering higher level thinking skills for the more fluent readers

 


2008-09
Performance and Multi-Media Facility:   This grant provides $64,376 for the purchase and installation of advanced multi-media technology equipment for the Coman Hill gymnasium stage which will greatly enhance current school performances and various other faculty/community presentations. 

Imaginative Play: An Endangered Concept:  
This grant provides $15,367 for the purchase of imaginative play materials which will enable teachers to offer opportunities for imaginative play that match each student’s needs and abilities, in support of the curriculum at a developmentally appropriate level.

 


2007-08
Making Social Skills Real and Meaningful for Students:  This grant provides $3,820.68 to purchase computer software, literature, personalized stories and games to enable students with special needs to practice and strengthen social skills.