Clarke Middle School Grants

Danielle Paddol explored South Africa's geography and culture to enhance the world geography unit at Clarke Middle School.

Danielle Paddol explored South Africa's geography and culture to enhance the world geography unit at Clarke Middle School.

Fellowships

Donna Motherway, Clarke Middle School Nurse, will attend the National Association of School Nurses Annual Conference, where she will learn best practices for keeping children healthy, emergency preparedness, and addressing specific health conditions that may have an impact 
on learning. (Awarded 2016-17)

Danielle Paddol, Clarke Middle School 7th Grade Social Studies: World Geography Teacher, will take part in an experiential professional learning program created by and for Clarke teachers with Education First, to explore South Africa’s geography, climate, people, and history, with an eye to transforming the world geography unit (Awarded 2016-17)

Jamie Welsh, a Clarke 7th grade science teacher, James Werner, a Clarke 6th grade science teacher, and Kevin Buckley, a Diamond 8th grade science teacher, (along with Diamond’s Science Department head Valerie Franks, whose participation is funded by LPS), will attend the National Science Teacher Association’s annual conference in Nashville, TN, where they will learn how to use the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to build students’ scientific literacy. The team will be responsible for determining the scope and sequence of the new middle school science curriculum based on NGSS and MA standards. (Awarded 2015-16)

Jillian Aldrich and Amy Timmins, Clarke 6th grade English teachers, will attend the Columbia Teachers College Summer Reading Institute. They will learn how to use the Readers Workshop model in the 6th grade English/Language Arts class to create a learning community in which students develop skill in and love of reading as they share ideas and learn both from the teacher and from one another. (Awarded 2015-16)

Example STEAM creation from tools available at Clarke Library

Example STEAM creation from tools available at Clarke Library

Program Grants

Making It @ Clarke. Clarke Librarian Carolyn Kelly, working with engineering teachers, the science department head, and the principal, will create an interactive, hands-on learning space in the library that offers materials, tools, kits and technology that enable students to self-direct their learning of STEAM skills while creating projects for class assignments and WIN Block activities. (Awarded 2016-17)

Using LEGO Mindstorms to Teach Middle School Robotics. Based on learnings from an LEF-funded robotics project at Diamond, Clarke science teachers will develop and teach a robotics course during Clarke’s WIN enrichment blocks. Students will explore science, technology, engineering, and math topics through the use of LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kits that contain software and hardware to create customizable, programmable robots from LEGO parts. (Awarded 2015-16)

Clarke administrators who helped implement and design the WIN Block scheduling with help from a LEF grant

Clarke administrators who helped implement and design the WIN Block scheduling with help from a LEF grant

2016-17 School Community Grant

WIN Block Online Scheduling. Clarke will implement an online program to schedule students into WIN block assignments in the school’s pilot intervention/enrichment program.