We are thrilled to announce the Summit Educational Foundation was selected as the first "Outstanding Education Foundation" by the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership. SEF received this award based on its longstanding and significant financial support to Summit Public Schools. "SEF's comprehensive grants, community outreach and involvement have demonstrated a commitment that reached beyond the classroom walls, impacting the community and district in a multi-faceted approach," were the opening remarks of the Event Chair who went on to highlight many of SEF's historical successes and accomplishments, as well as read some of the letter of support from Superintendent Chang. Six of our twenty-one Board members attended a luncheon on April 20, 2018 to receive the award.
FOLK SONG PICTURE BOOKS
The Franklin School Library and Music program are the excited recipients of SEF grant funding that has allowed them to order for the school “Folk Song Picture Books” to be shared with the students.
The Folk Song Picture books blend a love of reading with a love of learning music. Both Loreli Stochaj, the Franklin School Librarian and Diane Silvester, the Music teacher are utilizing these books with the students in both areas of study, in order to blend a love of reading with a love of music.
Drummer Andres Forero, from the Broadway hit “Hamilton”, shared his talent and experiences with Summit High School students thanks to a Summit Educational Foundation grant written by music teacher Alex Bocchino. Forero, one of the most talented and respected drummers in the world, played excerpts from Hamilton and In the Heights, as well as a piece entitled "Toshiko" from an album he created with other artists. In between, Forero shared stories of performing on Broadway and recording with world-class artists. He answered the students questions. Forero told the students, “The most important thing is to carry yourself in a great way. To be a good person. Be passionate. Be kind. Be great.”
The hour and a half session took place in the SHS auditorium and was open to all students. Students came and went as their class schedules permitted and over 150 students enjoyed all or some of Forero’s session.
"Students can now utilize this tool in my classroom and at home to fully incorporate it into their learning. They can annotate the lesson in a program like Notability or Topnotes, taking the teacher notes and media and making it more personal and relevant to them." -- Matthew Ramstedt, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, LCJSMS, commenting on iPads