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    SEF's mission is to maintain and enhance the high quality of a Summit, New Jersey public school education through community funding of innovative and essential educational programs, a close working relationship with the school district, and careful review, evaluation and financial oversight of supported initiatives.
  • Summit Educational Foundation Wins
    "Outstanding Education Foundation" Award 
    From New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership

    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.

    SEF Award  

  • Thank You


    Folk Song Picture Book

    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.

  • "Hamilton" Drummer Shares Talent with SHS Students
    Hamilton Drummer  

    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.

  • In Their Words

    "It was a really nice way to spend a Saturday.  I especially liked the Home Depot building because it was a neat way for kids to be able to build on their own."  Ella Fisk, 4th Grader at Jefferson, about the SEF sponsored Steam Carnival.  Click here to view photos from this event.
    "My 7th Grade Health Class loved the Breakout Edu experience of using their combined knowledge to solve cross-curricular problems in a non-traditional manner.  The students frantically looked around the room for hidden puzzles, clues and backlight messages that directed them to the codes they needed to break open the box.  Students worked together to solve the puzzles before the timer expired. This interactive mission reinforced the health material in a fun manner that involved all students.  We will definitely be using the Breakout Edu kit again! -- Danielle DeGraw
     Coding is an activity for students to have fun with, to fail and not have a grade attached.  From an A+ student to a non-A+ student, all can find success in it." - Megan Hartley, Librarian at LCJSMS, about the CS First Coding Club funded by SEF
    “The Chromebooks help make the learning more student-centered, in that the teacher is putting up work for students to do, and then they’re responsible for working through it, often several tasks at their own pace. What is being created is an effective digital learning environment.” -- Jim Woods, Social Studies Supervisor, Summit High School, remarking on the SEF-funded Chromebooks at SHS 
    "It is a lot easier to turn in assignments." A. G.  
    "You can do homework on the go." S. D.
    "Can’t lose information or paper. I am much more organized." W. L.
    “I love my Chromebook.”      N. S.
    -- Summit High School students expressing their enthusiasm about the Chromebooks

    "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

    "We enjoy implementing the program every day, mostly to begin our mornings. My class "DJs" enjoy having the special job of facilitating the music daily. I find it helps calm our moods and stress levels. Thank you very much to SEF for providing us with the gift of music."  --Lori Alfone, 3rd Grade Teacher, Franklin Elementary Teacher
    "The Science Research Program gives me the unique opportunity to explore my interests in depth, which I would be unable to do otherwise.  I have been able to research a topic that I'm interested in and create an authentic project around it.  Going to the science fairs was an excellent experience."
    Kristin Miller, 11th grade