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  • We love the excitement at LCJSMS over the new grants to come and are so excited to see the exciting news shared with the students’ families in their February newsletter.  Click here to learn more!

  • Secret Stories Have Lincoln Hubbard Second Graders Hooked


    Secret Stories

    Secret Stories have our second graders completely hooked! This program teaches the students how the English language works thru Secret Stories to small groups. One example of how we are teaching the students more details about the alphabet is by disguising that vowels have superpowers.  We show them that vowels are the only letters in the alphabet that can actually say their own name, or long vowel sounds, and because of this they need a disguise of short vowel sounds so the other letters don’t get too jealous. As a class, we have practiced the Better Alphabet song, which teaches students the sounds the letters make. In reflecting on the Better Alphabet song, one second grade student said: “The vowels get more stuck in my head every time I hear it. And, it reminds me that the consonants have other sounds.”

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     SEF Announces Spring 2020 Grants

    The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the 2020 spring grant cycle. With generous support from our member families, and despite the district being shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Foundation was able to approve funding for 41 grants totaling over $231,000. 

    The District, Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School levels received grants totaling $9,484, $6,220, $88,760, $51,033 and $76,112 respectively.

     

    A full list of approved spring 2020 grants is available here.


     
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  • 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

     

    "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
     

     

     

     
     
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