Carrying bunches of colorful balloons
and bearing a huge cardboard check, members of the Upper Freehold Regional Educational
Foundation (UFREF) swept into school today surprising several teachers with the
announcement that their ideas for innovative programs had been funded. Each year the UFREF solicits applications for
grant awards from staff members throughout the district and makes awards twice
a year, in the fall and the spring. Pictured above (from left to right) are members of the
foundation: Sydney Guerrero, Vice President; Jim Derasmo, President, Karen Kilcher, PTA Liaison, and Robert
Cheff, Chairperson of the Grants Application Committee.
In this distribution, Newell ES
received a total grant amount of $1,944 for three different projects:
Hip Hop Helps Everyone Learn – submitted
by ESL teacher, Linda Chiappetta
This program uses music and
rhyming to improve ESL students’ vocabulary across content areas. By using music to help students memorize
factual information, it’s highly motivating and can connect students of
Recognizing Students of the Month – submitted
by Art teacher, Tamara Diaczenko
The grant will support a student
recognition program in the Visual Arts.
Each month two students who excel in art and demonstrate cooperation and
a positive attitude will receive personalized framed certificates and a small
Wii 4 Physical Education (PE) – submitted
by PE teachers, Robert Graham, Matt Nemeth, and Denise Wadams.
This project will use technology
to enhance the PE program for all students in the school. It will assist in keeping the children
physically fit, incorporate team work into the activities, and serve as an
additional tool for the teaching and learning of PE. Through the use of two
motion controlled Wii systems, participants will be able to use motions,
gestures, and actions to control the characters on the video game.
Congratulations to the teacher
recipients and many thanks to the UFREF for their support of our school.