Newport teachers win grants for excellence

Published: December 4, 2007 | 6862nd good news item since 2003

The Newport Public Education Foundation has announced the award of almost $20,000 in Teacher Excellence Grants during the current school year for special projects in and outside the classroom.

When teachers have an idea for a project that requires extra funding, they can apply to the foundation for assistance. The foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has distributed more than $150,000 in grants since it was founded in 1991.

“We are very proud of the creativity and ingenuity shown by Newport Public Schools staff in their submissions,” said Jane Regan, former principal of Thompson Middle School and a foundation trustee, in a prepared statement. “We are confident that implementation of these high quality grants will enrich the education and lives of Newport Public School students and the community.”

Regan said teachers at all levels of instruction will receive financial support for projects in all curricular areas including literacy, science, music, art, drama, health, social studies, math and vocational education.

Several of the programs will allow staff to provide students with live theater performances, visits to community and historical sites and participation in after-school instruction or clubs.

Grants were awarded to the following individuals and groups:

Margie Brennan at Underwood School for the “Underwood Garden Project.”

Glenna Johnson at Sullivan School for “Making Meaning For Language Learners.”

Nicole Silvia at Carey School for “Art In History.”

Michael Franco at Coggeshall School for “Fantastic

Fast Math.”

Kathleen Breede at Coggeshall School for “After The Bell.”

Lori Fedyszyn and Becky Bolan at Coggeshall School for “Kids In The Arts.”

Stacy Lyon at Coggeshall and Cranston-Calvert schools for “Rhode Island Children’s Book Award 2007-2008.”

Jennifer Booth at Cranston-Calvert School for both “Digital Storytelling” and “Birthday Library.”

Melissa Turner representing all elementary schools with both “It’s About Time Math Made Cents” and “Just The Facts.”

Elizabeth Gibbs, Beth Small and all grade-seven teachers at Thompson Middle School for a cross disciplinary study of hatching chickens.

Tracey Hackley at Thompson Middle School for “Middle STEP.”

Jean Wickenden at Thompson Middle School for “Pirates and Privateers in Colonial Newport.”

Tara Mello and Grade 7 Cluster 2 at Thompson Middle School for “Investigation Into Immigration.”

Vikki LePree at Thompson Middle School for “Honors Chorus.”

Larry Mauk at Thompson Middle School for “TMS After school Jazz Band.”

Candace Lewia at Thompson Middle School for “Science Fair.”

Jim Cawley at Thompson Middle School for “Fit For Life.”

Alan Bernstein at Rogers High School for “RHS Arts Showcase.”

Corey Johnson at Rogers High School for “Chorus Club.”

Barbara Wunderler at Rogers High School for “RHS Art Club.”

Scott Dickison at Rogers High School for “Robotics Continues.”

In conjunction with Island Moving Co. for all third-grade students to see “The Nutcracker.”

In conjunction with Salve Regina University to plan the reading exposition “March Into Madness.”

A joint yearlong art study project between the Newport public schools Art Department and Rough Point.

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