2018-19 Horsemen PTA Mini-Grant Winners

Sleepy Hollow Middle School

6th grade ELA/Social Studies/Mindset Teacher Michelle Sciullo – Crafting supplies to create a “Maker Space” for the “Red Hot Chili Pepper Team” (115 6th grade students). To be used during indoor recess and Mindset FLEX. Camping style folding chairs to be used as flexible seating for specific activities that include but are not limited to: book clubs, collaborative work, small group instruction, seating for outdoor lessons

Special Education Teacher Megan Lasky – Supplies for improved learning environment in her classroom. New rug, bean bag chairs, balance balls. Benefits 120 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades, plus students who use the classroom before school

Exploratory Music Teacher Lisa DiNome – Djembe percussion drums to complete the set for all students in class

Special Education Teacher Stephanie Castillo – Funds for a community-based learning activity. Students will take trips to town to purchase food and then cook a meal in the campus apartment through the end of the school year.

Counselor Miriam Ocasio – iPad in order to use different apps to “make learning [Dialectical Behavior Therapy] DBT and [social-emotional learning] SEL competencies and skills more interactive, fun and sustaining.” To be available for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students.

 7th Grade Science Teacher Mike Garguilo -Watercolor supplies for a project that will “expand art into science”

Washington Irving School

Physical Education Teacher Lara Vivolo & PE Department – Spike Ball, Can Jam and Corn Hole activities for a “backyard games” unit “to teach students about the value of social games that can be played both inside and outside of school with their families, peers and communities.” Will also be used as a station for Field Day and to help with inside PE units that the entire class can’t participate in at once due to limited equipment and space. Benefits all students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Art Teacher Sue Barrett – New paper cutter meant for a high-use environment. Will replace outdated, inefficient equipment and benefit 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.

Reading Specialist Kaycee Von Essen and Special Education Teacher Kelly Campana – Funds to start “Wee Deliver”/school-wide post office program

Reading Specialists Jennifer Dal Ceredo and Kaycee Von Essen – Phonics games to reinforce understanding of phonics. Games will be kept in one of the Academic Intervention Services (AIS) classrooms and also be available for teachers to sign out to use in their classrooms as needed. More than 100 students benefit from AIS.

W. L. Morse School

Psychologist Ivette Lebenberg – “Blast off” (space-themed) sensory pathway package, to be installed in the hallway that connects the two classroom hallways. The first science unit for first graders is “The Sun, Moon and Stars.”

John Paulding School

Kindergarten Teacher Madeline Praino – Materials to create a woodlands- and dinosaurs-themed sensory hallway

Psychologist Anna Ginther – Supplies to create “cool down” kits for each Kindergarten, Pre-Kindergarten and ENL classroom

Kindergarten Teacher Patricia Buckley – Funds for each kindergarten classroom to adopt an animal via World Wildlife Fund. For upcoming instruction on animals and informational writing, environmental awareness.