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“Tides Night Fundraiser!” Thursday April 9, 2015

Want a night off from cooking this week? Visit Tides in Nahant Thursday between 6-9 pm. Thursday, April 9th from 6-9 pm, Tides on Nahant Beach will donate 10% of all sales (restaurant, bar & take out) to Swampscott Education Foundation. No coupon or flyer required!

Published: April, 2015

“LIGHT UP SWAMPSCOTT!” LAUNCHES MARCH 23, 2015

MARCH 11, 2015 – Swampscott, MA. – The Swampscott School District is excited to announce a novel fundraiser program called “LIGHT UP SWAMPSCOTT!”: a joint effort between the School District and local businesses to raise funds and purchase a new high powered digital projector for the High School auditorium. Sponsors include the Swampscott Education Foundation, UNO Pizzeria & Grill, Eastern Bank, CCS Presentation Systems New England, and Salem Five Credit Union. (Use Link, Learn More).

Published: March, 2015

2nd Annual SHS Science Fair

Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the 2015 Swampscott High School Science Fair. A belated thank you to all of the dedicated students, judges, and members of the High School STEM department who worked so hard to make this year’s Science and Engineering Fair a great success. Fifty-six students representing 44 projects from Pre-AP Chemistry and STEM Biology presented projects. This year’s winners will move on to the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair Region IV at Somerville High School on March 14th.

Congratulations to the winners!

1st Place: Joe Turcotte, Project: Ending Diabetes

2nd Place: Owen Pearce, Project: The Effects on a Ball's Bounce Caused by Different Air Pressures

3rd Place: Gabby LaRiviere, Project: Vitamin C in Juices

4th Place: Andrew McLaughlin, Project: The Effect of pH on seed germination rates

5th Place: Marine Dreeben, Project: Behavior of Water droplets on a vertical surface that has been treated with different with different substances

Alternates: Dan Muller, Project: The Heat of Hand Warmers; Karol Wabno and Jeff Montes, Project: Finding viscosities between wet and dry lubricants; an

d Arthur Kautz, Project: An Inexpensive Teleoperated Glovebox

(Use Link, Learn More).

Published: March, 2015

Amazon Smiles Giving Program

SEF is wildly excited to announce we are now part of the Amazon Smile program. If you shop on Amazon, please enter through this link below, SEF will automatically receive .5% of your purchases. The more shopping you do, the more grants we can award to our teachers' innovative ideas. Happy shopping, and thank you, Amazon! (Use Link, Learn More).

Published: February, 2015

SEF selected again by Whole Foods for a 5% Day

Whole Foods has graciously given SEF another donation from its 5% day. SEF would like to thank Whole Foods as well as all its patrons in supporting SEF and its mission. Here is a little about Whole Foods Charitable works: ”Our team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors. First off, it’s a given that each store donates food to area food banks and shelters. We have food; they know how to get it to people who need it. Done. Then several times a year, our stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits." (learn more).

Published: March, 2014

SEF Helps Sponsor first Swampscott High School Science Fair

Congratulations to all of the students that participated in the 2014 Swampscott High School Science Fair. We had 40 projects represented last night. The students did an outstanding job at the fair with presenting their research findings, poster presentations and answering questions from judges and the community. The judges and teachers were very impressed with our students!! Please give an extra congratulation to the students that placed in the top five of all entries. They will be representing Swampscott High School at the Regional Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at Sommerville High School on March 15th: 1st: William Green and Matthew Zimmer, Gratzel Cell 2nd: Maria Chikvashivili and Eugenia Nosyryeva, Milk into Plastic 3rd: Megan Weissenburger, How Does Homemade pH paper work? 4th: Christina King, Wave Generator 5th: Isabella Kornitsky and Kevin Strothman, Effects of SPF values on UVA and UVB rays 1St Alternate: Isabella Costiello and Sarah Thompson, Burn Baby Burn, Burn Those Calories Down We would like to thank all of our judges that volunteered their time to meet our students and observe all the great science we are doing here at SHS. Thank you to Ms. Georgieva, Ms. Sewell, Ms. Camire and Ms. Yanofsky, administration and parents for supporting the students in the Fair. And thank you to the Swampscott Education Foundation for their partnership this year in getting our first SHS Science Fair off the ground. We look forward to working with SEF and expanding the Fair next year. Sincerely, Brandy Wilbur ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brandy M. Wilbur STEM Coordinator Swampscott High School 200 Essex St., Room C106 Swampscott, MA 01907 wilbur@swampscott.k12.ma.us 781-596-8830 x 5403

Published: February, 2014

Winners of the 3rd annual iPad Raffle Drawing

Thank you for all those who supported our iPad drawing. Congratulations to Lori Jackson, Lisa White and Jarret Bridge for winning this year’s drawing!

iPads generously donated this year by: Flannery's Handymen, Ronald Plotka, DDS & Michael Costello, DMD and Viktoria P. Talebian, DMD

Published: November 30, 2013

Swampscott Journalism Program Grant Awarded

Awarded: 09/11/13
Recipient: Dennis Kohut, SHS English teacher and Newspaper Club Advisor, and three students
Contact Info: kohut@swampscottk12.ma.us 781-596-8830 ext 5204
Amount: $850
Summary: Grant awarded to journalism students and the school newspaper club. Money to purchase new camera and accessories, QuarkXPress Publishing software and a subscription to a new online hosting source, School Newspaper Online.

(Click here to see "The Blueprint" SHS School Newspaper).

Published: September 25, 2013

The Family Non-Fiction Shared Reading Program-STANLEY Grant Awarded

Awarded: 03/27/13
Recipient: Camay Pascucci and Ann Quagrello –Stanley Parents
Contact Info: ckpascucci@comcast.net
Amount:Up to $2340
Summary: Money awarded to purchase non-fiction grade appropriate science books (21 books x 10 months) for program by which students have a monthly take-home science bag with a book, activities and family journal. Each bag is grade appropriate. The book is picked to complement the current in-class science unit. Families are encouraged to explore the science concepts together, do any activities, share reflections and observations in the science journal and return to the bag to school for use by the next student. This is currently being planned and run by a parent organization at Clarke with approval by Stanley principal.

Published: March, 2013

Swampscott Education Foundation selected by Whole Foods for a 5% Day

Learn about Whole Foods' 5% Day:

"Our team members are part of the local community and they are passionate about supporting the local causes that are important to our shoppers and neighbors. First off, it’s a given that each store donates food to area food banks and shelters. We have food; they know how to get it to people who need it. Done. Then several times a year, our stores hold community giving days (otherwise known as “5% Days”) where five percent of that day’s net sales are donated to a local nonprofit or educational organization. The groups that benefit from these 5% Days are as varied as the communities themselves. Last but not least, team members are constantly volunteering their time and expertise to an assortment of local non-profits." (learn more).

Published: February 27, 2013

The Family Non-Fiction Shared Reading Program-CLARKE Grant Awarded

Awarded: 02/01/13
Recipient: Becky Groothuis, Clarke School parent, chairperson of PSAE (Parent's Striving for Academic Excellence)
Contact Info: groothua@aol.com
Amount:Up to $1655
Summary: Money awarded to purchase non-fiction grade appropriate science books (11 books x 8 months), misc supplies and one yr subscription to teacher website - all to help create a program by which students have a monthly take-home science bag with a book, activities and family journal. Each bag is grade appropriate. The book is picked to complement the current in-class science unit. Families are encouraged to explore the science concepts together, do any activities, share reflections and observations in the science journal and return to the bag to school for use by the next student. This is currently being planned and run by a parent organization at Clarke, teachers are helping with some input and the distribution of bags. The Clarke PTA will be asked to supply funds for yearly maintenance and/or program expansion costs.

Published: February, 2013

Apple Learning Lab Cart Grant Awarded

Awarded: 10/24/12
Recipient: Adam Scharfenberger, SMS STEM Coordinator
Contact Info: scharfenberger@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $2500
Summary: Purchase a mobile cart, wireless port and printer to enable teachers to utilize 15 new laptops in their classrooms.

Published: October 25, 2012

Simple Machines, Forces and Motion Grant Awarded

Awarded: 10/24/12
Recipient: Sharon LaRosa, Elementary STEM Coordinator
Contact Info: larosa@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $1265
Summary: Purchased simple machine kits, games related to force and motion and literacy related materials - to be used with all 3rd graders during this updated science unit, includes modeling and training by STEM coordinator and teacher feedback on success of new materials

Published: October 25, 2012

Virtual Dual Imersion Grant Awarded

Awarded: 10/24/12
Recipient: Alejandra Baralt, Spanish Teacher SHS
Contact Info: baralt@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $500
Summary: Purchased 24 Microsoft Webcams to be installed in language lab in order for AP Spanish students to participate in a dual immersion program with students from Leon University in Mexico, intent is authentic conversation and language practice.

Published: October 25, 2012

Height Adjustable Table Grant Awarded

Awarded: 6/12/12
Recipient: Jamie Bryanos, Math Teacher SHS
Contact Info: bryanos@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $489
Summary: Purchase an adjustable height table to allow students to stand during class lectures and work, intended to increase engagement and performance of students, particularly those at-risk.

Published: June 13, 2012

US FIRST Robotic Supplies Grant Awarded

Awarded: 6/12/12
Recipient: Dick Leonard, Robotics Team Advisor, SHS
Contact Info: rleonard@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $500
Summary: Money for the robotics team to buy non-consumables to jumpstart funding and the building of the robot for 2013 competition

Published: June 13, 2012

Community Garden Grant Awarded

Awarded: 4/30/12
Recipient: Brandi Wilbur, STEM Coordinator; Joe Bennett Life Skills Teacher, Joanna Ganci, English Teacher SHS
Contact Info: wilbur@swampscott.k12.ma.us, bennett@swampscott.k12.ma.us, ganci@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Amount: $$7869.58
Summary: Money awarded to start a community garden in the courtyard behind the high school. The space will have raised beds,benches, cross-disciplinary activities (art, robotics, English...), an electronic Garden Project Website and log book, ties with Clarke School and Senior Center, Food Project, new after school club and eventual participation in farmer's market.

Published: May 1, 2012