Cocalico Education Foundation awards wide range of teacher grants

Cocalico Middle School eighth-graders, from left, Sydney Renaud, Hannah Martin, Kiera Tran and Karly Galbreath participate in a field trip to Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19, 2018.

In the fall the Cocalico Education Foundation donated almost $19,000 to the Cocalico School District for innovative programming. The funding was possible due to charitable contributions from area businesses and individuals and as a result of popular fundraisers such as the Extraordinary Give, Screamin’ Eagle 5K Run and foundation yard sales, according to a news release.

The grant projects and teacher recipients were:

— Aeroponic garden: Matthew Bartholomew, Jessica Campbell, Chris Dunn and Angela Marley at Denver Elementary. Students will learn the process of growing plants in an air/mist environment rather than soil in a project directly connected to the Pennsylvania core science standards.

— Brainingcamp online math subscriptions: Matthew Behney, Lindsay Ehrat, Shawn Hershey, Matthew Horning, James Martin, Bryan Strohl and Travis Wealand at Cocalico Middle School. The program allows students to reinforce real-world, problem-solving skills both at school and at home.

— “Building Your Knowledge: Through the Compound Eye”: Cindy Anderson and Kimberly Sassaman at Cocalico Middle School. The compound eye of the microscope, a critical tool for investigation in science, allows students to see and understand cells and unicellular organisms.

— Creation of a re-regulation space: Elise Clicquennoi at Adamstown Elementary. This space beyond the regular classroom allows students to be guided to more emotionally and behaviorally regulated states, according to the release. Use of the space creates a safe, healthy learning environment.

— Districtwide coding contest: Elizabeth Cerullo, Cheryl Frost, Kristen Hartranft, Denise Logue and Angela Marley. Fourth- and fifth-graders will receive instruction on Scratch, a web-based coding software, and will be encouraged to use code to create a game, quiz or story. A coding contest will be held for students to showcase their creations.

—GooseChase success: Corry Bilby, Barbara Conway, Lindsay Ehrat, Nicole Hogan and Anthony Tartaglia of Cocalico Middle School. The GooseChase app and website transform traditional scavenger hunts into collaborative and engaging learning experiences for students. Eighth-graders will be introduced to the app during a Washington, D.C., field trip.

— Mystery science: Jill Lutz, Angela Marley and Melissa Whitcomb of Denver Elementary. The program of open-and-go lessons inspires students to love science. It provides a hands-on science activity designed around a mystery question.

— Young entrepreneurial practice: Paulette Holbritter and Andria Weaver of Cocalico High School. The Eagles Nest Emporium (school store) is ready for expansion. Special education students who work in the store gain valuable, transferable skills necessary to secure and sustain employment.

— Video cameras will be used by CMS students for cooperative learning projects that tap both iMovie and Microsoft Word.

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— Ballet and fiesta Mexico field trip: Erin Kregar and Laura Stehr. Students will attend a live performance of the Hispanic Flamenco Ballet. Students will also sample Spanish cuisine and use their Spanish communication skills to order food at a Mexican restaurant.

— German-American Partnership Program Exchange: Courtney Hall and Gina Schneider. The program is a partnership between Cocalico High School and Konig-Karlmann Gymnasium in Germany. This year Cocalico students will travel to Germany for a three-week stay during which they will live with a host family and attend school for at least 10 days.

— Graphic design in vinyl: Karl Bierly of Cocalico Middle School. Through the purchase of a vinyl cutter, the middle school technology curriculum will offer new hands-on graphic design opportunities.

— One School, One Book: Elizabeth Cerullo, Emily Jacobs and Angela Marley of Denver Elementary. The program fosters reading together at home by providing every family with resources, guidance and support. This year’s book, “Fenway and Hattie” by Victoria Coe, was given to every Denver family and staff member.

— Oratory integration initiative: Lauren Baxter and Georgette Hackman. The yearlong multidisciplinary program works in conjunction with the education department of Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., teaching students the meaning and context behind some of history’s greatest speeches and the people who delivered them.

— Visiting Philadelphia Museum of Art: Sandra McCarthy and David McFalls of Cocalico High School. Students will experience art in a way that will stimulate creativity, encourage personal expression and enhance problem-solving skills, according to the news release.