Initiatives

Non-Fiction Books for K-5

Principal Morris requested a set of K-5 Okapi Non-Fiction books, to be shared by all grade levels.  The books would be available in the book room for teachers to borrow for small groups.  This set, in particular, includes books with complexity and topics appropriate for the upper grades.  The ability of all students to...
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Words Their Way Spelling Curriculum

Principal Morris requested a grant to purchase Words Their Way spelling curriculum, a literacy curriculum referenced and recommended by Curriculum 2.0.  While MCPS promotes this method of teaching spelling, it cannot afford to provide the necessary materials to schools.  In May 2012 the Foundation agreed to provide funds so the school can purchase this...
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Support for the Somerset Garden

In the spring of 2012, a team of Somerset parents collaborated with Principal Morris, Building Services Manager Matt Benson, and a representative from the Audubon Society to develop a small garden on the school grounds.  They were eager to make the most of a new opportunity:  after many years of discouraging school garden programs,...
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Classroom Technology for New Hampshire Estates E.S.

In March 2012, the Foundation approved a grant request from New Hampshire Estates to purchase additional classroom sets of a document camera (known as an ELMO) and LCD projector to help them implement Curriculum 2.0 and meet the needs of their ESOL learners.  With a staff of 30 classroom teachers sharing 9 sets, the...
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