2020-21 GRANT AWARDS
Harold Martin School Outdoor Learning Space
Working with Hopkinton High School student Brooke Carlson (class of 2021), PreK Program Director Kenda Beckwith proposed enhancements to the outdoor space at Harold Martin School to create an outdoor learning environment and garden area for the preschool classes (and others) at Harold Martin School. The space will be built to provide opportunities for the children to explore and learn through hands-on activities, with an ADA compliant walkway winding through the garden space. Grant award amount: $10,995.
iXL.com District-Wide License
The online learning platform iXL.com supports essential skill work in both math and literacy. In the 2020-21 school year, iXL.com was used across grade levels to provide differentiated practice to students in both the hybrid and remote learning models. The platform continues to be used across grade levels. Grant award amount: $7,858.
Hopkinton School District Libraries "Learning Commons"
At all three of Hopkinton’s school buildings, the library is the hub of the school. They are used by students, faculty, and staff from the time the doors open in the morning until the time they are locked in the evening. While some basic renovations and improvements, such as new carpeting, have been covered by the district’s facilities project, the grants awarded by the Hopkinton Public Schools Foundation go above and beyond the school district’s budget to increase flexibility and further improve services for students, teachers, and staff. Funds were use to purchase a variety of seating, tables, and shelving to accommodate multiple size groupings, flexibility to reconfigure the space as needed, and to meet Universal Design for Learning principles. Grant award amount: $30,695. (HMS: $10,217.89, MSS: $10,382.96, HMHS: $10,094.93)
2019-20 GRANT AWARDS
Freshwater Ecosystem Study: Purchased essential equipment to support the 7th grade’s Integrated Science curriculum, including waders, nets, dissolved oxygen meters, and more. This is an annual collaboration with New Hampshire Fish and Game and New England College. Grant award amount: $4,231.
Schoolwide Composting Program: Purchased start-up equipment for school-wide composting at Maple Street School. The project is a collaboration between the Maple Street Green Club, the Hopkinton Middle High School Environmental Action Club, and the PTA. Grant award amount: $3,000.
Accessible Algebra Through Technology: Purchase of graphing calculators and related accessories to make course content and technology accessible to all students taking Algebra 2 (a graduation requirement). Grant award amount: $4,189.
Hopkinton Middle-High School Greenhouse Project: support for a new greenhouse at Hopkinton Middle High School, which will enhance science instruction and extracurricular programming; funds used to purchase a climate pod structure (such as the one pictured), which HMHS staff and students hope to construct in 2021. Grant award amount: $11,000.
Cricut in the Classroom: support for purchase of a Cricut Machine, a tool that integrates with technology, mathematics, and art instruction and allows creation and production of unique, student-designed items. Grant funds were used to purchase a Cricut Machine, Easy Press, and related equipment. The grant recipient, Melanie Thornley, reported that “Within 20 minutes [of unboxing the machine], they had made a GEOMETRY sign for another teacher's classroom . . . students began designing decals for their own personal water bottles, calculators and binders. We also had students working on hallway decals for the 5th floor and thank you gifts for the Hopkinton Public Schools Foundation before we were unexpectedly thrown into remote instruction and were not allowed back into our school building.” If you attended the Hopkinton Middle High School Graduation or watched it online, you’ve seen this grant in action - the Cricut Maker was used to create the over 260 wonderful customized face masks worn by graduates and their parents and guests. Grant award amount: $1,250.