2021-22 GRANT AWARDS
Harold Martin School Library "Learning Commons": PHASE 2
Phase 2 of the HMS library renovation is to purchase mobile shelving so that all shelves not attached to the wall are mobile. This will allow for the greatest flexibility possible as all shelving can be moved at a moment’s notice to allow for the diverse and unique needs of students and staff. This second phase consists of replacing the nonfiction shelving that is currently situated next to the new mobile shelving (see image). When all the shelving is mobile, the library will be used more often as it will be able to be changed up quickly for multi-use purposes. Most school libraries today have mobile shelving so the room can be used for many school events and not just a space to read and check out books. Grant award amount: $9,935.
The old shelving that needs replacing to match the new mobile shelving previously purchased with HPSF grant money.
Middle/High School Library "Learning Commons": PHASE 2
Phase 2 of the "Learning Commons" project for the Middle/High School continues to improve the library space to better meet the needs of today’s students. Identified priorities from student and staff surveys are increased collaborative
and soft seating space with charging areas and flexibility with space configuration to allow for
various setups. Funding goes toward making all of the shelving in the middle of the space mobile (and matching) so that we can rearrange the entire space for classes and events as needed. Using Universal Design for Learning principles,
the space will allow for quiet, individual work as well as collaborative group work, class instruction, presentation, and exploration. Innovative design attends to all of these possible scenarios, and flexible furniture allows reconfiguration depending on the learning goals. Grant award amount: $8,970.
L: Some old shelving against the wall and new lighter colored mobile shelving. R: The new mobile, adaptable soft seating is highly sought after by the students.
SOAR Equine Therapy Program
SOAR is an 8-week long equine therapy program that meets once per week for 2-hour sessions. Over the course of the school year, four groups of 6 students will take the school's 14-passenger bus to Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center in Hopkinton to complete the SOAR program. It will be one day per week for 8 weeks during the school day.
Equine therapy has been shown to lead to fewer behavioral infractions, fewer absences from school, healthier friend interactions, better relationships with peers and teachers, better grades, and help students to learn about themselves and be able to trust others to talk about their trauma. The goal with this grant is to help alleviate some of our student's suffering during this pandemic, focusing on high-risk teenagers that are in danger of suicide, self-harm, and other threats caused by severe depression and anxiety. Grant award amount: $9,960.
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.
2020-21 GRANT AWARDS
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.