The Byram Hills Education Foundation announced that it has awarded five grants totaling $260,243 to the Byram Hills Central School District. Here’s a breakdown:
- BHEF Fast Path: Enabling Next Generation Technology, District-wide: $136,579. This grant expands network resources throughout the District. This project broadens the capability of the district’s network infrastructure and increases bandwidth and connectivity.
- Passport to the Internet: Elementary Online Software, Coman Hill and Wampus: $21,901. This grant exposes elementary students to software that helps explain concepts taught in the classroom so students may practice and review material at school or at home. The programs provide immediate feedback and opportunities to strengthen skills across curricular areas with a single log-in. The programs include ReflexMath.com and Learning.com (which features Aha!Math, Aha!Science, Easy-Tech, Study Dog and Sky). The use of these programs is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path. (This grant is jointly funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)
- SmartMusic®, Wampus, H.C. Crittenden, BHHS, $34,854. SmartMusic® is music education software that provides students and teachers with access to thousands of band, orchestra and vocal pieces, allowing students to practice with background accompaniment and hear immediate feedback on their performance. This grant serves over 1,000 Byram Hills student musicians by encouraging students of every level to rehearse at home with digital assistance, evaluate and record daily practice and share progress with their teachers via email. The use of this software is only possible with the granting of BHEF Fast Path.
- eBooks for Byram Hills Libraries, District-wide: $45,000. This grant funds the acquisition of a starter collection of Common Core and curriculum-aligned eBooks for all four school libraries. These eBooks are accessible through the BHEF-funded Byram Hills BobCat-alog for check-out by students from home, in school, or on the move. The books may be read online on any computer, netbook or laptop, or they may be downloaded to some other mobile reading devices. eBook collections provide 24/7 access to valuable curriculum resources for all Byram Hills students in unlimited quantity. (eBooks for H.C. Crittenden is funded by the Debra Leipman Yale Memorial Fund.)
- SMART Document Cameras™ and Mixed Reality Cubes, Wampus: $21,909. This grant purchases SMART Document Cameras for each classroom at Wampus, including special education classrooms and the two computer labs. These cameras allow teachers to project sharp, vibrant images onto the SMART Board® which can then be manipulated and saved for future use. The mixed reality feature allows students to interact with 3-D images to foster deeper engagement and understanding during a unit of study. This grant extends a similar, highly successful, grant awarded to Coman Hill in 2011-12.