2000 Grants

Cole School

Scientific Investigations — Aprea

  • Tools for direct observation at the first grade level, allowing student to become familiar with magnifying glasses, scales, beakers, thermometers, while studying ants, worms, frogs, butterflies, and others.

Portfolios and Student Self Assessment — Fitzgibbons

  • All Cole fourth graders will have the tools begin the proces of building personal portfolios and self-assessment.

Bringing Folk Tales to Life – Truesdell/Jones/ Austin / Joy / McFarland

  • During winter months, this reading series transports these children to far away lands of legends, magic, and tall tales.

Looking at Learning and Learning by Looking – McCann/MacEwen

  • Another hands-on science program, where children will observe ants and worms in their respective habitats, watch metamorphosis of caterpillars to butterflies, tadpoles to frogs, and observe sunflower growth.

Engaging Science – Curran/Lynch

  • Fourth graders continue from the foundations in science with studies of sunlight on green plants, and Skeletal systems.

Vinal School

What Do We Do Now? – Sibbald/Saccone

  • This grant creates a resource library for various learning disabilities including, but not limited to Attention Deficit Disorder, Hyperactive Disorder, anxiety disorders, Down Syndrome, Asperger’s Syndrome, and others, to be available particularly to families of students with disabilities, but not limited to others.

Literacy Centers: Extending & Enriching the Language Arts Learning Experiences of Our Students – Quinlan

  • This grant will provide Walkmans and 5 Read-along Classics and 5 Read along for Beginners cassettes to enhance reading skills for all students.

We Are All Smart! Meeting the Needs of All Learners Through the Eight Intelligences – Quinlan

  • Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory posits that we all have different leaning styles, including linguistic (word smart), artistic (picture smart), naturalistic (nature smart), kinesthetic (body smart), logical-sequential (number smart), intra-personal (self-smart), inter-personal (people smart) and musical (musical-smart) intelligence. This grant provides teacher and student resources to recognize these skills, leveraging our natural skills, and developing our weaker skills.

Community Building Through Quilting – DeCoste

  • This grant uses the quilt metaphor for telling the story of a community; the classroom community will follow a month-long reading program modeled after the quilt metaphor.

Easy to Read Book Set – Harper

  • This grant will build a supplemental library for Wendy Harper’s second grade students who can benefit from easier books that they can borrow to take home, and read in their own time.

Ant Farm – Lincoln/Harper/Quinlan

  • Three second grade classes will be studying ants, and the ant farms can be used in the future. Children can keep a record of their observations in a journal.


Classroom Library- Wisgirda/Laffan

  • In an ongoing effort to expose children to non-fiction literature, these three sets of 30 novels will permit all students to read novels concurrently, enabling both classroom and small group discussion.

Air-Watch Weather Station – Lyons

  • Norwell is joining a national School Weather Network when they install the Air Watch Weather Station. This station collects weather data, including temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, precipitation and light. What makes this especially valuable is that the data are served up on the internet for sharing with 4000 other sources. Being part of a larger network will enhance the meteorological curriculum. This is an excellent way to bring real-world technology into the classroom.

Physical Assessment & Health Education Resources – Alricida/Smith

  • Books, guides, posters, and handouts for nursing staff will keep parents, and students informed about the latest in health promotion and disease prevention. Due to the ever-changing health care climate, updated materials are especially useful.

Goldman School

Investigating Cells- It Really is a Small World After All! – Bossa

  • Grade 7 & 8 Science students will continue their exploration into the world of the very small, by examining the structure and detail of both plant and animal cells, the cell division processes of mitosis and meiosis, and the formation and replication of the DNA molecular structure. Students will be expected to be able to distinguish the differences between plant and animal cell structure, construct models to test hypotheses related to DNA structure, and to learn laboratory methods and protocol.

Let’s Get Wired! Hand on Physical Science Lab Activities – Bossa

  • Let’s get wired allow student sto explore the concepts of force, motion,and electricity, specifically, the onepts and relationships of electrical currents and voltage, the concept of inertia, and the concepts o fmotion and friction.

Accelerated Reader Program – Gee/Lowe/Mazzola/ Woodworth

  • Different students learn to read at different speeds and levels. The accelerated reading program provides tools for advanced readers too. This program provides a lengthy list of children’s classics, along with quizzes testing overall comprehension.

Lego Robotics Club — Bergquist

  • Robotics came to the High School a few years ago, and a Norwell Education Foundation grant enabled the high school team to enter their robots in statewide competition last year. Now robotics come to Goldman with the Lego robotics grant. High school students will assist the Goldman students in preparing for the first U.S. Lego Robotics competition.

Math Basics Review — Hersey

  • Roughly 45 Goldman students will get additional practice in mastering basic operational mathematics fact with this algebra game software. The Math Shark game makes mastery of facts and pre-algebraic skills a requirement to compete in this game. Shhhhh, don’t remind the kids they’re working on their math skills while having fun.

High School

Portfolio Assessment in the Mathematics Classroom – Swartz

  • Portfolios have been a mainstay of many professionals, and the concept has come to high school mathematics. This program will pay for a speaker to come to Norwell High school to help begin a portfolio assessment program for Norwell’s budding mathematicians.

The Geometry of Flight – DiNolo

  • The geometry of Flight studies the fundamentals of aerodynamics as applied to high school geometry. But this program is fun, too, as students will also design and build and fly Styrofoam gliders, tested for distance and flight time.

Balsawood Bridge Building Competition – Connor

  • For years students have built straw bridges to understand structural engineering. This NEF funded project will allow students to step up to balsawood…enough to build 120 bridges. Take that, Big Dig!

Artist In Residence- Noiseux

  • Eileen Rotty (Drawing) Eileen Rotty is an artist and professor at Mass Art, and has taught adults and young people. This guest artist will concentrate on drawing skills, and drawing with expression.

Math Contests: NEML and AMC — Giordano

  • This grant allows Norwell’s best mathematicians to compete in the New England Mathematics League and the American Mathematics Competition. These competitions challenge students not only in classroom skills, but also in critical thinking and problemsolving. Students take a qualifying exam, and last year two Norwell students qualified for the American Invitational Math Exam.

Bottle Rocket Launchers (II) – Emerson

  • These aren’t gunpowder-powered rockets; these are air powered plastic bottles, designed and fabricated by sophomore and junior science students. NEF is funding better air pumps to allow more consistent pumping.

Water Analysis of Jacob’s Pond – Browne/Emerson

  • Fall and spring water analysis at Jacob’s Pond will benefit students by exposing them to on-site data collection, and in lab evaluation, and will benefit Norwell by studying a well-used town resource.

Non-fiction Writers in the Classroom- Atkinson

  • Similar to the Artist-in residence program referenced above, the Non-Fiction writers in the classroom will pay a stipend to writers and journalists to speak to seniors about the craft of writing, and professional career development.

The Poet’s Workshop- Browne

  • The Poet’s Workshop brings’ published poet Carl Winderl to 10th grade honors English class. Skills and knowledge will help students complete the creative component of the Author Research Project.