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Friday, February 12, 2010

Concord Education Fund donates over $117,000 to CCHS

The high school has been awarded grants worth more than $71,000 by the Concord Education Fund and an additional $40,000 gift has been donated towards the Xirrus Wireless Project, for a total of over $117,000 in grants. Superintendent Diana Rigby described the grants at a Concord-Carlisle Regional School Committee meeting last month.

A $24,500 grant was awarded to Concord-Carlisle Regional High School (CCHS) chemistry teacher Cricket McCaffrey-Clark and her team to fund the follow-up to “Using Moodle to Develop Interactive Websites to Enhance Student Learning.” These teachers will train teachers on Moodle software and its use in developing and running online learning communities as an extension of their classrooms.

A $29,500 grant was awarded to CCHS English teacher Andy Sapp to purchase the software and hardware that will facilitate the development of CCHS “Patriot News,” a student-produced, school-based television news and weather service. This will augment the Concord Education Fund spring grant of $26,000 for advanced multi-media production.

An almost $7,000 grant was awarded to the Environmental Field Studies Group through CCHS Science Chair Mike Vela. This new club takes an interdisciplinary approach to environmental science and local history. One activity the students are participating in is a Blanding’s Turtle study, in which they monitor and care for turtles in biology classrooms.

A $5,000 grant was awarded to fund participation in the “Pathways to China” study and travel program administered through the Burlington Public Schools. This program brings teachers and students from eight other Massachusetts high schools together and offers students an opportunity to study topics related to Chinese society, history and life. Students who complete the course work can then extend their knowledge by traveling to China for a two-week study experience.

CCHS Science teacher Brian Miller received a grant for $5,080 to develop an advisory program to enhance the relationships that students create at CCHS. The goal is for students to become more connected with other students, faculty and administration.

A $40,000 grant was given for the Xirrus wireless project. This funding will be used to purchase more Xirrus base stations so computers across the high school can connect to the network wirelessly. Only a portion of the high school has that capability now. This technology will also greatly increase the number of computers that can be connected wirelessly and improve performance. The grant will also support the wireless system used across the Concord school system. ∆

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