CSF Grant Recipients October 2018

Calvert School Foundation Awards Grants
Posted on 10/11/2018
Grant Recipients and Board of Directors

October 11, 2018


Calvert School Foundation Awards Grants

Calvert County Public Schools is proud to announce the most recent recipients of the Calvert School Foundation grants to foster creative approaches to education. Members of the Board of Directors reviewed nineteen proposals and selected eight to be funded for a total cost of just over $12,500.00.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “This is what we hoped to be able to do with the establishment of our foundation. Help teachers explore their creative ideas.”

The eight proposals that will be funded this year are:

“We Are on Our Way, Using Tools like Mathematicians and Scientists”

Deanna Coughlin, Windy Hill Elementary School

This project will use dry-erase tables in combination with research-based strategies to enhance student access to curriculum and skills needed to be college and career ready.

“What Can An 8th Grader do at American Chestnut Land Trust?”

Chelsea Gallihugh, Mill Creek Middle School

This grant will provide students the opportunity to engage in activities related to protecting biodiversity, identifying sources of pollution and demonstrate real jobs in the conservation field.

“SIOP Sensational Strategies”

Rebecca Gladfelter, Beach Elementary and Calvert Middle Schools

SIOP Sensational Strategies are interactive, engaging, student-centered strategies that engage students through listening, speaking, reading, writing, collaboration and movement.

“Solving Algebraic Equations for All”

Amy Hamilton, Northern Middle School

This program will impact students from Northern, Plum Point, and Windy Hill Middle Schools. Student outcomes will include solving algebraic equations correctly and increased self-esteem in solving equations, which lead to higher test scores and increased ability to solve more complex equations in future math courses.

“Whiteboard Tables”

Sandra Hickin, Dowell Elementary School

This project will provide all students the opportunity to show their thinking in all subject areas using dry-erase group tables. This will inspire students to work collaboratively and be more engaged in their learning.

“The Creation of a Modern Learning-Focused Inclusive Classroom”

Robert James, Huntingtown High School, and Devin Page, Northern Middle School

The project strives to empower all students to reach their full potential by working creatively, thinking critically, engaging with civic leaders, and becoming more resourceful, life-long learners.

“Family Engagement through Parenting Wisely”

Kimberly Repass, School Social Worker at Patuxent Appeal Campus

This project will teach parenting skills that address challenging behaviors such as redirection, active listening, nondirective play, fostering social skills, communication with schools and setting limits and consequences. Parenting Wisely will increase parental involvement, improve parent-student communication, increase family cohesion and decrease family conflict. The program will serve families at Patuxent Appeal Campus, Barstow Elementary, Southern Middle, Mill Creek Middle, and Patuxent High Schools.

“Improving Learning in the Classroom by Supporting Students Sensory Needs”

Megan Tiralla, Huntingtown Elementary School

The grant will be used to construct and equip a sensory room to increase time on task within the classroom setting. This room will provide a safe, controlled environment under the direction of the school’s occupational therapist for students with sensory needs.


The Calvert School Foundation provides a source of supplemental funding for Calvert County Public Schools through donations and community involvement. The resources will be allocated for innovative educational programs that foster creative approaches to teaching and learning.

Members of the Board of Directors of the Foundation include Bonnie Barrett, Vice President and Branch Market Manager of Community Bank of the Chesapeake; Barbara McKimmie, President of the Calvert Retired School Personnel Association; Dona Ostenso, President of the Calvert Education Association; Guffrie Smith, President of the Calvert Collaborative for Children & Youth; Mark Wanamaker, General Manager of Bayside Toyota; and Victoria Samuels of the Educational Systems Federal Credit Union.

The Foundation operates under the umbrella of the Calvert Community Foundation, which is in partnership with Chesapeake Charities. The Calvert Community Foundation (CCF) is a non-profit resource that provides community groups a simple, accountable method to fulfill their philanthropic missions. Chesapeake Charities is a 501(c)(3) community foundation based in Queen Anne’s County that serves the Chesapeake Bay region.


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