School committee approves 11 Paine grants

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The Ipswich school committee approved 11 William Paine Enhancement Grant applications at their meeting on Thursday night. The grants, which were established through a trust dating from 1660, seek to enrich the education of students across the district. The approved grant applications are listed below.

21st century music classroom: $36,349.13

This grant is designed to create more opportunities in the music department through the creation of a “modern band” class for eighth-grade students that will integrate modern technology and production into the classroom. The funding will go toward instruments, technology equipment, and programs for music production.

Elementary library technology enhancement: $31,000

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Library media specialists from Doyon and Winthrop elementary schools submitted this grant to further incorporate computer science and digital literacy in their instruction. The funding will be used to purchase digital tools, including iPads and support coding programs and video creation.

Place-based learning: $108,000

This grant, which has been requested repeatedly over the past few years, will work to ensure that all students across the school district are able to participate in field trips and hands-on learning experiences regardless of their family’s financial situation.

Dual enrollment: $13,700

High school students will be able to pursue higher education during the school day through this grant. Students will be allowed to dually enroll in a high school class and a local college class. This grant is anticipated to be incorporated into the school budget next year.

Doyon playground project: $170,906

The current playground at Doyon Elementary School has surpassed its projected life, and many aspects of it have been taken down or closed for safety reasons, according to Heather Leonard, chair of the Paine Grant Committee. This grant will improve the playground by providing an ADA-compliant walking path, replacing the current ground cover, and adding climbing structures. It will be possible to relocate the playground at any time.

Visualizing and verbalizing: $9,745.89

This grant would enable professional development for special education teachers and speech language pathologists to teach “targeted comprehension skills and strategies” using visualizing and verbalizing techniques to support students that require targeted instruction at Doyon and Winthrop.

Doyon third grade trips to Plimoth Patuxet Museums: $6,430

Third-grade students at Doyon will have the opportunity to travel to Plimoth Patuxet Museums this upcoming year through this grant. The funding will go toward the cost for travel and extended staffing to allow students a full day of exploring the museums.

Improving student achievement through adult learning: $47,392

This grant, which has been requested repeatedly over the past few years, will enable professional development across the district. The funding will allow a student support team at the high school to travel to the American School Counselors Association conference in Texas, ELA teachers at the middle school to travel to the NCTE convention, Winthrop teachers to better support vulnerable students, and Doyon teachers to receive responsive classroom training.

2022 college application bootcamp: $12,250

Rising seniors at IHS will have the opportunity to receive help with college interviews, essays, and the financial application process through this grant.

High school music department England trip: $128,000

Since 1998, high school students involved in the music department travel to England to perform every four years. This grant will reduce the cost of the trip by 50% for students who meet the free and reduced lunch criteria and for families with multiple children in high school. It will also provide additional funding for rental instruments.

2022 Creating Innovators, Part 2: $94,500

Following Part 1 from last year, this grant will continue to improve computer science at the middle school by funding a computer science teacher, a technology-enhanced classroom called the “Zoom room,” virtual field trips, and subscriptions to certain services, including Zoom .

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