STEUBENVILLE – A stipend from the Jefferson County Educational Service Center will allow students at Steubenville City School to broaden their minds with fun and unique lessons.
Teachers Emily Miller, Sara Nocera and Jamie Thompson each received a $ 600 best practice grant to deliver programs to their schools. JCESC Director of Special Education Amber Fomenko presented a check for a total of $ 1,800 at the Steubenville school board meeting on Wednesday.
Miller, who teaches art at Steubenville High School, will use her funding to “Gelli Arts printing plates” and acquire stencils for projects benefiting more than 300 students.
“It offers students the possibility of bringing their own articles to integrate into the engraving process”, she said. âHaving these reusable stencils will be beneficial and allow us to integrate science into art. The handcrafted and artistic swabs will benefit the Gelli plaque application process and allow students to add fine detail to the plaque.
She said it was her first JCESC award and would help current and future art students.
“This project will benefit 30 students at a time, but, more importantly, these can be used from year to year”, she continued.
Wells Academy first-grade teacher Nocera discusses student literacy “Library rat vending machine” proposal by providing a positive-based reward system that ultimately helps the whole school. She said the vending machine is stocked with books for different reading levels, and students with positive traits could access it to read material.
âThe school will choose behaviors or benchmarks so that the students are rewarded. Once students demonstrate this positive behavior or benchmark, they will receive a special gold token that can be used to sell their favorite book from the machine â, she said. “We will donate the gold chips for perfect attendance, honor roll, good demeanor and citizenship.”
Nocera has received a best practice grant in the past and was delighted to win another award this year benefiting approximately 100 students.
âI am very excited to receive the grant, so that our students can begin their journey to become better readers and create their own home libraries. “
Thompson said his preschool class at East Garfield Elementary will work with classes at Wells Academy on a shared history project. ” Tell stories “ features original tales featuring a sloth, cow, giraffe, and pink dinosaur as the main characters and showcases the imaginative talents of around 150 children.
“Each class in East will partner with a class in Wells and create a story together” she explained. âThe students in the East will write and draw a page and send it with the stuffed figure to Wells to add what happens next in the story. This will continue until the end of the story. At the end, we will come together to share our stories with our families. “
The concept allows preschoolers to learn new words and prepare to become readers and writers, in addition to fostering brain development and imagination, developing language and emotions, and strengthen relationships. She has received three similar grants in the past and said she was excited to create the project and collaborate with preschoolers in multiple buildings.
JCESC Superintendent Chuck Kokiko recognized educators for their ingenuity and said best practice grants help promote these ideas.
âThe mission of JCESC is to build capacity through innovative and cost-effective programs. The Best Practice Grants are a prime example of how our teachers can be innovative in the practice of educating their students â, he said. âEach year, our district teachers continue to find unique and innovative methods for their class. We are grateful for the hard work of the teachers and happy to support their creativity.
Schools in the town of Steubenville have received a total of 28 grants since the district began participating in 2012 and more funds have been awarded this year to Buckeye Local, Edison, Harrison Hills, Indian Creek, Southern Local, Toronto and Utica Shale Academy.