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SEF's mission is to maintain and enhance the high quality of a Summit, New Jersey public school education through community funding of innovative and essential educational programs, a close working relationship with the school district, and careful review, evaluation and financial oversight of supported initiatives.
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Thanks to You

SEF would like to thank Sotheby's Prominent Properties, Liss Printing, Lois Schneider Realtor, Point View, Summit House Restaurant and Salerno Duane for sponsoring Spring For Excellence
 
All 9th and 10th Graders received Chromebooks during the 2015-16 school year as part of the district's comprehensive technology plan.  This was the largest grant in SEF history!  Read More.
 
Renowned children's picture book author Patricia Palocco visited all elementary schools!  Read More. 
 
Our Casino Night fundraiser raised over $86,000!  Click here to see photos from past year's events.
 
College  Specialist Allison Grill digs in at SHS.  Read More. 
 
 
Did You Know?

Doug Orr, District Technology Supervisor, won the Nora Radest award for Excellence in Education. Read More.
 
2016 spring grants totaled over $263,000.  Check out the full list.
 
SEF is in the news.  Check out the latest stories.
 
Think Big

SEF marked our 30th anniversary in April 2016, and celebrated $5.4 million in grants awarded over three decades. Click here for more about the event.
 
 
Endowment Fund reaches $4 million! Over $690,000 from the Endowment Fund has been doled out to support grants. Click here to learn more.
Little Steamers at Jefferson School
 
Little Steamers  
 
The "Little Steamers" program at Jefferson School has been a wonderful opportunity to motivate and inspire female students in second and third grades in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). In this after school enrichment program funded by SEF, the girls learn basic engineering concepts and have completed projects such as structures, weight bearing towers, simple machines, and a working pipeline. According to teacher Jackie Campagna,"The students have been excited to learn what their weekly goal has been and are developing the skills and confidence to complete each task.”
 
 
 
 
SHS Peer Leaders Attend Leadership Training Retreat At Camp Nyoda Hills
 
Peer Leadership 2016  
STEAM Heats Up Imagination at 2nd Annual Carnival
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Melting gallium rods, mysterious bubbling liquids and teetering superstructures captivated audiences at Saturday, October 15th’s Second Annual STEAM Carnival. Funded by an SEF grant and hosted by Jefferson School, the carnival had over 400 visitors marveling at its many interactive exhibits. The brainchild of Nicole Plumbo Gutierrez, a teacher at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School, and Michelle Hawley, the Elementary Instructional Facilitator, the carnival exposed K-5 students to science and engineering design challenges and promoted STEAM thinking and creativity. Some of the exhibits included a Giant Jenga game, Google Cardboard 3D Glasses, and Golf Swing Analysis. This year, the carnival also included presentations by representatives from Liberty Science Center and Arithmetickles.
Coding Club Debuts at LCJSMS
 
Coding Club

The Coding Club debuted in Fall 2015 at the Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School thanks to a grant from SEF. The program gave 25 LCJSMS students an 8-week introduction to Google's CS First program, which promotes early exposure to computer science education for students. Students used Scratch, a computer language, to write programs for basic video games and other fun activities. The second 8-week session in 2016 expanded to 60 students! Click here to read more about all of the innovative grants that have been implemented by LCJSMS Librarians Megan Hartley and Beth Thomas.

In Their Words

"My 7th Grade Health Class loved the Breakout Edu experience of using their combined knowledge to solve cross-curricular problems in a non-traditional manner.  The students frantically looked around the room for hidden puzzles, clues and backlight messages that directed them to the codes they needed to break open the box.  Students worked together to solve the puzzles before the timer expired. This interactive mission reinforced the health material in a fun manner that involved all students.  We will definitely be using the Breakout Edu kit again! -- Danielle DeGraw
 
 Coding is an activity for students to have fun with, to fail and not have a grade attached.  From an A+ student to a non-A+ student, all can find success in it." - Megan Hartley, Librarian at LCJSMS, about the CS First Coding Club funded by SEF
 
“The Chromebooks help make the learning more student-centered, in that the teacher is putting up work for students to do, and then they’re responsible for working through it, often several tasks at their own pace. What is being created is an effective digital learning environment.” -- Jim Woods, Social Studies Supervisor, Summit High School, remarking on the SEF-funded Chromebooks at SHS 
 
"It is a lot easier to turn in assignments." A. G.  
"You can do homework on the go." S. D.
"Can’t lose information or paper. I am much more organized." W. L.
“I love my Chromebook.”      N. S.
-- Summit High School students expressing their enthusiasm about the Chromebooks

"Students can now utilize this tool in my classroom and at home to fully incorporate it into their learning.  They can annotate the lesson in a program like Notability or Topnotes,  taking the teacher notes and media and making it more personal and relevant to them."  -- Matthew Ramstedt, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher, LCJSMS, commenting on iPads

 
"We enjoy implementing the program every day, mostly to begin our mornings. My class "DJs" enjoy having the special job of facilitating the music daily. I find it helps calm our moods and stress levels. Thank you very much to SEF for providing us with the gift of music."  --Lori Alfone, 3rd Grade Teacher, Franklin Elementary Teacher
 
"The Science Research Program gives me the unique opportunity to explore my interests in depth, which I would be unable to do otherwise.  I have been able to research a topic that I'm interested in and create an authentic project around it.  Going to the science fairs was an excellent experience."
Kristin Miller, 11th grade
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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