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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

All 6th graders at LCJSMS received IPADs as part of a grade level pilot program!  Read More.
 
Renowned children's picture book author Patricia Palocco visited all elementary schools!  Read More
 
Nine classrooms at LCJSMS received a make-over last spring.  Read Mr. Block's update!  Watch a video about the 21st century classrooms!
 
Our Casino Night fundraiser raised over $100,000!
 
 
Did you know

Matt Block, principal of LCJSMS won the Nora Radest award for Excellence in Education?
 
2014 spring grants totaled over $320,000.  Check out the full list!
 
SHS' literary magazine receives national honors. Learn More!
 
By the end of 2014, Mandarin will be available to students from 6th-12th grade due to SEF grants. 
 
SEF is in the news.  Check out the latest stories.
 
SEF has a blog on the Summit Patch.  Check it out. 
 
 
Think Big

 
 
Endowment Fund reaches $4 million! To learn more about this fund, click here.
 
Over $390,000 from the Endowment Fund has been doled out to support grants. Read about recent grants funded.

SHS Literary Magazine Published

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The staff of Quintessence, Summit High School's award-winning literary magazine, published its 2014 edition June 3rd.  The event was celebrated at “Quintessence Café” in the high school library, where contributors read their poems and short stories and displayed their artwork.  An enthusiastic and supportive crowd also enjoyed an open mic session that included impromptu readings and song.  The staff is proud to continue showcasing the exceptionally creative community at SHS with a magazine that celebrates diverse genres, mediums, and voices.  Funding for Quintessence was provided through support from an SEF grant. Students interested in joining in the fall should listen for an announcement in early September with details about the first meeting. 
 
 

Polacco Inspires Elementary Students

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Thanks to a recent SEF grant renowned children's author Patricia Polacco visited all Summit elementary schools the week of March 31st.  Her message of a childhood marked by learning difficulties due to dyslexia and her journey to uncover her talents and passions captivated the audience.  Polacco shared with the children the quilt of her childhood as depicted in her book, The Keeping Quilt, which details the lives of four generations of her immigrant Jewish family.  Polacco has written and illustrated over 50 books during her lifetime. 
 
 

College Specialist Digs In at SHS 

 college specialist Last summer, Summit High School hired a College Specialist, Alison Grill, following approval of a grant from SEF for the position. Her responsibilities in the Guidance and Counseling Department are two-fold - support the counselors as they guide families through the college selection process, and market SHS to admissions officers, developing relationships with a broad range of colleges.  Read the full story!                                                                                 

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    SEF welcomes all families to the 2014-15 school year.  
     
    Last year, with support from 700 families, SEF funded
    75 grants totaling $545,000 to support all academic
    areas at all nine Summit schools.  
     
    To donate to SEF, click here.
     
    Our deadline for fall grants is Tuesday, October 15th.  
    For information about how to apply for a grant, click here.  
     
    Have a great start to the year!
     
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In Their Words

"The Brayton Sundial really works.  Now we won't have to ask the aides what time it is at recess!" --excited Brayton elementary student.  Read more about this grant.
 
"Every time I see Dr. McCauley work it is worth fifteen hours of graduate level music class. He has the ability to teach and inspire like no other person. He is an incredibly dynamic teacher and the students got so much out of it.” --Steven Rapp, SHS music teacher commenting on guest conductor funded by SEF grant.  
 
"Without the SEF grant supporting the Quintessence Literary Magazine
at SHS, students would miss out on the opportunity to celebrate each other's work."--Emma Cramer, Editor-in-Chief, 12th grade

 

"The new books SEF funded for our mystery unit are like birthday presents to our readers.  There is an energy and excitement when I tell them we have new books for our classroom library."--Dana Folk, 3rd grade Washington teacher

 

“Human Rights Day was an eye opening experience and introduced me to real life events as they are actually occurring.  To be exposed to someone like Ron Haviv and his images was a learning experience that I will never forget.”--Matthew Miller, 12th grade
 
“Due to the pace and demands of the curriculum, it is easy for a teacher to rely on ‘that’s the way it has always been done.’  Whereas, I perceive SEF as the Jiminy Cricket on my shoulder, a source telling me to make a change, a wise decision to benefit and impact our future, our children.”–David Mimnaugh, 4th grade Lincoln-Hubbard 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