Projects brought to you by
the Tewksbury Education Foundation
The Tewksbury Education Foundation is continuing to work to bring quality programs to the children of Tewksbury. We continue to plan for exciting and challenging programs to add to our Cultural Arts program. We are working with the administration and teachers to make sure that each program enriches our children, enlivens the curriculum and helps our teachers to get new ideas as they educate our children.
Technology will never replace out phenomenal teachers, however, technology is an essential tool in education today. Tewksbury’s public schools were grossly below average in all areas of technology at the Foundation’s inception in 1996. Since then, the TEF has worked with faculty and administrators to aid in the implementation of the districts’ technology vision—a comprehensive plan incorporating grades K-8th.
In 2007, the TEF completed a 5-year technology commitment of over $200,000. The funds were invested in hardware, software and training to connect all classrooms to a single school-wide network enabling teachers to provide individualized student learning in mathematics, language arts and beyond. More recently, additional grants have been made towards two new and exciting labs at O.T.S; the Synergistic Lab and the Music Lab.
Synergistic Lab consists of 12 computer workstations where the students work in pairs using hands-on learning to complete exciting modules such as Robots, Energy, Forensics, Engineering and Flight Technology. This environment fosters teamwork, communication and cooperative experiences for all students. Increased math and science scores, reduced absenteeism, and gender equity are just a few of the powerful ways the Synergistic Lab can impact our school and our students.
Until our new Music Lab was available, there were few ways that students could actively compose and express their creativity in the music program. Consisting of 11 new workstations and utilizing existing keyboards, the students use state of the art software to understand music notation and genres, create original compositions and publish their projects. The success of the Music Lab can be heard all over the school!
The Endowment Fund
The Tewksbury Education Foundation’s Endowment Fund was created in 2002. The seed monies for the Fund originated from donations raised at the Barn Dance that year. To date the TEF has raised over $150,000 (as of 2009-10) for the Endowment Fund.
The purpose of the Endowment is to help the Foundation serve its mission of providing financial aid to the Tewksbury schools where budgetary restrictions create real needs. The goal is to grow the Fund through the solicitation of special gifts and investments to an amount large enough to generate meaningful additional cash flow for the annual endeavors of the TEF. This will enable the TEF to support our schools’ financial needs, above and beyond what can be supported through our historic annual fundraising efforts.
Professional Development allows the TEF to enrich and further educate our faculty with innovative and professional literature, workshops, lectures, etc., which our Superintendent and BOE feels are worthwhile in the pursuit of supporting and retaining the highest caliber teachers here in Tewksbury. The Foundation has supported Professional Development with a total of $50,000 (as of 2009-10).
A sample of the Professional Development grants:
Science Institute Through a grant from the TEF, our district was able to present an educational Summer Science Institute highlighting inquiry-based science experiences. The full day session included a variety of course selections designed to deepen elementary and middle school teachers’ content knowledge, and geared towards helping students understand and experience the nature of science.
Confratute For the past few years, faculty members have attended Confratute at UConn, a combined conference, fraternity and institute geared toward providing educators with strategies for enrichment teaching and learning. Professionals learn about enrichment teaching and learning, talent development, and gifted education with educators and leaders from the United States and overseas.
Understanding by Design Nationally recognized educators Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe have developed Understanding by Design, a framework for designing curriculum units, performance assessments and instruction that lead students to a deeper understanding of course content. Their workshop included the tools and strategies for creating more rigorous and engaging curriculums.
Programs by Year