SFES Funded Group Profiled in Newspaper

A student group SFES helped fund was recently profiled in the Journal Inquirer. Students Working to Advance Technology was awarded $2,035 by SFES in 2014 to promote student leadership, address technology competencies, provide outreach to the community through parent involvement, corporate support, and student community service. Read the complete article here.

Call For Grant Submissions: Due Feb. 20

Think you have a great idea for educational programming in Suffield Schools? Submit a Grant. You never know until you try.

During the past ten years, SFES has handed out thousands of dollars in funding to new and innovative educational initiatives.

Click here to find more information and access applications.

Grants should have clearly defined and realistic goals, as well as a specific and detailed method of implementation. When evaluating a grant proposal, the Foundation will consider whether a project meets the following criteria:

Is It Innovative?
Is Its Value Significant?
Is Its Impact Broad?
Is It Sustainable?

SFES Featured in Springfield Republican

The Springfield Republican recently ran an article about the Annual SFES Auction Dinner. Read the entire article on the masslive.com website.

SFES Encourages Grant Applications

keyboardThe grant application process is growing to a close for the 2012/13 school year although we are preparing already for next year’s grant season with the upcoming auction.

Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools (SFES) received numerous applications last month for its traditional grant awards and has spent the year handing out smaller amounts for the newest category: mini-grants.

Since 2002, SFES has awarded more than $500,000 in grant money. Some examples of awarded grants have been additional reading books for a 3rd grade classroom library. A subscription to an educational website, BrainPOP which encompasses more than 650 curricular topics. BrainPOP can be used to introduce a new lesson or topic, to illustrate complex subject matter and to review before a test. Kindles were also purchased for a Special Education Reading Intervention program. There was also a Water Investigation grant awarded, allowing the implementation of a LaMotte SMART Water Analysis Laboratory. This tool is currently used by all of the high school science classes including the agriscience-school.

What makes the grant process with SFES so different and appealing are the diversity of applicants. Not just teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply. Grant proposals are welcome from Suffield Public School personnel, including teachers, administrators, or other school staff members, as well as students, individual Suffield citizens, or other organizations. For example, a student involved with a particular club or organization needs additional supplies for a “Green” experiment. Students are free to apply for a grant with the supervision of their adult club director.

Two separate grants are available to applicants. The traditional grants, with awarded sums up to $20,000, are given out once a year. The mini grant offers an abbreviated application process, less restrictive criteria and is available at more frequent cycles throughout the school year. The mini-grants are given with a maximum dollar value of $500.

SFES Approves $46,000 in Grants for Suffield Schools

SFES shared its 2012 Grant Awards during a Board of Education meeting at Suffield High School. The $46,838 in grants were distributed between five yearly Grants and eight Mini Grants, monthly awards of up to $500 that were newly created awards this school year.

“We are very pleased,” said Grants Chair Maria Andrade. “This year, we received six excellent proposals for the standard Grants and 15 for Mini Grants totaling almost $84,000 in grant requests. We simply could not fund the number of well researched and innovative ideas included in the proposals we received.”

Superintendent Karen Baldwin commended the organization for supporting programming that “leverages opportunities for all children.”

“This has been a wonderful entryway for me to see the work you do in the community and passion to provide more than what the budget allows,” she said. “It’s a strong partnership.”

According to Andrade, the group was able to fund the large grants thanks to the annual 2012 auction, combined with United Way and other donations, and a donation by the Suffield Knights of Columbus targeted to special education.

Below is a summary of the grant awards:

  • Suffield Middle School: Student News Production equipment and curriculum and raised garden beds for student planting.
  • Suffield High School: Water Analysis Laboratory, Recording and Remixing our History program needs including digital voice recorders for interviews, and equipment for the Ecology and Outing Club.

Below is a summary of the Mini grant awards:

  • Spaulding: Lunchtime Conversation Towers, third grade Non-fiction Classroom Library supplies
  • Suffield Middle School: Brain Pop software, eighth grade Project Runway supplies, a digital camera for the Newsletter & Photo Club and supplies to create an outdoor classroom.
  • Suffield High School: Lacrosse Team funding for a portion of the annual cultural trip, Kindles for Special Education and Digital Recorders for reading support for Special Education.

The 10th Annual SFES Auction was a Success!

The Suffield Foundation for Excellent Schools raised nearly $45,000 from the organization’s March 31 Auction and Dinner held at the Sheraton Bradley Airport. We could not have done so without the generous support of the volunteers who donated their time, individuals and businesses who donated items for auction and those 230 guests who attended the dinner to bid on an array of wonderful gifts and prizes. Thank you!

A special thank you goes out to the student floral designers of the Future Farmers of America Chapter at Suffield High School. The students created and arranged the table centerpieces and other decorations with the leadership of teacher Laura LaFlamme.


New Mini Grant Program!

In order to award more funding for smaller programs, SFES created the new Mini Grant. Mini Grants offer an abbreviated application process and a less restrictive criteria than our traditional grants. Unlike traditional grants, Mini Grants are available at more frequent cycles throughout the school year. Maximum amount of a mini grant is $500.

Proposals are welcome from Suffield Public School personnel, including teachers, administrators or other school staff members, as well as students, individual Suffield citizens, or other organizations.

For more information about the grants program, go to the Apply for a Grant page. Questions about the grant process should be e-mailed to the Grants Committee Chair as indicated in the MiniGrant Request for Proposal.

SFES Seeks Nominations for Hall of Honor

The Hall of Honor was established in 2003 by the SFES to inspire students through exceptional role models and to instill a sense of tradition and pride in the schools as well as the community at large. Graduates of Suffield High School who have achieved exceptional success, contributed to the welfare of others or been recognized for an individual outstanding accomplishment are worthy of consideration. In addition, an “Excellence in Education” award is simultaneously given to a retired educator who has taught for at least 10 years in the Suffield Public Schools and has had a profound impact on Suffield students.

We are seeking nominations for five alumni and one educator to be inducted in the spring of 2012. If you know of a Suffield High School graduate who you think should be included in the Hall of Honor or a teacher who has had a significant impact on your education, please let us know by visiting the Hall of Honor Nomination page.

An ad hoc committee of community members and SFES Board members make the selections from the many nominations that are received. An assembly will be held at the high school in the spring to present the awards.

SFES Looks Forward To Fundraising And Fun

SFES was the subject of a recent Suffield Patch article where staff writer and board member Wendy Pierman Mitzel discussed the addition of six new board members and the upcoming annual auction.  Updated information about the auction will be posted on the Upcoming Events page.