Umbrellas and Stands for the Senior Class
In the Fall 2015, umbrellas and stands were purchased for the Senior Courtyard.
The Senior Class thank FONS for the grant to purchase umbrellas and stands for the Senior Courtyard. Your support and generosity is greatly appreciated! Margaret Turner, Senior Class President
Grand Piano and Headphones for the Music Department
Early in the 2015-2016 school year, a grand piano was donated to the Music Department. FONS designated funds paid for the transport of the piano. In addition, Van Craven requested 20 headphones for students to use with the keyboards as they practiced.
The FONS grant of a class set of heavy duty stereo headphones for my two piano classes has not only made things much more manageable for me but has allowed each student to work independently and in a differentiated manner. Many students had very cheap light earbuds which simply didn’t give them enough volume or would only give them sound out of one ear. With piano you have to hear both sides of the piano. The students are able to work without shame or worry about how they sound to their peers while they practice. I am so grateful we have an organization that puts our student’s needs first. Without these headsets, chaos would consume the classroom. It is a noisy place and with the headsets you can hear music now instead of chaos. Thank you FONS. William Van Craven
Super Achieving Spartans College Workshop Series
Projector Funding Approved
Innovation in the Classroom
Thinking Maps® - will be utilized across NSCHS to promote critical thinking and creativity in all subject areas. Administrative and teacher training is included in the rollout. The Thinking Map program involves a language of eight visual patterns, each based on a fundamental thought process designed to benefit students, teachers and principals. Key principles include:
- Visualizing our thinking allows us to have a concrete image of our abstract thoughts
- Visual representations enhance the brain's natural ability to detect and construct meaningful patterns
- Thinking Maps reduce anxiety by providing familiar visual patterns for thinking and working with complex ideas and situations
FONS will continue to work closely with the Administration to support funding gaps in NSCHS' innovation and technology plans. At a high level, the following areas are under consideration: iPad distribution to remaining departments, interactive classroom apps, math and reading apps, an overall digital learning platform with an integrated learning object repository, multi-media content and delivery and digital textbooks.