Kennebunk Elementary School

NASA Astronaut Appearance

Schools:  Entire RSU21 School District, K-12  Amount: $1,500.00  Applicant: Katie Hawes, Superintendent Jessica Meir, a female astronaut who was raised in Caribou, Maine will spend May 3rd in our district in a series of presentations. This program will support our S T E M initiatives, raise student aspirations, and offer a female role model in a STEM Read the full article…

K-8 Robotics

Schools: Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk Elementary, Kennebunk Consolidated, Mildred Day, Sea Road  Amount: $17,534.00  Applicants:  Dr. Phil Potenziano and Sheila Wells,  Assistant Superintendent and STEM Coordinator  This grant will expand all RSU21 K-8 students’ exposure to robotics, with the integration of updated robotics within the core science curriculum. By updating equipment and materials in STEM / Robotics, the Read the full article…

3D Printer Lower Grade Expansion

Schools: Sea Road School, Kennebunk Elementary, Mildred Day, Kennebunkport Consolidated   Amount: $2,792.00 Applicant: Sheila Wells, RSU21 Technology Coordinator   3D Printers will be distributed to each of the four elementary aged schools in the RSU21 district. Students will be able to develop engineering and design skills, problem solving and visual perception. The process of designing Read the full article…

River Tree Arts Festival

Schools: Kennebunk Elementary, Mildred Day, Kennebunkport Consolidated    Amount: $7,143.00   Applicant: Katie Hawes, Superintendent The Education Foundation is pleased to provide funding for the River Tree Arts Festival for the District’s 4th and 5th graders. This event would be for all students in each grade level with visual and performing workshops in the morning, and Read the full article…

“A Porcupine’s Promenade- An encounter in the winter woods”

Schools:  Kennebunk Elementary, Mildred Day, Kennebunkport Consolidated   Amount: $4382.28   Name of Applicant: Joy Russo-RSU21 District Library. All RSU21 first grade students will read the book, ‘The Porcupine’s Promise, An encounter in the winter woods.’ Through this simple book narrative, young children will learn about survival, adaptation, and respectful human interactions with nature. Students will then experience Read the full article…

Artist in Residence

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School   Amount: $6,080.00   Name of Applicant: Ryan Quinn, KES Principal.  All 403 KES students will have a direct, hands-on opportunity in the arts. Students will  paint and glaze natural tiles to contribute to a permanent mural installation. 

Most Likely to Succeed Program

Schools: RSU21 District-Wide,  Amount: $736.00  Name of Applicant: Dr. Phil Potenziano,  Assistant Superintendent    RSU 21 would like to hold a district and  community book talk. Fifty copies of the book, Most Likely to Succeed.’ Preparing our Kids for the Innovative Era,  by Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith will be provided to school staff, and to Read the full article…

KES Musical Production

School: Kennebunk Elementary School  Amount: $3,400.00 All students in grades K-3 will have the opportunity to participate in a school wide musical/theatrical production. The musical performance is informed by the instructional strategy called Readers Theater which blends students’ desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. The performance will include some Sea Road Read the full article…

Dance Program

School: Kennebunk Elementary School School Year: 2015-2016 Amount: $1,250 This program would include a 2 week period where dance instructor, Sharon Lux, would be at the school for dance instruction sessions in which every student in the school would participate.  Each class, K-3, would receive two 45 minute instruction sessions.  Following that each grade level Read the full article…

Kindergarten Yoga

School: Kennebunk Elementary School; Kennebunkport Consolidate School; Mildred L. Day School  School Year: 2015 – 2016 Amount: $1,500 Each of the 10 Kindergarten classes in the district will receive a weekly-30-minute yoga class for six weeks. Mindfulness and meditation have been shown to have a positive impact on readiness to learn.  Yoga increases self-awareness of energy Read the full article…

2015 Staff Development for Educators National Second Grade Teachers Conference

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School  Amount:  $2896.40  At the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Second Grade Teachers Conference, second grade educators will assemble to enrich their professional skills, knowledge, and careers.  This will create opportunities for Kennebunk Elementary School to invest in our students’ academic growth and success.  This project aligns with Grant Criteria as Read the full article…

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School, Kennebunkport Consolidated School, Mildred L. Day School, Sea Road School, Middle School of the Kennebunks, Kennebunk High School  Date:  Spring 2015  Amount:  $3442  Six teachers representing elementary, middle, and high school will attend and improve their math instruction for students. Information will be shared with other teachers during content area / Read the full article…

Kindergarten Yoga

School: Kennebunk Elementary School  School Year: 2014-2015 Amount: $750 Each of the six kindergarten classes at KES will receive a weekly-30-minute yoga class for five weeks. Engaging in yoga will increase the children’s readiness for learning while developing the children’s skills for mind-body connection. Yoga increases self-awareness of energy level and helps to improve concentration and attention for learning. All six kindergarten Read the full article…

Keyboarding Without Tears

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School,  Kennebunkport Consolidated School, Mildred L. Day School, Sea Road School Date:  School Year 2014-2015 Amount:  $6484.50 All RSU21 elementary schools will implement Keyboarding Without Tears which teaches pre-keyboarding, keyboarding, general computer readiness, digital literacy and digital citizenship.

Artist in Residence

School:  Kennebunk Elementary School Date:  School Year 2014-2015 Amount:  $2950 Kennebunk Elementary School will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with percussionist Michael Wingfield, who will work with students every two weeks to produce musical performances with an African theme.

Learning and the Brain Conference

Professional Development for 3 teachers, STEM coordinator and KES principal Date: Spring 2014 Amount: $6714 Teachers, RSU 21 STEM coordinator, and KES principal attend Learning and the Brain Conference focused on “The Science of Smarter Minds: Teaching to Think, Create and Innovate for School and Careers.”  Topics included: ways to promote critical and creative thinking Read the full article…

LEGO Programming at KCS and Professional Development district-wide K-3

Schools:  Kennebunkport Consolidated, Kennebunk Elementary, Mildred L. Day, Sea Road Schools Date: Winter/Spring 2014 Amount: $8712 Teachers at Consolidated, Kennebunk Elementary, Mildred L. Day and Sea Road Schools will receive training on robotics kits and use in classroom.  2nd grade classroom at KCS will receive a classroom robotics set.  KCS, MLD and KES will all Read the full article…

Literacy Kits for Kindergarteners

Date: Spring 2013 Amount: $3,876 Literacy Kits purchased and distributed to kindergarteners at KES, MLD, and KCS.  The Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, Arundel Literacy for ME Collaborative, made up of librarians and educators along with the United Way, designed the kits as a tool to enrich language development and learning in the home.  Each kit came with Read the full article…

Mad Science “Field Trips”

Date: Winter 2012 Amount:  $1,159.00 Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will participate in hands-on workshops with Mad Science of Maine instructors. Enhances RSU 21 curriculum for each grade level.  Kindergarten: Where’s the Air?  1st Grade: All about Animals.  2nd Grade: Photosynthesis.  3rd Grade: Scientific Method.  Promotes STEM initatives, engages students in science, and prepares 3rd Read the full article…

Artist in Residence

Date: Spring 2012 Amount: $5,000 Kennebunk Elementary School to host an artist for ten days who will work with the children on a special tile project.  Students would design naturalistic ceramic tiles that would be glazed and fired and eventually create a permanent mural at the school.

Bicycles

Date: Spring 2012 Amount:  $1350 Nine bicycles requested by the gym teacher at KES to add to her third grade physical education curriculum.  Teacher notes importance of physical activity and how it enhances learning and ability to focus.

KES Brain Ware Safari Software

Program:  Brain Ware Safari Software Date: Spring 2012 Amount:  $2158   Brain Ware Safari Software is a video game format program that develops 41 cognitive skills with students ages 6 and up. The program will be piloted with 50 students at KES, grades 1-3.  Teacher Suzanne Healey learned of Brain Ware Safari Software at a Read the full article…

Stability Balls in Elementary Schools

Schools:   All elementary schools in RSU21 Date:       Fall 2011 Amount:  $15,825.00 Twenty-five classrooms in the elementary schools in RSU21 are getting stability balls, which are proven to improve posture and focus of children in the classroom.

Mobile Food Carts

Schools: Kennebunkport Consolidated School, Kennebunk Elementary School, Mildred L. Day School, Sea Road School Date: Spring 2011 Total: $3,200   Mobile carts outfitted with supplies allow students to cook in their classrooms.  Students grow produce in school gardens and can enjoy healthy foods while learning math, reading, geography and life skills.  This program aligns with Read the full article…

Imagination Playground

Date:  Winter 2011 Amount:  $3,600   KES will get a mobile playground structure that allows for creative collaborative play that correlates with school-wide wellness initiatives.  RSU#21 also secured a grant for this purchase.

Metacognitive Thinking

Date:  Fall 2010 Amount:  $$6,197.31   A Pilot Program will be developed to teach Metacognitive Higher Order Thinking Skills in third grade. Today’s students must be able to read and process large amounts of material; the program will put together a curriculum that will teach critical thinking skills at an earlier age.

Spanish Recording Devices

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $2,097 K through 5 students will learn Spanish phrases through signs in classrooms paired with recorded messages that provide correct pronunciation.

Movin’ Sits

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $3540 Kennebunk Elementary School 1st Graders/Multiage students will use Movin’ Sits in their classrooms. The wedge-shaped seats sit on students’ chairs and allow them to have better posture and focus in the classroom.

ALEKS

Date: Spring 2010 Amount: $1200 Elementary students who excel in math will have an accelerated on-line math program to challenge them in mathematical concepts, abstract reasoning and computations.