We are now accepting submissions for the 12th Annual Dr. Mark C. Smith Poetry Contest! This contest is open to all Framingham Public School system students in grades K-12. There will be at least one winner per grade level. The prize is a certificate and an age appropriate poetry anthology and the opportunity to participate in an evening celebration in May.
We are hoping to have entries from every school, so help spread the word! Poems may have been written any time during this school year. Poems may be written in class, at home, in response to an assignment or in a student's free time. Poems may be written in any language (please provide translations.) Middle and high school entries should be typed. Please make sure that each entry includes the student’s full name, grade, school and teacher on the back!
Submissions may be sent to the Framingham Education Foundation mailbox at the Perini Building, Suite 5, via the F.P.S. pony, or mailed to FEF at P.O. Box 3287, Framingham, MA 01705. Entries should be received no later than Wednesday, April 13th, 2016. If you have any questions, please e-mail contest coordinator Susan Whittaker at email@example.com.
This holiday season, there is an easy way for you to help us help the teachers and students of the Framingham Public Schools! Do your online shopping through AmazonSmile!
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Your support allows us to help fund meaningful and engaging learning opportunities in F.P.S. classrooms and schools, such as those created by our 2015/2016 Grant Recipients!
We are an all volunteer organization and the only Framingham non-profit that supports curriculum based pilot projects, pre-K through high school, in the F.P.S. system. The Framingham Education Foundation is an independent, community-based nonprofit founded in 1990 to provide strategic support to the schools of the Framingham Public School System.
The Ed Foundation provides grant funding, outside of the regular school budget, to teachers and staff, pre-school through high school, who are developing unique and relevant approaches to delivering curriculum. Additional FEF programs support professional development, technology and student development.
What do we do with the money raised at the Spelling Bee? We grant it to Framingham Public School teachers and staff who want to try a new way of delivering curriculum to their students!
We rarely fund field trips (because the idea of field trips is not new,) but we were taken by the idea of using art analysis, appreciation and discussion as a means to teach English to English Language Learners. We were also excited by the integration of History and Language Arts.
F.H.S. teacher Heloiza Castellana sent us the following report about her grant project, Framingham High Students From the East and West Find Themselves In the Art They Meet at the Museum of Fine Arts.
“(The trip) was a great success and students are still talking about it!
My students are mostly (WIDA levels 2-3) English proficiency language learners from countries such as Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Sri Lanka and Kuwait, who have been in this country for no longer than 20 months. In our intermediate ESL classes we practiced English by learning and discussing immigration to the U.S. between 1820 and the present day. It was interesting for the students to see how artists from different cultural backgrounds have contributed to the American Identity.
After the tour, we looked at the Hokusai exhibit and at some of Van Gogh's paintings. This helped them connect with some of the texts about Van Gogh's art we read in class. These readings dealt with the effects of color on a person's mood as well as with how the choice of color made by a painter like Van Gogh could reflect his emotional state. We also read about Van Gogh's interest in Japanese art and his copies of Hokusai's and Hiroshige's woodblock prints.”
Ms. Castellana sent along pictures and a variety of student work including reflections about an artwork they liked and about their experience at the Museum. (The document may take a minute to load, but it is worth the wait!)
We are accepting grant proposals until this Friday for projects that will run this school year! Up to $1000 is available for innovative, curriculum-driven pilot projects for F.P.S. classrooms and schools,pre-K through 12th grade. Questions and applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may also be sent via F.P.S. pony to the Framingham Education Foundation mailbox, c/o Central Office at the Perini Building.
Please read our guidelines to become familiar with what we do and do not fund.
We are proud to sponsor the Childrens' Scavanger Hunt at the Framingham History Center's Living History and Civil War Encampment on Saturday and Sunday, October 3rd and 4th on Framingham Centre Common!
The event will include a working telegraph, spinning wheel demonstrations, a tin smith and black smith and children's Civil War Era games. For more information, visit the Framingham Historty Center website.
If you would like to make a donation to the Framingham Education Foundation, including a C.A.R.E. donation, you may do so by clicking on the "Donate Now" button below.
We thank you for your generosity!
Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Kathy O'Leary, President Amy Monahan, Treasurer Kate Farese Lyn Hoyt Mary Kiely Christine Petersen Jane Eyler
Grant Review Committee
Diane Bassett Colleen Creamer Amy Davis Jane Eyler Mary Kiely Amy Monahan