Next Practices Grant
The Next Practices Grant Program, which is responsible for funding pilot programs in the district, is designed to encourage innovation in the classroom as well as increase collaborative efforts between teachers, and students of all grades.
Greenhouse Project – From the Ground Up
In 2013, Laurie Terranova and Linda Wagner, Randolph High School science and social studies teachers, received a $10,000 “Next Practices” grant to build and equip a sustainable greenhouse at the Randolph High School. The project was titled “From The Ground Up.” It gives more than 250 students the opportunity to learn about self-sustaining organic farming and the scientific and sociological principles that are associated with it, through hands-on learning experiences in a greenhouse setting.
Differentiating Physical Education
For the 2014 Next Practices Grant Nick Albanito, physical education and health teacher, and Stephen Cullis, media and technology specialist, were awarded grant money for an innovative pilot program at Randolph High School. Their idea will empower and engage students in their physical education classes through technology. Students will monitor their physical activity and wellness goals through a new program to be rolled out in the 2014-15 school year.
Summer STEAM Program
For two weeks, 80 students from third to fifth grade in the Randolph Township School District came to Fernbrook School for a chance to participate in Summer S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math); a hands-on, creative summer pilot program built around creative projects in the areas of environmental science, math, technology, and visual and performing arts. Jenise Janulis and Michele Savvides, two elementary school teachers in the district, developed and proposed the program that was funded by a $12,500 grant from the Randolph Education Foundation (REF).
Over $15,000 were given to the Randolph Middle and High School Music departments for the Smart Music program that improves the classroom experience with more personalized learning and technology support.
Over the past three years the REF has funded the participation of 17 teachers and administrators in the Leadership Academy at the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). These individuals come together to have positive impact in their students and the school district.
2nd Pair of Jeans Program
A grass roots initiative that enables students with financial need in our district to come to school ready to learn. In the 2013-2014 year, over $9,000 in gift cards and winter coats were given to students in need during the holiday season.
- Winter Coats
- Holiday Clothing Gift Cards
A $1,500 scholarship is given each year to a high school senior student who is the first generation of his or her family to attend college.
Randolph Rock Stars
The REF and the Rotary Club of Randolph co-host the Randolph Rock Stars honoring six teachers of the year and other community members who support education in Randolph. It is a great opportunity to celebrate students, teachers, and community members who make a difference in the lives of Randolph youth.
Randolph Rocks 5K
Each year, the REF hosts the Randolph Rocks 5K, an event that brings runners, walkers, volunteers and local businesses together to raise funds to support our programs. 2014 marked the fifth anniversary of the race with record-breaking number of participants, 657, and $30,000 raised.