Innovation Grants 2017-2018

Constructing a Perpetual Motion Machine that will Generate Power

David Abate, Hamden High School
Funding for materials to construct a perpetual motion machine for the generation of power


Climate Lab Renewable Energy Kits

Matthew Dole, Hamden High School
Funding for renewable energy kits which will allow students to investigate key concepts around energy transformation and factors that affect the efficiency of wind turbines and solar (photovoltaic) cells


Engaging Students in Fluency and Fitness

Anastasia Ganim and Kelly Sullivan, Church Street School
Funding for power point presentations that allow students to practice math and literacy skills while simultaneously participating in physical exercise


STEM Kits and Activities

Lisa Goodrich, West Woods School
Funding for STEM kits and activities for the special education learning environment


Social Thinking Curriculum and Materials

Kelly Hillard, Spring Glen School
Funding for social thinking curriculum and materials to teach and support pro-social behaviors for use in the individual or group setting to teach students of all ages and abilities


Cubulets (Robots) Battery Packs

Grace Guidet & Aileen Ishmael, Alice Peck – TAG Program
Funding of battery packs for STEM robots


Dragon Buddies

Tracey Riordan Jacobson, Hamden High School
Funding to support the creation of a mentoring program that pairs an HHS athlete
with at-risk elementary school students


Chinese Classroom Library

Meiya Ma, Hamden High School
Funding for the acquisition of Chinese books together with teacher’s guide and supporting materials to help build an in-class library


Students Can Publish Too

Lori Maslowski, Dunbar Hill School
Funding of the publishing of student authored books which incorporate the non-fictional writing skills taught, modeled and practiced through the district Lucy Calkins writing curriculum

STEM Matters

Christina Mesner, Renee Pietrosimone, Central Office
This project will come to life as a Family STEM Night for all elementary schools with the activities to continue throughout the year, throughout the district


Once Upon a Time in Kindergarten

Betsy Pattison and Meghan Witheril, Dunbar Hill School
Funding for craft supplies and books to assist in the use of fairy tales and fractured fairy tales to teach children how to compare story elements such as setting, characters, problems and important events


Navigating into the Community

Andrew Marzano, Rob Mandel, Tara Riley, Nick Ugolik, Hamden Middle School
Funding to assist in the development of a cross curricular project that involves Lake Wintergreen, the Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop to create trail markers to be placed around the Lake


Station Type Special Needs Learning Activities and Supplies

Cathy Teulings, Hamden High School
Purchase of tools and supplies to be used in the special needs classroom by students to explore methods of making art with techniques and tools that are designed for their needs and limitations


Discovering the Wildlife of Bear Path Preserve with Infrared Cameras

Scott Trauner, Principal, Bear Path School
Development of Bear Path’s nature preserve, through the installation of multiple infrared motion-detecting wildlife cameras to explore animal traffic


Sensory Garden

Amy Watson, Alice Peck Early Learning Program
Funding for the creation of an outdoor garden to develop competency and interest in physical, biological and earth sciences


Series Books Create Serial Readers

Allison Wills, Bear Path School
Funding for the acquisition of a variety of series books to promote a love of reading and involvement in a book club




Innovation Grants 2016-17

Dyslexia Apps,
Elizabeth Ball, West Woods Elementary School

Freshman Field Day,
Moira Birmingham, Hamden High School

Using Raspberry Pi to Teach Computer Science, Electronics and Engineering Concepts,
Robert Dauster, Kathleen Bower-Phipps, Ayush Dalmia, Ben Surman, Abhishek Gorti, Hamden High School

Kindergarten Apps for Math and Language Arts,
Nicole DeLucia, Helen Street School

Sense of Self Workshop Series, Pilot Program,
Amanda Donovan, Jennifer Nolan, Kristen Tassiello, Hamden High School

Noah Webster House Explorers Program,
Erin Gannon Guerra, Church Street School

STEM Mini Makerspace for Indoor Recess,
Grace Guidet, Aileen Ishmael, Alice Peck- TAG Program

Cultivating Kindness and Empathy,
Sara Hernandez, Social Worker, Bear Path School

Drums Alive,
Jessica Elkin , Valerie LaRose deSousa, Sheperd Glen School

Leadership Workshop,
Marydell Merrill, Hamden High School

STEM and the Next Generation Science Standards,
Christina Mesner, Hamden Public Schools K-6 Science Specialist

Bringing Best Friend Books to the Classroom Read Aloud,
Julie Mertagh, Ginny Hice, Kat Rende, Suzanne Powell, Stacey Amodio, Sheperd Glen School

Performance Clinician and Accompanist,
Michael O’Herron, Ridge Hill Elementary School


Author Visit from Deborah Freedman,

Leslie Redmond, Dunbar Hill School

Pioneer Skills,
Chris Sagnella, Gary Stanton, Kathyrne Ryan, Matthew Tremper, Hamden Middle School

Elephant and Piggie Readers Club,
Susan Martinez Sendroff, West Woods School

Preventing “Summer Slide”,
Susan Smey, Director of Media, Assessment and Intervention, Hamden Public Schools

Bear Path Preserve Interpretive Signage,

Scott Trauner, Principal, Bear Path School


Innovation Grants 2015-16


Sunflower House

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Anne-Marie Blake, West Woods School

“I can read…just not English yet!”,
Donna Mauro, Shepherd Glen School

University of Super Flexible Thinkers,
Colleen Cull, Carolyn Nielsen, Shepherd Glen School

Mural Making Pilot Program, Andres Sanchez, Hamden Middle School

The Perfect Storm-

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Science/English shared inquiry collaborative unit,

Angie Kim, Eileen Roach, Hamden Middle School

Document Cameras for the Language Arts Classroom,
M. Coggins, E. Roach, L. Temper, A. Gallo, K. Ryan, Hamden Middle School

TSA-VEX IQ Robotics, Dean DelGiudice, Hamden Middle School

“A Long Walk to Water, a closer look”, Diane DelCervo, Hamden Middle School

Native Garden and Food Cycle Fish Tank, Jessica Reese-Chelmu, Hamden Middle School

Ozobot Coding, Greg Colonese, Hamden High School

Future Engineers-after school club Robotics with computer interface,

Emily Taylor, Helen Street School

Ride and Read


Alyssa Kazin, Helen Street School

Kindergarten- Kindergarten, what so you see? An Eric Carl author study, B. Pattison, M. Witheril, S. Scasino, Dunbar Hill School

Books encompassing regional, social, historical cultural and current issues in Native American Lives, L. Crocco, C. Prevost, Dunbar Hill School

Building Readers with Legos, Karen Kramer, Church Street School

Building a Multilingual/Multicultural Library for Church Street School,

T. Ciaburri-Rodriguez, Church Street School

PAST GRANTS – Innovation Grants 2013 – 2014 Recipients

FIRST Robotics Team



Dan deNicolo and Mike Kozera, Hamden High School Robotics Club: Enable new team to design, build, program, and operate a robot pursuant to the FIRST Robotics terms, and participate in FIRST Robotics competitions.


 Math Nights



Karen Franklin, Helen Street, Math nights and take-home materials for parents and children to promote deeper understandings of the math curriculum, promote parent involvement, promote mathematical conversations at home, and allow parents and children to engage in math at home in a fun and exciting way.





Bio-Chemistry Lab Protein Gel Technology

Kathleen Bower-Phipps, Hamden High School: Equipment for new Biochemistry course; equipment can also be used for other advanced science courses at the high school.

Enhancing 4th Grade Science Units on Electricity and Motion and Design


Shelby Irwin, Spring Glen:  Supplementing the Electricity unit to include explorations involving alternative energy, and supplementing the Motion and Design unit to introduce students to computer control technology, writing programs to operate models, and engineering.





Pre-K Parent Engagement

Suzanne Perlroth and Jean English, Alice Peck Pre-K: Develop a literacy and math parent-engagement policy, including take-home activities that promote parent engagement, so that parents are empowered to and develop the habit of actively participating in their children’s education.

Get Caught Reading




Allison Wills, Bear Path: Literacy initiative to promote love of reading.



Kelair CO2 Dragster Launcher: Improving Equipment and Reducing Future Expenses

Frank Kachmar, Hamden Middle School: Improved equipment (dragster launcher) for engineering and design elective will enhance student learning and reduce future expenses.

Jan Brett Winter Literature Day

Jan Brett Winter Literature Day



Betsy Pattison, Meghan Witheral, Jennifer Methot, Dunbar Hill: Implementing Common Core standards and promoting a love of reading in kindergarten.






Expanding Science Education: 3-D Fabrication Technology

Hamden High School Science Club: Help purchase 3-D printer to fabricate parts for the Science Team’s building projects for competitions.

Male Mentoring

Megan Dietrichsen, Carla Luchies, Mary Gatison and Karen Butler, Ridge Hill: Creating a new program to support students who lack a strong male role-model in their lives.

Therapeutic Texts to Support Students’ Emotional, Behavioral, and Cognitive Development




Erika Johnson, Spring Glen: Books to enhance students’ ability to self-regulate their emotions, improve their interpersonal relationships, and develop problem-solving skills while also developing their literacy and academic skills.



Social Thinking Instruction of Students on the Autism Spectrum

Marissa Bishop, West Woods: Curriculum tools for school-based social and emotional supports to enhance implementation of best-practices for students on the Autism spectrum.

Feeling Word Curriculum: Reading and Emotional Development

Marcie Daken, West Woods: Feeling Word books for grades K-2 to support social and emotional learning, as well as literacy.

Multi-Lingual Books

Bilingual Books photo

Tricia Ciaburri-Rodriguez, Shepherd Glen: Multi-lingual books to promote love of reading and to promote family involvement for students who are English Language Learners.

Book Club Bridging English and Social Studies curriculum

Diane DelCervo and Kathryne Bosch, Hamden Middle School: Creating after-school book club to read and discuss novels aligned with the Ancient Civilizations social studies curriculum.

Male Mentoring