Croton Harmon High School

Virtual High School
Start-up funds were provided to train the teacher facilitator for the new Virtual High School program at CHHS.  Virtual high school is an exciting program that enabled qualifying students to choose from a wide range of courses not offered at CHHS.

AP World History Textbooks
Textbooks were funded to launch a brand new course at CHHS – AP World History. This course expanded the AP Humanities options at the high school, and encouraged students to study history by using the methods a historian would take to analyze events and evidence from multiple perspectives.

Math Response Boards
The math department at CHHS received support for individual response boards with built-in coordinate grids for all math classes to encourage increased student collaboration and differentiation of learning.

TI-Nspire Calculators
The CHHS Math department received 30 TI-Nspire CAS (computer Algebra System) calculators. These calculators enhance graphing capabilities and computer features, providing students with a better way to visual and perform mathematics.

Lighting Console for Frederick Blais Auditorium
CHEF funded the purchase of a new lighting console, used for all theater and music productions in the high school auditorium. The console was used for both PVC and CHHS productions as well as stage crew training in theatrical lighting.

Shakespeare Students On Stage Program
This grant to the CHHS English Department started a Shakespeare Students-on-Stage program for 9th Grade English Students. The students worked with professional actors from the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

Digital Photography Portfolio Program
CHEF funded new digital photography equipment to create professional quality portfolios for art students in all grades. The equipment was used by photography students to do digital studio photography.

Japanese Printmaking Workshop
Funding was provided for new Japanese Printmaking workshop for AP Art students. Croton artist Joe Mullins taught the history and technique of this 18th c. art.


Pierre Van Cortlandt Middle School

Arts of Africa Program
This grant was able to bring an interdisciplinary African art, music and dance program to PVC. The students learned about African culture through clay-mask making with artist Cliff Mendelson, and drumming and dance with the Sankofo Drum and Dance Ensemble.

English Language Learner Technology
This grant to the English Language Learner program funded the purchase of two iPods and a digital camera to enhance comprehension for students learning English as a second language.

Hope Program For PVC And BOCES Students
CHEF funded interactive games used by the newly formed HOPE (Helping Our Peers Excel) program. This program was held twice weekly for BOCES students with special needs and PVC 8th graders to interact and learn from each other and was part of a student exchange program between PVC & BOCES.


Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School

Guided Reading Library
CHEF funded an extensive new Guided Reading Library, providing teachers in all grades with multiple copies of books for use in new guided reading groups in the classroom. This program helped students meet higher reading benchmarks recently set by New York State. The library was comprised of leveled books for every grade and included 1,080 fiction and 1,080 non-fiction titles – 2,160 books in total.

Technology Upgrade
CHEF funded a school wide technology upgrade with the purchase of fifteen digital camcorders, five webcams, and two microphones, used by students for everything from enhancing class projects to creating digital libraries to going on virtual field trips.