The Hazleton Area Education Foundation is involved in the following projects to benefit the students of theHazleton Area School DistrictDictionaries - Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School
Maple Manor Elementary/Middle school is in need of classroom dictionaries. These dictionaries would stay in the English/Language Arts Teachers’ classrooms for use during the school day and will be incorporated into the curriculum. Right now, teachers do not have any dictionaries that their students can use during class time.Total Cost: $420 to provide an entire grade level with dictionaries
5th Grade Participation in Junior Achievement Biz Town
JA BizTown combines in-class learning with a day-long visit to a simulated town. This popular program allows elementary school students to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, and vote for mayor. The program helps students connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world.
JA BizTown will provide training to teachers to prepare them for in-class lessons. They will also provide lesson plans, curriculum, teaching tips for the teachers, in-class and take home reference materials for students to complete during each lesson. The fifth grade teachers will use the JA Biztown curriculum and materials to administer the eleven lessons to the students in school during the regular school day with a culminating activity at the JA Biztown simulation center in Pittston, PA.
Program Concepts: Advertising, Business management, Careers, Check register, Circular flow, Economics, Financial Institutions, Free enterprise, Goods and services, Interests and skills, Jobs, Operating costs, Payment methods, Performance evaluation, Personal finance, Quality business, Resources (natural, human and capital), Running a business, Scarcity, and Soft Skills
Program Skills: Active listening, Applying Information, Brainstorming, Calculation, Charting, Collaboration, Communication (verbal and written), Comparing and contrasting, Computation, Cooperation, Creativity, Critical thinking, Data collection and interpretation, Decision making, Definitions, Demonstration, Describing consequences, Determining cause and effect, Filling out forms, Following written and oral directions, Graphing, Identifying, Interview skills, Listening, Observing, Organizing, Planning, Price setting, Problem solving, Reading for information, Research, Resume preparation, Role-playing, Self-reflection, Showing responsibility, Soft skills (customer service, punctuality, and dressing appropriately), Spending, Teamwork, Time management, Writing.
The objective is that students will be able to:
- Discuss the roles they play as citizens, workers and consumers in their community and relate those roles to the free enterprise system.
- Discuss the importance of citizen rights and responsibilities in a community.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system.
- Build money management skills through a practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices.
- Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities.
- Display the soft skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work.
Cost: While the teacher training and materials are provided by Junior Achievement, there is a $17 per student cost to attend Biz Town. In addition to the per student cost, transportation must also be arranged.
Student cost = $1870.00
Transportation @$40/hour * 5 hours = $ 600.00Fuel cost = $ 50.00
Total Cost: $2,520.00 per School
X 8 Elementary/Middle Schools
Hybrid Learning Initiative
The Hybrid Learning Model is a strategy employed to reach students and families to reduce the achievement gap by grade three. Many of the elementary schools in our District are extremely impoverished – 90% economically disadvantaged – and show little progress on benchmark testing. In an effort to reduce this gap academically and socially, a station rotation Hybrid Learning Model has been implemented in target schools, with the goal to expand into all elementary schools over the next several years. The Hybrid Learning Model combines up to three methods of learning into one classroom: direct instruction from teachers, collaborative group activities, and individualized instruction through digital content and a high level of technology integration.
The ultimate goal is to provide an individualized learning experience that is rich, meaningful and challenging to all students and to close the achievement gap by grade three.
Life Skills Community Garden at Valley Elementary/ Middle School
The goal of this project is to create a garden space so that Life Skills and Autism Support students can engage in hands-on indoor and outdoor gardening tasks.
Students with special needs often struggle to acquire the pre-vocational skills needed to prepare for a future career. Research supports the need to utilize a multisensory approach to facilitate their participation, functional skills, and communication as active learners. The use of gardening as a medium contributes to teaching academic, social and fine/gross motor skills. Horticultural activities are known to reduce stress, improve concentration, motivation and self-concept in children with intellectual disabilities.Maple Manor Library Project
Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School is a brand new school in the Hazleton Area School District. Formerly Bishop Hafey High School, the building was purchased by the District and completely remodeled. The school opened to third through sixth graders in 2014, and in 2015 was officially completed, and seventh and eighth grade was added. While District funding is applied to all school libraries, it is difficult to keep up with increasing enrollment, the aging of heavily used library collections, and in this case, the opening of a new school, with no existing library materials. The Maple Manor school library is truly starting from the ground up. The Hazleton Area Education Foundation took on the Maple Manor Library as a project, where the goal is to increase the number of volumes to accommodate the nearly 750 students in this building.
The demographics of this specific building are also important to note. 92% of students at Maple Manor Elementary/Middle School are economically disadvantaged, and 98% speak another language at home. For many of these children, the books they borrow from the library are the only books they have in their home. Giving them the resource of a well-stocked school library will encourage them to continue reading and will enhance their grasp of the English language.
Disadvantaged students have a better chance of succeeding academically when they attend schools with strong library programs.
Students who are exposed to print-rich environments are more successful in school, and they can go on to be successful lifelong learners, if that early boost is built upon by school library programs.
Students’ academic success is fostered by a well-funded school library program.
Average cost of a library-bound book is $20 per book
Donations for the Maple Manor Library are accepted in any denomination.
Donations $1,000 and over will be recognized with a plaque in the school library. The plaques will vary in size depending on the donation amount. For those wishing to make larger contributions, we can accept a pledged amount payable yearly, over several years. At these higher giving levels Naming Rights of the library can also be discussed.
Robotics Project (Pending EITC Project – Awaiting State Approval )
The Robotics Project will be a project developed and carried out by the students at the Hazleton Area Academy of Science and is designed to increase students’ interest in science and technology.
Students will use concepts learned in the classroom to create and build functional robots. Students will create a design plan; assemble the robots, and use computer programming and integration to make the robots fully functioning. Through this project students will experience hands-on learning about science, computer programming, mechanical engineering, math and physics.
In addition to the science and technology component, the project will aim at developing the students’ 21st century skills: teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management, troubleshooting, and communication.
Contributions to the project will be used to purchase components and parts needed to create the robots.
Solar Panel Model House Project (Pending EITC Project – Awaiting State Approval )
The Solar Panel Model House Project will be developed and carried out by the students at the Hazleton Area Academy of Science. The goal of the project is for students to use microcontrollers and solar panels to make a smart sensing solar power system that tracks sunlight to optimize the amount of power gain.
Students will also use microcontrollers to wire a smart sensing model house, attached to the school, which regulates the heating and cooling of the house by sensing the temperature and shutting off the running heater or fan to keep the house at a specific temperature. Through this project students will learn hands-on the principles of engineering, circuit-building, and computer programming. In addition to the engineering and technology component, the project will aim at developing the students’ 21st century skills: teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management, troubleshooting and communication.
Contributions to the project will be used to purchase components and parts needed for the project.
Water Distillation Project - (Pending EITC Project – Awaiting State Approval)
The Water Distillation Project will be developed and carried out by the students at the Hazleton Area Academy of Science. The goal of the project is for students to create their own in-house water distillation system.
Distilled water is needed for nearly all chemical experiments done within the Academy. The students would design the system, build it to specifications and test for purity. Once functional, students will use the water distillation system in relevant classes. Through this project students will experience hands-on learning about science, chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
In addition to the science component, the project will aim at developing the students’ 21st century skills: teamwork, problem solving, ideation, project management, troubleshooting and communication.
Contributions to the project will be used to purchase components and parts needed to create the water distillation system.