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Newstead 5k for Achieve

Run or walk the Newstead 5K this Saturday. Lots of free kid activities! Support Achieve and help raise money for SOMSD. Look for Seth Boyden team when you register. Click HERE to register.

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Achieve Foundation Grants

The Achieve Foundation is thrilled to award grants to educators across the district this October for 36 projects totaling $43,623! Winning grants included professional development programs, technology equipment, electronic and physical books, and other educational materials.

Last week, Achieve presented checks to these amazing Seth Boyden teachers:

• Maggie Tuohy for “From Garbage to Garden”
• Shella Mesidor-Villard for “Equity Institute: Advancing Racial Equity in Education Workshop”
• Dianne Canzonieri and Elana Ris for “Magnificent Mathematicians”
• Marissa DeMartino for “Fun with Phonics”
• Sarah Haldeman for “Multicultural Literature for Social Emotional Learning and Anti-Bias Discourse”
• Susan Brody for “Book Clubs Need Better Books”
• Sarah Fakhoury and Jesse Hein for “Let’s Talk About Race”
• Erica Dulny for “High Interest, Low Level Books”
• Erica Dulny for “Serious About Series!”
• Janine Poutre and Catherine Campbell (So. Mountain) for “Audible Battle of the Books”

Congratulations to these educators for receiving over $9,315 in funding for our students this fall!

Achieve board president Christine Houseworth (far left) and grants committee co-chair Hilary Jones-Danziger (far right) presented checks to Seth Boyden educators: Dianne Korte Canzonieri, Shella Mesidor-Villard, Sarah Haldeman, and Janine Guida Poutre.

Susan Brody received over $1,000 from the Achieve Foundation of South Orange and Maplewood for her “Book Clubs Need Better Books” grant.
Achieve board president Christine Houseworth, executive director Eileen Collins Neri and grants co-chair Hilary Jones-Danziger took to Seth Boyden’s gorgeous garden to present Maggie Tuohy with a $2,435 grant for her “Garbage to Garden” program.
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Achieve Grants in Action: Seth Boyden Teachers Share Their Experiences

This article came from the Achieve Foundation’s Oct. 23 newsletter: 

Mrs. Tuohy and Mrs. BrodyOn Tuesday October 21, Maggie Tuohy and Susan Brody ran an after-school session for their colleagues at Seth Boyden School. In a packed library, Maggie and Susan shared their experience at Hog Island Audubon Camp, a week which was made possible through a grant for summer professional development through Achieve’s Riecke Fellowship.

Their presentation, starting with the natural mystery of the day (discovering what shell was in front of them) and running through barriers to and benefits from outdoor education, had the room buzzing with enthusiasm. Teachers noted that they had experienced breakthroughs in the SB Garden with some students: they found focus and leadership skills which they struggled to access in a classroom. Many expressed a commitment to integrating outdoor education into their curriculum in any way possible moving forward.

The Michelle T. Riecke Fund was established in 2003 in memory of former Board of Education president Shelley Riecke, who believed that teachers are our schools’ greatest asset and the key to maximizing student achievement. Maggie Tuohy had met Shelley much earlier in her career, when Shelley released butterflies into the school’s garden, so receiving a Reicke grant this year was that much more poignant and meaningful to her.