A Slick Solution – Jessica Bowden – District
The current 5th grade science curriculum includes studies of the ocean, pollution, water quality and a small overview of ecosystems. The EIE kit, “A Slick Solution: Cleaning an Oil Spill”, enhances the study of the environment with the hands on experience of designing tools to clean up an oil spill The EIE curriculum connects to grade level common core science standard while also providing literary, social studies and STEM opportunities. The units introduce a field of engineering and expose the students to these career opportunities at an early age.
School Store Heat Press – Kristina Rosato and Kristen Milewski – High School
Ridley’s School Store, The Locker is continuing to manufacture apparel for customers in the Ridley community. In order to expand this process, we will need an additional heat press for students to design garments for our brick and mortar store, online store and group orders. With this machine, students will be able to create their designs in class and transfer their ideas to a garment that will be sold at The Locker. All profits from The Locker go directly back to the community, including the Ridley Educational Foundation, Ridley Families in Need and Ridley Future Business Leaders of America.
Sewing Going Forward – Nancy Loia – High School
When “STEM” is changed to “STEAM”, by adding “A” for the Arts, the opportunities for cross-curriculum learning activities have increased. A tag line for Family & Consumer Science teachers is “I prepare kids for life.” Considering these two concepts that fuel current teaching, Clothing Construction classes provide both problem-based learning methods and the creative processes. Newer, “electronic” sewing machines incorporate newer technologies with basic techniques, familiarizing students with the tools of the future. Following the lead of “Ryan’s Case for Smiles” (http://caseforsmiles.org/), a favorite project for students is to make pillowcases that are donated donated to Nemours Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children Pediatric Intensive Care Unit,
R-TRIPP (Ridley Truancy Reduction Intervention Program for Parents) Erin Cianciarulo and Megan Warwick – District
R-TRIPP (Ridley Truancy Reduction Intervention Program for Parents) is a program, ordered by the district magistrate, for Ridley families who have been issued citations for truancy court. Through Parenting Wisely (familyworksinc.com) we will use an internet based curriculum, which is also evidence, skill and research based. The program is designed to teach parents skills and offer tools for consistent parenting, coping skills and healthy family living. This program will educate families about the importance of school attendance and give strategies for reducing chronic absenteeism and truancy for the family.