The Elizabeth G. Busconi Memorial Education Fund was established in memory of Liz Busconi, a second grade teacher at Wheelock School, who passed away on August 7, 2007. She was a talented, creative and loving teacher. Liz had a gift for making children feel cherished as individuals and confident in their abilities as successful learners. Her influence upon children, families and friends will be felt forever. In 2013, the administration of the Fund was transferred from the Office of the Superintendent to MCPE.
The Busconi Fund Committee continues to raise money and fund the grant, and applications will be reviewed by the Busconi Fund Committee and a representative of MCPE.
Grant Winner: Keri Sperling and Michael Gow for a grant proposal to purchase 11 binoculars to be used as part of the Citizen Science Exploration class they co-teach for 6th graders at Blake Middle School. The focus of the class is bird observation.
Application Deadline: March 24, 2018
Elizabeth LaRowe, MCPE Grant Committee Chair
Past Award Recipients
Kerry Cowell and Steve Grenham for a grant proposal to create a graphic novel section at the Dale Street School library dedicated to Mrs. Busconi.
Blake Middle School Seventh Grade Social Studies Teachers Gregory Keohan, Deb Manning and Geri Tasker requested funding for a Museum of Fine Arts Outreach Program. The program will allow all seventh grade students to have a hands-on experience with artifacts from the Ancient World collection at the MFA, including works from Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome.
Enhancement to the fiction collection at the Wheelock School Library. Requested by Bethany Robertson.
Wireless keyboards for 8th grade teachers to interface with the Epson projector. Requested by Ellen McConnell, Ian Gagne and Sara Callahan.
Mentor texts to support upper elementary reading comprehension instruction. Grant to fund quality read-alouds for teacher use at grade 4 and 5. Requested by Jamee Callahan.
Project Read Written Expression Materials – to integrate Project Read materials into the middle school curriculum to enhance instruction which also includes professional training DVDs for middle school teachers. Requested by Kathleen Caprio, Kristen Kirby and Doris Walker.
Four children’s computer desks and buddy benches purchased to meet the functional needs of preschoolers or elementary students. The computer desks were put in the library, OT/PT room and preschool so all children have the opportunity to better utilize the computers. Requested by Sally DeGeorge and Angela Typadis
Contribution given for the annual William Shakespeare Birthday “Bardy” Week at Medfield High School. Requested by Bonnie Wren-Burgess and the English Dept.
Book Buddies Program – Funds used to purchase a set of paperback books and organizational materials (boxes/bookcase) that allows this special program to continue. Requested by Patty Allen.
The Robert C. Maguire Global Perspectives in Education Award
Bob Maguire dedicated 22 years of his educational career to the Medfield Public Schools.
He served as principal of Medfield High School for 8 years and then 14 years as Superintendent.
In recognition of Bob’s commitment to our students, MCPE has created this award to honor an educator in the Medfield school community who embodies Bob’s legacy of exposing our students to the world beyond Medfield.
This award will be given to a staff member whose effort embodies Bob’s vision for further developing students’ global understanding and readiness to engage in the expanding global economy.
Similar to Bob, the award recipient will be someone who inspires students to look beyond the town of Medfield and learn more about the global community through innovative programs and technologies.
This may include initiatives that:
A. Use innovative technologies to enhance learning, foster collaboration, and develop connections with other people and communities
B. Increase multicultural awareness and appreciation
C. Bring multicultural elements into the curriculum
D. Develop links with schools or organizations in other nations or different ethnic communities within the US
The application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year is April 13, 2018.
2017 Winner :
Monique Goodrow-Trach, Medfield HS French Teacher
2014 Bethany Sager, Dale St. School 5th Grade Teacher
2015 David Ruggierio, Memorial School Music Teacher
2016 Robert Parga, Medfield HS Principal
Kate Boxmeyer & Claire Shield, MCPE Co-Presidents
Thomas Reis Award
The Thomas A. Reis Award, which was established in 1995 to honor former Superintendent Reis, annually recognizes the grant which promotes cooperation among schools, develops new programs of study and highlights creativity and innovation.
This year the award went to Donna Olson, principal at Wheelock and Steve Grenhan, principal at Dale street for bringing Urban Improv, a Boston Theatre group, to present six, one-hour workshops (two at Wheelock for third graders and four at Dale for fourth and fifth graders).
Urban Improv is a professional acting ensemble with experience in education, psychology, and theater for young people. At Wheelock, the performance troupe addressed important topics and issues pertinent to the environment, child development and health and safety, while weaving the subjects of diversity, mindfulness and empathy into the skits. At Dale, the theme was treating others with respect and/or with empathy while also addressing impulse control, conflict resolution and decision making.
The award winners were from Memorial School: Randie Groden and Missy Billsborough;
Dale Street School: Marissa Foley and Steve Grenham;
Medfield High School: Orla Berry, Phil Brown, and Rudy Cassidy, and also from the high school: Juniors Kyle Keegan and John Stewart for introducing robotics and demonstrating how the robotics learning process is continuing throughout the Medfield schools.