Creating Possible
November 2017  



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Join SEF on #GivingTuesday!
Tuesday, November 28th is the nationwide "Giving Tuesday" event. In this season of giving, please remember to include SEF, or a favorite charity of your choice, in your year-end giving plans! 
Fall Grants Update

Summit teachers and administrators submitted 33 grant applications totaling approximately $115,000 by our grant application deadline of October 15th. The SEF Grants Committee will be meeting over the several weeks to review the proposals and make funding recommendations to the SEF Board. For details on the comprehensive grant evaluation process that SEF uses,  please click here.

Grant Spotlight: LCJSMS Librarians Present at National Conference
Thanks to the generosity of donors to the Summit Educational Foundation, the librarians from Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School recently presented at a national conference. Megan Hartley and Beth Thomas were given the opportunity to attend AMLE, the Association of Middle Level Educators' conference in Philadelphia due to an SEF grant. AMLE is touted as "the most valuable and comprehensive professional development opportunity in the world for any person working with students ages 10-15." Megan and Beth presented two sessions. The first was "A Spark and Tell" session about how they have incorporated maker education into their library program. They then led a concurrent session on their endeavors to bring computer coding into LCJSMS. In addition to presenting, Megan and Beth were able to attend a variety of sessions covering everything from learning more about the adolescent brain to motivating reluctant learners. Attending this conference gave them the opportunity to reflect on their practice as middle school educators and provided them with many strategies and ideas to bring back to LCJSMS.

Megan and Beth at the AMLE conference
Save Saturday, March 10, 2018 for
SEF Spring for Excellence!
Mark your calendar, gather your friends, and line up your babysitter for the annual SEF Spring for Excellence! Brayton Elementary School is this year's event "host" at the Summit Elks Club. We hope you will join us for a fantastic party, with all funds raised supporting the SEF's mission to enhance the quality of public education in Summit. Registration information will be online in early 2018.
Spring for Excellence Cochairs pictured left to right:
Kiera Mathey, Kerry Dillon, Freddy Schachter, Kim Fox
Together, we can make possible a reality.