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Alcoa reps see their grand donation in action at Jefferson School


MASSENA - A team from ALCOA recently visited Jefferson Elementary to see the results of an ALCOA grant—classrooms fitted with Smart Boards and LCD projectors.

Location Manager John Martin, IT Manager Sue Kramer, Aluminum Services Manager Shawn Scott, Primary Manufacturing Manager Steve Rombough and Safety Manager Matt Barnes visited Jefferson Elementary to see first-hand the difference having a Smart Board in the classroom makes for the teacher and the students.

Principal Duane Richards proudly showed off the new equipment. He took them in several different classrooms, where students and teachers were working with their new Smart Boards.

One sixth-grade class was busy with a grammar lesson.

“We are so very appreciative of our Smart Board – we just love it,” sixth-grade teacher Nicole Terminelli said.

Students named several other Smart Board activities such as playing Jeopardy, doing crossword puzzles, watching BrainPop videos, and studying mathematics.

“We use the Smart Board for our ELA agenda and the lunch count, which saves a ton of time. Being able to link a video on the Smart Board also saves time as I don’t have to run back to my computer anymore and can stay in front of the classroom,” said Mrs. Terminelli.

The tour took a turn into a fourth-grade classroom and found the students mapping Henry Hudson’s trip up the Hudson River. Mr. Barnes joined in learning from the students about the lesson and how to use the board.

In Brittany Groebler’s second-grade classroom, students showed off their new skills on their Smart Board, which they have named, “Smarty.”

“Do you all like your new Smart Board – does it help you?” asked Mr. Martin.

The response was unanimous. “Yes,” shouted the students.

“We are so thankful for our Smart Board,” Ms. Groebler said.

The new Smart Boards are phase one of an ALCOA grant designed to improve student learning by increasing student-teacher interaction and providing students with better visual and physical learning tools.

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