Shawsheen Elementary School Awarded $10,000 “Safe & Supportive Schools” Grant

WILMINGTON, MA — The Shawsheen Elementary School recently received a $10,000 “Safe and Supportive Schools” grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

“During the 2019-2020 school year, a team composed of various educators at Shawsheen reviewed and responded to the DESE Safe and Supportive Schools Framework and Self-Reflection Tool (SASSTool),” explained Christine Murray, the district’s Coordinator of Behavioral Health and Social Emotional Support. “The team identified strengths and areas to prioritize to improve and created an action plan. The action plan is aligned with all six sections of the SASSTool (Leadership, Infrastructure, and Culture, Professional Learning Opportunities, Access to Resources and Services, Teaching and Learning that fosters Safe and Supportive environments, School Policies, Procedures, and Protocols and Family Engagement).  In addition, the goals in the grant align with school and district plans to foster the well-being of each child to achieve social-emotional and academic success.”

The grant will continue to support many of the school’s student behavioral health initiatives, including social-emotional learning, bullying, prevention, and positive behavioral interventions.

According to Murray, the grant will specifically help to fund:

  • SEL Responsive Classroom Morning Meeting workshop and accompanying textbooks
  • To enhance non-academic multi-tiered supports through school wide PBIS Framework
  • Professional development on Equity & Diversity, Implicit Bias and Trauma Sensitivity
  • Family engagement and communication to improve stronger relationships with families and offer relevant PD.
  • Some staff members will participate in a yearlong “Hope & Healing Through Active Racism” professional development course

The team of educators who assisted in the grant process included: 

    • Lisa Gibbs (School Counselor)
    • Julie McDougall (Grade 1 Teacher)
    • Jaqueline Dami (District School Psychologist)
    • Sharon Gallo-Dunn (Grade 2 Teacher)
    • Melanie Patterson (Media Specialist)
    • Lauren Cameron (Grade 2 Teacher)
    • Mary Vardner (Special Education Teacher)
    • Lisa King (Principal)
    • Christine Murray

Principal Lisa King credited Murray for playing an instrumental role in putting together the successful grant application.

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