Quad Cycles donates $1,400

Quad Cycles owner Rustem Gode presented Quad Cycles Rustem GodeAEF Board President Amy Speare with a check at AEF’s Annual Fundraiser November 21.  Quad Cycles’ annual bike swap this fall raised over $1,400 for AEF.   THANK YOU Quad Cycles for your generous support!

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Fall Fundraiser set for November 21

2015 AEF BoardCome celebrate with us and support AEF’s work on Monday, November 21 from 6-8pm at Ristorante Olivio.  Guest speakers will highlight the Inside OUT Ottoson grant and a teacher’s recent trip to Spain & Morocco.

We’ll also have interactive demonstrations of AEF grants in action – from drones to gardens.  Suggested donation: $100/person, $150/couple.  For more info or to RSVP.

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Candy Buy Back Program Supports AEF

Looking for a place for your kids’ Halloween candy1candy other than your stomach?  Drop by Belmont Orthodontics and they will buy it from you for $2/pound and donate that money to AEF.  We appreciate the continued generosity of Dr. Melita and her team.

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‘Inside OUT Ottoson’ Project Celebrates Diversity

Funded by an Innovations in Education grant, the Inside OUT Ottoson project is inspired by the ongoing Inside OUT project of French artist JR.   Facilitated by the Ottoson art teachers, the project uses the power of art to advance the conversation about accepting and respecting all members of the school community regardless of race, gender, ethnicity and personal identity.

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Quad Cycles Bike Swap, Sept. 24-25

Looking to trade in or buy a used bike?  Quad Cycles’ 3rd annual bike quadcyclesswap will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25.  All proceeds from the event will benefit AEF.  Thanks to the generosity of Quad Cycles, last year’s event raised $1,600!  Have a bike to sell?  Bring it to the shop Friday night.  More


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Over $35,000 Awarded to Schools

This spring, we awarded a total of $35,609 to the Arlington Public Schools, funding nine grants in three categories: Innovations in Education, Development & Expansion and Continuing Scholar Awards. The breadth of projects funded include innovative classroom projects, a district-wide analysis of the behavioral health of all students and unique personal experiences for teachers.

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2016 STARS Teachers of the Year Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2016 AHS and Ottoson STARS Teachers of the Year!

  • Ms. Alison Sancinito, Ottoson Middle School, 6th Grade History
  • Mr. Justin Bourassa, Arlington High School, English

This prestigious award is given to the teachers that receive the most STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) certificates at Arlington High School and Ottoson Middle School.  Congratulations Ms. Sancinito and Mr. Bourassa!

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AHS Students Dig into Past in Archaeology Class

An AEF Innovations Grant funded the start-up supplies needed for AHS science teacher Danielle Raad to offer a new Intro to Archaeology course.  This video gives an inside look at this AEF grant in action.  Learn more

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$20,000 in Development & Expansion Grants Awarded

This year’s Development & Expansion grant recipients will focus on more than just academics.   AHS Intracurric Tech_sm

  • Creating Safe & Supportive Schools will create a cohesive vision for behavioral health in the Arlington Public Schools.
  • Maker Culture/Makerspace Interdisciplinary Teaching, Learning & Building will provide a high-speed, high-precision CSC (Computer Numerical Control) laser cutter to enhance Arlington High School’s emerging makerspace

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Arlington Teachers are STARS!

Tell them with an AEF STARS certificate!  STARS graphicWith a minimum $15 donation, you can tell your child’s teacher ‘Thank you for all that you do!”.   The Ottoson and AHS teachers that receive the most STARS will receive the coveted ‘STARS Teacher of the Year’ award.  Deadline is June 3 to ensure delivery by the end of school. Give a STAR online today!

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