Thank you for attending our Spring Event!  

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Check out our Ribbon Cutting Video!



The BMEF would like to acknowledge the teachers and staff who received Tributes at the End of this year - Thank you to all of the families and students who gave donations on behalf of the following teachers/staff:

  • Deborah Adelberg
  • Jennifer Alfinito
  • Laurie Alfonso (x3)
  • Diana Blank (x2)
  • Paul Bordorno
  • Samantha Boyer
  • Kay Brancato
  • Brian Byrnes
  • Tracy Campanile
  • Katell Carruth
  • Sharon Comblo (x4)
  • Robert Connolly
  • Kevin Courtney
  • Corinne Crain (x2)
  • Michael Cushen
  • JP Fasano
  • Julia Fernandez
  • Barbara Fiore
  • Lori Fraternale (x2)
  • Debra Fried
  • Diane Gavin
  • Katie Godleski
  • David Golod (x4)
  • Mrs. Gover
  • Desmond Groarke (x2)
  • Laura Gualtiere (x3)
  • Diane Guida (x3)
  • Denise Hamlin
  • Nathan Heltzel
  • Michelle Hiltsley
  • Jennifer Horowitz
  • Mrs. Hubbard
  • Nancy Kress (x3)
  • Nancy Lee
  • Jessica Loprieno
  • Jamie Mandel
  • Erin Mangan
  • Suzanne Mauriello
  • Karen McCarthy (x2)
  • Michelle McNeight (x2)
  • Christopher Melito
  • Wilma Messenger (x3)
  • Al Meola
  • Jennifer Murphy (x2)
  • Diana Nelson Gavin (x2)
  • Leslie Newman
  • Annmarie O'Brien
  • Tara Phethean (x2)
  • Mr. Quinn
  • Sandra Renner(x2)
  • Sarah Rubin  
  • Robert Saar (x2)
  • Theodore Sandomenico
  • Jodi Shearer
  • Abbey Siegel
  • Andrea Thau
  • Marc Tartell (x2)
  • James Tranchida (x3)
  • Alyson Tully
  • Alisa Turner-Carlson (x2)
  • Anya Vazquez
  • Paul Villanueva (x4)
  • Jennifer Vogrincic
  • Gwynne Whitman (x3)
  • Lori Whitman
  • Ms. Zekus
  • The 6th Grade Team (x3)
  • The 7th Grade Team
  • The 11th Grade Teachers
  • High School Teachers, Administrators, and Staff

BMEF Grants Funded 2016

The BMEF is pleased to announce our grants and initiatives awarded for 2016. Funding of over $97,000 was approved for an exciting Initiative Project. Over $44,000 in funding was approved for grant projects that will enhance and enrich a variety of curricular areas at all of the Briarcliff schools. See descriptions of all of these below:


Innovative Active Learning Spaces for BMS and BHSF - Funding for classroom or library spaces, outfitted with current technology and specially-designed furniture, that can easily accommodate full class, small group or individual work.  The ability to reconfigure a set up supports new teaching methods being used in the district’s shift to a student centered learning approach.  Children are given a more active role in the learning process, guided by their teachers to develop critical thinking and research skills necessary to succeed in a world that is focused on new ideas and technology.


World Drums at Todd - Funding for good quality, durable drums for the entire Music program at Todd.

Kindergarten Kinetic Sand - Funding for Kinetic Sand to be used for sensory awareness, fine motor development, creativity, stress reduction, relaxation, and therapeutic purposes to enhance the K curriculum.  The sand will be used in letter writing, number writing, creative building (STEM) and cooperative work.

Todd Reluctant Reader Program at Todd - Grant is for two things.  A large offering of a rich selection of appealing books which is the strongest strategy to combat the reluctant reader problem.  And, for a visually attractive mobile shelving unit which can be used to create various displays throughout the Library.

Habits of Mind Puppets for Todd - Funding for hand puppets and larger life puppets to benefit all students at Todd by supporting the continuation of the implementation of Habits of Mind.

Power Shot Canon Camera at Todd - Funding for a camera that will be used daily to record student work for assessments purposes and communication with parents.

Water Bottle Filing Station at Todd - Funding for a water bottle filling station to continue their beliefs to protect and honor the earth.  Will be for the whole school to use which helps to promote healthy living and less waste.

Alternative and Ergonomic Seating Options at Todd - Funding to outfit the Kindergarten classrooms with new multi-sensory seating options to support their continually changing needs.

Popcorn Machines at Todd - New machines for the second grade popcorn factory.  These deluxe poppers will provide a safer, cleaner way to run the program. 

Under Desk Petals at Todd - Funding for 30 under desk petals for the 2nd, 3rd grades and the OT dept.  Studies show that students need more movement not only for exercise but as a means to help focus and attend. 

Ongoing Grant for Optimal Choices in Alternative Seating at Todd - Funding for 25 stand up desks.  Todd already has 60 desks from a previous BMEF grant.  This will allow for several desks to be in each classroom so no child feels singled out.

Tetrix Prime Robotics at Briarcliff Middle School - Grant for the 8th grade technology unit.  The Tetrix Prime robot kits will provide an opportunity for students to learn about robots and how they are controlled. 

ELMO Visual Presenter at Briarcliff High School - Funding for an adjustable camera head to let students view images from above, from the side or up close. Projecting demonstrations will be a great teaching tool particularly in art classes. 

Augemented Reality Sandbox for Briarcliff High School - Funding for an Augmented Reality Sandbox utilizing LINUX software, a kinect 3D Motion sensing camera and a projector above the sand to sense the elevations of the sand and project a color coded image of contour lines back onto its surface.

BHS School Store / Briarcliff High School Finance Club - Follow up grant for continued support needed to fund and maintain a school store.

The Mariposa Senior Internship at Briarcliff High School - Funding for unique educational opportunities for students to relate BHS academic experiences to real-life situations and foster a sense of civic responsibility and cross-cultural exchange; it includes opportunities for language and cultural immersion, discussions of gender equality in Latin America, exposure and participation in the country’s educational system, and environmental education and DR history field trips.

Pictures of our "Grants in Action"

  • Academia

    With assistance from a BMEF grant, the Briarcliff Middle School created an Outdoor Classroom called Academia

  • Kindergarten Sign Language Program

    For several years, the BMEF has funded a Kindergarten Sign Language Program. This program promotes students' understanding of and interest in sign language.

  • SmartBoards

    The BMEF partnered with the school district to equip classrooms in all three schools with SmartBoards.

  • Singapore Math Program

    The BMEF funded materials and teacher training to bring the Singapore Math method of teaching math to Briarcliff students K-6

  • Forensic Science

    Thanks to seed money from the BMEF, Forensic Science has evolved into one of the most popular classes at the high school

  • Digital Microscopes

    The BMEF Purchased Digital Microscopes. Click to check out pictures and Patch Video from Grants in Action Night

  • Alternative Seating Desks

    Alternative Seating Desks in 2nd Grade

  • French Horns

    BMEF Funded Purchase of French Horns

  • Flip Video Camera


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