Norristown Area Education Foundation works cooperatively with
Norristown Area School District to build its Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) programming.
The EITC program
is one of our largest funding sources. Very generous donors include TD Bank, ViroPharma, Inc., Pennsylvania
American Water Company, National Penn Bank, Weis Markets, GIANT, Waste Management,
Susquehanna Bank and others!
Pennsylvania companies that commit to donating one year receive a
75% tax credit and for two years receive a 90% tax credit. Corporations who qualify pay one or all of the following taxes:
Corporate net income tax
Capital stock franchise tax, Bank and trust company share tax, Title insurance company share tax, Insurance premiums tax, Mutual thrift institutions tax, Personal Income Tax of an S Corporation, Shareholders of Partners in an
Sub Chapter S corps, limited partnerships and other pass through organizations
are eligible (filing PA forms 20S or 65).
By donating to NAEF through the EITC program, companies all across the state of
Pennsylvania can show their support for public education and ensure that the
Norristown Area School District remains strong and vibrant. For more information visit www.newpa.com or call Anne Rohricht at 610-630-5006.
On behalf of the students in the Norristown Area School District and the NAEF Board of Trustees, we sincerely appreciate the support of our Business Community!
The Norristown Area Education Foundation (NAEF), the Norristown Area
School District (NASD) and TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank®,
today announced a two year commitment by the bank to participate in the
Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program to
help fund technology at all NASD schools.
TD Bank Market President Thomas Shoemaker and Regional Vice
President Geoffrey Brandon presented NAEF with a $100,000 check,
representing TD Bank's first year of the commitment, as Norristown Area
High School students led faculty, staff and bank representatives on a tour
of three classrooms at the school, including an Art classroom with digital
design capabilities, an Honors Biology classroom, and an Honors Earth
and Space (Science) classroom.
Some of the program funded all or in part with EITC funds:
OLYMPICS BOOK CLUB - Reading
Olympics- increase students' reading for enjoyment and increase reading skills.
Students collaborate afterschool with their teammates to read forty to fifty
books that have been selected by a committee of librarians, reading specialists
and classroom teachers. These professionals read the books and write questions
which teams of students answer during the competition. The Olympics are
primarily a celebration of reading rather than a contest. All participants are
awarded ribbons. Since the teams generate much excitement about this event, the
experience is rewarding for everyone involved.
Norristown Area Virtual Academy
- Programs that provide a different
focus, delivery, including internet-based and distance learning technologies,
methodology or skill training than is provided in a typical academic program of
a public school) Norristown Area Virtual Academy offers one-on-one access
to teachers, a flexible schedule, and quality instruction in custom-designed
courses. We are flexible in our course sequencing and offerings, allowing us to
consistently meet the needs of our students. Our courses are designed to align
with Pennsylvania Department of Education standards and accommodate multiple
learning styles, abilities and intelligences. Each course is infused with
robust vocabulary, teaching and reinforcement practice, real world situations
and various assessment strategies. Webcasts, Web Quests, audio files, videos,
podcasts, online textbooks and online discussion boards are just several ways
that technology is integrated in our curriculum. Courses are available
twenty-four hours a day, seven days week.
Gateway to College: offers instruction or programming that provides credits/advanced
placement at a two-year or four year college or university authorized by the
Department of Education. Gateway to College - Gateway to College in
Norristown Area School District at Montgomery County Community College Goal: To
provide an alternative pathway to high school and college graduation for
students not on target to graduate high school in 4 years or at risk of
dropping out. Strategy: Norristown Area High School students will attend the
Gateway to College program on the campus of Montgomery County Community College
(MCCC). MCCC classrooms will be centrally located on campus to fully immerse students
in the college experience. Outcome: Norristown Area High School will see an
increase in the number of disenfranchised students enrolling in colleges.
Perch - Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, Sea Perch is an
innovative underwater robotics program that equips teachers and students with
the resources they need to build an underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle. Students in grades 5-8 will participate in an
after-school program that teaches basic engineering and science concepts with a
marine engineering theme. The Sea Perch
Program provides students with the opportunity to engage in STEM
activities. Through the problem-based
learning model, students will learn engineering concepts, problem solving,
teamwork, and technical applications.
The culminating activity will be participation in a regional competition
held on the campus of Drexel University with the potential to advance to
additional levels of competition.
Be the Chemist - Sponsored by Chemical Educational Foundation with local
support from the DOW Chemical Company Foundation, the National You Be the
Chemist Challenge is an opportunity for students in grades 5-8 to demonstrate
their knowledge of chemistry. Students
will participate in after-school study sessions as well as compete with other
students across the county, state, and possibly the nation. The competition experiences are open to the
families of participants and non-participant students; during the event all
individuals will have the opportunity to conduct experiments, extend their
understanding of science and engineering, and interact with industry
Robotics Competition - Students in grades 5-12 will engage in an after-school club
designed to prepare them for The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the
Robotics Education & Competition Foundation. Students use the VEX Robotics Design System
to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in
qualification matches, elimination matches, and Skills Challenges. Each year, an engineering challenge is
presented in the form of a game. Through their active participation, students
will strengthen their understanding of STEM, and problem-solving.
Internship Program - Use of internships and other work-based learning
opportunities for a student that supplements the curriculum or academic program:
Arts & Entertainment
Business and Industry
Computers & Software
Government & Social Services
Hotels & Accommodations
Information & Media
Repair & Maintenance
Career-Exploration - Exposure to STEM education and the possible careers in the
field can serve as a motivating factor for students to strive in school. STEM jobs can be a means for these students
to contribute serving the needs of society while fulfilling an economic
short-coming in the United States.
Through targeted opportunities we will bring industry professionals into
our schools to share their experiences and work with our students in grades
9-12. We will also support opportunities
for students to spend time with industry professionals in their work
environment during school, after-school, and during the summer. This will be accomplished through field
trips, competitions, research opportunities, internships, co-op, and other
related educational experiences. By
focusing on STEM related professions we will strengthen existing partnerships
and forge new ones in all STEM areas with a focus on engineering, health
professions, and pharmaceuticals.
Scouts - Structured like the Boy Scouts, students in grades 4-8 could
participate as an after-school club and engage in various STEM-based activities
to earn badges that represent their accomplishments. This structure would allow students to engage
their higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills through a set of
activities that are more fun and exciting than traditional instruction. The badges are arranged into a hierarchy
system similar to traditional scouts and students will be recognized for their
is Me - Girls and Minorities are hugely under-represented in STEM
both in higher education and the workforce; this population also represents a
significant portion of NASD’s student population. Students in grades 5-12 can participate in an
after-school and/or summer program to support under-represented students in
their quest to explore STEM careers.
Club - Children in grades 5-12 will connect with like-minded
individuals at their school to extend their understanding of basic scientific
concepts as well as enrich their classroom learning experiences. Students will explore science topics of
interest in small groups. Through
scientific exploration, students will deepen their knowledge of the scientific
process, problem-solving, lab safety, and the reporting of their findings.
*Science activities may include:
o Earth Sciences
o Engineering Applications
o History of Science
o Math and Arithmetic
o Science Experiments
o Social Sciences
o Space Travel and Exploration
o Units of Measure
Science Club – AP Computer Science is the fastest growing AP class in
the nation. The world is moving to computer science, by 2020 a million jobs
will go unfilled in computer science because of unqualified workers. Code Academy has a multitude of structured
lessons that teaches code. It takes students from HTML code to complex
Art Enrichment Program – We believe that all children have
great potential. Through our arts education programs in partnership with ACPPA Community Arts Center, we help them set and
achieve their personal and educational goals. They gain confidence as they
recognize our classes as a place where they belong and can feel comfortable
exploring new interests and passions. By mirroring positive role models and
growing confidence in their communication and problem solving skills, our
students achieve leadership traits to help them envision a positive future and
take an active role in strengthening the community.
BUFFS - Welcome to the stage – This outside the school day
program will serve as a fun and fast paced introduction to the art of
acting. Students will learn to tell a
story and create a character on stage, use their imaginations, while also
gaining a deeper understanding of the concept that acting is behaving
believably in pretend circumstances.
and/or summer music classes: The program aims not only
to teach children music, but to teach them concentration, discipline and
passion for learning, the benefits of which extend to the classroom and their
SCHOOL - Renzulli Learning makes it easier to infuse creativity,
critical thinking, and problem solving. Students are afforded an unrivaled
opportunity to apply, deepen, and extend learning, based on their interests,
learning and expression styles.
ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP - GIRAFFE HEROES
Giraffe Heroes -
citizenship programs give schools and youth groups a powerful approach to kids,
one that fosters courageous compassion, active citizenship and academic