Project Based Learning
Six Miles on the Erie Canal
Winner of the 2023 New York State Archives Student Research Awards!
In partnership with Pittsford Deputy Historian and Author Vicki Masters Profitt.
Students researched people connected with the Erie Canal who are buried in Pittsford Cemetery. They toured the cemetery in the fall with Mrs. Profitt, to be introduced to many of the Pittsford residents who in one way or another were connected with the canal. They wrote and illustrated this amazing book!
Our Defenders of Freedom
Students were partnered with Veterans from the Rayson-Miller American Legion Post. After interviewing the Veterans, students wrote about their Veterans and created an art project. We presented the book and art projects, along with our amazing Veterans at the Pittsford Senior Center, and for parents, town and school leaders.
Our Protectors of Freedom
Students paired up to interview Veterans of the Pittsford American Legion Post in order to create this book telling their stories.
Thornell Road School
Fifty Year, 1971-2021
Winner of the 2022 New York State Archives Student Research Awards!
Use the link below to read this digital book celebrating and documenting 50 years of Thornell Road School History!
The Agate-Zornow House Website
Right before the Covid-19 shutdown in the winter of 2020, we began working on this website about the historic Agate-Zornow house. After the shut-down, the class was determined to complete the project. I could not be more proud of their work, most of it done online! This website won an Honorable Mention in the New York State Archives Partnership Trust Student Research Awards. Click the image to check out the project!
Pizza Box Biographies
We interviewed Veterans from the American Legion Rayson-Miller American Legion Post and told their stories in a unique, fun way - in a Pizza Box! After they were completed, we held a ceremony. Our Veterans were the guests of honor! Local politicians, School Board members, representatives from the administration and our parents all game to celebrate!
A few weeks later we took our presentation on the road. We were invited to present our Pizza Box Biographies at the Pittsford Senior Center Luncheon.
Both projects can be ordered through our Shutterfly Share Site - email me for more information.
We completed two augmented reality books during the 17-18 school year. Veterans' Voices was an amazing experience that touched so many. Click the picture of the book to go to our page for that project.
Eight Brave Civil War Soldiers in Pittsford Cemetery
Winner of the New York State Student Reseach Awards!
Our second book, Eight Brave Civil War Soldiers of Pittsford Cemetery, was completed in partnership with author and historian, Mrs. Vicki Masters Profitt. We researched eight sliders using census records, old newspapers, muster role abstracts, diaries and other sources. We did our best to tell how these soldiers contributed to our nation through their service, and then how many contributed to our community after the war. We entered it in the NYSE Archives Student Research Awards Contest and won First Place! We traveled to Albany and were honored at a luncheon at the State Archives.
Our 2016-2017 Project
Honoring Those Who Serve
An augmented reality book that tells about ways we honor our veterans, along with interviews with some of our local veterans. This book is dedicated to the American Legion Rayson-Miller Post 899.
Click the file link below to view our AMAZING Erie Canal book project from Spring 2016!!