Calypso Systems Amplifies Learning with Free Sound Systems for Houston-Area School

WOODBURY, Minn. – December 9, 2009 Calypso Systems, a leading developer of multimedia technology solutions for K-12 classrooms, today announced the school-wide installation of classroom voice amplification systems for McWhirter Elementary School  – winner of a 2009 Be Heard|School Grant. The installation equips the Houston-area school with voice amplification systems in 35 classrooms.


The Be Heard|School Grant, presented by the Calypso School First Foundation (CSFF), is a program designed to benefit schools that are seeking to improve communication between students and teachers in the classroom. The grant provides school-wide voice amplification systems and installations (up to 35 rooms per school) to three K-12 institutions each year.


“The Be Heard|School Grant definitely has improved communication between teachers and students at McWhirter,” said Rod Dunklee, technology integration specialist at McWhirter Elementary School. “With large classes and noise from both inside and outside the classroom, the Calypso voice amplification systems have helped our students focus on the teacher rather than classroom noise distractions.”


A growing portfolio of independent research supports the performance improvements in classrooms where voice amplification systems are used, including improved attention, increased motivation and fewer special education referrals. Furthermore, it’s estimated as many as 30 percent of students in grades 3-6 have failed a 15 dB hearing test. Classroom voice amplification systems improve the overall school experience by allowing students to hear and be heard.


“The Be Heard|School Grant program has been a great opportunity for schools interested in improving the learning process with students,” said Michael Marsh for Troxell Communications, Inc. “Troxell has partnered with Calypso Systems for years, and we are excited to make voice amplification and an improved classroom experience a reality for the winning schools of this great program.”


“McWhirter Elementary School has dedicated efforts on many levels to enhance communication with its students to help make them successful,” said David H. Parish, Ph.D., president of Calypso Systems. “The school’s new voice amplification systems will improve learning for students and aid teachers’ ability to communicate in the classroom.”


Installation Details

Located in Webster, Texas, McWhirter Elementary is a bilingual school with more than 650 students, 15 percent of whom are involved in the school’s English-Spanish immersion program and 10 percent of whom are special needs students. The ability of its teachers to model precise sounds, patterns and pronunciation is crucial to effective learning at McWhirter Elementary. The school applied for the Be Heard|School Grant to address these areas and to effectively integrate new technology for an improved learning experience.


Calypso Systems WCM-RF sound field reinforcement systems were installed in thirty-five classrooms in November 2009.


For more information about the Be Heard|School Grant, please visit


About Troxell Communications, Inc.

Troxell Communications has provided audiovisual solutions to the scholastic market for more than 60 years.  Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with over 70 offices nationwide, Troxell offers a broad spectrum of products-data and video projectors, document cameras, interactive whiteboards, LCD displays, TVs, cameras and camcorders, audio equipment, PA systems, AV furniture and accessories–from the most recognizable names in presentation technology.


About Calypso

Calypso Systems, headquartered in Woodbury, Minn., is a manufacturer of a full range of open architecture control, user interface, audio, microphone and connectivity products designed to create integrated classroom solutions for teachers, students and administrators. Calypso products are sold exclusively through commercial audio-video electronics dealers throughout North America and around the world. For more information, visit