2013-2014 School Year begins with 4 grants at TOHS.

Four teachers at Thousand Oaks High School began the year with Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants to fund wonderful activities for their students. Congratulations to Ashley Cooper, Heather Farrell, Lisa Ravitch, and Susan Ramage!

Science teacher Ashley Cooper (pictured with CSF Treasurer Laurie Lam & Bonnie Adamick), received a grant for materials for her 9th grade Biology and Health students to create clay models of the muscular system.

Ms. Cooper and some of her enthusiastic students.

 

Science teacher Heather Farrell will purchase GPS devices to be used in a 9th grade geocaching lab project.

 

Teacher Lisa Ravitch will create a flipped teaching experience for her students through making instructional online videos. Hands-on studio time in the classroom will engage students in taking the learned information and putting it to use in a meaningful way.

 

Spanish teacher Susan Ramage (pictured below with TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl) will purchase a class set/subscription to Scholastic Magazine Spanish readers which will engage students in high interest reading material that includes relevant topics, current events, and new vocabulary.

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More elementary school grants mark the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

CVUSD elementary schools began the school year with C4CC grant money in multiple subject areas.

Wildwood Elementary 2nd grade teacher Michelle May is using grant money to purchase “Nooks” and nonfiction material to support common core standards in her Language Arts program. Here she is pictured with Principal Doug Hedin.

 

At Banyan Elementary, Kindergarten teacher Laurie Marzalek received a grant for clay and glazes to use in her students’ wonderful ceramics projects. Principal Laurie Davis (L) joined our classroom visit.

Kindergarteners love to show their clay projects!

 

Kris Lopez, 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Walnut Elementary, will use her grant towards field trips to support the science curriculum. This fall, students will see Chinese acrobats at the Civic Arts Plaza and in the spring they will go the IMAX Theatre in Exposition park to see “Flight of the Butterflies.”

Ms. Lopez wrote: “Our Title One school and teachers are focused on finding ways to bring curriculum into our student’s lives. In fact, it is not unusual to hear students say, ‘I’ve never been to the ocean, museum, or the city (Los Angeles).’ As teachers we have found that the Science curriculum … is the perfect place to enrich their experiences.”

 

Kim Lewis, Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary, will purchase much needed math manipulatives for her classroom. Here she receives her grant alongside Principal Paula Golem (L).

Ms. Lewis’s students will benefit from the new and exciting materials in their classroom.

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Century Academy

Century Academy’s Social Science teacher Owen Ryan used Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant money to purchase a digital camera for the Yearbook Class.

Mr. Ryan wrote: “The camera will allow us to take higher quality pictures for our yearbook and enable us to start building an inventory of equipment. As a new school we have very little at the moment. We have about 90 students in the school with about 12 in the yearbook class.”

“This grant was incredibly helpful…The class is excited about using the camera and can’t wait until we see the results once our 2013-2014 yearbooks arrive next year. “

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Westlake High School

WHS AP Biology teacher Jennifer Boyd used her grant to purchase supplies for a lab to study a bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate. Approximately 100 students participated in this lab; covered topics include enzymes, photosynthesis, and animal behavior. 

Students used this lab to review photosynthesis, cell structures, and enzymes. This lesson also introduced circadian rhythms and bioluminescence.  They practiced using microscopes to view the cells and took home a small vial of the cells to make observations at different times during the day and night. They were very excited to take home their own personal vials to show their family and friends. The cells will continue to glow for 3-6 months.

Ms. Boyd wrote: “I am so excited to do this lab with my students and I know it will be something they will never forget. Thank you for allowing me to be creative in my classroom.”

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Redwood Middle School

At Redwood Middle School, teacher Leslie Martinez put a donated, gently used iPad to very good use. Students are extremely motivated to read and excited to use some new educational apps! Ms. Martinez will use grant money to buy another gently used iPad.

“…these kids have never been more eager to read. Thank you… Cash 4 Classrooms and you have made a difference.”

-Teacher Leslie Martinez, Redwood Middle School

 

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