Highlights of 2012-2013: EARThS Science Magnet School

Teacher Laura Pewe used her grant to purchase supplies for each of her 4th grade students to create a beautiful nature journal, an activity based on John Muir Laws’s book, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling. This project greatly enhanced the students’ study of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park and our surrounding area.

Students illustrated their journals using watercolor pencils.

“…this grant was very helpful as it provided necessary supplies needed for individual students to create and express themselves through technical drawing.  This supports EARTHS’ philosophy of teaching through curricular integration.  Thank you so very much for providing this very important program that directly benefits Conejo Valley students.”

- Laura Pewe, 4th grade teacher, EARThS Science Magnet

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Conejo Elementary School

First grade teacher Frankie Perez purchased educational software for his classroom. Students are enjoying learning through interactive technology.

Mr. Perez writes: “My students were very excited to use the educational software and I so thankful that I am able to provide it to them. Once again, thank you so much!”

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Transitional Kindergarten at Westlake Hills Elementary

Christi Wyrrick needed to supply her Transitional Kindergarten class with math manipulative materials. Students now enjoy using bear shaped counters to sequence objects by size (“Goldilocks and the Three Bears”), create patterns using gem sets, and explore measurement with inchworm tools.

Ms. Wyrrick wrote:  “It has been wonderful to have more hands-on math manipulatives for these little ones to use.  My class has five different home languages represented and a majority of second language learners.  The concrete materials are especially helpful for them in understanding math concepts.”

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Sycamore Canyon Elementary School

At Sycamore Canyon Elementary, 2nd grade teacher team Kate Taillon, Mary Catherine Shmina, Debbie Neshek, Christy Arnold, Lisa Anthony, and Suzie Cooper shared grant money to purchase supplies for activities bringing to life their study unit, “Pebbles, Sand, & Silt.”

The teachers reported:

“Our Geology/Earth Science Unit in November was culminated with the students as amateur geologists mining for REAL gems. This activity made such a difference, fueling EVERY child’s enthusiasm for Earth Science. This activity consisted of 5 classrooms with 23 students in each. This Grant was extremely helpful. This would never be a possibility to purchase such rich materials with our sorely depleted classroom funds. Thank you so very much!!!”

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Ladera Elementary School

At the end of the school year,  Ladera 3rd grade students went on a field trip to the California Science Center and the Space Shuttle Endeavor, funded by a C4CC grant awarded to 3rd grade teacher Stephanie Lopez.

Ms. Lopez wrote:

“This grant allowed all students the chance to see the Endeavour and other exhibits at the Science Center free of charge. In preparation for this field trip students learned about the solar system, planets, the sun and moon, and previous shuttle trips. Approximately 62 students benefited from this grant. Students were able to see the size of the space shuttle, touch different pieces of the shuttle, such as the tires and jets, and watch footage of the its’ landing and transport to the Science Center. The students greatly enjoyed this field trip as it made subject matter come alive and provided real world application.”

Ms. Lopez’s class have a photo op in front of The Endeavor.

“Thank you so much for helping us visit the Science Center and giving my students the opportunity to see a piece of history.” - teacher Stephanie Lopez

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