Another Science grant awarded at TOHS!

Thousand Oaks High School again has another science teacher receiving grant money from C4CC. We are delighted with their enthusiasm for our program!

Congratulations to Kristin Majda for receiving a grant to purchase science literature novels for her classroom. She plans to supplement the reading with fun activities and projects and use the information learned from the book as a foundation for examples when teaching the science standards in class. Principal Lou Lichtl is pleased to have another grant awarded at TOHS.

Ms. Majda wrote: “In an effort to address the common core literacy standards for science and also make science more relevant and meaningful to students, I plan to incorporate non-fiction literature into my science curriculum.”

 

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THANKS to to our generous donors…4 Newbury Park High School science teachers receive grants.

We are so thankful to our generous donors John & Diane Blindbury who so kindly funded Science grants at Newbury Park High School! We were able to honor 4 teachers for their fabulous ideas and provide funding for their projects!

NPHS Science teachers Jennifer Lockwood and Lorena Caulfield, pictured below with donor Diane Blindbury (center) and Principal Athol Wong (R) will use grant money to purchase blood pressure monitoring equipment. Stethescopes and aneroid sphygomomanometers will be used in labs and classroom activities studying the cardiovascular system. The equipment will benefit students in multiple classes including Sports Medicine, Anatomy and IB Biology.

 

Anatomy and Physiology teacher Danielle Barra received a grant to purchase skeletal system models needed for her classes.

Ms. Barra wrote: “Students in anatomy and physiology learn about all the major body systems throughout the course to gain an understanding of how the human body works. Many students in this class have a desire to pursue a degree and career in a medical related field and it is my goal to prepare them for studying anatomy and physiology at the college level.”

 

Science teacher Brianna Harris will use grant money to purchase a class set of novels for a long term project that will connect the Science and English curriculums.

Ms. Harris wrote: “This is a novel based on biological sciences where students will be able to connect the content learned in class to the fictional story.”

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Aspen Elementary students work together to create a class garden.

At Aspen Elementary, 2nd/3rd grade teacher Kathi Byington created a project based learning science unit that encourages her students to work together while enhancing the school environment. 

Here, Ms. Byington receives her grant. Since the project will cost more than the amount of grant, her students will raise extra money through their ongoing recycling project.

As a catalyst to begin the project this fall, Ms. Byington will take her students on a field trip to the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden. As the garden nears completion next spring, the class will visit the McGrath Family Organic Farm where they will meet master gardeners.

To begin, the students have displayed their ideas and design on campus.

Some beautiful elements are already in place!

Ms. Byington wrote: “I believe that students must become actively involved in their learning to make connections from their own personal lives to this learning, thus creating students who are capable of higher level critical thinking, who want to find multiple solutions to a problem, and who can articulate their ideas to an audience.”

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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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