Aspen third graders will go to Anacapa Island in the spring, with the help of grant money and our generous donors!

Aspen third graders pictured with their teachers Diane Barrett, Emily Kneller and Kathi Byington, , say THANK YOU to Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms and ESPECIALLY to donors Harvey & Joanie Prince (center) who funded this exciting grant.

Starting this fall all 3 classes have been busy with fund raising activities such as snack sales and restaurant nights to earn money for their Anacapa adventure.  Thanks to donors Harvey & Joanie Prince this trip will become a reality!  They look forward to a boat trip, docent guided hike, re-planting of native plants, and learning about the ecosystem and native American heritage of this area.

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Grant money helps high school teachers kick off the 2012-2103 school year with exciting projects…

Thousand Oaks High School Science teachers Rhonda Frohn and Patti McNamara, pictured here with Bonnie Adamick of C4CC and TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl, received grant money for their creative STEM program collaboration.

Exciting things are indeed happening at TOHS!  Grant money will be used to purchase robot kits for a 9th grade STEM class (Science,Technology, Engineering, Math), created by Ms. Frohn and Ms. McNamara combining Geoscience and Computer Programming curriculum.


Great ideas are also lighting up the TOHS English department! Here, teacher Melissa Wood-Glusac, pictured with Laurie Lam of Conejo School Foundation and Principal Lou Lichtl, receives a grant for her latest inspiration.

Ms. Wood-Glusac’s 11th and 12th graders will engage in a year long writing experience to include hand written letters to pen pals in France, business letters, and a subscription to the “Letters in the Mail” program developed by writer Stephen Elliot.


Meanwhile, Westlake High School also has terrific ideas in the works!  Science teacher Jennifer Boyd is delighted to receive a grant, with congratulations from with WHS Principal Ron Lipari.

Ms. Boyd has fun things planned for her AP Biology students, who will study microorganisms purchased with grant money.  Students will observe bioluminescent organisms overnight while at home, and also in class under the microscope.




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4 New Grants Awarded in March….

Four more wonderful CVUSD teachers received grants for their classrooms this month.  It is truly inspiring to learn about what so many dedicated teachers have planned for their students.

Pictured here is Heather Farrell, 9th grade science teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, along with CSF Executive Director Cindy Goldberg, Bonnie Adamick,  donor Linda Fenton, and TOHS principal Lou Lichtl.

Ms. Farrell’s students will have the exciting experience of conducting science experiments aboard the Marine Floating Lab of Channel Islands.  Our sincere thanks to generous donors Dennis and Linda Fenton for funding this field trip opportunity.


Westlake High School’s International Foods teacher Maria Scirone is so enthusiastic about receiving her grant!

Ms. Scirone’s students will be studying Italian culture, philosophy, and cuisine through the study of different regions of Italy and the preparation of delicious Italian foods. Mmmmmm.


Congratulations to Paula Golem, 3rd grade teacher at Lang Ranch Elementary School, shown alongside principal Chris Ridge,  Bonnie Adamick, and  CSF Treasurer Laurie Lam.

Ms. Golem will use her grant money for a listening center in her classroom, which will support the language arts program for English language learners, while enhancing full access to the core curriculum for all students in the class.


Here are Christy Button and Tammy Farhit, 1st grade teachers at Aspen Elementarey School, shown with Bonnie Adamick and Aspen principal Amie Mills.

Ms. Button and Ms. Farhit will use the grant to fund their classroom’s unit on Africa this spring.  Highlights include a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo and a variety of arts and crafts and hands on learning activities through small group instruction in the classroom’s “Africa Centers.”  What a lucky class!

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More February grants awarded at elementary schools!

February has been an exciting month with our largest number of grants to date, made possible by our wonderful donors.  In addition to the high school grants, 4 CVUSD elementary school classrooms received grant money this month.

Westlake Hills 5th grade teacher Steve Latshaw, pctured with Bonnie Adamick and CSF treasurer Laurie Lam

Mr. Latshaw has an exciting activity planned for his students this spring – solar cars!  Below, Mr. Latshaw shows students an example of what they will be creating.  Sunny days mean more fun with science, experimenting and learning through solar cars!


Aspen teacher Shannon Van Wagner with her K-1 students

Ms. Van Wagner will purchase a phonics program called “Explode the Code” to supplement the core reading curriculum in a manner individualized to each student.


Susan Lewis (R), 1st grade teacher at science magnet school EARThS, pictured with principal Jennifer Boone (L)

Ms. Lewis will use grant money to purchase listening center supplies to supplement the curriculum for English language learners. The listening center provides a small group environment that is low stress and an enjoyable way to reinforce the joy of reading in young children.

Below, Ms. Lewis’s class hams it up for the camera…


Not pictured is Acacia Elementary School K/1 teacher Erica Merziotis who was awarded a grant to purchase Proloquo2, an iPad/Apple application that provides augmentative and alternative communications tools for children with disabilities which affect their ability to access typical curriculum.  The program’s spoken vocabulary provides immediate modeling and alternate response methods for students with speech, hearing, and/or other processing disorders.

Congratulations to all of our February winners!

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Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms awards 2 additional grants in February… thanks to our generous donors!

Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms continues to grow through direct financial support from our community.  This month we were able to award 2 additional grants, made possible by the genrous support of Dennis & Linda Fenton.  Linda was able to join us this week in presenting grants to 2 of our dedicated science teachers at the high school level.

Thousand Oaks High School 9th grade science teacher Ashley Cooper, at right, pictured with donor Linda Fenton,  won a grant for her BIO (Biology Integrated Opportunites) program. 

Ms. Cooper’s students will be introduced to career paths integrated with her biology program.  Highlights include guest speakers such as a cardiologist who will guide students through the observation and dissection of a sheep’s heart.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies that support the featured specific career related activities.


Robert Martin, science teacher at Newbury Park High School, pictured with donor Linda Fenton

Mr. Martin’s 9th grade students will be studying atmosphere.  Grant money will be used to purchase sling psychrometers and barometers.

A few students join Mr. Martin, Mrs. Fenton, and Assistant Principal Josh Eby for a photo. 




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