At Ladera Elementary School, the history of the Conejo Valley comes alive through scrapbooking!

Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms is pleased to again provide support to the wonderful scrapbooking projects going on in 3rd grade at Ladera. Congratulations to teachers Constance Cordeiro-Weidner and Randee Levy for their effort to create a fun and memorable enrichment activity that students will long remember.

Ms. Weidner receives her grant for the project she designed for her 3rd graders, based upon the book, Discovering the Story of the Conejo Valley, by Miriam Sprankling.  She is holding just one of many beautiful books created by her students that will become lasting keepsakes.

Ms. Weidner’s students are so enthusiastic about making scrapbooks while studying the history of the Conejo Valley.

Ms. Weidner wrote: “I have done this project with my third grace classes for many years, and returning students always tell me how much they loved the unit and that they still have their books! “

 

This year fellow Ladera 3rd grade teacher Randee Levy will also make these scrapbooks with her students. She is very enthused about the project.  We are happy that both classes will be able to participate!

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More great things are happening at Colina Middle School!

Two Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants were awarded at Colina in January. Congratulations to teachers Monica Beck and Monica Kern for their enthusiasm and inspiration to students.

8th grade teacher Monica Beck poses with her class behind their “Flipped Future” service project. Featured are flip flops hand made and decorated by students to honor retired Colina teachers, counselors, and administrators. Ms. Beck has incorporated creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking into a most meaningful tribute to the service of others.

Ms. Beck wrote: “The students will create stepping stones in the form of a flip flop with the retiree’s name and date that he/she retired carved into it. Although they have retired, their flip flop indicates the impact they still have on the future.”

 

In the History/Social Science department, teacher Monica Kern will use grant money to purchase build a class library for study of the Middle Ages, with a focus on examples of visual art work that was so important at a time when few people could read.


Ms. Kern wrote: “Student learning is a process, and I believe this process begins by creating a desire to learn. What better way to nurture my students’ desire to learn than through Primary/Secondary source text and art work… sources [that] will offer my students first hand accounts of history during the Middle Ages while enriching their academic vocabulary, encouraging their written communication, and providing them endless opportunities for creative expression.”

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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: 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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