Five Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants awarded in November!

Congratulations to our terrific November grant recipients:

Veronica Virgen, Lang Ranch Elementary School, Grade 2, Performing ArtsLANGMs. Viirgen (right) is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms program chair.

Ms. Virgen’s students will perform a musical for students and parents this spring, using the North Star theme.  Self-determination, creativity, hope, and vision are cornerstones of this allegory. The musical is an extension of this philosophy, focused on inspiring students on their lifelong learning journey.  

Below, Lang Ranch principal Michael Ridge joins the class for a group photo.


Kelly MacDonald, Glenwood Elementary School, Grade 2, Language Arts & Social ScienceGLENWOODMs. MacDonald’s class will receive a subscription to Scholastic News, providing students with a kid-friendly link to current events as well as high interest stories connecting to the social studies and science curriculum.


Muriel Miller, Glenwood Elementary School, Grade 2, Language Arts & Social ScienceGLENWOODMs. Miller’s class will also receive a year’s subscription to Scholastic News.  Students will practice reading expository text and respond in writing to high interest information.


Monica Beck, Colina Middle School, Grade 8, Language Arts & Social Science, integrated with Community ServiceMs. Beck and her students display one of their hand crafted blankets.

Ms. Beck has developed a unit called “At Your Service,” designed to heighten students’ awareness of the importance of community service while reinforcing CVUSD Character Education goals.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies for making blankets for MyStuffBags, an organization helping homeless children.


Cindy Phillips, Walnut Elementary School, Grade 2, Language ArtsWALNUTMs. Phillips’ students show book examples.  Also pictured (L to R): Laurie Lam, CSF Executive Board Treasurer, Walnut Principal Amy Hastings, Bonnie Adamick, Classroom Teacher Cindy Phillips, Volunteer Rolling Reader Lee Wade.

Ms. Phillips’ class will be making a book under the guidance of their “Rolling Reader,”  published author Ms. Lee Wade.  Ms. Wade, while sharing her passion for writing and storytelling with the students, will be assisting them with the process of writing, illustrating, printing, binding, and publishing their class book.

Below, Lee Wade shows an example of a self-published class book.WALNUT

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September showcases our first grant recipients!

Conejo Schools Foundation kicked off the Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms program at the start of the 2011-2012 school year by awarding grants to 5 deserving teachers at Back To School Nights in mid-September.


Susan Moore, Lang Ranch Elementary School, Grade 2, ScienceLang RanchThis year, Ms. Moore’s 2nd grade students will be studying man’s exploration of space, and will participate in a variety of NASA inspired hands-on activities.


Kathi Byington, Aspen Elementary School, Grade 3, Performing Arts AspenKathi Byington, left, is pictured with Laurie Lam, CSF Executive Board Treasurer.  

Ms. Byington’s 3rd graders will be studying William Shakespeare this year. They will visit the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and at the end of the year will perform their own adaptation of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”


Melissa Glusac, Thousand Oaks High School, Grade 9, Language ArtsTOHSThis school year, Ms. Glusac’s 9th graders will write and publish their own work within the theme of neighborhoods, inspired by Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.


Allen Saute, Sequoia Middle School, TechnologySequoiaMr. Saute’s 7th and 8th grade students will be introduced to the world of robotics. This will include programming and building environmental robots, incorporating the Lego NXT 2.0 and WeDo robots.


Nicole Wall, Colina Middle School, Grades 7-8, Visual ArtsWALLMs. Wall (left) is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Coenjo Classrooms Program Chair.

Ms. Wall’s Advanced Art Class will be visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. This will set the creative climate for the school year and inspire a wide variety of student projects.

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