Teachers at Sequoia and Redwood Middle Schools are doing great things!

Exciting things are happening all over CVUSD. Congrats to 2 middle school teachers for winning grant money to start the year off great!

At Sequoia, Music teacher Tina Huang received funding to buy essential instructional supplies for the brand-new strings class. These students will have the benefit of new bows, rosins, tuners, and music stands.

 

At Redwood, 8th grade teacher Laura Detweiler will purchase common core resource books  for Social Science and Language Arts.

Ms. Detweiler with her students.

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Middle Schools receive grants for music, social studies, and math.

At Sequoia Middle School, music teacher Karla Stevenson is pictured with principal Vivian Vina and Bonnie adamick, showing off 2 of the several beautiful new guitars that were recently donated to the school.

Ms. Stevenson will use her grant money to purchase music books and supplies needed to make full use of the new guitars.

 

Also at Sequoia, 6th grade teacher Elissa Ahankoob received a grant for her creative “mini society.”

Students will participate in business ventures while learning about the American economy.

 

Los Cerritos Middle School principal Jason Brannam alongside math teacher Debbie Boden, winning a grant for her 7th and 8th grade classes.

Ms. Boden and her students will use a flip camera to make homework videos and instructional lecture videos.

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Spring grants continue… across disciplines and grade levels throughout the district!


Colina Middle School Music teacher Anne Freuhling won a grant for a very special music program, “Giving Bach.”

The “Giving Bach” program will focus on exposing special needs students to the world of classical music.  In addition to giving a live concert, Ms. Fruehling’s strings students will work one on one with Colina’s special needs students, teaching them some basic aspects of playing their instruments.

 

At Westlake High School, Marine Science teacher Kristi Hronek received a grant for her students’ Atoll Reef project.

Students created models to represent the formation of atoll reefs resulting from the sinking of a volcanic island.

 

First grade teacher Susan Lewis at EARThS Science Magnet will use grant money to purchase animal books.

 

Thousand Oaks Highs School STEM Scientific Research teacher Nikki Malhotra received a grant to purchase a bench top shaker.

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.  The Scientific Research class is a high level STEM course offered only at TOHS.  The objective is to enable students to apply their knowledge of different topics in biological sciences and chemistry while working on an original research project.

Ms. Malhotra with her student, Senior Adam Potter, alongside his award winning project. Congrats Adam!  His project won 1st place at the Ventura County Science Fair.

 

TOHS Earth Science teacher Heather Farrell will use grant money to help offset costs of a Channel Islands field trip.

This field trip will give students the opportunity to touch on many Earth Science topics in a meaningful and memorable way; most students have never been to the Channel Islands.

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Congratulations to our December grant recipients!

As schools prepared to close for winter break, Conejo Schools Foundation visited 4 classrooms to award grant money to these very deserving teachers:

Christine Powell, Thousand Oaks High School, Grades 9-12, LiteratureTOHSChristine Powell (center) is pictured with TOHS Assistant Principal DeDe Dryer and Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Program Chair.

Ms. Powell’s students will connect to their classroom studies by using cooking to enhance understanding of different cultures.  Select grade level readings will be paired with specific foods from multiple cultures to enhance students’ understanding of our diverse community and the world.

Below, Ms. Powell and her students.

 

Cheryl Babcock, Maple Elementary School, Grade 5, History & Social ScienceMs. Babcock’s students will each research a U. S. President and learn how to write a report, using as one source of information a set of nonfiction books purchased for their classroom.

Below, Ms. Babcock’s fifth grade.

 

Karla Stevenson, Sequoia Middle School, Grades 7-8, TechnologySEQUOIAMs. Stevenson’s Journalism class will begin broadcasting upcoming school events to be viewed by the student body via closed school television.  Working closely with the ASB class, students will write scripts, supply props, and act out the events.

Below, Sequoia Assistant Principal Juan Santos (left) joins in a group photo.

 

Pamela Laack, Madroña Elementary School, Grade 1, MusicMADRONAMs. Laacks’s students will be exposed to classical music and composers, designed around the introduction of a new composer every 2 weeks.  The project includes presentation of a brief biography and pictures of each composer, and students will listen to each composer’s music during times of transition and during quiet art projects for each 2 week period.

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