Special Needs classrooms at multiple levels begin the school year with C4CC grants.

At University Center Preschool and at Maple Elementary School, teachers of special needs students asked for help to purchase supplies to support learning for their students. 

In the Be Me program at University, teacher Julie Conway has created a music enrichment project for these littlest learners. Her program is centered around learning through music, music appreciation, and making musical instruments.

 

At Maple Elementary, teachers of special needs students personally create visual displays and teaching aids designed specifically around the needs of each student.

Below, Shauna Behm receives a grant for her K-2 LEAP classroom.

 

Terry MacDonald is the teacher in Maple’s Learning Center, where students at all levels come for assistance in all subject areas. Visual aids are essential to her services.

Such a pleasure to meet these students and receive their huge thanks!

 

Ashley Clark teaches grades 3-5 special needs students. She utilizes visual elements such as charts supporting academic concepts and activity schedules for each student, all of which create a better learning environment to promote success and independence.

Ms. Clark wrote: ” Your support of our classroom would have a great impact on my students this year and for years to come as the materials we make will be reused every year.”

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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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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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Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms awards 5 grants in October!

Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who received grants in October:

Lanette Clifford, Cypress Elementary School, Grade 4, MathLanette Clifford, left, is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Program Chair.  

Ms. Clifford will bring the “real world” to her 4th grade students by setting up an interactive Classroom Economy in her classroom. Students will first learn “What is an economy?” followed by ongoing hands-on experiences using a credits and debits system.

 

Rich Bateman, Sycamore Canyon Middle School, Grades 6-8, TechnologyMr. Bateman’s Grade 6-8 Computer Lab students will benefit from individualized learning resources and eLearning tools including video tutorials, instruction manuals, project examples and interactive simulations created with Adobe’s Captivate software.

Below, Mr. Bateman and Sycamore Canyon Principal Jon Sand with students in the computer lab.

 

Donna Luft, Sandy Eicher, & Janet Dieterle, Madroña Elementary School, Grade 4, Language ArtsMadronaMadroña 4th Grade teachers Ms. Luft, Ms. Eicher, and Ms. Dieterle have created a Book Club for their students. Throughout the school year, students will complete 8 projects to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Reading, and motivated scholars may go on to earn Master’s and Ph.D Degrees.

 

Linda Sigelakis, Ladera Elementary School, Grades K-5, Language ArtsLaderaMs. Sigelakis’s K-5 students will be creating photography journals throughout the holiday season, culminating in oral presentations at the end of January 2012.

Below, Mrs. Sigelakis and her students, happy to receive funding for their project.Ladera

 

Marsha Jones, Conejo Valley High School, Grades 9-12, LiteratureMarsha Jones, center, is pictured with Bonnie Adamick and Cindy Goldberg, CSF Executive Director.  

Ms. Jones’s English students will participate in a 6 week poetry project that includes reading and discussion of many diverse authors. Students will write their own poetry and autobiographies to be published in an artistic literary class book.

Below, Ms. Jones and her students pose for group photos.

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