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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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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Highlights of 2012-2013: Redwood Middle School

At Redwood Middle School, teacher Leslie Martinez put a donated, gently used iPad to very good use. Students are extremely motivated to read and excited to use some new educational apps! Ms. Martinez will use grant money to buy another gently used iPad.

“…these kids have never been more eager to read. Thank you… Cash 4 Classrooms and you have made a difference.”

-Teacher Leslie Martinez, Redwood Middle School

 

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A Look Back: Projects funded by Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms – Middle Schools.

At Sequoia Middle School, Allen Saute’s students made robots…

The first groups worked on 3 robots.

Below, the first robot!

The “Alligator” robot.

Kudos to Mr. Saute, one of our very first grant winners, for creating such an exciting learning experience and project that students will always remember!

 

 

At Colina Middle School, Nicole Wall’s advanced art students took a field trip to The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Ms. Wall sent the following thank you letter and description of their trip:

“Dear Cash4ConejoClassrooms and Conejo Schools Foundation,

Thank you for your support of our Colina Middle School Advanced Art field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s The Geffen and Grand. On Friday, April 13, 2012 we were able to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder exhibit at The Geffen and then the permanent collection at The Grand. Guo-Qiang’s exhibit was commissioned by MOCA and we were some of the first people in the world to see his pyrotechnic (gunpowder) created artwork. It was simply breath-taking and we were all mesmerized. For many of the students it was their first time in L.A. and their first time at an art museum. The general consensus was that we would all remember this day.”

We were unable to take pictures inside The Geffen due to art preservation. However, we were able to take several pictures of students exploring MOCA Grand’s permanent collection.  The students were able to analyze artists they had previously studied like Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Rothko and more.…”

“[pictured below] the advanced art class outside of The Geffen standing in front of one of Guo-Qiang’s pieces created by gunpowder and fuses, known as pyrotechnic art. Parts of the image had been washed away from the rain, but the students were still awestruck by it’s destruction for creation aspect.” 

“At the end of the day, the students were ecstatic about what they saw and couldn’t believe the art they were able to see and interact with. They said even though we had a thunder and lightning storm and were drenched that it was the most incredible day. Since the field trip the students work has translated into their marionettes, their sketches and will undoubtedly continue to impact their art.” - teacher Nicole Wall

Our thanks to Ms. Wall for inspiring her students with this memorable trip!

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