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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Westlake Elementary School receives 2 grants!

 Westlake Elementary School principal Jeff Rickert congratulated 4th grade teacher Tasha Spangler on her grant award.

Ms. Spangler will use grant money to purchase hands-on math materials.


Wendy Ridenour, 3rd grade teacher at Westlake elementary, received a grant to purchase Judy teaching clocks.

Ms. Ridenour’s students look pretty happy about it!

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Cypress and Maple teachers win grants for reading and math.

Cypress Elementary School 4th grade teacher Susan Rogers received a grant to purhcase EveryDay Math books.


At Maple Elementary School, teacher Tammy Edwards will use grant money to buy a class set of durable teaching clocks.


Also at Maple, 2nd grade teacher Anne-Marie Cavanah will use her grant money to build a listening library of reading comprehension books.

Ms. Cavanah explains that listening to books aloud is essential to emerging readers, especially English language learners.



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Banyan teachers win grants for creative projects!

At Banyan Elementary School, Kindergarten teacher Lori Marzalek will use grant money for clay creations made by students throughout the school year.

Ms. Marzalek receives her grant.

Here are some examples of kindergarten clay creations.  Heart frames will be Mother’s Day gifts.


Banyan 3rd grade teacher Julie Spurlock will use grant money for her unique “penny project,” inspired by a book, The Hundred Penny Box.

Each of Ms. Spurlock’s students will create a book titled, “My Penny Project,” containing a penny for each year of his or her life and a headline and interesting facts for each year.



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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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