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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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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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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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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