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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Grant money helps high school teachers kick off the 2012-2103 school year with exciting projects…

Thousand Oaks High School Science teachers Rhonda Frohn and Patti McNamara, pictured here with Bonnie Adamick of C4CC and TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl, received grant money for their creative STEM program collaboration.

Exciting things are indeed happening at TOHS!  Grant money will be used to purchase robot kits for a 9th grade STEM class (Science,Technology, Engineering, Math), created by Ms. Frohn and Ms. McNamara combining Geoscience and Computer Programming curriculum.

 

Great ideas are also lighting up the TOHS English department! Here, teacher Melissa Wood-Glusac, pictured with Laurie Lam of Conejo School Foundation and Principal Lou Lichtl, receives a grant for her latest inspiration.

Ms. Wood-Glusac’s 11th and 12th graders will engage in a year long writing experience to include hand written letters to pen pals in France, business letters, and a subscription to the “Letters in the Mail” program developed by writer Stephen Elliot.

 

Meanwhile, Westlake High School also has terrific ideas in the works!  Science teacher Jennifer Boyd is delighted to receive a grant, with congratulations from with WHS Principal Ron Lipari.

Ms. Boyd has fun things planned for her AP Biology students, who will study microorganisms purchased with grant money.  Students will observe bioluminescent organisms overnight while at home, and also in class under the microscope.

 

 

 

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