Aspen Elementary students work together to create a class garden.

At Aspen Elementary, 2nd/3rd grade teacher Kathi Byington created a project based learning science unit that encourages her students to work together while enhancing the school environment. 

Here, Ms. Byington receives her grant. Since the project will cost more than the amount of grant, her students will raise extra money through their ongoing recycling project.

As a catalyst to begin the project this fall, Ms. Byington will take her students on a field trip to the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden. As the garden nears completion next spring, the class will visit the McGrath Family Organic Farm where they will meet master gardeners.

To begin, the students have displayed their ideas and design on campus.

Some beautiful elements are already in place!

Ms. Byington wrote: “I believe that students must become actively involved in their learning to make connections from their own personal lives to this learning, thus creating students who are capable of higher level critical thinking, who want to find multiple solutions to a problem, and who can articulate their ideas to an audience.”

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More elementary school grants mark the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year.

CVUSD elementary schools began the school year with C4CC grant money in multiple subject areas.

Wildwood Elementary 2nd grade teacher Michelle May is using grant money to purchase “Nooks” and nonfiction material to support common core standards in her Language Arts program. Here she is pictured with Principal Doug Hedin.

 

At Banyan Elementary, Kindergarten teacher Laurie Marzalek received a grant for clay and glazes to use in her students’ wonderful ceramics projects. Principal Laurie Davis (L) joined our classroom visit.

Kindergarteners love to show their clay projects!

 

Kris Lopez, 2nd/3rd grade teacher at Walnut Elementary, will use her grant towards field trips to support the science curriculum. This fall, students will see Chinese acrobats at the Civic Arts Plaza and in the spring they will go the IMAX Theatre in Exposition park to see “Flight of the Butterflies.”

Ms. Lopez wrote: “Our Title One school and teachers are focused on finding ways to bring curriculum into our student’s lives. In fact, it is not unusual to hear students say, ‘I’ve never been to the ocean, museum, or the city (Los Angeles).’ As teachers we have found that the Science curriculum … is the perfect place to enrich their experiences.”

 

Kim Lewis, Transitional Kindergarten teacher at Glenwood Elementary, will purchase much needed math manipulatives for her classroom. Here she receives her grant alongside Principal Paula Golem (L).

Ms. Lewis’s students will benefit from the new and exciting materials in their classroom.

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Ladera Elementary School

At the end of the school year,  Ladera 3rd grade students went on a field trip to the California Science Center and the Space Shuttle Endeavor, funded by a C4CC grant awarded to 3rd grade teacher Stephanie Lopez.

Ms. Lopez wrote:

“This grant allowed all students the chance to see the Endeavour and other exhibits at the Science Center free of charge. In preparation for this field trip students learned about the solar system, planets, the sun and moon, and previous shuttle trips. Approximately 62 students benefited from this grant. Students were able to see the size of the space shuttle, touch different pieces of the shuttle, such as the tires and jets, and watch footage of the its’ landing and transport to the Science Center. The students greatly enjoyed this field trip as it made subject matter come alive and provided real world application.”

Ms. Lopez’s class have a photo op in front of The Endeavor.

“Thank you so much for helping us visit the Science Center and giving my students the opportunity to see a piece of history.” - teacher Stephanie Lopez

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Highlights of 2012-2013: The Gold Rush Comes to Maple & Aspen Elementary Schools

At Aspen Elementary, 4th grade teacher Lori Brown brought the El Camino Real Naturalists’ living history program, “Gold Rush Days” to her students.

Ms. Brown describes the activities:

“Program highlights included: Storytelling, guitar pickin and harmonica huffin’ by authentically costumed historical interpreters, a look at how the journey to California was made and the hardships travelers faced along the way, a comparison of the lives and fortunes of gold miners and merchants, a visit to the general store and gold miners’ camp, & hands-on activities demonstrating a typical gold miner’s day.”

More gold rush activities happened at Maple!  4th Grade teacher Patricia VanOmmeren was awarded a grant to bring the on-site filed”Gold Rush Day” field trip to her students as well.

 

Ms. VanOmmeren says:

“‘Gold Rush’ on site at Maple provided 64 students including our special education population with ‘hands on’ experiences relating to the gold rush times, culminating with panning for gold.”

Below, students pan for gold, hang clothes to dry, enjoy storytelling, and write letters using quill pens & ink.


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Highlights of 2012-2013: Anacapa Island Trip

At Aspen Elementary, 3rd grade teachers Emily Kneller, Diane Barrett, & Kathi Byington took their 55 students on a very special field trip.

This was made possible by a double grant funded by our generous donors Harvey & Joanie Prince.

Ms. Barrett describes the experience:

“It took us one hour and fifteen minutes to arrive at the dock on Anacapa Island. Let me just tell you I had many students that had never been on a boat before. They thought the boat ride was awesome. My students were wide eyed, excited, and taking it all in; this was quite a sight… Our tour lasted all day. We learned about the life cycle of a sea gull. We saw how both the mom and dad take care of their young. We saw many eggs, and many chicks just born… We were shown different native plants to the island. Our tour guide also told us how the gulls go to Anacapa Island to lay their eggs because they have no predators. We hiked the island and were given many facts about the Chumash Native Americans.  We learned about light houses and what their function is. My third graders were shown how to view and respect nature. After our program was finished we loaded on to the boat and came back to Ventura Harbor. The trip back was beautiful. The Island was spectacular and an adventure  my third graders and I will never forget.”

“Thank you for helping us go on such a special, once in a lifetime trip.” – 3rd grade Teacher Diane Barrett

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