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: EARThS Science Magnet School

Teacher Laura Pewe used her grant to purchase supplies for each of her 4th grade students to create a beautiful nature journal, an activity based on John Muir Laws’s book, Opening the World Through Nature Journaling. This project greatly enhanced the students’ study of Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park and our surrounding area.

Students illustrated their journals using watercolor pencils.

“…this grant was very helpful as it provided necessary supplies needed for individual students to create and express themselves through technical drawing.  This supports EARTHS’ philosophy of teaching through curricular integration.  Thank you so very much for providing this very important program that directly benefits Conejo Valley students.”

- Laura Pewe, 4th grade teacher, EARThS Science Magnet

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Sycamore Canyon Elementary School

At Sycamore Canyon Elementary, 2nd grade teacher team Kate Taillon, Mary Catherine Shmina, Debbie Neshek, Christy Arnold, Lisa Anthony, and Suzie Cooper shared grant money to purchase supplies for activities bringing to life their study unit, “Pebbles, Sand, & Silt.”

The teachers reported:

“Our Geology/Earth Science Unit in November was culminated with the students as amateur geologists mining for REAL gems. This activity made such a difference, fueling EVERY child’s enthusiasm for Earth Science. This activity consisted of 5 classrooms with 23 students in each. This Grant was extremely helpful. This would never be a possibility to purchase such rich materials with our sorely depleted classroom funds. Thank you so very much!!!”

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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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