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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Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Honors 4 CVUSD Teachers!

There is always a lot going on in our terrific school district.  April gave us another opportunity to showcase 4 teachers doing great things for kids.

 

Colina Middle School teacher Stephen Kozlowski receives a grant in the wood shop.

Mr. Kozlowski thought of a way to inspire students by using their wood shop skills to improve their campus environment.  The students will be repairing and refurbishing benches on campus using wrought iron and wood.  These students look very pleased.

Students enjoy using the tools in Colina’s wood shop.

 

 

Newbury Park High School Spanish language teacher Claudia Caudill with her students.

Ms. Caudill will use her grant money to purchase Vox Spanish/English dictionaries to enhance students’ learning and provide a vital resource to increase vocabulary, essential to acquiring a second language.

 

EARThS Magnet School 4th grade teacher Laura Pewe, with Bonnie Adamick and EARThS principal Jennifer Boone.

Ms. Pewe will use Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant money to purchase Delta Science Readers to support language arts taught through the lens of science, which reflects the curriculum integration philosophy of EARThS Magnet School..

Melissa Spiegel, 2nd grade teacher at Westlake Elementary School, is delighted to receive a Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant.

Ms. Spiegel will set up a much needed listening center in her classroom to reinforce the language arts curriculum.  All students will be able to access the center each and every day throughout the school year.

Ms. Speigel’s class showing their enthusiasm!

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More February grants awarded at elementary schools!

February has been an exciting month with our largest number of grants to date, made possible by our wonderful donors.  In addition to the high school grants, 4 CVUSD elementary school classrooms received grant money this month.

Westlake Hills 5th grade teacher Steve Latshaw, pctured with Bonnie Adamick and CSF treasurer Laurie Lam

Mr. Latshaw has an exciting activity planned for his students this spring – solar cars!  Below, Mr. Latshaw shows students an example of what they will be creating.  Sunny days mean more fun with science, experimenting and learning through solar cars!

 

Aspen teacher Shannon Van Wagner with her K-1 students

Ms. Van Wagner will purchase a phonics program called “Explode the Code” to supplement the core reading curriculum in a manner individualized to each student.

 

Susan Lewis (R), 1st grade teacher at science magnet school EARThS, pictured with principal Jennifer Boone (L)

Ms. Lewis will use grant money to purchase listening center supplies to supplement the curriculum for English language learners. The listening center provides a small group environment that is low stress and an enjoyable way to reinforce the joy of reading in young children.

Below, Ms. Lewis’s class hams it up for the camera…

 

Not pictured is Acacia Elementary School K/1 teacher Erica Merziotis who was awarded a grant to purchase Proloquo2, an iPad/Apple application that provides augmentative and alternative communications tools for children with disabilities which affect their ability to access typical curriculum.  The program’s spoken vocabulary provides immediate modeling and alternate response methods for students with speech, hearing, and/or other processing disorders.

Congratulations to all of our February winners!

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Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms awards 2 additional grants in February… thanks to our generous donors!

Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms continues to grow through direct financial support from our community.  This month we were able to award 2 additional grants, made possible by the genrous support of Dennis & Linda Fenton.  Linda was able to join us this week in presenting grants to 2 of our dedicated science teachers at the high school level.

Thousand Oaks High School 9th grade science teacher Ashley Cooper, at right, pictured with donor Linda Fenton,  won a grant for her BIO (Biology Integrated Opportunites) program. 

Ms. Cooper’s students will be introduced to career paths integrated with her biology program.  Highlights include guest speakers such as a cardiologist who will guide students through the observation and dissection of a sheep’s heart.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies that support the featured specific career related activities.

 

Robert Martin, science teacher at Newbury Park High School, pictured with donor Linda Fenton

Mr. Martin’s 9th grade students will be studying atmosphere.  Grant money will be used to purchase sling psychrometers and barometers.

A few students join Mr. Martin, Mrs. Fenton, and Assistant Principal Josh Eby for a photo. 

 

 

 

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