Highlights of 2012-2013: 21st Century Learning at Lang Ranch Elementary School

Lang Ranch 3rd grade teacher Nancy Tracy used her classroom grant to purchase online subscriptions to Glogster and Animoto, interactive tools used by her students to create book reports and video projects.

Ms. Tracy wrote to us:

“Thank you for visiting my classroom and presenting us with the grant from Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms. Your program has truly made an impact on our classroom in keeping 21st century learning ongoing. In fact our class has been asked several times to be visited be parents and principals interested in seeing how technology can be used in the classroom. My students and I can’t thank you enough for providing us with tools for learning. “

Here are some examples of Glogster book reports.  Click the links to see more.




“Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms saved the day for technology in our room.” – teacher Nancy Tracy


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Highlights of 2012-2013: Banyan Elementary School

At Banyan, Kindergarten teacher Lori Marzalek received a grant for clay projects.

She wrote to us:

“As classroom and school budgets have decreased, clay supplies have run low. this grant allowed me to purchase new glazes and bring the art of clay back to my classroom. Without this grant my class would not have been able to create clay projects for Mother’s Day. Thank you!”

Below are her students’ hearts made for Mother’s Day.

“Thank you so much for making this such a great experience for my class!” – teacher Lori Marzalek

Also at Banyan, Julie Spurlock’s 3rd grade students created their “Penny Projects,” inspired by The Hundred Penny Box

Ms. Spurlock describes this unique project:

“The project consists of finding a penny for each year of the student’s life. Then they search for a photograph of a memorable event that occurred during the given year. A short paragraph is written to explain  the event.  Finally, they research important happenings that occurred during the  particular year, and choose a headline to download…each student creates a book called “My Penny Project”.  For each year a 12 x 12  page is used.  The students  place the penny, personal paragraph, picture, and headline on the page and decorate it.  Then a front and back cover is made.  The books are bound and displayed at Open House.  The books are a beautiful keepsake to share with their parents and future generations.”

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Highlights of 2012-2013: Maple Elementary School


2nd grade teacher Anne-Marie Cavanah used grant money to create a nonfiction listening library in her classroom.

Ms. Cavanah describes the impact upon her students:

“All of my students are benefitting tremendously. It is by far their favorite literacy center and it brings me such satisfaction and joy when they call me over to show me the books they are listening to because they are so excited about interesting scientific facts they are learning.  Their increased depth of understanding is evident in their explanations and subsequent writing.”

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A Look Back: Projects funded by Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms – Elementary Schools (part 1)

At Madroña Elementary, 4th grade teachers Janet Dieterle, Sandy Eicher, & Donna Luft used their grant to purchase supplies for their book club.

Ms. Dieterle reports:

“The 4th grade teachers at Madroña have implemented book club groups as part of our differentiated program.  There are 108 students that participate in this program to earn their Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in reading after following some very specific criteria.”

Pictured here are students being recognized for earning their degrees.

These students earned Masters and PhD degrees.



At Glenwood Elementary, 2nd grade teachers Muriel Miller & Kelly MacDonald used their grant to bring Scholastic News to their students every week.

Ms. MacDonald wrote to us:

“We were able to purchase a year long subscription to Scholastic News Weekly. Since 2nd grade is a big year for building reading comprehension, we are lucky to have such high interest and entertaining things to read. This weekly subscription will help supplement our literature program as well as allow students to connect to the world they live in.”

Ms. Miller reported:

“Each issue offers interesting articles to read and to write about.  Also, every child takes each issue home to keep… enriching the home’s literacy.”


At Lang Ranch Elementary, 3rd grade teacher Paula Golem created a classroom listening center.

Ms. Golem wrote to us:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Conejo Schools Foundation, for your amazing and generous grant to our classroom. Your donation made it possible for me to purchase a new and much needed, state-of-the-art listening center, with books, CDs, and audio tapes for my students to use…The new listening center allows me to address the different learning styles  my students have in the classroom, and better meet their individual needs.”

“…second language learners are excited to use the new equipment to listen to a variety of stories and poems, as they follow along with the text. The opportunity to both see and hear the stories… helps my students build their English vocabulary skills as well their fluency and comprehension skills. In addition, they are excited to record their own voices reading the stories and listen to themselves read.”

“The opportunity to listen to the material in our stories and text books repeatedly, helps those auditory learners absorb the information and remember it in a way that is comfortable and effective for them… students are asking to record their own voices reading  stories and plays for others to enjoy. They are also excited about writing and publishing their own literature to record.”

“Today there is a new buzz of excitement in my classroom. The kids have a energized interest in reading, and I could not be happier.” – teacher Paula Golem



At EARThS science magnet school, 4th grade teacher Laura Pewe purchased science books.

Ms. Pewe wrote to us:

“This grant of $250.00 for my classroom purchased five sets of Delta Science Readers. Each set of 8 includes topics of Earth Movements, Water Cycle, Magnets, Soil Science, and Oceans, supporting the curriculum integration so integral to EARTHS Magnet School. These readers will not only educate this year’s 4th graders, but will continue to enlighten countless numbers of students in the years to come.”

“I am grateful to the Conejo Schools Foundation for understanding the limitations and needs of classroom teachers and for providing the means to accomplish academic goals within the classroom. Many children will benefit as a result of this grant program.” - teacher Laura Pewe

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Conejo Elementary receives another grant thanks to generous donors!

At Conejo Elementary, pictured alongside 1st grade teacher Frankie Perez is C4CC program donor and community partner, Harvey Prince.  Harvey and his wife Joanie have generously funded several classroom grants.

Mr. Perez will use grant money to purchase educational software that will enrich his students’ language arts and math education in a most engaging way.

Along with Mr. Perez and his students, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms would like to extend a huge thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Prince!

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