4 New Grants Awarded in March….

Four more wonderful CVUSD teachers received grants for their classrooms this month.  It is truly inspiring to learn about what so many dedicated teachers have planned for their students.

Pictured here is Heather Farrell, 9th grade science teacher at Thousand Oaks High School, along with CSF Executive Director Cindy Goldberg, Bonnie Adamick,  donor Linda Fenton, and TOHS principal Lou Lichtl.

Ms. Farrell’s students will have the exciting experience of conducting science experiments aboard the Marine Floating Lab of Channel Islands.  Our sincere thanks to generous donors Dennis and Linda Fenton for funding this field trip opportunity.

 

Westlake High School’s International Foods teacher Maria Scirone is so enthusiastic about receiving her grant!

Ms. Scirone’s students will be studying Italian culture, philosophy, and cuisine through the study of different regions of Italy and the preparation of delicious Italian foods. Mmmmmm.

 

Congratulations to Paula Golem, 3rd grade teacher at Lang Ranch Elementary School, shown alongside principal Chris Ridge,  Bonnie Adamick, and  CSF Treasurer Laurie Lam.

Ms. Golem will use her grant money for a listening center in her classroom, which will support the language arts program for English language learners, while enhancing full access to the core curriculum for all students in the class.

 

Here are Christy Button and Tammy Farhit, 1st grade teachers at Aspen Elementarey School, shown with Bonnie Adamick and Aspen principal Amie Mills.

Ms. Button and Ms. Farhit will use the grant to fund their classroom’s unit on Africa this spring.  Highlights include a trip to the Santa Barbara Zoo and a variety of arts and crafts and hands on learning activities through small group instruction in the classroom’s “Africa Centers.”  What a lucky class!

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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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January 2012 Grant Winners!

Colina Middle School teacher Linda Moore, pictured with principal Shane Frank and Bonnie Adamick

Linda Moore’s 6th grade students will be learning about Ancient Greece this spring.  Grant money will be used to purchase class sets of new books and students will participate in a variety of hands on activities.

 

Amanda Haver, 5th grade teacher at Aspen Elementary School, receives a grant to fund science projects

Ms. Haver’s students will be conducting inquiry based science projects with supplies purchased with Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant money.

 

Redwood Middle School teacher Trudi Babich receives a grant in the wood shop

Trudi Babich will guide her students in the process of designing and creating dynamic automata, or kinetic sculptures.  The possibilities are endless … and all are very exciting!

 

Ladera 3rd grade teacher Constance Cordiero-Weidner receives a grant for her Conejo Valley scrapbook project

Ms. Cordeira-Weidner’s students will be making scrapbooks about the Conejo Valley.  This project spans multiple subject areas including language arts and social science as  students learn about the history of our community.  Ms. Weidner will share her resources with all 3rd grade teachers at Ladera.

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Congratulations to our December grant recipients!

As schools prepared to close for winter break, Conejo Schools Foundation visited 4 classrooms to award grant money to these very deserving teachers:

Christine Powell, Thousand Oaks High School, Grades 9-12, LiteratureTOHSChristine Powell (center) is pictured with TOHS Assistant Principal DeDe Dryer and Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Program Chair.

Ms. Powell’s students will connect to their classroom studies by using cooking to enhance understanding of different cultures.  Select grade level readings will be paired with specific foods from multiple cultures to enhance students’ understanding of our diverse community and the world.

Below, Ms. Powell and her students.

 

Cheryl Babcock, Maple Elementary School, Grade 5, History & Social ScienceMs. Babcock’s students will each research a U. S. President and learn how to write a report, using as one source of information a set of nonfiction books purchased for their classroom.

Below, Ms. Babcock’s fifth grade.

 

Karla Stevenson, Sequoia Middle School, Grades 7-8, TechnologySEQUOIAMs. Stevenson’s Journalism class will begin broadcasting upcoming school events to be viewed by the student body via closed school television.  Working closely with the ASB class, students will write scripts, supply props, and act out the events.

Below, Sequoia Assistant Principal Juan Santos (left) joins in a group photo.

 

Pamela Laack, Madroña Elementary School, Grade 1, MusicMADRONAMs. Laacks’s students will be exposed to classical music and composers, designed around the introduction of a new composer every 2 weeks.  The project includes presentation of a brief biography and pictures of each composer, and students will listen to each composer’s music during times of transition and during quiet art projects for each 2 week period.

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Five Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants awarded in November!

Congratulations to our terrific November grant recipients:

Veronica Virgen, Lang Ranch Elementary School, Grade 2, Performing ArtsLANGMs. Viirgen (right) is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms program chair.

Ms. Virgen’s students will perform a musical for students and parents this spring, using the North Star theme.  Self-determination, creativity, hope, and vision are cornerstones of this allegory. The musical is an extension of this philosophy, focused on inspiring students on their lifelong learning journey.  

Below, Lang Ranch principal Michael Ridge joins the class for a group photo.

 

Kelly MacDonald, Glenwood Elementary School, Grade 2, Language Arts & Social ScienceGLENWOODMs. MacDonald’s class will receive a subscription to Scholastic News, providing students with a kid-friendly link to current events as well as high interest stories connecting to the social studies and science curriculum.

 

Muriel Miller, Glenwood Elementary School, Grade 2, Language Arts & Social ScienceGLENWOODMs. Miller’s class will also receive a year’s subscription to Scholastic News.  Students will practice reading expository text and respond in writing to high interest information.

 

Monica Beck, Colina Middle School, Grade 8, Language Arts & Social Science, integrated with Community ServiceMs. Beck and her students display one of their hand crafted blankets.

Ms. Beck has developed a unit called “At Your Service,” designed to heighten students’ awareness of the importance of community service while reinforcing CVUSD Character Education goals.  Grant money will be used to purchase supplies for making blankets for MyStuffBags, an organization helping homeless children.

 

Cindy Phillips, Walnut Elementary School, Grade 2, Language ArtsWALNUTMs. Phillips’ students show book examples.  Also pictured (L to R): Laurie Lam, CSF Executive Board Treasurer, Walnut Principal Amy Hastings, Bonnie Adamick, Classroom Teacher Cindy Phillips, Volunteer Rolling Reader Lee Wade.

Ms. Phillips’ class will be making a book under the guidance of their “Rolling Reader,”  published author Ms. Lee Wade.  Ms. Wade, while sharing her passion for writing and storytelling with the students, will be assisting them with the process of writing, illustrating, printing, binding, and publishing their class book.

Below, Lee Wade shows an example of a self-published class book.WALNUT

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