Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms awards 5 grants in October!

Congratulations to our wonderful teachers who received grants in October:

Lanette Clifford, Cypress Elementary School, Grade 4, MathLanette Clifford, left, is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Program Chair.  

Ms. Clifford will bring the “real world” to her 4th grade students by setting up an interactive Classroom Economy in her classroom. Students will first learn “What is an economy?” followed by ongoing hands-on experiences using a credits and debits system.


Rich Bateman, Sycamore Canyon Middle School, Grades 6-8, TechnologyMr. Bateman’s Grade 6-8 Computer Lab students will benefit from individualized learning resources and eLearning tools including video tutorials, instruction manuals, project examples and interactive simulations created with Adobe’s Captivate software.

Below, Mr. Bateman and Sycamore Canyon Principal Jon Sand with students in the computer lab.


Donna Luft, Sandy Eicher, & Janet Dieterle, Madroña Elementary School, Grade 4, Language ArtsMadronaMadroña 4th Grade teachers Ms. Luft, Ms. Eicher, and Ms. Dieterle have created a Book Club for their students. Throughout the school year, students will complete 8 projects to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Reading, and motivated scholars may go on to earn Master’s and Ph.D Degrees.


Linda Sigelakis, Ladera Elementary School, Grades K-5, Language ArtsLaderaMs. Sigelakis’s K-5 students will be creating photography journals throughout the holiday season, culminating in oral presentations at the end of January 2012.

Below, Mrs. Sigelakis and her students, happy to receive funding for their project.Ladera


Marsha Jones, Conejo Valley High School, Grades 9-12, LiteratureMarsha Jones, center, is pictured with Bonnie Adamick and Cindy Goldberg, CSF Executive Director.  

Ms. Jones’s English students will participate in a 6 week poetry project that includes reading and discussion of many diverse authors. Students will write their own poetry and autobiographies to be published in an artistic literary class book.

Below, Ms. Jones and her students pose for group photos.

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September showcases our first grant recipients!

Conejo Schools Foundation kicked off the Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms program at the start of the 2011-2012 school year by awarding grants to 5 deserving teachers at Back To School Nights in mid-September.


Susan Moore, Lang Ranch Elementary School, Grade 2, ScienceLang RanchThis year, Ms. Moore’s 2nd grade students will be studying man’s exploration of space, and will participate in a variety of NASA inspired hands-on activities.


Kathi Byington, Aspen Elementary School, Grade 3, Performing Arts AspenKathi Byington, left, is pictured with Laurie Lam, CSF Executive Board Treasurer.  

Ms. Byington’s 3rd graders will be studying William Shakespeare this year. They will visit the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum and at the end of the year will perform their own adaptation of “A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”


Melissa Glusac, Thousand Oaks High School, Grade 9, Language ArtsTOHSThis school year, Ms. Glusac’s 9th graders will write and publish their own work within the theme of neighborhoods, inspired by Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.


Allen Saute, Sequoia Middle School, TechnologySequoiaMr. Saute’s 7th and 8th grade students will be introduced to the world of robotics. This will include programming and building environmental robots, incorporating the Lego NXT 2.0 and WeDo robots.


Nicole Wall, Colina Middle School, Grades 7-8, Visual ArtsWALLMs. Wall (left) is pictured with Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Coenjo Classrooms Program Chair.

Ms. Wall’s Advanced Art Class will be visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. This will set the creative climate for the school year and inspire a wide variety of student projects.

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