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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Special Needs classrooms at multiple levels begin the school year with C4CC grants.

At University Center Preschool and at Maple Elementary School, teachers of special needs students asked for help to purchase supplies to support learning for their students. 

In the Be Me program at University, teacher Julie Conway has created a music enrichment project for these littlest learners. Her program is centered around learning through music, music appreciation, and making musical instruments.

 

At Maple Elementary, teachers of special needs students personally create visual displays and teaching aids designed specifically around the needs of each student.

Below, Shauna Behm receives a grant for her K-2 LEAP classroom.

 

Terry MacDonald is the teacher in Maple’s Learning Center, where students at all levels come for assistance in all subject areas. Visual aids are essential to her services.

Such a pleasure to meet these students and receive their huge thanks!

 

Ashley Clark teaches grades 3-5 special needs students. She utilizes visual elements such as charts supporting academic concepts and activity schedules for each student, all of which create a better learning environment to promote success and independence.

Ms. Clark wrote: ” Your support of our classroom would have a great impact on my students this year and for years to come as the materials we make will be reused every year.”

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Teachers at Sequoia and Redwood Middle Schools are doing great things!

Exciting things are happening all over CVUSD. Congrats to 2 middle school teachers for winning grant money to start the year off great!

At Sequoia, Music teacher Tina Huang received funding to buy essential instructional supplies for the brand-new strings class. These students will have the benefit of new bows, rosins, tuners, and music stands.

 

At Redwood, 8th grade teacher Laura Detweiler will purchase common core resource books  for Social Science and Language Arts.

Ms. Detweiler with her students.

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2013-2014 School Year begins with 4 grants at TOHS.

Four teachers at Thousand Oaks High School began the year with Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants to fund wonderful activities for their students. Congratulations to Ashley Cooper, Heather Farrell, Lisa Ravitch, and Susan Ramage!

Science teacher Ashley Cooper (pictured with CSF Treasurer Laurie Lam & Bonnie Adamick), received a grant for materials for her 9th grade Biology and Health students to create clay models of the muscular system.

Ms. Cooper and some of her enthusiastic students.

 

Science teacher Heather Farrell will purchase GPS devices to be used in a 9th grade geocaching lab project.

 

Teacher Lisa Ravitch will create a flipped teaching experience for her students through making instructional online videos. Hands-on studio time in the classroom will engage students in taking the learned information and putting it to use in a meaningful way.

 

Spanish teacher Susan Ramage (pictured below with TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl) will purchase a class set/subscription to Scholastic Magazine Spanish readers which will engage students in high interest reading material that includes relevant topics, current events, and new vocabulary.

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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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