More great things are happening at Colina Middle School!

Two Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grants were awarded at Colina in January. Congratulations to teachers Monica Beck and Monica Kern for their enthusiasm and inspiration to students.

8th grade teacher Monica Beck poses with her class behind their “Flipped Future” service project. Featured are flip flops hand made and decorated by students to honor retired Colina teachers, counselors, and administrators. Ms. Beck has incorporated creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking into a most meaningful tribute to the service of others.

Ms. Beck wrote: “The students will create stepping stones in the form of a flip flop with the retiree’s name and date that he/she retired carved into it. Although they have retired, their flip flop indicates the impact they still have on the future.”

 

In the History/Social Science department, teacher Monica Kern will use grant money to purchase build a class library for study of the Middle Ages, with a focus on examples of visual art work that was so important at a time when few people could read.


Ms. Kern wrote: “Student learning is a process, and I believe this process begins by creating a desire to learn. What better way to nurture my students’ desire to learn than through Primary/Secondary source text and art work… sources [that] will offer my students first hand accounts of history during the Middle Ages while enriching their academic vocabulary, encouraging their written communication, and providing them endless opportunities for creative expression.”