Junior Kindergartens and High School Language Classes Win Grants in May!

Thousand Oaks High School Spanish teacher Veronica Bass receiving a grant presented by Laurie Lam of Conejo Schools Foundation and Bonnie Adamick.

Ms. Bass will use her grant money to purchase much needed readers for her Spanish 2CP and Spanish for Spanish Speakers classes.


Also at Thousand Oaks High School, teacher Jen Smith received a grant for language arts.

Ms. Smith’s students have fallen in love with reading using Kindle Fires.  Grant money will be used to purchase high interest Core Literature novels.

It’s no wonder that TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl is smiling – several TOHS teachers have been awarded C4CC grants this year!  He came along with us to congratulate Ms. Bass and Ms. Smith on their awards.


Aspen Elementary School teacher Jennifer Fisher with her Junior Kindergarten class…

… and at Acacia Elementary School, Junior Kindergarten teacher Mary Beth Stovall received a grant for her class.

Both Ms. Fisher and Ms. Stovall will use grant monies to purchase math manipulatives that are needed at the Junior Kindergarten level.  These materials will engage the children in activities that reinforce math concepts.


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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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