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.”

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A Look Back: Projects funded by Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms – Middle Schools.

At Sequoia Middle School, Allen Saute’s students made robots…

The first groups worked on 3 robots.

Below, the first robot!

The “Alligator” robot.

Kudos to Mr. Saute, one of our very first grant winners, for creating such an exciting learning experience and project that students will always remember!

 

 

At Colina Middle School, Nicole Wall’s advanced art students took a field trip to The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles.

Ms. Wall sent the following thank you letter and description of their trip:

“Dear Cash4ConejoClassrooms and Conejo Schools Foundation,

Thank you for your support of our Colina Middle School Advanced Art field trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art’s The Geffen and Grand. On Friday, April 13, 2012 we were able to see Cai Guo-Qiang’s Sky Ladder exhibit at The Geffen and then the permanent collection at The Grand. Guo-Qiang’s exhibit was commissioned by MOCA and we were some of the first people in the world to see his pyrotechnic (gunpowder) created artwork. It was simply breath-taking and we were all mesmerized. For many of the students it was their first time in L.A. and their first time at an art museum. The general consensus was that we would all remember this day.”

We were unable to take pictures inside The Geffen due to art preservation. However, we were able to take several pictures of students exploring MOCA Grand’s permanent collection.  The students were able to analyze artists they had previously studied like Pollock, Rauschenberg, Warhol, Rothko and more.…”

“[pictured below] the advanced art class outside of The Geffen standing in front of one of Guo-Qiang’s pieces created by gunpowder and fuses, known as pyrotechnic art. Parts of the image had been washed away from the rain, but the students were still awestruck by it’s destruction for creation aspect.” 

“At the end of the day, the students were ecstatic about what they saw and couldn’t believe the art they were able to see and interact with. They said even though we had a thunder and lightning storm and were drenched that it was the most incredible day. Since the field trip the students work has translated into their marionettes, their sketches and will undoubtedly continue to impact their art.” - teacher Nicole Wall

Our thanks to Ms. Wall for inspiring her students with this memorable trip!

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Spring grants continue… across disciplines and grade levels throughout the district!


Colina Middle School Music teacher Anne Freuhling won a grant for a very special music program, “Giving Bach.”

The “Giving Bach” program will focus on exposing special needs students to the world of classical music.  In addition to giving a live concert, Ms. Fruehling’s strings students will work one on one with Colina’s special needs students, teaching them some basic aspects of playing their instruments.

 

At Westlake High School, Marine Science teacher Kristi Hronek received a grant for her students’ Atoll Reef project.

Students created models to represent the formation of atoll reefs resulting from the sinking of a volcanic island.

 

First grade teacher Susan Lewis at EARThS Science Magnet will use grant money to purchase animal books.

 

Thousand Oaks Highs School STEM Scientific Research teacher Nikki Malhotra received a grant to purchase a bench top shaker.

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math.  The Scientific Research class is a high level STEM course offered only at TOHS.  The objective is to enable students to apply their knowledge of different topics in biological sciences and chemistry while working on an original research project.

Ms. Malhotra with her student, Senior Adam Potter, alongside his award winning project. Congrats Adam!  His project won 1st place at the Ventura County Science Fair.

 

TOHS Earth Science teacher Heather Farrell will use grant money to help offset costs of a Channel Islands field trip.

This field trip will give students the opportunity to touch on many Earth Science topics in a meaningful and memorable way; most students have never been to the Channel Islands.

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Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Honors 4 CVUSD Teachers!

There is always a lot going on in our terrific school district.  April gave us another opportunity to showcase 4 teachers doing great things for kids.

 

Colina Middle School teacher Stephen Kozlowski receives a grant in the wood shop.

Mr. Kozlowski thought of a way to inspire students by using their wood shop skills to improve their campus environment.  The students will be repairing and refurbishing benches on campus using wrought iron and wood.  These students look very pleased.

Students enjoy using the tools in Colina’s wood shop.

 

 

Newbury Park High School Spanish language teacher Claudia Caudill with her students.

Ms. Caudill will use her grant money to purchase Vox Spanish/English dictionaries to enhance students’ learning and provide a vital resource to increase vocabulary, essential to acquiring a second language.

 

EARThS Magnet School 4th grade teacher Laura Pewe, with Bonnie Adamick and EARThS principal Jennifer Boone.

Ms. Pewe will use Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant money to purchase Delta Science Readers to support language arts taught through the lens of science, which reflects the curriculum integration philosophy of EARThS Magnet School..

Melissa Spiegel, 2nd grade teacher at Westlake Elementary School, is delighted to receive a Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant.

Ms. Spiegel will set up a much needed listening center in her classroom to reinforce the language arts curriculum.  All students will be able to access the center each and every day throughout the school year.

Ms. Speigel’s class showing their enthusiasm!

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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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