A Look Back: Projects funded by Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms – Elementary Schools (part 1)

At Madroña Elementary, 4th grade teachers Janet Dieterle, Sandy Eicher, & Donna Luft used their grant to purchase supplies for their book club.

Ms. Dieterle reports:

“The 4th grade teachers at Madroña have implemented book club groups as part of our differentiated program.  There are 108 students that participate in this program to earn their Bachelors, Masters, and PhD degrees in reading after following some very specific criteria.”

Pictured here are students being recognized for earning their degrees.

These students earned Masters and PhD degrees.

 

 

At Glenwood Elementary, 2nd grade teachers Muriel Miller & Kelly MacDonald used their grant to bring Scholastic News to their students every week.

Ms. MacDonald wrote to us:

“We were able to purchase a year long subscription to Scholastic News Weekly. Since 2nd grade is a big year for building reading comprehension, we are lucky to have such high interest and entertaining things to read. This weekly subscription will help supplement our literature program as well as allow students to connect to the world they live in.”

Ms. Miller reported:

“Each issue offers interesting articles to read and to write about.  Also, every child takes each issue home to keep… enriching the home’s literacy.”

 

At Lang Ranch Elementary, 3rd grade teacher Paula Golem created a classroom listening center.

Ms. Golem wrote to us:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you, to the Conejo Schools Foundation, for your amazing and generous grant to our classroom. Your donation made it possible for me to purchase a new and much needed, state-of-the-art listening center, with books, CDs, and audio tapes for my students to use…The new listening center allows me to address the different learning styles  my students have in the classroom, and better meet their individual needs.”

“…second language learners are excited to use the new equipment to listen to a variety of stories and poems, as they follow along with the text. The opportunity to both see and hear the stories… helps my students build their English vocabulary skills as well their fluency and comprehension skills. In addition, they are excited to record their own voices reading the stories and listen to themselves read.”

“The opportunity to listen to the material in our stories and text books repeatedly, helps those auditory learners absorb the information and remember it in a way that is comfortable and effective for them… students are asking to record their own voices reading  stories and plays for others to enjoy. They are also excited about writing and publishing their own literature to record.”

“Today there is a new buzz of excitement in my classroom. The kids have a energized interest in reading, and I could not be happier.” – teacher Paula Golem

 

 

At EARThS science magnet school, 4th grade teacher Laura Pewe purchased science books.

Ms. Pewe wrote to us:

“This grant of $250.00 for my classroom purchased five sets of Delta Science Readers. Each set of 8 includes topics of Earth Movements, Water Cycle, Magnets, Soil Science, and Oceans, supporting the curriculum integration so integral to EARTHS Magnet School. These readers will not only educate this year’s 4th graders, but will continue to enlighten countless numbers of students in the years to come.”

“I am grateful to the Conejo Schools Foundation for understanding the limitations and needs of classroom teachers and for providing the means to accomplish academic goals within the classroom. Many children will benefit as a result of this grant program.” - teacher Laura Pewe

Posted in Classroom Projects, Elementary Schools, History/Social Science, Language Arts, Math, Reading/Literature, Science | Tagged , , ,

Congratulations to our December grant recipients!

As schools prepared to close for winter break, Conejo Schools Foundation visited 4 classrooms to award grant money to these very deserving teachers:

Christine Powell, Thousand Oaks High School, Grades 9-12, LiteratureTOHSChristine Powell (center) is pictured with TOHS Assistant Principal DeDe Dryer and Bonnie Adamick, Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms Program Chair.

Ms. Powell’s students will connect to their classroom studies by using cooking to enhance understanding of different cultures.  Select grade level readings will be paired with specific foods from multiple cultures to enhance students’ understanding of our diverse community and the world.

Below, Ms. Powell and her students.

 

Cheryl Babcock, Maple Elementary School, Grade 5, History & Social ScienceMs. Babcock’s students will each research a U. S. President and learn how to write a report, using as one source of information a set of nonfiction books purchased for their classroom.

Below, Ms. Babcock’s fifth grade.

 

Karla Stevenson, Sequoia Middle School, Grades 7-8, TechnologySEQUOIAMs. Stevenson’s Journalism class will begin broadcasting upcoming school events to be viewed by the student body via closed school television.  Working closely with the ASB class, students will write scripts, supply props, and act out the events.

Below, Sequoia Assistant Principal Juan Santos (left) joins in a group photo.

 

Pamela Laack, Madroña Elementary School, Grade 1, MusicMADRONAMs. Laacks’s students will be exposed to classical music and composers, designed around the introduction of a new composer every 2 weeks.  The project includes presentation of a brief biography and pictures of each composer, and students will listen to each composer’s music during times of transition and during quiet art projects for each 2 week period.

Posted in Elementary Schools, Grant Winners, High Schools, History/Social Science, Language Arts, Middle Schools, Music, Reading/Literature, Special Ed/Modified Curriculum, Technology | Tagged , , ,

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.

Posted in Continuing Education, Elementary Schools, Grant Winners, Language Arts, Math, Middle Schools, Reading/Literature, Special Ed/Modified Curriculum, Technology | Tagged , , , ,