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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Highlights of 2012-2013: The Gold Rush Comes to Maple & Aspen Elementary Schools

At Aspen Elementary, 4th grade teacher Lori Brown brought the El Camino Real Naturalists’ living history program, “Gold Rush Days” to her students.

Ms. Brown describes the activities:

“Program highlights included: Storytelling, guitar pickin and harmonica huffin’ by authentically costumed historical interpreters, a look at how the journey to California was made and the hardships travelers faced along the way, a comparison of the lives and fortunes of gold miners and merchants, a visit to the general store and gold miners’ camp, & hands-on activities demonstrating a typical gold miner’s day.”

More gold rush activities happened at Maple!  4th Grade teacher Patricia VanOmmeren was awarded a grant to bring the on-site filed”Gold Rush Day” field trip to her students as well.

 

Ms. VanOmmeren says:

“‘Gold Rush’ on site at Maple provided 64 students including our special education population with ‘hands on’ experiences relating to the gold rush times, culminating with panning for gold.”

Below, students pan for gold, hang clothes to dry, enjoy storytelling, and write letters using quill pens & ink.


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Highlights of 2012-2013: Maple Elementary School

 

2nd grade teacher Anne-Marie Cavanah used grant money to create a nonfiction listening library in her classroom.

Ms. Cavanah describes the impact upon her students:

“All of my students are benefitting tremendously. It is by far their favorite literacy center and it brings me such satisfaction and joy when they call me over to show me the books they are listening to because they are so excited about interesting scientific facts they are learning.  Their increased depth of understanding is evident in their explanations and subsequent writing.”

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Cypress and Maple teachers win grants for reading and math.

Cypress Elementary School 4th grade teacher Susan Rogers received a grant to purhcase EveryDay Math books.

 

At Maple Elementary School, teacher Tammy Edwards will use grant money to buy a class set of durable teaching clocks.

 

Also at Maple, 2nd grade teacher Anne-Marie Cavanah will use her grant money to build a listening library of reading comprehension books.

Ms. Cavanah explains that listening to books aloud is essential to emerging readers, especially English language learners.

 

 

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Spring grants continue…

3rd grade teacher Stephanie Lopez at Ladera Elementary received a grant for science.

Ms. Lopez’s students will visit the California Science Center and Endeavour Space Shuttle this spring.

 

Cheryl Babcock, 5th grade teacher at Maple Elementary, received a grant for video equipement.

Ms. Babcock’s class will enjoy using a flip camera to capture oral presentations in language arts, math, social studies, and science.

 

Teacher Leslie Martinez of Redwood Middle School, shown with one of her 6th grade students as she received a grant to acquire gently used iPads, which will be used in reading instruction.

 

Karen Abbitt at Sequoia Middle School received a grant to purchase supplies for the math department’s annual “pi” night.

Sequoia Principal Vivian Vina and Dean of Students Jim Marshall joined us to congratulate Ms. Abbitt.

Happy students congratulate their teacher!

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