December 2012 Awards!

At Sycamore Canyon Middle School, 6th grade teacher Haley Carroll and her students gather for a photo op to celebrate her award.

Ms. Carroll will use grant money to purchase an online subscription to the Popplet tool, which her students will use with Language Arts and Social Studies projects.  Students will use Popplet to help organize ideas, create graphics, and create timelines, along with other forms of visual organization.  below, Ms. Carroll demonstrates Popplet for us.

 

At Thousand Oaks High School, more great things are happening in Ashley Cooper’s 9th grade Biology and Health classes.  Here she receives a grant from donor Mrs. Diane Blindbury, also pictured with TOHS principal Lou Lichtl.

Ms. Cooper’s project will study the transfer of bacteria during a sneeze.  Achoo!

 

TOHS colleague Dana Grooms also received a grant for Biology.

Her grant money will be used to purchase molecular puzzles which will allow students to model chemical reactions. C4CC thanks our generous donors John & Diane (pictured) Blindbury for making this possible.

 

At EARThS Science Magnet, 4th grade teacher Laura Pewe received a grant for nature journals.  Principal Jennifer Boone joined us for a photo.

Here’s an example of a student’s nature journal.  Students will create outdoor scientific journals/books while observing native plants of the Santa Monica Mountains (Satwiwa).

Ms. Pewe and her class with EARThS  Principal Jennifer Boone.

 

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Creative ideas flourish in our elementary schools – see what 2 terrific teachers are doing with grant money…

At Sycamore Canyon Elementary, 5th grade teacher Janet Taylor (pictured with Principal Josh Eby) received a grant for her classroom’s “Taylor City.”

Yes, Ms. Taylor hosts a city in her classroom – a city complete with jobs, taxes, licenses, patents, a bank, shopping, etc.  This has been proven to be a highly successful and memorable program for her students, and grant money will allow her to expand the program this year.

Below, Ms. Taylor is pictured with her class and parent volunteer Anagha D’Souza, who is very enthusiastic about Taylor City and encouraged Ms. Taylor to apply for the grant. We can’t wait to hear about what happens in the city this year!

 

At Weathersfield Elementary, 2nd/3rd grade teacher Joan Hartigan received a grant to supplement her language arts and social science curriculum.

Ms. Hartigan used grant money to purchase “Time for Kids” magazine and “Brainpop” online, to enhance the students’ understanding of vocabulary and current events, particularly during coverage of the presidential election.

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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.

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