Highlights of 2012-2013: Weathersfield Elementary School

At Weathersfield, kindergarten teachers Concie Bringas, Lynn Quick, & Bill McGovern shared grant money to bring Reading Awakens Young Scientists (RAYS) to their students.

The teachers report:

“RAYS [is] a program to introduce students to science and technology while reading children’s stories and providing hands on content standard science activities. The students were introduced to the scientific method, life cycle of mealworms, the five senses, and the use of scientific tools. This grant was very helpful because it provided us the opportunity to do hands on science and many of the children would possibly not have had the funds to afford this program.”

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More wonderful teachers receive awards in December… “Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things!”

Redwood Middle School’s Zach Snow received a grant for a fun, interactive game activity to make Government and History come alive.

Mr. Snow’s students will participate in the Star Power game to illustrate the power of different styles of government.

 

At Sycamore Canyon Elementary School, big things are happening in 2nd grade classrooms.  Teachers Mary Catherine Shmina, Christy Arnold,  Kate Taillon, Debbie Neshek, and Lisa Anthony received a grant to fund a project that all 5 class will be doing.  Principal Josh Eby is all smiles!

These students will be mining for gold, minerals, gemstones, and fossils in a until called Pebbles, Sand and Silt.  This deserves a big “thumbs up!”

 

At Maple Elementary School, Patricia VanOmmerman’s 4th grade students will also mine for gold!  Principal Juan Santos joins the photo op.

Grant money wil enable these student sto have an on-site field trip presented by Camino Real Naturalists.

 

At Weathersfield Elementary, Kindergarten teachers Bill McGovern, Lynn Quick, and Concie Bringas teamed up to win a grant for their classrooms.

These teachers will use grant money to bring Reading awakens Young Scientists (RAYS) to their students.  this is an interdisciplinary program which incorporates reading with science and technology.

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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 Finishes out the 2011-2012 School Year with 6 More Grants…

Weathersfield Elementary School 5th grade teacher Mae Robin Joaquin is delighted to receive a grant for her class!

Ms. Joaquin will use her grant money to purchase high interest novels for her small reading groups to use throughout the school year.  She is pictured below with her excited group of students.

 

Westlake Elementary School teacher Kelly Lovenson receiving a grant for her Kindergarten class.

Thanks to their Cash 4 Conejo Classrooms grant, Ms. Lovenson’s students will have fun while learning using Hot Dots interactive pens and Tubaloo phones.  Hands on activities will reinforce phonics, sound identification, vocabulary, and reading readiness.

 

At Westlake Hills Elementary School, Christi Wyrrick received a grant for her Junior Kindergarten / Kindergarten class.

Ms. Wyrrick will use her grant money for Marvelous math supplies and manipulatives.  She writes, “Thank you for supporting our youngest learners as we lay the foundation in math skills.”  It is our pleasure!

 

Newbury Park High School French teacher Corrine McKean received a grant for her AP and IB classes.

Ms. McKean stresses the importance of reading enrichment materials for her students in order to be prepared for the challenge of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate testing.  She will use grant money to purchase novels to be used by her French classes at all levels.

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