Highlights of 2012-2013: Westlake High School

WHS AP Biology teacher Jennifer Boyd used her grant to purchase supplies for a lab to study a bioluminescent marine dinoflagellate. Approximately 100 students participated in this lab; covered topics include enzymes, photosynthesis, and animal behavior. 

Students used this lab to review photosynthesis, cell structures, and enzymes. This lesson also introduced circadian rhythms and bioluminescence.  They practiced using microscopes to view the cells and took home a small vial of the cells to make observations at different times during the day and night. They were very excited to take home their own personal vials to show their family and friends. The cells will continue to glow for 3-6 months.

Ms. Boyd wrote: “I am so excited to do this lab with my students and I know it will be something they will never forget. Thank you for allowing me to be creative in my classroom.”

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Westlake High School has 2 more grant winners!

WHS foods teacher Maria Scirone will use grant money for supplies related to the second Annual National Food Day in the fall.

Assistant principal Nicole Funfar joined us for a photo op to congratulate Ms. Scirone.

 

WHS French teacher Marianne Preston received grant money to purchase a class set of Le Petit Prince.

 

 

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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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Grant money helps high school teachers kick off the 2012-2103 school year with exciting projects…

Thousand Oaks High School Science teachers Rhonda Frohn and Patti McNamara, pictured here with Bonnie Adamick of C4CC and TOHS Principal Lou Lichtl, received grant money for their creative STEM program collaboration.

Exciting things are indeed happening at TOHS!  Grant money will be used to purchase robot kits for a 9th grade STEM class (Science,Technology, Engineering, Math), created by Ms. Frohn and Ms. McNamara combining Geoscience and Computer Programming curriculum.

 

Great ideas are also lighting up the TOHS English department! Here, teacher Melissa Wood-Glusac, pictured with Laurie Lam of Conejo School Foundation and Principal Lou Lichtl, receives a grant for her latest inspiration.

Ms. Wood-Glusac’s 11th and 12th graders will engage in a year long writing experience to include hand written letters to pen pals in France, business letters, and a subscription to the “Letters in the Mail” program developed by writer Stephen Elliot.

 

Meanwhile, Westlake High School also has terrific ideas in the works!  Science teacher Jennifer Boyd is delighted to receive a grant, with congratulations from with WHS Principal Ron Lipari.

Ms. Boyd has fun things planned for her AP Biology students, who will study microorganisms purchased with grant money.  Students will observe bioluminescent organisms overnight while at home, and also in class under the microscope.

 

 

 

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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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