Curriculum Project Grant Winners

Meet the 2017-18 Sponsoring Partners:


Meet the 2017-18 Winners:

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Persuade Your Classmates: Save OUR Endangered Animal!
Barbara Courain
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Bill Denneen Environmental Trust

Uncovering the Past: Using “West of the West” to bring Chumash Studies to Life Across the curriculum
Cristina Cullen
Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Studying the First People of Santa Barbara
Tanya Hansen
Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians

Reducing Our Water Footprint
Linda Mayer
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara County Water Agency

Exploring Tessellations, Area, and Symmetry using Pattern Blocks
Alyssa Prieto
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Funded By: Deckers Brands

Circuits and Energy Conservation
Holly Snyder
Santa Barbara Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District

Creative Expression
Amy Willis
Los Olivos School, Los Olivos School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

Movies Making Peace
Laurie Woodward
Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Funded By: Deckers Brands

California Wax Museum & Biography Project
Nora Zwehl Quintero
Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
Funded By: Deckers Brands

 

 

 

Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

Santa Barbara City College Music Festival
Brenda Hascall
Vandenburg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Partner Santa Barbara Bowl

Infroducing Students to Theater with an Ethnic and Gender Studies Lens
Roxana Maldonado
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl

Bringing “Too Much Noise” by Anne McGovern to life!
Robin Palmerston
Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman Union School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl

Training Actors in Theatrical Makeup
Jennifer Peterson
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl

Beginner Player Integration
Allen Smithson
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Valley Foundation

 


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Meet the 2016-17 Winners:

2D and 3D Playgrounds
Jamin Bean
La Honda School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Deckers
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Healthy for Life
Josh Bennett
Orcutt Academy High School, Orcutt Union School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Teachers Federal Credit Union
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Ted Talks
JaNae Burger
Miguelito School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: The Towbes Foundation
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Creative Character Connections
Kelly Davis
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
Funded By: Altrusa International Foundation, Santa Maria
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Differentiated Tic-Tac-Toe Activity Menu
Stephanie Gogonis
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Valley Foundation
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4-6 Hypothesis Integrated Unit
Karen Hamner
La Honda STEAM Academy, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Lesson Planet
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Discovering Newton’s Laws of Motion
Ryan Hubbard
Arellanes Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
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Integrating Common Core Physical Science Standards Through Hands-On Learning
Nichole Hughes
Summerland Elementary School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Funded By: Aera Energy
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Moving and Learning Across the Curriculum
Laura Ishikawa
Allan Hancock College Preschool, Santa Barbara County Education Office
Funded By: The Towbes Foundation
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An Empowering, Exploring, and Relevant Science Investigation
Cailean Kilroy
Marilyn Garza
Nicole Knecht

Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Funded By: The Towbes Foundation
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“Why Are We So Different?!”
Christopher Ladwig
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians
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La increíble migración de la mariposa Monarca/ The Incredible Migration of the Monarch Butterfly
Juanita Pasallo
Arthur Hapgood School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Bill Denneen Environmental Trust
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Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

BRAVE
Sarah Barthel
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl
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Ballet Folklórico Recital
Ricardo Gabaldón
Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl
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You Don’t Know Me!
Glynda Maddaleno
Delta High School-TOSA, Santa Maria Joint Union High School
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl
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Jeanine Tesori Composer Set/ How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying mini musical
Shannon Saleh
La Colina Junior High School , Santa Barbara Unified School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl
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Ballroom Dance – Preparing For Performances
James Ungricht
Kermit McKenzie Junior High School,
Guadalupe Union School District
Funded By: Santa Barbara Bowl
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Meet the 2015-16 Winners:

Betta Fish Alive! Healthy Ecosystems or Bust
Laura Branch
Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Using two-liter bottles, students can create their own EcoColumn to observe interrelationships of different biomes within an ecosystem and keep their Betta Fish alive. Students can observe the biogeochemical cycles of the environment while testing the water quality of the system. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

The Benefit of Banned Books
Kelly Davis
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
The Santa Maria Joint Union District has never challenged or banned a book, but students in the district read many books that have been banned elsewhere. This project aims to teach students about the reasons books are challenged and banned, help them evaluate those reasons using critical thinking instead of personal preference, and write and speak in an effective and mature way to support those books should they ever be challenged in their school.
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Digital Demonstrative Speech
Stephanie Gogonis
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
This project combines communication, collaboration, creativity, and technology skills. Using digital media, students will create, record, and share their demonstrative speech to a worldwide audience. In the end, students demonstrate proficiency in utilizing technology and communicating with others.. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

Fruits of Employment Internship
Glenn Goldin, Kristie Van Horn
Santa Maria Hgih School, Santa Maria High School Transition Vocational Program
Mild /Mod Special Education Transition students will partner Fruits of Employment and a local vineyard/orchard to learn all aspects of grape, avocado, citrus production leading to an in-depth understanding of the Agricultural industry and the various associated career opportunities here in Santa Barbara County as well as the rest of the world. For lesson plans associated with this unit, click here.
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Computer Science First
Ashley Jimenez
Solvang School, Buellton Union School District
Students will create with technology through computer-based science clubs. They will join a club based on real-world themes and use enrichment materials that increase thier access and exposure to computer science education. Click here for materials associated with this project.

Underwater Robotics
Larry Madrigal
Olive Grove Charter School, Olive Grove Charter School District
The Olive Grove Underwater Robotics Team is a new program established during the 2015 -2016-school year. The goal of this Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program is to allow students to showcase their talents by building an underwater robot that will compete in the regional Monterey Bay annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) underwater robot competition.
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Student Vocational Training Project
Denny McKee, Jesse Grimm
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District`
The underlying goal of this project is to provide transferable job skills for students. The plan is to develop these job skills through hands on work growing plants and constructing the necessary infrastructure such as wood framed raised planters, cold frame and shade hoop houses and planting tables. Click here for lesson materials.

Health and Wellness Careers Academy Medical Science Fair
Jennifer Prye
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Modeled after the STEM project based learning project, The HAWC Academy Medical Science Fair is an independent, long term, medical science research project. The project itself is in-depth and experimental in nature and should follow the scientific method, to identify and suggest a medical intervention with professional merit as its foundation. Click here for the lesson materials.
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Science Lab Activities
Philip Salucci
Crestview School, Lompoc Unified School District
This project is designed as an extension of learning relating to energy types, transfers and systems. It builds on prior knowledge of potential and kinetic energy, and allows students to design their own energy transfer systems. Click here for lesson plans for this unit.

Delta’s Freedom Writers: The Ultimate Lesson of Tolerance
Gabrielle Shannon
Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
Given the demographic of Delta High School’s students and the recent increase in violence in their home of Santa Maria, I want to teach my students a lesson that could prevent further violence and pain: how to develop tolerance and respect. Click here for project resources.

Human Impacts
Megan Poster
Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
An inquiry-based whole class project focusing on applying scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing human impacts on the environment. Students will first determine problem areas and then work together on a project to minimize their target problem. Click here for project materials.

Sea Turtles: Our Endangered Gentle Giants of the Sea
Katie Booser
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
This project idea is to get children excited about research and writing about something that matters in our world, in this case, it is the endangered animal, the sea turtle. By having students use multi-media sources, from videos, to current event articles, they will be able to become aware of what is happening around the world, while also being guided on how to cite evidence correctly in their informational writing. Click here to view the lesson plans for this project.
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Towers and Bridges
Kelly Christiansen
El Camino School, Goleta Union School District
Students will analyze two class challenges that involve creating two very different structures. They will construct their own self-made designs that incorporate engineering and design concepts and have the opportunity to test their structures.
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Welcome to Math in 3D (No Special Glasses Required)
Kristina De Heras
El Camino School, Goleta Union School District
Students integrate multiple content areas by learning to use computer aided design software to create and print 3-D objects. Using engineering design processes to organize their projects, students will independently and cooperatively learn about modern and ancient engineering. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.
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Earth’s Seasons
Marilyn Garza, Cailean Kilroy, Nicole Knecht
Santa Barbara Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Using a constructivist approach, students will explore the relationship between the Earth and the Sun in order to explain Seasons. This hands-on unit engages students through drawings, creating and justifying models and experimentation.. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

Executive Functions Across Curriculum
Juliana Massie
Adams Elementary, Santa Barbara Unified School District
The sixth grade and special education teachers have teamed up to provide Executive Functions instruction to 6th graders using a co-teaching model. Using a strategic planning and scheduling system, every Friday, special education teachers push in to 6th grade classrooms to deliver instruction to better prepare our 6th graders for junior high and high school. Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.
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Second Grade Genius Hour
Nicole Hersh
Peabody Charter School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
All students learn how to research online, formulate questions to interview an expert, write letters to experts, and read informational texts. The students partner up to choose topics of their interest, and work together to complete the research.
Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Debra Leiter Weldy
Carpinteria Middle School, Carpinteria Unified School District
We all have a favorite animal that we look forward to seeing when we go to a zoo or wild animal park. For this project, students will choose that special animal to research and find information about its structural characteristics, behaviors, habitat, and survival as well as build a three dimensional model to scale.
Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.
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Puppet Maker-Play Project
Chloe Milligan, Elizabeth Trainor
Adams Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
In order to promote literacy and oral language skills, all Kindergarten and 1st grade students will work in collaborative groups to retell a story via a puppet show they have designed and made themselves. Using first grade literature, students will retell a story by writing the parts of a story, making their own puppets, and then presenting a puppet show to the class. We will use a green screen to depict the setting of the story. Click <ahref=”http://www.sbceoportal.org/teacherprograms/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/2015-16-Chloe-Milligan-Elizabeth-Trainor-Curr-Pro-Packet-.doc”>here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

Creating Innovation: Setting up a Classroom Makerspace
Tracy Schifferns
McKinley Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Create an area that provides hands-on, creative ways for students to design, experiment, and invent as they engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. Makerspaces are places with tools and materials where students can collaboratively and creatively extend their learning by doing or making.
Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.
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Monroe Reads and Rides!
Kathy Serrano
Monroe Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Providing the opportunity for students to ride desk cycles while reading will be an easy and fun way for encouraging reading and healthy body habits! In addition, to the physical activity component of having desk cycles, students will also engage in a series of STEM related activities and scientific data analysis.
Click here for lesson plans associated with this unit.

 

Performing Arts Curriculum Project Grants

Cesar Chavez: His Life and Legacy
Sarah Barthel
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Lompoc High School drama students will research the life and works of Cesar Chavez to craft a script for production while dual-immersion students at Hapgood Elementary School learn about his life in their classes. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

Friendly Neighborhood Helpers
Donna Beal
Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
Students will be learning about various community members through songs as they prepare for our musical play titled Friendly Neighborhood Helpers. This performance allows each child to participate in songs that help them learn about firefighters, mail carriers, grocers, dentists and many more community workers. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.
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Collaborative and Reflective Choreographic Expression
Bree Jansen
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Through self-reflection and critique as well as collaborative conversation and use of technological tools, students develop and refine a professional-quality choreographic piece which displays deep understanding of the artistic perception and creative expression necessary to advance in the field of dance beyond high school. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

Jump into Literacy! Using Jump Rope Rhymes to Promote Healthy Choices and Literary Word Play
Devon Nelson
Harding University Partnership School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Students learn and create jump rope rhymes, songs, and games while connecting concepts from music, physical education, and reading. Students are encouraged to play with words, develop body rhythmic awareness, and explore the history of children’s jump rope culture in America. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.
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Hello My Baby!
Shannon Saleh
La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Students learn and create jump rope rhymes, songs, and games while connecting concepts from music, physical education, and reading. Students are encouraged to play with words, develop body rhythmic awareness, and explore the history of children’s jump rope culture in America. Click here to learn more and view lesson plans for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the 2014-15 winners:

Aeronautics Math
Douglas Anderson
Arellanes Junior High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Students Learn how to use aircraft flight simulators. Contact our office for more information about this project or click HERE.

Discovering Statistics Through Relevant Data
Brooke Baarstad, Christine Watkins
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
This project will teach students to be able to display and describe data using a variety of statistical methods defined in the CCSS standards for Algebra 1. Students will obtain real world data, choose appropriate methods to represent the data, and then describe or compare distributions in context. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy Project
Kristin Bornhoft
Orcutt Academy High School, Orcutt Union School District
In this project students will use their knowledge of anatomy learned throughout the year to research, observe, dissect, compare and make predictions about how structure and function are related in different vertebrate animals. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Thirteen Colonies Exploration
Jennifer Cline
Oak Valley School, Buellton Union School District
Students will participate in project-based learning to discover information about the first colonial settlements, and the reasons that settlers chose to come from England. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Native American Research Project
Barbara Courain
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Students will critically examine readings, artistic paintings and videos to understand what happened to five major Native American groups during the Removal Act of 1850. This unit is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Recipes for Research
Kelly Davis
Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
This project asks for students to perform research on several of the foods mentioned in To Kill a Mockingbird novel and connect them to the ideas of social justice and equality, with the end result being a class cookbook that includes not only the recipes, but also the history and culture behind these Depression-era dishes and their symbolism in the novel. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Visual Peace: Part 2 – Community Involvement
LeeAnne Del Rio
Ernest Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
The purpose and mission of Visual Peace Posters is to promote social justice and cultural awareness through a poster campaign designed by, promoted by, and supporting teenagers through Anti-Bullying posters. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Researching the Revolution
Rheanna George
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Students read Chains, the first book in Laurie Halse Anderson’s trilogy about enslaved teenagers during the American Revolution, as motivation to peruse a variety of print and digital sources about the novel’s historical background. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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The Playground Project
Stephanie Gogonis, Peggy Kelly
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
After reading several articles about the benefits of active, imaginative play that involves a sense of risk, students tour their community’s playgrounds, evaluating how well they meet the needs of local children. In groups, students then design new playgrounds for the community, creating models or artist’s renderings and writing persuasive and descriptive pieces. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Brave Harvest Wednesday
Jennifer Prye
Lompoc High School, Lompoc Unified School District

Students participate in a monthly project based learning activity over the course of the spring semester where they study and deliver the District’s Harvest of the Month (http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/) to teachers and staff along with the produce’s nutrition fact. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Eureka! California Pioneers and 49ers
Tracee Sudyka
Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt School District
This pioneer life/ Gold Rush project is intended to teach students about an important part of California history. Students will gain knowledge of this time period by reading, writing, and participating in simulation activities. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project

Fantasy Football
Holly Bosse
Mountain View School, Goleta Union School District
This is a comprehensive unit that provides students the opportunity to use or build knowledge in the areas of expository reading, algebra, statistics, economics, technology, art, critical thinking, collaborative interaction and of course, football. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Music is Physics!
Susannah Hoffman
Cleveland Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
This grant is specifically intended to support the development of innovative instructional lessons, units, or projects focusing on all aspects of performance art.
Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project

From Seeds to Plants and Beyond
Debra Leiter-Weldy
Carpinteria Middle School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Debra’s 7th grade science team is creating a plant unit where students will gain a complete understanding of photosynthesis, seeds, seed dispersal, roots/stems/leaves, and plant reproduction through labs and activities both in the classroom and in the school garden. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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A Watershed Moment-Using STEM to Reduce Marine Debris
Lisa Lisle
Brandon School, Goleta Union School District
While participating in a service-learning project, students collaborate to develop and maintain a Google Site in order to educate their peers and local community about the impact of marine debris. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

The Home Project
Shannon Saleh
La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
The home Project is an oral history performance program designed to help teenagers look, listen, and get creatively engaged in things they’ve take for granted, fostering empathy and action in the present, in their communities and in their homes. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Tools for Literacy- Mastering Multiple Meaning Sight Words
Kelly Sanders
Ralph Dunlap School, Santa Barbara County Education Office
Kelly’s students will master the tools for literacy by learning the multiple meanings of sight words. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project

California Native Americans- Many Years Ago and Today
Nora Zwehl Quintero
Kellogg School, Goleta Union School District
In this unit Nora’s students will study the California Native American from many years ago to present day. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Common Core State Standards through Bad Wolf Press Plays
Sylvia Figueroa
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Students will learn the background knowledge for the play’s subject, then learn lines, songs, and parts individually, in small groups, and as a whole class. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

It’s all in the Notes! : Using the Music of Language to Explore Math and Reading
Devon Nelson
Harding University Partnership School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
This unit explores how music, math, and English language arts can be combined to engage students in deeper fluencies with each subject. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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A Musical Professional for Our Class
Garson Olivieri
Cabrillo High School & Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Music making at its heart is a collaborative effort. This is why the students of Cabrillo High School would like to bring in a conductor from a university to work with the school band in order to share their artistry and musicality. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Children’s Theater Workshop
Jennifer Peterson
Cabrillo High School, Lompoc Unified School District
Jennifer’s Musical Theater class is going to be placed in small groups and be given the task to take a children’s book (Where the Wild Things Are, The Day the Crayons Gave Up, Etc) and create a script from it. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Creative Expression through Songwriting
Gabrielle Shannon
Delta High School, Santa Maria Joint Union High School District
This Creative Writing class focuses on the art of songwriting. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Exploring the Channel Islands—Anacapa Day Trip
Alice Bingham
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Canalino fourth and fifth grade students will study the specific habitat and ecosystems of the Channel Islands, locally situated and visible from the Carpinteria Coastline. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Reflecting on Life on San Miguel Island
Katie Booser
Franklin Elementary School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
This project idea focuses on San Miguel Island. Katie believes starting with an island that children don’t know much about will help capture their interest and then they will be able to focus in on the history of all of our islands. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Channel Islands Mosaic
Gerald Dahill
Rincon/Foothill High School, Carpinteria Unified School District
This project will enable the students to plan, design, purchase supplies, create the final project, and work in teams to make a large scale mosaic rendition of all 8 Channel Islands. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Arti-Fact and Fiction
Chris Mullin
Santa Ynez High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union School District
His general idea is that before students view the film, it would serve as a compelling anticipatory set to have the students view one or two artifacts that come from the islands but which, upon viewing, are not necessarily clear as to purpose. For example, an arrowhead or shovel would not be ideal, whereas a device used by Native islanders to carve shells into currency or a perhaps a rusty mechanical implement critical to farm maintenance used by the ranchers would trigger a more exploratory experience. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

Everything is Connected—the Channel Islands
Caryn Parker
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Students will learn about the existence of the Channel Islands, and its habitats and wildlife in general terms. Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.
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Drought Busters
Isao Sugano
Hope School, HopeSchool District
Students will educate the school and local community on “Drought Busting” strategies that they can act on immediately to reduce our water usage.
Click HERE or contact our office for more information about this project.

 

Meet the 2013-14 Sponsoring Partners

 

 

 

 

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Meet the 2013-14 Winners:

Who Doesn’t Love a Discount?
Aimey Adams
Kunst Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Students Learn part/whole/percent relationships to build the foundations for a strategy for calculating mark-ups, discounts, and sale prices. Contact our office for more information about this project.

Genius Hour
Geri Coats, Cathleen Petty
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Students participate in a project based learning activity over the course of the spring semester with projects developed from their own interests and concerns about the world we live in. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Biome Beginners
Judith Denton
La Honda School, Lompoc Unified School District
Using an extensive botanical garden website and other print references, student pairs become experts on a specific biome and teach their peers through a report of information and a triorama. Contact our office for more information about this project.

Watershed and Water Conservation in Santa Barbara County
Laura Branch
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Students learn about catchment basins, reservoirs and runoff in Santa Barbara County. They construct stream models to study how urbanization causes a decrease in the volume of water that seeps into the ground, resulting in an increase in volume and decrease in quality of surface water. Such changes have significant implications for the quantity of fresh, clean water that is available for use by humans, fish and wildlife. Students are challenged to find realistic solutions to this problem and brainstorm ways to conserve the amount of fresh water they have in their local area. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Words Alive With Poetry
Heather Dean
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
The magic of words comes to life for students through this Poetry Unit that explores great classical poetry while also engaging students in writing unique and non-threatening poems of their own. Students explore the power of words and learn about some of the historical influences on poets and their work. This unit is aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Collections, Classifications, Elements, and Compounds: Creating a Matter Museum
Kristen Lohr
Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Capitalizing on a child’s natural curiosity for colleting and exploring their natural world, students become “experts” in classifying matter and identifying elemental properties. Students collect non-living and once living objects from their playground. They closely examine the physical attributes of the various collected objects and identify the primary element(s) in each object. The identified objects are then organized and labeled by students as they create their own matter museum or display. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Delicious Common Denominators
Carol Gillespie
Kunst Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
This unit is a series of lessons to review and re-teach the concept of using common denominators to add and subtract fractions. Lessons reinforce why common denominators are necessary and even more importantly that when we convert fractions to common denominators we are not changing the value of that fraction. The unit culminates with a fun activity that ends with making trail mix and shows the use of fractions in our every day life. Contact our office for more information about this project.

The Battle at Gettysburg: Embalming of the Casualties and the Subsequent Arsenic Poisoning of the Groundwater
Laura Branch, Alexander Jauregui
Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
US History and Environmental Science students work to understand where arsenic in the groundwater came from in areas near the Battle at Gettysburg. Tests within the community show the highest levels of arsenic are located near the cemetery and the only people buried there are Civil War casualties. Students learn that, as far as casualties are concerned, embalming techniques were in its infancy and arsenic was used to preserve their body for burial away from the battlefield. The degradation process of caskets in cemeteries dating back to the Civil War causes the contamination. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Chumash Hutash Pow Wow
Linda Mayer
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School, College School District
This project encompasses a unit about the life, culture, and customs of the Native Chumash people. Students learn and understand the Chumash lifestyle some 200-300 years ago when they lived in tribal villages in our local area. The unit culminates with the students creating, preparing, and inviting other classes to their own Chumash Hutash and Pow Wow. Contact our office for more information about this project.

Metacognition: Thinking About Our Thinking – The Key to Success
Valerie Trenev
Alice Shaw School, Orcutt Union School District
With this unit, students are taught cognitive skills in isolation, a skill that is familiar and useful. When the students encounter situations where the skills are appropriate, they are able to verbalize that they used the particular cognitive asset. This helps the students to create a “tool box” of thinking skills that can be called upon and utilized in problem solving, daily class-work and life. Familiarity with the thinking skills helps to empower students to visualize themselves as problem solvers and thinkers. Contact our office for more information about this Space Holder

We’re Talking Numbers
Bree Valla
Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Students improve their algebraic thinking skills by learning to manipulate numbers in multiple ways. They are able to communicate these ways verbally, in writing, and using drawings. They then apply these skills to algebraic problems and are able to communicate their thinking and defend their answers. Contact our office for more information about this project.

Fourth Grade Earth Science: Rock Cycle
Brittany Deckard
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Through this unit, students are engaged in hands-on, inquiry-based experiences that provide experiential learning about the rock cycle. The lessons provide practice with academic language and content area language, in addition to verbal practice with lab partners, sentence frames, and activities like Tea Party. Finally, the use of the actual rock kits, with the types of rocks represented, provides a real world link for the students that brings relevance to the curriculum. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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The Science of Rockets
Debra Leiter-Weldy
Carpinteria Middle School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Through the study of rockets, students learn about Newton’s Laws, aerodynamics, gravity, drag and thrust as well as problem solving, calculating formulas, and determining altitude and speed. Contact our office for more information about this project.

Books on the iPad
Krista Munizich
Canalino School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Students create their own informative textbooks on the iPad. The students choose an animal, supply facts about their animal, and provide a sense of closure to their book. The students use many different features on the iPad to create their books, and share their finished books on the apple TV with their peers. Contact our office for more information about this project.
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Meet the 2012-13 Winners:

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS PI AND WHY CAN’T I EAT IT?
Aimey Adams & Carol Gillespie, Kunst Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: What in the world is pi and why can’t I eat it?
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CESAR CHAVEZ MEETS CUBISM
Therese Brady, Arellanes Elementary School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Cesar Chavez Meets Cubism
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ENERGY: RENEWABLE AND NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES
Laura Branch, Righetti High School, Santa Maria Joint Union HSD
Project: Energy: Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy ResourcesRenewable & Nonrenewable Energy PPT
Business Partner: 

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: FINGERPRINTING THE ELEMENTS
Michael Daniels & Candis Cuevas, Olive Grove Charter School, Los Olivos School District
Project: Reading Between the Lines: Fingerprinting the Elements
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CALIFORNIA TREASURES KINDERGARTEN WORD FAMILIES
Brian Gong, Bonita School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: California Treasures Kindergarten Word Families, Sentence Frames PPT, Vocabulary Cards PPT, Word Build PPT
Business Partner: 

 

CREATING YOUR OWN USABLE ENERGY FROM WATER, WIND, SUN, OR ALGAE
Russell Granger, San Marcos High School, SBCEO ROP
Project: Creating Your Own Usable Energy from Water, Wind, Sun, or Algae
Business Partner: 

 

THE CLAYS AMONG US
Autumn Jennings & Laura Branch, Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: The Clays Among Us, Rock Cycle Graphic Organizer Key, Well Log Chart, Well Log Chart Cross Section
Business Partner:

BUILDING A BIONIC ARM
Chris Ladwig, Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project: Building a Bionic Arm
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SHORT STORIES OR NOUVELLES?
Valerie Lent, Dos Pueblos High School, Santa Barbara Unified
Project: Short Stories or Nouvelles?
Business Partner: SBTFCU with white border

BRINGING HOME A BOOK BUDDY
Kristy Majer, Wendy Morgan & Brett Weiberg, Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Project: Bringing Home a Book BuddyReading Vocabulary HomeworkAnansi Goes FishingBravo, Amelia Bedilia!
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GREEK HEROES, WRITE ON!
Ermila Moodley, Roosevelt School, Santa Barbara Unified
Project: Greek Heroes, Write On!, Greek Gods 1, Greek Gods 2, Greek Gods 3, Greek Gods 4, Story Map
Business Partner: SBTFCU with white border

THE SURFACE AREA OF A CYLINDER C-A-N BE FUN WHEN USING TOILET PAPER ROLLS
Sonya Morris, Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: The surface area of a cylinder CAN be fun when using toilet paper rolls!
Business Partner: 

GUADALUPE DUNES, HERE WE COME!
Robin Palmertson, Kari Montano & Stefanie Poland, Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman USD
Business Partner: Bill Denneen Logo with white border

WILLIAM RANDOLPH HEARST: THE MAN, THE MYSTERY, THE MANSION
Stefanie Poland, Family Partnership Charter School, Blochman Union School District
Project: William Randolph Hearst: The Man, the Mystery, the Mansion: Students Investigating The Intrigue Behind the Mogul
Business Partners: Carol Gregor & 

CAN YOU FEEL THE BEAT? THE SCIENCE OF TEMPO
Julia Pustizzi & Tammy Saurman, Fesler Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Can You Feel the Beat? The Science of Tempo, Lesson 1 – Outline, Lesson 1 – Materials, Lesson 2 – Outline, Lesson 2 – Materials, Lesson 3 – Outline, Lesson 3 – Materials
Business Partner:

UTOPIA
Bree Valla, Sara Claycamp & Heather Dean, Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project: Utopia, UtopiaPPT, Utopia English Assignment, Utopian Mathematics, Utopia RUBRIC, Utopian Mathematics Rubric, Utopian Mathematics Grade Sheet, Utopia Website Resources
Business Partners: Delta Kappa Gamma: Iota Nu &

MATH STANDARDS SCRAPBOOK
Bree Valla, Vandenberg Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project: Math Standards Scrapbook, ScrapbookPPT, “Algebra Standard” Scrapbook, “Math 8 Standard” Scrapbook
Business Partner: 

 

BIOGEOCHEMISTRY BONANZA
Kelly VanAllen, Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
Project: Biogeochemistry Bonanza UnitCarbon CycleNitrogen CyclePhosphorous CycleOxygen CycleOxygen Cycle PPT SlidesCarbon Cycle RubricCornell NotesEcosystem DiagramsEcosystemPicturesGO_ecosystem,
Business Partner: 

DOLPHIN DETOURS
Laurie Woodward, Taylor School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Dolphin Detours
Business Partners:

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Meet the 2011-12 Winners:

CINDERELLA GETS THE FELLA – FAIRY TALE FUN
Donna Beal, Joe Nightingale School, Orcutt Union School District
Project Materials: Cinderella Gets the Fella – Fairy Tale FunCinderella Unit – Additional Materials
Business Partners: Santa Barbara Masonic Lodge #192, Donald Goldberg
TO BE EXPLOSIVE OR NOT TO BE EXPLOSIVE…THAT IS THE QUESTION
Laura Branch, Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project Materials: To be explosive or not to be explosive, that is the questionLesson Plans and WorksheetsCrosswordsVolcanoes PPT
Business Partner:

 

 

A 4TH GRADER’S GUIDE TO LOTUSLAND
Victoria Thor Kornahrens & Laura Herrera, Brandon School, Goleta Union School District
Project: A 4th Grader’s Guide to LotuslandA 4th Grader’s Guide to Lotusland – Materials
Business Partner: Service Learning – CalSERVE

DESIGN YOUR OWN DREAM HOME
Michael Daniels, Olive Grove Charter School, Los Olivos School District
Project: Design Your Own Dream Home
Business Partner: Service Learning – CalSERVEace Filler

 

 

 

 

PRESCHOOL POETRY
Kelly Davis, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: Preschool PoetryPreschool Poetry – Handouts and PPTs
Business Partners: Eta Lambda Chapter: Delta Kappa Gamma, Carol Gregor

SCIENCE EXPERIMENTATION
Marilyn Garza & Nellie Hill, Santa Barbara Jr. High School, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Project: Science Experimentation: Encouraging Play in the ClassroomPepper Lab AttachmentsFortune Fish AttachmentsHypothesis, Control, and Variable Attachments
Business Partner:

UNDERSTANDING DENSITY
Ryan Hubbard, Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa-Maria Bonita School District
Project: Understanding Density, Matter Cubes Slide PPT, Notes – Density
Business Partner: 

 

THE BACTERIA HUNTERS
Riccardo Magni, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: The Bacteria Hunters, Lesson Overview, Lesson Plans
Business Partner: Service Learning – CalSERVE

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MODELING INTERNATIONAL AIRDROPS
Julia Pustizzi, Fesler Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Modeling International Airdrops: The Eighth Grade Egg Drop, Lesson 1 PPT, Lesson 2 – Warmup Exit Card, Lesson 3 PPT, Lesson 4 PPT- Composite Photos
Business Partner: 

COVERING CALIFORNIA CONTENT STANDARDS WITH STUDENT-DESIGNED WEBPAGES
Pam Rickard, Lompoc Valley Middle School, Lompoc Unified School District
Project: Covering California Content Standards with Student-Designed Webpages
Business Partner: SBTFCU with white border

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GLOBAL BRIDGES
Barbara Riggs & Gretchen Tofflemire, Aliso School, Carpinteria Unified School District
Project: Global Bridges, Global Bridges – Materials
Business Partner: Service Learning – CalSERVE
FREE AND EASY DIGITAL ANIMATION STORYTELLING
Chris Scott, Santa Ynez School, College School District
Project: Free and Easy Digital Animation Storytelling
Business Partner: Service Learning – CalSERVE

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NURTURE YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Kelly VanAllen, Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
Project: Nurture Your Neighborhood, Nurture Your Neighborhood Lesson Plans
Business Partners: Melfred Borzall, Inc., Dale & Vicki Schumacher


Meet the 2010-11 Winners:

ACTIVE LEARNING ALPHABET BOOKS
Julia Bowen, Monroe School, Santa Barbara Elementary School District
Project: Active Learning Alphabet Books
Business Partner: Rotary Club of Montecito Foundation
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COATS CLASSROOM BLOG
Geri Coats, Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: Coats Classroom Blog
Business Partner: Melfred Borzall, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK ELEMENTS OF SURPRISE
Miguel Gonzales, Santa Maria High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: Alfred Hitchcock Elements of Surprise
Business Partner: 

FORCES IN FLUIDS: PRESSURE, BUOYANCY, AND ARCHIMEDES’ PRINCIPLE
Ryan Hubbard, Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Forces in Fluids, Pressure in Fluids PPT, Buoyancy and Archimedes PPT
Business Partner: 

TECHNOLOGY: FRIEND OR FOE?
Peggy Kelly, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School, Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District
Project: Technology Friend or Foe, The Role of Nature PPT
Business Partner: 
THE HYBRID ZOO
Riccardo Magni, Pioneer Valley High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: The Hybrid Zoo, Examples of Adaptations PPT
Business Partner: SBTFCU with white border

MIND AND MOTION IN MATH
Sonya Morris, Arellanes Jr. High School, Santa Maria-Bonita School District
Project: Mind and Motion in Math
Business Partner:
A ‘TAIL’ OF THE SUPREME COURT

Kelly VanAllen, Pine Grove School, Orcutt Union School District
Business Partners: Dale & Vicki Schumacher &135x110_Altrusa
SEISMIC RETROFIT R-US

Laura Branch, Righetti High School, Santa Maria Jt. Union High School District
Project: Seismic Retrofit R-Us
Business Partners: Coast Hills Community Foundation, Delta Kappa Gamma: Eta Beta Chapter

 

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