School Foundation lists endowment spending plans

PRESS RELEASE

HALF MOON BAY, CA – The Cabrillo Education Foundation (CEF) announced today the details of the first annual endowment allocation. This inaugural year, CEF has allocated $90,000 of the proceeds from the endowment to support some fantastic, strategic opportunities at each school that will improve our students overall education.

“While this first allocation of $90,000 is impressive, it is just the beginning. The larger the endowment fund, the bigger the check and broader the impact. Every additional dollar makes a difference.” said CEF President Michele Hannegan.

“The idea of a unified science program across all the elementary schools will ensure our children are prepared for science classes at Cunha and beyond. Thanks CEF.” Leslie Conaghan (El Granada and Hatch parent)

“Cunha has done a remarkable job recognizing student achievement. Especially for incoming 6th graders, the fun field trips they’ve provided for honor roll are a great incentive for academic success. But CEF’s allocation for an academic based field trip is a valuable way to bring classroom concepts to life for an entire grade level of students.” Wendy Padua (Cunha Parent)

“Living on the coast our students live within a half hour drive of Silicon Valley, where many of the gaming industry giants are based. Learning these valuable animation and other computer software skills will put them in the running when they apply for these coveted jobs.” Greg Merkes (HMBHS parent)

CEF is proud to sponsor the following initiatives for the 2012/2013 school year:

Elementary Science: $36,000 to augment the existing science curriculum at each of the “big three” elementary schools. Individual school sites will propose how to spend the allocation to best enhance their existing science program.

Science Collaboration: $4,000 to fund substitutes or stipends to provide collaboration time between all four elementary schools and Cunha science teachers to coordinate curriculum and approach, and to make a recommendation for a unified science program across all elementary schools and eventually all the way through to the high school.

Technology Pilot(s): $15,000 to fund technology pilots within one or more classrooms in CUSD to learn the best way to incorporate technology into the curriculum. The goal is learn this year and then broaden over future years to more classrooms.

High School 21st Century Elective: $20,000 to enhance the schools technology program by providing an elective on Animation to prepare students for 21st century careers

Cunha Field Trip: $6,500 to fund one new academic field trip for an entire grade at Cunha to enrich curriculum.

High School Teacher Collaboration Fund: $2,500 for a discretionary fund to be used specifically for substitutes to enable teacher planning, collaboration, training.

Assessment Pilot: $3,000 to fund a pilot at Kings Mountain for student assessment technology. The goal is to test the technology’s ability to provide ongoing insight into student learning, enabling individualized education plans, improved academic outcomes, and freeing up teacher time from rote testing.

Pilarcitos Smart Board: $1,000 to partner with the district to purchase a smart board for Pilarcitos alternative high school.

Pilarcitos Field Trip: $2,000 to fund one or more field trips either to colleges or to a curriculum based destination.

The specific allocations were determined after collecting ideas and insight from all of our key constituents – parents, teachers, CUSD administration, the community at large, and education experts from around the state. Along with this input, decisions are based upon long-standing CEF allocation principles and the following seven allocation themes: reinforcing academics, science, technology, enrichment, whole child, paths to the future, and teachers.

Each allocation has a detailed set of guidelines and oversight to ensure that the money is providing the opportunities as intended (www.CEFfund.org has the full set of guidelines). We will be monitoring closely throughout the year, and will use the information to further inform our allocations for future years.

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