The CEF Board of Directors would like to welcome new subscribers to our CEF newsletter. We hope you enjoy reading about CEF programs and progress and how, with proceeds from our $3 million endowment and partnerships with local school and community leaders, we are making a difference in our Coastside public schools. CEF would not exist without you: our generous donors and involved community. Together we are ensuring that Coastside students receive an unparalleled public education.
We would love to hear from you! We currently have volunteer opportunities and board positions available for parents and community members who share our vision to enhance the educational experience of our K-12 students. Contact Keith Cernak, Executive Director, at info@Ceffund.org or 650-286-7811 for more information.
With warm regards,
Your volunteer CEF Board of Directors: Deb Hedger, Corrine Bucher, John Ediger, David Casentini, Mike Alifano, Liz Murphy, Heather Stambaugh, Jill Ballard, Rob Pappalardo (School Board Liasion) and Christine Mendonca (Board Member Emeritus). Keith Cernak is our Executive Director.
CUNHA 7TH GRADERS VISIT TIDE POOLS
CEF funding allowed every Cunha 7th grader to have the opportunity to attend a field trip to the tide pools at the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve in Moss Beach during the month of February.
The 233 students observed a variety of marine life that included everything from seals to cephalopods, snails, muscles, worms, sponges, cnidarians, echinoderms and a diverse range of algae. The observations were helpful in allowing the students to make connections with the 7th grade life science curriculum.
Students, led by trained docents and accompanied by Cunha science teachers and parent chaperones, participated in hands-on, real-world activities and experienced a safe and positive tide pool/marine learning environment.
Marcelo Ugalde, Cunha 7th grader, reflected, "I really liked that there were so many different living things to see in the tidepools, like jellyfish (mulitple!), anenomes and sea stars."
"Thank you again for funding this request and providing our students with a memorable experience," said Mr. Jeff Centoni, Cunha Science Teacher. "Your support of Cunha and our student learning is highly valued and certainly appreciated."
CEF proudly supports science at all district schools, investing over $70,000 during 2014/2015 school year. In addition to this field trip, CEF funded salaries for 4th and 5th grade science specialists, purchased state-of-the-art high school laboratory equipment, and sent middle and high school science teachers to the National Science Teachers Association conference. Together, we are making a difference in science education!
2014/2015 CEF-Funded Programs
4th/5th grade science specialists - Cunha & high school science professional development - high school science equipment/labs - K/1 summer bridge program - high school teacher collaboration - 5th grade instrumental music - high school animation elective - Cunha and Pilarcitos field trips - elementary informational literacy (nonfiction books) - Columbia Teachers College elementary literacy professional development (2013/2014 program)
CEF is seeking volunteers for the Pumpkin Festival Photo Booth. Shifts available. Contact Heather Stambaugh firstname.lastname@example.org