Thank You Letters from Diego Valley Charter School

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On November 24, 2015, Project Cornerstone visited Diego Valley Charter School in El Cajon.  The high school students engaged in a lecture on construction aggregates, completed a sieve analysis, and made their own concrete projects. 

Here is what the school's faculty and administration had to say about the Project Cornerstone in-class activities:

"I was also vary pleased with the way that the seminar was aligned with our curriculum in both math and Earth science" wrote Michelle Mingo, Earth Science Teacher at Diego Charter School.  "Project Cornerstone delivered a truly remarkable experience for these students and provided an opportunity for the students to explore the construction industry and the potential career paths that it offers.  The students were so grateful for the experience and shared nothing but positive remarks...We sincerely appreciate this incredible opportunity and I look forward to being able to offer this seminar to my future students."

"With the majority of our students being "at-risk," it is crucial for us to offer this program as a part of the educational experience at our school because it provides a hands-on approach and real world applications," wrote Peter Alkatib, Community Liaison for Diego Valley Charter school.  "The ability of the seminar to include mathematics and scientific applications made it even more attractive to the students.  The seminar was so successful that the students did not want it to end....The students and staff are truly appreciative of the experience and the level of professionalism demonstrated by you and your team.  We're sincerely grateful for your contribution to the continued success of these students and are fortunate to have Project Cornerstone as a partner."

write-up and photos from the in-class activity.

Science Teacher from Greenfield Middle School Sends Thank You Letter

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On November 10th, 12th and 13th, 2015, Project Cornerstone visited eight 6th grade science classes at Greenfield Middle School, reaching over 270 students.

Science teacher, Anglea Najera wrote a letter thanking Project Cornerstone for providing the in-class activities to all of the school's 6th grade students.

"Students were deeply engaged in the hands on learning experience of sorting aggregate materials and making concrete.  The program aligned perfectly with our curriculum and reinforced Earth science concepts taught in 6th grade," wrote Ms. Najera.

Project Cornerstone's in-class activities include a lecture on the importance of local construction aggregates, a hands-on sieve analysis lab, and a science project where students make their own concrete.

She continued to explain, "Greenfield's staff especially appreciated how Project Cornerstone's lesson had students authentically apply the scientific method during the activity, which included measurement, data collecting, and analysis."

Ms Najera finished her letter by thanking "the knowledgeable and professional staff who helped over two hundred 6th graders learn and be successful during the activity.  It is apparent that a great deal of planning and care went into designing and implementing the lesson."

Project Cornerstone Receives Touching Letter from Local Fifth Grade Teacher

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Ms. Kelly Nytes, a fifth grade science teacher at Central Elementary School, recently expressed her appreciation for Project Cornerstone's in-class activities in a letter to the organization.

"For the past two years, the fifth graders at Central Elementary School in San Diego Unified School District have been fortunate to participate in a Project Cornerstone classroom visit...Since the majority of our students are both English learners and living below the poverty line, these hands-on, real-world experiences are invaluable to them," writes Nytes.

She confirms "the lesson successfully meets many of our academic goals, but wouldn't be possible without the funding provided that allows Project Cornerstone to come to our school."

Ms. Nytes goes on to explain she doesn't have the budget to provide science programs like the one offered by Project Cornerstone.

"As a science prep teacher, I actually have no budget with which to buy supplies and materials.  I am always searching for ways to create engaging lessons without spending a great deal of my own money.  I would never be able to provide an opportunity like this to all five of our fifth grade classes (about 140 students) each year if it wasn't for Project Cornerstone," she writes.
We appreciate Ms. Nytes' comments and are glad that she highly recommends Project Cornerstone's program.

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