What a jam-packed first week of school! I have a bit to go over in the update, but I will try to keep it brief. I will always include important dates at the end of my weekly updates, so please make sure you scroll down to see those and mark your calendar.
Last week, students began to dive into the nature of science and how to think like a scientist. We engaged in two different activities that allowed students to hypothesize about an unknown, gather evidence, and generate a model to support their theories. We will begin the life science curriculum this week, as well as learn about lab safety and all the awesome tools we use in class.
Students also started their electives. In my art class, we are creating our own sketchbooks and working out our imaginations! As students get older, they are not asked to use their imagination as much and, unfortunately, many adults end up rarely using it at all. Every day in art I ask that students do a warm up to get the creative juices flowing; this can either be a themed sketch, an abstract emotion evoking piece, or a speed sketch. If you have any suggestions for an art project, a lesson, or a clever idea for a sketchbook assignment (those are given for Friday IS), I would love to hear it!
Additionally, all middle school students began (perhaps even finished) their iReady testing this week. iReady is a diagnostic and progress monitoring test we give students multiple times a year. The results from these online adaptive tests help guide instruction and allow me and Ms. Gretchen to better support students with gaps in their learning, or to further challenge your student in areas they are advanced. I will go over iReady more in-depth on Back to School Night.
Lastly, we did our first school wide appreciation closing circle this past Thursday at 2:30. We will be doing this every Thursday to close out our school week and practice the act of acknowledging and appreciating fellow students, staff and Creekside in general. This is part of our Social Emotional Learning curriculum we have adopted this year (more to come on this at back to school night, too). Seventh graders have buddied up with Ms. Jessica's third grade class. On Tuesday, students were assigned a buddy snd engaged in a "get to know you" Venn diagram activity. The entire class did so well with the third graders! Everyone was talking, asking questions, and really getting to know each other. Because Creekside is a small school, we are able to form relationships with all grade levels and the older kids can set a great example for our younger students. On Thursdays, all seventh graders will find their third grade buddy for the appreciation \ceremony and stand with them in the circle. I have attached a few pictures of this event.
Bake sales happening on Wednesday (6th grade). Have your child bring cash to support our fellow students!
9/13: 5:30-7pm Back to School Night (parents ONLY). This event will take place from 5:30-6:15 at Creekside in your student's classroom. All parents should then meet at 6:30 in the Palisades Conference Room at the Squaw Hotel for a whole school presentation. I have included a map to the conference room below. Ms. Gretchen and I will have seventh and eighth grade parents switch room around 6:00, so you can get to know both teachers. Ms. Monica will also be there.
9/18: Field Trip to TERC in Incline Village. Please see my previous Parent Square post for more information. New this year, we are asking parents to sign field trip permission slips electronically. You will find the form on that email as well. We have enough drivers for this trip- huge thank you to all that volunteered!
9/26: Picture Day for 4-8 - Forms coming soon
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me or set up an appointment to chat. I am very busy in the mornings before school, so please shoot me a message to arrange a time to meet.
10/2: Second Field Trip to TERC in Incline Village
Thanks again and CHEERS to an awesome school year!
Welcome to my class website. I teach middle school math, science, and art. Here you will find important information, weekly updates, resources, and class photos. I live in North Lake Tahoe and enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. My dog Bear joins me on all my adventures and often visits the classroom. Bear is currently training to become a therapy dog!