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Week at a Glance

We got off to a wonderful start last week with some read alouds, reading responses, and establishing routines. I look forward to jumping in this week with some more rigorous reading, writing, and math lessons. I also updated the class schedule (link at top) for the year. Please be sure your child brings all the requested school items to class tomorrow. We will set up and start using all the notebooks and folders. Thank you so much!

Here is what is coming up this week:

Thursday: Visual and Performing Arts in the morning – students will rotate for music, dance (PE), photography, and art. VAPA will take place every other Thursday morning.

Friday: Me Collage due

This is what we will be learning:

Reading: Practices and routines for reader’s workshop; students will also be screened on fluency and reading comprehension; setting up independent reading journals

Read Aloud: 60 Miles to Havana

Writing: Narrative writing pretest on Monday; begin writer’s workshop and writer’s notebook

Math: Review of place value, long division, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of decimals

Science: Living vs. Nonliving Things

PE: Intro to Ultimate Frisbee (backhand throw)

Posted in Wishlist and Donations Project for Nonfiction Books

I’m excited to announce that my project for flexible seating options such as cushions, bouncy bands, wobbly discs, clipboards, etc. was funded over the summer. We should be receiving these items in the next couple weeks for your children to utilize. This project was funded by some parents (from my previous class) and some outside donors, such as friends and family, companies, and even anonymous individuals.

On the site, I also posted a new project for nonfiction text so your children can read and learn from more complex texts. Please consider donating to this project to benefit our students. Honestly, any amount will help as many times, I have had projects funded by third parties as long as I raised a certain amount or had a certain amount of interest in the project. Thank you so much for your support!

Click here to donate to A Need for Nonfiction.

Posted in Beginning of the Year

Curriculum Night Information

It was truly a pleasure meeting your children today. They were so sweet and welcoming and proved that they have teamwork and a positive attitude already on the first day of school! They even clapped for me when I said I was entering my 11th year of teaching 6th grade. I am looking forward to the year ahead with them.

If you weren’t able to attend the Curriculum Night today, please review the PPT below and contact me if you have any questions. My contact information is listed under the Teacher Information link at the top of the page. Thank you to all those who already signed up for the blog.

Curriculum-night 2017_18


Posted in Beginning of the Year

First day back

Get ready for our first Robo Rally tomorrow morning at 8:15 sharp! As a reminder, this is our Robo chant:

Question: Why are we here?

Answer: Learn!

Q: How are we going to do it?

A: Never give up!

Q: What about others?

A: Be nice!




Minimum day dismissal tomorrow is at 1:15.

At 2:30 tomorrow, parents, please join me in Room 416 for our Curriculum Night. If you can’t make it, I will post the PowerPoint to the blog and feel free to ask me any questions. Hope to see you tomorrow!

Posted in Beginning of the Year


Welcome to 6th grade and to our class blog! I look forward to a memorable year with you and your child! Please subscribe to our blog for all class information by submitting your email on the right side of the page. All events are posted on the Classroom Calendar (link above) and below is our class supply list. If you have questions, you may email me at See you next week!


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Our last Week at a Glance

This is our final week together! I hope the students are rested up because we have a jam-packed week!

Tuesday – AMC Movies to see Pirates of the Caribbean. Please pack a sack lunch so your child can eat at school when we return. We will be walking to the AMC at Otay Ranch Mall around 9:15. The movie starts at 10 and we should return to campus around 12:30. Students will receive a snack pack but will NOT be allowed to purchase any additional snacks or drinks. They also may NOT bring any electronic devices to the movies.

Wednesday – Olympic Games (am) and Staff vs. Students Kickball Game (pm). Students should wear the colors of our country (Mexico) for the Olympics. They will each compete in two events and top 3 winners in each event will take home a medal. The games will last until lunch, with the closing ceremony continuing after lunch.
After our afternoon recess, we will play in our annual staff vs. 6th grade students kickball game. It should be a fun yet heated battle for the W. I know the students have their hopes up to win this year! 🙂

Thursday – Boomers in El Cajon. We will leave campus around 9 am to go to Boomers. Students must wear their gray class shirt and they are allowed to bring extra money (in a wallet or purse) to use for food, arcade games, batting cages, etc. They may bring their own sack lunch if they prefer. We should return to campus by 1:30 that day.

Friday – 6th Grade Promotion at Eastlake Church at 2 pm. Students DO NOT come to school today. The ceremony begins at 2; students must arrive no later than 1:30 (and not much earlier as there will be other ceremonies taking place that day). Students meet outside the entrance and parents may sit down inside. Our class (416) will enter and be seated on the left side of the auditorium.

I hope your child looks back fondly on this past school year and I wish him/her the best in middle school. They have worked so hard and I am sure they will continue to make you proud as they continue their journey in life. Thank you so much for all of your support this year and I look forward to seeing you at the ceremony on Friday!

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Week at a Glance

We are in the final two weeks and they are jammed packed!

Tuesday – Promotion Rehearsal at Eastlake Church 11:30 – 1:00; PTA Family BBQ 5 – 8 PM

Thursday – VAPA

Friday – Class Pizza Party – sign up here to bring something; Career Day – dress up in your future career outfit

This is what we are learning this week:

Engineering Week – students will rotate through each classroom this week for a new Engineering project each day

Language Arts – students should be finalizing their problem solution research projects and presentations.  Projects are due Wednesday.

Social Studies – Ancient Rome newspapers are due on Thursday

AGE or Adolescent Growth Education (Monday – Wednesday) – anatomy and child abuse

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End of Year Party

I am proud of our students who have been working diligently on their testing all week. Tomorrow will be the final test, the Math Performance Task. To celebrate the end of the year, we will hold a party on Friday, 5/26. Pizza should be provided, but families can sign up here to bring any other goodies to share. Students do NOT need to bring in an additional lunch that day unless they would like to. They may, however, bring any games or quiet activities to play with (but no electronic devices).