Thursday, May 21, 2015


As we closed out the year, there were many acts of kindness and I appreciate each one. The cards, the gifts, and the thoughtful emails were an encouragement. I treasure each one. 
Even though these students would have grown without my help, it has been a privilege  to work with them day by day and see them progress in their learning. We have laughed, studied, played, and developed supportive relationships. This group of students is very special and I want you to know I loved being their teacher. 
A BIG thanks to YOU - - parents!  I appreciate your support this year. I am so grateful to work with parents who are involved in their child's education and our school. Enjoy your summer. May you linger over meals, enjoy new routines, and take time to play in the sun! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

S'More to Learn

Students ended the school year with a S'more party. It was a fun way to celebrate a successful school year. With the whole summer stretching before them, I wanted to remind students that just because it's summer, learning doesn't stop. There is S'more to learn!
Students were asked to reflect on what they accomplished during the school year and make plans to continue learning through the summer months. They  crafted a paper S'more  to hang on the fridge as a reminder to weave in math and literacy reinforcers during the summer.  

Room 100's top vote-getters :   
2.  Storybird 
3.  IXL
4.  Powtoon 
 * Remember boldcolored font is a link to take you to the site. 
And since this party needed a celebratory treat, S'more Pops and S'More Brownies added to the fun.

The entertainment for our year-end party was the Minute-to-Win-It game, Marshmallow Toss.  Players had one minute to throw as many marshmallows as possible to a partner who must catch them in the paper bag campfire. The team with the most marshmallows after one minute wins. 

 Congratulations to the 2015 champions, Nick and Taelin.  They crushed it!

And congratulations to Room 100 's fifth graders as they head out the door and begin S'more summer fun. I was fortunate to have such a wonderful group of children this past year.  They touched my life in very positive and rewarding ways.  
Have a wonderful summer break! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dem Bones

Bones to Pick:  Students are getting to know humans inside and out with this science unit on the human skeleton.  They have assembled a skeleton to help them learn the names of the major bones. Only a few bones though: the human body is home to 209 major bones!

Here are the bones for this unit of study:

No bones about it - - Mrs. Pieper, our science teacher, has students engaged!


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Run Like an Egyptian

Please mark your calendar!
 Norfolk Middle School Track and Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 1.

Students are naturally antsy at the end of the school year, and who wouldn't be?  Having a field day allows them to go outside, have some fun, and run off their natural energy. Teams have been chosen, colors assigned, and events planned.

Middle School Students Take School Spirit to the Halls 
The main rally point for school spirit during track and field week at the middle school is the hall-decorating contest. The whole idea behind the hall decorating is for students to show school spirit and get excited for track and field day. It's a way to get everyone pumped up. 

At the official opening assembly, our team captain - Davin Wortmann - drew the color gold and picked a pharaoh mascot. Each team was given the task of decorating a hall to match its mascot and color. Our students had great fun traveling back in time to Ancient Egypt and researching the Egyptian games. 

Our hall is ready for the judges. Click on the video to join our fun.

We hope you will be able to join us at the high school track when the Gold Pharaohs compete in a number of sporting events. It's a fun and entertaining afternoon for everyone.
Go Pharaohs! 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Poetry Cafe

Each year the month of April is set aside as National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft. After studying and writing poetry all month, students in Room 100 chose to celebrate poetry with a slam.
Slam Defined
Poetry slams gained fame in the 1980’s. A poetry slam is a blend of poetry and performance in live competitions. Performers use voice and gestures to score points out of the judges.  
In preparation for our poetry slam, we transformed our classroom into a coffee café. Coffee shops always have something in common – coziness and warmth. Desks were arranged into comfy tables covered with tablecloths and battery-lit candles. Dim lighting set the mood. Chalkboard signs and chalkboard menus added an artistic flare to our café, and friendly baristas were stationed behind the counter ready to serve. Judges were selected from our middle school staff and programs were created.  

The Poetry Café Opens 
The energy and excitement displayed by our students from start to finish was inspiring. Scribble linen tablecloths added to the fun and creating the chalk art helped ease the nervousness before the performance.
The judges opened the slam by reciting individual poems written just for our students. These poems set the tone for a fun, enjoyable competition. 

Center Stage 

Each finalist had his or her turn in the spotlight reciting a poem. Apart from the actual poets, the audience played a major role - they snapped their fingers (which is music to the poet's ears), they laughed, they encouraged, and they let the performer on stage know exactly how they felt by their reactions. Snap! Snap! Snap!

Congratulations to the 2015 Poetry Slam Champions 

Austin Miller, Katie Morse, Cydnee Hopkins, and Tyson Test were this year's medal winners. In addition to the winners we want to thank each one of our students who inspired us with their amazing performance of poetry.

Thank you, THANK YOU!  There are so many clever teachers who have posted and shared ideas for a poetry slam: Grace Rubensyein at Edutopia, Beth Newingham at Scholastic, and Brenda Dyck at Education World