New School Year, New Room!

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Desert Vista is excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to meeting my “school family” and begin building lasting memories. This year I am teaching second grade and moved into a new room to go along with the new grade level. Take a look!

What is your favorite part of the room?


Fairytale Festival

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We had a great time performing for our family and friends at the Fairy Tale Festival and Carriage Expo.  This was a great way to learn about stories, poetry, and dramas, as well as incorporate descriptive writing.  Take a look.

If you had a carriage to take you anywhere you wanted,

where would it be?


Welcome to a New Year!

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Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

Desert Vista Elementary, home of the Mustangs!

A new year is about to begin and excitement is in the air!  The teachers have been working hard all summer to make the new school year a special one for you!  Our theme this year is all about super heroes!  

Did you know that anyone can be a hero?  You don’t have to have a cape and have special powers to be a super hero.  If you help pick up something that a person dropped, you are a hero to them!  Watch Kid President

This year will be filled with moments that will allow you to be a super hero in someone’s life!  

What are some things you can do to be a hero to someone special in your life?


American History Film Project…Begins!

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All year two very dedicated students have been working on the American History Film Project to bring local history to their community.  These girls published newspaper articles and then wrote a script to be filmed later in the year.  Well, later in the year has arrived!  We are excited and so thankful to be able to work with Superstition Mountain Museum and film students led by Russ Young at our high school, AJHS.  The museum allowed us to film on location using the artifacts and buildings.  This helped bring our movies authenticity!  The film students under the teaching of Russ Young will create a quality product.  Thanks to both of these groups for volunteering your time.


Filming Our Local History – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires 

We are eagerly awaiting the final cut.  Stay tuned for more.

Have you ever been part of a play?  

What was your favorite part of it?


Magical Moments with Magic Tree House

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Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!

Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!

Our class recently finished a study of several Magic Tree House books.  To show the main idea and characters in the book, we created rolling displays.  Let’s see if you can guess what Magic Tree House book each of the displays show.

What Magic Tree House book does this display show?

Which book is this?

Which book is this?

Click on this link to see if you are right….ANSWER

Here are a couple other books we did…Ghost Town at Sundown

and Tonight on the Titanic

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Have you read any of the Magic Tree House books?  

Which one is your favorite?  Tell us why.


Family Follies-Happy About Habitats

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Each month our families get together to give us a chance to show off what we have been learning in class.  This month we all got together to learn about habitats around the world in a little different way.  First, we decorated our room with the weather of the habitat.

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Then we created dioramas showing what our habitat looked like.  We made our habitat interactive, though.  Instead of just writing information down and having parents read it, we typed up an informational paragraph about the animals and plants in our habitat.  Then we turned the paragraph into a QR code!  The parents who came used the QR Code Reader on their phones and our iPads to find out the facts.  It was kind of like a mystery.

The best part of the whole day was when we played Kahoot with our parents.  All of the questions were from the information we had on our dioramas.  Some of the students played with their parents and some played against their parents.  Conor won.  He had the most points of all.

It was a fun time learning and sharing with our families!  We can’t wait for our next Family Follies!


Veterans Are Special!

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Each year our school honors the courage and bravery of the veterans in our community.  Community members who are veterans, as well as school family members, are invited to attend a ceremony the day before Veteran’s Day.  We have the Apache Junction NJROTC Drill Team perform, a special speaker to talk to students, and a skit.  Many of our students have family members who were in one of the five branches of the military so making sure we make it a special day is important.

Take a look!

Do you have a family member or friend who is or was in one of the branches of military?  

Go ARMY!

Go ARMY!

Tell us something about what they did.


See Our Garden Grow!

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Our class has been hard at work revitalizing our school garden.  This is a great way for us to learn about plants and their habitats.

Class families got together on a fabulous Saturday morning to make a couple raised garden beds and to make our garden pretty.  Take a look.

Getting the spot ready to build the first raised garden bed.

Getting the spot ready to build the first raised garden bed.

Super dads work on building the garden bed while we get the soil ready.

Super dads work on building the garden bed while we get the soil ready.

Taking care of our herbs and flowers.

Taking care of our herbs and flowers.

This is some great soil!

This is some great soil!

Hard workers posing with Wyatt, the Scarecrow.

Hard workers posing with Wyatt, the Scarecrow.

Up close of Wyatt the Scarecrow.  He is named after the little boy who donated the clothes.

Up close of Wyatt the Scarecrow. He is named after the little boy who donated the clothes.

Let's take a break and watch the dads build.

Let’s take a break and watch the dads build.

Wow, it looks so neat and clean.

Wow, it looks so neat and clean.

A view of some rosemary and aloe vera.

A view of some rosemary and aloe vera.

Inspecting one of our raised gardens.  They are ready for some yummy vegetables.

Inspecting one of our raised gardens. They are ready for some yummy vegetables.

Do you have any advice for us on gardening?


Facts You May Not Know…Benjamin Franklin

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Hi, my name is Nicholas, and I am here to answer the question…

Who was Benjamin Franklin?

Founding Father of America

Founding Father of America

Benjamin Franklin is a god of smartness, creativity and a founding father of America. He worked harder than a beaver building a house for a giant because he traveled many places. He also had to fight for justice, not in a physical way, but using his skills as an engineer and courier. He was one of the founding fathers of America and deserves respect all over the world! Benjamin Franklin died of a sickness during his grand children’s play…sad.  You can find his tombstone in ‘Christ Church Cemetery in  Philadelphia.

Here I am doing my presentation for our Constitution Celebration.

Here I am doing my presentation for our Constitution Celebration.

Can you find the figurative language I used in my paragraph?


Constitution Week Fun

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Well, we just finished our annual Constitution Week festivities.  All week we learned about important events leading up to the founding of our country and some important US symbols.  It was great fun and everyone learned so much.  We ended the week with our Family Follies event.  We had most families come and see the students present their projects, perform the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language, and a skit on the history of the Star Spangled Banner. Afterward, we enjoyed some patriotic snacks.

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On Constitution Day, September 18, our class honored the signing of the Constitution at 1:00 by a Ringing of the Bells Ceremony.  Each student in our class spread out throughout the school with a bell.  At 1:00 we rang the bells for one minute. Much of the school came and listened to the ringing of these bells.  It was a very touching experience.

Each of us brought a bell to ring.

Each of us brought a bell to ring.

We stood all over the school.

We stood all over the school.

Ringing the bells so all students can hear for one minute.

Ringing the bells for one minute so all students can hear.

The classes stood outside their class to listen.

The classes stood outside their class to listen.

We showed our patriotism to family and friends by learning about the founding of our country and ringing the bells.  We also say the Pledge of Allegiance every school morning, standing straight and tall with our hand over our heart.

What are some things you do to show your patriotism?