Who knew seeds could grow without light!

Over the last quarter we have spent lots of time learning about plant tropisms. We learned that plants respond to different stimuli; light, gravity, water.

We did an experiment with mustard seeds, a damp paper towels and baggies. After placing our mustard seeds on a damp paper towel and into a baggie, we taped our bags into the INSIDE of our cupboards. We wanted to see how geotropism and hydrotropism worked. You can see that the seeds sprouted and the roots grew down and the stems are growing up. This is true for geotropism.

Isn’t it interesting that they were able to grow without light?

Is this a drill?

So, you know how we practice fire drills a few times a year? And how the kids always ask “Is this a drill?” Well today my answer to that questions was “NO”!

Toward the end of our district benchmark testing today, the fire alarm went off! As always it scared all of us, but my 6th graders lined up quickly and got ready. The minute we opened the door, we knew something was wrong and hustled out to our spot on the field. While standing in the heat, watching the fire trucks unloading and prepping, I had several kids ask me “Is this a drill?” I stared blankly at them and pointed at the mass of firefighters standing near our building. My delayed response was “No, it’s not a drill! Have you ever seen the firetrucks actually come on campus?” These 6th graders crack me up everyday!

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After some time out in the sun, our district maintenance crew was on scene with cold water bottles for our kids! Kudos to them for their speed! It was definitely hot out! After all the buildings (except ours) were cleared we headed into the cafeteria. The best part was all the firefighters were standing near by as we walked into the building. They were giving high-fives and telling our students how awesome they were, and what a great job they did during the situation! How cool is that? High fives to Mesa FD and AJFD!

Because we were not allowed back into our rooms for a while, we spent some time in Mrs. Miller’s classroom. Fun, relaxing afternoon after a stressful mid day interruption. I have to brag on my kids, all 100 of them! You did an awesome job! I am so proud of you for fostering excellence in a scary situation and teaching those little kids on campus by example. Way to go!

Have you ever been in a REAL ‘fire drill’?

First week of school!

The 2014-2015 school year is upon us! We came back to school on Tuesday, August 5th and got right into it! Take a look at some of the awesome things we did during our first week of school!

School/class poster: I got this idea from a Pinterest post! Check it out HERE!

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We also took some time to complete ‘The Marshmallow Challenge’! If you don’t know what this is or how to works, check out this LINK. We had a great time, and I loved watching my new students really work together to complete this challenge on the SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL! My 6th graders rock!

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We also began learning about a new way of learning this week: Flipped Learning! We used a You Tube video on how to make origami jumping frogs to help us understand the importance of being able to pause and rewind videos to help us learn what we need to learn! It was a great experience that really helped show my students what they will be able to do once our flipped classroom begins! I can’t wait to get it started!

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What was your favorite part of your first week of school?

More About Water!

As we were learning about water last week, we started asking some really good questions! Miss Holmquist had us spend some extra time researching the answers to these questions. Here are some of our presentations showing the questions and answers we worked on.

Student Council Elections

Over the last few weeks, 6th grade students interested in being a Student Council officer have been working hard to get elected. Along with completing an application, students also had to get signatures of other students who endorsed them, a teacher recommendation and had to write a speech.

After getting all of that done, they started their campaigns! Students made posters to hang around campus as well as did lots of marketing. It was great to see our 6th graders excited about their peers being leaders and supporting them in their race for the office!

Try our video maker at Animoto.


Congratulations to our 2013-2014 Student Council Officers!


Our first meeting will be this week on Thursday, September 5. I look forward to working with all of our student council students!

Great day!

Today we had our Back to School Fair at Four Peaks! It was such a great day! I spent the morning in my classroom welcoming our new group of 6th graders. I had the chance to meet a bunch of new kids as well as see some familiar faces! After seeing the kids, I am even more excited for this year!

My great team as well as our principal and counselor spent some time with our new group of 6th graders at our first ever Rocky’s Leadership Training. We are calling our 6th grade community ‘The CREW’ (creative, responsible, energetic, workers). We talked about our goals and expectations for the year as well as had some time to learn about some new ways to help us stayed focused and positive. I was so happy to see that the students were receptive and as excited as we are! I can’t wait to start working with them this year!

Are you as excited about the start of the 2013-2014 school year as we are?


Crew members after completing training and recieving their Crew t-shirts!

Crew members after completing training and recieving their Crew t-shirts!

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Crew members

Mrs. DeSantis talking to the Crew.

Mrs. DeSantis talking to the Crew.

Crew members showing their understanding of positive ripples.

Crew members showing their understanding of positive ripples.

Mrs. Farris discussing the importance of the 'ripples' we leave behind.

Mrs. Farris discussing the importance of the ‘ripples’ we leave behind.