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’?

Crew Words

As the 1st semester came to an end, we asked our 6th grade Crew members to look back and reflect. After being a part of our Crew for 2 quarters, students were asked many questions including how they felt about their jobs, how much they liked being a part of the Crew and what do the letter C.R.E.W mean to them now. Take a look at all the great words they came up with!

Wordle: Crew Words

 

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!

Crew members

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.