Awards Ceremony Tuesday 9:00-9:30 AM

The following students are receiving awards for non-academic categories?

Special Recognition


Collaboration: Elizabeth


Perseverance: Anhthu

Creativity: Aidan

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving: Lila


Grit: Nick

Reflection: Tristan

Innovation: Trevor

The Falcon Focus Traits;

Be Responsible: Ahmad

Be Respectful: Nia

Be Kind: Ella

Be Accountable: Zuri

Make Good Choices: Chris

Looking at the report card, you might notice there are some printing problems. The entire site had this issue. I anticipate report cards will be reprinted, since the symbols are not showing correctly nor are honor roll qualifications. As soon as I have more information, I’ll forward it along to you.

Mission Springs Status Update

It’s been a BUSY week!

Yesterday we learned about the rock cycle and used a design thinking process to make wilderness shelters to survive a night in the wild. Students had fun building shelters and then wrapped up the night with an old fashioned barn dance! It was amazing to watch 112 sixth graders learning old Scottish square dance moves. There were a lot of smiles and laughter and fun for all.

Today is in full-swing. Students are on the trails learning about trees and adaptions. They’ve been putting the miles on and are building those leg muscles! Be prepared to do some laundry when they get home tomorrow…especially those socks! Plenty of dust and dirt to walk in around these parts.

Tonight is skit night. Students have been rehearsing skits to perform on the stage at campfire. It should be fun.

Tomorrow morning will wrap up our stay with a trip to the beach where students will learn about mole crabs and the marine environment off the coast of Santa Cruz. We’ll have a box lunch at the beach and a bus ride home.

We should arrive between 3 and 3:30. PLEASE call school for updates on the status of the bus and traffic we may or may not encounter. Teachers riding on the buses will notify school of our location periodically on the way home.

It’s been a packed week. We’ve got some tired but happy campers.

Thank you again for letting your child attend Mission Springs. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment and will surely generate memories that will be treasured for years to come.

Day 2 of Mission Springs is Going GREAT!

Last night we hiked up the “Pool Trail” to campfire. Naturalists performed skits for studnets and showed us how our skit night Thursday night could work. It was a fun experience hiking a trail…in the dark…with no moon or stars…using flashlights. Everyone made it up and back safely. 🙂

This morning was fun! After breakfast we hiked the Pool Trail again. It’s STEEP, and students are doing great with it. We climbed the climbing tower and challenged ourselves to try and set a climbing goal and achieve it. Many made it to the top. Many made it part way and got to their goals. Everyone tried, and THAT is something to be proud of.

This afternoon we’re off to hike more and learn about the trees, plants, and animals that inhabit Mission Springs. More to come tomorrow. Tonight will be our night hike. It will be fun and a great opportunity to enjoy nature at night without flashlights. img_4776 img_4628 img_4398 img_4747

Homework: Monday, September 19, 2016

Reading: Read the Newsela article “Little brown bats attacked by fungus while they hibernate” Try the 950 Lexile which is a 6th grade reading level. Remember, you can always level down or up depending on if it seems readable or challenging. Please read for the gist and to answer the annotations in the margins. Please do not respond to the write response or take quiz yet.

Chapter 1 Final Exam: We are reviewing and practice testing for chapter 1 test this week. We are using the online version of the practice test which is providing more practice. We are using the online version of the final test, too. This is a different style of testing and is taking longer than a standard paper-pencil test. We will be launching into chapter 2 and fractions this week and integrating more Khan Academy math in as well.

Foulks Ranch Co-Ed Flag Football

Something new: Foulks Ranch will now host a recreational flag football team.

Heading this up are Mr. Shadbourne and Mr. Timmer. Students in grades 5-6 are invited. Must have a C average and good behavior record. Practice starts immediately after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and ends at 3:30.

Got questions? Please email Mr. Shadbourne at

Homework: Monday, August 29, 2016

Math: Finish Standards Practice Book 1.5. It should have been mostly finished in class today.

Daily Reflection: Please complete your daily reflection on your Edublog. We will continue this practice on a daily basis.

Writing: Please complete a total of 3 introduction paragraphs for the narrative prompt we reviewed in class.

These were the directions from Google Classroom:

Write three different introductions for the following narrative prompt: Think of a time in your life where you had to do something you REALLY did not want to do. Tell the story of the experience and what you learned from it.

PLEASE review your classmates’ sample introductions. I noticed that all the intros that were posted to the Google Classroom Stream were missing a key element: You also need to “Tell the story of the experience and what you learned from it.” You might want to hint at that in the intro.

Maybe try: “It wasn’t a fun moment in my life, but I did learn a few things about myself.”