School Carnival Update

It’s a crazy time of year…so why not throw a school carnival?  Carnival is this Friday, May 20 from 4:30 to 7:30

If you are able to volunteer the evening of the event, PLEASE email Jamie Schwartz ASAP at

We would love to get two more volunteers to work the popcorn station which is our booth. To sign up online click the following link

SEVA Results 2016

Thank you to Yulia and Ashlyn and their families for coming out to the SEVAs on May 10 at CSU Sacramento. This year was the largest SEVA ever with over 450 films entered into the contest. We entered 14 films and had finalists in the documentary and instructional categories.

Next year will be our year to shine! We’ve already got a few films “in the can” as they say in Hollywood and waiting to be submitted for next year’s SEVA.

Congratulations to all students who worked on and completed a film this year. There will be more language arts and science documentaries and more PSAs happening the end of this year and start of next.

Watch out 2017! We will be back!


Holy cow. This week arrived in the blink of an eye. Sorry for not posting a reminder about this earlier this week. Tonight at CSU Sacramento starting at 6:30 pm are the SEVA awards. We entered 14 films into instructional and documentary films this year. Next year will be an even bigger showing.

If you are able to join the fun, please feel free. If not, we will be there to represent on your behalf.

Award invitations were sent out over two weeks ago. We’ve had a poster mounted in the front of the classroom for the entire trimester, and the awards were listed in the important dates on the front of the blog. Again, I’m sorry for not sending out a post earlier this week/last week as a final reminder.

Information for SEVAs tonight is posted below. Be sure to purchase parking prior to finding a spot. The meter monitors are fast, ubiquitous, and keen-eyed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
6:30 pm – Student Producer Red Carpet
7:00 pm – Award Night Show Begins

Sacramento State University Union Ballroom
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819
Parking is $6

Two Voice Poems…meant to be read AND spoken.

We started crafting two-voice poems today. We’re going through a process to seek out the most interesting topics and telling details. We used a feedback protocol to get a better idea on if our details are interesting and our topics are engaging. Here’s an example of a two voice poem and the process we are going through.

We will revise our thinking and our poems and share these with you by the end of next week. Get ready for some fun and engaging writing!

Help Needed: Parent Survey Provides Important Feedback

It’s hard to believe the school year is winding down? It feels like we’re just getting started!

Each year in an effort to understand how parents feel about their child’s educational experience, a survey is sent out. This survey will come home today. It’s a scantron form with spaces to provide written comments, too. Responses are private to encourage honest feedback.

The survey is available online and can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Please could you fill out either the paper or the online survey and help our district, site, and myself grow with your kind, specific, and helpful feedback?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

Let’s Make ART Saturday from 9:00am to 11:00am!

During March 10 students were able to meet at Sims Metal Management to help scavenge metal for a public art project in Elk Grove. The sculpture will be designed by Gina Rossi.

Saturday, April 9 from 9:00am to 11:00am students are invited to come to Gina’s studio at 1801 20th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811 and help her weld the metal that has been scavenged onto the piece of art! 🙂 And get this: students will have a chance to weld their initials onto the piece so that their legacy will live on in perpetuity!

The finished art piece will be unveiled on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Special Waste Collection Center at 9255 Disposal Lane, Elk Grove, California 95624. And guess who’s invited to attend the unveiling? OUR CLASS! I’ll get information on times for this event and let you know as soon as I find out.

Gina teaches welding to kids ages 8 to 80, so she’s an expert teacher and easily one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever met. (I’m a little biased. She’s an aunt to one of my wife’s life-long friends.)

If you’ve driven down J Street in Sacramento and seen the artistic and amazingly unique bicycle racks, you’ve seen Gina’s work.

Please let me know if you have questions?