Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 6, 2016

I wanted to give a huge THANK YOU to my parents this year for spoiling me!  From an Alex and Ani bracelet, candles, sweet notes from my students, to a beautiful wooden sign, I have felt the love this week!  Thank you for making me feel special!
I also wanted to thank our school's PTO for an amazing week of lunch, sweets, and an awesome custom made apron.   Your hard work and wonderful gifts are greatly appreciated!

STEAM WEEK 2015-2016

We had an adventurous week, last week, in D108!  Students spent the week applying Newtons Laws of Motion by creating roller coasters from pipe insulation.  Students went from the "there's-no-way-this-is-going-to-work" stage to the "this-is-amazing-that-we-built-this" stage.  It was fascinating to watch the process!  I am so proud of my kiddos for persevering through this process, regardless of the frustrations, challenging ideas, and sometimes lack of patience.  They work hard and worked together to problem solve throughout the entire process.  

To successfully pass this challenge, students had to create a freestanding and stable roller coaster that was at least 6 feet long and contained at least 2 loops, 1 camel back, 1 whirlybird, and any additional maneuver of their choice.  Additionally, the marble (aka "the passengers") had to travel through the entire roller coaster without falling out.  

I am happy to announce that all students mastered this challenge and all "passengers" arrived at the finish point safely!