The Week Before Spring Break

Students got busy with the new themes of musical movements and nature exploration! In Mr. Munoz’s class students have been learning the basics of brain anatomy.  Below you can see a picture of Charlie Meadow’s take away sheet from his time in class! Each student filled out this worksheet as they followed along with Mr. Munoz’s class.


This week in Mr. Olson’s media arts class called Musician's Documentary students looked at a sample of documentary film making and then identified some of the key characteristics of documentary films. Students then Brainstormed some Ideas about what their Musicians Documentary could be about and began to divide tasks so students could make our own. We also looked at some sample interviews and the students were challenged to determine how they could improve the quality of the interview.


In Mr. Duffy’s class students began their research phase of a topical essay that will explain components of music’s influence on society. They learned about what makes for credible sources and how to use them to dive their topics within the body of the essay. Their research is coming from a variety of plateforms such as professional musicians, articles, local radio jockeys and radio stations, professors of music and society, journals, etc. As them about how their research is coming along :)     


In Mr. Nava’s class students got their hands on paper clay! Messy? Completely. They dove into how clay is processed, where it can be found, and why it’s been around for thousands of years. Students crafted their first peace using pinch and slab techniques, also using forms to mold the clay into cups, bowls, or jars. “Clay is one of the most effective art mediums for kids to discover and develop their creative and learning skills. The process of working with this material to create a unique clay project supports personalized learning, sensory development, fine motor skills, self esteem, self expression, problem solving, discipline, and pride in ones work.” (  


 Mr. Davis’ fraction of the forest class broke into leaning some geometric shapes and inched their way into learning how to use geometry. They headed into the forest to rope off geometric shapes in order to calculate areas of different polygons they identified in class. An excerpt from J.E. Schwartz’ ‘Elementary Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge: Powerful ideas for Teachers’ says that “An ability to specify locations and describe spatial relationships is used in everything from navigation to shipping, transportation, and construction. Transformations and symmetry are useful in a range of projects from packaging to artistic expression. The programming of computer graphics and the intuitive interface with computers that we all depend on were made possible through geometry. Furthermore, geometry can be seen as a conceptual glue that connects many different areas within mathematics. For example, shapes drawn on a coordinate grid can be analyzed in terms of algebraic relationships. Concepts such as area of a rectangle or volume of a rectangular solid can help with interpretation of bar graphs. Fractional amounts are most often represented using geometric shapes. Percents are often modeled with a square that is partitioned into one hundred small squares. As we begin to explore areas in which geometric knowledge and skill are useful we find an abundance of applications. It is difficult to imagine any area of mathematics that is more widely used than is geometry.”