My name is Terri Reh and this will be my ninth year at Flagstaff Academy. My first five years were spent in first and third grade and a middle school technology elective. This year will be my fourth year in middle school language arts. I am a project based teacher and love tying technology projects into lessons,  so students can look forward to trying a variety of applications this coming school year.

I was born and raised in Massachusetts.  I received my bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and my Master’s in Education from Regis University. I am a mentor on FIRST Robotics Team 1619, a high school team that draws students from St Vrain Valley School District high schools. It is a dynamic, bright, and fun group of students and I love spending time with them. At Flagstaff I teach middle school language arts and a programming elective using Agent Sheets and Processing.

 I am married and have two children. My husband is an electrical engineer and a hockey player. My children are Matthew and Jacquelyn. Matt is a senior at Silver Creek High School where he is a member of the golf team, the FIRST Robotics Team, Up-a-Creek Robotics - Team 1619, and plays bass clarinet, saxophone, and anything else he is asked to play,  in band. Jacquelyn is entering her sophomore year at Purdue where she is a Computer Science major and volunteers quite a bit of her time mentoring local middle schoolers and high schoolers teaching them programming .

Grade 6 Language Arts

Programming Elective Periods 1, 2, 6, 7




12 Power Words

    trace                    analyze                        support                    explain      

    formulate            describe                        compare                contrast  

    infer                    summarize                    evaluate                predict  

These are words that  Dr. Larry Bell, educational consultant, states are  "The 12 Powerful Words."  These words stump students when taking standardized tests.  By clearly defining and using these words often, students can better understand what each one means. These words require students to use higher order thinking skills and will assist in higher achievement on tests.

1. trace: To list in steps. Example: Trace the history of the development of the airplane from the Wright Brother’s first flight to modern airplanes. Make a timeline, keep a journal, use a graphic organizer.

2. analyze: To break apart and inspect closely. When you analyze you look for relationships, trends, patterns, reasons, comparisons, contrasts etc. Example: Analyze the math problem and show all your work.

3. infer: To “read between the lines” or think beyond the text. If you infer that something has happened, you do not see, hear, feel, smell, or taste the actual event. But from what you know, it makes sense to think that it has happened. Example: You read a mystery story and figure out the mystery from what clues are left for you and/or past experiences.
4. evaluate: To examine and judge (find the value or worth) something. Example: I evaluated your book report and gave it an A+!

5. formulate: To create and express an idea or plan in an easy to understand and systematic way.  Example: Formulate a plan to deal with the huge amount of trash our school generates.

6. describe: To tell all about something. Example: Tell what your desk looks like. Include
lots of details so the reader can form a correct mental picture of the desk in their mind.

7. support: To back up an answer with details. Example: If you say that a character in a book is evil, give reasons or evidence that will backup your answer.

8. explain: Tell how and/or why something happened. Example: Tell what happened during lunch today that you got in trouble for.

9. summarize: Give the short version of an event. Example: Write what the book was about in a paragraph. Tell only the most important details.

10. compare: To tell all the ways things are alike. Example: How are cars and trucks the same?

11. contrast: To tell all the ways things are different. Example: How are cars and trucks different?

12. predict: To take your best guess on what will happen next. Often details in the story will help guide your guess. Example: What will happen next in the story?

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Quiz 1  = diamond
Quiz 2  = sapphire
Quiz 3  = emerald 
Quiz 4  = opal