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If you're interested in a particular project, activity or details about an upcoming field trip, then you've come to the right place! Scroll down past our calendar to get an idea of what we've been exploring and what's to come. Thanks for visiting and come back soon!










Photo Album!

posted Apr 29, 2017, 9:14 AM by Andrea Thiltgen   [ updated Apr 29, 2017, 9:17 AM ]

It's about time that I've put up these pictures! 
Enjoy going through these; I know that I have. Our kids have grown sooooo much! 

6th Grade Adventures! (Copy and paste the link into your browser below!)
https://goo.gl/photos/pYymtyQfUSXLLjVo6

Project Construction Photos

posted Feb 20, 2017, 12:46 PM by Andrea Thiltgen

If you're curious what we've been constructing this week outside of our classroom, check out the link below to view an album of our Green Wall Construction! 
Green Wall Construction Album - https://goo.gl/photos/d2b6FVs9Ycei39pA9 

Enjoy!

Week in Review- January 23-27, 2017

posted Jan 30, 2017, 6:30 AM by Andrea Thiltgen

Room 603

Last Week In Review- January 23-27, 2017


Written while enjoying the sun!

Quote of the week: “We are what we believe we are.” - C.S. Lewis


Our project:

Driving Question-How do you create a green space that uses green technology, is environmentally friendly, and is practical and economically sound?


This week we will be finalizing our designs, presenting proposals and beginning prototypes.


Donations of wood pieces (pallets, 2”x4”, lattices), potting soil (Cactus/Succulent mix, Perlite, compost soil, etc.), Plastic trays, landscape material and chicken wire (will help to hold plants into place),  hardware (staples, nails, screws, etc.),  and of course plants (succulents, ferns, peat moss, spider plants, ivy).

I’m working with Robotics teacher, Jeff, to execute how we will mount the spaces to the school’s wall. Former Chula Vista City pump technician, Ken, is helping us to implement and design an irrigation system to access water for our green walls.

***Please bring in any supplies by Friday.


We are finishing Paul Fleischman's, Seedfolks. Everyone seems to enjoy the relevancy of the book to both our green space project and challenges we face in our daily lives.  


Our visit to the Good Earth Plant Company last Thursday was informative and insightful. Students were able to see and reflect on the simplicity of green walls and roofs. They got to see different methods used on the wall and we got to see the 1500 sq. ft. green roof that they have!  I will be uploading pictures on our class page tonight.


Class Page: https://sites.google.com/a/innovationsacademy.org/room-603---dre-and-lindsey/

Google Classroom:

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTk2NTk2OTIzN1pa


We also were joined by Steve Morris, former OE Director at YMCA Camp Surf, on a quick lesson in giving persuasive proposals. Look forward to some convincing conversations coming from your student soon...they all took copious amounts of notes!


Social Studies:

Students looked at How the environment influences whom we become.

We demonstrated our unique creativity by individually designing a cereal box advertisement. The cereal box featured one of the five types of early hominids, and included the information set in a clear checklist.. By creating a cereal box advertisement students were able to describe an early hominid’s  life, and their key characteristics.

This week, we plan to look at Mesopotamia and the Hammurabi's Code.

Math

We are continuing our focus on percentages, decimals, and multiplication of decimals.

Our new math pathway has students focusing on specific IXL and ST math sections as well as engaging in small-group lessons and choosing what practice games they would like to complete.

Our project supplements our math by driving us into area, volume, and units of measurement.


Bake Sales on Wednesdays:

Tentative bake sale dates are being set. One of those dates being THIS Wednesday morning. We are hoping to have donations from Panera, but if you can donate to help raise money for Catalina, please email or text me (619-871-5029) for specifics.


Natasha:

We are developing our characters and confidence through our theatre-arts practice. It has been inspiring and eye-opening to see our students stand in front of each other and play the part of their choice. Be sure to ask your student about a part they may have played last week during our practice sessions(shouty man, king, knight, etc.).


Guest Speakers:

Feb. 1- Cara Ratner, early civilizations expert

Field Trips:

  1. Thursday, February 23rd- Palomar Planetarium

  2. Friday, March 10th- Naval Marine Mammal Tour

  3. May 17-19 - Catalina: Click here to view the Catalina Letter (drivers needed from IA to Long Beach Harbor)

*please contact me if you are available to drive to any of this trips!

*Date changes in yellow


Portfolio Review:

February 7 - 10 from 1:00 - 3:30pm our classroom will be open for portfolio review with your student. This is NOT SLCs, but rather an overview of your student's work and progress so far. Our work is both electronic and hardcopies so be prepared to have your student walk you through their progress.  We expect 100% attendance for this experience as it is an important communication opportunity for families to reflect on student growth and goals.

***Currently, I have only heard from a few families.


Please confirm attendance for portfolio week through email or by signing up on our google sheet  Or copy and paste this link: https://docs.google.com/a/innovationsacademy.org/spreadsheets/d/12fXKqrdFdvKKwD2rGQQbaht-bRuHmSZGPLpIZPYrU14/edit?usp=sharing


Apologies for the link being broken last week.


Mini-Exhibition:

Thursday, February 9th, we will be hosting a mini-exhibition to showcase our progress with our current Green Space project. Our room will be open from 4:00-6:00pm.


In other news:

No cell phones this week. Please see the email from Christine if you have any questions. I will be collecting phones in the morning and returning them at the end of the day. Any students who choose to not turn in their phone and are seen with it will take it to the office until the end of the day.


Lastly, if your student is interested in signing up for Summer Camp with YMCA, I would highly recommend doing so soon. It’s an eye-opening, tech-free, engaging environment where campers learn to make friends and be themselves!



Best,

Dre and Lindsey


Week in Review: January 17-20th

posted Jan 23, 2017, 6:04 AM by Andrea Thiltgen

Room 603

Last Week In Review- January 17-20, 2017


Written after a rainy weekend...hoping to dry up soon!

Quote of the week: “Be you, bravely.”


Thank you for being patient for this update. I apologize for the delay and absence of last week’s WIR and the length of this one!


Our project:

Driving Question-How do you create a green space that uses green technology, is environmentally friendly, and is practical and economically sound?

We have been investigating urbanization, photosynthesis, and other green technologies: one of those technologies using plants both inside and outside of buildings to help improve life and air quality.


Because students will be physically constructing their design next week,  we will be needing wood, nails, tools, etc. IA has a good amount of supplies, but if ANYONE has connections or building skills, please let me know.


We have started reading Paul Fleischman's, Seedfolks. It encompasses a variety of viewpoints around a plot of land in the middle of Cleveland. It’s real, journal-like accounts has the class interested and asking questions about the characters.


We will ACTUALLY be visiting the Good Earth Plant Company THIS Thursday from 1:00-3:00. (We were pretty bummed about cancelling last time due to weather. I think we will be good to go this time!)

PLEASE contact me or add your name to the spreadsheet ASAP if you are available to drive and explore the facilities with us.



Math

Decimal introduction and conversion this week went very well.  We will start to learn the skills of estimation and percentage calculations this week while still practicing conversions.  IXL will focus on basic decimal rules this week.

As a review, we did Math Speed dating-ask your student about their experience! Consider providing your student multiple opportunities to practice percentage calculations and cost estimations on shopping trips and anytime they want to spend money.  


Students have also been exploring Prodigy, a math-battle game that challenges students to answer relevant problems in order to defeat another player in the game. Ask your student about their experience so far with the game! They all seem to love it AND they can play at home for those of you who would like more practice!


Supplies:

Thank you for those of you who donated cereal boxes. We will be utilizing them this week to create an Early Man project.


Snack sign-up- Thank you for those of you who donated snacks to our class! Students have been enjoying the fruit snacks, Whales, pretzels and granola bars. Please make sure that your student is eating something in the morning for breakfast. It is the best way to get their brains going and awake straight away!


Extensions:

The ladies will be completed their introduction of Sex-Education this last week. The next course will be the first week on February. If you would like a full schedule, please contact me.


Natasha:

We have started improvisation and theater-arts with Natasha! Everyone has been engaged and willing to give it a try. I would like to appreciate the class for their excitement in starting our Early Civilization one-acts. Be sure to ask your student about a part they may have played last week during our practice sessions.


Guest Speakers:

Wednesday, January 25th and Feb. 1- Cara Ratner, early civilizations expert

Friday, January 27th- Steve Morris, YMCA proposal expert

Field Trips:

  1. Thursday, January 26th - Good Earth Plant Company

  2. Thursday, February 23rd- Palomar Planetarium

  3. Friday, March 10th- Naval Marine Mammal Tour

  4. May 17-19 - Catalina: Click here to view the Catalina Letter (drivers needed from IA to Long Beach Harbor)

*please contact me if you are available to drive to any of this trips!

*Date changes in yellow


If we have not received a letter or confirmation regarding your student's attendance to Catalina, I will be contacting you this week individually. Feel free to call me if you have any questions/concerns as well.


Portfolio Review:

February 7 - 10 from 1:00 - 3:30pm our classroom will be open for portfolio review with your student. This is NOT SLCs, but rather an overview of your student's work and progress so far. Our work is both electronic and hard copies so be prepared to have your student walk you through their progress.  We expect 100% attendance for this experience as it is an important communication opportunity for families to reflect on student growth and goals.


Please confirm attendance for portfolio week through email or by signing up on our google sheet.  


Mini-Exhibition:

Thursday, February 9th, we will be hosting a mini-exhibition to showcase our work with our current Green Space project. Our room will be open from 4:00-6:00pm.


In other news:

I have been wondering if anyone would like to watch Sandman over Spring and or Summer break. Please let me know if you would like the opportunity to do so!


Lastly, if your student is interested in signing up for Summer Camp with YMCA, I would highly recommend doing so soon. It’s an eye-opening, tech-free, engaging environment where campers learn to make friends and be themselves!



Best,

Dre and Lindsey


Week of January 3-6th, 2017

posted Aug 28, 2016, 6:25 PM by Andrea Thiltgen   [ updated Jan 8, 2017, 3:38 PM ]

Room 603

Last Week In Review- January 3-6, 2017


Written  before heading out on a sail with friends, anticipating the Packers game tomorrow, and watching Parks and Rec (as usual!)


Quote of the week: Doing what you like is freedom, liking what you do is happiness.


It was such a wonderful week seeing everyone back in class, excited and ready to learn! We had a full week of meaningful discussions, reviewing agreements, and catching up with each other. Our class made me laugh so much this week!


It’s a beautiful day outside and I hope that you get a chance to enjoy it outside this weekend!


Our project:

Driving Question-How do you create a green space that uses green technology, is environmentally friendly, and is practical and economically sound?

Summary: Students will create a green space outside of our classroom that is environmentally friendly, uses green technology, and is practical and economically sound.


Because students will be physically constructing their design on week 3 or 4, we will be needing wood, nails, tools, etc. IA has a good amount of supplies, but if ANYONE has connections or building skills, please let me know.


We will be visiting the Good Earth Plant Company THIS Thursday from 1:00-3:00. I know a few of you have already contacted me about driving, so please let me know if this change works/doesn’t work for you.


Supplies:

By Wednesday, January 11th, students will need to have a cereal box collected to use for our early man cereal-box activity. I have a few extras, but each student will be creating their own box for the early man of their choice.


Snack sign-up- I have noticed that most middle school students would rather spend their lunch time socializing than eating lunch. I have also noticed that our class tends to benefit from the morning and afternoon snack. If you would be interested in donating healthy snacks (pretzels, trail mix, fruit snacks, etc) please sign up here in the blue tab at the bottom.


Students will be starting Sex-Education this week. The boys and the girls will alternate weekly with the boys starting this Thursday.


We are going to finish reading Percy Jackson this week, hear from Cara Ratner in regards to Early Civilizations, and complete a few STEM challenges with Room 604!


Field Trips:

  1. Thursday, January 12th-  Good Earth Plant Company

  2. Thursday, February 9th- Palomar Planetarium

  3. Friday, March 10th- Naval Marine Mammal Tour

  4. May 17-19 - Catalina: Click here to view the Catalina Letter (drivers needed from IA to Long Beach Harbor)

*please contact me if you are available to drive to any of this trips!


If your students is planning on NOT attending Catalina, we need to know ASAP. Please speak with your student as to whether or not they would like to go on this adventure. It will come up faster than we realize!


Please contact me if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions for the upcoming year!


Best,

Dre and Lindsey


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