Refreshing!

April 19, 2012

Earthshine was an incredible experience.  We all shared many giggles, challenges, problems, and solutions.  I realized that many times we lower our expectations for these children.  I witnessed leaders emerge, facilitators shine, and personalities merge to solve dilemmas.  Each and every student is ready and willing to face challenges that will develop in the future.

The 6th graders are truly part of our Lion’s Pride of St. Mark’s!


Research Papers

March 28

We are just beginning our research projects.  Students are selecting topics and doing some preliminary research.  This project will be done in steps and stages, with mini-lessons before each task.  There is a good possibility the students will make a Glogster to present their topics.  Stay tuned!


Dr. Seuss in Sixth Grade

Tuesday, March 6th

Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and students who stopped by to watch the Dr. Seuss skits in our classroom today.  I am so proud of the sixth graders for all of their hard work.  The students planned every part of the experience, the costumes, the props, the creative solutions to some of our problems.  It was a true collaborative project, with the teacher just guiding and supporting, not leading.


out of my mind

January 20, 2012

Sixth grade has just started reading an incredibly written, powerful book, out of my mind, about an eleven-year-old named Melody.  Most of them were hooked after reading the first chapter.  I have been impressed with the insight and the compassion of these students.  Many asked if they could read ahead, beyond the assigned chapters. (music to my ears!)  Unfortunately, I had to say no.  Part of the magic of a “whole class” reading of a book is watching the plot unfold together.


Happy New Year!

I hope that you had a fantastic Christmas break.  I enjoyed spending time here in Jacksonville, waking up late, drinking coffee casually on the couch while watching the news.  We then traveled to Delray Beach to spend time with our family.  I feel refreshed, recharged, and relaxed.

The sixth graders walked into the classroom on Wednesday looking older, wiser, and more confident.  I l look forward to this visible growth every year.  No matter the grade level, students always return with a stronger, more mature mindset.

We are very excited about the implementation of Shurley English.  In sixth grade, we have found that it feels like a strong review of what the students know, but it is also forcing the students to apply the facts and knowledge in “real” writing situations.  I love what this will do for our students  in 4th, 5th, and 6th grades!


6 Geese-A-Laying

Wednesday, December 14th

I am so proud of the 6th graders!  They did a fantastic job with the 12 Days of Christmas.  I have always kind of cringed as the school sang the song (loudly, I must add) during chapel.  Well, goodbye to the Grinch!  I thought that it was a wonderful expression of the JOY we should all feel at Christmas.  I only saw smiles as each class stood and represented their grade level.  I need to remember that it is usually the simple things that add so much.


Ancient Egyptian Museum

Monday, December 5, 2011

The museum was a huge success!  I am so proud of the hard work which produced unique and interesting projects.  I loved walking through the museum as the 6th graders explained the projects to our visitors.  At times, it was standing room only!  I heard several comments about how well informed the sixth graders were about their topics.

A huge thank you to all who visited.  Pictures from the day are posted on the PHOTO page.


Our friends came to us!

Friday, November 17th

We had an absolute blast from the moment the students filed off the bus until they slowly drove away.  The field behind 9A was full of children playing, the joyful sound of happiness filling the air.  Many of the North Florida students ran straight to their St. Mark’s friends as they walked through the gate.  Thank you to Ms. Gordon for helping us set up exciting, active, and appropriate games.

I am always touched by the tenderness that our students show their North Florida friends.  The patience, the gentleness, they cannot be described.  You must witness the work of Christ through our students.  Smile and be proud…your children are precious.


Breakfast Club

The sixth grade girls just had their very first Breakfast Club.  We met early Tuesday morning and chatted about friends, respect, and perception.  Our focus in sixth grade is to build each other up.

Boy, don’t feel forgotten.  We will have a breakfast or lunch together, too.  (I realize it is the food that matters!)


do your pART 11/02/11

The sixth graders were very busy this morning getting ready for the Fall Festival.  They painted “peaces” of Clingman and created unique Christmas ornaments.  Our goal is to raise enough money to pay for another bus to The North Florida School.  Come check out our booth on Friday!



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