Quarter 4 2017 (Year End Wrap Up)

The final quarter for the 2016-2017 school year provided a ton of photo opps and memorable experiences.

First, students engaged in everything Viking and even got to race their viking longship creations after a storm earlier in the spring.




Next, after the Viking unit, students experienced the middle ages by forming guilds (craft unions created during the middle ages to protect workers as they honed their skills). This all culminated in our annual “Guild Day” filled with bakers, shoemakers, candlemakers, etc. Below are highlights from that event.


the DON JON!





These past few weeks found students immersed in a tournament for the ages.  The annual May Madness Debate style tournament determining who had the greatest ancient civilization afforded students the opportunity to put all of their research/public speaking skills they’ve learned throughout the year on display.  Did it provide some anxiety, stress, late nights, anticipation, and even heartache?  YES.  Was there an overwhelming response after the last debate from the students that this was one of their favorite units of the year? YES! All this to say is at the end of the day, if I can hear students up and down the hall talking, arguing, debating about history, then I can sleep well this summer until we do it all again next year.

What a blessing it has been for me to have the opportunity to teach this amazing group of multi-talented students.  We have learned so much together. The journey has not always been easy…Is it supposed to be?  With that, I love Mr. Champion’s mantra of the power of “Yet” as this is such a powerful lesson for all of us no matter how old we are.  Embracing the idea that me might not have something “YET” is especially fitting for middle school students as they deal with so much change in their world. Mr Scott’s world history students, thank you for allowing me to learn alongside you this year.  I am excited to see what your next chapter brings in the this journey.

Below are moments of debate from these last few weeks of our May Madness Unit–Finding the “Greatest Ancient Civilization!”

Civilizations put to the test to determine who was the greatest!


The Winning Coaches!