Quarter 4 2018 (Year End Wrap Up)


May Madness resulted in a tremendous community-building event as efforts by those who weren’t even debating were celebrated. From civilization entrance dances to artistic flags, everyone contributed to widely successful 2018 tournament. Congratulations to both Grace Hasselbeck and Claire Gracey for coming out on top!




May Madness Overview

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 I 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 this journey.

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

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




I thought it would be fitting to send you out with a reminder about what it takes to be a civilization–DJ Jazzy J style. Enjoy and make it a great summer by making history!