Painting for Habitat

September 21, 2014 by · No Comments · Service Learning


Students painted beautiful bowls to donate to the Habitat for Humanity Cookin’ to Build fundraiser.  ’Great to see students spending some of their free time doing something to help the community!

Dystopian Fiction – It’s What All the Cool Kids are Reading

September 14, 2014 by · No Comments · Reading

Dystopian fiction creates a world that is the opposite of a utopia:  it’s an utterly horrible society that is generally headed to an irreversible oblivion.  It usually tells of a futuristic society with tons of social control — something students at our school can relate to (not funny?).  The genre is having a bit of a moment lately (check out the movie selections!) and there are many titles that have been flying off the shelves of our library lately.  The Matched Trilogy is one of my favorites:


Other titles/series students have been reading include Divergent, The Hunger Games, Legend, Delirium, The Giver, The Maze Runner, and The Selection.  Check out this list for others you might enjoy.  Try one today — you’ll be hooked!

Choose Your Photographer Wisely

September 12, 2014 by · No Comments · Fun

deanna selfie 2…because you just might find this kind of surprise on your camera.


RIS Presentation ’14

September 8, 2014 by · No Comments · Service Learning

Great job, 4th period!
Loved the way you encouraged your peers to step out of their comfort zone, pick a good book, and be ready to read to elementary students.
21 students have signed up!

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See How Much…

September 6, 2014 by · No Comments · Make 'Em Think

…we have in common!

isaiah'sgroup stevenIt’s so much more than just ‘we all have teeth.’
There are so many things we humans have in common.


Struggling to Feel Grateful for School?

September 3, 2014 by · No Comments · Education, Make 'Em Think

bridge to schoolCheck out this article and build your perspective.  Many children throughout the world have to take the most incredible and unimaginable routes in order to receive the education that so many of us may take for granted.


Let It Shine

September 1, 2014 by · No Comments · Weekend Word

let it shine

We must remember to bravely shine our light — to share our happiness, our creativity, our stories, our dreams, all the gifts we have to offer this world.  Sometimes misery does want company, but sometimes the people around us need to see that there is light.  It will help them remember their own light.   So be brave!  Shine your light.  What positive ripple effect will you start this week?

Ice “Cup” Challenge – Even Little Kids are Doing It

August 30, 2014 by · No Comments · Service Learning

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You’ve seen the videos.  Heroes of all types — athletes, celebrities, those suffering from ALS, teens, families, entire companies — are taking the challenge to raise money for ALS.  This young group of elementary students put their own spin on it. Students were allowed to dump a cup of ice on their own heads if they raised at least $1 to donate to the cause.  What a great way to incorporate REAL service into their study of heroes.  Way to go!  See full story here.