Friday, May 15, 2015

Every Student, Every Opportunity, Every Day!

 These students happily demonstrated acute, obtuse, and right angles for me last week in Rochelle Chatburn's classroom. They were also pleased to show me their pet snakes! I got out of there rather quickly after that.
 It is wonderful to see our first grade students reading to each other. They are proud to show off their skills.
 The Sandpoint High School Interact Club put on a great lunch for local Rotarians this past week. This Rotary Member is shown making a donation to the Interact Club.
Many of our students were working on Mother's Day creations last week. Check out the fine motor skills of this first grader in Marcia Wanous's classroom!
 Farmin-Stidwell's Experiential Learning Program teamed up with the local Elks Club and Master Gardeners to create raised gardens last week. A great example of our super community support!
 Washington Elementary School had a STEM celebration last week. Students were engaged in many activities throughout the day related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  These students were showing me the results of their squid dissection.

Another Mother's Day creation shown by these Hope Elementary students. In my visits to the schools, I love the fact that our students are so willing and proud to share what they are doing.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Learning in Action

The students at Sandpoint High School did a great job getting our elementary students excited about Science a few weeks back. Their presentations were engaging, motivating, and informative!

These first grade students from Hope Elementary School hardly noticed me walk into the classroom. They were enjoying a wonderful activity with their teacher.
The third grade classrooms at Kootenai Elementary School spent several weeks studying the solar system. This student was proud to show off her knowledge and understanding. She was very articulate and obviously hit the learning target.

Friday, March 6, 2015

These eager kindergarten students from Kootenai Elementary School enjoyed showing me their letter knowledge. They were tracing letter shapes and words in containers of dry rice.
 I have the distinct pleasure of teaching a 6-week Junior Achievement class to students at Sandpoint Middle School. This morning, they were learning about creating budgets based on various career income levels.
Watch out! The volleyball actually ended up hitting one of the actors/athletes from Sandpoint High School. It was all part of a promotional video being developed for the upcoming "Ironman" Volleyball game.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Happy Friday!

 I thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful artwork displayed down at the Pend Oreille Arts Council on Monday evening. Student work from across the district was highlighted. This piece of art was done by a student from Sandpoint Middle School.
 Steve Miller, Physical Education Teacher at Hope Elementary, has students cross-country skiing on a regular basis. The students were eager to show off their skills this past week!
These young students really enjoyed the snow day last Friday. They were busy sharing their Bulldog pride!

Thanks for supporting education in our community. Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Happy New Year!

 I thoroughly enjoy my visits to the preschool program at Farmin-Stidwell Elementary School. The students were busy trying different methods to build the tallest brick towers this past week. I thought their problem solving was excellent!
 Moose Madness was a rousing success and the Sandpoint High School Bulldogs brought back the antlers! I appreciated the wonderful school and community spirit exhibited during the basketball games and events.
Thank you to our instructional coaches for providing a writing workshop for our teachers over the last two days. Thanks also to our teachers in attendance. I really appreciate the commitment to continuously improving the art and science of teaching.

Have an awesome weekend!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Quality Teaching and Learning

 Many of our schools engage in buddy-reading and cross-age tutoring activities. Great to see this third grade student from Southside Elementary School reading to a kindergarten student this past week.
Building a sense of community in our classrooms is a great way to build trust and encourage academic risk taking. These Southside Elementary students were starting their day with a morning meeting during my visit.
These Sixth Grade students at Washington Elementary were highly engaged in a science lesson this past week. They were using pulleys to learn about mechanical advantages. The students were enthusiastic about sharing what they were learning.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I was treated to quite a feast at Lake Pend Oreille High School today. Linda Spade's Culinary Arts class coordinated a Thanksgiving Lunch for staff, students, parents, and community members. Great job, LPOHS!
 I caught these students pumping iron in Brian Arthun's Physical Education Class at Clark Fork High School. Great to see the enthusiasm the students had for fitness.
I visited Emily Norton's class at Southside Elementary School and enjoyed seeing the collaboration and high level of engagement of the students.