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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sunday, May 9, 2010


On Friday, my students threw me a surprise baby shower:)!!!!
It was such a fun time and I was overwhelmed by the generosity!
Look at the beautiful cake Mrs. Redding made!
I was wondering why so many boys were wearing pink on Friday.....
Thank you so much to all of the students, parents, and teachers who so generously helped out!
My family and I spent all weekend oohing and ahhing over the gifts and cards.
I promise to post pics of the new baby and big sister when she is born.
This students have made this year wonderful and I will miss them.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Sparta Middle School Census

We are creating and taking our own census using google forms!
Click here to see the directions.
Due Date? April 1- National Census Day!

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Life 'Round Here

We are exited to be starting our video story boards for a new global collaborative project called, Life 'Round Here
The focus of our videos is on of the 2 topics below:
1. What is it REALLY like to live in Sparta, NJ?
2. What is it REALLY like to be a 6th grader in Sparta?

Click HERE to see examples of past winners!

Finished videos will be posted on or before April 15th!!!

How to use MovieMaker
How to use Photostory

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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This Too Shall Pass

This doesn't have much to do with anything, but we think this is cool:

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Doodle 4 Google 2010 Rules

Click here for more info
A competition wouldn't be complete without prizes. What prizes are awarded to Doodle 4 Google winners and finalists this year?

* The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of their choice, a trip to New York City for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it. We'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab. The winning doodle will also be featured on the homepage on May 27, 2010.
* Each of the other 3 National Finalists will win a trip to New York City for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.
* Each of the other 40 Regional Finalists will win a trip to New York City for an event on May 26, 2010 and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.
* Each of the other 400 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" certificate and be featured on the Doodle 4 Google web site.

As an additional incentive this year, we are also giving out eight (8) Extra Credit: Technology Booster Awards that consist of netbook computers to schools who submit the maximum number of doodles by March 10, 2010 and have a student who is one of the 400 State Finalists. For more information on eligibility, visit the Doodle 4 Google website here,

Students' doodles will be judged on artistic merit, creativity, representation of the theme, and other criteria. This year we'll also have a panel of 10 "Expert Jurors" who will help judge Doodle 4 Google. These are well known illustrators, cartoonists, and animators from organizations such as The Sesame Street Workshop, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, and Pixar Animation Studios who are the creators of Toy Story 3. A public exhibit of the 39 regional finalists and the national winner will be open to the public at the Smithsonian's, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum from May 27 to July 8, 2010. To give your class a little inspiration, check out last year's winners at the Doodle 4 Google website.


Monday, February 1, 2010

2010 Census Project Links

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Use the link below to answer the questions on the Counting Your County worksheet.

Fact Finder

Use the link below to complete the Collect Data About Your State worksheet.

Use the link below to print out the outline of the state you are focusing on for the final project.

Use the link below to find the location of capital cities and major cities for your worksheet.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Gift of Age

Poodle skirts, accordians, and Howdy Doody, we have been presenting our Gift of Age Projects and learning about generations of the past.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It happens every 10 years- the Census

To learn even more about he census, click here.