Sunday, November 19, 2017

Stop Motion Coding

During our coding elective our animation group has been working on creating dialogue using stop motion technology and coding.  This takes a lot of perseverance and troubleshooting.  Often students will need to work together to find out the reason glitches are occurring and form solutions.  I am proud of how hard they have worked to overcome these obstacles and make a final product.  Please take time to check out a few of our creations.

Carter's Project

Cody's Project

Emi's Project

Criss-Anna's Project

Annie's Project

Friday, November 10, 2017

Author Highlights

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The Trillium have been gaining expertise in identifying influential authors and illustrators in children's literature.

Can you name these well known authors and/or illustrators?

We have explored Bill Martin, Jr, Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Lois Ehlert, and Mo Willems' works of art.  

Image result for boo to you lois ehlert Much to our delight Lois Ehlert, uses nature collage to form her illustrations.  In, "Boo To You" many of her artwork include gourds!  Something the Trillium know about from our school garden.  We look forward to expanding our knowledge in finding other talented authors and illustrators. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Migration Of Fables


The Huckleberry classes have been deep in exploring the habits of migration.  If you have not seen their work on their salmon pillows it is a "must see".  One of the things I love about our school is that we carry our themes throughout all subject areas.  Our library, music, and PE classes work hard to make our students' learning relevant to what they are immersed at the time.  With that focus we discovered that folktales also have migrated across cultures, time, and space.  We learned that Little Red Riding Hood was first developed somewhere between Asia and Europe.  There were and are many different versions of the famous fairy tale.  We learned that Goldilocks and the Three Bears most likely came from Britain although the first story most likely had a "silvered haired" woman as Goldilocks.  Rapunzel is a herb grown over the country of Italy where, most likely this story originated.  We learned that the original story had a lot of differences compared to the recent Disney movie, Tangled.

Folktales are an important part of our culture.  I would encourage you to revisit these well-known stories with your children.  Here are some of my favorites:

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Kick Off OBOB Meeting

Dear Parents and Students in Grades 3-5 and 6-8,

We are looking forward to the new season of Oregon Battle of the Books! The Oregon Battle of the Books, OBOB, is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program. The mission of OBOB is, "to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence, and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students".

As the organizers of the team for students, we are looking forward to starting our 2017-2018 season.  Our first OBOB meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 1st, 2017 during lunch in Mr. Foote’s room.  This will be a brief informational meeting for any students who are interested in joining Battle of the Books this year.

If you have any further questions about OBOB in general or to see a list of the 2018 books visit the OBOB website at
For any questions about the program please email Mrs. Quinlan at

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Quinlan, Mr. Dante, and Mr. Foote

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Computer Science in Electives

This semester our 5th-8th grade students have had the option to choose a coding class for electives.  This computer science class was a first exposure for many students.  We are using a  CS-First program that uses Scratch to complete some fun coding projects.  CS-First's goals for students using code is to:

1.  Increase their confidence when using computers.
2.  Instill courage to try new things.
3.  Grow perseverance when tackling difficult problems.
4.  Provide a sense of belonging in technology for underrepresented students.
5. Demonstrate the impact that CS has in careers and communities. 

We have found these goals to be truly represented as we try to tackle some challenges in creating our story and animation.  I would encourage you to click on a few of the links to watch what our students are creating.

Monday, October 2, 2017

2018 Oregon Battle of the Books

It's that time of year again to start thinking about Battle of the Books.  Oregon Battle of the Books is a fun competition to get kids reading different books.  It was started in 2007 and 135 teams across the state formed teams and battled using their wits and knowledge of what was read to answer questions from each of the 16 books.  

MRA will compete in the two divisions, 3rd-5th and 6th-8th.  The teams are composed of four students with one alternate.  We will host our local school battles beginning January 2018.  The top team will go on to regionals sometime in March.   We will hold a meeting towards the end of October during lunch for all students who are interested.  Parents are welcome to attend as well.  The teams will need to be in placed by November of 2017 so that students can practice and make sure they have time to read the books.   Now, is the time to talk to your child about being a part of a team and reading the selected titles.  Our Mountain Meadow Library has copies of each of these books.  Please encourage your students to come check them out.  It's not too early to start.  

Please click on the following link for more information:

Monday, September 25, 2017

Trillium's Squash

Our Trillium students have the big job of watching over our squash and gourds in our Roots Garden.  In the past couple of weeks they have taken some close observations to determine what makes our squash happy. 

 This week we read a great story about Sophia who loved her squash so much that she named it Bernice and took her everywhere, including the library.  She was dismayed to find out her squash was turning spotted and getting squishy.  What is Sophia to do with a squash she loves? 
She finds out Bernice holds a great surprise...

Will our squash have surprises for us?