First I would like to thank the families of Scholarship Prep for being so engaged, supportive and patient through our first week of Distant Learning. Second, I would like to say how very proud and impressed I am by our 5th and 6th grade scholars. They have been giving the same effort and fortitude at home, as they do in my classroom. My teacher heart is filled every single day. On this post you will see all of the hard work and effort the 5th and 6th scholars have put into their At Home Learning. Thank you families, scholars and Scholarship Prep community. We are always "Reaching Higher, and Dreaming Bigger", no matter the circumstances.
GOOGLE CLASS MEET Students join to ask questions, get help with lessons, or just have fun with their classmate's. It has become my favorite part of the day.
AT HOME LEARNING CALENDARS Scholars use these calendars as a guide to keep them on track and organized.
DBQ - DOCUMENT BASED LEARNING DBQ Online is an interactive social studies curriculum that enforces skills in analysis, critical thinking, and writing.
5th grade is answering the big question, "Jamestown: Why Did So Many Colonists Die?"
6th Grade's DBQ unit has them answering the big question, "Citizenship in Athens or Rome: Which was the better system?"
THE HERO'S JOURNEY 6th grade scholars have spent second semester studying the story attributes of a Hero's Journey, or Monomyth. During the this time, they wrote their own original Hero's Journey. While they are At Home Learning they get to create an actual online blog in the point of view the their hero! Keep an eye out for the online links to their blogs.
DAILY WRITING RESPONSES Each day of the week, 5th and 6th grade scholars respond thoughtfully to prompts that are relevant to what we are studying, or to what's going on in their community. These daily writing responses will keep their writing skills sharp while they are away from the classroom.
DAILY READING Finally, each 5th and 6th grade scholars is encouraged to take advantage of this time at home, and read for pleasure. I have shared with them an interactive daily reading log with questions that should get them thinking deeply about the characters, theme, and plot of their books.
Shared Leadership in Learning
Posted on March 1, 2020
Throughout the day in Humanities, scholars are given the opportunity to teach their peers in a small group setting. Research shows that when young brains learn something new, they will remember 90% of that new knowledge if they get to teach it after they learn it. This shared leadership also holds all scholars accountable for the success of their group. Recently, we began our unit study on Ancient Greece and the causes of the Trojan War. Scholars were asked to research and present one part of the sequence of the Trojan War. They embraced the assignment with so much enthusiasm. I was happy to see so many scholars presenting as if they were an expert on the subject. Teachers in training!
Sixth Grade Engineers
Posted on January 29, 2020
Recently the sixth grade class visited the California Science Center in Los Angeles. At the California Science Center our 6th graders were able to engineer roller coasters and rockets! It was a day of learning, discovery, problem solving and teamwork!
There's Power in Collaboration
Posted on January 18, 2020
In Humanities it's all about the culture of growing academically and socially together. Throughout the day, scholars are experiencing the benefit of this research based method of teaching. The benefits of being a member of a cooperative and collaborative group are numerous. Whether it's pairs, trios or groups, scholars are improving in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and social skills. Scholars are constantly engaged and look forward to this time in class. Recently, scholars have worked together to answer important questions like "How did the Nile River shape Ancient Egypt?" and "As writers, why is Informative writing necessary for academic life and real life?" Scholars have been working together to create online assessments that can be used by anyone around the world. They have participated in group challenges as a way to understand and implement Figurative Language in their writing, and they even take part in cooperative learning activities that challenge their listening and direction giving skills. Each day in Humanities, scholars are accessing rigorous content, but doing it with others who help, support, and encourage them. We are a learning community ready for 2020!
Walk Through the American Revolution
Posted on December 29, 2019
Fifth grade scholars finished their unit on the American Revolution with a lively and interactive competition. The Walk Through the American Revolution competition brought out the best in these scholars. They each reinacted an important character during colonial and revolutionary times. They performed famous battle scenes like The Battle at Yorktown and The Battle of Trenton. They competed in head to head knowledge speed rounds, and they showed their expertise in historical concepts. I want to give a huge thank you to all of the families that came out to support their scholar and those who worked so hard to make sure their scholar came to the competition dressed to compete! Congratulations to you all!
These Elves Are Winners!
Posted on December 18, 2019
In celebration of this year's Winter Elective Festival, each classroom across the Scholarship Prep campus, fantastically decorated their doors in hopes of capturing first prize. UCLA scholars got in touch with their inner elves and created one amazing Elf on the Shelf themed door! They did such a wonderful job creating every detail, from the tiny elf mittens, to the three dimensional tree, to the custom, elective themed tree ornaments. I'm so proud of them for their creativity and winning first place!
1st Semester Awards
Posted on December 18, 2019
Today we celebrated our fabulous scholars who demonstrated exemplar attendance, citizenship, character traits, and academics. A huge thank you to the families who help guide and encourage these future leaders to be the best they can be! We are so excited to see the same scholars, plus many more earning awards next semester. We will continue to reach higher and dream bigger!
Wooden Award Winners November
Pyramid of Success
Posted on November 24, 2019
A big congratulations to these to exemplary scholars! Ashley Mijangos shows her fellow classmates what COOPERATION looks like every day. She is able to take on any challenge given to her. She is always ready to help others and can be counted on to volunteer for projects and cooperative learning leader. Jorge Hernandez has shown so much growth in his ability to show self control. He is an engaged and focused learner in Humanities. I'm so excited to see his success this year!
Primary vs Secondary Sources
Posted on November 15, 2019
In preparation for our role as Historical Detectives answering DBQs, (Data Based Questioning), we spent part of the week learning about Primary and Secondary Sources. One activity scholars participated in was a team building board game where scholars had to decide what was a Primary and what was a Secondary source. By the end of our time together, every scholar could correctly identify each source with 100% accuracy.
The Importance of Rubrics
Posted on November 5, 2019
Rubrics provide scholars with valuable information about the degree of which a specific learning outcome has been achieved. They provide students with concrete feedback that displays areas of strength and areas in need of improvement. Scholars can use this feedback as a tool to further develop their abilities. This week scholars worked in cooperative pairs to unpack their Narrative writing rubric before the Narrative Writing Assessment. Scholars looked at each category and highlighted areas of improvement to their writing, and areas they have mastered in their writing. The rubric conversations were both enlightening and powerful as pairs spent time discussing how to use them to improve their writing.
My greatest passion in life, is spending the school day with young scholars and helping them grow to reach their fullest academic and personal best. I became an elementary teacher in Fresno, CA shortly after graduating college. I taught in Fresno for eleven years before I became an academic coach for the school district. I then received my master's degree, as well as my administration certification, from CSU Fresno. I was appointed Assistant Principal at Edison High School in Fresno. While I was there, Edison earned the esteemed National Blue Ribbon award, as well as was named the Top 100 high schools by Newsweek Magazine. I then relocated to the Monterey Peninsula where I was the Assistant Principal at Monterey High. There, I worked closely with teachers, improving teaching strategies, and rebuilding the EL program. This summer, I moved to Southern California to embark on a new educational adventure, as part of the founding staff at Scholarship Prep.
In my free time, I enjoy going to yoga class, hiking along the coast with my daughter Lola, and traveling with family and friends. I am thrilled to be a part of the Scholarship Prep community, and look forward to many years here.