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Aquatic Investigations, CCNC

Next week, all fourth grade students will have the opportunity to attend an Aquatic Investigations field trip via the Chico Creek Nature Center! Our buses will leave at 9:00 AM and return at approximately 2:00 PM. Individual classroom schedules are as follows:

Ms. York and Mr. Levin: Tuesday, April 21st

Ms. Montgomery and Mrs. Swanson: Thursday, April 23rd

Ms. Berkowitz and Ms. Wolf: Friday, April 24th

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Students’ feet will get wet on this trip, so please wear an old pair of sneakers (or water shoes), and be sure to bring a change of footwear for when we return.
  • Children will have sack lunches from the school cafeteria if they usually have the hot lunch program.  If your child usually brings a sack lunch, please do not send any glass bottles or containers.
  • Our trip is located in beautiful Bidwell Park! Please wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the weather.

Chico Creek Nature CenterIf you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher at (530) 846-3675. More information about Chico Creek Nature Center can be found at and

Holes, the Novel

Meet Stanley Yelnats, the main character in our newest homeroom novel, Holes! Stanley has been sent to a juvenile detention facility called Camp Green Lake. As the synopsis from informs readers, … “Not only is the place not a camp, but it’s not green and there’s no lake: it’s in the middle of the Texas desert! Stanley’s suspicious when the warden tells him the punishment task of digging holes in the sand all day is for ‘building character.’ What’s the warden hiding? Stanley is determined to dig up the truth. Cleverly crafted with three stories that intersect time, this award-winning tale of friendship and trust is not to be missed.”

Holes, the Book (from

Reading Matters Book Review

Native American Tribe Presentations

We finished delivering our first group Google Presentations today! If you want to see a few photos in action, head over to our Twitter page where more information is being posted each day! Each group’s slideshows are below. Just click the arrows!

Lorax Craftivity

We spent last week reading, writing about, and speaking on The Lorax. We analyzed the vocabulary Dr. Seuss chose, identified the moral of the story, wrote its plot summary, and more. Our final piece was the short craftivity that you see below. What would you do to “speak for the trees”? And please remember, more photos from last week can be found on our Twitter page!


Read Across America + DonorsChoose

Beginning Monday, March 2nd, we will be celebrating Read Across America! This a national reading day designed to coincide with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. At Wilson Elementary, it will become Read Across America WEEK! This week will include spirit days (see our Twitter page for more info), a booknik, a visit from Cat in the Hat, and more! In honor of this special occasion, I have posted a DonorsChoose proposal to help our classroom acquire more of Dr. Seuss’s stories. DonorsChoose has been a tremendous help to our classroom, and I would very much appreciate your help in spreading Spring into Reading with Dr. Seuss to others you feel can contribute, or of course, contribute yourself! Happy Reading!

Wilson School S-p-e-l-l-i-n-g Bee!

Congratulations to our classroom spelling champions Vanesa and Austin as well as our alternate Mia! Good luck! Parents, if you’d like to attend this year’s bee, please meet us in the multipurpose room tomorrow, Tuesday, February 24th at 9:00 AM!

If you’d like to see this year’s word list, please click here! Study time!

Sumdog: Butte County Math Contest

Sumdog ChampionSumdog’s Butte County Math Contest is almost here! It starts tomorrow at 8:00 AM, and finishes at 8:00 PM on February 26th! Remember, every student is limited to 1,000 contest questions. The final student score is based on the total number of correct answers. Student scores count from any computer, at any time, as long as the student is logged in to their personal account. Every student who answers at least 100 questions in the contest will receive a Myths and Legends outfit. There are also subscriptions for the winning class, and certificates of merit for leading students and daily winners. Are you ready, Room 36? Let’s make this happen!

Genius Hour!

Genius Hour has officially begun! Student proposals have been submitted, question stars have been added to our board, and research has begun! Remember, Genius Hour projects are also called “Passion Projects” for a reason. They should be something you’re passionate about! Feel free to research and create while at home, in addition to our “hour” at school. Do you need to go to the Gridley library? Call an expert? E-mail someone for further information (with the help of a parent)?

Remember the project guidelines and have fun!
1) Your project must be guided by a question. (What do you want to learn? Why?)
2) Your project needs to be researched. (How can you look deeply into your topic?)
3) Your project must be shared. (Will you present to your class? The school? The world?)


Van de Graaff Generator

Friday afternoon was simply “shocking”! :) We had a blast with the Van de Graaff generator, some simple balloons, and a lot of enthusiasm! On Monday, we’ll continue our static electricity experiments by testing out our theories regarding repelling and attracting charges.