Kindergarteners in Mrs. Power & Mrs. Fousek's homeroom have been learning about geometry, measurement, retelling stories, story sequence, and comparing and contrasting. Here is a video to give you a tiny view into the learning happening in this architecture experience.
Join the School News Team in our journey as we go behind the scenes in the Welcome Center and meet the staff!
The 6/7 Art and Design Deep Dive students are making self-portraits that they call Mixed Media Characters. They got to express their interests through their artwork. The self-portraits are describing the person's inner self, not the students' appearances. The students were able to use different art materials for this project.
You might wonder where they are going to put these art projects. Mrs. Grissom, the teacher for this class, painted an entire wall black so that they could hang the projects. The kids in this class have been developing their project for about seven class periods. They have worked really hard and they tried to make it personal and important to them while still showing the silly part of them! They got to show things about them that most people don't know. They liked expressing themselves on paper. The class loved that it was unique and each was very different in their own ways. These Mixed Media Characters are a great way for students to express themselves in a fun, creative way!
By Zil, grade 6
School News Team
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FutureNOW! Conference 2016 is officially in the books. What an incredible day of learning, sharing and connecting with amazing educators, thought leaders and education partners! On April 30th, over 300 educators from all over California gathered at Design39Campus for a day of professional learning and networking. We kicked off the conference with two of our talented D39C students and was inspired by a keynote from innovation expert, Milton Chen. From there, educators disbursed into breakout session ranging from Design Thinking, to STEAM Powered Little Bits, to launching rockets. It was truly an inspiring day of learning. One attendee commented: "That was amazing! Very inspiring and gave me renewed desire to change."
We hope to see you next year!
Pump up those tires and get your helmets ready! D39C is participating in National Bike to School Day on May 4th, 2016. Teams of student bikers accompanied by adult volunteers will follow routes of varying distances with a celebrity LED – choose the best route for your children based on their ages and biking abilities. Or you may choose to bike independently and join the celebration on campus before school. There will be coffee and bagels for adult participants! Details on LED participation and routes will be revealed next week!! Contact: Kyle Kupper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our D39C innovators surprised the transportation department team with their ukelele music this morning at the Pancake Breakfast for our PUSD School Bus Drivers!
Happy Earth Day from Design39Campus! In the spirit of leaving our planet better than we found it, check out the video below!
We appreciate your help in keeping our campus and planet clean for years to come!
The task: Create a movie trailer based on the idea "If Design 39 Was a Movie". Kids were so creative and captured many wonderful elements of the D39 experience!
Kids in Mr. DC's homeroom are filming virtual reality book reports for the book Holes.
Using the virtual reality app Aurasma, kids will be able to broadcast their reports whenever someone points their camera at the posters they designed! Very cool!
These students in grades 6 and 7 are currently taking a Ceramics Deep Dive. Our first big project of the year was to design and build a functional place for a bird to live.
All students in the 2/3 span attended the Roynon Museum of Paleontology in Escondido, California. We learned about rocks, minerals, fossils and much more.
Architecture and Design
In Architecture and Design, taught by Mr. Fritch, students are designing houses to learn the meaning behind the broad word ‘architecture’.
In Mrs. Grissom's A and B day art classes, students are creating mandalas - a symbol in the Hindu and Buddhist religion meaning ‘universe’ and ‘center’. They are now finished, and you can go see the display on the wall between B204 and B206.
Another cool deep dive is Mr. Manalo’s Music Creation class. The students are currently creating music to match a movie scene. They are also finishing up learning the cup song. This creative deepdive takes place in B204 and B206.
The B day Ceramics class is shaping their lumps of clay into birdhouses. They are using slab techniques to achieve the massive shape. At the same time, students are indulged in personal projects. This all takes place in Makery B213.
In Mr. Asmus’ Exploravision classes, they work on taking a thought, and transforming it into a prototype, and then to a product. Groups are working on writing their essays and designing their prototype about their idea. But groups that are further ahead are working on their sample web pages to display deep learning and research.
6th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
In PLTW 6th grade students are learning how to model Orthographic Projection - representing a three-dimensional object in two dimensions - with building blocks. They are also starting out on Autodesk inventor, design application for creating 3D digital prototypes on the computer.
7th Grade Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
7th grade PLTW takes place in makery C204 taught by Mrs. Gonzalez. They’re currently learning about different circuit components and how to solder, as well as engineering skills. Their next project will be soldering a night light circuit board.
School News Team
Last, but certainly not least, Mrs. Eveleth’s School News Team! This class is in charge of getting news out to the rest of the school and the rest of the world.
Built up by various TV shows, school lunch has received a ‘controversial’ reputation. By the Collaborative’s request, we went out and found the truth about school lunches. They wanted to understand what the students at D39C really thought about the overall lunch experience. Do you want to know the startling results? Watch the video to find out.
Do you doodle when you're bored? If so, than Doodling & Zentangling is for you. This new Exploration, has captured the attention of the Design 39's 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th graders. This relaxing art class is more than drawing, it’s “yoga for the mind”. In Doodling & Zentangling, you test your creativity to fit inside a 1” by 1” square and see where your ideas take you. It’s not sketching, it’s zentangling! You may be wondering what’s in the name, zen-tangling. “Zen” is a relaxation zone you generally reach with meditation. “Tangles” is an adapted term for rectangles, a square is a rectangle, and you doodle inside the square during this class. Hence the term, Doodling & Zentangling. To learn more, click the video.