Magic of Soldering

From the 6/7 School News Team

Here at Design 39, all 7th grade students have to take a PLTW (Project Lead the Way) course. For the 7th graders this year, their class is called Magic of Electrons. At this point in the year, the 7th grade students are soldering. Soldering is basically welding objects together in this certain way. They are currently soldering wires together but will soon use this technique to create a circuit board for their very own night lights.

Sneak Peek into the D39C Kitchen

The School News Team toured the kitchen to find out more about how the food at D39C is made.

Some of you may think, is the school food imported? Is it frozen? Is it brought to school by a truck? Well here’s one thing for sure. It is made fresh by the food and nutrition cooks.

Four student reporters went down under to the kitchen to look behind the scenes. They showed us how they prepped the food and got it out into the food court.

The two of the coldest places in the kitchen are the freezer which is -10 degrees and the other would be the fridge. They use them for the hot dogs or other meats that will be ready by the next day.  Two of the news group members went inside, finding out that it was so cold.

They also have ovens. Not one, not two, but seven ovens just to cook your food! The ovens are fast heating and it takes only ten minutes to cook the pizza.

And you thought that it was imported from a truck that ships it to the cafeteria! The reality is, they don't just heat up the food and serve it, they actually cook it on site. Maybe this helps change your mind on the food here at Design39. We should appreciate the cooks and what they do to make our food. Thank you to the 39 Cafeteria workers for spending your time to make our food.

Literably.com

 The B114 homeroom with Tyler Borek.

The B114 homeroom with Tyler Borek.

We had a special opportunity yesterday to meet with Tyler Borek, creator of Literably.  What is Literably? Literably is a classroom tool that helps elementary teachers monitor students’ progress in reading. The site administers and scores oral reading assessments (with a comprehension check), so teachers can spend less time assessing and more time teaching. 

The 2nd and 3rd grade span has been working closely with Literably for the last two years.  From in-person to video conferences to emails, our relationship is mutually beneficial. Yesterday we had a lunch meeting with Tyler.  We learned that La Mesa-Spring Valley and Mountain View schools are using Literably district wide (Wow!).  We also had a chance to ask questions and give suggestions for site improvement. 

 (From left to right) Abby Robles, Carly Ciuffreda, Tyler Borek, Patrick Dela Cruz, Kate Stanley, Kriscia Cabral, Maureen Dunn, Brenda Gillies, Anna Johnson

(From left to right) Abby Robles, Carly Ciuffreda, Tyler Borek, Patrick Dela Cruz, Kate Stanley, Kriscia Cabral, Maureen Dunn, Brenda Gillies, Anna Johnson

And then.....

Tyler stayed after lunch to meet with students. My homeroom students had a question/answer opportunity. "What inspired you to create Literably?" "Who helped you create Literably?" "How did you come up with the name?" "Was it hard to rewrite the code for iOS?" 

 Students in B114 asking Tyler about Literably.

Students in B114 asking Tyler about Literably.

 

After questions, the students gave Tyler suggestions to improve Literably.  

  • More variety with passages
  • More comprehension questions
  • Instant feedback after answering comprehension questions
 Students offering suggestions to improve Literably.com 

Students offering suggestions to improve Literably.com 

After our chat, Tyler stayed to see the students as they completed their weekly Literably recordings.  When they came to me with Literably questions, as they sometimes do, I happily directed them to ask Tyler for help :) 

 Kai, Gabriel and Lainey seeking help. 

Kai, Gabriel and Lainey seeking help. 

What a small moment filled with awesome memories for all involved! Tyler Borek is an inspiration, an innovator, a mentor, and a friend to us at Design39Campus. 

 

Virtual Reality Book Reports in 2/3

 Quiet on set!

Quiet on set!

Kids in Mr. DC's homeroom are filming virtual reality book reports for the book Holes. 

 Practicing the filming process

Practicing the filming process

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! 

 Whenever anyone points their phone at the screen, our virtual book reporters will pop up! 

Whenever anyone points their phone at the screen, our virtual book reporters will pop up! 

Exploring light and shadows

First grade students in C pod have been exploring light and shadows over the last few weeks. They have discovered how different materials affect light and learned the scientific terms opaque, translucent and transparent. In order to integrate our subjects, students will now create shadow puppet shows to retell a story. Currently groups of four students are planning out their scenes and dialogue, determining which materials they need and are testing the effect of those materials once the light shines on them. Throughout this project students will be learning Next Generation science concepts, and growing their writing and literacy skills. Additionally, the important skills of communication, collaboration, problem solving and technology will be highlighted.

Diving Deep with the 6th & 7th Graders

Architecture and Design

In Architecture and Design, taught by Mr. Fritch, students are designing houses to learn the meaning behind the broad word ‘architecture’.

ART

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.

Music Creation

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.

Ceramics

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.

Exploravision

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.

The Truth About School Lunch

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.

Doodling and Zentangles!

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.

PLTW Skimmers! 6th Grade

By: Kate, Hannah, Dheeraj, and Caeden

The 6th graders at Design39Campus are in a Deep Dive called Project Lead the Way taught by Mr. Bret Fitzpatrick. A Deep Dive is a class where students can learn more about a certain topic for 90 minutes a day. In this class they are making paper skimmers, and by the end of the week, they have to get their skimmer past the 60 ft mark to pass the class.

These students have been working hard on getting there skimmers to pass that mark and even beating the school record, which is 120 ft. The students make their skimmers by folding and cutting paper in a certain way. Then they add 2 vertical stabilizers on the sides and a scoop on the bottom. The stabilizers stabilize the skimmer while it is in “flight”. The scoop controls the airflow under the skimmer to create lift to allow the skimmer to “float” across the floor.

We interviewed four students and they told us a little about the class and the skimmers, the way that these skimmers can work will blow your mind. Check out the video above to get the inside scoop on what's going on in the 6th graders Project Lead the Way class at Design39Campus.

Kinder Loop Update

Change is in the air!  Once the concrete was poured filling the easement, the City of San Diego moved quickly to install the new stop signs at the Kinder Loop entrance.  The City will now install crosswalks within the next 30-days.  It is very evident that traffic has slowed becoming more organized, and thus safer for our children.  Thank you for adhering to these new safety features.

Now that we have a clear picture of traffic flow, we are in the process of reinventing the Kinder Loop.  New safety features will appear over the next couple of weeks along with a video highlighting these features and procedures to ensure the safety of our children.  As always, please remember to:

  1. Pull in and continuously move forward to make space for other cars entering.
  2. Have students exit from the right side of the car.
  3. Be ready to unload once stopped (sun screen, brushing, backpacks, water bottles, etc. ready to go)
  4. Please remain in your car so continuous forward movement is insured. (there’s no parking to wait for kiddos)

If walking your kiddo to their homeroom, please park in the large parking lot or on Zaslavsky.

Thanks for your help in keeping our D39C community safe!