Mixed Media Characters

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

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’.


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.


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.

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.

DIY Holiday Ornaments

By: Carolina Gadberry, Yulianna Galvan and Sophia Rad

It’s finally the month!  What I mean by that is Christmas! Have you ever wanted to make a DIY ornament, well we’re about to show you two  really fun and easy DIY christmas ornament. Let's get started. Our first ornament is a...

Snowman Hand-Print Ornament

Materials needed:

  1. Ornament (color optional)
  2. Paint (white, black and orange)

How to make it

  1. Get a color ornament.
  2. Take the white paint and paint the palm of your hand
  3. Place painted hand onto the ornament, making a hand-print around the ornament.
  4. Remove your hand slowly off of the ornament. You now have the body of the snowman.
  5. Set the ornament out to dry.
  6. When dry, use the orange paint to paint the nose of each snowmen (5 total).
  7. Use the black paint to paint on the faces and the buttons for each snowmen.
  8. Set it out to dry.
  9. When it is done drying, you have a cute little Snowman ornament!     

Our next ornament is a …...      

Pixie dust ornament!

Materials needed:

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  1. Clear ornament
  2. Glitter (any color)
  3. Paint Pen (any color)

How to make it:

  1. Take the clear ornament and fill it with glitter.
  2. Once filled, take the paint pen and write pixie dust on the outside of the ornament.
  3. Set the ornament out to dry.
  4. When it is done drying, you have a magical Pixie Dust ornament!     

DIY School Supplies

By Teagan Schirmacher And Alyssa Fousek, 4-5 School News Team

Do you ever get tired of losing your pencils and pens? Well if you do, you have come to the right people to help you. We have come up with an idea. Our idea is for you kids to make a toilet paper roll pencil pouch.. It is really easy to make, so little kids can do it too. This pencil pouch could be for anyone. The materials and instructions are down below for you to start your adorable pencil pouch. Ready, Set, GO!

The first thing that you will need to do for this project is get out all of the materials. The materials that will be needed for this project are: paint, paint brushes, toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls, a hot glue gun, newspaper (or something else to cover your work surface) and scissors. You can get these supplies at any crafts store like Michaels.

Step One:

Paint the toilet paper roll with whatever color paint you want.

Step Two

After painting, wait for the paint to dry. Once the paint is dry, get another piece of cardboard and cut a circle that can fit on the end of the toilet paper. 

Step Three:

After putting on the smaller piece of cardboard, cut around the edge of it to make it fit with the toilet paper roll. Make sure that the piece of cardboard is glued on tightly.

Step Four

Next you will need to put any of the materials that you would like to keep inside of the pencil pouch.

NOW, enjoy your toilet paper roll pencil pouch!