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Pod C Kindergartners Imagine their Dream Houses

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.

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.

2/3 Old Town Field Trip Preview

The 2nd and 3rd graders are taking a trip to Old Town, San Diego. Old Town is a historic piece of San Diego full of rich culture and history, including houses, banks, hotels, jails, and a cemetery. The 3rd graders we interviewed are very excited about visiting!

The students have been learning about an essential question : San Diego history - Then & Now. Old Town was founded by Spanish settlers exploring California. Students will get a hands on a tour, getting to see how these Spanish settlers lived. The kids will get to see artifacts and culture first hand, and the tour guides will even perform skits with them to keep the trip interesting. Overall, the trip will show them how San Diego was then, versus now.

We interviewed teacher, Mrs. Castillo, about the field trip. “They really get to see all of those things, and make sense of history long ago versus today. They get to make those comparisons.”

The Best Part of The 2-3 Day!

In the wonderful B and C building, there are many fun days. For most of the kids, their favorite time of the day is Deep Dive time! There are so many amazing Deep Dives that those smart little kids have. The times that the 2-3 Deep Dives occur are from 11:30-12:15 on Tuesday and Thursday. The fun part is that they get to choose their Deep Dives, too. Do you think you know all of the 2-3 Deep Dives? Well, if you think you do, let's test you…

First of all, do you know what the most popular 2-3 Deep Dive is? Well if you don’t, the most popular one is coding with robots! We have heard that it is one of the best Deep Dives! Do you think it would be fun?

Let's jump on to the next one. Do you think you know ALL of the Deep Dives? Well if you don't know, here they are! Design thinking, Video, 3D Art, Kite design, Music, Space, Coding with Robots, Cardboard Automata, Spanish, Cursive, Watercolor, and Wires, pliers and more. The 2-3 deep dives are great. Which one is the most popular? Well the outstanding thing is that the 2 Deep Dive that you would think are the most popular are, Cardboard Automata and Coding with Robots. When we asked some of the teachers, they said, “ I teach Design thinking” Said Mrs. Cabral “ also, In the Deep Dive that I teach, we were solving problems that our school has”. That sounds like the one we have in the 4-5 pod! There are so many amazing choices that the 2-3 has.

After that, we also went around the 2-3 buildings and asking them about their Deep Dive. One of the boy’s that we interviewed said, “ My Deep Dive is Cardboard Automata” Said a 2nd grade boy named Colin “also in my Deep Dive we research about Cardboard Automata, then design it. After we build one, we build a lot more”.

Did you think that in every Deep Dive they use their devices? Well, if you though so, you were wrong. A third grade boy told us that in his Deep Dive they only use their devices sometimes, but not a lot. Even though they don’t, other Deep Dive classes use their Devices like Spanish and Kite Design. All of the Deep Dives are super fun, though when we asked them if they had a choice to switch Deep Dives of stay in their Deep Dives, a little girl in 3rd named Aya, told us that she has lots of fun learning how to speak Spanish. When she is learning how to speak Spanish, she is learning the language of the Mexican culture.

We had lots of interesting and funny experiences learning about the fun things 2-3 does in their Deep Dives. We heard a lot about the most popular Deep Dive, which was Coding with robots. We were really interested in their explanations of what their Deep Dive is, what they do in their Deep Dive, what are some of the Deep Dives that 2-3 has, which is their favorite Deep Dive, and which Deep Dive they think is the most popular Deep Dive in the 2-3 span.

Months of Holidays

By Alex Nelson & Natalie Winkler, 4-5 School News Team

Do you enjoy celebrating holidays? Do you know the reasoning behind these holidays? Well, keep reading to find out information that you may not have known before.  In this article you will be able to learn about the most common holidays celebrated each month.      

January, February, & March

In January there is a holiday that many people in the world celebrate and that holiday is New Year’s Eve. New Year’s Day is one day out of the year that is like no other day. This day is celebrated since it is the first day of the new year. Many people make New Year's Resolutions. Since it is the New Year, people may like to start fresh. Fun Fact!! Did you know that to some religions, New Year’s Day has been celebrated for almost 4,000 years.

In February there is a lovely holiday, Valentine’s Day!!! This is a holiday that mainly children celebrate, but adults will sometimes do nice, loving things too. Fun Fact!!! Almost 150 million cards are estimated to be exchanged. This holiday happens on the 14 of February, and schools around the world exchange and have fun with this celebration.

Now there is St. Patrick’s Day. This is a holiday of luck! They say that if you find a four leaf clover, than you will have luck for the rest of the year. If you get lucky, than you might even find some gold! Fun Fact! Did you know that until 1970 St. Patrick’s Day was celebrated as only an Ireland holiday?

April, May, and June

Do you enjoy hunting for eggs and eating the candy that you find? Well many people do, Easter is a fun holiday for kids all ages, and it is fun for parents to watch their kids go run excitedly and enjoy trying to find their candy and eggs. One of the fun things to do for Easter is paint a hard boiled egg. You can paint the hard boiled egg any way you would like. Fun Fact!! Easter was created because it was the day that Jesus Christ had died.

Now in May, there is a special holiday, Memorial Day! Memorial Day is when you honor the military soldiers that died.  Fun/Sad Fact!! The war that killed the most soldiers was the Civil War, it was sad, but we still honor them today.

Another holiday is the amazing Flag Day. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 and we honor this holiday since that was the day that the United States flag was created. Fun Fact!! In 1777 the flag was created, that means that the flag has been around for 238 years.

July, August, & September

As most of you all know, on the 4th of July, it is someone's birthday, or should I say something. Of course, it is America’s birthday. Now, people cannot go around saying that America was “born” on this day. It was actually the birth of America’s Independence! Fun Fact!!!! In 1776 the birth of Independence was created, therefore, this holiday has been around for 239 years. We have been so lucky to have been able to keep this independence around for so many years.

Now you’re probably wondering, what is the Civic Holiday. This holiday is mainly celebrated in Canada. On this day, many people will go on trips, go camping, or enjoy time somewhere outside of your house. Fun Fact!! Very few people outside of Canada celebrate this holiday, therefore, it is unique!

Finally, there is the holiday in September, Labor Day! Labor Day is a holiday that is celebrated internationally. The reasoning behind this holiday is to celebrate the festivities held in honor of the working people, almost to give them a day off since they are always working. Fun Fact!!!! Labor Day has been around for only 126 years, that is short for when a holiday was created!

October, November, & December

The next three holidays that we will be telling you about are the ones that pretty much everyone loves to talk about! The first one is Halloween. Halloween is on October 31 every year. People around world dress up and walk around to gather candy. This is one of the most unhealthy, yet delicious holidays. This is one of the most old holidays in the world, yet every year people love to celebrate. Fun Fact!!! You can be any age, and still go around as something silly or cool, it is all for the fun of it!

The next holiday is Thanksgiving, which happens to be more of a United States only holiday, but is also celebrated in Canada. We celebrate the day of where the Native Americans helped out the European Colonists to grow things in the winter. Therefore, they became friends and celebrated the first Thanksgiving feast. That is why every Thanksgiving we eat the same thing. Fun Fact!!! Did you know that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Plymouth, Massachusetts!

Now the last holiday, Christmas!!!!! Now many of you celebrate Christmas, and here is the reason why it is celebrated. Christmas is really the birthday of God’s son, Jesus Christ. On that day many people came to give gifts. Christmas is about giving and receiving gifts from you friends and loved ones! Fun Fact!!!! Did you know that Jesus was estimated to be born on 1BC?









Lights💡, Cookies 🍪, Action 🏃

By Hannah and Riva, 4-5 School News Team

We all know Christmas is a holiday of giving and receiving. This is a time where we can get to know family and friends better thus, build strong relationships. Yet, we seldom think of how others celebrate Christmas at D39C. Many families at D39C came from different parts of the world to America earlier on in their lives with diverse cultures they believe in. For this reason, many cultures celebrate Christmas, and the people who believe in these have very different celebrations during the duration of the holiday season. D39C News and Blog wants to find out more.

D39C Holidays❄

Christmas is a fun and important holiday to most 4-5 students at D39C. How and why do they celebrate the holidays? Many people cherish their time during Christmas with family and friends. During christmas there is not only time to spend with family and friends, there are also delicious recipes. Many recipes the 4-5 students described to us as we were interviewing them, are ordinary Christmas desserts such as cookies and gingerbread. In spite of this, there are some intriguing delicacies that grabbed our attention, such as jelly-filled cookies, jelly thumbprint cookies, and rhubarb pie.

Paris, a 7th grader said, “Christmas is important so we can celebrate Christ.” With the many people we interviewed who celebrate Christmas, many D39C students that came from other countries do not actually celebrate Christmas. Omar, a student who moved from Kuwait, (A country in the Middle East) said, “I don’t celebrate Christmas, yet there is a similar holiday called Eid. Eid is a holiday in October and September where you give gifts, eat food, and gather with family and friends.”

Riva, a 5th grade student in Mrs. Rader’s class, said, “My mom celebrates Christmas, yet there is another holiday that is like Christmas that is more important to our culture. This holiday is called Diwali. This holiday is a festival of lights. There is no date exactly because it is the alignment of the stars in the sky that tell us when the date is. People decorate all of the streets and houses with lights. They burn fire crackers and eat food. This is our family celebration.”

Many people also celebrate a holiday called Hanukkah during the holiday season. This holiday began this year on December 6th. Mrs. Rosie, a substitute for Mrs. Rader, said, “Hanukkah is a holiday that celebrates an event in history  and most people spend this with their family. This holiday marks the dedication of a temple in Jerusalem and a small group of people winning their land back from invaders. Also, when they relit the menorah in the holy temple they found a jug of olive oil. They used this to keep the candles lit for a long duration of time. They only thought the olive oil would last them 1 day but, it lasted for eight. That is the origination of the eight days of Hanukkah.”  Kailey and Ellie in the 4-5 span both celebrate Hanukkah and said they eat mainly latkes during this time.      

The majority of students that D39C News and Blog interviewed, have a good ol’ traditional Christmas. For example, setting up a tree, putting out cookies and milk out for Santa Claus, and opening presents, and spending time with families. Putting up a tree has been a Christmas tradition for many families.  Also, many families who are Catholic or Christian go to mass at a local church. Hannah and Luke 5th grade students in Mrs. Rader and Lamb’s class said, “We pick and open one present on Christmas eve.”  Many of us enjoy and believe Christmas is necessary in many ways!

D39C News and Blog have found out a lot about the holidays yet, there is more to find out! So get ready for lights, cookies, and ACTION!


How Far Are You Going?

By: Anjali and Meghna, 4-5 School News Team

Did you know 91.7 percent of the 4-5 grades are going on a vacation for Christmas break.

Many 4th and 5th graders at Design39Campus are going on vacation over this Holiday Break. Where are they going and why? That is what Anjali and Meghna from the 4-5 School News Team are wondering! Time to discover how far people are going and why! Time to explore the world of vacations, come join us!

The first person we interviewed is a 5th grader at Design39Campus named Laurel McCrary. She has a tradition of going to a Hawaiian island every Christmas break. Can you guess which island she is going to this year? The hint is it starts with a K. She is going to Kauai! Kauai is the 4th largest island and stretches a wide 552 miles.

Wow!  Another 5th grader at Design39Campus is also going to Hawaii, although she is going for a different reason.  Her family wants to go because they all love activity and what this island has to offer. They thought Kauai would be a great adventure and they are so excited to go! This student stated, “I am so excited for all the new experiences the island holds!” A few activities you can do at Kauai would include swimming, snorkeling, hiking and mountain tubing.

Cole, a 5th grader at Design39Campus is going to Chicago, Illinois this winter break. It’s a tradition in his family to go there every winter break. They have family that lives at Chicago and they enjoy going there to visit family.They always see a movie or go sledding. Some other things that can be done there are, ice skating, go to the Lincoln Park Zoo and see the zoo lights, or you can even go to their famous art museums.

Finally, we have Izzy, a fifth grader at D39C who is going to Connecticut. Izzy loves going to Connecticut because all of her father’s side lives in Connecticut. She enjoys going to her grandmother’s house and her grandmother lives on a lake. Some activities that Izzy loves to do in Connecticut would include the following, ice skating and sledding. A few things you can do other than what Izzy likes to do would be, look around the tourist attractions like Yale university. So if you ever go to Connecticut, have fun!

Many people love winter break to have a vacation and relax. I hope you enjoyed this article and whether you are traveling near and far always remember that the holidays are  a time to celebrate with your family and friends. Enjoy your holidays and have a Happy New Year!!!