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Artist in Resident (AIR)

    Middleton students paired up with a local artist, Maggie Englund. The students first submitted designs for a massive mural that will hang in our school. Today was our second lesson and we learned multiple painting techniques. Our next step will be to rip up the beautiful paper and apply pieces to our mural. More pictures are in the January link, above.


    We were weighed down with our knowledge of gravity! We conducted experiments to test Newton's second law: two items of different weights DO fall at the same rate. We also learned about human error in the experiments and how that impacts data. Click the January link for more pictures.

3-D Poetry

    We spent two weeks studying various forms of poetry and created our own winter poems. The   students constructed 3-D poetry boxes and are bringing them home. Click the January link above for more pictures.

"Class Pets"

    Room 24 fundraised to support two endangered species, the Slow Lemur and Amur Leopard. World Wildlife Fund sent us stuffed animals and these “class pets” get to go on adventures to your homes! Students signed up for a weekend to take home one of the animals. Over his/her assigned weekend, your child will write a journal entry about the animal’s adventures or research other endangered species. This is a fun project that will further our animal knowledge while incorporating imagination. Keep an eye out for our new furry friends.

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 Cozy Day

    The class worked for three months to earn their first party! They voted on a cozy reading day and wore their pajamas. What would cozy day be without our blankets and favorite stuffed animals? The extra surprise was a Jolly Rancher to snack on while curled up with our favorite books. Click the December link above for more pictures.

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Gratitude Chain

    Fifth grade Leadership Club distributed strips of paper for students and staff to write down what they're thankful for. The club collected the strips and assembled a massive gratitude chain with over 600 links! I am thankful for my amazing students and their families. More pictures are in the November link above.


    We love our second grade class! Today we brainstormed what we are thankful for with our buddies. We then read the books the second graders wrote and were amazed by their artwork and writing. Click the November link above for more pictures.


    We were so lucky to have Timber visit us! He is a three year old Alaskan Malamute and loves to cuddle. Click the link above for more pictures.

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Local Talent

    On Saturday I surprised a student and attended the closing night of his play! Our young actor did a fabulous job in "Seussical the Musical. 

Halloween Party

    Ghouls and goblins gathered as we celebrated a fun holiday! Our class was full of smiles and laughter as the students played minute-to-win-it games, decorated cookies, and made massive cup towers. Thank you to all of the families that contributed and planned this memorable party. Click here for more pictures.


    The Fifth Grade Leadership Club is hosting Socktober from October 1st-31st. Please send in new socks, of any size, for people in need. Socks will be donated to a shelter for women and children and an outreach program for Portland's homeless community. 

Socktober Update: We collected 1,012 pairs of socks during the month of October! The socks will be donated on November 3rd.

Nasty Carrots

    Throughout the month of October we have been weighing carrots and measuring the decrease in mass. Students took turn weighing the carrots and the class graphed the changing mass. The carrots now look like spooky Halloween monsters! In total, the two carrots lost over 80 grams of mass. 

Fun Run

    The Hamachekians ran, ran, and ran! We ran a total of 422 laps, equaling 50.48 miles. That was just in 25 minutes! Thanks for supporting our class and our wonderful school. Click here for more Fun Run pictures.

Math Collaborations

    Two heads are better than one! We worked on math problems using massive white boards and teamwork. Throughout the year I try to “shake up” our learning methods. Click here for more pictures from week two, three, and four.


Thank You 
    Oregon's wild fires have been on our minds during these smoky days. We had a class discussion about how thankful we are for our safety and the hard work of our fire fighters. We spent time writing thank you notes to all of the people protecting our beautiful state.

First Day of Fifth Grade
    How could we pass up a class picture on the first day of school? We had a blast getting to know each other and look forward to the year ahead of us. Click here for more pictures!