Tuesday, May 29, 2018

A Story of Mrs. M

By Addison (grade 4)

Mrs. M (Caroline Molesworth) just began at BBS as a student teacher and I think we all love her. She started going to college about 15 long years ago. She started out wanting to be a preschool teacher but then decided to be a elementary teacher. 

She says, “I want  to be a teacher because I value education's role in improving outcomes for individuals and society. Receiving a quality education from a young age can help people stay out of trouble and attain good jobs, which boosts the economy and saves money on things like rehabilitation and incarceration costs. Teachers can be interventionists, who get children the help they need to grow their potential and develop a growth-mindset for future success. I generally enjoy working with kids too!” 

She has three children, one 7 year old, an (almost) 2 year old, and and a 19 year old stepson. Her favorite food is pasta with red sauce. She says to make a good student the child must “have the mindset and willingness to learn, engage, and try.”  I will tell you Mrs. M is great to me and I bet everyone loves her to. 

Youth Fishing Pond in Camp Sherman

by Ace (grade 4)

This year we’re helping build a fishing pond at the old fish hatchery in Camp Sherman! Kids will be coming from all around the state of Oregon to fish at the youth fishing pond here in Camp Sherman! There will be salmon and trout in the youth fishing pond. Some activities there will be fishing for kids, signs to look at plants to see, and in the summer, lots of butterflies on the milkweed. We have been making signs for the old fish hatchery pond. It will tell the plants names, types of fish, and ecology of the youth fishing pond. We also planted aspen trees, milkweed, rushes and sedges in the area around the pond to restore it. When is it going to open? We do not know yet, but we are thinking summer. That’s why we are helping the youth fishing pond. The youth fishing pond will be a good place for kids to fish and learn about the environment.  

Weston planing an aspen tree last November
Xzavier with milkweeds we planted last fall

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Hoodoo's Winter Carnival

by Addison (grade 4)

This year Hoodoo had an amazing winter CARNIVAL!! At the carnival there were many attractions. There was a Dummy Downhill competition, snow sculptures, skiing and fun.

This year BBS competed in the Dummy Downhill with a dummy we named Buszilla. There were multiple contest entries for the dummy downhill. The Dummy Downhill is a contest where you try to get the most cheers as your dummy goes off a jump. You build something with a mannequin (aka a dummy) and it skis down a hill and goes over a jump. The biggest crash with the most cheers wins. These are some quotes that I got from my classmates Emily says “It was cold but the Dummy Downhill was fun to watch.” Also Jojo says “The part when the motorcycle dude crashed off the jump was crazy cool.” Mia says “The Dummy Downhill and the snow animals were really cool.” Also Keanan says “ It was exceptional and my favorite part was watching the Dummy Downhill.”   

There were two snow sculptures. One was a spiky alligator. The other was a Winnie The Pooh with a big honey jar and people could crawl into the honey jar.

Skiing was very fun. There were many people snowboarding and skiing down the hill. It was crowded and sometimes you would almost crash into somebody. There was day and night skiing and bonfires and fireworks.

So next year if you can take a trip to Hoodoo winter carnival, it’s super cool. Have fun!

Science & Art (SciArt)

by Athan (grade 5)

The SciArt contest at the Sisters Science Fair this year is broken into two different categories, one for students in grades K-5, and another for students in grades 6-12. Each has its own approach to the basic ideas of finding science in art. In SciArt we have to take pictures, sculpt, draw, or paint. I don't know how many people from Black Butte School are going to enter, but I know I am going to enter two drawings. The SciArt contest is put on by the Sisters Science Club.
We can enter at the most of two pictures/sculpture, drawing, or painting. The winners of the contest get cash prizes of $75, $50, and $25. First place gets $75 second place gets $50 and third place gets $25. In SciArt we have to take pictures, sculpt, draw, or paint something to do with science and art. Like taking pictures, sculpt, draw, or paint something of the forest like some plant or animal. Below is one entry from a BBS student. I hope it wins!

Climate Change

by Audrie (grade 5)

Winter of 2018 has been going through some tragic times. Our current weather pattern has been seasonally warm, with unpredictable weather, that has people questioning how it will affect the future.

Finally we had enough snow to sled by the end of February!
This year the Sisters and Camp Sherman areas have been waiting for snow since November 10th, we had a few small snowfalls since November, but just recently we got about 5 inches of snow. (Since the writing of this blog on February 22, Camp Sherman got another 12 inches of snow!)

In 2017 we had a different problem with winter we had TO MUCH SNOW. Last year we had to delay our winter performance because of the road conditions. But this year we hardly had any snow on the performance or on Christmas, New Years, and Groundhog Days. We had some snow on Valentine's Day and Presidents Day, lets hope this weather will stay snowy (luckily it did! and then warmed up and now its mostly melted).

Before we got our snowfall we were having 60° weather. People were wearing shorts and tank tops. Then out of nowhere we got WIND and more WIND and RAIN and more RAIN and than SNOW and more SNOW. I wonder what kind of weather our changing climate will bring us next winter.

Snowboarding with BBS!

by Scott (grade 6)

Here's me shredding the gnar!
Black Butte School's students have had the chance to ski and now we can snowboard for the first time ever! We have ten snowboarders Scott, Rope, Athan, Weston, Ace, Kennan, Wesley, Paisley, Michael, and Xzavier. The youngest two groups are on the bunny hill but the older group will be going on the run Blue Valley on Friday. Both groups have come very far and we are all waiting to see how they do at the end of the year.

Sherman Poppen with snurfing prototypes in 1965
The first name given to snowboarding was snurfing. A surfing freak named Sherman Poppen invented it. It was a toy for his two daughters. He made it by fastening  two skis together and adding rope to it to help steer. It became so famous that other people wanted to do it as well. Soon it became so popular that other peopole made their own versions. Snowboarding is a lot like skateboarding since you steer by shifting your weight. You stay in control by making turns and going as fast as you like and being able to slow down. The conditions at Hoodoo are pretty good and there is enough snow that we can go the whole 8 weeks we planned.  We are all glad to be able to do this and do what we want. We hope to see you on the hill!

Lower Grade Math Geniuses

by Talon (grade 4)

The lower graders have been learning about subtraction and fractions. Ms. Steele is really pushing the lower graders to learn time. And the students are adapting quickly. The lower graders have also been working a lot in their textbooks. The lower graders have really been doing some hard work. Today the lower graders are working on a fraction pizza, a fraction pizza is where you put toppings and you record the fraction of each topping. I am really starting to think that the lower graders are learning faster that it takes for a lightning bolt to hit the ground.