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We had an amazing week in 5th and 6th grade learning all about water. We were fortunate to be able to go to the Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, and Sweetwater Wetlands to learn specifically about water in Tucson.

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WOW! We had an amazing week in 5th and 6th grade learning all about water. We were fortunate to be able to go to the Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, and Sweetwater Wetlands to learn specifically about water in Tucson. We spoke to Tucson Water and had the fabulous UA hydrologist and TGS faculty member, Dr. Erika Gallo, talk with us about issues involving water in Arizona.

Students spent their time at TGS this week investigating the fictional place "Gray Area" to determine why the fish may be dying. Students tested different theories, completed scientific experiments, closely read a variety of artifacts like newspaper articles, emails, and scientific explanations, made inferences based on clues, and practiced adjusting their thinking as more information came. Many students went as far as doing research on their own to help support their thinking. Students have the homework assignment over the break of telling someone all about the investigation they completed!

Here are a few of the amazing quotes from students about what they learned this week:

Dani, 5th grade

Dani, 5th grade

I realized how much our lifestyle affects the world around us.

Kris, 6th grade

Kris, 6th grade

I learned that it is best to think about all the possible outcomes of something before you decide on something.
Keegan, 5th grade

Keegan, 5th grade

I learned that not all problems are black and white, a lot of problems are in the middle, or gray.

Nolan, 6th grade

Nolan, 6th grade

Our research showed that not one specific person did it, it is all the people of Gray Area at least contributing very little or a big amount. This mystery was fun to solve. I learned that there is not only a right or wrong, but often an in between. There will always be something to weigh you down on your journey to your dreams. Sometimes it may be a tie or loss. But that doesn't mean you should give up, it means keep shooting for the stars.
Phoebe, 6th grade

Phoebe, 6th grade

Pollution is a real world problem, This was just a representation of this widespread issue. Pollution is not just the fault of one person, it is the effect of many small acts.
Elisa, 6th grade

Elisa, 6th grade

We did a bunch of tests and after my brilliant thinking, we realized that there is no one person to blame, everybody played a little part, some more than others. In the end it wasn't as black and white as we thought at the beginning.



Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. We hope you all enjoy your time together!

Amie Bergersen, Allycyn Jacobs, Katie Patt

 

The Stilt Walkers Amie Bergersen
Amie Bergersen received her B.A. at the University of Arizona/ in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership. She joined the faculty as the 5th grade teacher in 2014.

I love teaching at The Gregory School because I can do what is best for students every day. I have the opportunity to customize what I teach to fit the passions and needs of my students. The students, faculty, and families are part of an amazing and supportive learning community inside and outside of the classroom.

Amie Bergersen
 

 

The Stilt Walkers Allycyn Jacobs
Allycyn Jacobs earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations at Northern Arizona University and her M.A. at Washington State in University in Elementary Education. She achieved the National Board Certification in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. Allycyn became a member of the TGS faculty in 2015.

Eager, enthusiastic, excited...these words only start to describe the students at The Gregory School. This passion for learning creates energy for innovative teaching. At TGS I am allowed to be the teacher I have always wanted to be - collaborative, creative, compassionate - with students who are engaged in authentic learning opportunities. The teachers and students at TGS care about each other. This is evident in the classroom and out. The Gregory School is a strong learning community, one I am honored to be a part of.

Allycyn Jacobs
 
The Stilt Walkers Katie Patt
Katie Patt received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Kenyon College and her Master of Arts at the University of Massachusetts. She has been a member of our Social Sciences faculty since 2014.

I love teaching at TGS because students are engaged, inquisitive, and creative. They collaborate and creatively solve problems, and they pose questions that are original and abstract. Most of all, middle school students at TGS get a chance to explore their own interests and to be kids--whether that means playing with chickens, making airplanes, learning Chinese martial arts, or engaging in an all out Uno war in Advisory.

Katie Patt
 
 
 
 
 

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