Wow! The final project is going to be great! I enjoyed watching all of you work on it today. I will try my best to get it all together and published soon. Your readers are going to be in for a real treat!
Now, I refuse to say goodbye because I know I will see you again. If I don't see you, I'm sure I will be reading something you're writing. If may be on blogs, newspapers, magazines, books, or other places. Every year I get the most incredible group of students and you continue to amaze me. It is such a joy to work with you. I don't like it when the year ends (sniff, sniff...) but my spirits rise when I think of all you will accomplish as you continue through your learning journey at school and elsewhere. You're the best!
You are an awesome group! What a year we have had! It was so cool watching all of you put your ideas together for our end-of-the-year project. The room was humming! Then the illustrations were so delightful! The final product will be a treat to see! The best part is that you will be helping other school bloggers.
Another thing I wanted to share with you is how many of you exhibit those great character traits that your principal has been blogging about all year. Like fairness, consideration, compassion, courage, self-respect, respect for others, initiative and that's just naming a few.
I have to get back to your submissions from today and start putting it all together for next week.
One last item, as I walked into school this morning I saw some awesome pictures about the top stories of 2004-2005. Many of you were in those write-ups so I thought I'd post a few here for others to see.
Alejandra has this artwork selected to be in the Georgia Art Education Association Capital Art Exhibit. This is a statewide art show which showcases artwork of students K-12. Alejandra traveled to Atlanta in Fevruary for Youth Art Month. She met with legislators who were impressed with her art talent (and her nice manners, too!) Way to go!
Yessenia's poems were submitted for publication in the 2005 edition of the Anthology of Poetry by Young Americans. Wow!
And I say a greatbig congratulations for all of you "Blooming Bloggers"! What a great year!
Take a look and notice the student blogs on the left hand side of the page. Also, notice Mr. Milligan's first post and be thinking about how you might answer that. We will take some time to correspond with this class - what fun!
Then we are really going to put our heads together and work on our writing/blogging project. See you bright and early in the morning. As usual, I can't wait!
The neat thing is that she nominated all of you as "Blog Rookies of the Year" on her "Get on the Blog Train" post.! She points people to your weblogs and shares your writing tips.
Here are just a few of the writing tips they offered. By the way, Yessenia and Ashley (two of her students) are published poets! They have a great site and
when you visit them you'll read why blogging in education is so
Then she quotes Yessenia, Shelby, Paulina, Ashley, Patrick and Maria!
I say "Hats Off" to a group of incredible "Blooming Bloggers!"
A nice schoolboard member once said that J. H. House eagles don't flock, they soar! That sure fits today. Will Richardson, a blogging colleague of mine, recognized your good work on a post today.
He also discovered this article in the March issue of Technology and Learning. Now Will found this article before I did. I read his blog and I was so happy for J. H. House to be recognized. Isn't the blogging world great? We bloggers help each other keep up! Thanks, Will!
The article features J. H. House Elementary School as the School Site of the Month!!!! That is quite an honor for you and your school. Boys and girls, they talk about your weblogs, our class weblogs and all the other blogs that J. H. House has created this year.
I think you have some of the best ideas and absolutely some of the best voices on the web. This nice recognition is received in a very large part because of your hard work all year long.
Here is a quote straight from the author, Susan Brooks-Young.
"All the participants comment on each other's posts-an excellent example
of how members of a school community can share ideas electronically."
J. H. House eagles are soaring once again. I am so very proud of you!!
Now this is something I just had to share. Patrick, you should be very
proud! Nancy Mckeand is currently teaching in an intensive English
program in a small college in Louisiana. She is especially interested
in the teaching of writing. Here's her post about Patrick:
A Great Post
I just read Patrick's post thanking people who have encouraged him. I think it is an excellent post.
I wish my college-aged students knew how to integrate a quote into a text as well as Patrick did - and he's only in 5th grade!