February 18, 2018

Exploring the Evidence


Well, that was fun! We had an extremely fun (and exhausting) trip to the Scablands of Central Washington. Students were immersed in identifying and analyzing geological features associated with the Missoula Floods from The Dalles all the way to where we stayed in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park in Coulee City, Washington. At one point, I heard one student mutter, “This is the most thrilling field trip I’ve ever been on.” Check out the photo gallery below to view some of the fun things we did. I want to give a huge shout out to the following parents for coming along as chaperones as they made a trip a huge success: Mike Feerick, Heather Hughes, Katey Kinnear, Ted Natividad, Sarah Loveland, Toni and Mike Robinson, and Heather Garrett.

I’m having a hard time comprehending the fact that we are about to enter the last week of school. It’s certainly hard to believe, but nonetheless, here we are. Friday is the last day of school and dismissal is at 12:30pm. Buses will run like normal.

Wednesday night is Portfolio Night. Please come anytime between 4pm and 7pm to check out the progress your child has made this school year. Remember that if your child is in band, they will have their performance in the East MPB at 7pm. Students are expected to be there by 6:40pm dressed ready to go on stage. No t-shirts or shirts. Please have them dressed in pants and a nice button-up shirt. Mr. Killgore has raved about this group of fifth graders and I’m excited to hear them perform.

During this last week of school, students will be participating in an engineering design project focusing on Rube Goldberg. That name may not ring a bell, but I’m sure you’re familiar with his style of art. Check out this music video and you’ll know what I mean. We have all the supplies we need, but if you have any two liter soda bottles around the house, we can definitely still use them!

While you plan for Portfolio Night, please know that the Corbett Middle School Travel Club will be holding a bake sale at Portfolio Night.  They will have cake pops, cupcakes, cookies and more for sale!  Please bring a few extra dollars and help send Corbett middle school students to Europe in 2018.

Also, CMS Travel Club is hosting an end of the year POOL PARTY on June 2nd, 2017 from 1:00pm to 4:00 PM at Reynolds Pool. The cost is $5 and tickets do need to be purchased in advance from either the MS or GS office. Refreshments and snacks will be available for purchase at the pool. All proceeds will support sending Corbett students to Europe in 2018.

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend!

Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: On One’s Last Leg


Important Upcoming Dates:

  • 5/29- There’s no school on Monday, May 29th in observance of Memorial Day.
  • 5/31- Our portfolio night, a collection and reflection of your child’s work and progress this school year, is scheduled during the late afternoon and early evening.
  • 5/31- Band concert for the 5th graders in band at 7pm (students are supposed to arrive by 6:40pm)
  • 6/2- The final day of school! Woah! Dismissal is at 12:30pm.
  • 6/3- Tentative 5th Grade Camping Trip, weather dependent
  • Week of June 13th- Progress Reports will be mailed to your house
  • Summer 2017- From robotics to art to summer school, various staff members are offering different enrichment courses this summer. Check out the courses offered here.


We hiked the Umatilla Rock Trail in Sun Lakes-Dry Falls State Park.

Geology Professor Nick Zentner from Central Washington University greeted us in Vantage, WA and introduced the importance of our trip to the kids.

We hiked between Frenchman’s Coulee and Echo Basin to check out what the force of the floods left behind.


Atop the hike, we took in stunning views of Central Washington.

Tent City

Ladies and gentlemen, Mac Garrett!

Playing basketball at camp

Checkin out Lake Lenore Caves

Mr. B’s and Mrs. Young’s Class atop Dry Falls at the Visitor Center

And now, the obligatory “Kids Passed Out On the Bus” pictures, which as you’ll notice is mostly boys because the girls stayed awake:

Dan Barnard About Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard hails from the Green Mountain State of Vermont where he grew up skiing, biking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods. He learned to drive on his parents' station wagons, learned to ski at Smugglers' Notch, and developed a love for traveling by participating in school trips to France and New York City. He worked in many jobs ranging from ski instructing to babysitting to an after-school program that helped him decide he wanted to be a teacher.

He enrolled in Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Humanities with a focus on history and a concentration in Elementary Education. After working for two years in a suburban Boston community as a fifth grade teacher, he decided to move west to discover the beauty and bounty of Oregon. He worked for four years as a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher in Mosier, Oregon. While working in Mosier he enrolled in graduate school at Portland State University and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.