August 17, 2017

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.

Memories

Dear Families, Some say the word “wow” is overused. I disagree. It’s a simple, yet extremely powerful word. Thus, wow! Another year has come and gone. Your child is now preparing to enter the next grade, your head may be… [Read More…]

Exploring the Evidence

Families, 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… [Read More…]

SECOND PLACE!

Dear Families, First of all, I want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to all the families that worked tirelessly to raise money for our school’s PTA in this year’s Jog-a-thon! We raised a boatload of money. Well, maybe a… [Read More…]

Comings and Goings

Dear Families, This week marks the last week that new spelling words have been assigned. Thus, this is the last weekend your child will have words to study. We began the book club portion of our reading unit this week…. [Read More…]

Actually, Go Chase Waterfalls

Dear Families, We represented last week in our Sunday best for our Formal Friday. Here we are looking all dandy: Our geology studies are ramping up as we prepare for our trip to the Scablands of Central Washington. We’ve learned… [Read More…]

This Week, by Alexa

Alexa has written a synopsis of this week’s action in our classroom. Enjoy! I think you should know about what your student has been doing in class. In the mornings, we have been doing State Testing, we’re being quiet like… [Read More…]

Reading Goals

Dear Families, On Thursday, your child came home off with a copy of their reading goals and a letter stapled it to from yours truly explaining the goals, and their purpose, to you. This copy is yours to keep. Many… [Read More…]

Reading as Writers

Dear Families, We are extremely excited about our new reading unit, and that is not an exaggeration. A huge emphasis of this reading unit is on writing about what we read. We’re learning to be stronger writers through analyzing, reflecting,… [Read More…]

Speak the Same Language

Dear Families, There’s a lot going on this time of year. From our final units of the year in reading and writing to fundraisers to field trips, there’s a lot to cover. Here we go… CURRICULUM We started our new… [Read More…]

Spring Break!

Dear Families, First and foremost, I wish you and your family a terrific Spring Break! Whether that means lying on a beach somewhere, skiing, or cleaning out the garage, I hope you enjoy it. In geography, students are focusing on… [Read More…]