October 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.

Conference Week Bonanza!

Dear Families, It was certainly a busy week with conferences! Thanks for coming in and meeting with me regarding your child’s progress and goals for them this school year. The TOP 3 things to take out of the conference are:… [Read More…]

Building Reading Lives

Dear Families, This week, we had some serious heart-to-heart conversations about our reading lives, and what it means to be a reader at home. In order to strengthen our reading skills and becoming immersed in the books we read, it’s… [Read More…]

Week of September 25, 2017

Dear Families, I returned to school this week and hit the ground running! From Gorge Studies to writing, we’ve been a busy week. We’re reading two books for read aloud. The first is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by… [Read More…]

Welcome Back!

Families, Welcome back to a new school year! It was great to come in today and meet new faces, both familiar and brand new faces! I’m excited to see the returning fifth graders tomorrow. I’ve been asked roughly 342 times… [Read More…]

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…]