Deputy Learning Commons

Creativity, Curiosity, Innovation

April 2016 News

We had an Amazing April! National Poetry Month, Earth Day Buncee Buddy project, and the beginning of Maker Month. It's hard to believe that we only have three weeks of school left!


Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Clerkin

National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? To celebrate ALL students were introduced to different types of poetry and then became poets themselves. Students used Buncee, DoodleBuddy, SeeSaw and Padlet apps for these projects.

Acrostic Poems

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a particular word or phrase (vertically).

Students LOVED using their first names and did a really good job brainstorming adjectives for their names.

Cinquain Poems

Students in 3rd - 5th grade worked with a partner to research cinquain poetry. Cinquain poems are just five lines long, with only a few words on each line, making them easy to write.

Blackout Poetry

The concept is simple. Students are given a page of a book, magazine, newspaper, etc. They then read through the page and lightly underline words or phrases that stand out to them. Students then go back and blackout the remaining words until all they see are the ones they underlined.

Color Poems

K-2nd grade students chose a single color to write their color poems.

Favorite Things

Kindergarten - 2nd grade students wrote poems about their favorite things.

Buncee Buddies: Earth Day 2016

Earth Day is a day to stop and think about what we are doing to our Earth and how we can make it a cleaner and better place to live.

For our Earth Day project, classrooms were paired up with Buncee Buddies from around the world. Students created Buncees about Earth Day and what they could do to help make our Earth a cleaner place to live. Below are links to our Earth Day Padlet walls.


Mrs. Hartman http://padlet.com/kclerkin/j21a0bem1o3s

Mrs. Fulton http://padlet.com/kclerkin/f2tq8t1o7dlh

Mrs. Mahoney http://padlet.com/kclerkin/rvk70ui1037t

Earth Day 2016

About Us

Our goals are to:


  • Get students excited about the library space and learning.
  • Give students opportunities to work on engaging tasks.
  • Provide spaces to work collaboratively, think critically, and creatively.


Also, to transition to a place where students DO stuff, not simply a place where students GET stuff.