Walden Eagles News

6th Grade

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Eagles Important Dates


  • Monday, March 23 thru Friday, April 24 - Online Distance Learning. Please see your Schoology Calendar and Courses for your classwork.

Distance Learning Daily Checklist and Sample Schedule for Students

Eagles Distance Learning Daily Checklist - for families that want to set their own time frames for the day, but need to know what is required.



Eagles Distance Learning Sample Schedule - this is NOT required, but might be helpful for families that need a structured day with specific time frames along with knowing what is required.

3/27/20 Email from Your Eagles Teachers - Parent/Guardian Feedback Wanted!

We hope that the first week of Distance Learning was a success. We (teachers) feel like it has been an awesome experience! We have received a lot of great feedback from our students throughout this week that they have enjoyed working at their own pace, taking breaks whenever they want, connecting with teachers and teammates digitally, and that they can eat snacks whenever they want!

As we wrap up our first week of Distance Learning, we wanted to offer an opportunity for our families to reflect on the first week and provide us with feedback.


Please click here to complete the short survey.


Feel free to answer all of the questions or just a few. Any feedback is greatly appreciated and will help us adjust our approach to meet the needs of all of our students. Thank you again for your continued support during this time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need anything!

Take care,

Eagles Teachers

3/20/20 Email from Your Eagles Teachers about Distance Learning

Greetings Eagles Families!


As you have heard, after a request from Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and in coordination with districts across the Kansas City area, Park Hill Schools will be closed until Friday, April 3.


To continue the learning process, the Eagles teachers will be providing lessons through Schoology. We ask that students check their Schoology calendar for that day’s assignments. This can be found in the upper right hand corner of Schoology. Students use this tool often and are familiar with it. In this way, students can continue to have a similar structure at home like they do at school with completing purple day class assignments on purple days and silver day assignments on silver days. This rotation of days will begin on Monday, March 23rd with a SILVER day. Teachers will be available from 9-11 am and then again from 1-2:30 pm daily to answer any questions or points of confusion regarding the lesson.


Below is a list of Eagles teachers and their email address for your reference.

With the start of a new quarter, your student’s Imagineer classes change as well. Like their Eagles classes, we ask for them to check Schoology for their new Imagineer class assignments. These teachers will also respond to any questions you or your student may have via email during our distance learning time.


This is new and uncharted waters for all of us…parents, students, and teachers. The Eagles team is here to support you and our students the best we can. We thank you for your continued support of our Eagles students.



Thank you,

Eagles Teachers



Katelyn Buss Special Services bussk@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Royal Jolliff Language Arts jolliffr@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Christy Muehl Science muehlc@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Shauna O’Brien Special Services obriensh@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Laura Sturgis Reading sturgisl@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Carrie Ward Social Studies wardc@parkhill.k12.mo.us

Aaron Wilson Math wilsona@parkhill.k12.mo.us

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Did I order a yearbook already?

If you aren't sure if you ordered a yearbook already, check the list posted outside of Mrs. Peeler's room.


If you didn't order a yearbook and would like to, use the link below.



https://www.balfour.com/missouri/kansas-city/walden-middle-school
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News from your Eagles Core Classes

ELA: Students are preparing to begin a group research and presentation project. This is going to prove challenging with distance learning, but we are going to learn new ways of communicating during this time...A ray of sunshine. Students will be using Schoology Discussion Boards to share information with their groups and will be creating slides on google slides to prepare. In the end, the presentation will be created on WeVideo through Schoology. Please remind your student to check the Schoology calendar daily.


Math: Chapter 6 - Equations (homework/assignments found in BIG IDEAS: 6.1 Practice, 6.2 Practice, 6.3 Practice, and 6.4 Practice. TEST is on March 10th or 11th!


Reading: Unit 3: Students are learning about Elements of Literature. Everyone needs earbuds. These break easily so please make sure your student has a couple of replacement pairs since we are doing a number of online tutorials this quarter. In this unit, they will analyze elements of literature and learn to determine theme and central idea in order to write effective summaries. Students have taken pretests in the areas of plot, setting, characterization, conflict, and theme in order to track their growth in understanding. There is an ongoing expectation that students are reading in or our class at least 20 minutes a day, 5+ days per week and recording their reading in Biblionasium.


Science: Students will begin the unit on Growth and Development in Organisms: Topic 1: Reproduction in Plants and Animals via online distance learning. Please see your Schoology calendar and Schoology science course beginning Monday, March 23 (silver) and Tuesday, March 24 (purple) for details.


Social Studies: Quarter 4 will begin with exploring the salt/gold trade routes of Africa along with the impact Islam had on African Empires. Be sure to check Schoology for all assignments and if you have any questions, feel free to email Mrs. Ward wardc@parkhill.k12.mo.us



Special Services: Instilling routines that align with 6th grade expectations and content.

Eagles Helpful Hints

How do I find out what homework is assigned?

How do I check my grades?

How do I get my absent work?


Help is here for these questions and more. Click the link below.

The Walden Review from Dr. Stucker

Please see Dr. Stucker's Walden Review for building related events/dates and announcements from administrators. The Walden Review is typically emailed to parents and guardians on Friday and is always available on the Walden website. You may also click the link below.

Meet Your Teachers!

Mr. Jolliff

Mr. Jolliff has worked for the Park Hill School district at Plaza Middle School since February, 2003, and Walden Middle School since 2019. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Education from Missouri Western State College (University), a Masters in Education from Park University, and an Education Specialist in Curriculum Design from Arkansas State University.


Personal Message

Learning is inherent to the human experience. To be successful, however, one must take control of his/her learning experience, abandoning the trivial and focusing on what is truly important.

Ms. Muehl

Ms. Christy Muehl (pronounced like “meal”) will be teaching science. She brings 19 years of teaching experience to the team. Ms. Muehl has lived in KC her entire life. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from Park University and her Master’s degree in Education from Webster University. She has an energetic thirteen year old son named Ivan who attends Walden this school year on team Thunder and a very silly rescue dog named Louie. Ms. Muehl enjoys being a sports mom, knitting, and other crafty activities. She is also a Royals baseball fan.

Mrs. Sturgis

Mrs. Sturgis is the Eagles Reading teacher. She started teaching in 2000. Because she likes to keep things interesting, she's taught in both New Mexico and Missouri, in four districts, eight buildings, several subject areas, and every grade level from 6-12. She's very excited to be a Walden Original teacher. She has a Master's from the University of Arkansas and an Educational Specialist degree from Arkansas State. Mrs. Sturgis is certified in Reading, Language Arts, and Special Education. She and her husband love exploring Kansas City and are renovating a 100-year-old house in a historic urban neighborhood; they hope to move in one of these days! When they have time, they love to travel. Most summers they return to New Mexico, where their families still reside.

Mrs. Ward

Mrs. Carrie Ward will be teaching Social Studies. After spending time in the financial planning industry, she became a teacher in 2015. She earned her bachelors in Psychology from Truman State and her Masters in Teaching from University of Central Missouri. She and her husband, Steve, enjoy traveling and finding new restaurants to try. Their son, Jack, is a fun loving beagle who loves to go on walks and chase birds!

Mr. Wilson

Mr. Aaron Wilson will be teaching math. He brings 14 years of teaching experience to the team. Mr. Wilson has lived in the Liberty/KC area his entire life. He earned his BS in Elementary Education, Master's in Elementary Leadership, and his Specialist in Superintendency from Northwest Missouri State University. He has two sons, ages 6 and 9, and loves to watch them play sports (soccer, baseball, and flag football). Mr. Wilson LOVES teaching math, watching all things sports, and the Packers.

3/23/20 Distance Learning Checklist and Sample Schedule

Are you not sure how to get started with Distance Learning? We are here to help! Click the links below. Let us know if you have any questions or need more ideas!