Walden Eagles News

6th Grade

Eagles Important Dates

April 8: Third Quarter Incentive Day

April 9: Students work from home

April 12 and 13: NWEA testing

April 16: Spring picture day

April 30: WEB Event: Eagles

May 11- 14 MAP testing

May 28: Last day of school ½ day (Grades due by 4:00PM)

Weekly Updates for Parents

April 5, 2021


Dear Eagles Parents,


We are back in full swing for fourth Quarter. There are a lot of upcoming activities as you can see above. This is not necessarily all of them... more may be added later. You may notice a difference between the MAP dates listed above and the dates on school-wide communication. Sixth grade will only take the Math and ELA portions of the MAP test, therefore will only test on the first week. Only Eighth grade will test the second week.


The teachers will be utilizing this SMORE as well as a weekly email to update you on what is being taught and other activities. We will not be filling out a "Week at a Glance" for in person students, though we will continue this for out online students. Please check below to see what students are working on this week.


Thank you,


Eagles Teachers

Learning Unit News from your Eagles Core Classes

ELA: (4/5/21) This week we are beginning to write our stories. On Monday and Tuesday, we will be writing the introduction to our stories. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be writing the Rising Action of the story, and on Friday and Monday we will be writing the conclusion to the story.


Social Studies: (4/12) Retake deadline for the Rome Test is April 20. Students will need to study the provided resources and send to me as proof they are prepared and I will add them to the retake. We are in the African Empires Unit now.


Math: (4/5/21) Math: We are wrapping up Chapter 6: Equations this week. The next test will be on Monday the 12th (SILVER day) and Tuesday the 13th (PURPLE day).


Reading: In Reading class we are continuing work on Greek and Latin root words. Text Evidence is being reviewed so that students will be able to successfully complete their first journal entry. Students will be taking notes on nonfiction signposts to gain a better understanding of the material they read.


Science: Lesson 5.6 - Assign Study Guide - Checking on Monday, April 12

Weekly Update Archive

Click here to see past weekly updates.

Walden Daily Announcements

Go to the Walden YouTube channel to watch the daily announcements.

Finding Missing Assignments

As we move into Quarter 3, these will be great resources for keeping up on assignments.
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Checking for work in Schoology - ELA

Have students take you to their Schoology class and click on the "Grades" link. You should see a screen like the one below.
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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.

Mrs. Sturgis

Mrs. Sturgis is the Eagles Reading teacher. She started teaching in 2000. Throughout her career, she's taught in both New Mexico and Missouri, in four districts, eight buildings, several subject areas, and every grade level from 6-12. Mrs. Sturgis has a Master's from the University of Arkansas and an Educational Specialist degree from Arkansas State. She is certified in Reading, Language Arts, and Special Education. She and her husband love exploring Kansas City and just finished renovating a 100-year-old house in a historic urban neighborhood. When they have time, they love to travel. Most summers they return to New Mexico, where their families still reside.

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.

Mr. Comstock

Mr. Comstock has been teaching for 27 years. I started my career in Leavenworth, which is my hometown. I moved to Park Hill in 1998. I have coached basketball, track, football and baseball. My wife is a 2nd grade teacher at Chinn. I have three sons, Elijah (25), Kian (19), and Gentry (14). My favorite TV show is the Andy Griffith show and the First 48. I am a big KU fan but I didn't graduate from KU. I got my degree from St. Mary University in Leavenworth.

Mrs. Vengley

Mrs. Vengley will be teaching social studies. This is her 20th year teaching in Park Hill. Before opening Walden, Mrs. Vengley spent many years teaching 6th grade at Plaza Middle School. Prior to Plaza, she started her teaching career in elementary teaching 4th grade at Line Creek and later opening Hawthorn Elementary School (3rd/4th grades). Mrs. Vengley has lived in Kansas City her entire life and even attended Park Hill K-12. She earned her Bachelor’s at Park University and Master’s degree at Webster University. She and her husband, Josh, have two children, Jayden (8th grader) and Saylor (6th grader). Her pets include a 4 year old Morkie (Honey) and 10 year old rescued English Bulldog (Torque). Mrs. Vengley enjoys being a mommy, volunteering at church, and keeping busy with her kids’ sports and other activities.

Mrs. LaBarca

Mrs. Michele LaBarca will be the English Language Development teacher. She brings 20 years of teaching experience to the team. Mrs. LaBarca earned her BS in Elementary Education from William Jewell College. A Master of Arts in Education & Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Webster University. She enjoys spending time with her husband, children, & dogs, and traveling to visit family on the East Coast.