Finishing with a bang!

I hope that’s what we’re doing in the SAGE, PEP and Challenge Math classes. Here’s what’s going on.

Kinder PEP—these guys continue to amaze me. They have worked so hard on every task and love everything we do. They are excited about each new challenge and show real persistence for students so new to school. They have done a lot of work with tangrams and other types of logical math reasoning. They learned the game SET and are already almost pros!

First and Second Grade PEP students have continued to work on all kinds of problem solving and logical reasoning puzzles. First graders have worked with tangrams a bit and showed me they have the right stuff when it comes to spatial puzzles and reasoning. Second graders have worked with three-dimensional shapes and tessellations. The tessellations were quite challenging, but they were up for the task.

Third and Fourth Grade SAGEs have finished the Polyhedraville unit. HOORAY! Although I felt the unit was very long, when they saw their finished colonies they all decided it was worth the effort. It was wonderful to see how excited they were when they finished. The creativity was excellent and they all deserved a place on the city planning commission by the time we finished.

Discovery Fifth Grader SAGEs finished testing paper towels and agreed with the Sunny Hills fifth graders that Bounty was the best buy of the four tested brands (Scott, Brawny, Kirkland, and Bounty brands).  They are now putting on the cap of an inventor and coming up with the next great thing. Many of their inventor presentations were absolutely YouTube worthy! We had several different accents, depending on the homeland of the inventor they were portraying, and lots of fun ideas for presentation formats. I’m excited to see what they all come up with when they present their infomercials to the class.

Sunny Hills Fifth Grade SAGEs will be showing off at the Robot Rodeo on June 4th at 6:30 in Portable 705 at Sunny Hills. They have had to work very hard to get their programming done as the time just seemed to slip away very quickly and we had a few missed classes due to testing and camp. They have been wonderful team players and all worked very hard. I’m hoping all goes well at the Rodeo!

We are working right up to June 12th. The last few weeks will be just a packed with challenges, but we are ready for them!

Cindy Parsons


Clipart by Phillip Martin

Issaquah Schools Foundation

The students in the SAGE program, along with their teachers, want to thank the Issaquah
Schools Foundation for their donation of LEGO EV3 Robotics Kits. These kits allow all 5th
grade SAGE students to participate in this great STEM activity. ISF supports our students
with contributions made to their organization by the Issaquah community. Find out how you
can be a part of this worthwhile endeavor at

SAGE Expectations

SAGE students will attend class each week with their binder and all due assignments.

SAGE students will be collaborative, enthusiastic and persistent learners working toward their chosen individual goal.

Mrs. Parsons' SAGE Group

Mrs. Parsons' SAGE Group
SAGE Challenger and Discovery Elementaries