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Mrs. Parsons' SAGE Group

There is a lot going on in the PEP, SAGE and Challenge math classrooms!

1st Grade PEPs are learning about math using LEGO More to Math kits. It's a fun way to learn about area, perimeter and the construction of numbers. It's been challenging, but I think they've enjoyed the learning.

2nd Grade PEPs have been doing all kinds of sleuthing. They have just finished the fingerprint unit and will be starting on chromatography this week and next. All of this is in preparation of solving the Mr. Bear Mystery.

3rd Grade SAGEs have just completed the Bubble.ology unit which culminated in each student making a recipe for the longest lasting bubble solution. They analyzed the data they had collected from the various investigations we did and mixed up some pretty successful solutions. We will be learning some programming using the Scratch program next.

4th and 5th Grade SAGEs at Challenger are continuing their work with the EV3 robotics kits. They are in the process of creating an obstacle course for their robot to navigate. We will celebrate the final products at a Robot Rodeo at the end of January or the beginning of February.

4th and 5th Grade SAGEs at Sunny Hills have just finished a unit comparing physical and chemical changes. They will be doing many hands-on engineering challenges in the next 8 weeks. The next one up is a maze for a marble that must make a certain number of elevation and directional changes.

All classes continue to work on very challenging problem solving. They are learning to self-assess their work against a problem solving rubric, to use math language and to represent their reasoning in their solution.

There is much for which I am grateful, and one of the things I'm most grateful for is the chance to work with enthusiastic, motivated students. Every day they teach me something. Every day they make me laugh. Every day there is something that I hope I will never forget. I wish the same for you.

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 Sunny Hills Elementaries