Monday, May 16, 2016

STEM DAY FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Going to the STEM day field trip was a lot of fun. We got to meet so many new people from Meramec and Captain, but we also got to got to meet many high school students who helped us out! All of the activities we did were really fun, but the one that stood out most to me were the BioMed activities. One of the BioMed activities we did was seeing what our heart rate was by attaching sensors to three places on our arms. The sensors were attached to a computer that showed us what our heart rate was. We did something similar in the second BioMed activity. What we did was we held sensor like things that were kind of like nunchucks in our hands. The sensors read our heart rate and shows us what it was. Then they had us do exercise for thirty seconds and then they checked our heart rate again to see what might have happened. Like I thought, our heart rate skyrocketed!!! But the activity that for sure went above and beyond was when we got to see the dissected lamb hearts!!!!!!!!! For safety we put on safety gloves that made our hands all powdery and dusty, and then we got to TOUCH the heart!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It had a very squishy texture, and it was cut through the middle so we could look on the inside too! The inside looked a little bit like zombie guts, and the whole heart inside and out was a dull, lazy brown.

  Over all, STEM day was really fun, but I bet that BioMed will be the fourth graders favorite activity!                                                

STEM Day- Sonali

This year stem day was AMAZING!!!! One of my favorite stations was called pixel press. I think it was called that because we used blocks/cubes and then took a picture of them on ipads. We used a program called bloxels. There were 6 stations- Aerodynamics, Robotics, Math, Department of nature(?) things, Pixel Press, and Biomed.

In pixel press we took little cubes and put them into a grid. Once we were done we took a picture of it on an ipad and it became a video game . So Much Fun!!!!! We all worked in groups of 1, 2, or 3. For some reason I was in a group of four. It was strange. The people in my group were Isra (5R), Isabella (5S), Me (5B), and someone from another school.

This was an amazing day and adventure!!!!!!

Monday, May 9, 2016

STEM Day - Math

Math by Robert

Our class went to the high school to celebrate STEM day on may 6th 2016 and one of the stations was math. The math station was walking the same as a bar graph. Now I know this sounds easy but it’s not because a motion  sensor picks up exactly how fast you move. That means if you step unevenly then it will pick that up and therefore mess it up.

Then there was tower building. The first part was using wood blocks to create whatever your instructions said to create. We created a chair, house and bench. The second part was creating a cube If both groups finished then the instructor told the two groups to create a rectangular prism (we failed).

Would you like the math station?

STEM by Devon and Mitchell

   Pixel Press  
Today all the districts of Clayton went to the Clayton high school/the center of Clayton and we had stem day. One activity we did was pixel press. You began pixel pressing by using different cubes that represent different colors. It was kind of like mario. When we finished building our world we would take a picture with an iPad and upload it to an app called bloxels. Then we would use bloxels to code what our enemies did and what the powerups gave us. We could choose between walker flyer and sanitary for our enemies and the power ups were jetpack, bombs, health, map, invincibility and shrink potion. We could also add other areas to the levels. I played a level that was mostly coins and lava.   

The most interesting powerup on bloxels was the shrink potion. It turned you one block high (one block on one cube) and everything seemed huge! The moving enemies looked like godzilla! Well, that's all for now, bye!

stem day by kenmcavoy

   STEM Day Biomeds
The biomeds was fun and disgusting, we got to touch a real sheeps heart, the sheep's heart was disgusting and revolting. The sheep heart was made out of muscle and fat, the inside of the heart was mostly made out of muscle. After that we went to measure our heart beat.

Only 2 people got their heartbeat measured. Then we went to a station that measured how many times our heart beated in 1 minute. We did some jumping jacks,and ran in place. We measured our heart beat after that. My heart beat beated 143 beats in 1 minute after I ran in place, and did some jumping jacks. After we finished with biomeds we went to our last station.

STEM day Robo Hounds

STEM Day Robo Hounds
By: Ethan and Aidan

We had a great time today at STEM day. One of our favorite stations was the robotics station. We got to meet some of the Robo hounds (members of robotics club) and they showed us their robot that they made for two   this year. It costed four thousand dollars to create. The coolest thing the robot could do was shoot balls into a hoop. They went to Florida for one of their . One of their main sponsors is Bowing. While he was explaining this each person got to try to shoot a ball in the hoop using a controller (controls the robot).
Each cost 5,000 dollars to participate in. Bowing and the Robo Hounds other sponsors pay for the robot and the cost to get in the competitions. At the competition in Florida the Robo Hounds took 6th place. That is pretty good. At the competition in St. Louis they placed 4th. Then the controller person from the Robo Hounds started throwing the balls at us and we tried to catch them. We had a ton of fun at this activity. Does this sound like fun to you?

STEM Day by wilson and drake

STEM Day Robotics      RG 2016 By: Drake V. and Wilson S.

On may 6th we went to the clayton high school. When we got there we were astonished by the 2016 #1 robot from the robohounds, it could go about 10mph very easily under seconds  it could shoot a ball about 7 feet into the air, and was only built in six weeks. The cost of the robot was 14,000 dollars but with the sponsor of boing they had just enough money to cover the robot.
We also reviewed the way a electric circuit would work and how it works, there were 9 sets of mind obstacles of goals to turn on lights and set up a circuit that would light up lights or turn on a motor requiring d cells and switches. The cost of the robot was 14,000 dollars but with the sponsor of boing they had just enough money to cover the robot. In conclusion the monster 180 pound robot was the most astonishing station we gone out the entire day. Would you want to build a 180 pound robot I would but what about you please comment and share what you think.

Aerodynamic Engineering Station

On STEM day, the 5th grade students in Clayton went to Clayton High School to learn about: Science, technology, engineering, and math. There were six stations to help us learn more about each. One of our favorite stations was the aerodynamic engineering station. At this station, we made paper airplanes with different designs, and tried to make them go through a hula hoop. It was difficult, and we tried many times. Very few people succeed. If you happened to be one the lucky winners, you received a piece of candy. YUM! To launch the planes, we used cool machines that propelled our planes into the air. Some people were PRO level airplane makers, while others, had copied off of PRO level builders. Many people tried, but only few people succeeded. After the hula-hoop contest, there was another contest, only about how FAR your plane went. Again, many people failed, but only ONE person succeeded. The prize for that contest, was the MOST candy… Each and every one of the people who did not get any candy, were drooling with jealousy.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


When the connection broke I was devastated, I was talking to my mom. She was on a business trip and I urgently needed to talk to her about something I could not talk to with my dad. “Dad the connection broke again!” I shouted. As I waited for the connection to get back on I wandered around the attic floor where I pretty much did everything  “ Dinner's ready come.” My dad yelled up. I trudged down the stairs and ate dinner. Then I took a shower brushed my teeth then plopped into bed then, finally the connection came back on.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Mary Poppins


I think that the play was very well done, with mary poppins coming up and down from all directions, it made the play seem and look like something that i would expect from a theatre. the play had many songs and people that could sing the songs that you could always hear the people singing. although, at the end i think that part of mary poppins dress got attached wrong and the coat got torn, i'm not sure, but i think that happened. my favorite part was that I got front row seats and the one guy who was always painting things. well, that's all for now, bye!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Planetarium

the  Planetarium was awesome. We did all sorts of things like using the power of air to make hoops, we walked over a highway with little glass patches that you can walk on. Those really freaked me out. Some people to stand on a scale that told them how much it would cost to go to space.

Later on we went all the way to the top of the science center and we laid on the ground and look up at the ceiling. Soon the show began. A person [I don’t know what her name was] showed us so many constellations in the sky that was projected on the ceiling. At the end of the field trip the hole grade stood in front of this big [well to us it was big] jet and took a grade photo. In the end I think the science center is a place that you should go to to just have fun.


5th Grade Field Trip by Ava

Our trip to the Planetarium was fun! We got to observe MARS and what was on it, and we got to go to the STAR SHOW and the MAKERSPACE.  My personal favorite was the STAR SHOW, because it was SO in-depth, and I thought that it was very cool. The Planetarium is basically connected to the Science Center. When we got off of the bus, I was paired with my friend Ollie. So we got to stick together the whole time! We headed up to the MAKERSPACE first, and it was so cool! There was a build-your-own-ship station, there was a test gravity station where you place the sphere a little tube, you pull a lever, it floats, and then you can try to make ithrough a little hoop. Next to that, there was a MARS exhibit. It included a wheel, with sand. It was basically like a stamp,with a ‘redo’ button.

Next was the second part to the MARS exhibit. There was a REAL ROVER! You could control it, and it was super cool! Then, everybody in the grade went to the star show. I was 15 minutes late (Ask me why…) and then I went to the star show. When I walked into the pitch black room, I could literally not see ANYTHING! So instead of the mats that were sprawled out across the floor,  I Just sat down on the ground. After the Star Show was over, we were dismissed to go check out little space things, in a room behind us. I found my friends, and then we checked it out together.

5th Grade Planetarium Field Trip

5th Grade Planetarium Field Trip

Today (leap year 2016) we went to the planetarium and saw stars and exhibits. We were required to either make a blog post or a trivia with 5 questions. I chose to make a blog post. During the show we learned about Orion,Ursa Major, and Ursa Minor. We also learned about the difference between a star and a planet in the sky, stars twinkle and planets are just kind of dull. Also we learned that when you look at mars in the sky at about 6:00 am it always appears red; And we learned about how to find polaris or the north star using Ursa major(big dipper).Before the show we were doing sailboat racing and torturing the teachers on the bridge by standing and jumping on top of the glass windows. Riley C. managed to get satellite rover things to stick its arm out.

the planetarium



       the planetarium was really fun, we got split into two groups, one group went to the maker space,the other group went to a place called mission mars. my favorite place was mission mars because we got to control a small rover in a fake mars environment, but if you went over to the glass barricade, the rover there actually moved! i was thiiis close to using it but we had to go. the other place was pretty cool to, we got to see how a rovers legs moved, we made sails ans flew them over vents, and we got to even create our own simulation of a rover on mars! it took us awhile,but we soon managed to do it.we ran out of time again and had to go to a show. 

the show was also pretty awesome to, it was all about the sky and how we can see different constellations in the sky. we saw orion, my personal favorite, and the best star name out there, serious. 
we learned star from a planet because  stars twinkle, planets do not.
there was so many constellations we saw that i never heard about, like one is not a constellation because it's just a line. but finally, we had to go home, we all had to do questions, or do a blog, and i hoped you enjoyed this blog.             


Monday, February 29, 2016

Our Field Trip To The Planetarium By: Lily

Today we went to the planetarium on a field trip. When we got there we split up into two groups. One that went to the “ experimental” exhibit and another that went to the Space themed exhibit. One of the activities in the experimental exhibit was boat racing. We designed and made sails using fabric and other various materials. Then we put them on a boat base and raced them. when we pressed the green button air would start shooting out and the boats would start moving.  When we switched to the space themed exhibit we saw a lot of pictures but there were a couple of main attractions one was this giant tube with poles on the sides. We would try to climb up the tube. It was surprisingly easy. Another attraction were the workout machines. There was a bike type thing and there was more of a full body workout machine. Overall 5B would be awesome astronauts.

Planetarium By: Iris

On February 29th 2016 the Glenridge fifth graders went to the St. Louis Planetarium, where we got to watch the show. The show was very cool and interesting we learned about the constellations, mostly the winter ones because it’s  winter. And we also learned some star names. Also if you have read Harry Potter then you would like to know that J.K. Rowling based some names of stars, like Sirius is part of Canis Minor. The small dog and yes that is why Sirius turns into a dog. Before we also had time to explore and you could make a rover move!

AWESOME science center field trip

Oh hi there, my name's Riley. Today we went to the planetarium and I had an  AMASSING  time. If you know me in real life I'm like a JR. astronomer I love, love, looooove, The stars (I'm going to the Kennedy space center in Florida during the summer and I'm going to eat lunch with a REAL astronaut. I'm super exited!) Canis Mojor (The great dog) is my favorite constellation. At the Stl Science center I Got to Control a real NASA rover (sadly not on mars) see a star show, And go to there makers space where i got to make a sail for a small boat (witch I beat every one with using simple physics of course.) and ended up finding that the structure that I built MONTHS ago was still there! me and my reading partner Claudia built a wagon that we pulled everyone around in (not at the same time). Honestly I know that I'm doing this for homework but I love the subject, its the best one in the universe! ha ha, get it? no? well this letter is about astronomy and you know what, forget it.

Thank you for spending some of your precious time to read this.
The Planetarium was awesome. We watched the stars and the Constellations. It turns out that there is a dragon, big and little bear Constellation and a dog Constellation! I even saw Mars! I also controlled a land rover on (fake) Mars! I can't wait to go back to the Planetarium! 

Today we went to the science center and planetarium. We saw: the maker space where we made cool experiments,a mars exhibit where we saw and programed an actual rover, the planetarium where we saw cool constellations on a slide show in a place similar to the imax, and a ton of other cool things.  

Planetarium Field Trip

Our trip to the planetarium was a lot of fun! First we explored the Makerspace in the Science Center part of the building. My reading partner and I made a wagon that actually rolled! It was a lot of fun! We also got to see the mission control room that controlled the rover on the other side of the building. It was cool to see and learn about the rovers and drones currently on Mars. Then we got to go see the Mars exibit in the planetarium. We could test different rocks and minerals to see what were in them, got to see landmarks on Mars, and even got to see a rover in action! We also saw a cool elevator designed to look simaler to the inside of a spaceship. Pretty soon, it was time for the star show. I walked up a long set of stairs into a large room simaler to the IMAX. I could see a faint image of stars all around us, but because it was before the show, I could only see about ten or eleven. I was worried that was what it was going to look like the entire show. I grabbed a mat and layed down next to my friends. The lights dimmed as the announcer showed us things like bathrooms and exits. After a while, she made a few more stars appear and started explaining what they were and how they connected. I was kind of sad that the stars were so dim. I started to tune out when something the announcer said caught my attention. She was talking about smog and light pollution, and how the stars we could see on the screen were dim because of that. I got exited. She then took away the light polution and the stars became a million times brighter! Then it got even better! She took away the smog and... Thousands of stars appeared out of nowhere! Some were large and bright while others were smaller and dim. It was so beautiful. I could see a long part of the Milky Way galaxy and I could even recognise some constilations. She explaned more, but I was just flabbergasted at the beauty of the stars. Overall, I loved the field trip and would be happy to go back any time.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Colony fates By Iris

Colony fates
By: Iris

In fifth grade we are doing a colonization unit in social studies. We are doing things called rounds where we pick a Weather fate, a Farming fate, a Hunting fate, and a Fishing fate, and a general welfare. The weather fate tells you if you have good or bad weather.The farming fate tells you how much food units you get and if you has problems. And the Hunting fate tells you how many food units you get or the problem. the Fishing tells you the exact same thing. And the general welfare is the overall card it is not very nice most of the time. It was only nice once or twice. But you really need luck.

The girl By: Iris

Her mouth was wide open and I could tell, she was shocked to see her. The girl standing across from her, she looked just like her. The shocked girl’s name was Delta. She had chocolate brown hair and emerald eyes. The girl across was the same the only difference was Delta had turquoise highlights. Then I realized something, the girl was Delta’s twin. That could be the only explanation. Then the mom came in. She was confused for 1 second, then her face flushed in understanding. “Roxy?” She asked. The girl replied grinning “Yes, it’s me and I’m back mom.”  

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

6th Grade Orientation

6th Grade Orientation
By Iris and Ava

On January 28th 2016, most of the 5th graders from the Clayton school district, went to Wydown Middle school, because there was a 6th grade orientation to get 5th graders ready to go to Middle School. At the beginning of the orientation when the parents and students walked in some people from Wydown passed out a sheet of paper telling which group you were in. When the orientation started the Middle school principal made an announcement, and greeting students when everybody was situated. She introduced some of the Wydown middle school teachers. After a little bit, three 6th grade kids, that talked about middle school. The first person was really humorous, and exaggerated a lot in an HILARIOUS sort of way. The second person was a girl named Sahi. She is one of my best friends (Ava’s) she sounded pretty good. The third person was a girl named Gabriella. She did pretty good too. After all of the announcements, we were dismissed to leave and go to our groups. Ava and I (Iris) were in the same group: Group D.
My friend Claudia and Seraphina were in the same group: Group A. There were some 8th graders leading the groups. We first went to math.
In math, we found out STARTLING news. We. Had. Homework. on. The. Weekends. Inside, Iris and I ‘s (Ava) heads we were screaming. As you could have probably seen, we do not like math that much, we like simple things in math, but still.

After the Math discussion, we went to Elective Choices and we got to choose which electives we were thinking about doing in middle school. Iris chose drama and music. I chose (Ava) art and music.

After Electives, we went to Social Studies, where they did an AMAZING skit about what we were going to do in that year of middle school. Ava and I (Iris) were literally laughing so hard that Ava got the hiccups.

After Social Studies, we went to Literacy. were they showed us a video, were 6th graders talked about fun things to do in Literacy. I could tell that Ava was excited to do this because she loves to read and write.

After Literacy, we went to Science, were we found out that we were going to go to a fun field trips. Where we get to try to find FOSSILS! We both thought that it was going to be cool and interesting.

After science, we went to Language Arts. There was an option between French and or Spanish. Iris is thinking about doing French, and I (Ava) am thinking about doing spanish, just because I already know how to talk in spanish, because all of the 1st grade students, through 5th grade students, learn the language.
After the tour of Wydown, everybody went home, Ava and I thought that it would be a little bit scary, but we also thought that it could be fun.


Discovery Blog Post

In 5th grade, we started a social studies unit called the Old Colonies or the 13 Colonies. But this isn’t any normal social studies unit, in this unit we are doing an educational stimulation called ‘Discovery’. In this simulation classmates are sorted into teams by teachers. Then the teams pick a colony name, draw a flag and complete assignments to earn points which are later converted to ‘wealth units’, which brings me to the next part.

There are two phases in this simulation. A sailing phase and a landing phase. During these phases, classmates load 3 ships with goods bought with the wealth units they earned. Once they are finished, they pick sailing fates and landing, hunting, fishing, farming, weather and general welfare cards and fates. Honestly last year 4th graders did a Oregon Trail stimulation and when they loaded their wagons, they had limited space but unlimited money. On the Discovery stimulation, the ships have infinity space but limited money. Oh well...

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wydown Orientation

Our trip to Wydown taught us a lot about next year. We parked in the garage and then rushed to the auditorium, not forgetting to grab a pamphlet. I grabbed a seat next to Ava. We waited for the orientation to start by talking about the school. Soon enough, the lights dimmed and the crowd fell silent. Jamie Jordan, accompanied by Doug Weiner, trotted onto the stage. She gave us a welcome speech and introduced us to Mr. Weiner. He will be our grade level principal. She explained the color-code of the pamphlet and sent us on our way to follow the 8th graders to the classrooms. I had social studies first. It was super fun to see Mrs. Miller do all of the crazy costume changes! Next we went to literacy and learned about all the fun projects we'll do. Then in science, we watched a video of kids doing labs and going on field trips. Next, in math, we compared 6th grade to 5th, and discovered we are in for a lot of homework. Then I went to spanish/french to learn how the current 6th graders like middle school languages better than the spanish classes we currently get. Lastly, I went to Main Street to hear what all the elective teachers had to say. There are so many choices! I am overwhelmed by all of it! I saw: Drama, chorus, art, exploratorium, band, orchestra, ELL, and they were all persuading. Middle school is super exiting and I can't wait to start!

Middle school orientation by Ken

Middle School Orientation
           By Ken
On Thursday night a lot of 5th graders from the clayton school district came to Wydown Middle School to learn about wydown. When we got to Wydown some students gave us this piece of paper, it was blue. Me and my mom went into the the theater room. We sat their for a few minutes, until a guy came up stage and started talking about what was gonna happen. He explained that the piece of paper you got at the entrance if you had a color like blue you would be in group D. Me and my mom was in group D, the guy also explained that a 8th grader is gonna be the people that you will follow. So me and my mom and a bunch of parents and kids in group D were going to the math room first. One of the math teacher’s explained what was going to happen in 6th grade math. Then we went to the language room. One of the teachers showed us a video that showed students talking about why they choose the language and why they liked it. After that we went to the social studies room the teacher explained about 6th grade social studies. Then we went to the reading/writing room. We got to sit in beanbags and pillows. The teacher showed a slide and video showing 6th graders talking. Then we went the lunch room were a bunch of people sitting at tables explaining about school clubs. Then we went to the science room and the teachers explained about science showed a video showing 6th graders working and 6th graders at field trips. After that I went home with my mom.   

The Fire 100WC Ollie

I was stuck in the building. Fire blocked every door I ran up to the roof and cried for help soon the was fire truck but, they were not any old fireman they were special. They had backpacks with wings that helped them fly high to the roof. The smoke was getting stronger and stronger. I soon fainted because of the smoke. The last I saw before I fainted was the fire man reaching for me. When I woke up I was in hospital bed looking up at the ceiling. I sat up and saw my family.

The Rebels 100WC

The nine worlds were under attack. Terror was spread across the lands, like butter spread onto bread. The rebels from a distant galaxy hated the nine worlds, and were ever so jealous of their precocious belongings and way of life. They assumed the only thing that they were to do was to plant an attack. In that time and place jealousy was something to be very mad about. The side that was jealous would attack the side they were jealous of. As perfect as this was for the rebels, there was much controversy about it. The rebels had a plan. they would bomb the city.

100 WC: The Rescue

The  Rescue
By Robert

The lightbulb popped and in a flash the building was lit flames roared and the lady ran away from the air stealing fire.She cradled the baby as the fire was burning her apartment. The bat winged firemen flew to the rescue and one of them took the baby to the crowd of people watching this horrid event. The lady screamed in panic and swiftly they set the red trampoline. The five firemen threw her to the trampoline and she hit the trampoline head first.

She flew in the air with a parachute and landed safely.   

Chocolate Milk

We are writing about the argument of the chocolate milk discussion.
Edward thinks that chocolate milk should be in school because I like it and also it would be crazy if they took chocolate milk away and no one would drink regular milk.
Aidan's thoughts are that, they should keep chocolate milk in school because no one would buy the regular milk. It shows that 29% more of the milk was wasted when they took away chocolate milk.

my thoughts about the chocolate milk is that I can not drink chocolate milk but it would be not fair for the other chocolate milk drinkers. The milk population of white milk would overpopulate and it would be bad because kids would not drink unflavored milk.

the Rescue

the fire clouded the woman's vision, the smoke rising.The woman ran to the balcony, where the
firemen would be able do see her. Soon, through the smoke,the woman could see the wings and the hose of a fire truck, And then, through the smoke, came the firemen. They had the wings of a birds and yet still wore the common firemen outfit. One firemen started to put out the fire, while the other grabbed the woman's child, then the woman. They then grabbed all her values and important thing then exited the building. they took the wings off and left.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Roller blading Madness


In PE we are doing roller blading. Only grades 3-5 get to do this as it would be a hassle for younger kids. But in PE it is not going so well, at least for the fifth graders! Every day there is at least one person who does not get the shoe size they need because they are already out of that size. Also, a lot of people like to slam into each other on pourpose just to be funny. But what happens is that then other skaters bump into them on accident, and then people keep falling, and falling, and falling. Untill it is a heaping pile of skaters all on top of each other. Also, some just go way to fast and bump into others. On top of that, I hear very rude and hurtfull comments from other skaters when they pass by biginners who are not as good at skating as them. ( This has happened to me before). But the pros are that most skaters are very supportive of their classmates, and alwas help them up when they fall. I would like to acknowledge my two best friends Iris and Ava because they are very supportive of me when I skate and are my bodygards so people don't bump into me!
Ski Trip
By :Lily
Every year the fifth graders at Glenridge, Captain and Meramec take a skiing trip to hidden valley. This year it was our turn to go.  We got to school at 8 in the morning and then we got on to the bus right away. We were all so excited to go there. We waited on the bus just talking and talking until finally we were there. We got there got of the bus and went to the main room. That was where we got and attached our ticket  to our self. The teachers and volunteers gave us our forms so we could get our ski’s and we were off. They led us table by table to the room where the ski’s and boots were and we got our lockers situated and then listened to one of the staff members talk about the process. Next they dismissed us to get our ski boots. We got to go pick them out and then we brought them back to the seats so we could get help putting them on. Once we were done we got our form and brought it to the ski line where we waited and waited and waited until we were at the front of the line. When we were there we handed them the ski form, they took it and they used it to get our ski’s. When they got them they handed them to us and we took them out to station 1 at skills camp. there were 7 stations you had to complete before you could ski and when you completed them you were allowed to ski wherever you wanted. Overall the trip was really awesome and I loved it . It was a great way to reunite with and make new friends.

Monday, January 25, 2016

One Little Word 2016

Our One Little Words for 2016

View this link to learn of the one word resolutions the 5B class has made
to make 2016 the best year EVER!

Hidden Valley by Ben


On Thursday, January 14th 2016, my school went to Hidden Valley and it was awesome. I learned how to hockey stop. I also skied with a bunch of friends. Wilson brought a Camel Back. Wilson was one of the best ones out there. He stayed after and skied on almost all of the runs. I was going to stay longer, but my foot hurt.  I was trying to get on the bus but my dad kept talking to Wilson's mom so then I had to drive in my dad's car. They used fake snow but it tastes good.  I usually snowboard but I had to ski for some reason. Now I think I'm going to start skiing again. I started off skiing when I was younger. I wanted to snowboard but now I think I'm going to ski in St Louis and snowboard in Colorado.

Friday, January 22, 2016


Hidden valley was A very fun day because we got to ski. I liked this because I am good and so is my friend so we could go and ski together. I also liked it because could teach some of my other friends how to ski.

First I had to go through ski school I did not like because I knew how to do everything they were doing. I got out of there as fast as I could. I was trying to find my friends but I could not see him there were so many people there but finally I saw him. I had almost missed  him after we met up we started to ski. He was so we all skied together. hidden valley was the best day I have ever had in school.

ski school

Ski School

The ski school was fun most of the time but station three was really hard for me because you are supposed to walk up hill when really all I was doing was going down hill. There was seven stations one was how to put on your skies, two and three was walking up hill, four was how to stop, five was the magic carpet, six was going down hill through cones, seven was going down an even steeper hill through cones. Once you were done with that you were free to ski!

Hidden Valley

             Falling, falling, falling......  ..

your probably wondering why this post is called
falling x3, well my day started with me getting ready to go, getting out the door, aaannnddd....
getting stuck in 1 hour 30 minute long traffic.yay. on the way to school my mom called
Mrs.Hoffman, who fortunately was driving kids who missed the bus to Hidden Valley, so I rode with her. when we got there I was  given a sticker to show that I was with glenridge. we got our boots and skis, and went outside. we were trained on how to use skis and I fell quite a lot of times. then they let us go to do what we want. I went on the yellow badge chair lift   and we left after being there for 4 hours. we went back to glenridge and went home.

Ski Time by Seraphina

 Ski time!

    On Thursday we went to hidden valley, which are ski slopes about an hour away from our school! All three Clayton schools went, including us! My favorite part was going on the ski lift and skiing down the bunny slope. It was a lot of fun! The hart part about using the ski lift was getting off, we had to be fast enough to ski off the lift, and not have the seat bump us on the butt. That was my problem. On the very last time I went on the ski lift I managed to get off without falling, but I was unaware that I got off to early, and the seat I was sitting in bumped me really, really hard in the butt. Which sent me flying into the artificial snow! If you have skied before, you would know how hard it is to get up once you have fallen. Yes, really hard, I fell so many times, which resulted in me having to get up so many times as well. That part of it was very unpleasant. Another thing I really enjoyed was going on the rope tow. A rope tow is something you grab onto, and it pulls you up to the top of the hill. It takes you really, really fast up the hill and so many people fell off because of this. Also, lunch was amazing. Eating one slice of pizza and an ice cold drink of Hi-C is the best thing in the world after you ski! Skiing is awesome, (and hard)!

Back in Fourth by Ava

Back in Fourth by Ava

Instead of going to Hidden Valley, I just stayed at school and helped 4th grade. I usually stay at school to help classes every year when there is a field trip. In 3rd grade I stayed and helped 1st grade instead of going to Meramec Caverns. And last year in 4th grade, I stayed and helped 1st grade again instead of going to Jefferson City. Yesterday, I just helped Mrs. Hallan's class. But since nobody needed help, I just did some math, read my book and worked on Social Studies Homework. I basically had to go to specials with them, go to recess with them, and well, did everything that they did. It was a little weird because people might have been scared of me just because I am a 5th grader, but really, they should not be scared of me at all! It just could have been I was taller than a lot of them, but still! I hoped that they liked me and I would be happy to do it again any time.

I wonder if next year, you have to go to the field trips?

Ski Trip by Edward

Ski Trip by Edward

We went on a ski trip and it was really fun. The only really boring thing was that people got to go on the ski lift but I did not. People Were sneaking on to the ski lift but I did not and that was good. The food was so good also it was horrible because we got one lazy piece of pizza and baby carrots that is not a lot of food for me. The ski trip was kinda dangerous people who did not know how to ski ran into people like me. It was my first time skiing but we went back so I could actually have more fun on the ski lift.

Hidden Valley by Mitchell

Hidden Valley by Mitchell

Hello my name is Mitchell and 5th grade and I went to hidden valley on January 14. I'm going to talk about the trip. So the ride there was probably the least exciting thing but the ride was pretty awesome so if that tells you anything, the skiing was pretty awesome. The ride was awesome because everyone was so excited to go skiing. Some people were so excited that they where there helmets and goggles on the ride. as soon as we got there meramac was there so we sat at some empty tables in the hidden valley loge and talked until we had to watch a safety instruction video. After that was done we went into this HUGE warehouse that had tons of snow board/skiing boots and polls and skies and snowboards. Oh my! So we got are skis and we hit the slopes. there were 7 stations. 1.was getting on and off your skis. 2.waslearning what to do if you fall. 3.was the worst station where you would climb up a hill and it took so long and was so frustrating. 4 5 and 6 and 7 were about how to stop, turn and the magic carpet. Lunch was the best thing you've ever tasted in your whole entire life because you've been skiing all day and you are very hungry. My advice is eat slowly it will last longer. So after the 7 stations you can either take the biggener lift or if you are experienced skier than you can go on the big slopes. I went on the biggener chairlift a couple thousand times

Hidden Valley Ski Lunch


The ski lunch is probably
the best school lunch you've ever had so let me tell you about it. So it first starts out with you coming in at 11:15 exclusively for Glenridge school Starving and thirsty for a pizza and soda and it's of your choice of anything you want to have from that soda machine  and a really good thick crust cheese pizza and some baby carrots.Then you get to sit down by anyone with (only glenridge students) and have a blast. And when you're done you dismiss yourself to go back outside to go skiing.

Hidden Valley Ski Trip by Ken

The Ski Trip  By Ken

Today was Thursday, 5th grade was going to Hidden Valley. I couldn’t wait it was my 1st time skiing!, Mermac was coming. So was Captain. When we got to Hidden Valley, we into a building, I sat beside Robert. The 5th graders watched a safety video. After that we went into a stinky warehouse, “It stinks” Devon commented. Then we listened to one of the staff. I went to get my ski boots. Then I had to wait in a line forever, I got my ski’s. Than I went through the stations it was lunchtime when I got to the Magic carpet. Then I went back, it took me forever to get to station7. It took me 3 tries to get to the “Falling hills” That’s what I call the skiing hills, because I falled like 6 times. I went down the small hill 2 times. I also went on the lift 2 times which was awesome! The Rope till was very fast so I fell 3 times. I went with Devon on the lift. When we had to leave I was kind of sad, because I wanted to ski way more. I wish I could stay behind and ski more. When we got back to Glenridge. I wanted to go home, but I had to go to GCC.

Hidden Valley By Iris

The Wonderful Ski Trip Of Clayton
By: Iris

This Thursday the Clayton School District Fifth Graders went to Hidden Valley to Ski. The line for the equipment was very long it took forever for the me to get my skis and go. When I finally got out there I went through all the stations. My favorite was the last one where we went around the cones. My least favorite was the side step station because there was someone in front of me who was not side stepping but stepping on everybody’s skis stepping. And also it just took forever to get to the top because their was so many cones we had to sidestep past. But once I got past the stations I did the rope tow. The line takes forever to get past and once I got on it was really fun. The lift was super fun. But on one of the last times me and my friend Seraphina were going on the way there she fell, so I went to go help her, but at the same time I was unaware that there was a big pile up in front of me. Then when I turned around a girl who was trying to get into the line slipped and fell in front of me but I did not notice her so I slipped on her ski and feel down. Then I noticed the big pile up in front of me. There was a girl who was on the ground crying black tears because she had makeup on. And her friends were trying to help her but they were falling down and on top of that her ski’s were not coming off. And I couldn’t get up.  Then after that was over I went on the rope tow and fell off three times.

Hidden Valley Ski Trip

The Hidden Valley ski trip
                 by Robert

The hidden valley ski trip required perseverance  and resilience. Almost everyone fell and we all got up. The ski school was especially frustrating and in 45 minutes I was only at station 5. The lunch was only a pizza and a soda. The stations were especially frustrating and I wove through the station 7 instructor and I hit the sign with my hand.

The rope tow had to stop a few times because the people didn’t get out of the way. The ski lift had no safety bar so you held on for dear life. They gave you a tiny lunch so you were starving when you got on the bus. But it was really fun so i’m not complaining. Do you love skiing?      

Victory on the Slopes

     Victory on the Slopes
Hidden Valley was a new experience for me. I had never been skiing before. When we first got to Hidden Valley we watched a safety video. I payed close attention because it was my first time. When we finally got to the locker room I grabbed my size boots and they were broken so I went back to get new one’s that weren't broken. By the time I got back and got in line to get my ski’s the line was very long. By the time I finally got my ski’s some people were done with ski school.
I was super scared when I got on the snow. But after a couple of minutes I realized hey I’m not that bad at this. After that I whizzed through ski school until it was time for lunch.
Lunch was very small. We got a piece of pizza and the choice of a drink with baby carrots. I thought I was going to starve but thankfully my mom packed me a snack if I got hungry.
When I was done with lunch I went back on the slopes. I couldn’t believe it I was done with ski school. I went to the little lift to get practice going on the lift. I am scared of heights so even though it wasn’t that high I was still really scared. After one or two times I started to get the hang of it. I started to go to the rope tow. There was a super long line because everyone kept falling. I did that a couple of times and then I went on the mini lift to get some practice before I went on the big lift. I did that a lot and before I knew it all the schools had to leave. It was just me and my dad having fun skiing. My dad took me on the giant lift and I was super scared. I am afraid of heights and the lift kept stopping.
When we got to the top I decided to go on the less steep hill to start because it was my first time skiing. I tried to pizza stop on my way down like the people at ski school taught us but it wasn’t stopping me. I was going as fast as a rocket and I couldn’t stop finally the pizza stop slowed me down enough to where I could just fall back and I wouldn’t hurt myself. After that my dad taught me how to hockey stop I went on the little lift some more to practice. My dad told me I could go down one more hill and then we would have to leave. I chose the big hill. I started out really slow but then I went down like a pro using my new knowledge on how to hockey stop. We left when I got down the hill. That was the best field trip ever! I will never forget how much fun I had.

Hidden Valley Ski Trip - Persevering on the Slopes

persevering on slopes
by charles

Thursday January 14 2016 Glenridge, Captain and Meramec went on a trip to Hidden Valley. Everyone was talking about the trip and what they were going to do and who they where gonna ski with and when we got there after along 30 minute bus drive everyone got up and started pushing there way to the door. When  the bus door opened everyone was out of the bus in a second. We lined up with are classes and walk to the building so we can watch the safety video. Captain was the first school in the room than glenridge and we walk in  a sat down with our friends and talk until the instructor got our attention and everyone looked at him. He told us what we were going to do and some main safety rules before we started the video. After the video the teachers walked around and gave us a clip to put on our zipper. Some people found that very challenging. Then they gave us are sticker with our ticket on it and it said if we can do the lift or not. Than we all went to another building to get our shoes and skis. Once we were done we went outside and started the first station to are ski school. The first station was how to put the skis on then you had to duck walk all the way to station 3 where you did turns and went down to station 4. At station 4 you practice stopping. Then at station 5 and 6 you practiced going in between cones going down to station 7 where you practice turning, then after 7 you could go ski. I went right to the first lift i sall and i started going up. Then i saw grant right behind me on the lift. once we got to the top we skied down together. We kept going on the same run until he met up with wilson. Me and christian and ezra were going on all the slopes that were open [ which was only 2 because the whole west side of the mountain was closed] When the unopened slopes open we went down those and skied all the blacks. Then are only way out to get back to the bus to leave stopped we were confused so we asked someone what happened. they said it shut down. so we went on the same slope 4 times are 5 time ezra accidentally went left off of the lift not right so we were stuck on the hardest steepest slope. Are first time all of us fell 2. We set a goal to run the slope without falling. it took us 3 or 4 runs to do it but we did. And are last run was are lucky one because right after the lift to get back to the bus was open. we took that lift and then we sale my grandpa come down the mountain. We tried to get his attention but he did not hear us so we had to go all the way back down on are way down we sale my grandpa on the lift going back so we quickly got on. We started screaming his name he turned around and said There you are. He waited for us on the top and we went to the lunchroom to get a snack. There hot chocolate was soooooo hot. So about ten minutes later we left to go home after are long and hard but fun adventure.