Student Edublog Challenge 2017

Our class is coming back from a two-week Fall Break vacation. Now that we are back, we are jumping right into the Student Edublog Challenge presented by Miss Wyatt (or Miss W online). If you are visiting our page for the first time, welcome! Please feel free to visit

the student blogroll to read about our 6th grade students. We are excited to share our stories and connect through comments. If you are a student commenting, please remember to include your web address in the comment post. That way, we can visit your page, too.

I will also be mentoring some other students bloggers outside of our classroom this year! Our classroom can’t wait to meet some students from other parts of the country and the world. 


Parent Conferences!

Hello, parents-

As promised, the signup sheet for September’s Parent Conference is linked below. This will be my primary method for scheduling conferences. Please make your selections no later than next Friday, September 1st. I will email (or send a note with your child) a confirmation of your date. Slots are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Mrs. Hughes Fall Conference SIGN-UP

If you didn’t get a chance to read our August bulletin, just click on the “For Parents” tab on this site to read more.

First full week…


Your child’s first full week is well underway. Here are some reminders for PARENTS, now that things are starting to settle in…

  • If you have not returned the white “Student Disaster Card” given by the office, please do so immediately. I need these in case of an emergency, or to have for a substitute.
  • If you have not checked your email for a message from Teacherease, please check! Teacherease is your child’s online gradebook system. This is a similar system that the middle schools uses. Once you create a free account, you can keep track of your child’s grade week-to-week. Teacherease is also the primary way I communicate to parents, besides email. All detailed class bulletins and announcements will be send e-blasted via Teacherease.  However, still feel free to check the blog!
  • The purpose of the class blog is to display student work, media, Twitter feeds, video links, and events. Students will need to know the blog address to access their own student websites. Visit the blog to read your child’s website as the year goes on.

Welcome Back, Robogriffins!

Hello, 6th Grade Parents & Students! I am so happy to welcome you back to Camarena for our 2017-2018 school year, and welcome to Room 414!  Hopefully, your 6th grade child isn’t boasting too much as being the “top dog” of the school. However, he/she IS going to get some great perks being in the 6th grade wing (reference this awesome photo from outside our classroom)  A few notes:

  • If you weren’t able to come to the school Meet & Greet with our new principal, Mr. Jonathan Strout, I know he will be around to get to know you and your child. All the teachers are very enthusiastic of his arrival, and I’m sure you will be too.
  • The first day of school is a minimum day, with dismissal at 1:15pm. Our 6th Grade teachers will be team-hosting our Curriculum Night the first day after school at 2:30pm. THE FLYER IN THE PARENT PACKETS MAY BE WRONG!!  COME AT 2:30! Please go to the second floor of the 400 wing for more details.
  • Download my student supply listed below.  Each teacher’s list is different.  Please have all supplies ready by the following Monday,  July 24th – the first full week of school.

Looking forward to meeting each of you in the coming weeks!

Hughes Supply List – 2017-18.pptx-2ibz376

Flush – P.O.V. (Point of View)

As our class is reading Flush, by Carl Haissen, continue to pay attention to the different points-of-view of the characters. For this week’s post, focus on Noah. Your task…

Write 3 separate paragraphs describing Noah’s POV of the following three characters, and specifically how his view has changed / developed since the beginning of the story. 

Noah’s dad, Abbey, Shelly

Your paragraphs should match our R.A.C.E.R. writing strategy, and start with a clear topic sentence (restate), end with a clear conclusion (restate). You can paraphrase your “C” (cite evidence) by just giving the example in the story, instead of a specific page or chapter. Your post may start off something like this (note, you shouldn’t color code them like our poster. This is just is just for effect):

In the book Flush, the main character Noah has many different points of view of the people around him. In the beginning of the book, his POV of ___________ was ______________________________. An example of this was when __________________________. This event made /caused / affected _______________________ because __________________. Later, Noah’s POV changed to __________________ An example of this was when __________________________. Another example of this was when __________________________. This means / This shows that _________________________.  These are some examples of Noah’s POV of ________________________.

This is just a guide. I hope you will vary your sentences, so they do NOT sound like a cookie cutter paragraphs. Plan your ideas, then write. POSTS ARE DUE FRIDAY, APRIL 28th

Slice of Life: Robotics Week!

All this week is National Robotics week! As a Slice of Life entry, let’s focus on the text type: descriptive writing. Click on the National Robotics link and explore the “trading cards” lists. Choose 1-2 cards and describe which one(s) is/are the  most interested to you. Describe what they are and WHY you chose them.

If you download the “Robots for Ipad” app, there is much more including videos of how these robots are used in the real world.  Do you have your own toy robot? On Friday, I will permit you to bring it in and demo it with the class, with your parents permission!


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