Coming Soon: 5th Grade Book Club – The Wild Robot, by Peter Brown

  WHO: 5th grade readers, coders, programmers, and any friendly robots that want to join! As always, this book club is completely optional. (And psst – The Wild Robot makes a perfect read aloud. Parents, reading this one together could be a fun way to cozy up in the cold!) WHAT: A Robot Club – […]

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Resources for Talking to Children about Charlottesville

“She asked me, ‘Mom, do they hate me?‘ I mean, how do I answer that?” Last night, I ran into a parent, and we took a moment to rest together and share the weight of our heavy hearts. This will be my fourth year teaching her children, and as we have served on committees and […]

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Coming Soon: Girls Geek Day

Girls Geek Day is coming – and you’re invited! It is more important than ever that we take the lead in educating, encouraging, and empowering young girls. According to Tech-Girls.org, less than 20% of computer science graduates are women. Shocked? I was, too. But the more I looked into it, the more I read that women […]

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Pop-Up MakerSpace Tomorrow, 9/15!

St. Anne’s-Belfield families, don’t forget! Tomorrow morning, Ms. Wilkens and I are offering students a chance to visit outer space in the Learning Village Library. To honor Mae Jemison and her visit to the University of Virginia next week, we will be opening the library early for students to participate in space-themed robotics, engineering, and […]

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Thank you, Johnson PTO!

The times, they are a changin’. And I was shocked to see just how fast when I introduced a checkout system on a Chromebase computer earlier this year, which needed to be operated by a mouse. Students of all grades struggled with how to hold the mouse, click the button, hold the cursor still, and […]

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Visiting Author: Chris Barcomb

This week, kindergarten and first grade students got a visit from a very special guest – Chris Barcomb, who is a medically retired officer from the Albemarle County Police Department, a talented author, a comic book aficionado, and so much more! Mr. Barcomb is the author of the brand new Superior Sam series, and today […]

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This Month in Photos: January 2016

January has been one wild month. Robots, dogs, mustaches… we’ve seen it all. I don’t think I can even begin to describe this one well enough… so I’ll let the pictures do all the talking! Hold on tight… It was a warm Fitz-welcome back from winter break with my new name all over the library […]

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Luna the Therapy Dog visits Johnson

We had a special four-legged visitor on Thursday, and she had ALL of our tails wagging! Stacy Diaz, teacher at Walker Upper Elementary School, is the owner and handler of some very special dogs – and she shared one of these amazing pooches with us on Thursday morning in a special presentation. Luna and Ms. Diaz […]

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Coming Soon: Johnson STEAM Team!

Fourth grade parents, heads up! This afternoon, STEAM Team flyers will be coming home with your students. The first session will only be open to fourth graders, but the plan is to open the club to younger grades soon. Check out an electronic version of the flyer below for details. Return your completed flyer to […]

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2015 By the Numbers

It’s time for our traditional By the Numbers post! I love the way that this annual post allows me to look back  on the calendar year to celebrate all that we have accomplished and make goals for the year to come. 2015 has been a spectacular year, and I was so happy to share it […]

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