On most days the siren call of Xbox and Nintendo Switch demand a clean whiteboard to play on. Last week however one illustration incited a round of dry-erase artwork! From Pokemon to to flowers, to our deliberately misspelled Werewolves scoreboard we filled every area within reach. Sometimes its not about having a perfectly planned activity and following directions to the letter. Sometimes you just need to draw something you care about and see if it catches on.
Friday we had an unplanned but fun activity crop up. When everybody got to !mpact they told us there was a limited time event happening nearby in Pokemon Go! Two thirds of all our students grabbed their phones, iPads, or whatever other devices they had and headed out with Ms. Callie and Mr. Drew to track down the elusive pocket monsters. Gotta catch 'em all!
We have dedicated a large portion of of February to filming our !MPACT Oscars movie!
If you are unfamiliar, the !MPACT Oscars is an event we hold every year. Each !MPACT writes and films their own 10 minute film to debut at the event. On top of screening our films, awards are given out, just like the real Oscars! We are looking forward to wrapping filming on our movie this week and seeing how it stacks up against the other films this year!
If you would like to join us for The Oscars it will be held at the Issaquah Highlands Regal Theater on Friday, March 13th at 6:30pm.
RSVP and reserve your seats today!
Oh my, what a couple of weeks! Thanks to an insidious bit of malware we lost our ability to post to Weebly for a while. But we're kinda-sorta back now, and we've got some things to share!
Field trip! For January we decided to invite about a hundred of our closest friends to come celebrate !mpact's 10th Birthday with us! Cookies, prizes, and competition were abound as all the various !mpact sites descended on Issaquah Middle School for a day of fun. We started off with a bang, Grog! One of our favorite large group games, in Grog you have to find the hidden parts of a flashlight while avoiding the otherwise immortal "Grogs". Never get caught flat footed!
What can be better than running around like animals? Maybe getting to hold and pet a bunch of actual animals! We brought in our good friends at Animal Encounters to come talk to the kids about a variety of fluffy, scaly and fun creatures, from a baby goat only a couple days old to Bearded Dragons!
Obviously we'd been following a theme of cute. In order to break from this horrid torrent of adorableness we decided to do a simple craft. What craft? No-sew DIY Baby Yodas! Armed with felt, fabric glue, and stuffing we set about making our adorable plushy friends!
Hopefully our dark times of Weebly inaccessibility are over, we'll see you next week!
We all know what the most exciting part of January was... Snow! Everybody enjoyed a few days off school, and our students were excited to find an entire field of untouched snow when they returned. So, we switched up our options and had an impromptu snow day of our own!
Everyone started out trying to make their own personal snowmen, but we quickly realized that if we all worked together, we could make a MASSIVE GIANT SNOWMAN!
And of course, please enjoy all of our other random snow shenanigans below :)
One of my personal favorite cooking projects light on baking happens to be a delicious fluffy treat! Today at !mpact we went ahead and made Chocolate Macaroons! Tasty coconut baked lightly to perfection! In the end our product had some complaints about being heavy on cocoa, and the often said "Its not sweet enough!". But all told they came out delicious and warm on a cold, rainy day.
This fall, we introduced a new competition, the first annual "Cutie Pageant!" Students entered their cutest pets in this competition so we could crown the cutest pet at PCMS !MPACT. Please meet some of our entries below...
Through weeks of rigerous debate and voting, we finally narrowed it down to our top two... Buttercup (owned by Toren) and Tanner (owned by Ariana).
It was a very serious final vote complete with individualized ballots and a Voter's Guide
And in the end... our first annual Cutie Pageant Winner was.....
With Buttercup as our reigning champion, we will continue onto 2020 with an official PCMS !MPACT cutest pet!
Since the early days of classrooms and students people have gotten bored and thrown things into the ceiling. So why not make a game out of it? Enter: Ceiling Darts. With nothing but simple office supplies we have constructed an arsenal of post-it darts which stick, but leave minimal scarring on the false ceiling. After some painter's tape and a bit of sharpie the dartboard was done! Now our challenge is to have the highest score at the end of the month, who will win!?!
Several weeks ago we started designing our own miniatures to use during our Dungeons and Dragons games! Each student who wanted to was able to make their very own character complete with different clothing and item options. With each of these small figurines designed we sent the lot of them off to our good friend Mr.Tyler to be printed. Great news, today we got the first batch of minis and they look GREAT! Once we've had a chance to cut away the support struts and put a couple coats of paint on they'll be even better!
What do we know about this upcoming generation? They love expressing themselves with memes! With that in mind we love giving the students an opportunity to go to the lab and create some sweet sweet memes for all to enjoy.
I love looking through their completed projects not only because of our students top tier humor, but it also shows what is going on in their lives and what they find funny.
Plus our students love making memes with the hopes that they are selected for the highly coveted "Meme Wall" in our room that has a collection of our favorite memes from over the years here at PCMS !MPACT.
Check out some of my favorites from this month below!