Marla Applegate

 About Me 

I have been teaching in Douglas County for the last 18 years. I began teaching 4th grade at Castle Rock Elementary. I taught 4th grade students for 9 years and moved up to 5th grade where I remained for 2 years. I made the move to Sand Creek Elementary because I was aware SCE had a wonderful staff and administration. Another bonus was the close proximity to my home. No more traveling 60 minutes on I-25! Teaching 6th grade students is amazing. Watching students grow emotionally and academically while preparing for middle school has been an experience I treasure. I believe I have found my true passion working with 6th grade students at Sand Creek. 

I have a Political Science/History degree from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. I worked for several years at a law firm in downtown Denver. I left the firm to begin a family and didn't return to work until my children were older. Before reentering the workplace, I decided it was finally time to pursue my desire to work with kids. I went back to school to get my teaching license at the University of Colorado, Denver. I recently completed 90 hours of science professional development through a science research group called Stella/BSCS taught at Denver University by DU professors. I am blessed to pass along my love of science to the 6th graders at SCE.

My husband and I have been married for 36 years in November. We have two children. Our daughter, Allison, is a graduate from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  Allison is currently working as a project manager for a medical research company and recently got engaged. We are planning a July 2020 wedding! Our son, Dylan, graduated from Metro State University and works at West Communications. 

My husband and I inherited Dylan's American Bull Dog, Lou. We also have a rescue dog named, Foster. Foster is a Australian Shepard and loves to play ball. We enjoy taking long walks with "the boys" in the greenbelt discovering all the amazing organisms found there.
 

 


 Daily Schedule
 

9:05-9:15 Opening/Announcement

9:15-10:50 Block 1

10:55-11:25 Block 2

11:30-12:10 Lunch/Recess

12:10-1:10 Block 2 Continued

1:10-2:30 Block 3/Snack

2:35-3:25 Specials

3:30-3:50 RTI/Friday Earned Recess

3:50-4:00 Clean up/Pack up?Dismissal

 
 
Homework


HOMEWORK OVERLOAD?!?!?
 

 


At the 6th Grade level, students should be  completing approximately 60 minutes of homework per night. If a single night's homework is taking more time than that, consider it a red flag. Please have your child stop and contact me so we can identify the issue.
    
This year, your child will work on several long term projects. For the majority of these, work will be assigned in sections to help your child learn to plan these types of assignments and budget his/her time. Please reinforce the importance of meeting these small deadlines, even though work will not always be turned in on the deadline due date. Failure to budget time and complete projects in smaller sections will certainly result in long, frustrating nights before the project is due!


 

Language Arts


 

6th grade students will participate in a ninety minute language arts block each day. Depending on the needs of the students, students are placed in either language arts block 1 or 3. During this time students will be reading and writing. There will be nightly homework for this class. 


The instruction for this class is based on Lucy Calkins reading/writing workshop model. Reading/writing workshops begin with a mini lesson. This is direct instruction focusing on a specific teaching point. Students will know and understand what the teaching point is and will be given time to practice what was taught. Students have approximately 35-45 minutes for this. During this time, I will circulate among students, assisting where needed and meet with individual students and conduct small group guided lessons as needed. At the conclusion of the class period, the teaching point is reiterated and students have the opportunity to share their success with peers.

Science 
There are many investigations your student will be participating in. A combination of experiments, readings, models, discussions, and projects will help students uncover the nature of science and the relevance of science. 

The students will find that important scientific ideas will come up again and again in different activities throughout this year. They will be asked to do more than just memorize these concepts: they will be asked to explain and apply them. In particular students will be asked to improve their decision making skills by using evidence to weigh outcomes and to decide what should be done about the scientific issues facing our society.


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