Marla Applegate

 About Me 

I have been teaching in Douglas County for the last 19 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 37 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. Our son, Dylan, graduated from Metro State University and works at Verizon in the Business to Business Department. 

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.


6th Grade Social Studies Standards

Expectations for 6th Grade Students:

History: Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources (original documents, maps, artifacts) to ask and research questions about the historical eras, individuals, groups, and ideas in various regions throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Geography: Use geographic tools and resources to research regional differences and perspectives and make geographic inferences. Students investigate human and environmental interactions in the Western Hemisphere.

Economics: Identify and explain the different types of economic systems including market, command and mixed economies. Personal Financial Literacy: Investigate the role of consumers within the Western Hemisphere.

Civics: Analyze the relationships of different nations in the Western Hemisphere and their systems of government.


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.




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!


 Daily Schedule

9:05-9:15 Opening/


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


Specials Schedule 2019-2020