Friday, November 9, 2012

Weekly Update 11/9/12

Guess what sign this week's bloggers made with their bodies?
Front to back: Owen, Rhea, Michael B., Henry, Keatyn

Iceman Research Presentations
These are some examples of our best research presentations, as chosen by each class.  Each group researched different topics and presented their information to the class in whatever way they wanted. Michael B learned that there was a man in ice that was thousands of years old. He did not even know Ötzi existed!  Rhea learned that two hikers found Ötzi, a man from the Neolithic Era, and he had a copper axe.  The two hikers almost accidentally destroyed his body.

How Ötzi was mummified:  Nathan W., Rocco, Alex Y., Cassy

Theories of Ötzi's Death skit, featuring a "time machine":  
Cecelia, Claire, Ben and Devin

Veronica, Kayce, and Annie as funny scientists studying the state of Ötzi's body:

 Patrycja, Sean, and Michael P. made an iMovie about the importance of the discovery of Ötzi:

Math:  Election 2012
In math we learned about the Electoral College and how it greatly decided who the President was. This way we were able to follow the election. You need 270 electoral votes to win. Obama got plenty over 270 votes in both of our classes.  It was pretty obvious that Obama won the election and that he had won President in our math classes. 

Period 4/5 Electoral College votes:
Obama 357, Romney 181
Period 7/8 Electoral College votes:
Obama 295, Romney 243

In school we had an election, and all students voted during their social studies classes.  In the chart below, you can see that Obama won by 20 percent.  Thomas voted somewhat the same as the country did in the real election, except Obama didn't win by as much in the actual election as he did in our Thomas mock election.

TMS Mock Election Results:

Wonder and Sigma's Precepts:
On Thursday we finished Wonder, our class read-aloud in LA.  We were really sad that the book is over, but it ended in a positive way. In the book, one of Auggie's teachers had the students write about a precept or motto for life each month.  Yesterday we came up with our own personal precepts for life and explained why we chose them on our individual blogs.  Some of us used words from writers, songs, or movies, and some of us wrote our very own mottos.
Here are all of our own personal words to live by:  

Don't give up; keep on trying.
~Trey (Bruno Mars)

I'm lovin' it!
~Ben (McDonald's jingle)

You have to move on with the hard times.

There are always bullies.  There are always friends.  Be a friend, not a bully. 

Wisdom is not always good for you.
~Rhea (from The Sea of Monsters)

Dance like nobody's watching,
Love like you've never been hurt,
Sing like nobody's listening,
Live like there's heaven on earth.
~Kayce (Mark Twain)

The glass of water is half full, not half empty.

~Rocco (Nike)

Always live your life to the fullest.

I've got issues, I know I do,
And I've got to work on them with you.
~Jackie (Big Sean)

Here comes the sun.
Little darling smiles returning to faces.
~Paul (The Beatles)

There is no respawn in life, and if yours is bad keep changing your life to do good to respawn.
~Jack S. created this precept.

The power of one can change all.

Friends will change: life will change, but you will always be you, so don't change the way you are, because you are perfect.

Doing many kindnesses in secret is better than doing one in public where many are watching.


Semper Fidelis  (Always Faithful)
~Ziran (Marines, WWII)

Love life!

Here comes the sun. 
~Henry (The Beatles)

If you really want something in this life, you have to work for it.  Now quiet, they're about to announce the lottery numbers.
~Michael B. (Homer Simpson)

Have no friends not equal to yourself.
~Matt (Confucius)

Keep calm and carry on.
~Michael P. (WWII slogan in Great Britain)

Never let  problems take over you; you take over problems.
~Jack B.

Everyone is good on their own, but everyone is better when they are "Them" instead of "I."  YOU are the best when you work on a TEAM.  

Winners never quit, and quitters never win.
~Alex Y. (Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers coach)

Carpe Diem.  (Seize the day.)
~Colin (Horace)

If you have been taught well, you will make it.
~Sean (Adapted from Master Plo Koon in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.)

Please.  Thank you. Attitude. And effort.
~Claire (my dad)

Life is a highway,
I wanna ride it.
~Tyler (Tom Cochrane;  Rascal Flatts)

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
~Carol (Mahatma Gandhi, used in the movie Monte Carlo)

Be yourself.  There is always something that you are better at doing than everyone else.

Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.
~Veronica (Dr. Seuss)

There are some days that you want to last forever, but there are some days that you just want to end.
~Alex S.

Life isn't about finding yourself; it's about creating yourself.
~Lorie (Ally Gawrys on Instagram, originally by George Bernard Shaw)

Kind words do not cost much.  Yet they accomplish much.
~Nathan W. (Pascal)

This is not the friend you are looking for.
~Connor (Adapted from Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars)

People say my brain is wired funny.  I agree with them.  They say it makes me weird.  I think it makes me special.

I won't be a part of their games.
~Michael K. (from The Hunger Games)

If you believe it's possible, then it is possible.
~Nathan H.  

The "Tommy Works It" video has been temporarily removed until we receive permission to post the song online.  Sorry!  Please check back later for the video.


  1. What a great video! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love the blog!! So happy my Otzi project made it. Love Love Love Love Love the tommy works it ~Patrycja

  3. Great to see that Sigma Team has fun while learning. Especially liked the inspirational quotes and the Thomas version of "Tommy Works It". Mrs. Wujtowicz

  4. Thank you Mrs. Ziegenfuss, Mr. Aho and the entire Sigma team for another fantastic week of learning! What a perfect environment to celebrate how unique each of the students are while embracing the power of team work/collaboration.
    The Tommy Works It video is awesome~We can not stop smiling from watching the kids have so much fun!
    ~Mrs. Ronzio

  5. Love the tommy T-wolfe vid. Its awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Jackie:-]

  6. Great blog this week and love the "Tommy Works It" video. I saw a lot of Sigma kids in there - great job!!

  7. I liked all the precepts. All of the precepts were very creative

  8. Great blog! The video was awesome but it was not able to load for me.
    Carol H.

  9. Very interesting blog this week-I really liked the Ice Man research. I especially loved reading all of the personal life mottos. They are very inspirational and truly words to live by! Thanks for sharing them. ~Mrs. Barba

  10. Very interesting blog this week-I really liked the Ice Man research. I especially loved reading all of the personal life mottos. They are very inspirational and truly words to live by! Thanks for sharing them. ~Mrs. Barba

  11. Loved all the precepts! Great words to live by.

  12. Congratulations Team Sigma! So much for you to proud of~Well done :) All of this and pizza too! What a fun way to start this Thanksgiving break. Wishing you all a holiday filled with your favorite things.
    ~Mrs. Ronzio

  13. Great precepts!


    P.S. I MISS WONDER!!!!!!!!!