Friday, April 26, 2013

Weekly Update 4/26/13

Weekly Update by

Jack S, Jack B, Rocco, Trey, Paul, Nathan W, Matt, Owen

Poetry Night
On April 17 Thomas held its annual Sixth Grade Poetry Night.  Mr. Bill Buczinsky, the poet who held a workshop for us the previous week, acted as our host for the night.  The LMC was decorated with lights and flowers, and there were cookies and lemonade to make the night festive.  Many sixth graders shared their poems, and they did a great job.

This is a bunch of guys who read at poetry night.

Here is a picture of the crowd.

More parents and siblings

Here is another picture of the crowd.

To the center is Mr. B calling up the readers so they can share their poems. 

Poetry Night Videos
Thanks to Michael P. for putting together this iMovie of our Sigma poetry readers.
 Mr. Bucinzky was amazed by our talented poets!  Congrats to everyone who read and who attended!

Kraft Presentations
On Friday, April 19 we presented our final new package designs to a group of Kraft engineers, our parents, and our teachers and principals.  The presentations went really well, and we all had fun with this project.  We liked  how each group got to design something new and put their own touch on it.

Jell-O Tubes 
     Cecelia was part of the Jell-O Tubes group. 

Rocco, Lorie, and Claire 
They created tubes with Cool Whip and Jell-O.

Rocco and Lorie
If you don't like Cool Whip, you can break the tubes apart and eat Jell-O and vice versa.

Jumbo Jello-O Pudding 
Keatyn, Veronica, and Kayce

Charlie, Keatyn, Veronica, and Kayce
They created a big, resealable box of Jell-O pudding.

Keatyn, Veronica, Kayce, and Charlie

Slides showing their new package

Michael P, our tech assistant

Big Noodle Macaroni and Cheese 

Annie, Patrycja, and Trey
This group made the big noodle, a large plastic container to hold
many servings of macaroni and cheese.

Eat big or go home was their slogan!
Annie, Trey, and Patrycja


 Stacker Marshmallows S'mores

Morgan, Jackie, Carol, and Cassy
Matt was advancing their slideshow.

Jackie, Cassy Carol, Morgan
They created a backpack with marshmallows, chocolate bars, graham crackers, and sticks.  Everything needed for s'mores.


Rhea, Michael, and Henry
The Lunchables group added carrying handle and a cold pack tray to keep food fresh.

Capri Sun Keg 

Ziran, Michael B., Emilia
The awesome Capri Sun keg group made a big keg with cups.

Connor explaining the Capri Sun Keg idea

Cool Whip Squeezables

Tyler, Nathan H., Sean
The way too cool Cool Whip group

Ale Y. explaining their idea for squeezable Cool Whip 
with different tips to decorate cupcakes and cakes

String Cheese
Technical difficulties occurred before the string cheese group presented but were quickly resolved with lots of helpers.

Paul, Colin, Emma, and Isabel
Their new design has an animated character, Stanley String Cheese, and a smaller package to reduce air space. The individual cheese pieces also have a tab for easier opening. 
They also added a token which the kids could trade in for a toy!

Taco Bell Dinner

William, Jack B., Owen
The Taco Bell Dinner group's design includes fresh foods like meat, cheese, and lettuce.

Ben explaining the Taco Bell design

Kraft Singles Pop-Ups

Alex S., Nathan W., Devin
Their new design is a pop-up box to easily dispense slices, 
along with a tab to easily remove the plastic film around each slice.

Jack explaining the Pop-Up design

Our Audience:

Rhea, Keatyn, Emilia, Cassy, and Connor watching the presentations

Mrs. Ziegenfuss thanking Megan and Elizabeth and all of the Kraft engineers
 and Thomas teachers who helped with this project

The crowd of parents, students, and teachers after the presentations

Time for Nilla Wafers and Capri Suns

All of our visitors


SS Greece Research Project:
In social studies we finished our Greece iBooks and shared them with each other on iPads.  We added lots of really cool features like photo galleries, interactive quizzes, embedded videos, and great facts about different topics.  Once they were all exported we got to choose three other people's books to read on the iPads.  Then we wrote a blog post about what we learned.  Some of our favorites were about the Persian Wars, Sparta, architecture, the economy, farming, philosophy, and medicine.  We are working on getting all of the books published to the iTunes store so that our families can read them at home.  

Cecelia, Patrycja, Owen, Matt, and Jackie looking at Michael P's book.  
He added a keynote and lots of quiz questions.

Paul, Jack B., and Rocco sharing books

Charlie, Ziran, and Nathan checking out other people's books

Annie, Lorie, and Alex Y.

Claire and Morgan reading together

∑igma Celebrations!
Thomas Garden Club!
Here is a picture of the new Thomas Garden!  It is on the south side of the building, right outside of Mrs. Ziegenfuss's room.  Mr. Slowinski, a 7th grade LA teacher,  started it, andEmilia, Cassy, Rhea, Tyler, Michael P., and Michael B. are all members.   They are excited to plant and take care of the garden over the next few months.

The T will contain spice plants and vegetables used in chili and pizza.
The M will be a rainbow garden with colorful vegetables
The S is for super foods.  Really healthy foods will be grown here.

Garden article by Michael B.


  1. Great ideas on the Kraft Project!
    We enjoyed Poetry Night!
    Julie & Dan Blumenfeld

  2. Way to go Sigma Team on your Kraft Presentations!
    We were so impressed by ALL of you!
    What a great group of talented and creative 6th graders.
    Rachel Moran

  3. Good job on blog post from Michael p

  4. Great job on job on the Kraft presentations! They were great! Nice job to all the poets who shared. It's been a great week!

  5. Really good blog post with a lot of really good pictures. Awesome!


  6. great job! the garden looks FABULOUS and everyone did AMAZING in Kraft! Luv the pics, keep them coming. And keep me updated with the garden!!!!!!!!!!

  7. I loved this blog post and I thought the Kraft Presentations went GREAT! I loved that project. Great job bloggers and awesome ideas, Kraft Groups!!!!

    -Tyler D.

  8. Nice blog guys I give it a 5/5.

  9. The Kraft presentation was really fun. nice pictures -Alex S

  10. I love the video that Michael P. put together of all the Poetry nighy contestants!

  11. The garden looks awesome. :)

  12. Good job on all of the Kraft presentations!It was fun to look at all of the pictures from poetry night.Good job with the blog post!

  13. The Kraft Presentations went amazing! I wish I went to poetry night! It looked like a lot of fun. The TMS garden looks cool with the TMS words. Keep up the good work!! ~Patrycja

  14. Nice Job on the blog this week! It looks great! We all did a great job on the Kraft project! The garden looks So cool!! -Claire

  15. Good job! Also, good job on the Kraft presentations!


  16. The Kraft projects were really fun and I liked the ibooks!

  17. Good job team the packing designs were really interesting. I really liked the I books and garden article.

  18. Good job on all the pictures and the Kraft projects. It was really fun.


  19. Wow! So many great pictures! All of the bloggers did a great job showing what we've been doing for the past few weeks!:)

  20. I loved the Kraft Presentations! They were fun to present in front of the packaging engineers. I also liked the amount of hard work everyone put in their presentation; it really showed when it was presented.

  21. Great blog! The garden looks really nice and all the pictures really recap all the fantastic Kraft presentations that you guys did. I wouldn't be surprised if we see some of your ideas at the grocery store in the future...
    Mrs. Barba

  22. Great video and pictures of poetry night! sadly i couldn't make it.

  23. This is a great week! I really loved the videos.