Friday, November 17, 2017


Hello, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving.
I hope that you enjoy your week off 
if you are lucky enough to have one. 
I look forward to good food and time with my family.

I will also be planning our 
House on Mango Street unit next week. 
We will be reading this book when we return from break. 
It is available online in PDF format
I highly recommend buying your own copy of the book 
so you have it to read and hold and re-read and cherish.

Here is one YouTuber's review of the book.



Two Truths and a Lie

  1. I went to Hawaii last summer. I stayed at a resort type of thing and it was fun, especially when I got stung by a jellyfish. Right off the resort, there was a beach which was nice. There was a barbeque restaurant and a couple other things. So one day I was at the beach and just messing around in the water and I felt a really bad feeling on my leg. It stung for a long time but it wore off later that day.

  1. I have 3 pets. I have 2 dogs, one is a black lab, Lucy, and another which is like a rat dog,  Murphy. We call Murphy that because we don’t know his breed and he looks like a big rat. I have a fish named Ringo after Ringo Starr. I also have pets at my mom's house.

  1. My real name is Antwan. When I was two years old my mom changed my name because she liked the name Asher more. My dad liked the name Antwan but my mom didn't like it.

Asher F.

Question of the Day

My question of the day is “What is your favorite holiday?” For this question, I asked a couple family members and people I live with.

Dad: “There's only one real holiday and that would be Christmas. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus and brings family's together like no other holiday. Only Christmas can bring out the best in people and turn our focus on others rather than ourselves. Lest we forget the food and smells that are created during the Christmas season can't be beat. The final reason that makes Christmas the best holiday is we can watch National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation as much as we want.”

Cathy: “My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.  Most people would say Christmas, I think, so one reason I prefer Thanksgiving is to be unique. Also, Thanksgiving is during my favorite time of year, fall.  My favorite part about Thanksgiving is that the whole family gathers around the table and shares the reasons they are thankful.  And, of course, the pumpkin pie doesn't hurt!  :)”

Mom: “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love having one day a year that focuses on everything we can be thankful for and spending quality time with family. Life gets so busy and goes so fast that I fully appreciate this holiday where we can slow down, just enjoy each other’s company, and have some fantastic food as well.”

Amy S.

Movie Review- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

         Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a good movie. For one, it fills in the thirty-seven-year-old plot error about how they got the plans to the death star in the first place. It is also enticing with action that keeps the viewer from getting bored of the movie. For instance, one example of this is when the crew infiltrates the imperial base on Scarif, and they ambush the imperial stormtroopers. This battle scene results in the highest point of action in the movie. However, it has many errors with the plot, such as when director Krennic has Jyn as his prisoner, and then Cassian somehow appears, even though he fell from a massive height earlier. Overall, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a good movie, but not one of the better Star Wars movies I have seen. I recommend that you see it if you have not watched it yet.

Asher C.

2 Truths, and a Lie!

  1. I love Justin Bieber. I’ve been a Belieber since 2009, and I was 5 years old when I started liking him. I’ve seen him in concert once, and I was supposed to go to Pasadena for another concert but it was canceled.
  2. I used to live in Texas for 5 years. I moved to California by car in 3 days when I was 6 years old. I didn’t finish up school there so when I got to California I went to 2 schools for kindergarten, 2 for first grade, 2 for second grade, and I finished up elementary school at Hooker Oak.
  3. My mom gave birth to me at prom and died during my delivery. I’m an only child and I live in a foster home with 8 boys and 4 girls. My father dipped at prom and left the country. SKRTTTTTTTTT

Ashlynn C.

Two Truths and a Lie

  1. I have eight siblings. two brothers and six sisters. Their ages are twenty seven, twenty nine, twenty four, twenty three ten, eight and two three year olds but none of them are my real siblings. I look almost exactly like one of them even though we have a different dad.

  1. I went to the beach with my family and watched the sundown. The sky was pink and purple and the clouds were glowing like a glowstick.. We were looking at the sun since it wasn’t too bright and watched it go down little by little until we couldn’t see it.

  1. My step-mom is a district attorney and my dad graduated from ITT Technical Institute just last year. I do not live with my mom but i visit her every other week. We are not very close to each other so i am happy for the time i have with her.
Which one is the lie?
Kiana B.


Friday, November 3, 2017

Yearbook Halloween Party


The yearbook staff is taking a break from their hard work in order to have a partay! Students arranged the entire thing, demonstrating leadership skills, organization, teamwork, and party planning. They decorated, ate snacks and drinks, and held a costume contest. What fun!




Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

What I liked about Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone is the magic and the creatures. I think all the special effects that went into making the magic look realistic are amazing. The magical creatures like the troll and dragon must have been hard to make look real. Somehow the people doing special effects really made the creatures and the monsters look like it wasn’t special effects. It looked like they were actually in the movie.
I think other people will really like Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone Because of the beginning where the people that Harry Potter is living with treat him like garbage. They make him cook breakfast for everyone, they make him live under the stairs, and do all the chores. Once Hagrid takes him to Hogwarts, he is really respected and everybody is nice to him. People are shocked to be talking to “the Harry Potter.”

Jacob F.

Two Truths and a Lie

  1. I have gone to Disneyland seven times, Disney World four times, and I have been on two Disney Cruises. On the cruise there was a waterslide that was two hundred and three feet long going throughout the ship. I went on the slide five times while we were on the cruise.
  2. I lived in Arizona for nine years, lived in Las Vegas for a year, and moved to California in 2016. I moved to California because my dad got full custody of me and he lived here and I lived in Arizona.
  3. I have four animals living in my house. A bird and three dogs, my dog is Chloe and she is the youngest. Gretta is the second youngest dog, then it’s Angel who is the oldest and last but not least there is the bird Peanut. Peanut is nine, Angel is also nine, Gretta is two, and Chloe just turned a year old.

Athena C.  

Question of the Week

       I asked my mom a question about summer. What did you do over summer? Her answer was, “First we went to LA to visit family on 4th of July and saw fireworks all night and had a good night playing games with the family. After LA we went to Monterey to go camping as a family and see the sunset at the beach and visit the piers sampling clam chowder. The next morning, we went kayaking and saw otters and harbor seals with other families. After kayaking, we went to a seafood restaurant that had really good food and tried new things but very delicious foods like a deep-fried artichoke.” So from what all my mom said made my summer seem much longer and much more fun-sounding. I am very glad that she let us do so many things as a family.

Julian Q

Two Truths and One Lie

  1. I am a very good artist and have taken many art classes. I am terrible with color pencils and I am great with shading pencils. I have drawn many drawings that people say are good but I don't really like them. Also I don't like to draw or talk about drawing in public.
  2. I hate chocolate. I've hated chocolate ever since I was a little and had a cake with too rich chocolate. Ever since that day I've hated chocolate so much that looking at chocolate makes me throw up. Even if the chocolate is lightly covering a delicious good I still won't even touch it. Chocolate is the last thing in the world I will eat.
  3. I like playing video games. I like playing video games with my friends online and messing around and just hanging out. I like most games but not games which you have to create objects and survive. I like squad games where you can play with friends and mess around or be really serious. I also like games that are in first person and I don't mind third person games. All of the games I have are competitive so I like competitive games.

Julian Q

Friday, October 27, 2017

The Outsiders Projects

It's that time of year, folks!

We have read The Outsiders
and completed many activities to
better understand the novel.
Today we are finalizing our group projects
for presentation on Monday.
Students really like the opportunity to analyze
a particular character from the novel
and to evaluate one another's work.

Below are some photos of students
working hard for the gallery walk next week.



Question of the week

I asked my dad a question about basketball.  When did you start playing and when did you stop playing basketball and why?  His answer was, when he started playing he was in seventh and eighth grade in willows. He was one of the best players on the team and he put all his effort into basketball.  My dad said that basketball was his favorite sport and he would practice everyday with his buddies.  My dad also said, “No pain no gain.”  He stopped playing in high school because he couldn’t afford it and he moved to chico so he had no friends.  I am proud of my dad because he didn’t get to play throughout high school but he was a good basketball player.  As of today, I look up to my dad as a reference and an idol for basketball.  He encourages me and tells me to do my best.

Laura V

Friday, October 20, 2017

Missed Some Weeks

This is a busy time of the school year, 
inside and outside of the classroom. 
I have fallen behind on these blog posts. 
Since I have Growth Mindset, I will not give up! 
Instead, I'll offer you some more 
AMAZING podcasts from our staff at Chico Junior.


Question Of The Week

If you could have any celebrity chef cook you a meal who would it be and what would you have them cook you. Why?

Dad: “Robert Irvine- I would have him cook his favorite dinner, because if it's his favorite, then I know he will cook it special. And I chose Robert because I believe that he is the best, and I like the fact that he can beat up all of the other chefs. I also like how he does a lot of charities and when he had his one show where he cooked for people serving in the military and firefighters and police officers.”

Mom: “Curtis Stone- Pesto salmon with linguine. I would pick Curtis because I think he is cute and it sounds yummy.”

Cathy: “I absolutely love Jamie Oliver. He has really accessible recipes, great cookbooks, healthy and family friendly meals. I love everything he stands for in terms of healthy school lunches, farm to table, and family. And I think I’d have him cook something British.”

By Amy S

Friday, September 22, 2017

Soundcloud Podcast

I was interviewed this week for the 

Chico Junior High School Cougars Podcast

Ms. Davis in her classroom habitat.

Students at Chico Junior are creating podcasts with the 
supreme editing skills of our own Valya Watson.

What an awesome way for 
individual students to learn about
podcasting and for everyone
to learn about individuals on our campus.

Thank you for the opportunity of
being the second person interviewed. 
What a privilege!

Friday, September 15, 2017


Grit is courage and resolve; strength of character

synonyms: courage, bravery, backbone, spirit, fortitude, passion and perseverance, endurance, determination

Angela Duckwirth talks to us about the success of individuals who have grit.

Thank you to my friend, Principal Andee Farrar, for sharing this video with me. It applies in school, at work, and even at home. Don't give up! Keep trying. You can do it!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Back To School Night 2017

I love Back To School Night!

It's fun to meet the families 
of students with whom I am just getting acquainted.

I know that it can be a hardship 
for some parents and guardians to get to school 
on a Thursday night.
Below are links to the slideshows
I will present to family members in my classroom.

Yearbook students: 

English 8 students: 

The documents I will hand out are links in the presentation.

I am excited about this school year.
Thank you for all you do to make education great!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Yearbook Plans

I am at a workshop today for the yearbook advisers all over the north state. 

There is so much energy here among these adults who want to help kids record their school memories in a special way.

At Chico Junior High School, we have a yearbook staff of 25 students who have all applied to be responsible for capturing the school year in photos and words.

Our special yearbook word this year is "Selfie"
If you are a Chico Junior student, 
send your selfies to Mrs. Davis' email address
along with your name and grade.

This yearbook is going to be the best ever!

Pre-order now at the 
sale price of $40. 
The price goes up October 2

Friday, August 25, 2017

Celebrate Diversity

Mrs Davis celebrates diversity in her classrooms and in her community
I am proud to have stood with about 100 people on August 13th who were opposed to the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia (and organizing anywhere else in the US).

Often I feel powerless against the threat directed at so many Americans who are marginalized. I was able to do this small thing today to show my students and their families, my colleagues and community members, that I support a diverse America.

In my classroom this week, my students are having collaborative discussions about Hate Speech. We are reading this article, formulating thoughtful questions, and using sentence frames to practice good speaking and listening skills. 

Collaboration is a required 8th-grade standard (see the standards below). It is also a skill that can bring people together, speaking and listening in a civilized manner. 

"Learning in Hand" is an educator's resource for mobile and digital learning. According to that website, "Working effectively with others is an extremely complex endeavor. Collaboration skills are complicated to learn because they are actually people skills. Learning these skills takes guided practice and quality feedback. Teachers shouldn't expect their students to work together effectively without explicitly teaching and modeling collaboration skills."

These skills include:
  • Active listening
  • Respect
  • Manners
  • Positive Attitude
  • Focused
  • Social Awareness
Please ask your children about the strategies they are learning in order to have collaborative discussions. This is the first of many such activities. 

We are on our way to an amazing school year where we learn from one another in remarkable ways!



Comprehension and Collaboration:

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
Follow rules for collegial discussions and decision-making, track progress toward specific goals and deadlines, and define individual roles as needed.
Pose questions that connect the ideas of several speakers and respond to others' questions and comments with relevant evidence, observations, and ideas.
Acknowledge new information expressed by others, and, when warranted, qualify or justify their own views in light of the evidence presented.
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.

Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

Two Truths and a Lie

1.When I was twelve, I met three celebrities in that one year. One was Samuel L. Jackson, another was Justin Bieber, and the last one was Adam Sandler. I met Justin Bieber in Hollywoodod. I met Samuel in New York, and I met Adam Sandler in San Francisco.

2. One of my favorite types of dance is break dance. When I was seven I went to Las Vegas to watch the Jabbawockeez. They do break dance and stunts. After the show I got to meet them and take pictures. They all signed my Jabbawockeez mask. We weren’t invited to meet them, but my dad asked.

3. My favorite sport to play and watch is basketball. I have been playing basketball since I was nine. I was on a traveling basketball team in Roseville. My favorite basketball team is the Warriors. One time I went to the Warriors game with my parents we got to sit courtside. After the game we were able to be five feet away from Stephen Curry. We recorded the game at home and I was on television.

Which is the lie?
Kaden B