Promotion Speech Genre: Sample Promotion Speeches

These promotion speech samples were all written by sixth grade students. These pieces are excellent examples of promotion speeches, but as with all writing, even the most famous masterpieces, there is room for revision. Each piece does many things well, and any one piece may serve as a model or ignite ideas for your own promotion speech.  The first piece included is a promotion speech in poetry form.

We Are from Old Adobe

We are from Old Adobe,
where all the students and staff,
joined together, form one big heart.
We care about each other
and that is all that matters.
We have been taught
to express our feelings
the way we know we can.

Old Adobe trained us
to be honest,
to be caring,
and to love with all our heart.
We learned to be cooperative,
to listen instead of acting,
to use the creativity that we have
to the best of our abilities
to speak up,
and let the words flow out.

We are from Old Adobe

Where we learned
that all ideas aren’t set in stone,
some are carved in wood,
And we’ve come to know that sometimes,
no answer is wrong
and every question is right
and to stand up for what you believe in.

We now know that other people
come before us,
and we are not perfect,
but we can make a difference
if we step away from what is wrong
and do what is right.

We are from Old Adobe

From our experiences at Old Adobe
we know to listen to our hearts
and to use our voices.
If we do, we will go far
and succeed
So our dreams can come true.
We know to try our hardest
and concentrate on each moment
and on our upcoming futures.

One day, far away from now,
we will look back at Old Adobe
with love and care
and think about how different
we would be
if we didn’t have the honorable opportunity
to come here as a child

To learn the way we learned
love the way we love
and look towards the future
with our souls coming through our smiles.
Old Adobe is one of the shining stars
in our universe
that illuminates the shadowed
path to our future.
And we will say to ourselves wherever we are

We were from Old Adobe.

Standing Proudly

“If you hang out with chickens, you’re going to cluck
and if you hang out with eagles, you are going to fly.”
~ Dr. Steve Maraboli

I enrolled here at Old Adobe at the beginning of my education, and I’m ending here as well. The only thing is this: If I wasn’t as responsible as I was through the years in this school, I probably wouldn’t be standing here now. Dr. Steve said it himself, too. What you choose is your decision, and you’re going to have to be responsible for what you’ve done. I admit I haven’t been the best student this school has seen, but I’ve taken responsibility for my actions, right or wrong. This school made me learn to have integrity, honesty, and to finish homework on time. If you exceed those expectations, you will go far.

First, let’s travel back to the years of the minor playground, or kindergarten through third. When I came to kindergarten, I was bashful and nervous, but then within a month, I was friends with almost every boy in my class. The only problem was this: I was made fun of by the third and second graders saying I was plump. During the years of the third and second graders’ terror, I tried sucking in my stomach so it didn’t look like I was fat, but that never stopped them. Finally, I realized that maybe I wasn’t really fat, and that I shouldn’t listen to them, though I never really came to my senses by myself; my teachers helped me come to that moral principle of being yourself and not worrying about what other people say.

Now, you probably all have heard this, but you always have to tell the truth. This is really important because once you start telling so many lies, people will not believe you anymore, and it becomes an atrocious habit like biting your nails. Now, even though sometimes you don’t want to tell the truth, you just have to because (even though you will still get a punishment) it won’t be as bad if you lie and still get in trouble. When I was about eight, it was the first time I really got in trouble. No, I didn’t steal a kid’s pencil or cut in line; I mean nuke bombing, enemy territory, unknown waters trouble. I kicked one of my friends. Once that happened, I felt terrible, and the worst part about it was I had one million eyes (really only five people) staring at me. Then I got questioned about the incident, and even though I wanted to lie, I told the truth. The only bad part about being in trouble was not being able to play video games for a weekend, so unless you don’t want to get into even worse trouble than you already are in, tell the truth!

Going in the order I am going in, next, a gargantuan change in probably all of our lives is homework. It’s all right when you get it in first grade through third, but then you soar your way up to fourth grade, and you feel like you have a landfill of homework to do. You’re learning stuff you didn’t even know existed and part of the time it sounds like an alien language. Pro tip number one of this whole speech: Pay attention to what the teacher is telling you. Don’t fall asleep with your eyes wide open because then you’ll get your paper and you won’t know what to do. When I sauntered my way into my fourth grade classroom, it was okay. After the first week, I thought it was all good, and then the word math pops up in front of your desk, and you want to launch yourself to the moon. Then after you cruise your way through three months of it, it’s fine.

Then fifth grade comes and it’s harder, but pretty much the same besides all the decimals and percentages and then you are fine after that. Then sixth grade comes—a totally different language. You come into the classroom that’s either a tropical desert, or that’s fifty degrees below zero, and on the first day back from summer, you get a math book on your desk. You open the math book just to see how it’s going to go. Then your eyes see the numbers, and you freak out because you feel like the numbers are crawling over your body, taking control. Like I said before, pay attention because if you don’t, there goes your scholarship to Harvard, but if you do pay attention to what the teacher is saying, that opportunity to Harvard might be possible again. So be responsible when you do your homework because so many opportunities are going to come at you in the blink of an eye.

Finally, it’s the end of the year, and you did well because you showed integrity, honesty, and finished all your homework on time. You didn’t care about other peoples’ opinion, and stayed true to yourself. You stuck with what you did, right or wrong, and didn’t lie about it either. Lastly, you finished your homework on time, listened to the teachers talking (even if it sounded like it took one million years), and got the big A+ on your report card. Now you stand proudly where you are because you deserved what you got, and you will soon begin your journey to the seventh grade.

The Mysterious OA Board Game

Old Adobe is basically a life-sized board game. Each year, you get to move one big space across the sidewalk of life. Be careful how you make your move, because each step is an adventurous change in the course of your living. I have been taught to be more independent, responsible, and mature. This school prepared me for what is going to happen next. Every teacher and student has helped me become who I am today.

At about third grade, things got somewhat difficult. We were starting to turn our thinking caps to the max learning. I remember that I was really nervous on the first day, because I was in the oldest grade of the primary grades. I tried not to forget my homework from this point, on, because I realized that there were consequences if you left your homework at home by accident. Also, I learned that lying was not an option. We should all confess that we did something bad. Responsibility is everything!

Moving to the upper grades was probably the biggest change of my years at elementary school. It is like that feeling when you are really nervous to do and act in front of an audience. People started to get more insecure about themselves. The cared what other people thought of them. Popular groups and not popular people groups of people started to form. A bunch of student felt excluded, because of this dumb rule. Everyone should be able to hang out with whoever they want. Everyone had calmed down at this point. We started to have control of ourselves and became more mature.

Sixth grade! Wow! I walk through the doors of Mrs. McClure’s class, and my whole life has shifted. You know when you get that feeling where your parents are seriously embarrassing; well, that is almost everyone’s life these days in sixth grade. When I was younger, I had my parents do everything. I even had them make toast for me—especially my mom! I noticed that every second of the day, something different will happen that never happened before. We believe that we are the rulers of everything, but today, we are only apprentices of life.

Some advice to the promoting fifth graders, going on to sixth grade is that Ms. McClure and Ms. Henderson will not tolerate any misbehavior. You will be given a consequence and asked to reflect on your choices. So you better get your act together if you are a troublemaker because there is no get out of jail free card. The sixth grade teachers will prepare you for seventh grade by giving you lots of homework and long term projects and by requiring you to be responsible for your choices and actions. They will expect that you pay attention and don’t disrupt or bully anyone. Be aware, fellow students. Sixth grade is the time to grow up and be the best you can be.

At Old Adobe, I learned many things, and I want to share some additional advice to help you now and in the future. Don’t let anyone discourage you, and most of all, move on and forget the bad things in the past. Brace yourself for the hard times in life. Think about every move you make before you make it, because if you ditch that rule, that can get everyone into drama and trouble. That is what you have to take and process, in order to have control over your own life. No one wants to stay with their parents until they’re 30. Your parents might not want that to happen, either.

Old Adobe is a world of wonder that educates and disciplines everyone, preparing each of us for the future, which is always coming closer and closer as we speak. The seven years at this charter school was an amazing experience for me. It impacted my life in a way that nothing else would. I will take what I have from this school, and keep it forever. By that, I mean only the good things! The wonderful OA board game….

Taking Flight

“No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.”
~ William Blake

As William Blake puts it, you can’t depend on others for your success. You have to do the work; you are the key to your own success. It all comes down to you. Old Adobe has helped me realize that. The teachers are there to guide you. They incubate that not yet fully formed being for your first few stages of life. Then they ready you for your first flight as a fledgling. But it is only you who can spread your wings and fly; your teachers can’t fly for you! So now, I’d like to introduce just a few of those teachers who helped me grow into the person I am today.

When I came along to Ms. Bacher’s class, I never got those annoying butterflies stuck in my stomach; instead I was always at home in her room. My most vivid memory was when our class took a “trip” to the Amazon Rainforest. Before we got to board our plane, we had to take off our footwear like you do at an airport. I remember feeling silly as I removed my shoes. I was eight and I was feeling silly for taking off my shoes?! But then there was that moment of bliss when we got rewarded with two colorful M&M’s and I completely forgot about the whole shoe thing! It’s amazing what chocolate can do for a second grader!

For third grade, I had the extraordinary Ms. Tandy. That woman absolutely blew my mind away! She taught us to be gentle and caring to people and other living things. We made solar cookies, and learned that the sun could cook pretty well. She was generous to everyone and always had a kind word to say. Ms. Tandy made our third grade year a memorable one. Thank you, Ms. Earth Cadet, for making us stop and appreciate the world. You made a lasting impression even though we only had you for one year.  I will never see the world the same again because of you.

Ms. Doughty was my fourth and fifth grade teacher. She was like the Momma bird, dangling the worm just above our heads, making us stretch to grab it.  In my eyes, she was also a phenomenal history teacher. She would often share her opinion on the subject which would make it all the more worthwhile to listen to. But that’s not all she is remembered for. On top of it all, she got me to stick my head out of my turtle shell and sparked my love of writing. She nurtured the tiny flame until it was a raging passion. Even though Ms. Doughty is no longer at this school, she still has a place in my heart.

Finally, I turn back to reflect upon my sixth, and final year at Old Adobe. Ms. McClure is truly an inspiring teacher, one whom I look up to. She was the one who prodded us off the security of the branch; launching us into flight. We became thinkers and dreamers in that class and now forever have our thinking caps securely glued on our heads. To me she was more than a teacher, she was a friend. We’d trade book titles and recommendations about books we had recently devoured. Ms. M. was there for us, guiding and lending a hand. So thank you Ms. McClure, you are a true gem of a teacher.

To conclude, I owe everything to the teachers and staff at Old Adobe. They gave me my words, my education, and my chance to succeed in life. I don’t want to say good bye, for I think of the people in this school as a family.  But I must join the rest, and live my life. Students of Old Adobe, I now speak to you. Albert Einstein once said, “A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.”  In other words, humans aren’t perfect; we make mistakes, but don’t let that discourage you from doing something you’ve never done before. Let this quote guide you and prevent you from making it true. We start our journey forward soon; a sometime rocky road ahead. But no matter what we do, or how things turn out, life still goes on. Just take flight, try something new, and dare to learn from your mistakes.

Our Roots

“We can learn a lot from trees; they’re always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward.”
~ Everrett Mamor

I think Everrett was trying to say that we need to keep ourselves on the ground, but try to touch the sky while we are at it. I think this quote resembles Old Adobe because, Old Adobe is always grounded; it’s a down to earth school that keeps itself together, but that doesn’t stop it from reaching for the sky. Old adobe is our tree that reaches out to touch children in their minds, and hearts. I think everyone is a part of this tree, maybe deep inside the roots, or at the tips of the branches. We are all connected in some way. Even the teachers are connected to our ever-growing tree. They help us continue up the branches to touch the sky. I would like to share just a few of these amazing teachers that especially helped me achieve this goal, and keep on achieving.

One staff member I’m about to talk about is deep inside our tree, wise and hanging on. This staff member is our own Ms. Hinton. I think Ms. Hinton resembles an owl, practically living inside our tree, helping kids find the books that are just right and reading to them. She helps us expand our minds into new worlds we didn’t even know existed. Ms. Hinton is our librarian, but also our friend.

A teacher that left a big impact on me was Ms. Johnson. With an amazing love for reading, Ms. Johnson resembles an oak leaf. She is sharp, with a bright mind, always teaching kids to love reading, and read at the right level. Of course, giving us prizes helped a bit. Another aspect is, Ms. Johnson is extremely colorful. She has a dazzling personality, and impeccable fashion sense. Ms. Johnson taught me to love reading even more than I already did, and always made sure that reading was fun. Ms. Johnson definitely made an impact in my mind and many others.

He may not teach here anymore, but everyone remembers Mr. Keig. He was like a big teddy bear, huggable and kind. I think Mr. Keig’s personality is a bit like an apple. He was bright, in mind and heart. He was also favored by many of the students, young and old. Mr. Keig taught me to love life, and make the best of it. I bet he taught many of you here today the same lesson. Mr. Keig was fun loving, and warms up the room right when he walks in. His attitude is something that I hope I can keep with me later in

Ms. McClure……… She is the butterfly on our tree. Ms. M has colorful, tie dyed clothes, and bejeweled cowgirl boots to match. She is her own person in style, mind, and heart. Ms. M. taught me to be my own person and appreciate the way I am. With a love of writing, Ms. McClure marches through school with an attitude, confident in herself and her students, making sure they do their best and succeed. She makes sure we are comfortable with ourselves and the things we do. Ms. M. is definitely a role model to her students and, possibly, the other teachers.

Last, but definitely not least, all the other teachers that have touched students’ hearts and minds through academics. The Old Adobe staff has shaped us into the people we are today. They molded our minds into brilliant, kind, and amazing children. Without the help of Old Adobe’s staff, we wouldn’t be graduating or reaching for our dreams. I would like to thank the staff of this school for helping our minds grow and shape into the minds we have today.

The seven years I have spent at Old Adobe have given me a chance to learn new things, meet new people, and make tons of friends that I hope to keep. The amount of love and joy that goes into the hearts of the students that spend their days at this school is enormous. I hope the next set of children to come to Old Adobe have as great of a time as I did, and I hope these children understand that we may be a small school, but we have the biggest heart. Because, like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions, but our roots remain as one.

A Beautiful Dance

I like to think of my years at Old Adobe as learning different dance steps.  Each year, I learned a different lesson with the help of all the talented teachers, great staff, and wonderful, sweet friends at Old Adobe.

Let’s start with Kindergarten.  Coming through the door, it was like everything was a blur—everything was new: my teacher, my classmates, the room, the school, and I wasn’t used to it.  It felt like the first time I did a pirouette, (a dance turn where you do a complete circle).  The first time I did a pirouette, I felt dizzy.  It was hard to keep my balance to do a whole turn.  Mrs. Sequeira helped guide me through kindergarten, teaching me to read, write, and make true friends.  She helped me learn to do my pirouette correctly, making everything clear, so I was ready for the next step.

The next dance step I learned was a leap in which you spread your legs out in the splits as you are in mid-air, a dance step called the sotasha.  Leaping into Mrs. Tandy’s friendly, colorful classroom, I felt like I got this step right away—it was easy and loads of fun!  Mrs. Tandy taught me everything there is to know about being an Earth Cadet, about the moon, and the Giants.  During my first day of third grade, I was terrified of trying to learn multiplication, being a big kid, and preparing for fourth grade, but throughout the year, Mrs. Tandy made learning stuff very easy.  So I would like to give a huge hug to Mrs. Tandy and her purplicious spirit for preparing me for the fourth grade and making third grade as easy and fun as the sotasha.

Next, the waltz turn.  Soft, nice and you always want to do it.  There’s something about it that makes you keep moving.  It’s not a series of steps, but it is one, smooth, flowing dance step. This step is exactly like my year with Ms. Johnson.  Although the first day in her class, I was very nervous, by the end of the day, I was begging my mom not to leave.  There is something about Ms. Johnson’s personality that is captivating.  She’s the kind of teacher that you bond with very well.  Her personality makes you want to do the schoolwork because you know it will be fun, and you don’t want to miss out on anything in her classroom.  Ms. Johnson opened the world of reading to me with Harry Potter.  When I read these books, it is like the waltz turn—it is a wonderful, fantastic series of books that I always want to read, and I don’t want them to end.  I am happy that like the waltz, once you learn it, you always want to do it, and I’m happy to say that once you’re Ms. Johnson’s student, you are always her student.

The hardest dance technique I have had to learn is balancing.    In dance, when you don’t have your balance, you wobble, and you put your foot down to get straight again, and you may try again and fall.  This is just like sixth grade.  At the start, you’re not used to the homework load and how to balance it with all the other stuff you do.  You keep falling, not finishing all your homework, and you try and try again every week.  Ms. McClure helped me by teaching me time management, how to work ahead, and the technique of using a planner.  She reminded me daily to do my homework and when it’s due.  If I “fell over,” she gave me a consequence—doing my homework on the bench at recess.  This helped me “get back up” and try harder next time because I didn’t want to have that consequence again.  Eventually, I learned to stay organized, or balanced, so that I wouldn’t fall.  If I was “wobbling,”  Ms. McClure, in her caring way, would sit down with me and walk through the topic with me step by step to make sure I got it.  If I had questions, I always could ask her.  Even if I was “balancing,” and it wasn’t the best I could do, Ms. McClure would always push me to do better.  At first I thought to myself, “This lady is crazy—I am already doing my best!”  As I pushed myself harder, however, I learned that I could do more than I thought I could.  This is like building your muscles stronger so that you have the strength to balance.  I am positive now that I am ready for seventh grade and can truly balance!  All thanks to the charming, talented, groovy teacher who is Ms. McClure.

My years at Old Adobe have really made an impact on my life.   I’ve learned how to see things more clearly since Kindergarten, perfecting my pirouette.  I’ve had fun learning to jump in—my sotasha.  Being captivated in a reading world was a very enjoyable waltz.  Balancing took a lot of practice, and I’m glad I was pushed to do my best and do it right.   Each year I learned a different dance step, and now, by sixth grade, I feel all of these dance steps and lessons have come together, and I look back and see what a beautiful dance it has been.

The OA Roller Coaster

“Elementary school is like a roller coaster… Enjoy the ride!” – Riley Sutton

An excellent roller coaster has many free falls, twisty turns, and loop-de-loops. It will make you nervous, excited, and sometimes it will make you scream. The first time I walked into my kindergarten classroom was like my first time riding a roller coaster. I had butterflies in my stomach and I had no idea what to expect. During my years at Old Adobe I learned that elementary school is like a roller coaster with many ups and downs. I would like to introduce just a few of the teachers who made my Old Adobe adventure just as thrilling and memorable as my favorite roller coaster.

“Clickety, Clickaty,” I was making my way up the first peak of the roller coaster which was kindergarten through second grade. I enjoyed the incredible view on my way up while learning the basics like reading, writing, and math. A small drop and a quick turn took me into Ms. Tandy’s third grade class. Third grade was the year that we became Earth Cadets. I remember reading the writing on Ms. Tandy’s door, “Once an Earth Cadet, always an Earth Cadet” and by the end of the year I was truly aware of how important my role was in keeping our earth “green”. Ms. Tandy is an enthusiastic Giants fan and she was the one who really got me to love baseball, especially the Giants. Ms. Tandy and I would wear our Giants gear on game days and talk about players and statistics. The Giants won the World Series that year and I remember how excited I was to tell Ms. Tandy about my experience at the parade in San Francisco. The thing I remember most about Ms. Tandy is that she always had a positive attitude and a smile.

In fourth grade, I descended the huge vertical drop into the upper grades and I would finally get to play on the upper grade playground! I was always a good reader, but Ms. Johnson was the one who really inspired me to love reading. Ms. Johnson drew us into the imaginary world of Harry Potter. Each book in the series encouraged all of us to continue reading so that we could find out what would happen next. We did projects like the magic wands and the owls which made the stories in the Harry Potter series come to life. Ms. Johnson is also one of the most caring and patient teachers I have ever known and she makes every student feel special.

On the first day of sixth grade I remember walking into Ms. McClure’s class which was filled with the smell of coffee. Sixth grade can be overwhelming with all of the subjects that we study, but Ms. McClure’s sense of humor, her colorful cowboy boots and her passion for teaching make learning fun. I am a logical, mathematical type of guy and Ms. McClure helped me to discover my artistic side through poetry, writing and other projects. The book projects and long term projects in Ms. McClure’s class might make you scream in terror as if you are on the tallest roller coaster in the world, but you will sigh with relief each time you finish a project. The projects taught me about time management and procrastination. My advice to incoming students is to start your projects early! One of my favorite memories in Ms. McClure’s class was the trip to the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum because we had the opportunity to see a real mummy up close! I want to thank Ms. McClure for preparing me for seventh grade, because now I am ready to loop-de-loop into Junior High school.

All roller coasters experience mechanical difficulties from time to time and Old Adobe is no different. I remember when Old Adobe was in danger of closing because of the budget. I would like to thank the Old Adobe community for saving our school and keeping the Old Adobe coaster running. All roller coasters have people who take care of the ride, like janitors, engineers and mechanics. There are many people who keep Old Adobe running at top speed like Mr. Williamson, Ruby and the office staff, Ms. Hinton, the teachers, the janitors and the volunteers. Thank you to everyone for making Old Adobe such a great school. Good luck to all of the students as you experience the Old Adobe roller coaster and remember to stay on the track, hang on tight and enjoy the ride!

Bouquet of Memories

Though I have spent only four years at Old Adobe, I still feel the same exhilaration I felt during my first year here.  Those four, short years have gone by fast due to all the support I was given along the way.  As you may know, I will dearly miss Old Adobe, but my desire for Old Adobe will not hold me back one bit, for there are many more years of joy to come my way.   Students walk into a new year as a seed, with little knowledge of what is to come. I can assure you that each school year will provide an element, which you need to succeed.  I walk out of Old Adobe with a bouquet of flowers, each flower exemplifying a year at Old Adobe.

I pick up one particular flower that started it all; it is a daffodil.  A beautiful, yellow daffodil resembles a new beginning and my third grade year at Old Adobe Elementary School.  The vibrant yellow of the color brings a flashback to mind to the time when I met the sunny Ms. James.  She lifted me up from the devastating time of when my old, beloved school had closed.  Ms. James opened up a new door of experiences.  Things happen for a reason; one path was closed but another path opened up. I will forever cherish her down-to-earth way of teaching and her passion for nature.  I will never forget the time Ms. James read us the whole series of Scary Stories: To Tell in the Dark.  I could remember having ghoulish dreams that night, but wanting to hear more the next day. When I think about my third grade year at Old Adobe, a quote comes to mind that reminds me of Ms. James and my third grade year: “Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is” by Vince Lombardi.  What that means to me is that it is not important to win, but you should always want to do your personal best.  Even though third grade was my first year at Old Adobe, I knew these years here at this school would be the ride of a lifetime.

The next flower I pick up is a yellow tulip, symbolizing friendship and my fourth grade year at Old Adobe.  The vivacious shape and powerful color of the tulip reminds me of the time when I “ruled” the school for the first time as a “big kid.”  In third grade, I would hear other kids speak about how being a big kid is totally awesome and how they are thrilled to finally play on the big kid playground and “talk” instead of “play.”  I really didn’t feel the anticipation of moving up, since third grade was my first year here and this was their fourth year!  Little did I know that being a big kid was amazing!  Other than a later recess time and later lunches, being a big kid was like true royalty compared to the third grade.  We had all new teachers, and this was a big step academically, as we learned rock formations such as sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rock with Mr. Williamson.

When I look back at the upcoming fourth graders, I know that they will cherish every bit of their time as a fourth grader…especially if they have Ms. Johnson!  Ms. Johnson has special way of teaching that really gets you hooked!  When I first laid eyes on Ms. Johnson and her brightly colored apparel, I knew I was in for a ride of pure fun!  For the upcoming fourth graders, get ready to learn everything there is to know about California.  Here is a little tip you should know…always turn in your homework!  This tip will travel with you throughout all of your future academic years.   When I look back at my fourth grade year, I think of the following short quote: “Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid of only standing still,” a Chinese Proverb.  What this means to me is to keep moving onward to improve yourself.  It doesn’t matter how slow you go; it only matters if you keep on going and don’t stop.

I pluck yet another flower out of my bouquet and stare at the rich crimson dots that splurge out onto the petals of an orchid.  An orchid means strength and reminds me of my fifth grade year at Old Adobe.  As you may know, the no-nonsense Ms. Buckley teaches the fifth through sixth grade class. Did you know that she teaches strength, not only physically but also mentally?  She taught us to believe in ourselves and encouraged our individual uniqueness.   Starting in the fifth grade, I was delighted to meet one of the best fifth grade teachers, Ms. Buckley!  She had a warm smile and her hilarious giggle makes everyone burst out laughing.  In the fifth grade, all I could think about were reports…reports…reports!  But don’t worry, that was a good thing. Ms. Buckley has an imagination that will truly amaze you and leave you in awe.  Completing all of these entertaining reports boosted my confidence and got me ready for my future reports.  Here is a little tip for not just upcoming Ms. Buckley students, but for everyone:  do not, and I mean do not, forget Ms. Buckley’s birthday. It won’t be too hard to remember because she constantly reminds you.  She even puts some “when is Ms. Buckley’s birthday” as quiz questions.  Ms. Buckley’s birthday is April twenty first…do not forget that date because if you do…well, good luck being in her class next year.  Just kidding. Ms. Buckley loves to tell jokes and loves being the victim of jokes, too.

Being in Ms. Buckley class for fifth grade felt like home because I went to school to be greeted my classmates, who are now family.  I think about fifth grade and how it impacted my school year so much.  The quote that comes to mind when I think about my fifth grade year is “We learn wisdom from failure much more than success.  We often discover what we will do, by finding out what we will not do” by Samuel Smiles.  What that means to me is messing up is okay and that you gain something from your mistakes.

With one flower left, I finally gazed at the faded petals and worn down stem, for it has been with me this whole time.  This flower is a sunflower, conveying longevity, warmth, and happiness and which resembles my final year at Old Adobe…sixth grade.   I will never forget the feeling of being top dog of the school.  It also meant being a role model for the student body.  As soon as I walked into the sixth grade classroom and spotted Ms. McClure, with her groovy sense of style, I knew I had stumbled upon a rad teacher!  Ms. McClure has taught me everything I need to know, not only academically, but also, she has supported my creativity and my self-esteem.    There are many quotes hanging up on Ms. McClure’s wall, and those quotes will stick with me forever!  Two of the valuable quotes and my favorites are these: “To settle an argument think about what is right, not who is right,” and “Don’t wait for the storm to pass—learn to dance in the rain.”   The first quote is about doing the right thing, even if your friend is trying to lead you down the wrong path.  Take your time to really think out what you’re doing, and then choose what is right.  The second quote means that not everything will go as planned, but don’t give up, and learn how to cope and continue to move forward.

In the sixth grade, you will learn some wicked facts on ancient Egypt, and complete fascinating reports.  Ms. McClure is a teacher who figures out the best way to teach you and sets a pace that works for each student.  I will always miss Ms. McClure and her fabulous sense of style!  Knowing that sixth grade is a year of being a role model, I picked a quote that really exemplifies that, and that is “You are in charge of your feelings, beliefs, and actions.  And you teach others how to behave toward you.  While you cannot change other people, you can influence them through your own behaviors and actions.  By being a living role model of what you want to receive from others, you can create more of what you want in your life” by Eric Allenbaugh.  That quote explains the importance of being a good role model.  Other students are looking to see what you do and say, and that could influence them in how they choose to behave.

There are no more flowers in my bouquet, just the vase, and I think to myself how important that vase is for the flowers.  Without the vase, the flowers wouldn’t have been fed water and probably would have died.  Then I realize how this relates to this school.  The vase is the structure for the flowers, and the staff is the structure for the school.  Without the staff of Old Adobe, the school would not function well.  Two of those important people are Ms. Ruby and Ms. Hinton.  I will dearly miss Ms. Ruby, for she always has a warm smile and always says the right thing when you are feeling down.  I will also miss our “bookworm,” Ms. Hinton.  Ms. Hinton is the encyclopedia for books, as she knows everything thing about books.  I will miss you all with all my heart.  Old Adobe has been a family to me.  Everyone knows that Old Adobe is the smallest school, but what they don’t know is that we have the biggest heart.

Colors of the Rainbow

One sunny and lovely day, I decided to paint a picture of a special, small, and colorful school. So, I thought and thought and thought. After a moment of thinking, an image popped into my head like a piece of buttery popcorn popping in a microwave. I knew there was only one school so colorful that I could paint it: Old Adobe.

The first color to paint with was scarlet red to paint the Kindergarten. In Kindergarten, I sketched the wonderful Mr. Keig, who taught me to be loving, kind, and respectful. I sketched a class where I met my first friends, Shelby, Natalie, Rose, Kayla, and Emma. I remembered that fun year when, for once, we had no homework! During that year, I realized Old Adobe was the school for me, for it taught me to love school, love my friends, and love my teacher.

The next color I used was emerald green to paint first grade, where Ms. Stoep and Lulu guided me through a sea of art, numbers, and music. We sailed through the year on musical notes, making even more friends and learning a dog is really man’s best friend. Even though she will not be joining us today, Lulu will stay in our hearts forever.

I was almost done with the inspiring lower grade teachers when one miraculous teacher came to mind. She left an earthy imprint on my heart. She taught me to care for and to love mother earth. I learned everything you could learn about the moon as well. That one teacher was Ms. Tandy. Ms. Tandy loved mother earth, the moon, and the color purple as much as me. So I used a bright lilac color to paint her room. On the door of her room, I painted a famous quote:  “Once an earth cadet always and earth cadet.”

As I began to grow older, it was my first year as one of the “big kid role models.” I was excited and nervous because what if I couldn’t survive the big kid years and what if the teachers didn’t like me? All these thoughts were running through my head like a tornado, sucking up my ability to learn and all my faith in surviving fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. But that all changed completely when I met Ms. Doughty and Ms. Henderson for the first time. So, I used a bright lemon yellow to paint their classroom. I used that color because it matched their bright personalities.They guided me through two years, where I fell in love with science and English. Those wonderful teachers really helped me gain confidence. I loved those years and will never forget them.

The final year as a big kid came as fast as a softball pitch! Sixth grade was the year when I learned so much my brain was going to explode!  So I used a bright pink to paint Ms. McClure’s room. I painted a purple peace sign on her door to jazz it up a bit. Ms. McClure is a very cool teacher. She took us on field trips to the De Young, Zeum, and the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum to see mummies. She prepared us for middle school and taught us life lessons to take with us for the rest of our lives.

As I remove my paintbrush, stained with colors from the picture, I realize I have not painted Old Adobe, but what Old Adobe creates every year at the end of elementary school for all of its students:  a rainbow of experiences and color to last a lifetime. There is part of an anonymous quote that comes to mind, “…..Education is important because it opens the mind and expands it,” like the doors of Old Adobe opening, the colors exposed each year creating a rainbow of students who are funny, inquisitive, kind, and brilliant. Thank you, Old Adobe. Thank you for creating such a colorful sixth grade class promoting today! I will never forget you! Adios, Old Adobe, and Aloha seventh grade!

Oh, the Places We’ll Go

Congratulations! Today is your day. 
You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

—Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

Remember Dr. Seuss Day at Old Adobe?  Oh, yes, we all do. One of my favorite days ever! I even dressed up as Dr. Seuss; in fact, I still have the hat. What does that say? Well, it says that I not only learned to read at Old Adobe, but also that I felt comfortable reading and learning here. Reading took me places; learning made it fun. No doubt about it, not even for a bit, that it was here at Old Adobe that I learned my ABC’s.  Oh, the places that reading will take you.

My first years of Old Adobe were awesome! Just think, leaving your home every day to go to school is definitely scary for a five-year-old. My early memories of kindergarten with Mr. Keig are of me crying having to leave school, not crying to leave home. Life is great with a huge teddy bear. Lots of Legos, wood blocks, fun computer games, tons of books, and plenty of friends made it easy to come to school.

I loved going to school in third grade (I didn’t have an Xbox yet). Since Ms. Tandy is an incredibly nice person, and a hardcore Giants fan, by default, that makes her an awesome teacher. Really, there are so many other good reasons that prove that, too, including all the books she read to us, including her favorite, The Lorax. Learning to save your planet by becoming an official earth cadet was the best thing ever. I was becoming responsible for my planet, and for changing my thoughts on the three R’s (There eventually were four) Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (and then Rot came along). I enjoyed becoming green, even though Ms. Tandy’s favorite color was purple, which we all knew. The best things of all were being the milk carton people, and being the light patrol.  Recycling the milk cartons and looking in classroom windows to make sure the lights were off gave us a purpose. Then a good time was solar baking cookies with tin foil in the sun, and after a really long time, we had tasty, yet undercooked cookies.

What a great year I experienced with Ms. Buckley. Ms. Buckley is a nice, fun, and yet a strict teacher. Strict in a good way, with a few key rules, like to never say “the phrase,” and everyone who has had Ms. Buckley knows “the phrase.”  It is also important to remember one specific date, like April 21st, which is her birthday, and my mom’s, too, so that made it very easy to remember.  Ms. Buckley made us be responsible and learn along the way.

Today, we are so lucky, to have teachers like Mrs. M., who challenge us to do our Personal Best! Mrs. M. has taught me to go deeper with my thoughts, to go the extra mile with my writing, to write stories that are not only exciting and interesting, but to actually paint a picture in the reader’s mind. (I’m still working on this.) This year I really enjoyed making the Teddy Bear Mummies, and the JFK T-shirt.  But most of all, I liked studying about ancient Greece, and Egypt; it was amazing.

“Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, or oh, the places we’ve been. I’m also talking about all those memorable field trips we have taken over the years, like going to the pumpkin patch, visiting tide pools, or going to an Egyptian museum. All of these memories I will treasure, but don’t ask if I wouldn’t trade for King Tut’s treasure.  So I can’t help but to go back to that one special day, when most kids come to school in their pajamas and to them all I say:

Congratulations! Today is your day. 
You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own.
And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

—Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”

 Now, it’s our turn to really go places, and I know we will miss it here, maybe because it was the beginning of our learning years, maybe because of all the teachers, staff, classmates, and parents along the way that helped, maybe it was due to all my friends that I have made here at Old Adobe. Well, whatever it was, it was magic, it was home, I felt safe, and it has helped me become who I am today. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those great teachers, staff, and parents, for without them Old Adobe would not be the magical, learning place it is today.

“Oh, the Places we’ll Go!” And we will go, without fear or regret.

Leaving Old Adobe

“ Wherever you go, go with all of your heart.” ~ Confucius

Although we sixth graders may be leaving Old Adobe School, that does not mean that we will forget our experiences at Old Adobe. Old Adobe has been a memorable chapter in my life.  The teachers and staff have helped and supported me in so many ways.  When I came to this School, I was just a little rosebud.  Now with the help of the teachers and staff, as well as all I have learned, I have become a blossomed rose.  I have cherished all my teachers!  Each teacher has contributed to who I am today.

To begin with, in first grade, I had the amazing Ms. Brown as my teacher.  It was not her love for alligators and crocodiles that made her special, but it was her ability to connect with each and every one of us.  She reeled in our minds like a professional fisherman during “teacher read aloud.” Ms. Brown was also a phenomenal art teacher, teaching us how to create gorgeous art projects every week.  I remember the week we were told we would be spending a WHOLE week with the sixth grade teacher Ms. McClure.  The class was very excited and thrilled, but at the same time, upset because we would be playing on the “upper” grade playground with all the horrifying, enormous upper graders.  I should have known I could always trust Ms. Brown’s decisions; she was right, the week was great fun. She was ALWAYS right!  I am thrilled and grateful I had the experience of such a great teacher.

Another amazing teacher I had the pleasure to be her student was Ms. Johnson.  Ms. Johnson welcomed us to the upper grades with a big smile that felt like the hugs she would constantly give us.  She helped me break out of my shell, for example casting me as the “lead” in our class play.  I played the director, “RD,” the not very intelligent one.  In addition, I was introduced to more challenging books during reading groups; she made me stretch.  We studied and learned about the missions as well as the California gold rush.  Although sometimes, she would be forced to bring out Señor Stopwatch to get us to stop talking, I still loved her class.  I had a fondness for Ms. Johnson like no other teacher at Old Adobe.  She really opened up my cocoon!

Last, but not least, my final Old Adobe teacher is the wonderful and vibrant, Ms. McClure.  Ms. McClure has enlightened me regarding the arts. I now enjoy the arts even more than I did before.  She took us on a journey through time, visiting the early hominids, the ancient Egyptians, and the ancient Greeks.  We also traveled with the Watsons on their adventure to Birmingham.  Ms. McClure has provided us with tools that are needed in order to create splendid pieces of writing.  But the most important thing about Ms. McClure’s class was that I believe I had the best teacher God could give me for sixth grade.  I am so happy this is who I spent my last year of elementary school with as a student.

There is also someone else I would like to acknowledge.  Ms. Ruby, thank you for doing all you did for me in my seven years at Old Adobe.  You are the sparkling and shining gem of the school.

Finally, one very special person I want to recognize is Ms. Hinton.  Ms. Hinton, you are like my second grandmother.  But most importantly, you are my friend.  Thank you for teaching me how to enjoy books. I have followed in your footsteps.  You are a huge inspiration to me.  Now, because of you, I dream of becoming a librarian.  You are my hero.

My seven years at Old Adobe were the best seven year I could have ever asked for.  Each teacher is so unique, and I grew each year I was at Old Adobe.  I have some words to say to the students who remain at Old Adobe.  Life is a journey that goes by so fast, so enjoy every moment.  Be grateful for the gifts life gives you.  Stay curious and never lose the hunger to learn.  Old Adobe will be in my heart forever, although I leave a piece of my heart behind here at the school.  I will always remember the special moments I had here at Old Adobe.   Thank you for preparing me for the next step of my journey, entering junior high.  I am a blossoming rose, ready for the next season of my life.

Blossoming

“Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree”

~ Martin Luther

When I first walked into this school, I was a seed. Six years later, that seed blossomed into a tall, smart, respectful, courageous, and respectful person. All thanks to Old Adobe and its wonderful staff and teachers.

Old Adobe is very special to me. Each and every teacher helped me and guided me to accomplish my goals and to strive for something bigger and better. Going to junior high school will be scary and intimidating, but I know that with everything I learned from Old Adobe, I can spread my leaves and accomplish things on my own. I am a better person today because of Old Adobe, and here’s why; come back in time with me, and I will show you how I became a remarkable person.

The seed (Kindergarten):

When I first came to this school in Kindergarten, I was afraid. I was frightened and nervous because I didn’t know anyone. I sat down at my desk, and I began to have mixed emotions, but I had a feeling it was going to be fine and class was going to be fun. My Kindergarten teacher was Mrs. Sequeira. Mrs. Sequeira, to me, played a pretty important role in my school development; it is, after all, the beginning of my elementary years, and she had to pave the way to my success. I learned many great things from her class from being social, guiding me to stay on the same path, and always encouraging me to do better.

The roots of the tree (1st & 2nd grade): These teachers made me sturdy and strong, educating me to be a better student.

Mrs. Roth, we miss you dearly. You are one of the sweetest teachers ever!

Ms. Stoep, you are the very reason why I love music, dance, and arts and crafts! I am creative and talented because of what I learned from your class. You bring out every kid’s imagination. I will forever take with me all the music and awesome plays/recitals we did.

The trunk and branches of the Tree (3rd & 4th grade): These teachers helped me spread my wings and kept me on track to grow healthy and strong.

When I first stepped into the classroom in third grade, the first thing I saw was my third grade teacher with a big beautiful smile on her face. That teacher was Mrs. James. After that day, I knew that this was going to be the best year ever! The best part about third grade was doing the Apple Valley School. I loved how Mrs. James made learning so much fun and in a really cool way. Mrs. James was just one of the teachers that helped me become a successful person, and I will never forget third grade.

Fourth grade with Mrs. Johnson was pretty awesome, too, and I had to really push myself in her class. What I learned from Mrs. Johnson is invaluable. I really had to get my head in gear for her class because we did so much reading and writing! You know how fun that is for a kid! During this time, I was pretty active in my gymnastics, and I was in the gym twelve hours every week. I really had to manage my time wisely and make sure I was caught up with all my school work. Even though I had challenges in her class, Mrs. Johnson made sure I stayed on track. Mrs. Johnson is pretty special because even though things got difficult, she made sure I had fun doing it. Her dedication, support, and positive reinforcement were greatly appreciated.

The leaves and flowers of the tree (5th & 6th grade): These teachers taught me to blossom gracefully and helped me become a better person in general.

Mrs. Buckley, you are strict, and that is true. But, I thank you for that. You helped me and many other students to get ready to be sixth graders. Your dedication in making sure each and every one of your students succeeded and achieved their goals is amazing! I loved that you were a straight-shooter, and you didn’t let us get away with things. You kept me and the class on track, and because of that, I am the person I am today, and I am proud to have had you as one of my teachers.

Mrs. McClure, it has been an amazing experience being in your sixth grade class.  Mrs. McClure is a very critical part of my transition to junior high school at Kenilworth. She has given me the confidence that I can be great at anything. I love how she keeps us open-minded and gives us room to feel independent and holds us responsible for our own actions. Mrs. McClure is one of the best teachers I have ever had! I love her colorful outfits and her free spirit. This school year, I found myself making more friends than ever, and I have to thank you for that.

To all of my teachers, a sincere from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU! You all helped shaped me be the person I am today. I am very proud to be a Roadrunner! Old Adobe is the best elementary school around.  It is the best school because we have great, dedicated teachers and incredible students. I made some amazing friends here, and I can truly say, my class, this class is PRETTY AWESOME. There are a lot of really cool, nice, friendly, intelligent kids coming out of Old Adobe, and I am one of them. Thank you, Old Adobe, for the great memories. They will never be forgotten. Thank you for getting us ready to experience the next chapter of life.

To my class, I wish each and every one a great summer, and I wish you all the very best!

Growing Up at Old Adobe

While I was researching famous speeches for inspiration, I came across this well worded quote by Woody Harrelson: “A grown up is a child with layers on.” After seven years at Old Adobe, I remain a child, but with a gift of many layers.

“Bye Mommy, bye Daddy! I love you! See you later!” I said on my first day of kindergarten. I was happy to be finished with pictures in front of the mural wall, and was ready to take the road less traveled, the road to growing up. As soon as my mom and dad left, I ran around introducing myself to everybody. A few kids hid behind their moms because they were nervous and shy. I, however, ran to my teacher, Mrs. Sequeira, and gave her a big hug. I told her I was so happy to be there and was ready to learn new things. We did art projects, played with our buddies, learned, and had tons of fun. I knew right then and there that this was going to be my home, the place where I would learn and grow up for the next seven years of my life. This beginning year added to my first layers from Old Adobe.

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I was in Ms. Stoep’s class, she opened that door for me. She taught us an appreciation of music and how to sing. We performed the winter concert, elbow to elbow, heel to toe, teetering precariously on our little Old Adobe stage…remember that?! We sang all types of different songs. I don’t know if you’ve ever been lucky enough to be in Ms. Stoep’s class, but it’s a happy place where there is always music, and of course, Fun Friday, along with lots of reading, and all the other typical topics as well. Singing with Ms. Stoep is what gave me my love for singing and what may be my career later in life. Without Ms. Stoep, that wouldn’t have happened, she added more layers to me.

In fourth grade, Ms. Johnson’s class was all about the state of California, Harry Potter, owls, and reading. If I wasn’t really doing well in school, Ms. Johnson would spend time with me and help me to do better. I don’t know how Ms. J does it, helping students improve and correcting her tons of papers. In addition, Ms. J always knows the perfect book for each and every student in her class. When does she sleep at night? This was Ms. Johnson’s way of contributing to my growing up.   And if you’re in the market for a mission, talk with me privately; I may have one for sale. But be forewarned, Ms. J has an amazing memory! Many layers were added in Ms. Johnson’s class.

After Ms. Buckley’s 1st day of school drill sergeant routine, we set off in fifth grade to learn all about immigration, immigrants, Angel Island, and the American Revolution. A tip for anyone entering Ms. Buckley’s class, best to mark April 21st on your calendars now, another day I’ll never forget…Ms. Buckley’s birthday! She is a great teacher. No wonder I have so many layers on, plus one for Ms. Buckley’s birthday!

Next thing I knew I was sitting in Ms. McClure’s class on the first day of sixth grade. I was scared, nervous, and excited all at the same time. The room smelled like coffee, and she had a warm welcoming voice. And I totally called it, homework and a long-term project on the first day of school, but who would expect anything different from a sixth grade teacher? Ms. McClure was wearing a tie dye dress, her hair flowing down, and on her feet were pink, sparkly cow-girl boots. I knew this was going to be a big, long and interesting year. We have grown so much, had so much fun and made new friends. Students going in to Ms. McClure’s class, listen carefully. You better be ready for tons of poetry. She has made me feel more mature about things and has given us a good bridge to success and growing up. Ms. McClure has made me feel warm and cozy with all of the layers I have now, an excellent base for more to be added.

I would love to thank all of the other staff members for dedicating so much of your lives to Old Adobe. Without you, Old Adobe would not be the same. Thank you for helping me choose books, band-aiding my ow-ies, and showing me pictures of dogs. You all keep the school together and make it a better place.

To my friends and fellow students at Old Adobe, and everyone here today, I would like to impart to you, we are ALL children with layers on. Every teacher, every lesson, adds a layer to you. The more layers you have, the smarter you get. If you don’t have many layers, you need to expand your horizon and add on. Although, don’t put on too many layers, nobody likes a smarty pants! Thank you Old Adobe for putting on my many layers, an excellent beginning for the tons more that will be put on as I grow.

My Life at Old Adobe

One day as I was lying in the field, I noticed a sea full of different flowers blowing in the wind. They all remind me of my journey through Old Adobe.

I pick a daisy, which reminds me of Ms. Ruby, who brightens up your whole day. I remember my leather cowboy boots marching through the door and Ms. Ruby’s eyes lighting up and a smile spreading across her face. Ms. Ruby is like a second mother to me because I have spent so much time with her and she has helped me grow up. She taught me to be polite and to be confident in myself. Because of Ms. Ruby, I am proud of who I am.

I next pick a tulip, which reminds me of when I walked into the classroom of Mr. Keig. Mr. Keig is a big teddy bear, and he loves every single one of his little kids. Mr. Keig taught me to tell the truth and never to lie, which is a strong thing in life.  My favorite part of my kindergarten year at Old Adobe, was, of course, taking a trip to the pumpkin patch, riding on the tractor and talking to my friends the whole way. I love Mr. Keig, and he made me grow up to be a beautiful young lady. Mr. Keig can put a smile on your face even if you’re going through the toughest time. He has taught me to let go of my mom, which she doesn’t like.

The next flower is a sunflower, which represents the happy Ms. James. Ms. James is my best friend; she has taught me everything I need to live by in life. I will never forget the time when we got snails and fish, and we raised them up with a partner. Of course, I loved it because everyone knows that I love animals. Ms. James will always have a place in my heart.

The next flower is a beautiful orchid with black dots all over the explosion of color. This flower resembles my last year at Old Adobe. Ms. McClure taught me to be free and not to let anybody hold you back. When we went to the Egyptian Museum, it was scary and fun all at once. The mummies and the tomb were the best part though.  She has taught me everything I need to know for my next step in life, junior high. From Poem of the Day to Stargirl, I will never forget any of these amazing memories I have had here.

The last flowers are a handful of poppies, my best friends. My friends here at school make me so happy it’s unbelievable. Old Adobe gave me my friends—friends I will have in my life forever. I remember when I looked into the window of Mr. Keig’s class my first day of school, and there I saw the gorgeous and crazy Faith Rea. On the monkey bars, Rose Spaletta and I met the outgoing and beautiful Cassidy Cole. Hanging upside down on the double bars, I met the courageous and pretty Emily Irving, Lily Gmeiner, and Cassidy Porter. Sliding down the slide, I met the fascinating and stunning Bailey Thomas, Skylar Engler and Rachel Engle. In Ms. Tandy’s rainforest, I saw the silly and elegant Lexi Kamages. Playing kickball in the field I saw the wildly energetic and funny Brighton Souza, Cameron Downing, Cole Kuper, Jack Gallagher, and Lucas Happy. My best friends might not be what you want, but they are exactly who I want and need in my life.

My seven years at Old Adobe were the best, and I never want to leave. To those who still have many years of Old Adobe, I wish you the best, and I hope you have the best time of your lives. Here are some words for you to remember: never stop wanting to learn, always remember every second of each amazing memory, if you don’t then you will regret it. Lastly, life goes by fast, so live each moment at Old Adobe as if it was your last.  For those who are going into sixth grade next year, don’t worry; it’s fun. Ms. McClure will teach you everything you need to know in the way that fits you. For those little third graders coming up to the big playground, at first it might seem terrifying, but soon you will get used to it and meet a lot of new people.

As I get up and leave the field in my mind, a rose catches my eye, a rose which will resemble my next step towards junior high.  When I leave there are the flowers I picked in my hand, a daisy, a tulip, a sunflower, an orchid, a poppy, and, of course, the rose.  Old Adobe is my home, and I will always have a special place in my heart for Old Adobe. Old Adobe is where I grew up. Old Adobe taught me to be who I am, Carsyn Hardy.

Journey into the Future

I have entered the halls of Old Adobe as a roadrunner; speeding through the years as they progressed. I have changed into a sheepish adolescent and, finally, into a sublime leader. I am proud to say I am from Old Adobe. Old Adobe. The way it rolls off your tongue brings a feeling of warmth from inside of you. Old Adobe is a school where everyone grows and develops into luminaries, where the teachers are there to help, and where everyone is your comrade.

When I came to Kindergarten, I pranced into Mr. Keig’s classroom with utter confidence, as if I had been there for years already. It had been the best five seconds until I saw all the other kids swarming around and buzzing like bees. I was petrified of what everyone would think of me. I was concerned until I officially met Mr. Keig, who was like a big teddy bear! He had not been the only bear there, though; he introduced me to Bonnie the Bear, who I could take home and care for. Mr. Keig not only taught me my ABC’s, but he also taught me to be affectionate towards others and how to be respectful.

With more buoyancy than I had in Kindergarten, I stepped into the room of Ms. Brown’s first grade and suddenly felt a smile creep up on my face. I thought Ms. Brown was going to be as bloodcurdling as the alligators and crocodiles lying motionless on the shelves, but she turned out to be a sprightly person. She taught me to write with precision like a butterfly flitting from word to word so that my penmanship was impeccable by the time first grade had concluded.

As I was still getting used to the walls of Old Adobe, I strode into Ms Bacher’s second grade room. Ms. Bacher was like a howler monkey. She was blithe and could always make me beam with delight.  Ms. Bacher taught me about the rain forest and about all the animals who lived there. She would laugh and make the frogs below the trees see the sun in the rainforest. Ms. Bacher introduced me to a town where all second graders lived, and I was a baker who lived on Cool Street.

As I was done saying farewell to my lower grade years, it was time I moved on to being one of the big kids! I would have to be more responsible since I was now a role model to younger students. When I first met Ms. Doughty the quote, “The brain that does the work learns,” stuck with me through all my upper grade years.  I learned I had a strong passion for history when Ms. Doughty described it in such a vivacious way and got us to be active while learning about it. For two years, she prepared me for sixth grade and sent me off with a final sprinkle of knowledge.

As I arrived into my sixth grade classroom, I knew it was going to be a memorable year as soon as I smelled the aroma of coffee waft into my nostrils and saw Ms. McClure in a pair of her cowgirl boots. Unfortunately, the year went by as quick as lickety split, but I was able to have additional knowledge build up in my brain, building up as tall as the Empire State Building. I was able to share my sixth grade experience with many friends. One of the many breathtaking events was going on gratifying field trips that I especially enjoyed.  I was set and ready to go for my middle school adventure thanks to Ms. McClure, who taught me many lessons to use throughout my lifetime.

As I have zipped through my elementary school days, I have blossomed like a flower on a spring day. Even though I will be parting from Old Adobe, I will always remember the school that introduced me to a place that wasn’t only a school, but was also a safe environment filled with amicable people and happiness. I entered the walls of Old Adobe as a caterpillar, but will be departing as a butterfly, flying off into my journey of the future.

Getting my Wings and Flying into the Future

Friends, family, students, we gather round the sixth graders and watch them transition into grown-up, junior high students. Here are some of my most cherished memories of this amazing school.

When I first landed to this superb school, I was taught how to read and write by the famous Mr. Keig. Mr. Keig is a very friendly man and would always be there for someone who was upset. Even though he does not teach here anymore, he was a great teacher, and the happy memories that he has marked in my heart will never be forgotten.

Later, after my wings had been guiding me through elementary school, I had yet another amazing teacher. Her name was Ms. Tandy. She brought me through the terrific third grade. Ms. Tandy is a kind soul, with a love for purple! She taught me to nourish the world, as if it was a close friend. “Once an Earth Cadet, always an Earth Cadet!”

As the next years flew by, I grew up into a mature (well, most of the time!), sixth-grade girl and met a simply fantastic teacher. This teacher is Ms. McClure, and she has taught me so much! She taught me to be a better math student, and to never give up on my dreams. She also taught me to be kind to others, even when I was so absolutely mad my brain would explode. The one thing I, as well, will never forget, is that Ms. McClure taught me to have confidence in myself. To never doubt myself and assume that what I thought or did would turn out horribly, and to never forget that I am the only one who can judge myself.

And, as we all fly out of elementary school, our hearts have been permanently marked with happy, exciting memories. All of the teachers, staff, will never be left out. We will always have our memories of you. But most of all, Old Adobe, you, will most certainly never, ever be forgotten.

Memorable Experiences at Old Adobe

Good morning and thank you all for coming on this special day.  Old Adobe has been an important chapter of my life. This is where my education began and where many of my friends came from. I have many memories from this school, and I’m so glad that the class of 2009-2010 will not be the last class to promote here at Old Adobe and that the tradition of excellence continues.

I’d like to begin with a quote.  My dad is a teacher at Petaluma High School and his classroom is filled with a lot of inspiring quotes.  One of my favorites is a Chinese proverb that is painted on his door.  It says, “TEACHERS OPEN THE DOOR BUT YOU MUST ENTER BY YOURSELF.” What that means to me is that teachers are there to help YOU, but YOU have to be willing to be helped.

We have an excellent collection of teachers here at Old Adobe.  In addition to the excellent academics, the teachers here also taught me some important lessons in building my character.

My first grade teacher, Ms. Stoep, taught me to be accepting and loving to my fellow students.  Nobody in the class liked disappointing her.  When we were misbehaving at recess, all she had to do was give us that look during circle time and say how disappointed she was with our behavior.  We felt bad for letting her down and vowed never to do it again.  But then the next day, we’d forget and do it all over again.  We thought we would never leave her class. It took some time for us to get over it.

Then I had Ms. Bacher for second grade.  You don’t mess around in Ms. Bacher’s class. In fact, there were times when I thought my legs had fallen asleep.  But I realize now that she was teaching me to focus and to listen which becomes very important as you grow up.

My third grade teacher, Ms. Tandy, taught me how to love the planet I live on, to keep it clean, and to conserve our nonrenewable natural resources.  My mom drove me crazy because I always had to turn off lights every time she left the room with the lights on.

In fourth grade, Ms. Buckley taught me to love math.  She had a way of explaining it that made it look so easy. She also talked so fast and loud that you had no choice but to pay attention.  Otherwise, you would miss something.  But then again, Ms. Bacher already trained me for that.

Then for 5th grade I had Ms. Doughty, who was so enthusiastic about the subjects she’s teaching she always had this big smile and would sometimes dance as she was teaching our topic for the day.  I actually found it fascinating. She and Ms. Henderson, my other fifth grade teacher, helped me a lot in improving my writing skills.  They helped me realize that writing wasn’t agony, but rather a way to express my feelings.

What can I say about Ms. McClure, my sixth grade teacher, except you’re awesome. Thank you for helping us prepare for junior high, for all the positive encouragements, for patiently putting up with our new attitudes and most importantly, for being there for us even through e-mails.

To Mrs. Hinton, our librarian, because of you my older brother and I have turned our parents into huge contributors to Borders, Copperfield’s and Amazon.com.  To Ms. Cynthia, our cook, thanks for the lessons in cleaning, cooking, and serving that my mom says will make me a good husband to my future wife someday — whatever that means.

And Ms. Ruby, thank you for taking care of me whether it’s a little cut on my arm or comforting me when I’m sick while I wait for my mom to pick me up, you were there to take care of me.

Finally, as we begin a new chapter of our lives in a new school, I would like my classmates to remember this quote from May B. Smith “THE ONLY PLACE YOU’LL FIND SUCCESS BEFORE WORK IS IN THE DICTIONARY.” In other words, work hard because no pain, no gain.

Thank you, Old Adobe, for a memorable experience.

Three Cheers for Old Adobe

“Friendship… is not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.” ~ Muhammad Ali

Attending Old Adobe School might have been the best thing since sliced bread, or mini carrots. While being in this superb environment, I didn’t just learn math, science, grammar, social studies, art, or writing, I learned how to become a leader, a role model for younger students that might look upon me one day. I learned key life skills that I will need to know on my journey through middle school, high school, and college. But my favorite thing I learned in school and at Old Adobe is the meaning of friendship, unlike Muhammad Ali, friendship IS something you can learn at Old Adobe, but he is also right that if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you haven’t learned anything. I learned how it feels to always have someone there for you when you need them. I really grew up to come and love the marvelous school and the teachers working there that will always have a place in my heart, good ol’ Old Adobe.

One of the greatest teachers whom made me who I am today is Ms. Stoep.  She taught me to open up to the world around me, and sing as if there was no tomorrow. Of course, I will always remember The Little Red Hen, and Ms. Stoep’s open mouth telling me to open my mouth while I sang.  Also Ms. Stoep taught me how to sing as if telling the story of the caring, kind, loving red hen. In the end, her face would shine like the sun and her smile would light up my spirit sending me a message that I had done well. In 1st grade I was also introduced to my first pet in the classroom, the lovely Lulu, who will stay in all of our hearts forever. Because of Ms. Stoep, I have a dream of winning American Idol, and I will do what it takes to help me climb that mountain. Thank you very much, Ms. Stoep!

The second amazing teacher that made me care for mother earth more than any third grader ever should is Ms. Tandy. Although taking care of the whole world would have been hard work, my class and I did the best we could to help what was around us. Ms. Tandy took my class and I on a field trip to a dry creek bed where we all worked in teams to restore the creek that will now, because of us, be lined with trees to provide shade for the creek that will hopefully be full of water sometime in the future. I learned about what pollution could do to the world and how to prevent that from happening. I also learned all about the moon, and its cycles from new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter (half moon), waxing gibbous, full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter (half moon), waning crescent, and back to full moon. Actually, in the third grade play I sang a song titled “New Moon.” I can still sing that song now that the lyrics are stuck in my head for forever. I will always be an earth cadet, because (quote from Ms. Tandy) “Once an earth cadet, always an earth cadet!”

The third is the teacher that I was afraid of until I met her. The teacher that I thought would put the capital S in strict. The teacher that I thought was as straight as a ruler, but turned out to be a pleasant, gentle, nice, fabulous teacher, Ms. Buckley. Because of Ms. Buckley, I learned to be ready for what life could throw at you, good or bad, and to live with it. I learned that “right on” is still used, and not too old to use now. I learned that being in a combo class isn’t so bad when you have a teacher like Ms. Buckley leading it. Ms. Buckley was an incredible teacher with great strategies of teaching that will help me live a well educated life. Whenever I look at a painting, picture, or image, VTS questions like “what do you see in this image that makes you say that; what more can we find,” and other questions that will guide me through the piece. Old Adobe, and Ms. Buckley introduced me to a whole new meaning of art, and I will never look at art the same way again.

Lastly, but not least, is Ms. McClure. The first thing I noticed when a walked into her classroom on the first day of 6th grade was the lingering smell of coffee. Then, I saw Ms. M. dressed in a dress matched with heeled cowgirl boots. Now that’s what I call style!!! Every day from that day forward, Ms. M would always wear a dress that matched with a pair of colorful boots. But it wasn’t Ms. McClure’s fashion trend that was the outline of my sixth grade year. I also did Poem of the Day each morning, and had a weekly spelling story due with a sort, reading chart and a star card due each week. I know it sounds like a lot, but here’s a secret…you only have to study ten words for the spelling test on Friday! I did a load of writing in Ms. M’s class, along with many styles of poems to read and write. Overall, my last year of Old Adobe is one of the best, which is a wonderful thing!

In my seven years at Old Adobe, each of them was enjoyable in their own special, unique ways. I LOVED Old Adobe School, and I am sure that you will too. Every teacher here is a magnificent one, and you will enjoy each and every one of them. Old Adobe introduced me to new technology, subjects, and ways of learning. Old Adobe is a very fortunate school to have a library, and such a brilliant one too! Each book is treated with love as if it was a god or goddess by the one and the only Mrs. Hinton. Old Adobe also enjoys great food cooked by Cynthia, and a great principal Mr. Williamson. I really enjoyed my time here. Three cheers for Old Adobe! Hip- hip hooray, hip-hip hooray, hip-hip hooray!!!

Plump with Promise

“The future is plump with promise.” ~ Maya Angelou

And so it is said. I can proudly say, that thanks to the guidance of my parents, every single teacher, classroom, and friends that have been a part of my journey through Old Adobe Elementary School, my future is definitely plump with promise. I know I am supposed to write about my journey through Old Adobe, which I am, don’t worry about that. But, I’m going to write about it the way we’ve been writing all throughout 6th grade. I am going to write my last spelling story of my sixth grade adventure, and my Old Adobe career. Here it goes.

“Finale”

Once upon a time, around ten years ago a boy named Shane, was completely “hidden” under a table by a cloth draped over it. Another young boy accompanied him, named Ryan Lowe. On the outside, these boys might seem like ordinary two-year-olds, but really, deep down, they were super secret power rangers, or at least that’s what they kept telling themselves. The boy, Shane, was secretly sneaking his friend Ryan animal cookies while hiding under the table. They were in the kindergarten class, with the teacher, Mr. Keig. It was their older brother’s lemonade party, but Ryan and Shane attended it as super secret power rangers, and left as best friends. This was only the beginning of many friendships for both of them that would be formed at Old Adobe.

A couple of years later it was Shane and Ryan’s turn to attend the class where they first met. But instead of being fictional characters, they were something much better. They were KINDERGARTENERS! The best part about being a kindergartener is you are basically invincible. The boys had so much time for play during the day, that they could add new powers to their made up characters. So every time these characters were talked about, they got stronger and stronger, until they were invincible. As the year progressed, field trips came about; projects came into the picture, and consistent play time throughout the day continued, but as all the fictional characters that Ryan and Shane continuously made up kept growing,  so too did their friendship grow,  invincible and “plump with promise.”

Many friends were formed for the boys in kindergarten; however, many were also created in first grade. The boys were in the same class again, and their teacher was Ms. Brown. 1st grade seemed to be the foundation of hand writing. It was really were you learned the main aspects to a good piece of writing. However, the handwriting was centered more around how to actually hold a pencil and write sentences versus writing real, five paragraph essays. Everybody in Ms. Brown’s class soon found out about her raging love for crocodiles, and alligators. You would think that with me being in that first grade class for six hours just about every day, for nine months, with a teacher who absolutely loves crocodiles and alligators, that I would know everything about the two animals. But I don’t, trust me. One day, all of the first grade students were seated and told of very good news. They were going to get a class pet. This pet was a pug and it would stay in Ms. Stoep’s room. The dog was named Lulu and instantly became the most popular figure, at Old Adobe. The year was coming to an end, and Ms. Brown’s 1st graders were told that their teacher was headed off to some sort of camp with the sixth graders and would be gone for a whole week. But the good news was that we were going to stay in Ms. McClure’s class and get paired up with fifth graders to do a lot of fun activities. Although my older brother wasn’t thrilled to be spending a week with me in his class, I knew I would have a blast, and I did.

Finally it was my turn to be king of the playground with all of the friends that had been made along the years. We were in third grade and felt like we were on top of the world, which we were, sort of, because we were the oldest kids on the playground, so we ruled the primary world, but we didn’t dare act as if we were kings of the upper grades.  Third grade for me definitely had the most activities. Any student could be milk cartons, green team, and every student was an Earth cadet. In milk cartons, you get to go into the cafeteria when the upper graders eat and go around and pick up all the empty milk cartons. That might not sound like fun, but it really is, because you get to miss a little class and empty milk cartons with your friends. In green team, you get to go with your friends from both classes and go into classrooms and make sure their lights are off. This was while classes were at lunch. That was a lot of fun because you got to be with your friends. It was also fun because a lot of the time, the team would go into Ms. Stoep’s room and check the lights, then pet Lulu for a little bit and leave. Being an earth cadet was a real honor. Basically, you were Mother Nature’s kids, you would pick up any trash that you saw, always recycle things that were meant to be recycled, and just be extremely respectful to the Earth.

Lastly, we have sixth grade, the ending point in a huge milestone for me, and all my fellow students’ lives. Sixth grade really is the year where you start to thrive and prosper. Ryan and I were again in the same class, which was good news, because we had been in the same class every single year. We had Ms. McClure and we were thrilled. Throughout the year, we all did a tremendous amount of events. There were field trips, plays, camp, making music videos. All in all, the year has been jam-packed with all the pleasurable activities that you do in sixth grade. One of the tremendously fun things you do in sixth grade is writing a song, and then making music to go along with it, and dance moves too. Then you go to this place in San Francisco called Zeum. You get video-taped with an image to go along with in the background. That is only one of the outstandingly fun things you do in sixth grade. Writing seems to be one of the main focuses in Ms. McClure’s class. You do poem of the day every morning. That is where you read a poem and then discuss it. Reading these poems daily really helps you with your writing, because it expands your vocabulary to no extent. Sixth grade, without a doubt is one of my favorite years.

To conclude, going to Old Adobe for all these years really has been a blessing because every teacher gives you their undivided attention and respect. Old Adobe really has been like a second home to me, and every classroom is a part of me, and will live on in my heart forever, along with all the wonderful teachers. They’ve been so helpful, letting you express yourself and finding out who you are as a person. They will guide you if you’re in need of guidance, and help you if you’re in need of help. Honestly, if you want to succeed and prosper in school, you just have to follow a lifelong lesson that everybody should live by; do your personal best in everything and don’t give up. From the flash cards in kindergarten, to all the academic and life lessons learned in sixth grade, our future is “…….plump with promise.”

Old Adobe Adventure

“Treat everyone the way you want to be treated.” ~ The Golden Rule

And so I tried, well we all did, but from what I’ve learned at Old Adobe, no one’s perfect, but if you do the best that you can, you will succeed, and all your efforts will come into action.

Hopefully, I will now take you on an adventure through teachers you’ve already had, or for those youngsters, the teachers to come, and for the two minutes you’re listening to me, I’ll do my best to give you advice based on what I’ve learned at this small school, Old Adobe.

My own personal experiences began in kindergarten, when I learned the ABC’s from the tooth fairy’s best friend, Mr.Keig, or in my case, Mr. Keiggy. When I was sad, I would just cry into his arms like I had known him forever; he was like my personal care bear. He made everything better by one hug. Though Mr. Keiggy and I will be departing from Old Adobe this year, he will never be forgotten. It was in his class that I learned the true value of friendship.

Not many people can say that their first grade teacher was also the person who taught them the backstroke. I mean, how cool is that? Ms. Brown taught me to unleash my tiny fingers from the cements’ pool side and swim, swim like there’s no tomorrow.  I used to think she had two identities, Ms. Brown and Miss Swimmy teacher. Not only did she teach me about the water and swimming, her love for crocodiles and alligators made me fall for the cute critters myself. That’s not the only thing that makes her unique to me. She taught me to persevere, probably not intentionally, but what can I say, I had a soft spot for candy. It was during a spelling test, and whoever finished earned a Jolly Rancher. Like I said before, I would do anything for candy, and the only thing keeping me from getting it was one word. One word called because. I tried and tried and just couldn’t spell it right. Finally, on my third retest, I got spelled it correctly, and my artificial grape-flavored Jolly Rancher filled my small mouth. Not only did I get a purple tongue, I got a gift called perseverance. Thank you, Ms. Brown, for a gift that has been useful ever since.

I will always remember my third grade teacher, Ms. Tandy, and her love for the Earth and the color purple. She told me to never grow up and forget about her. Though I will grow up and flourish, I will never forget you, Ms. Tandy.

I started to become a better student in Ms. Henderson and Doughty’s class. My favorite subject changed from recess to writing and math. Though my two teachers were very different, it was in this class that I learned to love school and everything about it, from reports to meeting new people. Ms. Doughty literally dances when she teaches. If she notices someone’s not focusing, she jumps up and down so it is impossible to be bored. She made learning fun and she loved questions. On the other hand, Ms. Henderson was like a teenager. She kept up with the latest slang, which at the time was, “Don’t burst my bubble.” Being in this class for two years really helped me grow as a thinker and a student in general. Ms. Doughty is a teacher I will never forget. She’s helped me realize there’s always room to improve, and any subject can be made interesting.

My last class at Old Adobe was with the coffee-drinking teacher herself, Ms. McClure. I remember when we first came in and sat in a circle, her teacher eyes intently staring into my soul, as she teased, “On the first day of school you are already getting an attitude, rolling  your eyes and all.” At first I was confused until I realized she was jokingly referring to me. Ms. McClure has taught me to have a good sense of humor. Besides having a good time, Ms. McClure has really prepared us for junior high by teaching us the value of hard work. Thank you, Ms. McClure, for everything, even V.T.S.  Hopefully, it will all pay off.

My Old Adobe experience would never have been complete without the caring Ms. Ruby and the book-loving librarian, Ms. Hinton. You have made a difference in my life.

Old Adobe will always have a place in my heart along with the countless memories of my wonderful teachers and the many friends that I’ve made. Though our journey at Old Adobe is ending, our adventures will continue. We will thrive.

The Courage to Accomplish

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” ~ Mohammed Ali

Starting in kindergarten and all the way through sixth grade, I have had an amazing experience here at Old Adobe. It will be hard to say good-bye to everything I have come to love. Every year I have had an amazing teacher and made new friends.

For example, in second grade, Ms. Bacher’s classroom always gave me a warm feeling when I stepped inside. I always knew that I would have a good day in her class because she was always in a spectacular mood. I would love the art projects she would teach us from Arts Attack, and she would make every day the best it could possibly be. There was never a time when I was disappointed because she always taught me something new.

Ms. James, my third grade teacher, taught me how to care for others, as well as the planet on which we live. We would do enjoyable activities, such as making our own recycled paper. Then at the end of the school year, we did the Apple Valley School simulation, which I enjoyed most of all.

Ms. Doughty and Ms. Henderson, my fourth grade teachers, helped me jump through the big gap from third to fourth grade. Ms. Henderson was a wonderful artist, who loved to share her talent with the whole class. Ms. Doughty was an amazing teacher, who loves history and taught us to do the same. When I found out I would be having her for my fifth grade year as well, I was happy. Then I realized that she taught me more than my brain could hold and everything she taught me would stay with me for the rest of my life. One of the most important things she taught me was not to wait until the last minute to start my projects.

A gigantic thanks to Ms. McClure for preparing us for junior high. Ms. McClure, you have been an amazing teacher this year. You have a great personality, and you would never lose your patience, even when we would roll our eyes at you when we were caught goofing around. I highly enjoyed studying ancient Egypt, Greece, and the many other ancient civilizations we learned about this year. You have done so much for us this year, and we have gone on so many fantastic field trips, such as the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum, Zeum, and the best of all… sixth grade camp! You have made my final year here at Old Adobe a memorable experience.

I was inspired by this Mohammed Ali quote, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” To me this quote means that if you don’t take on new challenges and try new things, you will accomplish nothing. It’s going to be hard to say good-bye to the school at which I have spent all seven of my elementary school years, but it is here that I learned to live the meaning of Mohammed Ali’s words.  So now I will move on to seventh grade and start a new chapter of my life as I take on new challenges and make new friends.

Ready to Fly

Seven years ago, I opened my eyes. The light was streaming through the windows just like any other morning. But this was not just any other morning. I was about to start my seven years at Old Adobe Elementary School. I did not know that I was going to enter a family of amazing teachers, classrooms and classmates. Old Adobe is a small school and yet, I believe it has the greatest heart.

My adventures started off in my kindergarten year with Ms. Schroth and Ms.Kiernan. It was full of singing and learning to be comfortable inside a classroom. Ms. Schroth and Ms. Kiernan welcomed all of us, teaching us about not only letters and numbers but how to respect each other. We sang songs like “The World Is a Rainbow” and I started to see the world differently. This was the year I painted on easels over and over again and our class put together a recipe book. I included the famous recipe for homemade cereal.

The next year, I joined Ms. Brown’s first grade. Her classroom welcomed me with the bathtub in which I remember sitting comfortably and reading in. Ms. Brown’s fondness for alligators intrigued us all, but her fondness for us was even greater.  We watched real butterfly cocoons and studied them as they grew and then evolved into beautiful strong butterflies which we then set free. Ms. Brown also had great patience with us so that I was able to learn quickly. I will not forget about all the special times I spent in her classroom; even the time when a foot had came crashing through the ceiling and Ms. Brown repaired the hole with a stuffed alligator. I learned that as people, we can work together to fix anything.

Ms. Bacher’s second grade class was full of excitement also. She taught me to appreciate my culture because in my memory, I recall that she loved moon cakes that my mom would bring in to share on Chinese New Year. Ms. Bacher really loved celebrating holidays with us. On Halloween, we sang songs about a boney skeleton and on other days, we played games and had parties. Ms. Bacher taught me how to have fun and open up to my culture.

Next was the wonderful and gracious Ms. Tandy. Her love for purple was almost unstoppable but her love for the world did beat it. Thinking so much of the world, she brought us to the recycling center in downtown Petaluma where we took a tour to see the people at work. Her love also brought her to calling the whole classroom team the Earth Cadets. I grew fond of the name and saw the world as a place we need to keep clean and healthy. This year, I learned to appreciate what nature provides us and that we should treat it well, because “once an Earth Cadet, always an Earth Cadet.”

Soon, my Old Adobe adventure led on to Ms Johnson’s fourth grade class. I had felt accomplished so far and this year was the scary change to being in the upper grades. It was nerve wrecking and I was shaking from head to toe. Luckily, Ms. Johnson really knew how to comfort me and all the others and I began to warm up a bit. This was the year of a lot of first time activities. This was also the year where I became comfortable with others older than me since it was a combination of fourth and fifth grade. I made a broader range of friends which I really appreciate.

I was welcomed warmly into Ms. Henderson and Ms. Doughty’s fifth grade class. Ms. Henderson and Ms. Doughty were unique teachers and really connected with us students. Ms. Henderson’s art lessons never failed us once and I could openly discuss my artwork happily with her knowing that she would give me feedback to make me a better artist as well as a writer. I appreciate all the advice that Ms. Henderson gave me to make sure I was improving. During my year in fifth grade, I also started to be very content about math. Ms. Doughty made mathematics something I could do easily and understand. It was always a very comfortable environment with this group of peers, inside and outside of the classroom (we took a lot of field trips, sometimes even twice a month!). Ms. Doughty and Ms. Henderson provided me with a helpful setting to learn and excel.

And now at this moment I am giving this speech like I have seen others do for seven years and how I used to think it would be so amazing to tell everybody about my years at Old Adobe. My sixth grade year was spent with Ms. McClure. Ms. McClure really knew how to make a better and more social person out of you. I feel like this was the year I finally came out of my shell, learning to speak up and out. I am able to open myself up to the world more than I used to. She taught me leadership skills and challenged me academically. I formed tighter bonds with my classmates and got to be taught a lot, from Ancient Rome, Greece, Egypt to algebra and writing skills. As my final year in Old Adobe, Ms. McClure’s class made it very special with memories I cannot bear to forget.

Time passes quickly. I feel like it was just yesterday that I entered Old Adobe. Cherish the time you have here because Old Adobe will forever be in your memories. Take care of your school because it is like home. I think that anybody will agree with me that Old Adobe will take a large place in your heart. Treat your teachers, all staff members, classrooms, and classmates, and the overall school with respect because all parts of Old Adobe will stick with you, never leaving your sides.  We are grateful to have the staff that we have at Old Adobe because all of them have a big heart and love. They need reverence and nothing more. Even though our lives may be completely different at home and outside of school, we must remember that Old Adobe is one thing that all of us have in common.

It seems like time is just rushing by me and my time at Old Adobe is soon coming to an end. You spend most of your education in elementary school, and you grow the most during this time too. I can look back and say that I have grown so much, just like everybody else at this school. With each year that passes by, Old Adobe’s love for each other just keeps growing. I feel like even though I won’t be here next year I take a part of Old Adobe with me as a memory anywhere I go for the rest of my life. Like the butterflies coming out of their chrysalis’s which we studied in first grade, I feel like I am going to take off into a completely new world. But without that cocoon, the butterflies could not have done it. The cocoons had helped the butterflies develop and grow into something that would be ready to take on new challenges and providing them with comfort. Old Adobe is like my cocoon and thanks to the great heart this small school has to offer, I am ready to fly.

Old Adobe, a Living Memory

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Through thick and thin, I finally made it to where I am standing right now. I want to leave, but I want to stay. I want to move on, but I want to hold back even more. Old Adobe has helped me shape my entire life, every single detail of it. Through many good and bad times, I am still dazzled at the thought that I am now leaving this small, but loving school. However, I know that wherever I end up in my journey of growing, I will still carry memories that lie in this very school: Old Adobe.

“The world is a rainbow… with many different people…”

Ms. Schroth helped me begin my years at Old Adobe. She had us sing and it was even this year that I decided to take piano lessons because of her inspiration. Kindergarten was filled with magic and wonders every day. I loved the exploring the rocky seashore and finding little creatures to point at jubilantly at, even though I had myself scratching poison oak the day after. I can still recall having butterflies fluttering uncontrollably as I walked into the room, thinking it was the end. But I was wrong: It was the beginning.

First grade was an adventure of learning lessons. Ms. Stevenson and Ms. Grubb taught me so much, from basic numbers to self-discipline. Ms. Stevenson had to move away because of a baby, but she would always tell us that she would visit and encouraged the class to behave well. Ms. Grubb would always plan fun activities and crafts to do. My favorite was when we got to study Alaska and each day was spent doing an activity like coloring stamps, making postcards and more. We even had a mini-passport! What a blast!

After that year came second grade. Ms. James (Ms. Theaker) was very sweet, and I knew she loved me very much. I can still recall the class studying ants and so Ms. James bought an artificial ant home, complete with giant, live, red ants! Unfortunately, she dropped that tube of squirmy, anxious ants, and as they skittered about, Ms. James cried out, “Step on them!” Such moments still make me laugh to this very day. Ms. James was quite the teacher, and second grade was quite the red-hot experience!

“Once an earth cadet, always an earth cadet,”

Ms. Tandy: Purple. Earth. Loving. She prized us all, and I can bet that we adored her just as much. She encouraged me deeply to love the environment. After third grade, I had a whole different view of the world around me. I can still evoke going to Muir Woods and kissing a banana slug. Nowadays, whenever I spot one of those slimy, yellow things, I writhe to the taste of saltiness and gooiness sitting everlastingly on my tongue!

“I remember seeing you walk into our class as a shy, small fourth grader… and now we almost need you to stop talking!”

… and Ms. Henderson was extraordinarily correct on that one! In my fourth and fifth grade years with Ms. Henderson and Ms. Doughty, I grew as a person. I made new friends, developed a new sense in thinking and formed a strong bond with this class. In fourth grade, we did a production of Peter Pan, a play that I remember the most. It was the greatest school play I had ever been in because it looked very professionally done and was a great hit! In fifth grade, I made new friends and Ms. Doughty and Ms. Henderson were there to support me in my being. Always. I still do not hesitate to visit them every once in a while after school, only to be greeted by their warm personalities.

Sixth grade was definitely a year I will remember the most. I changed so much. This year revolved around friendships, drama and stretching my way of thinking. I can remember, in the beginning of the year, our class was singing songs from High School Musical 1 & 2 all the time! And that frenzy eventually turned into a tacky-but-hilarious Club Penguin flurry. My teacher, Ms. McClure, helped me stretch my thinking and expanded my ways of academics. She was very bright when it came to Algebra, and I feel confident about taking Algebra One in seventh grade because of all the things she taught us. Ms. McClure was a great teacher who knew every student really, really well and acted like us too! However, that could turn into four-hour lectures… literally! She would even bring activities in the being of haranguing! When not trying to tame the class, Ms. McClure had an astonishing, humorous mind, cracking jokes endlessly that were truly engaging and funny. Ms. McClure was a wonderful teacher whose personality will live on ceaselessly in my heart as well as my hilarious memories that should live on in Room Ten.

Now, wherever I end up, I can carry along a little of Old Adobe with me. The staff and students have all been genuinely kind and loving, every single one of them. Everybody from this school has played an important role in my life here as a student. Old Adobe School is like my family, and family is forever. I hope that everywhere I go; I am nevertheless, somehow still with Old Adobe.

You have brains in your head,
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own.
And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
~ Dr. Seuss

A True Roadrunner

In my seven years at Old Adobe Elementary, sixth grade was the most memorable. As the years flew past, I learned new skills, life lessons, and how to be a true roadrunner. Old Adobe has also helped me to become more confident and not afraid to speak my mind. This school has a wide variety of teachers, each one unique and determined to teach the students in their class. This is why Old Adobe is very important to me.

In first grade, I had Ms. Brown. If you have never met Ms. Brown, you wouldn’t know that she has a love for alligators and crocodiles bigger than any first grader could imagine. Although, that isn’t the reason that makes her an exceptional teacher; Ms. Brown is a fabulous role model because she will never give up on a student who is willing to learn. Additionally, every once in a while we would go to Ms. Stoep’s classroom for music time. Although it was hard to concentrate on music when there was sweet little pug named Lulu wandering around the room.

In fourth grade, I was extremely nervous to make the switch to the upper grade playground.  Luckily my fourth grade teacher Ms. Johnson was there to help us prepare for fifth grade. We mainly learned all about our glorious state and the California Missions, and studying the Gold Rush was my favorite. It seemed like such a traumatic change, but Ms. Johnson’s guidance and sense of humor got us to fifth grade.

In fifth grade, Ms. Buckley taught me to love math, which is my new favorite subject.  In her class, I also became more comfortable around older students because of her fifth grade/sixth grade class. Because of the sixth graders in my class, I caught a glimpse of some of the fun activities planned for sixth grade. At first I wasn’t so sure about being in a combo class, but in no time I began to think of that experience as a chance to become less shy and more confident.

How could anyone forget Ms, McClure, an outstanding coffee loving, cowgirl boots wearing and hilarious teacher? I had been looking forward to sixth grade since kindergarten. Ms. McClure taught us how to discuss what is going on in a poem and to back up our thoughts with evidence from the text. Ms. McClure is a fantastic teacher because if we had any questions, she would be there to answer them (even late at night by email) .It was a privilege to be in Ms. McClure’s class and an honor to have played her in our sixth grade musical.

I am so lucky to have attended Old Adobe, a school that has a great staff, an amazing library run by Ms. Hinton, a terrific principal to keep it all running, and most important of all, brilliant students from kindergarten through sixth grade. These years at Old Adobe have made me realize how much I enjoyed this experience. I came to this school as a shy kindergartener, and I promote as a true roadrunner.