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Fleur Uptegraft

This year I am excited to be teaching 6th grade Science, Conceptual Physics (elective), Study Skills and I am a WEB Co-coordinator.  

  • As sixth graders explore heat & the transfer of energy, we will take that knowledge and apply it to our first Engineering design project, building (prototype) igloos for endangered penguins.  Later we move into Global warming, then we'll explore Weather + Climate, the how human impact has changed the Water cycle and eventually we will build our own watershed. We complete the year with body systems, dissecting frogs as well as  another Engineering project of renewable energy when we build a wind turbine!
     
  • Physics students (1 semester) will complete an engineering unit, explore Newton's laws, move into mechanics (velocity cars) and eventually explore a new aerospace unit to build rockets to launch.
  • WEB is an awesome leadership class on campus that reminds all the students that "everyone belongs" at Ralston!  I assist the WEB program, however, my esteemed colleague, Mr.Bean, teaches the class.

My formal education occured at Cornell College where I studied Natural Sciences and English. I moved to California 19 years ago, obtained my teaching credential, Masters in Science, and since then I have mostly taught in a high school setting.  I completed my certification as a Reading Specialist after teaching HS for over 10 years. I love the switch to teaching Science!

When I am not teaching, I enjoy gardening, swimming, hiking & traveling with my fifteen year-old son & husband. I am thrilled to be in such an awesome, supportive community. You can reach me at the following:

Email:  fuptegraft@brssd.org,      

Email hours:   Monday-Friday 7:15am-8:00am - 3:30pm 

 

6th gr Science Calendar
Engineering Projects: bridges
Why is it important to study structures that fail?
Physics week at a Glace
Physics For Fun!
Bridge research due DAY 4
Present Day1 next week