first week of the project, participating classes were invited to introduce
themselves through an online roll call at the 2004 CyberConvention
Blog. Here are the roll call greetings received:
from the Great Tarheel State of North Carolina represented by Mrs. Debra
Harwell-Braun's 5th Grade students at Lyle Creek Elementary, Conover,
North Carolina. We are a "looping" class which means we were together
with our teacher last year as 4th graders. We are called the "Shining
Stars". Mr. John Edwards is hails from this great state.
Mrs. Townsend's Class, hailing from the great state of Massachusetts!
I am a fifth grade teacher in Salem, MA and am excited about introducing
my students to this exciting project on Wednesday when they return
to school from summer vacation. Boston, about 30 minutes south of
Salem, was just home to the DNC. It will be interesting to see how
my students view this election and which candidate they would like
to see become the next President.
from Ms. Toler's 5th grade Social Studies Class, hailing from the great
state of Louisiana! We have been in school for about 3 weeks now! We
have already begun to briefly talk about the election. My students will
be following the election process and be responsible for composing a
portfolio of newspaper, internet, and magazine articles dealing with
the election. We will also learn how one qualifies to run for President,
fill out a voter registration card, and vote in a voting booth. This
will be a very interactive experience for all the kids! At this moment
in time, we are RAPPING the Presidents! We have learned Presidents 1-15
so far and soon we will be reporting on each of them!
from Ms. Humleker's U.S. History class, hailing from the GREAT state
of Wisconsin home of the Packers, Badgers, and awesome 8th graders!
We consist of 76 students in Appleton Wisconsin (about 1.5 hours north
of Milwaukee). Our curriculum is focused on the formation of our nation
and extends through 1900. Obviously many elections are discussed throughout
the year and this cyberconvention will be a great way for students to
more fully understand the election processes of our great nation! As
school just started last Wednesday, everyone is rather overwhelmed and
tired but when discussing this project, the attitude perked up considerably!
We are all looking forward to communicating with other classes and playing
an active role in the history happening around us!
Mrs. Strausaugh's fifth grade U.S. History class! We are located in
the extreme southeast corner of Georgia (thirty miles from Jacksonville,
FL). We are currently feeling the effects of hurricane Francis! Camden
County, GA is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia due to
the Kings Bay Naval base. My classes are excited about participating
in the upcoming CyberConvention! Thank you for making it available
am teaching 75 6th grade students at East Park Elementary School, located
in Fairmont, West Virginia. We are excited about participating in the
CyberConvention and will be working with the math and language teachers
throughout the duration of the project.
from Mrs. McNeme's 4th grade Class, hailing from the great state of Texas!
We are located north of Dallas in the fastest growing school district
in Texas. As GW's home state we will be focusing on the issues and not
just "voting" as is expected. Greetings
from Mrs. Betonte's 5th grade class hailing from Wild, Wonderful, West,
(by gosh), Virginia! We are in Fairmont, West Virginia located by the
beautiful Monongahela River near the home of the WVU Mountaineers.. Dunbar
is populated by fifth and sixth graders with widely differing backgrounds.
We (2 U.S. History classes - 40 students) are very excited to be involved
in the 2004 NCC project. We are looking forward to hearing from others,
learning about others, and participating in the 2004 election with all
Ms. Lukin's Class, hailing from the great state of Alaska! This 5th
and 6th grade class comes to you from the shores of Kachemak Bay.
We are all looking forward to working together on this project!
from Ms. Kowalski's Class, hailing from the great Buckeye state of
Ohio! Ohio, the Birthplace of aviation, boasts seven former U.S. presidents.
We have eight professional sports teams and that doesn't include our
champs, the Ohio Sate Buckeyes!
We are a home school
class of two-one student and one teacher. Since we learn all year long
we have been following both candidates for several months now. We look
forward to an exciting autumn and learning about the election process.
from Mrs. Perry's 6th graders at Oxford Elementary School in Claremont,
We are excited about studying the election process and plan a mock election
from Mr. Behrman's Class, hailing from the great state of Indiana. We
are a fifth grade class in Indianapolis, Indiana. We have been in school
for three weeks now, and have been spending some time in the past weeks
discussing the election and the conventions. We are excited to be learning
about the election along with all of you.
Ms. Hayes' Class hailing from the great state of Iowa! I teach American
Government to seniors at Jefferson-Scranton High School in Jefferson.
We are really excited to be involved in teh cyberconvention.
Greetings from Mrs.
Barth's Class, hailing from the great state of California ! Our 8th
grade U.S. History class is really looking forward to this experience.
from Mr. Harris's Class, hailing from the great state of Maryland! We
are 24 sixth graders in Bowie, Maryland, outside our nation's capitol.
We are a talented and gifted magnet school. This shows in our participation
in chorus, band, safety patrols, peer mediation, and morning announcements.
We are very excited to get started in the 2004 National Cyberconvention!
from the Great Bayou State of Louisiana! My name is Mr. Garland and
I teach Social Studies in a small K-12 school in the middle of the
swamps on the edge of Lake Maurepas. This year I am teaching grades
7, 8, 10, and 11. We are pumped for the upcoming election.
am Ms. McNeary and I teach the 4th grade eMINTS English and Writing
classes here in Charleston, Missouri. We have departmentalized this
year and I have been given the wonderful job of using our computers
(one for every two students in my classroom) to research and write about
various subjects. While English is the main focus of my classroom, we
will spend quite a bit of time doing enrichment activities for the other
subjects taught in 4th grade. To support the Social Studies curriculum,
we will be participating in the NCC Cyberconvention with all of our
100 4th graders. I am really looking forward to the different personalities
of the classrrooms and ideas of the students with this project.
Greeting from Hickory,
North Carolina. My name is Danyell Lincoln and I teach sixth grade,
math, science, and social studies, to 58 students. My students are looking
forward to starting this exciting project. Mr. Lincoln
from Mrs. Wright's Class, hailing from the great state of North Carolina!"
I am teaching both Honors C & E (Civics and Economics) as well as
Inclusion C & E, at the 10th grade level. My students have very strong
opinions already on the candidates and I look forward to hearing about
other activities and student opinions.
from Ms. Parker's Class, We are the fifth grade class from the great
state of Kentucky - home of the University of Louisville Cardinals,
UK Wildcats, WKU Hilltoppers, and the Muhlenberg North Stars. We are
very excited to be involved in this project and hope our participation
will instill the importance of voting to all students. We are looking
sharing information and communicating with everyone.
Greetings from Miss
Rager's class in Goodlettsville, Tennessee (a suburb of Nashville). I
teach advanced reading, math, and language arts to my WONDERFUL 5th graders!
I also teach 2 social studies classes. Our SS curriculum focuses on American
History Civil War to the present. I look forward to working with this
from Ms. Doris Garcia's Class, hailing from the great state of West
Virginia. I teach social studies to three sixth grade classes in Fairmont.
Dunbar has seven fifth grades and seven sixth grade classes. We are
anxiously awaiting the building of our new school.
from Mrs. Malfi, hailing from the great state of New York! Our school
is located in a suburb 20 minutes outside of New York City. We are a
pool of grade 5 students participating in the CyberConvention as part
of an enrichment course. We are eager to begin this online project to
enhance our study of the electoral process and the issues surrounding
the current presidential election. How exciting to be communicating
with classes across the nation!
from Mrs. Blaz and Mrs. Baraviks' 5th and 6th grade classes from the great
state of Michigan. We are excited to being this project to learn more
about the electoral college, the political parties and to follow the 2004
election! Let's get started! 5th and 6th grade at IC School.
from Miss Haverly's Class, hailing from the great state of Maryland!
We are in Annapolis. There are 21 students in our fourth grade class.
If we behave, we get scholar dollars. We try to be the best school in
the world! We are very excited to be a part of the Cyber Convention.
We have been in other places besides Annapolis, and maybe we've
been to places where you live. We look forward to voting.
from Mr. Grzybowski's class, hailing from the great state of New York!
We are a fifth grade class from Massapequa New York. We are very excited
to participate in this CyberConvention! We really need to research the
two candidates, because we are not sure who will make the BEST president
for our country!
fellow delegates! We hail to you from the great state of Kentucky, home
of former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. We are a class
of fifth graders located in the Northern part of Kentucky in Covington.
We are excited to learn more about this tedious presidential election
of 2004. Not only does this election affect our grandparents but it
affects "US". We are glad to be informed! Let's get the ball rolling.
from Mrs. Lizor's class hailing from the great state of NEW YORK! We
are a 12th grade class of 11 students in Schenectady. We are a private,
special education school serving a diverse population of students from
all over the capital district. We are excited to participate in the
Cyberconvention and some of our 18 year old students have are registered
and ready to cast their vote for president in November!
from the great state of Illinois. We are located in Alsip, Illinois,
a southwestern suburb of Chicago. Our 200 seventh grade students in
Mrs. Mayfield's, Mr. Kight's, Mrs. Domeracki's and Mr. Chittenden's
Social Studies classes are participating in the 2004 CyberConvention.
All are very excited to make their voices heard regarding this year's
presidential and senatorial campaigns. See our Media Center's website
for the articles and resources we will be using to become informed about
the candidates and issues so that we make educated decisions about who
should run our country!
from Ms. Cutler's 5th and 6th graders, hailing from the great state
of Massachusetts, home of the Patriots (2002 and 2004 Superbowl Champions)!
We are a homeschooling family from Attleboro. We are very excited about
participating in this project. In addition to studying the current election
process, candidates and issues, we will also be comparing this year's
process to past elections from the 1960's and 1970's as part of our
homeschool History Group.
from Mrs. Bockiaro's third grade class located in Inverness Florida.
We are excited about being part of this cyber experience even though
so much of the election process is new to third graders.
from the Patten School, hailing from the Great state of North Carolina,
also known as the Tar Heel state. This nickname originated in colonial
times due to the 100,000 barrels of tar and pitch that was produced and
exported annually. Stacking, burying, and burning our state tree the longleaf
pine produced the popular nautical sealant. It was a messy job and tar
would get on the feet of the many Carolinians employed in this major industry.
The name was said to have really “stuck” after a Civil War battle and
General Robert E. Lee was quoted as saying, “ God bless the Tar Heel boys!”
We are proud that two Tar Heel boys became U.S. Presidents. James K. Polk
who became the 11th President and the first “ dark horse” presidential
nominee in U.S history. Then a Raleigh born Democrat, Andrew Johnson,
became Republican Abraham Lincoln's Vice President under the Union Party.
He was elevated to the 17th President after Lincoln's assassination but
was never reelected. Our school is also Raleigh born. We are a family
of 5 students always learning in every situation, set of circumstances,
and experience gaining knowledge, training, and discipline. We have been
looking forward to this great opportunity and excited that so many are
participating. Let the 2004 NCC begin!
from Mrs. Stilwell's 5th grade class in Hickory, North Carolina. I team
teach 75 5th graders Social Studies. The students are really looking
forward to experiencing the election process. We are planning to learn
as much about the presidential election as possible and have our own
election. I hope to instill the importance of voting to my students.
the mountains of Jackson, Wyoming. We are an alternative high school
of 70 students and look forward to using this important election to
learn about math, government, and the complicated election process.
from Mrs. Henry's 5th grade class in Columbia, Missouri. Our state is
known as the "Show Me State". Our town is the home of the University
of Missouri. Go Tigers!!! We are a class of 25 students who love technology.
We have 14 computers in our room along with a SmartBoard. President
Bush spoke in our town yesterday, and several of us attended this event.
We are looking forward to this project!
from Mrs. Portnoy's class, hailing from the great state of Pennsylvania!
We are a fifth grade class of 24 students. We are about 45 minutes northwest
of Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the most historical city in the nation.
We are going to study the American Revolution and the beginning of freedom
in our country. Our class is studying elections as part of our unit on
the Constitution. We care about learning about the candidates and choosing
a good President. We will be building voting booths, registering voters,
and organizing an election for every student in our school (about 800
kids). We wish to talk to you soon and we hope that everyone votes!
from the sunny side of the north Florida Panhandle area. We are four
groups of 6th Grade students in Bristol, Florida. We are excited and
looking forward to the Cyberconvention, and we plan to ask our local
supervisor of elections to support a mock election here on campus. We
are a little water logged from "Frances" and anxious about Ivan.
We haven't had it as badly as those in central and south Florida.
name is Jen Gembala, and I teach Civics/American Government to grades
9-12 in Windsor, Connecticut. Our students live in the oldest town
in the state, and although most of my students would complain there's
nothing to do, the calm atmosphere and diverse population make it
a great town to grow up in! My class is participating in the CyberConvention
as part of our Civics curriculum and we look forward to learning
as much as we can about this monumental election!
from Ms. Migdon's Sixth Grade Class hailing from the great state
of Virginia. Viginia is one of the most important states in the
country because we gave Washington, DC some of the land for the
capital. We are in Reston, Virginia. We are a great school because
we learn all year long! We make many friends at our school. We treat
others with respect. We have a wonderful faculty and our Principal
was chosen the National Distinguished Principal form the State of
Virginia. Virginia is a fantastic state to live in because we have
beautiful weather and great sport teams. We are very excited to
be participating in the National Cyber Convention. Thank you!!!
from Mrs. Palmers 3rd thru 5th grade classes, hailing from the great state
of Michigan! We are eight classes of students that have technology class
with Mrs. Palmer once each week for 45 minutes. We are excited to learn
more about voting.
Greetings from Mrs.
Carpenter's Class, hailing from the great state of Kentucky! We are
a classroom full of diverse, opinionated seniors. We are very enthusiastic
about whatever party we stand for, but open-minded and supportive of
our fellow classmates opinions and ideas. We are energetic, optimistic,
and proud of our beautiful state.
to everyone from Ms. Flicker's calss in the great state of North Carolina!
I teach 4th graders, in Reading and Social Studies. Our school is located
in Burke County, but our physical address is in Hickory. Our school
also has our own student government which the students can become part
of in 5th grade. The students are very excited about learning
more about the election process and the candidates.
from Mrs. Kifer's class, hailing from the great state of Indiana. We are
fourth graders in Vincennes. Vincennes is located in southwest Indiana,
near Evansville. William Henry Harrison, who was governor of the Indiana
Territory before he became president, lived here. Red Skelton was from
Vincennes. The 10 year old Cal Ripkin World Series was held in Vincennes
this summer. Our class is small with only 14 students. We are excited
about learning about the election and working with other kids during this
Greetings from Mrs.
Tarpley's class hailing from the great state of Georgia. I teach 3 5th
grade classes American History. We are looking forward to participating
in this project.
DAY SCHOOL PROUDLY ANNOUNCES ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE 2004 U.S. NATIONAL
AND STATE ELECTION PROCESS THROUGH CYBERCONVENTION! WE ARE AN INDEPENDENT
COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL WITH STUDENTS FROM K-12. STUDENTS IN GRADES
5-12 WILL PARTICIPATE IN THIS ACTIVITY, BUT THE FOCUS GROUP OF DELEGATES
WILL BE 11TH AND 12TH GRADE GOVERNMENT STUDENTS. THESE STUDENTS WILL
BE DIVIDED INTO THREE POLITICAL GROUPS (REPUBLICAN, DEMOCRAT, INDEPENDENT)
AND "MOCK" THE PART OF POLITICAL ACTORS THROUGHOUT THE ELECTION PROCESS/PERIOD.
SO, IN ADDITION TO CYBERCONVENTION, STUDENTS WILL ACTUALLY BE ACTING
THE PART OF REAL PEOPLE IN THE NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL AND SC STATE SENATE
ELECTIONS FOR THE BETTER PART OF A MONTH. THERE ARE 9 DELEGATES FROM
EACH MAJOR PARTY AND A FEW INDEPENDENTS TO MIRROR THE AMERICAN POPULACE.
MAY THE BETTER PARTY WIN!
from Miss Qonja and Mrs. Newman's class, hailing from the great state
of Michigan! We are a multi-age 4th and 5th grade classroom. We are also
a very diverse classroom and we're very excited to learn about the election
process and compare it to that of other countries. Along with that, the
5th graders are involved in a laptop program and we're excited to be using
the Internet to learn! We're looking forward to participating in the Cyber
Convention! May the best candidate win!
from Mrs. Bratke's Class, hailing from the great state of Michigan!
My Social Studies classes are looking forward to learning about the
election process online! This will be a great experience!
from Fair Lawn, New Jersey! I am the media specialist of a K-5 elementary
school. I'm creating webquests to use with this activity. Would anyone
be interested in doing a videoconference?
Greetings from Santa
Clara, California. My name is Mrs. Weiland. I teach students grades
9-12 on independent studies contracts. They are excited to be participating
in 2004 Cyber Convention!
Greetings from Ms.
Moss's class in the great state of Lexington, Kentucky! We are so excited
to learn all we can about the democratic process of the United States!
I'm Mrs. Opdahl from Pleasant Hill School in Waukesha, WI. I have a class
of 26 fourth graders. We are very excited about the upcoming election
and being able to participate in this cyber-election.
from New Mexico. I teach in Deming New Mexico. My class is extremely
excited about participating in this project. We are looking forward
to working with all of you. Mr. Gephart
the Hoosier State". We are a Fourth grade class of 13, from Vincennes,
Indiana. Our Teacher is Mrs. Jackson. We are proud of our historical
state, and we have several historical sites right here in Vincennes.George
Rogers Clark won a big battle here in the Revolutionary War. We are
beginning to talk about the election and starting to work on some campaign
projects. We are excited about this project!!
form Ms. Morgan's Class, hailing the great state of West Virginia. We
are a group of 25 sixth graders that are excited about the election. We
are beginning our own elections for Student Council at our school in Fairmont,
West Virginia. Fairmont is known for gymnast, Mary Lou Retton as well
as our famous Pepperoni Rolls.
from the great state of Georgia! Mrs. Kilgore-Kelly's eigth grade Gifted
Georgia Studies class is excited to participate in the CyberConvention.
Georgia is home to world famous actress Julia Roberts and country music
star Travis Tritt. Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, was born and raised
here. During 1996, Atlanta hosted the 26th Olympiad. Georgia is home
to rolling hills, coastal plains, and sky scraping mountains. One of
the 13 colonies, Georgia has something for everyone.
from Mrs. Nelson's class, hailing from the great state of Nebraska!
We are a class of fourth grade students in Elkhorn, who are excited
about the opportunity to learn more about our electoral process. We
are proud of our great school and our great state and look forward to
comparing our results with those of all the delegates.
Greetings from the
state of Indiana. We are in Mrs. Donovan's fifth grade class in Vincennes,
IN. There are twenty-eight students in our class.
Our hometown, Vincennes, is located in southwest Indiana. Our city is
very historical!! Did you know that Vincennes is the oldest town in Indiana?
We are excited about the upcoming election and participating in this internet
Mr. Socha's class, hailing from the state of Michigan, also known
as the Great Lakes State, and 'the Mitten'. We are first graders in
the city made famous in song and print: Kalamazoo!
are 21 first graders learning about Core Democratic Values and what
it means to be an American. We are looking forward to participating
in the 2004 National CyberConvention with our esteemed fellow participants.
from Mrs. Kusch's class, hailing from the wonderful state of Illinois!
We are fifth graders at Countryside School in Barrington who are eager
to begin this great project.
Ms. Brissenden-Lowe's 7th and 8th Grade Class, hailing from the big
island of Iceland!
from Mrs. Olberding's class of the Great State of Nebraska. Home of
the Ord "Chants," "Chimney Rock," Oregon Trail, Golden Farm and Ranch
Fields, Tom Osborne, Evelyn Sharp (early female pilot), Chalk Mines,
and the Sandhills-Flyway of the Sandhill Cranes.
form Mrs.Cavallo's class, hailing from the great state of Pennsylvania”,
home of the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates. We are participating in
this event as a club. We come from Patton, Pennsylvania. We are one
of the 18 participating classes from the Keystone state. We are proud
to participate, and look forward to the election results.
from Ms. Voss' class, hailing from the Land of 10,000 Lakes. We are
a group of 11-12 graders studying American government. We are looking
forward to being more involved in the process by participating in this
Hello! We are
three eighth grade classes from Bloomfield Hills in Oakland County
in the great state of Michigan. We are participating as part of
our computer program, and look forward to learning more about the
issues affecting the national elections this year. Michigan is the
Great Lakes State, home of the Petoskey Stone, Traverse City cherries,
the Motor City and birthplace of Motown Music. We look forward to
representing our state in the National Cyber Convention! Mrs. Linetzky's
grade 8 computer classes
Mrs. Williams' class, hailing from the great state of North Carolina.
We are home to scenic mountains, gorgeous beaches, the first flight
by man, Nascar, Bar-B-Q, and the BEST COLLEGIATE BASKETBALL in the
country! There's nothing finer than to be in Carolina!
from Ms. Finney's and Ms. Caldroney's 8th grade classes here in Versailles,
Kentucky. All of our students are excited about this project, and look
forward to getting started!
Walter, The Government
class at Bear Lake Schools in Bear Lake Michigan is ready to participate.
We are looking forward to the elections and all the new things that
we will be learning. Thanks Ms. Townsend
from Ms. Sacconaghi's class, hailing from the great state of Oregon.
Oregon is the proud home of the International headquarters for Nike.
Yes it is true that we do get some rain. But on the positive side it
keeps our beautiful forests VERY green. Some unique sights in Oregon
include Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, and a variety of gorgeous ocean beaches.
We have 170 students participating in NCC.
Greetings from Mrs.
Morton's Class, hailing from the great state of Maine. Bonjour from
the 7/8 grade class in South Bristol,
Maine. We are a class of 19 with 12-8th graders and 7-7th graders. Our
school only has 79 students in grades K-8. Every June the whole school
puts on a musical play called The Year in Review that tells about the
most important things that happened here during the year. We have the
only traveling A.H.A.Jump Rope for Heart Demo Team in the state of Maine.
On Fridays, our 8th graders go to Maine Maritime Museum boatshop in
Bath and build two boats which they launch here in town in June. While
they're gone, the 7th graders cook French lunches and go to the University
of Maine's Darling Marine Center to learn about marine life in our area.Also,
the 8th graders go to Washington, DC for their class trip in April.
South Bristol is on the coast of Maine. We're near Pemaquid Point where
there is a lighthouse that is featured on the Maine quarter. Our town
has a population of approximately 900 people except during the summer
when the 600 summer residents are here. Part of our town is on an island
connected to the mainland by a swing bridge. It is the most frequently
opened swing bridge in Maine–the lobstermen need to get through it to
get to their traps in the Damariscotta River, Johns Bay, or the Atlantic
from Mr. Ivey's Humanities class hailing from the great state of Massachusetts,
capital Boston, home of Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, James Naismith
the creator of basketball, the Boston Red Sox, and Stoneleigh-Burnham
Middle School of which we are the founders. Our school started in
1869, and this year we started in 2004 on September 8. We consist
of 10 girls, six 7th graders and four 8th graders. Our school is based
in Greenfield, Massachusetts, about two hours away from Boston. Our
curriculum is based on reading, writing, and projects. We are excited
about working together, learning about the election, and discussing
the election of 2004 with other schools throughout the nation.
Hello from Portland,
Oregon! My name is Ms. Silvestri and I teach in a multi-age classroom
(6th, 7th, 8th). At my students' request, I am going to focus our
social studies class on the upcoming election. We are extremely
excited to be a part of the CyberConvention and can't wait to get
started. School officially begins next week and we will be ready!
from Massapequa in the Big Apple NY! My name is Ms. Andes. My 25
5th grade students can't wait to bite into this juicy topic.
from Ms. Kerr's 4th Grade Class, hailing from the great state of Illinois!
We are located in Hazel Crest, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago.
We are looking forward to participating in the CyberConvention! This
week we are kicking things off by hosting a bilingual voter registration
table at our open house. We look forward to working with all of you!
Clinard's class hailing from the the great state of Missouri says hello.
We are located in a rural community in southeast missouri with the Mississippi
River forming the western boundary of our county. My class of third graders
is 27 strong with 19 boys and 8 girls. Our town of East Prairie has about
3,000 people. We are getting interested in the upcoming election. Get
out the vote!
just looked at the delegate map and see that my 6 classes will join
over a dozen others here in southwestern Indiana from the historical
community of Vincennes. The potential for excitement in learning about
elections is great for my 107 sixth graders as we join many other classrooms
across the nation. Here at (George Rogers) Clark Middle School we mostly
study Canada, Latin America, and Europe, but the election process is
also part of our standards. I am "politics" shy and feel that this project
will help me immerse the kids in this important civic duty. Ms. Duffey
6th grade social studies
from Mrs. Fonseca's 2nd and 6th grade homeschoolers of FLOW Academy,
hailing from the state of Rhode Island. "Lil' Rhody" is the smallest
state in the USA with the largest name: "Rhode Island and Providence
Plantations". We also have the shortest motto: "Hope". We are looking
forward to this adventure. We LOVED the eIditarod experience too. Walter
you're great! Thanks! Best regards, Mrs. Fonseca
fellow delegates! We are from Vincennes, Indiana. We are in Mr. Connor's
6th Grade Social Studies classes. We are participating because we want
to energize people's belief in voting. Vincennes is awesome. Vincennes
is home to George Roger's Clark Memorial and our school, Clark, is named
after it. We want to vote because we think we should get ready for our
future, and the demands of others. We are looking forward to working
on this project with the rest of you! Explorer Delegates from Vincennes
the Garden State of New Jersey, I am Mr. Ryter from Ridgewood, NJ where
my five 6th grade Social Studies classes will be participating in the
2004 National Cyber Convention. Ridgewood is about 13 miles from New
York City in Northern, NJ. My students and I are very excited about
participating in this project!
Mrs. Imbesi's class, hailing from the great state of New York! We
are a fifth grade class from Massapequa, New York. We are very excited
to participate in this CyberConvention!
Pard'ners in Learn'in (we don't really talk this way)! We are the G/T
3rd and 4th graders at Sparks Elementary in Frisco, Texas. The President
was the govenor of OUR state and you can guess who we favor. We are
very excited about the 2004 National Cyberconvention! We think it will
be fun because we can correspond with other learners across the Nation
and we will actually get to vote even though we know our votes won't
from the Pacific Northwest! My freshman classes in Portland, Oregon
are excited to be involved in a nationwide election. "My vote counts!"
is our motto, and we look forward to this project. Ms. Allers
from Chicago! My name is Ms. Conley and I am about three weeks into
my first year of teaching in Chicago,Illinois. I have a tiny, but mighty
class of 12 fifth graders. The kids are very excited about participating
in this project, and I am learning right along with them each day.
I am Ms. Eads, 8th
grade social studies teacher in the heart of the Bluegrass State, Lexington,
KY. I have two advanced classes that will be participating in the project,
57 students. We are looking forward to corresponding with others.
Dear USA, We are
3rd and 4th grade G/T students from Frisco, Texas. We are looking
forward to participating in the Cyberconvention and working with other
students across the US to elect either John Kerry or George W. Bush.
To us having a President means a lot. We don't know why someone would
not vote that could. Sincerely, Mrs. Gamble's Class
from Mrs. Otto's class, hailing from the great state of Nebraska! Our
home is in Omaha, on the state's western border along the Missouri River.
We are pleased to join this politicial force - what a great opportunity
to participate in the current events of our country and see the connection
between various learning environments. Someday, the experiences of the
next few weeks may even make more sense as future elections take place.
After building Ancient Greece (some of which looked more similar to
the ruins) we're ready to get back to the present. Here we go!
we are sixth graders from Walled Lake, Michigan! We study the United
States during our first quarter and will be learning about the election
process!!! The students are looking forward to this project! Ms. Bratke
USA We are the 5th graders of Spears Elementary from the great state
of Texas. We are very excited about the election and hope you are too!
In Social Studies class we have been learning a lot about the upcoming
election. We are looking forward to the school-wide vote that will be
conducted by the 5th grade classes. We can't wait to compare our results
other schools across the U.S.
My excellent seventh graders will be studying the United States this
fall. We are very excited to be part of the Cyberconvention. We hope
to learn much about the election process and how our great country works.
Ms. Wonnacott Belleville, Illinois
my name is Ms. Florence and I am a sixth grade teacher in Spartanburg,
South Carolina. I teach Language Arts and Social Studies to my homeroom
and my partners. My students are very excited to be participating in
this election project. We are just completing our study of Ancient Greece
where democracy orginated and we are thrilled to be able to exercise
the right to vote... (even if it is the "real" thing!)!
148 9th and 10th grade students in Mr. Foley's classes proudly represent
our home state of Pennsylvania and the "Chocolate Capital of America...
My name is Ms. Doyle and I am a 5th grade teacher from Plano, Illinois
where the population is diverse and ever-growing. I am very excited
to start this project with my students and even more excited to see
how they respond to the election and its process!
My name is Ms.
Bowyer, and I teach fifth grade Social Studies in West Virginia. My
students and I are very excited about participating in this great
project! We are looking forward to all the activities and getting
our chance to vote.
ARE G/T 2ND GRADERS IN FRISCO, TEXAS. WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THE ELECTIONS!
WE WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. WE
ARE EXCITIED TO BE LEARNING WITH OTHER LEARNERS ALL OVER THE UNITED
STATES! SMILES AND A BIG HELLO! MRS. GAMBLE'S 2ND GRADERS
from Mrs. Maxwell's Class, hailing from the great state of Texas! We
are a 4th grade class that is very enthusiastic about learning more
about the upcoming election. We have already been reading about the
election in Scholastic News, but are excited to learn more.
from Mrs. Autz's Class, hailing the great state of Wisconsin! We are
3rd and 4th graders learning in a multi-age classroom in Lodi, Wisconsin.
Lodi is a small city located near our state capital, Madison, WI. We
are excited to learn more about our government, the election process,
and the candidates running for President of the United States.
Hello All, My
name is Ms. Daugherty. I teach in Council Bluffs, Ia. I currently
have 5 American Government Classes (one is for college credit). I've
been teaching for 32 years all in Council Bluffs.
from Mrs.Barnes' Class, hailing from the great state of Alaska! I have
two students, my kids! We are homeschooling for our 6th year. My children
are in Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade. We were a part of the eIditarod
and are excited for this new project. Thank you, Walter!
Hi everyone-- My 5th graders are very excited about the upcoming election.
American History is the topic of our Social Studies year, and we are
ready to become a part of it! We are looking forward to communicating
with you, and learning the viewpoints of students from around the country.
We will also get to vote at the State Capitol this year and see how
the kids of Louisiana really feel! Mrs. Kennedy and her 5th grade class
My name is Ms. Stevenson and my class and I hail from the historic city
of Vincennes, Indiana. My 17 second graders are anxious to learn about
how we elect a president!
name is Ms. Josberger. I teach fourth, fifth and sixth grade gifted
and talented students in Toms River, New Jersey. These students leave
their classroom once a week for eighty minutes to attend my class.
I am planning on using this activity with an extracurricular club
for fifth and sixth graders. Last spring, we studied the election
process and this would continue the study. Looking forward to participating
in this program!
Hello Everyone! This is Ms. Williams' 5th grade in Westland, Michigan.
Our District has 17 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 2 high
schools. Westland is midway between Detroit and Ann Arbor... a suburban
area with lots of shopping, many parks, beautiful summers and long,
gray, winters! I have 28 fifth graders who are hard workers and full
of enthusiasm for everything! We are hoping to make friends with many
of you from across this great nation. I love reading your messages...
I think, "Oh, I've been there!" or, "Gosh... I've always wanted to go
there!" We're looking forward to sharing photos and bridging the miles.
fellow Cyber Delegates: My name is Mr. Copeland and my Current Events
class (29 juniors/seniors) will be representing Arkansas. We are excited
about kicking off this phase of our class.
I am Ms. Kirby and I teach social studies to 23 sixth graders in my
homeroom in Uniontown, Kansas. We are a very small school district about
120 miles south of Kansas City. I am excited about the election and
hope to excite my sixth graders also.
Hello, My name
is Ms. Rogers and I teach 6th grade in Maiden, North Carolina. We
are a 6th, 7th and 8th grade school housing approximately 500 students.
Maiden is a rural community located about an hour from Charlotte.
My students are completing projects and a study of the Olympics and
are excited to move into the upcoming elections.
am a teacher of gifted 6th grade science and 8th grade science and social
studies students in Powder Springs, GA. We are in Cobb County just outside
Atlanta. We started school a month ago but have not started anything
to do with the election yet. We study the state of Georgia but have
gotten permission to side track into the election. I will have 42 students
involved in this project. Ms. Bisesi
Everyone, I am Ms. Wallace and I teach special education for Wayland
Union Schools in Michigan. I am at the elementary level and will have
21 students participating in this project. We will be using pictures
to cast our votes, I know this is different and my more qualified students
will be able to participate in "talk" that they have heard about the
candidates. I look forward to participating in this project.
from Mrs. Rasmussen's class, hailing from the great state of Nebraska!
Home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the College World Series, tennis
sensation Andy Roddick, Omaha Steaks, farming, Ouffit Air Force Base,
and the Henry Doorly Zoo, one of the greatest zoos in the nation!
We are 5th and 6th gradeers in the "Excellence in Youth" program for
high ability and gifted students, and we are looking forward to the
excitement of this election year! As they say in Nebraska, "Go Big
I'm Ms. Rye and I live in the beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan.
I teach 8th grade Social Studies. We are very excited to be involved
in this program and hoping to learn a lot about our country and the
from Mrs. Kelly's class in Vincennes, the oldest city in the great state
of Indiana. We are a bright, third grade class of 18 students and we're
looking forward to learning more about the voting process. With three
students absent, our first poll has George W. Bush in the lead with
11 votes, followed by John Kerry, with 4 votes.
from Mrs. Cheifetz's Class, hailing from the great state of Illinois!
We are a class of 25 sixth graders who are very excited and proud to
participate in CC2004! This important project will help us learn more
about the election process and allow us to share our opinions about
the 2004 election. We are located in Lincolnshire, a northern suburb
of Chicago. Our school offers the normal curriculum (science, social
studies, math, and language arts), as well a variety of creative arts
classes (art, drama, foreign language, music, home ec., technology,
etc.). Students are not bored due to these options! We learn about character,
organization, respect, friendship and responsibility through our advisory
program. We look forward to hearing from you!
am a 6th grade teacher in Papillion, Nebraska. My class is learning
about the branches of government and are very excited to be part of
this experience. Ms. McTwiggan
I am a K-6 library media specialist in Calico Rock, Arkansas. Our
media center theme for the year is "Elect to Discover the Power of
Information." For this project, I will be collaboration with our two
fourth grade teachers to integrate the study of elections with information
literacy skills. We are anxious to get started! Ms. Labert
big hello from the center of the country! I teach a fourth grade class
in Omaha, Nebraska. We are all very excited to start our study of the
Presidential election. My students will enjoy seeing the greetings from
all of you. Ms. Krings
from rural West Virginia! Just an introduction to our school...We are
located in a remote area of West Virginia...no fast food, no stoplights,
lots of nature, Holly River State Park and a small community school.
My class is participating in the cybercovention...a multiage class of
24 that would be traditional third, fourth and fifth graders..They are
excited Hope to hear from all the states as well as West Virginia schools
participating.... Ms. Parker-Howes
Ms. Wilson. I am a 5th grade teacher in Las Vegas, NV, my 5th graders
are very excited about this project. I have 35 students in my class
so far and all very eager to vote...I teach all subject areas and my
students love Social Studies!!!!
Let's get started....
from New Jersey, home of the Miss America Pagent which is held every
year during September in Atlantic City. My name is Ms.Bramble, and I
teach English to 150 eighth graders. We are in Williamstown, New Jersey.
We are a sixth, seventh and eighth grade building with approximately
1400 students so far this year. School opens tomorrow for our students.
I teach five classes of eighth graders, and all of my classes will be
participating. We also do distance learning through video conferencing.
If anyone would be interested in working with us for a video conference,
please feel free to contact me. It is an awesome experience for the
students, and they learn so much, regardless of the topic covered during
the video conference. I hope to hear from many of you soon. Grade level
for particpants does not have to be eighth grade. Last year through
the Iditarod Project, we began a pen pal exchange with fifth grade students
in Ohio and kindergarten students is Iceland. We will be looking for
pen pals again this year. Hopefully, I will hear from many of you, and
our students can share about the election and this project. Let the
Ms. Peters, writing from Darmstadt, Germany. I am teaching a third grade
class on a military base. We begin school Sept. 7th. What a great project!
My partner and I teach 4th Grade in Annapolis, Maryland. We are hoping
to expose our young students to the basics of the U.S. election process,
and hopefully encourage them to take some of this knowledge back to
their families. I look forward to the project, and hope that we can
keep pace with you middle school teachers! Mr. Dietrich
from Ms. Humleker's 8th grade social studies classes in Appleton Wisconsin!
My classes are very excited to get involved in this program which empowers
them to not only educate themselves but also their peers around them.
While school just started last week, I can already sense the enthusiasm
and awesome personality of my classes. I am sure that their gifts will
be wonderfully challenged and nurtured through the 2004 Cyberconvention!
I look forward to working with all of you to make this convention a
great educational opportunity for our kids!
everyone, my name is Mr. Popowitz, and I am from the great state of
Maryland! I teach 9th and 10th graders, American and World history respectively.
It is an alternative school with about 10 kids per mod at maximum, right
now only 5 kids have been sent to us, but this will change quickly.
from Fairmont, West Virginia. We are the hometown of the famous gold
medalist Mary Lou Retton. I even lived on the same street she grew
up on. My name is Ms. Saunders and I teach 5th graders. We are awaiting
the new school's completion that will house grades 5-8. I teach my
students all subjects except one. Yes, social studies. I am doing
the Cyber Convention in our reading class. I am planning a mock election
in Nov for the real thing. I am also incorporating the Builder's Club
in our school this year, so the elections will be a help. Have a great
name is Mr. Singletary and I teach 7th Grade American History in Denham
Springs, Louisiana, a suburb of Baton Rouge. I teach 160 7th grade students.
This is half of our 7th grade class. Our school system is the fastest
growing in the state of Louisiana. Our school constists of 968 6th through
from the Panhandle of Nebraska! Yes, we have Carhenge, but we also have
only a 35 minute drive to Chimney Rock and the Oregon Trail. Beautiful
farms, ranches, and sand hills surround our community. The drought,
however, has stricken our part of the country. Railroad is the occupation
of many of my student’s parents. My name is Ms. Gould and I teach 5th
grade social studies. I also teach 6th, 7th, and 8th English, and 6th
Religion. I teach 41 students daily. I am thankful for the resources
and ideas that have been generated with this project. The whole staff
is planning on engaging their classrooms in the election process. The
information that I’ve shared from this project has motivated and energized
them. I will begin this project on Tuesday in my Social Studies Class
and will incorporate it into my English Classes, as well. Thanks, Walter!
everyone. My name is Ms. Perella, and I am an American Government teacher
in the great state of Ohio. I have a class of about 25 Seniors who will
be participating in this project. We're looking forward to getting started.
I am a gifted
facilitator in Nebraska. Papillion and LaVista are actually two small
towns located on the South Side of Omaha. Each town is around 15,000.
We have twelve elementary schools and I facilitate in three of them.
All of the 5th and 6th graders in my three buildings will be participating
in the project. I am very excited about this project and hope that
it will help to produce many well informed future voters. Ms. McCoy
from Ms. Evers, hailing from the state Oregon, home of the Oregon State
University Beavers! I teach grades 4 and 5 in a self-contained classroom
outside Newberg, Oregon in the country. We don't start classes until
the 13th due to a major remodel of our school that is coming down to
the wire for completion. Our first social studies unit is US Geography
so this project will fit in well. Looking forward to this project!
from Princeton, Kentucky! We are a small school system in a rural setting
in the western portion of the state. We have around 650 students in
9th through 12th grades. I teach a variety of classes in the social
studies and technology fields. This particular semester I am teaching
two technology classes and then spend some time with the advanced choir
(I'm their accompanist) and have a planning block and then a webmaster
block. (I am just now in the process of taking over as the school district
webmaster.) So, I do not exactly have the optium class schedule for
participation in the CyberConvention, but we'll do our best. I think
it's important for students to realize their potential "wealth" as citizens
and voters in the United States. Ms. Earnest
from Ms. Tygard's 5th Grade classroom in Nashville, TN. My students
are very excited to begin studying the Presidential elections, with
many already having an opinion of who should be victorious. My school
currently uses block scheduling in teams of 2. We study American History
from the Civil War to current events, making sure we teach government
in the process which requires that we review the American Revolution
when our country first truly became a democratic republic.
My name is Mr.
Socha and I teach a first grade class in Kalamazoo, Michigan. There
are currently 21 students in my class who are participating in this
project. Our school is focusing on Social Studies and the Core Democratic
Values this year so NCC 2004 fits right in with that theme. We look
forward to giving a younger perspective to the vote!
from South Carolina! We are a 4th grade "Gifted and Talented" class
of 22 in North Augusta, South Carolina. We will begin our 5th week of
school after Labor Day, so we are primed with our research skills and
ready to go! South Carolina is known to be a "republican" state, but
we are going to make a great effort to approach the projects in an open
and unbiased way. Ms. Wilkes
5th grade SS/Language Arts/Reading to 49 kids in Music City (Nashville).
I'm slightly intimidated by this project but greatly inspired by all
the messages filling my mailbox. Just need to get this show on the road
and let my kids have fun with it! Looking forward to a great experience.
I am Ms. Morgan teaching 6th grade Math to 75 students in Fairmont,
West Virginia. I am teaming with a 6th grade Social Studies and English
teacher to complete this project. We started school August 26th and
our students seem to be excited to begin this project. We are holding
our own elections now for Student Council officers and students are
working on their own speeches.
the internet amazing? It's hard to believe that each of us, formally
unconnected and unfamiliar with each other, are linking our classrooms
and computers for this project. I've been reading your emails and am
glad to be a part of this endeavor! My name is Ms. Fox and I am a fifth
grade teacher in Puyallup, Washington. We are about 35 miles southeast
of Seattle, and about 15 miles due east of Tacoma. My students will
study American History and Geography in Social Studies this year. This
project will be a great way to tie civics and politics into the curriculum.
I can't wait to get started!
Hello from Wisconsin
where the TVs buzz day and night with competing ads . I'm another
self-contained looping teacher with a new crop of 4th graders going
into our third day of school on Tuesday. I'm excited about the lessons
that can be learned watching and participating in a get out the vote
for the presidential election. As I told parents in our orientation
on 9/1, last time we did this four years ago the unit was considerably
longer than I expected as the recount stretched on endlessly. Cottage
Grove is a village which is fast becoming a suburb of Madison, our
state capital. We have a number of local primaries coming up, and
there should be some spirited local races to study as well. I usually
coordinate the Wisconsin KidsVote at our school (400 students - Grades
3-5) where each room elects delegates who coordinate and manage the
League of Women Voters' mock election. Looking forward to connecting
on this project!
My name is Tara Kuty and I live in Tully, New York. It is a rural community
in upstate NY. I am a sixth grade social studies teacher to about 60
students. We look forward to the learning experience of this election.
Looking forward to taking part in this project!
Room 16 is a 6th grade class (33students) in Sacramento, California.
We are the state capitol and home of "Arnold". We are studying about
Ancient Civilizations and the formation of democracy, so following the
national elections falls right in line with our curriculum. We are looking
forward to participating! Ms. Myles
school in Elk Grove, Illinois is offering all social studies students
to take part in the National Cyberconvention. My six classes of almost
200 students in 8th grade have started talking about campaign issues
and are looking at political cartoons in newspapers and interpreting
them. I am very please to be part of the NCC. Looking forward to meeting
all of you! We are also holding an all school election for our 630 students
under the leadership of our student council. Ms. Gerson
all! My name is Mr. Zirschky and I teach a self-contained classroom
in a small rural school outside of Newberg, in the wine and filbert
country of Oregon. I have thirty 4th and 5th graders. My 5th graders
were with me last year as 4th graders. Normally we would begin school
the day after Labor Day but our school was completely renovated over
the summer and construction fell behind schedule. We are hoping to be
able to move into the building this coming week and be ready for school
on the 13th. Our course of study begins with US geography which will
fit nicely with the elections.
I teach science
and social studies to 75 sixth grade students in Hickory, North Carolina.
My students and I are excited about participating in this awesome
educational project. Ms. Miller
I am an Integration Specialist in a K-5 school in Grand Island, Nebraska.
This means I am media specialist, computer specailist, and gifted coordinator
and instructor. I will be working with the fifth grade social studies
teacher to integrate a study of the elections, along with working on
extensions of the topic with my gifted students. I am excited to begin
this awesome experience with the students. Ms. Stelk
My name is Pam Bone and I teach two classes of 5th grade Social Studies
in Nashville, Tenness. We have been in school for 3 weeks and look forward
to getting started on this project on Tuesday.
class of 21 fifth graders are excited to join the 2004 CyberConvention.
We are from Newton, North Carolina. Ms. Muckinhoupt
Hi! I'm Ms. Olberding,
teaching all subjects to fourteen 7th & 8th graders in Ord, Nebraska.
We are in central Nebraska in the Sandhills region. We are looking forward
to this participation. We have been in school since Aug. 18th and have
watched the Republican convention. (Unfortunately the Democratic convention
occurred before school began). The students are now paying attention
to the candidates and the party platforms. In currently studying a chapter
on propaganda and public opinion, they are keeping their eye out for
these techniques throughout the campaign. We will look forward to the
interaction in this Cyberconvention.
are a 5th grade "Looping" class in Conover, North Carolina. This means
we were together last year s 4th graders. We are called the "Shining
Stars" and are excited about participating in this project.
We are proud to claim John Edwards as a fellow "Tarheel".
live in northern Michigan. I teach fifth grade Social Studies. Our curriculum
is mainly map skills and American History. However, I am excited about
bringing an awareness of this election year to my class. I look forward
to receiving information and ideas from other teachers. Ms. Rink
My name is Ms. Renfrew. I teach a multiage classroom in a small, rural
Vermont school. We are located in what is called the Northeast Kingdom
of Vermont, in the Connecticut River watershed. I teach all subjects
to 5th & 6th grade. Our first social studies unit this years is appropriately
Presidents with the election being almost a culmination of study of
the history of Presidents. I am looking forward to being part of this
project and I will introduce my students to this project on Tuesday,
our third day of school.
Hello - My name
is Ms. Procida I am also from Northern New Jersey (Bergen County).
My 100 5th graders study World Geography and I have one class of 22
6th graders who study Ancient Civilizations. Elections are not specifically
in either curriculum so I am trying to creative about working this
in. Any help in this area from others in a similar boat would be appreciated.
We start Tuesday. At this point I am planning on utilizing current
event section to do some of the activities.
name is Mr. Sheremeta and I teach 7th Grade Civics in Newport News,
Virginia. I have approximately 110 7th grader's who will begin the school
year this Tuesday, by studying Political Parties and campaigns. We lucked
out and convinced the District to move this unit to the first 9 weeks
rather than the traditional 3rd nine week segment of our school year....
I look forward to providing my students with a great hands on learning
experience to tie their knowledge together.
fron North Jersey and teach in a vocational school. Most of my kids
are fron the inner city and they are excited about the election.We just
started school a couple of days ago. Ms. Weinpel
Hi, We are fifth
graders in West Bloomfield, Michigan. In fifth grade we study the
Revolutionary War, and creating a new nation. It will be great to
see if our presidential election today was like the election of George
Washington. We will look forward to working with classes from all
over the United States, as we complete our educational journey to
election day. Thanks for all your help and information Mrs. Kibiloski's
5th Grade Class
from Miss Johansen's fifth grade class, hailing from the great state
of Texas! We are in Friendswood, which is just south of Houston. Friendswood
is the home of many NASA astronauts and engineers. Our community is
predominantly Republican; we'll see if that plays out in our classroom
am a media/technology specialist for Ralston Public Schools. Ralston,
Nebraska is a suburb of Omaha, Nebraska. The 4th and 5th graders are
excited about starting this project. Ms. Behounek
Hey everyone. My
class and I are glad to be a part of this project. I am Ms. McGarrity
and my students are from Brooklyn, New York. Walter, thanks for setting
this up. I am glad to be reading all of these great intros!
Mr. Derry, hailing from the great state of Connecticut, home of Yale
University, which President Bush and John Kerry attended. I am the
Library Media Specialist for our school in Westport, Connecticut.
I am participating with five 5th grade teachers and their classes:
Ms. Blaschke, Mrs. Bourque, Mr. Livingston, Ms. Lukovits, and Mrs.
Parker. We are eager to participate in this interactive cyberconvention
with students and teachers from most of the states in the U.S. and
look forward to learning more about the process of electing a president!
from Ms. DeCarlo's fourth grade class, hailing from the great state
of New York, whose capital is Albany. Our school is located in Scotia,
part of the capital region. All 25 of us are excited to participate
in the CyberConvention!
from Mrs. Pawlik's Class, hailing from the great state of North Carolina!"
We just want to say that we are excited to be participating in the CyberConvention.
We think this is a great experince to learn more about the electoral
process and hopefully become voting citizens later in life. We can't
wait to get started with this project and we hope it is going to be
as fun and educational as we predict it is going to be!
Ms. Herber's 6th grade social studies classes in the great state of
Texas! We are located just north of Austin. About 170 students will
be participating in the CyberConvention. 6th grade curriculum focuses
on world cultures, but the district also wants us to cover the election
process. CyberConvention will help us to do that. We are excited!
from Mrs. Lowe's 3rd and 4th grade computer classes,hailing from the
great state of Delaware! We are looking forward to participating in
this exciting learning experience that connects to so many classrooms
around the nation. We would love to hear about your class and your state!
Port Gibson, Mississippi! We are delighted to be a part of such a
well organized group.
We are looking forward to our first activity. Ms. Sherman Semi~Self-Contained
from Port Gibson! Ms. Sherman's Class hailing from the great state of
Mississippi says hello. My class consists of 130 fifth and sixth graders
Our town has about 3,000 people. We are interested in the upcoming election.
hello from Ms. Caldroney's and Ms. Finney's 8th grade classes in Versailles,
Kentucky. We are all very excited about this project.
Hello, we are the
Jeffcoat Family representing the state of Florida. I am the mother/teacher
of first and ninth graders. We were at the first republican convention
here in Florida and were excited to see and here not only our governor
speak but our President as well. We look forward to participating in
the great state of West Virginia . The students of Kennetha Howes's
class are excited to be delegates at the CyberConvention.We are a
class of third, fourth and fifth graders in a multiage classroom learning
about the democratic process! We are proud West Virginians from the
mountains with a state park that borders our school. We have free
flowing streams with trout and in the spring a tasty plant delicacy
from the forest called ramps.
from Mrs. Wilkes' 3rd/4th grade Gifted and Talented Classes, hailing
from the great state of South Carolina! We are located in Edgefield
County, which is at the heart of the peach industry, home to 10 Govenors,
as well as the late Senator Strom Thurmond.
friends from Mrs. Miller's 2nd and 3rd Period classes hailing from the
great state of North Carolina and home of the All American City of Hickory.
North Carolina, the Tar Heel State, is "First in Flight," and home to
great institutes of learning.(Wake Forest University, University of
North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke University, and others).
Portland, Oregon! My name is Ms. Silvestri and I teach 6th, 7th, and
8th graders in a mutli-age classroom. At my students' request, I will
be teaching a class about the upcoming election. School starts next
week, so my students do not yet know about this wonderful cyper-opportunity.
They will be extremely excited! I look forward to hearing from all
the beautiful students from around the country. It should be fun for
all of us!
from Mrs. McDowell's class, hailing from the great state of Texas.
We've been back in school for almost a month already! I teach 6th
grade social studies and we study World Cultures and look at 6 continents.
We begin with North America and this project will fit in wonderfully.
The students are bringing in political cartoon and enjoying discussing
them. We have a bullentin board where we post them. We're very excited
about participating in the Cyber Convention!
from Mrs. Cozzolino's Fourth Grade class from the Great State of Michigan.
WE are located in Roseveille, Michigan a mile from Lake St. Clair. WE
are looking forward to taking part in this great project.
Hello, hello from
Florida's political leaders of tomorrow. We are looking forward to participating
in this exciting election process. My students who are in the 8-12 grades
in Government and in American History are great thinkers who are very
concerned about the direction of our country. We will be looking at
the issues with the most sincerest and dedicated attention to the state
of America and its future. Ms. Belton
Hello fellow cyber
friends: My name is Mr. Anderson. I teach government to 14 students
at Haviland High School, in the Jayhawk state of Kansas. I am looking
forward to the election in November and participating in this project.
I teach 4th grade in Nixa, Missouri. Nixa is just south of Springfield.
I have 23
students who will be learning lots about government and the election
process this year. Ms. Fessenden
Ms. Harrington from the great state of Massachusetts. I teach grade
5 in Salem. Salem is a well known city about 20 miles north of Boston.
It may be best known for the witch trials of 1692, however we are
also very well known for our maritime history, involvement in the
Revolutionary War, and most recently for the world renowned Peabody
Essex Museum. Our school is actually named for a housing development
that it is part of and not what else you might think. My students
are very interested in the election and hope to get ideas from all
of you. Thanks!
Walled Lake, Michigan I teach at Walled Lake Western High School.
We are part of a fairly large district northwest of Detroit. The district
includes 14 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 high schools plus
1 alternative high school. We are a diverse district with students
from lots of different ethnic backgrounds. I teach government, practical
law, and sociology. We are excited to take part in this program and
to learn about and participate in the election. Ms. Secrest
are Mrs. Kane’s 5th Grade classes here in Leander, Texas (just North
of Austin, our state’s capital). We are between the ages of 9 and
12. Mrs. Kane has two classes, both with 29 students in them. In 5th
Grade, we learn about US History—we just started a section about the
13 colonies. This year, we are participating in two big class projects—our
first one is this one. We are going to hold an election at our school
and register the students to vote. Our classes are in charge of picking
up paper recycling for the whole school every Thursday. It’s a pretty
big job, but we really like it! This election project will be another
way to provide a community service to the rest of the students at
our school because we will be campaigning for the different candidates
and maybe even holding a debate! We are excited about our project!
Greetings from Mr.
Gatlin's eighth grade history class, hailing from the great state of
Mississippi. Located in the deep south, we are called the Maganolia
state. We welcome this chance to represent our great state and look
forward to participating in all activities.
in late from the Great State of North Carolina. My 12th grade discrete
math class is studying voting theory and my 10th, 11th, and 12th graders
in my environmental science classes are participating to learn about
the process. Ms. Branson
Hi from Mrs. Wiekierak's
5th grade enrichment class! We are located north of Albany at the
foot of the Adirondack Mountains in NY and we are very excited to
be a part of the 2004 National CyberConvention!
All From the Great State of Florida, We are a Fifth Grade Class consisting
of 128 students in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As I am sure you are
all aware of we just went through a hurricane and that is why this
introduction is late. Our school is a private school connected to
Nova Southeastern Univ. Nova is the tenth largest private university
in the country. We also have the Dolphin Training Camp on our campus.
We are looking forward to joining you in this wonderful project.
Sincerely, Mrs. Bolinger’s Fifth Grade
from Mrs. Haynes 6th grade class and Mrs. Steinbach’s 5th grade class
hailing from the great state of North Dakota. We are in Dickinson. Dickinson
is in the southwest corner of North Dakota, off interstate 94. We are
west of Bismarck, our state capitol, and east of Medora. We are a rural
city with a population of about 16,000.
from the great state of Alabama and Mrs. Mill's fifth grade students.
We are looking forward to being part of history as we become involved
in "Election 2004" and learn more about the electoral process.
We are located in
Chicago, Illinois in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Participating
in the cyber convention will be 6, 7, and 8 graders for various neighborhood
schools. Although we don't officially start until next week, I anticipate
that we should have 17 students representing us. Looking forward to
an interesting project. Ms. Perrien
Mr. Seitz’s Fifth Grade hailing from the great state of Pennsylvania
, the Keystone State . Our school is one of the smallest in Pennsylvania
. There will be forty-six fifth graders participating. This project
will be the main focus of my current events lessons on Fridays. My
classes are excited about participating.
from Mrs. Mora's 7th grade Social Studies class, hailing from the
Big Sky State - Montana. We are looking forward to learning about
the candidates as well as participating in the mock election at the
from Mrs. Bramble's Class, hailing from the great state of New Jersey.
The Garden State is the home of the Miss America Pagent and also the
state with the most diners. We are eighth grade students and would
like pen pals from another state participating in the project. Everyone
is excited about the election and the fun we will have participating
in the program. We would also like to video conference with other
classes. Please contact us if you are interested.
Greetings from the
great state of Arkansas. My name is Ms. Roberts and I am the coordinator
for the gifted programs in Bald Knob, Arkansas. My 7th and 8th grade
students will be participating in the project. I am very excited and
hope it will help them become more informed about the voting process.
from Leetonia, Ohio! Mrs. Metzger's 3rd & 4th grade gifted students
are excited about participating in the project
from New Jersey the Garden State, home of the Jersy Devils and the
best fresh tomatoes you've ever tasted. We are located in Brick near
some of the best beaches on the east coast. We are Mrs.Carey's 4th
grade Social Studies class. You will be hearing from the other classes
(5,6,7, and 8) as the weeks progress. We are happy to be a part of
this project. Sorry this is late. We had a late start!
to all from Thornton, Colorado. My name is Mr. D'Lallo and I am a
9-12 grade social studies teacher. We are an alternative high school
and work with at-risk youth. Our class is studying the foundations
of American Government and the current elections.
from The Wabash Valley and the hometown of Red Skelton, Vincennes,
Indiana. My 5th grade social studies classes are anxious to join all
of you as we join hands across this great land to elect a man who
will lead us during the next 4 years. Our basic understanding of government
is in place and we begin the study of our election process. Ms. Lettshagen
from the great state of Texas! Ms. Herber's 6th grade social studies
students from Cedar Park, Texas say hello. I teach 170 students just
north of Austin. Our curriculum focuses on world cultures. We are
also studying our national election process. We are excited about
participating in the Cyber Convention!
Greetings from Schaumburg,
Illinois! Mrs. Brothman's second grade class is very excited about participating
in the CyberElection project. They especially liked discussing whether
or not a woman should run for President!
from Ms. Caruso's 4/5 multiage class in Salem, Massachusetts! Right
now, we're gazing out at the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, directly across
from our school. If any of you do not know what an important role Salem
played in our country's history as our founding fathers were laying
the groundwork for our government, be sure to read Early Thunder by
Jean Fritz. Discover that Salem, for a brief time, replaced Boston as
the seat of power in the colonies . Why??? Read and learn! Our city's
rich history, particularly its early maritime prominence and the tragedy
of the 1692 Witch Trails (which taught us lessons of tolerance and justice
that we hope will never die) is one which we want the world to share.
We are very excited about participating in the CyberConvention and are
now in the process of writing our own Classroom Constitution. Today,
as during the time that the U.S. Constitution was written, it is so
important for us to outline our rights and responsibilities. We can't
wait to exercise our right to vote in the Nation CyberConvention Election
in a few weeks!
first of all I apologize greatly for my late introduction. My name
is Mr. Acri and I am an eighth grade social studies teacher in Milford,
Connecticut and my students are very interested in the 2004 election.
to all from North Carolina! I am Ms. DeWire and I teach
a group of totally awesome 5th grade students. We are enjoying this
Greetings from Mrs.Blubaum’s
Class, hailing from the great state of Indiana. We are in the fourth grade
and have 19 students in our class. Our school was named after Francis
Vigo because he gave money to George Rogers Clark to help his efforts
in the Revolutionary War. We live in a rural area in southern Indiana.
We have several historical sites in our town and Vincennes University.
VU is Indiana's first college and is one of the oldest in America. We
like doing different things and we like having fun. We also are good spellers
and love to do math! We are looking forward to learning about the election
process. We would be interested in being email pen pals with a class from
a different geographic location.
from the Great State of Florida. I am Mrs. Bolinger, and I teach Social
Studies to five wonderful groups of fifth graders at University School
of Nova Southeastern University. We are all very excited to be particpating
in such an exciting and innovative project.
greetings from Burlington, MA - home of Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
- Steven Wright, comedian - 4 Olympians Winter 1984, Peter and Kitty Carruthers
(pairs skating), Scott and Mark Fusco (hockey) - Steven Strahan, NFL Oakland
Raiders - National Champions, Pop Warner Cheerleaders. Kathie Tsoukalas
and I teach approximately 300 7th graders in a lab setting twice a week.
Not the best setting for this project, but we'll modify and do the best
we can. We're looking forward to the project. Ms. Reber
from the beautiful Garden State . We are in Brick New Jersey and we
are enjoying an Atlantic Ocean breeze as we continue with our activities
on the cyber convention. The fifth grade Social Studies classes discussed
how a state attains electoral votes. The class was given a map of the
United States noting the number of electoral votes each state enjoys.
We also noted changes in these numbers since the last census. As an
enrichment activity correlating this lesson with Math, the children
were given calculators and asked to tally popular votes versus electoral
votes for two hypothetical candidates. In this way, the children could
clearly see that a candidate could receive a plurality in the popular
vote and lose the election because their opponent had more electoral
votes. Our fourth grade classes conducted a poll last week. The results
showed that, if this were an actual election President Bush would be
declared the winner of New Jersey ’s electoral votes. Our students are
enjoying this unit on the 2004 election. It has sparked their interest
in how our government functions.
from Mr. Griffing's 4th and 5th grade class at the Saltonstall School
in Salem, Massachusetts. Our city is nicknamed The Witch City. Our school
is named after the great U.S. Senator and Massachusettes Governor, Leverett
Saltonstall. We are one of the few elementary schools to have a marching
band. We look forward to taking part in the CyberConvention.
I am a fourth grade teacher in Leander ISD. We are located north of Austin
the State Capitol. My students and I are so excited to join in this learning
experience. We elected delegation officers so that we could better utilize
our class time as well as time out of school to learn about and share
the wealth of knowledge available to us about past and upcoming elections.
Looking forward to working on the project. Ms. Ward