Welcome Back to CPE!

Kids and families, I’m excited to have you joining my class!  Because we don’t get to have a Back-to-School Night this year, please explore the pages of this website. The most important ones for your parents include the “September Parent Letter” and the one labeled “Back to School Night.”  

Aside from that, take a moment to LOG IN to your district email. You can get there here or through Clever. Once you’re logged in, look for the invitation to join my Google Classroom. Simply follow the instructions in the email. If something doesn’t work right, don’t feel stress…we’ll fix it when you get to class on Tuesday! Next, send me an email to let me know you’ve checked in. My address is mack.lewis@district6.org.  

It’s going to be a great year!  See you soon!


Summer Adventures!

Kids, send me pictures and a short description of your summer adventures and I’ll post them here on the Platy for your former classmates to see.  If you’re a Room 15 kid from the last few years, let us see what you’re up to!


Honors & Awards

Here is the list of the year-end honors and awards for Room 15 students:

Presidential Scholars (the CPE equivalent to “Top 5%, our highest honor): Breanne Korth, Keila Fernandez, Shayla McDonald.

SOU Academy Nominees: Kelsi Kramer, Liam Warner, Roxy Wilson

Perfect Attendance: Bre Korth, Damien Parmenter, Liam Warner, Sean Williams

Room 15 Perseverance Award: Cash Almaraz

Room 15 Citizenship Award: Jordann Barlow

Fact Car Rally (Math Facts) Champion: Shayla McDonald

Fitness Champions: Connor VanDyke, McKinna Petersen

Battle of the Books Participants: Jordann Barlow, Breanne Korth, Kelsi Kramer, Liam Warner

If you’re looking for BABIES, click here!

Bird Boxes

To make this project work, the kids had to research bird species native to Southern Oregon, locate appropriate nesting box plans through organizations such as Cornell University and the Audubon Society, and use math measurement skills to construct the boxes. They had to create green screen presentations, which you can view here, and they had to do all of the work collaboratively, which may have been the hardest part.


iMporTAnt eVeNTs REmaiNiNg

Monday, June 7th: DARE Graduation, 10:30, CPE Field  . . .  Tues., June 8th: Owl Pellets in class; Last day for online platforms; final Tax Report  . .  .  Wed., June 9th: Scenic Electives Selection in Google Classroom at 9:00 and Zoom at 9:30  . . .  Thu., June 10th: Bobbio’s Pizza for Fitness Champions, 11:45; Checkbook auctions . . .  Fri. June 11th: Rogue River Preserve final field trip . . .  Mon. June 14th: Squid Dissection  . . .Tues. June 15th: DARE Day  . . . Thu. June 17th Roadrunner Day and Baby Picture Show; Last day of school

DARE Graduation!

The students have nearly completed the D.A.R.E. Program and it’s time for graduation day! The D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony will be held on Monday, June 7th at 10:30 am on the CPE field. D.A.R.E. graduation is an important milestone for the 5th graders and we hope that you can join us in celebrating their accomplishment! If you would like to attend the ceremony, please use this link to sign up so that we can prepare the event to comply with covid regulations. Please bring a blanket or lawn chairs. You may use the Bush Street gates to access the field. The gates will open at 10:15 and we will check in guests as they arrive. See you there!

And this just in: Numerous students presented strong DARE essays, so it was very difficult for Officer Ashwill and the teachers to select winners of our DARE essay competition. Congratulations to Kylie Davis, our winner. Kylie will be sharing her essay at the DARE Graduation along with the winners from Mr. Hadley’s and Mrs. Torrey’s classes. Should Kylie be unable to present her essay, our alternate is Karsyn Rhinehart. Great job, kids!

No More Poop!

Well, maybe. Thanks to the hard work of some former CPE Room 15 kids, we finally have some dog waste stations set up around campus. For years, 4th and 5th graders have been navigating around manure mines left by local dog walkers. Remembering their own experience dodging doo doo during the CPE fitness run, Crater students Hailee Hackworth, Kara Bender, Jonathan Jacuinde, and J.J. Elias decided to tackle the problem for their community service project. After getting funding approval from the CPE Student Body, they held an art contest to create the signs–which was won by 5th graders Jaime Sandberg and Shayla McDonald. They convinced a private business–Southern Oregon Signs–to donate their services. And they got the City of Central Point to provide guidance and to install the kiosks. Let’s just hope the community responds by utilizing the baggies and trash cans!  See the Mail Tribune story and video by clicking here!


Hailee and Kara on installation day being interviewed by Mariah Mills from KOBI 5 News
Kara and Hailee on installation day!
This project was especially enjoyable for Mr. Lewis because he got to work with three generations of current and former students, including Mariah, one of his kids from his days at Sams Valley Elementary.

Upcoming Field Trips

Rogue River Preserve - Fall in the FieldOn May 20th, June 4th, and June 11th the fifth-grade classes will be taking field trips to the Rogue Nature Preserve near Sams Valley.  On these days, we plan to leave campus at 9:15 a.m. and we will return to school at 12:40 p.m.  In order to maximize our brief time at the Preserve, students will be provided with a snack at the Preserve.  When we return to school, students may pick up a sack lunch from the cafeteria to take home to eat.  Here’s a list of the gear your child will need to bring on our field trip days: 

  • long pants (There’s a lot of poison oak at the preserve!)
  • a long-sleeved shirt (for sun protection and/or poison oak protection)
  • comfortable shoes for hiking (sandals are not appropriate)
  • a quart of drinking water (there’s no drinking water at the preserve)
  • a backpack for carrying water and any extra clothing layers
  • sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses
  • work gloves (optional but highly recommended)

The kids will be hiking to one of three “stations,” and during each of the three visits, the stations will change. Over the three trips, kids will be bird watching, identifying native plant species, taking water samples, nature journaling, orienteering, learning how to skip rocks, and performing stewardship tasks. 

Students took home permissions slips and liability forms on Friday the 14th, but if you didn;t get them, click here.  Both the school’s permission slip and the Preserve’s liability form are required to attend.  If you have any questions, please reach out via email, ParentSquare, or phone. Thanks!

Doggie Doo Doo Art Contest

The students have approved using student body funds to purchase four dog waste stations for the CPE campus. Now it’s your turn to “leave your mark” on the project. Watch this video to find our how you might be able to design the sign for the stations. The finished signs should by 12 x 18 and should clearly express the purpose of the stations. Deadline for submissions is April 15th.