What to Watch on the 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July!  After you celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence (Which really happened July 2nd) and you have your fill of hot dogs, barbecues, and fireworks, sit down relax and watch a movie.

Here are four movies to watch on the Fourth of July.

  1.  Liberty’s Kids-The First Fourth of July.  A cartoon explaining in detail what happened on July 4, 1776.  Rated TV-Y7.
  2.  John Adams.  The incredible story of John Adams.  No rating.
  3.  Independence Day.  Aliens have come to Earth to destroy it and it is up to Americans on the Fourth of July to save it and all mankind.  A really fun movie. Rated PG-13.
  4. Yankee Doodle Dandy.  The story of George M. Cohan, born on the Fourth of July.  He was a famous musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer.  No rating.

Am I missing one?  I’d love to hear your positive comments…

Who is Mrs. Espeseth Dressed As For Halloween?

Guess who Mrs. Espeseth is dressed as for Halloween and earn 10 bonus points. Ten students with correct answers will be randomly chosen.  Read the clues below to find out.



  1. I spent most of my early life on the East Coast of the United States.
  2. Both of my parents were famous leaders and I continued their work throughout my life.
  3. My mother introduced the Women’s Rights Movement to Susan B. Anthony.
  4. I belonged to many clubs and organizations including the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, the Women’s Trade Union League, the League of Women Voters, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
  5. I wrote a biography about my famous mother.
  6. I took my first amendment right of free speech very seriously. I protested the wrongful conviction of two Italian immigrants named Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
  7. I belonged to the Phi Beta Kappa sorority.
  8. In my later years, I became blind.
  9. I am no longer alive though I lived to be very old.



If you guessed Alice Stone Blackwell, you guessed correctly!

Want to make a guess?  Just comment below.  One guess per student, so make it a good one.  Check back tomorrow to see if you were right!


Construction at Sussman Middle School

There is lots of construction going on at Sussman! Want to see what the school is supposed to look like when all the construction is done?  Look below…





Pretty nice.  I can’t wait to see the finished campus.  It is really going to be great.


Asking yourself what’s behind the blue wind screens all over campus?  Dr. Quintero, the new principal, took all of us teachers for a behind the scenes look.  And I just happened to take some pictures.




John Brown

For the last week, students have been creating their own ThingLinks on a famous abolitionist.  Take a moment to click on the links to learn what the students have found about their subject.


by Sergio E.


by Adara G.


by Hugo S.


by Rita D.


by Jailen D.


by Alejandro B.