Mr. Diaz was born in Spain and spent much of his childhood abroad, eventually settling in Albuquerque. He attended La Cueva High School and Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Southwest Studies. An avid sports enthusiast, Mr. Diaz was a member of the 1996 La Cueva High School state champion soccer team and also played collegiate soccer for Fort Lewis College. Go Skyhawks! Mr. Diaz enjoys traveling, history, hiking, snowboarding, gardening, playing cards, and spending time with his wife and two children, ages 15 and 12.

Previous to his employment at Corrales International School, Mr. Diaz provided in-home tutoring services throughout the greater Albuquerque area. While in California he was lead tutor with UROK, a supplemental education service company, and later directed tutors throughout New Mexico. Prior to having children, Mr. Diaz taught social studies and physical education at Sunshine Peak Academy, a KIPP charter school located in Denver, CO. He coached 7th and 8th grade volleyball and baseball as well. Mr. Diaz enjoys working with diverse students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences.

Important Upcoming Dates

September 5, 2022 Labor Day (No School)
October 6 & 7, 2022 Fall Recess (No School)

October 25, 2022 Science Night (4-5pm)
November 17 & 18, 2022 Student Led Conferences (No School)
November 21-25, 2022 Thanksgiving Break (No School)
December 21, 2022-January 3, 2023 Winter Break (No School)

What We’re Up To

We are now four weeks into our Who we are transdisciplinary theme. We just finished reading our unit novel the Breadwinner. Next Friday we will watch the Oscar nominated short film of the same name. Students have also delved into their human rights research projects. Most have chosen their topics and/or person. They will continue working on this next week. The project is due on September 14.

As a class we have performed four simple science experiments. These experiments are designed to illustrate the various components of the scientific method and also provide a model for the necessary elements of a solid project. I provided students with the packet and expectations for this project two weeks ago. Please email me if you have any questions.

Now that we completed the month of August, student prizes for Khan Academy mathematics were doled out. Every child has the opportunity to earn prizes in three different categories: Percent Mastered, Time Spent, and Skills Mastered. These prizes are awarded at the end of every month. The goal for every student is to achieve 100% completion of sixth grade math. If you are wondering what your child should be doing at home, it’s this!

Our Social Skill

Every six weeks a new social skill will be identified, explored, and practiced throughout the entire unit of inquiry. Our first social skill is ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY. Students engage with this skill in a variety of ways. First, we evaluate the skill by figuring out what responsibility looks and sounds like. We do this by providing specific examples of responsibility within our own lives. We also make connections to people and characters that we encounter throughout our theme. We also explore this idea through skits. These brief dramatizations involve specific criteria and should demonstrate accepting responsibility. This is a fun way to get everyone involved while reinforcing this important and necessary skill.

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