Hello and Welcome to the Purple Panda Core! I am Jennifer Tavener and I am a sixth-grade teacher (English, Science, and Exploration Elective). I'm beginning my 24th year with the Glendale Unified School District. I received my Bachelor's degree, Multiple Subject Credential, and Masters in Education from Azusa Pacific University, as well as an English Single Subject Authorization Credential. My daughters both attended Glendale schools from kindergarten all the way through high school. In my time with GUSD, I have either subbed or had a contracted teaching position at all of the elementary, middle, and high schools. I am excited to see what this year holds for us!
All assignments will be posted on Google Classroom. Zoom links for daily class meetings will be posted on Google Classroom as well.
ENGLISH - Periods 1 and 2 - We will be working from the Springboard curriculum. This is our second year using the material. I have been very pleased with the quality of assignments and texts given to the students. We will also be reading Walk Two Moons. Springboard is an app on the student Clever account.
SCIENCE - Periods 4 and 6 - We will be using the brand new Green Ninja curriculum. This is a wonderful and engaging curriculum. I anticipate that the students will really enjoy it. Green Ninja is an app on the student Clever account.
EXPLORATORY WHEEL - Period 5 - Students will be working with Go Zen materials. This is a fabulous resource for help with anxiety, procrastination, resilience, and goal setting. We will also be piloting the Leader in Me program - a grant that was given to Toll at the end of the last school year.
My Office hours will be on Wednesdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:50 a.m. I will be available for parent conferences, homework help, and other support you may need. Please contact me if you would like to schedule an appointment. If these hours do not work, we can arrange another time.