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Mr. Samson's Website! 2018 - 19
Welcome New 6th Graders!!Every year the 6th Grade class visits the museum in Bozeman to study Montana's rich paleontology heritage. If you are interested in being a parent volunteer for this trip, please contact me.Hi, Welcome to my website as the year continues please check this site for lesson plan updates and extra credit opportunities.I have been teaching 6th grade Science here at East Valley Middle School for going on 16 years. I truly love Science and have lived a life of Science on a 6th grade level most of my life. When I was in middle school I had a chemistry lab set up underneath the basement steps and I launched various model rockets into the atmosphere on a regular basis.I graduated with a Bachelor's in Science K -8 Education in 2002. I also have degrees in Forestry, Land Surveying, and Recreation. I successfully completed a 25 year dream by recieving a Master's degree at Montana State University in the summer of 2009. I can proudly say that I now hold a Master's of Science in Science Education in my collection of degrees. Most of the courses I took during the program were field courses and we traveled all over Montana studying primarily Earth Science. Since my Masters degree work I have continued on with a minor in Meteorology and various GIS classes. I love to teach and I am huge believer in lifelong learning, but most of all I enjoy being around kids.I participate in just about any outdoor activity! I fish more than I probably should, but I read somewhere that for everyday you fish, you add a day to your life....so I am working on that. I also mountain bike, kayak, hike, travel, go camping, archery, and backcountry skiing which is my passion! Last year I decided to learn how to skateboard and so far I have not broken any bones on the skateboards,now horses are a different story.I had a very nice summer this year loaded with several outdoor adventures. I wandered off to Northern French Quebec, Canada in seek of the king's fish Atlantic salmon. I was completely unsuccessful, but enjoyed the trip imensely while spending time with an old friend from Holland Frans Jansen. We did manage to catch several stripers on the rugged coast (Canadian Shield geology) of Maine. What a great trip it was!Amongst my many trips I spent 5 days floating the North Fork of the Flathead river along Glacier National Park's western boundary and 3 days on the incredibly wild Belt creek through Sluice Box State Park.I have to say fishing Quake lake with my sister Karen and her husband Terry last year during the solar eclipse was one of my summer's favorite activity. I felt so lucky to experience the eclipse in one of my favorite hide outs...Quake Lake!Oh,,, I also caught and happily released 3 big steelhead on the Clearwater river in Idaho. It was some of my most successful steelheading since I started chasing them at the age of 19..hmmmm that was 43 year ago, youch!I visited with my 86 year old father at my sister's house on Lake Chelan, Washingon. We had a great time while visiting the village of Stehekin at the upper end of the lake.Again this year we will have web-based interactive books. These books will be given to each student, you can write in them, complete homework using them or complete your work entirely over the internet. Last year the books were available through an Etext application on their iPads. We will be using Google Chrome with all 6th graders. No more sending assignments home for absent students, the work can be completed online. Last year 6th grade science students were about 92% paperless. I want to remain paperless again this year, after a lot of hard work I converted all my lessons and assignment to Google classroom. I suggested some ideas with Google and they actually used my ideas and made some very usable change to the Google Classroom format. I find Google Classroom much easier to see and use. The chrome books have a user friendly keyboard, which will help greatly with keyboarding skills.Yes, it is promising to be an another fine year in middle school science education! I am planning on having lots of fun, while learning Earth science.Please stop in, visit and introduce yourselves or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.In the words of Mrs. Jo Hagler.... "Here we go!",Mr. Todd M. SamsonFishing during the Solar Eclipse on famous earthquake created Quake Lake, Montana with My sister Karen and her husband Terry.(2017)One big Rainbow, my biggest in my life!(2017)2016 Bob Marshall Wilderness Pac Raft Trip on the South Fork of the Flathead River!2016 I love to ski in the Month of June!!!!2016 I like to Kayak when it gets too hot to fish!Gracie on the Klickitat River, Washington StateThe world's greatest DOG!
Circumnavigation of Yellowstone Lake July, 2011. 6 days 85 milesJuly 7 day Backpack trip to the Chinese Wall (limestone overthrust on the continental divide) deep in the Bob Marshall Wilderness!(Below left)Oregon's Deschutes River Wild Steelhead 2013, 14, & 15 Basalt Steppe Country covered by huge hardened lava flows.Weed Warriors on the Smith River Service Learning Project 2014La Grave, France April 2, 2010 belaying into 3000 vertical ft.Couloir La Vaute for a ski descent, and still here to talk about it.My greatest adventure!Genetics and foreheads! Scott & Todd Samson Reading on the Sun River (2001 Fire)Middle Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho 2014Sifting through the dirt in search of Troodon dinosaur eggshells,World Famous Egg Mountain, Choteau, Mt. 2010
Trout in the Classroom (Raising trout from eggs!)
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