Flash Back 4 Years

When I was a technology teacher my 8th grade students would create music videos. Today I want to share a video created by several of the young ladies who are graduating this year from PDSD. It’s too big to post here but here’s the link to SCHOOL’S OUT!


This video was made by that same 8th grade group! Several of the students have moved on to other schools but not all! Enjoy!

What are you doing at home, Dave!

Since I have a lemon tree and it have been producing abuncance lemons. I decided to make something that I haven’t done before besides couple things. My friends made fun of my lemon projects and called me Señor Limon 🙂

Here is a picture of my precious “Lemon Tree!” Yes, I trimmed the tree after the harvest.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Lemon Curds

Lemon Marmalade

Lemon Rinds/. Lemon Syrup (It is like maple syrup)

Lemon French Toast

Lemon Sorbet

I even grew lemon trees from the lemon seeds to give my mother for Mother’s Day so she can stop stealing my lemons. Just kidding!

I also donated the remaining lemons to my community via NextDoor App. They gobbled over hundreds lemons up with in a day. I also gave some to my friends as well.

What are you doing at home, Marty??

What I am doing at home? I have about over 35 plants in my place that including my garden pots (tomatoes, cucumbers, banana peppers, parsley, lemon, and spinach). I love plants because I enjoy looking at the plants and they make me happy! While I am on my break, I typically check on my plants to see if they need more water or sun.

Here’s the picture of me with my plants!

High School Making Time for our Youngest Roadrunners

Once a month, the preschool classes of Stephanie Voss and Robin Eichner joined some of the Sustainable Living Lab high school classes for some fun learning activities. Here’s a slideshow of three months of gatherings.

Coronavirus: Mini Lesson #1

* Transcription below.*

See that picture? It is an artist’s description of what Coronavirus (COVID-19) looks like. We know you may have questions about why this little thing (it is VERY little) messes up with our world in a blink.

So I m here to answer your questions that you may have.

Will I get sick? Will everyone get sick?

First of all, Do NOT Worry. Take a deep breath. It is okay. But we do know that it will be a hard time for us to learn how to recover. This is not your simple flu where you feel lousy for a while then you get better. But, you will be able give yourself the best chance NOT to get sick if you and your family do the following:

  • Stay Healthy by washing your hands every time you go out and come back in.
  • Do not touch your face because thats how the germs gets into you. If you need to touch your face, wash your hands first!
  • Do not go close to other people. This also means no going over each other’s houses to sleep over. They may be sick and not know it yet!
  • If possible, use a mask to cover your mouth when you are outside in public. This will NOT stop you from getting sick, but prevents spread if everyone uses it. Why? The cloth mask will stop it from going past the cloth, but does not stop the air from coming in.
  • Be Patient. Things are different and may be scary. We will be fine!

There are people who have COVID-19 and is doing fine or they may feel it as being sick, but not so bad! They do not show sickness symptoms. This is why COVID-19 is dangerous– people can spread this without knowing they have it. This is why it is important for you to wash your hands, stay away from other people, and do not touch your faces. You don’t know where the virus is. You can’t even see it without an microscope, remember!

Before I start, please remember that your family and your doctors and nurses and EMT s are all working hard to help us beat this sickness. Now, what happens if you get sick? Well, it depends on how sick you get. Most of us should get light sickness, with hard breathing and coughing. If that happens, you have to see the doctors immediately and they will test you with a cotton swab to find out if you’re fine or not. This test is new, and may not be comfortable.

Some will get really sick, and they will be in the hospital for a while. They need doctors to help them breathe. They may need ventilators to help them breath normally. They may experience serious body issues such as strokes and damage to their lungs. They will need help to heal for a long, long time. Remember, this is not a simple flu and is the reason why we should take this VERY seriously.

But, scientists says that we should be more worried about older people than young people your age. That means your parents, your grandparents, people with previous health problems, and other older people are at a higher risk may need to be put in a safer place to make sure they get all the help they need from the hospital. It may be possible or required that you or your family to be quarantined for safety reasons.

Hey, Remember one of the things you have to do, which is to keep away from other people? This also means you cannot visit sick people in hospitals at all. You have to trust the doctors that they can do what they can to help their sick patients, which may be your family.

I know it is a scary time. Do not be worried– as long as you follow the four things — wash your hands often, do not touch your faces, use masks and avoid people– we may be able to beat this.

IF you have more questions email me at randal.kidd@asdb.az.gov, or come chat with us on Wednesday at 1pm on Zoom (link here) to ask us directly and we will be happy to answer your questions!

Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary April 22, 2020

We missed celebrating Earth Day at PDSD this year. Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day was missed by many schools across the world. Still I want to share a link to the NASA website. Middle and High School students and parents here are some learning opportunities for you.


Kindergarten and First Graders! Here is a fun game on my favorite reading website StarFall.com Help the girl and boy clean up the liter to help our Earth!


I have always loved the Google Doodles. When I was teaching our computer class, we participated in the doodle competition every year. Here’s this year’s interactive EARTH DAY DOODLE!

This doodle is an interactive bee hunt! You will pollinate the flowers as you as you move through the game. You will also learn some important facts about the Very Important BEE!


All my students know I LOVE BEES! This video was filmed in my backyard. Check out this very focused bee! You can even see the young seeds developing in the center. 🙂

PLUS Office Hours


Hello! We would like to provide the opportunity to have you or your students join us for an Office Hour session on Zoom on Wednesdays at 1pm!

We will be open for tutoring assistance, to provide the students a chance to reconnect with their teachers, and to also answer any questions the students may have to a wide variety of topics (Corona-virus, Life skills questions, and other questions).

The Zoom link will be posted on Tuesday May 5th here on this page.

We hope to see you!

-PLUS Team


Password: 191917

Math Activity during COVID-19


Online learning

  • PBS SoCal | KCET, in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and in collaboration with California PBS stations, are offering broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum. Learn more here.
  • NASA’s Teachable Moments, offers a range of activities and lessons for grades K-12.
  • NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex has educational and fun Facebook videos where kids can learn from astronauts and other educators. For activities, instructions are available as free downloads.
  • Make any room a classroom with BrainPop, where curious learners can take units in science, social studies, math, engineering and tech, and more
  • Khan Academy offers free daily schedules for kids and teens ages 4-18 to keep stability and routine during this time. The online learning non-profit also offers a free downloadable app called Khan Academy Kids, that contains thousands of activities and books for children ages 2-7.
  • National Geographic Kids offers free online quizzes on topics ranging from animals to planets to sports and food.
  • Cool Math 4 Kids offers games and lessons to make math fun for kids.
  • Math Game Time offers a variety of games, videos and worksheets for Pre-K through seventh grade.
  • Inspired by Dr. Seuss, Seussville has activities, crafts, printable and recipes to engage your child in playful learning.

YouTube channels

  • Crash Course Kids — bi-weekly shows on grade school science, including Earth, habitats, space and more.
  • Science Channel – learn about outer space, new technology and more.
  • SciShow Kids – every Tuesday and Thursday, the hosts explain fun, complex science concepts; do experiments and interview experts.
  • National Geographic Kids – videos feature animals, science, pets and more.
  • GEOgraphy Focus – explore geography, maps, flags, culture, languages and travel.
  • TheBrainScoop – explore the work and research of natural history museums.
  • Kids Learning Tube – educate kids through music and animation.
  • Geek Gurl Diaries – videos on programming, computer science, logic, electronics and more.
  • Science Max – large-scale science experiments.
  • SoulPancake – in addition to the well-known Kid President shows, this channels offers content that explores and celebrates the ways humans seek connection.

Opt outside

Students can still benefit from nature while practicing proper social distancing. Even babies and toddlers can join a family nature walk. if you’re in a public space, keep them in a carrier or a stroller. If you’re in your backyard, they can explore more freely. Playing outside promotes more curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking. Especially essential with schools closed and extra-curricular activities canceled.

  • On a nature walk, collect twigs, leaves or rocks. Then, build a nature sculpture by sticking these items in play dough.
  • Go on a family bike ride, while keeping a safe distance from others.
  • Nature scavenger hunts can be fun for the whole family. How many different kinds of plants, flowers, animals or birds can you see?
  • Playing soccer or catch is fine, but don’t share equipment with people outside your household.

Awesome ways to make math fun!

COVID-19 Edition: Life Discovery Mini-Lesson #1


I hope you all are doing great back at home. While we don’t have proper school environment to teach you stuff, we will always try to find a way to put information into your head.

Today’s “Mini-Lesson” is something simple but very important. As you know, we are battling COVID-19 worldwide. One of the best way to fight this virus is to make sure your hands are all clean when you come back home, or touch anything outside in the public.

This video is the best way to TEACH you– by showing you how. Imagine the black paint as the soap, and you see why you may have missed alot of spots if you have not done it this way!