H. Clarke Powers School is an authorized IB World School offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP).  Currently, we are in the Consideration Phase for the Middle Years Programme.


Hello, my name is Mrs. Laurie Balsano and I am the 8th grade Language Arts Teacher and IB Coordinator.  Please click on the link below to visit my classroom website.  My website includes information about 8th Grade Language Arts, 8th Grade Promotion Activities/Requirements, HCP School-Wide Events, as well as International Baccalaureate Information.


Mrs. Balsano's Website


Other Contact Information:

 Phone:  916-652-2635 ext 121

 Email:  lbalsano@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us

 Twitter:  @LAteacherHCP

 Twitter (direct link):  https://twitter.com/LAteacherHCP






Recent Posts

I love everything about Google for Education!  Bringing Google Suite into my classroom has been a complete game-changer!  Engaging, inspiring, and motivating my students on a daily basis!   
Excited to have passed the five Google Educator exams to earn the official title of a Certified Google Educator!!
I tweeted!  I love making my learning more visible by sharing and receiving ideas with my Professional Learning Community on Twitter!
I'm ready to share!  I excited to share tips for using Google Apps for Education in my classroom!  I'm thrilled to learn more from my colleagues!  

               Helping my students to become Global Problem Solvers!  

 Genius Hour empowers my students to explore their own passions. Genius Hour Research Projects stem from a student-generated research question, yet it becomes so much more! Genius Hour creates a place where my students want to come in and learn.  My students become inspired to become young innovators who will change the world!

                           #geniushour  #embracemeaningfulresearch

Web 2.0 Tools are truly revolutionizing my teaching!  I am excited to learn more and MORE about web tools as I integrate the different ways to utilize them in my classroom!  Wordle, Voki, Fotobabble, Glogster, and so many more....accomplishing one web tool at a time!  

I am thrilled to join the excitement and use what I learned from the GAFE Summit!  Technology has transformed my teaching!  #inspiredbyGoogle

Common Sense Media Training was very helpful.  I believe it is very important to teach my students how to be safe, savvy, respectful and responsible users of technology and media.  

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