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  • Welcome to my 5th grade class:) 

    Our motto for the 2015-2016 school year:

    There's no Dragon your feet in 5th grade, "Go the Distance!"

    My name is Mrs. Karen Ann Bliss.  I have taught Language Arts and Reading at the eighth grade level, and Math at the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade level, at Thunder Mountain Middle School for thirteen years.  When Thunder Mountain closed six years ago, I chose to follow my Principal, Mr. Blomgren, to Peralta Trail Elementary School, and teach Math to fifth graders.  So, this is my sixth year at Peralta and I am really enjoying teaching my fifth graders.  First time ever that I am taller than most of my students!

    I have a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education through Arizona State University, a Masters Degree in Administration and Supervision through University of Phoenix, but I love the kids, so I will stay in the classroom:) 

    My Husband, Wayne, and I have been married twenty-four years and share a blended family.  Jennifer White, and John and Harlan Bliss, are our three kids together.  All three attended Four Peaks Elementary School, Apache Junction Junior High, which is now Cactus Canyon Junior High, and Apache Junction High School.  Jennifer and Jake have my wonderful Grandson, Cody, and baby girl, Aubri. John and Nicole have my other fantastic Grandson, Bryce.  Cody and Bryce are best Buddies and love to get together and play at our house.  Both grandsons call us Grandma and Grandpa, however 3 year old Aubri calls us Dranma and Dranpa;) 

    We also have a much loved Pug, Daisy Duke:)  Daisy is a Medical Alert Service Dog that I trained.  We both received our training with Tuni, who runs the  Paws 4 Life program, a nonprofit organization, check out their site at www.paws4life.netDaisy and I are learning how to pick up each others signals before I have an asthma attack, so I can plan ahead and pretreat before it gets too bad.  We are still both learning and working at it.

    When we are not working:) we love to go camping, hiking, fishing, and quad riding with our family.  We love family get togethers, barbecues, and having fun because we are a very close and big family.

    Check out our class bog at http://blogs.goaj.org/kabliss/ all the work  is from your kids:) and I am so proud and excited to share this with our parents!

    Thank you for a wonderful start to a new school year!