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Student-designed tiny home unveiled at Sinnott Elementary campus
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John Sinnott Elementary School held a ribbon cutting for the tiny house designed and built by students with the help of parents, teachers and local community businesses on May 18. On the deck for the cutting is Tony Mirenda of Blach Construction; Brian Shreve, director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation; Joe Flatley, director of Facilities and Modernization; Rita Maultsby, sixth-grade teacher and project lead; Board Member Robert Jung; Board Clerk Hon Lien, on behalf of Rotary Club; Sinnott Principal Laurie Armino; and Tiny Home project based learning fifth-grade teachers Kiscelle Calvello, Mary Caraballo, and Amber Loanzon, and third-grade teachers Adam Throm and Jeannie Lam.
John Sinnott Elementary School held a ribbon cutting for the tiny house designed and built by students with the help of parents, teachers and local community businesses on May 18. On the deck for the cutting is Tony Mirenda of Blach Construction; Brian Shreve, director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation; Joe Flatley, director of Facilities and Modernization; Rita Maultsby, sixth-grade teacher and project lead; Board Member Robert Jung; Board Clerk Hon Lien, on behalf of Rotary Club; Sinnott Principal Laurie Armino; and Tiny Home project based learning fifth-grade teachers Kiscelle Calvello, Mary Caraballo, and Amber Loanzon, and third-grade teachers Adam Throm and Jeannie Lam.
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The inside of the tiny home designed and built by John Sinnott Elementary School students with the help of teachers, parents and local businesses on campus was opened up with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 18.
The inside of the tiny home designed and built by John Sinnott Elementary School students with the help of teachers, parents and local businesses on campus was opened up with a ribbon cutting ceremony on May 18.
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A ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 18 marked the completion of a year’s worth of work with students designing and building a tiny home at John Sinnott Elementary School, with the help of teachers, parents and local businesses.

The tiny home, a 200-square-foot residence located at 2025 Yellowstone Ave., is deemed to be Project Based Learning, or PBL, in action, in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a question, problem or challenge.

The event was followed by an unveiling of the finished home, which will be used as an extension of the classroom in a variety of ways, such as a reading and writing nook, math center, PBL work area, gardening center and cross-grade level collaboration space

“The ribbon cutting was phenomenal. I didn’t really realize how many people supported us in this journey until I started thanking them,” Rita Maultsby, lead teacher on the project, said afterward. “I feel like all of them should be publicly thanked for their commitment, generosity, and dedication to our staff and students.”

Maultsby said she was grateful to Blach Construction, Delgado Electric, Alliance Roofing, Duran and Venables, The Awning Advantage, Color Pros, the Milpitas Rotary Club, the lead teachers on the project, the district’s maintenance and operation department, and the district’s board of education and superintendent for their help and support.

She added the whole journey could only be summed up with “Wow, what a ride!”

Maultsby said the school dedicated the tiny home to Sinnott’s students and staff so they can “have a ‘cool’ place to be inspired and to enjoy time in this home for years to come.”

She said that classes are signing up to use the space over the next two weeks as the school year comes to a close.

On Tuesday, Sinnott Principal Laurie Armino said she was “very proud of the hard work and perseverance of the teachers and students who were a part of the Tiny Home Project Based Learning team which culminated in our very own tiny home for Sinnott. The lessons learned both academically and beyond will last a lifetime.”



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