Mrs. Marfise's Classroom News

Mr. Buzard - Teaching While Mrs. Marfise Is On Leave   08/27/2018
Hello Patriot Families - My name is Scott Buzard and I am "guest teaching" in Mrs. Marfise's reading classes while she is on maternity leave.  She should be returning to meet and teach her classes in mid-October.  I am celebrating my 46th opening week in District 34 middle schools, as I began teaching at Springman in 1973.  Over a thirty-nine year career I taught social studies, language arts, and physical education at Springman before "retiring" in 2012.  Since then I have served the district as a long-term substitute for extended teacher leaves. My wife, Barbara Buzard, retired from Springman teaching at the same time in 2012 and we have often combined forces to fill those leaves.  By the end of this year between us we will have completed 21 long term positions, about evenly split between Attea and Springman.  Currently she is teaching seventh grade reading at Springman (Pegasus) while I will be teaching reading here at Attea. Over the years we have had the pleasure of teaching and knowing many "second generation" students and I have already come across several on the current Patriot team. Currently the classes are in the early stages of creating a writing community.  Our first assignment will be either a "Bio Poem" or "Where I Am From Poem" to be shared and posted in the classroom. Then we will move on to "Six Word Memoirs" as a way to succinctly relate an engaging tale in, literally, only six words. I am very much enjoying getting to know your children and am impressed with their positive attitude as we begin the school year together. Please do not hesitate to contact me at if you have any questions.  I will be presenting at curriculum night and look forward to meeting parents in person.