S: Ian in Sixth Grade, 2011-2012
BC: That's all folks! Prepared with love for Ian
FC: Ian Thomas, Mellon Middle School
1: 30 Adjectives about Ian | 30 Adjectives about Ian
2: Ian Thomas: The Tale of Sixth Grade Ian did great. Good solid grades and good teachers. He tried to be respectful and followed the rules for the most part. Lots of tardies! Our record was 44. School starts way too early. One day, mom wrote a note that said she couldn't get her act together to get Ian there on time. He didn't want to turn it in. Favorites at lunch: Pierogies and baked potatoes, but the pizza cheese was green! Ian had two concerts -- a fall concert and an end of year concert. Ian performed well in both and was first chair in the final concert, while he was second chair at the first. He started to study with Dr. Paige Riggs for cello. One mom told us he looks very handsome on stage! Ian got out two books from the library all year. Both were overdue and neither were read. But he's a good reader at home. Favorite shows are Phineas and Ferb and Arthur, which still rocks. Ian started to watch some TV with mom and dad -- Modern Family and The Middle were favorites. It is not true that Mom is like Frankie! Favorite music includes some rap, Christian and otherwise, classical and old rock tunes by The Beatles. Ian and his friends Josiah Handleman, Spencer Curran, Ryan Gaughan and Jack Murray tried to form a band and wrote parts of two interesting songs called You Used to Be My Enemy and Ten Seconds to Christmas. Others may be in the works...
3: Ian Thomas: The Tale of Sixth Grade Final Grades: All A's with a B in Honors Mathematics.. Busy summer full of Kiawah Island and camps, including a grueling swim camp at Carnegie Mellon and a programming camp to make applications for the iPhone, as well as museum and science center camps. We started our house addition this summer to add a family room and storage basement.
4: "Home of the free... Because of the Brave" ~Author Unknown
5: "Home of the free... Because of the Brave" ~Author Unknown
6: Ian, age 12
8: Acting Like Super Spys! | With Declan Hoffman
9: It was an electronics kind of Christmas. We got the X-box for the family and Ian got an iPhone, which he rapidly filled up with games and music. Here, Bill looks at his iPad (not a Christmas gift) while Ian concentrates on his phone.
11: The Best Spring Concert: First Cello, Jupiter, Postcards from Russia, The Four Seasons and Phantom of the Opera!
13: Ian as principal cello. May 23, 2012 Mellon Middle School auditorium Jayne Kreinbihl, Director
14: I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It is called an eraser. ~ Arnold Palmer
15: Ian played intramural golf and then played some golf with friends Glenn Wallace and Ryan Gaughan at Mount Lebanon Golf Course, nearby. He also took on his first distance meet, swimming 500 meters. Here he is at Upper St. Clair, which hosted the meet.
16: Ian played baseball in the Mount Lebanon Recreational League. He also got to pitch and had a solid fastball. He had a good batting average, a lot of hits and a lot of runs. He played third base, and right and left field.
17: The Orioles were the consolation trophy winners in the Mount Lebanon Recreational League! The final game against the Tigers was hard fought, with the Orioles losing 15-10 to a powerful team.
18: The Last Day of School! Looking Forward to Seventh Grade....
19: On to Kiawah Island
20: Turtle Point Golf School | June 2012
22: iD Tech Camp Carnegie Mellon Game Design for iPhone and iPad
23: Ian earned a diploma from iTech Camp on July 6, 2012. His instructor was 404 Error, who wrote the following on Ian's diploma: Ian, your excitement for everything was awesome to be around. There was never a dull moment with you around. I really like your Plants versus Zombies-like game because it was a very creative idea and challenging to do. The in-game store also adds another level of fun to your game because it allows the player to strategize and determine which defender would be the best choice at different times. If you continue to take on life with the excitement that you brought to camp this week, I'm sure you will be successful in whatever you choose to do!
24: Neighborhoods in my City Architecture Camp Final Presentation Geekmania and Row Houses inspired by neighborhoods around the Carnegie Museum in Oakland.
25: Photography at the Pittsburgh Zoo
26: An end of summer trip to Kiawah Island, -- post PGA championship at the Ocean Course.