5th Grade Missing School Poems

Even though I could only see small squares with students’ faces inside on my laptop, I could tell that Ms. Pannell’s 5th graders were curious about what our poetry time was going to be about. Being new to the Avondale-Logandale school community, I introduced myself and invited students to think about what they miss about going to school. Students introduced themselves to me and told me what they thought poetry was all about: inspiration, description, feelings, creativity, “”poetry as song;” fun, hard work, calming the mind, and rhymes.

Some students imagined that the desks and rooms of their school missed them and wrote Persona Poems. Kudos to the teachers, the students, sus familias, and everyone in our public schools community who are being so resilient and creative as we all find ways to make remote education work in these times.

Ms. Pannell
5th Grade

what I miss in school
Angeliz G.

I miss seeing the chalk writing.
I miss hearing the sharpener go bzzz when you sharpen the pencil.
I miss tasting the lunch from school.
I miss smelling the sharpeners
I miss feeling the cold wind at recess.


All senses of school
Michael N.

I miss seeing everyone in fifth grade run in the field
I miss hearing everyone in Avondale school scream in the hallways
I miss tasting my lunch food that my mom gives me
I miss smelling all the lunch food kids bring and the school makes
I miss the feeling when someone would let me play with them in soccer and football at recess


My dear Creative Students! (from the art room)
Jocyana C.

I miss seeing the kids faces splattered with paint
I miss hearing the kids laugh at other people’s artwork
I miss tasting the sweet taste of paper on me
I miss smelling the weird paints and crayons the students use
I miss feeling the children’s dirty hands touch my body


Angelina A.

I miss seeing my friends
I miss hearing the chatters of students
I miss tasting the school food
I miss smelling the fresh recess air
I miss feeling my pencil, my books, my desk


the school’s hallway
Andrivel Q.

I miss seeing the kids walking in the hallways
I miss hearing people eating
I miss tasting the yummy  food
I miss smelling the cleanness from the schools floor
I miss feeling the kindness of my friends.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.