World Cultures & Russian Language with Mrs. Bufton

Welcome to World Cultures and Russian Language!

My name is Kate Bufton, and this is my 2nd year teaching World Cultures and Russian Language and Mountain View, and I couldn't be more excited!  I am an Ohio native, and moved to Parker three years ago.  I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of the Arts in Public Relations and Communications with a minor in Russian Language, Literature and History from American University in Washington, D.C.  And, then went on to earn my Masters of the Arts in International Diplomacy with an emphasis in International Conflict Management at Norwich University in Vermont.  I am currently working on my teaching license through the Douglas County Alternative Licensure Program!  In my free time, I love spending time with my family (my daughters are alumna of Mountain View!), hiking, backpacking, traveling and exploring.  

I love getting the opportunity to teach ALL the amazing students at Mountain View and am very excited about what the 18-19 school year will hold!  I love school and hope to share my passion for inquiry and exploration with you!  I can be reached any time at

What happened in March & April?

Kindies:  In Kindergarten we are just finishing up a BIG unit on homes and people around the world!  We have looked at three climates - Tropical/Jungle, Arctic and Desert and compared and contrasted their climate, clothing, homes and food.  We are finishing this unit with a project called “My Country.” In it students are picking the location of their country and determining if that location is hot or cold in regards to its reference to the equator.  They are then designing the homes and clothing based on that location. Finally, students will be making up the rules that will govern their country. So far my favorites are “No ice cream because it will melt.” (that student chose a HOT climate), and “No girls allowed!”  I had a chuckle with those! We are going to get back into Russian before the end of the school year - in conjunction with the Kindie classes learning about animals and reading Eric Carle. We are going to start reading “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?” in Russian, and play a TON of games associated with that story!  I think it is going to be a very fun time!

First Grade:   In First Grade we too are wrapping up a HUGE unit on continents!  Starting in January, we learned about the equator and hemispheres and then dug into deep continent studies.  As a group, we studied Asia, Africa, North & South America and Europe. They were then asked to design their OWN assessment - how were they going to show me what they know - though writing, pictures, visual organizers...the possibilities were endless.   We are culminating the project in the next week, so your students should be bringing home their Research Projects (with attached graded rubric) and all of their work - including a research book we made during our continent studies. We are going to start learning about flags as symbols and then end the year will a little detective work as we chase the elusive Carmen Sandiego around the world using our new found knowledge about the continents and flags!  Should be exciting!

Second Grade:  In Second Grade we just finished a unit where we learned about family trees and created one in RUSSIAN!  Additionally, students recorded themselves telling me about their own family, in Russian as well. Now, we are going to move on to animals and pets - and we have used ourselves as the vocabulary targets.  We have learned about some peers and what animals they have, and then used that information to write sentences about what our friends “have” and “don’t have.” Check out some of the pictures of our peers and their animals as well as our sentences about those peers! picture 1 picture 2 writing 1 writing 2