7th Grade Invention Convention

The 7th grade explored the design cycle with an Invention Convention. Each student examined their surroundings to identify a “problem” and developed several avenues to solve it. The students then created a prototype and worked with their peers to identify the aspects of their solution. The students continued to develop their solutions into working prototypes.
Our imaginative students created original solutions to such problems as, stinky shoes, remote hockey practice dummies, key holders, messy dog eating, magnetic hair band, and a crimper for your tape. Our inventors participated in a 7th grade Convention and the top 10 will represent LaSalle II at the CSIC (Chicago Students Invention Convention) citywide competition at Clemente High School on April 1st.
1st Place Participants: Andrew W.
Willem P.
Christopher P.
Luke M.

2nd Place Participants: Kira S.
Amelia L.
Nora H.
Jadah C.

3rd Place Participants: Lesly G.
Dylan O.

Abstract Watercolor in 1st Grade

Room 115 recently worked on abstract watercolor. The students masked off areas of 3″x3″ watercolor paper with a resist (rubber cement), then painted individual squares by wetting small pieces of bleeding tissue paper in the areas not masked. Tissue was removed resulting in unique color concentration and flow. Each artist selected an abstract fireworks graphic for interpretive reproduction in marker on the white space now preserved by the masking fluid. Yellow watercolor paints applied last with a dry brush.

Learning Labs in 4th Grade Science

Fourth grade students took science to a whole new level when they attended two learning labs at the Museum of Science and Industry. Students learned Newton’s Laws and experimented in the Colorful Chemistry lab. Through observation and hands on activities 4th grade students left with a wealth of new scientific knowledge!

Navigating the City

The students in Room 213 have been navigating their way around the city via the CTA this month. They planned out their routes, using various websites and apps, and decided the best use of their money when buying Ventra cards, passes and lunch. On one trip the students traveled to the southside to visit Kenwood Academy for a performance by a Jamaican Ensemble. Some of our bravest students even volunteered to show off their dancing skills on stage! On another trip the students students traveled to Steppenwolf Theater, where (thanks to a generous donation) they had the opportunity to see the play “Monster”. Students were able to discuss the themes of innocence, guilt, and accountability with lead actor, Daniel Kyri, and the rest of the cast. It was an amazing experience!

Learning about Fractions

The 3rd Graders in Room 102 have been learning all about fractions. They created different visuals to represent them including flip books and number lines.

Beijing Exchange Students Visit LaSalle II!

This month we hosted our Chinese exchange students from the Beijing Foreign Languages School. Our exchange students visited City Hall, the Shedd Aquarium, the John Hancock building and more! A huge thank to Ms. Aquino for all of her hard work in planning and organizing this exchange. Also, a sincere thank you to all of our families who were gracious enough to open their homes and host a student. This program would not be possible without you!

Celebrating Black History Month

This month our 1st Graders have been teaching the school about Black History Month. Each day over the loudspeaker a 1st grader has been reading a short biography of influential African Americans. Great job to our speakers!

 

Learning about Colors

Room 103 is finishing a unit on colors! For the past month we have been learning to identify colors in a number of different ways. We have read books about colors and practiced identifying both the color and the object while we read. In our classroom, students have the opportunity to answer orally or by pointing to pictures so that every student has the opportunity to participate.

 

We also created a collage for each color that was made into a book that students will be able to take home so they can practice their colors at home, as well! Students used crayons, markers, Dot Painters, and scissors and glue to create their collages and they had a lot of fun making art while also working on their fine motor skills!

 

We all worked together as a classroom (both AM and PM sessions) to create a collaborative art project. We used our handprints to make a rainbow that hangs is hanging in our classroom to remind us how beautiful it is when we work together!

Middle School Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Team participated in the Chicago Invitational on Saturday, February 4th at Westinghouse College Prep.

  • Charlie H. and John J. placed first in Bottle Rockets
  • Olivia Q. and Aylee S. placed second in Optics
  • Oliva Q. and Ashley S. placed third in Write It Do It
  • Michael K. and John J. placed second n Hovercraft.

Goals for a Great New Year

Second grade started the new year with some reflection time. Students reflected on their progress so far in this school year. They also reflected on friendships and achievements. We discussed kindness and how we can make positive choices to impact our whole classroom.

Room 202 worked as a class to form goals for all of us as a class, which include picking up things that we see on the floor, like pencils and markers so they do not get wasted and also closing our locker doors to keep the hallway clean. We discussed taking pride in our school and classroom and working as a community to keep it a great place to learn and have fun each day.

In addition to discussing our goals and resolutions as a class, students also had time to reflect independently. Students worked on an activity where they brainstormed and wrote down their dreams and aspirations for the year 2017. We will reflect throughout the remainder of the school year on these dreams and goals.