“Pi” Week at LaSalle II!

LaSalle II middle school students celebrated “Pi Week” the week of March 12th !

3.14 is the approximation of the number pi, which is why we celebrate typically on March 14th, but due to PARCC testing we were able to celebrate the entire week! During the week, students were able to discover all about the number pi (π). Students participated in the following activities: making Pi Shirts, watching videos about Pi, completing a discovery activity involving circles, making Pi cities, completed a research project about the number Pi, and more. We even had a digit competition where the two students in each class who memorized the most digits of pi, went home with a PIE!

8th Grade:
8A: Julia S. (71 digits) and Olivia Q. (44 digits)
8B: Isreal M. (172 digits) and Manuel R. (100 digits)

7th Grade:
7A: Souhaila B. (113 digits) and Monica C. (83 digits)
7B: Elliot D. (157 digits) and Jackson A. (34 digits)

6th Grade:
6A: Ellie M. (112 digits) and Nadiyah B. (43 digits)
6B: Najia B.(48 digits) and Joaquin I. (3. ∞)

Pre-K Goes to the Zoo

Rooms 101, 103 and 104 went to Brookfield Zoo on March 16, 2018. We had so much fun! This trip was our second field trip of the year.

“We got to see the Dolphin Show,” said Bijou. The dolphins performed tricks and danced for us. Some of us even were in the “splash zone” and came home a little wet.

Children were able to see many animals, which included seals, sea otters, orangutans and giraffes.

“My favorite was the fish, they’re my favorite of all,” said Harper.” We were able to see dolphins, seals, sea otters and other fish.

“Go a bus. See monkeys,” said Robin.

We are so excited that our DonorsChoose.org proposal, “Help Us Zip Up the Year With the Zoo” was recently funded. We will have a visit from Animal Quest at the end of the year to learn about many new animals.

You Be the Chemist

The You Be the Chemist team competed last weekend at North Park University. Nora L. took 5th place out of 52 students and will be moving on to the State competition. The Demonstration team, composed of Alex V., Grant L., Kania W., and Robert Z., took second place out of 26 teams on their understanding of chemistry knowledge and demonstration.

Learning about Pets in Room 103

Pre-K Room 103 is having a great time learning about pets! We have been focusing on a different pet each week (fish, cat, dog, bird, etc.) and learning all about that animal. We have read books about pets, done puzzles, sang songs, practiced identifying each type of pet, made art projects, and much more! One of our favorite parts of our ‘Pets’ unit so far has been welcoming our very own classroom pet- Fishy! We talked about the rules of having a fish and are learning how to care for our fish. We can’t wait to continue learning all about pets!

Mystery Science in 5th Grade

​Students in 5th grade have been engaged in a new science program called Mystery Science. Each class period, students are presented with a mystery and then conduct experiments to answer the mystery question. Students are currently in an introduction to chemistry unit. Taking notes from the Alchemists, students first tried to find out if magic potions are real as they attempted to turn something steel into copper. Next, students created experiments that could be used to determine if household food items are acidic. They used their test to explore different chemical reactions that resulted when combined with various acids. It’s been messy and quite smelly in our classroom for a couple of weeks for sure, but the conversations students are having about science are inspiring! If you see a 5th grader, ask them what they’re learning. Maybe they’ll even have a magic potion for you!

Students from Spain

Exchange students from Spain spent two weeks in Chicago in March. They had a great opportunity to learn about different cultures by observing classes at school, during their visits to different places in the city and also with their host families. This has been the fourth year that students come from Madrid and now it is LaSalle II’s turn to visit Spain in April. Thank you to all who make this exchange possible. ¡Buen viaje!

LaSalle II Basketball

This year the LaSalle II Falcons had six basketball teams. Four of the teams competed in the Network Championships. The 7/8 Girls, 5/6 Girls and two teams of the 5/6 Boys played for the championship. The Girls 5/6 basketball team won. The 5/6 boys played against each other and Team One beat Team Two for the championship. Congratulations to all the athletes and coaches for a great season.

Elementary Science Olympiad

Our Elementary Science Olympiad Teams recently competed in Des Plaines. Our teams did well. Below are the competitions in which the students were medal winners.

Blue team:
Aerodynamics-Second Place
Crimebusters-Second Place
Junk Cars-Third Place
Metric Mastery-First Place
Starry Night-Third Place

Purple team:
A is for Anatomy-Third Place
Backyard Biologist-Third Place
Bridge or Tower-First Place
Mystery Architecture-Fourth Place
Write it, Do it-Fourth Place

Mathletes in Middle School!

Mathletes has begun in middle school! This rigorous math club is designed to make problem-solving fun, challenge students and encourage playful competition. If you are a middle school student that would still like to join, see Ms. Nayvelt or Mrs. Guillaume!

Learning about Paris

French students recently concluded a unit on Paris by recreating famous monuments with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students presented their completed masterpieces in French to the class by sharing the name, arrondissement, and various activities you can do at each monument! Bravo, les élèves !