“Forced from Home” Refugee Exhibit

This year our 8th graders will be writing  content for our website to order to share their experiences throughout the school year. For this week, the students wrote about their recent field trip to an exhibit called “Forced from Home.” Forced From Home is a one-hour guided tour through an interactive exhibition designed to educate the public about the global refugee crisis. With experienced Doctors Without Borders aid workers leading the tour, students engaged with stories and materials gathered from refugee camps, sea rescue missions, and emergency medical projects around the world. This immersive tour brought the students closer to the real experiences of people displaced by violence and extreme hardship worldwide. Click the link below to hear directly from the students about their experience.

Link to student reflections on their trip experience: Forced from Home” Refugee Exhibit

 

Butterflies in 1st Grade Spanish

First grade students in Spanish room 203 begin the year with La oruga muy hambrienta, also known as The Very Hungry Caterpillar! We read the book and sequence the foods the caterpillar eats according to the days of the week using flip books we create, as well as discuss our own food preferences. We also learn about monarch butterflies and the journey they take each fall from Canada and the United States to their over-wintering sites in sanctuaries in Mexico, which is our country of study for the year. We make paper butterflies and mini messages to send to Mexico with Journey North’s Symbolic Monarch Migration. Then, we add ourselves to the map and wait until the spring, when we will receive butterflies and also map them to find out where they originated.

Composting in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students in room 110 have been learning all about the cycle of organic materials through composting in and out of the classroom. The students were introduced to their red wiggler worms and made them a wonderful home inside a plastic bin. They made a comfy, delicious home for their new friends using damp newspaper. Now the students are able to compost their banana peels, apple cores, and paper towels instead of sending it to the landfill. Since the worms can’t keep up with all the organic waste from breakfast and snack students have started composting outdoors in a tumbler. The food waste mixed with dead leaves and small twigs will create some wonderful soil for planting in the spring. Which will complete the composting cycle.

J at School Fall Enrichment

Sign-ups are open until September 23rd!

 

Click here: https://www.jccchicago.org/programs/schools-out/enrichment/

Thank You LaSalle II PTO!

Our Back-to-School BBQ was a huge success thanks to the generous food donation of the PTO and the many parent volunteers.

8th Grade Science Olympics

The 8th grade class began their science explorations with STEM challenges of Olympic proportions! The students were given 5 different challenges, Regatta, Dominoes, Aerodynamics, Cartesian Divers, and Slow Roller. After a brief introduction to each challenge the students, working in groups, chose three of the five challenges in which to compete.

The students then researched concepts associated with their challenge, discussed and formulated a plan of action and tested their hypothesis. On the day of their challenge the students had 15 minutes in which to create their final hypothesis based on their observations and results from the practices.

Regatta: Students researched buoyancy and created a boat from wax paper, aluminum foil, or copier paper. Once the students had their construction floating they would had gram cubes until the boat began to take on water. The winning boat held 1305 grams!

Dominoes: Students researcher force and inertia. They then designed how they would set up 100 dominoes to knock down with a single push. Each branch added an additional 10 pts. Each 110 degree curve added another 10 pts and any dominoes that fell up or down an incline would gain a two pt. bonus. Highest competitor was 295 dominoes!

Aerodynamics: Students researched Bernoulli’s principle in terms of flight and the force of air. Students designed a paper airplane that would fly as far as it could while remaining in a 90cm width. The longest flight went over 10 meters!

Cartesian Divers: Students researched Pascal’s principle. Placing three divers into a 2 liter plastic bottle filled with water. Students had to manipulate the density and buoyancy of the divers to make them descend on a specific order and rate. Very challenging but all teams were successful!

Slow Roller: Students researched force, inertia and friction. Using a variety of objects, such as, rulers, wooden dowels, and yarn, students designed a course that with a single push keep a marble rolling as long as possible without going off a large piece of construction paper. First and second were divided by a mere .01 second!

Each team earned 5pts for a first place finish, 3pts for a second place finish and 2pts for a third place finish. After all of the challenges were completed the totals were tabulated and the overall Science Olympic Winners for the 2018-2019 school year are:

First Place:

Trevel A.; Alexis G.; Brooke A.; and Karrion W.

Second Place:

Fidel R.; Jalen D.; Chloe N.; and Brenden D.

Third Place:

Maeve Mc.; Eric R.; Felix Z.; and Jalen J.

SY18-19 Open Houses for Prospective Families

We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2019-2020 school year. Open Houses will be held at 4pm on the dates listed below. The tours will start in the Main Lobby of the school at 1148 N Honore St.

Tours are planned on the following dates:

  • October 1
  • November 5
  • December 3
  • February 4
  • March 4
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3

Please note that we do not have availability for private tours or for tours in the summer, so please make sure to attend one of these dates if you are interested in attending.

Back to School!

SY18-19 Open Houses for Prospective Families

We will be hosting several Open Houses for prospective families who are interested in applying for admission for the 2018-2019 school year. Open Houses will be held at 4pm on the dates listed below. The tours will start in the Main Lobby of the school at 1148 N Honore St.

Tours are planned on the following dates:

  • October 2
  • November 6
  • December 4
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 2
  • May 7
  • June 4

Please note that we do not have availability for private tours, so please make sure to attend one of these dates if you are interested in visiting the school.

Storyboards in 8th Grade

In our eighth literacy class, the students are currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird. The core of this narrative focuses on essential themes such as courage, race, discrimination, fairness, and justice. Through the readings and discussions, students are examining the heart of our democratic society. One in which strives to provide “equal rights for all” and “special privileges” for none. The narrative takes place in a small southern town in the early 1930s. Therefore, in social studies, students are also exploring the era of the Great Depression.

 

In eighth grade, students are using storyboards as a way to blend their creativity and analytical thinking skills to discuss this timeless masterpiece.  Storyboards are a powerful way for students to visually present and discuss information. In small groups, students created storyboards to help them keep track of the important events and characters in the novel..  By sharing and discussing their storyboards with their peers, students not only had an opportunity to verbalize thoughts but further synthesize their understanding of To Kill A Mockingbird.

 

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