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6th Grade Field Trip to the EPA

The entire 6th grade class went on a field trip to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Laboratory. While there, we got to meet the director of the lab and many of the scientists that work there. Mrs. Larry and her co-workers gave us a wonderful tour of the lab. In each section of the lab, we got to meet a scientist that works there. The scientists explained to us what they do and they demonstrated how they use their equipment. The students got to apply what was learned in class to answer questions the scientists posed and to converse with them. At the end of the tour, the 6th graders, had the opportunity to perform two experiments in the EPA’s lab. The first experiment was chromatography or a separation of colors. The second experiment was a semi volatiles laboratory in which the students experiment with the weights of different elements. A great time was had by all!

8th Grade Goes to Cultural Kitchen

Recently our 8th Grade students participated in the Cultural Kitchen. This is a program that is a part of the Hostelling International Chicago. Through an engaging curriculum, students gain cultural understanding, increase understanding of their world, and enhance research skills as they study a country of their choice.

Good News from Our Chinese Program!

On Saturday, April 21st, Gabrielle D. and Natalie D., two of our Chinese language students, participated in the 10th Midwest Chinese Speech Contest and won two gold medals for LaSalle II. Congratulations to them!

Over the past nine years 34 LaSalle II students have participated in the Midwest Chinese speech contest. Gabrielle and Natalie are the 25th and 26th gold medalists among those 34 students.

Additionally, on Friday, April 20th, fifty of our Chinese language students voluntarily took a total of 53 tests authorized by the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China. There were 5 different levels of testing performed, from YCT level I covering 150 vocabulary words to HSK level IV covering 1,200 vocabulary words. Our Chinese language students are among the very best in Chicago.

New Art Installation!

We have new artwork that has been installed in the school. A huge thank you to the PTO for fundinf this project. We appreciate your support!

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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Spain Exchange 2016

In September, some students in 7th and 8th grade traveled to Spain to LaSalle II  sister school for two weeks partnering up with Skinner North Elementary. Students stayed with host families in Madrid and attended school at IES Ramiro de Maeztu. Students were immersed in a Spanish-speaking environment most of the time and learned interdisciplinary content in the lessons they attended as well as all the learning trips students took in Madrid and around.
LaSalle II students had the chance to explore four different “Comunidades Autónomas” or the equivalent of a state here. They visited la Comunidad de Madrid, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla León, and Andalucía. Weekdays they attended classes, had school activities and educational and cultural visits, and in the evenings and weekends hosting families organized countless activities everyone enjoyed. It was hard to say goodbye to the host families as they truly became LaSalle II students’ families overseas. Students forged really strong relationships with their families in Spain that will last for a lifetime!

Keeping Recess Safe

Recess is very important for our kids. Obviously it is fun for them. It also helps them stay healthy, and it helps them learn throughout their day. Our teachers will tell you that kids stay more focused if they get exercise at recess.

Making recess run safely and smoothly is a challenge. On any given day our school needs to supervise more than 500 kids ranging from kindergarten to 8th grade, and recess times span 3 hours of the day. It takes five high energy people. Since budget cuts have eliminated funding for most support staff,  the school pays the JCC to staff this important job.

With this year’s budget cuts the school might not have been able to pay for recess playground supervision without cutting something else. Fortunately we have a great school community. Over the past year our PTO had saved enough money to help, and we had the money to cover the $25,000 it costs for recess supervision.

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Next year we will have a similar challenge, and we need your help. A donation of about $3 per day (less than a latte) or $100 per month would help cover almost two weeks of recess supervision. Please consider donating to the LaSalle II PTO Campaign for Excellence. Donation of any amount are appreciated.