Invention Convention

The seventh grade representatives of LaSalle II competed in the CSIC (Chicago Student Invention Convention) at Clemente High School on Saturday. There were about 300 presenters. In the Junior High division, of 34 students, Kira S. and Jadah C. took fourth place. Grace P. took third place and Christopher P. took First. Christopher has also been invited to participate in the National Invention Convention in Washington D.C.. Also, participating were Andrew W, Willem P, Amelia L, Lesly G, and Luke M.

Spanish Exchange Students

Our exchange students from Madrid were here these past 2 weeks and we had a ton of fun! Our guests visited the Chicago History Museum, the Field Museum, Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, and more! The students even got to attend our middle school dance.

 

A huge thank you to our host families for making this exchange possible and thank you to those who chaperoned. We know it is an exhausting but rewarding experience! Also, special thanks to our parent Captain Clay who arranged a special tour of his firehouse.

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.

Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest

We had several students participate in the 9th Annual Midwest Chinese Student Speech Contest. Students were required to recite a speech in Chinese and were judged on pronunciation, delivery, and expression. Our school had three participants and all of them earned a medal.

Gold: Gabby I. and Ruby V.
Silver: Danny M.

Congratulations to our participants! We are so proud of your hard work and dedication. Also thank you to Ms. Wang for taking the time to prepare and escort the students to the speech contest.ch Contest

Chicago Children’s Choir

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!