Pi Day 2022 Celebration in Middle School

Every year on March 14th we celebrate Pi Day in Middle School at LaSalle II. This year each grade level participated in different activities including, the reading of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, discovering where the number pi comes from, playing a game to practice finding the circumference and area of circles and solving some challenging pi day riddles. The students were able to make t-shirts the week before and wear them on pi day. All of the students participated in our Annual Pi Bee to see who can memorize the most digits of pi. The 1st place winner from each class went home with a pie to share with their family!

6th Grade Winners:

Room 215: 1st place – Emily; 2nd place – Daja; 3rd place – Estela.

Room 216: 1st place – Zoe; 2nd place – Reese; 3rd place – Gus.

7th Grade Winners:

Room 210: 1st place – Lucio I.; 2nd place – Lamise B.; 3rd place: Ruby V.

Room 211: 1st place – Nora M.; 2nd place – Kaleb L.; 3rd place tie: Max T. & Bailey A.

8th Grade Winners:

Room 212: 1st place – Autumn E.; 2nd place – Hudson D.; 3rd place – Myah S.

Room 214: 1st place – Madison L.; 2nd place – Niza T.; 3rd place tie: Kayla E. & Kenzie H.

Fashion Week in French

It was fashion week at LaSalle II, and the 5th grade French students put on quite the show. The students used a box of fabrics and old clothing to create their own brand and looks for a runway show. After coming together as a design team, the students took turns using their French from our unit to describe their brand and what each model wore during their show. Merci for a creative and fun fashion show!

Reading in KDG

Students in kindergarten are enthusiastic about reading “Mercy Watson to the Rescue,” a chapter book about Mercy-our beloved pig and her obsession with her favorite food-buttered toast. Mercy Watson to the Rescue is the story of Mercy the pig and Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Mercy is their pet pig, who lives in their home, and who even has her own room! However, when her owners Mr. and Mrs. Watson get into trouble, it’s up to Mercy to save the day!

While it is important for students to read books at kindergarten level, it is also important to read chapter books to kindergartners as well. The book itself is a hybrid between a picture book and an early chapter book, making this a perfect read. The appealing illustrations add yet another layer of hilarity to an already comic text. Each chapter, students explore ideas and familiarize themselves with elements of literary analysis, setting, plot, characters, character traits, making predictions, and learning complex vocabulary. Students enjoyed working and writing their own workbooks and were eager to find out- in what kind of trouble would Mercy find herself in YET again.

Mi Ciudad

4th grade Spanish students explored the different aspects of city life. After learning about the capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires, students then became the architects of their own city! Students designed their cities (real or fictional) and presented them in Spanish to their classmates and Ms. Fuller. They discussed special places in their city, location, transportation and activities they like to do. Great work 4th grade!

8th Grade Civics Students- By Myah S. and Damaris R.

Over the past few weeks, eighth grade has been learning about voting rights. Voting rights are a large part of our country’s history; however, there is minimal awareness. In civics, eighth grade analyzed how voting rights evolved in America. Throughout history, many Americans, such people of color and women, had limited or no voting rights until the mid 1900s. So what happened with voting rights after the 1900s? Eighth grade researched these rights from the early 2000s to 2022. We created posters to share our findings with the class. The posters varied in information, ideas, and colors. Through this project, we realized that voting rights are an ongoing issue. Most importantly, eighth grade learned the importance of voting within our communities. Remember your right to vote is a privilege you should not take for granted. In our next election, please don’t forget to vote!

L2 Peer Buddies

This week, the 1st and 6th grade students combined their knowledge of science and reading to learn about the layers of the Earth. 6th grade students created digital storybooks about a mole digging his way through the chemical and physical layers of the earth. The 6th grade paired up with the 1st grade as they were celebrating Read Across America Week to read to the 1st grade students. Many new friendships were made between 1st and 6th grade and lots of new knowledge was learned!

March SEL Theme of the Month: PREPARATION!

Whether preparing for school in the morning, preparing for emergencies, planning out school projects, or practicing for an upcoming game, preparation is important for us all to do daily, kids and adults alike! This month we focus on the importance of preparation in all avenues of life so that we can all reach our highest successes and achievements. Visit this month’s Bitmoji classroom for books, videos, and resources all about preparation!

March SEL Theme: PREPARATION!

Literature Circles in Middle School ELA

Students in 6th and 7th grade are participating in collaborative Literature Circles where they discuss their assigned novels with their peers. 6th grade students are focusing on the effects of modern technology on society by reading novels Ready Player One and A Wrinkle in Time. Students in 7th grade are discussing turning points in people’s lives and overcoming adversity through novels The Outsiders and The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian. This week, groups are also analyzing their books for setting and character development.

A Glimpse at Our Fourth Graders – “We are making Progress”

As we move from the 2nd to the 3rd year of the pandemic, many of our Chinese language students are making significant efforts to learn in spite of being immersed in a very harsh and difficult learning environment. The picture shown here is the 4th grade class. In the background of the picture, you can see the words “我们进步了”,which means “We are making progress”. Everyone in the class recognizes that this is a meaningful statement because students recognize how much they have advanced.

These students are learning to say, read and act out 44 Chinese phrases. They seem fearless as they approach this task. These students have learned to use their mind to synthesize the sounds, shapes of the characters and corresponding actions associated with these words and phrases. For them learning Chinese is no longer illusive. Their secrets of making progress is being focused in class and putting in real effort. There are three brand-new students in this picture, who transferred in just this school year. They became quickly integrated into the class and soon became active participants.

Great job 4th graders!

Art at LaSalle II

Each student in grades K-8 created a 4X6 original monochromatic drawing. These drawings were color coded and then displayed together in rainbow fashion to create one large piece of art.