Middle School Science Olympiad

The Science Olympiad Team participated in the Chicago Invitational on Saturday, February 4th at Westinghouse College Prep.

  • Charlie H. and John J. placed first in Bottle Rockets
  • Olivia Q. and Aylee S. placed second in Optics
  • Oliva Q. and Ashley S. placed third in Write It Do It
  • Michael K. and John J. placed second n Hovercraft.

Elementary Science Olympiad

Dear Future Olympians,

Last year, LaSalle II was selected as one of only 13 elementary schools in northern Illinois to participate in an Elementary Science Olympiad pilot program for students in 3rd through 5th grades. Science Olympiad has been operating in Illinois for over thirty years but has never had an elementary program. We have been invited once again to participate in an expanded program

The Elementary Science Olympiad will consist of 12 different categories that students can choose to compete. The categories have a wide range of interests from anatomy, aerodynamics, bridge building, backyard biologist, to chemistry to name a few. Each category can have up to three students working together in competition against other school teams.

The LaSalle II team will meet every other Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The formal schedule dates will follow. We will hold an informational meeting and practice for interested students and parents on Thursday 9/22 in Room 210 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. Please fill out the form below and return it to Mr. Taff by Tuesday 9/27 if you are interested.

Thank you,

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Investigating Simple Machines

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“You Be the Chemist”

The LaSalle II “You Be the Chemist” team competed on March 19 at North Park University against 23 other teams. The “You Be the Chemist team met every Wednesday after school to discuss, learn and experiment with chemistry topics. Our team demonstrated their knowledge of exothermic and endothermic reactions.

Nora L. competed in the knowledge of chemistry challenge and place 10th out of 43 other competitors. The knowledge portion, consisting of multiple choice questions with 15 seconds to answer, ranged from knowledge of lab ware to chemical reaction balancing formulas.

Pictured are Michael K., Liam S., Dante R., Nora L., and Jazmin S.

Invention Convention

Second graders have been hard at work over the last few months preparing to take part in the LaSalle II Invention Convention that took place on March 9th. They were excited and passionate and this shined through in their creative inventions and their confidant presentation to the judges. What an enjoyable, rewarding, inspirational, and educational experience for all of us! Good luck to all of our LaSalle II representatives that will go on to compete on April 2nd against other CPS schools!

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Elementary Science Olympiad

From Mr Taff:

This year a select group of twelve elementary schools in northern Illinois including LaSalle II will compete in a Science Olympiad for 3-5th graders.


Mr Taff and Ms Aquino are leading a series of after school science sessions for the 48 students who signed up to participate. Up to 10 groups of 3, each focused on a unique science challenge will travel to the competition once that date is finalized.


The students have created egg toss vehicles, dissected a chicken wings, built straw bridges, and flown paper airplanes. Did you know that the bones and muscles of a chicken wing resemble the parts of a human arm?


The remaining practice sessions will be held every other Thursday at 2:45-4:00 through April. Please check the school calendar for specifics.


First Grade Science

First Grade Science

From Ms Waters:

Our first graders are learning about the states of matter (solids, liquids and gas).

While in the Science Lab, students worked in groups to explore a bag of solids. Some items included a cloth, triangle, screw, popsicle stick, plastic tube etc. They had to discuss what properties the solids shared and record their findings.

Seventh Grade Science

From Mr Taff

Our 7th graders are reviewing and practicing scientific inquiry and measurement. The students have used laboratory measurement tools to measure and calculate the mass, volume and density of materials. To demonstrate their expertise the students are creating a density bottle. The bottle must contain at least three different liquids of different densities with objects suspended in each layer.

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Science Team Goes to State

Our Varsity and Junior Varsity competed in a regional competition against many of the top grade schools in our area, including the academic centers for Whitney Young and Lane. Both teams did extremely well!

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The top Varsity teams from the region moved on to the state event, and our Varsity came in 4th place in the region!

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Our team traveled to the University of Illinois to compete in the state competition.

Good Luck and Thank You Mr. Taff!

Fifth Grade Science

From Ms Kolkmeyer

Students in 5th grade are learning about the scientific method. They are learning about dependent and independent variables, control groups, and the importance of having controlled experiments where the method of investigation remains constant.

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Recently, they conducted an investigation where they made a prediction about how many drops of water a penny could hold. Students tested their predictions using both uncontrolled and controlled trials. Many were surprised when their predictions, ranging from 3-8 drops of water, were incorrect. Many students were able to fit close to 45 drops on one single penny! In each trial, students recorded their methods as well as appropriate data. They learned that without controlling the method in which an investigation is conducted, the results cannot be valid, or trusted.

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This practice will be key as students prepare for the 5th grade science fair in 4th quarter!