Winter Concert Clips- If you missed it and wanted to check out some of the music here are the links.
00 - Intro - https://youtu.be/Zfl2h3d3kkQ
01 - Advanced Orchestra - Simple Gifts - https://youtu.be/rHZdecErSRU
02 - Advanced Orchestra - Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire - https://youtu.be/bd-qUwHh-VQ
03 - Student Spotlight - Up On The Housetop - https://youtu.be/NiVhX6tCAkg
04 - Guitar - Clair De La Lune - https://youtu.be/V-rh50QCNgI
05 - Guitar - Deck The Hall - https://youtu.be/eVZ78Z7FfaM
06 - Guitar - Carol Of The Bells - https://youtu.be/InXCia1qroc
07 - Student Spotlight - The First Noel - https://youtu.be/P2hF9DCz1uU
08 - Beginning Orchestra - Algadoon - https://youtu.be/3mRBlfRkTcw
09 - Beginning Orchestra - Ode To Joy - https://youtu.be/84ry73Ndqk8
10 - Beginning Orchestra - Jolly Old St. Nicholas - https://youtu.be/XKGUEd3zCeg
11 - Beginning Orchestra - Dragonslayer - https://youtu.be/-CDijYJ4ppw
12 - Student Spotlight - Still, Still, Still - https://youtu.be/Pts9XmIqTOc
13 - Advanced Chorus - Once Upon A December - https://youtu.be/aaVMRpre_6k
14 - Advanced Chorus - Fruitcake - https://youtu.be/tB1r2IIqVBw
15 - Advanced Chorus - Silent Night - https://youtu.be/3XoSNcIXq8k
16 - Student Spotlight - Can Can - https://youtu.be/yB1SKpZxS0c
17 - Beginning Chorus - My Favorite Things - https://youtu.be/TOSQkabUzKg
18 - Beginning Chorus - Thoughts Of Home - https://youtu.be/B1dvfpp8eIE
19 - Beginning Chorus - The Chipmunk Song - https://youtu.be/QVwqMGgBq0I
20 - Beginning Chorus - Hot Chocolate - https://youtu.be/UD6TrVRU1Hk
21 - Mixed Chorus - The Moon - https://youtu.be/jIyNcz9VDn0
22 - Mixed Chorus - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - https://youtu.be/MJwK8tWXQKc
23 - Mixed Chorus - Frosty And The Hand Jive - https://youtu.be/6akE-Lu-B2A
24 - Student Spotlight - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer - https://youtu.be/8yI1JcZxprc
25 - Intermediate Orchestra - Bach Country Fiddles - https://youtu.be/dwu6D8M9YE4
26 - Advanced & Intermediate Orchestra - Spartacus - https://youtu.be/GtDOmhkuUaY
27 - Advanced & Intermediate Orchestra - Holiday Short Cuts 1 - https://youtu.be/uuKJLsKBkD0
28 - Advanced & Intermediate Orchestra - Believe - https://youtu.be/Fd7u7SXLGJw
I would like to congratulate the following students for being selected to the Polk All-County Band!
Stephen Michael Thomas
Lawton Chiles Middle Academy
Algebra students have been studying functions and how they compare to one another. We have also been working on our community service learning project partnering with Lighthouse Ministries. We will be collecting data from the nutrition labels of the food students bring in to use when learning about the correlation coefficient and linear relationships.
Geometry students are learning about triangle congruence and the different methods of justifying conclusions concerning the properties of triangles.
Lavelle’s classes have been analyzing the effectiveness of specific arguments presented through the lens of different types of media. When it comes to the almost-always controversial topic of the Vietnam War, what is the best way to present an argument? Is it through a personal essay? A poem? This week, students will listen to the Bob Dylan song, “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” and will analyze its language for references to warfare and determine if Dylan’s argument is sound. They will also watch CBS footage of a platoon under fire in the jungles of Vietnam. Ultimately, students will read “Ambush,” a short piece of fiction by Tim O’Brien, a Vietnam veteran. They will come to a conclusion about which piece of media was the most effective at memorializing the grim realities of war. In addition, they will apply their understanding of constructing an argument to their own Final Drafts of their Argumentative Essays.
Civics students are investigating Polk County’s government! They are organizing the structure and responsibilities of county government, as well as finding the many services that are provided to our residents.
The Environmental Symposium class is proud to announce that Mana-team has won the Lexus Eco Challenge-Land and Water! They have also qualified for the Final Challenge later this year. The other teams did amazing work with their projects, and we are proud of all of their contributions to make our world a better place. All students are busy now working on their Air and Climate projects so we can all breathe easier!
6th and 7th grade Language and Literature students are learning how to refine their arguments with strong claims supported with the best evidence. Students will be revising their progress monitoring essays this week to continue to become amazing writers who can communicate successfully with others.
Sixth grade U.S. History classes have become news reporters. They are reporting on the Revolutionary War. They are explaining the causes of the revolt and then reporting about a major battle. After sharing their report, they will be experiencing a Revolutionary War escape room, Students will need to work as a group to solve the many obstacles to break out of the room. Should be a lot of fun.
The 7th grade advanced math students will complete their study of slope and linear relationships this week with a quiz on Friday. We will finish out 2018 with the study of linear functions. Please remember that when we leave for Winter Break, it will be the end of the 9 weeks. Please have all make-up work completed and missing quizzes and tests completed before December 21st.
Pre-Algebra students will end 2018 with a review of solving equations and learning how to solve systems of equations. Several of you still need to complete your slope projects and may need to stay after school to complete these. The grades will be going in the gradebook this week. If your child has a low grade on the project, they may stay after and make corrections to raise their grade. Low homework grades maybe corrected at home or at tutoring and turned back in to raise those grades, please make sure to show all work. Please watch Mrs. Julius’ website for tutoring days…you may stay any day that I am tutoring to fix your project. Mr. Poleon will be adding a day or 2 to his schedule as well…please watch for announcements in class. Pre-Algebra students may stay with either teacher for tutoring.
6th Grade - Finish formal/informal letters. Begin read through for “Ten/Two” scenes prior to dress rehearsals.
7th Grade - Begin work on autobiographies with emphasis on family tree, important events during the year of birth, fond memory, future plans. We will work with the science department regarding the importance of DNA and family history.
8th Grade - After completing group monologues on character/conflict, students will now begin individual monologues (fiction or nonfiction).
The fruit of four months of hard work by Ms. Gibson’s students will be presented this Wednesday during the LCMA science fair. This was a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the entire scientific process from research to experimentation to the presentation of analyzed data. Winners and those projects selected to move on to the Polk Regional Science and Engineering Fair will be announced Thursday morning.
Mrs. Sitta's science classes recently completed amazing projects showing interactions among Earth's spheres. They are currently learning about natural disasters and how to prepare for them. Hurricane Matthew gave us a close look at how hurricanes are tracked as well as the devistation afterwards. You my look forward to a personal brochure full of important and relevant information that may save your property and lives prepared by these inquiring and knowledgeable students.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Civics students have been learning about the weaknesses of America’s first form of government and how the Founding Fathers had to start over! The US Constitution has now been in place for over 230 years!
Algebra students just completed their District Quarterly Exams and will be starting their unit on Functions.
PreAlgebra students are learning about Slope and Proportional Relationships. Students will be working in collaborate groups this coming week to complete their slope projects in class.
7th grade ELA students were engrossed in Piri Thomas’s story of the “Amigo Brothers”, two friends who are boxers in Spanish Harlem in 1949. They have looked at the historical context of the time, acted out the boxing match themselves, discussed the relationship between the two friends, and done a deep character analysis of the two characters and the ways we know so much about them through their thoughts, actions, dialogue, and author’s description. Students will continue Felix and Antonio’s story in to the future focusing on switching point of view next week in a creative writing activity.
6th grade ELA has traveled back in time to the Gold Rush era to find some adventure through a Jack London short story. Students have analyzed the text for how setting affects tone and how plot and characters intertwine to move the events of story forward. Next week, they will begin to create a fictional Gold Rush character of their own for a creative writing activity. Learning of the toughness it took to survive in those conditions has been a great experience for our students.
Breaking News! 6th Global Tech is popping open a novel from a great author and bursting into reading to take them to a place that they would never have imagine. Where will their reading take them? It may be to The chocolate Factory, Neverland, Treasure Island, Olympia, or The Diary of a Wimpy Kid….hmmmm….I don’t know, but I am excited to see! In a few weeks, the 6th grade students will bring their novels to life. Stay tuned for further updates!
LCMA News Flash……Have you heard about our innovative 7th grade Global Tech students? They are taking Global Tech to another level with “Kidpreneurship”. They are giving entrepreneurship another name on a kid level. Now that we are in our 2nd half of the semester, the students will be creating a business plan for our T-shirt project. This is just the beginning, we will keep you update as we reach our target goals.
Lavelle’s classes have begun examining the impact of a story’s setting on everything else: characters, plot, conflict, theme, mood, tone and meaning. They started by discussing superheroes. What is Batman without Gotham City? What happens to the plot of Black Panther if there’s no vibranium in Wakanda? How does Superman’s story change if we change Krypton? What does time mean to Wonder Woman if she can exist during World War I and also in contemporary society? Students will extend these ideas to the three most recent stories they’ve studied: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Drummer Boy of Shiloh, and Thank You, Ma’am. For their final Summative Assessment for this unit, they will be tasked with resetting the time and/or place of one of these short stories and predicting how the rest of the story changes as a result.
“TAKE NOTICE!” Students have taken on the role of various historical figures from neutralist, loyalist, and patriot perspectives to determine if rebellion against Great Britain is justifiable. It has been decided that war on the Freedom Park green is inevitable! Will students join the patriots in their fight for liberty or remain loyal to the safety and security of British rule?!
LCMA's Fourth Annual Hispanic Festival is Friday, October 26th at Freedom Park
6th graders - 6th period (12:25-1:07)
7th graders - 7th period (1:10 - 1:55)
8th graders - 8th period (1:58 - 2:40)
-All parents are welcome to come! Live Music, Games, Cultural Booths, Arts and Crafts, Sports!
-Please send money with your students as there will be six food trucks selling Hispanic food and drinks, shaved ice, churros, donuts, Limbers (Puerto Rican Ice) and a lot more!
Wow! What a fantastic week it has been for Ms. Wiggins Global Tech classes! We started off the week with 6th grade students making homemade lava lamps that can be used at home for multiple purposes. They were able to take a Voss water bottles and other ingredients to create a unique lamp. The students were able to apply the design cycle process while successful creating a lava lamp.
Towards the end of the week, 7th grade ended with “What kind of flavored drink can I create?”. Students are learning to be entrepreneurs in 7th grade. This project is about teaching our students the beginning steps towards entrepreneurship. Students learned about different parts of a business plan, create a pitch for their drink, and how to convince others to buy in, give peer reviews, and self- reflect. Thursday and Friday of this week, the students were given the opportunity to create their drink and allow their classmates to provide feedback about their drink. What a way for our students to show some of their culinary skills and apply them to the design cycle process!
PreAlgebra students have been working hard on completing their City Map Project in class. We will complete our study of Transformations with dilations next week. Students will have the opportunity in class to retake 1 quiz or test on Wednesday, October 10th.
Ms. Whitehurst’s classes have been analyzing the thematic implications of short stories and poems. They have also been making connections between multiple pieces of literature.
7th Grade classes have been analyzing “The Treasure of Lemon Brown” by Walter Dean Myers and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes. Students have explored themes such as: Treasure surpasses monetary value and holds sentimental value in one’s life; A child is a parent’s greatest treasure; and Determination and hope conquer life’s obstacles. Students have also created graphic organizer posters analyzing how theme develops over the course of the text and is driven by characters and plot.
8th Grade classes have been analyzing the work of Edgar Allan Poe. They have read his short story, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and his poem, “Alone”. Students have learned about the life of Poe and how his outlook on life plays a role in the themes of his writing. They have made connections between the two pieces and created graphic organizer posters to represent how theme relates to other literary elements such as characters, setting, plot, conflict, and resolution.
Algebra students have progressed through solving various types of equations and will wrap up the nine weeks working on compound inequalities.
Geometry students are demonstrating their understanding of rotations, dilations, translations and reflections through creative options of their choice. They also are finishing up Flatland and most have decided that living in a two-dimensional world would not be for them!
Lavelle’s 8th-grade classes have been busy dissecting the language of the MYP Statement of Inquiry for Unit 1, along with the language of the current Learning Target, and making connections between the two. They are applying that language directly to the literature they’re reading in class, including Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and Ray Bradbury’s “The Drummer Boy of Shiloh.” Their current project involves creating a theme statement in addition to examining the impact the central character has on both the movement of a story and its theme.
6th grade students in Mrs. Patient's Spanish class this week were introduced to the Fluency Fast Reading Novel (Las Aventuras de Isabela) which enable students to acquire Spanish Language easily and effectively in a brief period of time.
Creative Writing & Drama:
6th & 7th Graders have been using their “acting chops” by participating in dress rehearsals for several skits held in class. They are learning and practicing stage directions, characterization, projection, and various other drama skills. These acting pieces will be followed by a writing assignment that will demonstrate self-reflection, backstory, or extending a scene through script-writing.
8th Graders are in the middle of their poetry unit. They have already written a haiku, limerick, and cinquain poem and will continue with concrete and free verse. Our dean, Mr. Simpson, also shared some of his original poetry from his days at Florida Southern College. Lastly, all of the original scripts for the “Out of the Box” troupe at Lakeland Community Theatre were hand delivered to Mrs. McGowan. A few of them were even performed for her in class. This collaboration is an excellent way our students reach the special needs community here at home.
Civics: The student colonists have spoken! King George III was ruling like a tyrant and the colonists have had enough! Our “Break Up” letters have been delivered and the colonists are independent. Now, we are learning about the process of creating a new government, and it wasn’t as easy as they thought! From the Articles of Confederation to the US Constitution, we have lots of work to do! Ask us what we know!
Science students spent this week in health lessons. Last week 8th grade Advanced Comprehensive students explored the density of different candy bars.
Butler's Science classes:SC7L16.2
Learning Target: Use a Punnett square to determine the probability of genotypes and phenotypes of possible offspring
Bean Gene Lab: Students were exploring how traits are passed from parent to offspring and how we can use a Punnett square as a tool to predict the possible traits of the offspring that are produced. First, they predicted or hypothesized what they thought the outcome (offspring traits) of the cross would be between 2 Heterozygous red flowers. For example, Riley J predicted “that the majority of the offspring would have red flowers with a small chance of white flowers because the parents both carried the recessive gene” We tested their predictions by using red and white beans as a model for genes received from each parent, and completed 50 trials. After analyzing their data from the 50 trials, they revisited their prediction to determine if it was supported or not supported by the data. Riley J discovered “my hypothesis was supported because 70%of the offspring produced did have red flowers, with only 30% having white flowers”.
When then used a Punnett square to complete a cross between the same 2 flowers and see how those results compared to the 50 trials. (see pic I just sent) The students were shocked that using a Punnett square resulted in similar probabilities and was a much more efficient means of determining probability.
Great things are happening EVERY day @ LCMA! Thanks to our fabulous teachers and students!
Congratulations to our Boys and Girls XC Teams on their great results last night in Haines City!
Our boys team came in FIRST PLACE! With Alex Vazquex placing 2nd overall with a time of 11:59 (way to break 12, Alex!), Rylan Tray placing 5th overall with a time of 13:21, Jonah Meyers placing 6th overall with a time of 13:31, and Connor Facey placing 10th overall with a time of 14:17. Emory Butler rounded out our top 5 with 15th place (time not posted yet).
Our girls team placed fourth. Grace Boatright placed 3rd overall with a time of 14:17. Grace Daughtrey, Lina Rifai, Jenny Tagalos, and Katie Narramore rounded out our Top 5 (times not posted yet).
Lavelle's classes have been making huge strides with their writing this week! They have been working their way through the revision and rewriting process by fine-tuning their organizational structure and the reflective quality of the conclusions. In addition, they have begun analyzing the development of theme in Edgar Allan Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart." They are learning how the author subtly establishes theme through all other literary elements while appreciating Poe as the grandfather of psychological horror and murder mystery.
Students in Mrs. Sitta's sixth grade science classes have learned of the diverse backgrounds of scientists. Students created posters of famous scientists and were amazed at the different goals and interests of scientists. Students are currently studying about the systems of the Earth and how they are interconnected.
After learning about many different forms of government, Civics students are now diving into the Declaration of Independence! They are learning about the Declaration and making connections with some of the big ideas that our founding fathers used in the development of our country!
Geometry students are working on their dexterity while discovering how to use a compass and protractor to translate, reflect, rotate and dilate images.
Ms. Whitehurst's classes are having a fun Friday after working on informative essays all week.
8th graders are scanning their way to theme! They are participating in station activities in which each station has them use technology to locate information about theme. Examples include scanning QR codes to examine famous pieces of art and poetry, completing a survey poll to create a word cloud of theme examples, and examining their favorite song's lyrics to determine theme in one word.
7th graders are also participating in a station activity. They are taking a deep dive into art as they examine famous pieces of art and elements of theme. Works of art being studied include: The Oath of Horatii by Jaques Louis David, The Swing by Jean Honore Fragonard, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali, The Scream by Edvard Munch, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp by Rembrandt, and American Civil War Battle Scene by Angus McBride.
In Mr. Coombs' Science class, we are going on a nature walk to observe the world and make connections to our spheres. The kids are making some amazing connections!!
6th grade Language & Literature
After delving into the world of literature and learning to cite text evidence both explicitly and implicitly, 6th grade students learned to determine THEME or CENTRAL IDEA through details the author offered in the text. Students worked through a power point, read the short story "Stray," and filled out a graphic organizer of clues in the form of quotes, character descriptions, and key details provided in the text. After discussing and sharing in pairs and whole group, students were able to write their THEME on sentence strips which were displayed.
PreAlgebra students are continuing to work on Transformations and Angle Relationships. This coming week students will create a map of their imaginary city using these skills to see the real-world application. This will be completed in class and count as a Summative. Tutoring days are Thursday afternoons from 2:45-3:45 unless I have a meeting. On those weeks, I reschedule if possible.
Algebra students have just completed their first Section over Expressions and are beginning Equations and Inequalities.
The music department is busy celebrating the International Day of Peace with reflections and live stream performances on September 21st and is talking about how Peace comes in many forms and what it looks like to them. We made a peace wall to honor those things.
Students are watching performances around the world as we come together to share our voice of peace. This week students also auditioned for all state chorus and orchestra and will find out in November who made it. Congrats to Sean A, Danny H, Georgia M, Jennifer T, Lael F, Ellie-Jane H, Reese S and Alexandra W for passing the first 2 rounds of all state chorus auditions!
This week, American History students gained insight into what life was like in the English colonies by analyzing primary sources! Let’s just say this lesson made students more appreciative of their free time!”
Sixth grade U.S. History students are struggling to survive the harsh conditions in the colony of Jamestown. They are learning about the hardships that the Jamestown colonists faced. At the end of this lesson, students created solutions for these struggles. They recommended things that the colonists could do to improve their quality of life and probability of survival. This unit has been interesting to say the least. Who knew the colonists should have brought farmers with them? Please ask your sixth grader about this. They all have some stories to tell you.
Great job teachers and students!
Here are 10 good deeds for 9/11.
Dear Friend of 9/11 Day,
The 17th anniversary of the September 11 attacks is now just one week away. We hope you will again join millions of Americans who will be observing this solemn day, now the nation's largest day of service, by taking time to do just ONE good deed for 9/11. Any good deed counts!
Below are ten good ideas to help get you started. And please share your good deed plans on social media using the hashtag #911day. For more ideas and info, check out our brand new website, 911day.org.
Thanks for helping to turn this day of tragedy into a day of doing good!
1. Purchase school supplies for your children’s classroom.
2. Visit an aging relative or friend -- someone that would benefit from your company.
3. Deliver food or cookies to your local fire or police station.
4. (If you’re a child living at home), help your parents clean the house, do dishes, make your bed, or assist your brother or sister with their homework.
5. Make a financial contribution to a charity, faith group, or school that matters to you.
6. Give something away to Goodwill, Salvation Army, or another charity, such as items of clothing (in good shape) to that you don’t need, like winter coats, shoes, or eyewear. Your children can give away used toys they don’t need, like bicycles or skates they’ve outgrown.
7. Volunteer. September is Hunger Action Awareness Month, so check out local soup kitchens, food pantries, or food banks, which provide food assistance and free meals to homeless and others. They need volunteers all the time. Also visit 911day.org/volunteer to search for other opportunities in your area.
8. Donate pet food to a local animal shelter.
9. Donate old cell phones, which often are provided to shelters for victims of domestic abuse. Many mobile phone companies accept these at their local stores.
10. Do a good deed for yourself – you count, too – so make 9/11 the day you quit smoking, start exercising, or begin a new activity you’ve put off.
David Paine and Jay Winuk
Co-founders, 9/11 Day
DONATE TO 9/11 DAY
Thanks for the wonderful turn out for Open House!! Big success!!
Civics students are looking at colonial influences and how they impacted the development of our government!
Geometry students are exploring the concept of multiple dimensions through reading Edwin Abbott's satire, Flatland.
Algebra students are tackling radicals and learning how to find their products and sums. This will later help with solving problems involving quadratics.
6th grade and 7th grade Language and Lit students are bringing back reading! Students are reading at home every night and are growing brain cells and building comprehension with their hard work. In class, we have been having fun learning about explicit and implicit information and how it is needed in everything we read. Students have played Kahoot, analyzed a text with close reading strategies, played games to help them learn this important skill.
In Ms. Whitehurst's class, students are working together to annotate text to make inferences, identify explicit and implicit information, and determine author's purpose. Students will use these skills as they cite textual evidence in their writing!
In Gibson’’s classes we are doing lab explorations - i Honors Physical science we started the Motion unit with a speed lab and in Advanced Comprehensive 3 students are exploring the Properties of Matter by testing the properties of water.
Discussion - Leadership class
List of Strenghts
One student said: " I like to make people laugh"
I said: "Ok, stand up and I will give you 2min to make us laugh"
Student: stood up - he was nervous, couldn’t do it and actually did cried a little.
I said: Why the tears?
Student: "because I don’t like to be in front of people"
I said: " comedians get in front of people all the time"
A week later same student came back prepared with his own material, stood up in front of the class (confident) and made us all laugh.
The whole class applauded the student. It was an awesome moment.
Sixth grade US History students are learning about 9/11. They are creating posters to show appreciation for our first responders. These posters will be displayed during 9/11 cookout hosted by Mr. Andrews.
Mr. Bartuska’s Class:
Students are presently mastering Cell Division (Mitosis and Meiosis and related Topics). In addition, as an introduction to the Nature of Science, our classes read the young adult book “Kate Shelley and the Midnight Express” by Margarete Wetterer. This is a story about a storm that destroyed a railroad bridge near Kate Shelley’s home, causing the crash in to the creek of a steam locomotive and its railroad cars.
This story was chosen to illustrate to students that “Science is Everywhere!” Following the reading of the book which I had scanned in as a pdf so it could be shown on the classroom screen, students were introduced to the Nature of Science -Hydraulics, the flow of open channel water such as in a creek, river or canal.
Recently, I brought in a teaching flume, basically a portable natural channel that can be used to investigate flowing water and structures that engineers would design and place in flowing water environments.
The photograph shows students watching the flow around a PVC tube that has been placed in the flume to simulate a cylindrical bridge pier. Phenomena that can be investigated includes Horseshoe Vortex Generation that can cause local scour around a real bridge pier, and Vortex Shedding that can induce lateral loads and cause vibrations in a bridge structure.
Cheers, Mr. Bartuska
This week in Global Tech the 6th graders put a lot of time into creating the tallest spaghetti structure. The goal was to create the tallest structure out of just spaghetti noodles and tape. Then once was the structure was complete they had to tie a marshmallow around the top to see if it could withstand the weight. This taught them architectural and engineering skills. They followed the design plan model with their group and had to work cohesively together in order to have the best outcome. Now they are going to be evaluating their work and teamwork and they will make a blog post on their own website that they have created!
Single Use Reducers: students are focusing their efforts on reducing the impact of single use plastic and Styrofoam items in landfills and oceans. They are encouraging no/paper straws, reusable bags/paper bags in grocery stores, reusable water bottles at LCMA, along with recycling paper around the school, and less plastic or recycling plastic from the lunchroom. They have designed a reusable water bottle with the school logo to raise money to purchase a water bottle filing fountain.
Dark Knights: students are building bat small bat houses and a large bat house to help the endangered bats in our local neighborhood. Bats are an important part of our ecosystem, needed to control many insects, and their guano makes a terrific organic fertilizer. Their habitats, like habitats of so many of nature’s creatures, are being destroyed by industrialization.
Stings and Wings: students are making hummingbird feeder from recycled water bottles, and spreading awareness of these beautiful and endangered insects, as well as the rapid demise of the honeybee. They will work with Global Tech classes to teach them about the endangered insects and help them to build a hummingbird feeder of their own.
Manateam: students are working in the hydroponic garden to grow vegetables for sale in the farmer’s market, using proceeds to help manatees. They will visit Sea World and see first-hand their efforts to save the sea cows, and hopefully, they will grow lettuce in the hydroponic garden to feed the manatees.
Monarch Maidens: students are reusing milk cartons from the bistro to grow milkweed. Monarchs need this weed to feed and reproduce. Many people are killing off native milk weed in their landscaped yards, destroying the food and habitats of monarchs. They are making a monarch garden here at LCMA. These students are going to Winston to share what they have learned about monarchs and give them milkweed to start their own butterfly garden.
Algae Abolishers: students are experimenting with algae eating fish to help control the spread of algae caused by runoff fertilizers. They have researched the algae in our own Lake Wire, and will use their results to see if it can help with the red tide outbreak. They are visiting Science classes here at LCMA on September 14th to share their research.
In addition, each team has created a tri-fold display to spread awareness of their environmental issue at Open House here at school, and at the Lake Festival and Cardboard Boat Race on October 6th. Some teams have bulletin board displays with links to their social media accounts for more information
Our first group of Science Field explorers went to Crystal Springs Preserve on Tuesday August 29, 2018 students from Mrs. Butler’s and Mr. Bartuska’s classes journeyed to Crystal Springs Preserve where they experienced looked for microscopic critters that are found in all the waters around us, they performed water chemistry on spring and river water and they also were caught on the wild side with a reptile encounter!
Here are the winners for the Summer Reading Project! It was a tough decision because so many of the pieces were well-done, but we wanted to make sure we rewarded more than one option.
Grade 6 – Heston Birkhold, shadow box for Restart
Grade 7 – Anna Cheng, Map of Setting for Wing & Claw: Forest of Wonders
Grade 8 – Skyler Hollinger, newspaper article for Restart
After a week of getting to know each other and classroom expectations, the Creative Writing & Drama classes really took off this week!
6th Grade: All good writers need a strong foundation in grammar, so our sixth graders began a review of the parts of speech, figurative language terms, and word usage. Next up, the history of writing including hieroglyphics!
7th Grade: Using The Diary of Anne Frank as a model, students began working on an original journal/diary. They chose a time period (past, present, future) and began writing five entries. To complete the project, they will bind their writing in a creative cover. This assignment is due on Tuesday, September 4th.
8th Grade: For the third year in a row, LCMA’s 8th graders have been asked to write a script for Lakeland Community Theatre’s “Out of the Box” performers! This troupe with special physical and/or developmental abilities rehearses every Monday at the theatre. We are excited that ELEVEN of our students are volunteering as “TKs” (Typical Kids) with this group! They will assist during both rehearsals and performances which will take place in May, 2019. The “Out of the Box” director, Maureen McGowan, wrote: “Seriously, this is what it’s all about. I had parents of my special needs students come up yesterday saying how impressed they were with everyone…so welcoming and helpful. Your kids had hearts of gold. They were ready to give of themselves. Thank you for preparing them and sending them our way!” YOU’RE THE BEST, KNIGHTS (and your supportive parents).
This week, LCMA was treated to a Gallery Walk for Summer Reading through the ELA Department and the work of its students! Students in each Language and Literature class were able to visit the other classrooms and see the work of their peers. There were some incredible projects this year, and students were able to attach “sticky notes of specific praise” to three projects of their choice. The students enjoyed the freedom of visiting each classroom and seeing the variety of projects at each grade level.
In addition, all students in the Language and Literature classes participated in a letter-writing activity. The ELA teachers wrote letters to their students, and the students wrote letters to their teachers in response. The purpose of the activity was two-fold; it gave the students and teachers a way of getting to know each other, and it also gave each teacher an idea of each student’s individual writing style.
8th grade American History students have started their study of American History thinking about their own lives by completing “3-2-1 What’s your history?” reflections.
Civics students have been learning what it means to be a good citizen! We are going to have an awesome year learning about our government!
6th graders in Language and Literature have completed job applications and will be working in the classroom to build responsibility. They also are writing their first informative practice essay for the school year and having fun talking about our summer reading, Framed.
Pre Algebra students are exploring transformations and angle relationships. We will be creating art and a city map by the end of the first nine weeks.
Geometry students learned to rate quadrilaterals by their “squareness.” They have been studying midpoint and distance as well.
Algebra students are exploring polynomials and already preparing for their first quiz next week.
After all the news of lead in the water, even at schools, the Environmental Symposium students were concerned for the quality of water at LCMA. Good news! You can rest easy! They have tested the water in drinking fountains in Building 1 and the Gym, with no trace of lead or other toxins!
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The ELA Department wants you to know that we’ll be conducting a Gallery Walk for Summer Reading during all periods (except 5th) on Thursday. The students’ Summer Reading Projects will be on display in each ELA classroom, and during the first part of each period, students will be moving in and out of those classrooms to observe the work of their peers and to provide positive feedback in the form of handwritten praise on sticky notes. Please feel free to come up if you have a chance! We’ll be showing off some incredible work! We may even give you a sticky note if you’d like to participate.
We are all so proud of our students for their committment to reading and participating so vigorously in their chosen projects! The addition of choice this year has enriched the process so much! Thanks parents for your buy in and assistance. We appreciate you as well.
Below is just a small sample of over 650 individual projects. All were unique and amazing!