LEAP STUDENT COUNCIL

January 6th , 2017                                  NEWSLETTER                                                                      

Issue #2

 

The LEAP Student council at the Green Location continues moving right along! Mentored by Mr. Thom, The LEAP Student Council typically consists of a 5-student group, with each member representing a specific classroom. Student Council functions in three core areas:

SNACK SHOP

The Student Council Snack Shop continues to operate on the last day of each school week, with an inventory of various goodies available for purchase to all students and staff at Green. The self-contained cabinets have been a huge help! The participation from staff and students continues to grow, making it possible to continue this popular project. Today, Mitchell and I rolled $87 in coins! Funds generated will continue to be used to maintain all Student Council functions and also to support any/all new projects.

DOOR DECORATING

The door decorating contest has become intensely competitive! Student Council continues to challenge each classroom to a monthly contest with a pre-selected theme. Many fun and interesting creations have been displayed for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.  The altered schedule has been successful (with a few tweaks) in allowing for longer display time of the entries. Winning classrooms receive coupons to the Snack Shop, and the class with the most wins at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Classroom #1 began the year with an early lead, but Classrooms #2 and #4 have picked up wins recently. Keep up the great work!

STUDENT CHALLENGES

Student Council will attempt to provide “Student Challenges". Past activities have given opportunity to demonstrate the academic, physical and artistic talents of the students at LEAP.  Thus far, Student Council has funded the decoration of Trick-or-Treat tote bags and Thanksgiving placemats.

OTHER

Student Council membership is a privilege that is earned and must be maintained. All staff should take the time to congratulate, recognize and support the Representatives.

 

Message from the LEAP Student Council:

“Tell Me and I Forget. Teach Me and I Remember. Involve Me and I Learn.”

LEAP Middle School

Room #3

Tommy’s World News

Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to $587, in a unique social experiment that aims to cut government red tape, reduces poverty, and boosts employment. The selected people would continue to receive the money even after receiving a job.

 

Pierce’s Local Sports

It’s been a week since Kent State outlasted Texas 63-58 in Austin, and the Flashes are still pumped. Texas boasts one of the most heralded programs in the country. Its basketball arena seats well over 16,000 fans and the Longhorns’ Shaka Smart is among the highest paid men’s basketball coaches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darion’s Weather Report

It has been cold with more rain than snow. We had no snow for the holidays and we are hoping for some snow days.

Dylan’s U.S. News

New Yorkers’ long wait to take a subway under Manhattan’s far Upper East Side ended when three new stations on Second Avenue line opened to the public. The first train left the station at noon after a speech by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who pushed to meet a New Year’s Day deadline for the long-delayed project.

 

Aiden’s Pro Sports Report

The Browns set a franchise record for losses in a season by finishing 1-15 with a final loss to the Pittsburg Steelers. Their consolation prize is the coveted No.1 overall pick in April’s NFL draft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan’s Classroom News

Our class is learning to use a Factor Box to find Prime Factorization, Greatest Common Factors, Least Common Multiples, and Lowest Terms of Fractions. In P.E., we are learning how to lift weights safely and with the proper techniques.

Classroom 4’s Second Quarter News Letter

Ms. Montalto & Mr. Thom

Where has 2016 gone? Classroom 4 has been very busy with book projects, holiday decorating and vocabulary that we feel like the first half of the year has flown by. Let’s see what everyone has been up to….

Language Arts

We do a lot in Language Arts. Ms. M is very passionate about writing and hopes we will enjoy it too. We write letters pretending to be elves to classroom one, do weekly vocabulary assignments, and we are doing a book project that I am enjoying.

~Damon

 

Environmental Science

My favorite lesson from science has been how meteorologists use advanced technology (airplanes, satellites, radar) to predict the weather. They then take those predictions and use different maps to project their predictions.

~Damon

 

American History

We are given a lot of current events about what is going on in America today and how it is similar to past events. We also have to write about our feelings towards these events while trying to remain un-biased. It’s not always easy but it helps me see the world in a whole new way.

~Ashley

Algebra

In Algebra we have been working on turning percentages into decimal form, and turning decimals into percentages. I more so enjoy working with inequalities because solving longer equations keeps me very focused.

~Nick

 

Physical Science

In Physical Science we have been focusing on currents and how different voltages in everyday objects can have different voltages depending on what that object is. I have also been able to tie potential and kinetic energy from the beginning of the year to the most recent lessons in currents.

~Nathan

 

Group

In Group we always start with our morning greetings and we get to share about ourselves. On Thursdays we get to pick a topic of discussion and one Thursday I suggested that our class needed a refresh course on the school rules. I enjoy going over the school rules so I stay out of trouble.

~Driston

Geometry

Geometry has been mainly about solving X&Y values and being able to plot them on a coordinate plane. We have also been working on finding the area of many geometric figures (there are a lot!) and solving each one by using the given formula.

~Wes

 

Government

In Government we have been focusing on weather the media was bias towards Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton during the campaign. We read the current events and write our opinions based on the facts given.

~Austin

 

Art/Music

The door decorating is my favorite part of Art. I get to be in charge of helping on the design of the door. In music class Ms. M picks a genre of music that we read and answer comprehension questions about. We then have a puzzle or word search that relates back to what we read.

~Dylan

Biology

Most recently in Biology we have been focusing on the human genome and how it relates to a blue print of a house. The human genome is like the blue print to our DNA and other traits that we as human possess. We have also been working on solving punnet squares.

~Da’Miere

 

World History

We have been learning about African and Latin American civilizations and how they lived. We have also dove into the different tribes that came from these civilizations and we found out that the Aztecs and Inca tribes were huge and really good with technology (Bronze).

~Andrew

 

Computers

Over the past few weeks we have been composing letters to someone who makes a difference in our lives. It’s a nice project we are working on.

~Nick

Math

I am learning to find unknowns in my Algebra class. - Dylan

 

I learned that surface area can take up to four steps to solve. – Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts

We are learning that writing poetry can be easier if you follow a set of simple rules. - Paris

 

Writing assignments are easier to complete when you have a partner. - Chistian

 

I am learning that there are three different types of verbs. – Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

Social Studies

We learned that agriculture allowed the growth of the middle class. - Wayne

 

I learned that World War I started because of militarism and nationalism.

Fred

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science

I learned about the different blood types that humans have. - Andrew

 

I am learning that the ground that we stand on floats on tectonic plates. - Trent

Green LEAP Newsletter

KRG Education Services, Inc.

LEAP STUDENT COUNCIL

October 14th , 2016                                  NEWSLETTER                                                  Issue #1

 

The 2016-2017 school year is off to a great start, and so is the LEAP Student council at the Green Location. Mentored by Mr. Thom, the LEAP Student Council consists of a 5-student group, with each member representing a specific classroom. Student Council functions in three core areas:

SNACK SHOP

The ever-popular Student Council Snack Shop has undergone some changes. Continuing to operate on the last day of each school week, an inventory of various goodies is available for purchase to all students and staff at Green. This year, the Snack Shop is self-contained within two locking cabinets, which makes the set-up and tear down process a snap! The participation from staff and students continues to grow, making it possible to continue this popular project. Funds generated will continue to be used to maintain all Student Council functions and also to support any/all new projects. New basketballs, nets and pumps will be purchased to assist with physical education and outside free time activities.

DOOR DECORATING

The door decorating contest has become intensely competitive! Student Council continues to challenge each classroom to a monthly contest with a pre-selected theme. Last year, many fun and interesting creations were displayed for students, staff and visitors to enjoy.  The schedule has been altered in order to better align with holidays and allow for longer display time of the entries. Winning classrooms will receive coupons to the Snack Shop, and the class with the most wins at the end of the year will receive a special reward. Classroom #1 is off to the early lead!

STUDENT CHALLENGES

Student Council will attempt to provide “Student Challenges". Past activities have given opportunities to demonstrate the academic, physical and artistic talents of the students at LEAP.  To begin, Student Council will attempt to purchase tote bags for students to decorate and take home for Trick-or-Treating this Halloween!

OTHER

Student Council membership is a privilege that is earned and must be maintained. All staff should take the time to congratulate, recognize and support the Representatives.

 

Message from the LEAP Student Council:

“Tell Me and I Forget. Teach Me and I Remember. Involve Me and I Learn.”

Classroom 4’s 1st Quarter News

Letter

Classroom 4 has been off to a great start this year with learning new concepts in all subject areas. Between writing poetry, learning about biodiversity threats and slope intercept form this classroom has been on a learning rollercoaster!! Lets look a little closer at what is going on inside classroom 4…

Geometry

In geometry we have learned about the Pathagreom Theory (a2+b2=c2), what a Hypotenuse is, radius vs. diameter, etc. One of the most interesting things I have enjoyed about geometry so far has been finding the missing angle of a triangle, and you do that by adding up both sides and subtracting them from180.

~Da’Miere

Art

During art class we have been working on team building exercises with the door decorating competitions. Ms. M assigns us all parts for the door and it always comes together to form some sort of theme that was assigned to us. We have also gotten to work with the little kids and have helped them do handprint ghosts, which was a lot of fun!!

~Damon

Government

So far this year in government I have learned that to become a citizen of the United States you must have been born here, or lived here for a long enough period to become a natural citizen through paper work. I have also learned that with enough votes the President of the United States can be impeached from office.

~Dylan

Biology

In Biology we have been really focusing in on different biomes and where they are located around the world. Ms. M. will take a biome and dissect it for us by telling us about its weather/climate, what species can live there and where it is located on the latitude and longitude scale.

~Jake

Group

In group we have been talking about our moods and what can influence a good or bad mood in our personal lives. Mr. Thom has given us many coping skills that have already been put to the test inside and outside of the classroom that I find helpful.

~Queitin

Physical Science

In Physical science I have been learning the difference between Acids, Bases and their different PH levels. I also learned that even the things I eat have different PH levels and that I eat a lot of acidic foods. I also learned about particles dissolving in water and how it takes a lot of energy to do so.

~Tristin

Environmental Science

In science we have been learning about valuable mineral resources found inside of earth. More recently we have been learning about the negative affects volcanoes have on earth when they explode. I wouldn’t have known that volcanoes are the reasons for hot springs if it wasn’t for Ms. M.

~Driston

Health

One of my favorite topics we have covered in health has been mental health. We have learned about ways that can positively and negatively influence mental health throughout your life. We have also learned about depression and how depression can lead to other dangerous things in life. All of these topics I have found helpful for my everyday life.

~Da’Miere

English

Recently we have been learning how to write rhyming poems, which I really like a lot! We have also been reading the Anne Frank play. It is set up in script form and Ms. M. assigns us all parts to read out loud to the class when it is our turn.

~Ashley

The LEAP Program:
classroom 1: Ms. Sara & Ms. Prince

 

First Quarter Newsletter 2016

Classroom 1 is well on its learning way as the school year continues to develop! We are diving into the Daily 5 with some new twists this year. I have added additional stations to help enhance the whole brain learner within the classroom. There is a fine motor station to help improve handwriting skills, develop cutting skills, and work on tracing for means of drawing and art exploration. There is a sensory station to help the brain develop with expectations of differentiating characteristics of matter, mass, sorting, classification, etc. There is a puzzle station to enhance cognitive problem solving skills, help understand shape recognition, critical thinking skills, and use strategy building skills. The Daily 5 stations include: work on writing, read to self, read to a friend, listening to reading, word work, and use of the iPads to enhance learning with the use of 21ts century skills with technology.

 

In math, we are working diligently to increase our fluency on common factors such as; addition, subtraction, multiplication, and repeated practice on mixed equations. Our students are able to use hands-on manipulatives, work with peers, and expand their knowledge of skills with further differentiation with iPad use on apps to help students see the curriculum in a new way.

 

In science, we continue to use STEM technology and theories to use hands-on learning while being actively engaged with science curriculum. This allows the students to be innovative, creative, gain confidence in being a part of a team, and shows students how science is a part of our daily lives. 

 

In social studies, we continue to understand what it means to be a citizen, what duties a citizen is expected to have, explore what it means to vote, use the 3 branches of government, and even pick a class president!

 

In morning group, Mrs. P. has been guiding our students to better understand thoughts, feelings, actions, and how to manage and use positive coping skills when dealing with everyday ordeals. Also, the REBT’s of feelings lead students to better understanding of Rational, Emotions, Behaviors, and Therapy. Mrs. P. does a great job of helping students understand how emotions are expected to happen, but how to better deal and manage negative behaviors in a more positive manner.

 

A note from our students:

Felicity talks about how her favorite subject is science. She says she enjoys learning about different types of rock and how her favorite rock is the igneous rock because it has holes like swiss cheese. She likes science because it can be fun. She learned how to make simple machines and builds different kinds of machines with her team. Caden F. talks about how he enjoys gym class because we get to go outside and learn how to play basketball and throw a Frisbee! Tyler talks about how he enjoys our morning group and how he can talk about what he likes about school, how he is feeling, and develop skills that help him become a better problem solver. Caden C. talks about how he likes math because he is getting very good at it and is even getting the right answers faster than he has ever done before. Texas talks about how he is doing so well in math and social studies. Donavyn is excited that he learned how to do 4 digit addition and subtraction! He also talks about how he likes the Daily 5 and the iPad station. Aeden talks about how he can do subtraction easier and hopes to get to division soon. Michael talks about how he loves to read different kinds of books and gets to read Dr. Suess on the iPads. Tyler talks about how much he loves to do art because he likes how music and art create feelings and how colors show emotion.

 

Last Thoughts:

Ms. Sara would like to reiterate the fact that it is important to keep an open line of communication with the teacher and behavioral specialist so that all may be involved in the student’s life in a positive way. This helps everyone to be on the same page in regard to daily events and learning. If you ever have any questions please call or write in the passport that is sent home daily.

 

Ms. Sara and Mrs. Prince

Classsroom 2 Quaterly Newletter

2016-2017

Quarter One

 

Ms. Tiffany

Ms. Tamara

GROUP:

During group, our class has been talking about topics such as guilt, shame, depression, and bullying. We have also covered personal hygiene and fire safety during the last few weeks! The students have especially enjoyed getting to share about their weekends/evenings during group time.

 

“Today a fire truck came and taught us about fire safety. We learned about the different hoses.”

-Jacob

 

FIELD TRIP:

The students have been working on earning this quarter’s field trip on October 18th! To go on the field trip, a student must have no more than 5 red days and no physical restraints in the month leading up to the field trip.

 

“We’ll be going to a pumpkin patch on October 18th. There will be very fun activities like wagon rides into a field to pick pumpkins, face painting, an animal barn, and a hay bale maze for the younger students. Older students will be able to run a 10-acre corn maze. Each student will get a pumpkin for free…I think it’s very fair that you have to earn the field trip by behaving. I can’t wait for the field trip.”

     -Paige P.

LANGUAGE ARTS:

Every day, the students complete daily spelling word work for their weekly spelling tests. They also work on daily reading comprehension activities while tracking their reading fluency from week to week! The students have been working on using correct capitalization and punctuation when writing. They have also been learning about how to use context clues to figure out the meaning of unknown words in a text.

 

“We do spelling words, we do capitalization, and we  

 do reading comprehension passages!”   

- Santos

 

MATH:

The class started out the year learning about place value. Now, Mr. Hodge has been teaching addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers, including decimals! The students have been learning how to regroup and borrow and how to properly place decimal points when solving problems. Some students have started working on multiplication too!

 

“My favorite subject is Math. We have been doing addition and subtraction…I think borrowing is the hard part. Math is the best ever!”

                                                                    - Ben

 

SOCIAL STUDIES:

The students recently completed their first Social Studies unit which focused on Geography! Throughout the unit, the students focused on learning their continent, country, state, and city. Now, the class is beginning a new Government unit that will focus on the election process! We have started this unit by learning the qualifications for becoming President of the United States.

 

“I learned about the USA. Learning about it is the best. Ms. Tiffany tries her hardest to make it fun for us. Learning about it is supposed to be fun!”

                                                                    - Kaelen

SCIENCE:  

The students have been completing daily reading passages to learn all about different Science topics! The students have enjoyed covering a variety of topics including plankton, the supercontinent “Pangea,” and the differences between carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores!

 

“We learned about plankton. We learned about Herbivores and Carnivores. We learned about soil.”

                                                                   - Jaiseven

 

 

SPECIALS:

In Music, we started by learning how to analyze song lyrics. We have just started a new Music unit focusing on the four different families of musical instruments. In Art, we spent a few weeks making “Minecraft Selfies,” which are prominently displayed in the hall outside our classroom! The students have also spent time creating unique classroom decorations for the Halloween season. In Gym and Health, the students have enjoyed learning how to properly warm-up their bodies for exercise and learning about good personal hygiene habits!

 

“Music is good. I like to sing. I like to dance. Ms. Tiffany makes it fun for us.”

                                                                    - Paige R.

“I hope we learn more interesting things!”

- Harley

 

“When I first heard about the continent [Pangea] splitting apart, I was shocked. It looks like the continent can actually fit together.”

- Justin

 

“I like addition, subtraction, borrowing, and decimals.”

- Stellen

LEAP

Middle School (Room #3)

10/14/16

 

Dylan’s World News

President Juan Manuel Santos says he will donate almost one million dollars in Nobel Peace Prize money to the victims of Columbia’s half-century conflict. Santos was awarded the National Peace Prize for the year 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kolby’s Weather Report

Fall is finally here, but the leaves haven’t really started changing colors. Our temperature is starting to cool, but not enough for the leaves to fall. This year’s summer did break another record for the hottest average temperature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tommy’s U.S. News

AT&T will stop giving consumers replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smart Phones because of reports that some of the phones are catching fire, just as the original phones did before they were recalled last month.

 

 

Gavin’s Student Council News

Soon, we will be voting on classroom door decorations for the month of October. We have also restocked our Snack Shop and we have new things to offer. This is what is currently going on with our Student Council.

 

Jordan’s Local Sports.

The Cleveland Indians are going to the American League Championship. They defeated the Boston Red Sox three games to none to earn the right to play the Toronto Blue Jays. We have one championship with the Cavs, let’s get another one with the Indians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Darion’s Classroom News

We have a very good class this year. We are learning a lot and still having fun. In math, we have learned geometry, powers, exponents. and the order of operations. In P.E. we are learning dribbling and shooting drills.

 

 

 

Jaden’s Pro Sports Report

Both LeBron James and the NBA are confident a labor agreement is near. Either the league or the player’s association can opt out of the current labor deal before Dec. 15, but sides continue to express optimism that a new deal could soon be in place.

Math

I learned how to simplify algebraic expressions. - Wayne

 

I learned that all triangles’ interior angles add up to 180 degrees. – Andrew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts

We are reading interesting stories this quarter. - Ameer

 

Writing is easier when we work on assignments together as teams. –Trent

 

We are learning parts of speech for when we write in class. - Dylan

 

 

 

 

 

Social Studies

We learned that China had several Dynasties before it was united into one empire. - Dylan

 

I learned that the Progressives made life better for the working class. – Jeff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science

I am learning about chemical reactions and ionic bonding in Science. - Mitchell

 

I am learning about how different kinds of rocks are created and about Tectonic Plate Theory. – T-Jay