Fall Newsletter 2015-2016

Middle/High School Activities

 

Hello, My name is Kirk Marsh. I have recently taken over as the teacher in the Middle/High Classroom. I have really enjoyed working with your young people and would like to share some of the things we have been doing in class. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at the following email, garfieldleap3@theleapprogram.net and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

 

 

History-

 

We have been looking closely at current events. The class has read articles concerning The Pope’s visit, Prisoner debate teams, and POW’s returning to their captors land. Keeping up on current event’s will help our young people have a grasp of the world around them. We have also been working hard on understanding political cartoons. Translating these periodicals will help the students form their own, and understand political opinions of others.

 

Science-

Our class has been focusing on renewable forms of energy. We have been reading articles on how these energy types are used and how they work. As an exercise to understand wind energy (and to have some fun) we went outside to fly kites and discussed the natural ways wind is formed

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math-

We will continue to work on basic math skills and concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). Algebra students have been working on order of operations and algebraic equations

 

Language Arts-

Each week we learn new vocabulary words that come from a short story that I select. The stories have a theme or common idea that I discuss with the students. I try to tie it to our coping skills and “correct thinking” that we at LEAP want young people to use. We also have a creative writing prompt each week. I am always excited to read what the students share. They almost always impress me with their creativity and ability to think outside the box.

 

 

Group with Mr. Gary-

Mr Gary works hard to come up with fun and innovative lessons for the kids. He discusses serious topics about thinking errors and coping skills in unique ways. The students really enjoy when he creates scenerios and allows them to act the part or answer how they would and/or should handle it. For example, “Bob stole Tom’s Ipod…How should Tom confront Bob?.

 

What to Expect

 

We will be having a spirit week for Halloween

the week of October 27-31. It will go as

follows:

 

Mon. Oct.27th- Mismatch Day

Tues. Oct.28th- Pajama Day (no slippers!)

Wed. Oct.29th- Hat Day

Thurs. Oct.30th- Team Spirit Day

Fri. Oct.31st- Halloween Costumes

 

A Look Ahead:

November 26th: Half day for students

November 27-28: Thanksgiving Break

December 22-January 2: Christmas Break

 

 

Field Trip!

As a reward for good behavior, using Leap’s level system, students will be earning a field trip to Luther’s Farm Market in Richfield on October 21st. They have many activities the children can partake in such as: a corn maze, a hayride, a small petting zoo, a corn pool, a pumpkin cannon, a story with a craft, and we will even get to pick our own pumpkins to bring home. Permission slips will be sent home, however this doesn’t necessarily mean each child has earned the trip. They have until October 20th to earn the trip. You will be notified then if your child is able to attend. If so, make sure they dress for any weather and pack a lunch that does not need heated up. We will have a picnic there.

Halloween Party

Students will be permitted to wear a costume on Fri., Oct.31st for our Halloween party. Students’ costumes must be appropriate, including but not limited to: no gory costumes, no face paint or masks, and all body parts must be covered as per normal everyday school guidelines. You are permitted to send your child with a treat if you so choose. We will have a snack, play games, do a craft, and watch a movie.

 

Extras:

*Report cards will be sent home the week of the 2oth marking the end of the first quarter.

*No school October 17th

 

Thanks for your time, Mr. Marsh and Mr. Gary

Ms. Cummings and her amazing students!

 

The high school chronicle

FIRST QUARTER NEWS

 

Language Arts: This quarter we read a novel about Albert Einstein and how he overcame his struggles in his life to finally earn the Nobel Prize for his significant accomplishments in math and science.

 

Math: We learned concepts in decimals and fractions as they relate to real world problems. We are now focusing on ratios, and will also address money and banking issues.

 

Science: We learned about the study of matter in terms of solids, liquids and gases, as elements (hydrogen, sodium, etc.) that can be found on our planet earth.

 

Social Studies: We completed a project on world wars that the United States was involved in. Students completed research on a war in pairs and wrote a summary about their findings. We have also discussed government terminology as it relates to the upcoming presidential election.

 

Other notes: We look forward to writing narrative stories and informative reports next quarter, which will continue to improve our computer skills.

Middle School Highlights

 

 

History-

We are researching state facts, capitals, and locations. We have done Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa. We focus on learning 5 states at a time. We continue to build on our state locations and capitals, so at the end the student goal is to identify all 50 states location and capital.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science-

We have learned about Natural Disasters (Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Earthquakes). Students

contributed great questions to these classroom discussions. We have started learning about

the Solar System. We will be working on some fun activities as we continue studying the planets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math-

We will continue to work on basic math skills and concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division). We have been learning perimeter and area of various objects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts-

Students are given spelling assignments each week. Spelling tests are taken every Friday. As a class students have completed many writing projects on the computers. Students are developing reading comprehension through short stories. Once a week we focus on various grammar skills.

 

Art/Music-

Students are very creative and try art projects. We have completed many paintings and drawing projects. We study music genres as we work our art projects.

 

1st 9 week Project Based Leaning-

Students worked in small groups or individually to research and develop posters on topics related to or about the Mexican Culture. The students then presented this information in front of the class. At the end of the project, Ms. J. made tacos for the class to celebrate the end of the project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group Discussions with Mr. Devon-

We have been discussing as a group topics on Attitude and Respect. Students gave their input on the topics and created motivational posters for these topics.

 

What’s Happening:

 

* This month we did a project based learning unit on the book How to Eat Fried Worms. We read the book, studied about worms and other creepy crawlies, had vocabulary challenges, and we made our own dirt to eat. Next month we plan on doing another unit on Native Americans in lieu of Thanksgiving. We will study the history of Native Americans, study the different tribes, their contribution to Thanksgiving, and even make some tribal jewelry!

 

* In Mathematics we have continued working on multiplication up to four digits for our older kids and worked on place value and addition/subtraction up to four digits for our younger groups.

 

*In Science we have moved from studying reptiles to different species of birds!

The Elementary Times

HIGH SCHOOL CHRONICLE

 

Happy New Year!

 

This past quarter has been very busy in the high school classroom.  We have been focusing on nutrition as a highlight for the quarter.  We discussed how important our eating habits are to keep our minds alert and our energy high so we are able to concentrate on our studies.  Below are other highlights in our subject areas.

 

Language Arts:  We are continuing our novel, “Swallowing Stones.”  This novel is a great base in terms of talking about the consequences of our actions.  We are also discussing how reading a novel can be a great way in learning how to deal with difficult situations in our lives.

Math:  In math, we have been reviewing percents in terms of discounts on purchasing items in real-world math problems.  We also discussed decimals as they relate to money and various types of data that the students may see in the news or on the internet.

 

Science:  As I mentioned above, we completed a detailed project on nutrition.  We discussed the food pyramid, and how important fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are to our overall diet.  We even discussed vitamins and how advertisement of food can affect the food we choose to eat.

Social Studies:   Mr. Marsh has been addressing historical  points, as well as current information in the news regarding foreign countries and their interactions with each other.

 

Other news:  We won the door decorating contest for our classroom.  The students worked nicely as a team to win the prize.

This quarter we will be focusing on career exploration, and writing resumes and cover letters to prepare for future employment.

 

Be proud of your children.  They are working hard. 

                                                        Best  regards,

                                                         Ms. Cummings

Develop True Pride and Become A Success

Depending on who you talk to, pride can either be a positive feeling or a negative trait. The difference between the two is really a difference in definition; while some consider pride to be a good feeling that shows that you like something about yourself on what you have created, others believe that pride is a negative attribute that can lead to negative self importance. Essentially it is better to have the former and it is not good to have the latter.

I’m sure that if you look back in your life, you will be able to find a time when you were very proud of something that you did. It’s interesting to note though that if you look back on this memory, you will most likely find that you took great pride in what you were doing and as a result, that pride was most likely the reason why you did so good a job in the first place.

What this shows us is that pride is not a black-and-white thing. Pride like anything else, and like any definition of anything, has many shades of gray. While an extreme sense of self-importance is not good, a complete lack of personal pride will not get you very far either.

Pride comes from a true commitment to what you have to do. Pride also comes from a sense of self-worth and personal ability. In order to develop pride, you need to believe in your self worth. In order to propagate this belief you must question yourself and find out exactly what you believe about yourself right now. Discovering what you believe about yourself, you change this belief if it is not one where you know that you are a worthy and capable person. You then cement this belief by creating positive accomplishments.

Having a strong sense of self worth and self esteem, you engage every task with the desire to do your best. Doing your best creates pride in your work. Doing good work always involves personal pride, this pride than motivates you to do the best that you can, and these positive results cement your self worth by making you feel proud of your work.

An overdeveloped sense of self-worth is usually a mask that many used to hide a low self-esteem. An overtly proud person therefore is someone who is actually hiding their feelings of incredibly low self-esteem. If you can question these feelings, all the feelings that you have about your personal self-worth, you will be able to change this belief by understanding your personal reasoning. Overbearing pride does exist of course, but it is usually a mask for feelings of low self worth. True pride begins with high self-esteem and a real sense of your own unique individuality.

Once you have pride in your self, you will take pride in your work. When you take pride in your work you will do far better work and you will be proud of that work. You will always be able to accomplish more, and whatever you do will be done to the best of your ability.

When you take pride in your work, you begin to own this work. You take responsibility for that work because you are proud of that work and you want to share your accomplishments with others. Build yourself worth by working on the beliefs that you have about yourself. With a true belief in your self worth, you will be able to create better work that you will be proud of. Pride is not a black-and-white thing, but by understanding what true pride is, you can accomplish great things.

 

 2 thoughts on “Develop True Pride and Become A Success”

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David 
August 25, 2015 at 4:55 am

Thank you very much for this information. I have been struggling with pride my whole life due to my self esteem. My question is this, if someone has poor self esteem, is it possible to lose pride as a result instead of mask it? Very curious of your input, thank you

 

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John 

Author


August 25, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Yes generally speaking I would say that people most often lose their personal pride when they have low self-esteem and don’t attempt to mask it at all. The masking usually happens when they want to do something and are battling an inner sense of worthlessness. These people feel that if they make a show of having great pride then perhaps they will be able to convince others of their worth even though they may feel very little self-worth.
People of low self-worth that don’t mask their low self-esteem with a mask of great pride tend to be people that have given up or feel that somehow they are being more honest with themselves and the world because they are faithfully showing how little they can accomplish; they feel that they should not try because they will fail and others should not expect anything because they will most likely fail them.

Masking and not masking with over-inflated pride are both wrong. In the article I ask you to not to ‘fake it til you make it it’ with an over-inflated ego/pride because this little bit of new age advise will most often hurt you much more than it will help you. And I also hope that you do not take the second approach and totally give up, thinking that you are being honest with yourself and the world.

Instead I suggest that you experience ‘completely’ all of the doubts and supposed negative emotions that you feel. And as you do so, examine yourself to find out what it is that you believe about yourself. What proof do you have that you are so inadequate?
Then when you find these supposed facts, realize that these are not facts at all but just opinions and assumptions about your life and reality. With this realization, it becomes easy to change those ‘facts’ by taking new careful action, improving where you think you are lacking, and by taking action one small bit at a time until you are satisfied that you did the best you could. Eventually you will begin to really believe (even though at first it might seem silly) that you do in fact have good reasons to feel self-worth. Then things will begin to change quite naturally.

Middle/High School Activities

 

     Hello again from Mr. Marsh and Mr. Gary. Things have been going pretty well here in the Middle/High Classroom. We are excited for the holidays and hope that you all are as well. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me by clicking the link below, and I will answer them to the best of my ability.

garfieldleap3@theleapprogram.net

 

History-

We have been studying World and American History with a focus on the holidays that fall on this semester. During November we had a unit on America’s first colonies, Plymoth and Jamestown. We learned about the Coulumbian Exchange and the trade that began to take place between the new and old world. We also discussed the interactions between settlers and Native Americans. During December we have been looking at the history behind our Holiday traditions. Who invented Santa? Why do we have Christmas trees? We have been exploring these questions and learning about the cultures that created them around the world. We also did a poster project focused on people that have shaped our history. For example a couple students chose Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall

 

Science-

Our class has been focusing on weather patterns. We found out the answers to questions like what creates wind? What is the difference between waves and tides? Where does rain and snow come from? What is a cloud and why do they change from light to grey? We answered all of these questions and more through research and class discussions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math-

The students have been focusing on a variety of different math concepts. For example they have learned about decimals, fraction, improper fractions, money concepts, and much more. Mrs. Cummings has been their math instructor during this grading period and will continue to be so for the remainder of the year.

 

Language Arts-

Each week we learn new vocabulary words that come from a short story that I select. The stories have a theme or common idea that I discuss with the students. I try to tie it to our coping skills and “correct thinking” that we at Leap want young people to use. We have begun to learn about writing tools and perspectives. For example they have learned what foreshadowing is and how authors use it, and the difference between the first person and third person

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group with Mr. Gary-

Mr Gary works hard to come up with fun and innovative lessons for the kids. He discusses serious topics about thinking errors and coping skills in unique ways. This quarter Mr. Gary selected the book The 7 habbits of highly effective teens. The book discusses strategies for young people to use when dealing with the various challenges life presents. The book encourages young people to be principle centered over self centered. It highlights the usefullness of mission statements for young people and how writing goals down helps us to reach them. These are just a couple of the great topics and advice this book has for young people. They willl continue to read and practice exercises the book provides

 

We will be having a spirit week for The holidays

the week of December 14-18. It will go as

follows:

 

Monday December 14 is Grinch Green

Tues. Decembe 15 is Red day

Wed. December 16 is CaNdY CaNe DaY

Thurs. December 17 Christmas Sweater Day

Fri. DECEMBER 18 Polar Express Pajama Day (no slippers!)

 

Breaks This Quarter:

November 26th: Half day for students

November 27-28: Thanksgiving Break

December 22-January 2: Christmas Break

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

WHAT TO EXPECT

December

     Ms. J's Middle School Classroom Highlights

History:  
 
We are continuing our research on the 50 states.  Students are learning facts about individual states, capitals, and locations.  We have completed the first 25 states in alphabetical order.  We    continue to build on our state locations and capitals, so at the end the student goal is to identify all 50 states location and capital.  Students also completed a state float project based learning.  We also learn about important events and people in history.

Language Arts and Science:
 
  Students have been developing their writing and research skills.  Students are encouraged to write complete sentences using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Students also continue  developing reading comprehension through short stories.  
 
We have been learning about our Solar System and special features of planet Earth.  We have also learned about important people that have developed inventions still used today only improved.  We have been learning about various landforms and features.

 

Language Arts and Science:
 
  Students have been developing their writing and research skills.  Students are encouraged to write complete sentences using proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation.  Students also continue  developing reading comprehension through short stories.  
 
We have been learning about our Solar System
and special features of planet Earth.  We have
also learned about important people that have developed inventions still used today only improved.  We have been learning about various landforms and features.

 

News From Mr. Devon:

During group discussion, the students are given a variety of powerful and motivational words.  The class then develops words and definitions to describe this word.  We continue to work on coping skills and strategies.  Motivational and inspirational ideas and concepts are addressed during group discussion too.

 

Happy Holidays and see you next year!  2016
 
          Just a heads up... after break we will be combining spelling and vocabulary terms
        so the students will be quizzed on both spelling and definition of the terms.

Spring Newsletter 2015-2016

Classrooms One and Five
 

The elementary class split into two classes this quarter due to a growing number of students. Vanessa says “Mr. Clark is our new teacher, and he helps me with my work when I really need help.” He and Miss Murrell co-teach the different lessons to both classrooms. Isaiah was so excited to go on the field trip to Imagination Station. “It was so cool and fun. I liked it a lot!” Caleb said the gravity house was fun and it was his favorite, while Addy liked making sounds with the fake guitar. “It was like I was really in a band and playing a guitar.” Gavin liked the gravity house too, but he really liked celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the class. “I like when he uses words like thing-a-ma-jig and makes all the rhymes like Mr. Gump’s Wump.”

 

“We know a man called Mr. Gump and Mr. Gump has a seven hump Wump. So . . . if you like to go Bump! Bump! Just jump on the hump of the Wump of Gump!”
 

Michael’s favorite book is Dr. Seuss’s “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.” In language arts, the students are also continuing with phonics cards, and doing well with each additional challenge. “We learn words by sounding them out like when we use our flashcards to make the sounds or the letters,” notes Ky’on. For MeKhi and Jeron, learning about coins and counting money was more fun.

 

David liked learning about Black History Month. “Martin Luther King Jr. was a good guy who gave everybody rights and let everybody ride the bus, even the white people and the black people.” Nikko didn’t know that Ohio was called the Buckeye State, but he liked the Ohio trivia in social studies. Tyler “really liked talking about the planets and doing the pictures of them and labeling them so we could learn about each planet in the solar system.” Hunter was excited about using Miss M’s inflatable planets to demonstrate how they orbit the sun.
 

Javon

I liked the field trip because we got to do hands on things. I really like when we do math because it makes me think more and I am learning more than I have ever learned at school. I also like math because it challenges me. I really enjoy LEAP because here at LEAP they challenge me every day to become a better person. LEAP is really helping me control my feelings and stop and think before I do something.

 

Quinn

Here at LEAP, I enjoy all the subjects at school. My particular favorite subject is math, especially when we do Algebra. But I also, like how we read the newspaper every morning because it engages me with not only world news, but also news within my own community. Group is another one of my favorite subjects because it allows me to learn how to deal with thoughts and feelings. I can’t forget to say I like silent ball either!

 

Dustin

My favorite subject is Math. I like Math because I mastered division which was something I struggled with before. One day Mrs. R and Mr. P talked about the brain. It was really cool to learn about the brain. We made brain hats that day. I like when we do Group because I can relate to the discussions we talk about.

 

Brandon

The thing I like about this year here at LEAP is how Mrs. R and Mr. P teach. When I don’t understand something they make sure to sit down with me and break it down. It is like they won’t leave my side until I understand the work. They do this for everyone in the class. Mrs. R and Mr. P have really improved my math, writing, and reading skills.

 

Elijah

I like math and art. I like math because it helps me learn how to count money and I like art because I really enjoy to draw. Mrs. R really does a lot of cool art projects for us. I have grown to really like gym now. I found out that I’m pretty good at soccer and it’s really fun to play.

 

Antonio D

There are several good things about Leap. In group, we learn about how we can achieve our goals and succeed in life. I find this one of my favorite activities because I get information to help solve my problems with stress and peer pressure. Group helps me to reach my long-term goals I have set for myself.

 

Annalece H

What I learned from my teachers has helped me a lot. We learn about coping skills, peer pressure, compromising, friendship values, and many more things. My favorite subject is science and we’ve learned a lot about biodiversity, biomes, and cells. Everyday I learn something new!

 

DeAndre W

I've learned a lot this semester. I’ve found a new interest in history because my teacher does a good job of helping me to understand it better. Group also helps me to deal with problems I might be dealing with and problems I might come across in the future. I really like group because I can apply what we learn to real life situations.

Summer Newsletter 2015-2016

MIDDLE SCHOOL 4TH QUARTER NEWS

 

MS. J AND MR. DEVON’S CLASS                             

 

News from Mr. Devon about Commitment boards:

Students will be bringing home their summer and next school year commitments. 

 

Project Based Learning (Science):

Prior to our project, we learned about many various animals.  We studied their habitat, climate where they lived, predators, and what they ate.  Student chose an animal and designed a poster to represent what they learned about their animal.  This project gave students the opportunity to work independently at home, research, and cite where they received the information for their project. 

 

Language Arts (with an expansion into Social Studies):

During this quarter, we have been reading “A Night Divided” by Jennifer Nielsen.  It is a fictional story about the rise of the Berlin Wall and the courage of a young girl.  We used this story to expand on learning in Social Studies as well.  We discussed issues that the people in East Berlin faced under communist rule.   Students worked on learning new vocabulary from the story.  Students also worked on writing predictions. 

 

Mathematics:

Throughout the nine weeks, we worked on various concepts.  We reviewed bar graphs, line graphs, and circle graphs.  We focused on two units: basic algebra concepts and proportions.

 

Have a fun and safe summer!

Middle/High School Activities

 

       Hello from the Middle-High classroom, Mr. Marsh, and Mr. Gary. SCHOOL IS ALMOST OUT!!!. We have been working on a lot of interesting topics this past nine weeks and wanted to share them with you in this edition of the newsletter. If you have any questions or want to speak to Mr. Gary or I please, don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email at garfieldleap3@theleapprogram.net

 

History-

We have been looking very closely at how our government came to be. After wrapping up the Revolutionary War we discussed the Articles of Confederation and how it did not work as a form of government. We then discussed the Bill of Rights and learned about our first 10 amendment rights. The students each did a poster representing a separate bill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science-

We just concluded a unit Newton’s Laws of Motion as a Physics lesson. 1st law an object at rest stays at rest. 2nd law Force equals mass times acceleration. 3rd law of motion objects exert equal and opposite forces on one another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math-

We will continue to work on basic math skills and concepts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).  Algebra students have been working on order of operations and algebraic equations. Geometry students have been discussing triangles and their measurements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Language Arts-

We have been learning grade level vocabulary words each week. Our latest round of stories have been folk tales. The students had to write their own folk tale consisting of key elements such as a story of how things came to be. We have been discussing the differences between metaphors and similies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Group with Mr. Gary-

Mr Gary works hard to come up with fun and innovative lessons for the kids. Mr. Gary has been working with the students on possible traps of summer. Each student had to list a way to stay out of trouble during summer break.

 

One student said  K.E. “ I am going to stay away from negative people this summer…I will use the coping skill of changing my location to succede in this goal”

 

Another student said E.A. “ I am going to avoid lgal troubles such as druges and alcohol…I am going to do this by thinking ahead to the consequense  and changing my location.

The High School Chronicle 4th Quarter 2016

Language Arts: The high school has worked on writing elements such as subject and verb agreement and poetry. We have also worked on test taking skills such as reading comprehension and vocabulary.

 

Math: In Algebra, we have worked on solving equations. In General Math, we did adding, subtracting, and multiplication. In Geometry, we did angles and lines.

 

Science: In science this quarter we studied the scientific method, conducted an experiment, and related the steps of the scientific method to the experiment.

 

Social Studies: The social studies class has studied the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

 

A field reward for good behavior will take place on May 18, 2016 to Fun-N-Stuff.  Last day of school is May 27.