By: Lincolnview Local Schools
On Dec. 12, two Lincolnview second grade students, Kreston Tow and Emma Bowersock, performed on stage with Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert. Kreston and Emma were two out of five children from the area who auditioned and were chosen to be on stage for the performance. Lincolnview’s elementary music teacher, Jennifer Slusher, was also given the opportunity to act as the kids’ musical director for the show. Kreston, Emma and Slusher met Kenny Rogers and Linda Davis before the show, worked with the production crew and had a great time.
The 3rd and 4th graders at Lincolnview will present the holiday musical “The Holly Jolly Pirates of Pinataville” Thursday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. in the elementary gym under the direction of Jennifer Slusher.
Pirates have stolen the pinatas the people of Pinataville were making in preparation for Christmas. What will they do? Please join us this evening to find out.
We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.
If you heard about the Hour of Code last year, you might know that it made history. In one week last year, 15 million students tried computer science. Computer science was on homepages of Google, MSN, Yahoo!, and Disney. President Obama, Shakira and Ashton Kutcher all kicked off the Hour of Code with videos. Over 100 partners came together to support his movement. Now the Hour of Code is aiming for 100 million students.
That is why our Tech 7 students at Lincolnview Jr. /Sr. High School are joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during the week of Dec. 8-14. Our participation in the Hour of Code is a statement that Lincolnview Jr. /Sr. High School is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. We want to ensure that our students are on the forefront of creating technology of the future –not just consuming it. See http://hourofcode.com/us for details and help us spread the word.
In addition to joining in the Hour of Code, the Tech 7 students are also beginning a new unit introducing them to creative computing with Scratch, using a design-based learning approach. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where students can program and share interactive media such as stories, games and animation. Engaging in the creation of computational artifacts prepares students for more than careers as computer scientists or as programmers. It supports young people’s development as computational thinkers – individuals who can draw on computational concepts, practices, and perspectives in all aspects of their lives, across disciplines and contexts. The activities we will be doing are designed to explore computational thinking concepts (sequence, loops, parallelism, events, conditionals, operators, data), practices (working iteratively and incrementally, testing and debugging, reusing and remixing, abstracting and modularizing), and perspectives (expressing, connecting, questioning).
Design-based or project based learning combines many of the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, collaborating effectively, designing iteratively, learning continuously. Of course, most students will not become professional programmers, just as most will not become professional writers. But learning to program offers benefits for everyone: it enables students to express themselves more fully and creatively, helps them develop as logical thinkers, and helps them understand the working of the new technologies that they encounter everywhere in their everyday lives. Go to scratch.mit.edu to learn more.
The student council will be sponsoring a “blast from the past” dance Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8-11 p.m. for Lincolnview students. You are asked to dress in clothes from your favorite era! Music from all different decades will be incorporated in the playlist. If you have requests, add them to the list in the high school office. Tickets are $4 presale and $5 at the door and can be purchased during lunch.
The High School Beta Club is still collecting clothing for the clothing exchange through Friday, Nov. 21, so if you have any used/new, good, clean clothes and coats with no stains, holes, rips or tears, you can drop them off at the high school or elementary office. Then, during parent/teacher conferences, any member of the community who could use a hand with clothes can pick up items during conference hours. Everything will be free of charge and no questions asked. We will have the clothing items on the elementary side of the cafeteria. We will have signs directing you to the room where the clothes will be divided into gender and size. We will also have bags/boxes available for you to use. If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Leeth at 419.968.2214, ext. 3210. Any clothing items left over will be taken to local agencies like Goodwill and Salvation Army.
On Tuesday, Oct. 28, Lincolnview, along with thousands of other schools across the country, held Mix It Up Day at Lunch for the junior high and high school students. Mix It Up Day is a day for recognizing social boundaries that separate people, challenging those boundaries, and crossing those boundaries.
Students were given a piece of candy at random as they entered the cafeteria and that candy determined the table they would sit at for lunch. The high school group, Agents of Change, led activities. Many students were nervous about the change because they sit with the same people every day at the same table, but that only shows that it is important to continue the annual event. After participating, some students commented that they enjoyed it and thought it was fun! Mix It Up Day is promoted by Teaching Tolerance magazine and information about it can be found at www.mixitup.org.
Stephanie Renner, Veteran’s Day Program Coordinator, would like to thank our students, staff and community members for helping to make our Veteran’s Day Program held on November 7th a success. We were much honored to have over 90 veterans present for our program. We are proud of each and every person who either brought a veteran with them, submitted a name of a veteran who could not attend, or submitted a name to be paid tribute to in our memorial portion.
We would like to thank 1st Federal Savings and Loan of Van Wert for sponsoring refreshments for our veterans and their families after the program. Lincolnview is very proud of all veterans and grateful for the service they gave to our county. Our veterans are treasures, so make certain you thank a veteran not only on Veteran’s Day, but all year long.
Parents/guardians are reminded that it’s time to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher. Lincolnview will be holding Parent/Teacher conferences on Nov. 24 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and Nov. 25, from noon-8 p.m. Registration is now open and available online on the Lincolnview website, www.lincolnview.k12.oh.us, located under the Parents and Students heading. The link is called Jr. /Sr. Parent/Teacher Scheduler. Simply click on it and follow the directions. If you do not have internet access or have any questions, please contact us via phone at 419.968.2214.
The Lincolnview FFA Chapter has been very busy. The year began with a kayaking trip which allowed the new officers the time needed to set the FFA chapter goals for the upcoming year. The chapter then held a picnic at a local campground to welcome the new members and discuss the approaching County Fair. The fair is a major activity and the FFA chapter plays a big role in seeing that it runs smoothly. It starts with members helping Mrs. Seibert set up and decorate the FFA booth in the Jr. Fair building and continues with selling wood shavings, cleaning out the goat barn, and working in Babyland with Crestview’s FFA Chapter. The Chapter’s next activity was Crop Service Safety day held in Delphos. Members were asked to assist teachers going from station to station while others were asked to present animal safety and its importance to the younger children.
“Not just Cows and Plows” is another annual activity for our chapter and was held on Tuesday, Sept. 23 this year. Our chapter served as guides to fifth graders as they traveled from station to station learning about today’s agriculture.
On Sept. 24, the FFA chapter traveled to London, Ohio to participate in Farm Science Review. They had the opportunity to attend several educational sessions related to Agricultural Business.
Most recently, the chapter sent seven members to Soil judging as well as held their annual fruit and ham sales. The next upcoming event is Parliamentary Procedure. Our chapter plans on taking our officer team and hopefully a novice team to compete at this event. We want to thank everyone who supported the Lincolnview FFA Chapter.
We understand that many people are facing challenges with today’s current economic situation. We at Lincolnview want to do our part to help those in our community that could use a helping hand. The High School Beta Club will be conducting a clothing exchange during the Parent-Teacher conferences, Nov. 24 and 25. Any member of our
community who would like to donate used/new, good, clean clothes and coats with no stains, holes, rips or tears can drop them off at the school now through Friday, Nov. 21. We will take infant – adult sizes. You can drop them off at the high school or elementary office. Please do not send things other than clothing apparel.
Any member of our community who could use a hand with clothes can pick up items during Parent Teacher conference hours. Everything will be free of charge and no questions asked. We will have the clothing items on the elementary side of the cafeteria. We will have signs directing you to the room where the clothes will be divided into gender and size. We will also have bags/boxes available for you to use. If you have any questions, you can contact Brenda Leeth at 419.968.2214, ext. 3210. Any clothing items left over will be taken to local agencies such as Goodwill and Salvation Army.
Recently, Clark’s Pharmacy in Van Wert held a promotion to give back to the local community. Clark’s Pharmacy customers had an option of designating a donation for each new and refill prescription throughout the promotion. Due to the generosity of Clark’s Pharmacy and our local community, Lincolnview received the most contributions during the promotion. Through the promotion, Clark’s Pharmacy donated $1,129 to Lincolnview. The school thanks Clarks’ Pharmacy and the Lincolnview Community for their support.
Over the last several weeks, the second grade students have been studying community helpers and their jobs. 15 parents visited to talk to us about the jobs that they have. The students learned what types of responsibilities each job requires as well as any training they would have to go through.
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Just a reminder to turn in the forms for Lincolnview’s annual Veterans Day celebration to be held Friday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
Forms are due back in no later than Monday, November 3.
Several Lincolnview Elementary School students also received awards at the Van Wert Apple Festival Art Competition. They include Arin Williams, fourth place; Delaney Keysor, third place; Lehla Young, fourth place; Maddie Gerdeman and Kellynn Howard, honorable mention (see photo at right).
On Friday, October 24, the Benefit Council will be holding their second annual Breakfast, from 7-8:15 a.m. The breakfast will consist of “all-you-can-eat” pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, hash browns, fruit, milk, juice and coffee. The cost for the breakfast is $5. The Benefit Council will use all proceeds to help students who are going through hardships, such as extreme medical problems, natural disaster or a loss of a parent. Please join us in the cafeteria and support this worthwhile fundraiser.
Don’t forget the upcoming Veterans Day Celebration being held on Friday, November 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the High School gymnasium. The celebration is in honor and appreciation of our veterans. Forms have been sent home with students and need to be returned no later than November 3 in order to assure that your veteran gets recognized. A small reception will be held for the veterans and their Lancer family member(s) after the program. If you have any questions or need another form, please contact program coordinator, Stephanie Renner, firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 419.968.2214, extension 2217.
The Lincolnview Local Education Association would also like to remind you about our Scrip Program. With Christmas approaching fast, now would be a great time to start thinking about gift cards for that special someone on your list. We have put a link on the school’s website, located on the right under Parents and Students, to help you with the process. All proceeds from this program go to provide three seniors with $1,000 scholarships that are renewable for the second year. It is the perfect program for you to purchase cards of your own for the places that you frequent, including groceries, gas, books, clothes, restaurants, etc.
The students in Sandy Dowdy’s language arts classes were honored to have SGT Jack Frank visit them last week. He is a 2011 Lincolnview graduate and has served in the US Army for the past three years. He has been deployed to Afghanistan twice in that time. Jack shared his family’s military background with the students along with his reasons for joining the military. He told us that the biggest sacrifice for him has been leaving his family but followed that by saying he does it so that others won’t have to. Jack commented that the appreciation shown by his community when he comes home is amazing.
This week those same classes have worked hard to write their final copies for the VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest. This year’s theme is “Why I Appreciate America’s Veterans”. All students are required to write the essay for class, then each student can decide whether to submit the essay for the contest. Last year there were two students who placed in the contest. Erin Miller and James Greathouse were both chosen and attended a dinner at the VFW where they read their essays. Prizes from the local VFW are $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. The national winner received a prize of $5,000.
On Friday Oct. 3, Lincolnview Elementary students had the opportunity to experience Young Authors Day, an assembly to support the writing curriculum. The day began with an all elementary school assembly by Toma the Mime. Toma talked about how to write for the stage verses the page. He also shared his experiences of becoming a mime along with his inspirations. The students watched and a few participated in Toma’s demonstrations of mime. Toma discussed the important components of how to write a creative story. After the assembly, the performer personally helped students with their own stories. In the afternoon another assembly was held where the mime performed the students’ stories that were written earlier that day.
Lincolnview Local Schools is proud to announce its annual Veterans Day Celebration to be held on Friday Nov. 7. We would like to honor the veterans of our Lincolnview student body and staff. We at Lincolnview are very proud of the men and women who are bravely serving or have served our country. For this reason, we would like to honor them by announcing their name, branch, and family member(s) with whom they are attending in our High School Gymnasium. Lincolnview would also like to pay tribute to those who have served that are no longer with us by reading their name in a special memorial portion of the program. Please join us on Nov. 7 at 1:30 p.m. in the High School Gymnasium to help show our appreciation to our Veterans. A small reception will be held for the veterans and their Lancer family member(s) after the program. Any questions can be directed to Program Coordinator: Stephanie Renner email@example.com or by calling: 419.968.2214 Ext. 2217.
First grade students are finishing up their very own masterpieces at Lincolnview Elementary. ”Matisse Apples” is a lesson based on the Henri Matisse painting called “Apples.” The students trace the circle, stamped it with tempera paint using recycled laundry detergent caps to create the apples. Then students painted concentric circles on the plate using watercolor demonstrating careful hand/brush control. Finally, they finished the painting by adding and mixing more watercolor to fill in the background.