By: Lincolnview Local Schools
Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path. Kris Tow and Liz Gerdeman incorporated time into their schedule beginning in March to introduce a combination of keyboarding skills along with computer science skills to their first grade classes. Once a week, under the guidance of Deb Stetler, the students worked on the fundamentals of keyboarding – proper posture and hand position, key terms such as home row, as well as computer science skills.
The course used to teach computer science skills to the students was designed to allow early readers to create computer programs that will help them learn to collaborate with others, develop problem-solving skills, and persist through difficult talks. By the end of the course, the students can create their very own custom game or story that they can share. This collaboration is something that both teachers are planning on continuing next year starting in September for the entire year.
Parents, if you are looking for an easy, fun way to keep your child’s reading skills sharp this summer, check out the new downloadable “Beach Bags” for K-3 and the first ever virtual Camp INFOhio for grades 4-6. The Beach Bags feature stories and activities that let children practice reading skills while learning about careers and helping the environment.
Camp INFOhio contains five days of reading, activities, and experiments focused on STEAM topics. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math. Kids can try their hadn at code breaking, conduct science experiments with items they find in the kitchen, learn about roller coasters before designing their own, and create their own musical instruments. The Beach Bags and Camp INFOhio are offered free to all Ohio families and schools by INFOhio and the Ohio Department of Education. Find them all by going to www.infohio.org and clicking Summer Fun in the what’s new box.
On May 14 the Lincolnview Senior Government class attended the financial literacy hands- on simulation “Real Money, Real World”, held at Van Wert High School. The program is run through the Ohio State University Extension office and is ideally suited for students as the near graduation. Real Money, Real World is an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by adults. Students have three preparatory class sessions where they are given a career, monthly salary and life situation such as number of children. Once the classroom sessions end, the class meets with volunteers from local businesses to make budget management and lifestyle decisions.
Isian Bowersock, Kelsey Brenneman, Kollan Dull, and Jordan Fetzer, members of the Lincolnview Industrial Technology Cub made eight plyometric jump boxes for Lincolnview’s weight training classes and athletic programs.
Each year, Lincolnview staff and students participate in a Mini-Relay for Life event to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. This year’s Mini-Relay was April 20-24. Throughout the week there were fundraising and cancer awareness activities with all donations going to the American Cancer Society. This year’s Mini-Relay raised over $2,000.
After hosting the Lincolnview Junior-Senior Prom on May 2, the junior class provided a father daughter dance Sunday, May 3 for girls K-5 to take advantage of all the decorations they worked so hard on. Eighty-two girls danced the afternoon away in the Las Vegas Grand Ballroom. Refreshments were provided and pictures were taken of each student so they could have a special keepsake from the day. The junior class would like to say thank you for the community for supporting such a lovely opportunity for fathers and their daughters!
The juniors, Class of 2016, would also like to extend a special thank you to a few individuals/businesses who made it all possible for a successful prom/after-prom. The theme this year was Casino/Welcome to Las Vegas! The Van Wert Optimist along with Eric McCracken (Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service), Steve Munroe (Statewide Ford), Brian Greve (Greve Chrysler), Iberdrola, and Firehouse Pizza all were instrumental in either monetary or food donations or providing cars as decorations. Along with those major supporters we had many Van Wert businesses make donations for gifts to be given to our after-prom goers. Without the community
support the Lincolnview Jr./Sr. Prom of 2015 would not have been as successful.
Lincolnview’s bands will hold their annual Band-a-rama and Senior Farewell concert on Friday May 15 beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The concert will feature music from the fifth grade, sixth grade, junior high and high school bands. It will be a great night to recognize the advancement of all students in the band program. A brief reception will be held after for the high school band members and their families. Please consider joining us for a night of music and fun!
Lincolnview’s Junior High band will travel to Parkway Schools in Rockford on May 16 to perform at the OMEA Junior High Large Group contest. They take the stage at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium with the selections Air of Nobility by Swearingen, Legend by Balmages and The Invincible Warrior by Shaffer.
This year at Lincolnview, Kirstie Schroeder’s Service-Learning class has been learning about our world and community both in the classroom and out in the community. Throughout the school year, Lincolnview’s Service-Learning class has been working on a variety of projects. A recent unit the class completed on recycling led to a service project of recycling the school’s cans. Last week, Schroeder’s students went to the recycling center to recycle pop cans that the teachers at Lincolnview have been donating to them. With the money the class earned recycling, they went to the grocery store to buy nonperishable food items that will be donated to a local food pantry.
Besides recycling the school’s cans, the class has done other projects this year. The class’s first project was packing and decorating snack bags to send with the band students at their first competition. An ongoing service to the school is changing the words on the sign in front of the school which the class has done periodically throughout this school year. Also, the students go to the grocery store twice a month where they have been learning valuable skills such as reading labels, comparing prices and brands, and staying within a budget. The students also enjoy reading books to the Kindergarteners once a week.
Our class continues to be on the lookout for more ways to learn about and serve the great community that we live in!
Ed Brazen’s Geometry students held their annual Popsicle Stick Bridges competition on April 15. The project lasted three weeks with fourteen bridges being built and fourteen bridges being destroyed. The winning group’s Popsicle Bridge held 195 pounds. Members of this group were Luke Bullinger, Maddie Jones, and Chayton Overholt. The highest efficiency bridge went to Noah Daeger, Nathan O’Neill, and Nikki Billingham.
You are invited! The students from Lincolnview schools have come together to create artwork for a spectacular art show celebration. Every student will have their own professionally framed masterpiece on display. You won’t want to miss this “Night of the Arts”! You will be able to bring home your child’s framed original art for $24 to display in your home or office. In addition, a percentage of the sales goes directly to your child’s Art Program. If you cannot attend the show, you may prepay by sending a check to the front office made payable to Lincolnview Local Schools. The show will be held in the school cafeteria, April 16 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Lincolnview Elementary will hold its annual PTO Carnival and Raffle this Friday, April 10 from 4-7 p.m. If you like to play games this is the place to be! We will be having some inflatable games from UltraSound like an Obstacle Course with a Slide, the Jumpy Castle, and Football Bliss. We will also have the favorite classics like: Plinko, the Cake Walk, Pop Ring Toss, Fat Cats, Toilet Toss, and Fish Bowl game. New this year is a Kiddie Game Room for the little ones: Color Toss, Toxic Melt Down, and a Lancer wheel. You can win candy, prizes and tickets at a variety of games that can be used to get cool prizes. We will also have the very popular Photo Booth for group pictures with your friends and family, face painting, and delicious cotton candy.
Oh, and don’t worry about preparing supper; we will be selling pizza, Venedocia Lions Club sausage sandwiches, hot dogs, nacho chips and cheese, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of chips and cookies. While you enjoy a delicious meal in the cafeteria have Mom and Dad check out all of the cool things they can try to win at the raffle. Who wouldn’t want to win things like a gas grill, Komet Hockey tickets, jewelry, tickets to the Van Wert Cinemas, gift certificates for various places in town, a child’s bicycle, and much, much more. The event is open to the public.
The Lincolnview Theatre Department will present Disney’s Tarzan, the Musical on April 10, 11, 12 (matinee), 16, 18 and 19 (matinee), 2015. Show times are 7:30 p.m., while Sunday shows are 2 p.m. (matinees). All performances this year are being held at the Van Wert Civic Theatre. Obtain tickets now by calling 419 968.2214 ext. 3242 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. It is highly recommended that you obtain your tickets early. Plan now to see Tarzan, the Musical.
Come to the elementary carnival April 10 for a chance to win these beautiful afghans! The alphabet block baby blanket and Lancer colored afghan were crocheted and donated by Pam Eversole, grandmother of sixth grader Madyson Glossett and third grader Grant Glossett. Proceeds from the afghan sale will go to the Rachel’s Challenge group. They are raising money for a “buddy bench” for the playground. Students can sit on the bench if they need a friend to play with at recess. Also for sale will be hats, scarves, and bows made by the challenge group, along with other prizes and games.