September News

September News
Posted on 09/05/2019
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Lakeland Intermediate School Staff of the Month
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Congratulations to Paul Furniss (PE) and Victoria Nonigo (EL) for being selected as the September Lakeland Intermediate School staff of the month. Staff members are nominated by their peers each month And are then randomly drawn from all nominations at the monthly staff meeting.

Staff members of the month receive a certificate and get to pick out of the prize basket which has lots of goodies in it.



CLASS training for Lakeland Intermediate School on Flex Day
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Lakeland Intermediate School teachers received professional development and training from Jim McMillan, of the CLASS (Connected Learning Assures Student Success) Organization. This was part of their Flex Day agenda.

Teachers spent the morning focused on what effects student learning and WSU’s teachers can address those factors through things like life-skills, life lines, life goals, and other CLASS strategies.



Multiplying Decimals at Lakeland Intermediate School
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Miss Reeve’s 6th grade students were introduced to multiplying decimals today in math. Students worked through several sample problems to get the hang of it before working problems independently. Miss Reeve checked student understanding both individually and in small groups.



Lakeland Intermediate School installs new Playground
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The new playground is beginning to take shape at Lakeland Intermediate School. Crews began installing the new equipment on Monday.



Lakeland Intermediate School Teachers hold Morning Meetings
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4th grade teacher, Angelique Larimer, holds morning meeting with her class. Morning meetings are used to review class procedures, discuss character lessons, and review morning work before starting the days lessons. After today’s morning meeting students practiced rounding multi-digit numbers to various place values.



Lakeland Intermediate School 6th Grade Reading and Writing
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McCartney Cintron’s 6th grade Language Arts students were studying inferences and character traits today. They used the movie Wall E to practice making inferences.

In writing, students are drafting personal narratives with a focus on a life-changing event. Mrs. Cintron conferences with students to offer feedback, ideas, and suggestions for their drafts. Students also peer edit each other’s writing as part of the process.



The Super Swoopers promote Growth Mindset to Lakeland Intermediate School Reading Students
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Lakeland Intermediate School SWOOP room staff is teaching students to develop a growth mindset by moving a washer with their minds!!!

The teacher want students to know that whatever we believe we can do our brain subconsciously helps or hinders our approach to it. If you think you can do something you are more likely to do it. If you don’t think you can do something, you most likely won’t be able to do it.



Learning from our Own at Lakeland Intermediate School
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Lakeland Intermediate School School Intervention Program teacher, Sam Plew, and Emotional Disabilities teacher, Elisa Schackow, lead Friday morning collaboration with a focus on behavior interventions and classroom support for teachers.



Lakeland Intermediate joins Senior Project
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Seniors Claudia Muñoz and Alexia Lopez (l-r) visited Lakeland Intermediate School teachers on Friday to share their senior project idea.

The seniors will be putting together a monthly newsletter for both Lakeland Primary and Lakeland Intermediate buildings to inform students, parents, and community members of what’s happening from month to month.



5th Grade Book Clubs at Lakeland Intermediate School
It was a busy Friday in Mr. Barrand’s 5th grade classroom at Lakeland Intermediate School.
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Students had their first book club meetings today. Before the meetings, the class discussed higher level discussion prompts. Students took nine of those prompts and placed them on a tic-tac-toe board. This motivated students to use a variety of conversational moves.



Lakeland Intermediate School is Learning and Growing
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Lakeland Intermediate School teachers welcomed Justine González, educational consultant, into their classrooms today. González along with Mr. Targgart and Mrs. Wyss visited classrooms throughout the day. González will be working with admin and the instructional leadership team at LIS to look for areas of focus and determine professional development to grow in those focus areas during this school year.



Lakeland Intermediate School 4th Grade Investigators
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4th grade students conducted a ZSI Investigation activity today with the help of the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo. Students learned about adaptations through a bird beak activity.
photo of students Birds have different types of beaks based on their main sources of food.
ZSI had a great activity to help the students understand physical adaptations. 4th graders practiced using different "beaks" to pick up food. Then they got to pet a dove.
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Reading to Make Meaning and Understanding
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6th grade students in Lorren Bordine’s reading class are learning about making inferences and using prior knowledge when the read. Mr. Bordine introduces the concept whole group then as students silent read in class he holds individual conferences with students to check their level of understanding of these and other reading strategies.



Lakeland Intermediate School 6th Graders attend Feed My Starving Children at the MEC
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On Wednesday, September 11. Lakeland Intermediate School sixth grade classrooms attended the Feed My Starving Children event at the Michiana event center in Shipshewana. Students were part of a special occasion that happened during their packing time where the 5 millionth meal was packed in 10 years of LaGrange county hosting this event.



String Art at Lakeland Intermediate School
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Lakeland Intermediate School art teacher, Amy Whited, taught students string art this week. Students dipped the string into different colors of ink than folded the string between papers and pulled the string out of the paper to create artistic designs.



Bread and Butter in the Science Lab at Lakeland Intermediate School
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6th gade students in Cassie Allen and Lorren Bordine's classes utilized the science lab last week to make butter during science class. Student's had to follow the scientific process as they learned how to make the butter. Miss Allen also made homade bread for the students to try out with the butter they made.



The Millipedes have arrived at Lakeland Intermediate School photo of students
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4th-grade students are working collaboratively with the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo to learn about animal habitats. Last week the students received millipedes that they will keep in class and take care of over the next several weeks as they study and observe their habitat.



Data-Driven Instruction at Lakeland Intermediate School
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Teachers at Lakeland Intermediate School used Friday collaboration to dive into student ILEARN data. Grade levels dissect these reports in grade level data teams to help inform and guide their instruction as they prepare this year’s students for the April ILEARN test window.



5th Grade Teachers find a new way to introduce Order of Operations in Math Class
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Teaching order of operations and PEMDAS... with music, hand motions, and a whole lot of fun! LIS 5th grade teachers Andrew Barrand (DJ PEMDAS), Ben Hofer (Mr. Order of Operations) and Jennifer Young (Aunt Sally) use a rap performance to teach the 5th grade class about the order of operation in solving equations. P - Parenthesis, E- Exponents, M- Multiply, D- Divide, A- Addition, S- Subtract.



Alligators Spotted at Lakeland Intermediate School
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Fourth grade students in Jessica Golliff’s classroom at Lakeland Intermediate School



Reading for Meaning at Lakeland Intermediate School
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How do you get kids to figure out what is important in a text, or what to pay attention to and remember when they read? Well just ask one of Holly Elwood’s 4th graders. They are learning about signposts in reading. What are signposts?

Here is the “Cliff’s Notes” version of the signposts:

  • Contrasts and Contradictions – When the character does something different from what you would expect, ask yourself why the character is doing that.
  • Words of the Wiser – When an older or wiser character gives the main character advice, ask yourself what the lesson might be or how it will affect the character’s life.
  • Aha! Moment – When a character suddenly figures something out or understands something, ask yourself how that moment might change things.
  • Again and Again – When something is repeated in a book, ask yourself why the author thought it was important enough to repeat.
  • Memory Moment – When the action is interrupted and the author tells you about a memory, ask yourself why the memory might be important.
  • Tough Questions – When the character asks themselves a tough question, think about what the tough questions makes you wonder.



Lakeland Intermediate School Teacher/Student Conferencing
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One technique our teachers use daily with students is conferencing. Teachers meet with students one on one or in small groups to assess what students understand about the topic that they are instructing at that moment. This allows teachers to give immediate feedback and individualized instruction based on that student’s level of understanding.



5th Grade Students use Schema
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Ashley Wetzel’s 5th grade class learn about schema and how to make connections when they read. Connections through text to text, text to self, and text world. Schema helps students better understand and comprehend what they are reading.



3rd Graders learn about Classical Composers
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Third grade students in Gloria Wallman’s music class are learning about classical music and composers. Here, students are learning about the French composer, Claude Debussy, by utilizing websites and the projection whiteboard to make the learning more interactive for the students.



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