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If I Were an Astronaut

During Linden Grove School’s second week of Summer Camp, students are considering what it would be like to be an astronaut:

  • What would your rocket look like?
  • Where would you go?
  • What would you see?

K-4 students received an introduction to the universe through the book Me and My Place in Space by Joan Sweeney. With Earth as a starting point, a young astronaut leads readers on a tour past each planet and on to the stars, answering simple questions about our solar system.

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Feel the Force

Summer Camp has begun at LGS, and this week 4-8 students are experimenting with magnets and static electricity. With each, force can be applied to an object from a distance (as opposed to physically touching an object and applying force).

Students first tested magnets on various objects: plastic, wood, glass, paper, metal, etc. Magnets attract some metal objects but not all; magnets attract objects made of iron and steel, for example, but not aluminum, copper, or brass.

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Teaching Students: A 30-Year Vocation

Peg Ballard’s vocation has always been to teach students. It began more than thirty years ago with a small parent cooperative for families whose children did not fit the mainstream education system and continued as the cooperative grew and evolved into Linden Grove School. It continued until her retirement earlier this year.

Ms. Ballard’s dedication showed daily in her classes: in giving careful instructions, in responding to “off topic” comments and calmly redirecting students, and in allowing students the time they needed to process information and formulate a response. Ms. Ballard enjoyed getting to know students and “what makes them tick” — then she knew how to motivate them and help them learn!

Ms. Ballard took joy in her students and activities throughout the school: she cheered students racing up and down the hallways in an “Olympic” relay, and delighted as students entered her room to carefully and thoughtfully take pictures for an art project.

It was always all about the students.

Thank you, Ms. Ballard, for your 30 years of service. You will be missed.

Outstanding Generosity Ensures Cancelled Fundraiser Surpasses Goal

LGS’s 2020 Signature Event netted more than $75,000 — surpassing its fundraising goal — despite the cancellation of the actual dinner and entertainment in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you to everyone who supported the online auction, raffles, and prize drawings.

Special thanks to this year’s sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Hunt Development Corporation
Supporting Sponsors: BHI General Contracting LLC and Brandicorp LLC
Entertainment Sponsor: Lithko Restoration Technologies LLC
Contributing Sponsor: M. Ellis & Associates LLC
Event Sponsor: Taft Law

Class of 2020 Reflects Diverse Interests, Shared Memories

Linden Grove School graduates reflect a diversity of interests and ambitions. Some look forward to utilizing the skills they developed at Linden Grove School to achieve academic success in high school and perhaps college. Others indicate a desire to continue exploring personal interests and improving their social skills.

Students also differ in their favorite memories of LGS. Some recall creating a racing car using a pumpkin, while others recollect the annual Fall Dance. What they agree on: they will miss their friends and their time together in fun class activities or simply hanging out during lunch.

Top, left to right: Alanya Ozdil with Justin Ulrich at the Fall Dance; Tazz Siekman succeeds in robotics class; Max Hall with classmates Zander Naegele and Ben Bartlett show off their creation for The Great Pumpkin Race. Bottom, left to right: Mrs. Sigurdson helps Erika Thomas measure ingredients for an apple crisp; Tyrone Gray shows off his jersey on Team Spirit Day.

Learning, Supports and Sense of Community Maintained amid Social Distancing

Given only a few days’ notice of a school closure in anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Linden Grove School teachers showed their flexibility in adapting academic lessons to distance learning. As the closure extended through April into May, teachers posted and received assignments utilizing Google Classroom, assignments ranging from subtraction worksheets, to learning about world cultures through art projects, to writing a poem about their favorite food.

In addition to academic assignments, speech and occupational therapists utilized an Internet-based system for weekly 1:1 sessions, and behavior staff provided consultations via phone.

To help everyone stay connected and maintain LGS’s sense of community, video conferencing enabled Morning Meetings for students to share with each other and practice social interactions. Posted images from weekly Spirit Days encouraged fun and helped maintain relationships among students, staff, and even LGS therapy dogs!

Linden Grove School is grateful to staff and family members who helped students stay engaged and connected during this unique time

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