The outdoor ceremony for Linden Grove School’s Class of 2020 was
full of hoots and hollers for this year’s graduates! To keep everyone safe amid
the continuing threat of the corona virus, this year’s ceremony was outside
allowing for more fun and noise!
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.
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.
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.
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
From festival rides and an indoor Trunk or Treat to visiting local farms and learning what to expect at the dentist, 2019-2020 has been another year filled with lasting memories for LGS students, staff, and family members. For pictures and stories from the year, visit “Inside LGS.”
Card games are a great way for students of all ages to practice math skills. Mrs. VanBergen recently shared rules for some basic card games – games that can easily be modified depending on the age and ability of the players.
6-8 Team students recently participated in a live class via video conferencing on the science of paper airplanes. Students were encouraged to explore various airplane designs – including one using drinking straws and paper hoops – and explore how the flight of their planes changed based on design, size, thrust, and more.
Reading not only helps students increase their vocabulary and their language skills but also helps students improve their concentration and memory, encourages empathy and creativity, and brings students together through a shared experience.
Mrs. Bachman is taking an advantage of the stay-at-home order in response to COVID-19, and free resources from J. K. Rowling and her Wizarding World partners, to guide her 4-6 Team students through a reading of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, the first book in J. K. Rowling’s popular series of novels.
While staff and students “Stay at Home” during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Hoffman’s 2-4 Team art students continue their exploration of world cultures. Their current geographic area of focus? Asia!
With each country they visit—from India to Japan to Russia—Mrs. Hoffman shares a world map highlighting the country as well as some basic information of the country’s culture and traditions. Also provided are links to short videos from National Geographic Kids depicting student explorers as they experience local attractions and activities ranging from a Holi festival in India to the performance of The Nutcracker ballet in Russia.