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Students Code Games to Celebrate Computer Science Week

Hour of Code-1In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, Linden Grove School students took part in the “Hour of Code” campaign.

“Hour of Code” is a worldwide initiative dedicated to expanding access to computer science. It was created based on the idea that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra.

Hour of Code’s website offers one-hour tutorials on coding for students age 4 to 104 in 45 different languages on topics ranging from Puppies for pre-readers to Star Wars and sports games. For those who want to go “Beyond an Hour of Code,” there are also extended online tutorials.

Some of the projects LGS students worked on were coding their own “flappy bird” or Star Wars themed games.

 

Getting to Know Community Helpers

Linden Grove School’s K-2 Team welcomed some very special guests during their recent unit on Community Helpers.

Firemen and Paramedics Bill Fitzpatric and “Crazy Mike” Kramer from the Sycamore Township Fire Department spent a Monday afternoon with the students. Crazy Mike showed them his equipment including his “backpack” which consisted of a heavy tank of air to breath in a room full of smoke. He also put on his full gear, piece-by-piece, so if the students ever do see a fireman in a big suit and face mask they will know the fireman is a friend who is there to help. Afterwards, the students saw the firetruck with ladder fully extended.

The students also welcomed officers Fritz and Nash from the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. The officers talked with the students about what to do when approached by a stranger and also showed them some of their equipment. In appreciation for their time, each student presented the officers with a “high five” thank you and then received a badge and coloring book. Finally, everyone went outside to see and sit inside a sheriff’s vehicle.

Many thanks to our special guests and all of our community helpers!

 

 

 

Students Give Back on Giving Tuesday

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This year, LGS Applied Skills students joined the Giving Tuesday movement.

Giving Tuesday—the Tuesday after Thanksgiving—is a global effort encouraging people to give to help those less fortunate in their community whether it’s a gift of time, a financial contribution, donated items, or simply giving the power of your voice to raise awareness about a cause or organization.

For their contribution, the Applied Skills students discussed what it means to be homeless and how homeless people might feel during the holiday season. The students decided to put together care packages and came up with a list of items to include: toothbrush, toothpaste, bar of soap, wipes, tissues, deodorant, Chapstick, peanut butter crackers, water bottle, mints and a handwritten note.

The items were purchased with some of the money the students earned from Café 201 and the Grovery. On Giving Tuesday, the students put together four care packages including the handwritten notes. That evening, Applied Skills teacher Mrs. Boone and Mrs. Parker went downtown and while there saw exactly four homeless people. They asked each one if they wanted the care package and they each said yes.

Thank you to Mrs. Boone and Mrs. Parker for supporting the students’ project to give back.

And a special thank you to the students – may your efforts inspire people to join the Giving Tuesday movement.

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Nice Shot, Spud!

Ask a student from our 6-8 Team about Boyle’s Law and in their mind’s eye they will see spuds fly. That’s because the students recently demonstrated Boyle’s Law using a potato launcher.

Boyle’s Law—the principle that the air pressure on a gas is inversely proportional to its volume at constant temperatures—it demonstrable with items ranging from aerosol cans to syringes to SCUBA gear.

In an aerosol can, the contents are mixed with gas under pressure high enough to render the gas into a liquid. When the nozzle is opened, however, the pressure is reduced allowing the gas to expand, and it forces its way out of the nozzle carrying the contents with it.

Drawing blood with a syringe uses Boyle’s Law in a different way. When the plunger of a syringe is pulled back, it increases the volume of the chamber inside the syringe. This reduces the pressure, creating a vacuum effect, and blood is drawn into the chamber through the needle.

Divers must keep Boyle’s Law in mind at all times. When a diver descends, the pressure around him increases forcing nitrogen into solution inside his bloodstream. If he ascends too rapidly, the dissolved nitrogen expands suddenly forming bubbles. This causes the painful and potentially life-threatening condition known as the bends.

The potato launcher used by the 6-8 Team consisted of a pvc pipe barrel, both ends of which were tamped with chunks of potato. A plunger was then used to push one piece of potato further into the barrel. As a result, the trapped gas between the two potato chunks was steadily increased until the pressure became great enough to “launch” the potato chunk on the far end.

What will our students try next? Stay tuned to find out!

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LGS Students get a Lesson in Pizza Making at Pizzeria Locale

img_0111Linden Grove students were recently welcomed at Pizzeria Locale to lean the fine art of pizza making!

The kitchen staff at the Pizzeria Locale location in Kenwood provided the Applied Skills staff and students with a demonstration of the entire dough making process. Then they let each student stretch their own ball of dough, and watch as the restaurant staff made and cooked pizzas using the dough.

Each student was provided with their own pizza to eat and then everyone was treated to a Nutella Pizza for dessert!

THANK YOU to Pizzeria Locale for being so welcoming and generous!

 

 

 

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School House Symphony gets Two Thumbs Up

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During a recent visit to Linden Grove School, students again gave the performers of School House Symphony two thumbs up!

The six-member ensemble travels the Tri-State bringing live music to elementary and junior high students. School House Symphony delivers engaging, interactive performances providing cultural enrichment as well as educational content ranging from musical concepts to the science of sound to world history.

Students have an opportunity to sit near the performers and interact with them by participating in the program and asking and answering questions.

This most recent program at Linden Grove School opened with the students demonstrating what they remembered about the various instruments played by the performers. Then the students received an overview of the forms found in music from the 1500s to the present.

School House Symphony is always a favorite at LGS, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

 

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Halloween Celebrations Include Costumes, Competitions and (of course) Candy

Halloween is the most anticipated celebrations of the fall season for the young and young at heart—and it’s no different at Linden Grove School. All October long we plan our costumes, stock up on candy and other treats, and get ready for a great time.

The annual 6-8 team Halloween Party is always fun and festive with a donut eating competition, games, candy, caramel apples, dancing, and the limbo. We were especially thrilled this year to see a number of LGS alums in attendance.

On Monday, Halloween Day, the mild weather allowed students to enjoy a “trunk and treat.” Students walked from car to car in our parking lot, gathering treats from LGS supporters.

Many thanks to the to the parents and staff who worked hard to make this yet another great Halloween celebration for everyone at Linden Grove School.

 

 

Clay Piggy: Teaching Financial Literacy in A Virtual World

Now LGS students can earn, save and spend money on cars, toys, houses and more – just like their parents.

All in the virtual world of Clay Piggy.

The Clay Piggy virtual gaming environment has stores looking to hire talented kids. Students apply for a job at a shop or company, and then begin earning money. The more they work the faster they get to the next level, and the higher the level the higher the income.

Students can open checking and savings accounts, and learn how to write checks or use a debit card. Money is used for food, rent and buying cool things.

Students can also interact with each other in the virtual environment and travel together to the amusement park or other places – using the money they worked hard to earn!

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Once logged in, students choose a career and then can use their earnings to shop.
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4-6 Team Teacher Leah Kubachka helps Jack Peak navigate the virtual world of Clay Piggy.
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4-6 Team Teacher Leah Kubachka helps Liam Light navigate the virtual world of Clay Piggy.
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Liam Light browses a Clay Piggy virtual store for food and other items.

 

 

Bal-A-What?

Bal-A-Vis-X.

Balance-Auditory-Vision-Exercise.

A series of exercises executed by tossing bean bags or bouncing balls in a steady rhythm.

The exercises have proven benefits for students including:

  • Increased confidence and self-discipline – Impulsivity decreases and attention spans increase. Physical coordination and body rhythm are enhanced. Stress is more easily managed.
  • Visual fitness improves – Eye tracking and focused attention improve, which accelerate classroom study, homework and test-taking performance.
  • Auditory skills are enhanced – Rhythmic patterns stimulate a new awareness of the nuances of sound. Listening and communication skills improve.

Bal-A-Viz-X has been utilized selectively at Linden Grove School in the past, but beginning in the 2016-2017 school year will be fully incorporated into the curriculum. With the addition of a full-time Sensory Coordinator – the only position of its kind in the Greater Cincinnati area and likely in the nation – we will able to work with small groups of students and even one-on-one to achieve results more quickly.

Watch the videos below to see our students demonstrate examples of Bal-A-Vix-X exercise.

 

Students Explore Da Vinci—The Genius

Students traveled back in time to explore the creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci hands-on.

On a field trip to the Da Vinci exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center, our team of students and staff from grades 6 through 8 explored life-size reproductions of dozens of Da Vinci’s inventions ranging from a flying machine to a deep-water diving suit. Wooden machines created opportunities to learn about the science behind Da Vinci’s inventions with chances to push, pull, crank and spin. And an animated analysis of Da Vinci’s most famous painting “Mona Lisa” brought the Renaissance to life.

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No exhibit Da Vinci would be complete without the Mona Lisa (not actual size!) Shown left to right: Max Siekman, Lindsey Parker, Max Steinberg, Brendon Sears, Caleb Smith.
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Kiely Boone lends a hand to Avery Schonberg at one of the many hands-on exhibits.
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Max Rauch activates a wooden machine explaining the science behind Da Vinci’s inventions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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