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What's Right in South Lane SD (April 18, 2014)

Teaming Up For Student Success

By Ali Nice

What happens when you are full of creative ideas but can't tolerate the feel of the pencil on paper or struggle with fine motor skills to write legible letters? For a few of our students, it means refusing to write, getting frustrated, and challenging even the best teacher's motivational strategies. 

ipadAs you can see in the photo, some of our students have a new attitude about creating written work! We would like to thank the Cottage Grove Community Foundation for their grant funds, allowing us to purchase two iPad minis loaded with the app, Dragon Dictation. This grant was awarded to help us teach students with disabilities in the area of writing.

These are two Harrison students speaking into the iPad and seeing their words appear like magic on the screen. The text can then be edited on the iPad or on a desktop computer.  It's amazing what creative ideas can be unleashed when the physical obstacles are removed! (After the iPads arrived we found another use: Helping students with articulation issues practice making clear sounds!)

"What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us. 

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What's Right in South Lane SD (April 18, 2014)

Teaming Up For Student Success

By Ali Nice

What happens when you are full of creative ideas but can't tolerate the feel of the pencil on paper or struggle with fine motor skills to write legible letters? For a few of our students, it means refusing to write, getting frustrated, and challenging even the best teacher's motivational strategies. 

ipadAs you can see in the photo, some of our students have a new attitude about creating written work! We would like to thank the Cottage Grove Community Foundation for their grant funds, allowing us to purchase two iPad minis loaded with the app, Dragon Dictation. This grant was awarded to help us teach students with disabilities in the area of writing.

These are two Harrison students speaking into the iPad and seeing their words appear like magic on the screen. The text can then be edited on the iPad or on a desktop computer.  It's amazing what creative ideas can be unleashed when the physical obstacles are removed! (After the iPads arrived we found another use: Helping students with articulation issues practice making clear sounds!)

"What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us. 

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What's Right in South Lane SD (April 9, 2014)

Guten Tag South Lane!  

By Geriann Walker

bkingYou may be hearing a lot more German being spoken around Cottage Grove now that thirteen CGHS students have returned from their spring break tour of Germany and Austria.  The group spent a week in the heart of Munich, taking in the culture and architecture of Bavaria.  Their days were filled with action and adventure as they walked, biked, and rode the subway from one attraction to another.  They interacted with locals, speaking their best German while completing a treasure hunt around the old city. They toured palaces, cathedrals, and castles while learning about German history, art, and literature. They got a taste of German business and industry with a visit to BMW World.  They spent a day in Salzburg, Austria, viewing the baroque architecture of this World Heritage site.  They toured Salzburg's hillside medieval fortress and the birthplace of Mozart.  Not a moment was wasted as they sang and yodeled to Alpine favorites on the way to and from this city at the foot of the Alps. Each day of their tour was focused around a theme, such as the day students toured Dachau, a former concentration camp, and considered aspects of German Remembrance Culture. In addition to visiting Dachau, students read poetry written by holocaust survivors, and shared their thoughts and feelings as they stood in front of the newly built Munich synagogue. To cap off an amazing week in Germany, students enjoyed one final traditional Bavarian meal, followed by an energetic round of Bavarian folk dancing lead by members of a local Bavarian dance club. The trip was organized and made possible by CGHS German teacher Angela Schaefer.   bmw world

 

 "What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us.

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What's Right in South Lane SD (March 30, 2014)

Title I Family Math Night at London School

By Laurie Briggs

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?  That's the question we asked our parents at London School's Family Math Night on February 27, 2014.

Families came to enjoy a wide variety of math games that covered all levels of K-8th grade math, learned about the "Eight Mathematical Practices", tried out some of the sample "Smarter/Balanced" math problems on-line, explored a variety of math sites in the computer lab, and were introduced to the priority/supporting/additional clusters in math instruction. 

 So, are YOU smarter than a 5th grader?  If you think so, try the problem below that we challenged our parents with on Family Math Night. Have fun.

My Sticker Collection: I told my little sister she could have my entire sticker collection if she could figure out howlondon math many stickers were in the collection.  I only gave her these four clues:

1.     When I put the stickers in rows of 2, there is 1 left over.

2.     When I put the stickers in rows of 3, there are 2 left over.

3.     When I put the stickers in rows of 4, there are 3 left over.

4.     When I put the stickers in rows of 5, there are 4 left over.

How many stickers are in my collection?  Explain WHY your answer is correct.  Write down the number facts and patterns you used/discovered while exploring this problem.

 

"What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us.

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What's Right in South Lane SD (March 11, 2014)

Latham Science Fair

By Brian McCasline

latham sci2Can a horse be taught to remember where the carrots are kept?  Will a lemon light up a LED bulb?  Why does vinegar and baking soda create such a mess?  Can an "old dog" be taught "new tricks"?  These are just a few questions that students set out to answer for the Latham Science Fair. 

Latham studentsThird, fourth, and fifth grade students worked dilligently over the past month to complete science fair project using the Scientific Method.  They formed a hypothesis, identified variables and materials, followed procedures, collected data, and formed conclusions.  Students illustrated their process and results on a tri-fold board, and set it up in the gym for the Science Fair.  Younger students (k-2nd grade) completed a project as a class, and older students did projects of their own.  On the night of the fair, in addition to the display board, many students brought their experiments for students and families to see and even test for themselves.

All students at Latham learned a tremendous amount, not only about their particular project, but about how the scientific method works, and how that applies to many topics that we learn about in Science.  It was amazing to walk around the fair, and see all of the work students and their families did to complete the projects.  It was a fun way to do some rigorous Science exploration.latham sci1

Special Thanks go out to:

Parents and famlies for putting in hours of work to help students prepare their projects

Teachers for guiding and encouraging students, and assisting them with the process.

Volunteer Judges
  • Darin Hemenway
  • Taylor Wilhour
  • Kyle Tucker
  • Tim Rochholz
  • Paul Higgins
  • 13 FABULOUS high school Chemistry students

"What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us

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What's Right in South Lane SD (March 3, 2014)

"What's Right in South Lane School District..."

Magic at LMS

March 3, 2014

lms magicHow do you get six hundred kids to practice perfect assembly behavior? You bring in a world class magician for an hour long Good Behavior Activity! Not only did Hart Keene perform plenty of amazing tricks that staff and students are still talking about, he also made many of the problem behaviors we have at assemblies disappear too.

Okay, we can't give all the credit to the magician for the improved assembly behavior. While his magic did have everyone who attended in awe, the idea of redesigning where teachers sat, how students entered the gym, and where teachers supervised from, was the brainstorm of teachers working on the PBS Team. They saw a problem, wanted it fixed, and worked to make it better.

You may still be wondering why we had a world class magician perform at Lincoln Middle School. A Good Behavior Activity, or GBA, is a whole grade level award that any student who has not received a behavior referral may attend. In the past they happened three times a year. Going a whole trimester without making a single mistake is no easy task for just about anybody. Wanting to recognize the good in everybody, the Vision Team set out to remedy this situation and come up with a creative solution!

As mentioned before, GBAs were held three times per year and often our most "behaviorally challenged" students were never getting to experience the event. Therefore, the team decided to have more GBAs, with the caveat being, they would be of smaller scale, lasting only an hour and held once every 4-5 weeks. As a result, many of the aforementioned students now have the opportunity to attend the GBA and reap the benefits of their good behavior. The other big change is that the GBA is a surprise to all students. During morning announcements Mr. Smith informs the kids that at the end of the day we will be having a GBA and shortly thereafter you hear the kids cheering from the halls.

These changes have made a difference in many ways, we gained back days worth of instructional minutes, more students are getting to experience the GBA than ever before, and more kids are attending school on the day of the event. It's a win-win for everyone.

Hart Keene isn't the only one performing magic at LMS, so are the teachers working on the Positive Behavioral Support and Vision Teams!    

 

 

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"What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us 

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What's Right in South Lane SD (February 19, 2014)

McTeacher Night

By Jackie Lester

Bohemia School teachers and families participated in the first Cottage Grove McTeacher Night during the 2012-13 school year.  This turned out to be a REALLY fun and rewarding night for all involved in the event.  Bohemia teachers volunteered to work 1-2 hour shifts at our local McDonald's.  SLSD families were invited to come purchase their dinner and be served by our teachers.  It turned into a whole evening of SLSD families eating and visiting together.  Bohemia received a percentage of profit from all customers for the evening, utilizing the funding for a school-wide Digital Literacy Project.  Many SLSD employees and families generously donate their time to help support our schools in a variety of ways.  

mcdonaldPlease support our school on FEBRUARY 25th between 5:00 and 8:00 P.M. by bringing your family to McDonald's for a quick dinner.  This is an example of the many opportunities for you to help support SLSD schools.

“What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us.

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What's Right in South Lane SD (February 9, 2014)

Students Learn the Finer Points of Flour Milling

By David Bascue

camas mill
CGHS students from Sandra Wilkinson and Casie Hitt's classes recently had the opportunity to learn all the steps required to take wheat growing in the field to bread sitting on your plate.

The students visited Camas Country Mill in Eugene.  A small business that grows their own wheat, grinds it into flour in their own mill and then finishes the process by baking it into bread (no word on whether any little red hens are on staff).  Students were taught about all aspects of this process during a hands on field trip and even had the opportunity to sample the end product.  

The Camas Country Mill is operated by former educators who have a passion for teaching their new business to local school children.  They are even in the process of transferring their milling operation to a former school house in Fern Ridge.  

The CGHS teachers reported that students loved the experience and that the mill owners did a wonderful job of teaching and passing on enthusiasm for their local, all natural small business.  

For other teachers who might be interested in taking such a field trip, additional information can be found at Camas Country Mill's website:

http://camascountrymill.com/

 
What's Right in South Lane School District . . ." is a district communication from the Superintendent's office that highlights great things that are happening throughout the district. If you have ideas to share with the district about the great things that are going on, please send your information in an e-mail to Julie at julie.depauw@slane.k12.or.us.


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