Giving Week is here!

giving-week-3To kick off Giving Week your children created heartfelt banners about what they love about their schools and their sentiments remind us why we, as parents, need to continue to support our truly special schools.  While the overwhelming majority focused on the amazing connection with teachers (no surprise there given our small class sizes and exceptional teachers!), here are just a few other sentiments:

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I love Las Lomitas because…

  • I love math, spelling computer lab and learning.
  • The early birds, late birds and the teachers always find a fun way for us to learn and them to teach.
  • All of the teachers are so nice.
  • I love Las Lomitas because of all the kind students. I have learned a lot from kindergarten to 3rd grade.
  • I love the library.
  • I love school because it is so fun. 

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I love La Entrada because…

  • The staff is kind and caring. They want us to succeed.
  • I love the computer lab and we have 3-D animation.
  • We care about our classmates.
  • We are awesome at being ourselves.
  • The school is special to me because it is really fun and it helps me learn.
  • I love how the school has so much spirit!
  • I love how the whole school is so encouraging.
  • We use kind words.

It’s time to show our commitment to our amazing schools! Donate by November 11th and your gift will count towards the Giving-By-Grade Contest.  The grade with the highest participation receives $200 per classroom for the teachers to spend on enrichment materials immediately. Any classrooms that reach 100% will also get $100!  3rd grade won last year…who will it be this year? 

Educational Excellence Spotlight: Technology

Four years ago, our District started a new tech journey.  We knew there was great potential when we gave all 6th-8th graders their own iPads, each 3rd-5th grade class received five iPads to share, and we added a third iMac computer lab at La Entrada.  As students and teachers continue to integrate technology into their lessons, the “4 C’s” are coming alive:

  • Communication: Students are using apps like Schoolloop, Google Apps, Google Translate, Educreations, iMovie, to show and explain concepts to other students and their teachers.
  • Collaboration: Students share their work via Google Drive and use Air Play to project their ipads to the Smartboard for all to see. Third graders are creating educational videos using Educreations to teach each other and model concepts.
  • Creativity: Students are creating content incorporating a variety of media such as slideshows (Keynote and Google slides), movies (iMovie and Educreations), essays (Pages and Google Docs), and art (Photoshop, iDraw, and Google Draw).
  • Critical Thinking: With online assessments like Kahoot, Google Forms, Edmodo, Socrative, and Nearpod, teachers get instant feedback on student surveys and quizzes.

In the lower grades, the teachers teach the Common Core State Standards of “create engaging audio recordings of stories or poems that demonstrate fluid reading at an understandable pace” through technology. Students regularly record themselves reading and implementing metacognitive strategies, use the Dictionary.com app to learn a word’s definition and to hear how it is pronounced, and create QR codes full of video and voice recordings to complement their written work.

Thanks to the La Entrada Mac lab, today students are knee-deep in transformative elective offerings. Forget 2D…students are designing and printing 3D objects! Students enjoy using professional animation tools such as Maya and learning new languages like Python, Javascript, HTML and Java to introduce the basics of computer science and programming.

Student-run broadcasting uses industry standard tools such as iPads and Final Cut Pro X to produce school news shows that highlight events, activities and the learning taking place in classrooms all over the school.

Where to next? As we discover more about educational technology’s potential, we continue to explore other tools and methods that promote student learning. Chromebooks are being explored in the other two labs as well as ways to make the learning space more conducive towards brain-based learning. “Makerspaces” or “Fablabs” are also getting a lot attention for their potential to promote creation, invention and learning. It’s an overwhelming time, but with constant reflection and collaboration, we can make it the best time.

Like what you read? Help us continue to provide excellent education to the Las Lomitas School District students.  Donate to the Las Lomitas Foundation now!

Educational Excellence Spotlight: Writing

LLESD teachers have a passion for reading and writing! Recent trainings, professional development opportunities and local support provided by experts fuel this passion and provide for continuity and consistency between and among the grades.  Students are coming to LE well prepared to be challenged and inspired and are ready to improve and increase skills and strategies in reading and writing. Teachers are able to provide individual support and enrichment to students because they hone in on needs evidenced by assessments and the relationships they develop with each and every student.

 

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Teachers use the Workshop Model, based on the expertise developed at Columbia University Teachers’ College.  Many LL and LE teachers have attended Teachers’ College professional development events.  Our teachers have also benefited from Teachers’ College experts coming to us who model and demonstrate with our very own students.

Reading and writing are the gateway to all other types of learning. LLESD teachers have been inspired by the Workshop Model to prepare our students for success through the grades and to be highly competitive in high school and beyond.  The level of thinking exhibited by our students is not only impressive but astounding!  Our students are learning to think and communicate in ways that will serve them well far beyond the formal educational setting; a skill that will serve them very well in life!

Like what you read? Help us continue to provide excellent education to the Las Lomitas School District students.  Donate to the Las Lomitas Foundation now!