Friday, September 23, 2016

Book Tastings

Our students get to experience some very creative learning opportunities. I recently learned about Book Tastings from Mrs. Wasinger, one of our 6th grade teachers. I was confused at first and thought maybe I misheard her: Book Tastings? Surely, she meant testing . . . as in students were being tested on something they recently learned in a book. Nope. She meant tasting. I didn't think they were eating books so I asked her to share a little bit more about these tastings. It turns out they are a part of literature circles during reading instruction. To start the literature circle process, the class held a 'book tasting' on Wednesday afternoon to get a 'taste' for a number of books. Students were given time to look at each book, read a few pages and then give the book a rating based on whether or not they would like to read that book. Mrs. Wasinger will place students into their literature circle groups based on student's book selections. Animal crackers and punch were also served for real taste and fun. 

Here are a few pictures of the Book Tasting:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

6th Grade Flag Bearers

6th Grade Flag Bearers

One of the great honors our sixth grade students have is raising and lowering the American flag each school day. It is a privilege bestowed on only a few students. Interested students were required to submit an essay (read by the sixth grade teachers and me) outlining why they wanted to be the Lukas Flag Bearers and how they demonstrated the maturity and personal responsibility needed for the task. Below, two of the students who were chosen, take great care in folding Old Glory.

This is just one example of the many ways Lukas students engage in civic and personal responsibility each and every day at our school. Thank you, Skywalkers!