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Recently at LPS
Grades K-5 decorated various shapes to celebrate planet Earth. Their art is hanging in the Old Art Building with a culminating event Friday night for families to view the movie, The Biggest Little Farm!
April is National Poetry month and the 5th graders got to learn about „spoonerism“. A spoonerism is an occurrence in speech in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched between two words in a phrase. These are named after the Oxford don and ordained minister William Archibald Spooner, who reputedly did this. While spoonerisms are commonly heard as slips of the tongue, they can also be used intentionally as a play on words.
After they were introduced to its meaning they got to listen to some funny poems from the "Runny Babbit“ book. After that they got together in small groups to create their own spoonerism inspired poems and presented them to their class.
High schoolers and kindergarteners playing soccer and basketball on their recess. The high schoolers were SO patient and good with the littles!
2023 Prom Court!
Park Ranger Dave and LPS students atop The Dune Climb in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Junior Kenya Estrada and Senior Yosi Gutierrez listening to Park Ranger Dave and taking field notes as literary journalist atop The Dune Climb
Park Ranger Emily Sunblade visits the classroom to help students practice their interview skills
US National Parks and Recitations | What do exploration, literary journalism, and recitations all have in common? They are all key elements of an English unit for juniors and seniors surrounding the US National Parks and Historical Sites.
Students in Mrs. Vann’s English III-B course started off the unit learning about the writing techniques of literary journalism. Then they learned and practiced new methods of note taking - such as the Cornell Method, outlining, and concept mapping - all while listening to audio episodes of The American History Tellers Season 6 pertaining to the rich history of the US National Parks.
Later in the unit, guest speaker - Park Ranger and Education Coordinator Emily Sunblade - came to the classroom and shared her rich knowledge of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Students practiced note taking and interview skills in real time.
Later, with field notes in hand, Mrs. Vann and her students took a field trip to The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore and explored The Dune Climb, the Visitors’ Center, and the Maritime Museum to gain firsthand knowledge. This was generously made possible through grant money from the US National Parks System.
During Women’s History Month, students closely read and annotated an article about 10 influential women who were instrumental and vital to the existence of certain US National Parks, Sites, and Monuments, including Virginia Donaghe McClurg for the establishment of Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and Susan Priscilla Thew for the establishment of Sequoia National Park in California.
Another essential step of the English unit was for students to research their two favorite US National Parks and/or Historical Sites. Next, students incorporated their research into magazine articles written in the literary journalist style using Microsoft Pages. These two-page spreads were compiled into a professionally copied magazine just in time for the exhibition titled “US National Parks & Recitations.”
During the exhibition, students practiced their public speaking skills with a wider audience, including elementary and high school students, teachers, and staff. One of the students’ goals was to interact with the audience, rather than simply share information. For example, Senior Ari Rodriguez demonstrated how the Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota “breathes” by using a balloon to explain the difference in low and high air pressure inside and outside the cave. Seniors Maeve Sweeney and Lillie Stevens prepared true and false questions for audience members about their chosen parks: The Great Smoky Mountains, Hot Springs, Katmai, and Sequoia National Parks. Andrew Martini had a Mound © candy bar to represent the natural resource of American Samoa: coconut. There was even a game table of the National Parks version of Monopoly!
Overall, students embraced the adventure of learning about the history, beauty, and ongoing preservation process of the US National Parks System, and they surely have become better communicators in the process.
Looking ahead when the weather is favorable, Mr. Seguin is helping to orchestrate a half-day field trip in May for Mrs. Vann and her students to North Manitou Island. They plan to visit the Leland Public School property and explore the island as a culminating activity to this interdisciplinary unit.
See all student projects at the link below!
US National Parks & Recitations
US National Parks and Recitations What do exploration, literary journalism, and recitations all have in common? They are all key elements of an English unit for juniors and seniors surrounding the US National Parks and Historical Sites. Students in Mrs. Vann's English III-B course started off ...
Important Information & Events
Thursday, April 20th - PTO Kickoff Meeting, 6pm
Thursday, April 27th - Saturday April 29th - Leland Drama presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Tuesday, May 2nd - MS, HS & College Transitional Parent Meetings
- 5th entering 6th grade at 6 pm
- 8th entering 9th grade at 7pm
- 11th grade College Prep at 8pm
Thursday, May 4th - Saturday May 6th - Leland Drama presents The Drowsy Chaperone
Monday, May 8th - Friday May 12th - *New* Book Fair
Tuesday, May 9th - Grade 7 Inland Seas Field Trip
Wednesday, May 10th - HS Art Field Trip to Dennos, 8:30-1:30
Wednesday, May 10th - Senior Academic Awards Night
Wednesday, May 11th - Grade 9 Field Trip MI Career Quest
Friday, May 12th - Dia Del Nino Preschool - 5th grade 3:30-6:00 LPS Cafeteria
Friday, May 12th - Grade 6 Field Trip to Grand Rapids
Sunday, May 14th - Thursday May, 18th - Senior Trip to Chicago
Thursday, May 18th - Grade 10 Glen Haven History and Dune Hike
Friday, May 19th - Senior's Last Day
Friday, May 26th - Graduation
Monday, May 29th - No School, Memorial Day
Wednesday, May 31st - Grade 5 South Manitou, 8-3:00
Wednesday June 1st - Grade 4 to Fort Michilimackinac
Friday, June 2nd - LEF Booster-thon for elementary kids K-5 from 12pm -3pm at Hancock.
Tuesday, June 6th - Grade 5 Whale Back Nature Trail FT
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 1/2 Sleeping Bear Dune Climb
Tuesday, June 6th - Grades 3/4 to South Manitou Island
Thursday, June 8th - Grade 5 Mackinac Island
Friday, June 9th - MS Field Day, Hancock Field
Friday, June 9th - Grade 11 to Michigan Adventure (may move)
Monday, June 12th - Half Day 11:30 dismissal
Tuesday, June 13th - 5th grade Graduation Old Art Building
Tuesday, June 13th - Half Day LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
LPS Performing Arts Presents... The Drowsy Chaperone!
Lasts 90 minutes (no Intermission)
All performances start at 7 PM.
Flowers for cast and crew can be purchased BEFORE the play.
Tickets at the door or box office 231-266-3815 (cash or check)
On-line tickets at mynorthtickets.com (credit card)
Northwest Education Farm to School Newsletter
The competition is open to anyone in Michigan with an innovative idea that uses a new or existing technology to improve teaching or learning, as long as they are in the idea or pre-seed stage and have a connection to Michigan’s k-12 education ecosystem. We are currently accepting written submissions until May 14th, with five finalists being selected for a live pitch event on June 29, 2023. There is a total of $22,000 in startup grants available to the finalists, with the top three finishers also receiving legal support from Foster Swift and marketing support from Michigan Creative. In addition, we are organizing an Innovation Bootcamp the week of July 17th, designed to introduce educators to entrepreneurship, innovation, and edtech.
More information about the competition and the bootcamp is available at www.michiganvirtual.org/pitch.
Leland Alumni live amazing fulfilling lives! We are looking to start an alumni section in the Comet Weekly.
What do you remember most about your time at LPS? Tell us about a favorite memory you hold from your time at LPS. Tell us about a time you felt most proud to have tackled something difficult at LPS. What is one thing you learned in school that shapes who you are today? What advice would you give to student currently in school? How did growing up in Leelanau County shape your values? What have you done since you graduated LPS? What are you doing now? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you find to be the most fulfilling part of life?
Answer any handful of questions YOU would like. We want to know about you!
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you high school artists who created pottery bowls and donated your artwork to the 2023 Empty Bowls Event in Traverse City. The project is part of a community arts unit. All funds raised will support the Northwest Food Coalition. The event is on April 30 and all are welcome. See the flyer for ticket information. Watch for other community projects coming soon.
Middle/High School Chasten Buttigieg Event
Middle and High School students are invited to attend an Evening with Chasten Buttigieg at City Opera House in Traverse City on Friday, May 12th. Meet Chasten Buttigieg, author of I Have Something to Tell You (For Young Adults), an adaptation of his candid memoir about growing up gay in Traverse City, where he didn’t always fit in. The husband of former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Chasten writes of his journey to find acceptance and self-love. Students interested in attending should register online for a free ticket (one per student on a first come, first serve basis) and plan to meet Mrs. Clark and Mr. Peschel at the Opera House for the event by 6:30pm.
Please contact Mrs. Anne Clark with any questions: email@example.com
LPS - Please share with your friends to help us find great drivers for our kids!
NPR Student Podcast Challenge: Home
We have a new home! Check out npr.org/studentpodcastchallenge2023 for this year's 5-12 and college contests! Welcome to NPR's Student Podcast Challenge! If you're looking for our college contest We're inviting students around the country to create a podcast, then - with the help of a teacher - compete for a chance to win our grand prize and have your work appear on NPR.
C3 List of Missing Items
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News From the Counseling Office
ATTN Parents of current 5th, 8th, and 11th grade students - MS, HS & College Prep Transitional Meetings are coming up Tuesday May 2nd
5th - 6th grade at 6 pm
8th - 9th grade at 7pm
11th - College Prep at 8pm
Move This World - Social Emotional Learning
To support our students’ social emotional needs and mental health, we are using a video-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum from Move This World. I’m excited to share that you’ll be able to access this helpful curriculum at home, too!
Social emotional learning is how students learn to process and manage emotions as well as important social skills. It includes everything from goal setting to stress management, and it provides both children and adults with tools they can use to express themselves authentically and safely. SEL helps students build healthy relationships, communicate effectively, and live a meaningful life.
Below, you’ll find log in instructions:
Practicing social emotional learning at home can help your students:
Identity and recognize their emotions.
Build critical social skills.
Connect with themselves and others.
Navigate challenges they may be experiencing.
Adjust to the new school year.
Move This World is a social emotional learning program delivered through an extensive online library of PreK-12 videos and resources rooted in creative expression that help students, teachers and staff develop a common language to improve communication and build trust. We’re so glad that you’ll be able to access Move This World videos and resources at home, and hope they are helpful for your students and family.
Learn more about how it works here.
Please let us know if you have any additional questions!
News From the Athletic Department
News From The Cafe
Manage lunch money at the link below.
*New* May Menus
News From The Nurses Office
LPS has take home Covid tests
News From The Library
Book Fair Coming! Monday May 8th - Friday May 12th
Save the date! The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the LPS Elementary Library the week of May 8-12. We are looking for volunteers to help run the Fair. Please contact our Media Specialist, Anne Clark, if you would like to volunteer: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Book Fair will be open during school hours beginning on Monday, May 8th-Friday, May 12th and also the evening of Friday, May 12th until 6 pm. Families can add money online to their students’ eWallets! Learn more on our Book Fair website: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/lelandschool2
Around the County
2023 Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are happy to announce our first-ever opportunity for first-grade families from Leelanau County to be ambassadors for their school, our community, and the Polka Festival, through our Junior Royalty program. We hope that the information below provides you with an overview of our program and the opportunities it holds for your child so you can consider with confidence submitting your child's name for their school drawing to hold this special role for the 2023 Cedar Polka Fest. Schools across Leelanau County will be selecting one boy and one girl from their first-grade class to serve as representatives for the 1st year of the Junior Royalty Program.
If you choose to submit your child's name into their school drawing for this role, you can expect the following for your child from the Cedar Polka Fest Junior Royalty Program:
• A Polka-tastic outfit! Both Princes & Princesses will receive an official Polka-Fest royalty outfit consisting of a polo & khakis. Princesses will also receive a dress for parades and formal events. And of course, all royals will receive a crown and a personalized sash.
• A fun-filled Royal Experience! Specific events and schedules are to be determined based on community partnerships. Since this is our first event, we can’t wait to partner with local businesses and hold special events just for our royalty to hang out and receive that royal treatment! Such as Polish Heritage Night at Turtle Creek Stadium!
• A Pizza Party to celebrate the children and their hard work!
• An official portrait of your Junior Royal.
• Once-in-a-lifetime opportunities exclusively for our Junior Royalty Program participants!
Prior to choosing to submit your child's name, please consider the following information and responsibilities of the royal families to determine if you are able to make this commitment for your child and school community:
• One informational meeting, held in May to discuss float, parades, Junior Royalty scheduled events, and other items, such as photos and attire. We will try to keep this meeting to an hour! • Photo Session - this is a 30-minute time commitment to get the royalty photos taken at the Polka Fest Office in May on a Saturday morning.
• Coordination of the float building process. All float-making materials will be provided by the festival (just bring your creativity!)
• The ability for an adult to join your child throughout scheduled royalty events, encouraging them to have fun and make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
• Kindness toward partner royal family and festival staff and prioritization of the children.
If your child is to be selected to represent their school, it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardians to partner with the Polka Fest, and Junior Royalty Directors to help build the Polka Fest Junior Royalty float.
41st Annual Cedar Polka Fest August 24th-27th 2023
We recognize that that is a lot of information and encourage you to reach out with any questions. The deadline for schools to submit a boy and girl representative for their school is April 14, 2023, so please be in touch with your school leadership team if you are interested in submitting your child's name for
the program. We are so excited to put our excellent Leelanau County schools and students in the spotlight and celebrate the unique things that each student body brings to our community! Thank you for considering entering your child's name into your school's drawing for our Junior Royalty Program in celebration of our 41st year.
Cedar Polka Fest Director
9104 S Kasson St.
Cedar, MI 49621