Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Spirit Week and Rally by Ava and Amanda


Last week at LE the school had a chance to show their school spirit for the entire week and also at our first school rally of the year! On Monday it was Pajama Day where everyone got to wear their comfy clothes they sleep in. On Tuesday it was inside out day where everyone got to wear their clothes inside out. On Wednesday it was crazy hat/hair where everyone got to do something crazy with their hair. On Thursday it was Superhero day where we all got to dress as some of our favorite superheroes. And on Friday it was Hawaiian day where everyone got to where lays, grass skirts, sandals,etc. It was amazing see all of the outfits students put together to show their school spirit.Our JV Volleyball team all wearing capes for superhero day.
Here's students from Mrs. Leporiere’s class showing their school spirit!

Friday the 15th we had our first school’s official rally! The rally theme was Hawaiian since Friday was Hawaiian day whoever dressed up somehow Hawaiian got a slip of paper and wrote their name on it. One of the first things we did after the entire school was settled in the gym, we had a hula dance off. A contestant from each production class was representing their class by hula dancing against other students. The person with the most applause won the competition. The competitors were dancing to a performance performed by Leading Edge’s Taiko club. At the end it was all down to Laiba and the 7th grader Logan R. Mr.Shane had to break the tie, and the winner was…… neither Logan nor Laiba it was Sean!!!

After the fun hula competition Mr.Shane gave a warm introduction to the Boys Soccer ,JV Volleyball and Varsity Volleyball!!!

After the sports teams introduction Mr.Shane thought it would be fun if Ms.Neary went against two 8th graders in an athletic competition. At the end Mrs.Neary won!!!! Before the rally was done each grade went head to head in a hula hoop game. Each person from each grade has to get through a hula hoop while holding hands.It was 8th against 7th against 6th. At the end 6th grade won!!! Overall our first spirit week and Rally was AMAZING!! Can't wait for the next.

Early Humans Museum by Delanie

This week we are doing an Early Humans Museum. You might be wondering what is that or is the museum real? Well in class (no it’s not real), we have been working on projects to represent early humans. As shown in the pictures below you can see that people/groups have modeled where certain early humans lived, what they looked like and tools they used. Each group had a different type of early human. There was Homo Erectus, Neanderthals, Homo Habilis, Australopithecus and we split Homo Sapiens into two groups because there was a lot. We were assigned to do three artifacts or objects based on your species. Then you had to do a little caption (didactic label) on what you did. For example, our group made an environment, tools, and a skull. We are going to be presenting our project for families, friends, and the school. I am very excited to present because I think that everyone did a great job. They really showed what their early humans looked like, what tools they used or where they lived.

While doing this project, I realized that because of the early humans we have everything that we have today. They invented tools, clothing, and houses. I also learned a fun fact: You are most likely related to the Neanderthals group. Personally, I thought that this project was fun because it really made each table and group come together to show their strength and their weaknesses. I think that it was a great chance to find what you're good at building, creating things out of clay, researching, and drawing. I also enjoyed this project because I learned a lot of new information about early humans and making the artifacts was really fun. I would suggest to others/teachers to do more things like this because this is the kind of stuff that makes learning fun. I hope in the future to do more stuff just like this!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Reflections on the first weeks of school

The first week of school has been amazing! I am going to tell you a few things about it. I love how in P.E. Mr.Shane let us have a few days to practice our locks. Another thing I am enjoying is the free seating in class, I get to choose where I will work the best. The last thing is I love how the teachers give you more time on your assignments if you need more time. ~Sky

My first week of 6th grade was awesome, I really enjoyed math, expression, core, tech, and P.E. I actually enjoyed everything, but my favorite was Expressions. That is what I thought of my first week of 6th grade ~Yathin

One risk i took was moving from Heron to Natomas Charter. That was a big risk for me because i was switching to a new school. I was leaving behind my friends, my teacher and the school i had been in since 2015. I was quite worried at first, because i already started school, and i was leaving everything i had there. The next day, i was reluctant to go, but i decided to take it anyway. My mom said that just in case if i disliked Charter, she would sign the paperwork for me to go back to Heron. However, when i started going to Charter, I found it to be nice. The teachers are nice, the kids are nice and i see some familiar faces, they had comfy seats and i liked it. ~Kenneth

I have had a great first week of school. I love the way the way teachers like to have fun and I like the way they also teach. ~Jenna

​I like the freedom at lunch time
I like Meindl Happy Music
I like the art projects​ ` Audrey

The first week of school was great! I have the best schedule; all my teachers are nice and I get to end my day with Expressions and Mrs Meindl, my favorite teacher. ~Diego

I like all my classes, the first week of school was fun. i like how we have small breaks and a long lunch and we can listen to music in class and we get to do fun things. ~Dominic

Friday, June 9, 2017

End of School Year! by Maribela

Maribela decided to make a short video on our trip to Scandia. Check it out below! The Scandia trip marked the end to a fantastic year. Have a wonderful summer, everyone!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Body Systems by William and Brandon

~ From William ~

Screenshot 2017-06-04 at 11.20.02 AM.pngRecently at Leading Edge we started working on our body system projects the first step of this project is filling out a packet stating what body system your team wants and why. The different body systems you could choose were the Nervous, Circulatory, Muscular, Respiratory, Digestive, and Excretory systems. After you were assigned your body system you could start your handout and website. The handout had questions for the website and instructions for the activity. My team got the Circulatory system so for the activity we choose to have the class exercise and see if their heartbeat went faster after. Many of the other groups had us make 3D models for the activities and I really enjoyed it. For the website we had to make five pages of things having to do with our body system. And at least 10 interactive components such as videos, games, links etc.

I think my groups project was good but I liked other groups projects as well. I liked how instead of the Muscular system just doing questions they did a crossword and for their activity they did a working hand made entirely out of straws, string and tape. Also I liked the Respiratory systems model and how detailed their website was. In all this was one of my favorite projects in science and tech this year and I really enjoyed it.

~ From Brandon ~

Last week in Science & Tech, we were assigned a project about the body systems. I chose a team of 5 which included Pavansai, Mateo M, William, Nicholas, and me. We wanted to base our project about the Circulatory System because we wanted to know more about how our body worked. We were curious on what the Circulatory System was. Just like the other groups, they chose other body systems to learn about. We created a website that explained all about the Circulatory System. Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out: Circulatory System Website. We also had to make a handout which would be a list of activities for us to learn about the body system. Our group created a handout that had activities for people to learn about the circulatory system. It included activities such as running, jumping jacks, and curl-ups. Any activity that would involve getting your heart to beat faster.

Overall, I think this project was fun. My group and I learned a lot about the Circulatory System and how it works in our bodies.

Monday, June 5, 2017

"We're off to See the Wizard!" by Rachel T

It’s almost the end of the school year, and the sixth grade, including me, created an end-of-the-year play! Based on “The Wizard of Oz”, Toto, Marcus, and Julia were blown out of Rome when Mount Vesuvius exploded in Pompeii. They landed in Egypt, in the court of Ramses the Great, and crushed the evil pharaoh with a boulder on accident. The slaves rejoiced, and an Egyptian Goddess gave Marcus and Julia the Pharaoh’s magical ankle bracelets. The group even found a mummy who was in search of a brain. The goddess told them to search for the Wizard of China, so they traveled onward. They went past the Ancient Israelites, who helped them cross the Red Sea. They went through Ancient Greece, where they found a trojan soldier scarred by war, and brought him with them to help him get his “heart” back. Next, our main characters found themselves in Mesopotamia, where Julia almost got her hand chopped off! Quickly, the characters escaped, and arrived in in the Persian Gardens of Cyrus the Great. After smelling the beckoning flowers, Julia, Marcus, Toto, and the soldier all fell into a deep sleep. The mummy had no brain, and therefore was not affected by the flowers. He saved the others, and they moved on to the jungles of Ancient India. In the jungle, they encountered Hanuman, the great monkey god. There, they found a monkey guard in need of some courage. With Hanuman’s blessing, the cowardly monkey joined the search for the Wizard of China. Finally, the weary travelers entered China, and saw a giant castle. The Wizard of China was really not a wizard; just a wealthy man. As they were leaving, he noticed the ankle bracelets, and stopped them. The bracelets had the power to grant any wish, and so they could have gone home the entire time. After giving their friends what they wished for, Julia and Marcus started to wish to go home. Suddenly, someone called out that their home, Pompeii, was destroyed in the eruption. The characters decided that they all wanted to stick together and go on more adventures together.

This play was written and produced by the sixth grade class. It was a very fun experience, and we all had a part. We performed in front of our parents, and created a beautiful backdrop for the show. This play had aspects of Language Arts, History, and Expressions, which made it into a learning experience, too!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Rally by Alexandria

This week May 15 to 19 we had a rally and Spirit week here at Leading Edge. We have rally weeks once every trimester and the rally was this week on Monday May 15, 2017. it was themed on castles and medieval times. I really think it was fun - taiko got to play and the soccer teams, basketball teams, etc talked about their accomplishments. I also liked the activity where the knights killed the dragon and rescued the princess. I really like rally weeks because you can support lots of things or you can wear different colors to represent the day like we did this week for our Rainbow Spirit Week theme. The 3rd Trimester’s rally was really fun, everybody joined in on it and cheered. I personally think they are just plain inspiring and fun. Planning the rally is done by the Leadership group, and they plan most of the events and dances. Each rally has a creative theme or activity.