Friday, October 20, 2017

Lawrence Hall of Science by Jordan and Jackson

So we went on a field trip to the “Lawrence Hall of Science Museum” and it was soo fun. When we got to the Museum the first thing we did was eat lunch. We ate lunch outside on the big blue whale, the spiral statute, and by the fountain. When everybody was done eating their lunch we went inside the building and we were able to explore for a few minutes. But after that we got to go and dissect squids, well I mean at least my group did, though there were two other groups, fantastic gas, and hydraulics. But man dissecting the squids was so fun.

We learned a lot about our squids too. Like how eat, and what they prey on. Although I do still have one question, what preys on a squid? I wonder. And then after we learned in one of our three classrooms we were able to explore all the other fun activities there were to do. Such as floating beach balls, along with our paper airplane aerodynamics, and planetarium. I believe that's what it was.

In the hydraulics group we were supposed to make creations that could move in two directions or could hold six or more ounces. The materials we used were syringes, long rubber tubes, water, and other things like pegs and peg boards.

Lawrence Hall of Science by Mari

Today was the day we went to the Lawrence Hall of Science. During this field trip, we got to do a variety of cool things. This included dissecting squid, learning about hydraulics and dry ice, and checking out some awesome exhibits.

The first thing we did was eat lunch. During lunch, we had time to play. There was a giant whale and a life-sized model of our DNA. We also had an opportunity to take photos of the amazing view.

Next, it was time to go to the labs. We got into our groups and went downstairs. I was put into Squid Dissection. We got to dissect a squid and learn how it survives.

The very last thing we did was look around in the exhibits. This included math, weather, and animals. My personal favorite was the animal area. There were lots of insects like butterflies, cockroaches, bees, and even walking sticks!

I had a great time at the Lawrence Hall of Science. I definitely think this is a field trip to remember. I think everyone will have an amazing time at the Lawrence Hall of Science.

2017 Varsity Volleyball Tournament by Amanda

This year varsity volleyball did a blast this season playing their games, the best part is that they won all! But the most important match was Championships. The Championships were located at our school. There were 4 teams who made it into the tournament. Varsity played the 2nd match and the 4th match. They played against Capital for the 2nd match and guess what……they won! Now it was time for the final game to see who is going to win the tournament, Knights vs Mills! It was the second set, everyone was excited… it was the winning point…..and boom they won! The Leading Edge families cheered and was so happy! And that’s a good end to their season.

First Dance of the School Year by Ava

On 10/6 we set sail to our first dance of the school year! Mrs.Meindl’s leadership team worked very hard for making this dance special. The school dance themed was cruise themed which was pretty cool cause we were setting sail to our first dance. Everyone was enjoying the food, music, and hanging out with their friends.This year we decided to have open up the outside of the MPR for more people to hangout if they just want to enjoy spending time with their friends. This is a night that the 6th graders will never forget. Especially since it was their first middle school dance.


Friday, October 6, 2017

Chess by James

Every Friday, in Mrs. Meindl’s classroom, everyone plays chess. Sometimes, two people will play for fun, or two people will challenge each other to a competitive game. It is a chance, for some students, to have a break from the school day and relax. Or, for others, it is a chance to challenge their friends to a long, heated match. Almost everyone loves it. A lot of people probably didn’t even know how to play chess before Mrs. Meindl taught them. There are a lot of good chess players in class, and it is crazy to see how easily they beat you, but also fun. I think I’m speaking for everyone when I say that Mrs. Meindl is an amazing teacher, and that chess is an amazing part of her class.

Comments About Chess

Gage-”I love playing chess, just for the fun of it.”

L.J.-”It’s fun and intense.I like to play competitive games.

Shaine-”I like the game. It’s fun. I learned a lot.”

Yathin-”It’s fun, exciting, and it involves lots of strategy. Sometimes I try hard to win, or I just play for fun.”

Audrey-”It is glorious, but I like to draw while I play, because if I don’t, I get very bored. I mostly just play or fun. I don’t like when people scream a lot, though.”

LE Basketball Team by Aziel

The LE basketball teams are going to be good. I see the many of the varsity team playing everyday at lunch.They look pretty good out there already. They talk to each other, know hot shoot, have defense, know how to dribble, and they know how to be teammates.They can be good, I have seen them play now they need to do in the basketball season.They know how to play pretty good with each other. I have some friends on the team. Their names are Xavier Bowen and Isaac Tong. They are pretty good at basketball. Xavier is in 6th grade and Isaac is in 8th grade. The basketball season starts this month.Their first game is in the middle of this month, on the Tuesday after October break. Xavier feels like this team is doing well so far. He said, “We have a good team and a lot of good players.”

When I asked some of the players about the season, they said they need to be smart always. The varsity basketball team has one sixth grader, a couple of seventh graders, and then the eighth graders. They are aggressive. They can take some wild shots sometimes, but they are practicing to get better. The varsity basketball team I believe will do well this year. The basketball team is I think will have a lot a have of ups and downs. The team will do good though. I predict they will have a great season.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Art Project by Danny B.

In this blog post I am going to be talking about the recent project of the apples 4 ways this project was already due but I decided to talk about it in this blog post. The apples 4 ways was when you had to draw an apple and then color/making it different than others. For example one of the apples had to be a collage as in putting materials like fabric or newspaper to make a simple object. There were three more that you could make one of them were a colored pencil or oil pastel, Mrs. Meindl said that marker would ruin it so that was not one of them. The second apple could be shaded with only black and white and charcoal which Mrs. Meindl provided, you would shade the apple, and then use charcoal to make the apple more darker. The last apple you had to do was water colors this was the easiest for me because water colors take a lot of room so it would get done faster.

In this project there had to be a background in every of your apple drawings except for the shaded one (black and white) Mrs. Meindl told that the background could not be childish as in no clouds or sun especially with faces.this project was worth a lot of your grade and if you finished it then you can’t get a very bad grade. This is the apples 4 ways project and a recap on this is that there is needed color pencil/oil pastel for one apple, fabric, tissue, and colored paper for a second apple and water colors and shading for the last apple that was all of this project for Mrs. Meindl.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Leading Edge Volleyball by Paris

On Thursday, there was a girl volleyball game. The team has six and seventh graders. The people on the team were Jasmyne, Hailey, Sophia, Lauren, and Lauren M, Paris, Myah, Reese, Ava, Amanda, Skyline, Juliana, and Sarah. The game was at our school. A lot of people came to support the team and they cheered for everyone. They also were very excited they were cheering as loud as they can for their teammates. Everyone was playing hard and were very aggressive and they had some very good plays. They almost lost the first set but they with teamwork they caught up. At the end they won the game! But sadly it was the last game for the junior varsity team. They almost made it to the championships but they didn’t. Even though they didn’t make it to the championships everyone was happy and cheering even though they didn’t make it. That’s our week. Thanks for reading! I hope you like our blog!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Book is Better than the Movie! by Sam A.

My Book Review about

The Hunger Games
The hunger games by suzanne collins free giveaway | goodncra ...

The Hunger Games was a great book with lots of action and I really enjoyed this book better than the movie because I felt it was more descriptive. The story is about people being separated into 12 districts, they are very poor and hardly even have food. Each year two young people from each district are picked randomly to go fight in the Capitol. The young people are selected as tributes and they are forced to basically kill or be killed, there can only be one survivor. There is a brave teenage girl named Katniss, she was brave because when her little sister’s name was called to be a tribute to go participate in the hunger games, Katniss stepped forward and took her little sister’s place. Everyone is forced to watch the hunger games on big televisions while each person eliminates the other. 

This book is filled with lots of action and you will probably find that once you start reading it is hard to put down.I have a hard time choosing favorite characters because I think they are all unique in their own way. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good book with action, suspense, and a good survival story.

Hope you enjoyed my book review.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cross Country by Audrey

On Wednesday, September 20, the NCS cross country team went to Capitol Christian middle school for the second track meet of the cross country season. Our cross country team had come here once before, and had placed well with first, second, third, and fifth for the sixth grade girls.

This time, we got first, second, fourth and fifth for the sixth grade girls, and first for the sixth grade boys. The runners on our team all got new personal records, getting better times by at least 10 seconds. A few of our team members got better times by minutes, and a some got better times by 2-4 minutes.

The top five in the race received medals, and around half of the NCS team got them. The times are down below, showing the improvement from the first to the second race.
CC 1.4 mile 9/6
CC 1.4 mile 9/20
*DNR= Did Not Run

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!