8th Grade Hosts Decades Showcase

Eithgth grade students at Lincoln Hall Middle School opened a Contemporary American Cultural Museum Decades Showcase for Parent Visitation Day on Sept. 19 . Students worked in teams to create exhibits and video podcasts.

The decades featured included  '50s, '60s,'70s, '80s, '90s and '00s.

Play the slideshow to see more about the event.

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014
Students Participate in Adopt-A-Highway Project

Students who volunteered for adopt a highway

About 30 Lincoln Hall students volunteered for the Adoopt-A-Highway project. The group cleaned up trash and over 1,000 cigarette butts on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014
Students Hone Interview Skills for Community Economy

Parents volunteer for mock job interviews

Seventh grade students got a taste of the working world recently when they interviewed for jobs to be part of their class’s “Community Economy.”

Social Studies teacher Mr. Salski developed this yearlong project for students to learn about consumer economics and simulate real-world experiences. Students were coached on how to complete a job application. They each wrote an essay and prepared for a job interview, working on speaking and presentation skills.

On Sept. 10, parent volunteers conducted interviews with all of the seventh graders. Each student dressed up and did their best to win their most desired job.

“I was pretty nervous. A couple questions I had to think about before I answered, but it went great,” said Brandon, who interviewed to be a banker.

“Some of the questions were hard,” said Nicole, who wants to be a doctor.

Students will work two shifts per week either during class time, lunchtime or after school. They will earn income from the community economy through work and good behavior. They’ll make spending decisions about housing and expenses. Their community economy also has a store, opportunities to start small businesses and laws to follow. Students aren’t graded on this project; but the project includes five learning standards that involve speaking, writing and presentation skills. Most of all, it is a great example of teaching financial literacy, resulting in Children Empowered for Life!

Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014
Remembering 9/11

Glynn Elliott reads a poem

Lincoln Hall students Maggie and Glynn Elliott did a wonderful job representing the students of District 74 at a memorial ceremony on Sept. 11 at Lincolnwood Village Hall.

The Village of Lincolnwood police, fire and village workers joined with residents, school officials and students Thursday outside village hall to remember the victims of terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

Maggie and Glynn each read a poem as part of the ceremony that included singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by village Trustee Ronald Cope, presentation of the Honor Guard by Lincolnwood Police Department, remarks by Mayor Jerry Turry, Ringing of the Bell by the Lincolnwood Fire Department and the singing “God Bless America” by Trustee Cope to close the ceremony.

Maggie Elliott reads a poem

The Elliott family with Dr. Weiss

Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014
Food Science a New STEM Experience

6th grade Food Sciences class

Real-life visual of food safety

There was something new baking in the Lincoln Hall Middle School Food Science class recently, but it was NOT edible.

What was ‘baking’ were petri dishes with swab samples from the students’ hands. The overnight experiment provided a very visual lesson on cleanliness and food safety.

STEM approach to food 

The lab was part of the new Food Science class taught by Mrs. Courtney Greene, which replaces the traditional cooking class. Food Science is part of the District’s initiative to increase students’ experiences in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) as applied in the real world. All Lincoln Hall students will have the class for seven weeks this school year.

'Look how much bacteria'

The students broke into teams and collected swab samples of their hands in various levels of cleanliness. Then the samples were baked overnight to see how much bacteria was present.

“This kind of scared us. …Look how much bacteria there is,” 6th grader Gabby Rogan said

Science mixes with cooking

Mrs. Greene, who spent the last five years teaching science at high school and middle school levels, said she’s intent on challenging students and hoping to expose them to new interests along the way. Students created data tables, estimated percentages, wrote hypotheses and drew conclusions.

High expectations

“I have always enjoyed science and cooking and I am looking at the food science course as the best of both worlds,” said Mrs. Greene. “This course is planned to be rigorous and hold students to the same high expectations they are held to in all of their core classes.”

Students apply swab samples to petri dish

 

 

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014

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