Bragging rights, being kind, and butterflies! This week Lanai (as always) had brilliant stuff going on. First, on Monday, District staff from Beaudry visited our school to see how we implement technology in classrooms. They were impressed with the high level of differentiated activities going on in fifth grade. During Independent Study Time (IST) the District team saw students working on Zearn for math practice; Edulastic for assessments; and Power School for resources, homework and study projects. One of the visitors asked Evelyn to show how she uses her Chromebook in Social Studies. She demonstrated how students go to the platform, find the map of the United States, and then complete information on a specific state. Next, the officials visited a third-grade classroom and saw students integrate persuasive and informational writing to produce a video on healthy foods. They watched a yummy strawberry infomercial produced by Mason! The District team was amazed by the innovation, sophistication, and excitement our students and teachers have for using technology. At the end of their tour, they told us that they visit different LAUSD schools each Monday. They raved that Lanai, by far, was one of the best they’ve seen. The ideas and suggestions learned from their visit to Lanai will help them advance and improve technology at our school and throughout the District.
On Wednesday, students were seeing orange for the character trait, fairness. They enjoyed a presentation by our student council with vignettes on ways of showing kindness. One tableau demonstrated thoughtfulness to our teachers by providing food and support during the strike; another, on how important it is to share toys with siblings and friends; and lastly, what it means to be responsible in caring for pets and keeping your word. Our students love seeing their peers perform. A special thanks to Ali for working with our students and helping them write and bring their ideas to life!
Did you know that Lanai is part of the flight pattern for “painted lady” butterflies? Several days this week students witnessed countless butterflies flying swiftly across the playground and parking lot. These butterflies are on the first leg in their migration from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest. The insects seen will journey to Northern California, breed, and then the next generation of butterflies will continue their trek to the Pacific Northwest. This is happening because of the tremendous amount of rain experienced this winter. How lucky we are to witness this lovely, unusual occurrence of so many painted ladies at one time!
I hope you weekend is filled with good things to brag about, fairness to others and lots of BUTTERFLIES!