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Kids’ World News


Volume 1, Issue 2, December 2017

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Michigan’s Own Fort Mackinac Fort Mackinac has had quite a history! Before 1763, the French had controlled the Straits of Mackinac by having Ford Michilimackinac on the northern point of Lower Michigan. But, after the Treaty of Paris in 1763, the British took occupation of the fort and then decided that the wooden structure was too difficult to defend. In 1780-1781, Patrick Sinclair, the Lieutenant Governor of Michilimackinac built a new limestone fort located on the bluff at Mackinac Island. It was used to control the extremely important Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, plus the fur trade between the British and the tribes in the region. The fort was not given to the Americans until 15 years after American independence in 1796. During the War of 1812, two battles for control of the Great Lakes took place at Fort Mackinac. On July 17, 1812, the fort was attacked by the British and Native American forces. Together they numbered over 400. The Americans had a small garrison of approximately 60 men. Lieutenant Hanks was taken by surprise and knowing he was outnumbered, took the British offer to surrender without a fight. After capturing the island, the British built more buildings, a stockade and blockhouse and renamed it Fort George. In July 1814, the Americans tried to retake the island and fort to get control of the Great Lakes and the fur trade. Unfortunately, even with five ships and 700 soldiers, it didn’t work. The blockhouse stood too high for the naval guns to reach and when the Americans tried to go by foot, they were easy targets for the British once they came into the clearing. So, the fort remained in the hands of the British until the end of the war. Following the Treaty of Ghent, in July 1815 the Americans once more occupied the fort. It was renamed again to Fort Holmes. It became an important part of the exploration of the Upper Peninsula for a time and then when it’s military importance declined, it became a place for soldiers on reserve. The fort was also used as a fur trading post and acted as a prison during the Civil War for 3 Confederate political prisoners. From 1875 to 1895, the fort was part of the Mackinac National Park which was the second national park in the United States. Yellowstone National Park was the first. The fort was closed in 1895 and became a part of the Mackinaw Island State Park as a museum and

a popular tourist attraction. It is one of the most complete forts in the country. There Are 14 Original Buildings • Commissary Building: Once used for food storage. • Post Headquarters: Used for the paymaster and offices. • Quartermaster’s Storehouse: Held any and all equipment needed by the soldiers during the fort’s history. • Post Bathhouse: The newest building, built in 1885, housing 6 baths for the soldier’s comfort. • Soldier’s Barracks: Used to house the 100+ soldiers stationed there. • Post Schoolhouse: Where the soldiers went in the last years of Fort Mackinac’s military existence to become better educated. • Hill Quarters: Many Lieutenants lived within these walls. • Post Hospital: Where the post doctor/surgeon treated patients until a new hospital was built in 1860. • Officer’s Stone Quarters: Michigan’s oldest building (1780) and used to house officers. • Wood Quarters: Used for various purposes over the life of the building, including officers’ quarters and a post canteen that served beer, but no whiskey. • Post Guardhouse: Prisoners had been held on this site for over a century. • North, East and West Blockhouses: Stone towers built by the first Americans garrisoning Fort Mackinac standing watch over the three main palisades of Fort Mackinac.

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Dramatic Discus

Discus Disco Discus make great fish forr yourr aquarium. They like to be in groups and with many colors and styles out there to choose from you can find just the right discus forr you!

Discus are 3 species in the largerr group called Cichlids (pronounced sick-lid). Discus are from the Amazon River in South America.

They get theirr name from theirr shape - very thin and round. Most discus are covered in stripes off blue, They also get along with some other green orr red in orderr to blend in with the grasses on community fish. Since they like special the riverr bed and to communicate with otherr discus. water, these cool critters will dance their wayy all around yourr tank.

Discus are unique because off they way they take care off theirr babies. Like a lot off cichlids, the discus carefully take care off theirr eggs and larvae. The small fry (the name forr baby fish) hang out with mom orr dad when they are tiny. And the parents actually have a special slime that the fry will eat forr the first week. Createe a discus disk! What you will need: paperr plates staples Try This! stuffing markers scissors 1. Staple yourr paperr plates togetherr (insides touching) about 3/4 off the way around. 2. Fill with stuffing orr crumpled plastic bags 3. Staple remainderr shut. 4. Colorr a discus on both sides off yourr plates 5. You now have a discus disk!

Discus like to live in lakes, rivers, streams and shallow puddles. During the day they will hang out in the shadows enhancing theirr camouflage. Discus like to live in small groups, they are happierr and feel saferr this way. They are at theirr happiest when they get to hang out with theirr friends...just like you! A full grown discuss can get up to 10 inches across, and will eat small shrimp, fish and worms. Sometimes the food they eat will actually make them more colorful! Theirr stripes and spots are not just forr decoration. They actually use them to communicate with each other. How cool is a fish that can talk with its stripes?!

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Lansing School District Partnership With MSU Puts PBS Playtime Pads In Hands Of Lansing Kindergarteners Monday morning was an exciting time for kindergarteners at Kendon Elementary! A new partnership with the Lansing School District, WKAR, the MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences, & the MSU College of Education is putting a PBS Playtime Pad in the hands of every Lansing Kindergarten student – over 1,000 students!

at WKAR and Michigan State University,” said superintendent Caamal Canul. “The young students will get to explore the world on the Playtime Pads, and the researchers will know more about how children use technology to learn.”

“This is really going to be an exciting partnership and adventure thanks to our friends

ty education to students in a caring, collaborative and excellent learning environment.

“We are honored to be working with the Lansing School District on this exciting outLansing School District superinten- reach program and tablet-based learning dent Yvonne Caamal Canul was joined by study,” said Susi Elkins, general manager Board of Education president Rachel Lew- at WKAR Public Media. “This project brings is, WKAR general manager Susi Elkins and quality PBS educational games and programMichigan State University deans Prabu Da- ming from the PBS Kids Playtime Pad to Lanvid from the College of Communication Arts sing Kindergartners, through new technology and Sciences and Robert Floden from the that children love; and allows us to strength&ROOHJH RI (GXFDWLRQ WR KDQG RXW WKH ¿UVW en the community connection between MSU, group of PBS Playtime Pads to the students WKAR and the Lansing Schools.” at Kendon Elementary. The rest of the PBS “This project is about partnerships. MSU, Playtime Pads will be distributed over the WKAR, Lansing Schools and PBS Kids have next month to the rest of the elementaries. The PBS Playtime Pads are a dynamic learn- come together to empower our students, faming tool for students and will be used as an ilies and teachers by introducing a new techeducational research instrument for university nology in the classroom,” said dean David. “I researchers. The devices used in the study am excited about the possibilities these tabare customized to include a special Math lets offer for instruction and research.” Games Study app designed by PBS KIDS The Lansing School District is the largest software developers in consultation with early public school district in the Mid-Michigan rechildhood education researchers at MSU. gion and is committed to offering a high quali-

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What is PCAC?


The Lansing School District Parent/ Community Advisory Council is a district wide council consisting of parents, teachers, principals, and community members who come together on a monthly basis to discuss parents’ interests, concerns, and to share important district information. Who can attend PCAC meetings?

Any parent/guardian of a Lansing School District student as well as community leaders and citizens of the Greater Lansing Area that recognize the need for parental and community involvement in our children’s education. Why attend PCAC? You will have the opportunity to provide important input to leaders in the Lansing School District. When does PCAC meet? PCAC holds their meetings every fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 2017-18 Meeting Dates: October 24, 2017 December 5, 2017 January 23, 2018 February 27, 2018 March 27, 2018 April 24, 2018 May 22, 2018

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Agenda During the December 5 PCAC Meeting, attendees will tour the new bond construction and furniture at Attwood Elementary. They will learn about the magnet school grant and how that impacts Attwood. There will also be a student data presentation from Ben Botwinski.

Where does PCAC meet?

Dinner and childcare will be provided to those who attend.


Questions? Call Sergio Keck (517)755.2945 Find Us Online! www.lansingschools.net/parents

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Mt. Hope STEAM 6th Graders Paint Pennsylvania Ave. Bridge Mt. Hope STEAM 6th grade students recently participated in a special STEAM-related project that allowed them to make their mark on Lansing – literally! On October 27, the group painted underneath the train trestle on Pennsylvania Ave. just north of the entrance to Potter Park Zoo. The project was made possible by City of Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Penn4 People – an informal coalition of neighborhoods bordering Pennsylvania Avenue from 496 to Healthcare Drive which is part of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership’s Engage Placemaking Pilot Program to enhance Pennsylvania Avenue. Together Crawford and Penn-

4People worked to secure a $4,000 grant that Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) helped underwrite for the mural project. The project brought in Tracie Davis, founder of Tiny By Design Art and mural artist from St. Johns, to create a whimsical paint-by-number mural full RI ÀRZHUV ]RR DQLPDOV DQG XQGHUZDter imagery. Volunteers from Holmes Street School Community, Potter-Walsh neighborhood, Scott Woods and Clifford Park then worked with our Mt. Hope STEAM students to bring the scenes to life with color. The process brought lane closures to the area during the week of September 18

so the city was able to clean-up the site and power-wash the bridge, but Davis hopes that the resulting mural will be a draw for people across the city, as well as a reminder of fond memories. “(Murals) make art accessible to all ages, all levels

of society, every demographic,� said Davis. “On one day, you might experience it one way, but on a different day, it might feel and look very different to you. That’s what art is about. You get to engage with it in different ways every time you visit it.�

2017-18 OFFICE OF SCHOOL CULTURE SEMINARS (PEACETALKS) OfďŹ ce of School Culture and Professional Learning Center Wainwright | 4200 Wainwright Ave. | 4:45 p.m. DATES October 25

November 29

December 20

February 28

SERIES 1 (RM 104)

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Classroom Management in Practice

Trauma Informed Schools: Part Two

Creating Inclusive Learning Environments for LGBTQI Students

Culture and Climate in Practice

Implementing PBIS Tier One Interventions Classroom Management in Practice

Trauma Informed Schools: Part Two Emotional Regulation Strategies

Presented by: Janice Marcel

Presented by: Gina Zerka

Having a Restorative-Minded Philosophy of Practice

Implementing Mindfulness and Self-Compassion in the Classroom

Understanding Adolescent Development

Presented by: Greta Trece (RS)

Presented by: Roxana Chen (MSU)

Mental Health Integration in Practice

Implementing PBIS Tier Two Interventions Targeted Supports

Presented by: Kyron Harvell

Presented by: Sue Cheadle-Holt

Presented by: Victoria Fitton (MSU)

Developing an Effective CRPBIS Team Presented by: Calvin Beard and Team

Presented by: Kim Palette

March 28

Developing an Engaging Presentation

Effective Responses to Suicide/ Self-Harm Behaviors

Nurtured Heart Approaches in Schools Presented by: Anne Lange (Coach/Consultant)

Presented by: Jody Nelson (CMH)

April 25

Adverse Childhood Effects Study

Impact of Poverty on Student Learning

Presented by: Amanda Dubey-Zerka (MSU)

Presented by: Lara Slee (ISD)

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Implementing PBIS Tier Three Interventions Intensive Supports

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I Want To Play The Harp! The harp is not like any other member of the string family. It is a plucked or strummed string instrument that is usually triangular in shape. The plane of strings is perpendicular to the soundboard unlike the guitar, violins, zithers and auto harps which have their strings running parallel to the sound board. Harps come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. There are small ones that sit on your lap and large ones that sit on the floor. All of them consist of three parts - the resonator, the neck and the strings. A person who plays the harp is called a harpist or harper. Typically, folk/ Celtic musicians prefer the term “harper,” whereas classical/pedal musicians prefer “harpist.” Different types of harps are found in Africa, Europe, North and South America, and a few parts of Asia. The harp is one of the oldest instruments. It was very popular in ancient Egypt - the oldest depictions are from 4000 BCE. During the Renaissance in Europe, large floor harps began to be built. Then in 1782 in France, the double-action harp was invented, allowing the player to raise

and lower the pitch of the strings with foot pedals. This new double-action system allowed harpists to play a wide variety of music without having to re-tune their harp for each piece. By the middle of the 18th century, the harp had become so popular, composers began to include parts for the harp in their compositions for the symphony orchestra. Harpists use all of their fingers, except for the last finger on each hand. It is thought to be too short and weak to effectively pluck a string. Each finger is given a number, one through five to help in the performance of printed music. Concert grand harps have seven pedals - one for each of the seven notes of the scale. Three pedals are controlled by the left foot and four pedals by the right foot. To change the pitch of individual strings, either up or down, the player presses any one of seven pedals with their feet. The pedals shorten or lengthen the length of the strings to provide the harpist with the ability to play sharps and flats. Each pedal has three positions. Each position is held in place by notches in the base of the harp.

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$IWHU+LJK6FKRRO +LJK6FKRRO&RUQHU Manufacturing: Exciting and Innovative Tech Public perception has painted manufacturing as undesirable, conjuring images of unskilled laborers performing repetitive tasks in hot, dirty factories. But in reality manufacturers work highly skilled jobs in some of the most exciting and innovate work environments anywhere. Today’s manufacturing is about advanced technologies and fast-paced, state-of-the-art facilities. It is a rewarding career choice that includes practical, hands-on problems and solutions. Are you a creative, innovative and driven person? The manXIDFWXULQJLQGXVWU\RႇHUVERWKPHQDQGZRPHQGLYHUVHFDUHHU opportunities with advanced skills and high pay. It often involves plants, animals and real-world materials like wood, tools and machinery. Michigan’s top manufacturing operations are motor vehicle parts, metal working machinery, and motor vehicles (based on annual employment reportings by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2015.) Do you have a vision for creating the technologies of tomorrow? For example, making the future of auto safer, smarter, OLJKWHUPRUHSRZHUIXOPRUHHႈFLHQW)ROORZ\RXUSDVVLRQIRU manufacturing. From assemblers, builders, craftsman, elecWULFLDQV IDEULFDWRUV ¿QLVKHUV IUDPHUV RSHUDWRUV PDFKLQLVWV and welders to designers, engineers, operations managers, researchers, – even sales and marketing professionals – the team of talent is vast. Advanced manufacturing techniques include automation, high performance computing, advanced robotics, control systems, and technology: computer tech, high precision tech, sustainable tech, process tech. To prepare for a career in manufacturing, students need to develop S.T.E.M. skills. There are also many national organazations with programs promoting and advocating manufacturing careers for men and women, such as:

• National Girls Collaborative Project - The vision of the NGCP mentorship program is to unite organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Find a STEM program in your area that matches your education level and needs in the online directory The Connectory. www.ngcproject.org

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• 2018 STEP Ahead - Developed by the Manufacturing Institute, the initiative has showcased the impact of women in manufacturing since 2012 through the STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards, a national honors ceremony and gala to celebrate the accomplishments of women in manufacturing. www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/Initiatives/Women-in-Manufacturing/STEP-Awards.aspx

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Upcoming Events - December 2017 1

• Sheridan Road Picture Retakes



• Riddle Holiday Gift Shop • Wexford Picture Retakes


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• Fairview School Improvement Team Meeting • Mt. Hope STEAM Night • Mt. Hope 5th Grade Field Trip @ Wharton Center • PCAC Meeting (Parent Community Advisory Council) • Riddle Holiday Gift Shop • Late Start Wednesday • Riddle Holiday Gift Shop • Wexford PTA Meeting • • • • •

Regular Board Meeting Fairview PBIS Data Team Meeting Fairview FFTA Meeting Post Oak PTA Monthly Meeting Riddle Holiday Gift Shop

• Everett Dance Program Showcase • Riddle Holiday Gift Shop • Board of Education - Board Policy Committee • Board of Education - Information Study Session • Fairview Conferences • Fairview Picture Retakes • Pleasant View Picture Retakes

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• Fairview Hearing Screening - Grades K, 1 & 3

• Fairview Hearing Screening - Grades K, 1 & 3 • Pleasant View Holiday Show

• Late Start Wednesday • Everett Parent-Teacher Conferences

• Board of Education - Information Study Session • Board Policy Committee • Fairview PBIS Falcon Fun Day Team Meeting • Wexford Winter Walkthrough • Cumberland Holiday Concert


• Post Oak Penguin Plaza


• Everett PTSA Meeting • Everett Holiday Choir Concert


• Late Start Wednesday • Everett Holiday Band Concert



• Fairview Ornament Sales End • Everett Theater Group: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon


• Everett Theater Group: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon


• Everett Theater Group: The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon

• Regular Board Meeting • Everett Viking of the Month Recognition • Pattengill Holiday Play - Elfis and the Sleigh Riders

December 23 January 7 Winter Break No School


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Math, History, Crafts, Puzzles, Learning


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