lakeland elementary school SCHOOL NOTES
Lakeland Elementary Hosts First Annual TCAP-a-thon
By Michele Dial, Lakeland ES Publicity
TCAP-a-thon participants with winners (front row, left to right) Brent Brightwell, Luke Hubbard, Luke Anderson, Christian Stephens, and Jacob Barber.
With hearts pounding and
nerves on edge, students raced to
be the first to slap their buzzers
and see it light up. Each student
beamed with enthusiasm to be the
one to correctly answer each
question and win points for his/
her homeroom team.
The week before TCAP week,
fifth grade teachers held a series
of Jeopardy-based competitions.
To avoid loss of attention, teachers strayed from the usual monotonous and boring classroom
TCAP review, and decided to
“spice” it up with some good, old
-fashioned, friendly competition.
Each homeroom teacher chose
the student with the highest Study
Island report in each subject to
represent her class in a grade
level game show - of the schoolkind. There was one student from
each homeroom for science,
language arts, social studies, and
two for math.
Students had fun buzzing in
their answers, and in the end,
were great sports. The audience
was made up of fifth graders who
listened intently to the questions
and kept an alert eye on the
The teachers were most impressed with Jake Smith who was
tied with Brent Brightwell in the
science category. Smith lost and
then turned to congratulate his
worthy opponent with a handshake.
Jacob Barber commented
“Competing with my teammates
was a good way of reviewing for
TCAP.” “Mrs. Ortiz made practicing for TCAP fun and exciting
by having the entire 5th grade
participating…” added Brayden
On Friday’s math category,
the audience brought paper and
pencil to try their hand at the
same math questions with which
the contestants presented. All
contestants received certificates
and the winners in each subject
received a trophy.
Lakeland Students Fight Cancer…With Lemonade
By Terry Louderback
For Christy Harrison’s 4th
of a fellow classgrade class from Lakeland Elemate.
mentary School, a project about
Lakeland resisalesmanship became a mission
dent Jaxon Hindto battle cancer. The class was
man, a 6th
assigned to apply the lessons they
grader at Bon
learned from reading Jacqueline
Davies’ The Lemonade War from
Sc ho o l
the schoolroom to the streets. And
in the end, the students are learnElementary
ing more than principles of supSchool Student,
ply and demand, as they work
with their community to raise
diagnosed with a
Madison Hughes, Jaxon Hindman, Piper Lee,
money for a good cause.
In the book, a pair of siblings Lizzie Coleman. Photo by Kim Hughes
Once the idea
learns about marketing and operwas brought up,
ating a small business while bat- all of the class proceeds to a Harrison jumped on board to
tling to outsell each other with charity of their choice.
support the students’ efforts.
their lemonade stands. Harrison’s
Instead, several students sugIn May, teams of students set
students originally teamed up for gested that the class donate all of up four lemonade stands around
a similar friendly competition the money earned—regardless of Lakeland and Arlington..
with the winning team donating which team wins–to the brother addition to lemonade, students
sold Pray$Jaxon t-shirts and
bracelets. Several local businesses have donated prizes for a
charity raffle at the stand.
Together, the class raised just
over $4000 for the Hindman
family with the top team contributing $2,519.62.
Madison Hughes, one of the
students on the winning team,
has already learned one benefit of helping others. “It makes me
very happy to help Jaxon’s family, ” the fo urth -grad er
Madison’s mom, Kim
Hughes agrees, “we are thrilled
that the lemonade stand is turning
into a way to support Jaxon.”
Donations may also be made
Mrs. Dorsey’s Preschool Class enjoyed a
visit from Ms. Dory from Lichterman Nature Center. Her presentation was about
mammals. The kids were able to hold animal skulls and bones, and were also able to
feel the fur from a bear, beaver, skunk, fox,
and raccoon. They played a game using
motions for different animals.
Guitar Club Spring Program
The Lakeland Elementary Guitar Club
performed their Spring Concert on May
8th. Under the direction of Dianne Davis,
they played seven songs including “Let it
Go” and “Dynamite.” They also accompanied Superintendent Dr. Horrell on one of
his original works entitled “Holding on Too
Brim’s Field Trip
Lakeland’s third grade classes recently
enjoyed a trip to Brim's Snack Foods. The
students enjoyed seeing in action many of
the things they had learned about in the
economics unit of social studies. They
observed many concepts of a food producing plant: an assembly line, natural resources, finished products, packaging,
warehousing and shipping. The students
toured the facility and then enjoyed a slideshow reviewing all the processes of the
factory and heard about costs and profits