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We are so proud of our NTLA leaders! What a great showing they made at the Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) Area 2A Competition this past Saturday! Thank you to the teachers for working with the students each week. EVERY participating NTLA leader earned an award! Great work, leaders! Your efforts paid off. Way to represent NTLA! Individual Photos from Competition Day

Spelling:

2nd grade – Cairo – 1st Place – Going to State

2nd grade – Gursaroop – 6th Place

3rd Grade – Reagan – 4th Place

5th grade – Austin – 3rd Place

Vocabulary:

5th grade – Austin – 1st place – Going to State

7th/8th Grade – Chay – 1st Place – Going to State

Mathematics:

2nd/3rd grade – Hunter – 1st Place – Going to State

2nd/3rd grade – Reagan – 4th Place

2nd/3rd grade – Cairo – 5th Place

5th grade – Austin – 2nd place – Going to State

5th Grade – Jacob – 5th Place

6th Grade – Cameron – 3rd Place

Creative Writing:

1st Grade –...

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During this unit in social studies I studied the Civil War. For showcase we created a live museum. I researched important people during the Civil War time period, created a life-size sketch of a Confederate soldier, and wrote a story about a Union soldier. We also took a field trip to the Texas Civil War Museum. At the Civil War museum we got to hold some of the guns they used in the Civil War, try some of the food they ate called hard tack, and look at a couple models of Civil War battles kids made. We also looked at the medical supplies they used and at cannons.

One cool thing that happened was that my dad came to the school to tell us about my great-great-great grandfather who was a Union soldier in the Civil War. We got to see the rifle he used during the Civil War and hear about his life. At showcase everything was on display for our parents to see.

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Quarterly Service Projects

Every quarter NTLA students do a service learning project in our community. This quarter the 1st-7th graders adopted five children from the Lena Pope Home Organization’s Angel Tree.

NTLA students had to work around the house, do chores, or sell something to make money in order to buy gifts for the children from Walmart. Any of the 4th-7th graders that donated money by a certain date got to go to Walmart with a representative from each 1st-3rd grade class to buy the Christmas presents for the children. We used the money we had earned. Every morning of the past week we went onto Walmart.com and searched for toys and books based off of what the children had written down that they liked. We took the lists to Walmart. The 4th-7th graders split into two groups and got gifts for two eleven year olds. The first and second graders bought gifts for two seven year olds, and the third graders bought gifts for a nine year old. Shopping at Walmart was fun, I wish I could be there to see the looks on their faces when they open their presents. It’s exciting because the children are all in...

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This morning we honored the veterans in our NTLA family. Many of the veterans attended this morning's celebration. The leaders performed the "Star Spangled Banner" and the "Military Medley" of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and Marine Corps Hymns. Chay and Caleb each shared what Veterans Day meant to them. Each of the attending veterans received a beeswax candle donated by our very own Luebbert family's Fancy Pants Farm as a token of the leaders' appreciation. The celebration concluded with the leaders' performance of "You're a Grand Old Flag". NTLA's student leaders and staff extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to each of our country's veterans for your service. Veterans Day Celebration Photo Gallery

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In science we are learning about renewable, and nonrenewable energy sources. We are building a little model of a house, and we have to make and show how an energy source plant works. To make my model, I am using cardboard, scrapbook paper, metal scraps and hot glue. I was able to ask my grandma, a teacher, how my renewable energy source works. I also collected information from my dad and researched online. I took apart a printer to use the DC motor to power a LED light inside the model house. I am working with a partner to construct the house. My partner and I created a Prezi to demonstrate how hydroelectricity works and other information. At showcase we will present everything we have been working on.

The Showcase event for the 1st-7th grade leaders' current Project Based Learning unit is this Thursday, October 27th, 5:30-6:30pm. Tonight, Tuesday, October 25th, 5:30-6:30pm, we invite you to drop by to take part in our PreK3-Kindergarten leaders' Community Helpers Unit showcase event!

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On Tuesday, August 30, we visited the International Museum of Cultures. We went because we are putting on our own Amazing Race here at North Texas Leadership Academy. We are also learning about cultures and places around the world. It was a very fun and interesting place, and I learned a lot. The people there were very interactive, helping us learn languages and showing us items from around the world. I also learned how good I have it here in America. My favorite part was looking at the African school room and seeing the masks for the Korean plays. The masks were so pretty! The museum was a very unique place and I’d love to take my family sometime.

The Showcase event for the 1st-7th grade leaders' Amazing Race Project Based Learning unit is Thursday, September 15th, 5:30-6:30pm.

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On Friday, July 8th, I boarded a flight from JFK airport in New York City to the country of Ghana in West Africa for a 10-day adventure of a lifetime. My group of friends and soon to be friends were participants in Project Nyame Nsa. This work is headed up by 22 year old Devon Leondis. Since she was a young child, she felt a call on her life to care for orphans in Africa. The group Orphan's Promise is one of this project's sponsors. Members of their staff accompanied us on this journey.

The purpose of this amazing project is to provide homes for abandoned and abused Ghanian children. The first of these children are living in the Village of Hope and being raised by loving and trained foster parents. During the trip, we attended the dedication of the Village of Hope orphanage and a friend and I set up a classroom at the orphanage. I filled the classroom with supplies I collected over 20 years of teaching. While the children will attend school at a different location, this after-school room at the orphanage will provide a place for the children to do homework and...

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North Texas Leadership Academy's own Reid M. was recognized in his neighborhood's newsletter for his spring service project benefiting Oakhurst's Little Free Library! NTLA leaders participate in quarterly service projects including a spring service project of their choosing. Way to go, Reid! You're an awesome young leader!

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Thank you NTLA leaders and parents for coming to the garden work hour this morning! We made a lot of progress before it got too hot! Still lots to do. Drop by Saturday, July 23rd from 7:30-8:30am for the garden work day sequel!

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