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NTLA leaders volunteer with Catholic Charities of Fort Worth

Service is an integral part of learning at North Texas Leadership Academy and all students participate in quarterly service projects. This school year North Texas Leadership Academy’s first-fourth grade leaders’ first quarter service project focused on volunteering. The leaders chose to serve Catholic Charities of Fort Worth.

On October 29th, our first-fourth grade leaders traveled to Catholic Charities of Fort Worth where they were greeted by Mr. John Elwell, Volunteer Groups & In-Kind Services Manager. Mr. Elwell taught the leaders what Catholic Charities does for the community including serving the homeless, elderly, children and their families, immigrants, and refugees. After learning about the organization and touring their donation facility, the leaders sorted school supplies received in a large donation of backpacks. They organized and placed the supplies onto labeled shelves. The leaders’ efforts will help the organization be ready for the new year as Mr. Elwell shared that the biggest demand for school supplies was in January and in August.

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Earlier this month, NTLA’s 1st-4th grade leaders completed Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) testing in Math and Language Arts/Reading. The MAP® test is a personalized assessment and measures each student’s individual progress and growth. NTLA administers MAP® testing each fall and spring.

MAP® testing is a great tool for the individualized curriculum and instruction NTLA provides because the results show where each student is academically in each subject, regardless of their age-based grade level. “NTLA students advance through material at their own pace,” said Ms. Jennifer Pasteur, NTLA’s Head of School. “The MAP® test results help teachers focus on each student’s strengths and help them with their challenges.” “I use MAP® test results to group the students in math and to see areas where they might need more help,” stated Ms. Erica Clark, NTLA Educator. “Many of my students are ahead of grade level. Once they’ve mastered the content, we just keep on going!”

MAP® testing also measures NTLA students' academic progress each school year. In contrast to state...

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Leadership and service are cornerstones of an NTLA education. Each year, NTLA leaders take part in quarterly service projects. The first three quarterly projects for 2017-2018 benefited victims of Hurricane Harvey, Lena Pope, the Roanoke Food Pantry, Tarrant Area Food Bank, and Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. The final quarterly project each year provides leaders with the opportunity to select a D/FW-area non-profit they want to serve and to work individually or in a small group to complete a service project benefiting their chosen organization. We are very proud of the contributions our leaders made to the 19 D/FW-area non-profits they selected, listed below, for their final projects. Their projects benefited people, animals, and our environment. We invite you to learn more about each of their projects, in the leaders' own words, on our...

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Mission Accomplished! Our leaders gathered oodles of needed items from the wishlists of their chosen non-profit organizations for their 3rd quarter service projects! The 4th-6th grade leaders collected 241 items for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. The 1st-3rd grade leaders rounded up 87 canned and boxed items for the Roanoke Food Pantry and the PreK and Kinder leaders gathered paper goods and food for the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.

After spring break, our leaders will start working on their final service project of the year where they go out individually or in small teams to D/FW area non-profits of their own choosing to see how they can help. They will present their projects at the final showcase event of the year, our annual "Be the Change" ceremony. Mark your calendars for the evening of May 22nd to come celebrate the positive contributions our leaders will be making in our local community over the next...

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At NTLA we believe that through helping others we better ourselves, our community and the world. As a part of NTLA’s Leadership Development classes, students learn the importance of serving their community and take part in quarterly service projects. For their 3rd Quarter Service Project, NTLA’s leaders are collecting donated items which they will deliver to three local non-profits. The PreK and Kindergarten leaders are collecting items for Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth, an organization that provides a comfortable, loving place to stay for the relatives of seriously ill children. The first-third grade leaders are collecting items for the Roanoke Food Pantry that assists families in need, primarily women and children, in the Northwest ISD area. Our fourth-sixth grade leaders are collecting items for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and...

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Congratulations to Gursaroop and Liam! They earned 1st and 2nd place, respectively, in the 2018 NTLA Spelling Bee! Gursaroop will advance to the Area competition on February 8th! Great job to all the leaders that participated! #NTXLA

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A few years ago we learned about a non-profit organization called Lena Pope Home. That year, and every year since, students at our school adopted families from this organization during the holiday season. This year, we raised money to purchase gifts for the families by doing chores at our homes. When we had all the money raised, we went shopping at Walmart for the families that we volunteered to help. Each family had a wish list. This year my group shopped for a seventeen year-old boy. We bought him a superhero poster, a case for the poster, a collection of comic books, and basketball, and lots of food for his family. The other groups in the school bought items from their families’ wish lists. It’s a fun project and it’s great to give back to those in need.

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Our current 4th-6th grade Project Based Learning unit, Uncapping the Imagination, is about writing and producing a play. First, we wrote a story using historical figures. We chose historical figures from various time periods so it makes the play funny! It’s fun to see how the characters from different historical eras interact with one another. After coming up with the story, we wrote a script. Because we are creating a theatrical production, we are also making sets and costumes and learning how to apply stage makeup. We’ve spent a lot of time practicing our script and how to stage ourselves so the play looks good. We are excited to perform for showcase next week!

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I was honored to attend the STUCO conference, where I had the privilege of presenting at a session. I presented the session on our schools “Be the Change” unit and discussed other service projects we did last school year. Honestly, I was very frightened about speaking, but once it was over I thought I had done well.

Another session I attended was on Pride and Patriotism. l learned ways to celebrate different holidays, and how to make people feel good. There was also a session about Teacher Appreciation where I learned many cute ideas. (Most of those ideas included candy or chocolate!) We also colored rocks and put happy quotes on them. There were therapy dogs there who did tricks. We were treated to pizza, water, and a cookie for lunch. The STUCO conference was fun and informative.

NTLA leaders attend Texas Association for the Student Council’s District 3 Middle Level Workshop in Lake Dallas on October 7, 2017. At the conference they presented last year’s service projects ...

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Have you ever been on a Virtual Vacation? Well, if you haven’t, let me explain how much fun they are. This unit we created a Virtual Vacation. A Virtual Vacation is when you go on a vacation on your phone or computer. I had a lot of fun doing it because I learned things that I probably wouldn’t have learned until I am twenty: like how to book a hotel or how to find good plane tickets. It was really interesting to look at different places to tour and eat. I am in the sixth grade so I got $6,000 to spend on my Virtual Vacation. One of the places that I went to was Rome. In Rome I went to the Coliseum. It was really interesting to read about the Gladiators and what they did. I personally thought that I would make a pretty good one myself.

The 4th graders “Traveled Texas” and they received $3,000 for their trip. The 5th graders “Traveled America” and received $4,000 for their trip. It is really cool that we get to do this because our school practices Project Based Learning. I really enjoyed this unit and I know that we will do a lot of things that are fun just like the...

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NTLA student leaders were recognized for the positive impact they made in the community at NTLA’s annual “Be the Change” reception Tuesday, May 23rd. The leaders’ efforts benefited 25 Dallas/Fort Worth area non-profit organizations!

At NTLA, students complete a service-learning project each quarter. For the fourth quarter, the PreK students and their families volunteered their time to pick up trash on North Texas Leadership Academy’s Adopt-a-Street in Keller while the older leaders, Kindergerten-8th grade, worked individually or in small groups to assist a Dallas/Fort Worth-area non-profit organization of their choosing. They met with a representative of the organization to learn what they needed then formed a plan to help fulfill that need. The organizations they chose to serve included 6 Stones, Beautiful Feet, Broadway Baptist Church: Agape Dinner, Christ Haven for Children, Classy Cats, Don’t Forget to Feed Me, Fox Food Box, Humane Society of North Texas, Hurst Animal Shelter, Legend Assisted Living & Memory Care, March of Dimes, Metroport Meals on Wheels, Mission...

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For outstanding achievement in leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, North Texas Leadership Academy has been recognized by the Texas Association of Student Councils (TASC) in the area of Outstanding Community Service. TASC has 1,269 member schools. Of those, North Texas Leadership Academy is one of only 329 student councils statewide to receive this highly-esteemed honor. With fewer than 1/3 of our members submitting Community Service Reports, the monies donated, the value of the goods donated, and the service hours (valuing the hours at $7.25 an hour) comes to a total of 35 and ½ million dollars.

“Student council helps students build leadership skills to be productive and active participants in their school and in the community,” said Sara Schroeder, North Texas Leadership Academy Student Council Advisor. “Through student council, our students learn positive character traits and how to be influential leaders.”

Student Council members develop proven skills in team building,...

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This unit, in math, we learned about business. We were put into groups and had to name our company. Our name was Bio Bracelets. We all made friendship bracelets. We did the Chinese ladder and the colors of each bracelet were based off of zodiac signs. We learned about finance, supply and demand, and why we need to patent our products. We were selected for jobs from our resume. I got CEO. We also had to make a commercial. I got a bracelet and the zodiac, Libra, appeared. It was actually a kid holding buckets on each arm. He followed me everywhere and did everything with me. We edited it and it looked really good. We had to write things down in our ledgers. We had to pay for many expenses. It was all so very fun! On a field trip we got to go into a bank and practice using the pneumatic tubes in the drive-through. We talked about applying for loans. We also saw the vault. I think this unit was a lot of fun!

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Think you can't afford private school education for your bright/high-achieving child? Think again! North Texas Leadership Academy has implemented Variable Tuition to make an NTLA private school education accessible to more families!

Variable Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program similar to those used by many other private schools, colleges, and universities. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition that is right for their families’ financial situation. This makes North Texas Leadership Academy's unique private school education for bright and high-achieving students affordable to many qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. Factors like income, family circumstances, and the cost of living are reviewed by a third party: FACTS Grant & Aid. Each request is then reviewed by the NTLA Financial Aid Committee, who makes the final award. To learn more, visit Variable Tuition. Or you may contact our...

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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 - Placed 5th at 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

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Every quarter we have a service project at NTLA. For example during the holidays we raised money to buy gifts for the children at the Lena Pope Home. Each student from first grade and above had to raise at least twenty-five dollars. This quarter we went to an assisted living center and we played games with the some of the residents. We played games like chess, cards, and Scrabble. We also presented them with Valentine’s Day quotes on heart shaped paper that he had made during out leadership class. They were so sad whenever we had to leave. It was so fun to meet people new and make a difference in the world.

Check out our Photo Slideshow of the students' visit!

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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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