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LCTA Recognized as Virginia Naturally School for Third Year

Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy has been recognized for the third year as a 2018 Virginia Naturally School for our efforts in supporting environmental conservation and stewardship. The honor is provided from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Schools must submit a plan for the following year and carry it through in addition to meeting additional criteria in order to be recognized in additional years.

Here are the initiatives LCTA students participated in this past year to receive this recognition:

Watershed Warriors

Fifth graders work with Watershed Warriors, an environmental student group from T.C. Williams High School. They collaborate with LCTA fifth graders in teaching several science lessons on wetlands and the environment over the course of the year. They work with students to plant small wetland plants at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy for them to monitor and care for them while they grow for several months.

The plants are then transported to Jones Point Park. The fifth graders spend a day in the park collaborating with the Watershed Warriors and the National Park Service to:

  1. Plant the plants in the actual wetland
  2. Conduct water quality testing
  3. Participate in a park-wide clean up including the removal of plastics along the shore of the peninsula on which the park is located

LCTA environmental initiatives

LCTA environmental initiatives

LCTA environmental initiatives

LCTA environmental initiatives

LCTA environmental initiatives

IEarn.org and Marine Debris Work

Fifth grade students in Mrs Murphy’s class learned about marine debris and participated in a project through IEARN.org with students in other countries to learn more about the problem. They created posters to help raise awareness about the problem of marine debris. The posters were exhibited at Science and Social Studies Night. Some were submitted to the Alexandria City Earth Day contest. Students also posted their work on the IEARN.org project forum with a statement and call to action about marine debris.

Class Read Aloud on Marine Debris

Plastic Ahoy! Investigating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

IEARN.org GOMI (Garbage) on Earth Project Forum

GOMI on Earth

Student Marine Debris Prevention Poster Samples

student artwork

student artwork

student artwork

student artwork

 

Environmental Club at LCTA

This year fourth and fifth graders participated in the Environmental Club at LCTA. The group focused on increasing recycling throughout the school. As part of this effort students met during and after school to learn about recycling practices at school and how they could be changed. The main activities of the group this year included:

  1. Surveying the building to determine where recycling cans were needed
  2. Learning about the local/school recycling rules
  3. Creating presentations and posters targeted to the entire school community to encourage increased and proper recycling
  4. Visiting every classroom in the school to make a presentation and engage students in becoming more active recyclers
  5. Creating and posting large new recycling symbols on recycling and trash cans throughout the school to raise awareness

Recycling in Action

two students and an adult recycling

Poster-Making

two students making a poster

Student-Created Symbols to Post on Recycling and Trash Cans

word art

word art

word art

Students Working on Presentations

students working on laptops

four students with laptops smiling

Presentation Slide Samples

student presentation slide

student presentation slide

Collaboration with Alexandria 4H

The fifth grade students at LCTA were fortunate to have Mr. Reggie Morris of the Alexandria 4H visit classrooms for a number of lessons on scientific investigation. Students learned about planning an investigation, observation, variables, and recording and communicating results. These hands-on activities were of great value in helping students become more fluent in this important learning standard.

five students giving a presentation in front of a classroom