It would be safe to say by now, that everyone in Lincoln Elementary knows the fifth graders are our resident experts on red worms and vermicomposting.
The fifth graders started the red worm journey earlier this year by creating their own vermicompost in jars inside the classroom. Then, we moved on to designing a larger compost bin for our growing population of red worms in the Lincoln School garden. We were able to harvest a lot of vermicast which has proven to be very nutritious for plants. These vermicasts sold out when we had them up for sale during International Day last month.
So, it may not come as a surprise but the fifth graders have decided to integrate our knowledge and expertise on vermicomposting with our service learning project this year! As part of this project, students will be sharing their knowledge on vermicomposting with students from other local schools in our community. We hope that having a compost bin in their schools will allow the local students to manage their food waste better and further use the vermicasts in their vegetable gardens so that they can, in return, grow their own food.
Step one of this process was to build the compost bins! The fifth graders worked in teams to make these wooden boxes under the guidance and careful supervision of our school carpenters. The fifth graders handled the task very maturely and were done in no time!
Our next step in the completion of this project will be working with the local students. Please stay tuned to learn more about Grade Five’s Service Learning Project.
On Saturday, March 24th, Lincoln School hosted the annual International Day celebration. This tradition allows students, staff and families to represent and embrace their home countries and celebrate the diversity that we have at our school. With around 40 countries represented by our community, International Day is a time to share culture and food. This International Day, emphasis was put on giving back to the community and sharing the service projects that Lincoln School has been involved with throughout the year. Students from different grade levels performed songs, while the high school band played. After the program in the gym, all the elementary students went to the Globe Theatre to showcase their service learning projects. One of these projects included the newly implemented recycling program in school, in partnership with Doko Recyclers. The secondary students showcased the class service projects that they completed during Service Nepal. These projects included the building of bio-gas systems; solar electrification of a school; construction of other schools; library developments; building a playground, as well as other student initiatives such as PLUM (Please Learn and Understand Menstruation) lessons for local students.
After our students had presented their projects, everyone went to the outdoor court, which had transformed into a banquet hall overnight, to enjoy the variety of food that families provided. Mountains of food from around the globe were piled on top of plates and devoured. Families went home full and happy after a day of celebrating our diversity, but also our unity at Lincoln.
Today the 11th grade had a training session in preparation for their Service Nepal trip. The morning was split into two sessions. One gave the students hands-on experience connecting a small solar electric system with help from the Thrive Project. The second session gave everyone an opportunity to learn and practice important kayak safety procedures in the pool in preparation for two days of kayaking with the crew from Borderlands.
The Leader In Me and Roots and Shoots ASAs provide opportunities for elementary students to learn about leadership skills, global citizenship and being stewards of the environment. This week, in light of the colder weather, the students took the lead and learned how to make eco-friendly paper briquettes out of recycled paper. These easy to make briquettes help clean the environment, are almost smokeless and generate enough heat to keep you warm. The student team had a lot of fun and will be learning more about these types of recycled forms of energy.
Continuing with the research for their service learning project, Grade 1 invited an air pollution expert to speak to the class. On Wednesday morning, Dr. Jia Li came to speak to the Grade 1 class! Dr. Li is an environmental economist with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). She spoke about her collaboration working with the Nepali government on climate change and air pollution.
Students had the opportunity to ask and answer many questions about air pollution and even found out some more things the Nepali government is working on to try to improve air quality. It was awesome to learn from another expert and get more ideas for what our class can do to help solve this problem!
Lincoln School is accredited by two internationally recognized accrediting agencies: the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools/Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Last week representatives from these two organizations came as part of the regular cycle of visits in our continuous process of school improvement and accreditation. The visit follows the work of the Lincoln School Accreditation Steering Committee who submitted a report and evidence to demonstrate alignment with the standards for accreditation.
During the visit, the representatives met with different stakeholder groups, including representatives of students, parents, administrators, different program leaders, and the board. The representatives were able to share their positive impressions about many aspects of our programs and confirmed our identified areas of continued growth. The formal feedback from this visit will come in about a month’s time and will include commendations and recommendations which will guide the Self-Study process.
The accreditation process functions on a 10-year cycle. Re-accreditation requires a major Self-Study, which we will soon undertake, that includes comprehensive reviews of our mission and philosophy, curriculum, program, governance, staffing, facilities, student well-being and safety, and finance. The Self-Study is followed by a week-long, on-site visit by a team of international educators. The Self-Study and Team Visit process requires a period of 14-16 months, or more, for completion.
For more information about our accrediting organizations, MSA and CIS, please visit the Lincoln School website.
This year, Grade 1 students decided to focus on air pollution in Kathmandu for their service learning project. Students have been asking questions and doing research to find out more about this topic.
On Friday, the class took a field trip to Phora Durbar to learn about the air quality monitoring system on site. Board member Mr. Todd Tiffany spoke with the students about the monitoring system and why it is important for the US Embassy and local organizations to collect data on air quality. The students asked lots of questions to find out more about the monitoring system, air pollution’s harmful effects, and what could be done to help improve air quality in Kathmandu.
For the next step in their service learning project, the Grade 1 students will begin to think about ways they can take action to help solve the problem of air pollution in our community.
The Lincoln Snow Leopards learned about a different type of animal today, WORMS!
Mr. Shreeram Ghimire, a local vermiculture expert, visited Lincoln School today to share his knowledge of worms with the elementary school.
Mr. Shreeram gave a very informative presentation on worms, but red wriggler (Eisenia fetida) worms in particular. He stressed their importance in the composting of our everyday food waste. At the end of his presentation, all the classes were invited to make their very own worm habitats out of newspaper and food waste. These mini-habitats will mirror the investigation the Grade Five students are doing on worms interacting with organic matter.
The G5 students then went to the garden with Mr. Shreeram and set up a large-scale compost bin to help Lincoln School compost food leftovers. The students set up the bin with weed clippings, newspaper, and other organic matter from the garden. It wasn’t until Mr. Shreeram showed them a giant handful of wriggling worms that the students began to squirm themselves.
Afterwards, our local expert supervised the construction of worm habitats for observation in the classroom. Thanks to Mr. Shreeram for visiting and sharing his passion for vermiculture with us!
Over the last two weeks, twenty plus elementary students have volunteered their time and demonstrated their passion for helping animals. They developed slogans and created artwork to generate awareness about the plight of animals in Asia. Their art strives to support the conservation movement and protection of a variety of species. The posters were recently submitted as part of the upcoming Animals for Asia conference, an annual global event being held in Kathmandu this December.
Middle School students finished up the first exciting round of Exploratories and celebrated with a showcase of projects and products. Classes took turns sharing out what they accomplished, what was challenging, and their successes. The hard work and passion of the students was evident in their presentations and products!
The Green Leopards were able to start a school-wide recycling program. We were introduced to a new world with complex and creative characters, that left us wanting more of the story from the World Builders. Humans of Lincoln students created a book of narratives based on interviews of staff and students that will be available for purchase soon. Students witnessed a complex machine complete a simple task, and a game of Quidditch was enjoyed by all. Everyone walked away with a new hack to make their lives easier thanks to the Life Hacks video.
Middle school students have started their second round of Exploratory classes this week. They will be involved in coding, engineering challenges, creating new sports games, and using media as a mindful platform for addressing social issues.