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School for Community Learning Happenings

There is always something going on at the School for Community Learning! Read the latest news updates and stories about what’s happening at the school.

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January 8, 2020

SCL Students Attend Renewable Energy Day at Indiana Statehouse

  

    

The SCL Middle School showed their support for renewable energy policy when they visited the Statehouse today. Students had the opportunity to meet with Senator Greg Taylor, State Representative Greg Porter, and congressional candidiate Jennifer Christie. Thank you to these leaders for connecting with our young people to learn about their concerns for our future!

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November 26, 2019

SCL Online Auction - Now through Dec. 2nd

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October 28, 2019

SCL Students Build Permaculture Garden

As a sustainability-based school, we are teaching our students to grow food and attract pollinators. Thank you to Ellie Blaine, Kevin Allison and Jen Spinosa for helping us plant our garden this fall!

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January 28, 2019

SCL Awarded Highest Certification in Indianapolis' Thriving Schools Challenge

SCL is one of just a few Indianapolis schools to be awarded the City’s Thriving Schools Master’s Level Certification! We are honored to be a part of this vitally important program. This Certification recognizes that we have multiple green initiatives going on at our school. We also received a Thriving Schools Challenge grant to support our efforts.

The Thriving Schools Challenge focuses on early education on sustainability and engaging children and young adults around important topics like environmental stewardship, social responsibility, waste reduction, and conservation of resources.

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November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving Meal

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, students, parents and teachers worked together to prepare, serve and eat a feast. When asked what she was thankful for, one of our third graders replied “thank you for this school and everyone in it because I know that everyone cares about me”. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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October 1, 2018

Thank you St. Paul's Episcopal Church!

We extend a huge thank you to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church for their generous donation of new Chromebooks for our students at the beginning of the school year. We are incredibly grateful!

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May 1, 2018

Eco Science Fair is a Rousing Success for SCL

SCL had a great showing at the Eco Science Fair at the Indiana State Museum. Here are just a few scenes and award winners from the Fair. A number of students represented the school and a couple projects were winners, as Marcela Rosales-Harms won the 5th-8th Grade age group and Riley Laucevicius won the Subaru Prize.

Congrats to all our competitors!

 

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May 1, 2018

SCL Robotics Club Finishes Year with Top Six Finish at National Competition

The Robotics Club’s 2017-18 Robotics season has ended on a very high note! Not only did they place 1st for the second consecutive year in the Bloomington Robotics Club tournament (4 perfect scores in 4 competitions), but they placed either 5th or 6th out of 50 teams who competed in the tournament.

Great job Kaylee, Reuben, Maya, and Devlin!

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June 19, 2017

SCL Robotics Club Places 1st in league

We are SO proud to report that our SCL Robotics Club placed 1st in the Bloomington Robotics Club League. Thank you to the coaches, the parents, and most importantly the students on the team for making this accomplishment possible. 

 

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May 17, 2017

Spring Day of Service 2017

Our annual spring day of service was May 12, and we were blown away by the work that our students completed. They were investigators, mathematicians, foragers, gardeners, inspectors, and researchers.

The students divided into four interest groups: energy use, air/soil quality, green cleaners, and edible gardening. Students in group one did an energy audit of the school. They did an inventory of all the lightbulbs in our school and then calculated how much energy they each use. They also collected survey data from students about their water use at home. To finish out their day, they made reminders about ways to save energy to hang around the school.

In the morning, students in group two worked with two experts from the Indiana Department of Health to conduct air testing throughout the school. In the afternoon, they collected soil samples from several areas on our school grounds.

Group three researched the cleaners that are used in our school each day and learned about the benefits of using green or natural cleaning products. They spent the afternoon making samples of homemade, vinegar based multi-purpose cleaner for each student to take home with them.

Finally, students in group four planted an edible garden outside of our K-1 classroom, with the help of school parent Diana Gibbons, and spent the afternoon foraging for edible and medicinal plants on our school grounds with experts from White Pine Wilderness Academy.

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