Project Stories

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!

Read More
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!

Read More
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.

Read More
April 24, 2017

Eco-Science Fair 2017

This year, we had 10 students participate in the statewide Eco-Science Fair. Two of our students, Riley in 4th grade and Mackenzie in 5th grade, won FIRST PLACE in their respective age groups. Congratulations to our teachers, students, and their families on this amazing accomplishment!

Check out this video posted to WFYI’s Facebook that highlights some of the Eco Science Fair projects. At the 1:40 mark you can see our very own Sam, 5th grade, explaining his project on algae energy. Below that, you’ll see the video of our whole school cheering on the Eco Science Fair participants as they arrived back at school. We are so proud of the work our students have put into these projects for the last several months. Can’t wait until next year’s Eco-Science Fair!


Read More
October 28, 2016

Hands On Civics Lessons

This fall, our middle school students immersed themselves in civics lessons.  While studying local government in August, we had a special guest, City Councilor Monroe Gray, come to our classroom to share his experience as a city-county councilor. Students learned from a firsthand account what the city council does, how it interacts with other government officials, and about city government as a whole.

After his lecture, students asked him questions and had a lengthy discussion about his position and how they can make their voice heard.  Not too many middle school students have the opportunity to be taught by a city-county councilor for a day, and we are so grateful for this experience.

As the semester carried on and Election Day neared, we thought it would be valuable for students to learn about the voting process.  Russell Hollis, Deputy Clerk at the Marion County Clerk’s Office, visited the class to explain how voting works. The best part, of course, was the voting machine he brought with him.  Our students couldn’t vote in the presidential race this year, but they had a blast filling out their ballots and practicing for 2020 and 2024.

Hollis 1 Hollis 3 Monroe 1 Monroe 2Hollis 2

Read More
April 15, 2016

Eco Science Fair 2016

Congratulations to the sixteen 4th-8th graders that represented SCL at this year’s state-wide Eco Science Fair!  Everyone did a great job.  An extra congratulations to Sam Harrington, who received 3rd place in his age division!IMG_3061 IMG_3062 IMG_3063 IMG_3064 IMG_3065 IMG_3066 IMG_3067 IMG_3068 IMG_3069 IMG_3070 IMG_3072 IMG_3078

Read More
February 3, 2016

Robotics team @ VEX Robotics Competition

On Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23rd and 24th SCL’s two Robotics Teams participated in the county-wide VEX Robotics Competition sponsored by the Mayor’s office. It was held this year in the Indianapolis Convention Center.

About 200 elementary, middle and high school teams competed.

The El-LEDZ driving team consisting of Desiree Clay, Kaylee Clay and Sam Harrington placed 13th out of more than 30 elementary teams in the VEX IQ division. Chioh Mmafrika and Maya Sylvester were not able to join us but made real contributions during the design, creation and practice phases of the season.

The middle school team of Abby Clay, Devlin DeFosse, Esmee Harp, Jenna Clay, Layth Abdulbari, and Una Dunigan did an outstanding job as well. The LEDz team competed in the high school VEX VRC division and placed 14th of more than 60 teams. They were the ONLY middle school team to place so highly.

In November this same group competed in a different competition in Bloomington, IN and placed in the semi-finals.

This was the first year that SCL has had an elementary team and all of the middle school team were brand new to Robotics with one exception from last year’s team, Jenna Clay.

For BOTH of our teams to do so well is remarkable – especially with the limited resources and experience of our students.

We should all be incredibly proud of what the teams accomplished.

Mr. Nick who coached the El-LEDz and Mr. Chris that coached the middle school teams certainly are.

GOOD JOB, Robotics Teams!

Read More
January 25, 2016

MLK Day at School for Community Learning

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day at SCL was a day on, not a day off. We value all of the people in our community, both in and outside of the school, and our definition of service is rooted in the ideas of equity and access. Each class participated in a different service project.

  • Thanks to the Middle School for all their school cleaning. They all seemed to enjoy visiting Joy House and visiting with the elders.
  • Ms. Alayna’s class took care of the birds just in time for snow cover. Then they went to Pogue’s Run and had good discussions about co-ops and food justice in Indianapolis. The Primary class also set up a GO FUND ME site in order to buy a set of reading supplies from Wilson Reading Systems for our struggling readers.
  • Ms Kate’s students served lunch to the greater community at the Kheprw Institute. They spent the morning cooking an AMAZING lunch along with our community partners, Food Not Bombs. The student chefs were awesome.
  • Mr Owen’s class put together guides to the city – A Guide to Free City Fun. This was the end product of a Passions Class that focused on finding fun, free adventures for children in Indianapolis.  They then joined Ms. Kate’s room for lunch.

We strive to help everyone find a way to participate in meaningful service year-round, and we hope to see you next year for our MLK Day of service!


Read More