January 18, 2017

MLK Day of Service, Part 2 - Activities

On Monday, January 16, students at School for Community Learning participated in the 5th annual schoolwide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Each class completed a service project to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The Early Primary (Kindergarten+1 grade) class visited American Village Senior Living Center and completed an art project with the residents.

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The Primary class (2+3 grade) went to the Martin Luther King Community Center in the morning to decorate the center for their coat and family kit drive. In the afternoon, they made bandannas to send to the dogs and cats at the Humane Society.

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The Intermediate class (4+5 grade) received a presentation about aboriginal technology & indigenous culture from Amos and Carter with White Pine Wilderness Academy this morning. After that, they made blankets to send to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

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The Middle School (6-8 grade) decided to use the morning to show gratitude to our public safety personnel. They delivered some treats to the crew at Indianapolis Fire Department Station 14 and Butler Police Department as a way of saying “thank you.” In the afternoon, they participated in the 3rd Annual MLK Love Walk hosted by Bust the B.U.B.B.L.E., a student organization focused on amplifying the voices of students of color at predominantly white institutions of higher learning. The Love Walk started at Butler University and ended at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis, where a discussion about the work of Dr. King immediately followed.

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Service and community engagement are at the core of our school’s philosophy, so we take this opportunity to remember Dr. King’s legacy and reflect on his message of organizing and taking action.

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December 1, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016 at SCL

This year was our 2nd Annual Buddy Thanksgiving meal and it was just as delicious and joyful as it was last year. Our buddy classes (Early Primary + Intermediate, Primary + Middle School) planned the meal from start to finish and it was a great success. They decided what dishes to make, measured out ingredients needed, scheduled cook times for the dishes and served the meal to their fellow students. We can’t wait until next year!
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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.

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September 26, 2016

Indianapolis students join in fight to save Crown Hill trees

2nd and 3rd graders at School for Community Learning made the news for their advocacy work. Check out the story here!

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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

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February 17, 2016

Now Enrolling for 2016-17!

Our enrollment window is now open!  We are currently enrolling students in grades K-8 for the 2016-17 school year.  Visit our Enrollment page to learn more.

Questions?  Want to schedule a tour?  Contact our main office at (317)926-5812.

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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!

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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!


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January 4, 2016

School For Community Learning on AM1310 The Light

In the beginning of winter break, our School Leader Patricia Wildhack and board member Francine Dash spoke about the story of our school’s incredible journey! Take a listen!!!

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October 30, 2015

Our Compelling and Generative Question

We invite community members, families, and students to discuss the social issues and happenings that matter most in our city. This year, our students are studying the question: “What does it mean to be a mindful contributor to my communities?”

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