Four new learning clubs for Lamar County students, two at the middle school and two at the primary school, have been approved by the Lamar County board of education.At the middle school, the LCMS Boarder Patrol will ‘allow students the opportunity to express their school pride and creativity through beautification of the building by keeping bulletin boards current and maintained,’ said teacher Julie Little in the description submitted to the school board. The group will start in August to meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Little’s classroom. Up to 20 students will be accepted through a registration packet; there are no fees to belong.Other sponsors include Melanie Vaughn, Vicki Mattox, Amy Morgan, Mariana Scott, Venita Barkley, Pam Smith, Betty Ellington and ‘additional LCMS staff members as needed per meeting agenda,’ Little noted.The Tri-M Music Honor Society, already approved for high school, is coming to LCMS for 2015-16 through chorus director NaToya Fletcher. ‘Student musician scholars’ will be enrolled in the society that ’emphasizes the value of music instruction in shaping the leaders of tomorrow,’ Fletcher said. Dues are $35, payable on the first official meeting — dates will be third Tuesdays from 3:20-4:30 p.m. in the LCMS chorus room.Both LCMS clubs have high academic standards for members. For Tri-M these standards include music classes and accomplishments.Primary school:What was known as the ‘Rockin’ Technology Club’ at the primary school will now become the ‘Imagineers Club.’Students for the group will be selected from a list of teacher recommendations, sponsors Daniel Sargent and Ted Clements wrote in the club description for the board. Each student will learn the steps in creating an individual character that becomes part of a class-generated animated video. In the process they learn such skills as 3D modeling and animation, digital and traditional art media for backdrops, use of technology and sequential narrative. The club will meet once a month after school and will take field trips. Lab fees for materials and field trip fees will be determined.A maximum of 30 first and second grade LCPS students with good grades and behavior, plus after-school transportation, will be able to join the STEM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).The club is sponsored by teachers Donna Andrews and Rebecca Ritch; field trip fees, fundraisers and donations will support the club. STEM is an integrated approach to 21st century knowledge, defining skills and content of each discipline as applied to a total problemsolving approach. ‘STEM proficient students are logical thinkers, effective communicators and are technologically, scientifically, and mathematically literate.’ They will meet in Andrews’ classroom or the LCPS Science lab.These primary school clubs also have high academic and subjectspecific standards.
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