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Landmark 2012 Introductions
a-JaneL
Introductions - Perth, Western Australia

G'day everyone

Jane Lowe from Perth in Western Australia. Today is the first day of the school year for our students. I will be introdcing the Landmark Games to the class today. This year I have only 2 students who have participated in the games before and I know they will convoince the rest of the class that it will be great to join in as I know they both really enjoyed participating last year.

I will post more about my class after today once I have met them. I should have 29 students, 11 Year 4 and 18 Year 5. We have a 1 - 1 parent-funded laptop programme in our school from Year 5 - 7 but most of my students including the Year 4's will have their own Macbooks. This will make our research this year a whole lot easier.

Til next time,

Jane

a-theresaa
Intro and Join Us! - Joliet, Illinois

Hello from the Midwest!  I am helping 2 grades (4 classes) participate in the game this year.  Teachers Lynne Shemaitis (grade 7)  and Connie Kabellis (grade 5) will run the project with the students in Social Studies class and I will help them in the Computer Lab.  There are about 108 students participating in all!  We are a Catholic Elementary school near Chicago, IL.  

I'm also looking to gather a Skype group to connect during and possibly after the project.  If you're interested, share your contact information with me in Skype:  tdallen5.  

We have a computer lab and mobile lab and 108 enthusiastic researchers!  Looking forward to participating!

 

Theresa Allen

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Schuylkill Valley Middle School - Pennsylvania

Salutations! We are the Schuylkill Valley Sporks from Pennsylvania, USA. We are part of the Schuylkill Valley Middle School enrichment program. There are ten of us in this program.

We chose the sporks because the United States of America is a melting pot of different cultures. A spork represents that because a spork is a combination of a spoon and a fork.  The spork also represents us as we are a combination of several unique minds and personalities that come together to perform many challenging tasks. We are competing for the first time and are enjoying this challenge, both the making of clues for our landmark and looking forward to the clues made by you.

Good luck,

Schuylkill Valley Sporks

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Barneveld School - Barneveld, Wisconsin
We will have two teams, Barneveld Team A with 16 seventh graders, and Barneveld Team B with 17 seventh graders
 
Should have the clues to you sometime late Friday or early Monday. We are fired up!
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Mary Roenneburg
Library/Media Director
Barneveld School
Barneveld. WI 53507
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Warren Hills Elementary - Liberty, Missouri

Hi Terry!

I am going to have 2 teams participate in the Challenge Level; Team 4th   Grade  and Team 5th Grade

Warren Hills Elementary -- http://wh.liberty.k12.mo.us/lmc

Team 4th grade has 100 students

Team 5th grade has 100 students

Thanks for being the coordinator again. We look forward to the game every year!

 

Lori Riedel - lriedel@liberty.k12.mo.us
Library Media Specialist
Warren Hills Elementary
Liberty, MO 64068

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St. Marks School - Colwich, Kansas

We are ready to get back into the game after a year's absence. I will have two teams that will participate this year.

Two 7th grade teams each with 19 players:
SMS 7A Mockingjays  and SMS 7B Eagles -- Both in the Challenge Level

Contact:  Doug Powell  Email:  doug.powell@usd267.com

 

Dear fellow game players,

We are from Colwich, Kansas. Our school animal is the Eagle CAW CAW! Our favorite meal is fried chicken and strawberry koolaid. Just because we are from Kansas doesn't mean we live on a farm (...even though most of us do...). In our free time, we like planking and playing lacrosse. Our favorite books are the Harry Potter series. We are very excited to join you again in the landmarks game!

Hugs and Kisses 7B Eagles

Wrote by Sylvia and Izzy;)

ps: stay cool and don't be a fool! Peace out stay cool and lets keep world pease

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Dear fellow landmarkees,

We are so excited to join the Landmark Games with you. We are the fantabulous 7A Mockingjays at St. Mark's School. It is located just west of the Wonky Wichita, KS. It is small and has about 300 super students in the grades Cute Kindergarten to the Crazy 8th graders! Here are a few of our favorite things that tickle our peach. Our favorite color is green periwinkle (don't ask). Our favorite book is the Hunger Games series. Our favorite food are peas. Our favorite song is Jar of Hearts, because you know, everyone likes jars...with hearts in it. We love learning and we can't wait to have some friendly competition with you. 7A wishes you luck and we will win! Just kidding! ;)

Written by Caroline from Mr. Powell's 7th Grade Mockingjays!

Doug Powell
6 - 8 Social Studies
St. Marks School - Colwich, Kansas

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Dawul Remote Community School - Western Australia
Dawul
 
Dawul Remote Community School is located in the Woolah Aboriginal Community on Doon Doon Station in the North-East Kimberley Region of Western Australia.  The landscape in this vicinty is stunning, and every year, thousands of tourists from all over Australia, and indeed the world, come to enjoy its wild beauty. 
 
At present, the school has a total enrolment of 25 students from Kindy to Year 11. School starts at 7.00 a.m. and finishes at 12.55 p.m., with two short breaks in the morning.  We start so early because for most of the year, it is very hot. 
 
Our class has 12 students - all girls - in Years 4-7, who love school and really enjoy learning about places outside this isolated community.  This is the third year that the Years 6 and 7 have been involved in Landmark Games - so they are old hands at it.
 
After school and on weekends, the children can be seen playing on the community's basketball court, swimming in the creek that runs through the community (during the wet season), fishing for barramundi and bream in the nearby river or hunting goannas and bush turkeys.   The latest recreational activity in the evenings is 'toad busting' -  catching poisonous cane toads that have arrived in the local area this wet season.
 
The girls are looking forward to the competition and send their best wishes to all the participants.  They also look forward to answering everyone's questions.
 
Best regards,
Kaye Wheeler
Dawul RCS
 
 

 

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Abanskaya School - Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia

Hi Terry!
This is a photo of my World Explorers team.
 Larisa Tarasevich

Abanskaya School (World Explorers) Aban, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia - larisa.landmark@yandex.ru

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Abanskaya School (Crazy Girls) - Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia

 

These are the "Crazy girls" a  team of 5th graders. 11 -12 years old girls.
They joined english club "At the fireplace" 4 years ago when they were at the 2nd grade.
So, I can say that they are great friends with Engish!
 The photos are of the team "Crazy girls"

Regards,

Larisa

 

 

crazy girls

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Gerald Ford Elementary - Indian Wells, California

Hello Fellow Landmark Searchers,

We have 15 girls and 15 boys in our class at Gerald Ford Elementary School in Indian Wells, California. Most of us are 10 years old.

Our school is in the Coachella Valley about 100 miles north of Mexico and 100 miles east of Los Angeles. Our area is desert surrounded by mountains. This year we have had almost no rain. Our water comes from the Colorado River in big pipes. Creosote bushes are native here and can live to be thousands of years old. It can be as hot as 130 degrees fahrenheit and rarely freezes. Tourists come here to escape cold in the winter. We hide indoors to escape the heat in the summer, LOL.

Good Luck in the big game!

Mr. Simonsen's 4th Graders

teachers
Mr. Simonsen on the far right

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Alconbury Middle/High School - Huntingdon, Cambridgshire, UK

Dear Landmark Game Participants:

Alconbury Middle/High School is located near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, England.  It is an American school that is located on an Air Force Base.  Our school has about 230 students in grades 6-12.   We are a middle school seminar class.  During seminar we usually have assemblies and/or homework and project work time.  We like to challenge ourselves with new projects, so we have joined the landmark game.  Though we only meet once a week, we are going to work hard and do our best!

 

Good Luck!

Mrs. Wilson’s Class

Quality Not Quality!

 

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Lynchburg Middle School - Lynchburg, Virginia

Greetings:

We live in Lynchburg, Virginia in the United States.  Our team is made up of 18 seventh graders who are playing the game during an enrichment period.  Teams from our school have played the Landmark Game in the past, but this is the first time any of us have played.  We are up for the challenge and think we’ll have a lot of fun. 

Ours is one of three middle schools located in a middle sized urban city.  We have approximately 625 students in grades 6, 7, and 8.  We are the only middle school in town that wears uniforms.  Our school colors are hunter green and white so for our uniforms we can wear khaki or black bottoms with dark green, black, or white tops.  Our mascot is the jaguar.

We have sports teams in football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, tennis, track & field, and soccer.  We are usually the city champions in ten or eleven of the sports.  We have a very large music (band and orchestra) program as well as an active drama program.  We are also a STEM school with math, science, technology and engineering available through classes and enrichment activities.  Math and Reading are main focus areas as well and we have incentives for student improvement.   

We look forward to reading your introduction letters to learn more about your school and where you are located.  We may sound meek and mild in this polite letter, but we are very competitive and promise you a challenging round of the Landmark Game.  May the best team win! 

Sincerely,

LMS 7 Team

a-JaneL
Hi again from Perth

Area 7 has decided that they will work intwo groups this year for the Landmark Games.

The Year 4's will be Team Lowe 4 and will participate in the Primary Games.

The Year 5's will be Team Lowe 5 and will participate in the Challenge Games. This will be our first attempt at the Challenge Games.

We are looking forward to hearing from all the teams in both groups.

a-terrys
Grey Nun Academy - Yardley, Pennsylvania

Grey Nun Academy - Yardley, PA

We are the 6th grade students at Grey Nun Academy.  It is a school with 200 Pre-K to 8th grade students.  We are located in beautiful Bucks County, just outside of Philadelphia, PA.  Our school is close to the location where George Washington crossed the Delaware.

Our class has 8 boys and 10 girls.  We enjoy playing many sports.  Our team mascot is the GNA Gator. 

We are looking forward to playing the Landmark Game and learning about many new places.  We will be playing this game as part of our Social Studies and Library classes.  We will be learning geography and how to search better on the Internet.

Linda Rowan, Librarian
Grey Nun Academy
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Abanskaya School 3 - Krasnoyarsk Territtory, Russian Federation

Hello Terry,

I’ll tell about our team. They are 6 girls and 4 boys, grade 5. Maybe somebody else will join to them. They want to take part in Landmark game because they like puzzles and it’s a good opportunity to practice English. My pupils have different interests. Some of them like to draw, some boys do boxing and play accordion, some girls make poems (only in Russian) and dance, and everybody likes to learn something new. I think they'll like Landmarks.

Natalia Vinokurova

a-CatrionaL
Landmarks Ahead! - Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic School

Hello teachers! My name is Catriona Lynch and I teach technology to students in grade Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Sixth Grade class of 21 students are excited to participate in the Landmark Games 2012!

Mrs. Catriona Lynch
Technology Teacher
Saint Andrew the Apostle Catholic School
Romeoville, IL 60446

a-CarlosP
IES Alfonso II, Oviedo, Spain

 

Oviedo is a small city in northern Spain, some 30 kilometres from the sea. It is a nice, quiet place with  a population of 200,000 people. It is an area of hills and plains and there are mountains to the south. We have a temperate oceanic climate. It frequently rains but it is never very cold or hot.

 

During the early Middle Ages it was the capital of a small kingdom and due to its well preserved old stone churches dating from the 9th century it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.

 

Our school is located in the centre of the city, next to a beautiful park. It a secondary education school (ages 12-18) and it has 900 students.

 

There are 18 second year students in the class that is taking part in the Landmark project.

 

 

Carlos Pérez Suárez

 

carloser@educastur.princast.es

 

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Narragansett Elementary School - Narragansett, RI
4th Grade Narragansett Introduction:

Our team is made up of 40 fourth graders who attend Narragansett Elementary School in Narragansett, RI. Rhode Island is the smallest state in the United States and sits on the northeast coast. Our school is 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean and our town is a tourist town that has great beaches. It also has one of the largest fishing fleets in the world and is famous for its seafood.

Our school has about 450 students in grades PreK-4. We have special subjects like Music, Physical Education, Health, Art, Computer Lab, and Spanish. Some students are in the chorus and in the before school band. We also have enrichment classes after school. We are looking forward to playing the Landmark game and wish all the other teams good luck!

Carol Batchelder
Enrichment Teacher
Narragansett Elementary School
Narragansett, RI  02882
mailto:cbatchel@narragansett.k12.ri.us

 

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Lewis & Clark Elementary - Liberty, Missouri

Greetings from the Trailblazers in Liberty, Missouri~

We are a group of students from Lewis and Clark Elementary School.  This year we will have two teams participating in the Landmark Game Challenge Level…a fourth grade team and a fifth grade team.  Each team has approximately 100 students.  Kids in our school can be involved in many activities such as, Fitness Club, Service Learning Club, Choir Zone, Page Turner’s Book Club, Mathletics, Reading Adventure Nights, and Student Council.  Lewis and Clark is a really great school with kind students and nice teachers.  Students work hard to complete goals but we also have fun.

Liberty is very close to Kansas City.  Therefore, we love to cheer for the KC Chiefs and KC Royals.  Liberty is also home to William Jewell College.

Our school has played the Landmark Game for MANY, MANY years and we love all that it has to offer…problem solving, use of prior knowledge, team work, utilizing research skills, and perseverance.  All of these are great skills we all need to learn and practice! 

We wish you all the best of luck and we hope you have a fabulous time learning all you can in the next few weeks!

Team Trailblazer4 and Team Trailblazer 5

Angela Rosheim
Library Media Specialist
Lewis and Clark Elementary
Liberty, Missouri 64068

Library Webpage   |   Lewis and Clark Reads Blog

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Lewis & Clark Elementary - Liberty, Missouri

Greetings from the Trailblazers in Liberty, Missouri~

We are a group of students from Lewis and Clark Elementary School.  This year we will have two teams participating in the Landmark Game Challenge Level…a fourth grade team and a fifth grade team.  Each team has approximately 100 students.  Kids in our school can be involved in many activities such as, Fitness Club, Service Learning Club, Choir Zone, Page Turner’s Book Club, Mathletics, Reading Adventure Nights, and Student Council.  Lewis and Clark is a really great school with kind students and nice teachers.  Students work hard to complete goals but we also have fun.

Liberty is very close to Kansas City.  Therefore, we love to cheer for the KC Chiefs and KC Royals.  Liberty is also home to William Jewell College.

Our school has played the Landmark Game for MANY, MANY years and we love all that it has to offer…problem solving, use of prior knowledge, team work, utilizing research skills, and perseverance.  All of these are great skills we all need to learn and practice! 

We wish you all the best of luck and we hope you have a fabulous time learning all you can in the next few weeks!

Team Trailblazer4 and Team Trailblazer 5

Angela Rosheim
Library Media Specialist
Lewis and Clark Elementary
Liberty, Missouri 64068

Library Webpage   |   Lewis and Clark Reads Blog

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Gymnasia 1 School - Kalachinsk, Omsk, Russia

Here are the 4 primary teams in Ms.Ponomareva's classes:

Team 8A- Students: 12 pupils, 14 years old

Good day!
There are lots of exciting places and landmarks in the world and we should know about them. We take part in this project as we are interested in new things and we are ready to share our knowledge with other people. We are creative students and we are ready to get our best.

We study at gymnasium. It is very big and all teachers are the best here. We adore it very much. We are very optimistic children. We take part in different competitions and almost always win! We are creative students and we are ready to get our best. We are the Winners!!!

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Team 7B - 12 pupils, 13 years old

Hello!

Our gymnasia is the best school in our town and in the world! We like it very much. We are the most active, the most optimistic and we always try to do our best in learning English!!!And this project is not the exception!!!!

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Team 6B - 10 pupils, 12 years old

Good day!

We are from Kalachinsk, Russia. Our gymnasium is the best school in our town and in the world! We like it very much. We are interested in sport, foreign languages and music. We are the most active, the most optimistic and we always try to do our best in learning English!!!And this project is not the exception!!!!We’ll participate in it to get the best!

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Team 6A - 11 pupils, 12 years old

Hello!
 We are the students from Kalachinsk. We live in a wonderful city in spite it is little known in the world. There are lots of places of interests .Here you
can see such beautiful places as the park with its lake, the memorial and the stadium. We are proud of our city as it has 215-years history!
 In our city there are several schools where the most intelligent students study. And we are not the exception. We are the most serious, tolerant,
 communicative and creative students! Though we try our chance in your project for the first time we are sure not to miss it and to get the best!!!
Wish you good Luck!

 

a-terrys
Liberty Oaks Elementary - Liberty, Missouri

Hello fellow Challengers! 
This year we are having two teams from our school participating in the Landmark Challenge.  Fourth grade students will be a team and fifth grade students will be a team.  Yes we will be competing against each other….let the games begin!  We are from Liberty Oaks Elementary in the Liberty School District in Liberty, Missouri.  Our school has about 569 students in Kindergarten through 5th grade.  Liberty Oaks is 7 years old and our mascot is the “Lions”!  We are about 15 minutes away from downtown Kansas City, where the Country Club Plaza is located.  Every year on Thanksgiving there is a huge Lighting Ceremony that lights up the entire Plaza with colored Christmas lights. 

Our school has a special time of the day called “Pride Time”.  For the first 30 minutes of the day everyone in the whole school reads whatever they wish.  The students also set reading goals each month to help reach our building goal this year of reading over 2 million pages!

Many students at Liberty Oaks participate in a variety of activities after school like sports, dance, boy scouts, girl scouts, Spanish lessons and music lessons.  Did you know the famous author, Mark Twain, was from the state of Missouri?  Many of our students participate in a reading program or challenge named after Mark Twain.

We look forward to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.    Good luck to everyone!

Team Fourth Grade Liberty Oaks and Team Fifth Grade Liberty Oaks

Teresa Barnett
Library Media Specialist
Liberty Oaks Elementary

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American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon

The American Community School at Beirut, Lebanon (ACS) was founded in 1905, when a small group of American parents from the Syrian Protestant College, now named the American University of Beirut, (AUB) founded a school that offered an American curriculum.  Currently, we have an enrollment of over 1000 students, in four divisions (Early Years, Elementary, Middle and High School).  Our Landmark participants are from our Grade 4 and Grade 5 classes. Visit our websites and blogs to learn a little more about us.  

Grade 5 Blog    Grade 4 Blog   ACS Official Website

 

   

 

 

 

http://www.acs.edu.lb/uploaded/Alumni_Developement/Files/acs_matters_winter_2012_final.pdf

Learn a little more about ACS; pages 12 to 20 are written by students in 5D.

Barnara Bashour

 

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Alexander Doniphan Elementary - Liberty, Missouri.

Intro:  Greetings from the heart of the Midwest!  We are 4th and 5th graders from Alexander Doniphan Elementary in Liberty, Missouri.  Our school is named after Colonel Alexander Doniphan, a man who fought in the Mexican War and served as a consultant to President Abraham Lincoln

Our school mascot is a dolphin!  We are looking forward to learning a lot from researching all the great clues!

Good luck, everyone!

 

Joan Arth
Alexander Doniphan Elementary

Liberty, MO

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Ouray Teams

We are a small rual school 179 students pK-12. 23 students will be participating in the games this year. A class of fourth and fifth graders.

 

We look forward to learning about other parts of the world as we begin this journey.

 

Dee James

Ouray School

a-JonathanH
Hello from the Ossie Owls

Ossie Owls: We’re a team from Burneside in Cumbria, England. Our school is St Oswald's Primary and we are 10 and 11 year olds from Mr Humble's class. We’re looking forward to trying to solve your clues ... Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about our school and what it’s like in the Lake District of England ... (website  http://humbleclass.wikispaces.com  e-mail jhumble@st-oswalds.cumbria.sch.uk  ).

Good Luck!

 

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Greetings from the Manor Hill Patriots!

We are the Patriots from Liberty, MO.  Our school, Manor Hill Elementary, is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.  This year we will have two teams participating in the Landmark game.  Team Green 4 consists of 68 fourth grade students. Team Green 5 has 62 fifth grade students.  This is the first year that any of these students have participated in the games, but our school has been represented in the past! Our school website is http://mh.liberty.k12.mo.us. 

Liberty, MO is just north of Kansas City.  Here are a few nearby landmarks that we see or visit: 

  • William Jewell College, which ranks in the top best colleges by different polls.

  • Truman home and Truman Library celebrates Missouri's own president! (Just down the road in nearby Independence, MO.)

  • Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun where many of us spend a lazy summer day!

  • Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, and Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs!

 

We look forward to this year's game!  You can ask us questions through our library media specialist, Mrs. Green, at lgreen@liberty.k12.mo.us.

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Eugene Field Elementary - Hannibal, MO

Hello Landmark players!! 
I am Michelle Huseman, fourth grade teacher at Eugene Field Elementary Hannibal, Missouri.  My class is 16 strong this year.  They are just finishing a unit on Lewis and Clark and so have become well versed in map reading.  

They are anxious to begin the game and wish all the best!! 

We are known as Team Huseman.  

school

a-JonathanH
Anyone For Chess?

As we get underway trying to solve the landmark clues, we would like to invite any schools interested in playing chess to games located on our class wikispace ...

( http://humbleclass.wikispaces.com ).

We have one game in progress against the Rocketeers of California, and have two other teams here at St Oswald's willing to play. The moves are made by e-mail and my children update the web based master sheets. Let me know at jhumble@st-oswalds.cumbria.sch.uk if you are interested.

 

Cheers!

Jonathan Humble

a-NatalyaS
Greetings from Russia! - World Travellers

Hello Lanmark players!

We are a group of 13 students from Talovaya  secondary school. There are more than 1200 students in it. We are 5th graders (10-11 years old). We will tell you about our native place and school in a blog a bit later. You can also visit our school website  to learn a little more about us.  

We look forward to this year's game!  You can ask questions through our English teacher Natalya Solodovnikova at dist-sol@mail.ru

Good luck!