Thursday, February 11, 2016

LCS Students Create Using PowToon

Recently, students in 6th-8th grade completed a project in their Computer Technology class where they were to create a short "how-to" explainer video using an online video production service called PowToon ( Students were tasked to come up with the idea for their video, write a script, and use PowToon to explain that idea. Every single student did a fantastic job with the project and Mr. Frank wanted to highlight some of the videos for friends and families of the school to view. Enjoy!

"The Moon" by Sam Zack - 7th Grade

"Babysitting 101" by Kalea Leimbach - 8th Grade

"How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich" by Lucas Woods - 6th Grade

"How to Research the Right High School" by Sydney West - 8th Grade

"Six Smelly Facts about Skunks" by Kintyre Copper - 6th Grade

"How to Extract Salt from Salt Water & Turn it into Fresh Water" by Danny Williams - 7th Grade

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Literacy Fair & Open House

Literacy Fair & Open House
March 10th 3-5:30pm

What's happening?

  • Encourage literacy at school & at home
  • Motivate students to be active readers & writers
  • Meet the staff & learn more about LCS
Events Includes: Teachers dressing up as book characters, make-and-take activities, themed classrooms, parents resources, refreshments, & door prizes.

Please call the school office with any questions you have about this event!

What does LCS mean to your family?

Recently, we asked several of our LCS families what this school has meant to them over the years. We were blown away by their responses and wanted to share them with you.  Thank you for allowing Lighthouse Christian School to be apart of your lives and the lives of your children!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Are the Acronyms Your Child Uses Online a Red Flag?

The Internet has truly become an integral aspect of society. We use it every day, from searching for the nearest Starbucks to applying for law school. One thing that has become particularly popular among its younger users is “Internet slang,” also known as acronyms. These shorthand phrases, used globally by teens both online and while texting, are generally just a simpler way of writing things out. However, there is a dark side of which all parents should be aware.

Acronyms have become much more complex and teens are now using them for just about anything. Instead of the usual “LOL” (Laughing Out Loud) and “OMG” (Oh My God), there are now phrases like “WTTP” (Want To Trade Pictures?). This shift is of growing concern for parents everywhere. It is not to say that parents now need to be “helicopter parents,” overly protective and critical of their children’s every move, but these acronyms are something worth knowing.

Before diving right into the intricate world of acronyms, here is a list of some of the basic Internet 101 phrases:

  • BRB- Be Right Back
  • GR8- Great
  • ILY- I Love You
  • JK- Just Kidding
  • POV- Point of View
  • IDK- I Don’t Know
  • TMI- Too Much Information
  • TTYL- Talk To You Later
  • G2G/GTG- Got To Go
  • THX/TY- Thanks/Thank You
  • NP- No Problem
  • BFF- Best Friends Forever
  • IDC- I Don’t Care
  • LYLAS- Love You Like A Sister
  • NVM- Never mind
  • MYT- Meet You There
  • NBD- No Big Deal
  • BAE- Babe/Before Anyone Else
  • HMU- Hit Me Up
  • ATM- At The Moment

Now, after reading the following lists, you will be more cautious about what your teen is talking about and to whom they are talking.

Some acronyms deal with risky decisions:

  • 420- Marijuana
  • DOC- Drug Of Choice
  • CICYHW- Can I Copy Your Homework?
  • TWD- Texting While Driving
  • WTPA- Where’s The Party At?

And others have sexual connotations:

  • IWSN - I Want Sex Now
  • 53X - Sex
  • MIRL - Meet In Real Life
  • TDTM - Talk Dirty To Me
  • - Oral Sex
  • IPN- I’m posting naked
  • GYPO - Get Your Pants Off
  • CU46 - See You For Sex
  • GNOC - Get Naked On Camera
  • NSFW - Not Safe For Work
  • ASL - (What is your) Age, Sex, Location?
  • FWB - Friends With Benefits

There are even a number of acronyms regarding parents:

  • PIR - Parent In Room
  • - Parent Watching
  • 99 - Parenting Gone
  • POS - Parent Over Shoulder
  • 303 - Mom

These red flags are just a few of many. These acronyms are the top of a very slippery slope that have the possibility to lead to potential harms, including sexting, risky sexual behaviors, stalking, and even rape. If you notice your children or any of their friends using any unusual language, including examples from above, be aware and talk to them about it. Although these conversations may be hard and awkward, they are necessary and they do help to protect and inform children.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

School Spirit Week Schedule

Happy New Year LCS! It's hard to believe 2016 is here and we're almost half way through the school year!

We wanted to make you aware of the schedule for School Spirit Week coming up next week. Please feel free to participate on as many days as you can.  This is always a really fun week for students and staff!

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 11th: Crazy Socks Day

Tuesday, Jan. 12th: Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday, Jan. 13th: Patriotic Day—as much all red, all white, and all blue

Thursday, Jan. 14th: Mismatched Day

Friday, Jan. 15th: Favorite Jersey & Jeans Day

Please call the school if you have any questions about what is specifically allowed to wear on any of these days.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

History Fair

Last week, students in 2nd, 3rd, & 4th grades presented their history fair projects to parents and families in the DCOG sanctuary! It was a lot of fun with many very creative characters on display. Check out the gallery of pictures taken by clicking on the photo below!