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November 14, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

ROPES course teaches team building skills

Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce its student government and avid program recently participated in the ROPES course training.

The ROPES course is a team-building program that teachers youth how to work together by using problem solving, communication and collaboration skills. The program is offered by Southwest Florida Addiction Services.

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Lehigh Acres Middle School’s government and avid program participated in the ROPES course training. Participants were, row one, Amaya Jones, Tatiana Perry Coley, Amaya Esquillin, Jazz Thompson, Alan Cervantes and Nelson Ortiz; row two, Christina Espinoza, Mr. Chandler, Eduardo Salas Gomez, Nick Leftberg and Esther Bobo; and row three, William Gomez.

ROPES coordinator Gordon Chandler works with middle and high schools by arranging field trips to the SWFAS facility, where the students participate in a curriculum called, "Teaching Healthy Habits."

The course engages students by requiring them to physically participate in games and activities like the Human Chain and Blind Fold. The games teach the students how to communicate, develop a sense of trust and, ultimately, work together to achieve their goals.

The program was developed by using scientific evidence of how the brain works. It teaches youth how to engage in the thought process necessary to understand that choices and actions have a direct impact on the consequences or successes the students will encounter.

Seven students take part in chorus festival

Lehigh Acres Middle School is pleased to announce the following students participated in the annual Lee County, All-County Chorus Festival recently held at South Fort Myers High School.

Congratulations and recognition to the following students:

- Jose Alcaraz

- Kayla Cruz

- Jessika Davis

- Heather Forsyth

- Gianna Geary

- Jahmaal Oreste

- Diego Zamoro

Annual Science Fair winners announced

Lehigh Acres Middle School announces the winners of the annual School Science Fair. More than 380 projects were submitted.

Eighth-grade winners:

- First place: Emily Cheshire and Morgan Dunnigan

- Second place: Pamela Padilla

- Third place: Pablo De La Cruz Razo

Seventh-grade winners:

- First place: Madelyn Phelps

- Second place: Ryan Rupan

- Third place: Jazz Thompson

Sixth-grade winners:

- First place: Ana Maria Flores

- Second place: Daniel Barry

- Third place: Jose Cocepcion

LAMS teachers, staff fill Thanksgiving baskets

Teachers and staff at Lehigh Acres Middle School are busy filling Thanksgiving baskets for those less fortunate who need a warm Thanksgiving dinner.

Coordinator of the project, reading teacher Saundra Hill, said the baskets are being provided by the Nations Association.

The baskets will be picked up and delivered by the association to needy families two days before Thanksgiving.



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