Legacy Charter School Update
March 2013 www.legacycharterschool.org

Legacy Charter School is a public charter school educating children
in pre-k through 8th grade in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.

Legacy Charter School Update

8th Grade Scholars in Music Class

Black History Celebration

Legacy celebrates Black History Month each year with a special Legacy Circle, which includes parents and family, as well as scholars, faculty, and staff. This year, there were many performances at the celebration: the Legacy Choir performed with a Legacy parent as acting director; Mr. Muhammad, Legacy's PE Teacher, delivered a piece of original poetry; the 4th grade classrooms presented a video in which scholars talked about famous African Americans; the pre-k scholars sang "Free at Last;" the Legacy Step Team gave an energetic performance; and the 2nd grade classrooms put on a play—"Henry's Freedom Box."

Kindergarten Scholars Celebrated 100 Days of School

Kindergarten Scholars

Kindergarten scholars found lots of ways to celebrate 100 days of school. They did 100 exercises! They created portraits of themselves when they are 100 years old! They wrote a poem and created a book about things they wished they had 100 of and things they are glad they don't have 100 of! They made a centipede model to show off its 100 legs!

View photos of their activities.

Legacy's Music Program

Music Class

Music instruction has been part of Legacy's curriculum from the very beginning. Scholars learn to appreciate music and musical instruments from around the world in Legacy's twice-weekly music program. Scholars in pre-k through 3rd grade participate in music class during Q1 and Q2, while scholars in 4th through 8th grade participate during Q3 and Q4.

The scholars learn the three basic elements of music—rhythm, melody, and harmony—and enrich their musical vocabulary to better understand the language of music. Most importantly, scholars are exposed to multiple aspects of music performance. In addition to playing a variety of musical instruments, including the glockenspiel, piano, and guitar, the scholars experience the joy of singing songs in many languages and the art of world drumming.

Dominique Louis, Legacy's music teacher, is a professional drummer/percussionist and says, "I am impressed with the ease the scholars are learning how to drum."


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Legacy's mission is to create an outstanding center for teaching and learning for children and their families that will recognize and nurture the full potential of every child, provide a foundation for a college education, and educate our scholars to be creative and critical thinkers and responsible citizens in school, at home, and in the broader community.

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