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Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School
by Mr. Gay's and Ms Schlapper's Third Grade Classes

LCO EagleLac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School, shall endeavor to provide its youth a comprehensive, bilingual and bicultural community based education environment, an environment designed to incorporate the wisdom and beauty of the Ojibwe heritage along with the knowledge and skills of our modern technological society.

The Midewiwin Code for Long Life and Wisdom is the cornerstone on which our educational system is built and shall serve as the guiding light as we move toward the future.Midewiwin Code for Long Life and Wisdom Thank Gitchi Manido for all his gifts.

Honor the aged, in honoring them, you honor life and wisdom.
Honor life in all it's forms, your own will be sustained.
Honor women, in honoring women, you honor the gift of life and love.
Honor promises, by keeping your word, you will be true.
Honor kindness, by sharing the gifts you will be kind.
Be peaceful, through peace, all will find Great Peace.

Our School:

Forest: These are my favorite things about school. I like doing math a lot. I like doing a lot of stuff in class. I like Odawa a lot. I like doing a lot of science. Today we are going to the sugarbush.

Ashley: My favorite thing is math because it is easy to do for me and I do extra credit. I like Mr. Gay because he is nice. Today on 3-30-00 we are going to the sugarbush and the sap is something you get out of Maple trees. I like Mis Ann because she is Sugar Bush Campnice like Mr. Gay. My other favorite thing is the Powwow.

Charles: Today we go to the sugarbush. We have some maple srup to collect. I like when our class has recess outside. I like to eat in the lunchroom. I like to go on a trip. I like to go to Phy. ed.

Summer: My favorite is when we have powwows. My teacher is nice. We are going to the sugarbush today. I like recess because we get to color. We are hatching baby chicks.

Tasha: These are my favorite things about school. I like Ms Anne's stuff she teaches, it's cool. Miss Adrianne always watches us. There are 13 kids in my class. Today we are going to the sugarbush.

Mario: I like the school and the paintings on the wall and I like to work at school. I like to do math and I like to eat. I like Mr. Gay, hes cool and I like the snake. I like my friends and the eggs. I like Phy.Ed. and I like art and I like the teacher.

Charlie: The school is safe and fun. We have fun projects. I like the fieldtrips. today we go to the sugarbush. We collect sap from the maple trees and make maple syrup.

Arika: I like Boots and my friend Boots is a snake. I like math because it's fun and it's cool. Mr. Gay is funny and cool and crazy. My three friends are cool and their names are Sasha, Tasha and Summer. I like school because it is fun and cool.

Sasha: I like this school because I have a lots of friends. We have dress up powwow and we have fun. We go to our bus fast. Then the High Schoolers get on. I will tell you what I like. Art, cursive, math. Today we are going to the sugarbush.

The History of LCO Ojibwe School

Don: About 20 years ago in Hayward School the Indians and other people were fighting. The Indians could not stand the fighting so they walked out to the streets. They said, "We can't stand it!" That's when they started L.C.O. School.

Caitlin: The school was built because the Indians always fought in the Hayward School. The teacher would make the Indian and non-Indian students fight. So one day they just walked out of school. They said, "we can't stand this." "We're building our own LCO Schoolschool for Indians, It will be called the La Courte Oreilles Ojibwe School."

Ernie: The first school was in New Post and then Hayward and then LCO. The first school burned down. The the kids went to Hayward school. The Indians walked out of the school because they were not treated right. Then LCO School was started. LCO treats kids right.

John: The teachers let the Indian and non-Indian students fight at the Hayward Schools. The Indian children said, "I can't take this anymore." The children stood on the street and wouldn't go back to school. Our school was built 20 years ago.

Derek: The school was built in 20 years ago. A long time ago, the Hayward school Indians walked outside, and said, "We can't take it anymore." This was because the teacher didn't treat them fairly. The first school was in New Post. The New Post school burned down. Then they built the Elementary School.

Tiana: The school was built 20 years ago. Twenty years ago, the kids didn't understand the evil teacher and walked out of the Hayward school. Then they built a new school for those kids.

Ojibwe Language:

Cory: In Ojibwe Language class we learn Ojibwe words. We get to play some times. We play games. We get to play puppets and house. We go outside and learn Ojibwe culture. We learn how to skin deer and fish. We also like to try to build wigwams and canoes.

Felix: We learn Ojibwe in this school. This school has Ojibwe people. In this school people say Ojibwe words.

Alton: I write words in English but say them in Ojibwe. At school, I play tic-tac-to in Ojibwe. Sometimes I say the words in English. Ojibwe language is the last thing that we do at school. In Ojibwe language, my Ojibwe teacher says our name, I say here in Ojibwe.

Caitlin: My elders teach me Ojibway. The elders come in and help us with unfinished work. When we need help, they come in our room. One elder told us a story from a long time ago. Elders are the biggest part of our school.

Denessa: In school we are learning to speak Ojibwe. We go to the language room almost every day. I like our Ojibwe teacher. We speak Ojibwe in our class room. I stay after school to practice Ojibwe.

Michael: We are learning Ojibwe sentences. We are speaking and writing. I like it.

LCO Pow Wow

Ernie: Our school has dress pow-wows. Dress pow-wows are pow-wows where people wear Indian suits. Elders and kids dance. Some Indian people drum. I am a pow-wow dancer.

Tiana: There are many different kinds of dresses at the dress up powwow. The names of the dresses are jingle, traditional, shawl and fancy. I am a shawl dancer. There is a lot of dancing and drumming. The songs are called side step, swan dance, fish, snake and two-step.

LCO SchoolJon: At powwos we have to pass out tobacco. The drummers sing a flag song and we have to stand up until it is over. Then we dance and sit on the bleachers to watch the other dancers. Powwows are the best part of the of our school day.

Derek: Our school has dress up pow-wows. Everyone stands up for the flag song. We have field trips like going to the sugar bush. We also have special guests. Before we go to the gym, we pass tobacco for the great spirit to help us.

Don: At the powwow, the first song is the flag song. During this song all the people stand up and listen. Sometimes, at the powwow, we have to say an Ojibwe prayer. Elders pass out tobacco and put it in a basket. They pass out tobacco to have the great spirit help us.

Katie: We have a prayer before the drummers sing. We talk in Ojibwe. We have assembly every Monday. Sometimes we have our powwows at the powwow grounds or in the gym.

Justina: We have powwow at LCO School. We show respect to the elders at powwow. We dance in the cafeteria.

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