Welcome to the “just over the halfway” point of this school year. I know we’ve been dealt our fair share of cold days this year but on average it feels like we’ve gotten away so far with a pretty mild season. The hill on the elementary playground continues to see a lot of action with the school krazy carpets and I’ll again remind you to keep sending ski pants and snow boots until the season ends. But the warm weather we’re in for the next few days will also make me think to mention the need for rubber boots soon. I’ve seen a number of awesome class projects in the halls including play backdrops and Valentines art in the works this week. We have inherited a turtle in grade 3 and I’ve seen plans for Mr. Herman Soup as well. What a fun place to be!
It was fantastic to see so many nice final grades on the transcripts for the grade 10-12 students after the end of the first semester. For our Grade 12s that means one last semester of classes in store for them and then continued plans for life after high school. I’ve connected with many of the students about their plans, and want to encourage others to come see me about Career Cruising information and ideas to help them if they’re still on the fence about what to do after June. Some grade 11s and 12s are also looking at finishing the Youth Apprenticeship program this semester – the benefits give students that finish a big step up with an employer when looking to apprentice in a trade. If you’re interested, see Mr. Tucker about a quick list of the benefits. We also have a handful of students taking advantage of the Career Bootcamps that are being offered this year – a series of evenings in designated career areas that help confirm what they want to do after graduating, as well as some Spotlight on Careers – one day events focusing on a specific field. The posters advertising these days are in the hallway outside the senior classrooms and more information and applications are with Mr. Tucker.
I’d like to wish Mrs. Koroll our best as she’s started her maternity leave this month. Mrs. McCubbing will move to working with the grade 3s full time until the end of June. Miss Vanderpost, who was an intern here last year, has been hired to do some work in the elementary classes that Mrs. McCubbing was teaching. Welcome Miss Vanderpost. There are a few days in the next month I’ll try to help you keep track of.
The Winter break starts next week Feb 18- 26 so please enjoy your Family Day on Feb 20 and the following days. The Grade 12 students have their Work Experience week two following the winter break Feb 27 to March 3 so I wish them well on their days at their job. K-6 report cards are going out on March 9 th. We also have TriConferences (K-12) the week after that on March 15 and 16 from 5:00-7:30pm – you can start booking with Mrs. Block to reserve your interview time. Grade 7-12 report cards will go out in April. Students will have a day off next month on March 17th as well as another for the Teacher Prep day on March 24th . Plans are moving ahead for the Heritage Fair on March 10th . I know that the grade 7-8 and the grade 9-12 ski trips are coming up next month on March 21 and 23 respectively. Notes with the permission slips and costs will be coming home soon. Start stretching now.
Well, that’s more than enough from me. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at http://blogs.spiritsd.ca/ hanley/. As always, Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office or give us a call. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.
Happy February! We enjoyed that warm spell after the break and got outside lots. It’s a good thing we did it then because we’ve been stuck with a lot of indoor recesses lately! We are still working hard in Science on our collaborative Plant Study with the Grade 3s. We’re about to investigate how First Nations used/ use plants in their daily lives. We have started some Reader’s Workshop activities, where we work on parts of a book, predicting, retell, etc. They love listening to stories! Art has been a lot of fun in the past month and we’ve created some masterpieces we’d like to share with you: Mrs. Martineau & The Ks.
Wow! Time is just flying in the Grade 1/2 room! We can’t believe that the break is nearly here. We have been doing lots in our classroom the last little while, and will be switching over to lots of subjects in the coming weeks. Both the grade 1/2’s were working hard in Math learning about Measurement, and have now finished their units. We will be moving on to Geometry this week. In Language Arts we have almost finished up our Unit on Fairy Tales, and will soon be moving on to Poetry. We have done a lot of reading and discussion on our feelings and how they effect our decision making processes, and the way they can effect those around us. In Social Studies we have been continuing our learning on Families, Traditions and Celebrations. Currently we have been talking about cultural diversity, and will be trying out a few foods from different cultures. On February 8th, we celebrated the 100th day of school with many fun activities. We brainstormed 100 words we knew, performed 100 acts of kindness, and also did some reading, writing, and math all with 100 as our theme. The kids dressed up as if they were ‘100’ years old, and looked great! It was a good day! We would also like to send out a big thank you to the parents who were able to come out and help tie skates on Friday. It was a huge help, and made the afternoon run so smoothly. We really appreciate it. Thank you!
This month the grade 3’s have been busy writing stories with detail. We have also continued to work on paragraph writing and will be able to write 3 detailed paragraphs by the end of this month! We have been working on making inferences while we read, and will soon be practicing how to read with expression. In science we continue to mend to the garden with our Kinderpartners and we are also learning about forces and magnetism. We have been combining our social studies and art to learn and create artwork of how climate effects the environments and societies of different places around the world. The 3’s have also been learning about spirituality and what makes up their inner spirit or soul. We found our spirit animals and are finishing up our ‘heart maps’ using pictures and words to describe what we are like on the inside. In math we are finally finishing up our addition and subtraction unit. We will begin our new unit on fractions after the February break! We look forward to this warm weather and will hopefully be able to take some of our learning outside in the coming weeks! Mrs. McCubbing & The Grade Threes
The grade 4,5,6 class has been working very hard on their Heritage Fair Projects. We will be starting to present the projects at the beginning of March. There have been some very interesting topics. In Science we are continuing to learn about simple machines. Our sculpting unit in art is wrapping up. Our final project has been working with paper mache. Please continue to practice basic math facts with the students. Focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is very important that the students be able to know their facts with automaticity.
This month has been a busy one! Report cards came out at the beginning of the month; if you would like to see me to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me at the school. The class has been wrapping up their study of fractions in math, and will shortly be moving on to begin exploring measurement. In ELA, we are finishing up our “Mystery” unit and have begun a novel study of Freak the Mighty. We have continued to work on heritage fair as part of our social curriculum, and in science the class continues to study mixtures and solutions. On March 10, we will be having our school Heritage Fair. Students have been working through an inquiry project which explores some aspect of Canadian Heritage. They will be displaying their work on tri-fold boards and will present their projects to judges. Some projects are truly amazing! On March 21, the Grade 7 and 8 classes will be venturing out to Table Mountain for their annual ski/snowboarding trip. Currently, we have all the Grade 7 chaperones we require. The interest is always high and I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm. The permission forms were all sent home this past week. Please fill out the permission forms and return them to me as soon as possible. However, please do not send any money yet. We are trying to fundraise to offset some of the cost. I will let you know the first week of March how much each activity will cost. In closing, thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.
There are lots of great things happening in the grade 8 classes as we start this new semester. In Phys. Ed we are working on a Badminton unit and playing various sportsmanship activities and games. In Health, we have started a unit that discusses the services available to communities infected with, and affected by, non-curable infections and diseases. In ELA, the class is working through a novel study on The Giver. In math, we are wrapping up our unit on Measurement and will begin a unit on rational numbers and problem solving shortly. In Home Ec. we are doing a kitchen basics review to get ready to work in the labs and in IA we are developing our isometric drawing skills. We are busy learning about forces, fluids and density in Science and in Social Studies we are ready to present the companies we have created in hopes of landing some investors. We are looking forward to all of the fun things happening around our school this month!
February has been a busy month for the Grade 9 students here in Hanley. Many of the students have been taking part in extracurricular activities such as basketball, curling, and drama. In ELA, the Grade 9’s are looking into Love, Loyalty, and Relationships and are particularly looking at William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The students have continued to look into Ancient Civilizations in Social class, and are currently working to depict a battle between two ancient warriors. Math has the students studying Polynomials and they are looking into Music in Art class. The students have switched from I.A. to Home Ec. and vice versa. In I.A., the students are looking at the theory behind welding and in Home Ec., they are learning all about kitchen safety and measurement conversions. In Gym, the students have been playing a variety of games. That’s it for February. Enjoy the break!
Well, Semester Two is under way and the Grade 10’s are SO happy to have final exams behind them! Now, only one more week until the break! Until then, though… In ELA they’ve been making some decisions about their units of study. Social Studies has them examining societies and governments. They are working with angles and trig ratios in Math. The birdies are flying in Wellness as they learn the ins and outs of badminton. In IA they’ve started paper and pencil drafting. They’ll be starting their Food Safety course soon in Home Ec. And finally, in Wildlife, they’ve been examining different animal habitats.
It has been a busy couple of weeks getting into semester two classes, but we know a break is right around the corner. Currently, we are doing the following things in our classes thus far: Work Placement 20: We are graphing and learning to calculate slope. Pre-Calculus 20: We are working on geometric and arithmetic sequences and series. PAA 20: We are practicing our sewing skills. Mittens will be our first project. Construction 20: We are examining the theory of building construction, as well as designing our own individual custom builds for sheds and small buildings. Physical Science 20: We are looking at the mathematical skills behind physics, such as significant figures and scientific notation. We are also beginning the study of waves. Health Science 20: We are exploring the philosophies and ethics within the medical system. This includes indigenous and alternative ways of healing. Forensics 20: We have just finished finger print analysis. We are now constructing our own crime scene. ELA/History20: We have the choice of reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Night by Elie Wiesel to examine WWII themes. Have a Safe and Wonderful Winter Break!