From the Office

Well I think this is the snow and cold we were hoping we’d do without this winter. Remind your students to wear the proper warm clothes to school again this season, including snow pants for elementary students headed outside to slide around and play in the snow, as well as for any of our students being picked up by bus. Bus Drivers do have the authority to refuse students entry to the bus if they don’t have proper clothing for cold weather. In the case of a breakdown, all students should have proper clothing to ensure they are safe and warm on the bus while waiting for support to arrive.

The grade 11 and 12 students enjoyed another morning this month at the annual Career Fair in Saskatoon. Planning should be well underway for students to narrow their options for careers or education following grade 12. For those students who are still struggling with ideas, help is always available from Mr. Tucker who can lead the students to directions to start looking for answers. I’ll also encourage any students who are considering an apprenticeship opportunity to spend some time to complete the Youth Apprenticeship Program this year, as it offers many benefits to the student and the employer.

Just a reminder that the Grade 12 Work Experience week one is scheduled for the first week of next month, December 5th -9 th . Students are expected to meet with their work placement employer for their interview in preparation for the first day that week. Good luck to each of the students as they spend a week in their chosen career areas.

Progress reports are being sent home this week with students in grades 1-12 as the first quarter of the year has passed us very quickly. The report is a common format for all the students in those grades, incorporating the behavioural comments onto the same report as the academics, yet still reporting them as separate items.

I wanted to give my congratulations to each of our sports teams that competed already this fall, doing a great job of representing Hanley Composite School in the extra-curricular areas. I’ve heard a ton of awesome comments about how polite and well-mannered our students can be as either hosts in our school, or while we’re on the road. Great job, everyone!

A special congratulations to the boys on the football team for their Provincial win last weekend! Great job guys – it was a great game to watch and cheer for.

That’s all for now. 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. Talk to you soon. Chris Tucker Principal Hanley School

Kindergarten

We’ve been very busy in our room this month. We had a picnic outside to take advantage of a beautiful November day. It’s been a welcome change from that ugly October! In math we’re working hard on our Quick Draw skills and we’re starting to learn about patterns. We’ve been working on our letters and letter sounds. There are some very keen learners in here. Their favourite thing to do right now is to “order” colouring pages. It started with a couple of kids and now it’s become a phenomenon. They take turns requesting colouring sheets that align with their interests. It’s actually become a really cool activity where we practice taking turns, waiting in line, sharing our interests, and using proper grip on our colouring tools. Feel free to pop in any time! Mrs. Martineau and the Ks

Grade 1-2

Well our first month together since Mrs. Romanchuk’s departure has flown by! We are really getting into our own groove now, and have quite a few things happening in our classroom! This week we finished up our second unit in Math. The grade 1’s finished talking about the many different ways we can represent numbers from 1-20, and the grade 2’s finished representing numbers from 1-100. Next week we will be starting new units on Addition and Subtraction! In Science we are also finishing up our unit on Animals. We have learned so much about the many different animal groups and are currently writing our own animal reports! We have started a few new things in our classroom. Spelling is up and running and the kids have been doing very well with their words. We have our take home reading up and running and we just started Writer’s Workshop. We are learning about what author’s do to be successful writers, and are excited to write our own books in the future. That’s all for now! Mrs. Moskalyk

Grade 3

The Grade 3s have a lot going on right now. In math they are moving onto measurement with Mrs. Koroll and addition and subtraction with Mrs. McCubbing. They will be finishing off their soils unit in science and then we will be working with the kindergarten class to start planting our indoor garden! More later to come on that! The students gained a lot of new knowledge about the two World Wars and the Holocaust. Their Remembrance Day posters were very well done! We will return to our geography unit and create paper mâché globes. During reading time we have been working with students to practice reading aloud with more expression. We are also having students pay attention to the emotions of the characters and to make predictions about how they may be feeling and why. Everyone is reading chapter books during school-wide reading time, so many of the kids are having to visualize their stories for the first time. Mrs. McCubbing has been teaching the students different styles of dance in phys. ed. Next month will be even more busy as we head into the Christmas season!

Grade 4-6

I can’t believe we are half way through November. We are busy working on a messages unit in ELA. We have learned a bit of sign language, a bit of Braille and have been working on listening skills. We are about to wrap up our Solar System unit. We will have a short quiz at the end. The students continue to work on math concepts. It is very important that the grade 6’s are practicing their multiplication facts so they know them. Ms. Bishop Moisan

Grade 7

November has met us with beautiful weather and finally some sun! The class has been busy working through equations in math, a novel study (Dust) in English, exploring interdependence in social and will be beginning a unit on mixtures and solutions in science. Wow! These kids are busy! I would like to thank all the parents and students who came out to tri-conferences and would like to remind parents/ guardians that report cards will be coming out shortly. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me at the school. Also, I would like to encourage parents to access their child’s PowerSchool account to review assignments and progress. Christmas dinner forms will be going out this week. Please take a moment to review them. In closing, I would like to thank all the students and families for their efforts to make this a great year.

Grade 8

It has been another busy month for the grade 8 class. In Math, we finished our unit on integers and are currently refreshing fraction basics and conversions. In ELA, the class has wrapped up their novel study on The Outsiders. We are now moving on to a look at the theme of “Social Justice”. We are busy learning about the sewing machines in Home Ec. and designing and building paddles in Industrial Arts. In Career Ed, we are doing a series of small research assignments on workers rights, protections, and safety (WCB, LSA, OH&S). In PE, we have finished our fitness testing, fall games, and volleyball units. We have now started a basketball skills unit. In Science, we just finished a unit on cells and body tissues and in Social Studies we are starting a unit on the land and history of Canada . We are looking forward to what the rest of November has in store for us!

Grade 9

The Grade 9 class has continued to be busy throughout the month November. They have wrapped up their Challenges of Life unit in English and have made the transition into Norse and Indigenous Myths, where they are currently working to build their own unique mythological worlds. In Social Studies, they have just finished up Culture and Multiculturalism and will be moving on to Canada’s Land and History after the long weekend. Math has the students learning all about Rational Numbers and Science has them focused on Elements and Atoms. They are at the transition point in IA, where they switch between Welding and Small Engines and they are working their way through a Dairy Unit in Home Ec. They have been hard at work on their Remembrance Day posters in Art class and are about to start a Basketball Unit in Phys. Ed. That’s all for the Grade 9 class and the month of November!

Grade 10

Well, it’s been a busy month for the grade 10’s. Between football and volleyball winding up, and basketball soon to get underway, there’s been plenty going on with extra -curricular activities. They’ve also completed their final exam for Driver’s Ed (be very afraid) and made cookies for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Home Ec. In IA, they continue to work on their projects. In ELA, they’ve completed their historical persona essays and are now starting a multimedia project on Challenges. The Periodic Table has been the focus in Science. In Math, they’ve been working on converting between imperial and metric units of measure. And finally, in Wellness they’ve been playing volleyball.

Grade 11

Looks like we spoke too soon about winter! I’m sure we’ll be paying later for this warm weather we’ve been having but we’ll still take it for now. The grade 11s have had a busy November. The first couple of weeks were consumed with preparation for our Remembrance Day service, which all culminated on the 10th. The grade 11s pulled off an amazing, emotional, and well-organized ceremony. It was commended by students, staff, and veterans alike. They should be proud of the work they did. To celebrate their hard work and success, we will be having a movie party on the afternoon of the 18th . Now that the Remembrance Day service is over, the History/English 20 classes will be transitioning out of World War One, and into the interwar period, including the Russian Revolution. The Physical Science 20 class will be finishing up their unit on Reflection and Refraction and moving on to the unit on Chemistry. Environmental Science 20 will continue working on their unit on Aquatic Ecosystems, and will soon be shifting towards a unit on Terrestrial Ecosystems. The Physical Education 20 class has finished their section on volleyball, and will now be starting basketball, in conjunction with the start of the basketball season. Robotics 20 is continuing to work on their year-long robot project. They now have their robots driving around and making beeping noises at each other. In Psychology 20, the students are learning and writing essays about topics such as emotions and motivation. The Foundations 20 class has been hard at work graphing bell curves. The Health Science 20 class is continuing their journey through the body, with the most recent stop being the endocrine system.