Welcome back! We hope everyone had a restful break. In Work Placement Math, we are calculating slopes of Olympic jumps and in Pre-Calculus we are working on geometric sequences. In PAA, we are baking and dec- orating cakes. In IA, we are constructing saw horses. In Chemistry, We have exam- ined the functions of the lab, including lab equipment and safety. We have just begun our Atoms and Elements Unit. In Visual Arts, we are working on interpretations of cultural art. In ELA/History, we are examining post war culture.
The Grade 10’s have been working hard (with it being so cold outside, there’s not much else to do!) and the upcoming break has caught some of them by surprise! Their eager young minds have been filled with controversial topics, as their combined ELA / Social Studies class has them arguing both sides of tough issues. In Math, they’ve been calculating the surface area and volume of various shapes, as well as converting measurements from Imperial to Metric and vice versa. In Wildlife Management, they’ve been studying wilderness survival. Commercial Cooking has them devising ever more delicious meals. The next one coming up is grilled cheese, broccoli cheddar soup, and chocolate chip cookies! Yumm. And last (but not least), in IA, they’ve started Computer Assisted Drafting. Enjoy the break!
Well, according to research, February is everyone’s least favorite month. By everyone, I mean Marshall, and by research I mean asking Marshall, a few minutes ago, what his least favorite month is. I don’t think Marshall is alone, however. It’s cold and dark and the snow piles are only outmatched by the homework piles. Thankfully we have our class and our daily adventures to keep us going until the lionly lambs of March arrive. School is certainly keeping us busy. In ELA, we have started a SELF-REFLECTION ESSAY about events that changed our lives. In Social Studies we are designing, manufacturing and marketing a new chocolate bar. Our plan has to involve importing our goods from other countries, comparing raw material, transportation and labour costs and conditions all over the world. We than have to determine how best to market this new product to the North American candy consumer. In Health class, we are looking at some of the issues that are affecting teenagers in 2014 and comparing them to the issues of teenagers in decades gone by. Fascinating. We’re also closely following the Winter Olympics as often as we can. Everyone is welcome to swing by and check out our pixel art Mario World bulletin board. It’s a work in progress, but what a work! The mighty, majestic meitosis process is the topic of our science classes of late and we’re solving polynomials in Math class. Got a problem? We can help. Well, stay warm, stay safe and feel free to ask us how we are doing.
With the new semester, the Grade 8s have swapped some teachers for the second half of the year. We’re reading and creating short stories in English and finished a writing assessment a few weeks ago. Dividing and multiplying fractions as well as work on perimeter and area are the topics in Math. In Social Studies the topics are information about Canada as well as learning about Dictators. The water cycle and a unit on cells including tissues and organs is the information we’re soaking up in Science. And in PE we’ve been hacking away with some floor hockey and some mat or dodgeball. Lastly, drafting and cooking desserts in PAA and scratch art in Arts Ed finish off our list of work. Thanks to the students from Grade 8 who helped with our newsletter item.
Wow! The weather has us all trying to bundle up and stay warm! In our cozy classroom we have been exploring “Measurement” in math, the Dust Bowl in ELA, and in social we are reviewing some elements of feudalism before moving on to other government structures. On Feb. 14, the Grade 7s and Kindergartens will take a moment to share a potluck lunch. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this lunch! Your generosity and kindness is greatly appreciated. Currently, all the students in Hanley school are taking part in fundraising for Telemiracle. Once again, the kindness and generosity of our students is overwhelming. In closing, should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call me at the school (306- 544-2511).
The grade 5/6 class has been very busy doing labs about matter and labs about flight. We have really enjoyed making ob- jects fly as well as making and eating ice cream. We will be finishing up these units after the break. We will start learning about electricity in Science. In Math the grade 6’s will be starting a unit on decimals, fractions and percent. In Art we will be starting a unit about music. We will be finishing up our unit about power and authority in Social Studies and starting a new unit about dynamic relationships.
The 3/4s have been busy these last few weeks! We enjoyed our week of skating. Thanks to all those who came to tie skates and contributed treats! Also a huge thanks to Gordon McGregor and Har- old Dyck for driving us to and from the rink on those cold days! In math the 3s are finishing up their unit on addition and subtraction. They will have a test after the break. Their next unit is fractions. In math the 4s are finishing up measurement and are also mov- ing onto fractions. Both grades will be getting usernames and passwords for xtramath.com. This is an excellent website to practice basic facts. By logging in, Mr. Woods-Fehr and I can monitor their progress. Both groups need to improve on knowing their basic facts. In Social Studies we are discussing the differences between rural and urban communities. We have be- come pen pals with a class from Fairhaven School in Saskatoon. The Hanley students are describing life in a small farming town, while learning about life in the city from the perspective of someone their age. In Science we are in the midst of learning about forces that repel and attract. We will be discussing electricity and gravity over the next few weeks.
Well another month has passed us by and the Grade 1/2 class has been very busy!! Here is a look at some of what this month has brought us!
- Coooooold weather
- Indoor recesses (with many paper airplanes!)
- More animal research 100 Day fun
- Groundhogs day
- Heart art
- Olympics Homemade ice cream with our buddies (YUM!)
- Reading Writing Skating
- And Valentine’s Day!
As I already mentioned, it was a busy month but we also had a lot of fun. We are all looking forward to a week off and hopefully some warmer temperatures! Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
We are just hitting the end of semester one, and we could not be more excited! One more semester to go and we will see the end of our high school career! In English/History class, we are finishing up our course. We are reading a lot about the history of Batoche and the Metis, the Dirty 30’s, and anything else Mr. Kirk thinks is necessary to stuff into our brains. Ha ha. In Chemistry, we just finished up on our Acids
and Bases unit. Right before finals we are going to try to start another unit, just to make us students feel a little bit more stressed out. In Pre-Calculus 30, we have been trying to wrap up all our unit tests and get them corrected so we can start studying. We just finished chapter 8 and will be kind of working on chapter 9. In Home Ec, we have been learning a lot about our meats: beef, pork, poultry and fish. So far we have made meals out of a beef recipe and are still working on our other meat meals. We also have a test coming up on this unit so we should be meat professionals by Friday! And finally, in I.A the students have been finishing up their awesome wood projects.
It is a very busy time of year, as we finish up our classes and prepare for our first set of final exams. In Math, we are working on our last chapter which is on Quadratic Equations. In Robotics, we are working on our slalom course. In Physics, we are working on a Heat Unit which we are calculating linear expansion and the quantity of heat. In Health Science, we are working on our Independent Final Projects. In Phys. Ed., we just finished fitness testing. In ELA, we are finishing World War I.
Good Luck on Final Exams Everyone!