It has been a busy month, we have had a ski trip, hockey tournaments, and a MADD presentation all in the span of a week. It is hard to believe that we fit any schooling in… but indeed we do….In Pre- Calculus, we are work- ing on trigonometry. In History/ELA, we are learning about the Great Depression. In PAA, we are cake dec- orating. In IA, we are building sheds. In Visual Arts, we are constructing movie posters. In Chemistry, we are doing a research project on the different families of the periodic table.
March has rolled around and our graduation is coming fast. Soon the snow will be all gone and we will be one step closer to our big day. In ELA we’ve started reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Our Biology classes have been busy working on definitions and learning about cells, because that’s pretty much all bio ever is. The better half of our class en- joys gym class in 3rd period but all the others get to enjoy an hour of Mr. Herman in Foundations 30. The five of us who stick around for Calculus after lunch are having troubles learning the material, but we make the best of the time we have with Mr. Her- man. In Physics 30 we are finishing up our unit of distance, displacement, position, and time and look forward to a test in the near future.
As I write this there are forecasts today of more snow and another bite of cold weather before our February Break. The forecast includes some nice weather ahead while the students are off school and I know many people are looking forward to that as it feels like we’ve been cooped up a lot indoors this winter with the cold temperatures.
We’re halfway through February and well into the second semester and as normal, there is lots going on in the school and our various programs. Check out the classroom submissions that follow for what’s happening in each of the grades. Our Grade 12s will take part in their second week of Work Experience immediately following the break. We intentionally set it there so as not to break up the learning when they’re back in class this semester. Good luck at work, Grade 12, we hope you learn a lot about the career area you’re experiencing.
We’re also looking forward to hosting Senior Girls’ Curl- ing Provincials at the end of the month. Our Senior Girls’ team won four straight games at Districts in Blaine Lake Feb 7-8, and will be playing at Delisle in Regional Competition Feb 14-15. If you’re able to make it out to cheer them on, they’d be proud to have you there and to see you at the Hanley Curling Rink Feb 28-March 1. The girls who make the team up are Courtney Orsen, Hanna Anderson, Jill Krueger, Ashley Randall and Taylor Black. Also, if you have more questions, or you’re interested in volunteering some time to take part in the Provincials in some form, contact me or Scott Cory for more information.
I’d like to give you a heads up on another couple items for your calendars as well. The grade 9-12 ski trip is scheduled for March 14 to Table Mountain. It’s always a fun day for those students and we look forward to having all the students attend.
March 19th and 20th is scheduled to be our second Tri-Conferences days for parents and students to book time to meet with the teachers. Tri- Conferences will be from 5:00- 7:30pm those evenings and I’d like to remind you it’s a great time to celebrate the accomplishments of your student and recognize them with their parent in the conversation as well. I’ll look forward to seeing many of you here in the school those evenings and I invite you to drop by the office if I don’t see you in the halls.
I’m going to give a final plug for the SCC Community Calendars that are available at the office for ten dollars. There are still a few that families ordered and haven’t picked up.
Have a nice break everyone.
That’s all for now. 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.
In Bio, we are learning about biochemistry and the chemistry of life, while in Physics, we are developing our mathematical skills and starting the unit on motion. In English, we are learning to finally figure out our purpose in life. We have started to write about who we are, but we have come to the conclusion that as 18 year olds we do not know, and might never know, exactly who we are. In Foundations Math, we are learning about set theory and logic.
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.