Kindergartens are having a great start to the New Year! Sharing has been exciting this month, as we have had the chance to showcase some of our wonderful Christmas gifts and share some of our adventures that took place over the break. Investigating sound and how sound works has been a focus this month. Soon we will be looking into instruments as well as dance. Writers Workshop is also off to a great start! The children’s stories are so playful and sweet. Keep up the good work Kindergarten! Stay warm everyone! Miss. Buchinski and the Kindergarten class

Grade 2

Welcome to 2016! We have had a great couple weeks back after our Christmas break. We have started a new math unit on adding and subtracting numbers to twenty. Please practice mental math equations with your child at home to assist them with this unit. Our first spelling test went off without a hitch! The students were thrilled to incorporate it into our daily 5 routine and were quite excited to have a test! For writer’s workshop, we have been talking about the difference between fiction and nonfiction stories. The kids have been working on some very imaginative creative writing stories! We are working on wrapping up our social studies unit on communities and will soon begin a new science unit on properties of solids, liquids and gases. We recently studied Vincent Van Gogh in art and the grade two’s made some beautiful replicas of his Starry Night.

Grade 1&3

The 3/4 class has had a busy month! We have paid attention to our mental images while reading and are working on our questioning skills to build background knowledge and to gain deeper meaning of what we are reading. The 3s are off on their second writing projects and many of them are writing non-fiction texts. The 1s have been practicing spacing out their words, using lines properly, using upper and lowercase properly, and writing 2-3 sentences at a time. The 3s are studying addition and subtraction strategies in math and the 1s continue with addition and subtraction. In science, both groups are taking care of the garden and studying plants. The 1s did an excellent job on presenting their family traditions! The 3s have been drawing comparisons between schools in Kenya and in Canada. They have been also practicing  their note-taking skills. The group just learned about healthy and non-healthy behaviours in health class by applying them to the Medicine Wheel. The 3s are learning some basic first aid and will be practicing their skills on the grade 1s! Stay warm!

Grade 4-6

The grade 4,5,6 class has been busy learning about different states of matter in science. We have made outrageous ooze as well as ice cream. We will also be making butter to see how the cream changes from one state to another. The students will be bringing home a handout about doing their own science lab. I am sure they will be great. We are about to begin a mystery unit in ELA. We will be reading some short stories to go along with it. In Social Studies, the students have been working very hard to create a country. I can’t wait to hear all about them. In Math, both the grade 5’s and 6’s will be starting a unit about decimals. Ms. Bishop Moisan and the grade 4,5,6 class

Grade 7

The first semester is well on its way to ending! The first half of our year has passed unbelievably quickly. We are currently working on fractions and operations with fractions in math. In ELA, we are beginning a unit that explores different forms of humour. Social class has us beginning to delve into the relationship between humans and the land, and in science, the class has just finished presenting their projects and will continue to work through their “Mixtures and Solutions” unit. Report cards are just around the corner. Please feel free to contact me at the school should you have any questions or concerns. In closing, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to the second half of the school year! These Grade 7s are an absolute pleasure to work with!

Grade 8

In Physical Education the students are finishing up Term 2 Fitness Testing and playing several games including some floor hockey. In Industrial Arts, the students are rushing to finish their woods projects. Most students are staining and getting ready to mount the mirrors into frames. In Career Ed the students have finished learning about Concussions and working on Goal Setting. In ELA the students have wrapped up their novel study of The Giver. All students showed wonderful insight and critical thinking skills for this unit! I am very proud of them! The students will be viewing Oliver Twist and exploring the relationship between environment and its influence on potential and the human condition. While in Math 8 the students have finished their unit on rates and proportions. The students have just begun their study of measurement, area, volume and capacity. In past years, students have built a strong foundation in these concepts and I am confident we will see fabulous success! In Science the students are studying Optics and vision, specifically reflection and curved mirrors. The students in Social are looking at the influence of American pop culture on Canada. In Home Ec. the students are busy hemming their pj pants. In Art the students have started a drama unit by doing some improvisation games and character building.

Grade 9

The Grade 9’s came back from Christmas break refreshed and ready to learn. They have continued to learn about Norse and Indigenous myths in English and are working on developing their own myths. The students have shown an interest in ancient civilizations in Social and are learning about the evidence that archaeologists have uncovered over time. In Home Economics they are working on a recycling assignment and those in I.A. are working hard to finish up their projects before the end of the semester. They are continuing to learn about electricity in Science and work on their bands in Art. The students have also been learning about polynomials in Math class and have been having fun with floor hockey in Phys. Ed.

Grade 10

Ah, winter! You finally got here! The grade 10’s couldn’t tell if the icy blast was the weather outside or the knowledge of their first set of final exams coming up at the end of the month! Teachers have been busy hitting those last few topics that need to be covered before exams start on the 25th. In Math, they’ve just finished up Geometry. Commercial Cooking just put out a fantastic chilli-and-abun lunch, perfect for the cold weather. In IA, projects are furiously being clamped and glued in preparation for a final sand and stain. In Science, they’ve been studying motion. In ELA, they’re just finishing up their Jurassic Park project. They’ve caught the entrepreneurial bug in Social as they create their own fur-trading companies. In Wildlife Management they’ve been studying ecosystems and winter weather. And finally, as a break to all that studying, they’ve had a chance to play some basketball and badminton in Wellness. Have a great week!

Grade 11

Wow! Hard to believe semester 1 is almost over and we are writing final exams next week. It will be a challenging week of studying and completing final projects. Final exams include Physical Science 20, Foundations 20, and a mid term exam for ELA/ History 20. A final independent project needs to be completed for Health Science 20. Next semester, classes are as follows: a continuation of ELA/ History 20, a choice of Psychology 30 or Robotics 30, a choice of PreCalculus 20 or Workplace 20, a choice of Construction 20 or PAA 20 and Environmental Science 20. Good luck on exams!

Grade 12

Wow where has January gone? Now that 2016 is here, the grade 12’s are on their final push to finish this semester! And Contech is back working on the balcony! At this time the grade 12’s are busy preparing for their final exams. The social studies class is reflecting on the course in order to address two final exam questions. The grade 12 ELA class is working hard to prepare for their final exam on Canadian literature. They have been reviewing all of the texts studied during the year. The pre-calculus section finished their last unit on exponentials and logarithms, and now are studying up to write the final on Wednesday! Foundations 30 has a small class, and they are ready to write the comprehensive exam. In Bio 30 the kids are getting their a-b-c and d’s ready for the big final exam. Mrs. Prakash has them working overtime! The P.A.A. students are trying to stay on their teachers good sides and finish their woodworking or bunnyhugs on time. Good luck to all students on their exams, and may the curve be ever in your favour. See you next semester! Feel free to stop in and visit me any time if you have any concerns! Brandon Hutchinson and Jill Why were the teacher’s eyes crossed? He couldn’t control his pupils!