From the Office

From all the reports I’ve heard thus far, many families and staff had a great break last week. As always, it’s nice to have an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and with some warm spring weather thrown in there, it sounds like it was well used. The playground and surrounding school yard is finally drying up a bit more, but some areas are still wet with mud and puddles – please continue to send the students to school with the appropriate footwear and jackets.

The School Community Council will meet next week and have been an important part of our plans to create reading corners in the school for students to read and work. We already created an area at the end of the elementary hallway and our future plans are to do something in the middle years hallway as well. I want to give thanks to the RBC in Hanley for offering to do some volunteer work for the school this month to help raise some funds for the reading corners – your time and your assistance is most welcomed.

I’d also like to recognize Blair’s Fertilizer Ltd as they provided some welcome support for the Pink Shirt Day at the start of the month. The school received a donation of shirts and some classroom activities took place recognizing how inclusion of all students and a positive environment help everyone.

Our Drama club performs their show, One Giant Leap, this week on Wednesday night and then again at Thursday night’s Dessert Theatre and as normal everyone is looking forward to it. The glimpses that I’ve caught of their practices prove again that the strong effort and hours of learning their lines and roles will pay off.

Our badminton season here at Hanley continues this week with junior playoffs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The senior playoffs will start next Wednesday with Hanley host- ing the first day and then playoffs continuing on April 25th. We had a large group of juniors this year and that makes for some bigger senior numbers in the future. I want to encourage more students to try to get involved as it was good to see the development this year. Great job everyone. Have your students keep their ears open for announcements about track practices starting soon now that the field is drying up.

I’m happy to say that we’ll see (and hear) some further construction in our school this spring, starting at the beginning of May. The work needed in the front lobby and main offices and lower hallway ceilings will begin, with work on the balcony surface to follow. This will interrupt some of our normalcy again for a while, but is an important job to get finished and we’re looking forward to it starting so we can see then end of the work one day soon, hopefully by September. As always, classes will continue and any disruptions to students and staff will be minimized. The crew from ConTech that did such a great job on the PAA rooms and lower classes will again be on site and they are a great group of guys to work with and very good around the students and staff.
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.

Mr. Tucker

Grade 12 News

The Grade 12’s are counting down the days until graduation! In Biology, we are starting the Genetics unit. In English, we have been reading To Kill a Mockingbird. In Gym, we have just finished fitness testing and are looking forward to being able to play outside in the nice weather. The Foundations 30 math class has been hard at work learning how to save for retirement. In Calculus, we are learning derivatives, while the Art class has been expanding their creativity. In Physics, we have just started the Work and Energy unit. -Teagan

Grade 11 News

To update our classes: In History/ELA, we are just begin- ning The Book Thief. In Work Place Math, we are studying trigonometry applications. In Pre-Calculus, we are examining quadratic functions. In PAA, we are knitting. In IA, we are building sheds. In Chemistry, we are writing our Molecules and Compounds test early next week. In Visual Arts, we are sketching and examining surrealism and abstract art.


Grade 10 News

April! Finally! Between Drama, Badminton, track gearing up, the kids are still managing to learn things. In ELA/ History, they’ve just finished working on their projects for the book Indian Horse, which dealt with issues surrounding residential schools. Fitness testing has wrapped up in Wellness, and everyone’s looking forward to getting outside. In Wildlife Management, they’re studying Human and Animal Interactions, with a focus on raccoons. In CAD, they’re busy drawing their houses, and focusing on the electrical portion in particular. In Commercial Cooking, we’re all looking forward to a Taco fiesta! And finally, in Math, they’re busy working on roots and powers.

Grade 9 News

Greetings from grade 9! April promises to be another busy month with lots going on in the classrooms. In social studies, the students are continuing to learn about empire building and the lasting effects of coloniza- tion. The students have been making connections between our society and the colonial era in North America. In particular, we have been closely examining the colonial activities of the Spanish. A highlight from this unit so far has been our Christopher Columbus debate. In the art classes, the students are working on murals to express a thought provoking message or a symbol of their interests. The murals look great so far! The health students have been evaluating public health food policies, while the career ed. students are researching post- secondary schooling options. In math, the students are studying scale factor.

Grade 8 News

In Math the class is starting a new unit on Geometry. In ELA, the class is working on the novel “The Giver” and a project where students decide on one thing that everyone should learn about from the past. In Art, the class is working on Canadian Contemporary Art. In Health, the class just finished learning about families and support and starting Sexual Education. In Social Studies, the class is learning about the Canadian Federal government. Specifically, how a Bill becomes a law and structures within the Government. In Home Ec., the class is starting a sewing basics section, and soon will make their own pyjama pants. In Industrial Arts, the class has arrived at picking and designing a woodworking project of their own choice. Now they just have to get it done by Mr. Tyndall’s due date…and then get them out of the hallway. In PE, the class has just finished fitness testing and will be beginning an Archery Unit, mixed in with Track and Field events (weather permit- ting). In Science, the class is ending a unit on Life Science: Cells, Tissues, Organs, and Systems, and soon to start a new unit on Physical Science: Forces, Fluids, and Density which leads into the “Boat Race” at the Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre in Saskatoon in June.

Grade 7 News

The snow has gone and the wind has arrived! This spring has cer- tainly rushed in. Additionally, the year has certainly passed quickly! I am currently in the process of confirming dates and schedules for our year end trip to Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Park. So far, it looks like we will be heading out on June 19 (Friday). We plan to do some zip lining, high ropes activity, and team challenges that day. It is always a lot of fun for the kids and I am looking forward to it. I will be requiring 3 parent volunteers to join us. Please keep in mind all chaperones and volunteers must have a valid criminal records check submitted to the office prior to the event. Please keep an eye out for an information letter and volunteer request sheet to come home in the following weeks. Academically, we are current- ly studying circles and Meas- urement in math. In ELA, we have wrapped up our novel study and have begun to move onto a thematic unit called “Participating and Giving our Personal Best”. The students continue to look at ecosystems in science, and types of government in social studies. Report cards will be out in a couple of weeks. As always, should you have any questions or concerns re- garding your child’s progress, please feel free to contact any of your child’s teachers at the school.

Grade 5 & 6 News

In the grade 5/6 classroom we are currently starting a writing unit in ELA. In Science we are learning about flight. In Social Studies we are going to begin a unit about government. In Math we are finishing up a big unit about fractions, decimals, percent, rate and ratio and will begin a much shorter unit in geometry. In art we are going to be learning about percussion instruments.

Ms. Bishop Moisan and the grade 5/6 class

Grade 3 & 4 News

I hope everyone had a fantastic break! The 3/4s have an exciting week ahead! We are going on a field trip to Beaver Creek on Thursday. Thanks to everyone for sending baking for our sale on Tuesday! It really helped low- er the costs of our trip. In math the 3s will be moving on from fractions to geometry and the 4s will be moving on from fractions to decimals. We will be studying soil and plants in science and learning about different countries in social studies. We would love to have your clean and empty plastic food containers to start to prepare for our out- door garden! We would like to get outside as much as possible, so we will be focus- ing on soccer skills in phys. ed. this month. The students continue to work on their stories in Writer’s Workshop and their group writing projects.

Grade 1 & 2 News

Happy Spring! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday with your families! I can’t believe that we are already in the middle of April; time sure flies when you’re having fun! We are still plugging away on a lot of the same units in grade one/two. We continue to have our ELA centers and readers workshop, and are starting an author study on Eric Carl with Mrs. Burgess, our teacher librarian. In math, the grade one’s have finished their unit on numbers to one hundred and are starting to learn about geometry. The grade two’s are still adding and subtracting to one hundred with Mr. Woods-Fehr. In science we are about half way through our unit on air and water in the environment. What amazing wind devices the kids have made at home! They are so creative! Thanks for your help with that! We are still working on safety for health as well.