Grade 6 News

It has been a great start to the school year in the grade 6 room. In ELA our beginning plans are grammar, writing skills, spelling, sentence structure and reading the Thief Lord as a class. In math we are working on a unit about whole numbers. In Social Studies we are looking around the world as well as close to home studying the interactions and interdependence of nations. In Science we are looking beyond into our Solar System. During Phys. Ed. class, we are working on skill development in soccer, football, volleyball and group games. We are being very creative with drawing and using a variety of mediums in art. We are excited and looking forward to a great year!

Grade 4 & 5 News

We are back! I hope everyone had a fantastic summer and is ready to jump into a new year of school! Our class has been a bit chaotic lately with the tables we ordered not in yet, but by Monday we will back to a normal routine and will be so lucky to have the opportunity to have tables rather than desks in our classroom! We will be focusing on cooperative learning, and the tables are sure to enhance this for us! We will be covering many exciting topics this year and I can’t wait to get to know my old and new students even better! Looking forward to another great year!


Grade 2 & 3 News

We are learning about all kinds of things already! Here’s just some of the things we have been learning about: fairy tales, the human body, communities, plants, and patterns. We are having a great September!

Kindergarten & Grade 1 News

We’ve had an AWESOME start to the year in the K/1 room! I am so impressed with these kids and how quickly they are picking up on class- room procedures and getting along as a group! We are starting to get into things a bit. The Grade 1s have start- ed their patterning unit in math and practicing sentence writing in Daily Language. The Ks are taking part in some math pre-testing individually with me and soon we will begin our patterning unit. During play the students built a giant castle out of cardboard, drawbridge and all! They are having a blast parading in and out of it as princesses, queens, palace guard dogs, and knights! In Grade 1 Social Studies we are learning about different kinds of families and in Virtues we are discussing the power of our words and how they can make people feel good or bad. The Kindergartens have started Animated Literacy with Mrs. McGregor. Information about this will be sent home in the next week. Watch out for a note about our Medieval Feast which will be happening in early October. It was great to see all of the families at the pancake breakfast!

From the Office

Well, if any of you can tell me where this last school year has disappeared to, I’d appreciate the help. It has been a fantastic year for me “from the office” and I would like to make sure I take the time here to thank everyone for helping make that so. We have a wonderful group of people working in this building for the students, and I’m quite proud of their efforts to make our school a great place to be. I’d also like to recognize the students at Hanley Composite School for their hard work this year and their efforts to make this a school they can be proud of. It’s pretty hard to be best friends with 240 other students every day, year after year, but the students to a pretty good job of being respectful to everyone and working with each other. As I write this, I’m nervously awaiting my second son to decide to enter the world, and my hopes are that his future years at school can be as fun as what I see students in our school enjoy.

We’re also at that time of year where we need to say farewell to a couple people from our staff. I want to say thank-you on behalf of everyone for twenty years of work with students to Mrs. McRae and Mrs. Beaumont. Your work each year supporting students and helping out in so many other ways around the school will be sorely missed by all of us. We wish you health and happiness on your retirements. We also want to wish a happy retirement to Mrs. Patkau, retiring from her bus driving position. Your work of keeping the students safe on the roads to and from school every day is very important and we appreciate what you’ve done to make that possible.

With the end of the year will also come a farewell to two of our teachers who were filling temporary contracts at our school. Thank you to both Ms. Anderson who was replacing Mrs. Burgess on her medical leave, and also to Miss Gabora who was replacing Mrs. Romanchuk while away on her maternity leave. We will miss your work in the classroom with the students and the parts you played on our staff. Good luck on your next positions, to both of you.

I would like to wish good luck to our graduating stu- dents who are leaving us at the end of this year. Good luck in your future years and with your plans for next year and those to follow. Drop in some time and let us know how things are going.

To everyone else, enjoy the summer and the rest and relaxation that comes with time away from work and school. Hopefully some warm weather and sun is in our future in July and Au- gust. Mr. Anderson and I would love to talk to you if you have time to drop by the office. Take care and I’ll talk to you soon.

Chris Tucker

Grade 12 News

Grade 12 is coming to an end it seems to have flown by. Grad was a success and something we will remember for years to come. Thanks to Mrs. Prakash for all the hard work you put into this year’s festivities. Our classes are winding down and we are preparing for finals. In English, we have just finished reading Hamlet and writing our Twitter accounts. Biology has taught us our many body systems and how they work. In Physics, we just completed our last unit and we are now preparing for the Departmental Exam. In Calculus, we just completed a self-taught chapter. In Phys Ed, we wrapped up our last fitness test. We would like to give a special thank you to our teachers and parents for putting up with us these past years.


Grade 11 News

Hard to believe we are at the end of another school year! All that is left is our final exams, which begin on Friday, June 22. We wish everyone a Warm, Fun and Fantastic Summer! See you all in the new school year!

Grade 10 News

Well, the grade 10’s are super excited and super stressed as their second set of final exams comes hurtling towards them with the momentum of a freight train – one which left Cleveland at 4:00 pm travelling at 85 mph (their math final is on Friday the 22nd ). Students are busy getting in last minute assignments, writing exams and making up study notes as they prepare. Shoes fly as the 12 minute fitness test run is crammed in between finishing up CAD drawings and trying to figure out exactly which country was involved in the French Revolution. Shakespeare movies are watched more at this time of year than any other. And, after it’s all done, the eagerly anticipated – yet always dreaded – end of the year water-fight and baseball tournament looms! Please study responsibly.