This month the grade 3’s have been busy writing stories with detail. We have also continued to work on paragraph writing and will be able to write 3 detailed paragraphs by the end of this month! We have been working on making inferences while we read, and will soon be practicing how to read with expression. In science we continue to mend to the garden with our Kinderpartners and we are also learning about forces and magnetism. We have been combining our social studies and art to learn and create artwork of how climate effects the environments and societies of different places around the world. The 3’s have also been learning about spirituality and what makes up their inner spirit or soul. We found our spirit animals and are finishing up our ‘heart maps’ using pictures and words to describe what we are like on the inside. In math we are finally finishing up our addition and subtraction unit. We will begin our new unit on fractions after the February break! We look forward to this warm weather and will hopefully be able to take some of our learning outside in the coming weeks! Mrs. McCubbing & The Grade Threes
The grade 4,5,6 class has been working very hard on their Heritage Fair Projects. We will be starting to present the projects at the beginning of March. There have been some very interesting topics. In Science we are continuing to learn about simple machines. Our sculpting unit in art is wrapping up. Our final project has been working with paper mache. Please continue to practice basic math facts with the students. Focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. It is very important that the students be able to know their facts with automaticity.
This month has been a busy one! Report cards came out at the beginning of the month; if you would like to see me to discuss your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me at the school. The class has been wrapping up their study of fractions in math, and will shortly be moving on to begin exploring measurement. In ELA, we are finishing up our “Mystery” unit and have begun a novel study of Freak the Mighty. We have continued to work on heritage fair as part of our social curriculum, and in science the class continues to study mixtures and solutions. On March 10, we will be having our school Heritage Fair. Students have been working through an inquiry project which explores some aspect of Canadian Heritage. They will be displaying their work on tri-fold boards and will present their projects to judges. Some projects are truly amazing! On March 21, the Grade 7 and 8 classes will be venturing out to Table Mountain for their annual ski/snowboarding trip. Currently, we have all the Grade 7 chaperones we require. The interest is always high and I appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm. The permission forms were all sent home this past week. Please fill out the permission forms and return them to me as soon as possible. However, please do not send any money yet. We are trying to fundraise to offset some of the cost. I will let you know the first week of March how much each activity will cost. In closing, thank you for your continued support. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at the school.
There are lots of great things happening in the grade 8 classes as we start this new semester. In Phys. Ed we are working on a Badminton unit and playing various sportsmanship activities and games. In Health, we have started a unit that discusses the services available to communities infected with, and affected by, non-curable infections and diseases. In ELA, the class is working through a novel study on The Giver. In math, we are wrapping up our unit on Measurement and will begin a unit on rational numbers and problem solving shortly. In Home Ec. we are doing a kitchen basics review to get ready to work in the labs and in IA we are developing our isometric drawing skills. We are busy learning about forces, fluids and density in Science and in Social Studies we are ready to present the companies we have created in hopes of landing some investors. We are looking forward to all of the fun things happening around our school this month!
February has been a busy month for the Grade 9 students here in Hanley. Many of the students have been taking part in extracurricular activities such as basketball, curling, and drama. In ELA, the Grade 9’s are looking into Love, Loyalty, and Relationships and are particularly looking at William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. The students have continued to look into Ancient Civilizations in Social class, and are currently working to depict a battle between two ancient warriors. Math has the students studying Polynomials and they are looking into Music in Art class. The students have switched from I.A. to Home Ec. and vice versa. In I.A., the students are looking at the theory behind welding and in Home Ec., they are learning all about kitchen safety and measurement conversions. In Gym, the students have been playing a variety of games. That’s it for February. Enjoy the break!
Well, Semester Two is under way and the Grade 10’s are SO happy to have final exams behind them! Now, only one more week until the break! Until then, though… In ELA they’ve been making some decisions about their units of study. Social Studies has them examining societies and governments. They are working with angles and trig ratios in Math. The birdies are flying in Wellness as they learn the ins and outs of badminton. In IA they’ve started paper and pencil drafting. They’ll be starting their Food Safety course soon in Home Ec. And finally, in Wildlife, they’ve been examining different animal habitats.
It has been a busy couple of weeks getting into semester two classes, but we know a break is right around the corner. Currently, we are doing the following things in our classes thus far: Work Placement 20: We are graphing and learning to calculate slope. Pre-Calculus 20: We are working on geometric and arithmetic sequences and series. PAA 20: We are practicing our sewing skills. Mittens will be our first project. Construction 20: We are examining the theory of building construction, as well as designing our own individual custom builds for sheds and small buildings. Physical Science 20: We are looking at the mathematical skills behind physics, such as significant figures and scientific notation. We are also beginning the study of waves. Health Science 20: We are exploring the philosophies and ethics within the medical system. This includes indigenous and alternative ways of healing. Forensics 20: We have just finished finger print analysis. We are now constructing our own crime scene. ELA/History20: We have the choice of reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak or Night by Elie Wiesel to examine WWII themes. Have a Safe and Wonderful Winter Break!
The first month of the new semester has proven to be a busy one for the grade 12 students. The students have quickly become immersed in their new courses. This semester, many of the grade 12s are taking two science classes with Ms. Prakash. The biology class has begun the course with a unit on taxonomy. In physics, the students are in the midst of a unit on motion. This semester, many of the grade 12 students are taking Phys. Ed. with Mr. Anderson. In ELA, the students are exploring texts that explore the theme of identity. At the conclusion of our identity study, the students will be creating an identity text of their own. Although it seems like forever away, the students have had their first grad meeting. It’s an exciting time to be a grade 12 student at Hanley School!
Well I think this is the snow and cold we were hoping we’d do without this winter. Remind your students to wear the proper warm clothes to school again this season, including snow pants for elementary students headed outside to slide around and play in the snow, as well as for any of our students being picked up by bus. Bus Drivers do have the authority to refuse students entry to the bus if they don’t have proper clothing for cold weather. In the case of a breakdown, all students should have proper clothing to ensure they are safe and warm on the bus while waiting for support to arrive.
The grade 11 and 12 students enjoyed another morning this month at the annual Career Fair in Saskatoon. Planning should be well underway for students to narrow their options for careers or education following grade 12. For those students who are still struggling with ideas, help is always available from Mr. Tucker who can lead the students to directions to start looking for answers. I’ll also encourage any students who are considering an apprenticeship opportunity to spend some time to complete the Youth Apprenticeship Program this year, as it offers many benefits to the student and the employer.
Just a reminder that the Grade 12 Work Experience week one is scheduled for the first week of next month, December 5th -9 th . Students are expected to meet with their work placement employer for their interview in preparation for the first day that week. Good luck to each of the students as they spend a week in their chosen career areas.
Progress reports are being sent home this week with students in grades 1-12 as the first quarter of the year has passed us very quickly. The report is a common format for all the students in those grades, incorporating the behavioural comments onto the same report as the academics, yet still reporting them as separate items.
I wanted to give my congratulations to each of our sports teams that competed already this fall, doing a great job of representing Hanley Composite School in the extra-curricular areas. I’ve heard a ton of awesome comments about how polite and well-mannered our students can be as either hosts in our school, or while we’re on the road. Great job, everyone!
A special congratulations to the boys on the football team for their Provincial win last weekend! Great job guys – it was a great game to watch and cheer for.
That’s all for now. For further information and updates from the students and classrooms, check out our school website at https://blogs.spiritsd.ca/ hanley/. 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. Talk to you soon. Chris Tucker Principal Hanley School
We’ve been very busy in our room this month. We had a picnic outside to take advantage of a beautiful November day. It’s been a welcome change from that ugly October! In math we’re working hard on our Quick Draw skills and we’re starting to learn about patterns. We’ve been working on our letters and letter sounds. There are some very keen learners in here. Their favourite thing to do right now is to “order” colouring pages. It started with a couple of kids and now it’s become a phenomenon. They take turns requesting colouring sheets that align with their interests. It’s actually become a really cool activity where we practice taking turns, waiting in line, sharing our interests, and using proper grip on our colouring tools. Feel free to pop in any time! Mrs. Martineau and the Ks