The Grade 3s have a lot going on right now. In math they are moving onto measurement with Mrs. Koroll and addition and subtraction with Mrs. McCubbing. They will be finishing off their soils unit in science and then we will be working with the kindergarten class to start planting our indoor garden! More later to come on that! The students gained a lot of new knowledge about the two World Wars and the Holocaust. Their Remembrance Day posters were very well done! We will return to our geography unit and create paper mâché globes. During reading time we have been working with students to practice reading aloud with more expression. We are also having students pay attention to the emotions of the characters and to make predictions about how they may be feeling and why. Everyone is reading chapter books during school-wide reading time, so many of the kids are having to visualize their stories for the first time. Mrs. McCubbing has been teaching the students different styles of dance in phys. ed. Next month will be even more busy as we head into the Christmas season!
I can’t believe we are half way through November. We are busy working on a messages unit in ELA. We have learned a bit of sign language, a bit of Braille and have been working on listening skills. We are about to wrap up our Solar System unit. We will have a short quiz at the end. The students continue to work on math concepts. It is very important that the grade 6’s are practicing their multiplication facts so they know them. Ms. Bishop Moisan
November has met us with beautiful weather and finally some sun! The class has been busy working through equations in math, a novel study (Dust) in English, exploring interdependence in social and will be beginning a unit on mixtures and solutions in science. Wow! These kids are busy! I would like to thank all the parents and students who came out to tri-conferences and would like to remind parents/ guardians that report cards will be coming out shortly. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress, please feel free to contact me at the school. Also, I would like to encourage parents to access their child’s PowerSchool account to review assignments and progress. Christmas dinner forms will be going out this week. Please take a moment to review them. In closing, I would like to thank all the students and families for their efforts to make this a great year.
It has been another busy month for the grade 8 class. In Math, we finished our unit on integers and are currently refreshing fraction basics and conversions. In ELA, the class has wrapped up their novel study on The Outsiders. We are now moving on to a look at the theme of “Social Justice”. We are busy learning about the sewing machines in Home Ec. and designing and building paddles in Industrial Arts. In Career Ed, we are doing a series of small research assignments on workers rights, protections, and safety (WCB, LSA, OH&S). In PE, we have finished our fitness testing, fall games, and volleyball units. We have now started a basketball skills unit. In Science, we just finished a unit on cells and body tissues and in Social Studies we are starting a unit on the land and history of Canada . We are looking forward to what the rest of November has in store for us!
The Grade 9 class has continued to be busy throughout the month November. They have wrapped up their Challenges of Life unit in English and have made the transition into Norse and Indigenous Myths, where they are currently working to build their own unique mythological worlds. In Social Studies, they have just finished up Culture and Multiculturalism and will be moving on to Canada’s Land and History after the long weekend. Math has the students learning all about Rational Numbers and Science has them focused on Elements and Atoms. They are at the transition point in IA, where they switch between Welding and Small Engines and they are working their way through a Dairy Unit in Home Ec. They have been hard at work on their Remembrance Day posters in Art class and are about to start a Basketball Unit in Phys. Ed. That’s all for the Grade 9 class and the month of November!
Well, it’s been a busy month for the grade 10’s. Between football and volleyball winding up, and basketball soon to get underway, there’s been plenty going on with extra -curricular activities. They’ve also completed their final exam for Driver’s Ed (be very afraid) and made cookies for the Remembrance Day Ceremony in Home Ec. In IA, they continue to work on their projects. In ELA, they’ve completed their historical persona essays and are now starting a multimedia project on Challenges. The Periodic Table has been the focus in Science. In Math, they’ve been working on converting between imperial and metric units of measure. And finally, in Wellness they’ve been playing volleyball.
Looks like we spoke too soon about winter! I’m sure we’ll be paying later for this warm weather we’ve been having but we’ll still take it for now. The grade 11s have had a busy November. The first couple of weeks were consumed with preparation for our Remembrance Day service, which all culminated on the 10th. The grade 11s pulled off an amazing, emotional, and well-organized ceremony. It was commended by students, staff, and veterans alike. They should be proud of the work they did. To celebrate their hard work and success, we will be having a movie party on the afternoon of the 18th . Now that the Remembrance Day service is over, the History/English 20 classes will be transitioning out of World War One, and into the interwar period, including the Russian Revolution. The Physical Science 20 class will be finishing up their unit on Reflection and Refraction and moving on to the unit on Chemistry. Environmental Science 20 will continue working on their unit on Aquatic Ecosystems, and will soon be shifting towards a unit on Terrestrial Ecosystems. The Physical Education 20 class has finished their section on volleyball, and will now be starting basketball, in conjunction with the start of the basketball season. Robotics 20 is continuing to work on their year-long robot project. They now have their robots driving around and making beeping noises at each other. In Psychology 20, the students are learning and writing essays about topics such as emotions and motivation. The Foundations 20 class has been hard at work graphing bell curves. The Health Science 20 class is continuing their journey through the body, with the most recent stop being the endocrine system.
Greetings from the Grade 12 Homeroom! Can you believe we are halfway through semester one? Neither can the grade 12s. They continue to be busy as they have assignments due and unit exams to prepare for. The Social Studies 30 class has recently finished a unit study on responsible government and the causes of Canadian Confederation. The students have just begun studying the era of western settlement. In ELA 30, the students have been reading, annotating, and responding to a variety of Canadian poetry. The students will begin an independent novel study later this month. The Chemistry 30 class is studying dynamic equilibrium and Le Chateller’s Principle. The grade 12s will also be embarking on their first week of the Work Experience 30 course on December 5th. By now, they should have made contact with their employer and set up an interview time. That’s the latest from the Grade 12 Homeroom. Have a fantastic month!
I’m looking forward to some sunshine.
Parents, here’s your annual reminder about the proper clothing and jackets that need to accompany students who are bus kids as well as those who will be outside at recess breaks. Bus drivers who don’t think that students have proper warm clothes with them in cold weather are directed to refuse transport in case of a bus problem on their route. I’ll also take a minute to remind all drivers about stopping and not passing a bus that has it’s stop arm out and lights flashing until that stop arm is retracted and the flashing lights are off. One last reminder is about our school zone speed of 30km/h during school hours and not parking in our school bus drop off zone in the parking lot during the day.
Our first night of TriConferences was last night and again it was so great to see the high attendance from parents in to meet new staff and share some supper with us as well as celebrate the learning taking place at Hanley Composite School. The School Community Council supplied the BBQ burgers and fixings and made for a nice atmosphere here last night – thanks to Ken Froese, Kelvin Orsen, Shannon Froese, Trish Anderson, Andrea Townsend, Amy Grindheim and Leah Weisbrod. Your volunteerism made for a great evening.
We’re again planning on taking the Grades 11 and 12 to the Career Fair on November 7 in the morning and return for period 4. We’ll be stopping at Dundurn on the way to Saskatoon to pick up students there as well. We will bus the students to Saskatoon so they have an opportunity to stop at the various booths to discuss their career options with the institutions and job programs that are present. It’s always a valuable experience for students to attend. Sometimes it confirms some future plans – sometimes it creates new ideas. Please fill out the permission form that we’ll send home as well as email, or call the school to confirm permission. I’ll require parents to discuss with me the reasons why they don’t give permission as it’s such an important part of high school.
Congratulations to all the students we were able to recognize at the Awards Program earlier this month. It was nice to have all the students in attendance who were currently attending classes as we recognized last year’s students for all of their hard work and perseverance.
Our extra-curricular programs have been busy this fall. Congratulations to Hailey E for her Cross Country Provincial experience. We have three volleyball teams competing most weekends in October. The football team hosts home games starting this Saturday as long as they continue to do well. The SRC is doing a great job with events around the school, including taking a lead on the Book Fair in the library this week. Swimming lessons are winding up next week and piano lessons are continuing as other years. Good luck to all of the students on their seasons as they compete and with all their work and preparation.
We’re planning on some Halloween activities on Oct 31 – please see the email we sent home about toning down some of the scarier costumes. A costume parade is still in the works as well as a Saber Awards assembly to follow. I do love these fun days.
The upcoming days to keep in mind are October 24: No School and what looks like Picture retakes on October 28. November 7 is the Career Fair trip, the Remembrance Day Program is on November 10th and November 17th is the annual Flu Clinic in the gym. 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.
Happy October! Kindergarten is in full swing and we’ve been working on a lot of cool things: -Quick Draw Math to practice our visualization and spatial awareness skills -Pumpkin decorating (thanks Mrs. Grindheim for bringing the pumpkins!) -Story writing and story acting. We’ve got some performers in here! I hope to see you at K Triconferences on Wednesday, October 19. If you’re unable to make it but would still like to come in some time, let me know! More details will be coming home shortly about what will be happening at school on Halloween Day. As always, feel free to pop into our room at any time! -The Ks and Mrs. Martineau