Dear Parent(s) or Guardian (s),
To begin with, we would like to thank you for your patience during these very challenging times. We have all been impacted by COVID-19 in various ways and our school has been working diligently in the past few weeks in an effort to put plans in place for your child’s educational program. During this current week, the grade seven teachers have been working closely together in order to deliver your child’s educational program starting the week of April 6th.
We, clearly understand that this new learning may be challenging for families, but it is our mandate to provide each student with essential learning in order to be successful for the coming year. This will include moving slowly and consistently with important curricular competencies so your child can be ready. It is our expectation that your child will engage in this essential learning in order to successfully complete their courses.
We will be releasing a more detailed outline of what parents are to expect in the coming weeks. Additionally, issues such as assessments, grades and video conferencing are expected to be resolved. For now, we suggest that parents who are not yet on SEESAW use the code given to them by their classroom teacher to sign in as soon as possible. This will facilitate the speediness at which teachers may start getting materials into the hands of the students. We are also working on editing our school website and will be posting materials there as well. For those of you without access to online tools, we will be providing hard copies available for pickup at the office. We would also like to take the time to remind parents that they may pick up their child’s learning supplies in the gym starting this Friday.
Thank you and God Bless.
Mr. Matthew Brooks
Ms. Delia Molina
Happy Chinese New Year! This month is very busy with speech arts, ski trips, and extracurricular activities. However, the students are working hard and we are making good progress.
January was a busy month for the students and our math class was no exception as we learned about integers. The students will start in February by learning about patterns and expressions. They will explore how to describe patterns, variables and expressions, evaluate expressions, and graph linear relations. During classes and tests, students will be regularly solving multi-step word problems to help prepare them for further education as well as develop their critical thinking skills.
During the month of January, the grade sevens studied the different ways electricity is generated as well as their different environmental impacts. Both classes will complete a couple of labs that will include building a simple electric motor. Since most of our learning will be inquiry-based, the students will be presented with questions that they will need to research critically and make personal connections to. We are striving for the development of higher-order and critical thinking skills in students’ work that is based on research, personal connections, and evidence.
This month we will be covering the Ancient Greeks from the Bronze Age Collapse until the end of the Classical Era. Students will be given a number of assignments and a final project to complete. Recently, I gave the students a homework package to be completed by the end of the unit. It is quite a large package so it’s not expected that students complete it over a weekend. Rather, as we move through the history of Ancient Greece students will be able to fill in the information as needed. Likewise, we are striving in this unit to make students investigators of history rather than simply passive observers. Students will be required in some assignments to use their ingenuity and critical thinking to solve the outcome of events.
This month we begin our journey into the world of Beowulf! Students will work in groups to complete their inquiry into this amazing story, then will perform a different part from the epic tale in front of the class. Students will learn about different literary devices such as characterization, dialogue, plot, setting etc…. Eventually, students will get to create their own short stories that may also be done in the form of a graphic novel. Likewise, we will continue to focus on reading comprehension and a number of short reading assignments will be sent home.
As the month of December starts, so will
the Grade Sevens’ exploration of Probability.
Before beginning this chapter, both
classes will be completing math work in
preparation for any upcoming placement
tests. The unit on probability will cover
theoretical and experimental probability for
independent and compound events.
If you would like extra math practice for
your child, please let me know. Exposure
to a variety of questions and styles as well as
practice will help ensure students reach
As November came to an end, the Grade Sevens
continued working on crystalline structure
and conducted an inquiry on factors that affect
crystal growth. Students will transition to
learning about changes in matter and chemical
changes. Once we have completed this, we
will move onto the topic of Electromagnetism.
Students will be given ample class-time to
work on any group projects but will be expected
to complete some research at home.
Greetings to all the Parents. The newsletter for this month was delayed for some days due to technical difficulties but now we have it up and running!
Both classes have been working diligently on essay writing and reading. We have been making good progress in our preparations for the FSA exams. This October students will be doing their first Book Report and should have a novel chosen by the first week of October. Students will submit their book reports on October 31st. Students should be reading a few chapters everyday.
Both classes have been exploring the evolution of humans, and the societies in which they lived. Students have learned about Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), Homo Habilis, Paranthropus Boisei, Homo Erectus, and Neanderthals. We have examined the migration of Homo sapiens as they left Africa and replaced other groups of early humans. Likewise, we have studied the palaeontology of early humans to better understand how they lived. There will be a quiz on early humans, and then we will move on to the rise of the first civilizations in Mesopotamia.
We have been discussing the ways in which God makes himself known to us. We have also discussed how we should respond to what he has revealed. In October, we will learn about the canonized saints. Students will identify qualities of holiness and describe how the saints demonstrated these qualities.
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Please take a look at the following Carbon Footprint Calculators.
These should be free and relatively simple to use. As mentioned in class, please do not use any calculators that require you to register or give personal information.
If the following link does not work, type in “A student’s guide to global climate change” in google and click on the first result. This should take you to the following site.
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