Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This winter weather has been nuts! Three closures in a month. A new record!
Today was also blustery and several did not make it but we carried on.
The students had French with Madame Villeneuve (grade sevens worked on finishing their spreadsheet assignments for the first period) and then we carried on with the 'open book" Water Systems summative for the students that were here (6 whittled down to 5). The rest of the students will complete tomorrow.
This afternoon we had a great "Just Dance" session followed by Gym and Music

Friday, February 8, 2019

What a crazy busy week!
With Wednesday's weather cancellation and rescheduling of speeches until today it really threw things off a bit.
I met with most students on Tuesday regarding the math test on Monday and they have received their marks. Tests were not returned because some students had yet to write the test due to absence.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Badminton tournament on Tuesday.

Yesterday, several students from grades 6 - 8 represented The Maples Academy in our first ever hockey tournament. We had a great day with a 2 - 2 record finishing in 3rd place.

Today was our annual Public Speaking Competition finals in the gym.
Thank you to Hayden, Jack, Jada and Petyon for representing the grade 7-8 classroom

This afternoon we took up the Science assigned on Monday.
There will be an open-book test on "Water Systems" on Wednesday, February 13th.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Congratulations to all of the students who received recognition at our monthly IB Assembly for displaying the attribute of "risk taker" or the attitude of "enthusiasm" for the month of January. A special congratulations to Kayleigh for being a risk taker.
After French with Madame Villenueve, we had a great class discussion on what the students considered a paradise, a "perfect" society and ten wishes. Next they researched utopias and came up with several fictitious and real options. All of this was intended as a prelude to our next unit on Language.
This afternoon in Geography we studied Choropleth maps and the students created one based on the population density of South American countries.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Students wrote their Fractions unit test this morning. They will be returned tomorrow.
In Science, we continued the water systems unit. The focus now is on stewardship and sustainability.
Read chapter 12 and complete the following: pg. 345 #s 1-4; pg. 351 #s 1-3; pg. 356 #s 1-5, 7
This afternoon the students were given class time to complete the Science assignment before they had Music with Mrs. Demetriou and Gym with Miss Cranfield.

Our hockey jerseys are nearly ready. Looking forward to having the students wear them on Thursday.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Our focus today (after French) was on speeches. Congratulations to all of the students for successfully presenting your speeches this afternoon. Public speaking is not an easy task but something that helps you to build confidence in yourself on a variety of levels.

Thankfully you had gym last period!

Friday, January 25, 2019

In Mathematics this morning students began a review of the Fractions unit. We will continue this on Monday. There will be a test on Thursday, January 31st.
Today we celebrated the January birthdays. Happy birthday to Lilly and Daniel.
Students continued to practice speeches. Students who wish will have an opportunity for an in-class "dress rehearsal" on Monday.
This afternoon many of the students went to Grand Valley for hockey skills for our upcoming tournament on February 7th.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Grade 8s had their mid-term grade nine. French exam this morning. They are anxiously awaiting the results. Grade 7 students worked on the Spreadsheet package they were given. The focus was on working with formulas and correctly formatting.
After a well-deserved break we continued our Geography unit on Geographic patterns. We took up the work from last day. No homework!
This afternoon, students were given the first period to work on memorizing speeches. Next they had Art with Mrs. Doucette continuing 2-point perspective. Last period Miss Cranfield continued with her badminton unit.

In-class speech presentations: Tuesday, January 29th - 1:00