Today was a VERY productive day! We finally made it to the Gym to do some fitness and play basketball. Students worked diligently to finish their English tasks and spent time with me demonstrating their proficiency in Math (multiplying decimals). Always a mad dash towards the end of the term and reports.
Reminder that the English 8 Honours exam is on Tuesday, 3:15pm at WGSS.
We accomplished a lot today! We officially completed Concours in class! I have heard all 29 speeches (which I have never accomplished in a single week EVER). Each student should be so proud of their effort! Lots of development of abilities was visible throughout the process. Also thanks to everyone who asked good questions to the speakers, always makes my job so much easier. The last step for students will be to self-reflect on the Concours process and final presentation (next week) which will be included in their term 2 report.
We also continued multiplying decimals. It’s often difficult to explain and for some to grasp why the answer gets smaller when multiplying, so hopefully the activity we did today, and my attempts are explaining were somewhat helpful. We will move onto multi-digit by multi-digit decimal multiplication next week.
Lastly, we finished The Giver! I always love hearing students thoughts once the last chapter is read 🙂 We then chatted about theme, what it is and some strategies to try and decipher what theme is being portrayed. Also a bit tricky but definitely an important literary device to work through. Students began trying to figure out theme in The Giver, and are in the initial steps on their One-Pager (due next Friday). I have posted all the stuff displayed in class in Teams. Reminder- there will be 3 in class work periods before the FIRM Friday EOD deadline.
Mr V left a LOT of information for students on the board yesterday. I took a pic and it is now posted on Teams. Please make sure you are dedicating enough attention to tasks assigned by Mr V. His day is just as important as any day that I am here, and when you are behind on submitting things to him it’s very difficult to keep on track because of the long delay in between his days. Thanks in advance!
Reminder- tomorrow is No School for students and Monday is Family Day. I hope you are able to spend some time together.
mardi et jeudi- Ball intramurals
vendredi- The Giver One-Pager due EOD
WGSS course selection: MyEd submission and blue form brought back to me by Feb 24
want a teacher recommendation (ELA 8 Hon/Accelerated Math? STUDENT come see me and ask!) also fill out the ONLINE application.
WGSS Course Selection on MYEdBC opens today. I gave each student a little slip of paper with the correct student number and password to access MyEd to confirm their courses. Forms can be returned to me as of tomorrow. Students were reminded this morning to come see me personally to request a teacher recommendation for ELA 8 Honours and Accelerated Math (if they asked me before I have forgotten…) Hopefully you’re able to catch the virtual parent session this evening for more information.
Pour Mr V: affiche- LJ, QL, LT, SM, OR, AH, RJ
terminer le scripte et apporter les matériaux pour les presentations
Hope you had a lovely weekend. We watched the Super Bowl and ate yummy food, always a good time 🙂
Concours!! It has begun! I am super proud of the 14 students who presented this morning! Amazing! All of your hard work over the last 5 weeks absolutely showed today. Also, kudos to everyone asking good questions! Can’t wait to hear more tomorrow!
This afternoon we read chapters 19 and 20 in The Giver. Easily the toughest chapters in the book. We then spent some time in small group discussions, hopefully anyone who needed to vent or ask questions was able to do so. We only have 3 chapters left!
Band is starting back up tomorrow! (you should’ve gotten an email!) Students are reminded to bring their instruments and music books.
WGSS Course Selection opens tomorrow (there is a virtual parent info session right?) Students need their student numbers (not the one the wrote on the paper…) and the password is Student$35. If they need their number they can ask me tomorrow. Online confirmation and forms are due on Feb 24. **reminder** if your child is wishing to apply for English Honours 9 or Math 9, please have THEM come ask me for a teacher recommendation.
Basketball intramurals begin tomorrow at lunch! *Tomorrow’s games have been moved to Thursday.
Concours continue demain
Orchestre demain (bring instruments and music book!)
In our Weekly On Partage, students were asked if they’d prefer to have 3 arms or 3 legs. The overwhelming majority chose 3 arms, providing various reasons as to why. Hopefully our weekly share-outs help them next week- Concours begins! We have been steadily working our way through the process of writing our speeches, thoughtful revising and correcting them, this week our focus was on the presentation aspect- first in a solo self-evaluation then in small groups. Students are reminded and encouraged to take some time each day over the long weekend to PRACTICE their speeches! As I said today, this is a major part of your Francais proficiency this term, adequate effort and preparation are noticeable!
This afternoon I introduced students to Spaces- on online portfolio platform that I am piloting this year. Students have been writing a story add on to The Giver inspired by chapter 17 and ‘what if’. They typed them up this afternoon and shared on Spaces, with me and with the class. We will continue to play around with Spaces throughout the rest of the year. I am hopeful that we can also have you join us on Spaces, to see how your child is doing, that may be a possibility during Term 2 conferences, but that is still up in the air.
WGSS Course Selection opens next Tuesday. There should be a Parent Info seminar that evening. Reminder, the number I wrote on your child’s paper is wrong (sorry). It is the number they should know (used for Office log in etc). If they can’t remember, I can give it to them on Monday. The password for everyone is Student$35. You get the option to change it immediately after logging in the first time.
Bit of a gloomy day today, but that didn’t stop us from jumping into a lot of content today!
I think I may have given students the wrong number on their course selection form (pretty sure I do this every year)… I will be sending each child a message on Teams with their number (they should recognize it, it’s the one that is used to generate their log in and password for Office 365).
I gave students that I think are interested in writing the Challenge Exam for accelerated math next year last year’s Gr 8 Gauss contest. It is one of the recommended practice activities that WGSS suggests for anyone interested. I think it’s a good way for students to identify any unknown areas or needing review. I can also provide the answer key if anyone is interested. There are also practice copies available from as far back as 1998.
Mr Juteau, one of the grade 8 Vice Principals from WGSS visited us to discuss course selection for next year. Students have a BLUE course selection form (for French Immersion) for you to look at. On February 15 there will be a parent info virtual session about course selection, and then MyEdBC will open for your child to complete their course selection online. THEN the blue form is to returned to me. The deadline for all of this is Feb 24. You can also download and print the forms at home. I wrote each child’s MyEdBC number on their form.
He also discussed English Honours 8 and Accelerated Math, both of which require your child to submit a form online and write an exam, and a teacher recommendation is required from me. The English Exam is March 1 at 3:15pm @WGSS and the Accelerated Math Exam is March 8 at 3:15pm @WGSS.
All of this information is available on the WGSS Course Guide– under Course Planning-> Grade 8. And specific information regarding English Honours and Accelerated Math can be found under the Courses tab. You will be receiving an email with more information about the Feb 15 parent info session soon.
The frosty, chilly morning gave way to a beautiful sunny afternoon.
The slow and steady process of writing our speeches continues. The goal is to have completed or be nearing completion on our drafts. Next week’s focus is on the revision and correction process.
We read another couple chapters in The Giver today. We finally learned some of what Jonas’ job as The Receiver entails. In small groups, students discussed different talking points.
We did a quick organize and tidy around the room this afternoon, a nice little prep before Lunar New Year next week.
Lastly, we met up with our little buddies to help with their art project we collected sticks for a couple weeks ago, then played outside in the beautiful sunshine. I LOVE watching the buddies interact, our grade 7s do an amazing job with them.
Just a reminder that Monday morning we have our WGSS Course Selection meeting!