What’s up this Week (Sept 24 – 28)
Although some of us may still be in the dark due to the big storm on Friday, I am hoping that everyone (and their homes) are still okay. We all might know someone who has lost their home, suffered damage to their property, or who has sustained an injury – please let the school know if it is anything we need to know heading into next week.
If you have not seen on Facebook, Twitter, etc… ALL schools in the Ottawa Catholic School Board are closed tomorrow.
The Terry Fox day has been postponed to Friday.
Upcoming Events and Dates
- September 28 – Terry Fox Day!
- October 3 – Opening Liturgies
- October 3 – Field Trip to the Pond (science) – weather dependent
- October 3 – SWYK: Powers, Squares and Roots (math)
- October 5 – PD Day (no classes)
- October 8 – Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
- October 11 – SWYK: Order of Operations (math)
Grade 7 Math
Since we completed our first SWYK (Show What You Know) last Friday, students had no homework in math over the weekend. There were a few students that missed the assessment and will be writing it Wednesday at lunch (parents should have received an email letting them know). Therefore, students should not expect to get their SWYK back until Wednesday at the earliest. Saying that, all results will be posted on their online assessment trackers (probably by midday on Monday) so students can always see how they did ahead of time.
The focus this week will be on exponents and roots. Since this is essentially a continuation of our previous topics we will be moving a little more quickly through these topics. By the end of the week, students should be able to write numbers in exponential form and as repeated multiplication, know the difference between a perfect square and a perfect square root, and solve problems involving powers. Students will be writing a short assessment on these topics next Wednesday (October 3).
As for home practice/reinforcement, a new MathSpace task on Squares and Roots will be released on Sunday at 9 pm. Students will have the week to complete this task. Also, students are encouraged to check out the following resources:
- VIDEO: What is a Perfect Square? (Source: Study.com)
- VIDEO: Intro to Exponents (Source: Math Antics)
- VIDEO: Exponents and Roots (Source: Math Antics)
- QUIZ: Perfect Squares (Source: ThatQuiz)
- QUIZ: Perfect Roots – click on “Roots” (Source: ThatQuiz)
- QUIZ: Powers (Source: Nelson Education)
- QUIZ: Calculating Powers (Source: Nelson Education)
- QUIZ: Square Roots I (Source: Nelson Education)
- QUIZ: Square Roots II (Source: Nelson Education)
A reminder that Math Help is offered Monday to Thursday at lunch.
Grade 7 Science
This week we will continue exploring what makes up an ecosystem. Terms such as population and community will be introduced and we will be completing an inquiry to see if yeast (you know that stuff in bread?) is considered abiotic or biotic. I will also be sending home permission forms so that we can walk to a nearby pond to explore the abiotic and biotic factors, test soil moisture, and make observations about the interactions occurring between species.
This week, I am hoping that students will be able to complete the following readings/viewings at home in order to prepare for the upcoming content:
- VIDEO: Ecology Introduction
- TEXTBOOK: The Needs of Living Things
- TEXTBOOK: What is an Ecosystem
- INFO: Levels of Organization
- QUIZ:Populations and Communities
Homework Club is back!! It will resume on Wednesday, September 26, and will take place every Wednesday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. All students in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to join us in the Learning Commons for homework support. Teachers will be available to answer questions. Snacks will be provided.
Holy Trinity School Council Facebook Page
A Facebook page has been created by our school’s council to keep parents, students and our community up to date on news and events going on at the school. You can join the group by going to this page: https://www.facebook.com/holytrinitycatholicschoolkanata/ or by searching ‘Holy Trinity Catholic School Council’ on Facebook.
The grade 7&8 juggling club will have its first meeting on Friday, September 28 at lunch in N213. All are welcome to join. No experience necessary.
Join 7-8 Art Club!
We meet every Thursday after school from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in N302. Our first meeting is after school September 27! We work on your own Art, special projects, sets for the school play, and experiment with online technology. Sign up outside N302, today!
University of Waterloo – Beaver Computing Challenge (BBC) will be written on November 8. Please see Ms. Hubble in room N307 if you are interested in writing this contest. Deadline to register is October 18. The BCC is a problem solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking. Questions are inspired by topics in computer science but only require comfort with concepts found in mathematics curriculum common to all provinces.
Grade 7 and 8 Intramurals
The 7 and 8 Phys Ed staff will be running intramurals two days a week during the 7 and 8 lunch hour. 40 students have signed up for the first round of intramurals which will run into the end of October. A new round of intramurals with a new sport will begin in November. This is an excellent opportunity for students to be involved in an organized physical activity at lunch.
For more general school-wide news, please check the written announcements HERE.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!