What’s up this Week (September 16-20)

This past week, student completed their first assessment in math, created three writing posts, started into novels for independent reading, discussed what it means to be good citizen, and submitted their first formal lab report. There are a few students who have not yet completed the two mathspace tasks yet, so this will be assigned for them this weekend.

I enjoyed chatting with those parents that we able to make it to the Meet the Teacher night last Thursday. For those that couldn’t make it, please find a copy of my presentation HERE.

There are LOTS of important dates coming up including:

  • September 19 = SWYK: Multiples and Factors (Math)
  • September 19 = School Photo Day
  • September 20 = 100WC#2 Post DUE (English)
  • September 20 = Recount Draft DUE (English)
  • September 20 = Hangout with Dr. Jennifer Lavers (Science)
  • September 27 = Grade 7 Welcome Wagon Day
  • September 30 = Orange Shirt Day
  • October 4 = Terry Fox Run
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)

Academics

Math
This week, we will be continue to work with multiples, factors and divisibility rules in preparation for our first summative assessment. We will also be discussion prime and composite numbers. The SWYK (Show What You Know) on Multiples and Factors will be on Thursday. Students looking to review these concepts are encouraged to check out the links in Stage #1 and Stage #2 of the student workspace. They should also ensure that they have completed the three tasks in MathSpace.

English

Thanks in advance to those parents who made accounts and visited our KidBlog portfolios. It is great to see the feedback! I sent an email last week to parents with instructions on how to access the portfolio (if you did not receive the email, please reach out).

This week, our focus will be on recount writing. Through the use of organizers and mini-lessons, students should have completed a short recount by the end of the week. Inspired by the podcast The Moth, students will be honing their story-telling skills as they prepare to tell their recounts to each other (next week).

We will also be launching another 100WC which will be available online by the end of the week (and of course continue to read, read, read!)

Religion

As we further our discussions about being good digital Samaritans, this week’s focus turns to posting videos and images of others. In what case is it okay? When is it not okay? We will also be determining which social justice projects we plan to start implementing.

Science

This is a busy week for science as we will be starting our first unit (Interactions within Ecosystems) and preparing for our Google Hangout with Dr. Jennifer Lavers on Friday. We will be discussing concepts and terminology related to ecosystems and the requirements for these ecosystems to be healthy and balanced. Students are encouraged to check out Goal #1 of the student workspace for the unit to find online resources, links to the textbook and online simulations and games.

For school-wide announcements, check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (Sept 9-15)

I hope everyone had a restful weekend after our first week back to school. After meeting all of my students, I am so excited to spend the year learning with them.

Every week, I will be posting a “What’s up this week” post which will outline the academic topics we plan to cover and any special dates (tests, deadlines).

The most important “school event” this week is Meet the Teacher which will be held on Thursday, September 13 from 5:30-7:00 pm. There will be a schedule released shortly (I will share it out as soon as it is posted) which outlines the rooms and times that you will be able to find each teacher.

Here are some other upcoming dates:

  • September 9 = Check In: Multiples and LCM (math)
  • September 11 = 100WC Post DUE (english)
  • September 12 = Meet the Teacher (5:30-7:00 pm)
  • September 12 = Paper Towel Lab DUE (science)
  • September 19 = School Photo Day
  • September 27 = Grade 7 Welcome Wagon Day
  • September 30 = Orange Shirt Day
  • October 4 = Terry Fox Run
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no classes)

Academics

Math
Last week, we began began our first unit: Number Theory. Last week our focus was on multiples and LCM (lowest common multiple). Students began (and have been asked to complete at home) a worksheet on these topics (several students actually completed this in class on Friday). Students who have misplaced their copy can download a new one HERE. If students have any problems with the homework (or want some reinforcement), they are encouraged to check out the video answer key below:

Students looking for some additional resources on these topics are encouraged to check out the following online resources in Stage #1 of their student workspace (students will need to log in using their school email accounts in order to access the content).

On Monday, students will be writing a short “Check In” assessment on multiples and LCM.

For the remainder of the week, we will be exploring divisibility and factors (resources for these topics will also be added to Stage #2 of the student workspace).

Religion

Our focus in religion for September is community and belonging. On Monday, students will begin their class jobs and start earning a salary (and paying rent) in our class community. We will also be using a parable of the Good Samaritan and linking this story to our own experiences, especially those online. We will be discusses ways in which we can stand up for each other in both online and offline environments.

English

Last week, students got their KidBlogs up and running with a “Welcome Post” as well as their first “Awesome” post. The technique of “exploding the moment” was also introduced in our first writers’ workshop (parents, ask your child what “exploding the moment” means).

This week, we will be continuing with two writing projects (outlined below). Both of these projects will continue throughout the year.

The Awesome Project

This year we are focusing on appreciating the smaller things in life. The “Book of Awesome” is a book that celebrates those everyday occurrences that make us smile. Whether it is a high-five, a snow day, or the other side of the pillow, there are certain things that just make us say “awesome”. In our awesome project, students will be asked to post periodically (1-2 times per month) about something they consider an everyday awesome. Each post should identify the “awesome” thing and include a short anecdote (a short and amusing or interesting story) explaining why it is awesome.

The 100 Word Challenge

In order to get kids writing on a consistent basis, I am introducing the 100 word challenge (100WC). Every two weeks a new writing prompt will be introduced and students will be asked to write 100 words based on the prompt. We will start this Monday!

Also this week, as we connect to our discussions in religion, we will start commenting on each others’ posts by providing thoughtful feedback which drives productive online conversations.

Science
This week, we will continue our discussions about the scientific method and experimentation. Student groups will be designing their own tests for an inquiry entitled “Which Paper Towel is the Best Value”. Students will have to decide what “value” means and then design experiments to test the strength and absorbency of four different brands of paper towel. This is a student-led activity, so students will be responsible for designing and implementing the tests as well as analysing their results.

Sports and Clubs

Drama Club

7&8 Drama Club Information Meeting will be during lunch on Wednesday, September 11 in N213.  Bring your lunch and your questions and learn how you can be involved onstage and behind the scenes!

7/8 Athletics

Many 7/8 Sports teams are beginning next week (Sept. 9-13): Golf, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Co-ed Ultimate, Girls Flag Rugby, Boys Flag Rugby, and Cross Country Running. All of these sports will have 1-2 tryouts, a few practices, and culminate with a 1 day tournament away from school. Please listen to the morning announcements AND check the 7/8 tryout board in Tornado Alley for details.

Cross Country Running

Grade 7 & 8 Cross Country Running starts next week (the week of Sept. 9-13).  There will be an information session Monday at lunch in Room 312. Bring your lunch.  First practise will be Wednesday after school from 2:30-3:15 p.m. Please arrange transportation home.

 

For school-wide announcements, check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you this Thursday at Meet the Teacher!

What’s up this Week (Sept 3 to Sept 6)

Welcome to the first week of Grade 7 at Holy Trinity! I am so excited to start learning together.

If you missed the information about the first day including the materials students need, check out this post.

This week we will be welcoming Mr. Will O’Neill, who is a student-teacher from Nipissing University. Mr. O’Neill will be helping in our classroom periodically throughout the year.

As an aid to students and parents, this class blog has been created. The blog will chronicle our learning throughout the year. I hope to share pictures, videos, and information to help keep parents in the loop about what is happening in our class. This blog can also be used by parents to help their child with time management and assignment completion as well as providing links to extra practice.

As Holy Trinity is striving to reduce its paper usage, I will not be sending monthly newsletters home but rather will be posting announcements online. Upcoming school and class events will be posted on the calendar and more detailed weekly school announcements can be found by clicking on the “Weekly Announcements” pic on the sidebar.

I will also be sending out weekly “What’s up this week” emails each weekend so that you can get a sense of what is coming up in the following week. For those who have twitter, you can follow our class twitter account for more daily pics and posts from our class and the school.

UPCOMING DATES:

  • September 12 = Meet the Teacher Night
  • September 19 = School Picture Day
  • September 27 = Grade 7 Welcome Wagon Day
  • September 30 = Orange Shirt Day
  • October 4 = Terry Fox Run and BBQ
  • October 11 = PD Day (no classes)
  • October 14 = Thanksgiving Monday (no school)
  • October 23 = Photo Retake Day
  • November 1 = Progress Reports distributed

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email me. I look forward to meeting all of the students and parents as we begin our year.

Thanks!
Ian Fischer

First Day Information

The first day of school is only 5 days away and I couldn’t be more excited to hit the ground running with this amazing bunch of students. It was wonderful to meet so many of you at Wednesday’s orientation and BBQ.

Thank you to everyone who has filled out the online questionnaire. The feedback is so helpful and I appreciate the time you took to complete it. For those parents who have not yet had a chance, please take a moment to provide some insight into your child:

Access PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE here

Since I am asking for a little information about you, I figured it is only fair that I share some info about me. Click HERE to read some more about Mr. Fischer.

First Day Info

On the first day, ALL grade 7 students are to report to the cafeteria gym by 8 am. Our homeroom is 7-11 and Mr. Ferguson and I will be sharing the homeroom duties. Every day will start with phys ed with Mr. Ferguson – a great way to help you wake up! On that first day, just bring everything (lunch, backpack, etc…) to the gym until all the classes get sorted. It will most likely take most of period 1 to get organized. Following that, you will join me in our classroom where agendas, schedules and other forms will be distributed and lockers will be assigned.

What do you need:

  • pencil case
  • calculator
  • pencils
  • a couple of pens
  • a lock (make sure you practice!)
  • your lunch
  • a refillable water bottle

In terms of technology, a Chromebook is a helpful tool to have. Our class has 12 and we can always borrow additional ones if needed. Don’t feel as though you have to run out and buy a Chromebook before Tuesday! As for cell phones, they will remain in student lockers and will not be coming into the classrooms unless otherwise directed by the teacher.

Class Economics

To help our classroom run smoothly, everyone needs to help out. With the goal to promote financial literacy and responsibility, students are required to apply for jobs in order to earn a salary. Students must earn money in order to pay for their desk as well as any other fines that they may incur throughout the year. Bonus opportunities will also be made available to students in order to help supplement their income. Students are encouraged to save their money in order to purchase property (condos), purchase and rent supplies, and to participate in auctions and other activities. The first contract period is for September and October. Will we be discussing this program more in class and students will be applying for jobs this week.

For a complete outline of the economics program including a list of available job, click HERE.

Other School Policies

We have recently revised the school code of conduct as well as our assessment and technology policies. Although students will be receiving a paper copy of the policies on Tuesday, it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with these documents.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me. I hope that everyone has a wonderful long weekend and I’ll see you bright and early next Tuesday!

Welcome and Parent Questionnaire

I have four of my own children, this year entering Grades 6, 5, 3 and 1, each with their own unique set of strengths and challenges. The first day of school (drop off, finding classes/teachers, seeing old friends) is just too hectic of a time to convey these observations and I have often wished that I had a way to let my children’s teachers know about them before school started.

Three years ago, I started sending out a parent survey about a week or so before the start of school. I want to get parental input on questions like: “What is the most important thing I should know about your child?” and “How has the overall ‘school’ experience been for your child?” as well as knowing what commitments my students might have outside of the classroom. I have found the feedback gained from these questionnaires invaluable in helping to provide a welcoming environment and to help transition my students to Grade 7. 

I will be sending an email out to all parents who have included an email in their registration AND have filled out the anti-spam paperwork but for those who have not received the email and would like to provide input, please feel free to access the survey below:

Access PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE here

I look forward to working with all families as we launch the 2019-2020 school year. I am so excited to be back at Holy Trinity and am looking forward to September 3!