What’s up this Week (May 20-24)

I saw these posts on twitter recently and think they are a good reflection of students, parents and teachers in May. We are all trying our best but are feeling the drain. The final push is on, lots of things going on, and we are trying to keep up the same effort and quality as we were producing in September. I so appreciate the efforts that everyone is continuing to put forth. I am so proud of the work that my students are doing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am hoping that everyone has a wonderful, relaxing long weekend and that we can all recharge our batteries for the last month of school.

Here are some upcoming dates:

  • May 14-16: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 14: CSI Procedure DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 15: CSI Analysis and Accusation DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 16: Stop Motion Videos DUE (by end of class) – math
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 22: Closing Liturgies (period 2)
  • May 24: SWYK: Making Predictions from Linear Relationships – math
  • May 28: Heat vs Temperature Lab DUE (science)
  • May 29: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (science)
  • June 7: PD Day (no classes)
  • June 11: Conduction in Metals Lab DUE (science)
  • June 13-14: Grade 8 Toronto Trip!
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 21: Fun Day (info to come)
  • June 24: Athletic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Academic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Term Two Report Cards Distributed
  • June 26: Last Day of Classes

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are into our final week of the linear relations unit. This week, some teams will need to finish off their Stop Motion Projects (especially 7-09 who lost time due to the lockdown practice last Thursday). Our final topic is making predictions from linear relations. This is essentially a review of the past material and we will just be taking our learning further through investigations. STudents will write a short SWYK on this topic next Friday (May 24). Here are some online resources that students can check out to reinforce their learning at home:

Grade 7 Science

The focus this week is the difference between the sensations of hot and cold, the temperature of an object, and the heat contained in an object. This can sometimes be confusing to students as the terms are used interchangeably. Essentially, heat is a FORM of energy while temperature is a MEASURE of the energy. Click HERE to view a great resource explaining the difference. We will be exploring these topics and completing a short investigation on Wednesday. Here are some additional resources for students to check out at home in order to prepare for the upcoming topics:

In both math and science, parents can expect students to bring home a duotang of past assessments. A reminder to math students that there are only 3 more Wednesday’s with which they can attempt reassessments on past topics.

For school-wide news, please check out Trinity’s weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (May 13-17)

Happy Mother’s Day to all! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and that your child spoils you. Thank you for all that you do to support your child getting to school on time in the morning, completing their work with quality, being polite and respectful and helping them manage the challenges of adolescence.

Thanks to everyone who placed bids on the bird feeders. In total we raised $312 for the Wild Bird Centre. Those who had the winning bid for the feeders will be receiving an email with more information on payment and pick up in the coming week.

It was great chatting with parents at last Thursday’s open house. I know that the rainy weather scared away some people so appreciate the families who were able to come and see some of the “going ons” at Trinity.

With a PD day and Victoria Day, we have some shortened weeks coming up. Here is a list of the upcoming events and deadlines:

  • May 14-16: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 14: CSI Procedure DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 15: CSI Analysis and Accusation DUE (in workspace) – science
  • May 16: Stop Motion Videos DUE (by end of class) – math
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)
  • May 22: Closing Liturgies (period 2)
  • May 24: SWYK: Making Predictions from Linear Relationships – math
  • May 28: Heat vs Temperature Lab DUE (science)
  • May 29: Heat and Temperature and the Particle Theory QUIZ (science)
  • June 7: PD Day (no classes)
  • June 11: Conduction in Metals Lab DUE (science)
  • June 18: Testing Solar Cookers! (science)
  • June 19: Heat Transfer QUIZ (science)
  • June 24: Athletic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Academic Awards Ceremony (am)
  • June 25: Term Two Report Cards Distributed
  • June 26: Last Day of Classes

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are right into the middle of our linear relations unit. This week, student groups will be working on an in-class project (good news = no homework, important = attendance). Each group will be analysing one rate scenario. They will have to create stop motion video which shows the scenario and how the scenario can be represented in various forms (table, graph, picture, equation). The rationale for this project is for students to be explicit in their explanations of how each form is related to one another. Students must submit their completed video at the end of Thursday’s class. I will be booking out some iPads from the learning commons to assist students in this project but students are invited to bring their own device for the filming and editing portions. For more info on this project, check out the assignment outline HERE.

Grade 7 Science

Last week we finished up the CSI lab periods and it is time for students to hand in their paperwork! Each students was the “lead detective” on one piece of evidence. As lead detective they are also responsible for submitted a detailed procedure (including pictures) of the tests they completed on their given piece of evidence. These procedures were originally due last Wednesday but I have extended the deadline until next Tuesday.

Also due this week (on Wednesday), is the analysis and accusation for the CSI project. 7-09 already had a class period last Friday to work on this and 7-10 will have a chance during class on Monday. This part of the project involves answering questions pertaining to the project and then submitted an accusation as to which suspect committed the crime. I have included a document called “How to Get a Level 4 on Analysis” that students can find in their student workspace.

On TUesday and Wednesday of this week, we will be starting our final unit: Heat. This unit is closely tied to the one we just finished as we will be continuing to discuss the Particle Theory. The learning goals this week include explaining how heating and cooling are important in everyday natural and artificial processes and explaining the difference between temperature and heat. Students are encouraged to check out the following links at some point this week in order to reinforce the learning in class:

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

 

Bird Feeder Auction

Auction is OPEN! Time to check out the students’ hard work. Groups had to research, design blueprints, develop and test prototypes, and eventually construct an actual feeder. The auction will be online via https://sites.google.com/ocsb.ca/birdfeederauction/home

All proceeds will be donated to the centre to assist in their mission to “assess, treat, and rehabilitate injured, ill, or orphaned wild birds for the purpose of releasing them back into their natural habitat”.

The highest bid as of noon this Friday will win the bird feeder.

Please spread the word to friends and family. The more exposure the more we raise. These kids deserve to be recognized. I’m so proud of their work.

 

 

What’s up this Week (May 6-10)

This week is Bird Feeder Auction and Education Week! Lots of things going on! I’m hoping to see everyone at this Thursday’s open house. There will be 4 food trucks (Angry Dragonz, Rico Peru, Big D’s Dog House and Poutine Emporium and The Merry Dairy) ready to serve up some yummy supper and then you are invited to check out all of the different exhibits in the school. The open house will run from 4:30-6:30 pm. We understand that the times for the Open House may not work for all families so therefore instead of just having the Bird Feeder Auction at the Open House we will be doing an online version throughout the week. The auction will open on Monday at noon and close on Friday at noon. The highest bid on each bird feeder will win the feeder. All proceeds will be donated to the Ottawa Wild Bird Sanctuary.

Here are some other important events and class deadlines that are coming up:

  • May 6: Bird Feeder Auction starts (at noon)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 9: Catholic Education Week Open House (4:30-6:30)
  • May 10: Bird Feeder Auction ends (at noon)
  • May 10: SWYK: Different Representations of Patterns (math)
  • May 10: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (7-09 science)
  • May 13: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (7-10 science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)
  • May 14: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Now that we know how to classifying and write the recursive rule for patterns, we will investigating how we can represent linear relationships in different forms (as a sequence, t-table, graph, picture, etc…) as well as learning how to create an algebraic equation (general pattern rule) for the sequence. The next two week are foundational for these important concepts. Students are encouraged to check out some of the following resources to help reinforce their learning at home:

Grade 7 Science

7-10 will be writing their test on Solubility and Methods of Separation on Monday. Then for both classes, Tuesday and Wednesday will be our final two lab days for the CSI project. Student groups should be completing their final pieces of evidence (the tablet) on Tuesday and then can use Wednesday to complete any unfinished experiments and complete their procedural write ups. For those who don’t know, each student will be the “lead detective” on one piece of evidence. The lead detective is responsible for coordinating the tests for that specific piece of evidence, taking pictures of the steps involved and writing up the procedure and results section (in workspace). On Friday (7-09) and next Monday (7-10), the procedural writeup should be done so that students can use the results to formulate their accusation.

For more school-wide information, check out the Holy Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (April 29-May 3)

So despite the snow, it is May this coming week! Education is just around the corner (which means the bird feeder auction and open house). In math, we are jumping into a new strand and in science we are launching our CSI project. Lots of things going on including the following important dates:

  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 3: Check In: Describing and Extending Patterns (math)
  • May 6: Bird Feeder Auction starts!
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 9: Catholic Education Week Open House (4:30-6:30)
  • May 10: Bird Feeder Auction ends!
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)
  • May 14: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Since we finished up our Geometry strand on Friday, we will be starting our unit on Linear Relationships (aka My favourite unit of the year). We will be discussing patterns and rates and how we can represent them in different ways. Groups will be working on a stop motion video project, we will throw some Barbie dolls over the railing of the stairwell, and program some robots. This week will be reviewing patterns and number sequences, extending patterns, and writing recursive pattern rules. We will also be classifying patterns as increasing or decreasing and linear or nonlinear. Students looking for some additional resources can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

A crime has been committed. My Yoda stuffy has gone missing. Four clues have been left at the scene of the crime: a ransom note with fingerprints, the pen markings on the ransom note, a crushed pill, and a spilled mechanical mixture. Student detective groups have to develop procedures to test each of the pieces of evidence and compare their results to the suspect dossier in order to determine the one who did the crime. Students will be given four lab days and one paperwork day. Students can refer to the workspace throughout the process for more details.

Also, on Friday (for 7-09) and next Monday (for 7-10), students will be writing their test on the second half of the Pure Substances and Mixtures unit. More information can be found HERE.

Finally, a reminder to all students who have missing assignments that they need to hand them in before the end of the day this Wednesday. After this point, they will receive a zero. Student are advised to check their school email to see if they received a message regarding missing assignments. This post has more details on how to make up the missed work.

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

 

Solubility, Dissolving and Separation Test (Science)

On Friday (May 3) and Monday (May 6), the science students will be writing their unit test for the Pure Substances and Mixtures unit. This test will cover the content from the second half of the unit. Here is a rundown of the topics and some example questions:

TEST COMPOSITION

Part A (Knowledge and Understanding)

  • Multiple Choice (13 questions)

Part B (Communication/Application)

  • Paragraph answers (4 questions)

CONCEPTS

1) Solubility and Solutions

  • Terminology: solute, solvent, solution, unsaturated, saturated, supersaturated, dilute, concentrated, soluble, insoluble

2) Rate of Dissolving

  • Terminology: rate

3) Methods of Separating Mixtures

  • Terminology: sorting, magnetism, sifting, floating/settling, filtration, distillation, evaporation, chromatography, crystallization

Students looking for some additional resources can check out the unit review questions for Solutions and Dissolving and Methods of Separation. Also, students are encouraged to check out some of the links in the workspace (blue and pink sections) to further reinforce their understanding.

Happy reviewing!

Missing Science Assignments

Recently, I handed back several science assignments. At this time, I notified students who had not handed in the assignments that I would be providing an additional copy and a week for them to submit the assignment before I would no longer accept it.

The following assignments will be accepted as long as they are submitted by next Wednesday (May 1). If I do not receive the assignment by this date, the student will receive a “zero” on the assignment.

I believe in deadlines. I think that they are essential in helping students with time management and responsibility. Saying that, many students who get a “zero” don’t seem to care. It is as if they think that they have gotten away with not having to do the assignment. I would rather that each student actually completes the work!

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Here are the three assignments that I will allow students to re-complete:

1) Particle Theory Poster (originally due March 5)

This was a small task at the beginning of the unit to help students remember the PArticle Theory. Students had to draw and colour a small diagram or cartoon depicting each of the points of the Particle Theory. They were given one class period to complete this.

A template to help students can be downloaded HERE.

 

2) Classifying Matter Lab (originally due March 8)

While learning about the different classifications of mixtures (solutions or mechanical mixtures), we completed a lab which involved students mixing various substances (oil, vinegar, juice crystals, salt, etc…) with water and then classifying the mixture. There were a few follow up questions to complete.

Students can download a copy of the lab write up HERE.

Although I don’t have the time to redo the entire lab with the students, I did complete the lab myself after school and am including my results in the picture below. Students are to write their hypothesis and then use the picture to complete the lab.

 

3) Dissolving and Solubility Simulation (originally due April 10)

While learning about solubility curves and the effect of temperature on solubility, we used an online simulation to see how the saturation changed for 5 different solutes at various temperatures. Students can access the online simulation HERE.

Students can download a new copy of the assignment HERE.

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If students are missing the Mystery Matter lab, this was a major lab (it took us three days) and therefore will not be setting up everything again. If students find their copy of the mystery matter lab and are able to complete it I will still accept it by Wednesday. If they are unable to find their copy, unfortunately I am not providing new copies for this assignment.

I will be emailing any students (and CCing their parents) who are missing any of the above assignments (hopefully by the end of the day Saturday). This is a one-time deal. In future, late assignments will have a short grace period (1-2 days) following the due date (as long as the students speaks to me personally about why it was late) before it becomes an automatic “zero”. Students are encouraged to read the “What’s up this week” post regularly as all due dates are included in the post.

Thanks for your understanding and support in this matter.

Happy Easter and WUTW (April 23-26)

Happy Easter everyone! Hoping you were able to get out and enjoy the amazing weather Sunday and Monday. We have another four-day school week coming up along with some important dates and events:

  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 26: SWYK: Dilatations on the Coordinate Grid (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 8: Catholic Education Week Open House (4:30-6:30)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)
  • May 14: 7/8 Quebec City Trip
  • May 17: PD Day (no classes)
  • May 20: Victoria Day (holiday)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

This week will be our final week of Geometry for the year. We will be continuing to discuss similar shapes and scale factors but this time will be using the coordinate grid to perform and describe dilatations. TUesday to Thursday will be spent practicing various enlargements and reductions of shapes based on specific scale factors a from a centre of dilatation either on the shape, on the origin, or from another point on the grid. On Friday, students will be writing a short (one page, two question) assessment to prove that they have mastered the concept.

Here are some online resources that students could check out at home in preparation:

Grade 7 Science

On Tuesday, we will be discussing the final topic in our Pure Substances and Mixtures unit: methods of separating solutions. The test for the second half of the unit will not be until May 3 but we will be taking some time on Wednesday to review the concepts. I will also be writing a blog post which outlines the test topics and some review material that can be used. Then starting on Friday (Monday for 7-10), students will be complete the CSI project – more info to come!

Also, students were made aware last week that they may be missing certain assignment. I will be discussing these missing tasks with the student first and will be giving an opportunity for some of the assignments to be completed over the next week. I would much rather students actually have to complete the assignments/lab as opposed to just accepting a “zero” for the missed work. I will be notifying parents of the missed assignments at some point this week.

Cool Opportunity = Paris Exchange 2020

Would you like your 13-18 year old son or daughter to travel the world and be immersed in the French language and culture?  Would you also like for them to do this affordably? If so, the Holy Trinity C.H.S. – Lycée Sainte Croix de Neuilly (Paris) EXCHANGE TRIP may be the trip of a lifetime!  Pending approval of the OCSB, selected students will be invited to participate in a cultural and educational exchange with the Lycée Sainte Croix de Neuilly, Paris, France.  This exchange will be open to students in all levels of French who will be in Grades 8-12 in the 2019-2020 school year. Holy Trinity families participating in the exchange program will host a French student in February 2020 and, in return, Trinity students will live with their French exchange partners in the month of March/April 2020. During the exchange, students will attend a variety of activities organized by the schools as well as the individual families. Please see Madame Pivato in Room 304 for more information.

For more school-wide news, visit the weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (April 15-19)

In the past week or so we have had a student walkout, two feeder school visits, a snow day, play and band performances, an invention convention, sport tournaments and I was away for two days. To say we fell out of routine a little is an understatement!

Here is a list of upcoming due dates and events:

  • April 15: Escher Art DUE (math)
  • April 17: Rate of Dissolving Lab DUE (science)
  • April 17: SWYK: Congruence and Similarity (math)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 24: Filtering Mixtures Lab DUE (science)
  • April 26: SWYK: Dilatations on the Coordinate Grid (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

Last week, we reviewed some concepts from grade 6 including congruence and transformations. Students created tiling patterns (tessellations) in the form of artwork. This “Escher Art” is due on Monday (for students looking for the tutorials from class, they can find them HERE). This coming week, we will be starting to discuss similar shapes and will relate this concept to past number sense topics of percent and proportions. There will be a short assessment on Wednesday, which will involve both congruent and similarity.

Students looking for some additional support on these topics can check out the following:

Grade 7 Science

We have been studying solubility and factors affecting the rate of dissolving. Student lab groups designed their own experiments to test the impact of one independent variable on the rate of dissolving. Variables include: temperature, amount of solute, amount of solvnet, concentration of solvent, size of solute (sugar cube), stirring speed and container size. On Tuesday, we will be using analysing our results and the lab report will be due on Wednesday. Also, next week, we will be discussing methods to separate mechanical mixtures (include sorting, floating/settling, sifting, filtering, and magnetism).

For those looking for school-wide news, check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE.

What’s up this Week (April 1-5)

April is coming up – we made it to warmer weather (and I think as long as I don’t look outside this weekend I’ll be okay). Here is a rundown of the upcoming events and due dates for the next few weeks:

  • April 3: Rock Candy Reflection DUE (science)
  • April 8: Census at School Project DUE (math)
  • April 15: Escher Art DUE (math)
  • April 16: Rate of Dissolving Lab DUE (science)
  • April 19: Good Friday (no school)
  • April 22: Easter Monday (no school)
  • April 23: Filtering Mixtures Lab DUE (science)
  • April 26: SWYK: Similarity and Dilatations (math)
  • May 3: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-09 science)
  • May 6: Unit Test on Dissolving and Separating Mixtures (7-10 science)
  • May 8: CSI Procedural Write up DUE (science)
  • May 14: CSI Accusation DUE (science)

Academics

Grade 7 Math

We are shifting gears a bit this week as we move into data management. This week, students will be complete a project which involves sorting and organizing raw data taken from the Census at Schools survey. Students will be choosing a question to explore, collecting and organizing the school data, comparing the school data to Canadian data (through tables and graphs) and finally analysing the data for trends. Each day, we will be working on another part of the project with Friday being a final work day to finish it up. The project itself will be due on Monday, April 8 but I am certain that the majority of students will finish by the end of class on Friday.

A workspace has been created to help students with this project. It includes helpful videos, resources such as data tables and links to Canadian data, as well as a template for the project itself. Students can access this information through their workspace. Parents wanting to check it out can view the workspace HERE.

Finally, students are encouraged to review their online assessment tracker and identify areas from the previous Number Sense topics which they should be improving at home. Once they feel as though they have a solid understanding of the topic (through completing online practice using the links on the blog or mathspace and/or attending extra help sessions at school), they are to fill out a re-assessment request form. All reassessment are written on Wednesday, at the beginning of lunch, in room N205.

Parents should be expecting to see their child’s assessment duotang sometime next week as I will be handing back all of the term 2 assessments up to this point. These are valuable tools for students who would like to identify what topics they might need to work on at home or at lunchtime help sessions.

Grade 7 Science

Since students completed their test on the first half of the unit last week, we are moving on the second half: Solutions, rate of dissolving and separating mixtures. This week, we will be discussing several new terms; terms which students need to know well as we proceed through the content. They include: solute, solvent, solution, unsaturated, saturated, supersaturated, dilute, concentrated, soluble, insoluble, solubility and concentration. Students are highly encouraged to read through the text links (below) and/or watch some of the resources in order to familiarize themselves with the content.

On Tuesday, we will be making Rock Candy as we explore supersaturated solutions. ON Wednesday, we will explore the difference between solubility and concentration as well as solubility curves through an online exploration.

I will be handing back several labs and other assessments this week so parents should expect to see the assessment duotang at home in the later part of the week. Many students have NOT handed in assignments, even after several reminders. I will be touching base with these students and they will have to complete alternative assignments in order to obtain the credit.

For school-wide news, please check out the Trinity weekly newsletter HERE. Have a great week!

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