It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet so many of you on Wednesday evening. If you were unable to attend, please check your child’s homework folder for an important handout I passed along during our Meet the Staff night.
Please also check the homework folder for information on an upcoming field trip that will take place next week. On Thursday, October 5th, students in Grades 7 and 7/8 Immersion will head over to Cavendish Beach to explore the beach/dune ecosystem in the PEI National Park. This outing aligns with many outcomes of the curriculum and is always an exciting event. Please contact me if you have any questions.
We are also well into our fundraising for the annual Terry Fox Run here at Gulf Shore which will take place on Friday, October 6th. The youngest or only child in each family should have brought home pledge sheets and t-shirt order forms late last week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26th is the last day for t-shirt orders. All pledges are due to the office by Thursday, October 5th, so that we can reveal our grand total before the run.
We will take some time this week to reflect, as we mark Truth and Reconciliation Week. All students are encouraged to wear an orange shirt to school on Thursday, September 28th. We will also be having an assembly that day and taking time to think about how we do our part towards reconciliation.
Families are reminded that Friday, September 29th is a professional development day for staff, so there will be no classes for students. There will also be no classes on Monday, October 2nd in observance of the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.
Now here is a brief look at what will be taking place during our four day week…..
Grade 7 Science-Students will write their first quiz of the year on Tuesday, September 26th. This quiz includes vocabulary related to the first chapter of our unit on ecosystems. Students can find practice questions and review games to help them study in their Google Classroom. Following the quiz, we will begin our next section of this unit. In the second part, we will explore the interactions between living and nonliving things as well as the interactions of living things amongst each other as we take a deeper look at population and how it can change as well as food chains and food energy pyramids.
Grade 7 Core French-During our classes this week students will continue working through our first unit on pastimes. They will present themselves using Flip, an interactive tool for creating videos and audio recordings. We will also peek at the past times of some other students as we read and listen to some texts of students across the country explaining how they like to spend their free time.
Grade 7 Immersion Science-As we move through our unit on matter, this week we will learn about mass, volume and weight and explore the differences between them and the units and tools we use to calculate them. This will mark the end of our first section, so students will prepare for and write an assessment on these outcomes before shifting our focus to pH and other characteristic properties of matter.
Grade 8 Immersion Science-Students will write their assessment on the outcomes covered in chapter 1 this morning. Tomorrow, we will turn the page to chapter 2, as we take a look at physical and chemical transformations of matter. Students will begin exploring the 6 changes of state that they studied last year before beginning some learning stations and experiments where they will show proof of physical transformations of matter at work.
Grade 9 Science-We are moving nicely through our unit on the nature of science. This week students will finish up their exploration of the scientific method. To help show their understanding, they will find an experiment of their own and discuss how it follows each step. We will then begin discussions around bias and the influence it can sometimes have on the outcomes of our experiments.
Grade 8 STEM-Our gumball machines will really take shape these next few classes as we work through the design process to create and test them. We will also continue our daily warm-ups and take a look at a really cool story exploring how engineering students helped out a young boy from Lennox Island participate in his culture.
Have a marvelous Monday!