Week 9 Update

I hope that everyone had a restful long weekend!

MAP Testing takes place this week. Students already know the following dates, (and that they cannot revise for these tests,) but just for your information:

Beck HB
Language: Monday – Block 4
Reading: Wednesday – Block 3

Vergel HB
Language: Monday – Block 5
Reading: Wednesday – Block 1

In English this week, students will submit their Short Story Scene on Tuesday (Beck HB) and Thursday (Vergel HB).  We will continue to have time to read from our Genre Wheel collections.  I encourage you to ask questions about what your child is reading and what new genres they have enjoyed.

In Social Studies, students will have one period to continue to work on their presentation and practice presenting.  Their Otzi presentations will be on Thursday (Beck) and Friday (Vergel). I’m really looking forward to watching them and hearing their theories!

Have a great week.

Week 8 News

We have a very short week this week with a PD day on Thursday and a holiday on Friday.  This week students will continue with their Otzi project.  Students are working alone, in pairs, or in groups of three to develop a presentation that outlines their theory on how Otzi the Iceman died.  They will have this week to finish their presentation and begin practicing.  Presentations are taking place in the first week of March.

In English, we will continue working with our short story scenes.  The focus is on editing this week, and the students will work through a variety of activities in order to make sure their work is the best it can be.  Depending on progress this week, the scene is due week beginning Monday Feb. 29.

ISM is lucky to have Dr. Bonnie Singer at the school this entire week.  She is working mainly with Middle School teachers (English, Social Studies, LS, and ESL).  She and her partners have developed systems for idea organization (Brain Frames) that we use in class.  To that end, there will be a substitute in for me during Block 5 on Monday and Block 3 on Tuesday.

Thanks and have a great week!


CWW Photos

We had a fantastic week at CWW. I was very impressed with how much the children got involved with all the activities – some of which were quite challenging! It definitely pushed a lot of them out of their comfort zone, but hopefully was a week to remember and an eye opening experience as to how many people in the Philippines live. Their behaviour was generally very good and they were a real credit to the school. Here are some pictures from our week – they are mainly of my advisory group as I spent most of my time with them, so I am sure if you contact your child’s advisory teacher they will have more photos of them!

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Week 6 News

Hi all,

I hope you had a great long weekend. Happy Lunar New Year! I went to Singapore and enjoyed the celebrations there. It was great fun!

Next week is CWW. You should already have had an email from Wayne Hamaguchi outlining the schedule and equipment needed on each day. This week, we will be collecting recyclable materials to take on our CWW trip to Tzu Chi. Please encourage your children to bring in as much as possible, every little helps! Here is the list of items:

1.  Plastic Bottles
2.  Paper – All Types
3.  Glass Bottles
4.  Old toys, electronics, clothes, books

In English this week, students will have time to revise their short story scenes.  They are working to add in a good mix of introspection, action, description, and dialogue.  Students are also still continuing with the Genre wheel project.  On Wednesdays, we always go to the library to read and check out books for Genre Wheel reading. I’ve been really impressed by the book choices the children have been making. Please chat with your child about what they are reading!

Also on Wednesday this week, students will write their Nonfiction Reading Quiz.  They had practice reading and analyzing nonfiction texts last week and now they will demonstrate their ability to do so with 2 new texts.

In Social Studies, we will continue our analysis of Otzi the Iceman and his mysterious death over 5000 years ago.  Students will be able to work alone or in small groups to analyze the sources in order to develop what they think is the most likely scenario. Eventually, they will create a presentation to demonstrate their theory.  This is a fun project – and the students have already been engrossed in the subject!

Week 5 Latest

Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well. The deadline for submission of English Honors forms was today so I hope you have submitted yours to the MS office if you were planning on doing so. If you have missed the deadline, please get in touch with me ASAP!

In English this week, students will continue to develop their drafts for their short story scene. I have been really impressed by how they have all thrown themselves into this and there are some great stories developing! We will be focussing on dialogue and description and adding this into their stories. They will have plenty of class time to draft. Ideally, they will have finished their rough draft by Tuesday 9th February so that I can spend some time reading each piece and offering advice. On Wednesday, students will practice reading and comparing non fiction articles relating to our work in Social Studies.

Speaking of Social Studies, this week students will investigate the death of Otzi the Iceman.  Otzi is a 5,300 year old mummified man found in 1991.  To this day the mystery of how he died has not been definitively solved – that sounds like a job for our Grade 6 students!  For this mini unit, students are creating a hypothesis, reading nonfiction texts, and presenting their opinion on how Otzi died.  This should be a fun project and a great learning experience.