Dear grade 7s of 2014,
What an amazing two years it has been. When I look back to where you started in September of 2012 I could never have guessed the growth that would occur. We have had so many amazing moments and memories that will forever be embedded in our minds.
As a group you challenged each other to be better human beings, you accepted each other's flaws, quirks and unique qualities. You created a sense of family that I have not felt in years past - you were there for each other day in and day out. I could not be more proud of each of you and who you have become. There were so many days that you inspired me to be a better teacher.
All of you have added something special to my life and I am so thrilled that I was able to be a part of this.
To Skywalker - I learned so much about basketball over the past two years but more importantly about the need to laugh each and every day.
To Betty, Judy and Nicole - You reminded me of the importance of having great friends as they are there through thick and thin. I hope to see your friendship continue to grow and flourish. You also inspired me to move outside my comfort zone and be willing to fall down once in awhile. Each of you is the epitome of persistence.
To Alison, Slapshot and Tak - you inspired me to learn more and to always be inquisitive and curious. You helped me to see things in new ways and challenged me to reach further for answers. Alison - you also reminded me that there is nothing better than a great hug - I will miss these tremendously.
To Scott, Joob and Holly - you reminded me daily that I need to talk less and listen more. Being quiet once in awhile is so very important as it gives people a chance to actually hear what others are saying.
To Hermione - you inspired me to take chances. When you first arrived in grade 6 you barely spoke a word. Through taking risks you learned a new culture, a foreign language, and developed deep friendships along the way.
To Jazzy - you taught me about perseverance. You taught me to be open to listening to others, to seeking out help to improve and to continue to try no matter what. You also inspired me daily with your selflessness!
To Park and Artemis - you had so much patience when working with all your peers. You reminded me to take a breath when I was feeling frazzled as everyone deserves patience when learning new things.
To Dragon Slayer - you taught me to love the world unconditionally and without judgement. You see the good in everyone and feel the world's troubles to your very core. Your wish to have everyone get along is an excellent example for others.
It is time for me to say farewell and push you out of the nest. I wish you all the very best as you carry on your path of life. I look forward to watching your progress through high school - and believe me I will be keeping an eye on you so make me proud :)
Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
We are pleased to advise you that the Grade 7 students will be getting their Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday, June 25, immediately before the dance. Mrs. Jensen and Mr. Lewis will be in attendance to hand out certificates and awards.
Please pass the word on to Grade 7 families - we are doing our best to reach out to everyone but not all families have provided their contact info to their Class Parent.
Please read below for the details:
Ceremony & Dance Location
Clayton Hall, 18531 70 Avenue
Student Arrival & Check in: 4:45-5:00pm
Ceremony 5:15pm - 5:55pm
Dance : 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Please be prompt to pickup your student following the dance. We appreciate your support and patience.
If you have any questions pleas contact Karen Holcroft at 604 574 2573, firstname.lastname@example.org or Andrea MacIsaac at 778 574 0045 or email@example.com
It was so much fun kickin' it old school with Sports Day today. It seemed that everyone loved the activities and were thoroughly enjoying themselves. The weather turned out perfectly.
As an extra special start to our day, Mrs. Bugden and the grade 4 students held a special performance based on the book The Raven. The first nations performance was very moving and taught many lessons about our own totems.
It has been a difficult week for the staff and students, but today everyone pulled together to make some great memories to end the year; I was very proud of all our kids today. Way to go, Titans!
Grade 7s - Lord Tweedsmuir tour has been cancelled.
The grade 7s had a group of visitors from Clayton Heights today. These leaders shared their experiences at the high school and answered questions for the students. Having the opportunity to hear from experience helps to alleviate the worry that many students feel as they get ready to enter high school.
Between recess and lunch the grade 6 and 7s were separated for Family Life. I know that many great questions were asked during both sessions and the students are beginning to understand their changing bodies a bit more.
Things to Return
Please bring $1
Sports Day Tomorrow
Wear your team colors and bring your spirit. So looking forward to having lots of fun p
So much fun started the day. Students from Hillcrest had a chance to participate in a dance program called 'Groovin'. It was not about dancing a routine, or looking a certain way, it was about moving and having loads of fun along the way. I have not seen so many smiles, giggles and felt so much energy in a very long time. Kudos to everyone as you each participated well and had fun!
Important Information - Parents and students - Due to the rotating strikes closing the schools on Friday, Sports Day has been moved to this coming Wednesday.
1) LA - read, blog respond
Grade 7s - Playland
Bring empty box and $1
Fun Night Donations - Please see notice that went home with your child today for important information.
Important Upcoming Dates
Current news stories started our day. Two recent events that occurred over the past week in North America tied in with topics covered in the persuasive writing unit. Debating whether or not kids should be tried as an adult, connected to whether children can make informed decisions and how they are easily convinced if a strong argument is made. Fabulous segue into how Hitler was able to convince the population of Germany to follow his ideas. Finally, this moved us into what is currently happening in Europe and whether or not another war could happen. Learning connected to our every day lives!
1) LA - Literature Circles - Complete Setting Assignment and reflection of one of you blog posts - due Friday when you enter the class.
Remember to wear shoes appropriate for walking to Clayton Heights in the afternoon for the play.
Grade 7s Playland
Bring empty box and $1
Fun Night Donations
Comments: Your choice but lots to think about after our discussion this morning.
Important Upcoming Dates (WOW there are lots - parents please take note)
Understanding probability and then testing it was the focus in math for both grade 6s and 7s. The bar graph in the photo is showing experimental probability. By understanding what should happen when all are equal students could better determine what the theoretical probability should be. Great start to this concept.
1) Literature Circles
a) Read, blog, respond.
b) Use the criteria sheet I gave to you today and reflect on how you are doing so far with your blogging. Choose your best blog and reflect on what you are doing well, what could be improved and how you are going to get there. Write the reflection on the sheet.
c) Work on the new comprehension activity - the setting chart. - due Friday. Follow the criteria!
Those going to the track meet - remember to arrive early as we want to leave the school for 8:30. Drink lots of water on Tuesday as hydrating before exercise is really important especially when it is warm. Bring hats, sunscreen, food and water to the track on Wednesday. Be prepared for the heat as it is a long day.
For those staying at school - come in to the class and pick up the items that were organized on Monday afternoon. You will not be returning to the class for the remainder of the day so take all your supplies. Head to your assigned teacher as they will be doing your attendance. Be polite and respectful as you are a visitor to their classrooms.
Comment: The book Touching Spirit Bear has become very intense. We started to make a prediction as to what you think will happen next. Share your predications and be sure to explain why you think this is what will take place. Make sure that your predication is reasonable to the story - having Cole rescued by aliens would not be reasonable!
I am a grade 7 teacher who has been teaching in the Surrey School District for over 28 years. I love to read, garden, walk, and spend time with family, friends and my golden retriever Kona.
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Finding a Percent
Percent Word Problems
Percent of a Whole Number
Khan Academy - more on Percents
Parts of A Microscope
Wet Mount Microscopy
San Diego Zoo
Gorillas in Rwanda
Classification of Life
CNN for Kids
Time for Kids
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Creativity Requires Time
Moon Shot Thinking
Obvious To You, Amazing To Others
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