Dear Glen Cairn PS Families,
We hope that you are doing ok in light of the tragic events that took place on Wednesday in downtown Ottawa. Please don’t hesitate to contact the school if you or your child needs support.
This past week and the coming weeks will see many evaluations and summative assignments as students near the end of units of study and move on to the next unit. For instance, students wrote theory tests in music, summative evaluations on integers in math, summative assessments in science (grade 7) and presentations (grade 8 French Immersion) and are working on larger pieces of writing in their language arts.
In Grade 8 Language Arts, students in Mrs. MacWhirter’s class worked on developing criteria for “Four Corners” activities. In “Four Corners” students are encouraged to take a stand on an issue or provocative question, then go to the corner that best represents their stand, meet with their peers and explain their reasoning. In order for “Four Corners” to be effective, the students decided that they needed a good, provocative question to prompt their thinking.
They then went on to discuss what makes a good question. Through their discussions, they determined that good questions:
- Make you reflect or think deeply
- Are detailed
- Make you realize things you didn’t realize before
- Help you create inferences
- Create deep connections
- Use your background knowledge
In Math, students have completed the unit on integers and have moved on to proportional reasoning, specifically, rate, ratio and percent. For some great information on what is happening in math classes, please take time to visit the Glen Cairn Math Team blog regularly. The blog includes videos, resources and prompts to support student learning and especially, to extend learning beyond the classroom to home. Please remember that students also have access to the Pearson E-Text for additional home practice.
Outside of the classroom, the school is a busy hub, as always. Clubs currently running include the Maker’s Club, the Baker’s Club, The Board Games Club, The Computer Programmers’ Club, Student Advisory Council, and the Free the Children “Brick by Brick” Campaign. Choir, Senior Band and Senior Hand Bells are running in the music department. In athletics, intramural dodgeball continues and we are gearing up for volleyball, with tryouts underway.
This past week both our girls’ and our boys’ touch football teams won their tournaments. They played in cold and dreary (and wet) weather and did an amazing job. We also had six students participate in the board finals for cross country running and they did exceptionally well too! We are so proud of our student athletes for showing grit, determination and school spirit and for representing Glen Cairn PS to the very best of their abilities.
I hope that you all have a fantastic weekend. Enjoy the sunshine!
Pictures from the week: