March Gifted Class Newsletter

March and April continue to be very busy in the gifted class with several trips and projects planned. Our junior and intermediate debates went very well last month, and our class mural walk of downtown Midland was a good introduction to the planning for our Heritage Fair project.

Gifted Class Open House Postponed until further notice

The Gifted Class Open House was postponed on February 29 due to inclement weather and rescheduled  for March 20.   Due to unforseen circumstances, it is being postponed again until a date later this spring.  We will keep you posted when this date is scheduled.

Skiing in the Schoolyard is cancelled:  The Skiing in the schoolyard activities which were scheduled for tomorrow, Friday March 9 have been cancelled due to the lack of snow.

Forest of Reading

By now, you should have read at least one book for Forest of Reading.  You will need to read 5 novels by April 24 when we have a special trip to the school board office to see one of the Red Maple nominated authors.  The cost of this trip will be about $15.   I will continue to give you about 30 minutes daily to read your novels, but they will also need to read a bit at home in order to complete all the novels in the assigned time.

Heritage Fair  April 25

We continue to prepare history projects to present at the Simcoe County Heritage Fair on April 25 at the Simcoe County Museum.  By now you should have your project topic chosen and your research and notes should be well underway.  When we get back from March Break, you will need to focus on writing, building and preparing your display and presentation.


Robotics Revolution- March 30

On Friday March 30, we will be attending the annual Simcoe County Robotics Revolution.  The day consists of teams of 2-3 students solving a series of challenges using the lego robotics kits with some time to get to know students from the other county gifted classes.  Students will need to bring their lunches with them or arrange to purchase their lunch at the school board cafeteria. More information and a permission form is attached.

Simcoe County District School Board Grade 8 Cardboard Boat Races April 3

On April 3, from 9:00-2:20 pm.   I am accompanying a team of four Grade 8 students to the SCDSB Grade 8 Cardboard Boat Races at the Midland YMCA.

 

The cardboard boat races are for students who have an interest in design and construction.  Working in teams of four, students are given two hours to build their boat with the supplies provided.  Teams then proceed to the pool for the speed and weight competitions.  The challenge for the team will be to come prepared with a plan to build and race a cardboard boat in the YMCA pool, using materials provided.  Lunch will be provided at this event.  Full rules for the competition are attached.   Your child will need to bring a swimsuit because several of the activities are in the pool.  There is no cost for this event.  I will send home a permission form with the Grade 8 students who are attending.

GO Conference: May 4-  Information about the GO conference in Orillia will be sent home closer to the event date.

Stratford Trip:  May 8

It has been a tradition in the Gifted class to make an annual trip to Stratford to see a Shakespeare play.  The preparation for and watching of the performance touches many areas of the curriculum: from Language Arts, to Drama, Visual Arts and Music.   This year we will be going to see Much Ado About Nothing,  on Tuesday May 8 at 2:00 pm.     Mr. Trumpour and I will each be driving a carload of students to the performance.

The cost of the trip will be $25.00  per student.  More details and a permission form are attached.

 

Grade 8 Ottawa Trip:  May 22-24.   Final Payments due by March 23.

 

I am also arranging for a couple other projects and special events this spring, and there will be field trips in the integrated classes as well.   This spring is proving to be a very busy and active one for the students in the gifted class. I will also post this newsletter and our upcoming events on the class blog at http://mcgaughey.edublogs.org.

Thanks,

Mr. McGaughey

 

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Upcoming Events in the Gifted Class

January is well underway and we have been busy in the gifted class.

The students had alot of fun reasearching and writing their Top 10 lists of 2011.  These should be completed and handed in by today.

We are nearly completed the numeracy unit we began in December.  We will have a math test on the unit next Wednesday January 25.

We have several special events planned in the coming months.

 

 

February 9 is the Junior Debater Forum at the school board office in Midhurst.  The Intermediate Debaters forum will be on February 17.  We will be preparing for the debates for the next three weeks in class. I will be sending home a permission for the debates next week.
On March 5, we have the Intermediate Math Olympics at the school board office and the lego Robotics Revolution will be held on March 30.
In March and April we will be preparing history projects to present at the Simcoe county Heritage Fair on April 25 at the Simcoe County Museum.
On May 4, we are planning to attend the annual  Gifted Outreach Conferencehosted by Laurentian University in Orillia for Simcoe County Gifted students.

 

I am also arranging for a couple other projects and special events this spring.  I will keep you posted as they are arranged.

Thanks,

Mr. McGaughey

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Wednesday December 14

Tomorrow, the juniors and I will be going to Codrington school in Barrie for the Junior Math Road Rally. We will be leaving the school at 9 am and returning in time for the buses at 3:15.

The intermediates will be with Ms. Young all Day.

Work on:

1)  Read up to the end of Stave 3 in A Christmas Carol.

2) Work on your Christmas Carol Package.  –  Take some time to work on your Victorian Christmas Story.

3) Math:  Work on your Fractions worksheets.  (Chase- finish your algebra test and fractions pretest).

Have a good day.

December 5-9 in the Gifted Class

December is well upon us and everyone is getting excited for the start of winter and the holiday season.

Monday was the due date of our points project.  I will return the marked projects by next Monday at the latest.

Monday we had our math tests for the patterning and algebra unit.  If you still have not completed all assigned tasks, please complete them by Friday.

We are beginning a new math unit this week on numeration.  The grade 5s and 6s will be working with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers.

The grade 7s and 8s will be working with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of fractions and decimals.

We have begun a seasonal novel study.

My Juniors are reading, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson, and I am reading them The Legend of Holly Claus.

The Intermediates are reading the original version of Charles Dicken’s, A Christmas Carol, and comparing it to adaptations in films, television, radio and video games through the last 150 years.

Upcoming Events:

Friday December 9:  Winter Sports Spirit Day:  Come dressed in clothing representing a winter sport.

Tuesday December 13:  Lockdown Practice.  A note is going home on December 7 explaining this.

Tuesday December 13:  Our class and Mrs. Jaiko’s Class are having a hot dog lunch for winning Trumpour’s Trivia in November.

Wednesday December 14:  Mr. McGaughey and the Grade 5’s and 6’s are going to the Junior Math Road Rally at Codrington School. A note is going home on December 7 explaining this.

 

 

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This Week in Mr. McGaughey’s Class

We will be finishing up our Shrek and History of Computing projects by Wednesday. We will be starting a 4 week novel study to take us to the Christmas break.
We had some interruptions in our math clases last week, so the patterning and algebra unit is extended until Friday. Everyone will have a math test on Friday December 2.

Date Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7

Do half of each lettered question.  Do Assessment focus first

Grade 8

Do half of each lettered question.  Do Assessment focus first

November 16 Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4,5 Number patterns Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4-6 Writing Pattern Rules .10.1 page 368-372 10.1 page 420- 422
November 17 Nelson Ch 1.2   page 6,7 Nelson Ch 1.2   page 8-11 10.2 373-377 10.2 423-427
November 21 Nelson Ch 1.3  page 8,9 Nelson Ch 1.3  page 12,13 10.3 378-381 10.3 428-433
November 22 Nelson Ch 1.4  page 12,13 Nelson Ch 1.4  page 14-16 Mid Unit Review 382 Mid Unit Review 434
November 23 Mid Chapter review page 10 Mid Chapter review page 19 10.4 383-386 10.4 435-439
November 28 Nelson Ch 1.5  page 14,15 Nelson Ch 1.5  page 20,21 Unit Review 398-399  Don’t do 400 10.5 440-443
November 29 Nelson Ch 14.2  page 386, 387 Nelson Chapter 1.6 22, 23 MMS 65-68
November 30 Chapter Task page 22  Chapter Task pg 34  Unit Problem pg 402-403  Unit Problem pg 450-451
December 2 Math Test Math Test, Math Test, Math Test,
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November 21-25 in Mr. McGaughey’s Class

Thanks to my all my students who helped me prepare for my talk, Sharing Stories, Becoming Storytellers,  for the K12 Online Conference.   You can find a preview of the talk on my teacher blog, Educational Alchemy.

 

 

Thanks to everybody who came for their student involved conferences last week.  If you were unable to attend, please contact Mr. McGaughey to schedule another time.

 

We will be having a school assembly on Friday November 25 at 1:40pm.

This is the last full week  to work on your points project. Final due date is November 29.  Our December unit will be a novel study.  Over the course of this week, I will work with both my Junior and Intermediate groups to choose a novel, and determine which activities will help us to cover the expectations of the English and Arts curriculum for their grade.  We will begin the novel study on November 29.

 

Math this week:  We are continuing to work on our patterning unit.  Math tests for this unit will be around the end of November.

Mathbook pages  assigned:

Date Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7

Do half of each lettered question.  Do Assessment focus first

Grade 8
November 16 Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4,5 Number patterns Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4-6 Writing Pattern Rules .

10.1 page 368-372

10.1 page 420- 422
November 17 Nelson Ch 1.2   page 6,7 Nelson Ch 1.2   page 8-11 10.2 373-377 10.2 423-427
November 21 Nelson Ch 1.3  page 8,9 Nelson Ch 1.3  page 12,13 10.3 378-381 10.3 428-433
November 22 Nelson Ch 1.4  page 12,13 Nelson Ch 1.4  page 14-16 Mid Unit Review 382 Mid Unit Review 424
November 23 Mid Chapter review page 10 Mid Chapter review page 19 10.4 383-386 10.4 435-439
November 24 Nelson Ch 1.5  page 14,15 Nelson Ch 1.5  page 20,21 Unit Review 398-399  Don’t do 400 10.5 440-443

 

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Conference Times and Update- November 17

This is just a reminder of your student involved conference times. Each appointment is 15 minutes long. This is your chance to show your parents how well you have been doing in school this year.

Mr. McGaughey
Student Involved Conference Schedule
Thursday November 17, 2011

4:00 Andrew
4:45 Jennifer
5:00 Tommy
5:30 Chase
6:30 Rowan
6:45 Collin
7:00 Trevor
7:15 Dustin

 

Math:  We are working on a patterning and algebra unit until the end of November.

Please finish up these math assignments by Monday.

Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7   Grade 8
Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4,5 Number patterns Nelson Ch 1.1  page 4-6 Writing Pattern Rules .10.1 page 368-372 10.1 page 420- 422
Nelson Ch 1.2   page 6,7 Nelson Ch 1.2   page 8-11 10.2 373-377 10.2 423-427

Points Project:

We are nearing the end of our points project.  It has been great studying satire and parody using the Shrek movies with the Juniors, and examining the history of computers with the Intermediates.

The final day to hand in work for this p roject will be Tuesday November 29.  If you have not completed more than 150 points by now, you will  have to do alot of homework to catch up.

Next week, we will begin discussing and preparing for a novel study to begin on December 1.

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