Mr. McGaughey’s Class May Newsletter

April was a very busy and productive month in the Gifted Classroom. We completed several projects including the Lego Robotic Revolution, the Grade 8 Cardboard Boat races, the Heritage Fair history projects, and the Forest of Reading Novel Competition where each student had to read 5 (or more) novels.

 

We have a number of upcoming events in May as well.

GO Conference: Friday May 4

 

On Friday May 4, Mr. Trumpour and I are driving the gifted class students to the Simcoe County Gifted Outreach Conference at Lakehead University in Orillia.

 

We will leave the school at 9:00am after announcements. The conference runs from 10am- 3:15pm. We will be returning to the school about 4:00pm. Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 4:00 pm on that date.

 

Students will need to bring their lunches, drinks and snacks.

 

Monday May 7: Spring Picture Day: Remember to dress up.

 

Stratford Field Trip Tuesday May 8

Our class is excited to go to Stratford to see Much Ado About Nothing, on Tuesday May 8 at 2:00 pm. Mr. Trumpour, and myself will be driving. We will be leaving the school at 9:00am.

 

For lunch, pack a bag lunch. We will stop on the way to Stratford for a picnic lunch if the weather permits.

 

You may bring a gadget to use in the car, but it must be unused, silent and invisible while we are in Stratford.

 

Our play begins at 2pm. Please dress in good clothes appropriate for the theatre. We have discussed appropriate behaviour for the theatre and watching the play.

 

After the show, we will have time for a break and snack in Stratford. Please provide your child with money for a fast-food meal for supper.

 

We will be returning to Bayview School between 9 and 10pm. We will arrange a phone tree to let you know when we are about an hour from Midland, so that you can be at the school to pick up your child.

 

Phone Tree: When we are approximately an hour from town, we will call so you can be at Bayview School to pick up your child.

 

Wednesday May 9: Jump Rope For Heart. Please remember to bring in your pledge forms.

 

Tuesday May 22-Thursday May 24: Grade 8’s are in Ottawa.

 

Monday May 28- Wednesday May 30: Grade EQAO: Grade 6 testing will take place on these 3 dates from 9am-10:35 am. Please ensure that your grade 6 child is at school on time do not schedule any appointments on these dates.

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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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February, March Newsletter

We have finished the first two terms of the school year and things are going well in the Gifted Class. Report cards go home this week, and I am pleased with the progress that all of my students have made this term.

Over the next few months, we have several activities and projects planned.

Intermediate Math Olympics

On March 5, we have the Intermediate Math Olympics at the school board office. I will send home a permission form for this event shortly.

Forest of Reading

This year, from February to April, all my students are participating in the Red Maple, or Silver Birch reading programs at our school. They 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 Silver Birch nominated authors. The cost of this trip will be about $15. There is a note from Mrs. Hamelin attached which further explains this program. I will be giving my students about 30 minutes daily to read their novels, but they may also need to read a bit at home in order to complete all the novels in the assigned time.

Heritage Fair

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. We will be working in partnership with the Midland Public Library when preparing these projects. As a kickoff to this project, we are going to do a history walk of Downtown Midland and it’s murals on Wednesday February 22. We will have lunch here at 12:05, then walk downtown at about 12:30. At the end of our mural walk, we will stop at the Midland library to warm up and discuss plans for the project. We will be walking back to the school in time for dismissal at the end of the day.

Further information about the History Fair Project is attached.

Gifted Class Open House

On Wednesday February 29 from 4-5 pm we will be hosting a Gifted Class Open House for parents and students interested in enrolling in the gifted class in the fall. I would like to have some of my students stay after school to share with prospective students what it is like to be in the gifted class. If they stay that day, they will need to be picked up at 5pm.

 

Quest Art Projects

The Quest Art Gallery is returning to Bayview for Art Projects. The Junior students will be creating relief self portraits on the afternoon of February 24, and the Intermediate Students will be making mandalas on the afternoon of Friday March 2.

Rocks and Rings: At the end of February, the Midland Curling Club is presenting Rocks and Rings to all our classes as part of the Phys-Ed program. Our Juniors will be participating on Monday February 27 at 2:25 pm, and the Intermediates at 9:45 am on Tuesday February 29.

Cross Country Skiing on the Schoolyard:

On March 9, our class will be participating in cross country skiing on the our schoolyard, presented by Mountainview Ski Club. The cost of this event is being covered by Bayview Parent Council.

Gifted Outreach Conference

On May 4, we are planning to attend the annual Gifted Outreach Conference hosted 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. I will also post this newsletter and our upcoming events on the class blog at http://mcgaughey.edublogs.org.

Thanks,

Mr. McGaughey

 

This week in our class.

We are working on new language arts/ integrated units in our class.
The Junior students are working on a unit about satire and parody based on the Shrek Movies. Here are details of the Shrek Unit.

The intermediate students are in the planning stages for a unit on the History of Computers. We’ll post a unit plan here when we have it ready.

Everyone in our class is working on a unit on Data Management. We have been using data from the recent provincial elections to create and interpret various graphs.

Here is a list of Math assignments for this week.

 

Grade October 17 October 18/19 October 20 October 21
5 All Grades: Review Election Sign Survey, Complete Pie Graph of sign Survey Results All Grades: Data Management Pre Test 2 page 64-66 Broken Line Graphs 3 page 67 Interpreting Circle Graphs
6     2 72-73 Plotting Coordinate Pairs 3 74-76 Line Graphs
7     Math Makes Sense 7 (MMS)

p. 169 – 171

 

 

MMS 7 p. 169 – 173

 

8     Math Makes Sense(MMS)

p. 187 – 193

MMS p. 184 – 186,

Mr. McGaughey sent home your IEPs yesterday. Please go over them with your parents and return the signed original to school by Tuesday October 25.

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June Newsletter

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Mr. McGaughey’s Class June Newsletter

Dear Parents:

The year is drawing quickly to a close and there are many activities happening at our school and with our class.

June 14: On Tuesday June 14, Mr. McGaughey has invited the grade 7 Gifted Class students to assist with the area 1 track meet. These four students will need to be dropped off at St. Theresa’s school by 9am and picked up at 3pm. The Grade 4-6 students will remain at the school with their integrated classes.

June 16: Trip to Huron Park to See the Spyglass

The gifted students at Bayview school have been invited to go to Huron Park School with the Bayview Drama Club to see the Huron Park production of The Spyglass on Thursday June 16. We will be leaving the school by bus at 11:00 for an 11:30 performance. We should be back at the school by 1:00pm. for lunch.

While field trips are supervised by the teaching staff, they involve activities beyond those of normal school programs. It is essential that parent/guardians counsel their children on the necessity for extra care and cooperation.

Monday June 27: Frisbee Golf: On Monday June 27, our class is going to make a walking trip to Little Lake Park to play Frisbee Golf. After we are finished Frisbee Golf, we will go to the Dairy Queen or Little Lake Galley, so that interested students can purchase lunch or an ice cream. Remember to bring a lunch or money for lunch. In case of inclement weather, we will go on Tuesday June 28.

Wednesday June 29: After our end of year assembly, our class will share a class pot luck lunch and have some time for board games and video games.

Thanks for a great year,

Mr. McGaughey

[ ] I give permission for my child _________________________ to attend the Spyglass at Huron Park School on Thursday June 16.

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Signature Date

[ ] I give permission for my child _________________________ to go on a walking trip to Little Lake Park to play Frisbee golf on Monday June 27 or Tuesday June 28.

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Signature Date

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Agenda for March 9-13

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Our class webpage is now at http://mcgaughey.edublogs.org
Date Parent// Teacher Comments
Monday March 9

Sharing Today:  Amy, Makenzie, Aaliyah

Tuesday  March 10

Sharing today: Justin, West

Grade 1:

Other

Wednesday  March 11: Kindergarten A Day

Sharing today: Ede, Alexis

Hot Dog Day:  $1.00/hot dog

Thursday  March 12:

Sharing today: Abbey, Nathan

Other

Pizza day $1.50/slice

Friday   March 13: Kindergarten Students stay home today

Sharing today:

Shared Reading Books go home

Other

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Sharing Monday, March 23: U as in use or up:  Morgan, Riley B.

Dates:

Monday March 9:  Report Cards Go Home

Wednesday March 11:  Scholastic Book Orders Due

March Break:  March 14-22

Agenda for January 26 to 30

Sharing this week Sharing this week c as in candy or plastic

Date

Parent// Teacher Comments

Monday January 26:                                     

Grade 1:  Fast Start Books go home today.

Sharing today: Brayden, Holden

Other 

 

Tuesday  January 27:  Family Literacy Day Today

Sharing today: Justin, West

 

Other

 

Wednesday  January 28:                                    Kindergarten A Day     

Sharing today:Amy, Makenzie

Hot Dog Day:  $1.00/hot dog

 

 

Thursday  January 29:

Sharing today: Abbey, Nathan

Other

Pizza day $1.50/slice

 

 

Friday   January 30:                                                    Kindergarten A Day     

Winter Spirit Day:  Dress in White, Blue or Silver

Scholastic Book Orders Go home today.  Due February 9.

Kindergarten Students come to school today

Sharing today: Ede, Alexis

Shared Reading Books go home

Other

 

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Sharing next week a as in apple or ape:  Monday February 2:  Morgan, Riley B.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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