Good Morning parents,

Here is the weekly update for January 28-31, 2013.

General:
-6.4 will be at Winter Camp from Tuesday to Thursday. The forecast calls for cold weather so be sure to pack the necessary warm cloths. 
Please make arrangements to get students and their bags to school. The bus leaves at 9am. 

- Interested in Judging this years CSS Science Fair? If so please contact Kevin Sonico: kevin.s@calgaryscienceschool.com  

- No School Friday, February 1st - PD day.

- 6.3 Will be going skating Thursday afternoon. Students will need to bring skate and helmets. Hockey equipment is also welcome. Please check with bus drivers regarding sports equipment on your child's bus. 

Humanities:
Students will continue to work on their provincial government presentations this week. Presentations will begin on February 4th when 6.4 returns from Camp. Students will also work together to create a rubric for government using the 4 pillars of democracy (freedom, justice, representation, equity). They will use this rubric to compare different government structures found in their upcoming novel study. Students must also hand in their chapter 1 novel reflections for each of the 5 novel study books and consider the two novels they are most interested in reading. The assignment, as well as the rubric development activity, can be found on Edmodo.

Math/Science: 
This week students will be presenting their Explorer projects to their classmates. See below for more information on the School Wide Science Fair and the Grade 6 Open House. Students in 6.3 will have the 5th math computation quiz later this week. We will also be learning and working with Adobe Photo sip to create infographics that help to represent the data from the SETI problem. 

School Wide Science Fair Selection:
Based on my assessment, along with peer feedback, 6 projects will be selected from our pod to participate in the School Wide Science Fair on Feb 6th.   Students selected will be provided with a tri-fold on Thursday, January 31st, and will have five days to assemble their information onto the tri-fold before the School-Wide Fair.   Selection will be based on a long list of factors, but please contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this process, as I am happy to explain.    

Science Open House:
On the afternoon of February the 6th, we will be hosting a Grade 6 Open House at the same time as the School Wide Science Fair Open House.  Parents will be invited to drop by our classrooms in order to see the work created by the Grade 6’s.  At the same time, you will be able to visit the gymnasium in order to see the projects included in the School-Wide competition.   A separate invitation will be sent out by email closer to the time with specific times and details. 

Have a great week, 

Jody Pereverzoff & John Cadman
 
Hello Parents, 
Here is the weekly update for January 21-25, 2013.

General:

-6.3 will be at Winter Camp from Wednesday to Friday. Please make arrangements to get students and their bags to school. The bus leaves at 9am. 
-Parent volunteers have been selected and contacted for Winter Camp for both classes. 
Thank you to all the parents who volunteered!
-Please have Scholastic orders handed in by Thursday, January 25, 2013.
-Please contact Kevin Sonico: kevin.s@calgaryscienceschool.com  if you are interested in being a science fair judge this year. We still need about 10 judges. 

Health:
In the coming months some time in Health class will be spent educating students about body changes during adolescence and other human health related topics.
Prior to winter camp, we wish to have a health lesson on personal hygiene for adolescents. 
Please read the form carefully as there are three options to choose from with regards to your child's participation in these lessons. 
Please return the consent forms Monday, January 21st.

Humanities:

This week, students will continue to work on their provincial government assignments. Students should complete their handouts and begin to develop their lesson for the class in a creative and engaging way early this week. 
We will also begin to look at writing an effective newspaper article. Students will use this knowledge to write an article for the Spectrum about their experience at Winter Camp. 
Please have students share their constellation stories with you at home before attending camp.

Math/Science:
- 6.3 Explorer projects start on Monday. Those students that expressed interest in presenting on Monday should be ready to present. 
The Rubric for the presentation is on Edmodo so presenters may see how they will be assessed.
- 6.4 Explorer Project presentations start on January 28th. 
- If all goes according to schedule, those students selected to go to the CSS Science Fair will be chosen by January 31st, if not sooner.
- Before camp we will finish creating our Recipe for Habitability, which looks at the factors that allow for life on earth…and possible other planets. This is part of a larger Math/Science problem which has students using real numbers and data to select the best options for discovering life outside of our solar system. 

 
Have a great Week, 

John Cadman & Jody Pereverzoff
6.3/6.4 Teaching Team
 
Good morning parents,
Here is the weekly update for January 14-17th, 2013. 

General:
- No school this Friday, January 18th, as it is a PD Day. 

-Camp is just around the corner! Please be sure to try on all winter gear before departure. They are growing fast and may be in need of larger mitts, snow pants, boots etc.
- 6.3 Winter camp: January 23-25, 2013
- 6.4 Winter camp: January 29-31, 2013

- CSS Science Fair is February 6th. 
- We are looking for Judges for the CSS science fair. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Mr. Cadman

Humanities:
This week, students will be peer assessing their comma comics before handing them in. Students will also be working on their provincial government group assignment. Using the Program of Studies, each group will be responsible for teaching an element of provincial government in an informative and engaging way. In preparation for camp, students have chosen a constellation myth they will share with the class during the evenings. They may need an audience at home to help them prepare for this.  
Camp is just around the corner! Please be sure to try on all winter gear before departure. They are growing fast and may be in need of larger mitts, snow pants, boots etc.

Math/Science:In Math/Science this week we will be working on a problem that revolves around the search for Intelligent Life in Space. This problem involves learning about our own solar system in order to choose the best habitable planet from a list of 5. The problem is on Edmodo. PLease take a look with your child and discuss what they have learned so far. We are also starting to work with fraction in Math. Student will have time to work on their explorer projects this week. 

Explorer Projects and Science Fair:
Due some complications with scheduling around winter camp we have had to make some subtle changes to the explorer project timeline. 
- Class presentations start on Jan. 21(6.3 Only), Jan, 28 (6.4/6.3), Nov. 4 (any remaining).
students must have a presentation to share with the class. This can be a Power Point, Keynote, poster, etc. The rubric is on Edmodo.
Students must also hand in their research and bibliography to me, on Edmodo. 
Only students who go to Science Fair must make a Tri-fold, but any and all are welcome to do so. 
In order to allow preparation time for Science Fair, students trying to go to the CSS fair will present first. This way those  groups chosen should know before they go to camp.
- There are spaces for 5 groups to go from the 6.3/6.4 pod. 
There will be a Grade 6 Science Show case: February 6th, 2pm - 3:20 pm
This is a chance for parents and other students to see all the projects from grade 6 (project in science fair will be in the gym).
At the show case student may re-show their presentation, use a try-fold, poster, etc. 
Please contact Mr. Cadman if you have questions regarding any aspect of the Explorer project. 

Have a great week, 

Jody Pereverzoff  &  John Cadman
6.3/6.4 Teaching Team