Friday, October 28, 2016

Parent-Teacher Conference Information

We will be holding Parent-Teacher Interviews at the school on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 3:30-8:30pm and Friday, November 18, 2016 from 8:45am-3:00pm.

This year you will be able to schedule your interviews online using

You will be able to start making appointments November 1, 2016 at 9:00am until November 15, 2016 at 11:00pm.

A letter has been sent home with all students explaining the process, step by step, of how to log in to the website.

The parent code for the term is angela123

Please do not share this code with anyone outside of the school community.

I look forward to seeing everyone.

Mr. Quinn

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Grade 8 Graduation Trip Parent Information Night- Wednesday October 26, 2016

Grade 8 Graduation Trip Parent Information Night- Wednesday October 26, 2016

A friendly reminder that the Parent Information Night for our Graduation Trip is taking place from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesday October 26, 2016 in the school library. The evening will led by a representative from Brightspark who, in conjunction with the classroom teachers, will be able to address all of your questions.

The evening will explain the cost breakdown, online payment plan, expectations and overall questions that seem to arise with graduation trips.

All parents are encouraged to attend the information night.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mr. M. Quinn & Mr. G. Ellis

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Giver #grade8sam Language

We are starting to read, "The Giver" by Lois Lowry. The Giver is a 1993 American young-adult utopian/dystopian novel by Lois Lowry. It is set in a society which at first appears to be utopian but is revealed to be dystopian as the story progresses. The novel follows a 12-year-old boy named Jonas. The society has eliminated pain and strife by converting to "Sameness", a plan that has also eradicated emotional depth from their lives. Jonas is selected to inherit the position of Receiver of Memory, the person who stores all the past memories of the time before Sameness, as there may be times where one must draw upon the wisdom gained from history to aid the community's decision making. Jonas struggles with concepts of all the new emotions and things introduced to him: whether they are inherently good, evil, or in between, and whether it is even possible to have one without the other. The Community lacks any colour, memory, climate, or terrain, all in an effort to preserve structure, order, and a true sense of equality beyond personal individuality.

The Giver won the 1994 Newbery Medal and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide as of 2014.

In 2014, a film adaptation was released, starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep and Brenton Thwaites The novel forms a loose quartet with three other books set in the same future era, known as The Giver Quartet: Gathering Blue(2000), Messenger (2004), and Son (2012).

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Technology and Mathematical Explanation

Here is a great example of how our students @SMCDSB_SAM have been using technology to explain their mathematical thinking. #grade8sam students had to choose once concept we discussed in class during our first unit in math. Once a topic was chosen, they used the google app screencastify to come up with an online tutorial for their classmates explaining a topic. This also acted as an assessment of learning as the students were able to explain what they have learned over the passed few weeks.