ClassroomEvents Notes

 

 

 

April News


Important up-coming dates:


Wed., April 11 -  set up for Bison Science Fair

Wed., April 25  - Spirit Day grade 7 & 8 - p.m.

                           at Immaculate Conception

Thurs., April 26 - set up for MSSS

Tues., May 22  - Confirmation rehearsal 6:00

                           (candidate & sponsor)

Thurs., May 24 - Confirmation Mass 7:00

Mon., June 18  -  Thurs., June 21

                           final exams

Fri., June 22     - Admin. Day

Mon., June 25   - Fun Mountain gr. 8 all day

Tues., June 26  - Bowling - p.m.

Wed., June 27   - Grade 8 Farewell Mass &

                            Reception - 1:00


All chocolates/money should be returned to school by Mon., April 9 to qualify for prizes.


Students should have  completed their 20 hours of Christian Community service by May 24.  Hand in log sheet to Mrs. Horsman.


Best overall and gold ribbon winners should hand in to the office their proof of payment/registration for the Bison or MSSS Fairs by Tues., April 10 for re-imbursement.  Parents register on-line and sent payment directly to the science fair committee.


The Archdiocese Catholic School division has organized a Spirit Day for students in grades 5 - 8.  The grade 7 and 8 students will be participating in the afternoon at Immaculate Conception Church.


High schools have held information evenings for parents and students.  The choice of high school is a very important decision.  Hopefully, by now, applications have been made to the high school of your choice. 


Grade 7/8 Staff:

 

            Mrs. Horsman:                       math, science, religion, health

            Mr. Banias:                            English language arts, social studies,

            Ms. Garland:                          French

            Mr. Thiessen:                         physical education

            Mr. Hanlon-Dearman             music

            Mrs. Matias:                           art/resource

 

 

Calendar:  please note that the following dates are tentative and subject to change

 

 

Parent-teacher conferences:               Term 1 – Thursday, November 30  (evening)                                                             Friday, December 1 morning

                                                                                                                                                                

 

                                                            Term 2 – Thursday, March 15(evening)

 

                                                                            Friday, March 16 (morning)

 

 

Science Fair:                                       Thursday, February 22

 

Exams weeks:                                     mid-term:       January 23 – January 26

 

                                                            final:               June 18 - June 21

 

                                                                                  (see teachers for details)

                                 

 

Vacations:                   Christmas:             Monday, December 25– Friday, January 5

 

                                    Spring:                   Monday, March 26 –Tuesday, April 3

 

 

Homework:  In order to be successful this year, students should expect to have on average, 1 to 1 ½ hours of homework per evening.  This may include written homework assignments, projects, studying for tests, reading, reviewing daily work etc.  Students are encouraged to do their homework at home in an undisturbed environment.

 

Students are also encouraged to ask their teachers for help if difficulties should arise.  Teachers are happy to make extra time, as needed, for their students.  Mrs. Horsman is available before and after school for help with questions.

 

If homework is inadequately done, teachers may detain students after school until 4:00 p.m. to complete the work.  If the student is needed beyond 4:00, the teacher will contact the parent/guardian in advance to advise them.  A detailed Holy Ghost School homework policy may be found in the Holy Ghost School student handbook.

 

Agenda books:  Students were required to purchase the school agenda book.  This is a tool, which if properly used, can help students become better organized and better time-managers.  Students are expected to use the agenda each day to record homework assignments, due dates, daily reminders, etc.  Parents are asked to sign the agenda book each night.  This is done in an effort to keep parents informed of the daily goings-on in the school.

 

Evaluation:  Student evaluation will be based on a combination of daily work, tests, projects, exams, etc.  Tests will be sent home with students to be seen and signed by a parent, then returned promptly.  Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if they wish to discuss test results.  This process is in place to ensure parents are kept up-to-date on their child’s progress.

 

In January, all students will write exams in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies.  These exams will comprise 20% of the second term mark.

 

Students who have received an overall grade of at least 80% in all of these five subjects will be placed on the Honour Roll in the first and second term.  In June, students who have maintained an 80% average throughout the year in these subjects will receive an Honour Roll certificate.  If, in a given subject, a student has received an overall grade of 80% or more, the student may be exempt from writing that particular June exam.

 

If students do not receive a final passing grade (50%) in a major subject, they will be referred to summer school.

 

Vacations:  As the expectations in grades 7 and 8 are considerable, it is advised that students not miss school days for vacations.  Whenever possible, please arrange family vacations during the above stated vacation periods.  In particular, do not plan vacations during exam times or during science fair times.

 

This information is meant to help you and your child have a successful school year and to prepare them for the expectations of high school.  It is our hope that all of our students will have the tools required to enter the high school of their choice when they leave Holy Ghost School.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact teachers at the school at 582-1053 or email me at fhorsman@holyghostschool.ca.


If parents have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Horsman through the school office or by email at: fhorsman@holyghostschool.ca



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