We've got a lot on the go this November! We began the month with a school-wide field trip to the Taber swimming pool, an assembly that featured some great theatrics from a few Jr. High students, and a Huntsville volleyball tournament for all students in grades 6-12.
As fast paced as the first couple weeks have been, we have no intentions to slow down! Upcoming events we are looking forward to include: the Student Leadership Conference on November 14th, the Barons/Carmangay Volleyball tournament on the 21st, and report cards/Parent Teacher Interviews on November 22nd.
We would also like to remind students and parents that the breakfast program is up and running. We will no longer be keeping fruit in classrooms for snacks. Students are encouraged to bring their own healthy snacks to the school.
Winter is on its way, make sure you dress for the weather.
Students should bring: indoor shoes, winter boots, mitts or gloves, a toque, and a coat.
Grade 1/2 with Ms. Moulding
It’s been a great start to the year in grade ½. We have a great class and are doing lots of learning.
In reading, we have been working on strategies to help us begin to read books. We have been practicing pointing to the words as we read and using the pictures to help us with words that we do not know.
In writing, we just finished our unit on writing like scientists. We studying different objects and then wrote descriptions.
In math we have learning about patterns. We learned how to create a pattern, make a pattern longer, and fix mistakes in patterns.
In social studies we have been talking all about our families. The students have really enjoyed talking about what makes their families special.
In science, we learned all about colour and what happens when you mix different colours together. We are now busy learned all about fall. We have talked about what animals do in the fall.
Grade 2/3 with Miss Easthope
We have had a great start to the school year with lots of great things happening!
In Reading: Lots of growth already! Students are encouraged to read nightly out of their book bags. They are focusing on making sure the words they read match the words they read.
In Writing: We are wrapping up our Narrative Writing Unit. Please look for their completed stories to arrive home any day. They are excited to share them with you.
In Math: We work on every part of the Math curriculum every day. Grade 2/ 3 is full of Mathematicians. Ask them to do their Math cheer for you.
In Science: Students are loving learning about Magnets.
In Social Studies: We have begun to look at different parts of Canada and how each region is the same or different from us. They are also able to identify what Town, Province, Country, and Continent that they live in.
November Kindergarten Newsletter
It has been great seeing all the enthusiasm of the boys and girls as we moved through another month of school.
I can’t wait to see what November brings.
Just a reminder:
We go outside every day, so please remember to dress for the changing weather.
THEME: Our themes for November are Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes
In Language Arts we will be doing literacy activities that revolve around the stories: Goldilocks and The 3 Bears, The 3 Little Pigs and The 3 Billy Goats Gruff. The boys and girls will also be working on rhyming words.
In Math we are learning about shapes and numbers.
In Science we will be learning about magnets.
In Social the boys and girls will continue to work in their ALL About Me booklets.
In Gym our class will be playing “What time is it Mr. Wolf?” and going through an obstacle course.
Our Kindergarten Fridays for this month are November 2 and November 16.
See you for Parent/Teacher interviews,
Grade 3/4 with Mrs. Yanke
Grade 3/4 students are really focusing on improving their reading skills. We strongly encourage students to read at home every night. Students are keeping busy with Four Corner Soccer Intramurals and the Let’s Move it Club.
In Math, students are studying 2-D Shapes and learning about the properties of polygons, comparing angles and transformations.
In Science, we will be starting the Waste in our World unit that focuses on understanding where our waste goes, and what types of waste are biodegradable or recyclable.
In Language Arts, students are starting a playwriting unit that will delve into reader’s theatre and script writing conventions. There will be multiple opportunities for students to engage in collaborative play writing projects that will be performed for other classes!
We are just starting the novel “The Bad Beginning,” book one of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The story follows the adventures of the Baudelaire children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny.
Just a quick reminder to have children dress for winter in the coming months. Winter coats, toques, mittens, scarves, and snow pants are a must for this time of year.
Grade 4/5 with Mrs. Laturnus
October really flew by! In Math, we finished our Place Value unit and are now working on Adding and Subtracting. In Science we are finishing our Weather unit and the students wrote their first research report. In Social we are learning about Alberta. Students should continue to read at home as much as possible!
Math / Science
A big thank you to our 8/9 leadership students who have been working to bring Howler spirit to life here at Huntsville through morning announcements and the promotion of spirit days. Our next spirit day will be Pajama Day on December 7th! Don't forget to dress up!
In LA we have finished the basics of good grammar and writing which will be put to the test as students write descriptive, well structured stories about someone they consider a hero. In reading, students are working on literature circles and will be starting a new monthly reading assignment that asks them to read a nonfiction passage, answer comprehension questions, and eventually to create an art piece.
Students are writing impressive fictional narratives with developed characters, scenes, and worsening problems, while trying to create drama and voice in the texts they produce. They have also begun their first literature circle. Our next teacher read will be Fatty Legs which is an autobiographical book about a First Nation girl's experience in residential school.
Students are beginning their study of the First Nations people who helped Europeans overcome Canada's climate and geography. They started the unit by studying traditional First Nations stories. The goal of the unit is for students to recognize similarities and differences in Canada's First Nations groups, and how these groups helped Canada become what it is.
Students are exploring worldview in a number of ways. They are currently working on a social paper that compares their own worldview to the worldview of a fictional island society. Once the basics of worldview have been developed, students will be studying Japan's worldview and creating presentations to explain it.
November got off to a great start with our 6/7 class hosting the assembly to kick off our Christmas Food Drive. Big thanks to all the students that helped out and especially Linna and Joanna for acting as the MC’s.
In math this month we will finish a unit on Number Relationships and then move onto Integers. By the end of the month we will move onto Fractions, Ratios, and Percent and hopefully have those finished prior to the Christmas vacation.
Students just finished up their unit on Trees and Forests in grade 6 while grade 7 students completed a project on endangered species. This month will see us begin work on Air, Aerodynamics, and Flight. The unit will begin with a project on various types of machines that fly.
Students are finishing a unit on fractions and rational numbers. We will then move into several unit dealing with various types of algebraic concepts that will take us into the New Year.
Students finished a unit on integers and are now working on percents before moving into ratio and proportion prior to the break.
Students just wrapped up a major unit on environmental chemistry. The class will now compete a unit on biological diversity and hope to have that finished before the Christmas break.
Junior High PE
Volleyball is the big focus in our PE class this month. Students recently completed a Huntsville In-house Tournament with students grouped into mixed grade teams in the 6-8 division and a 9-12 division. The students are really looking for the trip to Barons and Carmangay Volleyball Tournament on November 21. It is our hope that the grade 6/7 class will be able to head into Picture Butte to curl for one afternoon a month. This is tentatively scheduled to begin at the end of November. More info to come.
Huntsville School was built in 1941, with additions in 1951 and 1958, as well as improvements in 2013. We currently have just over 170 students with a staff of about 20. We were recently approved for a replacement of our school and are waiting for ground to be broken for the new building, In the meantime, we continue to grow.
Traditionally, Huntsville has been a K-9 school, but in 2018 we opened a distance learning high school for students in grades 10-12 in need of flexible programming. As our school continues to grow, there are more and more opportunities for students to participate in the school community.
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