Friday, May 27, 2011

Forensics Story 16:9

The following is a link to a forensics episode on 16:9...

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Grade 8 Math AFL

Parent information on the Math 8  AFL (Assessment For Learning)

Opportunity to Learn Rubrics

print pages 24-47

**If you want to see the ANSWER KEY GO TO PAGE 51-55 for the GRADE 8 Key.
Keep in mind grade 8's, we will be reviewing this practice test for the next couple weeks to ensure you are prepared. For some of the questions, we will be exploring a mini unit of study (surface area and volume).

Assessment For Learning Prep package

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fully Alive Questions - need grade 8 text

Fully Alive – p. 31 “Living in Relationship” All questions due Friday.

Read p. 32-60

Questions for reading. Answer in complete sentences.

1. Explain how parents deal with concerns with their teens (p.39)

2. Name 2 different ways families handle conflicts? (p.41) Why are there different ways to deal with conflict?

3. Explain the 3 forms of abuse that are in the text. How are children impacted by it? (p. 43-45)

4. If you had a chance to make rules, as a parent would, what would you do? Explain 3 considerations you would make... and why. (p. 47-49)

5. What are 5 qualities you have to offer as a friend? Why are these qualities beneficial? (p. 51)

6. Define "moods" and "cliques". Why are these potential "issues" in friendship? (p. 53-55)

7. Read the Biblical passages on p. 60, Deuteronomy and Corinthians... How can you incorporate these passages into your life?

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Current Events and Cpl. H's visit to Rwanda

Social Studies
The following is information about Rwanda and our Canadian connection. As many of you know, Cpl. Hamelin recently visited Rwanda and posted a few comments on regarding her visit.

Read the information below to learn more about a Canadian hero, Romeo Dallaire...

What Affects Quality of Life andThe Importance of Protecting Human Rights

General Romeo Dallaire - Hero of Rwanda
A Quote on Romeo Dallaire -
"Lt.Gen Romeo Dallaire (Ret.)is one of the greatest Canadians alive today. He sacrificed his time and his health for people who live half way across the world. He has great ideas and great standards and is one of my heros. I thank him for everything he has done and given and wish him all of the best." - author unknown 

A compilation of clips from Shake Hands with the Devil. Music is All I Need by Radiohead.

Copy Paste the following URL into your browser window. It's a PBS documentary on Rwanda

Video Clip for Canadian Movie - "Shake Hands with the Devil" (relates to genocide in Rwanda)

Interview from The Hour (CBC)

Video Presentation "Romeo Dallaire - Rwandas Saviour"
* Reviews the events leading up to the genocide and the history behind the fight.
** Warning some images are shocking (newsclips of deaths), please be aware.

Interview with Romeo Dallaire - CBC Radio Archives

"All hell breaks loose in Kigali"    -    Broadcast Date: April 7, 1994
On the evening of April 6, 1994, a plane carrying the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and nearby Burundi is shot down. As news of the presidents' deaths spreads, armed Hutu extremists launch a calculated campaign of terror and begin killing hundreds of Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus.

In this clip from CBC Radio's As It Happens, a shaken Roméo Dallaire describes the scene from Kigali, saying Hutu militias have "gone on a rampage" of "killing, destroying, massacring [and] mutilating."

The following is a Timeline of the Rwanda Genocide

Significant events, statements and decisions that reveal how the United States and the West chose not to act to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

April 7

Hutu gunmen systematically start tracking down and killing moderate Hutu politicians and Tutsi leaders. The deputy to the U.S. ambassador in Rwanda tells Washington that the killings involve not just political murders, but genocide.

The U.S. decides to evacuate all Americans.

Canadian General Romeo Dallaire, head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Rwanda, is told by headquarters not to intervene and to avoid armed conflict.

Day 1

Estimated Death Toll: 8,000

April 9, 10, 11

Evidence mounts of massacres targeting ordinary Tutsis. Front page stories newspaper stories cite reports of "tens of thousands" dead and "a pile of corpses six feet high" outside a main hospital.

Gen. Dallaire requests a doubling of his force to 5,000.

Nearly 3,300 Americans, French, Italians and Belgians are evacuated by troops sent in from their countries.

Day 4

Estimated Death Toll: 32,000

April 15

Belgium withdraws its troops from the U.N. force after ten Belgian soldiers are slain. Embarrassed to be withdrawing alone, Belgium asks the U.S. to support a full pullout. Secretary of State Christopher agrees and tells Madeleine Albright, America's U.N. ambassador, to demand complete withdrawal. She is opposed, as are some African nations. She pushes for a compromise: a dramatic cutback that would leave a token force in place.

Day 8

Estimated Death Toll: 64,000

April 16

The New York Times reports the shooting and hacking to death of some 1000 men, women and children in a church where they sought refuge.

Day 9

Estimated Death Toll: 72,000

April 19

By this date, Human Rights Watch estimates the number of dead at 100,000 and calls on the U.N. Security Council to use the word "genocide."

Belgian troops leave Rwanda; Gen. Dallaire is down to a force of 2,100. He will soon lose communication lines to outlying areas and will have only a satellite link to the outside world.

Day 12

Estimated Death Toll: 100,000

April 21, 22

The U.S. and the entire U.N. Security Council vote to withdraw 90% of the peacekeepers in Rwanda.

At the urging of Human Rights Watch, the White House issues a statement calling on four Rwandan military leaders to "end the violence."

It is the only time during the three months of genocide in which high-level U.S. attention is directed at the genocide leaders.

Day 14

Estimated Death Toll: 112,000

April 25

Gen. Dallaire is down to 450 ill-equipped troops from developing countries. He works to protect some 25,000 Rwandans who are at places guarded by U.N. forces. He still hopes the Security Council will change its mind and send him forces while there is still time.

Day 18

Estimated Death Toll: 144,000

April 27

Pope John Paul II uses the word "genocide" for the first time in describing the situation in Rwanda. This same day, Czechoslovakia and Argentina introduce a draft resolution to the U.N. Security Council that includes the word "genocide."

Day 20

Estimated Death Toll: 160,000

April 28

The press ask State Department spokeswoman Christine Shelly whether genocide is happening. Her response carefully tries to avoid the word: "…we have to undertake a very careful study before we can make a final kind of determination…."

Day 21

Estimated Death Toll: 168,000

May 1

A Defense Department discussion paper, prepared for a meeting of officials having day-to-day responsibility on the crisis, is filled with cautions about the U.S. becoming committed to taking action. The word genocide is a concern. "Be careful. Legal at State was worried about this yesterday -- Genocide finding could commit [the U.S.] to actually 'do something.'"

Day 25

Estimated Death Toll: 200,000

May 3

The U.S. unveils long-planned new peacekeeping doctrine (Presidential Decision Directive 25). In emphasizing the need to establish first what is in the "national interest," it limits U.S. participation in U.N. missions and U.S. support for other nations that hope to carry out U.N. missions.

Day 27

Estimated Death Toll: 216,000

May 5

A Pentagon memo rejects a proposal from Gen. Dallaire and State Department officials to diminish the killings by using Pentagon technology to jam the extremists' hate radio transmissions.

"We have … concluded jamming is an ineffective and expensive mechanism.… International legal conventions complicate airborne or ground based jamming and the mountainous terrain reduces the effectiveness of either option. … It costs approximately $8500 per flight hour … it would be wiser to use air to assist in the [food] relief effort."

Day 29

Estimated Death Toll: 232,000

May 13

Horrified by the scale of the killings, some members of the U.N. Security Council are ready to increase Gen. Dallaire's force. Dallaire's plan is for 5,000 more troops to secure Kigali and create safe havens in the countryside. But the State Department instructs U.N. Ambassador Albright to work to modify the plan. The U.S. wants to create protected zones at Rwanda's border areas, a less risky option for intervening troops.

Day 37

Estimated Death Toll: 296,000

May 17

Six weeks into the genocide, the U.N. and U.S. finally agree to a version of Gen. Dallaire's plan: nearly 5,000 mainly African U.N. forces will be sent in and the U.N. requests that the U.S. provide 50 armored personnel carriers (APCs).

Bureaucratic paralysis continues. Few African countries offer troops for the mission and the Pentagon and U.N. argue for two weeks over who will pay the costs of the APCs and who will pay for transporting them.

It takes a full month before the U.S. begins sending the APCs to Africa. They don't arrive until July.

Day 41

Estimated Death Toll: 328,000

May 25

Seven weeks into the genocide, President Clinton gives speech that restates his policy that humanitarian action anywhere in the world would have to be in America's national interest:

"The end of the superpower standoff lifted the lid from a cauldron of long-simmering hatreds. Now the entire global terrain is bloody with such conflicts, from Rwanda to Georgia. Whether we get involved in any of the world's ethnic conflicts in the end must depend on the cumulative weight of the American interests at stake."

Day 49

Estimated Death Toll: 392,000

June 22

Eleven weeks into the genocide, with still no sign of a U.N. deployment to Rwanda, the U.N. Security Council authorizes France to unilaterally intervene in southwest Rwanda.

French forces create a safe area in territory controlled by the Rwanda Hutu government. But killings of Tutsis continue in the safe area.

Day 77

Estimated Death Toll: 616,000

July 17

By this date, Tutsi RPF forces have captured Kigali. The Hutu government flees to Zaire, followed by a tide of refugees. The French end their mission in Rwanda and are replaced by Ethiopian U.N. troops. The RPF sets up an interim government in Kigali.

Although disease and more killings claim additional lives in the refugee camps, the genocide is over.

Day 100

An estimated 800,000 Rwandans have been killed

Monday, May 16, 2011

Government of Canada Videos and awesome sites...

Government of Canada videos... Here's a start... know any other good videos? E-mail me!

Historica Minutes

RMR - He just sums it up!

Proud to be Canadian! Student created video from Youtube...

Parliamentary System of Canada

Legislation - What the Senate does... officially!

Interview with our new Governor General, Daveid Johnston, on The Hour with George Strombo...

The Senate and Governor General

Who Serves in the Senate?

RMR - Views on the Senate














Monkey's Paw

Wednesday's Lesson - "The Monkey's Paw" - short story by W.W. Jacobs
** If you want to read this short story, just google it... It's a classic!
Students, you will get this handout in class.

Before Reading - About the Author…

1. Where was Jacobs born?

2. What was the name of his first collection of stories?

3. For what work is he best known?

Before Reading – Discussion Questions

1. If you could wish for anything what would it be? What if there were grim consequences or a difficult “trade off” to your wish? Would you still do it? Why do people wish for things in our society?

2. What stories, myths or fairy tales have you read that connect to making wishes or fate?

3. What does the word “fate” mean? People who believe in fate are known as “fatalists”. Some ways fate is predicted include palmistry, numerology or horoscopes. Have you experienced a situation that seemed like fate? How is fate connected to superstition?

During Reading

1. What words and phrases in the passage on page 1 help to create a suspenseful, ominous mood? What images come to mind when you read the passages?

2. What does “mate” mean?

3. Do you find the sergeant-major's story believable? Why or why not?

4. What is a “fakir”?

5. Why is the sergeant-major alarmed?

6. What is a “talisman”?

7. Why doesn't Mr. White know what to wish for?

8. What happens when Mr. White makes his wish?

9. What are the family's feelings about the wish in the morning?

10. How does the first wish come true?

11. Why does Mrs. White want the monkey's paw?

12. What fear does Mr. White have?

13. Why does the man hesitate before making a wish?

14. Why is the man afraid?

15. What was the man's third wish?

16. What is probably upsetting the sergeant-major about the White family's lightheartedness toward the paw?

17. What event reveals the power of the monkey's paw?

18. How is the following statement by Sergeant-Major Morris an example of foreshadowing? "I don't know what the first two were, but the third was for death." *Foreshadowing – when the author presents clues in the story so that the reader knows that a twist of events is yet to come.

19. Explain how Mr. White’s feelings about the monkey’s paw change throughout the story.

After Reading – Respond to ONE question in multi-paragraph form

Does Fate rule our lives or do we have some control over what happens to us? Explain.

If you had the monkey’s paw, what would your three wishes be? List the consequences that may have occurred due to each wish-good and


Chapter 6 Fractions Math Assignments - Grade 8

Ch. 6 Fractions (most recent to least recent listed) - This is an "archive" of what the grade 8's did in the unit.

Test - Thursday, May 12th

p. 236 Chapter Review (Unit 6) - Due: Tuesday, May 10th

Level A: 1 - 6, 9, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20
Level B: all except: 14, 18, 22, 27
Level C: all

p. 238 Practice Test due: Wednesday, May 11th

Level A: 1-5, 6-8, 9. a & c, 10.
Level B: all
Level C: all

6.6 - p. 233
Level A - 1, 2, 4, 6, 11
Level B - 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11-13
Level C - 1-3, 9-10, 14-17

Due: May 10th

Quiz - Fraction concepts 6.1-6.5 Quizzes have been handed back, they need to be signed.

Tuesday, April 19th Assignment - "Get Ready" Handout due: Thursday, April 21st

Level A: 1-2 all, 3. a, c, e, g, 4. a, c, 5. a, c
Level B: 1-5

Level C: 1-6

6.5 Dividing Fractions Assignment - Correct Wednesday, April 20th.

Define/explain the following, due: Thursday, April 14

Basic strategy for dividing
When you multiply a fraction x the reciprocal, what's always the answer?

p. 223 - Copy and Complete the table and do the questions for #5-6.

When you divide a number by a proper fraction, the quotient is _______ then the original number.

Complete the Show you Know questions on p. 224-225.

Summarize and give examples of the key ideas in your words.

Thursday's assignment:

p. 227-229 DUE: Friday, April 15

Level A: 5, 6 (without diagrams), 7, 8, 9 (a and c only), 11, 12, 13

Level B: 5, 6 (without diagrams), 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
Level C: 5, 6 (without diagrams), 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23

6.4 Multiplying Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers p. 216-219

What is a mixed number?
What is lowest terms?

Explain how to convert Improper Fractions to a Mixed Number.

Explain how to convert a Mixed Number to an Improper Fraction.

Show You Know p. 218 and 219 - complete

Summarize the Key Ideas in Your Words (include an example).
Assignment: p. 219-221 Correct - Friday, April 8th

Level A #1-2, 3-9 (only a) and c))

B # 1-2, 4, 5, 6.c) d), 8 b) c) 10-15, 17

C #1-2, 4, 5, 13-21

6.3 Multiplying Improper Fractions Due: Tuesday, April 5th

A - 3 a), b), 4 a), b), 5 a), b) c), 7 and 8

B - 3-7, 8, 9, 10, 11

C - 3-7, 11-15

6.2 Dividing a Fraction by a Whole Number p. 208 due: Thursday, March 30th

Level A - 4. a) c), 5. a) c), 6. a), 7, 9. a), 12

Level B 4, 5, 6, 7, 9-12

Level C 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15

6.2 - Read section, complete the "Show You Know" questions and summarize the Key Ideas in your words due: Tuesday, March 29th.

Handout 6.1 was due March 25th

p. 198 6.1 - was due March 24th.

Complete the "Show You Know" sections for p. 199-200, and summarize the Key Ideas in your own words.


Level A - 4, 6, 7, 11

Level B- 4-12

Level C - 4-10, 13-15

Due: Thursday, March 24

* Be sure to show your work, and TRY every question (that means all calculations and steps). If students do not SHOW ALL THEIR WORK for assignments, they will be expected to REDO THE ASSIGNMENT. If a student does not understand how to do a question, they MUST SHOW an attempt or EVIDENCE OF TRYING THEIR BEST

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Social - Parliament Budget Rick Mercer

Rick Mercer's comment on the Federal Budget...

Check out all the links and videos on the site.