Snapshot: April 16-27, 2018

Dear Knights,

Excitement is in the air as Spring (finally) approaches!

We’ve tackled a lot of poetry in English with 7F1 and 7F2. We finished all eight rounds of poetry competition and have begun the semi-finals. During voting today, some students mentioned they weren’t at all surprised the more “popular” poems were winning, so I shared the vote count, which, in all cases, were extremely close. Some students even wrote on their ballots: “This isn’t my favourite one, but I know it will win.” It made for a great teachable moment about the power of a vote! Check out the leaders:

If voting on poetry wasn’t enough, students also wrote, revised, and published their own poems this week! The process began with submitting two poems for feedback, where students received tips on how to increase figurative language, symbolism, or creative vocabulary. Using this feedback, students published their poem and chose colours, images, or symbols to best represent. Check the Instagram feedback next week for the final products.

I was sick and had to be away for a few days these past two weeks, which has resulted in a bit of a pause with our feature articles. Students will get those back next week with content- and structure-related feedback, and we will move toward revision, editing, and publishing.

Finally, we began our Underground to Canada novel study by “discussing” slavery in a silent conversation on big paper to see what we already know about the topic.

In Français with 7F1, students presented the French stories they wrote to accompany photos taken by students in tech class. We also continued our study of imparfait, another past tense used in French. Our verb study has directly impacted our ability to write accurate stories – it’s great to see these concepts applied in context! For instance, groups wrote an ending to a story we read together today and many used both passé composé and imparfait. Bravo!

Last but not least, Mathématiques with 7F2: we completed our study of measurement and began to learn about operations with decimals. With some decimal calculations, we can use calculators, but we need to also know how to do the work by hand when calculating with smaller numbers. We learn and practice the standard algorithm, which is what most family members would have learned at school. Please ask your child to demonstrate a few addition, subtraction, and multiplication questions and help if needed. Division is next! In addition (no pun intended) to decimal operations, we also learned how to read and interpret circular diagrams, which helped with a school-wide Grade 7 activity this afternoon!

I apologize for the delay in publishing last week’s learning snapshot. I hope these posts continue to be helpful and keep you informed about what’s going on in Room 207!

Happy reading!
M. J. Sorokowski


Snapshot: April 9-13, 2018


Dear Knights,

We accomplished a fair bit this week on major projects. Both classes in English worked toward the first check-in for their non-fiction feature articles. The check-in will occur Monday, and students are expected to have a completed article to hand in. They will then receive feedback to improve their article’s structure and content. While we worked on our articles, we also learned about poetry. We are up to Round 4 in our poetry tournament. Which poem will win?

In French, students published their stories this week. We will give them a read next week and celebrate their accomplishments. Our next study will involve graphic novels and comics. Many students wrote mini-comics last year, so our focus this year will be to learn how to read them effectively and how authors/illustrators communicate information through words and images.

Finally, in Mathématiques, we approached the end of our unit on measurement. Students have learned how to calculate the area and the circumference of a circle. And on Friday during the late afternoon, students tackled a tricky question called “La chèvre au ventre creux”. They had to use their knowledge of rectangles and circles to calculate various areas and radii. We will have a quiz at the end next week, and students will receive review materials on Monday.

I’d also like to thank all students who participated in the various commemorative days this week – whether it be Jerseys for Humboldt, Pink Shirt Day, or the Winnipeg Jets Whiteout. Lots of school spirit and solidarity was evident in Ness’s halls.

Happy reading,

M. J. Sorokowski

Snapshot: April 2-6, 2018

Dear Knights,

After a brief hiatus, I am happy to continue my weekly learning snapshot newsletters. I hope you continue to find these informative. We have begun our last stretch of time together in Grade 7, and we are making every moment count!

In English with 7F1 and 7F2, we continued to work on our feature articles. Students had multiple periods to draft. We also discussed how to conduct interviews, and students are now encouraged to make contact with their interview sources. We will negotiate this week the deadline for the first check-in, by which time students should have their article finished. Each student has tracked his or her progress on a bright yellow Accountability Sheet in order to avoid falling behind.


We have also begun in English to explore poetry as part of National Poetry Month. Over the next few weeks, we will listen and read various poems and vote for our favourites, all while analyzing and evaluating the poetry we read. Check out our bracket.

In Français with 7F1, we have finished our drafts of our stories and will be publishing them in the computer lab later this week. Many students wrote inventive stories to accompany the photos taken by students in tech class. It was not an easy process, so I commend students’ creativity! We also continued to review passé composé verbs.

In Mathématiques with 7F2, we continued to learn about measurement. We learned vocabulary to use when talking about circles and built on our knowledge of perimeter to calculate the circumference of a circle. We learned how π represents the relationship between a circle’s diameter and its circumference and how to use it to calculate. Soon, we will calculate the area of circles. We will then move to…fraction operations!

A reminder to students and parents alike that PowerSchool will be updated regularly when assignments are handed in, which will allow you to see what is still missing. Please check regularly – and students, if your name is on the missing-work area of the whiteboard, please make plans to hand everything in.

Happy reading!

M. J. Sorokowski