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A message from Form 5

imagesStudents in Form 5 have survived the first few weeks of school with their enthusiasm and energy intact. A scavenger hunt across the Prep buildings and a trip to Norval have helped the students settle in and get to know the faculty, staff and space of UCC.

The scavenger hunt required students to interview adults around the Prep to learn more about the roles and responsibilities for a wide variety of positions at UCC. Students then created organizational structures to represent UCC’s governance. Some organized the roles according to the power of decision-making abilities and others organized roles according to their importance to students’ daily lives. Through a review of writing in paragraph format and the editing process, students are writing rationales to justify their organizational structures.

This work is part of an inquiry unit that explores the idea that governing bodies provide a structure for members of a community. We’re grateful for the federal election and its timing during this unit. The boys asked questions to guide the unit and the election is a hot topic. Our next step is to break down the levels of government — federal, provincial and municipal — so that they have context for the election and their questions. If you haven’t done so already, please read and return the permission form for the Queen’s Park trip.

Students will review the technical vocabulary of number theory such as composite numbers, prime numbers, exponents, factor pairs, square numbers and products this month in math. Students can use the glossary or index of their student reference books to read more about this terminology. Parents are invited to read the “Unit 1: Family Letter” on page three in your son’s study link book (homework journal). We’re completing timed quizzes in class to strengthen your son’s automatic recall of multiplication facts to 12. Please encourage your son to practice these facts using flashcards such as fact triangles or oral drills during the commute home.

We’d like to thank you all for attending the parent information night and we look forward to discussing how your son is settling into Form 5 at the parent-teacher interviews on Tuesday, Oct. 6. In the meantime, we hope to see you all at Association Day this Saturday.