Category Archives: Classroom

Grade 6-8 Swimming

June 1st, 2016


Dear Parents,  
                                                                                               

Our grade 6-8 classes will be going swimming at Wascana Pool on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. The busses will leave Jack Mackenzie at 12:45 pm and return at 3:15 pm. Please pack a towel, flip flops, sunscreen, bathing suit, water bottle, hat, mosquito repellent and sunglasses. There is a canteen at the pool if you would like to buy treats, but your child will need extra money for this. Please pay $3.00 online before June 10th, 2016 to cover the cost of the trip and sign the permission slip below.

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Kelley Reoch
Kevin Yeske
Angela Scott
Kyle DuMont
Jaime Riou
Jenn Foell


I give _________________________________ permission to swim at Wascana Pool on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016.

Parent Signature _____________________________________________

Confirmation of payment #                                                                           


Grade 6-8 Swimming

June 1st, 2016


Dear Parents,  
                                                                                               

Our grade 6-8 classes will be going swimming at Wascana Pool on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016. The busses will leave Jack Mackenzie at 12:45 pm and return at 3:15 pm. Please pack a towel, flip flops, sunscreen, bathing suit, water bottle, hat, mosquito repellent and sunglasses. There is a canteen at the pool if you would like to buy treats, but your child will need extra money for this. Please pay $3.00 online before June 10th, 2016 to cover the cost of the trip and sign the permission slip below.

Thanks!

Sincerely,

Kelley Reoch
Kevin Yeske
Angela Scott
Kyle DuMont
Jaime Riou
Jenn Foell


I give _________________________________ permission to swim at Wascana Pool on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016.

Parent Signature _____________________________________________

Confirmation of payment #                                                                           


Grade 8 Farewell Info


Thursday, June 2nd, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians of Grade 7 students:

This is a friendly reminder that we need your help to ensure that our Grade Eight Farewell is a success.  As we have done in previous years, the grade seven students and their parents, provide the desserts/dainties and the service for the reception following the farewell ceremony.  This is happening on Tuesday, June 14th.  Many of you have already responded to our original newsletter.  Megan Hunt, Barb Wagner, Linda Forster, Candice Oremba, Katherine Zimmer, Amy Hu and Rae-lyn Snyder, Amy Hu, Karla Sillinger and Nancy Hasapis have all volunteered to take the lead role for organizing the reception on the morning and the evening of the reception.  Their email addresses are:

Megan Hunt
Barb Wagner
Linda Forster
Candice Oremba
Katherine Zimmer
Rae-lyn Snyder
Amy Hu
Karla Sillinger
Nancy Hasapis

  The attached list shows what contributions are being provided from each family.
We do not yet have a commitment to provide dainties/squares from all of our grade seven students.  Remember, next year this event will be for you and at that time you will be taken care of by the grade seven class of next year.  All food items need to be brought to the staff room on the morning of June 14th and they must be entirely nut-free.  Thank you for your assistance.



Sincerely,

Kelley Reoch, Kyle DuMont, Kevin Yeske, Angela Scott


Family Name
Email
Food Item
Volunteer
Aird
Brownies

Alexson



Allen

Vegetable platter

Asghar
Fruit platter

Azam
Fruit tray

Brownell
Dainties

Chai
Fruit

Chen
Fruit tray

Curry

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Flynn
Fruit tray

Forster
Dainties, fruit or veggies
Frisk
Cookies

Galkin
Dainties

Giroux

Dainties

Gloade
Dainties/fruit

Haji Mohammad



Hamming
Veggie tray

Hasapis
Spanakopita/tiropita

Henry
Dainties

Highmoor
Veggies

Hu
Springrolls
Huang
Fruit

Hunt
Dainties
Imre
Brownies

Krause

dainties

Lien
Cookies

Livingston
Fruit tray
Luu
Fruit tray

Mamela

Fruit tray/brownies

McMurchy
Dainties

McNaught



Obrigewitsch
Dainties

Oremba
Dainties
Philson
Dainties

Piasta



Pridmore



Rodrique



Scuppa
Cookies

Shahbaz

Drinks

Sillinger
Puff wheat cake and cupcakes

Snyder
Fruit tray, veggie tray
Teng
Bottles of pop

Varre
Brownies

Venebles
Fruit and veggies

Vindevoghel

Dainty tarts

Wagner
Dainties
Zimmer
Dainties

 

EdTech Changing Conversations

This past Tuesday I took part in a debate. The main debate question was “Does technology enhance our learning?” Well being in an ed tech class I want to agree, but I was challenged with the task of arguing that it does not. To begin I struggled what points are my team and I could even going to stand on? Everyone knows our world is becoming more technological everyday. As a team we decided to meet up and get things started.

I was so thrilled with my teammates  Chalyn and Steve. They came in with a game plan and I thought I would take it to the next level. Instead of using some technology we decided to simply argue our points. We decided that our best bet to win this debate would be to argue that the way technology is being used in classrooms today is not enhancing student learning.

  1. Teachers need more training to know how to use the technology better
  2. The cost is significant
  3. Technology is almost impossible to monitor

So with these we went into our debate. The other team consisting or Erin, Jeremy and Kyle  did awesome as well. Take a peek at their opening argument.

Throughout the debate I was full of anxiety. It was very difficult to balance listening, taking notes, messaging team mates, creating a rebuttal, and changing the closing argument. With all this on everyone’s plate I feel the debate went surprisingly well. I want to thank everyone who worked hard to put it together.

Now for what I have learned. This experience has challenged me to use tech in efficient and effective ways. I feel I am guilty of using tech as a “time filler” on occasion. I feel that some of my practices are not enhancing my students’ learning as much as they could. That was one of the reasons I love the Ed Tech classes that the University of Regina offers. I feel every semester I learn a better way to prepare my students for a future while, they get to enjoy being kids.

This week I enjoyed reading many things about the pros and cons of tech. I especially loved a colleagues blog, The Never Ending EdTech Debate.  He discusses the perfect movements when tech goes wrong, the importance of teacher training, how tech can be a distraction, and how we can use tech to prepare our students for the future. One of his closing points mentions that tech can be a huge enhancement to student learning but, can also be a huge distraction. I completely agree with this.

Life in north american society is always pressuring people to multitask in better ways. The technology that many of us have access to allows us to check emails, listen to music, search up something on the internet all while staying continually connected to social media. Is this a good thing? Are we slowly forgetting how to give our full attention to one thing or one person? While doing my research this week I came across a Ted Talk by Sherry Turkle. I felt it fit into our debate but, we did not have the time to go into length. So I thought I would share it now.

Do you think we are losing the ability to have meaningful conversation? Does this lead to not being able to not have meaningful conversations with ourselves? Will we be able to self reflect? Is this a good or bad thing?

Sherry has really challenged my thinking about how technology is changing our world. I have a need to ensure my students are learning both the technologies that could help them and how to connect with people on a deeper level. What do you think?


Technology does enhance learning, but…

Alright, I have to admit it, I am on the fence for the debate topic last night, but I do think my fence is leaning to the side that agrees with the statement “Technology in the classroom enhances learning”. I feel that there is a large grey area for this debate and I can agree with arguments made from both sides last night. Before I get started I just wanted to send a shout out to the teams who debated last night and say congrats on a job well done. I’m sure it wasn’t easy but you would never know watching you all.

Photo Credit: artorious727 via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: artorious727 via Compfight cc

There are many ways that technology can enhance learning and I agree with some of the points presented last night. I agree that there are many ways that technology can help with students who have disabilities, just as there are so many different ways that we can use technology to transform the way we teach, connect and interact with students in our classrooms. When it comes to technology it seems that the possibilities are almost endless. The problem with having endless possibilities is determining which option is best and just how to implement the new technology into your classroom. How do you know if the app will work for your students? Will it benefit your students? What if you want a class blog but have never blogged before? How do you make it all happen?

Which brings me to the next point brought up last night that I agree strongly with – there aren’t enough trained teachers.  So how do we prepare teachers in order to make them more comfortable with technology? For me personally I think that by the time we graduate with our post-secondary degrees we should have a good technological foundation to build on. There isn’t near enough training at the post-secondary level (at least there wasn’t 10 years ago when I was in University). I think I took one education class that focused on technology and it was taught by Alec (big surprise). Technology needs to be integrated into all education classes in some way or another. If we are expected to integrate it into our classrooms when we start working, then we should be taught to integrate it while we are learning to be teachers. If we were trained a little more as undergrads we wouldn’t have to use PD time to learn and it wouldn’t take up as much of the budget to try get everyone trained.  One last issue with teacher training is that in some ways it almost seems impossible to keep up with everything because technology changes so fast. This video gives you an idea of just how quickly things change.

I firmly believe that simply having computers, iPads or SmartBoards in the classroom does not count as successfully integrating technology in order to enhance learning. If you want to use technology there should be a reason greater than just simply using it to say you use it. Students should be benefiting in someway by using it. I wouldn’t consider having students write an essay on the computer as a way that technology enhance learning. It is making learning more efficient and perhaps more convenient which I suppose you could argue enhances learning, but it is definitely not enriching their learning. There are hundreds of websites, apps and ideas that you can use to integrate technology in order to enhance learning. There is certainly no limit when it comes to integrating technology in the class.

I agree that it can be challenging to integrate technology in the class room especially when it comes to time, money, resources and network connection. For some I am sure that the hassle of integrating it doesn’t seem worth it, but I think that we are only hurting our students when we feel that way. Our students are worth it and we need to continue to look for ways to integrate technology so that students are prepared and successful as they move forward. Although it is challenging, the success that students can have outweighs the challenges of the prep and work to integrate it. If it is done properly, technology is an amazing tool that can enhance learning in our classroom.


Grade 8 Parent Information Night


 
Monday, April 11th, 2016

Dear Parents,

You are invited to attend a parent information meeting regarding the Grade 8 Farewell.  The meeting will be held in the library at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18th , 2016.

Our  Grade 8 Farewell is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14th  , 2016.  Plans are being made to mark the transistion of our Grade 8 students from elementary school to high school.  We hope to see all of you at this very important meeting!

Thank you,

Russ Clarke
Melanie Little
Kelley Reoch
Kevin Yeske
Angela Scott

Kyle DuMont

Day of Pink

Hello Families!

This is a special note to highlight some important events that are happening at Jack MacKenzie next Wednesday, March 2, which will be our school’s Day of Pink. 

-Please dress in Pink!  We are hoping to have our student population in pink or in the Red Cross Day of pink t-shirts that day.
-In the morning, there will be some special anti-bullying activities run by our school Student Leadership Committee.
-In the afternoon, we will be pleased to welcome the members of the Red Cross and Saskatchewan Roughrider Respect Ed Team, who will be sharing a message of anti-bullying.  It is because of the availability of this presentation that we have decided to make March 2 the Jack MacKenzie Day of Pink.
-In the evening, we are so pleased to host our Parent Seminar.  This is an event for YOU, the parents, to learn how you can support your children, in a variety of different ways.  There will be handouts and give-aways in some sessions – please feel free to come to part or all of this evening!