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A Fond Farewell to Cardinal Heights!

 

I got a nice little package in the mail from my friends at Cardinal Heights. Thank you so very much for your kind words and well wishes. Although Cardinal Heights is closing and you will all go your separate ways, it’s the memories that you take with you that are the most important of all.

I remember that I was in the very last graduating class at the Old Saltfleet High School in Stoney Creek. The building is long gone, but those memories are still the same. I can still remember my friends, the teachers and most of all the experiences. I will also have fond memories of Cardinal Heights. you guys were a big part of my life – thank you all.

Good bye Cardinal Heights you will always be in my memories.

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Learning in Dundas Valley

Learning in the classroom is an essential and time-honored aspect of the educational experience. We have all sat in the classroom, working on our writing and math, looking out the window – on a beautiful day, wondering what was happening outside. Well one beautiful day in May we decided to take the classroom outside to Dundas Valley Conservation Area for some much need experiential learning.

For as long as I have taught with HWDSB I have been venturing out to Dundas Valley Conservation Area to work with my friends Beth Stormont of the Hamilton Conservation Authority and Sandy Root of Down to Earth Environmental Education. My very first experience teaching in the natural environment was with Sandy. We began working together way back in 1996 when I was hired by her as a camp counselor for Canterbury Hills Camp. Her message has always been consistent – ‘learn and explore the world in which we live.’ She has always discussed the need to learn about natural habits and the need to conserve them for future generations.

In school we can learn about the science and biology of animals through text books. We can learn about conservation and the need to reduce our environmental footprint by watching documentaries, but until you smell, see, and touch the beauty of the environment around you it’s difficult to fully understand and put into practice true environmental stewardship.

When we arrived on May 8 we greeted by Sandy and visited the new classroom found next door to Dundas Valley Trail Center. We had the opportunity to view various specimens and artifacts. We spent a great deal of time learning about the breeding grounds of salamanders and the importance of protecting their habits. Our lesson culminated in venturing to the small vernal pools where we conducted a salamander rescue project and the results were inspiring…

Sandy's new classroom

Sandy’s new classroom

Lucas with a hawk feather

Lucas with a hawk feather

 

Identifying salamander species

Identifying salamander species

Identifying a Jefferson Salamander, endangered speices.

Identifying a Jefferson Salamander, endangered species.

Teaching about the salamander habitat

Teaching about the salamander habitat

Ashley and Mrs. Maximo rescuing a spotted salamander

Ashley and Mrs. Maximo rescuing a spotted salamander

Mr. Melmer protecting the salamander habit reducing the need for salamander rescue

Mr. Melmer protecting the salamander habit reducing the need for salamander rescue

Log rolling (there was plenty of time for goofying around!)

Log rolling (there was plenty of time for goofing around!)

 

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Art Inquiry Part 2

Students have just begun the stage of receiving feedback about their art pieces. Many students have engaged in the process that we like to refer to as the ‘hot seat’ to get feedback from friends. Students give each other constructive feedback and may choose whether or not to act upon that feedback. The result : engaging and unique art pieces created by each student..

Carter is deep in thought contemplating his next addition to his piece…



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Art Inquiry Day

Over the course of the last two weeks we have learned about art forms and artists. After our virtual trip to the Museum of Modern art, we each focused on an art form that interested us. 

Today we are putting into practice what we have learned and are creating our own creative art pieces!

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Fractions – Comparing Fractions

Here is a quick video on how to compare unlike fractions.

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Digital Day in Mr. C’s Academy

Today students have immersed themselves in digital technology. So far we have gone to the Museum of modern art, taken an Art quiz using the app Nearpod, have answered a math question using screen capturing technology and posted our math responses to our online course at The Hub!

          

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Finding Algebraic Expressions

Make sure to go over these tutorials to study for tomorrow’s quiz on Algebraic Expressions, T-tables and Linear Graphs.

Please enjoy Maddy’s tutorial on how to use a t-table to find an expression for an increasing pattern.

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Algebra – Table of Values

Thanks Petar and Nathan for sharing your response of the following problem…

Bryson’s Fish tank is leaking at 6 PM there are 24 L of water in the tank. At 7 PM there are 20 L and it 8 PM there are 16 L.

How many liters of water leak out each hour? How many readers will be left in the tank at 10 PM? how many hours will it take for all of the water to leak out?

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Growth Mindset

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Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from our haunted academy!

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