Thursday, December 17, 2015

Pay it Forward 2015

Welcome to your first We Day Magazine Assignment.  This will start you on your journey to make a 2 Minute Magazine by the end of March.  Here is your assignment.

THIS POST AND ASSIGNMENT NEED TO BE COMPLETED BY January 8th 2016. It can be done at your math blog or in Google Slides.

Excerpt from the movie:
"You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how
they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It three more people. Each. So, nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven." He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. "Then it sort of spreads out, see, to eighty-one, then two hundred forty-three, then seven hundred twenty-nine, then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"

Some possible ideas include:
·        Volunteer at a soup kitchen, hospital, care home
·        Clean up your community/school yard/park
·        Donate Food/Clothing/Toys/Books/Christmas gifts
·        Collect new and used toys and donate them to a hospital
·        Help deliver Christmas hampers
·        Make and deliver treat bags for children in hospitals (include pens, notepads, stickers, puzzles, candy, etc)
·        Send care packages for soldiers / write letters to soldiers
·        Become a pen pal with a senior citizen
·        Volunteer to baby-sit for free
·        Write ‘Thank you’ notes to people who have helped you
·        Leave cards or notes in mailboxes, on windshields, or hanging from doorknobs
·        AND LOTS, LOTS MORE!!

These are just possibilities. Students are asked to be creative and try to make a difference in someone’s life.


Title (Your Name)'s Pay it Forward
Labels payitforward, 2minutes2015, username

Your blog post is broken down into 4 parts.(Or Slide Deck)

Part 1(Slide 1)
What is "Pay it Forward". To complete this part please edit and revise the paragraphs that you wrote after watching the movie. 

Part 2 (Slide 2)
What was your Pay It Forward act of kindness?
Why did you choose this activity?
Who did you help?
What did you do?
When did you do you act of kindness?

You need to document your act of kindness.  Please make sure you have a photo or video of you "Paying It forward".

Part 3 (Slide 3)
How did your act of kindness go?
What Happened?
How did you feel?
How did the person or people react?
Did you ask the person or people to "Pay It Forward"?
How did they react to your request?
If you did not ask the person to "Pay It Forward" how come?

Part 4 (Slide 4)
Why is the idea of "Pay it Forward" important?
Has your act of kindness made a difference?

Friday, June 19, 2015

Manitoba Marathon 2015

Dear Parents

Once again Marathon Week is upon us.  Your student has been training for Sunday’s Marathon for over 9 weeks.  In that time they all have run over 100 miles each.  This is a tremendous accomplishment.  They are all ready to run this weekend.

What the Relay is
Every team will consist of 5 runners. Each runner will start from an exchange point and run between 4 to 6 miles.  They finish at a second exchange point and hand off to the next student. Each runner need to be at their exchange points on time to make the relay work.

The Marathon starts at 7:10 am and the last runner should be done before noon. Mme Tetrault and I will be running the half marathon and will see the teams finish the race.  We are unable to drive students to their exchanges.  It is up to parents to get their students to the race.

Parent Responsibilities
Parents need to get their student to the relay exchange on time.  Please plan to be at your checkpoint 20 minutes before the time I have provided.  Parking and driving to these points will be tricky so plan in advance.

To prepare for Sunday we advise that you go to the relay exchange points in advance to plan a route.  Remember many roads will be closed due to the race. Practicing getting to both the starting exchange point and finishing exchange point.  

Once a relay participant has run their leg they may go home.  They do not need to go to the University of Manitoba and be present at the finish.

Student Responsibility
All information provided to you this week needs to get home to your parents.  It will also be posted at the

Please read the Marathon Handbook.  It contains all the information you need to be successful on Sunday.  

You need to know the phone numbers of people on your relay team.  If something happens it is important to call them if something goes wrong….. but nothing will go wrong.

Mme Tetrault and Mr Harbeck are available for phone calls during the week. Do not hesitate to call. 7758985

Mr. Harbeck
Mme Tetrault
Marathon Coaches

Here is the spreadsheet with your times and predicted arrival at your exchange points

Enjoy the day

Harbeck and Tetrault

Monday, May 25, 2015

First Drafts 2 Minutes to Make a Difference 2015

Here are the first drafts.  Please leave comments behind.  Any suggestions will be used by the students to create better Final Cut Videos.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Final Movie Classes

We only have three 2 Minutes to Make a Difference classes left.  You need to have you movie posted to the spmathgr8 youtube account by next week.  Here is what is needed in your movie upload.

Next week we will go over the movies and make suggestions for improvements.

Accepted projects are Powerpoint Movie, iMovie, Windows Movie Maker... Please have them uploaded ASAP.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Moose Jaw Band and Choir Trip 2015

Wow another Band and Choir trip in the books.  I am writing to say how privileged I was to accompany 52 Sargent Park students to Moose Jaw.  At no point in this trip did they disappoint.  In fact I would have to say that they were some of the best ambassadors this school has ever produced.

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In every venue, in every restaurant and outing the comments were always the same.  These are great kids.  Wow your kids are amazing.  We are sitting on the bus giving the kids “what for” before entering yet another hotel and the adults seeing them all lined up and quietly waiting for their rooms comment on their behaviour.  “Best group of kids I have ever had in my 20 years in the hotel business”.  

Waiting for Rooms 1 This really puts into perspective what we get to teach on a daily basis.  WE HAVE AMAZING KIDS.

I want to praise the hard work that Cristina and Kara have done with these students.  They have bought into the music program with vigor and effort and you can tell that they love to be musical.  

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Kara’s band sounded great and by the time they got to their last song they were absolutely hitting many of the complicated notes with style and grace.  
Phew we did good I have attached many videos to this post and you cannot see Janette in back row but she had “clappers”. I do not know the proper term for them but every time she got to play them she would jump up and smile a smile that was so large that you could see it all over the theatre.  

Music is such a part of many students lives at Sargent Park we are lucky to have teachers that love their job and get the most out of our talented students.

The next day we loaded up the instruments and the choir got to sing.  We went to a great old United Church in Downtown Moose Jaw.  Stuck in the family waiting room the choir practice their songs with Kara and Juliane D playing on a 1934 upright piano.  

Choir time 2 The kids were really sounding good.  They entered the church for their performance. 
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The piano played and they sounded terrific.  

Turn the page please The choir soldiered through their first song and then got ready to sing Coldplay’s The Scientist.  Having heard the choir prepare in the family room I was ready for anything.  

I was not prepared for how awesome they sounded.  When the sopranos came in tears started to roll down my cheeks.  They sounded so good in this church.  The smiles on their faces singing a song they loved to sing was so evident.  The passion of their teachers came through with their singing and playing while we were away.

When you are on a trip with 52 kids and it is easier than dealing with your own 3 at home you know that our school, teachers, community and parents are doing a terrific job.

Abby Road?

I am proud to have been on this trip.  I enjoyed my hotel room all by myself, though I did share it with the base amp one night but I do wonder why I was paid to do this.  
We are educators because we love to help kids.  I would have to say that this weekend the kids helped me.  They showed me what greatness is.  They were Sargent Park.  

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So the next time we have a meeting or a gathering with other people in our profession you need to remind them that we teach Sargent Park Kids.  They are some of the most special kids in the world.  

Thank you for the opportunity to be on this trip.  I will remember it forever as a highlight of my teaching career.  I have been teaching for a long time!! That is saying something.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Music for 2 Minutes Project

We are starting to wrap up the 2 Minutes Movie project.  Please visit thses two sites to get music for your project.


Free Music Archives

Remember to include in your credits the URL, Artist and name of song. 

Thank you for using CC music you are allowed to use.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Monday, April 06, 2015

Putting your 2 Minutes Movie Together

A brief recap.....

You should already have all your information gathered for this project.  You now need to organize it in to a Movie Story Arc.

While the movie arc is the same for all projects how many points you use will be up to you.  I recommend less than 16 points of information for the entire 2 minutes.

To start off your movie you need to  Identify your issue and hook us on Why we should care. You need to be specific here.  Do not just say poverty is bad talk about your specific topic and why we need to pay attention.  I recommend between 5 and 6 pieces of information to hook us here.  This is the upswing in the Movie Story Arc and takes us up to the top of the plateau.  The points you choose should gain in importance as we climb the arc to the top.

Most important points are at the top of the arc.  You now have our attention.  You need to hit us hard with information that is shocking and disturbing.  These points are why there is an issue at play.  Do not use more that 3 to 4 points to make your point.

Now that we care about your topic you need to give us information about How we can make a difference.  What agencies are out there that we can donate to or volunteer for.  As grade 8 students how do WE make a difference? You also have to tell us how you made a difference.  You will briefly describe what you did and show evidence of your work.

The final part of your movie you go back to your information.  You can either repeat  your most important points or you can use new points to keep us hooked.  This is an important part of your movie. Do not end with a fizzle but with a bang. Inspire use to make a difference.  This is why you are making a movie in the first place.

Next week Media:)

See you then.


Monday, March 09, 2015

Parent Portfolio Feedback

Please paste this embed code as the last part of the wiki.  It is a feedback form for your parents to fill out.  Thank you.

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Parent Feedback

Then use the widgit and paste this code into the wiki

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Parent quiz part 2

For kids in Math Support here is an alternate Parent quiz

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Things to get done for your Portfolio

Here is the list of things that needs to be done for your portfolio at Wikispaces.

Language Arts

  • Black Violin
  • Links to quick write 1 at Google Drive
  • Links to quick write 2 at Google Drive
  • Links to My Story at Google Drive
  • My Story video from Youtube
Social Studies
  • Postcard from Wonder of the world
  • Personal Timeline
Me to We
  • Pay it Forward (Google Presentation)
  • We Day Quotes  (Google Presentation)
  • 2 Minutes to Make a Difference  (Google Presentation)
  • Timeline presentation
  • Math Movies
  • Kinetic Typography Movie
Help each other out! Let's get all of this into the wiki!!  If you get it all done continue your 2 Minutes Research.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Parent Quiz 2015

Here is the embed code

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Math Fraction Question

Please answer the question in the comments.  You will need to show your work tomorrow.

Billy works as a chef.  He has to cook a pasta dinner for 16 guests.  He has 3 1/2 packages of pasta.  If a pasta dinner uses 1/4 of a package, does he have enough pasta? solve the problem 2 different ways.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

January 28th Computer things to do!

CC image

Hey gang here is what you should be working on today...

A) 2 Minutes to Make a Difference Movie (Google Presentation)

  • Complete your 10 to 15 points on all topics at Free the Children.
  • Once you have completed all of the information gathering you need to choose one topic to become an EXPERT on.  Use the extra links to find more information.  REMEMBER every time you go to another website copy the link before you are taking points.
  • By next class you should have all information from the Free the children site completed.

B) Black Violin (Google Presentation)

This presentation should be embedded at your wiki portfolio by now.  Make sure it is under the Language Arts section of your wiki

C) My Story

You should be typing your My Story in a Google Document.  Final formatting will be provided to you at a later time.

This is plenty to work on today.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Black Violin

Attached at this Flickr Album you will find some photos from the Black Violin performance from Friday.  Please use the photos and videos for your project.

You need to do the following for this assignment.
  1. Create a Google Presentation and make it public. Title it Black Violin 2015
  2. You will need to use 5-6 slides
  3. Slide 1 is a title slide use a picture and the Title of your assignment
  4. Slide 2 is the first paragraph you wrote
  5. Slide 3 is the second paragraph you wrote
  6. Slide 4 is another picture
  7. Slide 5 is a movie from the spmath youtube channel
Make sure your presentation is public, small and get the embed code. Place your presentation under the Language Arts portion of your EPortfolio at wikispaces.


Lowest Common Multiple and Greatest Common Factor

Here is a video to help out with our discussions on LCM and GCF.

Greatest Common Factor

Greatest common factor exercise: Find the biggest number that will divide into the given 2 numbers. This is called the GCF or greatest common factor.No worries, we'll show you how to do it.

Least Common Multiple

Least common multiple exercise: We're practicing finding the least common multiple in these example exercises. We'll teach you the prime factorization approach which is a pretty nifty way to find the lcm (least common multiple).

Practice along with the Academy.  Enjoy