Mrs Leah – 2023/24

Term 2, Week 7

This week was an exciting week for HSF as we had our official opening! Students participated in an assembly Wednesday and were able to mingle and mix with important figures of Ulsan and the international school community. A special thank you for parents who were able to attend!

In English we started our novel study of SE Hinton’s ‘The Outsiders”. Students are charged with reading the assigned chapter each night in order to fully participate in class. We had a review of the book’s time period and the cultural influences and references, investigated the affect of point of view on the audience and how we can judge the reliability of the narrator, and revisited how works of fiction follow plotlines. So far everyone has had a great time and become emerged in the story; it brings a tear to a teachers eye to hear students making references to the book we are reading in their side conversations and jokes!

For math we finished up our unit on angles and started using our new maths curriculum ‘White Rose Maths’. It is very ‘bite sized’ and allows students to focus on smaller tasks that culminate into a bigger picture. While students have already been working at their year level in the Cambridge workbooks, now they are separately instructed as well. They will continue to use Cambridge question sets for homework, but be sure that the questions are in line with what we have learned in class.

Our subject lessons have been in theme with our new IMYC unit: Discovery. In this unit student focus on the big picture idea of ‘finding out new things is a human driver and affects things for better or worse’. We talked about what it means to discover, recent life discoveries we have made ourselves, and how we can ‘fall down the rabbit hole’ when searching for information. This unit will have a great deal of research involved so we will also be focusing on research skills, finding credible sources, using citations, and perfecting our written outcomes.

Term 2 Week 7 Homework

English –
– Catch up on reading ‘The Outsiders’ if needed, chapters 1-3.
– You will need to read chapter 4 by Tuesday the 27th, so you can read ahead.
Digital Notebook due MONDAY the 26th. Reading Response Question, Interpretive Question, and Vocabulary study for chapters 1-3.
– Remember: full paragraph answers, as many sentences as your year (7,8,9…) or more, and use textual evidence to support your ideas if you can!

Maths-
– Cambridge Unit 9.1 on Sequences.
Year 7s: numbers 1 – 16
Year 8/9s: numbers 1-14
– Write your answers CLEARLY in either your blue maths notebook or on a separate piece of paper that can be attached to your notebook.
– These exercises are due by Thursday; you will have some in class time to work on them, but you will also be starting 9.2, so don’t wait until the last minute.

Next week we will start research projects in History and Science, anticipate doing some work during next week on these subjects.

-Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Novel Study: Weeks 7-12

A quick mention that we are doing a novel study on ‘The Outsiders’ by SE Hinton from now until the end of the term. This will require students to read assigned chapters during the week.

It it very important for students to complete the reading to be able to participate in the next day’s lesson.

Students also have a digital notebook with two questions to answer and some vocabulary words to define and use in a sentence for each chapter. Reading response and interpretive questions are expected to be answered in full paragraph form, with at least as many sentences as the students year group (year 7 – 7 sentences, year 8 – 8 sentences, etc.) We discuss the themes and ideas of the questions in class, so everyone should have an idea as to what is being asked. The questions are personal opinion in nature, but use of details and examples of the book, including quotes, is highly encouraged. Spelling and grammar should be checked as well.

The digital notebook should be completed by the Monday of the next week for each of the chapters read the previous week. For example, week 7 students will read chapters 1 and 2, and chapter 3 over the weekend. On Monday of week 8, chapters 1-3 are due in the digital notebook.

The digital notebook is linked on the English Google Classroom.

This will be the English Homework unit the end of term 2, so students will note receive additional paper homework on Fridays.

Thank you,

Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Week 6, Term 2

Everybody is about back in class after the holiday/bout of influenza going around!

This short week was one to catch up and finish up on our IMYC Consequences Unit. 6 weeks has already passed somehow, so it is time to start or next unit: Discovery. Right on time, as this Friday we are sending out progress reports from term 1 and the first half of term 2. Next week I will have availability for parent-teacher conferences after Wednesday and into week 8. Please click the link and select a time:

https://calendar.app.google/3A43HNzbenvdc83J8

Also, please have students wear the School Uniform to school on Monday AND Wednesday. Red or blue is fine. Mr. Green would like to take some video clips Monday, and Wednesday is the School’s Grand Opening event.

In English we finished our transactional writing unit with writing instructions for a romantic Valentines Day date. Then, students grouped up and pitched, planned, wrote, peer edited, and digitally formatted a newspaper with various story types. Everyone was very involved in their writing and worked collaboratively.

In math we picked back up with angles and practiced drawing our own angles on strait lines, tringles, parallelograms, and trapezoids. As I was out last week and the extended weekend, the unit test has been moved to Monday to give everyone a change to review their notes over the weekend.

For History we engaged in a bit of flipped classroom where we reviewed the homework that covered the end of WWI and the Paris Peace Conference. We discussed the repercussions on Germany, the US struggle to stay involved in the League of Nations, and the effects of the war on Europe. Students closed this unit with a brief ‘Exit Ticket’ where they brain-dumped what they knew about two of the events we covered this unit; the crusades, the reformation, and the Paris Peace Conference. Then, they had to compare and contract the two in a written statement.

Science was a quick wrap up of a few more force types which culminated in a short, multiple choice/short answer, very generous unit test. For the most part everyone earned their salt!

ICT and PSHE morphed into a more catch-up and complete work sessions, so we will be picking back up on content starting next week. We did manage to have a bit of fun on Valentines Day however where students used Canva to create love (or anti-love) themed posters to practice formatting text and graphics on a design template.

Homework:

As we have finished a unit, the home work is light. Please be sure to study for the Angles Unit test Monday!

  • Angles in Parallel Lines – A Parallel Problem (use your knowledge of angle types!)
  • Yr 7 Calculating Angles in Triangles / Yr 8 Calculating Angles in Quadrilaterals
  • Valentines Day Around the World Reading Comprehension
    • Look up the definitions of the vocabulary words or use context clues in the text to define the word
    • Read the text and answer the questions
Posted by

Week 5, Term 2

Week 5 already over?! We have an extra long weekend this week, remember no school Friday February 9th and no school Monday February 12th due to Lunar New Year.

This past week I have been very ill and needed to stay home. Many students were also out sick all week, and sadly the school had to cancel its Lunar Celebration plans. I appreciate everyones patience and understanding, and special thank you to Mr. Green and Ms. Temple for covering my classes! Please be careful out there; was hands regularly, eat well, dress warm, and isolate yourself if you have symptoms of sickness!

Next week we will be back to business, so I will be sure to get plenty of pictures of our learning fun. 🙂

For homework, I assigned two assignments on Google Classroom that were started in class. If they were not finished, please be sure to do them by next Tuesday! All the instruction are posted in detail, please email me if you have any questions.

  • English: write a diary entry then rewrite it as a blog post (In a Google Doc)
  • History: Review the slides and fill out the organizer with the needed information
  • Math: Khan Academy assigned tasks on Angles (this is optional).

Have a wonderful weekend, take care, and see you all on Tuesday!

Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Term 2, Week 4

Most of my students were out and away on their wonderful ski trip this week, so here are some pics of them hitting the slopes:

Meanwhile, for those cool enough to stay with me here at school, we played on our new math program Sumdog and did a Kahoot review on the 4 basic operations in math. We analyzed some song lyrics looking for various types of figurative language, created a book poster in the style of a review for the library, and undertook a lengthy project in creating a music video for one of the songs analyzed in English. I ideas was to demonstrate the emotion of the song in-line with Mr. Morgan’s class IPC unit. It was a lot of fun!

On Thursday, everyone was a bit tired but happy to be back. We did some travel writing to reflect on the trip (or our last trip!) using the subjective while being informative and entertaining.

In Math we did the Sumdog diagnostic assessment which was a great tool to assess where everyone is at currently and where we can focus to build our skill level and fill any knowledge gaps. On Friday we also looked at angles within triangles and practiced finding interior and exterior angles.

The rest of the crew were interested in making a book review poster of their own, so we finished those up to help deck-out the library wall in style. Some of us are having a very difficult time finishing task in the set amount of time. I was disappointed home may students failed to finish in an hour, and then return to school with them still unfinished when assigned as homework.

Speaking of homework…

Week 4 Homework:

Math

  • Angle Properties 
  • Cut, sort, and glue angles

English

  • Spot the Grammatical errors
  • If I Could live anywhere writing exercise
    • Once you answer the questions, put the information together in paragraph form. 
    • Remember an essay has an introduction, body, and conclusion. 

History

  • The Outbreak of WWI Reading Comprehension with questions
    • This will help you understand our History topic come Tuesday! 
    • I recommend you complete this before then 😀

As of this term, I am recording much of the homework in Google Classroom. Be sure to do your best work, complete each assignment, and you may annotate anything with questions. 

Next week we will be back to our usual schedule, so rest up!

Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Term 2, Week 3

This week we kept busy despite the cold temperatures outside. Everyone was excited about the upcoming trip on Monday – if you are attending, please be sure to be there for the bus at 6:45! Mr. Green sent out the details in the HFS Newsletter.

In English we talked about the future of education and the work force with AI in our topical talk. It was interesting to hear their opinions, mostly positive, on the idea of AI being used for good over nefarious. We also continued to work within our news media theme and looked at opinions and reviews. Everyone was able to voice their opinions on hypothetical school changes and review a product in 280 characters or less! We also looked a bit at the relationship of advertising with the media and how copy writers can use words to sell products.

For our ICT lessons we have been looking at fair use of items online. Students explored the differences between copyright, public domaine, and what constitutes fair use to stay ethical and legally responsible online. We also spent some time caretaking our digital portfolios to continue adding to them throughout the school year.

In maths we worked with angles, reviewing angles on a strait line and around a point. We went through the glossary of terms for various types of angles and the patterns in their shape we can easily recognize. Everyone was able to complete their work by Friday so we are able to pick up again next Thursday after the ski trip.

We finished our brief overview the crusades and jumped a couple hundred years into the 1500’s to the Protestant Reformation. We looked at how the long term effects of the crusades contributed to the radical act of Martin Luther in 1517. We also linked religious this upheaval to social and political events such as the migration of Europeans to the New World, the inquisition, witch hunts, and the separation of England from the Catholic Church.

Our focus in Science was friction, and gravity and weight. Monday we did an experiment to test the strength of applied force and static friction with post its. We wove each page to gather then attempted to pull them apart! Students also took park in a mini lab to apply their knowledge and utilize critical thinking to answer questions and think through scenarios. There was bit of math involved that tripped many up, but it was a great opportunity to review the importance of carefully and thoroughly reading directions.

Homework:

I did not assign much homework due to the trip. Many students took their science and math books home, please return to school on Thursday with the books – but the homework is due Friday as usual!

  • 1 math worksheet (two sided) of angles
  • 3 Science worksheets; applied force, gravity, and weight

Have a great weekend, rest up, and I will see most of you on Thursday! If you are staying with me, don’t worry, we will have a lot of fun with various projects with Mr. Morgan’s class. 🙂

Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Week 2, Term 2

Happy Friday!

We had a busy and productive week. Special shout out to the PTA for hosting Movie Night of Thursday!

In English we took a look at News Headlines, writing letters of opinion to the editor, and proof reading and peer editing our work to find mistakes and perfect our formal writing. On Friday each student used their skills to write the PTA to thank them for hosting the movie night Thursday and offer suggestions for the next event in a polite, suggestive manner.

Our ICT unit ties well into our English topic as we are discussing how to identify credible news and fish out fake news. We also looked at breaking news headlines and how we can develop a critical eye for clickbait and news post that may be misinformation. It is up to students to be aware of sensationalist stories, check sources and biases, and corroborate information before believing, let alone sharing, anything they read online.

For math we finished our unit on data collection. Students made their own questionnaires to gather data for an investigative question, considered surveys versus sample sizes of populations, and how to best record the data they collected. Some were a bit confused as there is no one definitive right or wrong response to questions asking how something could be done; we will come back to data when we do our data representation and graphing unit later to review and practice.

In Science we did a lab to fortify the types of forces and use critical thinking to through problems and answer with the correct force type. There was a lot of writing and students did a good job staying focused (for the most part) and getting each station done. Next week we will start going through each type and doing some experiments!

In History we took a look at the effects of the Crusades of Europe and how they initiated the end of the Middle Ages, feudalism, the rise of powerful monarchies, the Fall of Eastern Christianity, and the Age of Discovery. Students made a poster or brochure to attract future crusaders to join in the journey to Jerusalem. We focused on the reasons a dark ages person might consider such a long and dangerous adventure be it religious, financial, or political. As well as the new exciting things brought back to Europe from the Middle East. The consequences of the Crusades also echoed into our Monday Topical Talk as the religious disputes and claim of ownership still affect the ‘Holy Land’ today. History is not as far away as we may believe!

Lastly, everyone has been having a blast in PE working on Netball skills and playing teambuilding games in our beautiful Hall, basketball court, and pitch!

Homework:

For homework there are:

  • Two math sheets, just review of integers and fractions.
  • A Cambridge Math Language sheet for data collection
  • Subjective vs Objective sorting
  • An ICT themed handwriting sheet – PLEASE WRITE AS NEAT AS YOU CAN! (Most of us need to practice using that good old fashioned pencil/pen to write legibly.)
  • A lengthy Effects of the Crusades Reading comprehension with multiple questions.

Have a great weeked!

Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Welcome Back to Term 2, 2024! – Week 1, Term 2

First week over all ready? How so?!

Welcome back all for this exciting next term in our new HFS school! It has been so enjoyable to watch you all see and explore the building; we made good use of our space with breaks, filming projects, PE, and our special classes on Thursday. Let’s hope we all remain in good health as the end of last term many of us (myself included!) were ill!

This week we jumped right into our new IMYC unit ‘Consequences’. Students partook in discussions about choices they make and how each action we take creates a variable consequence. We will continue to work with this theme through out each subject, so for our entry point students planned, filmed, and edited short ‘choose your own adventure’ style stories that demonstrated how an action can produce different outcomes! Filming and editing is no easy task, so I commend everyone for completing this task in just a day!

In English we stated with a topical talk to discuss stories that will be big in 2024 such as AI, inflation, and elections. This ties into our unit on transactional writing, starting with news reports. Each Monday we will devote the period to discussing real world events and reflecting on how they effect the global community at large, as well as ourselves here at HFS.

For Maths our first unit is on data collection focusing on creating good questions for questionnaires, surveys, interviews, and experiments. We look at categorical, continuous, and discrete data types, primary and secondary data collection, and how to select a sample group. I’ve seen a lot of good engagement and getting in-class work done this week, well done.

We are taking a look at forces in Science starting with the intro duction to the concept of force and an over view of different types of forces. For History we jumped into a brief history of the dark ages to introduce the Crusades. We read Pope Urban the II’s proclamation and explored the various reasons why people would resonate with the call and join in. We only have a day of each subject, but we already covered so much!

In ICT we did a recap of the perils of plagiarism and how to avoid stealing others peoples work. We will focus a great deal on paraphrasing text into our own words and citing resources. There have been a few cases of real-world consequences for adults who were caught plagiarizing, we were able to take a look at those news articles and better understand why citing work is so important and inspire the interest to practice now as middle years students.

In PSHE we started the unit by introducing the idea of consent , which is to give permission for something to happen. This concept applies to just about everything in regards to the choices and the actions we make. We took a look at drugs, tobacco, and alcohol and broke down what we knew to justify the best choice to avoid them to avoid health, social, and legal repercussions.

For homework students are expected to complete their work and return it to school by next Friday, the 19th. I plan on including some weekday homework as well, but not until week 3.

Everyone take care, rest up, and I will see you on Monday!

-Mrs. Leah

Posted by

Ski Trip – Last Day to Sign-up

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the ski trip.

Here is the Sign-up Form

Here is a copy of the original post with all the information

During the busy period of moving to the new school, we have finally confirmed arrangements for our ski trip and are now asking for final sign-ups. Please take a look at the details below and decide if your child will be joining this trip. We are asking for payment by Wednesday 27th December (Sorry for the short notice, but things have been a little hectic). We need at least 12 students to make this a viable trip. If you pay and the trip is then cancelled due to insufficient numbers, you will receive a full refund.

We will be joining students from Atherton International School on this trip, and we believe it is an excellent opportunity for our students to challenge themselves in a new environment and make some new friends.

Sign-up Form

Details

Dates: Monday 29th January to Wednesday 31st January (2 nights sleeping, three days skiing and traveling)

Venue: Muju Ski Resort

Price: 550,000 won (fully inclusive)

Price Includes:

  • Transportation to and from the resort
  • All meals
  • Lift passes
  • Ski lessons (approximately 12 hours)
  • Accommodation at Muju Deogyusan Resort
  • Ski equipment rental
  • Ski clothes rental (jacket pants and gloves)
  • Insurance

Available to: Students in Mr Morgan’s and Mrs Leah’s classes

Staffing: Mr Green will lead this trip, accompanied by other members of HFS staff, depending on numbers

Non-attentees: If you are not going on this trip, school will continue as normal

If you want to sign- up, please fill out this form before Wednesday 27th December

Playment should be made to 하나은행(Hana Bank) 15591026851707 안유진(YujIn An)

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Green

Photos of the accommodation

Posted by

Ski Trip 2024

Dear Parents,

During the busy period of moving to the new school, we have finally confirmed arrangements for our ski trip and are now asking for final sign-ups. Please take a look at the details below and decide if your child will be joining this trip. We are asking for payment by Wednesday 27th December (Sorry for the short notice, but things have been a little hectic). We need at least 12 students to make this a viable trip. If you pay and the trip is then cancelled due to insufficient numbers, you will receive a full refund.

We will be joining students from Atherton International School on this trip, and we believe it is an excellent opportunity for our students to challenge themselves in a new environment and make some new friends.

Sign-up Form

Details

Dates: Monday 29th January to Wednesday 31st January (2 nights sleeping, three days skiing and traveling)

Venue: Muju Ski Resort

Price: 550,000 won (fully inclusive)

Price Includes:

  • Transportation to and from the resort
  • All meals
  • Lift passes
  • Ski lessons (approximately 12 hours)
  • Accommodation at Muju Deogyusan Resort
  • Ski equipment rental
  • Ski clothes rental (jacket pants and gloves)
  • Insurance

Available to: Students in Mr Morgan’s and Mrs Leah’s classes

Staffing: Mr Green will lead this trip, accompanied by other members of HFS staff, depending on numbers

Non-attentees: If you are not going on this trip, school will continue as normal

If you want to sign- up, please fill out this form before Wednesday 27th December

Playment should be made to 하나은행(Hana Bank) 15591026851707 안유진(YujIn An)

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Green

Photos of the accommodation

Posted by