Friday, February 14, 2014

Padlet test

Good morning Grade 6,

Let's try something new. Please go to this site

and wait for further instructions.

Ms Napier

Monday, November 4, 2013

Special Events this Fall

In The last few weeks grade 6 has been lucky enough to share in several special events.

Students ran the ETSB Cross-Country Run in Lennoxville.

 Students had Hallowe'en activities and some of our class performed in Mrs Hodak's seventh edition of Scaryside Academy, "Break a Leg."

Today, we brave the cold weather and enjoyed the Soccer Tournament held at RRHS, where we ties two games, lost one and won one.

In the next few weeks report cards will go home and we will welcome families to Parent's Night, where parents will have an opportunity to meet with me to discuss their child's progress and how to help them succeed.

Happy November,
Ms Napier

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcome Parents!

It is always a pleasure to meet new parents on Meet the Teacher night, and equally a pleasure to see parents whose older children I have taught in past years. Thank you for coming tonight.

During our short meeting I will try to address your questions and discuss issues particular to grade 6. Please feel free at ask questions as they occur to you, and if you have additional concerns after tonight please know that I will do my best to answer you as quickly as possible.

Tonight's Agenda
1. Welcome
2. Who am I?
3. Issues pertinent to grade 6
    Collaboration between home and school
    Exams: timing, absences, and report cards
    Homework and Practice, follow up using class blogs made by the teacher
    Class Dojo, Kidblogs and ways to help your child
4. Questions and closing remarks

Please accept my best wishes for a positive school year. I look forward to working with you to help your child succeed!
Kathy Napier

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Leucan Shaved Head Challenge

Hello Families,

In a few short weeks students here at DES will be participating in the Leucan Shaved Head Challenge. Organized for the fourth consecutive year by cycle two teacher Marie-Michele Fradet, twelve brave students have come forward to raise money for this worthy cause.
Three students from grade six are participating this year. Above you can see Jeremy, Sam, and Kevin, all of whom are excited and motivated to raise as much money as they can to help children battling this cancer. If you would like to support their effort, you can click on this link.

As well, to encourage the class to participate, I will be placing a small piggy-bank on my desk to which students can contribute small change in support of the effort.

The above advertisement brings home the message that this gesture can be very powerful as a show of support for children with cancer.

As some of you may know, Sam is my son. As a parent I had reservations about letting him participate, namely the fear that he would burn his little coconut outside this summer. Last night I ruffled his head and said how I was going to miss those curls.

He looked at me with the kind of withering look twelve-year-olds are so good at and responded, "Mom, some parents miss a lot more than that."

Well said. Congratulations to the participants on their selfless gesture, and good luck with the fundraising.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Writers' Workshop

Hello Families,

Two weeks ago our class was fortunate to have a team of teachers come to work with us for two days. With the help of pedagogical consultants Wendy King and Dale Mackenzie, and Sutton Elementary teacher Cathy Canzani, students wrote and compiled ebooks in just nine hours of class time.

The week before, students had been placed into teams and had been asked to complete a story map. The theme I choose for them to write about was beauty. They were asked to consider what is beauty, and whether it is true that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. We discussed what beauty could mean, how a moment in time could hold beauty, as could the perfect athletic moment, or a special relationship could be beautiful. Student teams produced very different ideas, from ideas of beauty and romantic love to parental sacrifice, stories inspired from tragic real-life events and stories that followed fairytale conventions. The diversity was very promising.

Monday, Wendy and Cathy led the student groups through the process of storyboarding and then refining their ideas and creating a rough draft. By the end of the day, each team had a story which included a 'snapshot,' a moment in which a scene is described, and a 'thoughshot,' in which the internal world of the character is explored. Students worked very hard to create strong narratives.

On Tuesday, Dale joined us and students used the iBooks Author software to create books which included original photos, drawings, slideshows, audio files, and videos. Students had taken time to decide if they needed costumes or props, and they filmed in and around the school to be able to add widgets to their story.

Two groups decided to use claymation to tell a part of their story. These teams worked with Dale to construct backdrops and build their characters, and used the iMotion app in the iPad to create short stop-motion animation. A very interesting and painstaking process, claymation requires 6 photos per second of video and teams had to think through the movement and dialogue to accompany the animation.

Other teams were able to add special effects to their videos, making it appear that bombs exploded or characters appeared out of a burst of fire. The cool factor was off the charts.

In the last hour of the second day students presented their books to grades four and five. They were very proud of their work, with good reason, and they were able to discuss what they chose to add to the story and why. This project was an excellent example of using technology to enhance learning, and using equipment and applications to do something that cannot be done with pencil and paper. It was very exciting for all of us, and we all learned a great deal.

The final ebooks, available at this link, are worth downloading as a keepsake and to see what your child's team was able to produce.

Many thanks to Wendy, Cathy and Dale, and many congratulations to the students!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Tell them from me...


Please use the username and password I will give you to log on to this site:

When you are finished, please visit this site,

and poke around at what we may see tomorrow.

Thank you,
Ms Napier