Friday, March 11, 2016

Lion's Roar - Friday, March 11, 2016

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This is a copy of IHMS's weekly new article Lion's Roar that appeared in The Western Star newspaper on Friday, March 11, 2016.

By: Ryan Bennett and Aria Kazerouni

Rachael Griffin and Ava Hodder playing floor hockey during
the school Olympic activities day last Friday. 
Students (L-R):  Ryan Bennett, Isaac Buckingham, Jack Richardson, Aria Kazerouni, and Marcus Gallant visit with our Special Olympians Nikki King, Philip Beales and Brandon Park on Tuesday during their visit to our school.

Jacob Cull, Matthew Kemp and Noah Colbourne practice their Japanese character writing during a presentation by some Japanese students from Grenfell Campus. The students visited the school as part of the Culture to Community Program. 

Last Friday afternoon we had an afternoon of Special Olympic games in the gym. Students played floor hockey, speed skating, snow shoe races, ice skating and more. Thank you to Mr. Ryley and the junior high and senior high students who organized the events.

This week our choirs and bands performed at the Rotary Music Festival. On Monday the primary choir took part in a workshop, on Tuesday the school choir and chamber choir performed, on Thursday morning the junior kindergarten and kindergarten choirs performed, and today the grade five and six band will perform, as well as the junior and senior high band.

On Tuesday we welcomed Special Olympic athletes Philip Beales, Nikki King, and Brandon Park to our school to talk about their experience in the winter games, how they prepared, and their special equipment.

Report cards went home on Wednesday for students in kindergarten to grade six. Parent teacher interviews took place on Thursday evening.

On Wednesday we welcomed four Japanese students to our school as part of the Culture to Community Program through Grenfell Campus. The students gave a presentation on Japanese culture, season, and language. Afterwards, the students did individual sessions with small groups on origami and Japanese character writing. Thank you to Mr. Thomas Young who organized the Culture to Community Program for our school.

Lily Smallwood collected donations for our school greenhouse at her birthday party instead of receiving gifts. Lily donated over $350 to our school greenhouse.

Clare Coleman has reached her goal of collecting 500 pairs of used eye glasses for Haiti. We are continuing to collect donations of eye glasses until the end of March.

Our school is also collecting bread tags, used batteries, pens and markers, and ink cartridges for recycling.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to Jordan Park who participated in a provincial bowling competition in St. John’s. His team won bronze.

Congratulations to our students who took part in the music festival this week. Lily Smallwood placed first and Ella Rashleigh placed third in Class 661-A Piano - Preparatory (A/B) not over 9; Alessandra LebBlanc placed third in Class 210-A Concert Group Any voice – 10 and under; and Simon Boitsefski placed first and Colin Spencer placed second in Class 210-B Concert Group – Any voice – 10 and under. Congratulations in the Rotary Music Festival.

Class News

The junior kindergarten classes are talking about St. Patrick’s Day. They enjoyed singing in the music festival. They would like to welcome two College of the North Atlantic students to their class this week: Ms. Jacqueline Bennett and Caitlyn Simms.

Mme. Foley’s Kindergarten French Immersion class is learning the letter “r” this week. They researched megalodon sharks and mapped out their 20 m length in the hallway. The students were very excited to sing at the Arts and Culture Centre as part of the Rotary Music Festival. It was also exciting to get to ride a school bus!

Mrs. Hodder’s Kindergarten English class enjoyed the Special Olympian visit on Tuesday. The students had fun performing at the Rotary Music Festival. They were very excited to ride the bus to the Arts and Culture Centre on Thursday. The class is very excited to announce that they won two iPads in the HotShots contest!

Mrs. George’s grade one English class really enjoyed meeting our amazing Olympians on Tuesday! This week they also enjoyed some Japanese culture in their classroom. They learned about life in Japan, origami and how to write their name with Japanese characters.

Mme. Ryan’s grade one and two French Immersion class were excited to greet the Special Olympians. They are so proud of their hard work. They are fabulous role models. The students also took part in a Culture to Culture presentation with Japanese students who are attending Grenfell Campus.

Ms. Park’s grade two class have been learning about simple machines in science. They are excited to build their own. The students learned how to write their names in Japanese and make some cool origami on Wednesday with some visiting Japanese students.

Mme. Moss’ grade three, four and five French Immersion class is working on St. Patrick’s Day writing activities in French, as well as St. Patrick’s Day data in math. They will be using plenty of games to practice their St. Patrick’s Day vocabulary.

Ms. Crockers’s grade three and four class had a busy week. The students loved performing in the Rotary Music Festival on Tuesday morning at the Arts and Culture Centre.  The grade four students are almost finished writing their speeches for the Elementary Speak Off. The grade three students are finishing up their novel study in language arts.

Mrs. McCarthy’s grade five and six class made St. Patrick’s Day leprechauns in art on Monday. The students are practicing their speeches for the upcoming Elementary Speak Off.

Mr. Drew Nadon’s junior high to level two class will compete on Saturday in the National Geosciences and Engineering Month Bridge Building Competition at the Corner Brook Plaza. The judging for the competition begins at 10 am and the bridge testing will begin at 11. All bridges are tested until they break. The students are looking forward to see how much weight their bridges will hold.