Ross Glen Road Runner Reporter
March School Events
March 4 - Grade 1-6 students at the Brother Grimm performance at the Esplanade (THANK YOU to Parent Council for funding the cost of the transportation)
March 10 - Science in Motion (THANK YOU to Parent Council for funding this learning experience)
March 10 - Parent Council Meeting at 7pm
March 11 - Science in Motion (THANK YOU to Parent Council for funding this learning experience)
March 11 - K class at MHHS
March 12 - K class at MHHS
March 13 - Spelling Challenge money due
March 20 - MHPSD Professional Learning Day - no school for students
March 23-27 - Scholastic Book Fair
March 23 - Report Cards sent home
March 25 and 26 - Student-Led Conferences 3:30-6:30
March 27 - Spirit Day (Assembly at 2pm)
Our School Survey
PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY REQUEST - IMPORTANT
Parents/Guardians of K - 12 students at each MHPSD school are being asked to participate in an online school survey called the OurSCHOOL Parent Survey. As a division, and as individual schools, we want to hear from the perspectives of students, parents/guardians, and teachers. The combination of this feedback will support administration teams and staff to set priorities, celebrate effective practices, and identify opportunities for growth.
About the OurSCHOOL Parent/Guardian Survey:
- Allows you to provide your feedback anonymously into school initiatives, though you can always include your name in in the comments if you choose.
The survey is voluntary, however we encourage you to participate, so we get a better understanding how you feel the school supports learning, positive behaviour and promotes a safe and inclusive environment
The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and must be completed in one sitting.
Thank you for your time and commitment to completing the survey. This type of evidence supports the importance of reflecting and considering our collective and individual work in supporting students and learning in our school.
The link for the survey will be sent out in an email.
Procedural Knowledge versus Conceptual Knowledge
The goal of learning is to develop ones' conceptual understanding, which involves understanding and interpreting concepts and their relationships. Conceptual understanding is deeper learning where procedural knowledge is when someone has successfully learned a procedure, often through memorization of steps (includes facts, skills, procedures and algorithms). Procedural knowledge can include memorizing operations with limited understanding of the underlying meaning of the concepts.
Students must have a strong foundation of number sense prior to being introduced to more abstract strategies. In math, a strong foundation is developed through several stages; concrete, visual and abstract. Students' understanding is developed by working with concrete objects or manipulatives. An example of this is using base ten blocks to develop an understanding of number sense, such as addition and subtraction. The next step would be to move to pictorial/visual representations, such as the exploding dots strategy. When the students have a strong foundation and understanding of the concept, they may move to the next stage which is abstract. The abstract stage might be the algorithms. If students jump to algorithms without a strong foundation of the concept, they will not recognize or be able to correct possible errors. Our goal is to support students with developing their conceptual understanding, and not just memorizing steps in a procedure.
Below is Miss McDougall's grade 6 performance.
Parent Council Meeting
Spirit Day - Friday, March 27
The item will be added to School Cash Online on and can be ordered until March 16th.
The theme is "Dress Alike - twins, triplets, multiples" and was chosen by Mrs. Barnes' grade 6 class.
Pizza night allows families to order pizza from Papa John’s online using a special code. The code gives the family a 15% discount and also earns a 15% donation for our school. Once we have further instructions and the required code, we will share it with families.
Here are the Papa John’s pizza night dates for the year:
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, April 9
Thursday, May 28
Thursday, June 11
What are the Science Olympics? Medicine Hat Science Olympics are an interactive and interschool engineering and geoscience event for students in Grades 4 to 12 that takes learning beyond the classroom. Students are given a series of problem-solving challenges that demonstrate the fun side of engineering and geoscience and allow them to see first hand how these fields impact our everyday lives. Last year 100 students participated in the event.
The event is broken up into divisions : grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Registration is done as a team of two or more students within their division. Each division will be given one mystery challenge to be completed on the day of the event, students will work together within their teams to complete the challenge. The attached Information Package outlines the event in more detail.
Each student will receive an APEGA Science Olympics T-shirt, a certificate to commemorate their hard work and be entered to win our awesome STEM door prizes.
For more information please refer to this link: https://www.apega.ca/educators-students/educators/science-olympics