Tomorrow is Friday and today it is officially December!

Thursday, December 1

Period 2/3:
Housekeeping, have you:
-uploaded your poster campaign photo
-uploaded your night light photos
-parents commented on your blog
-uploaded your chart
-posted your Pole to Pole questions on your WP
-completed your English independent novel assignments
-completes your English essay

Social Studies
We have had some great conversations about Canada’s Aboriginal people. Let us take a wander through the Fallen Feather documentary. To understand why and where issues exist today it is important to understand where they came from.

Between 1879 and 1986, upwards of 100,000 children in Canada were forcibly removed and placed into Indian Industrial Residential Schools. Their unique culture was stripped away to be replaced with a foreign European identity. Their family ties were cut, parents were forbidden to visit their children, and the children were prevented from returning home.
First Nations children were the only children in Canadian History, to be singled out by race and forced to live in institutions; generation after generation.
ND Rosiers – President, Law Commission of Canada, 15 August 2001, Sydney, Australia

The Indian Agents and RCMP removed the children from their families and placed them within these schools as wards of the state. Why were these walls built? Why were so many children corralled behind these bricks so far from home? Tens of thousands died of Tuberculosis and other ailments brought on by the grossly inadequate living standards. Families destroyed, generations lost. All to further the official policy of achieving a ‘final solution’ to what had been perceived as an ‘Indian problem’. Department of Indian Affairs Superintendent D. C. Scott to B.C. Indian Agent-General Major D. McKay, 1910 April, DIA Archives, RG 10 series. 

Pick up a paper today and the chances are there will be some reference to the First Nations condition.
Tens of thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuses. The Government has assumed partial responsibility for this historical wrong and has agreed to pay out Billions in damages. They agree that the assimilation of First Nations children within these Industrial Schools was a terrible mistake.

A mistake? The assimilation of First Nations wasn’t a mistake; it was a plan.
The abuses that occurred within these Residential Schools were only symptoms of a greater problem. To focus on the obvious crime of physical and psychological abuse is to divert attention from the real story.

Land, This Land.
The Fallen Feather provides an in-depth critical analysis of the driving forces behind the creation of Canadian Indian Residential Schools.
Using historical source documents, survivors personal testimonies and detailed analysis from community leaders, the film explores in detail, the Federal Governments primary motivation in the creation of these Schools.
While examining the influences of Indian wars, Sir John A MacDonald’s National Policy, Land Claims issues, the film details how all of these events and visions contributed to the development of these Schools.
The film argues that the lasting effects that First Nations in Canada suffer today, can be traced back directly to their experiences within these schools. Finally, we as Canadians are all challenge to re-examine our shared history.

Why did Harper have to apologize?
What piece of legislation occurred at/around the same this apology was officially offered?
What is the Common Experience Payment Agreement?

Star Phoenix Article (Women Behind Bars)

Period 4: English
To Kill a Mockingbird. Chapter 16 on.

Period 5: Photography
Silhouettes, No question about it! It is time to dive into this!

Good luck studying tonight for your Animalia exam- it is tomorrow PM!
Please read 1 full chapter on your own tonight. Yes I realize you also have an exam. It will only take an hour.

Friday, December 2
I hope you studied last night! 
Period 2: Social Studies
Recap from yesterday’s residential school topics:
Week in Rap: What on earth is going on in the world lately?

Period 3: Media Studies
Article from Shab

Period 4: Biology
Biology Animalia Exam (Students at this time you will be given your Final Exam Review.)
Remember we have a few days of Ecology and then we are done the course.
Your final is the following week on December 14. You should be studying about 20 minutes an evening. Remember it is a pro to the program to have a final exam mid way through the semester.
Take advantage of the opportunity and begin studying. This will be your next and obvious final exam. There is no ecology exam.

Period 5: Photography
Photography 20 Assignment from Miss Osatchuk.
Photography 20 Photoshop Tutorials Pick 3 of 10.
Freedom to learn a few things that specifically interest you!
You are expected to read two chapters on your own this weekend.
By the end of next week you should have 3 solid signature pieces you created.
These are to be showcased on your WordPress.

Monday, December 5
Period 2: Biology

Period 3: English
To Kill a Mockingbird.

Period 4: TBA

Period 5: Photography
Continuation of Ms. O’s assignment.

Wednesday Plans

I hope Luke you are feeling better today. Becci and Luke do not forget to Colleen is in at lunch today!
Thank you for your help with this. The word on the street was that you represented HRHS better than I ever could have asked. Mike, Riley, Shawn, Zach and Troy- welcome back after a busy work day yesterday.

Period 2: English
Go over English quiz
Redo-Do English Quiz
To Kill a Mockingbird read Chapter 14
Complete English questions up until Chapter 15

Period 3: Biology: Planet Earth
Complete questions on a Word Document.
Place on WordPress by end of day along with your charts for Barton.
TODAY IS FINAL DEADLINE. (You have had plenty of class time.)

Period 4: Animalia Review Period 

Period 5: Photography
Silhouettes (See notes from yesterday’s blog plans.)

Are you done?

Biology chart- Put on WordPress
English Essay? –Put on WordPress
Photography? – In The Dark photos, Silhouette photos
(Begin preparing for your Biology exam- December 14th.)

Social Studies
A Week in Rap
Concept review
Quick basic Social Studies presentations. (These would be great on your WP.)
4 questions to answer…
A. Who is your character?
B. Why are they important in history?
C. Why do they still matter today?
D. What is a highlight from the conversations you created for them?

Tuesday, Plans of Action

Period 2: English
Short Quiz (Complete paper quiz, correct first 3 pages together. Hand in.)
To Kill a Mockingbird review.
Chapter 10
Atticus is older than many fathers.
-Scout tests her respect for Atticus (‘He doesn’t do anything’.)
Tom Johnson is found rabid in the streets.
One shot Atticus kills him and saves the neighbourhood!
(He earns Scouts respect!)
Scout wants to shout it from the rooftops. Jem tells her not to because Atticus is a gentlemen and if he wanted to tell people he would. Jem states ‘He wants to  be a gentlemen like Atticus.’
The kids respect their father all the more once again.
Life is becoming increasingly more difficult for Scout.
Chapter 11
Who is Mrs. Dubose? (Remember her from the video?)
She is the mean, cantankerous woman who yells at the children.
Atticus says to be nice to her and models this through a pleasant conversation with her.
One day she crosses the line by comparing Atticus in a negative way to African American people.
She is clearly racist.
Jem loses her temper and crushes her camilia flowers.
Jem as punishment is forced to read with her. Scout goes with him.
Mrs. Dubose dies (she was addicted to morphine)
She leaves Jem a box with a white camilia.
Atticus again embodies moral values.
He stands for: justice, restraint, composure, honesty, equality and loyalty.
He stands up again injustices against innocents (like killing a mockingbird).
Chapter 12
Jem turns 12.
He begins to become more independent and wants to spend less time with Scout.
Scout looks forward to seeing Dill.
Dill does not come that summer.
Atticues begins to get very busy with work and begins to travel a lot.
Scout again is sad.
Calpurnia takes the kids to First Purchase (African American church).
Some welcome them.
Some do not.
Collection is taken up for Helen.
We learn it is Bob Ewell accusing Tom Robinson of raping a young woman.

Ohhhh as the plot thickens.

Read Chapter 13 together.

Period 3: Biology

The 5 Kingdoms (We are currently working on and learning about Kingdom Animalia)

Breaking down a Kingdom (specialized)

Review Chordata together with booklets. What did you guys learn from one another last day?
-How many phyla are in Kingdom Animalia? -9 (Remember we are currently working on Chordata.)
-How are they classified? (See below)
Please view this Phylogenetic Tree in Kingdom Animalia.

Discuss diagrams.
-Begin reviewing on YOUR OWN each of the phyla within Kingdom Animalia.
Come write individual tests. When all tests are complete you can go for lunch.
No you cannot leave before the bell. (You can begin studying for Animalia exam that is on FRIDAY.)
You will not be excused for lunch until each test is complete. (Yes you can rewrite.)

Period 4: Biology: Planet Earth
Complete questions on a Word Document.
Place on WordPress by end of day along with your charts for Barton.
TODAY IS DEADLINE. (You have had plenty of class time.)

Period 5: Photography
Silhouettes (See notes from yesterday’s blog plans.)

Are you done?

Biology chart- Put on WordPress
English Essay? –Put on WordPress
Photography? – In The Dark photos, Silhouette photos
(Begin preparing for your Biology exam- December 14th.)

Social Studies
A Week in Rap
Concept review
Quick basic Social Studies presentations. (These would be great on your WP.)
4 questions to answer…
A. Who is your character?
B. Why are they important in history?
C. Why do they still matter today?
D. What is a highlight from the conversations you created for them?

Funday Monday- Countdown is on!

Hey SGMS-scallions,
Can you believe we have 19 class days left!
We have 29 days left in the semester.
Thank you to Becci and Luke for their work in the community this weekend.
Way to give back you two!
Sam, we would also like to thank you for taking on the football video. Good job!
Biology chat. We will be completely finished the Biology course this week.
This week: Chordata, Review/tests of each phylum, test, Ecology (3 hours), review, test.
Monday/Tuesday study? Test Thursday/Friday of next week?

Plans for the day:
Period 2: Biology
What are all the phyla in Kingdom Animalia?
-Porifera (sponges)
-Cnidaria (jellyfish)
-Platyhelminthes (tapeworm)
-Nematoda (roundworm)
-Molluscs (snails, octopus, clams)
-Annelida (earthworm)
-Arthropoda (spiders)
-Echinodermata (starfish)
-Chordata (sharks, frogs, humans, snakes, trout, lamprey)
(Reminder of the acronym we have to remember this.)

The 9 Animalia Phylums



Review notes on Kingdom Chordata.
(Lamprey, Sharks, Trout, Frogs, Snakes, Birds and Humans)
There are 7 different classes of chordates.

You have all been randomly separated into different groups.
Group 1: Mike, Riley, Luke, Joey, Mikayla, Ty
Class Agnatha
Class Chondrichthyes

Group 2: Sam, Shawn, Kelsey, Daria, Troy
Class Osteichthyes
Class Amphibia

Group 3: Alyssa, Hannah, Becci, Delaine, Jessie
Class Reptilia
Class Aves

Group 5: Clay, Zach, Bailey, Brodie, Rayna
Class Mammalia

Grab a chart paper and some markers. (See caption of the table below.)

Assign someone to make your chart paper look like the table here. This is the format you will use as you gather information in each area.

Each group will be given 20-25 minutes to ensure your chart paper is filled out completely.
You will be responsible to teach this chart to others, you may also end up teaching a chart that you were not initially assigned. Be diligent, neat and use your computers for extra research. Each of these charts will also be photographed and placed online for you to study off of. BE NEAT please to your own benefit.

The person with the longest hair, stays at initial class and other group members move to the right.
Teaching takes place.
The person with the biggest shoe size stays at class and the other group members move to the right.
Teaching takes place.
The person with the darkest pants- stays, others move to the right.
The person with the birthday closest to Miss Mann’s, May 14 stays, others move to the right.

This will bring Chordata to an end.
Please add to the charts you began and filled out as each Phylum was introduced.
Update this to your Word Press.

Individual quizzes of each phylum (4 tests) Each test must be complete. Rewrites are allowed.
You must complete all tests in a row first before you rewrite one.

Period 3: Presentations with Grant McEwan
Period 4:
 Biology finish up Period 2 assignment’s and presentations
Period 5:
A Week in Rap
Photography: Silhouettes

Megan Ellison- JMPhotography

The following is from:

1. Choose a Strong Subject

Almost any object can be made into a silhouette, however some are better than others. Choose something with a strong and recognizable shape that will be interesting enough in its two dimensional form to hold the interest of those viewing your image. Silhouettes can’t draw on the colors, textures and tones of subjects to make them appealing – so the shape needs to be distinct.

2. Turn off your Flash

If you have your camera in automatic mode your camera will probably want to use its flash which will ruin the silhouette. Basically you want as little light on the front of your subject as possible – so the flash has to go (basic – but I’ve seen a few attempted silhouette shots with the flash firing).

3. Get Your Light Right

When it comes to lighting your subject you’ll need to throw out a lot of what you’ve learnt about normal photography and think a little backwards. Instead of lighting the front of your subject, in silhouettes you need to ensure that there is more light shining from the background than the foreground of your shot – or to put it another way – you want to light the back of your subject rather than the front. The perfect light for this is placing your subject in front of a sunset or sunrise – but really any bright light will be able to do the trick.

4. Frame your image

Frame your shot so you are shooting with your subject in front of a nice plain, but bright background. Usually the best backgrounds will be a bright cloudless sky with the sun setting. You want to position the brightest light source behind your subject (either so that they hide it or so that its in the background somewhere).

5. Make silhouetted shapes distinct and uncluttered

If there is more than one shape or object in the image that you’re attempting to silhouette, try to keep them separated. ie if you are silhouetting a tree and a person don’t have the person stand in front of the tree or even leaning on it as it will merge them into one shape and as a result your viewers could be confused about what the shape is.

Also when framing you’ll probably want to photograph silhouetted people as profiles rather than looking straight on. This means that more of their features (nose, mouth, eyes) are outlined and they are more likely to be recognized.

6. In Auto Mode

Most modern digital cameras have automatic metering which are pretty good at sensing how to expose a photograph so that everything is well lit. The problem with this is that most cameras are so smart that they will light up your subject instead of underexposing it to get a silhouette so you need to trick it. Most cameras work out the exposure levels in auto mode when you push your shutter half way down (at the same time that they focus). So point your camera at the brightest part of your picture and then press the shutter halfway down (don’t let go). Then move your camera back to frame your shot with the subject where you want it and then finish taking the shot. With most digital cameras this will result in a silhouetted subject. In effect what you’re doing is tricking your camera into thinking that the bright part of the image is the mid tone of it so that anything darker than it will be exposed as a nice dark shadow.

Some digital cameras also have ‘spot’ or ‘centered’ metering modes that you can switch on which helps with the above technique as they will set the metering on the central spot of your frame rather than multiple spots. This means you can accurately tell your camera exactly which bit of the bright background you want it to set the exposure on.

7. Manual Mode

If this technique doesn’t work and your camera has controls to allow manual exposure or exposure compensation you might like to try some of your own settings. The beauty of digital is that you can experiment to your hearts content until you get the result you’re after.

A simple way to start using manual mode is to look at the shutter speed and aperture that it suggests in automatic mode and to start from there. If in auto mode your subject is too light (ie you need to make it darker) stop down the shutter speed a stop or two and see what impact that has. Use the ‘bracketing’ technique that I described in my previous tip on sunrises and sunsets to get a variety of shots at slightly different exposures.

8. Focusing

In most cases you’ll want the subject which is silhouetted to be the thing that is in focus most crisply. This can mean that the process described in point 4 can be a little tricky as pushing your shutter half way down to get the metering right also means that you’ll focus on that spot in the background. To get around this you can use two strategies. Firstly if your camera has manual focusing you might want to try that. Pre focus your shot before you meter your shot.

The other strategy is to use Aperture to maximize your depth of field (the amount of your image that is in focus). Set a small aperture (ie a larger number) to increase the depth of field – this means you’re more likely to have a sharper foreground and background in your shots.

One last tip on Silhouettes – while a total silhouette with a nice crisp and black subject can be a powerful shot, also consider the partial silhouette where some detail of your subject is left. Sometimes a touch of light on them makes them slightly more three dimensional and ‘real’. This is the beauty of bracketing your shots as it will leave you with total and partial silhouettes to choose form.

A photo I took for an example! Jessie Mann Photography


Period 2: English
Review Chapter 10-13
To Kill a Mockingbird Quiz
Be ready to go on Chapter 14
Period 3/4: Biology
Finish up Chordata
Watch Planet Earth
Begin 4 quizzes/rewrites and updated marks
Period 5: Social Studies

Animalia Quiz on Monday (cue cards are allowed).
(One cue card, one sided.)

Ecology: December 5-6
Biology Review: December 7-8-9
Biology Final Exam: December 12-16

Saskatchewan Population Growth and Future Plans

Population in Canada is changing!
Discuss- Why? How?

The Aboriginal peoples of Saskatchewan have inhabited this region for approximately 11,000 years, during which time they established self-sustaining societies. Contact with Europeans brought with it external cultural and economic forces that would dramatically affect the lives of Aboriginal people; their story has been one of adaptation and survival.
During the 235 years of fur trade contact (1670-1905), challenges included devastating epidemics and depletion of wildlife resources; after Canadian annexation of the North-West Territories, Aboriginal people were subjected to government policies that sought to erode their identity and rights. Today, they are recovering many of their rights, rebuilding their societies, and seeking to play a meaningful role in contemporary Canada. (
Read the article.

From URegina

Comment on this blog post and answer the questions below:
This will be marked over the weekend!
1) Explain the following quote from the article:
“In absolute numbers, Saskatchewan currently ranks fifth for the province having the largest number of Aboriginal residents; however, proportionate to the total provincial population it is ranked first or second (comparable to Manitoba).”
What does this mean?  (    /4 marks)
2) What does Saskatchewan need to do to best prepare for an influx of Aboriginal people to best suite the needs of all Saskatchewan residents? (HINT: Think programming, education, structurally and beyond. Try come up with 3 big ideas.)
(     /6 marks)
3) Watch the following video to see the future plans for Saskatchewan.
Write 6 key points that Premier Brad Wall and his party have planned for the future.
Then write a sentence underneath each as to whether or not YOU feel it will work and what needs to be done to make it work.
You can do some research to support your responses here.
(     /12 marks)

Total of   (   /22 marks)

Saskatchewan Party Platform

Cheers to the Weekend!- Plans for Friday

House Keeping:
Period 4 on Monday Mr. A has arranged for Grant McEwan to come and spend 1 hour with you answering questions about their programming in the following area. Now even if you are not considering Grant McEwan it never hurts to do your research and even find out what questions you can and should answer of other institutions.
Group 1: Health field (nursing, public safety and human services)
Group 2: Design field (136)
Group 3: Fine arts and Music field (215)
Period 2: Social Studies
Thank you Zach for finding this link.
Watch video.
Period 3: To Kill a Mockingbird – (Only one period today.)
Students please read the next 3 Chapters over the weekend. Due Monday morning.
You will have a half way To Kill a Mockingbird test on Monday morning!
This will be done on paper and yes it will be marked. The majority of questions will be on the last 5-6 chapters.
Questions to consider: (These are the same as your question sheet you have been working on.)
Chapters 12-13
1. Jem is now 12.  There is a widening gap of understanding between Scout and Jem.  Find two or three examples to illustrate the emotional distance between them.
2. Why does Cal speak one way around the coloured people and another way around the white people?  Is she being honest or hypocritical in what she does?  Explain.
3. Why does Aunt Alexandra go to stay with the Finch family?
4. What did Scout mean on page 134 when she stated, “I know what he was trying to do, but Atticus was only a man.  It takes a woman to do that kind of work.”

Chapter 14-15
1.How does Aunt Alexandra feel about Calpurina?
2.Explain how Jem, “…broke the remaining code of childhood” (pg.143)?
3.Attitcus discussed the Ku Klux Klan on page 147 and concludes by saying that the Klan is gone.  Is this statement correct?
4.Outline the conflict at the jail.
5.What does Scout’s childish attempt at conversation accomplish?

Period 4: TBA
Period 5: Photography
(I will be working hard over the weekend to fine tune plans for NAIT and hopefully arrange for our ‘veterinarian’ visit.
Please ensure you are caught up on everything and read to Chapter 14 in To Kill a Mockingbird.)

Monday’s Plans
Period 2: To Kill a Mockingbird Exam and then Biology
Period 3: Presenting Social Studies assignments (1-2 minutes a student)
Period 4: With Grant McEwan
Period 5: Biology or Photography

Tomorrow is Friday- plans for the day.

Period 2: To Kill a Mockingbird
Go over Chapter 6 and Chapter 6 questions.
Students make sure you have everything POSTED and online as I have the weekend to go over and mark the 5 definitions/sentences and comment on blogs.
Take the English To Kill a Mockingbird Mini Quiz.
Be ready to dive into Chapter 7. Read Chapter 7.
Watch To Kill a Mockingbird movie up until where Chapter 7 leaves off.
Period 3: Social Studies final work period for your fake Facebook walls about someone in history that impacted today. (Continue to have some fun with this guys!)
Period 4: Chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird and beyond.
Period 5: Many of you will be away during this period I am told.
Plans to be announced.

Your portrait is posted on the Christmas wall.
Halloween Howler assignment
Poster Campaign Photograph assignment
ALL English:
Independent novel assignments (3)
Children’s Story
To Kill a Mockingbird Chapter questions/blog
Working diligently on your Fake Facebook wall- due Friday.
Self portrait is on your Word Press
Parents have commented on your Word Press
Start thinking of ideas for your secret santa.

You will be given a big reading assignment this weekend so you will want to complete as much of your homework as necessary.
You will receive a detailed list of assignments not done on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Please be diligent guys.