Our “Construct A Gut” activity

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As part of our Health and Science units this week we finished by examining the Digestive System. Students made a paper replica of the digestive track and most were shocked to learn just how long it actually is.

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In the above three pictures, students are seen preparing and researching the various parts of the digestive system.

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Students concluded the exercise by connecting all the parts and measuring the final product. Students researched various questions they had, such as, How can a digestive system that is over seven meters long fit in my body? Why do the small intestines need to be so long? Since they are so long, why are they called the small intestines?

French Market place

French Market Collage

The students in 5M enjoyed a great experience this Thursday as they set up and ran a French marketplace. Students created an item to sell, set up a selling booth, researched some French vocabulary to describe their creation and traveled to the various store fronts to converse with the store owners and purchase items with play money. This was a great and fun opportunity to use some of the French vocabulary they’ve been learning in class.

Track and Field!

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What a great day to enjoy at Track and Field. Almost every student in our class excelled with at least one Personal Best event of the day. Whether it was one of the many track events or long jump or high jump, all students seemed to enjoy one as their favourite part of the day. Congratulations to all participants and good luck to those students who will be representing our class at the Regional Track and Field Meet.

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Boston Marathon followup

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Thanks to everyone’s support and interest in the incredible opportunity I had to run in The Boston Maraton this past week. It was an incredible experience that will never be forgotten. Though the weather presented quite an obstacle with 70km/hr headwinds, 0 degrees temperature and pouring rain, it meant a lot to know that the students were watching and cheering. It was a wonderful feeling to enter the classroom on Wednesday morning and be greeted by their wonderful message of congratulations.
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Turning on Heartbrake Hill

Turning on Heartbreak Hill


Running through the rain filled streets of Boston

Running through the rain filled streets of Boston


Finishing in the top 25% of the field.

Finishing in the top 25% of the field.

Fire Safety Presentation

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Do you have an emergency evacuation plan? Did you know that when a fire alarm goes off in a house you have on average, less then a minute to get out of the house alive? The Fire Prevention officer shared a video with us of a real house fire and the alarming speed with which it can spread. In the video it took less than a minute after the fire alarm went off to reach 400 degrees Celcius at shoulder level. Having a planned escape route is a must for each household. Escape plan maps were sent home with each of the students tonight. Please take a moment this Easter weekend to review your escape plan with your family.
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Mystery Skyping

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On Friday, March 27, we had the privilege to do a Mystery Skype with a class in St. Louis, Missouri. Each class takes turns asking a question that will have either a ‘true’ or ‘false’ answer. Our class is divided up into teams that have different jobs. There is the questioning team which decides which question to ask next.
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The Research team uses wall maps, atlases and computers to help answer the questions that we are asked. They also try to figure out where in the world the other class is.
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There is the communication team that moves information between the teams so that everyone is on the same page. Finally, there is the Reporting team which greets the other class, asks the questions and shares about Burford when the contest is over. We did very well in this match and figured out their location on our sixth question.

Wishing our new American friends goodbye.

Wishing our new American friends goodbye.