Wednesday, October 25, 2017

typing.com

All students have now been set up with a typing.com account to practise their typing skills. This is not a mandatory task, however, typing is such a widely used life skill that regular practice is highly recommended.

The site allows students to progress through courses and tracks progress.

This is a great opportunity for students to set goals for themselves and demonstrate initiative.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Adventure Works

Exciting times!!! Monday and Tuesday all grade 7 students will be taking part in community building and leadership activities (including high ropes) at Adventure Works in the Dundas Valley. Permission forms went home last week. Thank you to all of those who have already returned the forms and payment.

http://www.adventureworks.org/

If for whatever reason, a student cannot participate as part of a field trip, please contact homeroom teachers, one of the Special Education Resource Teachers, or school administrators because there will be a way we can make it happen as we want all students to benefit from the experience.

School Cash Online: All Halton schools are moving towards being cashless. If you have not set up a cashless account, please do so at your earliest convenience. If you have already registered, thank you!

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Orange Shirt Day Honoured at Pineland

Orange Shirt Day, officially recognized on September 30, was honoured today at Pineland. Students and staff wore orange to recognize the hardships and heartaches caused by residential schools.

Below is the link for the Orange Shirt Day website for further information.

http://www.orangeshirtday.org/

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Terry Fox Run / Walk

Looks like our rain date for the Terry Fox event at Pineland should be perfect. Tomorrow's forecast is sunny and not too hot.

Please remember appropriate clothing, footwear, water, sunscreen, etc. for spending the entire afternoon outside.

I always seem to run with the spirit of Terry within me, but even more so at Pineland where the event is such an integral and meaningful aspect of Pineland tradition.

Thanks to all the organizers and volunteers for making the event run so smoothly!

See you on the course!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

A very proud start to the year!

As I have often shared (because it would be impossible for me to hide), and anyone who has ever met me can attest to... I am a very emotional individual. So as I have been saying since the first day of school... I am so intrigued and impressed by the individuals I am privileged to teach this year at Pineland.

Both grade 7 classes have been built so well to balance all aspects of a learning community. The classes are riddled with individuals with vast arrays of interests, abilities, and personalities. It has been so much fun re-establishing relationships with students I have taught or coached in the past as well as building new bonds with those who I have chatted with in passing or simply held the door for over the last few years.

My primary goal of establishing a safe and risk-taking, inclusive, and motivated environment is already taken shape.

In Math, I challenged the classes with an extremely broad problem, requiring tremendous collaboration to work through many complex steps to come up with a solution. NO PROBLEM!!! Even groups that encountered difficulties took a step back from their work to realize their errors without getting down on themselves or giving up. Each group proudly presented to their peers and everyone applauded and took note of the strategies of others.

In Language, the first writing task was inspired by Neil Pasricha's "Book of Awesome". Pineland was fortunate to have him as a guest speaker two years ago, and I have also shared his TED Talk with students, "The 3 A's of Awesome" as it is also very motivational. Students are coming up with their own 'awesome' ideas and using the writing process to hone a personal voice when writing. (Many have completely nailed the feel for the writing... Now I'm just hoping that they will have the resolve to properly work through the revision aspect to polish their work).

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I've crossed the line... and it's exciting!

Welcome to the start of a very exciting year! Yes, I am once again part of the French Immersion team (teaching English, Math, and Health) having been teaching the Core English students at Pineland for the last two years.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to now teach students who I have taught, coached, or seen in some capacity over the last few years, and also thrilled to get to meet some students completely new to me. So far, it has been an extremely positive start to the year. All classes and students have demonstrated amazing commitment to their learning, willingness to take risks, and respect for myself and one another.

I believe wholeheartedly that regular and honest communication between teachers and students and teachers and parents is essential for supporting the learning of students, academically and socially. Please don't ever hesitate to contact me with any concerns, questions, insights, etc.

This website has been revamped to meet the needs of my students this year, including a variety of resources on the right of the page. If there is any additional information that you may require, just let me know and I will endeavor to add it to the best of my ability. Many other teachers on the Intermediate team are using Google Classroom as a platform for communication. I have also delved into that world, but am new to it, so please be patient. Over the first month or so, I will try to maintain both my website and Google Classroom, trying to determine what works best for everyone.

I really look forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new ones at next week's Open House!

Sincerely,

Mr. (Dave) Moskal

Monday, May 22, 2017

EQAO

It is that time of year for the Gr. 6s. This year, the EQAO testing for the Gr. 6s will be spread over 6 days, beginning this Wednesday, May 24 and will continue through next Wednesday, May 31, inclusive.

Another difference will be that the testing will only take place during the morning block of school. In order to give all students ample time to complete the test booklets and out of respect for all of those writing, please be on time for school each day.

I believe the students' feelings of nervousness have all but vanished and that they are eager to see what the testing actually looks and feels like. We have prepared throughout the year to set them up for success and comfort over the coming days.

typing.com

All students have now been set up with a typing.com account to practise their typing skills. This is not a mandatory task, however, typing i...