Grade 7 learns the meaning of geometry words or concepts

In 7th grade math the students are looking for real world examples of various types of angles. The learning goal is to understand the meaning of 40 geometry words or concepts.  The students are finding every day examples of these mathematical terms and trying to see how and where they appear in life. We are trying to take away some of the abstract nature of the course and realize that transversals (a line that crosses at least two other lines), perpendicular bisectors (line or line segment perpendicular to it and passing through its midpoint) and corresponding angles (the angles in matching … Continue reading Grade 7 learns the meaning of geometry words or concepts

Helping a hearing impaired friend in 4th grade

In Ms. Montgomery’s class we are proud and thankful that we can help our Norwegian friend Gard with his hearing impairment. We are using audio technology (microphones and headsets) so he can hear us better. It also helps the rest of the class because when we are loud it will help us hear the speaker. This is helpful because only one microphone is allowed to be on at a time so the speaker will always be heard. Without the microphones we would be too noisy and it would hurt our friend’s ears. Our teachers use headsets because it would be too hard to hold a … Continue reading Helping a hearing impaired friend in 4th grade

Grade 1 tests apples for data gathering

We are now into the fall season and as part of the mathematics program in Grade 1, we did a special apple-tasting to gather data. The information we wanted to know was which color of apple did each person think tasted best. The children tasted, made a tally chart and then drew bar graph as they practiced their data handling skills. Each class’s graph looked different but we noticed a trend. Overall the children found that the yellow apples were the tastiest and the red apples were the least popular. What color of apple do you prefer? The grade 1 team Continue reading Grade 1 tests apples for data gathering

High School dance teaches students a large variety of styles

One of the objectives of the high school dance program is to expose the students to a variety of styles of dance, especially in this international context. To this end, St. John’s occasionally invites guest instructors to the school to teach a masterclass in a particular style. Last month, St. John’s hosted TLove Ruffjam, a professional dancer who has worked with artists like Michael Jackson and Britney Spears. He taught the students various elements of street dance.  St. John’s also invited Frankie d’Andrea, a professional dancer who has been in modern companies all over the world. She taught the students … Continue reading High School dance teaches students a large variety of styles

Language Clubs in the Elementary School

Thanks to the generous participation of several parents and language teachers, we were happy to see the introduction of several language clubs in the Elementary School this year. St. John’s Elementary School endorses and respects the languages of all our students and it has been the school’s commitment to try and provide as many language clubs as possible. Previously, language clubs were offered after school.  This year, however, as a trial, they are taking place on Wednesday afternoons from 2:45-3:30 p.m. when students in Grades 1-5 may choose whether they wish to attend one of the language clubs or the weekly … Continue reading Language Clubs in the Elementary School

Chess and sneaky puzzle solving in Mr. Mo’s Chess Club

What can you get if you rearrange the letters of STARS’ SCHEMES or of SMASH SECRETS? One possibility is CHESS MASTERS! The Chess Club is run by Mr. Mo in room EC6 on Fridays from 15.45-16.45, and is open to students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Normally every child in the club has a partner to play chess with, but on the day of the photo some children were absent. Puzzle: What can you figure out about the number of children who were absent…? Answer: The total number of children present is normally an even number so that everyone has a partner. … Continue reading Chess and sneaky puzzle solving in Mr. Mo’s Chess Club