Miss Bowler recently returned from a trip to Antarctica, and the students in Primary School and ECA have enjoyed hearing about her experiences and asking her many questions. Did you know that Antarctica is the driest, windiest, coldest and least populated continent in the world? The students were surprised to learn that between 1,000-4,000 people live there (mostly researchers and scientists), and that it is summertime in Antarctica when it is winter in China.
This week’s problem is based on university number theory. It is a difficult mathematical reasoning problem. The answer to last week’s challenge is 2.83 and was solved by Kyubin and Lucia, both in Grade 9. Enjoy!
A more recent discovery, the Mimic Octopus, has more defenses against predators then any other see creatures. This type of Octopus is a master of disguise. Learn more from Sean, Emma and Sherry’s poster.
In World Travelers Club, we have enjoyed having guest presenters (including parents and other teachers) who have taught us all about their cultures and countries. It has been valuable for the students to be able to hear first-hand from these wonderful visitors and to ask questions and learn some fun vocabulary from other languages. So far, our guest presenters have taught about Denmark, Japan, Jamaica, and Sweden. We hope to invite some more guest presenters to our club throughout the rest of the year!
In Grade 1, we have been learning about our Earth’s land and natural resources. So far, we have focused on rocks, minerals and soil. We were excited to learn that we use rocks and minerals every day, including in our toothpaste and pencils! The students had fun making “Pet Rocks” and writing down observations of characteristics that they noticed, such as texture, color, size, shape, and luster. They also enjoyed looking for and examining different types of soil. We have some future geologists at TIS!
On Tuesday, students from across Middle School came together to compete for the Judges’ and Students’ Choice awards in the annual Cultures Fair. Thank you to the students (and parents!) who put in such hard work in creating marvelous (and delicious) presentations! Thank you also to the Judges and other teachers without whom the Fair could not have happened. The results of this year’s Cultures Fair are:
Two groups earned the Finalist award for their Division:
From Grade 8: Jiang Tian Yu (Emily), Wang Xin Yi (Cindy), and Wang Yi Fan (Linda)
From Grade 6: Lin Ting Wan (Christine), Dana Rodriguez Arreola, and Sun Zhuo Ran (Cherry)
…while Gladys Dexter Silva and Sharon Russel Kingsley from Grade 7 earned the coveted Judges’ Choice Award!
Congratulations go as well to the winners of this year’s prized Students’ Choice Award: Ng Zijian (Kent) and Yuan Wang (Rain) (not pictured).
Thank you all and good luck next year!
The Zebra Mantis Shrimp has to be one of most unusual sea creatures. Find out why in the included poster.