Throughout the semester, we have been updating the website with week by week information on what the students have been learning. Please choose from the weeks below.
Week 14
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Our lesson in editing continues this week with a quiz. Students will demonstrate their editing abilities by editing a short narrative, titled: Paris, City of Culture. We then continue with the next story for each level. Again, following the format of the KeystoneLongman textbook, we will define our objectives, review literary and academic words, which will be found in the text, read the respective stories, and test the students’ comprehension.
With the upcoming Science Week, we also may expect to have some of our class time diverted to this effort. Such was the case with English Week.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
After finishing our topics about primate evolution last week we’re going to continue the theme this week of understanding the history of biological diversity. This week, we’re going to look at how scientists seek to organize the diversity of living things through a process called taxonomy. In many ways, science is about bringing order to chaos — in fact the word ‘science’ itself simply means the study of knowledge — and it doesn’t fall short in the discipline of Biology. We’re going to spend this week understanding how scientists pull everything together to create a system for classifying and knowing everything that exists in our world, and how they are grouped together. After this section we’ll have a test, and then we’ll commence a review of all living things, starting off with singlecelled prokaryotes, all the way to complex mammals.
Vocabulary Words:

• classification
• taxonomy
• binomial nomenclature
• taxon
• genus
• family
• order
• class
• phylum
• division
• kingdom
• domain
• phylogeny
• character
• eubacteria
• Archaea
• protist
• fungus
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Use long division to divide polynomials to establish whether it has real root factors
• Use synthetic division to divide polynomials and determine real roots as factors
• Finding factoring patterns for cubic polynomial functions
Week 13
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This past week, students wrote a descriptive essay and tested their hands at the proofreading and editing process.
Next week, we continue our lesson in editing with sample paragraphs from the textbook and workbook (in each class) as well as editing the descriptive essay of another student. Each student will edit someone else’s work. In the latter part of the week, we will proceed with the next story in the book.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We are continuing our them of tracing Primate Evolution. Last week we looked at common characteristics of primates and how this type of animal differs from others, and elements that link all primates together. We also began to look at how Hominims most likely evolved during the Miocene period in response to environmental changes in their habit, and we’ll be continuing that this week. We’ll also round of the topic by investigating human ancestry, such as acknowledging the OutofAfrica hypothesis, and also comparing the similarities and differences between Neanderthals and modern humans. Mostly, we’ll be attempting to answer the question as to why it’s important for our human species living in this day and age to understand our biological origins.
Vocabulary Words:

• opposable first digit
• binocular vision
• diurnal
• nocturnal
• arboreal
• anthropoid
• prehensile tail
• hominin
• hominoid
• bipedal
• Homo
• Neanderthal
• CroMagnon
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Describe polynomial functions by their characteristics
• Graph polynomial functions
• Compare linear, quadratic, and polynomial models for data graphing
• Use long division to divide polynomials to establish whether it has real root factors
• Use synthetic division to divide polynomials and determine real roots as factors
Week 12
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This past week students took their midterm exams. The English exam was taken on Monday,
and graded on Tuesday and Wednesday. A review of the exam took place on Thursday and Friday.
Next week, we continue with study in the text for each respective grade; focusing on editing and proofreading. Students will begin focusing on making corrections to their own work as well as work provided by the text. Several days will be devoted to learning these skills.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We have now completed our midterm examination, and students in 10A and 10B performed as well as I expected. For any students that did not receive as many points as they expected in the exam, then I recommend they review their learning materials more thoroughly prior to each exam. The subject learning in the high school only gets gradually more difficult in preparation for students to reach university.
Following the exam this week we had one class together, and talked about our next topic that we’ll study. We’re going to continue exploring our theme of the History of Biological Diversity, and this time we’re moving onto the topic of Primate Evolution.
We’ll continue in the theme of Biodiversity for a few weeks before we begin a study of all living things, starting with singlecelled Prokaryotes, plants, and all the way to complex large mammals.
Vocabulary Words:

opposable first digit
binocular vision
diurnal
nocturnal
arboreal
anthropoid
prehensile tail
hominin
hominoid
bipedal
Homo
Neanderthal
CroMagnon
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Solve equations by the method of completing the square
• Solve equations with imaginary root solutions
• Solve quadratic equations by using the Quadratic Formula
• Use the discriminant to determine the number and the type of roots of a quadratic equation
Review and Exam Week
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

Nouns and Articles
Singular and Plural
Countable and noncountable
Adjectives
Cumulative and Coordinating
Order
Comparatives & Superlatives
Adverbs
Of frequency
Of time
Sentence Structure
Simple, compound, complex, and compoundcomplex sentences.
Reading comprehension:
What is Light?
Vocabulary
Academic and Literary words found in the above stories.
Writing a descriptive paragraph:
Through the use of physical and character traits.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry

A) Biology: The Study of Life (
 The Nature of Science
 Methods of Science
B) Ecology — Principles
 Organisms and Their Relationships
 Flow of Energy / Cycling of Matter
C) Communities, Biomes, and Ecosystems
 Community Ecology
 Terrestrial / Aquatic Biomes
D) Population Ecology
 Population Dynamics
 Human Population
E) Biodiversity and Conservation
 What is Biodiversity and why is it important?
 Threats to Biodiversity / Conserving Biodiversity
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas

1. Solve, identify, and simplify expressions, and functions utilizing Order of Operations, and Properties of Equality
2. Define Relations vs. Functions
3. Use Linear Models to setup and solve problems
4. Recognize families of functions (parent functions) and translations of the parent function
1. Graph linear equations based upon information given
2. Write equations in Standard Form and SlopeIntercept Form
3. Evaluate the average rate of change, identify slope and calculate slope of a linear equation
4. Write the equation of a line given the slope and a point. Determine if a line is parallel, or perpendicular to a given line
5. Graph linear inequalities, and solve Linear Optimization problems finding maximum and minimum values of a bounded function
1. Solve systems of linear equations graphically
2. Solve systems of linear equations algebraically using the Elimination and Substitution Methods
3. Evaluate and derive solutions for systems of equations with three variables
4. Evaluate matrices by performing algebraic operations on matrices
5. Solve systems of equations in three variables using Cramer’s Rule
Week 9
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This past week we celebrated the winners of the English Week competitions. We also reached the point that marks the end of the material which will be found on the Midterm Exam, meaning that any material from this point on will not be on the Midterm Exam.
Next week, we continue with study in the text for each respective grade; including reading comprehension, key and academic vocabulary words, and various grammar exercises.
Quiz number three is scheduled for the end of the week. This will be a writing assignment, graded for content and usage of the material covered in class, specifically the section on figurative language, allegories, irony, similes, and metaphors.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
Students are now progressing into the final week of classes before we review topics and then have our midterm exams in a fortnight. If any students have any questions or items they wish to be clarified, then I urge them to come forward and ask. I am the teacher responsible for Grade 10 Biology this year and I encourage any questions.
Last week, we moved on from our ecology section to ask the big question regarding what is the origin of life. This week, we shall be continuing down a similar path to focus on evolution, by asking “what is the orgin of the species”?
Vocabulary:

artificial selection
natural selection
evolution
derived trait
ancestral trait
homologous structure
vestigial structure
analogous structure
HardyWeinberg principle
genetic drift
founder effect
allopatric speciation
postzygotic isolation mechanism
sympatric speciation
adaptive radiation
gradualism
punctuated equilibrium
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Find common and binomial factors of quadratic equations
• Factor special forms of trinomials
• Use the Zero Product Property to find the roots of the quadratic function
• Solve quadratic equations by factoring and by finding square roots
• Solve equations by graphing
Week 8
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week we began the festivities for English Week. Students in Grade 5 kickedoff Monday’s assembly with a tribute to the USA, carrying American flags and passing out hotdogs. The week continued with Ireland, England, South Africa, and Canada.
The crossword competition began on Monday, due to the large number of participants. The crossword finalists, Neo (11A) and Clowy (11B) will compete on Friday. Spellers have been practicing all week for the Spelling Bee, storytellers have been working on their speeches, and the skit teams have been perfecting their stories.
Next week we continue with study in the text for each respective grade. Midterm exams are being created, and a final quiz, number three, will be conducted prior to the end of the term.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We have now finished our unit on Ecology, and students completed a quiz last week as a benchmark assessment. Ecology can byandlarge be considered ‘macrobiology’, because it looks at systems and interactions from a world view. Instead of launching straight into ‘microbiology’, we shall stick with a similar theme, with the aim of returning to smallscale biology later.
This week, students will be learning about the History and Life, and Evolution. We’ll take a view on where it all began, and how we got where we are today.
Vocabulary Words:

fossil
paleontologist
relative dating
law of superposition
radiometric dating
halflife
geologic time scale
era
period
Cambrian explosion
KT boundary
plate tectonics
spontaneous generation
theory of biogenesis
endosymbiont theory
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Convert a quadratic equation from standard form to vertex form
• Derive the equation of a parabola given its graph
• Demonstrate the transformation of the parent function of a parabola by some distance from the origin, h, k
• Factor quadratics into binomial form
• Factor quadratics of special binomial products
Week 7
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Last week, we reviewed the second quiz, and assessed the current standings for English class. From there we returned to the textbook for each class’ respective reading assignment. The reading for each level has the same outline and format. We begin with preparation, discuss what the story will be about, and introduce and practice with the new vocabulary words that will be found in the text. Grade 12 read about sound, Grade 11 read about light, and Grade 10 read about stress.
We continued with the assignments and practice for next week’s English Week competitions. Students chose to compete in storytelling, impromptu speech, skits, spelling bee, and crosswords. Some students chose two. Students were diligent in their practice, and the competitions are heating up.
This week, we continue with our practice and on to the competitions. English week opens on Monday morning, where the Grade 5 class will present the first English Speaking country: America.
Following next week’s competitions, we will continue with the reading and writing exercises from the textbook and work our way to the third quiz, just prior to the Midterm Exam.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
Students are progressing through the 2nd Unit of our curriculum about Ecology. Although considered a separate entity in its own right, and often studied alongside other environmental sciences, Ecology is still considered a branch on Biology, and rightly so. It offers people the opportunity to learn and understand how all living and nonliving organisms interact with eachother on a planetary scale.
This week we shall be concluding our study into ecology by examining Biodiversity, and it’s importance as a fundamental factor of the Biosphere.
Students will also be required to do a quiz on Chapters 2, 3, and 4 during one class this week.
Vocabulary Words

extinction
biodiversity
background extinction
mass extinction
natural resource
overexploitation
renewable resource
nonrenewable resource
sustainable use
endemic
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Using Determinants to solve n x n (square) matrices
• Using Determinants and Cramer’s Rule to solve systems of equations
• Develop Quadratic Equations to model realworld problems
• Compare the Standard Form and Vertex Form of a Quadratic Equation
Week 6
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Last week, we completed the basic grammar in writing and speaking review. Students learned sentence structure, nouns, compound nouns, articles, and the different types of adjectives. Most importantly, they combined all of this material into writing descriptive paragraphs in complete, correct sentences. Quiz #2 was taken at the end of the week. On Monday, we will review Quiz #2, and discuss the student standings halfway through the term.
This week, we move on to the outline of the student textbook. Continuing into the first chapter, we have reading exercises, comprehension exercises, academic vocabulary, and different types of writing exercises, such as the persuasive text. Each level, 10, 11, and 12; will branch off into their respective levels of study, designated by their books. Students will continue to use all of the skills reviewed in the grammar review.
Regarding student behavior and class participation, most classes have moved beyond the reminder of class rules, and have begun participating and enjoying the class. Two rewards are given. Firstly, they play (English) games that are a fun way to enjoy using the language. Secondly, they are learning in class, as demonstrated by their ability to score well on the quizzes. Many students are pleased with their results.
However, many students refuse to follow instructions and contest the class rules at every opportunity. These students would prefer to talk, play computer games, put on makeup, or sleep in class. These students and their respective grades will be reported to management and parents next week.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We are progressing through the unit regarding ecology. Last week we looked at communities and biomes (previously had been investigating how ecosystems operate), and this week we’ll round it off by investigating population ecology — including demographics, which means the study of human populations — and this represents the missing piece of the puzzle in the biosphere.
Vocabulary:

population density
dispersion
densityindependent factor
densitydependent factor
demography
demographic transition
zero population growth (ZPG)
age structure
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Quiz on Chapter 3
• Addition and Subtraction operations on matrices
• Introduce the topic of Determinants and using Determinants to solve systems of equations in two variables
Week 5
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week students will take their second quiz on the material covered within the past two weeks. Material covered will be basic sentence structure, adjectives, and articles; especially as they are applied to writing. Students will also provide an example of their writing abilities with another descriptive paragraph, incorporating their newly acquired skills.
With the scores of the second quiz, homework, and classwork, the first assessment will be made at week’s end determining the students’ status in English class. Students who are not working or scoring sufficiently will be referred to their homeroom teachers for suggested methods of improvement. Management will also be notified. Student’s whose class participation is suffering due to a lack of interest, unwillingness to participate, behavioral problems, or sleeping in class will also be reported to the homeroom teachers, management, and parents.
English class at this time is focusing on the basic skills that are lacking in the students speaking and writing abilities. The ability to construct correct, meaningful sentences is of critical importance in all levels of education.
Lastly, students will indicate their choice for the English Week activities.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We already looked at the transfer of energy and and cycles of matter — such as vital nutrients — through the ecosystem. Now, it’s time to look at ecology in more detail by discovering what is meant by communities and biomes. Specifically, we’ll look at how all biological communities are limited by the environmental factors in which they survive, and then we’ll investigate terrestrial and aquatic biomes.
Vocabulary Words:

community
limiting factor
tolerance
ecological succession
weather
latitude
climate
sediment
littoral zone
limnetic zone
profundal zone
intertidal zone
photic zone
aphotic zone
benthic zone
abyssal zone
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Develop graphs in three dimensions
• Solving systems of equations in three variables
• Introduction to Matrices; organizing data into matrices
Week 4
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Many students scored well in the first quiz; however, several demonstrated their lack of interest, and apparently didn’t study. Many students have shown interest class participation and teamwork in our learning games.
The writing exercises demonstrated the creative and descriptive abilities of many students; however, the sentences were poorly formed, with errors in basic writing components, like articles, noun/verb agreements, and simple present tense.
We began reading in the textbook, however much of the vocabulary was inappropriate and lacking in value. In future reading exercises, additional reading material will be added to the curriculum.
Clubs have been formed, and students have been introduced to their objectives.
In this next week, we will introduce a new project: Learning Across Boarders (LAB) in which a team of two students and one teacher can compete nationally in a writing/research program.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
Students have now finished their miniproject on the nature of science, making observations, hypotheses, experiments, and peerreviewed conclusions. They should have grasped the concept of how this is critical for any theorising in the field of biology, which is paramount to further study.
This week we shall be continuing to take a macroview of biology by studying ecology, specifically focusing on:
– Flow of Energy in an Ecosystem
– Cycling of Matter
Vocabulary Words:
ecosystem, biome, habitat, autotroph, heterotroph, herbivore, carnivore, omnivore, detritivore, matter, nutrient
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Complete the topic of solving systems of linear equations by the method of elimination. Stress that this same method will be used to solve systems of equations with three variables
• Introduction to Linear Optimization; maximizing/minimizing systems given constraints
• Introduction to graphing in three dimensions
• Solving systems of equations with three variables by substitution/elimination
Week 3
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
In the second week, we completed our first grammar lesson (compound nouns and sentence structure), as well as our first quiz. Quizzes will be graded, and reviewed with the students on Monday. A summary of the results will be presented in the summary for week four.
We began using our newly arrived textbooks in week three; with lessons in reading, vocabulary, and both questions and answers, as well as interactive discussions to evaluate comprehension. While each book level (Grade 10, 11, and 12) offer different reading and writing materials, the format for each chapter is the same.
Students will also begin to use their newly learned (or reviewed) knowledge of sentence structure in their first writing lesson: the descriptive paragraph. Different writing lessons occur at the end of each chapter, which will be of particular use to those students testing with IELTS or TOEFL, or preparing a university application.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
Students are now wellequipped to understand why we separate science into the three branches of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics when studying at high school level and above, and then what it means to study biology, and some of the things that biologists do.
This week, we’ll start to ‘connect the dots’ as we delve into the principles of ecology, covering aspects of:
– Organisms and their relationships
– Flow of energy in an ecosystem
– Cycling of Matter
Vocabulary Words:

• ecology
• biosphere
• biotic factor
• abiotic factor
• population
• ecosystem
• biome
• habitat
• autotroph
• heterotroph
• herbivore
• carnivore
• omnivore
• detritivore
• matter
• nutrient
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Finding the solutions to a system of linear equations via graphing
• Emphasize that graphing provides an approximate solution
• Solving systems of linear equations by algebraic means; substitution and elimination
Week 2
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
The first week was on course with the introductions and class rules. The outline changed in each class due to the lack of textbooks and workbooks.
We began with the first grammar lesson in the first chapter of each book, which involved compound words and sentences. The lesson expanded to include sentence structure. This is one of the most important lessons in all levels, as a clear understanding and usage of sentence structure will raise the students’ perceived level of ability in both speaking and writing.
The lesson continues in the second week, and includes pdf presentations, an instructional video, a game (which is also a form of quiz), and the first fivepoint quiz.
The assessment of student speaking abilities and understanding was useful in determining the level of future lessons for each class. Several students, however, demonstrated a lack of understanding of the class rules. They will be continually reminded.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
We had an enjoyable first week getting to know each other and introducing topics that are required for high school level science learning, so that now students are on the right trajectory for the year ahead learning Grade 10 Biology.
This week, we’ll be continuing our learning of Unit 1: Introduction to Biology, The Nature of Science, and Methods of Science; as well as supplementary reading.
Keywords:

organism
organization
growth
development
theory
peer review
ethics
observation
inference
scientific method
hypothesis
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Graph relations, identify functions, use the Vertical Line Test (VLT)
• Graph linear equations, write equations of lines
• Investigate scatter plots, trend lines, and correlation relationships
• Analyze translations of functions from the parent function
Week 1
Grade 10 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
The first week presents an introduction to the teacher, course work, and class materials.
The class rules and student expectations are also discussed.
We will also begin the first chapter of our text. The intention is to develop student interest, as well as to assess their skill levels and abilities.
The goal of the first week is to create an understanding between the teachers (Thai and Western Homeroom teachers) and the students, allowing for a successful learning experience.
Grade 10 Biology
Teacher George Perry
Grade 10 Algebra II
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Review graphing and ordering real numbers
• Identify and use properties of real numbers
• Evaluate algebraic expressions
• Simplify algebraic expressions
• Solve and graph inequalities