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 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will take the quiz on Monday and continue with chemical reactivity patterns throughout the week. The activities include but not limit to combination and decomposition reactions experiments, which will conduct by Teacher Siri with the assistance of the students during class time. Then we will spend time on quantifying the substances in the reactions using formula weights and percentage composition.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we change gears and study percents and probability. We review some old skills – fractions/percents, percents/decimals, look at circle graphs – and begin examining the exciting world of probability.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Chapter 3 Exponential Functions and Logarithmic Functions
• Natural Logs
• Properties of Logarithms
Week 13
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Continue with stoichiometry, balancing combustion and redox reactions. Work with organic compounds in chemical equations and identify the states of matter of each compound.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our proportions and ratios section, ending the week on a cheerful note with a review and test. Bring it on, baby.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Review for Chapter 2 Test
• Chapter 2 Test
• Post review of Chapter 2 Test
• Introduction to exponential functions
Week 12
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will spend times working on their science experiments as part of chemistry framework and hands – on learning. On Wednesday, we will revisit the last lesson learned in Stoichiometry and discuss about the experiments progress.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we examine ratios and proportions. To add further spice to an already fascinating topic, we will gain further enlightenment through a video on hot dog eating contests (Go, Joey!) and a cooking program illustrating portion sizes and proportions!! A shortened week will end on an exciting note with a midchapter quiz. Oh, yeah!
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Vertical and Horizontal Asymptotes
• Slant Asymptotes
• Analyze and sketch graphs of rational functions
• Solve Polynomial Inequalities
Review and Exam Week
Grade 11 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:
Managing Stress.
Vocabulary
Academic and Literary words found in the above stories.
Writing a descriptive paragraph:
Through use of the word web (flow chart).
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

1. Units and Conversion
2. Dimensional Analysis
3. Properties of Matter and Identification
4. Uncertainty in Measurement
5. Atomic Theory of Matter
6. Modern Atomic Structure
7. The Periodic Table of Elements
8. Atomic mass and Subatomic particles
9. Molecular and Ionic Compounds
10. Chemical Nomenclatures
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon

1. Number, Operations and Statistics
a. Algebra: Number patterns and functions
i. Prime factors, powers and exponents, order of operations, variables and expressions, functions
b. Statistics and Graphs
i. Bar graphs and line graphs, stemandleaf plots, line plots
ii. Mean, median, mode range; integers and graphing
2. Number and Operations: Decimals and Fractions
a. Operations with Decimals
i. Representing decimals, comparing and ordering decimals, rounding decimals,
estimating sums and differences
ii. Adding and subtracting decimals, multiplying decimals, dividing decimals
b. Fractions and Decimals
i. Greatest common factor, simplifying fractions, mixed numbers and improper
fractions, least common multiple, comparing and ordering fractions, writing decimals
and fractions, writing fractions as decimals
c. Operations with Fractions
i. Rounding fractions and mixed numbers, adding and subtracting fractions and
mixed numbers, estimating products of fractions, multiplying fractions and mixed
numbers, dividing fractions and mixed numbers
3. Patterns, relationships and algebraic thinking
a. Ratio, proportion and functions
i. Rations and rates, ratio tables, proportions, sequences and expressions,
proportions and equations
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Rectangular Coordinates
• Graphs of Equations
• Linear Equations in Two Variables
• Functions
• Analyzing Graphs of Functions
• Parent Functions
• Transformations of Functions
• Combinations of Functions: Composites
• Inverse Functions
• Quadratic Functions and Models
• Polynomial functions of a Higher Degree
• Polynomial and Synthetic Division
• Complex Numbers
• Zeros of Polynomial Functions
• Rational Functions
• Nonlinear Inequalities
Week 9
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Stoichiometry. Use chemical formulas to write chemical equations representing chemical reactions in different phases of matters. Balance chemical reactions involve combustion process.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
Fun with fractions continues this week. We multiply, divide; we round and estimate; we wrestle with mixed fractions and improper fractions. By the week’s end, fingers crossed, students will be masters of fractions in preparation of the upcoming midterm – and hopefully for life.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Zeros of polynomials(continued from last week)
• Rational functions
Week 8
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
This week students will use the applications in Basic Chemical Bonding in stoichiometry and formulate a balanced chemical equations.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
We start off with a bang with a test on last week’s material, hopefully affirming that our decimal and fractions skills are now with us for life. We then further hone our fraction skills: adding fractions, subtracting fractions and mixing it up with mixed numbers.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Complex Numbers
• Finding zeros of polynomial functions
• How many zeros
• How to find the zeros
• Complex zeros
• Rational Zeros
• Descarte’s rule of signs
Week 7
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will continue with predicting empirical formulas in conjunction with naming binary molecular and ionic compounds. Students will learn the procedure to predict charges for complex compounds and assign the correct naming.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week 11B refreshes their fraction and decimal skills, examining such diverse and electrifying skills as simplifying fractions, working with mixed numbers and comparing and ordering fractions.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Synthetic Division
• Complex numbers
• Finding zeros of polynomial functions
Week 6
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
The test is moved to Monday. We will continue with analyzing conceptual problems while trying to learn different molecular compounds and chemistry nomenclature this week.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our decimal module by studying how to multiply and divide decimals. We will conclude the week with a comprehensive review on decimals in preparation for a test next Monday.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Quadratic Functions and Models
• Finding the Vertex
• Polynomial functions of a Higher Degree
• Polynomial and Synthetic Division
Week 5
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will continue with the last two groups of presentation on Monday. They will use a lot of time this week to do practice problemsolving skill and analysis. The main goal is to understand the questions asked and solve for the solution using the correct scientific notations. This will prepare them for the test on Friday.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our statistics unit with a test on Monday. For the remainder of the week we review our old friend, the mighty decimal. We relearn and embrace the real world decimal skills of representing, rounding, comparing and ordering and estimating sums and differences.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Mathematical Modeling and Variation
• Chapter 1 Review
• Chapter 1 Test
• Introduction to Quadratic polynomials
Week 4
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
This week we will focus on Atomic Mass Unit (amu) and learn to calculate the atomic mass and atomic weight from percent composition using isotopes. Students will have a group presentation on Friday from the project assigned last week about Atomic Structure.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in 11B Math we conclude our statistical unit. Following on from Friday’s lesson on taking the mean, we study median, mode and range. The remainder of the week is spent on interpreting data and which display to use. We also spend a lesson on also displaying negative data. We end the week with a test which will cover two weeks’ worth of statistical material.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Combinations of Functions: Composite Functions
• Inverse Functions
Week 3
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Continue with conversion factors and analysis complex problems. Start with atomic structure concepts including Dalton’s Atomic Theory, Radioactivity and Nuclear Model of Atom.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week, 11B switches topics to statistics and graphs, concentrating on graphs, tables and charts this week, including frequency tables, bar graphs, line graphs and stemandleaf graphs and how to interpret them. Fun stuff!!
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Average rate of change
• Even/Odd functions
• Library of Parent Functions
• Transformation of functions
Week 2
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will use metric system and SI units to calculate the physical measurements in scientific work. They will learn scientific method and the uncertainty in measurements.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we focus on fundamental algebra skills: variables, equations, functions, solving for variables. Friday will culminate in end of unit review in preparation for a test the following week.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Slope and Slope Intercept Form
• Parallel and perpendicular lines
• Functions and how to test for them
• Importance of functions
Week 1
Grade 11 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 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will be introduced to chemistry and why it is important to study. They will explore the states of matter as they are essential to life and become more informed consumers. Students will utilize metric measurement system for scientific calculation throughout this course.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week will stress reestablishing basic math skills. Vocabulary will include: Prime, composite, prime factorization, base, component, powers, squared, cubed, numerical expressions, order of operations. Topics will include: Introduction to Math 11B, policies and procedures; a plan for problem solving (Understand, Plan, Solve, Check); prime factors (factor trees); powers and exponents; order of operations (Parentheses, Exponents, Divide, Multiply, Addition, Subtraction).
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

● Introductions
● Syllabus and class structure
● Rectangular coordinates
● Cartesian plane