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.
Review and Exam Week
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Nouns and Articles
Singular and Plural
Countable and noncountable
Adjectives
Cumulative and Coordinating
Comparatives & Superlatives
Sentence Structure
Simple, compound, complex, and compoundcomplex sentences
Reading comprehension:
Crime Scene Investigation
Vocabulary
Academic and Literary words found in the above stories.
Writing a descriptive paragraph (and demonstrate grammar and punctuation)
Writing a persuasive text
Punctuation
Apostrophe, Capitalization, Colon, Comma, Hyphen, Parentheses,
Dash, and Ellipsis
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
1. Calculation using SI units and measurements
2. Understand and can describe motion in terms of
• displacement
• distance
• velocity
• acceleration
• time
• free fall
3. Interpret, synthesize, and analyze graphical data represented in terms of displacement,
velocity, time, and acceleration.
4. Can all kinematic equations to calculate distance, time, or velocity under conditions of
constant acceleration.
5. Relate free fall motion with constant acceleration.
6. Compare different objects in free fall.
7. Calculate displacement, velocity, and time at various points of motion of freely falling
object.
8. Case scenarios from lab practices
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
1. Equations:
• Solving multistep algebraic equations
• Linear Equations
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen
● Numerical Trigonometry
○ Radian and Degree of Measurement
○ Unit Circle
○ Right angle Trigonometry
○ Trig functions of any angle.
○ Graphs of Sine and Cosine
○ Graphs of other trigonometric functions
○ Inverse trigonometric functions
○ Application of Bearings
● Analytical Trigonometry
○ Using fundamental identities
○ Verifying identities
Week 26
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week we continue our study of punctuation. There will be a quiz on Friday (postponed from last week) on the comma and semicolon. The remainder of the lesson will be taught up until Review Week; all of which will be covered on the Midterm Exam. We will also have our last quiz of the term on ‘The Odyssey’. The adventure will continue when we return from the break. Any missing or makeup work must be completed this week as well.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Identify scalars and vectors, and make use of the coordinate systems to solve for two – dimensional motion. Students will also use Pythagorean theorem and Trigonometric functions learned in mathematics class to solve for vectors and the resultant.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our second round of skills needed for solving multistep equations. There is no class Friday, but we will manage to squeeze in a quiz on Thursday to get us in the mood for review week and midterms!
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Verifying trigonometric identities
• Solving Trigonometric equations (not on the midterm)
• Makeup work/quiz
Week 25
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This past week, we had our first punctuation quiz (apostrophe, capitalization, and the colon). Scores were mostly fair, a few good, none perfect. Perhaps the result of too little study time. Grade 11 completed the textbook chapter on Crime Scene Investigation with a classroom activity in which they had to solve the murder of their Thai homeroom teacher. Students acted as detectives, CSI staff, fingerprint technicians, witnesses, suspects, and one killer.
We continue our punctuation lesson in all levels with the comma. Friday, we’ll have a quiz on only the comma (it can be a little trickier than the others). Monday, students will receive Book 11 of ‘The Odyssey’ and take a short quiz on Book 10. Again, time will be provided for Loy Kratong activities if needed.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Continue with acceleration focusing on practice problems and motion in constant acceleration. No classes for grade 11 on Tuesday due to a field trip to Prem College.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
New books means new material – wait a minute, why are we still solving multistep algebraic equations, I thought we just did that? Well, practice makes perfect and judging by last week’s worksheets, a lot more practice is needed. Bring it on.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Chapter 4 Test
• Chapter 5 Introduction
• Analytical trigonometry
• Using fundamental identities
• Verifying trigonometric identities
Week 24
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Time for some quizzes again to test the students’ understanding of the lessons and give them an opportunity to rack up some good grades. All levels will have both the chapter quiz on ‘The Odyssey’ as well as the first punctuation quiz (apostrophe, capitalization, and the colon). We will continue with the lesson in punctuation with the comma, dash, and quotation marks. Grade 11 A & B will demonstrate their knowledge of fingerprint identification in the Crime Scene game, when they, as detectives, will attempt to learn who killed their homeroom (Thai) teacher – a game for points. Some time will be provided for Loy Kratong activities, if needed.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will continue learning Motion in One Dimension. They will focus on velocity and acceleration using the previous knowledge from last week about the displacement. They will conduct the Ping Pong ball demonstration to collect the data of displacement over time interval, and graph the results.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we put our first textbook and workbook to rest, finishing off with methods of solving equations. The cakewalk is over and next week the fun begins!!
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Inverse trigonometric functions
• Applications of trigonometry
• Review for Chapter 4 Test
• Chapter 4 Test
Week 23
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week, Odysseus explains his travels to King Alcineous before accepting his ship and crew to leave for home. We learn of his travels beginning at the end of the Trojan War up until the time he stays with Calypso. We begin our lesson in punctuation, which seems to be a problem in all levels. Grade 12 will submit their bios for the yearbook, Grade 11 will continue their lesson in fingerprint identification, and Grade 10 will continue their basic grammar lesson of fact vs. opinion. And, this week is Halloween: fun for all ghouls and boys.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
This week student will cover the motion in one dimension, which include express motion in terms of displacement, time,velocity, and acceleration. Students will observe the inclass demonstration and collect data in order to construct the graph for analysis.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we finish our unit on transformations with rotations and a quiz. We then begin the final chapter of our current book by looking at the mustknow distributive property and simplifying algebraic functions.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Graphs of Sine and Cosine
• Vertical and horizontal stretching and shrinking
• Horizontal and vertical translation
• Graphing other trig functions: Tan, Cot, Sec, Csc
• Brief example of “damping”
Week 22
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Next week we continue with the travels of Odysseus in Books VI and VII with the first quiz of the new semester. We also begin reading Books VIII and IX. Grades 10 and 12 will present their writing homework on either a personal experience or a fictional narrative, respectively. Grade 11 will begin their writing assignment, based on the text lesson of ‘Crime Scene Investigation’. The weekly grammar lesson continues with a review of modal and subjunctive verbs. High school students will also participate in a club, or join a study hall on Friday afternoon. Lastly, Class 10A, ‘The Disco Deer’, has chosen to perform the song ‘Disco Santa Claus’ for the ABS Christmas celebration.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will SI units and measurements to measure the dimensions of an object in Lab 1: Physics and Measurement and Lab 2: Time and Measurement this week.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we complete the section on integer operations with division. If you understood multiplication, this should be a breeze. We then begin exploring the coordinate plane, beginning with identifying coordinates and quadrants and then proceeding to translations and reflections.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Right Angle Trigonometry
• Trigonometric Identities
• Graphs of Sine and Cosine
Week 21
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
The new semester begins with a review of the Final Exam, which covered subjects from as far back as the beginning of the year. We will then continue with our basic structure; however, this semester will have more emphasis on the students speaking. We also change from the basic grammar lessons to those more specific to speech and conversation. This week also brings chapters five and six of ‘The Odyssey’, where we follow more directly the quest of Odysseus.
Grade 11 Physics I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Introduction to Physics
Start the week off with getting to know the language used in Physics and units and measurements, which are not far to different from Chemistry. These topics are just to review and touch base on background knowledge.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
The workbook is almost complete! This week we finish up surface area and volume of shapes – this week, prisms! This will be followed by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing integers. If all this seems old hat, not to worry, harder stuff is looming just over the horizon.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Numerical Trigonometry
• Radians and Degrees
• Conversions
• Unit Circle
Review and Exam Week
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
Section 1. Vocabulary from textbook.
 relating to ‘your identity’.
Section 2. Grammar from the textbook.
 figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, symbol) and possessives.
Section 3. Writing (as prescribed from the text)
 writing the steps in a process, and cause and effect.
Section 4. Additional Grammar
 the Perfect Tense, conditional sentences, and how to debate.
Section 5. Reading Comprehension
 stories related to those read in the book to test understanding.
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
1. Matter
• Principles and law
• Classification of matter
• Properties of matter
• Units of measurement
2. Atomic theory
• Atoms, molecules, and ions
• Atomic structure
• Atomic weights (Periodic table)
• Molecular compounds
• Ionic compounds
• Chemical nomenclature
3. Stoichiometry
• Balancing chemical equations
• Chemical reactivity patterns
• Formula weights/Molecular weights
• Molar mass
• Mole
• Avogadro’s number
• Empirical formula
• Limiting reactants
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
1. Ratios and Proportions
2. Percents/Fractions/Decimals
converting percentsfractions
circle graphs
converting percentsdecimals
probability
estimating percents
sample spaces/Fundamental Counting Principle
3. Measuring
Capacity, weight, and length US style, unit conversion
converting in metric system
measures of time
measures of temperature, Celsius and Fahrenheit
4. Angles and shapes
measuring, estimating and drawing angles
angle relationships
triangles and quadrilaterals
similar and congruent figures
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen
Polynomial and Rational Functions
○ Quadratics
○ Higher polynomials
○ Complex numbers
○ Synthetic division and long division with polynomials
○ Zeros of polynomial functions
○ Rational functions
○ Nonlinear inequalities
Exponential and Logarithmic functions
○ Exponential functions
○ Graphs of exponential functions
○ Properties of exponential functions
○ Logarithmic functions
○ Properties of logarithmic functions
○ Logarithmic and exponential models and applications
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
○ Linear and Nonlinear systems
○ Two variable system and Elimination
○ Multivariable systems and RowEchelon Form
○ Partial Fractions
○ Systems of Inequalities
○ Linear Programing
Week 18
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This past week in ‘The Odyssey’, we read of Telemachus’ continued search for his father, Odysseus. With the help of Athena, he visits the home of King Menelaus and Helen. This week, in Chapter 5, the story of Odysseus unfolds. We begin the week with the quiz on Chapter 4, and continue reading for next Monday’s quiz, Chapter 5.
Students of Grades 10, 11 and 12 will continue their work with conditional sentences and prepare a debate. Teams and positions (‘for’ and ‘against’) have been determined. Winners will be chosen based on the best arguments, supportive facts, and the use of conditional sentences. Grade 12A, which has moved ahead of their rivals in our syllabus, will delve further into the field of poetry, with an analysis of John Keats’ ‘Ode to a Nightingale’. Last week, after an analysis of the poems presented in the textbook, the 12A Students wrote their own poems, expressing various feelings of love, sorrow, and confusion. (You had to be there.)
This is our last week before the review week for the final exam. Everyone is optimistic.
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Finishing the last piece of stoichiometry – determining the molecular formulas from given empirical formulas and molar masses using the interconverting and dimensional analysis.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This final week of the semester we conclude chapter 9 by examining quadrilaterals and similar and congruent figures. The later half of the week will be a chapter review and test.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Multivariable Linear Systems
• Partial Fractions
• Systems of Inequalities
Week 17
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week we continued further into ‘The Odyssey’ with another chapter and a quiz. Each week presents a quiz on the chapter read that week and a new quiz. We also began our introduction to conditional sentences with a review of the perfect tense. Students then practiced with each of the four types of conditional sentences. This week, we will further our usage of conditional sentences and introduce the concept of debate, in which students will form teams and debate topics of interest. At week’s end, students will take a quiz on the usage and grammar of conditional sentences and the debate process. Vocabulary and exercises (for each respective level), mostly in the form of homework, will be taken from the text book and workbook.
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Continuing on moles and mass conversion. Students will learn how to quantify the numbers of atoms in a given substance/compound and analyze the mole ratios of all elements.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
We begin the week with a test on measurements. The rest of the week will be spent studying angles, triangles and quadrilaterals and their sundry properties.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Chapter 3 Test
• Intro to Systems of Equations and Inequalities
• Substitution Method
• Nonlinear substitution
• Elimination Method
• Graphs of Linear and Nonlinear Systems of Equations
Week 16
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week we continued with Chapter 1 of ‘The Odyssey’. Comprehension was tested with the first quiz, in which students were challenged to write their ideas of our story. Next week, we continue with Chapter 2, and Quiz 2. We also return to the textbook where we will attempt to increase vocabulary, improve and develop writing style, and provide a short focus on grammar; following the outline of the book.
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Continue with formula weights and percentage composition calculation. Students will master the calculation process and able to interpret the quantity of each component in the substances. Students will also be exposed to Avogadro’s number and the concepts of quantifying the number of atoms of a given mass of substances.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we examine units of measurement, capacity and length, both in US measurements and metric.
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Exponential growth and decay
• Carbon dating application and other half life examples
• Review
• Chapter 3 Test
• Intro to Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Week 15
Grade 11 English
Teacher Chris Bonner
This week we begin a new reading lesson to teach vocabulary, comprehension, and a little bit about Greek Mythology. Each week, we will read one chapter, greatly edited and condensed, from the story ‘The Odyssey’. Each chapter will include a discussion and a quiz. Upon completion of our epic tale, students will have the opportunity to select a short story about any mythological figure that they would like to read about; such as Hercules, Prometheus, Icarus, etc. Lessons in grammar and writing will continue to follow the outline of the book.
Next week is also Science Week. The English schedule may relax to accommodate the Science activities.
Grade 11 Chemistry I
Teacher Siri Sawangjai
Students will continue to quantify the chemical components using formula weights and percent composition calculation. Practice handouts will be given to do in their own time. Therefore, students can use the rest of the time in class to work on the recycled/reused fashion show project together.
Grade 11 Math Foundations
Teacher Neill Dixon
11B enjoys a truncated week, with no school Monday and Science Fair on Friday. Luckily, we have just enough time to finish our unit on probability and percentages, culminating in a review on Thursday in preparation for a test Friday!!
Grade 11 PreCalculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Exponential and Logarithmic equations
• Exponential growth and decay
• Carbon dating application and other half life examples
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