Previous Weeks – Grade 12

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.

Grade 11/12 Archive 2015/2016

Grade 11/12 Archive 2016/2017

Grade 11/12 Archive 2017/2018


Review and Exam Week

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

Nouns and Articles
   Singular and Plural
   Countable and non-countable

Adjectives
   Cumulative and Coordinating
   Comparatives & Superlatives

Sentence Structure
   Simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences

Reading comprehension

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
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

  1. Calculation using SI units and measurements
  2. Understand forces: What is a force?
  3. Describe how can forces affect the motion of an object.
  4. Able to distinguish between contact forces and field forces.
  5. Interpret, analyze, and construct free – body diagrams.
  6. Calculate the net external force using the free – body diagrams constructed.
  7. Explain the relationship between the motion of an object and the net external force
   acting on it.
  8. Calculate the force required to bring an object into equilibrium.
  9. Newton’s second law: acceleration and mass.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

  • Google sheets record keeping
  • Setting up a journal in Google sheets
  • Proposal for Christmas show(to be completed previous to midterm week)
 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

1. Probability
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Calculating probabilities
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

  • Comprehensive Limit Review – Minor topic
  • Derivatives obtained from limits
  • Derivatives obtained using calculus rules
  • Product and Quotient rules
  • Second and higher derivatives
  • Negative integer powers of x
  • Application Velocity and Acceleration
 

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Week 26

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Grade 12 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 make-up work must be completed this week as well.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

This week students with learn Newton’s third law of motion and everyday forces. They will take all of the basics information learned about Newton’s law of motion and apply into problem solving.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Post sale presentation with financials and corrective summary
    • Preparation for Christmas proposals
    • Student council information

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude chapter two of our probability book, taking a closer look at tree diagrams and conditional probability. We have four days for review, so brace yourselves for a review on the first day, followed by a quiz – and then further two days going over possible test questions.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Negative integer powers of x
    • Derivatives of trigonometric functions
    • Short quiz on derivatives
    • Grade check and makeup opportunities

 

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Week 25

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will describe forces using vectors and display them on the free – body diagram as a way to analyze the situation. They will carry on this habit to calculate for net external force and explain inertia.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Google sheets project review
    • Sales project execution
    • Post sale presentation with financials and corrective summary

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we begin the second chapter of our probability book, concentrating on calculating basic probabilities. We examine the influence of independent and compound events and also mutually and non-mutually exclusive events. It sounds awful, I know, but rest assured formulas are provided … BUT you need to know how to add fractions!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Product rule
    • Quotient Rule
    • Negative integer powers of x

 

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Week 24

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will learn different types of forces and how they affect the objects. The will work in groups to demonstrate in-class (lab) activities to deepen understanding.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Google sheets projects
    • Proposal presentations
    • Critique of presentations and improvement strategies

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude our first look at probability looking at mixed combination and permutation problems followed by a review on Wednesday and test on Friday.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Derivatives and their graphs compared to their functions
    • Second derivatives and their graphs
    • Where f’(x) may not exist

 

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Week 23

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will define ‘force’ using different case-studies display in class. The students will learn and determine types of forces, and use the knowledge to analyze the affects on an object from the situations that will demonstrated in class by teacher. Demonstrations include but not limit to: 1. rolling the Ping Pong ball downhill and pushing Ping Pong ball uphill, 2. shooting Ping Pong ball from paper towel cannon.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Key data points for proposals
    • Google sheets homework assignment designed by students
    • Practice presentations given to guest teacher

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we build on what we’ve learned from the Fundamental Counting Principle and study permutations and combinations. Not to worry, there’s still lots of factorials involved and plenty of problem sets.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Review of Limits
    • Graphing as a way to find limits
    • Continuity
    • Limit Test

 

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Week 22

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Understand how the affects of force on the motion of an object. Utilize the information to analyze and construct the free-body diagrams of situations.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Google Sheets practice
    • Completing the final exam in google sheets.
    • Presentations and proposals

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week things start to get hairy. We rehash the multiplication and addition rule and then leap into counting methods and the Fundamental Counting Principle. Confusion will reign.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Tangent lines 2.4
    • Creating a derivative formula using limits and the limit equation.
    • Our first derivative!

 

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Week 21

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Physics II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Refresh the first week with units and measurements. It’s never hurt to start with the basics. Then get to know some units used to calculate force, mass, and acceleration. We will go slow and steady.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Money Collection for group sale
    • Introduction to google sheets
    • Formulas in google sheets and presentation of numbers
    • Organizing data

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

The first of many truncated weeks, alas! This week we introduce probability and its specialized vocabulary. Soon you’ll be brandying words like “sample space” and “random phenomenon” like a sailor spouting expletives. Also, the five important rules of probability will be introduced, accompanied by plenty of fun-filled worksheets!!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Review of limits Units 2.1-2.3
    • Final Exam Review and Makeup solutions
    • Presentation assignment

 

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Review and Exam Week

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

Section 1. Vocabulary from textbook.
  - generations

Section 2. Grammar from the textbook.
  - infinitives of purpose

Section 3. Writing (as prescribed from the text).
  - writing a personal narrative and a story from a different point of view.

Section 4. Additional Grammar
  - the Perfect Tense, conditional sentences, and how to debate.

Section 5. Reading Comprehension
  - poetry
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

1. Gases
  • Characteristics of gases
  • Pressure: P = F/A
  • Atmospheric pressure
  • Barometric pressure
  • Boyle’s law
  • Charles’ law
  • Avogadro’s law
  • Ideal – gas equation
  • Gas densities and molar mass
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

Proposal presentation
  ○ Analysis of previous sales project and improvement steps
  ○ New plan for next sales project
  ○ Projected income and expenses

Accounting
  ○ Debits and credits
  ○ Journal Entries (basic)
  ○ Gross Profit vs Net Profit
  ○ Inventory vs expenses vs equipment
  ○ Profit Margin(Gross)
 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

1. Scatterplots, association and correlation
2. Linear Regression
3. Randomness
4. Sample Surveys
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

Conics
  ○ Parabolas
  ○ Ellipses
  ○ Hyperbolas
  ○ Rotation of Conics

Limits and Continuity
  ○ Definition of a limit
  ○ Properties of limits
  ○ Properties of limits ax X approaches infinity
 

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Week 18

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue to apply the ideal-gas equation to solve for the behavior of gases under the standard temperature and pressure (STP). Students will also determine the density of gases using the ideal-gas equation.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Simulation project
    • Proposal preparation and direction
    • Sales project preparation
    • Final Review Handout

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we examine sample surveys, how to fairly represent a whole population by using just a sample of the population. To lessen the suspense: last week’s randomness plays a major role.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Asymptotes
    • End Model Limits
    • Continuity

 

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Week 17

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will continue with gases and relevant pressure including units conversion and the ideal-gas law.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Simulation project
    • Proposal preparation and direction

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

Quick, pick a number, any number! This week we study randomness – what it is, how to model it, when is something truly random. We will be addressing these questions – and more!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Properties of Limits
    • Limits involving infinity
    • The non-existing limit

 

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Week 16

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Focus on gases and their physical characteristics. Students will use the Gas Law and Ideal Gas Equation concepts to express numerical quantity in terms of pressure, temperature, volume, and quantity of gases in different states.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Presentation of reports from second sales project
    • Research information homework assignment for sunday market or 700 year stadium
    • Simulation project

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we will conclude our unit on comparing two variables and linear regression, hopefully using the computer lab to crunch some real numbers and create our own scatterplots (if not, you’ll have the pleasure of watching T. Neill crunch numbers and creating scatterplots – exciting stuff!). This week should bring to a close this particular very theoretical unit.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Introduction to Limits and Continuity
    • Rates of change
    • Instantaneous speed

 

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Week 15

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will be working on the presentation boards. We will critique and revise the typed information that will be displayed on the boards for the science fair day. Some of the students will be working on the recycled/reused fashion show project during class time.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Sunday Market information
    • Written reports from 2nd sales project due
    • Simulation

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week Statistics enjoys a one-day week, there being no school Monday and science fair on Friday. We will conclude our unit on linear regression on Wednesday with a in-class worksheet that will be collected and graded.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Chapter 10.5 Test

 

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Week 14

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Grade 12 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 Keystone-Longman 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

We’ll continue to learn the method of valence-bond theory and hybridization of atomic orbitals. Students will use the quantum mechanics theory learned to predict the new geometries of covalent bonds when s and p orbitals are mixed.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • 2nd Sales Project Monday
    • Sunday Market information progress check
    • Putting our results from project 2 into the General Journal

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we enter the wonder world of Linear Regression: drawing a “best fit” line through a scatterplot in order to create a model that can be used in predicting values. Bring it on.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Rotation of Conics – continues
    • Parametric Equations

 

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Week 13

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Use the backgrounds in VSEPR model and valence-bond theory to predict hybrid orbitals and their new geometries of the molecular compounds.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Simulation
• T-Charts
• Accounting Debits and Credits
• Preparation for Mother’s day sale
 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

Another truncated week: We’ll summarize what we’ve learned about correlation and a pop-quiz on Wednesday. On Friday, we’ll begin a new chapter – but not to worry: they’re all interlinked. How will correlation (and standard deviations and those 8th grade equations of a line) related to a something called “linear regression”? We wait with bated breath.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Rotation of Conics – continues
    • Parametric Equations

 

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Week 12

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

This past week students took their mid-term 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will spend the class hours to work on their experiments and display at least 30% progress to receive additional grades for their Midterms. The projects will be critiqued and graded as part of their chemistry curriculum, and will result in their final grades for the term.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

• Restart Simulation Project for Q2
• Begin preparation for second selling project based on proposal 2.
• Explore options for Sunday market and begin research possibilities.
 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

Finally a new chapter – just what everyone has been waiting for: Correlation!! This week we examine yet another way of examining data by examining scatterplots, association and correlation. Statistically speaking it is incorrect to say that there is a correlation between nodding off in class and the subject of statistics — because correlation only relates to quantitative data! Massive ha ha.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Introduction to Hyperbolas
    • Rotation of Conics

 

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Review and Exam Week

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

    Nouns and Articles
       Singular and Plural
       Countable and non-countable

    Adjectives
       Cumulative and Coordinating
       Order
       Comparatives & Superlatives

    Adverbs
       Of frequency
       Of time

    Sentence Structure
       Simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex sentences.

    Reading comprehension:
       How we hear.

    Vocabulary
       Academic and Literary words found in the above stories.

    Writing a descriptive paragraph:
       Through the use of sensory details (sight, sound,
       touch, smell, and taste.

 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

    1. Development of the Periodic Table
    2. Sizes of Atoms and Ions
    3. Electronegativity
    4. Electron Configurations
    5. Chemical Bonding: Lewis symbols, Lewis structure, and Octet Rules
    6. Covalent and Ionic Bonds
    7. Bond Polarity
    8. Lattice Energy
    9. Bond Enthalpy
    10. Molecular Shapes and VSEPR Model

 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Business Vocabulary
    • Personal Finance and Emergency Fund
    • Expenses (Fixed vs Variable)
    • Profit(Gross and Net)
    • Presentational Rubric
      ○ Presentation Form: Well practiced and professional
      ○ Presentation Information: Good and appropriate information based on real information,
      not speculation.
      ○ Presentation Conclusions: Well thought out plan based on info from surveys and other
      real information.
      ○ Presentation Financials: Accurate expense and profit numbers shown by actual research
      on expenses and previous experience if possible.

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

    1. Exploring and Understanding Data
      a. Introduction to statistics
        i. Data, data tables, context, five w’s, categorical variable, quantitative variable
      b. Displaying and Describing Categorical Data (Remember the Titanic!!)
        i. Frequency tables, bar charts, pie charts
        ii. Reading contingency tables: table values, row values, column values
        iii. Segmented bar charts
      c. Displaying and Summarizing Quantitative Data(Tsunamis and earthquakes)
        i. Histograms: distribution and bins
        ii. Stem-and-leaf displays, dotplots
        iii. Shape of distribution: Shape, center, spread.
         - Is distribution unimodal, bimodal or multimodal; symmetrical; outliers; tails; skewed?
        iv. Median, range, IQR, 5-number summary, Boxplots
        v. Mean, standard deviation
      d. Understanding and Comparing Distributions
        i. Comparing groups with histograms (two groups)
        ii. Comparing groups with boxplots and timeplots (more than two groups)
        iii. Re-expressing using log or square root
      e. Standard Deviation as a Ruler
        i. Using SD to compare groups with different units
        ii. Z-scores, bell-shaped curves (Normal model), 68-95-99.7 Rule

    2. Exploring Relationships Between Variables
      a. Scatterplots, association and correlation
        i. Scatterplots: positive or negative; form; how strong is the relationship
        ii. Variables: response or explanatory, x- or y-axis
        iii. Correlation coefficient
        iv. Lurking variables

 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Law of Sines
    • Law of Cosines
    • Vectors in the Plane
    • Vectors and Dot Products
    • Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number
    • Lines
    • Parabolas
    • Elipses
    • Hyperbolas

 

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Week 9

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Use VSEPR model to predict the geometries of large molecules and compounds with nonbonding pairs. Students will further use the electron – pairs counting technique in conjunction with valence – bond theory to identify covalent bonding.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Simulation 3 weeks and turn in project.
    • Preparation for Midterm Presentation

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we bring it all together with some good ol’ hands-on statistics. Monday – hold back the tears – I will be absent so a substitute teacher will distribute a worksheet to be completed by end of class. Wednesday we journey to the computer lab for some Excel number-crunching and graphing. Friday will be dedicated to tying up loose ends – checking notebooks, makeup tests, a quiz on z-scores and percentiles – bring it on!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Ellipses
    • Hyperbolas
    • Rotation of Conics

 

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Week 8

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Grade 12 English
Teacher Chris Bonner

This week we began the festivities for English Week. Students in Grade 5 kicked-off 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

This week students will focus on VSEPR model to predict the molecular geometries and bond angles. We had to slow down in Week 7 due to complex problems and questions that needed more time to practice.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Results from first sales project(What did we learn?)
    • Preparation for second sales project
    • Midterm presentation

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we conclude our standard deviation section by looking at the Normal Model. We will spend a day with the theory and solving problems (Yes!), a day in the computer labs crunching numbers and making histograms (Double Yes!) and a quiz on Friday (Triple Yes!). Get those thinking caps on.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Conics: Parabola review – Vertex, formulas etc.
    • Finding the focus of a parabola
    • Finding the directrix of a parabola
    • Finding the equation of a parabola
    • Finding the equation of a tangent line at a point on a parabola

 

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Week 7

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will finish with bond enthalpy calculations and move on to bond geometry. This week they will learn to predict the structure and bond angles of the compounds using basic geometry and VSEPR model.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Proposal presentation #1
    • Personal Finance simulation catch up.
    • Preparation for Business project performed on Friday

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week – I anticipate much cheering – we return to standard deviations. We progress beyond just calculating the standard deviation to what it actually means in terms of using it as a ruler and as a normal model. We will be pounding calculators to calculate z-scores, squinting at bell curves and analyzing “real life” problem sets (strangely, always American) at the end of the chapter. Sadly, our Friday class in cancelled due to English week; but, not to worry, Monday is always just around the corner!!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Lines
    • Angles between lines
    • Distance between a point and a line
    • Conics: Parabola review – Vertex, formulas etc.

 

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Week 6

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with resonance structure and bond enthalpy. We will apply all of the bond concepts into numerical problem – solving this week.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Review plan for English week
    • Personal Finance simulation
    • Prepare presentation for administration proposal

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week in Statistics 12A we practice some of the skills learned last week by looking at your very own exams, creating a bell curve and computing the standard deviation of the results as a possible grade curve. We will begin chapter 4: distributions, how to compare and understand them, using a quantitative variable against a variable that can be broken down into various categories (i.e., months, seasons, etc). Finally, we re-enter into the world of standard deviations and z-scores, the gold standard of statistics!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Finding the nth root of a number
    • Finding the nth root of a complex number
    • Chapter 6 Review
    • Chapter 6 Test

 

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Week 5

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with different types of chemical bonding and identifying bond energy. This week will focus heavily on analytical problems and putting together all of the concepts to estimate the bond types and their characteristics from Lewis structure, and bond distance. The students will have two days to review and take their first exam on Friday.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Interest and its effects
    • Personal Finance Simulation
    • Business Plan for English week

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we finally conclude our unit on quantitative data by looking at further methods of examining spread – namely, IQR and standard deviation. We then combine all our hard-earned knowledge by working through the end-of-chapter problem sets. Finally, we put the students understanding to a test with a quiz on Friday.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Graphing complex numbers
    • Operations using complex numbers
    • Chapter 6 Test

 

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Week 4

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will continue with Chemical Bonding Concepts focusing on Covalent Bonding – sharing valence electrons between nonmetals. Thus, students will also learn difference types of covalent bonds and their electronegativity properties, which will help quantify the polarity of the molecules in order have dipole moments.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Collect Surveys and critique
    • Begin Simulation for personal finance
    • Overview of expenses
    • How to begin saving and the power of interest

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week in Statistics we continue and conclude the unit on quantitative data and how to present and interpret it. Theories will be introduced, graphs displayed and many numbers brandied about. We will be displaying data and solving problems from the textbook as well as generating our own unique sets of data.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Vectors and Dot Products
    • Trigonometric Form of a Complex Number

 

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Week 3

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Moving forward with electron configurations. This week we will apply the electron configuration with Lewis symbol to determine valence electrons. Then we will apply those theories in figuring out the ionic bonding between metals and nonmetals.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Market Research
    • Assets – How do we get them
    • Assets – How to we pay for them
    • Assets – How to we record them
    • Business group expense research

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week we shift from examining categorical data (everyone should now be an expert on the Titanic) to displaying quantitative data. This week we are using earthquake-produced tsunamis as our primary example, but will be constructing our own class-based data as well. We bid farewell to pie and bar graphs and examine histograms, stem-and-leaf diagrams and dotplots. Finally, we begin discussing distribution and its shape, center and spread.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Heron’s Area Formula
    • Vectors in a Plane
    • Vectors and Dot Products

 

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Week 2

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Grade 12 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 five-point 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.

 
 
The Academic Guidance/Study Hall class (Period 7) is now chaired by me, and will focus on preparation for the university (entrance exams, admissions, and requirements), TOEFEL and IELTS preparation, help with any type of school work needed; and lastly, an opportunity to finish any homework before going home for the weekend.

 
 
Subjects for the G12 assembly presentation, later in the month:

Grade 12 A
Effectiveness of the ASEAN community in Southeast Asia.

Grade 12 B
Global effects of the ASEAN community.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Continue with periodic table properties, students will determine the trends for ionization energy and electron affinity using electron configurations.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Forming business groups
    • Starting Simulation
    • Collecting data from first weeks expenses
    • Developing business plans

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week 12A Statistic looks at how to present data – tables, graphs, charts – using the sinking of the Titanic as an example. Presenting data properly is a powerful tool to understanding what would otherwise be a fairly unintelligible series of numbers. We will demonstrate our understanding by making some tables of our own – using our very own class data!
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    • Law of Sines
    • Law of Cosines
    • Heron’s area formula
    • Application of the laws

 

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Week 1

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Grade 12 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.
 

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Grade 12 Chemistry II
Teacher Siri Sawangjai

Students will continue with periodic table of elements and explore in-depth about elements’ properties including electron configuration, balancing chemical reaction, and ionization energy. To figure out the strength and behavior of atoms.
 

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Grade 12 Business Math
Teacher Nic Hansen

    ● Introductions
    ● Syllabus and course structure
    ● Information gathering project
    ● Required vs Optional expenses
    ● Snapshot of SOME expenses used in daily life

 

Grade 12 Statistics
Teacher Neill Dixon

This week Statistics is introduced. We talk about data and how it can be interpreted (or manipulated). The various types of data are discussed – is it quantitative or qualitative, discreet or continuous. Another important aspect of data is its context: the Who, What, When, Where and hoW. Statistics class will also be examining data tables: how their components are labeled, what do they reveal. Students will be designing their own data tables based on class-produced surveys. Finally, we will discuss how to conduct a survey, what questions to ask, what not to ask, how to present the results.
 

Grade 12 Calculus
Teacher Nic Hansen

    ● Introductions
    ● Syllabus and class structure
    ● Review of Trigonometric Identities

 

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