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 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
Reading Comprehension
– There will be an excerpt from our readings in the class textbook, followed by questions that focus on students’ abilities in comprehension and critical thinking.
Vocabulary
– Students will demonstrate understanding of vocabulary words by matching the words with definitions and using them in sentences. These are vocabulary words from our weekly
vocab quizzes.
Grammar
– Students will be asked to show ability to correctly use the following –
• Nouns that modify nouns
• Apostrophes
• Comparative and superlative adjectives
• Prefixes
• Gerunds as subjects and objects
• Active and passive tense
Literary Skills
– Students should be able to identify main characters; protagonist and antagonist.
– Students will be given various scenarios and asked to identify types of literary conflict.
Writing Skills
Students will be asked to write a paragraph expressing personal opinion on a general topic.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
1. Living things
• What are requirements for living things.
• The characteristics of living things
2. Theory of evolution
• Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos
• Artificial and natural selection
• Embryology as evidence for evolution
• Bone structure as evidence for evolution
3. History of life on earth
• The geologic time scale
• Absolute dating
• Relative dating
• The fossil record
• Life in different eras of Earth’s geologic time scale
4. Classification of living things
• Taxonomy
• Different keys to classify animals
5. Archaea, bacteria, and viruses
• Cellular replication
• Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
• Protist locomotion
• Types of protists
6. Plants
• Plant classification
• Vascular plants
• Plant cells
• Plant characteristics
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
Topic 1:
1. Identify and model points, lines, and planes
2. Solve problems involving the distance formula
3. Find the midpoint of a line segment
4. Evaluate and identify bisectors and congruent angles. Algebraically solve for bisector angles
5. Identify perpendicular, parallel lines
Topic 2:
1. Identify relationships between two lines and/or planes and identify transversals
2. Determine relationships between specific pairs of angles using Theorems
3. Solve for angles algebraically understanding the concepts of complementary, supplementary, and vertical angles
4. Write an equation from information extracted from a graph
5. Prove whether two lines are parallel or perpendicular
6. Derive an equation in the slopeintercept form
7. Determine the distance between a point and a line. Find the distance between parallel lines
Topic 3:
1. Classify various triangles
2. Calculate and solve for missing sides of a triangle
3. Solve angles based upon the AngleSum Theorem
4. Solve for congruent angles and congruent sides of angles
5. Prove congruence via SSS, and SAS Postulates
6. Prove angle congruence via ASA, AAS Postulates
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
For the Geometry 9C midterm, Chapters 1 and 3 will be the source material.
Chapter 1 material will include proficiency at points, lines and planes; linear measure and congruency: distance and midpoint formula; angle measure and angle relationships; and two and threedimensional figures.
Chapter 3 will include proficiency at parallel lines and transversals; angles and parallel lines; slopes of lines; equations of lines; proving lines parallel; and perpendiculars and distance.
Week 8
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will we will continue with the topic – facing challenges. Students will learn how to identify problems and solutions. The grammar lesson will focus on gerunds as subject and object.
Literary words

• characters, point of view
Academic words

• approach, communicate, resources, response
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by learning about literary point of view, and reviewing the themes contained within chapter 5.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 2.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will be covering the introduction to plants. The students will be going over the characteristics of plants, the two main groups of plants, how vascular and nonvascular plants are classified, and how seed producing plants are classified. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary word for the week.
Vocabulary words for week 8

• Producers
• Photosynthesis
• Chlorophyll
• Vascular system
• Seed
• Pollen
• Gymnosperm
• angiosperm
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Prove triangles congruent using the ASA Postulate
• Prove triangles congruent using the AAS Postulate
• Identify and use perpendicular bisectors in triangles
• Identify and use angle bisectors in triangles
• Identify and use medians in triangles
• Identify and use altitudes in triangles
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude Chapter 3 with a review and quiz. We begin Chapter 4 and discussing sides, angles and types of Triangles. On Friday, most likely no class, but if there is – Kahoot!
Week 7
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will start a new topic – facing challenges. The grammar lesson will focus on prepositions of place and the word skills will cover common prefixes.
Key vocabulary words

• fugitive, heritage, network, runaway, shelter, Underground Railroad
Academic words

• accompanied, aid, challenge, code
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by discussing character development and the themes contained within chapter 5.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Thursday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 2, Reading 1.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week we will finish going over archaea bacteria and fungi. The students will also be learning about protists and fungi. By the end of the week students will know about the reproduction cycle of protists and fungi. The students will also be familiar with different kind of protists and fungi and what makes them different. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary for week 7

• Protista
• Gamete
• Spore
• Algae
• Fungi
• Hyphae
• Mycorrhiza
• lichen
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Prove triangles congruent using the SSS Postulate
• Prove triangles congruent using the SAS Postulate
• Prove triangles congruent using the AAS Postulate
• Prove triangles congruent using the ASA Postulate
• Use properties of isosceles and equilateral triangles
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude or parallel and perpendicular line unit, looking at equations of lines, parallel and perpendicular properties and distance.
Week 6
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week, we will enjoy lots of fun activities for English Week!
Students will learn about different forms of poetry then concentrate on how to create and illustrate a haiku poem. On Friday, students will selfassess their journal entries using a grading rubric.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
In class this week we will be learning the differences between archaea, bacteria, and viruses. The students will learn the major differences between all of the life forms and what is different between their cell structure and methods of reproduction. The students will also be expected to become familiar with the vocabulary words for the week.
Week 6 vocabulary

• Bacteria
• Archaea
• Binary fusion
• Virus
• host
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Find the distance between parallel lines
• Identify and classify angles by side measures
• Apply Exterior Angle Sum Theorem
• Name and use corresponding parts of congruent polygons
• Define congruence and prove triangles congruent
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week in geometry 9c, we examine the properties of transversals and parallel lines. We also review everyone’s favorite topic from Algebra 1: Equation of a line.
Week 5
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives. Students will learn how to use apostrophes, and the grammar lesson will focus on comparative & superlative adjectives.
Literary words

• imagery, setting
Academic words

• goal, involved, located, reacted
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by reading chapter 4, and identifying different types of conflict contained within chapters 14.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 4.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
In class this week we will be learning how living organisms are classified, and how to classify living organisms into their respective classes while learning how to use scientific names based on family, order, genus and species. The students will learn the major differences between the classification levels and be able to quickly identify different families. The students will also learn how to make and use a dichotomous key. The students will also be expected to become familiar with the vocabulary words for the week.
Week 5 vocabulary

• Species
• Genus
• Domain
• Bacteria
• Archaea
• Eukarya
• Protista
• Fungi
• Plantae
• Animalia
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Write the equation of a line when given the graph
• Prove lines parallel through comparing their slopes
• Recognize angle pairs when a transversal cuts two parallel lines
• Find the distance between a point and a line
• Find the distance between parallel lines
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we conclude our study of Chapter 1 with an examination of two and threedimensional figures. We will review on Thursday with a test on Friday.
Week 4
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives, and the reading topic will focus on how inventions have changed our lives. The word study will focus on nouns that modify nouns, and the grammar lesson on regular and irregular past simple verbs.
Key words

• designer, device, elements, invention, patent, periodic table
Academic words

• created, function, significant, important
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by discussing the themes contained within chapter 3
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 3.
• Written exercise for Coraline
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the students will be learning about the history of life on Earth. The students will learn to measure a mega annum, and how relative dating to find the approximate date of fossils and what different fossil layers can tell us about life on earth in the past. The students will also be looking at fossils of animals to learn how the have changed over time and how fossils can be used to show the major extinctions. We will be studying the geologic time scale and the students will have to show their understanding of all the main eras in earths history and the dominant plants and animals that were on the planet during each era. The students will also need to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Fossil
• Fossil record
• Extinction
• Geologic time scale
• Eons
• Eras
• Periods
• Epochs
• Holocene
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify relationships between two lines or two planes
• Name angle pairs formed by transversals
• Use algebra to find angle measurements
• Find the slopes of lines
• Use the slope to identify parallel and perpendicular lines
• Find the distance between a point and a line
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue our introduction into geometry by examining angles and bisection, angle relationships and twodimensional figures.
Week 3
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week’s topic continues with the impact of change on people’s lives. The word study will tackle double consonants, and the grammar lesson will focus on sequence words such as first, next, then & finally.
Literary words

• plot, conflict
Academic words

• achieved, attitudes, discrimination, illegal.
We will also continue our reading book – Coraline by Neil Gaiman – by analysing themes and use of spooky language in chapter 2.
Homework

• Study for vocab test on Friday.
• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 2.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in class the students will be learning about different forms of evidence for evolution. The students will be learning how and where fossils form and how different fossils can show us that animals have been slowly changing over time. The students will also be studying how common structures in skeletons of living animals can guide scientists to find common ancestors. We will also cover how the differences in cytochrome C can trace how related closely different organisms are related to one another and how studying similarities during early developmental stages show how closely animals are related. The students will also study skeletons of extinct animals and follow the fossil trail to modern animals with vestigial limbs. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Fossil
• Fossil record
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify congruent angles
• Identify an angle bisector
• Identify and use special pairs of angles
• Identify and name polygons
• Identify, name twodimensional figures
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
Having concluded our review, this week we enter the wonderful world of Geometry with a study of basic concepts: points, lines and planes.
Week 2
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
This week we will start the topic ‘How can change improve people’s lives?’. The word study is on spelling the long a and e. The grammar lesson will focus on order of adjectives. We will start the reading book – Coraline –and read and analyse chapter 1 focussing on use of foreshadowing and symbolism. We will also introduce the concept of author’s point of view and types of conflict in literature.
Keywords – climate, customs, irrigate, natural resources, nomads, tribe
Academic words – affects, available, environment, region
Homework

• Complete unfinished exercises in workbook from Unit 1, Reading 1
• Study for vocabulary test on Thursday
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in class the students will be learning about the Theory of Evolution. The students will learn the difference between adaptions and variations in species, and how the differences in variations explain how natural selection works. We will also be learning the differences and similarities between natural and artificial selection. In the later part of the week we will be learning about Charles Darwin, his voyage to the Galapagos and the different animals he was able to study when he was there. We will take a close look at Darwin’s Finches and the variations that help the survive on different islands in the Galapagos. The students will also be expected to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Extinction
• Adaptions
• Variations
• Species
• mutation
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas
SUMMARY:

• Identify and model points, lines, and planes
• Find the distance between two points on the coordinate plane
• Review the distance formula
• Find the midpoint of a line segment
• Measure and classify angles
• Identify congruent angles
• Identify an angle bisector
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
This week we continue a review of basic Algebra concepts that are necessary for Geometry. We will be examining ordered pairs, system of linear equations and square roots.
Week 1
Grade 9 English
Teacher Karen Suksabai
In our first week at school we will establish the classroom rules and expectations, and students will create a personal profile. Students will be introduced to journalling skills and will be provided with instructions on how to use the grading rubric. As an introduction to this semester’s novel study, students will make predictions about this semester’s novel – Coraline, and interpret different book cover art to predict genre, storyline etc.
Grade 9 Science
Teacher Ian Innocenti
This week in science class the students will be welcomed back to school, familiarized with the school rules and policies. We will also star learning about characteristics of living things. The students will learn what all living things need to survive and the different processes and actions that they go through to make sure that they need to do to be classified as living things. By the end of the week the students will be expected to know what living things need and how to classify them. The students will also need to learn the vocabulary for the week.
Vocabulary

• Cell
• stimulus
• homeostasis
• sexual reproduction
• asexual reproduction
• DNA
Grade 9A & 9B Geometry
Teacher Robert Dumas

• Review algebraic expressions, PEMDAS (Order of Operations)
• Review solving Linear Equations
• Review ordered pairs, quadrants, and graphing points on the coordinate plane
• Review square roots and simplifying radicals using the product, quotient properties and rationalizing the denominator
Grade 9C Geometry
Teacher Neill Dixon
Welcome to Geometry! This week, following a study of the class syllabus, we will launch into a preGeometry review, looking at measurements, algebraic expressions and linear expressions. Bring it on.