All students in grade 7-12 had the opportunity to meet on Wednesday, September 19th to join in conversation activities that draw on the fiction and nonfiction reading they did over the summer.
All students were asked to read one fiction and one nonfiction book by Canadian Authors. These books were chosen from the 2018 Red Maple Fiction List, B.C. Young Readers’ Choice Awards Non-Fiction List (Grades 7-8) and the 2018 White Pine Fiction List, RBC Charles Taylor Prize List (Grades 9-12).
Last week, our MAC Junior Ambassadors and select MAC Grade 7-8 students had the opportunity to join in a one-day training workshop run by the group “Playocracy”. The workshop centered around unique recess activities and play-based learning scenarios while giving students a chance to learn and acquire a variety of life-long skills in leadership, communication, team-building, and commitment.
On Thursday, September 20th, we welcomed MAC families to join us for our annual Welcome Back BBQ for 2018. MAC staff, teachers and families joined together for a fun-filled evening of good food and great company. The student favourite, was, of course, the very famous ice cream truck! The entire school community was able to come together for this event to celebrate the beginning of another amazing school year for 2018/2019.
This past Friday, one of the grade four Innovation classes met "Dash", the robot, for the very first time! He responds to voice commands, navigates objects, dances and sings - he's a star! Students used their iPads to tell Dash to spin in a circle, flash lights, play sound effects and more. They are learning to use the picture-based coding language to create detailed behaviours for Dash. This connects to the coming gr. 4 unit of inquiry, "Location, Location, Location" and exploring the ways in which maps can be used for orientation and direction.