Wednesday, November 8, 2017

November Art Updates

Grade 9 art students have finished up their first art project.  In this unit they learned two techniques to use for creating representational portraits - proportions and the grid technique.  They used both of these in short exercises with a selfie they took during class.
They chose the technique that they preferred and created a full, B4-sized portrait in pencil.  They then developed their work using 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils to add value to the features of their subject - shadows, textures, and other details.  They did an excellent job of developing gradual tone in their drawings.

They are currently beginning another portrait; however, students will be working with mixed media in this piece and may choose to work with a different style if they like.  They began by choosing papers which they cut and collaged into their sketchbooks.  They will be using drawing, painting, printing, and even sewing to explore the effects they can get when working with multiple materials.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monthly Musical Update

Dear Parents,

This month in Music Class, Grade 9 has continued to look at Music History and how advances in early technology made the spread of music possible throughout Europe and the Middle East.  We've also continued to rehearse our parts for Celebration of Learning, which will take place in December.

Musically yours,

Ms. Shay

Friday, October 27, 2017

Japanese October Blog

Dear Parents,

Group 1 
In unit 2, we learned numbers and prices. And practiced asking and answering questions.
これはいくらですか?- How much is this.
5,000えんです。- This is 5,000 yen.
We practiced asking and answering questions using Genki workbook unit2 for writing practice.

After the break we have a unit2 test.

Group 2
In unit 3, we learned verb conjugation (dictionary form, preset affirmative and present negative), particles (を、で、に、へ), time reference (), Suggestion using (~ませんか) and frequency adverbs (まいにち、よく、ときどき).
We practiced asking and answering questions using Genki workbook unit3 for writing practice.

After the break we have a unit2 test.


Group 3 
In unit 8, we learned Short forms (verbs, adjectives, nouns).
 Informal speech(two people who are close friends or family members speak with Short forms)
 ・「~とおもいます」- I think…
 ・「~といっていました」- They said…
 ・「~ないでください」- Please do not …
 ・「~がすきです」 - I like to do…
We practiced asking and answering questions using Genki workbook unit8 for writing practice.

After the break we have a unit8 test.

Group 4 
We use Minna no Nihongo textbook2 for Japanese grammar and Kanji Daisuki textbook for Kanji practice.
We learned
・~んです
・~んですが、~ていただけませんか


Quiz on every Monday
We have a vocabulary test every Monday
Group 1 is vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit3.
Group 2 is vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit 4.
Group 3 is vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit 9.
Group 4 is Kanji test.

This month all students made invitation card for sports day to their family. They wrote massages to their parents in Japanese too.








If you have any questions, please feel free to contact with me.


Ms. Shoko

Thursday, October 19, 2017

French Newsletter

Dear parents,

In October, we finished the first Unit. The goal of this unit was, firstly, to review the basics we studied last year. Moreover, since new students have joined Grade 9 this term, it was also a chance for them to catch up with their classmates. I am aware that it was quite fast and they may feel lost. But, even if they couldn't grasp the meaning of everything, this unit should have given them enough to understand the structure of French language and its characteristics.

In this unit, Grade 9 students reviewed or learnt how to introduce oneself, to describe onself and to describe clothes and colors. The students should be now more aware of how masculine, feminine and plural influence a lot French language.

I gave a quiz about this first Unit. The majority of the students chose the wrong answers. They have to take the time to think if it's an understanding problem, in this case, they should not hesitate to ask me whenever they don't understand something, or if it's due to a lack of efforts. Some students are not serious enough and easily distracted in class, but if they don't try and listen, they will keep struggling in French.

As an activity, I ask the students to create a superhero or superheroine, give him or her an identity, describe him or her briefly and, if they wish, to illustrate their creation. Some students did a good job at illustrating but should have been more focused on the introduction since the main purpose of this activity was, above all, to write full and correct sentences in French. However, some other students did a great job at both writing in French and illustrating.

Here are some students'work.








Sunday, October 15, 2017

JNL Newsletter in October


Dear G9 parents,

I hope you have been well in nice season and ready for red leaves.

There are some topics which JNL students learnt in this month below.
- Hihyo no kotoba wo tameru
They learnt how different "Complain" and "Criticize " are. They gather some information from TV, or newspaper or any media. And they discussed about the information with the complaining perspective and criticizing perspective. After this, I encourage them to suggest/take action. So they learnt how to write proposal sheet.

- Dareka no kawarini
This article is written about "dependence" and "independence". They are studying both word through their experiences.

I gave students homework which is creating a "Book Review".
Usually, I gave secondary students the homework when a long break comes up.
The details of homework are shared today by Email.

Next month, we will study below
- A story of Yesus
- Comparing Newspaper

All students adjusted to new grade.
And everybody tries as hard as they can.
Some students told me to improve their Japanese more.
So I am planning to give some stuffs.
Thank you very much for your cooperation everyday.
If you have any question/suggestion, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Higa
Secondary Japanese Teacher

Monday, October 2, 2017

French Homework - Devoirs du 3 octobre

Chers étudiants,

Don't forget to prepare the description of your superhero or superheroine for the next French class !

On the sheet I gave you, write complete sentences to express his / her :
- name
- nationality (or place where he / she comes from)
- age
- family (siblings or not)
- likes / dislikes
- hobbies
- appearance
- personality

If you can draw or illustrate the first page, it would be even better !

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Japanese September Blog

Dear parents,

Hello I am Shoko Matsuya and I am Japanese teacher at HJIS.
I am pleased to be a Japanese teacher for G8 in this academic year.
Let’s have a great year together!

Group 1 
We use Genki1 textbook reviewing unit 1 and started from unit 2 for Japanese grammar and speaking practice.

In unit 1, we reviewed the lesson about  
わたしは~です。- I am….
なんさいですか?- How old are you?
せんこうは なんですか? - What is your majör?
いまなんじですか?- what time is it now?
~じです。- it’s ~ o’clock.

In unit 2, we are learning

ここ/そこ/あそこ
これ/それ/あれ
これはなんですか?- What is this?
わたしの/あなたの/~さんの
これはだれのペンですか?-Whose pen is this?
これはいくらですか?- How much is this.

Group 2
We use Genki1 textbook. We started reviewing the lesson from unit 2 and now we are learning unit 3 for Japanese grammar and speaking practice.

In unit 2, we reviewed  the lesson about
ここ/そこ/あそこ
これ/それ/あれ
これはなんですか?- What is this?
わたしの/あなたの/~さんの
これはだれのペンですか?-Whose pen is this?
これはいくらですか?- How much is this.

In unit 3, we are learning 
Verbs
~をたべます。- I eat…
~をのみます。- I drink…
~へいきます。- I go to …

Particles
を、で、に、へ
Group 3 
We use Genki1 textbook. We started reviewing from unit 7 and now we are learning unit 8 for Japanese grammar and speaking practice.

In unit 7, we reviewed the lesson about
Te-form
~ています。I am doing…
In unit 8, we are learning 
Short forms (verbs, adjectives, nouns)
 Informal speech(two people who are close friends or family members speak with Short forms)
 ・「~とおもいます」- I think…
 ・「~といっていました」- They said…
 ・「~ないでください」- Please do not …
 ・「~がすきです」 - I like to do…

Group 4 
We use Minna no Nihongo textbook2 for Japanese grammar and Kanji Daisuki textbook for Kanji practice.
We are leaning「~んです」

Quiz on every Monday 
We have a vocabulary test every Monday 
Group 1: vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit2.
Group 2: vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit 3.
Group 3: vocabulary test from Genki textbook unit 8.
Group 4: Kanji test.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact with me.


Shoko