Thursday, May 25, 2017

Monthly Musical Update

Dear Parents,

This month in Music Class, we have been preparing our music for Year End Performance, which will take place on Friday, June 23rd, in Kohoku Hall.  More details about the performance will be sent out in the upcoming weeks, so please keep an eye on your school email inbox.

Grade 9 students are working on Don’t Stop Me Now, by Queen, for YEP.  They have really grown musically this year and are working on stage presence and playing or singing solos. We are excited to share our music with you in the upcoming performance.

Musically yours,

Ms. Shay

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

JNL Newsletter in May

Dear G9 JNL parents,

I hope you are enjoying great season.
There are the topic they studied last month.

-A girl in El Salvador
This is a journal of girl in El Salvador which was one of conflicts.
A Japanese journalist went there and interview a girl many time.
Students created a book introduction like we can see at book store.
Then, they presented their introduction.

-Instead of someone
This theme is "relationship and independence".
Students were thinking about the theme and wrote an essay.
Also they analyzed literary style.

In this month, they are studying "Rasho-mon".
They already studied this in English.
So, they compare Japanese version and translated version.
Then they will present their analyzation.

Thank you very much for your cooperation everyday.
All students are trying very hard and they bring their homework every week.
If you have any question or suggestion, please feel free to contact me.

Mr. Higa

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Chemistry May Newsletter

This month, 9 graders  will start learning about Organic chemistry   

This unit starts by introducing different types and uses of fossil fuels. The process of fractional distillation of crude oil is discussed with its importance as the main source of organic molecules. There is an opportunity for learners to research and explore the vast variety of everyday products that originate from crude oil. The unit then considers simple hydrocarbons limited to alkanes and alkenes. This unit is cross-referenced to assessment objectives A1–5, B1–5, C1–3 and Units 2 and 7.

These are the main topics we will cover for IGCSE combined science

  •   Fuels Recall coal, natural gas and petroleum as fossil fuels that produce carbon dioxide on combustion
  •   Describe petroleum as a mixture of hydrocarbons and its separation into useful fractions by fractional distillation
  •  Understand the essential principle of fractional distillation in terms of differing boiling points
  •   Describe the properties of alkanes
  •   Name, identify and draw the structures of methane, ethane and ethene
  •  Recognize alkanes and alkenes from their chemical names or from molecular structure
  •   Describe the manufacture of alkenes by cracking
  •  Distinguish between alkanes and alkenes by the addition reaction of alkenes with bromine

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

May newsletter - GP

This month students will work on fitting in one more paper before next year! It will be a quick paper to practice the skills needed for next year! We also presented our projects that we were working on last month. The students presented their work that they did and explained to the class how they came up with the paper as well as how they thought it went. They also discussed what they did well and not well as a group.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Russian May Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Hope you are enjoying the Marvellous May and the nice weather.
We started the previous month with a lot of researches about the President of Russia, Russian culture, Moscow the capital of Russia, Russian singers and actors, Russian food and many more. The students were curious and worked hard on presentations and posters about Russia. They presented their researches in the class one by one and we all learned a lot about this amazing country.
This month, we are going to review the objects in the classroom, colors, the days of the week and the seasons of the year. We will be learning more fruits and vegetables and all about animals.
Thank you and have a great day!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Chemistry Newsletter April

This month students will learn about Metals reactivity series and metals extraction   
This unit begins by looking at the general properties of metals and the benefits of forming alloys. The reactivity series is introduced and there is a considerable range of practical work that can be used to illustrate the reactivity of different elements. This is related to the method of extraction of different metals. This unit is cross-referenced to assessment objectives A1–5, B1–6, C1–4 and Units 2, 3 and 4.

These are the main topics we will cover for IGCSE combined science

  •          Properties of metals
  •          the structure of an alloy
  •          Reactivity series of metals  
  •          Deduce an order of reactivity from a given set of experimental results
  •          Extraction of metals
  •          Describe the essential reactions in the extraction of iron in the blast furnace
  •          Relate the method of extraction of a metal from its ore to its position in the reactivity series limited to group I and II metals, aluminum, iron and copper

Thursday, April 20, 2017

JAL- April

Hello. My name is Shizuka Miller. I have traveled to 23 countries in my life, but now I have lots of students who are from places I haven’t been to yet.  I am so excited to learn new things with the Horizon students!

Here is what we have done this month;

Grade 9


We have mixed level students here, however, since they are all diligent workers, we have a chance to study all together. We check the latest news on NHK Nihongo News and exchange our opinions and ideas. We read Chumon no ooi Ryoriten (The Restaurant of Many ) by Kenji Miyazawa with no art work, and each student drew a different scene. They are working on different textbooks, but they help each other on their studies. After Golden week holidays, we will start studying  Japanese IGCSE test!!

Please feel free to contact us anytime for any inquiries.

Thank you,
Shizuka Miller