Monday, October 23, 2006

Live a Life That Matters

I just thought I'd share this -- it applies to ALL of you!

"Live a Life That Matters."

Tuesday, 24-October-2006

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!

I hope you all had a relaxing break and are all ready to get back to work. If you think about it, we only have about 7 more weeks before your first semester finals, followed by WINTER BREAK!!!

ALGEBRA

In case you forgot, you all took your chapter 4 exam just before break. Though the average was pretty high, there was just one "A" amongst you all. Here are the stats:

High: 90 (Book)
Average: 79.7
Median: 83

For the traditional high scorers -- you all fell short because of the last two literal equations (solve for d and solve for w). Most of you didn't think to use the REVERSE of the Distributive Property: -w + 2xw + 4yw = w(-1 + 2x + 4y). Book did -- that's how she got the points.

EARTH SCIENCE

You sorta lucked out with all the unexpected scheduling of Sports Day activities, so you were given an extension for your presentations. So, we will be having the presentations this WEDNESDAY -- be ready for them!

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Monday, 9-October-2006

Sorry for the delay in posting -- been really busy for the past week, getting used to the new schedule. Anyway, we've had a slew of exams over the past several days, so here are the results of some of them:

GEOMETRY

This exam may have been a bit confusing, but in general everyone did reasonably well (with one minor exception). Here are the stats:
  • High - 119 (Grace)
  • Average - 85
  • Median - 84

Two of you received scores of over 100% -- Grace & Shin. Statistically, both were outlyers so I did not want them to adversely effect the curve too much.

ALGEBRA

As some of you had commented, this may have been the hardest math exam you had EVER taken. That's okay -- I did grade it a bit more leniently than you might have expected.

  • High - 91 (Rhea)
  • Average - 73
  • Median - 73

Buy the way -- no one got either of the bonus question correct, although Alina came close.

EARTH SCIENCE

Once again, Botai displayed his dominance in Earth Science tests, but not without a challenge from several of his classmates -- most notably, Chan and Patrick.

  • High - 101 (Botai)
  • Average - 77
  • Median - 83

For the three new students, try not to worry too much about catching up. We'll do everything we can to make your transition into this class as painless as possible.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Monday, 25-Sept-06

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Overall, the exam wasn't too bad, although I did mark things a bit stricter as you need to avoid becoming complacent in your test taking. Here are the stats:

High - 97 (Kelly Wang)
Average - 68
Median - 66

We will be coming back to this chapter later on in the year just before we begin the chemistry portion of this course.


EARTH SCIENCE

We covered two of the three types of rocks: igneous and sedimentary rocks. On Wednesday we will finish the chapter off with a discussion on metamorphic rock.

Assignment: Section Reviews - 4.2, #1-5 and 4.3, #1-5.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Wednesday, 20-September-2006

PHYSICAL SCIENCE & EARTH SCIENCE

Due to the government-mandated holiday, all assignments due today will be postponed until Friday.

ALGEBRA

Results for the Chapter 2 exam are in. Here are the stats:

High - 98% (Nicky)
Average - 73%
Median - 79%

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

SCHOOL STATUS FOR THURSDAY, 21-SEPT-2006

THE INTERIM THAI LEADER ANNOUNCED THIS AFTERNOON THAT THURSDAY, 21-SEPTEMBER-2006, SHOULD BE A "NORMAL WORK DAY" FOR EVERYONE. HOWEVER, WE ARE STILL UNDER MARTIAL LAW, SO EVERYONE SHOULD TRY TO KEEP THERE EYES & EARS OPEN FOR ANY BREAKING NEWS. NON-THAIS ARE ADVISED TO KEEP THEIR PASSPORTS HANDY "JUST IN CASE".

SEE YOU ALL TOMORROW!

20-WEDNESDAY-2006 - NO SCHOOL TODAY

A MILITARY COUP HAS BEEN STAGED HERE IN BANGKOK AND WE'VE BEEN INSTRUCTED TO KEEP THE SCHOOL CLOSED FOR TODAY. MARTIAL LAW HAS BEEN DECLARED, BUT PEOPLE SHOULD REMAIN CALM. WE WILL LET YOU KNOW OF ANY DEVELOPMENTS THAT AFFECT THE SCHOOL AS SOON AS WE CAN.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Monday, 18-September-2006

EARTH SCIENCE

The chapter 3 exam has been corrected and most of you did okay. You're short answers (in complete sentences) are getting better! Here are the stats:

High - 100 (Botai)
Average - 77.7
Median - 79

We've started the Chapter 4 dealing with the Rock Cycle and we're starting out with a diagram or illustration to be completed by Wednesday.

Assignment: Rock Cycle Diagram/Illustration -- graded on NEATNESS & COMPLETENESS!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Wednesday, 13-September-2006

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Most of you did very well in today's exam, which could mean one of two things: 1) You all studied very hard; or 2) The test was too easy. Regardless, here are the stats for the Chapter 3 test:

Max = 98 (Rhea)
Average = 82
Median = 90

We will be starting the final chapter of this unit, so I'd like you to begin by familiarizing yourselves with the chapter's terms.

Assignment: Chapter 4 Vocabulary (in notebooks).


EARTH SCIENCE

Just a friendly reminder: YOU HAVE A TEST ON FRIDAY!!! Seriously, though ... It shouldn't be to difficult to prepare for. Make sure you are familiar with all the vocabulary (chapters 1 to 3) and make sure you can explain the various concepts dealing with minerals (four basic characteristics of a mineral, different methods to describe minerals, silicate vs. non-silicate minerals, mining methods, etc.). In other words, it would be helpful to review the SECTION REVIEWS for each section.

Assignment: STUDY FOR EXAM.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Tuesday, 12-Sept-06

ALGEBRA

We needed to make up the period we lost last Friday to the prolonged campus tour, but we were able to continue on to multiplying and dividing algebraic equations. I need to re-emphasize the importance of the Distributive Property, especially in simplification processes. You should have been able to finish the class assigment (Pg. 101-102, #17-#35 ODD) today.

Assignment: Worksheets (2): Multiplying & Dividing Polynomials


GEOMETRY

Once again, today's lesson was dominated by English terms that may have some of you confused, especially when dealing with the terms "hypothesis" and "conclusion". Remember, when dealing with conditional statements (if ..., then ...), the "hypothesis" is simply the phrase that follows the "if" and the "conclusion" is the phrase that follows the "then".

Assignment: Pg. 84-87, #9-11, 14, 19-21, 30-33, 42-47, 50-53, 55.