Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What a great day!

First of all, I want to thank all the parents for making our potluck so delicious. We had mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, indian donuts and cookies, chips, pop, jello, popcorn, candy canes, lemon meringue pie and chicken. Everyone had a great time and enjoyed themselves.

Before we got together to eat, all the students exchanged their gifts. It was nice that everyone remembered to bring their present, that way no one was left out. Well done everyone.

Just a reminder that tomorrow will be a regular work day.


Monday, December 13, 2010

Friday, December 10, 2010


A reminder to all 8-1, we have a math unit test on Monday. See you then.

Have a nice weekend everyone. Make good choices.


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Our social.....

A few short videos of our awesome J.C. Hill students and staff dancing at our Social.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

This is so cute.

Actually, it was a really good week. I just love this picture. It makes me smile and I hope it makes you smile as well.

 Have a good weekend everyone.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dividing fractions....have a look and a listen.

This is catchy (is that even a word?:)) and it has a tune that you might find yourself humming, even when you don't really want

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Now, don't go pulling your hair out...

Subtracting fractions and regrouping will get easier, if you do two things.
1. Pay attention in class
2. Find the method that works for you

I have posted a couple of videos. Watch them until you understand, because we will be working on regrouping and subtraction of fractions for a few more days.





Monday, November 22, 2010

Subtraction of fractions...

Here's one way you can do it. I prefer doing it this way as I can see all my steps. Tomorrow we will be doing a worksheet on subtraction, so, please be on time.

Here's a quick video on addition and subtraction. Have a look.  If you want to get right to subtraction, scroll half way through.

Have a listen.

We will continue to work on our comic strips and having good manners. Yes?

See you all tomorrow.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Eeek!!! Fractions....

Don't be

Yes, I am sorry to let you all know, we will be doing fractions for the next little while. If you pay attention in class and ask for help, if you need it, you will do just fine. Don't panic, it will come to you. 

Just a reminder to some of you. Please try to show up on time so you do not miss the initial lesson in math. It is very important that you be there. 

For those of you who didn't finish 4.2, have it on my desk first thing in the a.m.

See you tomorrow.


Thursday, November 11, 2010

We are doing poetry read alouds...

The first half of the class did their individual poetry read aloud today
and the other half will read tomorrow. I know some of you are very shy, but I encourage all of you to give it a try. You will find the more you have to stand in front of people the easier it will become. I promise.

Everyone did a really good job on their math today. It's what every teacher likes to see.

Remember, Toy Bingo on Saturday. See you there.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Well, we are almost finished reading 'The Trenches' and....

having our Veterans' assembly became more meaningful for some students.  I hope the following song does the same thing.


Friday, November 5, 2010



Make good choices and see you all on Monday. 


Thursday, November 4, 2010

For Markie and Shelby.....a

It was nice to see two of my former students at school on Wednesday. I hope you both are enjoying your high school experience.  I really enjoyed teaching both of you, really, I did.  You guys were intelligent and extremely funny. You made me smile everyday, except I don't think you knew that. Anyway,




Sometimes a little 'silly' is good.

A favorite of mine and a few others.....joely

..Couldn't help myself.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Today was a busy day.

Today some students visited the high school of their choice and other students attended the Career Fair at the Community Hall. I sincerely hope all students found an area of interest to them. It is never to early to start thinking about your future. It will arrive sooner than you think.

Now for something completely different.



Monday, November 1, 2010

What we like.....

Kyleigh likes candy corn, Kendal likes figure skating and softball, Sam likes pizza, Kristen likes arrowroot cookies, Ricky likes lacrosse, Darvis likes telling jokes, Taylor likes listening to music, Owen likes fishing, Olivia likes salt & vinegar chips, Josh likes video games, Dani and Mika like baseball, and Mrs. Ireland likes her class.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

It's almost that time...

--pictures books are due tomorrow or you will have to finish them in the workroom and then you will miss all the activities and I am sure you don't want to do that.




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The math test....


Woo hoo! Everyone passed the math test today. I was very happy to see you all use different strategies for taking a test and passing. For those that were away, and there were a couple, you will have to write it tomorrow. You can't escape, no matter how hard you

 I am glad none of you used this strategy. I couldn't resist. Enjoy.  (make sure you have the volume turned up)


--hotdog and hamburger money due tomorrow
--picture books due Oct. 28
--Halloween dance on Oct. 29
--pizza on Friday

See you all tomorrow


Monday, October 25, 2010

All about cyberbullying...

Bullying is not new but thanks to the Internet teens are now being bullied at home. Online harassment, more often called cyberbullying, is a serious problem. When bullying comes home via the Internet it can leave victims feeling helpless and overwhelmed.
What is Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is any harassment that occurs via the Internet. Vicious forum posts, name calling in chat rooms, posting fake profiles on web sites, and mean or cruel email messages are all ways of cyberbullying.

Examples of Cyberbullying

A student is bombarded by anonymous threatening and taunting emails at home, even though there is no direct harassment at school. The victim has no idea who is sending the messages and starts to feel like everybody is against them. That student is being cyberbullied.
A school bulletin board is spammed with name-calling posts that spread vicious rumors about a specific student. The rumors aren’t true but kids at school see the posts and believe them. The student is then ostracized by peers. This student is the victim of cyberbullying.

A nasty fake profile is posted at a social networking site using a student’s real name, photo, and contact information. That student starts getting weird email messages from strangers who think the profile is real. Some of the messages are crude. Some of the messages are mean. This is another example of cyberbullying.

These are just a few examples of cyberbullying. If you are taking part in things like this it is not harmless fun. You are being a cyberbully. If you are the victim of this type of treatment you are being cyberbullied and there are things you can do to stop the harassment.

Why Do People Cyberbully?

Bullying has been around forever but cyberbullying is different because it lets a bully remain anonymous. It is easier to bully in cyberspace than it is to bully face to face. With cyberbullying a bully can pick on people with much less risk of being caught.
Bullies are natural instigators and in cyberspace bullies can enlist the participation of other students who may be unwilling to bully in the real world. Kids who stand around doing nothing in a real life bullying incident often become active participants in online harassment.

The detachment afforded by cyberspace makes bullies out of people who would never become involved in a real life incident. The Internet makes bullying more convenient and since the victim’s reaction remains unseen people who wouldn’t normally bully don’t take it as seriously.

What Can Be Done About Cyberbullying?

There are many things that can be done to combat cyberbullying. The most important thing a victim of cyberbullying can do is not respond to the bully. Do not play in to the bully's games. Do not answer emails, do not respond to posts, do not engage in a chat room exchange, and do not copy what the bully is doing. Ignore the bullying and get help from parents and teachers.
While ignoring the bully be sure to save the evidence so that school officials, Internet providers and even the police can properly deal with the bully. Cyberbullying may give bullies anonymity but it always leaves evidence.

Can Cyberbullying Be Stopped?

Schools take all types of bullying seriously. As soon as the cyberbullying starts go to school officials for help. Cyberbullying is often an extension or escalation of bullying that is already happening at school. Parents should also be told what is happening.
The police are unlikely to become involved if the bullying is limited to a few isolated incidents or a couple of mean emails or instant messages. However, if you get even one communication that includes a threat of bodily harm or a death threat the police should be alerted.

When Should the Police Become Involved?

Repeated or excessive harassment via email, forums or chat rooms is harassment and should involve the police. Threats of violence should also be reported to the police. Try to save all messages as evidence. The police will know what to do from there.
You do not need to put up with cyberbullying. You can get help. Cyberbullying leaves a clear trail of evidence and this can work to the advantage of the victim. Cyberbullies are just bullies with a new weapon in their arsenal of harassment; treat them like you would any bully and they lose their power.


Friday, October 22, 2010

I love this picture.


--picture books due Oct. 28
--MMS pages 38 & 39

Have a great weekend everyone and see you on Monday.


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

8-1 class hard @ work...

Shana, Mika(Moosey..btw...Mika wanted this put here), Lynnz, Taylor, Kristen(Flossy), Dani(Danzi), Kendal(Kernel), Kyleigh(Kyles), Olivia(Toby), Brandy, Thomas, Owen(OTG), Brennen, Josh, Ricardo, Wayne, Darvis(Dee), Vern(Sauni), Sam, Jordan, Garrett and Mrs. Dailey.


--MMS Page 33 + 34
--Halloween stories are due Oct. 28


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

We have started our picture books but...

some people still have not handed in their graphic organizers. These need to be on my desk by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning so I can look them over and make suggestions, if required. So far, the ones I have seen have been well done.  Remember, using your graphic organizer correctly makes writing your story easier in the long run. It helps you to organize your thoughts, records a bunch of ideas that you may or may not use, and most importantly helps you to write a better story. We are going to publish these stories, so, as I always say, "Do your best work".

--picture retakes tomorrow
--hot lunch tomorrow 
--math  6.4
--"Way of a Winner"


Friday, October 15, 2010

It was a really good week but...

 a break is always nice.

Just want to let all of you know that the Rate, Ratio, Interest and Percent math unit is going really well. Some of you wanted to give up on it a few times....but you didn't. Kudos to you for hanging in there. The only way to be successful at something is to keep plugging away, whether you feel like it or not.

A few reminders

--picture money is due Oct. 19
--picture retakes Oct. 20
--everyone finished their work in class, so no one has homework :)

Make good decisions and see you on Monday.


Monday, September 27, 2010

To all of the 7-3 class...

You all had a good day today. Everyone followed all the computer rules and procedures. Keep it up. Remember to bring your agenda to class every time.


Don't forget, it's....

picture day tomorrow   :)


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Now, don't say ....

do I have to have done by tomorrow? You have to have your good copy of your "Summer" stories handed in by 10:00 or you will be staying in with me, and I now how much you want to do

A few of you still have your math assignment that must be finished. Don't forget.

Registration and dental forms are due ASAP and remember, no school on Friday


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Welcome back everyone!

It has only been a few days, however, it has been very nice. You guys are following all the rules and procedures without complaining. That is totally awesome. I hope you all keep that up.

A reminder, your rough draft must be edited by tomorrow @ 10:00. If it is not done, you will have to remain inside and finish it.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Oh yea....

Good job everyone! You guys were awesome during the OCT presentation. You were respectful, quiet and asked appropriate questions. I am very proud of each and every one of you. As Josh would say, "That's what I'm saying".


Thursday, April 29, 2010


i was very disappointed in the behavior of some of the 8-1 students during the Awards Assembly today.

Wednesday, March 31, 2010


It seems as though everyone is getting this concept. That is good because we will begin the Order of Operations with integers very soon. Remember, there is no school on Friday or Monday. Everyone enjoy their long weekend and make good choices.

Congratulations to Cole who placed 1st in the Science Fair and Levi who placed 2nd. Well done!


Thursday, March 11, 2010

A little music...

to go with our Pythagorean Theory. It was nice to have a couple of guitars in the classroom today. I want to thank Kurt and Josh for sharing a few tunes with us. You guys are pretty good so, we are all looking forward to hearing a little more from both of you tomorrow. Maybe you guys can play when we are writing, you know, to inspire us.

Have a good night and see you all tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Awesome job to...

Kaitlyn, Markie, Levi, Timarah, Shelby, Cole and Brandon on knowing how to apply the Pythagorean Theory with no errors.

A little bit of math tomorrow and we will be all done. Whew! I bet some of you are glad about that. Anyway, remember, we have a Social tomorrow. I hope you all participate, we have some good dancers in this classroom.

See you all tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Oh Pythagoras!

Why, why oh why do we have to learn this Ms. Ireland? I have heard that a lot lately. Actually, this is a theory you can apply to real life. You will get some real life problems tomorrow and it will become clear to you then.

Tomorrow we will continue on with our independent graphic novel studies. The reports were well done today so, I look forward to the same tomorrow.

One last thing, don't forget your skates for the skate-a-thon. For those of you not attending, it will be classes as usual.


Friday, February 12, 2010


"I don't get it Ms. Ireland." I heard this quite a bit today. Well, maybe the links on the side will help. Geometry can be difficult, however, paying attention in class is really the key to success as well as asking questions. It's why I am there, to help you to understand.

Don't be afraid to ask. I guarantee you that the question you ask is probably the same question several other students want to ask, but they are shy, so they won't.

A few students still owe:

--Falling Star (computer research)
--Letter to Albert have a math mid-unit review on Tuesday

Have a nice long weekend. Make good choices.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

You have to follow me....

closely when I am giving direct instruction, especially when we are talking about how to get an angle from a triangle. There is a link on the side. You might find it useful.

Some students have been extremely talkative. Some have asked why they have to stay in for recess on occasion. The answer is simple, if you are talking, you are not working, therefore, you will have to stay in and finish.


--Angles in Triangles
--Working with Words 1-4
--Letter to Albert (good copy)

Monday, February 1, 2010

Hey....what's that funny looking thing Ms. Ireland?

It's a cylinder net and you will be working with one tomorrow. Specifically, you will be calculating the surface area and the curved area of one. We are going to have so much fun...

Surface Area of Cylinders.

To find the surface area of a cylinder add the surface area of each end plus the surface area of the side. Each end is a circle so the surface area of each end is π * r2, where r is the radius of the end. There are two ends so their combinded surface area is 2 π * r2. The surface area of the side is the circumference times the height or 2 π * r * h, where r is the radius and h is the height of the side. Whew! That is a lot of information.

Here is the entire formula for the surface area of a cylinder is 2 π r2 + 2 π r h. Remember BEDMAS, evaluate exponents first, then multiply, then add. VOILA, your done.

The curved surface area (CSA) of a cylinder with radius r and height h is given by

I think it is important that you can recognize the difference between the CSA and SA as well as the relationship that exists between both of them.

Today was a day that we hope will not repeat tomorrow. Some students, not all, were extremely vocal and as a consequence the class had time removed from recess. Remember, whatever you decide to do, there is always consequences, good or bad. It takes just as much time and effort to make a good choice as it does to make a bad choice. Think about it.

See you all tomorrow.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Good news....and

bad news, well maybe not so bad. Good news is; 8-1 had a full house today, was nice. Welcome back to all the students who participated in Longhouse.

The bad news is; if you were away at Longhouse you are still responsible for submitting missed work but, you knew that so I know you will work hard, and as Levi likes to say u will "Git 'er done".


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


There were some very puzzled looks this a.m when we were trying to figure out the relationship between radius, diameter and circumference when we were given limited information. Fear not. The formulas are posted on the board. All you have to do is figure out which formula you need. When you have decided what you need, look on the board and find the formula that fits your equation; plug in the numbers where the symbols are and...voila, problem solved.

Sometimes you make it harder than it is. Keep it simple. Do one step at a time and you will be fine. Don't use shortcuts, it's a recipe for errors.

Remember, there is a Mid-Unit Review on Friday. Don't worry, I will leave the formulas on the board for all of you. I understand that it is hard to remember all of them and what they mean. So, don't worry, take a deep breath and do one step at a time. It will be me.


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Today we started our unit on Circles. You must understand the relationship between radius, diameter and circumference. Once you have mastered that, you should have no problem in
this unit.


--math 'Extra Practice Sheet 1'

See you tomorrow.


Friday, January 22, 2010


Another week gone. It's going by so quickly. It was a week with a very small class, due to Longhouse. |It's nice that so many of our students are participating. We will see you all again next week.

We finished up our unit on Data and have our test on Monday. Come prepared.

The speeches start on Monday and we are looking forward to some very interesting topics.

Have a good weekend. Gotta jet.