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Article posted September 28, 2009 at 12:58 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 12414

It has ended, the days of Mr. d at Deer Park have come to an end. I know it sounds sad and all, but it was time for change, and boy did it ever. I have been given the opportunity to move forward administratively. I am now the Vice-Principal at Winona Drive Senior Public School.

I hope to someday start up again blogging, but for the meantime, with a new position and new responsibilities I shall digress from blogging.

However, I will tweet with twitter.com/vpmrd. In other words, feel free to check out my 'micro-blogging skills there.

Thank you to all of my former students, I still await that day when you are older and see this old guy on the street and think to yourself..."Is that Mr. d?"

Best of luck to all of you, I wish you all the best in your endeavours. I hope that I was able to impart upon you a little wisdom, and caring of this big world we are all a part of.

Article posted September 28, 2009 at 12:58 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 12414

Article posted May 7, 2009 at 08:15 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 73

Yes, finally, Spring is in the air. The rain, and the rain and did I mention the rain? I wonder which is better, a rainy warm day or a cold snowy day? Hmmmmm, that's a tough one for us Canadians.

Well, the year is slowly coming to an end. I'm excited for my grade 7's who will be going forward into grade 8, and becoming the 'big kahunas' of Deer Park. Then, there are my grade 8's, they will be leaving the comfortable surroundings of their elementary school and moving into the big house....yes, High School!

It's a fun time nonetheless, as we have so many different things going on. For example, we just completed our annual Deer Park Track & Field event and over 300 students participated in a fun-filled sun-soaked day. Sportsmanship, camaraderie and athleticism were all displayed. Congratulations to all those who qualified to represent our school at the Regional track meet on the 19th.

We are all working hard in English class on our Public Speaking Competition. May 22nd, each class will crown their respective champions to represent their class on the 5th of June in the gymnasium. They will face-off against other students in their grade in an awesome public display of public speaking!

The grade 7's are eagerly anticipating their trip to Camp Wahanowin in the next couple of weeks, while the grade 8's are brushing up on their French as they prepare to go to Quebec City in early June. Both trips promise to be exciting.

So, what can we garner from all this? The year is almost over and the tears may come very shortly.

Article posted May 7, 2009 at 08:15 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 73

Article posted April 13, 2009 at 05:12 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 139

Hope everyone is enjoying(ed) their Easter and Passover break with family and friends.

As we push forward into the heart of the third term, I need all of you to stay focused on finishing up your year strong.

You have some long range projects starting up as well as your daily work to complete, so stay on top of all your subject areas.

Remember to check your assignment section on your blog for the latest information for your class, as well as the Google calendar on the right.

The classroom is always opened after school, and all of you are more than welcome to use it to complete any work that you may have. In other words take advantage of it.

We are continuing with SPUR, so make sure to always have a novel of YOUR CHOICE on hand. Don't forget that once you finish your novel to come and see me so that you can get bonus marks that go directly to your report card.

In the meantime, check out the following link to Proquest elibrary. It's usually a paid subscription, but to commemorate National Library Week, April 13th to April 17th, they have opened up their services for free.

Enjoy your short week.

Article posted April 13, 2009 at 05:12 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 139

Article posted March 26, 2009 at 07:01 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 68

Greetings from the invisible one in the corner!

I hope that everyone enjoyed their March Break. Do you know that you have another short break coming up on April 3rd? It would be nice however, if we had some warm weather though, wouldn't it? Anyway, Spring is here, so let's start smelling the flowers as they begin to bud.

On a sad note, this upcoming week marks the last week of Ms.Stanic's stay with us at Deer Park. Please make sure to let her know how she did. It's one thing for me, as her associate teacher, to tell her, but it will mean so much more coming from you guys...her students.

Please check the calendar to the right for upcoming general interest dates. If there's something that you would like me to place on the calendar, let me know and I'll make sure to add to it.

March 28, 2008 is an important date this year, as it marks the third anniversary of a world wide movement to make people aware of global warming and climate change. TDSB schools and many Torontonians will be a part of EarthHour.

Check out the website and sign up to be a part of it...do your part.

As the days get longer and warmer, you will have more opportunities to be outside. I think that it's a great idea to enjoy the outdoors, go for a walk, play badminton, rollerblade, whatever keeps you active. However, don't forget about your school work, stay on top of things and don't let your work pile up. Stay motivated to the end of the year and give yourself the chance to earn top grades!

See you guys soon.



The Invisible Man in the Corner

(Can you see my signature above?)

Article posted March 26, 2009 at 07:01 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 68

Article posted February 28, 2009 at 06:14 AM GMT0 • comment (11) • Reads 98

You betcha! As we get closer to March Break, we are all being inundated with assignments, tests, homework deadlines and the like. Your task is to make sure that you keep up with all the work that is being thrown your way. How do you do this?

Firstly, do not procrastinate. Sometimes it's easy to say "I'll do it later", but often 'later' never comes.

Secondly, make yourself a schedule using your agenda. Figure out your due dates and plan out how you're going to go about finishing things.

Thirdly, make sure to talk to your classmates or teachers when you're unsure of something.

What else can you do? Let me know what you think by commenting on this article.

Article posted February 28, 2009 at 06:14 AM GMT0 • comment (11) • Reads 98

Article posted February 3, 2009 at 02:50 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 75

NOT! How many of you are sick and tired of the winter? It's fun for awhile, but how much more of the white stuff can we all endure?

Well, no sense in getting upset about it right? We live in Canada and snow is a major part of our lives....so let's embrace it...ahhhh, I'm so confused!

Alright, down to the serious stuff. All classes are currently working on major projects at the moment and therefore much needed attention is required to all details and dates for your projects. Don't forget to check the assignment section in your blog for that much needed information.

Grade 7's, Camp Wahanowin information has been officially been sent out, make sure to let your parents know about all the details.

That's all for now, keep up the effort guys, the reward at the end is worth your investment.

Article posted February 3, 2009 at 02:50 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 75

Article posted January 21, 2009 at 09:08 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 521

What can we say? As much as we enjoy working with technology, we also understand that it doesn't always perform they way we would like it to. Case in point: Grade 8 Book Report Glogs and the Grade 7 History Notes Glog.

Some of your classmates have submitted their glogs to be approved as a blog, and I have found that it does load up a little quicker.

Therefore, please make sure that you upload your glog to your blog using the embedding code that is provided at the bottom of your glog page. The html code looks something like this:

iframe src= "http:rameborder="0" scrolling="yes" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" style="overflow: hidden;">

Once again folks, thanks for your patience as we go further with this beta technology. Let's see if we can make it work for us.

On a different note, please make sure that you keep up with the assigned work not only for our classes, but all of your rotary classes as well. It is a very important time as all of you have transitioned successfully into your respective grades; and just as you have become comfortable, it's time to get ready for next year!

Don't forget to keep up with your blogs. This week's blogs are freebies, which gives you an excellent opportunity to catch up.

Article posted January 21, 2009 at 09:08 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 521

Article posted January 5, 2009 at 03:11 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 86

I hope that this blog finds you refreshed, after having a peaceful friends and family filled two-week break.

When we think about New Year's Eve, people around the world take it upon themselves to come up with New Year’s Resolutions. Many adults, choose to quit smoking, eat healthier, go to the gym more often, visit family, eliminate chocolate from their diet and so on and so on. Have you made a New Year's resolution?

Well, if you have or have not, I would like all of you to think about our class goal -- a 5-10% increase in your overall report card average!

Aside from this, how about considering some of these:(Just add)

I will at the beginning of these resolutions and they become yours.

……….try something new, whether it is sewing, ice skating or golf.

Kids, just like adults, can get into ruts, doing the same things again and again just because they are familiar. Stretch yourself. Take on a new challenge. Who knows you may find that you love your new hobby and gain a completely new group of friends.

……….read, just for fun.

Don’t read just because you have to. Pick up a book and let yourself be thrown into the mix of it.

……….save the planet.

Take charge of the family's recycling, making sure that whatever can be recycled makes it to the big blue bin. Implore upon your parents into buying low-energy light bulbs and carpooling to work. Plant a tree. Take a reusable water bottle to school in your backpack.

……….give a little.

Kids can do amazing things when it comes to community service, whether through a basketball tournament, Read-a-Thon, or food drive. Really own your volunteer hours, make them mean something!

……….not be a bystander.

Bullying is such a serious problem at schools that you can't watch someone being taunted or pushed around and not do anything about it. You do not have to confront the bully yourself. Tell an adult as soon as possible. Someone may do the same to help you one day.

……….slow down. You are in such a hurry to grow up, casting aside your toys at an earlier age in favour of electronics - video games, cell phones, and computers. There is plenty of time to be a grownup and only a short time to be a kid. So play with your friends. Play hide and seek in the yard. Watch cartoons. It's okay to be silly sometimes.

……….eat at least one fruit and one vegetable every day, and limit the amount of pop I drink. Doing this, you are providing yourself with a healthy lifestyle that will help in preventing all sorts of ailments.

……….take care of my body through physical activity and nutrition. Remember, you have to look out for number one … YOU!

……….take a break and find constructive ways to deal with the stress, such as exercising, reading, writing in a journal or discussing a problem with a parent or friend. There is always someone out there that you can talk to. We all need a helping hand every once in awhile, even if it’s just someone to listen.

……….talk with a trusted adult when I notice my friends are struggling or engaging in risky behaviours that can negatively affect them. Sometimes, as much as you may want to help a friend, you may not have all the resources to do so. Talking to a trusted adult such as a teacher you get along with, can make all the difference in helping out your friends.

……….eat with my family. Homework, music lessons, and hockey practice keep kids so busy that it is sometimes hard to round up the entire family for a meal. But research shows that kids in families that often eat together have lower rates of smoking, drinking, and illegal drug use and better grades. Plus, family meals are a good time to get mom and dad's undivided attention.

……….play outside more often.

You, as a child of the digital age, have become alienated from the natural world, much to your detriment. All sorts of studies show that being in nature reduces stress, sharpens concentration, and promotes creative thinking.

Wow...pretty heady stuff eh?

May I wish you, your family and friends all the best for

Article posted January 5, 2009 at 03:11 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 86

Article posted December 12, 2008 at 09:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 72

Can you believe it that we're in our last week of school before the holidays?  Unbelievable!

Grade 7's continue to work on our sitcom excercise over the weekend.  Watch a few clips of some older sitcoms and compare the humour then to more contemporary sitcoms.  What's different?  Are the old 1970's sitcoms as funny as the ones we see on television now?  We'll continue to work on these with your groups.

Grade 8's, we're coming down to the crunch with our Confederation music videos.  Now that you have completed your video and have all of your scenes and audio completed,it's time to put it together.  Some of you may choose to use software already pre-loaded on your computers, such as 'windows moviemaker', or 'apple's garageband'.  However, there is another option.  Take a look at some of the following online video editors, that are pretty good.

Don't forget, if you are going to register for any of the following, make sure to use an email address that doesn't have your name in it.

So you've shot your masterpiece, but it's a little rough around the edges. If you have any hope of winning that Oscar, you're going to need to do a little editing.

Video Editing Tools

Jumpcut lets you upload video, photos, and audio, or import from Flickr or Facebook, and edit using a Flash interface. Add titles, effects, transitions, music, and split and crop video tracks. Then publish your video and let others remix it. Jumpcut also has some social networking features (like groups). Jumpcut is probably the best of the online video editors.

Of the bunch, Jumpcut's editor most resembles the feel of offline editors, like iMovie.

Eyespot is a full featured editor like Jumpcut. It lets you upload video, photos, and audio and then add transitions, effects, titles, and music. The editor isn't as attractive and easy to use, in my opinion, as Jumpcut's, but Eyespot offers a good deal of free media sets from partners like The Colbert Report, Public Enemy, and Dreamworks Pictures.

Movie Masher lets web site owners offer editing and remixing capabilities to their visitors via a sophisticated flash widget, which can be customized to match the look of your web site. The editing tools allow you to sequence and trim clips, add effects, transitions, titles, and music, using a familiar timeline editor.

Cuts lets you import video from MySpace, YouTube, and Google video (or anywhere you can get the direct .FLV URL) and then make your own "cut" by removing scenes, looping scenes, and adding captions and sound effects.


muveeMix is a way to arrange your videos and photos to music, add titles and credits and export them to your blog or social network profile. It doesn't offer nearly as much control as, say, Jumpcut, but isn't as complicated either.

Hope this helps.  Can't wait to see some of your Golden Globe/Oscar videos!

Article posted December 12, 2008 at 09:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 72

Article posted December 3, 2008 at 07:04 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 78

So, the weather outside is not so frightful, glad to hear it actually! It is getting colder and the days shorter, all part of the cycle of living in the 'Great White North'.

As we approach the end of 2008, all of us have realized that first term has come to a halt and that we're working diligently towards our second term. Remember that your agenda will be very useful to write down important due dates and important information, regardless of your grade. Use the agenda!!!

Please do not forget to check your Assignment section found on the top left of your blog with grade and class specific homework and information. Grade 7's you're working on your group notes using one of the aforementioned websites (see previous blog article) and grade 8's your working on your Confederation videos and Photo Essays. All pertinent information is there in the Assignment section.

Now that many of you have received comments from other students, don't forget to reply back to them. The more insightful comments, usually get a response quicker than those that look like this: "Cool blog", "I love your blog", "Keep up the good work!". All nice things to say to someone regarding their blog, but is there something more that you could say?

Keep up the good work and keep the blogs rolling!

Article posted December 3, 2008 at 07:04 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 78

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