Visiting Ikea

As you guys know at the beginning of October our class had a drafting project were we had to furnish a really small Bachelors apartment. Part of our project was to add things that Ikea sold and draft them to scale on a piece of paper.

The Ikea trip was only for half the day and we took public transit to get there. That only left us about an hour and fifteen minutes to walk around and look at the many furnishings they offered and list them in our excel sheet. We had to put down the price (with tax) and write down the dimensions so we could properly put it on our draft.

Since we left as soon as we could after second block, we did not have time to eat so a good amount of our class bought food there including Ikeas famous meatballs. I tried the meatballs and I can confirm that they are very good. I love being able to be places and learn about topics in person rather than online so this was a great experience.

Reminder about Monday, October 22nd: Japanese Students Visiting

I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend. Grade 9’s who see this, please let your classmates know about the P1 timeline! Thank you in advance. 

On Monday, October 22nd, Minischool students will be student ambassadors to our incoming visiting Japanese Students. Here is the timeline: 

8:40: Check in with your Period 1 class. All grade 9 students should do attendance then go directly to the Learning Commons. Only designated grade 8 students will go to the learning commons on Monday. Ms. Neumann will inform which grade 8 students will be going. 

10:12: Take your student to your block 2 class. The teachers have all been contacted. Be sure to encourage them and help them with any barriers, such as seating and language. 

11:34: Return your buddy to the Learning Commons. 

12:35 – 1:10: Grade 9’s will be attending the cultural fair in the Learning Commons. 


Thank you for all of your help and support welcoming in the Japanese Students to Alpha Secondary School. 

Making a Resume for an Element

Create a 1-page resume for your selected Element. Your resume should have the following information: 

  • Name, contact information, ‘portrait’
  • Work Experience
  • Education
  • Qualifications Interests
  • References

Resumes should be typed and formatted neatly. If you would like help with resume formatting or guidelines, please visit:

Due Date: Monday, October 15th

BETA Students learning to Fundraise

As many of you know, The BETA-MiniSchool and students from enriched science are going to Iceland in March to learn about geysers and Earth science. Obviously trips like this are not free, and there is a significant cost along with this trip. In addition to our projects such as science fair and IDS, we now have a fundraising project until January to raise around $1000 per person if we are going to Iceland, and $500 if we aren’t going to Iceland. The $500 would be put towards a registered charity of your choice.

In Iceland, we are going to explore Þingvellir National Park, including Haukadalur home of the geysers and Þingvellir parks 84-square kilometer body of water. The lake there is also Iceland’s largest natural lake.

Another highlight of this trip is the black sand beaches. The black sand beaches consist of 5 main beaches. Reynisfjara Beach, Diamond Beach, Vik’s Beach, The beach with the solheimasandur plane wreck and Stokksnes Beach. These beaches are also one of the best scenic landscapes in Iceland. The name Black Beaches was given to these beaches because the sand is entirely black. The sand in Iceland is black because tiny fragments from the basalt lava that covers the area. The most famous black sand beaches are in Hawaii but it’s because the area is covered in volcanoes.

The fundraising consists of submitting a proposal, actually doing the fundraiser, and creating a budget for our expenses vs income. For the proposal, each of us need to specify things like timing, location, materials, preparation, cost, etc. Once you finish, it goes through a lengthy process of getting approved by Ms. Neumann, student caucus, and then maybe Mr. Wozney.

Some ideas for fundraising are things such as popcorn sales, movie nights, selling 3D printed trinkets, bagging groceries at supermarkets, etc. The ideas must be school appropriate eliminating ideas such as gambling.

If you do the fundraiser outside of school grounds, you need to submit a field trip form even if it’s outside of school hours, since it technically counts as school work as the Iceland trip is from school. Ms. Neumann or Mr. Murray will need to be with you the entire fundraiser.

After you finish, you need to do a budgeting and reflection sheet as a statement of your completion. The budget sheets we practiced included a date, name, description, income, expenses, and balance.