Probability and Simulation Fun in Statistics

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Statistics classes had fun with probability and simulation on Friday, April 24. We simulated a family of five with Skittles to see which combinations of boys and girls were most likely. We shook the Skittles and if they landed “S” up it was a girl. As expected two or three girls were the most often outcomes. Next we played a dice game with loaded dice. One had four nines and two zeros. The other die had four threes and two elevens. The students partnered up and chose a die then the highest roll won. They played several rounds to “run many trials.” With the collected outcomes the students identified the winning die. They calculated the actual probabilities to verify their simulation results. But the fun was not over yet. Lastly, we investigated why we really buy cereal. I proposed that it was to acquire the red guitar hidden inside the cereal box for my nephew Blake. With 6 colors available, I asked the students to determine how many boxes I would expect to buy to get the desired red guitar. We used a regular die to simulate each purchased box. When they determined the number of boxes for the red guitar, my nephew changed his mind and now wanted all six guitars; one of each color.


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“E” is for Effort!



Mrs. Butterworth’s PM Student Advocacy Group learn  the letter “E” in American Sign Language as part of our monthly meeting. We discussed how all aspects of life and learning require effort.

Pennies for Patients – Pizza Parties!

We are happy to celebrate with our “Pennies for Patients” winning classes! Mr. Costaksis’ 3rd block and Mr. Powell’s 6th block classes earned the honor of collecting the most change, over $100 each. Their prizes are a Pizza Party and a Bronze Champion Banner!  The generosity of our students will shine on through the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as they continue their mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and melanoma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. We want to thank the whole school for giving a total of $840.47 for the cause.  Way to go Heritage Academy!

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Algebra 2 Students Hard at Work Before the Heritage Golf Tournament

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2  class, the Wednesday before the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament, found themselves working hard. They completed the lesson and the homework. To celebrate, I gave them each a challenge problem to complete on the board. They met the challenge and still had a smile.  I hope they enjoy the golf tournament.

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Trigonometry in the Precalculus Classroom

The students in Mrs. Sklarin’s Precalculus class have started their unit on Trigonometry.  After memorizing the unit circle the students are starting on the graphs of the trigonometric functions. We enjoyed discussing the differences and similarities of each function as we graphed them all on our whiteboards. Then each student chose a function to graph on butcher paper to post on the wall. We had a great time creating our masterpieces.

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The Stock Market Game in Economics Class


Mr. Zawacki’s Economics class has begun the Stock Market Game. Twelve students have entered the game and each one has $10,000 to invest in companies that are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and NASDAQ. Pictured are Jamie Lin, Jasmine Chee, Lizzy Tupamahu and Masako Makiba. The game involves the buying and selling of common stock with the hope of making a profit. The Stock Market Game ends on Monday, May 4, 2015.

Conic Sections with Algebra 2

Mrs. Sklarin’s Algebra 2 class had fun creating faces with conic sections Friday. The students explored how important the foci are to draw each conic section with pins and string.

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Statictics Classes Experiment with Helicopters

Mrs. Sklarin’s statistics classes began their unit on experiments. They are learning about how control, randomness, and replication are used in conducting experiments. They are also investigating how “equal treatment for all,” is all about the details. This week they took to the outdoors with paper helicopters they made in class. The made two helicopters; one with long rotors and one with short rotors. They investigated which would have a longer flight time. They tossed a coin to determine which copter would be dropped first. Every drop had to be made from the same height and timed in the same way. We had a few lurking variables interfere with the drops. The wind picked up at one point and the helicopters ran into some students while they were picking up their fallen copters and other flew into the growing vines. After ten drops with each copter the students got to work on their calculators creating graphs and calculating summary statistics. The results showed that the short rotor helicopters’ flight times were significantly shorter.

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NHS Pennies for Patients Service Project Success!

The Heritage Academy National Honor Society organized the “Pennies for Patients” service project in conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, for the month of March. The students and staff embraced the project and were very generous this year. NHS members made posters, announcements, heartfelt pitches in classrooms, and daily collections from 3rd and 6th block classes. We had two classes over $100 which earned them each a banner from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to hang in the classroom. The Heritage Academy, Junior Sports Corporation, and Residential Life staff combined donated over $200. The highest donating 3rd and 6th block classrooms will be receiving a pizza party curtsey of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The winners this year are: 1st place morning: Mr. Costaksis’ class with $152.60, 1st place afternoon: Mr. Powell’s class with $119.60. The NHS members want to thank the entire Heritage Academy community for making every penny count!


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