Winterfest 2017

TOPS students participated in MGCI’s annual Winterfest Activity Day to relax after a busy semester. Winterfest offers students the opportunity to try fun, new activities with their peers. Some of the options available this year were rock climbing, skiing, a downtown scavenger hunt, and a visit to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Tricky Titrations

The grade 12 chemistry class performed two titration experiments using a standardized solution of potassium iodate they had prepared. Based on the data gathered, students applied their stoichiometry knowledge to determine the concentrations of unknown sodium thiosulfate and iodine solutions.

Using a Colorimeter

The grade 12 chemistry students completed their first lab of the year. Students prepared standard solutions of Copper (II) Sulfate and performed five 10 mL serial dilutions. The different solutions were then placed into a colorimeter to find a simplified version of Beer-Lambert’s Law. Beer Lambert’s Law was used to find the concentration of an unknown sample.

Heroic Happenings

This week, the grade 9 students experienced their own “Call to Adventure” through learning about the Hero’s Journey in English. The class developed an understanding about the basic structure of a story and its ability to relate to its readers, as the formula resembles a cycle of life.