Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, January 2022

Dates to remember

  • Bell Let’s Talk Day - January 26

  • Term 1 ends - January 31

  • Teacher PD - February 14

  • Grade 9 Carnival - Thursday, May 26

What's Been Going On

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Welcome Back!

Hello to our MDJH community. We hope you all had a safe and enjoyable Christmas break. School started on January 4, in an on-line format.

Here are some notes to help you have a successful time back at MDJH.

Students will follow their regular 5 period schedules, just as if they were attending in person.
Here is our daily schedule:
  • Period 1 – 8:13 – 9:10
  • Period 2 – 9:11 – 10:0
  • Recess – 10:08 – 10:23
  • Period 3 – 10:24 – 11:21
  • Lunch – 11:21 – 12:14
  • Period – 4 12:15 – 1:12
  • Period 5 – 1:13 – 2:10
Students will start the day in Period 1, there will not be a homeroom period.

Attendance will be taken in each period. Students are expected to attend every class, just as if we were in the school itself.

Recess and lunch breaks are built into the schedule. Students should use that time to stretch and move about, use the washroom, or grab something to eat.

Classes may not last the full scheduled period, and will be a combination of different teaching strategies. There may be direct teaching, group work, individual assignments, etc.

Each class will be conducted at the discretion of the teacher in charge.

The Google Meet link for classes will be in each teacher’s Google Classroom.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s subject teacher, or the administration. If you need a Chromebook to use at home during this time, please contact

Virtual Learning to Continue For Second Week of Classes

Due to the recent changes in the COVID-19 situation and proactive prevention measures, on December 29, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced that online learning would be the format for students returning to school in 2022. On January 6, the Province indicated that schools will continue with online learning for the week of January 10 to 14. A further decision on subsequent weeks will be made by Thursday, January 13, at the latest.

Please see the complete Public Advisory issued by the Provincial Government.
Additionally, families are asked to take time to review the District's Digitial Readiness web-resource in preparation, as well as for tips and ideas.

MDJH Guidance

Happy New Year folks!

Ms. Ward and Ms. Reardon have a guidance space set up for anyone who would like to avail. The Google Classroom code is:

  • peb3w63

This is completely voluntary. The classroom was created to help students with stress reduction while they are home during this online learning process. Feel free to contact us through email or Google Classroom message if you have any questions. We will try to post tips and strategies to this classroom on a regular basis.

We also have a virtual classroom that you can take a look in! There are some pretty neat things in there!

And finally, a website you can view that has some really great resources!


Ms. Ward & Ms. Reardon

PowerSchool Login

Keep up to date with student attendance and marks! If you need your PowerSchool password, please contact the main office at 753-8240.

A Few Current Snaps

Christmas Recap

MDJH Adopt-A-Senior 2021

Thank you to all our generous donors for our Adopt-A-Senior program. Thanks to you, the residents of St. Patrick’s Mercy Home had a bit of a brighter Christmas! Here, some members of our student council get the gifts ready to take over to St. Pat’s!

MDJH Annual Christmas Food Drive

Our annual MDJH Christmas Food Drive was a big success again this year! Food donations went to the Bridges For Hope food bank. A big Thank You! to all our generous donors!

MDJH Music - Christmas Cheer

The Music Department would like to thank all the students who participated in our Holiday Concert. It was so good to play in front of an audience again. Bravo! A special thank you to our String Ensemble who spread a little extra Christmas cheer at the Rooms.

Christmas Cookies and Deep Learning

The math project completed by some of our grade nine math classes came to fruition on Saturday, December 4, when we had about 25 students volunteer their time to bake cookies! With the help of some of our teachers, these students baked over 1000 cookies which were pre-sold to teachers and to students in a school-wide bake sale. We are happy to say EVERY SINGLE COOKIE WAS SOLD!

Once costs were factored in, we raised a total of $500 to support animals in need in our community. Many thanks to everyone who supported this deep learning project in some capacity - it would never have been a success without you all!

And The Winner Is…

In December, we held the draw for the winner of our 50/50 raffle.
Clarence Hickey won $8183.00! Sophia B. was the winner of the $200.00 Best Buy gift card. She sold $1100.00 worth of tickets!

Thanks to everyone who participated and supported our school!

Merry Squidmas!!!

For the past few months, the 7-1 and 7-2 Social Studies classes have been competing in their own Social Studies Squid Games.

For the latest round, the classes competed in a Christmas-themed version of the honeycomb challenge from the Squid Game series. In this version, students only had a toothpick to take the shape out of the sugar cookie without breaking it.

After the final round later this year, the team with the most points wins and will face the winning team of the other class for the chance to win a movie day. A big thanks to Ms. Gambin for her help, and a huge thanks to my wife for baking the cookies. - Mr. Hayward

Other Christmas Fun

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MDJH Sports

December Sports Updates

Congratulations to the Grade 9 Girls Volleyball Team (Team Keough) on winning the SSNL Regionals over a very talented team from Brookside in December. The girls never lost a set during the tournament. Also, to Sydney Clarke on being named tournament MVP.

Way to go Grizzlies!