Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, March 2021

Dates to Remember

  • March 8, Monday - Teacher PD Day - No in-school or online classes
  • March 9, Tuesday - Deadline for Grade 9 Course Selections
  • March 15, Monday - District Holiday, school will be closed
  • March 19, Friday - OPTIS will be open to parents/guardians to schedule a conference
  • March 25, Thursday, 12:30-6:30 pm - Virtual Parent/Teacher Conferences

What's been going on...

Report cards

At this time, formal report cards will NOT be distributed. This is the same process we followed during Term 1 reporting. Families will use PowerSchool data to view student progress. PowerSchool represents the most up-to-date information, as teachers are constantly revising student marks. Parents/guardians are asked to contact the school at if they have forgotten their sign-in credentials for PowerSchool.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be virtual this term. Conferences will take place March 25, from 12:30 – 6:30pm. OPTIS will be open to parents/guardians on March 19, for scheduling either a video conference or a phone interview. Please ensure that you have provided the correct phone number for the device you wish to be contacted on at the scheduled time.

Pink Day 2021

On February 24, MDJH had a virtual PINK Day celebration. We started our day with a presentation for all students on how PINK Day and the anti-bullying movement started. Students were also treated to a kindness video created by Ms. Pickett featuring kind messages from our staff. See the video below. Students were then encouraged to complete an act of kindness for someone they know.

In Period 2, students listened to a virtual assembly completed by our guidance team, Ms. Watton and Ms. Ward, on the topic of Social Media and Appropriate Internet Usage. In that presentation, students learned about the dangers of Cyberbullying, the importance of knowing your personal digital footprint, ways to be safer online, and the THINK acronym. They also heard from Cst. Tanya Schwartz who explained some of the laws students should be aware of when it comes to cyberbullying and the internet. Overall, this was a very positive day of online learning.

Celebrating Pink Shirt Day and Black History Month at MDJH!

After our Pink Shirt Day, Ms. Breen’s Grade 7 ELA class learned about 15 year old T-shirt designer and social activist Chloe Ngakosso, creator of the T-Shirt company Afroqueens. Chloe’s designs focus on combating racism and empowering young people. Students were inspired by Ngaksso’s work, and designed their own t-shirt logos to share with the class!

MDJH Staff on Pink Day

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Google Meet with Carl English!

Dream big. Work hard. Make it happen. That’s what Carl English, Canadian former professional basketball player, told the students and staff at Macdonald Drive Junior High in a powerful Google Meet session last week. He certainly is an inspiration to many!

He says, "You can't just look in the mirror and look at yourself, or at your mom or dad, or your coach, and say I wanna be a doctor. I wanna be a basketball player. I wanna be a hockey player. It's great to have those dreams and I encourage people to dream larger than life, but what are you doing to accomplish that dream? What did you do today to become a better version of yourself?"

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Canadian Parents for French National Poetry Competition

We would like to recognize MDJH student Tanish Bhatt (9-10) for his participation in the Canadian Parents for French National Poetry Competition, O'Poésie. This was a national competition for French students of all levels. Tanish's poem competed with entries from approximately 400 students in Core French and French Immersion across the country (this is more than four times more entries than were received last year!). Tanish's poem, Je suis le Temps, imagines time personified, presenting the positive aspect through joyful moments we experience as well as negative feelings as we sometimes see time slip away. This is not easy to do in English, let alone French!

Félicitations, Tanish! Bien fait!

Je suis le Temps by Tanish Bhatt

Je suis dangereux, et amical,

Je suis satisfaisant, et mortel,

Je peux être utile,

Je peux apporter de la joie à la vie de n’importe quel homme,

Je suis généreux,

Soutenir ceux qui me valorisent,

Mais à ceux qui ne me valorisent pas,

Je suis mortel,

A ceux qui s'engagent en guerre avec moi,

Je ne montre aucune pitié,

Je suis un destructeur,

Et pourtant, je suis le créateur ultime,

Je peux apporter malheur à tout homme,

Et pourtant, je peux profiter à n'importe qui,

J’ai deux visages,

Montrant mon amour et mon soutien à ceux qui me valorisent,

Et montrant ma haine et ma destruction à ceux qui ne le font pas,

Qui suis-je, demandez-vous?

Je suis le Temps.

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.

Coming up...

High school course selection

Course Selection is now available for students who will be attending Gonzaga in the 2021-2022 school year. All the information needed for course selection can be found by visiting Gonzaga’s web site.

Please make sure that you have submitted your course requests on line through your PowerSchool account by 3 pm on March 9.

Also, please complete your course selection sheet and return a parent/guardian signed copy via email to by March 9.

Click here to download the course selection sheet (PDF).

Online Chess Tournament

There is an upcoming online chess tournament hosted by one of our Grade 9 students on Saturday, March 13. This is open to all chess players in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is on a website/platform called Please see the link below:


Interested in Science/Technology? Join our online STEM community!

Learn from successful women how to set yourself up for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) career. With a digital clubhouse, monthly STEM kits, regional events, and a provincial conference, you choose how and when you participate.

STEMforGIRLS Club is an interactive province-wide STEM community delivered by Women in Resource Development Corporation (WRDC). STEMforGIRLS programs empower female (non-binary, two-spirit, gender fluid, agender, or third gender inclusive) youth with information and the self-confidence needed to build successful futures in STEM. They are provided free of charge thanks to the support of our sponsors.

Please contact Ms. Riggs if you have any questions.

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Other scoop!

Tip for online learning: split screen

Here’s a handy tip! If you want to be able to watch your Google Meet while doing work at the same time, you might want to try splitting your screen. Here are some tips from The Techie Teacher.

Guidance virtual classroom

Ms.Watton and Ms. Ward have created a Guidance Virtual Classroom for students to explore. Students can use this resource to find coping strategies, as well as explore mental health resources.

Virtual Guidance Office

If students would like to set up an appointment with Ms. Ward or Ms. Watton they can do so by email at or

Students can also join the MDJH Guidance Corner Google Classroom with the following code: peb3w63. There also is an open google meet for MDJH students every Wednesday from 11:20am-12:20pm. Students can access the link for this meet in the Guidance Google Classroom.

Student Council News

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week was February 8-12. We would like to thank our school community who sent along treats at recess and lunch.

MDJH Spirit Week

Our spirit week theme days originally scheduled for February 22-26 will be rescheduled for a later time. Rather than have virtual theme days, we will wait until we are physically back in the building to have our theme days.

An updated list of theme days will be posted.

Pink t-shirt orders

The pink t-shirts have arrived. Due to our move to online learning, they were not distributed. They will be distributed to students once we return. We will have another pink day so students can show off their new these shirts.

Grade 9 baby picture slideshow

As part of our grade 9 leaving celebrations, we would like to show a slideshow of all of our grade 9 students. We will show a student's grade 9 school picture and another picture of them as a baby, a toddler or primary or elementary age. Please email one picture only for this slideshow to


There are still a few 2019-2020 yearbooks available for purchase. The cost is $25. Please contact if you wish to purchase a yearbook from last year.

Yearbook photos wanted

Thank you to everyone who has submitted pictures for the yearbook. Please send any team pictures to If sending from a cell phone, please select actual size to ensure the quality is good for uploading to the yearbook.

Celebrating Student’s Successes

We want to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of the students of MDJH. We have a wall of celebration where we will place a certificate of acknowledgement highlighting participation and success in a variety of activities. We want to know if your child has participated in any plays, musicals or has been on a team that has won some title or has been recognized in any individual competition. We need your help with this. Please let us know so we can proudly display this on our wall. Please email with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.

MDJH Music

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MDJH Dance Break

Ms. Pickett wrote a song and put together a little something to show our Grizzly spirit!

MDJH Science

NL Virtual Science and Technology Fair

Last year marked the very first NL Virtual Science and Technology Fair. Plans for this year’s fair are underway, spearheaded by a subcommittee of the Eastern Newfoundland Science Fairs Council (ENSFC).

The volunteer members of the council organize the Husky Energy Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Fair every year. This fair, which usually takes place in St. John’s each spring often involves more than 100 students in grades 7 to 12 from schools on the Avalon Peninsula. The highlight of the Eastern Fair is the selection of students to attend the Canada Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 situation for the 2021 school year, the CWSF was cancelled again. This is still the reality for all regional fairs across Canada.

However, given the obvious lack of physical contact required for a virtual fair, organizers Yvonne Dawe, Heidi Kavanagh and Patrick Wells, all local high school science teachers with the NLESD (and MSSIC board members), have decided to continue with their plans for an online fair if students are still interested in participating in this format. MDJH students are encouraged to speak with their Science teachers if this is something they are interested in. A Google Classroom has been set up for more information.


Students from grades 7 to 12 are eligible to compete. Single or 2-person projects are eligible. The Eastern NL fair which will include students from schools on the Avalon peninsula will take place on Friday, April 23, 2021. Registration for both fairs will open in early March and remain open for approximately 3 weeks. (More info on this to follow).