Macdonald Drive Junior High, January 2023
What's Been Going On
Congratulations to all the music students who participated in the annual Winter Concert that was held on December 14. It was a fabulous show, and we were very proud of you all!
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week
Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is February 13-17. Our student council would like to ask our school community to show appreciation for the staff of MDJH by providing treats at lunch. As in past years, we would like to have grade levels provide sweet or savoury treats on different days:
- Tuesday, February 14 - Grade 7
- Wednesday, February 15 - Grade 8
- Thursday, February 16 - Grade 9
If you are able to send along a treat, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: February 4 - 10am-4pm
Registration and Check-in: 10am-10:30am
Rounds will begin at 10:45
Rounds will be made public on the day of the tournament via Google sheets
Tournament Director: Tanish Bhatt
Venue: Gonzaga Gym
Proceeds go to: United4Literacy (non-profit organization dedicated to raising illiteracy in the local and global community - all proceeds will support the education of youth in rural India).
Pre-registration via Google Forms (registration deadline on January 27) - registration fee can be e-transferred to email@example.com or can be payed at the door
$15 for K-12
$20 for adults (18+)
Boards supplied by Gonzaga Chess Club
Prizes: Medals, certificates will be awarded to top 3 in each category
Click here to access the registration form:
Pairings to work based on grade levels:
7-9 (Junior High)
10-and up (Senior)
In each grade level, there will be either a round-robin or group-stage/playoff system (depending on # of participants)
Volunteers will be required to maintain smooth transitions during the tournament (at least 10-15 volunteer/people required for support - don’t have to be experienced with chess at all). If interested in volunteering, you can sign up here.
Canteen service with snacks will be provided on tournament day
Players must have an understanding of the rules of chess
Touch-move touch-take: if you touch a piece, you have to move it; if you touch your opponent’s piece, you have to take it
Clocks - all divisions except for primary will be expected to play on clocks (there will be a tutorial before the tournament starts on how to use a clock for players not experienced with using one)
Time control is 25 mins with a 5-second delay
All rules and decisions regarding a dispute between players will be resolved by the adjudicator monitoring the division. If absolutely required, the tournament director will get involved, and will provide a final decision
Recording moves will not be required for this tournament - however, any player who wishes to record their moves can do so at their own interest
50th Anniversary - Where are they now?
As part of our 50th Anniversary Year celebrations, our committee is currently working on organizing a spotlight feature of MDJH Alumni. We want to contact MDJH Alumni, so we can highlight the success of our former students. We want to compile a collection of videos, Google Meets and in person presentations. If you are a MDJH alumni or know someone you feel would fit our spotlight section, please reach out to the school. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
French Immersion Summer Program 2023
Are you a Grade 9 student interested in improving your French? This may be a great opportunity for you! Applications are now open for the Voyages 2023 program, where selected students will spend three weeks in Quebec at Campus Notre-Dame-De-Foy.
On-line Ukrainian Books & Resources
For our Ukrainian students, it might be hard to find something to read in their first language. Here are some novels that are in Ukrainian that can be read online. There are also links to on-line Ukrainian language libraries. Please note that these resources are all free at the time of this post.
Young Adult Novels
Harry Potter – all seven novels (via Pottermore)
Other novel sites:
Kajko I Kokosz
Table Top Games:
Call of Cthulhu Quick Start Rules
Student Council News
Any student, parent or coach with a group photo of any group from our school are asked to please email a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you send a picture from your phone please be sure to select the option “actual size” to ensure good quality when uploading to the yearbook site.
Celebrate Student Succeess
We want to acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of the students of MDJH. We have a wall of celebration where we 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 a 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 email@example.com with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.