Knights' News

March 19, 2021

Full School Remote Learning, For Now

Hello Lo-Ellen Park Families,

Thank you ensuring our students are connecting to their synchronous classes every day. Attendance, engagement and participation in Google Meets is necessary, and delights our teaching staff!

Please be sure to reach out to the school if your child cannot participate in learning for the day as attendance is being taken.

We've had many questions about how long we'll all be learning from home. Please know that we will share any information that the Director of Education provides in a timely manner.

Thank you for your continued patience and support while we work together.

Looking forward to seeing our in-person learners again when it is safe to do so.

Progress Reports and Parent Teacher Conferences

Secondary students will receive an email from their teacher indicating their progress for this semester's classes by the end of the day, Friday, March 19th.

Parents are encouraged to review this progress update with their child.

Some teachers will request an interview; however, all parents are welcome to schedule a parent-teacher conference.

Parents are asked to sign up for a virtual conference here: Sign Up Genius LEP Secondary Parent-Teacher Conferences

The sign up platform will be available until March 23rd at 12pm. An email was sent to parents with more detailed instructions this week.

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LEP Student Council Instagram Page

Be sure to follow the LEP Student Council Instagram Page!

Published Poetry!

Congratulations to Michelle Ruff whose poetry is getting published again! She entered her poem into the Polar Expressions contest and it will be published in an anthology, Intuition, in June.
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Robotics Updates from Mr. Monti

Congratulations and many thanks to Mr. Monti, and his team, who managed to keep Robotics going despite the pivot to remote learning.

Over the past week, two of Lo-Ellen Park’s FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) robotics teams participated in a remote qualifier competition against other FTC teams from across the province. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology'' and the program’s mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, while fostering well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Both FTC teams from Lo-Ellen Park won impressive awards at the competition.

FTC 18960 EDIT “Team Cosmoknights” won the top overall award at the competition called the INSPIRE Award. This judged award is given to the team that best embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team. The Inspire Award winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism® both on and off the playing field. This team shares their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge with other teams, sponsors, their community, and the judges. Working as a unit, this team will have shown success in performing the task of designing and building a robot. Lo-Ellen team members include:

  • Tyler Smith

  • Eli Paibomsai

  • Seth Albers

  • Tristan Brett

  • Madison Huntington

  • Kalyani Nair

FTC 16413 EDIT “Team Vanguard” was recognized for the DESIGN Award. This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. The Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The robot should be durable, efficiently designed, and effectively address the game challenge. Lo-Ellen team members include:

  • Edward Xiong

  • Tiago Ferreira

  • Kush Patel

  • Deep Mahida

  • Annika Matusch

  • Julia Silva

The two teams are a byproduct of a new EDIT (Engineering Design + Innovative Technology) course at Lo-Ellen Park. This past fall, the FIRST Technical Challenge was integrated into the EDIT program as a new course offered at Lo-Ellen Park for Grade 10 and 11 students “TMR3M EDIT Robotics & Control Systems”. Two of the robots created during the semester one EDIT class had the opportunity to officially compete in this year’s FTC competition called FIRST Ultimate Goal. Students designed robots for the FTC Ultimate Goal game challenge that could manipulate wobble goals and shoot foam rings into different target areas. The students learned about the engineering design and prototyping process while also learning about collaboration and working in teams. Students in the class also learned how to program their robots to perform tasks autonomously using pre-programmed controls and as well as how to control their robots using a gamepad and Android app to successfully compete in FIRST Ultimate Goal.

Due to the pandemic, teams had the opportunity to share information with judges via Zoom to share their design experiences throughout this season and to highlight some of the unique programs offered at Lo-Ellen Park that complement the FIRST Robotics program at the school. Also of note, the teams were able to complete matches from their home despite being in self-isolation during the timeframe of the competition while adhering to all public health guidelines. Truly an impressive feat! The Lo-Ellen Park teams are looking forward to the FIRST Technical Challenge Provincial Championships in May.

Check out a sample FIRST Ultimate Goal match here:

Also, a special thanks to the grade 12 student mentors (Marcos Mori-Chinen, Quinn Roos, Josiah Poxleitner, Sarnai Munkhzul, Rowan Mullin Santone and LEP Mentors (Rob Gruhl, Dan Monti)

If you are interested in learning more about the teams’ journey this year, you can view their engineering portfolios through the following links.

FTC 18960 “Team Cosmoknights” - Engineering Portfolio:

FTC 16413 “Team Vanguard” - Engineering Portfolio:

Guidance Updates: Course Selections & Summer Co-op

Timetabling for next year is fast approaching. If there are any students who have not selected their courses for next year, please reach out to Mrs. Bourget or Ms.Gomm. If students have not submitted their signed myBlueprint form, this is a reminder that these forms can be emailed to

Any student who is interested in summer co-op is asked to email Mrs. Bourget

Information regarding summer elearning courses and summer school will be shared with students once it becomes available to us.

Our Open House Link is Still Live

If you haven't checked out our Open House site yet, please do and share with friends and family. We are getting inquiries about registrations for next year. Forms can be found within the Lo-Ellen Park Open House site.