Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, May 2020

MDJH Wears Red for the RCMP in Nova Scotia

On April 24, we made a special effort to gather (on-line, of course!) to show support for the RCMP after the tragic events in Nova Scotia. If you do the same and post your picture, tag us (@mdjh on Twitter) to show the support in our community!
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Student Progress Report – April 22

On Wednesday April 22, 2020, a progress report was made available to parents/guardians who can view the most up-to-date marks through PowerSchool using the Parent Portal. Students can do the same using their login.

Students will be given the opportunity to improve marks for ALL courses and coursework. Please note, however, that work completed in Term 1 will represent FINAL marks for those courses that ended in January 31, 2020.

If students would like to improve their mark(s), they will need to get in touch with their various subject teachers. Please note that for those students who are not achieving success, subject teachers will be in contact on how to improve marks.

In light of COVID-19, parent-teacher cconferences can be arranged through non-traditional means such as email or phone calls. Please feel free to get in touch with subject teachers to discuss this progress report.

Learning will continue in ALL classes/courses. Students are encouraged to keep in touch with their subject teachers using Google Classroom, email, Google Meet, etc.

Thank you for your continued support. Take care and stay safe.

St. John's Soap Works Fundraiser UPDATE

Given the current situation with COVID-19, we are unable to ensure the safe delivery of the items ordered through the fundraiser. Once the situation has been resolved, St. John's Soap Works and MDJH will work together to make the products that you ordered available.

We apologize for the inconvenience and ask for your understanding during these unprecedented times.

Duke of Edinburgh Students

The national office has created a link with resources to help guide you in continuing your Award while abiding by social distancing guidelines and staying safe. Visit for more.

This visual flow chart can also help guide you through the new process. If you have any questions, please contact your award leaders, or

Ramadan Kareem - Happy Ramadan

Ramadan for the year 2020 started on the evening of Thursday, April 23. It lasts 30 days and ends at sundown on Saturday, May 23. Many families will be celebrating differently this year. Normally the holy month of Ramadan is a time for families and community to come together and celebrate.

رمضان مبارك Ramadan Mubarak

Have a blessed and happy Ramadan

ابق آمنا Stay Safe

Jamarama @home, May 8

From: Phyllis Kinsman

Manager, Communications & Community Events

Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation

Hello friends,

We hope you are doing well and staying safe. For any of you who are essential workers, we thank you. Whether you are working at home, or away from home, we know these are challenging times.

For this reason, we would like to “come together”... Over the past several weeks, we at the Janeway Foundation have been inspired by seeing our community come together. As Newfoundlanders & Labradorians, we're more than neighbours; we’re there for one another. We want to take this “time at home” to connect with you, have a little fun, and maybe lighten everyone’s spirits for a bit.

On Friday, May 8th, we're asking you to come together for all our Janeway kids.

Taking part is easy!

Wear your pajamas, post a photo or video with #JamaramaAtHome

Tag your friends and family!

Come together in this fun, one-day Jamarama digital event!

Unlike “Jamarama at School” that we hold in October, there’s no need to register for “Jamarama @home.”

Keep your pajamas on and… be creative! Take a picture, then Post, Share and Retweet!

Tag the Janeway Foundation #JamaramaAtHome #ForAllOurKids

@JanewayNL on Facebook, Twitter on Instagram

If you are in a position to give to the Janeway for ongoing health care needs, please donate on our website:

Download our fun Zoom virtual backgrounds, colouring sheets, social media profile frames, and more (to be uploaded by Sunday):

If you are unable to join us at this time, we hope to see you again in October.

Thank-you Voluteers!

We would like to take this opportunity to say 'Thank You' to our volunteers who help make MDJH a wonderful community school!

What we've been up to...

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Learning Online

Google Meet Guidelines for Families to Help Protect Student and Family Privacy

Video meetings between teachers and students are extensions of the classroom and regular classroom rules apply. While we are connecting with students in a virtual environment, everyone has a responsibility to ensure the protection of privacy. Please strictly adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Teachers will invite students to participate in virtual meetings by sharing a meeting URL or unique nickname through Gmail or Google Classroom. To ensure that only invited guests have access to the session, please do not share this meeting information publicly.
  • The meeting will show the names and faces of student participants. To ensure that identities are kept private, please do not post any photos or videos of your child’s virtual meetings to social media if other student faces or names are shown.
  • Discuss ways you can protect the privacy of members of your household, such as physically locating in one spot without background activity.

Did you know?

Your teachers are updating the school homework page so you can have access to all the class activities in one central spot.

Students are encouraged to join the MDJH Guidance Corner Google classroom. The code is: peb3w63.

Student Textbooks - Online Availability

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Google Classroom

Did you know that as a parent/guardian in Google Classroom, you can have access to:

  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent

  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)

  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers

If you sign up using a Google account, you also have access to email summaries you can choose to receive on a weekly or daily basis. If you don’t have a Google Account, you only get weekly emails and can’t change any settings.

To sign up for this feature in Google Classroom:

Email one of your child’s teachers and ask him or her to add you. You will be sent a confirmation email and once you have accepted this email invitation, you will automatically be added to all the Google Classrooms your child is a part of, and will automatically receive weekly emails. If you signed up using a Google account, you can go to to change your settings.

Please note: Due to privacy laws, you cannot be given access to your child’s classroom. Parents/Guardians can only get email summaries.

For more information, go to:

Taking Notes Digitally

In case you were wondering how to complete your notes digitally if you don't have a printer... Most of the notes your teachers post online are in a format called PDF. Information in this format is easy to print out, but it makes it is much harder to edit the document than it is with a Google Doc. This is how you can use an app called DocHub to take notes directly on your PDF doc. Then you have a digital copy! No trees had to die in the taking of your notes. Take care of yourselves! And the trees....
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What's Been Going On?


Congratulations to Gianne Kim for winning the Provincial Prize of $100, awarded by MUN, in the 2020 Pascal Mathematics Contest. Gianne has a score of 132.

Joohyeok Seo and Lakshmi Chedella also received excellent scores which , combined with Gianne’s, added up to 366! This placed MDJH third across the province!


Students in "grades 5-12, living in Torbay, Bauline, Flatrock, Pouch Cove, Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove, Portugal Cove-St. Philips or Bell Island were invited to write a poem about any specific built heritage feature or natural feature in their community." Aurora Hickey entered this contest and she won! She wrote her poem on the old Hickey homestead, which is about 150 years old. The poem will be published at a later date and she has been invited to recite it at an event when things get back to normal. Way to go, Aurora!


Two of our students, Jaida Lee and Megan Skinner, have been nominated for Provincial Junior Athlete of the Year! Congratulations, girls!

More of what we have been doing....

Coming up...

Join Over 4,800 Students in Canada's Newest Online Community

Run for It is a new online school club to work out, get out, hang out, and figure out what’s going on!

We’re meeting 1-2 times each week for a quick check-in to better understand why we are feeling the way we are so that we can start feeling better.

Join us to run or walk your COVID-19 anxiety into the ground with an exercise program that will make you virtually awesome.

Run for It Teacher: Ms. Reardon

First Hangout is: Friday, May 8, at 11:00am (Google Meet)

Follow @runforit.program on Insta for weekly challenges and tips!

Student Council News

Canadian Student Leadership Conference 2020

Due to the school closures across our country, the 36th Annual National Student Leadership Conference scheduled for September 22 - September 27 in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, will be postponed for a year. It will happen in September 2021 at the same location. The theme is “From the Roots Up.” The conference theme will flow through the keynote speeches, leadership workshops, volunteer opportunities and cultural experiences of the conference.

Any student who had signed up for this already, and current grade 8 students interested in attending this conference next year, should see Mme Quann once school reopens.


Work is underway to produce a yearbook for 2019-2020 school year. As we are a busy school, there are more than enough pictures to fill a yearbook in spite of our school’s current closure. The only event that will not be included in the yearbook that was included in all previous yearbooks is our Grade 9 School Leaving Carnival. There may be a few groups or teams whose photos are not available but there are many candid pictures taken throughout the school year that will more than make up for them.

Ordering of yearbooks (You can now place your order online)

The website to visit to order online is and the school code is 11573720.

Photos Wanted!

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

When sending a picture, please include the student grade level and coach's name in case there is more than one team in a grade. Team and group photos cannot be included without your help. Do not assume someone else has sent one in. Mme Quann would rather have multiple pictures of a group/team than no picture at all!

Baby Pictures Slideshow

The Grade 9 School Leaving Carnival may not be happening as scheduled, but we do anticipate celebrating with students at some point. A highlight of this celebration is always a slideshow of all of our Grade 9 students, featuring pictures of each student as a baby/child alongside the current edition (Lifetouch picture)! To be included in this slideshow, please email a baby picture to

MDJH Music

Chrome Music Lab

Thank you to all music students at MDJH who have shared a Chrome Music Lab composition or rendition of a song on Google classroom. Ms. Pickett has loved listening to each one including renditions of songs like: "Killer Queen", "Pumped up Kicks" and "Bad Guy". Keep creating music and doing things that bring you joy.