Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, June 2019

Dates to Remember

  • June 10 and 17 - Math Tutorials 2:30-3:30
  • June 18 - Cafeteria and Breakfast Club ends
  • June 19-21 Exam Week
  • June 24 - PD day for teachers
  • June 27 - Last day of school for students. Dismissal 12:30
  • June 28 - Friday - Last day of school
  • September 4 - Wednesday - School opens for students 2019-20. Doors Open 7:45. Please bring a packed lunch as cafeteria service will be limited.
  • September 26 - 6:30. Curriculum Night. Meet in the Gymnasium

Exam Schedule and Procedures

  1. The Exam schedule is on the website and attached below.

  2. Students are allowed to bring ONLY their writing utensils and calculator in to the exam room. Calculators must be cleared of data before the exam. Pencil cases, paper and cell phones will NOT be permitted. Paper will be provided. Students are encouraged to use clear plastic ziplock bags for their writing utensils. Students can bring a novel to read when they are finished their exam, but these materials must be collected by the teacher before the exam starts and will be given back to the student when they pass in their exam.

  3. All exams are 2 hours. STUDENTS MUST STAY FOR THE ENTIRE TWO HOURS. Students who need extra time will be given 10 MINUTES EXTRA PER HOUR.

  4. Once the exam begins, students will NOT be permitted to leave the room. If there is a bathroom emergency, student will be accompanied to the washroom by a teacher.

  5. There will be no lunchtime bus. Bussing will run in the AM and PM as per normal schedule.

  6. If a student plans to leave the school for the rest of the day when their exam is finished, a parent/ guardian note MUST be provided to the homeroom teacher giving permission. Students who stay in school will be supervised in study hall.

  7. If a student misses a final exam, medical certification MUST be provided. A parent/ guardian note will not be accepted.

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What's been going on...

Cleanup day

Thank you to all the students, parents and staff who showed up on Saturday, June 8, and helped out with clean up day! Our school grounds look great!

Children's Wish

We had a great event on Friday, June 7, with the dunking of some of our own teachers and some yummy fries from Ziggys! All in support of our Children's Wish campaign! We are $3600 away from granting a Wish! If you are interested in helping us get to our final goal, please contact Carolyn Stacey at Thank you in advance for your support.

Spelling Bee winner!

MDJH was very proud to host representatives of The Telegram, who presented Maria Burton. with her trophy as regional winner for The Telegram’s 2019 Spelling Bee. Maria will be travelling to Washington, DC, to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Public Speaking

Congratulations to Rachel Dawe, who finished second in the regional public speaking event at the District Conference Centre on May 15. Way to go! Rachel is on the far right in this picture.

School leaving carnival

Our students had a great time at the school leaving carnival on May 16!

Breakfast Program

Walmart employees came to our breakfast program this week to volunteer with Kids Eat Smart. We were happy to have them visit!

Eid Mubarak

Wishing all MDJH families who celebrated the holy month of Ramadan a blessed and happy Eid.

MDJH Music

Spring Concert

The Music Department held their Spring Concert on Wednesday, June 5. This year's show themed, "We Love the 80's", featured a variety of songs from that era, culminating with the classic 80's anthem, "Don't Stop Believin" by all the participating ensembles. Congratulations to all the students who helped make this show such a success! A special thank you to the Grade 6 band students from Macdonald Drive Elementary, Rennie's River Elementary and Vanier Elementary for sharing your talent and the stage with us.

Jazz and String Ensemble Mini-Tour 2019

As is tradition, our Jazz and String Ensembles will tour some of our feeder schools on Wednesday, June 26. The tour includes: Rennie's River, Vanier, St. Francis and MDE. Lunch will be a stop at Pizza Delight. Students are asked to arrive at the school no later than 8:00 am and will be returned to the school for pick up by 3:00pm.


Grade 7 Girls Basketball

The grade 7 girls basketball B team just capped off a long season with a silver medal finish in the Metro Junior High School Basketball League. Salma Hassan was named team MVP and Kayleigh Ficken was honored with the Most Sportsman-like award. Other accomplishments include a 7 and 1 record with the league, and a third place (out of eight teams) finish in the Provincials. It was a fun and rewarding season for all. Congratulations girls!

Summer Soccer Program

Each summer the St. John’s Soccer Club offers a recreational House League program. In 2014, the St. John’s Soccer Club took over the responsibility for delivering this community soccer program from the City of St. John’s Department of Recreation. The House league program is committed to providing a rewarding and enjoyable soccer experience for all participants regardless of ability or experience.

The Club offers a Micro Program for children under 4 - under 6 that runs on weekday afternoons and an evening program for children Under 7 – Under 15.

There is financial assistance through Kid Sport NL for those who qualify. For more details on program information, please visit or contact 576-8041.

The link below will bring you directly to the KidSport Application.

Student Council News


The deadline for ordering the 2018-2019 yearbook is Friday, May 21. The cost is $20. Forms are available at the office and from Ms. Quann All students and events are included in the yearbook. It is not a yearbook for Grade 9 students only, it is for everyone. Yearbooks will arrive in September 2019. They will be available at school and also will be delivered to Holy Heart and Gonzaga for distribution.

Yearbook pictures

The deadline for submitting pictures for the yearbook is Monday, June 17. 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.

Other scoop!

MDJH Community Garden

Spring at MDJH is being welcomed with the revival of our school's community garden. An ambitious group of new Canadians are braving our Newfoundland weather and beginning the process of coaxing new green life from the raised beds near the student entrance. We are looking forward to seeing them brought back to life throughout the summer months. Donations of soil and supplies welcome!
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Macdonald Drive Junior High

We are a WE School.

Our background picture is by Silvi Ivardi.