Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, June 2021

Dates to remember

  • June 1 and 2 - Grade 9 Vaccinations
  • June 4 - Yearbook orders due
  • June 17 - NEW DATE AND TIME! Bench dedication in Ethan Paul's memory - 6pm at the Outdoor Classroom
  • June 14-18 - Grade 9 Field Trip - Laser Tag
  • June 16 - Virtual Spring Concert 7pm
  • June 24 - Report cards issued - Last day for students - Yay Summer!
  • September 8 - School reopens for students

Important Info

Drop-off reminder

When dropping students off at the student entrance in the morning, please drive all the way up to the stop sign, or as close as you can get. Do not stop in front of the door to let your child out. especially when it is wet out. Not as many students can be dropped off at once and this slows everyone down.


Grade 9 Tdap Vaccinations

Tdap is the vaccine for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. (This is not a COVID vaccination). The Public Health Nurse will be returning on June 1 and 2 to complete the Tdap vaccinations for our Grade 9 students. ALL consent forms MUST be returned before immunization will take place.

If your child is vaccinated with the Tdap vaccine at the school on June 1 or 2, they will be eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine 14 days after that, ie. June 15 or 16. If your child receives the Covid-19 vaccine prior to June 1 or 2, they cannot receive any other vaccine until 28 days later – including the routine Grade 9 Tdap. In that case, parents may contact the Public Health Nurse to schedule a clinic visit for administration of the Grade 9 immunization.

COVID Vaccinations

Eastern Health is offering the COVID Vaccine to all people 12 and up. The COVID vaccine will not be offered in the school setting in the Eastern Health region. This vaccine is being offered in mass clinics in communities throughout the region. To book an appointment please go to Please note children between 12 and 17 years of age are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and should book an appointment at a clinic offering this vaccine.

If parents have any questions regarding any of these vaccines they can contact their local Public Health Nurse.

New cafeteria menu

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What's Been Going On

Successful Food Drive

In partnership with NLEats and the Airport Heights Food Collection Program, Macdonald Drive Junior High partnered with Roncalli Elementary (Airport Heights) and Gonzaga to host a year-end, full-week, Community Food Drive from Monday, May 17, to Friday, May 21!

MDJH would like to thank our students and parents for their generous donations and continued support for this worthwhile event. It was a tremendous success, resulting in a significant donation to our community food bank.

MDJH ARTSSMARTS - Exploring Culture Through Textiles

This year the two MDJH LEARN classes are participating in an ARTSSMARTS project “Exploring Culture through Textiles”. Due to COVID restrictions, we got creative and each class is working off-site with a talented, local, multidisciplinary artist named Catherine Wright.

Our project highlights the importance of textiles in cultural traditions as students explore a variety of textile processes and techniques. During the month of May, students have been working on personal and group weaving projects, silk painting and tie-dying. We are excited to see the final projects come together in the next couple of weeks!

Canadian Parents for French

We had 3 students participate in this year's Canadian Parents for French speaking competition.

Congratulations to the following students:

Lucas Osborne - 1st place Late French Immersion Division

Sarah Gardner - 3rd place Early French Immersion Division A

Sydney Chislett - 1st place Francophone Division A

Heather Huxter Memorial Story Writing Contest

Grade 7 student Alpita Patro, recently made her Core French class (7-4) very happy! She was selected as the grade six winner of the Heather Huxter Memorial Story Writing Contest for the province in 2020.

Alpita wrote a story called "La Chasse au trésor" ("The Treasure Hunt") about a crystal ball that helps turn a boring day into a fun adventure. Her story was selected among all those submitted by grade six students in Core French, French Immersion, and Intensive Core French.

Alpita won a trophy for herself and a pizza party for her class. Her class really enjoyed having a Friday afternoon off to watch a movie and eat pizza together. Learning French is already paying off!

Here is Alpita's story.

Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition

Tanish Bhatt has been evaluating the effectiveness of influenza vaccines by comparing the main surface proteins of Influenza for particular flu seasons for the Sanofi Biogenius Canada Competition. He was interviewed on CBC radio on the Morning Show and he did a wonderful job. Have a listen!

MDJH - A Multicultural Community

A couple of weeks ago students and staff at MDJH completed a short survey asking the following questions…

  • What languages do you speak/understand at home?

  • What country were you born in?

  • What holidays do you and your family celebrate?

The LEARN 2 math class created the survey for their unit on Data Management and then compiled the information from all 712 completed surveys. We learned A LOT about our school community.

We learned…

  • Our MDJH community has people born in 35 countries other than Canada

  • The largest representations are from Syria, the Philippines , the United States , China and Libya

  • Our MDJH community speaks and understands at least 35 languages.

  • The most common languages, other than English and French, that you might hear in our hallways are Arabic عربى, Tagalog , Bengali বাংলা, Dinka, Chinese 中国人 and Norwegian.

    • Many special holidays are celebrated in MDJH other than Christmas and Easter. Some common celebrations in our school are: Ramadan , Chinese New Year , Diwali and Holi .

    The celebration of multiculturalism and respecting individuals rights and freedoms is part of what makes Canada a great place to live.

    On Friday, May 21, we did a school-wide trivia contest, based on the results of this survey! 7-5 was the winning class with the most correct responses and ice cream to celebrate!

    Sharing our uniqueness makes us all richer!!

    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...

    Ethan's Bench - NEW DATE AND TIME!

    There will be a bench dedicated to the memory of Ethan Paul during a short ceremony on Thursday, June 17, at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to join the celebration. The bench was built by his family and it will be installed at the new Outdoor Classroom.

    Other Info

    Student Council News

    CSLC (Canadian Student Leadership Conference)

    MDJH students have been attending the National Student Leadership Conference for the past several years. The conference will be offered once again next fall in a virtual forum. There will be cultural moments, energizers and other interactive activities, and a full advisor program including workshops.

    This is an opportunity for students in grades 9-12. Any student presently in grade 8 interested in attending this virtual conference next year should email Registration did close May 15, but if you are interested your name can be added to a wait list.

    Grade 9 Baby Picture Slideshow

    As part of our grade 9 leaving celebrations, we will be putting together a slideshow of all of our grade 9 students. We have a copy of their grade 9 school picture that we will use, but we need a picture of them as a baby, a toddler, primary age, or elementary age from you. Please select one picture only to email to To be included in this presentation for the grade 9 leaving celebrations, we need them ASAP.

    Yearbooks 2020-2021

    You can now place your order for the 2020-2021 yearbook. Orders can be placed online by going to Use the Yearbook ID code 11573721. The cost is $25.

    Anyone unable to place their order online can complete an order form (available in the homeroom and at office) with cash or a cheque made out to MDJH. All orders should be submitted to Colette Quann. The deadline for ordering is June 4.

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

    MDJH Music

    Spring Concert

    Our annual Spring Concert will take place on Wednesday, June 16, at 7:00 pm in Google Meet. Please RSVP to the following link to receive the performance link. MDJH Spring Concert RSVP

    May/June Band Schedule

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    MDJH Science

    Canada Wide Science Fair

    Congratulations to MDJH students Orpa Hawlander and Dipayan Sutra Dhar who were chosen to represent our province at the 2021 Virtual Canada Wide Science Fair hosted by Carlton University in Ottawa from May 17 to 21. Orpa and Dipayan were selected to attend the Canada Wide Science fair because they were best in fair winners at the 2021 Husky Energy Eastern Newfoundland Science and Technology Virtual Fair, held in April.

    The Canada Wide Science Fair included 374 projects from junior and senior high students from across the country, including all provinces and territories.

    Both MDJH students and the ten other members of the 2021 Science Team NL represented the province with pride. They are to be commended for their hard work and perseverance in successfully completing a science project in these challenging times. Orpa won a bronze medal!

    More information about the team and the regional fairs can be found at

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