Parent Newsletter

Macdonald Drive Junior High, May 2022

Dates to remember

  • May 6 - Pizza Day

  • May 14 - Community Recycling

  • May 15 - Community Cleanup

  • May 20 - PL Day - No school for students

  • May 23 - Victoria Day Holiday

  • May 26 - Grade 9 Carnival - Thursday, 6:30-9:00

  • June 23 - Last day of school for students

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Important Information

School Updates for May

School Supplies

We are now in the last stretch of the 2021-2022 school year. Please refresh your child’s school supplies. We have been receiving many requests at the office for pencils, pens and paper.


Pizza Day

On Friday, May 6, MDJH will be having a pizza day! The minister for Windsor Lake, the Honorable John Hogan, will be providing pizza to all MDJH students! There will be pepperoni and cheese pizzas, and there will be a gluten-free option available at the office.


Rapid Tests

Students were given 10 more rapid tests (2 boxes). The homeroom teachers distributed these to the students.


School Community

Please remind your children to be their best selves at the food establishments and other businesses in our community. We continue to get calls complaining about the behaviour of students. Also, please remind them to use the crosswalk.


Exciting addition to our MDJH Webpage

We have added a new link, ‘Morning Announcements,’ to the main menu on the school’s web page. The MDJH community are now able to check the announcements being read over the PA to students each day. They will be posted each day by 8:15.

COVID Updates

Masking

In consultation with Public Health, the District has determined that current masking protocols in schools and on school buses will remain in effect until at least May 13, 2022.

The District recognizes that many students are experiencing ‘mask fatigue’. It is, however, clear that our school communities remain susceptible to COVID-19 variants, particularly given the relaxation of public health restrictions in other areas.


Updated Close Contact Flow Chart - Please use this updated document to determine if you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19.

Grade 9 Carnival

The School Leaving Carnival for Grade 9 students will be held on May 26. Please return your permission slips and money to the the school ASAP.


Gift cards are still needed. If you wish to donate gift cards, which will be used as prizes for students, please contact the office.

Grade 9 Graduating Class Legacy Project

As the school year comes to a close, MDJH is reaching out to our grade 9 students to propose a legacy project for the Graduating Class of 2022. We are asking each student to donate pocket change ($1 - $2) to purchase an outdoor bench to complement our outdoor classroom. It would have a plaque inscribed with, “Donated by the 2022 Grade 9 Graduating Class.” This could be the beginning of an annual donation from each class. The Class of 2022 would be the first to begin this tradition.


Money will be collected by your homeroom teacher. Show your support and leave a memento of your time here!


Calling ALL Alumni

September 2022, marks the 50th Anniversary of MDJH!

Our anniversary committee, chaired by Colette Quann (colettequann@nlesd.ca) and Ches West (chesleywest@nlesd.ca), have been busy planning monthly activities beginning in September with the opening of the 25th Anniversary Time Capsule.


We are reaching out to past alumni to identify themselves, so they can be recognized and included in the events. Please complete the following form and feel free to pass it on to any other past alumni you may know. Together, we can make this a year to remember!


Please follow link to doc: https://forms.gle/FE5eHb3uF4VvC25A6


Thank you. Stay tuned! See you at our October Meet and Greet!


What's Been Going On

May the 4th be with you

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Nourish Bangladesh Minecraft Tournament

Recently, Mdjh student Omair Billah competed in a Minecraft Creative Tournament Fundraiser organized by the 501(c)(3) registered non-profit Nourish Bangladesh. As part of the competition, participants had to build a headquarters for Nourish Bangladesh in Minecraft and fundraise on their behalf to feed the economically disadvantaged in Bangladesh.


Omair won the “BEST OVERALL BUILD” and secured an honourable mention in the most money raised category. He took fundraising very seriously and raised $800 USD! He also received $50 in cash prizes; which he decided to give back to Nourish Bangladesh.


In case you are interested, you can see Omair’s build (approx. 7 minutes long video): Nourish Bangladesh Minecraft Tournament Submission: Omair Billah

Science Fair

On Friday, April 8, students from MDJH participated in the 2022 Cenovus Energy’s Eastern Newfoundland Science Fair. Congratulations to all students who participated and a special shout out to our award winners!


Doris Chavey Juarez, a grade 7 student at MDJH, participated in and won the logo contest for the Newfoundland and Labrador Science Fairs Council! Here is the new logo!


In the category of Junior Life Sciences

Bronze Medal - Alexander Evermann, Alishba Azrin & Nate Lake and Joyeeta Goyali

Silver Medal - Vidya Chedella

Gold Medal - Alpita Patro


In the category of Junior Physical Sciences

Bronze Medal - Matthew Earle & James Piercey

Silver Medal - Abbey Janes and Milley Janes


In the category of Intermediate Life Sciences

Gold Medal - Adhira Ganish


In the category of Intermediate Physical Sciences

Honorable Mention - Orpa Howlader


Special Awards

2022 Sanofi Biogenius Canada Award-Eastern Newfoundland

Algae: The Future Of Biofuels

Alpita Patro – MacDonald Drive Junior High


Alpita’s project was named one of the best three projects in the fair this year, and Alpita was also chosen to be part of Team NL at the upcoming Canada Wide Science Fair! Way to go Alpita!

Sharing Our Cultures - Diversity and Inclusion Project

Our own former MDJH student, Rose Rashid of 8-3, tied for 3rd place in this provincial competition for 7-12 students. Congratulations Rose!


Sharing our Cultures - Diversity and Inclusion Project

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Cupids Museum Postage Stamp Design Contest for Heritage Week


The Cupids Museum/Cupids Legacy Centre's 26th Annual Postage Stamp Design Contest for Heritage Week winners have been chosen! A panel of 13 judges, said that the students really took the theme 'Heros' to heart and created beautiful designs; their choices were difficult to make. The judges were delighted with the number and quality of entrants for 2022. Our very own MDJH student Omair Billah won second place in the senior division!


Every student that participated will receive a certificate and winners will receive prize packages plus a monetary prize. Congratulations to Omair!

New Cricut!

MDJH LEARN students using their new Cricut with Melissa Lee, Coding and Maker Itinerant teacher for NLESD. Also, a member of the @brilliant_labs team. Students had a great time!
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...

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MDJH Logo Contest

Students of MDJH…

2022-2023 is the 50th Anniversary of our school!


To celebrate, we invite you to create
a new school logo!

To participate:

  • Submit designs that are the original work of the entrant
  • Participants agree entries will become MDJH property and may be edited and/or reproduced

Suggestions:

  • Highlight activities that take place at MDJH
  • Feature events happening around us that connect with our community


Forward your designs to alannapenney@nlesd.ca, colettequann@nlesd.ca or chesleywest@nlesd.ca
or drop hard copies to the Art Room (Room 227)


The deadline for entries is Monday, May 2nd, 2022!

Community Recycling

On Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 to 11 am, Macdonald Drive Elementary Grade 6 students invite the school community to donate recycling to MDE. Accepted recycling items can be found at https://greendepotnl.ca/whats-accepted/


The Grade 6s are doing this fundraiser to purchase an Actium Compost Bin, which will convert all our food waste into fertile soil. This soil will then be put back into the outdoor garden, where we grow vegetables and other plants.


Not only will we reduce waste going into the landfills, but we will be producing healthy, fertile soil instead of having to purchase commercial soil and fertilizers. It will also provide a learning opportunity in our outdoor classroom for all students to learn more about composting and taking care of our environment.


We hope to have this in place for September. Thanks for your support!

MUN Engineering Camps

MUN Engineering is moving ahead with plans for full-day, in-person camps for the summer of 2022! The programs that are being scheduled for this summer include;


  • Robotics and Junior Engineers (grades 3-6)
  • Girl Quest (grades 3-6)
  • Explore Engineering (grades 10-12)
  • Teen Circuit (grades 7-9)
  • Nano Engineers (grades 1-2)

Registration will take place online, a schedule and more details will be coming soon.

Indoor Triathlon School Championships

Triathlon NL is holding its second annual Indoor Triathlon School Championships on June 4, at The Works, on the MUN campus in St. John's.


Triathlon is a sport which encourage life-long participation in active living. We hope this event can help introduce young people to the sport, and have some fun! The competition is open to individuals and school teams.


Please find attached information about the event and the athlete's guide.

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Canadian Parents for French – Newfoundland and Labrador 20 2 2 Provincial Awards

Canadian Parents for French – Newfoundland and Labrador is once again getting ready for its annual Provincial Awards. The organization wants to acknowledge partners who contribute to making French language visible and valued in Newfoundland and Labrador.


The Provincial Awards celebrate:


  • A Volunteer of the Year
  • A Student of the Year
  • A Teacher of the Year
  • A Teacher Graduate of the Year
  • An Administrator of the Year

Is there an amazing volunteer, involved in your community, who is an ardent promoter of French Language education? Do you know an exceptional student in one of the French programs? Is your school graced with the presence of a dynamic teacher or teacher - graduate who goes above and beyond to bring French opportun ities to the school or the community? Are you a strong supporter of French programs in your school? Do you know an administrator in the Education system who is a passionate advocate for French programs and activities? We want to know about these outstand ing individuals.



The Provincial Award Ceremony will be held at Government House and hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, Her Honour, The Honourable Judy May Foote , on Wednesday, August 17, 2022.


Please see the attached invitation sheet, poster and application form.

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Other Info

Homework help

There are Science Help sessions available every Day 5 at lunch in room 125.

Homework Haven happens every Tuesday after school in the library.

International Debating League: Invitation for Students

Greetings from Camp Yellow.

Macdonald Drive Junior High student are invited to participate in an 'International Debating League' for students from grades 3-12 (no registration fees), being organized by Camp Yellow (www.campyellow.global).

We believe, that this can be a great source of global exposure for students, in a skill which remains important throughout their careers.
The aim is to help students improve their communication skills, drive their self confidence and represent their country on a global stage.

Camp Yellow regularly organizes speech and debating competitions for students and has seen participation from thousands of students around the globe.

The organizing team for these events include alumni of some of the top global institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Copenhagen Business School, School of Economics Prague, IIT Delhi, IIM Calcutta and have work experience spanning few of the leading global companies such as Bain & company, Google, Amazon, Facebook (Meta), Uber. The organizers work as advisors to CXOs of some of the leading global companies, and have seen the importance of strong communications skills first hand. Through this initiative, they aim to create awareness about need for strong communication as a global citizen.

This competition is being run across the globe and students from 15+ countries have already registered.

About International Debating League:Instructions for students:
  • Student need to register themselves on this link by providing basic details (there are no registration charges): Registration link; deadline for registration is May 15th
  • For the first round, prepare a 1.5-2 minute video, laying down the arguments. Participants can select whether they want to argue for or against the motion on a given topic for their group
    (details will be mailed to the participants shortly after registration. Else, they can visit this link to get the details: Rules and Regulations)
  • Upload the video on this link by May 22nd midnight: Speech Video Upload Link
  • Accolades worth USD 2000+ and a unique chance to represent their country on a global stage (participation certificates will be provided for students who qualify round 1)
  • Round 2 and 3 (finals) will be live 1:1 debates

Camp Yellow
www.campyellow.global

For a glimpse from our past events, please look at our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/campyellow2020

Contact us:
Whatsapp number (Seattle Office, USA): +1 206 512-1509
E-mail ID (Global support): admin@campyellow.global

Centre for Youth Crime-Prevention - Fast Facts

National Crime Prevention and Indigenous Policing Services is pleased to present to you our May 2022 edition of the Fast Facts.

In this edition, we have shared what is new with National Youth Services, special upcoming dates, educational virtual resources, training opportunities, virtual activities, support resources, and more.


If you are aware of other resources and activities that might be beneficial for the Fast Facts, please do not hesitate to share them with us for our upcoming editions.


Centre for Youth Crime Prevention | Centre de la prévention du crime de la jeunesse

Royal Canadian Mounted Police | Gendarmerie royale du Canada

CYCP_CPCJ@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Twitter: @rcmpgrcpolice | @grcrcmppolice

Student Council News

Grade 9 Baby Picture Slideshow

As part of our grade 9 leaving celebrations, we would like to show a slideshow of all of our grade 9 students and how much they have grown. We will display each student’s grade 9 school picture (we have copies of that) and a picture from you of them as a baby, (toddler or early school years is fine as well). Please select one picture only to email to colettequann@nlesd.ca. The deadline for submission of pictures is Thursday, May 19.

Yearbooks 2021-2022

You can now place your order for the 2021-2022 yearbook. Orders can be placed online by going to ybpay.lifetouch.ca. If ordering online, the Yearbook ID code is 11573722. The cost is $25.


Anyone unable to place the order online can complete an order form (available in 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 10. Yearbooks will arrive in September. They will be delivered to Gonzaga and Holy Heart for our current grade 9 students who have moved on to those schools.


There are still 2020-2021 yearbooks left, as we received an extra shipment. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact colettequann@nlesd.ca

Attention: Coaches and Parents! We need Yearbook Photos

Any student, parent, or coach from our school can submit group photos for the yearbook. Please email a picture to colettequann@nlesd.ca. 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 Success

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.


Please let us 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 colettequann@nlesd.ca with Celebrate YOUR CHILD’S NAME in the subject line.


Annual Feeder School Food Drive

In partnership with NLEats and the Airport Heights Food Co, MDJH is hosting a Year-End Community Food Drive from Tuesday, May 24, to Friday, May 27! Any non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the morning on the tables outside the office. All donations will go to local food banks in our community! This is a great time to clear out your cupboards and to donate to such a wonderful cause!

MDJH Music

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We are on Twitter!

MDJH Music is on Twitter!! Follow us @mdjhmusic

Scale Bonanza Extravaganza!

Our Scale Bonanza Extravaganza is on! Concert and Symphonic Band members have been challenged to a scale competition. While the contest is ongoing, we would like to congratulate our first two "champions," Sam Farquharson and Abbey Janes.

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra Tickets

In case you didn't know, our students can purchase NSO tickets at a student rate of $10.00! On Friday night, May 6, the NSO and Calos Youth Orchestra will be performing The Planets Suite by Gustav Holst. This is an incredible piece of work and has had a tremendous impact on many modern composers, such as John Williams and his Star Wars themes. For more information about tickets, please check out the NSO website https://nsomusic.ca/go-nso/

MUN Junior Band Camp - July 25- 29

MUN Junior Band Camp is back this summer from July 25 - 29. During the week, campers work with MUN professors, educators, and professional musicians. Activities include small group coaching, masterclasses, improvisation, a private lesson, and a large ensemble performance on the last day of camp. For more information, check out their website https://www.mun.ca/music/community-programs/junior-band/

MDJH Sports

Way to go Grizzlies!

Congratulations to the following teams:


(1) Grade 9 Girls Basketball Team

Grade 9 Eastern Provincial “A “Basketball Champions


(2) Grade 9 Boys “A” Basketball Team

Grade 9 Eastern Provincial “A” Basketball Champions


(3) Grade 8 Boys Volleyball Team

NLVA U14 Provincial Champions


(4) Grade 7 Girls “A” Volleyball Team

3rd place ( Bronze Medal) at Grade 8 Provincial Tournament.