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Senior School

In-Person Return to School


In planning for our return to school in September, our primary consideration is the maintenance of a safe and healthy environment for our students, faculty and staff and by extension, our families and the broader community. To that end, we will closely follow recommendations and guidelines published by the Ontario Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health.

Members of the Senior School community will be sharing the PC campus with students from the Junior and Middle School as well as with their staff and faculty, and will benefit from the following health and safety protocols being implemented:

 

Safety and Hygiene Protocols Implemented 

  • Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the school and at all entrances, to be used upon entry and exit
  • Increased hand washing routines will be implemented throughout the day
  • New cleaning policies and procedures have been put in place for the school building, classrooms, school resources, and classroom materials
  • Posting of signage to direct students through the steps for entry and exit of the school building, and methods to support general physical distancing, such as spreading students into different areas and using visual cues such as tape on the floor to guide students through corridors, washrooms and outside areas 
  • Students will utilize individual technology (tablets, notebook computers) and classroom supplies (markers, pens, notebooks, textbooks) and will no longer share any technology or classroom supplies
  • Reorganization of teaching and learning spaces within the school and modifications of activities and physical movement, to ensure that students will be physically distanced throughout the day
  • A new policy to monitor and manage staff and student illness. Anyone showing signs of illness will not be permitted on campus
  • Parents and guests will not be permitted inside school buildings in order to reduce exposure and risk to our students and staff
  • Modified Dress Code - No blazer, dress shirt or tie required. Students may wear the PC golf shirt with PC shorts, pants, or skirt
     

Staggered Arrival and Departure Times  


Arrival and dismissal times will be modified and staggered to support physical distancing in coordination with the Junior and Middle Schools.
 

Global Leadership Program


At Pickering College, every student, Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, benefits from the fully integrated, enriched programming of the Global Leadership Program. Our teachers have made careful plans to ensure that Global Leadership Program activities this year will continue to teach students to deeply consider the global context, and to develop the skills necessary to effectively participate in this context. All project processes and outcomes are flexible to allow students to work in person or remotely.
 

Modified Schedule


For the 2020-2021 school year, Senior School students will attend daily in-person classes, following a Quadmester Timetable; the school year will be organized into four separate terms, or quadmesters, and students will study two courses per term. Satellite classrooms and additional spaces will be incorporated to provide daily, face-to-face instruction in academic courses for all Senior School students with special attention paid to the safety, health and well-being of our students, staff and faculty. Select classes which lend themselves to online instruction or are subject to specific or more stringent health and safety guidelines, may be transitioned to a blended (in-person and online) or online delivery model.

Next year’s academic programming is designed to achieve the following objectives:

  • Direct, in-person interaction between students, their peers and teachers
  • Extension of one-to-one, academic support and feedback, and real-time instructional adjustments to ensure student success
  • Development of relationships, connection and sense of community within grade/class cohorts through intensive learning experience
  • Development of a comprehensive foundation and preparation for students’ future educational experiences
  • Ensuring course completion and flexibility in the event of further school disruption
  • Maximization of health and safety benefits through reduced interactions with other classes
  • Enhanced manageability of organizational and academic requirements for students
  • Scheduling regularity for teachers, students and parents, assisting with calendaring and academic workload management

The Senior School learning program will be structured in the following way:

  • Class sizes will be set to 15 students to ensure physical distancing as per Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines
  • Students will attend two, three-hour course blocks per day, which will include a variety of learning modalities (independent or collaborative work, simulations, lecture or demonstration, presentations, activities, discussion forums, labs) and 30 minutes of break/recess time (see sample schedule below with variations of block structure)
  • Satellite classrooms and additional spaces will be incorporated to ensure daily, in-person instruction, while following physical distancing requirements
  • Students unable to attend classes in-person will be provided with a comprehensive learning experience and be able to fully participate in live lessons through Microsoft Teams or asynchronously, through recorded lessons and tutorial sessions
  • Students will enrol in a maximum of two courses per quadmester and earn up to eight credits during the school year (with the exception of out of timetable course options such as Music, Radio and 11 Physical Education)
  • Students will be placed in classes as per their course selection and will be notified by Guidance if alternative choices need to be made
  • Recess and lunch times will be staggered, and Senior School lunch will be served in the Dining Hall. Aramark will continue to provide quality meals for students offering both cold and hot meal options 
  • Students will be encouraged to access outdoor spaces during their lunch and recess breaks

 

In-Person Learning Schedule


Each of the four quadmester terms will include scheduled time for final assessments/exams and will be calendared accordingly:


Term 1 – Wednesday, September 9, 2020 – Friday, November 6, 2020

Term 2 – Monday, November 9, 2020 – Thursday, January 21, 2021

Term 3 – Friday, January 22, 2021 – Friday, March 12, 2021

Term 4 – Monday, March 29, 2021 – Friday, June 11, 2021


Senior School students attending in-person classes will see a typical school day structured in the following way:


8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Tutorials and extra help sessions

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – Period 1

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Lunch and Co-curricular/Wellness Programming

1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Period 2

Below is a sample timetable which provides examples of variation in the way that teachers might structure their three-hour class block which would include 2.5 hours of instruction and 30 minutes of recess/break time.
 

 

Sample Timetable
 

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Tutorial / Extra Help
8:00-8:30
Tutorial / Extra Help
8:00-8:30
Tutorial / Extra Help
8:00-8:30
Tutorial / Extra Help
8:00-8:30
 
Arrival
8:15-8:30
Arrival
8:15-8:30
Arrival
8:15-8:30
Arrival
8:15-8:30
Arrival
8:15-8:30
Period 1A
8:30-9:30

Period 1A
8:30-9:30

Period 1A
8:30-9:30
Period 1A
8:30-9:30
Period 1A
8:30-9:30
Morning Meeting
9:30-9:45
Advisor
Meeting
9:30-10:00
Recess
9:30-9:45
Morning
Meeting
9:30-10:00
Recess
9:30-9:45
Recess
9:45-10:00
Period 1B
9:45-10:30
Period 1B
9:45-10:30
Period 1B
10:00-11:30
Period 1B
10:00-11:30
Recess
10:30-10:45
Period 1B
10:00-11:30
Recess
10:30-10:45
Period 1C
10:45-11:30
Period 1C
10:45-11:30

Lunch
Co-curricular Block

Wellness Programming

11:30-1:00
Staggered Schedule TBD

Lunch
Co-curricular Block

Wellness Programming

11:30-1:00
Staggered Schedule TBD

Lunch
Co-curricular Block

Wellness Programming

11:30-1:00
Staggered Schedule TBD

Lunch
Co-curricular Block

Wellness Programming

11:30-1:00
Staggered Schedule TBD

Lunch
Co-curricular Block

Wellness Programming

11:30-1:00
Staggered Schedule TBD

Period 2A
1:30-2:30
Period 2A
1:30-2:30
Period 2A
1:30-2:30
Period 2A
1:30-2:30
Period 2A
1:30-2:30
Recess
2:30-2:45
Recess
2:30-2:45
Recess
2:30-3:00
Recess
​​​​​​​2:30-2:45
Recess
​​​​​​​2:30-2:45
Period 2B
2:45-3:30
Period 2B
​​​​​​​2:45-3:45
Period 2B
​​​​​​​3:00-4:30
Period 2B
​​​​​​​2:45-3:30
Period 2B
​​​​​​​2:45-3:45
Recess
3:30-3:45
Recess
​​​​​​​3:45-4:00
Recess
3:30-3:45
Recess
3:45-4:00
Period 2C
3:45-4:30
Period 2C
​​​​​​​4:00-4:30
Period 2C
​​​​​​​3:45-4:30
Period 2C
​​​​​​​4:00-4:30

 

 

Food Services


Food remains an important part of our student experience, but in this new environment, the delivery of meals will be different. We will continue to provide high quality food offerings, choice and special dietary meals to Senior School students. We will not be able to have a family-style lunch under the current health and safety guidelines, but feel strongly that Senior School lunches will take place in the Dining Hall to support community building. We will have reduced density in the Dining Hall, with staggered lunch times and hot lunch items individually plated and served by Aramark staff to the students from behind physical barriers. Cutlery will be individually packaged. Individual drinks will also be provided to the students, and packaged sandwich/deli/soup options are available. Hand sanitizing routines before and after lunch will be a part of the lunch process. There will be one-way traffic flow in and out of the Dining Hall as well as the use of physical barriers and floor signs to support physical distancing as students wait to enter the servery. Enhanced cleaning protocols in between the staggered lunch times will include sanitizing tables, chairs and other high touch-point areas. These enhanced protocols in the kitchen and servery also include the use of PPE.

 

Music Classes


While music is considered to be one of the higher risk activities in a COVID-19 environment due to singing or blowing into instruments posing higher risks of virus transmission, we are pleased to share that Senior School students will be able to continue with their music learning, but in a novel way. Students will receive instruction and feedback on their singing and playing technique through live online observations and on digitally submitted musical pieces. Additionally, students will have opportunities to learn about mixing and video production through the creation of multi-track, multi-frame video performances, while at the same time developing their understanding of ensemble performances. Students will also be provided with pre-recorded video lessons and tutorials, especially helpful to newer singers and musicians. In-person classes would be dedicated to lessons in theory, feedback sessions, and musical arrangement and composition instruction. Teaching and learning in vocal and instrumental music would be well-supported by such digital platforms as ‘Breezin’ Thru Theory,’ ‘Sight reading Factory,’ and Microsoft OneNote.

 

Attendance Expectations


In order to benefit from their educational experience, students will be expected to attend all in-person and live online lessons; faculty will monitor student attendance throughout the school year. This expectation is in place to ensure student success and to comply with Ontario Ministry of Education reporting requirements. We recognize that this coming year will be unpredictable, and we will all need to be flexible. In the event that your child cannot attend school, they will be fully supported to learn from home. If students are unable to attend scheduled classes (in-person or online), parents or custodians should contact the school in advance to provide details of the excused absence.

If extenuating circumstances prevent a student from attending in-person classes for an extended period, parents should contact the Senior School Director who, along with the student’s advisor, will coordinate a learning plan to allow them to continue learning during their absence. The learning plan will consist of synchronous work as well as asynchronous work; attendance will be taken through synchronous learning and daily participation of assigned work. In such a scenario, students would continue to participate with their course work and lessons online as appropriate. For students working from home, all work will be posted on Edsby and teachers will be in regular communication with students to ensure support is provided where needed. Additional support will also be available from our Learning Strategist and Guidance Counsellors. Live streaming of classes will be available in most classes and in-person classes will be recorded for asynchronous viewing.


 

An Overview of Blended Learning

   

We are designing our learning program to be flexible in responding to changing contexts. In the event that our ability to host in-person classes is disrupted, we are fully committed to delivering an online program that reflects best practices in teaching and learning. In the Senior School, students will be provided with daily live (synchronous) lessons and learning experiences, while engaging with their course work, teachers and peers online.

In all Pickering College programs, whether blended or online, we are committed to the following five principles of online learning:

   

Principle 1: 

We will establish and maintain regular effective contact with students and families. 

Principle 2:

We will create opportunities for student-centered learning and collaboration. 

Principle 3: 

We will create opportunities that have practical real world applications for students. 

Principle 4: 

We will provide continuous support for each student’s learning process and autonomy to help them reach their full potential.

Principle 5:

We will ensure all course content is readily and easily accessible to all students.

 

Two Senior School siblings work from home


In the online environment, students can expect to engage in both synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences/activities.

 

 

Synchronous Learning 

  • Classes occur in real-time during scheduled blocks/periods 
  • The use of technology for synchronous classes accommodates students in different locations and time zones  
  • The lessons are recorded for students for future reference to support their asynchronous work 
  • Students have access to teachers to ask questions and receive immediate feedback on their work 
  • Students can socialize and collaborate with their peers in class online discussions, and live-broadcast lectures

Examples of synchronous learning: virtual classrooms, video conferencing, instant messaging, interactive webinars, chat-based online discussions, and live-broadcast lectures. 

 

Asynchronous Learning

  • Learner-centered as the review, practice or project work is completed independently or collaboratively with peers 
  • Students have choice and flexibility to complete work at a time and place of their choosing which develops their organizational and time management skills
  • Students are provided with opportunities to research, develop discipline-specific and interdisciplinary learning skills, and reflect on their learning
  • Students can ask questions and receive feedback from their teachers and peers through different forums such as email or messaging
  • Students experiencing challenges with independent work will be able to access their teachers during tutorial periods or during scheduled office hours

Examples of asynchronous learning: independent reading, research, homework, practice questions, small-group collaboration, email, pre-recorded video lessons or webinars, online forums, and discussion boards. 

 

Sample Online Learning Schedule


In the event that we are unable to offer in-person instruction and would transition to a full online learning program, students in the Senior School would follow the schedule below. The online learning program and schedule is structured based on the following assumptions:

  • Course instruction would continue through the two-course, quadmester structure
  • Scheduled classes would occur synchronously on a daily basis and would be complemented by independent or asynchronous work and activities
  • Students unable to attend classes for any reason would be able to review a recorded copy of the synchronous lesson archived in Microsoft Teams
  • Asynchronous activities and work (whether independent or collaborative) could be completed at a time and place of the student’s choosing within the scheduled framework of course due dates
  • Students and teachers would schedule meeting times for group work or academic support during morning and afternoon flex blocks as required

     

Sample Timetable
 

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Open Classroom / Tutorials
8:00-8:30
International Student Connect
8:00-8:30
Open Classroom / Tutorials
8:00-8:30
Advisor
Period
8:00-8:30
International Student Connect
8:00-8:30
 
Period 1A
8:30-9:30

Period 1A
8:30-9:30

Period 1A
8:30-9:30
Period 1A
8:30-9:30
Morning
Meeting
8:30-9:00
Period 1A
9:00-10:00

Recess
9:30-9:45

Recess
9:30-9:45
Recess
9:30-9:45
Recess
9:30-9:45
Recess
10:00-10:15
Period 1B
9:45-10:45
Period 1B
9:45-10:45
Period 1B
9:45-10:45
Period 1B
9:45-10:45
Period 1B
10:15-11:15
Recess
10:45-11:00
Recess
10:45-11:00
Recess
10:45-11:00
Recess
10:45-11:00
Recess
11:15-11:30
Period 2A
11:00-12:00
Period 2A
11:00-12:00
Period 2A
11:00-12:00
Period 2A
11:00-12:00
Period 2A
11:30-12:30
Recess
12:00-12:15
Recess
12:00-12:15
Recess
12:00-12:15
Recess
12:00-12:15
Recess
12:30-12:45
Period 2B
12:15-1:15
Period 2B
12:15-1:15
Period 2B
12:15-1:15
Period 2B
12:15-1:15
Period 2B
12:45-1:45
Lunch 
1:15-2:15
Lunch 
1:15-2:15
Lunch 
1:15-2:15
Lunch 
1:15-2:15
Lunch 
1:45-2:30

Office Hours
2:15-3:30

  • Project Based Learning Time

  • Small Group Sessions

  • Wellness Activities

Office Hours
2:00-3:30

  • Project Based Learning Time

  • Small Group Sessions

  • Wellness Activities

Office Hours
2:00-3:30

  • Project Based Learning Time

  • Small Group Sessions

  • Wellness Activities

Office Hours
2:00-3:30

  • Project Based Learning Time

  • Small Group Sessions

  • Wellness Activities

Faculty Mtgs
2:30-3:30

  • Department Meetings

  • Collaborative Planning Time
     

 

 

 

Distance Learning for International Students


International students who are unable to join us for in-person classes at the start of the school year, will be able to fully engage in our comprehensive online academic programming along with community and wellness experiences. We will integrate our new international students into the broader school community and get them settled into a study routine and classroom engagement so that they keep pace with their course work. They will work towards the same objectives and goals as their classmates on campus, will attend classes with them virtually, and develop those relationships that will facilitate their seamless transition to Pickering College life when they join us on campus.

In support of their transition into the Pickering College community, international students will:

  • Participate in new student orientation activities during the first week of school
  • Regularly connect with their advisor and participate in weekly Advisor Group meetings and activities
  • Virtually attend Morning Meetings and other special events via Zoom
  • Participate in community wellness sessions and club-style, co-curricular activities, synchronously or asynchronously
  • Partner with a student mentor, who will support them in developing their connection to their new school setting, share opportunities for community involvement and assist them with their online learning experience

From their online academic programming, international students will be able to:

  • Attend regularly-scheduled, live synchronous lessons
  • Participate in class discussion boards, peer editing activities, collaborative projects, group activities in online breakout rooms and peer tutoring sessions
  • Connect with their subject teachers for support with lessons and independent work assigned
  • Access recorded class lessons, lectures and lab demonstrations, to view asynchronously as their schedule allows
  • Meet with their advisor in support of academic planning and progress
  • Attend teacher led tutorial sessions
  • Meet with their guidance counsellor, the school’s Learning Strategist or Social Worker for academic and social/emotional support
  • Participate in ongoing assessment and evaluation, consistent with the ‘in-person’ academic program, ensuring their academic development and progress, transition to on-campus classes and the next level of their studies

 

Technology Platforms


Technology is deeply integrated into the Senior School academic program and Pickering College provides secure technology environments to support and enhance student learning. The Edsby Learning Management System is our central hub for course information, scheduling, and resources. Multiple platforms such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft OneNote, provide students with uninterrupted access to learning materials and the ability to engage in online collaborative activities, while Microsoft Teams will give students access to live, online lessons, virtual breakout rooms for collaborative learning both in-class and online. MS Teams will also house an archive of recorded live lessons and demonstrations for students unable to attend in-person classes for any reason, allowing them to keep pace with their classes. Students are able to access the online platforms using their Lenovo Yoga L13.

If online learning is required in the Senior School, these platforms also enable teachers to attend to the differentiated learning needs and provide customized coaching and additional assistance to students through one-on-one or small-group sessions. To further enrich our students’ academic and collaborative learning skills, applications such as Zoom, Parlay Ideas, Adobe Creative Suite, WeVideo, Edpuzzle, Mathspace, ALEKS, IXL English Language Arts, Quizlet, Flipgrid, and Peardeck will also be employed by teachers in their lesson design.

Pickering College’s one-to-one laptop programs allow families to purchase a fully-configured device from a vetted and reputable vendor. Each student in Grades 9-12 will need to purchase a school-approved Lenovo Yoga L13 with a three-year warranty and full coverage for accidental damage. A separate communication will be sent out to parents with the details on how to procure hardware. Given current circumstances, international students who are planning to begin the school year online in September, 2020 will be required to procure a Lenovo Yoga L13 in their home country with a three-year international warranty and should ensure that the warranty is valid in Canada.

If international students are unable to purchase a Lenovo Yoga L13 at home, they should purchase a Lenovo tablet laptop with a 13.3 inch or larger full high definition 1920 X 1080 display touchscreen, ThinkPad Pen Pro or equivalent, integrated camera, Intel i5 processor or better, 16GB RAM, 256GB solid state hard drive, Windows 10 Pro and a three-year international warranty that is also valid in Canada.

In order to procure a three-year accidental damage warranty in Canada, additional to the general international warranty, parents should send the model and serial number to IT@pickeringcollege.on.ca as soon as you have procured the hardware. The cost of the three-year accidental damage coverage is $80 CAD which will be charged to your child’s bookstore account.

Questions about technology & laptops?
 

Email IT Department

 

Technology Support


The IT Department at Pickering College provides one-on-one consultation to students and parents as needed in order to support their use of technology. Requests related to hardware and software support should be directed to IT@pickeringcollege.on.ca and responses can be expected within one business day during regular business hours.

Members of our IT team will also prepare reference and training materials to support the use of the wide array of technologies employed by our teachers and students. Technology training is delivered to students on a school-wide basis on such technology platforms as email, MS Teams, MS OneNote and Edsby. Parents can also receive training on Edsby, which will provide them with an important connection to their child’s learning experiences and academic progress.

 

Communication


In the Senior School, parents can expect to receive updates on important school information and other school happenings every two weeks through the Newsfile from the Senior School Director. For academic information, parents can access Edsby to be apprised of their child’s daily class instructions, project and assessment information. Email will remain the primary communication channel between the school and home.
 


In-Person or Online 

 

Assessment and Evaluation


Assessment and evaluation are a critical piece of a student’s learning experience, providing important feedback to support improved performance and benchmarking against grade-level and discipline-specific standards. Whether in a blended or online learning environment, assessment and evaluation requirements will continue to be aligned with Ontario Ministry of Education requirements, the school’s Assessment Policy, and will take a variety of forms from quizzes and tests to project-based assignments, presentations and performances or oral examinations. 

During online learning in the Senior School, evidence of student knowledge and skill development will be gathered through a variety of supervised online and independent learning tasks. Assessments will be managed in the following ways:

  • Oral assessments and presentations will be conducted through MS Teams, voice threads or other recordings
  • Written assessments and project work will be assessed through photo, audio, video and written submissions, primarily submitted through Edsby and, at times, MS Teams
  • Global Leadership work will be assessed through photo, video, and written submissions

 

Meetings and School Events


Our traditional school events are important to our school life and community.  In order to keep our community connected, Mornings Meetings will occur through live Zoom meetings; this way we can respect the social distancing requirements and students working from home can participate. Other special events, such as spirit events, guest speakers, and GLP celebrations will continue in a similar online format to our Morning Meetings.

 

Student Life and Wellness


Our school’s commitment to health and wellness plays a critical role in developing and supporting each student as they grow and learn. The Pickering College Health Care team provides students with the individualized support they need to lead lives that are physically, emotionally, socially and mentally healthy. Health and wellness programming is an important complement to our academic program. When students are emotionally, mentally and physically healthy, they are better equipped to develop competencies such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and collaboration skills. They also exhibit greater resiliency and capacity to manage change.

In addition to the support provided to students through our Senior School Advisor Program outlined below, our PC Health Care team will provide a full slate of learning and social/emotional supports to students. In addition to individual student counselling sessions with the school’s Social Worker, Learning Strategist or Guidance Counsellors, the entire student body will benefit from, and become better connected through, a wide variety of wellness and community-building activities. Through wellness breaks, bi-weekly Morning Meetings, outdoor recess, cohort/advisor lunches, student clubs and councils, and our Co-curricular Programming, students will have many opportunities to build relationships and experience the many extras of school life at PC. They will also participate in workshops on a range of wellness topics from mindfulness and coping with stress and anxiety, to developing organizational and self-management skills and the importance of physical activity.

 

Senior School Advisor Program


In the Senior School, each student becomes a member of an Advisor Group, which becomes their ‘family’ within the larger Senior School community. In our Advisor Groups, we meet daily and spend a great deal of time together during advisor lunches, Morning Meetings and our weekly advisor meetings. Advisor Groups will also enjoy a wide range of fun team-building activities throughout the year that link to curricular themes, offer friendly competition with other groups and develop a sense of camaraderie.

At the beginning of the school year, new students will also participate in unique on-boarding activities hosted by our Guidance Department, which will be available to students attending both in-person or online. Additionally, they will be paired with a PC student mentor (from their Advisor Group or grade cohort) who will help them settle into new school routines, connect them to other students and teachers and provide them with support as they transition to the blended or online learning environment at Pickering College.

The Advisor Program in the Senior School at Pickering College aims to develop learning skills, independence and a growth mindset in students. The program provides opportunities to build relationships and a sense of community between students and teachers. Advisors assist in goal setting as they monitor and support their advisees' experience at school, focusing on their academic success and their social, emotional and physical well-being. They liaise between teachers, our PC Health Care team, parents, and custodians to ensure student success. For our new students, the relationship with their PC advisor will begin in the first week of school when they meet during orientation sessions as they support their transition into the PC community.

 

Co-curricular Programming


Co-curricular experiences are a cornerstone of the student experience at PC and support the cultivation of self-confidence, academic success and lifelong friendships. As such, our expectation is that all students participate throughout the year. Following the recommendations from healthcare professionals, students will have opportunities to enjoy low-risk indoor and outdoor physical activities that promote an active lifestyle, skill development, and social interaction, while promoting health and safety through physical distancing. A variety of activities will be offered in both indoor and outdoor environments. For example, students can participate in badminton, tennis, table tennis, running, physical conditioning classes, sport-specific skills training and outdoor education activities. Other activities available will include club options, such as the Math Club, Visual Arts Club, Student Committee, Youth Action Organization, the Diversity Club and the Green Team.

Online Co-curricular Programming will also be provided, with flexibility and choice, allowing students the chance to remain physically active during weekly live fitness sessions such as strength and conditioning training and yoga classes. There will also be a variety of virtual club opportunities such as Chess Club, Design and Build, Math and Visual Arts, Student Committee, Councils, Green Team.


 

School Roles and Responsibilities During Continuous Learning 

Peter Sturrup, Head of School

Peter Sturrup

Head of School

  • Lead the Senior Leadership team in ensuring continuity of learning
  • Communications to staff, families, students and the broader community
  • Maintain regular communication with other school heads and external organizations, including government and health authorities, the Canadian Association of Independent Schools and CIS
Janet Downer, Assistant Head of School, Academics

Janet Downer

Assistant Head of School, Academics and Student Programs

  • Lead the Academic team in ensuring continuity of the academic program and co-ordination between the three schools
  • Support the whole-school approach to program, learning, and teaching
  • Collaborate in the development of the online support and effective implementation of the online learning framework
  • Communicate with faculty, staff, and students as needed
Kim Bartlett, Senior Director of Teaching, Learning and Strategic Partnerships

Kim Bartlett

 Senior Director of Teaching, Learning and Strategic Partnerships

  • Share responsibility for the review and monitoring of learning tasks, activities and lessons
  • Co-lead planning and communication for online learning and oversee implementation
  • Support faculty in the development of online learning tasks, activities, and lessons and best practice pedagogy as needed
Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider

Director of Senior School

  • Lead specific planning and implementation for the in-person and online learning frameworks within the Senior School
  • Lead wellness planning during online learning
  • Communicate and liaise with faculty, staff, students and families
  • Provide ongoing support to faculty, staff, students, and families during online learning
  • Share responsibility for the review and monitoring of synchronous classes, learning tasks, and activities
  • Oversee matters related to student online conduct 
  • Oversee assessment and evaluation practices 
Curriculum Leader engaging with students

Curriculum Leaders

  • Provide ongoing support for faculty, staff, students, and families during online learning
  • Lead their respective departments in all aspects of learning, including pedagogy, assessment and administration
  • Support faculty members who may require accommodation due to extenuating circumstances
Senior School teacher in action

Faculty

  • Design and deliver learning experiences for students in accordance with school plans
  • Communicate with and provide timely feedback to students
  • Communicate with parents and families as necessary
  • Collaborate with colleagues to offer consistent, engaging learning experiences
  • Participate in professional learning experiences to hone skills particular to online learning
Penny Lawson-Cameron

Penny Lawson-Cameron

Senior Learning Strategist

  • Provide support to students by being available to meet with those experiencing difficulty and recommend helpful tools and strategies to students and families
  • Partner with faculty to support individual students
  • Support faculty in the development of online learning tasks, activities and lessons and best practice pedagogy, including differentiation
  • Social-emotional programming for student wellness
Danielle Sugar

Danielle Sugar

Social Worker

  • Provide support to students by being available to meet with those experiencing difficulty and recommend helpful tools and strategies to students and families
  • Partner with faculty to support individual students
  • Social-emotional programming for student wellness