Senior School Newsfile
March 6, 2018
Congratulations to the cast, crew, pit band and teachers involved with the production of School of Rock. The audience thoroughly enjoyed the music, dancing and acting.
Our Global Online Experience (GOE) for all Senior School students is set for Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29. These are the four days between the end of March Break and the beginning of the Easter long weekend. Our International students will be able to extend their time at home while also completing course work.
Boarding is open and boarding students are welcome to be on campus. They will be expected to complete their online classes. Senior School Day students who are on campus can attend classes and teachers will be present as usual in the classrooms for the four days to provide any guidance necessary. Contact Kim Bartlett (email@example.com) if you have any questions, and you can access Edsby to stay up-to-date with your student/s' work. For help accessing Edsby, contact Gordon Chiu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 2010, over a million Canadians have participated in National Sweater Day at their schools, workplaces and homes. On Friday, March 9, Pickering College will observe National Sweater Day by turning our thermostat down a few degrees and encouraging our community members to wear their warmest, coziest sweaters. This is also a dress down day and students are asked to wear a sweater as part of the dress down. As well, the Junior and Senior Green Teams will run a Sweater Drive during the week of March 6 to March 9. Please bring in your gently-worn sweaters to the bin in the Meeting Room foyer. The collected sweaters will be donated to a local organization.
All Grade 10 students (and some Grade 11 students) will be writing the Literacy Test on Tuesday, April 10. It is imperative that students be at school as the next opportunity to write the test is in 2019. Grade 11 students who miss the test will be enrolled in the Literacy Course in their Grade 12 year. The successful completion of the Literacy Test is a graduation requirement.
On Friday, April 13, parents are invited to attend the Grade 9 students' presentations of their Global Leadership interdisciplinary projects. Students will enter into the "Puma's Den", presenting their ideas and innovative solutions to a panel of judges, peers, faculty and guests. The first group of presentations will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. There will be a break for lunch at 12:15 p.m. The last presentation should finish by 2:30 p.m. RSVP your attendance for the presentations and for lunch to Lindsey Rife at email@example.com by April 4.
Final exams are scheduled from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 12 inclusive. The exam schedule is now available on Edsby. Please ensure that your child's travel plans coincide with their exam schedule.
Over the past week, several international excursions have departed. Mme Lafrance and six Senior School students are developing leadership and community engagement in Peru, where their excursion will culminate with a trek up Machu Picchu. Eight students have journeyed to their partners for the visiting portion of their exchange in England, Australia and Spain. We wish them all safe travels and are excited to hear their stories when they return.
Artwork from nine Pickering College Senior School students will be on display at the Newmarket Town Hall from March 1 through to April 27. Every year, the Town of Newmarket hosts a student exhibition and invites local high schools to participate. Art created by Moira Banks-Batten, Maya Dhanjal, Stephanie Chang, Samuel Correa, Anna Cumiskey, Eleanora Dong, Megan Robinson, Ingrid Tai and Sydney Uglow will be on display in the halls of the Newmarket Town Hall for the duration of the show. All Newmarket community members are invited to drop by and enjoy the work of our talented students.
As a part of her Grade 12 Capstone Project, Jenna Skurnac is taking action. In conjunction with a local restaurant, Made in Mexico, she is planning a Mexican Earthquake Relief Give-Back Dinner. The dinner takes place on Wednesday, March 7 anytime from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Made in Mexico on Main St., Newmarket. Ten per cent of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Mexico. Come out for a Mexican meal and to support this initiative.
Director Senior School
The Middle and Senior School Drama Club is pleased to present the acclaimed musical, School of Rock (School Production) onstage in The Joseph McCulley Meeting Room. The musical follows Dewey Finn, a failed, wanna-be rock star, who decides to earn a few bucks by posing as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school. Completely disinterested in academic work, Dewey decides to create his own curriculum, turning his class into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The show will run Wednesday, February 28, Thursday, March 1 and Friday, March 2, with a 7:00 p.m. curtain. Tickets are $15 each. Senior students can obtain tickets during lunch recess. Junior and Middle school students and other community members can purchase tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, indicate the number of tickets you are requesting, your student's name, and the performance date. Tickets will be charged to the student's account. Get your tickets soon! Past musical productions have sold out so order early to avoid disappointment. The Middle School YEO committee will be running a refreshment table in the foyer prior to the show and during intermission.
All Grade 10 students and some Grade 11 students will be writing the Literacy Test on Tuesday, April 10. It is imperative that students be at school as the next opportunity to write the test is in 2019. Grade 11 students who miss the test will be enrolled in the Literacy Course in their Grade 12 year. The successful completion of the Literacy Test is a graduation requirement.
Final exams are scheduled from Friday, June 1 to Tuesday, June 12 inclusive. The exam schedule will be issued prior to the March Break. Please ensure that your child's travel plans coincide with their exam schedule.
On Friday, February 23 Pickering College students will support The National Anti-Bullying Movement by wearing a pink shirt with their uniforms. Pink Shirt Day was created to make a visible stand against bullying, and now raises awareness for the issue and promotes resources available to bullying victims. We are asking you to join in and show your support by wearing a pink shirt. Official Pink "Together, Pickering College Anti-bullying Day. Everyday!" T-shirts are available for sale in the Hilltop Shop for $5.50 for youth sizes and $6.00 for adult sizes. Additionally, pink shirts will be available for purchase outside of the Dining Hall on Wednesday, February 21, Thursday, February 22 and in Egan House before Morning Meeting on Friday, February 23.
We are excited to announce Our Global Online Experience (GOE), set for Monday, March 26 to Thursday, March 29. These are the four days between the end of March Break and the beginning of the Easter long weekend. Our International students will be able to extend their time at home while also completing course work.
Our Global Leadership Program stresses digital citizenship and technological communication as important skills that are required for their future. Online learning teaches students how to use technology for deep, sustained learning. During the GOE, all course materials will be provided online through Edsby, our learning management system, and other online applications. Students will complete meaningful tasks through appropriate technological mediums either on-site with their teachers during their regular lesson time, or independently as a distance learning option. Regular classes will not be running, but the four days are full school days and teachers will be in their classrooms as usual. We expect that most of our students will choose to participate online. The expectation for students is that they are fully engaged in the online classes and must complete all course requirements during this week. There will be homework and assignments that will be assessed as a part of their overall mark and participation is mandatory.
This innovative week gives our students an opportunity to experience online learning, while providing learning flexibility. Current educational research predicts that the majority of university students will interact with at least one online course during their degree program; this is an excellent opportunity to guide our students through an effective online learning process, while still fully supervised by their teachers. This program is applicable to Senior School only. Junior and Middle School students will have regular classes. We will continue to provide updates on the Global Online Experience. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Kim Bartlett at email@example.com.
Please be advised that your 2017 Child Care Tax Receipt(s) will be mailed to you by February 28, 2017. However, if you also have child(ren) in Grades JK to 5 in the Junior School, you will receive the Child Care Receipts with the Junior School Newsfile today.
As part of her Grade 12 Capstone Research Project, Jenna Skurnac is taking action. In conjunction with a local restaurant, Made in Mexico, she is planning a Mexican Earthquake Relief Give-Back Dinner. The dinner takes place on Wednesday, March 7 anytime from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Made in Mexico on Main St., Newmarket. Ten per cent of the proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity Mexico. Come out for a Mexican meal and support this initiative.
Director Senior School