Everyone is starting to settle into their new routine as we are now two weeks into the second semester. First semester report cards should be arriving in the mail any day now if they haven’t already.
A joke for you:
Science teacher: When is the boiling point reached?
Student: When my mother sees my report card!
In order to minimize contact between cohorts, schedule changes have been made to class and lunch times. Each week, the Grade 9 and 10 classes have lunch from 10:35 am to 11:20 am; Grade 11 and 12 classes have their lunch from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm. First period, second period and dismissal bells have not changed.
Starting this semester, the Ministry of Education now requires that secondary schools confirm with students that they have completed the self-screening tool before leaving home daily. This will be done by teachers during first period attendance. A helpful tip is to post a note on the fridge or set a daily reminder to screen for COVID-19 every day before leaving for school. Also, a reminder that masks must be worn outside when not six feet apart.
The postponement of the March Break from March 15 to 19 to now April 12 to 16 has also shifted around professional development (PD) days. A new PD day is scheduled for Friday, March 19 and the PD day on Monday, April 19 has been cancelled. The PD day scheduled for Friday, June 11 has not changed.
Although this semester just started, it is that time of year again where students choose their courses for next year. During the first week of the semester, grade presentations were done to inform students on what courses they will need to take and what is available for the 2021-2022 school year. MSS guidance counsellors went around to classrooms last week to talk to students about more specific information regarding their choices for next year and to ensure that everyone could access MyBluePrint.ca successfully. Once students submit their courses to MyBluePrint.ca, they will need to print off a course signoff sheet for their parents to sign. Those sheets must be given to the student’s second period teacher during week two before or on Tuesday, March 2.
It is time for graduation photos! Photo sessions will take place the week of March 29. Graduating students must book their session online and pay the $30 sitting fee. If you have any questions, contact Mrs. Marshall in the guidance office.
Speaking of graduation, the Rainbow District School Board has come to the decision that graduation for the class of 2021, both elementary and secondary, will be held virtually.
February vocabulary challenges take place in the cafeteria each Friday! For this challenge, students use Quizizz, an online quizzing tool, to help increase their vocabulary. There is one more event to participate in for this month, so make sure you check your school email for information! There are prizes for those who make it onto the leaderboard!
Joke of the week: Why don’t you see penguins in Britain? They’re afraid of Wales!
Upcoming events include course sign off sheets due, a PD day and graduation photos.
Until next time, “Dream and Believe. Learn and Achieve!”