Overview of Grades 7 to 8 Continuous Academics
Even while our students learn continuously online, SJA continues to host exciting opportunities for students to showcase their creativity and individuality.
Just Happened: SJA’s Creative Writing Competition!
St. Jude’s Academy recently held a creative writing competition, optional and open to all students in Grades 7 to 11. Students could submit short stories, scripts or poems. The top winners were announced during the House Cup Ceremony held in on June 26.
Top winners included:
1st Place – Nicole W (Grade 8) – Graveyard Tree
2nd Place – Carter C (Grade 10) – In The Movies
3rd Place – Anushka D (Grade 7) – No title
4th Place – Alex L (Grade 8) – “i can’t breathe…it hurts”
5th Place – Kaara D (Grade 9) – Lost Love
6th Place – Aaditi M (Grade 9) – AN EXTRATERRESTRIAL MESSAGE
Read more about the latest student successes and events in our June 2020 Newsletter!
Learning and skill development in all subject areas continues through delivery of curriculum, lessons and opportunities! Synchronous (live) daily Zoom lessons take place as per the regular six-day cycle during regular school hours, allowing for connections with peers and teachers face-to-face, in addition to Discord lessons which allow for more discussion. Curriculum, lessons, Zoom recordings, tasks, projects, grades, feedback, calendars and messages are shared through ManageBac, Zoom and Discord. Guidance and learning support is ongoing through Zoom and other means, and library support is available through research and citation workshops or as needed by appointment with our librarian (Ms. Hayward). Students can access databases like Global Issues in Context, Gale Canada in Context and Academic OneFile.
Exams for students in Grades 7 to 8 have been canceled and replaced with culminating tasks during the last weeks of school. Assessments are ongoing in the form of conversations, formative tasks such as online quizzes/tests, assignments, independent studies and culminating tasks.
Grades 7 to 8 Expectations
Teachers use Zoom and Discord for daily lessons (and Zoom at least once for each class weekly), post daily learning activities by 8:15 am every morning and post grades and feedback on ManageBac. Teachers pace curriculum realistically to accommodate unseen challenges, make learning interactive, interesting and hands-on, find ways to assess students differently than traditional assessments, give timely feedback to students and are accessible for communication with parents and students.
Students are expected to attend the morning assembly at 8:45 am daily for updates about SJA’s ever-adapting, exciting school culture, attend classes and follow the daily schedule, notify teachers of technical difficulties or reasons for absence, complete assignments on time and seek help from teachers whenever necessary.
Parents should encourage students to attend classes regularly, help them with any technical issues and connect with their child’s homeroom teacher for any questions or concerns.