Overview of Grades 9 to 11 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 9 to 11 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. MYP certificates will be issued based on Personal Projects, ePortfolio subjects and predicted grades.
Grades 9 to 11 Expectations
Teachers post the daily learning expectations on ManageBac by 8:15 am, deliver engaging lessons that encourage students to explore the world and provide opportunities for interactive learning, grade assignments and provide feedback on ManageBac in a timely manner, communicate with families by responding to student questions from 8:15-4:00 within one hour, provide students with the necessary resources and continue to deliver curriculum requirements of the IB and Ontario Ministry.
Students are expected to log into ManageBac before 9:00 am to check the daily learning expectations, attend the morning assembly at 8:45 am, ensure any assigned work is completed and submitted by deadlines, attend class on Zoom or Discord with enthusiasm and an excitement to learn, communicate any concerns with teachers and participate in Student Life activities. Additionally, students should take pictures of products to share their amazing, hard work with the school community!
Parents should assist students at home to the best of their ability, use school resources like ManageBac to keep up to date with student progress, encourage the student to participate in class and reach out to subject and homeroom teachers with questions, concerns and feedback.