Posted by on Mar 31, 2020 7:48:34 PM

See how we are more than just a school during COVID-19.

We are a community. We are a family. SJA is a second home to many diverse people. We are so grateful to have fostered a tight-knit community of students, parents, faculty and staff.  

During difficult times, we as a community lean on one another. In the face of unprecedented challenges due to a pandemic, St. Jude’s Academy has remained connected. Our school has continued education via online platforms, because our students’ overall wellbeing matters the most to us. The health of everyone in the community matters the most to us, and at the same time, students at home still need to continue learning and receiving their holistic SJA, IB-program education. Along with academics, SJA students enthusiastically participate in a variety of student life activities that have continued to flourish virtually.

 Quality education is defined by much more than academics. School culture, a sense of community, student life, and faculty and staff’s dedication to students all contribute to a comprehensive quality of education. Thoughtful decisions that prioritize students and parents are what make up quality education.

SJA has created a plan for online education, which accommodates all of the most important aspects of our quality education. This means that organized student life and support is readily available virtually along with class and homework.

 

Academics

We evaluated grade levels separately to decide on the best plan for the different levels’ class activities, resources, support and communication methods.  

Students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 receive live lessons from their class teachers and specialist teachers on the webinar platform Zoom Edu. They can see and listen to their teacher’s instruction and work in break-out groups! In addition, the online platform Seesaw is the central portal of communication between families and teachers, where teachers post supplementary creative activities and assignments, so that students can practice their understanding of class material and still experience hands-on, practical learning! Seesaw is a user-friendly platform, so submitting school work is easy! Music, P.E. and French education are also provided 2-3 times a week.   

Class teachers connect with parents daily to ensure that learning is on track and still feels personal and tailored to the individual student. Consistent, two-way communication provides families with the reassurance that they are not left alone in online education. 

For Upper School (Grades 7 to 12) students as well as Grade 6 students, learning takes place on Discord, ManageBac, Zoom Edu  and by student email. School work and resources are posted daily on ManageBac, including a daily assignment for students to complete. Teachers run classes on Discord and host live lessons on Zoom Edu, where students can collaborate in peer groups and one-on-one! Teachers are readily available for support on Discord, Zoom Edu and by email.

 

Student Life

Student life continues vibrantly! The spirit and passion that our students put into their extracurricular activities is always apparent, but even more so now, when they are separated physically but still dedicated to engaging in their collaborative activities. Discord allows students to chat in “the Caf” and partake in school club chat groups with their peers. Lower School clubs will through Zoom Edu! 

It is easy for our school to stay connected when our students want to. We are so lucky to experience a bond so strong that distance cannot separate us.

Pssst! We are hosting an exciting contest for both Lower School and Upper School students! We are so proud of our success in staying connected as a community, and we want to capture the online learning student experience. Lower School parents may send in pictures of their child engaging in online learning, and Upper School students may send in selfies of themselves engaging in their independent learning. We are confident that our SJA families will take heartwarming photos for us to feature in our upcoming newsletters and social media to give thanks and to commemorate the unwavering St. Jude’s Academy spirit during this period of isolation. 

While we all adapt to remote learning, it is vital for students and parents to feel supported and connected to the school. Remote learning does not have to feel isolating. It shouldn’t. Reliable, accessible, daily communication makes this difficult time more manageable for all involved. ​

 

Ann Harvey, BA (Hons), MA
Director, Admissions and Strategic Marketing & Communications

St. Jude’s Academy

IB World School (JK to Grade 12)

2150 Torquay Mews
Mississauga, ON L5N 2M6

T. (905) 814-0202
www.stjudesacademy.com 

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