Due to the impending weather, schools in the Metro region will be closing three hours early today (Monday, February 25th).
MDJH will be closing for the day at 11:21 am, the end of our third period. Buses will begin their regular end of day runs at that time.
It’s Spirit Week! Here are the themes for the week:
- Tuesday: Twin / Multiple Day
- Friday: Jersey Day / Hypnotist
There will also be lunchtime activities organized for students. These are:
Monday – volleyball teacher team vs grade 9 girls
Tuesday – dodgeball teacher vs students
Thursday – grade 9 boys vs Gonzaga grade 10 team
On Wednesday, February 13, two grade nine classes were treated to a visit by Senator David Wells. The program SENgage sponsored the visit as a way to communicate the role of senators in the Upper Chamber of the Federal Government. Senator Wells immediately connected with students through stories of his days attending MDJH and his adventures in mountain climbing. He then discussed the process of debate and passage of legislation in the senate. Students were surprised to learn that the Senator’s duties extended to the international stage as well through his participation on committees throughout the world.
Mr. Wells advised students on the importance of lifelong learning and the ability to be conversational on a variety of topics, even if those topics don’t interest them. This advice resulted from a discussion of events that led Senator Wells to the position he now holds. Great advice, indeed!
For students and parents interested in attending Holy Heart in September, there will be an information session on Tuesday, Feb 26th at 6:00 pm at the Holy Heart Theatre. This session will cover such topics as course selection, the transfer process, and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program.
Every year in Newfoundland and Labrador, children of life threatening sickness/disease hope to be granted their WISH from The Children’s Wish Foundation. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have approximately 71 children on the WISH list. Back in 2018, the Children’s Wish Foundation decided to implement a WISH School Campaign. What that entails is that schools across the province can work towards becoming a designated WISH school. That means, their school has granted a child’s wish to someone throughout our province. We, at MacDonald Drive Junior High, have WISH children in our very own building! We have been working towards becoming a designated WISH school and granting our very own wish to one or even two of our very own students, as soon as possible, our goal is to grant this by June 2019. We have various activities taking place throughout our school with funds being held towards our primary goal of $10,000 per WISH, however, we really need your help! Since last May, we have raised only approximately $3200. Please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause. As stated, we hope to grant our wish(es) as soon as we are able and certainly hope to achieve this, by June 2019. When we are successful, the event will be held live in our gymnasium with media personnel available to publicize granting the wish but also, the acceptance of the MDJH WISH School Banner that will proudly be posted in front of our main foyer indicating that MDJH is an official WISH School. Wouldn’t it be just so heartwarming to grant our own students their wish(es)?
In addition to this, we are also a designated WE school that contributes to many community projects around the world, as well as, here in our own province. WE, all of us in the community, must work together to achieve a continuous goal while instilling empathy, compassion, morality, and kindness in our youth so that they may continue becoming productive citizens of society. The WISH School venture falls under the umbrella of our WE school initiatives in our WE Create Change Campaign, as well. Every donation helps in this cause, so please use the attached form below to contribute to this worthwhile event! WE really appreciate all of your support – together, WE can create change and we can make this a reality!
For donations of $20 or more, please make your cheque or cash payable to MDJH (WISH) with your name and address on the envelope. The WISH Foundation will issue you an official receipt once the donation has been processed.
If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (709) 753-8240.
Reminder that there there is a parent meeting tonight for parents of current Grade 9 students. It will be at Gonzaga tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm in the Gonzaga school gym. This meeting will be about course selection for the 2019-20 school year.
Next weekend will be a long weekend as there will be no classes on Monday, February 18th. This is the District’s Mid-Winter Break.
The February Newsletter is here! Click here to view it!
Representatives from Gonzaga Regional High School attended MDJH yesterday to give our Grade 9 students a session on course selection for High School. If you would like to see the presentation that was shown to students, please click here.
The course selection sheet that students took away has to be returned to their homeroom teachers no later than Friday, February 15th. If you need a new copy of the course selection form, please click here.
As well, there is a booklet available for parents and students to help them plan for their high school courses. If you would like to view a copy of this booklet, please click here.
There will be an information session for students and parents on Wednesday, Feb.13th at 6:30 in Room 220. Any current grade 8 student who is interested in attending this conference should attend along with their parent. The next leadership conference will be September 24th – September 29th, 2019 in Abbotsford ,British Columbia. The theme is Empowering Inner Resources. The conference theme will flow through the keynote speeches, leadership workshops, volunteer opportunities and cultural experiences of the conference. Parents can email email@example.com to express a desire to have your child attend this conference. There are limited spaces so students will be placed on a list in order of email received with an expression of interest. Click here to visit the website for more details.