Middle School Newsletter, September 29

Middle School

Important Reminders:

Middle School Learning Services Room / Student Success Center
This room is located on the lower floor of the Collinson Building in Room 4.

Student Messages
We would kindly ask parents who wish to get a message to their child during the course of the day to call the school prior to 11:30 a.m. This will enable us to contact the student during the lunch hour. Messages received after lunch will be given to your child at  3:10 p.m. In the case of an emergency, we will respond to your call immediately.

Student Illness
In the event that your child becomes ill during the day and is unable to remain at school, please pick up your child from the First Aid Room located in the Killip Building extension.

Attendance Procedures
When arriving late to school or leaving school early for an appointment, etc., we ask that ALL STUDENTS SIGN IN OR OUT at the Middle School Office located on the upper floor of the Heaven Building, Room 100. If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact the Middle School Assistant, Ms. M. Sebastiano at extension 132.  Please note that attendance is taken and recorded by 9:15 a.m. each day.  The parents of students recorded absent will be contacted by Ms. Sebastiano by 9:30 a.m. if the College has NOT been notified.

Middle School Supervised Study (3:40 p.m. – 4:40 p.m.)
Located in the Middle School Heaven Building Room 101 (Mondays to Fridays).

Telephone Use by Students
Middle School students may use the phone in the Staff Room with Faculty permission, if there is a need to contact their parents during the day. Please note: students may not use cell phones during class time for personal use.

The HSC Lunch Program
The goal of the HSC kitchen is to provide a nutritious well-balanced meal for all students.  Please note, however, that it is not possible for individuals (staff or students) to receive specially prepared lunches (with the exception of students with food allergies, lactose-intolerance or those that follow a vegetarian diet). If your child fits into one of these categories, please make arrangements through the Principal. A medical note is required and kept on file.

House T-Shirts
House t-shirts are to be worn for all House competitions and students may also choose to wear the t-shirts for physical education classes.  House t-shirts may be purchased at the Campus Store.

Middle School Start Time
Each school day begins at 8:45 a.m.  We kindly ask for your help and assistance to ensure that your child arrives on campus no later than 8:40 a.m.

Volunteers Needed for the Middle School Cross Country Meet
This event takes place at Dundas Valley on Thursday, October 9. Parent volunteers stand along the trails to make sure that students stay on the route. volunteers would need to meet Mrs. Rocca at the trail centre at 11:45 a.m. The races finish by 2:45 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please send an e-mail to Mrs. Rocca at rocca@hsc.on.ca.

School Wide Food Drive for Neighbour 2 Neighbour
Next week, all students are asked to bring in nonperishable food items for our school wide food drive for Neighbour 2 Neighbour. The entire College is participating in this annual event. Donated items need to be brought to Home Form. All items will be brought to the Neighbour 2 Neighbour Food Bank.

Food4Kids provides packages of healthy food for kids aged 5 – 14 in the Hamilton and Halton area. These students have limited or no access to food on weekends. Packages of healthy food are prepared by volunteers and delivered to schools each Friday to ensure children have nourishment over the weekend. We are asking our students to bring in a cash donation. This is being done throughout the College. Our donations will be used to purchase the required food items.

Help fight child hunger in our own community.

Student Leadership Committees
Students will sign up for committees on Monday, September 29. Involvement in a committee is not mandatory, but we do encourage participation. Grade 7 students who want to take on a leadership role in Grade 8, must be in a committee in their Grade 7 year. Committee meetings, on average, occur once a month. There may be additional meetings prior to a “Big Event”.

Each Home Form needs to have at least one student represent their class in the following committees.

Community Committee
Organizes food drives (beginning next week) and Christmas charities gift-giving.

Nutrition Committee
Organizes the Food4Kids fundraiser. This event is coming up quickly – Thursday, October 9.

Human Development Committee
Organizes international aid fundraising events.

Literacy committee
Organizes used book drive; involved in a reading buddy program.

Wellness Committee
Organizes the school-wide fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (in February).

Environment Committee
Organizes Earth Day activities.

Arts Committee (Grade 7 and 8 students only). Helps prepare Arts Night; works with Early Ed students on special projects.

Education is an important component of all committee work. Students will need to be able to explain to their classmates the purpose of the event. They present the information to their classmates using a PowerPoint and also track their class’s participation.

In addition to the above committees, we have Student Ambassadors. These students applied for this position last spring. The HSC Ambassadors represent the College in various events and tour prospective students.

(Note that all students may not have their first choice because it is essential that their is a representative in each class. )

The past week was a tremendous opportunity for fun and learning. From the Grade 5s standing in the awe of beautiful waterfalls and challenging themselves by roughing it overnight at Valens Conservation, they truly embraced the atmosphere and formed from individuals into a solid group of friends. The Grade 6s dove deep into Ontario’s diverse ecology, studying the flora and fauna at the RBG, and taking their knowledge to camp Ki-Wa-Y; applying it to the Earthkeepers program improving their overall appreciation for sustainable earth friendly activities.

Our Grade 7s had the unique experience of visiting Camp Timberlane for the first time. The students enjoyed a myriad of activities with Alive Outdoors, with new friendships created and old ones solidified. I am sure the students would agree that the delicious meals and the incredible waterfront were two of the greatest surprises.

Camp Wenonah again hosted the Grade 8 students and as has always been the case, provided the perfect venue for the group to challenge and grow as individuals. Taking on the high ropes tower, canoeing across the lake and creating art projects were among the flurry of activities, but time for quiet reflection in nature through journaling was also greatly appreciated.

I would like to thank all the Middle School families for their support throughout the week and for your patience with both the drop offs and pick-ups. This year has been the most successful thus far and we hope that we can continue to allow the students to grow and become empowered through these opportunities.

Mr. Jeff Burrows
Director of Outdoor Education

Please enjoy the photo galleries for each grade (Camp Wenonah photos taken by Scott Gingrich, Grade 11 and Denise Cober)

Grade 5 E-week photo gallery: Ontario Waterfalls

Grade 6 E-week photo gallery: Royal Botanical Gardens
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

Grade 6 E-week photo gallery: Camp Ki-Wa-Y
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

Grade 7 E-week photo gallery: Camp Timberlane
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

Grade 8 E-week photo gallery: Camp Wenonah
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

Fun at Valens and Niagara – Students’ Perspective
On our trip to Valens we had a lot of fun. We played manhunt, made s’mores, cooked hot dogs and burned bagels on the campfire. We ate really well (and our eyes got cooked). We had hot chocolate at breakfast but it was way too hot for me! Oh, and we actually learned stuff – like making rivers, interesting things about plants and rocks when we were hiking, and how to set up our tents. We also made edible fires. All in all it was awesome!
Aidan Bell, 502

E-week was lots of fun! My favourite trip was the hike through Niagara Gorge. It was so cool. We saw a snake fossil! Then we saw many whirlpool holes…you could even sit in some of them. It was awesome! I loved the amazing scenery and the weather was perfect for the trip. We learned all about how the Niagara Gorge used to be under the sea. This was a great way to start Middle School.
Ivy Pavlovsky, 503

My trip to Valens was awesome! It was challenging sometimes, but other times it was just the way I wanted. We hiked after we woke up and had breakfast. And we had to set up our own tents! That was the fun part. We also played flashlight manhunt. Now that was EXTREME fun. I actually had a little bad luck. I tripped and twisted my ankle near a bush and luckily, I crawled over to the bush with my hands because I couldn’t move my foot and no one saw me. So I won that round of manhunt. Then my shoes, my socks, and my feet were soaked because of the dewed grass and from stepping in the lake to carve a river in the sand. Valens was awesome and I would love to go again sometime!
Hiba Khan, 502

Senior School Mentorship Program
Last year we had many writing opportunities at the College. One of these was the Senior School Mentorship program, where promising Middle School writers were paired with a Senior School student. During their first edit, the mentors provided feedback on ideas and word choice in a Google doc format. The Middle School students then responded to the initial comments. The process continued as the Senior School Students then looked at improving fluency and conventions in Middle School students’ pieces.

The results of their efforts are in the attached document. Not all of the students in the mentorship program chose to publish their work, but regardless, each student has clearly learned something about his/her writing and grown through the process.

Thank you so much to these Senior School students for sharing their knowledge and expertise to assist these budding young writers. I hope you enjoy reading their work, which is available online at www.hsc.on.ca/file/Senior-School-Mentorship.pdf.

Mrs. Sharon Neibert
Program Coordinator

Our Middle School Writers-in-Residence for 2014-2015
Like last year, the Middle School students in each grade will have four opportunities to engage in writing activities in different environments throughout the first term. They will then pick the piece that they liked the best to polish and submit for class. In November, the teachers will then select the best pieces from each grade and send them to our authors, who will choose 10 students from each grade who will get the opportunity to work with them.

We are thrilled to announce the two authors that have agreed to work with our Middle School Students in the Writer-in-Residence program this year.

Joanne Levy – author of Small Medium at Large, which was nominated for the Red Maple Award this past year. She has also received many other nominations and awards. You can read more at her website: http://joannelevy.com/ She will be working with our Grade 5 and 6 students.

Kevin Sylvester – author of the Neil Flambé Mysteries. His latest book in the series, Neil Flambé and the Crusader Curse was nominated for the 2013 Silver Birch award for Fiction.  Kevin’s picture book Splinters was nominated for the 2013 Blue Spruce award.  He has been a broadcaster on national radio in Canada for years and years and has covered eight Olympic Games. He is also the author and illustrator of many books. You can learn more about Kevin at his website: http://kevinsylvesterbooks.com. Kevin will work with our Grade 7 and 8 students.

We are very lucky to have both of these authors working with our students, and we look forward to getting to know them better this year.

Mrs. Sharon Neibert
Instructional Leader for Middle School English

Write Across the College
On the first day of school, all of the Middle School students participated in the first Write Across the College event. Each grade was given specific writing prompts, and then they spread out across our campus fields to use the surrounding environment to inspire them. It was wonderful to see so many students really focused and engaged in the task.

All students also did some writing when they were away at camp. They will get two more opportunities to write freely, and then they will chose the one thing that they feel most passionate about to complete. Their finished work will be submitted to their teachers, who will then select the most promising pieces from each grade to give to our authors. They, in turn, will select the students for Writer-in-Residence program which will start in January.

So keep writing, and good luck to everyone.

Sharon Neibert
Instructional Leader for Middle School English

Write Across College photo gallery
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

House Soccer Results
Bantam Girls
First – Tay
Second tie – More and Yre
Fourth- Earn

Bantam Boys
First – Cedar
Second – Pine
Third tie – Birch and Maple

Junior Girls
First – Tay
Second – More
Third tie – Earn and Yre

Junior Boys
First – Birch
Second – Cedar
Third – Pine
Fourth- Maple

House Soccer photo gallery
Click HERE to see the entire gallery (galleries.hsc.on.ca)

Student-to-Student Uniform Sale
Are you still looking for a few school uniform items to complete your child’s HSC wardrobe? Then be sure to stop by the next HSC Student-to-Student Uniform Sale on Monday, October 1. The sale takes place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Page Gym and is run by our dedicated Parents’ Guild volunteers.

Parents wishing to donate quality used uniforms to the sale may drop items off at the Main Office. All Proceeds from sales are directed back to the school to support our children’s learning environment.

Monster Mash is Back!MonsterMashLogo

Save the date and get ready for a frighteningly good time at our Monster Mash event, presented by the HSC Parents’ Guild on Thursday, October 30 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Junior School and Montessori families are invited to bring the whole family in costume and enjoy music, spooky stations run by our Middle School students.

Stayed tuned for more ghoulish details in a special E-Vite this Wednesday!