2019-2020 was a year of accomplishments, surprises and challenges. I am always amazed at how the Middle School students approach the school year with optimism, enthusiasm and determination. At the beginning of each year, we speak to students about goals and how setting these goals will help them achieve their personal best in school and beyond. This year students have proven that focusing on these goals allowed them opportunities for success and reflection.
We started the year with Fall Camps which allowed students to bond with their peers and make new connections. As the year progressed the Grade 7 students completed their first Science Fair, the Grade 8 students wowed the crowd with their Night of the Notables performance and our Grade 9 students wrote their final assessments online. Each grade level showed individually what they could accomplish but also what they can achieve with a strong community of support.
This year the goodbyes and celebrations are different but still the students continue to inspire. I learn so much from them and it reminds me why I love being in the 'Middle. It is because of the students confidence, intelligence, support and verve that are jobs are so enjoyable.
Gabriel Gonzalez maybe best describes these characteristics and the perseverance that all of the students demonstrated this year:
What a year it has been! Honestly, everything that has happened is incomparable to any other year of any of our lives. This has probably been one of the toughest years for us and for the rest of the world and yet here we are at the end, still smiling and standing tall. I want to speak about the strength we have all been proven to have this year and that is Perseverance.
For me perseverance can be best understood through this quote from one of the greatest TV shows of all time. “Sometimes life is like a dark tunnel, you can’t always see what's at the end of the tunnel. But if you just keep moving, you will come to a better place.” This quote demonstrates that perseverance isn’t about ignoring the difficulties in life but about embracing them while still knowing that eventually, you will find the light at the end of the tunnel. This is the strength we have all shown this year.
First through our challenges of assessments and assignments, whatever they might be an English Essay or a Math Test or a performance. We persevered through these challenges and we succeeded.
Next, we proved our perseverance in a way that none of us could have predicted. The pandemic. We were forced into lockdown, we lost contact with friends and we lost our ability to go to school normally. And yet, here we are at the end of school and we succeeded in eLearning! We pushed on through the dark tunnel and we found the light at the end.
So the message that I leave with you is that if you ever find yourself in the dark tunnel again, Imagine the light and pick yourself up and move on. You have all proved your perseverance this year. What would be so bad about proving it again?
It continues to be a great privilege to support and share in these very special Middle school years with the students. I am excited to see what next year brings and the accomplishments that our students will achieve.
Report Cards will be posted to SEQTA Learn and Engage on Monday, June 29th at 2:00pm.
LEAP Elective Course Registration
As a result of the uncertainty around Ministry regulations next year, we have made the decision to delay the sign-up for LEAP electives until August. This will allow us to offer the students the best selection of electives based on the feedback and guidance from the government about how schools will function. As always LEAP electives are not based on who signs-up first and we will make sure we provide enough communication before asking for students to sign up.
Scheduling for next year is still being finalised. Students will remain in their existing multigrade advisory groups, but changes to their MYP core classes and LEAP elective classes will be made. Students’ timetables will be made available on the first day of school.
Your child’s advisor will serve as your first point of contact with any questions you have as we embark on another school year. We believe that the triad of parent, student and teacher must be kept intact, and communication is critical to this relationship; therefore, please do not hesitate to be in touch for any reason.
August Return Date
One final reminder, the first day back for all returning G7-9 students is Tuesday, August 25th. For a full overview of next year’s opening and closing dates, please refer to this document.
Have a great summer!
Middle School Principal