Blyth Academy Newsletter Term Three 2020
The beginning of this term started out like any other; students were engaged in the classroom and the gym, the hallways were bustling, and experiential learning was happening in and around the campus. Today, we find ourselves in a much different situation — students are continuing their same classes and activities, but they now come together and connect with teachers and classmates through our virtual classrooms. While teaching and learning continues to be disrupted across the province, we are fortunate that our staff and teachers have worked hard to make Blyth Academy Downsview Park virtual classroom model a success. With the extended closure, we are committed to continuing the same small class sizes and personalized education that our students and families expect. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support, and even fitness and skills training have continued through our virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction, and support their school provides them.
Here are a few highlights from Term Three at Blyth Academy Downsview Park.
In and Around the Campus
All of our teachers across Elementary and Secondary have been working hard to provide engaging and consistent lessons throughout each subject. You will see the use of interactive material, use of different technologies, more one-on-one time and even students submitting video work from home! All students are encouraged to ask for a Zoom session with any of their teachers or staff if they have questions or concerns.
To keep mental health at the forefront students are given a new practice such as a short breathing exercise to promote relaxation. Each week students are also given a video challenge where they can have fun at home with their families. This past week we did the “Footshake” challenge and this week is the “Floss Dance” challenge.
Virtual Guest Speakers
Virtual Session with John Tavares — Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs Joined our students for an amazing session talking students through his experiences as a student and athlete, what it takes to be successful and fun facts.
Harvard’s head hockey coach joined us for an informative session on what it’s like to play on a D1 hockey team, while also talking about what is expected from student-athletes at a higher level (sports, academics, and personality).
TFC Head Coach spoke to our students about what it is like to be on and coach a professional team, attributes of professional athletes, daily routines, and advice.
Mike Galati and Rob Gherson
These Jr. A coaches come in and give our students weekly “coaches corner” sessions for both hockey players and goalies. There have been cool experiences like scoring goals by watching videos and plays, steps to get to Junior A levels, and much more.
Student of the Week
Rafael is our student of the week! He is enrolled in our soccer program and is excelling in academics, physical and mental training through our online platform. He goes out of his way to participate above and beyond our expectations. Keep up the great work, Rafael!