Instructor From Electronic Arts Joins Waterloo Campus

Blyth Academy Waterloo was thrilled to welcome Chris Gallinaro from Electronic Arts as an instructor for our senior computer science class. Electronic Arts, a huge international game-making company has development offices all over the world, including Kitchener, Ontario. Chris, a graduate of the University of Waterloo, is a software engineer who was able to bring his breadth of experience working with the Java programming language into the classroom at Blyth Academy.

The students who had limited previous experience working with code, developed proficient skills learning about variables, testing, Object Oriented Programming, GUI, reading and writing files, algorithms, and more!

Chris Gallinaro from EA teaching Java to Blyth Academy Waterloo students

Parents and students are universally positive in praising their students’ experience working with Chris, commenting, “not only did they learn so much but they enjoyed his teaching style and benefitted from his vast professional experience”. Chris has offered to teach with us again as we forge an important partnership in the Innovation District here in DTK.

At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are committed to providing an enriched program for students who are passionate about mathematics, science and computer science. To learn more about us, and what our campus has to offer, please click here.

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Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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