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Blyth Academy London Newsletter Term Three 2020

 
The beginning of this Term started out like any other; students were engaged in the classroom, 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 London’s 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 extracurricular activities 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 London.


In and Around the Campus

Mental Health Week
As part of the Student Council led Mental Health Week, students and staff left positive notes to each other on the wall. What a nice way to start Term Three!
Blyth Academy London - Mental Health Week
International Club
Our International Club made wonderful Chinese dumplings to share with their peers. Everyone loved them!
Math Class
Mrs. Devine does a great job of assisting the highest number of students in her math class as possible at any given time by utilizing her wall-to-wall whiteboards and having half of the class do problems on the board and half work at their desks. It is amazing to see math everywhere when you visit her class!
Foundations Class: Class Pet
Our Foundations Class has adopted a school pet. Meet Rockie, our Leopard Gecko. The class is learning a great deal about the behaviors of the Leopard Gecko and how to establish the very best habitat that they can.
International Pink Shirt Day
February 26 was International Pink Shirt Day. Our students and staff enjoyed wearing their pink gear that day because we stand up and speak out against bullying every day!
Eco Schools Initiative
The Foundations Class has officially started the Eco Wall mural that they are doing for us in honour of our new EcoSchool initiatives. It’s going to be so nice.

Virtual Classes

Virtual McBeth
Grade 10 English class kept Macbeth alive in virtual classes with collective role-play reading. They are staying apart together. Nothing can stop Blyth Academy students and teachers!
Blyth Academy Etobicoke Virtual Class
Staying Connected While Staying Apart
In order to emphasize our togetherness during this time of being apart, Blyth Academy London students and staff participated in Hat Day during virtual classes.
#IAMSTAYINGHOMEFOR
Blyth Academy London students and staff participate in the #IAMSTAYINGHOMEFOR campaign by sharing who they are staying home for.

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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