Blyth Academy Newsletter Term Three 2020

 
So much has happened since the beginning of Term Three at Blyth Academy Ottawa! It began with a flurry of activity in and around our campuses: curling in physics, building a robot, skating on the Rink of Dreams, and cooking classes. We’ve since transitioned to virtual classrooms, where that level of activity is different, but equally engaging. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is the enriching learning that’s happening, as our dedicated staff continue to ensure uninterrupted, live instructional time, ensuring everyone finishes off this term with the credits they’ve been working towards.


In and Around the Campus

Grade 7 and 8 Social Sciences: Exploring the West Block
Earlier in the term, we were out and about, exploring our city and making connections to the curriculum. Our grade 7 and 8 Social Sciences class explored the history, roles, art, and architecture of the House of Commons on a guided tour of the newly-restored West Block.
Grade 11 and 12: Curling in Physics
Canadian culture met classroom creativity with an introduction to curling at the Nepean Sportsplex. The Grade 11 and 12 Physics classes did real-world experiments on forces, energy, and momentum while exploring one of our most popular sports!
Grade 9 and 10 Foundations: Life Lessons
Our Grade 9 and 10 Foundations class certainly appreciated their own culinary skills during weekly cooking lessons, and in their spare time, also learned how to change a flat tire and check the oil in the cars they one day hope to have!
Winter Games!
Undaunted by the cold, we had a blast on the slopes and at the Rink of Dreams!
Hands-On Learning
In the physical classrooms, hands-on learning and support was as impressive and engaging as ever, with our teachers ensuring everyone gets the attention they need.
Robotics Club
Our Robotics Club also finished their build, just in time for the competition we never got to attend! The club is quite excited to expand on it once we’re back on campus though.

Virtual Classrooms

And once it was time for us to keep our students and staff at a safe distance, we didn’t miss a beat. Though we certainly look forward to chatting with our students on campus, when it’s safe, our virtual classrooms provide the opportunity to maintain the high level of teacher support, engaging learning, and the peer contact that teenagers (and their teachers) so desperately need. Our schedule hasn’t changed, the curriculum hasn’t changed, and our high expectations of student learning certainly hasn’t changed. We’ve all adapted quickly to our new virtual reality, and it would appear that we are THRIVING!
Virtual Lunches
As usual, the guidance and principal’s offices are always full, of students and laughter, at lunch!
Teen Medical School Club Meets Virtually
Our Teen Medical School Club continues virtually. This week, students learned about broken bones, how to tie a tourniquet and splint their own leg with items found at home.
Virtual Lessons
In our virtual classrooms, teachers are providing direct instruction and support, during our regular class time, and are meeting individually with students who require additional support during ‘office hours’. Students are completing group projects in breakout rooms, and maintaining the close peer interaction they are accustomed to. Virtual law, math and chem labs have never been more interesting!

Effective March 17, 2020, Blyth Academy is remote organization in hopes of doing our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will be receiving all emails, phone calls, and voicemails and are dedicated to maintaining business as usual. Thank you for your continued support!

Though our doors are temporarily closed, the minds of our students will remain open. Our students will continue their academic journey through virtual classrooms, to ensure our students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. Our small class sizes and individualized approach will continue in a virtual model, as will the structure that students need to be engaged and successful during the closure. Live virtual classes, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities will continue through virtual tools. In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support their school provides them.

Our plans include continuing term three virtually, along with all of the usual processes for student report cards and information sharing with post-secondary institutions delivered on schedule. Planning for term four is underway with Principals and guidance staff working on finalizing courses and students’ schedules.

Blyth Academy is committed to providing students with personalized instruction and support, focusing on critical and creative thinking skills, and nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership. We are also committed to providing ongoing communication between the school and families.

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