2019/2020 Academic Year End Message

Good Morning Samuel Hearne MS Community,

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we sincerely hope that our Students and Families are continuing to be safe and are well.

Today marks the last day of school for the 2019/2020 academic year. As the 2019/2020 academic year comes to an end and we look ahead to the Summer Break and towards the 2020/2021 academic year, this School Community Check-In/Update contains important 2019/2020 Academic Year End information.

Please see the sections below, as well as our School Community Check-In/Update from Tuesday, June 23, 2020 for further details, by clicking HERE:

YEAR END MESSAGE FROM MR. ROMANO:

The 2019/2020 academic year has indeed been one like no other. As a School Community, district, and society, we have had to adapt to a continuously changing reality based on a number of factors, all while we continue to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our Students, Parents/Guardians and Staff.

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to thank our Students and Parents/Guardians for a very successful year where we have adapted to new realities (such as Remote Learning) as well as for the continued resilience, collaboration and understanding during these unprecedented times.

As we look back upon this past academic year, amidst the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on society at large (including our School Community), we cannot forget the number of rich experiences our Students, Staff and School Community have shared. These experiences highlight our work together in achieving academic, social and co-curricular success, experiences we hope develop into lasting memories as we continue to move forward. To view some of these experiences and memories, please visit our #HearneLearns hashtag on Twitter, and please see our Staff Messages To Students video shared earlier during Remote Learning:

As our Students move forward in the direction of achieving their goals, we ask our Students to consider what they have learned during this academic year and what new learning awaits in September 2020. While at this time we are not entirely certain as to how school, teaching and learning will look in September/during the 2020/2021 academic year, we remind our Students to always remember and value the hard work, dedication and time it took to get to this stage, and we ask our Students to never forget and appreciate the support of Samuel Hearne Staff, Families and our School Community in reaching their full potential during these challenging times and beyond.

On behalf of the Staff of Samuel Hearne Middle School, we would like to wish all Students, Families and our School Community a successful year end and a safe, restful and fun Summer Break!

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION UPDATE ON MINISTRY OF EDUCATION GUIDELINES ON RETURNING TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER:
  • Please see the letter sent to TDSB Parents/Guardians on Friday, June 19, 2020 from the TDSB Director of Education (Dr. John Malloy) for information regarding the Government of Ontario’s guidelines for the return to school in September 2020
  • As more information becomes available, details will be shared as soon as possible by the TDSB
  • As we look ahead to September 2020 and to the 2020/2021 academic year, please be reminded to continue to check the TDSB website at www.tdsb.on.ca and your email for continued updates/communication from the TDSB and our school regarding plans for September 2020 and the 2020/2021 academic year
  • We will be sure to share this information as it becomes available on our school website/blog at www.SamuelHearneMS.ca, through Parent/Guardian emails and on Twitter
TDSB GRADE 7 – GRADE 8 STUDENT SURVEY:

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  • The TDSB invites Students in Grade 7 and Grade 8 to complete an anonymous survey which asks about Student well-being (so we can better support our Students), experiences in Remote Learning (so we can continue to improve) and about concerns and expectations (so we can help our Students to feel safe)
  • To complete the Grade 7 and Grade 8 TDSB Student Survey, please click HERE
  • Please share your voice by completing this survey by Tuesday, June 30, 2020
TDSB PARENT/GUARDIAN SURVEY:

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  • The TDSB invites Parents/Guardians to complete an anonymous survey about your family’s experiences with Remote Learning, how you feel about returning to school, what concerns and expectations you may have and what supports you would like to see in place – your feedback will help guide our conversations and ensure Student Voice is front and centre in our re-opening plans
  • To complete the TDSB Parent/Guardian Survey, please click HERE
  • Please complete this short survey by Tuesday, June 30, 2020
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES & STUDENT REGISTRATION:

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We remind our Students, Families and School Community of the following important dates:

  • Last Day of 2019/2020 School for Students:
    • Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Summer Office Hours:
    • Our School Office Staff will be available via telephone at (416) 396 6555 and via email during the last week of June
    • Our School Office will be closed between:
      • Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Friday, August 28, 2020 (inclusive)
    • Our School Office Staff will be available from:
      • Monday, August 31, 2020 – Friday, September 4, 2020 (inclusive)
  • First Day of 2020/2021 School for Students:
    • Tuesday, September 8, 2020
    • Please click HERE for the draft TDSB 2020/2021 School Year Calendar:
      • Please note that the calendar has not yet been approved by the Ministry of Education:
        • The Ministry of Education has indicated that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, school year calendars are not being considered for approval at this time
        • For the latest information, including any updates regarding the TDSB’s 2020/2021 school year calendar, please continue to check HERE
  • Student Registration Inquiries:
    • Please feel free to contact Samuel Hearne Middle School regarding any questions surrounding Student Registration inquiries at (416) 396 6555
    • Please click HERE and navigate to the “Required Documentation” section to view the documents required for registration at TDSB Schools
MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING RESOURCES:

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ELEMENTARY SUMMER SCHOOL/SUMMER LEARNING PROGRAMS:

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  • The TDSB Elementary Summer Learning Program focus is to close the achievement and well-being gap and to continue Student engagement into July
  • Programs for Students in Grades 3 to Grade 8 will be delivered from Monday, July 6, 2020 to Friday, July 31, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • French Programs will also be available for Students currently in a French Immersion Program or Extended French Program
  • Remote synchronous learning will be offered
  • There is a possibility that learning may move from Remote Learning to in-class learning environments in accordance with the ongoing guidance of the Ministry of Education
  • Registration is online and is currently open to the public, please click HERE:
  • Please see information regarding the Remote Summer Learning Program at Oakridge Junior Public School below:

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TDSB SUMMER WELL-BEING GUIDE:

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  • With Summer around the corner, we know that this Summer Break will look different than any other that we have experienced, this may leave us all wondering what Students can safely do during July and August:
    • What can we do to support Student well-being, by keeping Students active, healthy and happy?
  • It will be a challenge for many of us as our usual Summer activities may be cancelled, and the annual events that we look forward to every year may be missing
  • To support and share ideas, please see the TDSB Summer Well-Being Guide below:
SCHOOL COMMUNITY SUPPORT & RESOURCES:
  • Please see below for a variety of Community Initiatives/Sessions/Information:

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As we look ahead to September 2020 and to the 2020/2021 academic year, please be reminded to continue to check the TDSB website at www.tdsb.on.ca and your email for continued updates/communication from the TDSB and our school regarding plans for September 2020 and the 2020/2021 academic year. We will be sure to share this information as it becomes available on our school website/blog at www.SamuelHearneMS.ca, through Parent/Guardian emails and on Twitter.

As always, Parents/Guardians are reminded that should you have any questions or concerns please email me directly at Joseph.Romano@tdsb.on.ca.

Thank you and have a safe, restful and fun Summer Break!

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Stay Well & Take Care,
Mr. J. Romano, Principal & Ms. N. Blackwood-Fuller, Vice Principal