Friday, 4 December 2015

Sexual Education

November 26, 2015
Dear Parents/Guardians:
Beginning Monday, November 30th, our next unit of study in the Health class will be the Sex Education unit.  The purpose of this unit is to equip students with the information they need to make healthy life decisions and to support others to do the same.  I am hoping to cover most of the curriculum before we break for Christmas holidays so the study of sexual knowledge, attitudes and healthy decision making will be brief but helpful.  The curriculum outcomes regarding this study are as follows:
Assess the social, cultural, and environmental influences on and supports for sexual health knowledge, attitudes, behaviours, and decisions. 
Appraise the role of “support” in making healthy decisions related to family roles and responsibilities, non-curable infections/diseases, violence and abuse, body image, sustainability, and sexual health. 
Analyze the health opportunities and challenges, and establish “support others” personal goal statements, related to family roles and responsibilities, non-curable infections/diseases, violence and abuse, body image, sustainability, and sexual health. 
As part of this unit, I will be working alongside a parent of the school, who is also a health care professional.  Together, we plan to show a detailed power point presentation, depicting actual photos of the effects of several sexually transmitted infections.  The photos in this slide show are of infected male and female genitalia.  I understand that not everyone will feel comfortable allowing their child to see these photos and I respect that opinion.  If you are not comfortable allowing your child to see this power point, or if your child feels uncomfortable watching, they will be excused from the class.  An alternate assignment will then be sent home for your child to complete with you, in order to meet the curriculum requirements. This presentation will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached at the school at (306) 791-8585 or by email:
Take care and have a great weekend.

Angela Scott

Jack MacKenzie School             

Gr 8 Sweaters

Thursday, December 03, 2015

Dear Grade 8 Students and Parents/Guardians:

            Thanks to the efforts of one of our fabulous parents, all grade 8 students have the opportunity to order a hooded, pull-over sweatshirt to commemorate their final year at Jack MacKenzie School.  The look/layout of the sweatshirt will be as follows:

1.       The colour is black with the Jack MacKenzie logo on the front;
2.       The logo and lettering will be a combination of silk screening and embroidery;
3.       Student’s name and the number 16 (for 2016) will be on the back;
Sweaters cost $48.00 plus tax for a total of $50.40.  If interested, please completely fill in the order form below and submit with payment to homeroom teachers.  All orders need to be submitted by Tuesday, December 8, 2015.  A sizing kit has been available in the hallway since Friday, November 27th.  Please confirm your appropriate size.

Student’s Name:                                                         ,           Homeroom:                                        
Size:  (circle one) Youth L / Youth XL / S / M / L / XL / 2XL  (Samples of each size can be found on the band instrument table in the senior pod)

Payment of $50.40 is enclosed.  Exact change or cheque, made payable to Jack MacKenzie School.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Mr. DuMont Gone

Hi All,

This post is to let you know I will be gone for the next two days.  The students will have time to work on their ELA "The Outsiders" Novel study and their Visual Art "Tuff" collages for a large portion of the next two days.  Please make sure your children have their materials at school for both of these assignments.  The grade 8 math students will be having a test on Integers on Friday.  We are having an assembly celebrating Education Week and Jack MacKenzie's Honourary Doctorate of Laws from the U of R.  If you are available and interested please come join the school in this celebration Friday, October 23rd at 2:30 in the afternoon.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, 9 October 2015

Tell Them From Me Survey

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As part of our focus on school effectiveness, Jack MacKenzie School will be participating in an online school survey for students – Tell Them From Me (TTFM).

TTFM is an online survey that allows students to give their feedback and share their voice on their school environment, experiences at school, and any school improvement programs.  During the period from October 15th to November 17th, all students in grades 4-8 will be given the opportunity and time to participate in this survey during regular school hours. They are encouraged to complete the survey, but may choose not to as it is completely voluntary. Students who agree to complete the survey will be given a random username and password to access and complete the survey. Students’ names cannot be linked to their responses which allows it to be completely anonymous. Results will show all student scores combined together – it is not possible to single out individual students in the results.

The student survey will be completed electronically and will require approximately 35-40 minutes to complete. The student survey measures include such topics as emotional and social well-being, physical health, and behaviours and attitudes linked to student success. The survey also allows students to give their thoughts and feedback in open-ended question responses.

TTFM was created by The Learning Bar, based on the work by Dr. J. Douglas Willms. Dr. Willms is widely known nationally and internationally for his work on educational monitoring systems, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since 2004, Tell Them From Me has quickly grown to become Canada’s largest national school survey.

If you would like more information, please contact Mr. Russ Clarke.

Monday, 5 October 2015

We Day @ Campbell Collegiate

The Campbell Collegiate Me To We Team Presents:

Wednesday, October 14
1 PM & 2 PM

All Grade 7 – 8 Students are invited to attend !

When: Wednesday, October 14 @ 1 PM and 2 PM
Where: Currie Auditorium at Campbell Collegiate.
Admission: Free!

Mini We Day Regina Public will introduce your grade 7/8 to the Me To We Philosophy inspired by Free the Children, an international organization founded by Canadian Craig Kielburger when he was 12 years old! Free the Children aims to empower youth around the world to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. At Mini We Day Regina, we hope to inspire the next generation of world-changers to realize the potential we each have, through our actions and decisions, to make our school, local and global communities a better place, not only for ourselves, but for the seven billion other humans that we share our planet with.

Our Mini We Day Regina will provide more information on Free the Children and Me to We in a fun, interactive setting, and will also feature musical guests, and inspirational videos.

The Campbell Collegiate Me to We Team is a group of over one hundred students that are passionate about changing the world. The team works in conjunction with Free the Children, an international charity that aims to empower youth around the world to achieve their fullest potentials as agents of change. Through the We Act program, the Campbell Me to We Team chooses at least one global initiative and one local initiative each school year to work towards.

As a local initiative last year, we supported Campbell’s annual Adopt-a-Family fundraiser, supporting over three hundred deserving families with Christmas gifts and Christmas dinners to brighten their holiday seasons. In March, we kicked off our second global initiative, in support of Free the Children’s Clean Water and Sanitation Pillar in Rural China. The campaign was incredibly successful, and we raised over $12 000 to finance the construction of two clean water systems in Rural China. These systems will provide easy access to clean, safe water, allowing girls to go to school and preventing the spread of water-borne illnesses.

If your elementary school has already collaborated with the Campbell Me to We Team, this is an incredible opportunity to get senior students interested in leadership roles within the Me to We Team & SRC at your school, and for students to learn more about the three Adopt-a-Village pillars that we will be voting between for our global initiative in the spring.

                                                                                                 Has my permission to attend Mini We Day at Campbell Collegiate on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.


Parent/Guardian Signature

Friday, 25 September 2015

Jack MacKenzie School Choir

September 25th , 2015


We are very pleased that you have decided to participate in our school choir this year.  This exciting group combines students from Grade 5-8 from Jack MacKenzie school. 
We look forward to making some wonderful music under the guidance of Ms Little,
Mme Cross, and Mrs.Hinz.

  • Repertoire and Concerts
This group will be singing music from both the secular and sacred genres.  We work towards several performances including the Rotary Carol Festival and participation in our school Christmas concert.  We may do caroling as well and plan on doing so at several Senior residences as well as a mall.  We usually wrap up the season with a pizza and movie party. 

  • Concert Dress
Students who participate in this group are asked to wear black pants or skirt with a long sleeved white shirt or blouse and black shoes for performances.

  • Rehearsals and Attendance
We have included a rehearsal schedule on the reverse side of this note.  We have very few rehearsals and a lot to accomplish.  We would appreciate your support in encouraging your child to attend each and every rehearsal time.  Absences MUST be discussed with one of the staff members involved in the choir.  If your child misses three rehearsals without letting one of the coordinators know, they will be removed from the group. The choir will not be meeting after the New Year.

Singing together builds community.  Participation in this group will give your child the opportunity to develop their talents and make new friends while having a great time.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact either school and speak to one of the teachers involved.   Thank you.

Yours in music,

Ms Little                     Mme Cross                                    Mrs. Hinz                           

(As of September 25th  , 2015 – First Draft)    (Most rehearsals are on Day 3 at noon!)

1.       Sept. 25                         Friday                            noon

2.       October 2                       Friday                            noon

3.       October 8                       Thursday                       noon

4.       October 13                     Tuesday                         noon

5.       October 20                     Tuesday                         noon

6.       October 27                     Tuesday                         noon

7.       November 3                            Tuesday                         noon

8.       November 10                 Tuesday                         noon

9.       November 19                 Thursday                       noon

10.     November 26                 Thursday                       noon

11.      December 3                            Thursday                       noon

13.     December 10                 Thursday                       noon

14.     December 14                 Monday                         noon

16.     December 15th               Tuesday
                                                Jack MacKenzie Christmas Concert
                                                Morning – performance for school
                                                1:15 p.m. afternoon performance
                                                7:00 p.m. evening performance
·        Rotary Carol Festival  - Date T.B.A.
·        Caroling and Pizza Party – Date T.B.A
·        Caroling at a Senior Home  - ???- Date T.B.A.                                         

Monday, 31 August 2015

Welcome Back

Hello, my name is Kyle DuMont and I continue to teach Gr. 8 Mathematics and Gr. 7/8 Science.  Looking back at last year, I am excited about the new group of amazing senior students we have this year at Jack MacKenzie.  I am looking forward to a fun, exciting and successful year.

I have been teaching in the Regina Public School system since 2009.  I spent five years at Thomson Community School and last year at Jack MacKenzie, all the while teaching grade 7 and 8.  My wife Tenille is also a teacher and last May we welcomed our new addition to our family Lily.  We have had a very busy some with traveling, landscaping, and visiting family and friends while watching Lily grow each and every minute.  I am also taking my Masters in Curriculum and Instruction through the University of Regina. I am very excited to be working with you and your children this year on their education journey.  Please feel free to actively participate in the journey with your child, I look forward to meeting you all and working closely with you this year.