Astral Drive Junior High School
238 Astral Drive, Cole Harbour, NS B2V 1B8
Telephone: 462-8700 Fax: 462-6047
February is Registration Month in the Halifax Regional School Board and it will be extended this year due to the Halifax Canada Games. Students currently in grade 6 will register for grade 7 in their elementary schools and grade 9 students will register at ADJH for grade 10 at Auburn High. If a student would like to attend a school other than Auburn Drive High, parents are to obtain an Out of Area Request form from our school. These forms have to be filled out and submitted in person to the school of choice no earlier than April 1st, 2011. School principals will make their decisions and inform parents by June 30, 2011.
For parents who are interested in registering children for the Late French Immersion Program (grade 7, 2011-12), we will be having a Parent Information Meeting on February 2nd at 6:00 pm in rm. 172 at ADJH. This meeting will give parents the opportunity to get an overview of the program and to ask questions of the French Immersion Staff and students. This meeting is not intended for parents who currently have students in the Early Immersion program at Astral Drive Elementary. We will have a meeting for all grade 6 parents later in the spring.
For current F.I. students at ADJH, I will be sending home a letter later asking parents to indicate their intentions for their children for 2011-2012. If anyone is planning to withdraw from the program, we have to know in order to have adequate staffing in place for September.
If you have a child beginning grade Primary next year, you should register him/her at your community elementary school. The HRSB requires that you provide birth certificates for students entering Primary; students must be five years of age as of December 31, 2011.
B. Forsyth, Principal
Parents are reminded to please observe signage when dropping off and picking up students. There have been vehicles backing into and blocking private driveways on both Astral Drive and Lakeshire –please be respectful of our neighbors. Please observe all traffic signs to ensure our children remain safe. Please do not block or drop your children off in school driveways or driveways of private homes.
The snow, ice and street conditions have created additional safety concerns. For the safety of all students, we ask drivers to refrain from using these unauthorized areas at arrival and dismissal times. If you are coming to the school to pick up a student, for an appointment or illness, please park on the Lakeshire side. Thank you. More information, including a map of designated parking areas, is available on the school website.
Also, due to safety concerns and winter temperatures, we request that children are not dropped off or sent to school before 8:10am. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students as safe as possible
Parents are reminded to call messages regarding student absences and lates to the following number:
462-8700 ext 1. Due to their teaching schedules, many teachers are not able to retrieve voice mail messages early in the morning.
THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY YOU SHOULDN’T MISS!
The Guidance Department would like to invite you to attend a special event as part of The Parent Information Series being held at our school on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6PM. Dr. Stan Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in the area of adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and health services innovation. Dr. Kutcher uses his considerable expertise building awareness and knowledge about mental health in young people through the development of programs that address adolescent mental health promotion, education and research, locally, nationally and internationally. Dr. Kutcher is a nationally and internationally active speaker, reviewer and technical consultant in psychiatry and mental health. We welcome your questions. If you would like to submit a question for the presentation, please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will request that Dr. Kutcher address the question during the evening.
Parents of Grade 8 students
A Parent Report with results from the CAT4 assessments that were administered in October, 2010 is being sent home with this newsletter. If you do not receive this report, please contact Mrs. Bona at 462-8700 ext 0 for a copy.
Flu Season Update
Now that the regular flu season is here, we would like to remind everyone to continue to protect themselves against illness by washing hands in warm soapy water, coughing and sneezing into shirt sleeves, and most importantly, staying home if you are feeling sick.
The Halifax Regional School Board takes great care when making the decision to alter the normal operations of schools in the event of severe or inclement weather or other exceptional circumstances (loss of water or heat, extended power outages, etc.). Decisions on school closures and/or bus cancellations are posted on the board’s website at www.hrsb.ns.ca , on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HRSB_Official, recorded on 464-INFO (4636) and communicated to all local radio stations.
For your information, Astral Drive Junior High is a member of the Auburn Drive Family of Schools. In the event that busses are cancelled, classes at Astral Drive will be held as usual. While we have only a handful of bus students, parents must use their own discretion with regard to sending their children to school. An occasion might arise when school will be cancelled mid-day. In such instances, students will be dismissed to their homes or to a location pre-determined by you, unless you have identified otherwise on the school registration form. If you are interested in learning more on how decisions regarding closures and cancellations are made, visit http://www.hrsb.ns.ca/content/id/1137.html .
Grade 9 students who are interested in having a baby grad photograph included in the yearbook are asked to please bring a snapshot with their name and homeroom listed on the back. These should be handed in to Mrs. Kavanaugh by February 1st.
Boys Basketball Team
The boys’ basketball team travelled to PEI on Friday January 14th to compete in the Paul Nogler Invitational Tournament at Stonepark Intermediate School in Charlottetown. The boys played very strong defensively and showed excellent teamwork throughout their four games.
Each team was awarded a Player of the Game. Astral’s players of the game were: Fares Diab, Charles Hart, Andrew Beaulieu and Collin Cluett. Andrew Beaulieu also won tournament All-Star, and Kellan Duke won Most Valuable Player for the tournament. The team received compliments from referees and tournament organizers for their behaviour on and off the court. This is the second consecutive year the boys have won the Paul Nogler Tournament. The team hopes to return to PEI next year to defend their title.
Game scores were as follows:
Astral vs. Summerside: 57-40 Astral vs Pugwash : 70-47
Astral vs Stonepark: 68-52 Astral vs Whitney Pier: 57-22 (Championship game)
Fantastic Friday Phone Calls
Fantastic Friday Phone calls for the Week of October 29th:
Aaron Godfrey Jonathan Mason Jacqueline Dunn Peter Opra Gloria Bullock
Fantastic Friday Phone calls for the Week of November 12th:
Rachel MacVicar Chris Hamilton Emily Copeland Maggie Slaney
Fantastic Friday Phone Calls for the Week of November 19th:
Noah Attwood Shawn Heisler Megan Colborne Patricia Gemmell
Jonathan Adams Sarah O’Neil Victor Lamoureaux Ryan Hipson
Mitchell MacVicar Heather Tan Sarah Mason Brett Picco
Autumn MacDougall Bianca Toulany Jacqueline McPherson Jessica Leclerc
Josh Swain Rachel MacVicar Kristin Myers Matthew Arnold
Nicole Collier Jared Hamilton Haley Cote Gavin Barro
Fantastic Friday Phone Calls for the Week of December 3rd:
Meghan Sullivan Lauren Chase Devyn Holmans Makela Rodriquez
Sophie Vautour Sherri Patterson Caitlyn Parker Gloria Bullock
Deanna McPhee Kieran Walker Savanna Hackney Erika Ellsmere
Charles Hartlen Alyssa Hiltz Derek Degaust Megan Gosse
Chris Barrett Colton Richardson Bailley Fraser Corey McMillan
Josh Ballard Sydney Carroll Kim Dietz Kathryn Pumphrey
Andrew Mosher Andrea Creer
Fantastic Friday Phone Calls for the Week of December 10th:
Jacob Swan Gloria Bullock Morgan Robertson-Tran
Fantastic Friday Phone Calls for the Week of December 17th:
Nick Waldorf Umara Hansen Nick Zalipyatskikh Colin Cluett
Sarah Mason Mairin Hogan Emily Chian Bradley MacMaster
TERM 1 – 2010 / 2011
PLATINUM ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – Students in this category have an A in every subject on their Term 1 Report Card.
GOLD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – Students in this category have A’s and one B on their First Term Report Card.
SILVER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – Students in this category have A’s and two B’s on their First Term Report Card.
BRONZE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – Students in this category have a minimum of five A’s and have passing grades for all subjects on their First Term Report Card.
GRADE 7 ACADEMIC AWARDS
John David Brown
GRADE 8 ACADEMIC AWARDS
GRADE 9 ACADEMIC AWARDS – in descending order of average mark
PLATINUM ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – An average from 95 – 100% in eight subjects.
GOLD ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – An average from 90 – 94% in eight subjects.
SILVER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – An average from 85 – 89% in eight subjects.
BRONZE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT – An average from 80 – 84% in eight subjects.
Ranelle Abi Daoud
Angela Melissa Brace
ADJH SCHOOL CALENDAR
Thursday, January 27 School Dance (6:30-9:00)
Friday, February 11 Last day of classes prior to Spring Break / Canada Games Break
Monday, February 28 Schools re-open
Thursday, March 10 School Dance (6:30-9:00)
Monday, March 21 Public Health Immunization Clinic (Grade 7 & 8 only)
Friday, March 25 Professional Development Day (no classes)
Monday, March 28 Term 3 begins
Wednesday, March 30 Jazz Café
Friday, April 1 Assessment & Evaluation Day (no classes)
Thursday, April 14 Report Cards sent home
Wednesday, April 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences 1 – 3 & 5.30 – 7.30 pm
Students dismissed at 11:45 am
Friday, April 22 Good Friday (school closed)
Monday, April 25 Easter Monday (school closed)
Monday, May 2 Music Monday
Friday, May 13 Professional Development Day (no classes)
Thursday, May 19 School Dance (6:30-9:00)
Monday, May 23 Victoria Day (school closed)
Wednesday, June 1 Spring Awards Band Concert – 6 pm
Friday, June 10 Public Health Immunization Clinic (Grade 7 & 8 only)
Monday, June 27 Grade 9 Closing Dance – 7.30 – 10 pm
Wednesday, June 29 Assessment & Evaluation Day (no classes)
Thursday, June 30 Last Day of School