Newton’s Grove School news: September 2014

Visit to Reptilia

On Thursday, September 25th the Grade 1-2 class visited Reptilia where they had the chance to get up close and personal with some reptile friends. They really enjoyed the trip and learned a lot too!


Pioneer Village

The Grade 3’s traveled back in time on September 24th, 25th, and 26th as part of a special school program at Black Creek Pioneer Village.  The students had the opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like to sit at a desk and use a slate as a Pioneer student in the Dickson Hill Schoolhouse.  They also visited the many old historical buildings in the village, and enjoyed learning firsthand about the lifestyles, customs and surroundings of the early settlers who helped build the foundations of modern Toronto and Ontario.  This hands-on experience will truly bring their social studies curriculum to life.



Learning about Diversity, Individuality & Acceptance

The students from Kindergarten through Grade 8 enjoyed a performance of “Cinderella’s Frog Prince” on Tuesday, September 16th. The play, performed by actors from “Big Kid Entertainment’, featured important Character Education themes including Diversity, Individuality and Acceptance. The actors visited the classrooms after the performance to discuss these important themes with the students in a smaller group setting.

Pictured above are the SK’s with “Big Kid” Laura.


SK Trip to Laidlaw Orchard

On Thursday, September 18th the Senior Kindergarten class travelled to Laidlaw Orchards where they picked apples and then baked delicious apple pies to share with their parents that evening at Meet the Teacher Night. A great time was had by all. The tractor ride out to the orchard to pick apples was a blast!


An Update on Advanced Placement

AP at Newton’s Grove continues to grow! We are now into our second year as an officially recognized Level II Advanced Placement (AP) school, authorized by the College Board to offer and administer AP exams. Last year, we had students writing AP Chemistry, AP Statistics and AP Musical Theory. Caleb Michelske, who wrote the AP Music Theory exam, scored an impressive 5.0 on the test, which is the highest attainable score. Well done, Caleb! This year we are offering a combined AP Chemistry and AP Calculus course, taught by Dr. Royer. This course is designed to help graduating students achieve greater success in their increasingly challenging first-year university courses. For us, this is the most significant benefit of AP: ensuring our graduates have a competitive edge over their peers and are successful in their chosen programs. We wish all participants well this year, and we are anticipating strong results once again.

The Transformative Power of Music

Our music teacher, John Alonso, wrote a great article in the Kingsway Magazine about the power of music. Read it below! 



Intermediate trip to the YMCA

The Intermediates enjoyed a spectacular day at the YMCA on Thursday, September 11th .  They were all brave and daring as they tackled the high ropes.  Their aim and concentration was clear as they learned archery.  Truly, an amazing time was had by all.


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