2020-2021 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

2020-2021 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

2020-2021 ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

As we take a moment to pause and reflect on the performance of our students throughout the 2020-2021 school year, we are filled with pride and admiration. 

Despite ongoing worldwide and personal challenges, as a community, we not only endured the most trying year in our history but we rose to the challenge and conquered! 

We could not be more thrilled to present our 2020-2021 Academic Achievement Highlights, found here. Achievements 2021

In the words of this generation’s greatest disruptor, Steve Jobs, ‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’

Keeping going P.A.C.E.!

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Keeping P.A.C.E. | November + December 2021

Keeping P.A.C.E. | November + December 2021

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As we write this blog we are both reflecting on the past (hoping you all had a wonderful winter break and holidays) AND looking forward to all the exciting changes coming in 2022. 

We are so grateful to have spent the first half of the school year live and in-person with most of our students. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for the rest of the school year. Let’s jump into some highlights:

NOVEMBER + DECEMBER  HIGHLIGHTS

Our AP Biology students are learning some important concepts through experimentation. The students were collecting data and calculating the rate and extent of diffusion through cell membranes.

Our Grade 1s conducted a science lab to learn more about our sense of touch and how it sends messages about what we are touching to the brain. In this experiment, the Grade 1s blindly reached into a box to feel werewolf skin (fake fur), spider legs (twisted pipe cleaners), zombie brains (Jell-O), and worms (cold spaghetti). Then, they described the texture of the 4 objects and took guesses of what they could really be before the big reveal!

To complement our Characteristics of Living Things Unit in science, the Grade 1s visited Round the Bend Farm! It was a fun-filled day of scavenger hunts looking for different parts of plants, identifying living and non-living things, and using our senses to observe our surroundings. The students trekked through a forest to a corn maze, fed a variety of farm animals, got to see pumpkins of all shapes and sizes and so much more! Each of them even brought home a gourd! Let’s just say it was a ‘gourd’ day!

Our grade 9 computer science students wrote the Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC)! The BCC is held by the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing. The BCC is a problem-solving contest with a focus on computational and logical thinking, and its questions are inspired by topics in computer science.

Our grade 3s made their own tangram sets in Logic class! The Tangram is a deceptively simple set of seven geometric shapes made up of five triangles (two small triangles, one medium triangle, and two large triangles), a square, and a parallelogram. When the pieces are arranged together they suggest an amazing variety of forms, embodying many numerical and geometric concepts!

On November 17, some of our grade 10 and grade 12 students participated in the Canadian Intermediate and Senior Math Contests. These contests are held by the University of Waterloo and are designed to give students the opportunity to have fun and to develop their mathematical problem-solving ability. Good luck to all participants!

P.A.C.E. held its annual awards assembly to celebrate the outstanding achievements of its students during the 2020-21 school year. Congratulations to all, well deserved!

Our grade 7 and 8 music students watched a live video performed by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra followed by the featured musician delivering a brief lesson in music terminology and background on their own instruments. It was inspirational! We are grateful to have learned from Shane Kim on violin, Camille Watts on flute and Steven Woomert on trumpet.

The P.A.C.E. Concert Band is composed of music students from grades 9, 10 and 11, as well as a select group of students from grades 7 and 8. On December 6th, members of the band recorded a performance for this year’s virtual P.A.C.E Winter Concert, which was presented on December 8th to all P.A.C.E. students and staff. The band performed classic winter holiday theme songs, along with concert band arrangements ranging from movie soundtracks, Pop and Jazz.

After 2 years of little to no performing, Mr. De Lara and his students were so grateful to have the experience and opportunity to rehearse and perform music once again!

SETTING THE PACE

We have had a very successful close of 2021. As we embark upon 2022 we are invigorated, solution-minded and up for thinking outside the traditional box! January and February will host: 

  • January 13 – Caribou Math Contest (grades 1-3)
  • February 16 – Canadian Computing Contest (grades 10-12)
  • February 17 – CPR Training (grade 9)
  • February 21 – Family Day (school closed)
  • February 23 – Cayley, Fermat and Pascal Math Contests (grades 8-11)
  • February 25 – Term III Begins
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Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2021

Keeping P.A.C.E. | September + October 2021

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School is back in session at P.A.C.E. and we are off to a fun-tastic start! We absolutely love when our halls are filled with eager young minds ready to learn! 

We are excited to announce that starting in September 2022, P.A.C.E. will be introducing SK!. We could not be more excited to offer our unique educational experience to some of Ontario’s youngest students!

Without further adieu let’s jump into our fall highlights and see what our amazing students have been up to!

SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER  HIGHLIGHTS

Our grade 1 Logic class began learning about word search strategies! The students became word detectives and searched the room for various words on their list. They used their detective skills and worked together to find all the words around their classroom. Way to ‘quack’ the case grade 1s!

Our grade 8 science students are studying Botany. In their first activity, the students are using microscopes to observe phytoplankton and algae in water systems. Algae are a fundamental part of the marine ecosystem and essential to all other life in the oceans! They really ‘krilled it.’

In September, P.A.C.E held a virtual election for its 2021-2022 student council.

Our grade 2 students thoroughly enjoyed delivering their superhero presentations this month, and sharing their superpower in front of the class.

On National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, after learning about the history of Indigenous children and residential schools and reading the story “Stolen Words” by Melanie Florence, students had the opportunity to design and create their own talking sticks. We discussed the importance and meaning of Sharing Circles to the Indigenous culture, and then participated in our own. Students listened respectfully, with open ears and hearts, while they each shared their thoughts and feelings on all that they had learned about the history of Orange Shirt Day. It truly was a moving and emotional day for the students.

Our grade 3s are learning to crack their friends’ coded messages in Logic class! First, the students created a “class code” and then they each shared their messages. Way to go grade 3s – what a bunch of wise-quackers!

Our grade 3s worked in pairs and groups to study and prepare for their upcoming Theme test on the Phylogenetic Tree. With the use of their whiteboards, students had the opportunity to practice labelling and drawing different types of bird beaks, feet, and bones. So ‘egg-sighting!’

Our grade 8 students participated in a unique botany experiment! The students climbed the trees at Bruce’s Mill Conservation Park for a Treetop Trekking experience. The students sampled the river to identify organisms that feed on algae, they identified different species of trees in the area and tested soil to determine the health of the ecosystem.

On October 14, P.A.C.E. hosted its 22nd Terry Fox Run to raise funds to help find a cure for cancer. Over the years, P.A.C.E. has raised over $91,000 for the Terry Fox Foundation, and 2021 was just as much of a success as previous years! Way to go P.A.C.E community!

Our grade 5s also received a virtual visit from Terry’s brother, Fred. Fred Fox met with our grade 5s through a live streaming event to provide words of encouragement and some exclusive information on Terry Fox and his dream of making a lasting impact.

SETTING THE PACE

As we look ahead to the end of 2021 we are excited for the following: 

  • November 7 – Commencement (class of 2021)
  • November 8 – Beaver Computing Challenge (grade 9)
  • November 11 – Remembrance Day Assembly (virtual)
  • November 16 – American Math Contest (by invitation only)
  • November 18 – Awards Assembly
  • November 19 – Term 2 begins
  • December 2&3 – Parent/Teacher Interviews (school closed)
  • December 10 – School Closes at 12 p.m.
  • December 13-31 – Winter Break (school closed)
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Keeping P.A.C.E. | May + June 2021

Keeping P.A.C.E. | May + June 2021

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School is out for the summer! And what a school year we have had – from raising $8,326 for North York General Hospital to a student being featured for an environmental initiative to having a student selected for the Canadian Biology Olympiad (see below) to navigating more virtual learning and so much more! P.A.C.E. students, teachers and parents, we are so proud of your resilience, determination and perseverance! What a successful school year we have had together!  Leave a comment below to share your favourite memory with us. 

Of course we need to acknowledge our amazing group of grads! Congratulations to  our 2020/2021 graduating class – we are confident as you move forward on your education journey that you will find the success you desire as long as you stay true to yourself! We will miss you but we will be cheering you on in your next venture!

MAY + JUNE HIGHLIGHTS

We kicked off May with our Teacher Appreciation Week, which is nationally celebrated each year during the first full week of May. We are so grateful for our brilliant, resilient faculty at P.A.C.E. We know our  students are in good, capable, caring hands! Thank you to all our teachers. We appreciate everything you do!

Our Grade 5 students learned about RECYCLER – REDUIRE – REUTILISER! As part of their chapter “Es-tu ecolo?”, the students created beautiful and original objects out of recycled materials found around the house and presented them in French.
In their spare time, two of P.A.C.E.’s Grade 12 students, Ethan and David, created a robot to solve the iconic Rubik’s Cube – we had to show you what all the excitement was ‘a-bot’! We are amazed and it’s not easy feat because #didyouknow with six coloured sides, 21 pieces and 54 outer surfaces, there’s a combined total of over 43 QUINTILLIOIN different possible configurations! Thanks Buzzfeed for the fun fact. When posted to our Instagram account this video got over 7,000 views – I guess we aren’t the only ones who found this outstanding (and amazing!).
To end their unit on Greek Mythology, our Grade 3 students created their own class newspaper article! Together, they selected a myth that they had learned about and turned it into a breaking news story. Students detailed the who, what, where, when, why, and how of the story and even added a captioned photo to bring the myth to life. You don’t want to ‘myth’ this news!
Our Grade 5 students had a representative from The Community Safety Village of York Region join them for Health class, virtually! The students engaged in a workshop on internet safety and appropriate online behaviour.
Our Grade 11 student, Raffaele, has been selected to be one of four members of Team Canada competing in the 2021 Virtual International Biology Olympiad Challenge from July 19-22 based out of Portugal! He was selected based on his performance at the Canadian Biology Olympiad on Saturday, May 29th. He is one of four in all of Canada who has been asked to represent the country in this prestigious competition. This is a tremendous accomplishment— we are so proud of your hard work Raffaele!

SETTING THE PACE

We have had a very successful school year and are so proud of you! As we look ahead to July and August we are excited for:

  • Camp fires 
  • Swimming 
  • Ice cream cones
  • Movie nights 
  • Great times with friends and family 

We wish all the same and more for our P.A.C.E. Community! Have a wonderful summer break!

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Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2021

Keeping P.A.C.E. | March + April 2021

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Spring has sprung and we are definitely looking forward to sunny days ahead! March and April brought more adaptations and changes to our learning environment but yet again P.A.C.E. Students have adapted and thrived!

Before we jump into our highlights from March and April we want to acknowledge our amazing Grade 5 students!!! This year, in partnership with the North York General Foundation and in collaboration with Mr. Godfrey and Mr. Hosein, Ms. De Caro spearheaded another successful, online fundraiser with our Grade 5 students! Inspired by the severe impact of Covid-19, the purpose of this initiative was to raise funds for The Phillips House – the home of North York General Hospital’s child and adolescent outpatient mental health programs. Our Grade 5 students raised funds by creating and selling unique items to family and friends through their own, individual websites. The students raised a total of $8,326 for the hospital to purchase art supplies for North York General Hospital’s Eating Disorders Program! Congratulations to Ms. De Caro and our Grade 5s for this extraordinary initiative!

MARCH + APRIL HIGHLIGHTS

We started off March with an amazing underwater initiative from one of our Grade 11 students, Mark! As some of you might know Mark has had his diving certification since he was 10 years old and with diving the warmer waters of international tropical destinations off the table this year he has been spending his time at Humber Bay! While enjoying his weekly dives Mark has taken the initiative to clean-up trash while he’s down there! He was recently featured in Blog TO  for this amazing project! Way to take the plunge for planet earth!

In late February we participated in Pink Shirt Day which aimed to Lift Everyone Up, especially those who live with bullying! Our Grade 6s and 8s created designs on pink shirts for this important day! They put words of encouragement onto the shirts to uplift anyone who is struggling and then we hung them up in the hallway so people walking by can appreciate the messages and learn about the anti-bullying initiatives of this day. Way to show your leadership skills!

Our Grade 9 students have started their Optics unit in Physics. Through experimentation, students are learning how light reflects through plane, concave and convex mirrors and refracts through a lens. The goal in this activity was to shine a ray of light that reflects or refracts through different mirrors and lenses. This experiment was illuminating!

Our Grade 7 science students started their “Structures and Stability” unit with a challenge – to build a one-story structure that will support a load. This friendly competition allowed the students to use problem solving skills, logic and creativity and work together toward a common goal. It was a heavy workload but the students stood tall under pressure.

The Grade 7 science class participated in a STEM virtual science competition!! The students competed against other Grade 7 kids across Canada. In the first competition, the students built an insulating device that can keep life-saving medication cold for 2 hours. The students used a variety of materials to build and test their insulators.

The Grade 11 Biology students learned about the structure and function of DNA in their Molecular Genetics unit. Our first step, building models of DNA. Did you know Google is set to come out with a new browser that manages search results based solely on your DNA – It’s going to be called Google Chromosome. (Just kidding!)

On March 20, 2021 the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, met via Zoom with the participants in the 2019 and 2020 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competitions. Our very own, Ms. Stewart, spoke about why the Commonwealth Essay Competition is important to P.A.C.E. and its curriculum. Our very own Grade 10 students, Ian and Rohan, were selected to ask the Lieutenant Governor specific questions regarding the commonwealth. Finally, our Grade 5 student, Leonel, and Grade 12 student, David, lended music performances on the piano and violin, respectively to the ceremony. Given P.A.C.E.’s tremendous past success in the competition, we were humbled and excited to play such a major role in this ceremony.

To learn about how the Ancient Egyptian Civilization bartered for their needs, Grade 3 students created their own Class Market, where only bartering and negotiation were used. Students used different coloured sticky notes to represent various categories, such as food, clothing, tools, toys, and household items. On each sticky note, they wrote down items that they wanted to barter with. Students, both virtual and in-person, then had the opportunity to walk through the market and barter items with one another, simply through discussion and the switching of sticky notes.

SETTING THE PACE

We have had a very successful start to this transitional season of Spring! We have achievements to be proud of but still have work to do! As we look ahead to May and June we are excited for:

  • May 6 – Sir Isaac Newton Physics Exam
  • May 12 – Gauss Contests (grades 7-8)
  • May 13 – Chem 13 Contest (grade 12)
  • May 20 – Avogadro Contest (grade 11)
  • May 24 – Victoria Day (school closed)
  • Jun 15 – Last day of school! (school closes at 12:00 p.m.)

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KEEPING P.A.C.E. | JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2021

KEEPING P.A.C.E. | JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2021

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January and February hold so many celebrations for families – New Years, Family Day, Valentines, Lunar New Year and so many more. As we write this blog we hope that you all had a chance to celebrate each other! If 2020 has taught us anything it is that the people we hold most dear must be celebrated and cherished.

Most of January and February was spent with virtual learning so once again we want to thank you P.A.C.E. family for being so adaptable to changing times – we appreciate YOU! We know it’s not easy to adapt but you are all doing great! Let’s jump into some highlights:

JANUARY + FEBRUARY HIGHLIGHTS 

January started with some ‘jaw’some work from our Grade 3s as they started their Theme on Oceanography. Virtual learning didn’t stop our students from experimenting to learn about salinity and buoyancy! The class did two experiments looking at the effect of salt on an object’s ability to float. In the first experiment the class put an egg in water and continuously added salt to see how many teaspoons it would take to make the egg finally sink— the result was 15 teaspoons!! In the second experiment, the class made a boat out of a juice box and then added pennies into the boat to see how many would sink the boat once the salt was added—the result: 0 tsp salt = 40 pennies and 15 tsp salt = 52 pennies! Students made hypotheses for each and recorded their observations through charts and drawings.

Our Grade 1s were engaged and excited about learning the concept of buoyancy as well however through a different lens! As a part of their Theme unit on Properties of Matter, the Grade 1s created aluminum boats and tested their boats on water. Then, they found small items to load onto their boats to test its weight capacity. Some boats could even hold the weight of a few avocados! Impressive work! The Grade 1s went above and beyond to add their own creative designs – schooner or later however, we had a sinking feeling the boats would go under!

Our Grade 6s were busy expanding their french language and presentations skills in January. As part of their project “Des Canadiens et Canadiennes Célèbres” the Grade 6 students researched a famous Canadian person and presented their work in French. These are some of their amazing presentations and we learned alot about French Canadian celebrities! Félicitations 6e année, vous avez très bien travaillé!

February kicked off in a positive (and negative) way as our Grade 6 students learned to make binary ionic compounds using positive and negative ions! A binary ionic compound is composed of two different elements – one which is metal and one which is nonmetal. Each student was assigned a cation or anion to create new compounds by combining them with opposite ions. Then, students had the opportunity to write chemical formulas and names for their new combinations! Nothing quite like creating a new compound!

Our Grade 1s were up to some very hands-on and creative projects! As a part of their Buildings, Structures, and Transportation Theme, the Grade 1s became experts on the mode of transportation they are most interested in. With a written report, 3D model, and presentation, this project was no easy ‘race’! Way to go Grade 1s, your work was ‘Zoom’tastic!

February also brought A JOYFUL WELCOME BACK to in-person learning!! We love the sounds of children in the halls and laughter in the classrooms! It’s so nice to have you back at the school!

SETTING THE PACE

We have had a very successful start to 2021. We have proven our adaptability, perseverance and tenacity to learn (we’ve also had some fun along the way)! As we look ahead to March and April we are excited for: 

  • March 5 – Term 2 report cards distributed
  • March 24 – Grade 12 graduation photos taken
  • March 25/26 – Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • April 2- Good Friday (school closed – no classes)
  • April 5 – Easter Monday (school closed – no classes)
  • April 9 – School closes at 12:00 p.m.
  • April 12 to 25 – Spring Break (school resumes on Monday, April 26 @ 9:00 a.m.)

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