Some Important Information

• NLVA Juvenile B Girls’ Volleyball Provincials in Clarenville this weekend
• Sr. Girls’ Basketball Regionals at RIA Wednesday, March 4th
• NLVA Juvenile A & B Volleyball Provincials in Clarenville on March 6th & 7th
• March 6th – Term 2 Ends
• March 16th – St. Patrick’s Day Holiday

Lunches scheduled for next week:
Monday: Spaghetti, cookie & juice
Tuesday: Chicken Wraps, cookie & juice
Wednesday: Sobeys Pepperoni Pizza, cookie & Juice
Thursday: Tacos, cookie & juice
Friday: Grilled Cheese, cookie & juice

If you are able to help with these lunches please contact Sandy at the school.

Winter Clothing
Primary & Elementary students are asked to please bring along winter clothes as they will be going outside some days during lunch time. Please dress warm for the winter temperatures.

Eastern Health Coalition Supports RIA
*Random Island Academy would like to thank Eastern Health Coalition for their continued support and contribution to our Athletic Program. We have received another Grant in the amount of $500 to use towards athletic equipment.

RECYCLING INITIATIVE
Just a reminder to parents and guardians to avail of the recycling initiative at the school – it’s a great way to help fund any school associated costs that you need to pay. Remember to inform the depot when you get there that you are donating to Random Island Academy (green team), and don’t forget to take your slip. Beer bottles can be returned, but there is no “match” on them.

SCIENCE FAIR
The Science Fair will be held on March 10th here at the school. It is opened to the public and grade 7 – 9 projects will be judged. Other Science Class work will be on display as well.

You Can Download the Entire Newsletter Here:  February 26th

 

RIA Comes Up Short At Boys Basketball Regionals

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On Thursday Our Senior Boys Basketball team played off against Swift Current Academy for the chance to go to the SSNL A Boys Basketball Provincials. It was a great afternoon of basketball that saw two teams play very well in back to back games .  RIA came out flat in the first game and struggled with their offense against a tough SCA defense.  The final score was 53 – 34 in favor of SCA.  The second game was much closer as RIA pressed for the entire game and the score went back and forth until late in the second half when SCA’s size and skill took over;  they controlled the offensive rebounding and shot extremely well from the field.  The final score was 55 – 47.  RIA would like to thank Swift Current Academy for traveling to our school and displaying great sportsmanship and skill, and we would like to wish them all the best at Provincials.  For the second year in a row RIA earns the silver at Regionals, but showed great improvement and competitive spirit.  We would also like to congratulate Marcus Whalen who was selected as the sportsmanship winner for this event.  Finally, we wish to thank our officials, Vince Mulrooney and Jon Stone, our scorekeepers, our coaches Mr. Cook & Kenneth Dalton, and all our parent and student volunteers who made this event possible!  THANK YOU!!!

RIA Has Great Showing At Random Lions Speak-off

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Four students from Random Island Academy competed at the Random Lions Speak-off at the Lions club in Elliott’s Cove last night.  Lions Club members, judges, parents, and guests were entertained by speeches about the effects of social media on today’s youth, the validity of awards shows such as the Oscars and the Grammys, Internet addiction disorder, and the impact that last Fall’s shooting in Ottawa had on our country and its people.  All four speeches were great and our students represented our school very well.  In the end the judges awarded 1st place to Joanne Hart (Gr. 12), 2nd place to Melanie Reid (Gr. 12), 3rd place to Patrick Bowering (Gr. 11), and runner up to Taylor Martin (Gr. 10).  Our students all gained valuable public speaking experience along with Plaques/medallions and cash prizes.

Random Island Academy would like to thank the Random Lions Club for their continued commitment to public speaking and for being such fantastic members of our school community.  Your organization has long supported our school and its students and we are very grateful!  We look forward to the Intermediate and elementary Speak-offs coming in the Spring!

A Very Busy Time at RIA

We have finally reached our last day of Midterm exams.  We have had some bad luck with the weather and that has pushed exams forward.  We also had a very productive and valuable teacher in-service on Inclusive education on Tuesday.  We are a phase 6 school and are looking at all the good things we have already been doing in this area, as well as collaborating to find better ways to facilitate teaching and learning in our building.  RIA was very pleased to have visits from Regional office Personnel, Dan O’Brian, Sue Howell, and Colleen Abbott, and we had an informative visit from Christine Kennedy who is facilitating our transition into Inclusive Education.  It was a great day of Professional Development that will help us better our school community!

Our Last Midterms will be written today and all students in the high school will be back to regular classes and routines tomorrow.  Midterm Exam results will be posted in Power school once all exams have been completed and evaluated.  We thank you for your patience!

We would like to wish our Table Tennis team good luck as they travel to Heritage Collegiate today to compete in the SSNL Regional tournament.  We also have three teams traveling this weekend as our Junior Boys and Girls Volleyball teams are traveling to St. John’s to compete in the NLVA Provincials.  Our Senior Boys basketball team is set to kick off its 2015 season with an invitational tournament in Marsytown; it is an eight team tournament and should be a great weekend of Basketball.  Look for updates on twitter!  GO CRUSADERS!!!

A Few Notes From the School…

Winter Clothing
Primary & Elementary students are asked to please bring along winter clothes as they will be going outside some days during lunch time. Please dress warm for the winter temperatures.

Hockey Helmets/Skates
Mr. Baker is looking for skates and hockey helmets for the Athletic Program at the school. If you have any that you don’t need anymore and would like to donate them please contact the school.

RECYCLING INITIATIVE
Just a reminder to parents and guardians to avail of the recycling initiative at the school – it’s a great way to help fund any school associated costs that you need to pay. Remember to inform the depot when you get there that you are donating to Random Island Academy (green team), and don’t forget to take your slip. Beer bottles can be returned, but there is no “match” on them.

Midterm Exam Information

Please be advised that Levels 1-3 students at Random Island Academy will have Mid-year exams during the week of January 26-30. In preparation for these exams, it is very important that parents and students be aware of the following information:

Preparing for exams: Mid-year exams make up a significant portion of the mark for the courses
involved. The exams are worth between 15 % and 20% of the year’s final grade. Equally as important is the fact that these exams will help to prepare students for final exams by reviewing approximately half of the years work, and providing practice for students in writing formal exams. It is imperative that students MUST take these exams as seriously as they take final exams. Failure to do so will result in the students having a lower mark going into their respective final exams reducing the chances of high achievement in their final grades.

Courses involved: Formal mid-year exams will be held in courses that have a public exam, or in level 1 and 2 courses that lead to a public exam in level 3. You will also note that regular Unit exams and other evaluation have been scheduled during this week for various other courses not on the public exam track. Students in these courses will be required to write these exams at the times scheduled. The exam schedule attached lists all courses that have mid-year exams as well
as other pieces of evaluation scheduled.

Schedule: During the week of January 26-30, Level 1-3 students will be required to be in
attendance only at the times that they are scheduled to write exams or complete other scheduled evaluation only. As students are expected to be able to study/prepare for exams at home on a regular basis, they will be permitted to leave school after their exams to study at home – students will not be required to be signed-out during this week. Our bussing schedule and policies involved will not change during the mid-year exam week – we can only provide transportation home for high school students at the normal time of 2:45 PM. Study rooms will be provided for students who remain in school. Students will not be permitted to roam the building/school grounds or otherwise disrupt the operations of the school, which will be in normal operation for students from Kindergarten to Grade 9.

Weather Closing: In the event that school is cancelled during a regularly scheduled exam the
following procedure for rescheduling exams will be followed:
– The rescheduled exam will be bumped and held in the next session that school is open.
– This will affect all exams scheduled that are left to write as all will be bumped by the number of sessions that school is closed. For example, if school is closed for one session (ie. One morning OR one afternoon) all exams will shift by one session. (For example, if school is closed on Monday morning, the exams scheduled for that time will be held on Monday afternoon, those scheduled for Monday afternoon will be held on Tuesday morning and so on for the remainder of exam period. Example 2 – If school is closed all day Tuesday, Tuesday morning’s exams will be held on Wednesday morning and Tuesday afternoon exams will be held on Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday’s exams will be held on Thursday and Thursday’s exams on Friday. If any exams have to be rescheduled from Friday, then the Monday of the following week will be used as an exam day. ANY EXCEPTIONS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON VOCM 710, and schedule changes will be communicated through our Synervoice phone system.

Missed Exam: Mid-year exams are formal exams, and as such students must write the exam at the time scheduled. A student who misses such an exam will only be excused with a note explaining the reason for the absence.

Given the importance of these midyear exams, we strongly suggest to students that they take these exams seriously and put forth the best possible effort, seeking assistance from their teachers where necessary. We also urge parents to encourage their high school children to put forth a major effort in preparation for these exams. Failure to do so will make it much more difficult for students to be successful in achieving the best possible marks in their courses.

Important Note *FOR GRADES 10-12 ONLY!!*
During midterm exam week, all senior high courses (gr. 10-12) are suspended. Midterm exams are an important part of a student’s academic performance and as such, we will endeavor to assist students to perform better by providing a supervised study/work area throughout the day. Whereas there are no scheduled classes, and we appreciate the fact that many students may prefer to study in their own surroundings, students will be permitted to leave the school at their own discretion in order to study. Regular classes will resume Monday, February 2nd.