Parent News: 

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World Cadet Chess Championship:

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Two grade 6 Zion Heights students are representing Canada in the World Cadet Chess Championship 2018, in Santiago, Spain! 

Max C.and Jeffrey Z. are presently the top 2 rated grade 6 students in Ontario by CMA.

Seneca Hill Chess was happy to present both students with a $100 scholarship each for now. Good Luck to the players! 

 

Welcome Back Information: 

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Good Afternoon Parents and Guardians, 
 
I would like to welcome all our students back to Zion Heights MS and hope that everyone had an enjoyable first week. Your child received a first day package that contained a number of important forms and informational items. Please assure you fill out these forms and have your child return them to their Homeroom Teacher by Wednesday September 12th 2018. Currently we are experiencing some difficulty with Cash Online. We are asking parents to send in a cheque instead of using cash online application.
 
Below are a few items for your information
 
  • Parent council meeting is September 26th 2018. Please go to the Parent Council page to find information on the council and how to join. 
  • The Terry Fox Run will take place on September 20th
  • School Photo Day will be on September 21st
  • Our first fire drill will take place next week.
  • The Nutrition Program/Breakfast Club will begin on September 17th in room 105.
  • Curriculum Night is on Thursday September 27th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. We look forward to seeing all of you.

 

Coding @ Zion

 

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Interesting in coding? We are pleased to inform you that our School will be offering Computer Coding classes from Hatch Canada as part of our Extra-Curricular programs this term.

Program Benefits:

● The students will learn how to write computer code in Javascript in a fun and engaging way.

● Students will also be able to sign-in at home and continue developing their skills, showing-off to their friends and amazing their parents.

● Hatch’s self-paced and mastery-based platform allows students to choose their own projects to build from themes like Minecraft, Star Wars, Disney, Art, and more.

● For all experience levels!

For more information, please download the Hatch Registration Package

Getting Ready for 2018 - 2019 at Zion 

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Click the link to find the information letter detailing the early September procedures and other basic information for a smooth start to the school year. Details about school start times, early expenses, and other information can be found below: 

Letter to Parents

 

Come Celebrate 50 years of Zion on May 26, 2018

On May 26 2018, Zion Heights will be celebrating its 50th anniversary with an open house style celebration. Festivities include a silent auction, decade themed rooms, food & refreshments, and more! 

Check out the full brochure: here.

Science Rendezvous Competition: 

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On Saturday May 12th, 8 teams (21 students) came to the University of Toronto to participate in Science Rendezvous. Science Rendezvous is a competition open to all schools across Canada, and asked students to answer critical questions around Space. The students worked extremely hard to create incredible poster boards presenting their ideas around Space. After multiple rounds of judging, Zion Heights Middle School was awarded first, second and third place for the Elementary panel! Congratulations Zion!

 

TDSB CHESS FINALS RESULTS: 

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On Friday, May 4th, Zion Heights students from Grade 6, 7 and 8 competed in the TDSB Chess Finals. Congratulations to Zion's junior team members of Alexander S., Charlie S., Helen L., Charles Q., John Y. and Kevin Z. for placing second in TDSB.  Zion's intermediate team of Jonathan Z., Wing L., Joey Q., Eric W., Michael W. and Thomas W. placed first in TDSB by winning all rounds of competition throughout the day. Some members of our chess teams will be moving onto Ontario Individual and Team Chess Competitions held in Toronto.

 

Scarborough Math Olympics Success!

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On Thursday April 12, 2018, eight Zion Heights MS students participated in the Scarborough Math Olympics. There were over 120 students competing in the math contest in three categories, including individual, pair and team competitions. Seven out of eight students placed first, second or third in individual competitions in their respective grades, and Zion Heights grade 7 teams placed first and second in the team competition and our grade 8 teams placed first and second in their grade competitions as well.

 

 

Zion Badminton Team Reaches 1st in Regionals! 

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Zion's newly created badminton team has placed first in TDSB regionals! Way to go team! 

 

 

Intermediate Chess Success

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Zion Heights also won first place in intermediate chess competitions in TDSB regionals. Our junior team placed second in TDSB regionals as well. Both teams will be moving to the finals.

 

Zion's Gr. 6 Students Bring Home the Math Pride!

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The Canadian Math League has just released its 2017 - 2018 Contest Score Report and Zion Heights was ranked in the top 3 of 184 schools. The Grade 6 students who participated in the contest earned a team score of 147. This was just 1 point shy of second place. 

The Top 5 Schools: 

1. Unionville Montessori School - Score 152

2. Academy for Gifted Children - Score 148

3. Zion Heights JHS - Score 147

4. Havergal College (Junior School) - Score 142

5. Charles Howitt Public School - Score 140

 

Congratulations to our Grade 6 contestants on a job well done! 

 

Flood Risk Management 

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Spring Safety Message: Exercise Caution Near Waterways

Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) urges residents to keep family members and pets away from the water’s edge this spring

(Toronto, March 8h, 2018) Conservation Authorities are reminding residents of dangers that exist near streams, rivers, ponds and lakes around this time of year and urge people to keep family and pets away from the edge of all waterways.

Spring is quickly approaching, and with warmer temperatures, people look forward to getting outdoors. Warmer temperatures generally also bring rain, melting snow and shifting ice which can contribute to higher, faster flowing water in watercourses.

With warmer temperatures over the past few weeks, we have already experienced significant snow and ice melt in our watercourses throughout the Greater Toronto Area. However, the river and stream banks remain slippery and may be unstable and the extremely cold water temperatures can also lead to very hazardous conditions close to any body of water. Also, with the frozen ground conditions and intense rainfall that may accompany Spring conditions, the flows in TRCA watercourses will be faster and higher than usual.

Please keep family members and pets safely away from any water’s edge and help make this an enjoyable Spring.

 

February Newsletter 

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The latest Zion Newsletter is live on the web. Check it out: here

To hear the student created game music described in the newsletter, please download (right-click and save as) or access the following music files on your browser:

1. Intro

2. Main Menu

3. Debriefing

4. Park Theme

 

Supporting Children in a Crisis

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Linda Campbell from the social emotional learning resource team has put together a blog with a variety of resources for parents and teachers to utilize during crisis situations. Check out the blog: here

Mono Cliffs Trip Update

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Due to inclement weather in Orangeville the Gr. 7 Mono Cliff trip has been postponed until April. More news and updates will follow as we get closer to the date of the trip. 

 

Virtual Library Learnmark 

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Download the learnmark: here.