Just as in class sessions in Boulden House, our teachers are committed to engaging our Junior School students (Grades 5-8) in learning through our TCS Connect e-community program. Offering synchronous and asynchronous programming, our students see and speak with their teachers and classmates daily.
The Junior School schedule is aimed at creating a sustainable, balanced timetable and putting reasonable limits on screen time for our students. Highlights include:
- Non-instructional Wednesdays – “Community Wellness Wednesdays”
- Each morning wraps up with a final homeform
- Daily office hours for all faculty
- Community building options including: Read & Relax, Hearts & Mind Project, Boulden’s Got Talent and Friday Assembly.
Click here for the Junior School schedule.
The Junior School meets weekly for assembly. We come together as a community to promote school values, communicate upcoming events and activities to all students, and celebrate students' achievements in community service, athletics, the arts or academics. Assemblies provide a forum for student performances and special assemblies may also be held to recognize occasions.
Chapel services are an important part of life at Trinity College School. Chapel is led by our chaplain, Canon Don Aitchison, and is designed to encourage the spiritual and moral development of each student. It also reinforces the community feeling that is such a vital part of daily life at TCS.
Classes, Homework & Assessments
While students may have some homework to complete outside of class time, it is intentionally being minimized to manage the amount of time our Junior School students are spending on screens each day. Students are encouraged to read for at least 30 minutes a day and be physically active for a minimum of one hour a day (preferably outside, if it is safe to do so).
Final report cards will be distributed on Monday, June 29th. Our teachers will primarily use assessment for learning (formative assessment) to gather evidence of how students are progressing in their learning and to provide feedback. They may also use selected assignment marks to inform final grades. Students will not be penalized for any learning challenges that e-learning may present, but at the discretion of the teacher, student marks may increase where evidence exists of growth and understanding.
After considering issues surrounding student wellness, academic integrity and authentic learning, formal exams will not take place in June. Instead, teachers will make use of summative assessments and projects in late May and June to further generate evidence of learning during the period of online learning.
Parents with questions about any of these issues, are invited to contact Director of Curriculum Colin Powles (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How online video classes work
- Following our schedule, students go to their class in Edsby or Google Classrooms
- Students will click the link to Google Meet and join their teacher and classmates by videoconference
- Learning goals for the day will be shared
- Students will then complete different learning tasks, some together online with their teacher and classmates, others by themselves
Online learning tips
- All courses meet using the video conferencing platform Google Meet
- Always mute your microphone when not speaking
- Be aware of your background, everyone can see your surroundings
- Ensure your workspace is well-lit
- Use the chat function to ask questions
Digital Citizenship & Etiquette
In order to ensure a beneficial learning experience for all, TCS has some put in place some expectations for our students in our learning environment.
- Students are to wear clean casuals and no hats
- Tone and language online should be the same as it would be in a classroom
- Continue with our common courtesies; respect and kindness first
- Please note that by joining any school-based Google Meet, you are automatically consenting to be recorded (classes are being recorded so that, for example, students who live in significantly different time zones and cannot participate live will have access)
- For Junior School students, the Digital Citizenship Guidelines apply.
Questions or feedback
If parents have questions about their child’s learning, they should contact their child’s homeform teacher.