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University of Toronto National Biology Competition
Over 4000 students in 276 schools competed in this year’s National Biology Competition. Congratulations to Alex Chen for scoring in the 99th percentile. He has received a National Biology Scholar with Distinction certificate for scoring in the top 50. Another amazing achievement was that of Angeline Yasodhara who scored in the 95th percentile.
Ask A Laureate Event at University of Toronto
60 Grade 12 chemistry attended the Ask a Laureate Lecture Series this semester where they were enlightened on topics relating to nanomaterials for disease detection, quantum chemistry, enzyme inhibitors and spectroscopy. Three of our own AY Jackson students were presented with certificates and awards for his prize winning essays:
Karen Yeung 3rd Place for her essay on Enzyme Inhibitors in the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease
Ziyan Chen 3rd Prize for her essay on The Work and Vision of Michael Smith
Fariha Hoque Honorable Mention for her essay on John Polanyi; A Man of Great Chemical Discoveries
The prize winners were also invited to attend a luncheon with the U of T Laureates.
National Chemistry Olympiad/ Canadian Chemistry Contest
Congratulations to George Liu, Andy Huang and Liam Tay Oen for participating in this prestigious contest.
CHEM 13 University of Waterloo Contest
Over 2000 students took part in this International Competition. Special congratulations go to George Liu for placing in the 99th percentile. George was awarded with a prize, a certificate and the potential for the Chem 13 News Research Award if George chooses to study at the University of Waterloo. George ranked 14th within Canada. Congratulations to Agnes Sebastian (85th percentile) and Henry Tse (84th percentile).
Avogadro’s University of Waterloo Contest
There were 3804 students who wrote the Grade 11 International Contest. Congratulations to Audrey Fang for placing in the top 96th percentile. Congratulations to He Lu (88th percentile) and Mary Chen 86th percentile. Audrey was presented with certificate and a prize.
CHEM Club Activities
This year AY was privileged to have such an involved Chemistry Club. Students performed colourful experiments and spectacular demonstrations all year long to celebrate many events such as Junior High Feeder Night, Halloween, Christmas, AY Jackson Science Olympics and Spring Fling. Congratulations to all CHEM club participates. A special thank you goes to all the lunch time peer tutors who provided support all year long.
Canadian Physics Olympiad
Chris Ni was selected for the shortlist for the Canadian Physics Olympics Team. He just missed the final cut which would have allowed him to go to Copenhagen.
SIN (Sir Isaac Newton) Contest
Chris Ni and Ray Wang finished in the top 1%. Six AY students finished higher than the 90th percentile.
OAPT Contest (Grade 11 Physics Only)
Chris Ni won the contest beating out several thousand contestants. Alvin Huang and Shawn Stankovitsch finished in the top 2%.
AAPT Contest (American Association of Physics Teachers)
Chris Ni finished #1 in Canada for all Grade 11s, 8th in North America. AY Jackson as a school finished first in the Regional Division. This was the school's first year in this competition that is also known as the Physics Bowl.
Toronto Science Fair
AY Jackson students competed earlier this year at the Toronto Science Fair hosted by the University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus. Gini Chin won a Bronze award for her experiment on Cystic Fibrosis cells through Sick Kids’ Hospital. Jace Murjani and David Chen were awarded Silver for their project on an innovative and environmentally-friendly portable toilet. Finally, The Life Award and Silver medal was received by Vivian Chu for her project on an innovative tourniquet.
A.Y. Jackson's Science Olympics
AY Jackson celebrated its second annual Science Olympics in April for our Junior High Students. On arrival they were entertained by a smoke cannon, burning bubbles and cool experiments with liquid nitrogen. Over 50 AY student volunteers helped to initiate, organize and run the day. The three events featured Clicker Trivia where the contestants were challenged on their knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Astronomy, Earth and Space Sciences, inventions and local contributions to science, a Bridge Building challenge and the AYJ CSI Forensics Mystery Caper.
A.Y. Jackson hosted its second Mental Health Week May 13th through the 17th with events that promoted discussions around mental health. Events included guest speakers from YouthSpeak who shared powerful first-person testimonies about living with a mental illness and getting help, a lunchtime forum of representatives from various agencies and support services to answer questions and offer informational materials, and a performance by TTYL which addressed stigma and common misperceptions about mental illness in youth. Parents were also treated to a presentation on mental health by Dr. John Ng at the Parent Council meeting in April. Over 400 students and 30 teachers participated in the week’s activities.
Thank you to everyone who made the week such a success! Mental illness affects 1 in 5 people at any time. An estimated two thirds of young people are not receiving the help they need. Don’t be afraid. Get the help you need. You are not alone.
The Music Department has been a constant flurry of activity throughout this past semester. York University hosted the Ontario Strings Association annual Music Festival, and our Senior Chamber Orchestra competed successfully and was invited to Nationals! The spring music nights were a spectacular culmination of the hard work and dedication of all the music staff and students. The variety of musical styles and groups made a show that had something for everyone to enjoy. Merit awards were distributed and the major music awards were given to Kevin Yang, Suphaangan Sabanathan, Fenny Wang, and Jonathan Wen.
The newly elected music council executive is already making plans for the 2013-2014 school year, which promises to be just as eventful as previous years. Jackson parents can be very proud of the tireless efforts of their children.
On June 7th, the Grade 12 Writer’s Craft students under the leadership of Ms. Klug, hosted a novel launch party to promote the novels that they wrote for their culminating activity. The event was a huge success and featured a string quartet from the Music Department, close to 600 students attended, and the atmosphere was buzzing with electricity. Best of luck to these aspiring writers.
On June 11th, the English Department is holding its second annual “English Elite” celebration to honour 47 students for their academic excellence in English. These students achieved 90% or higher in their English courses at A.Y. Jackson. To achieve a 90 or higher in English, these students have demonstrated:
The students who have achieved these honours, will celebrate with their English teachers at a pizza luncheon in which they will receive a certificate in appreciation of their talents in regards to the English Curriculum.
The English Department is also proud to announce that in the fall we will be taking 85 Grade 11 students to see a Stratford production of Othello. Othello is one of the major texts that is studied in the ENG3U course. This will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance their understanding of Shakespeare through viewing a live performance.
The department has also received a number of visits from former students who have returned to Jackson to tell us how well they were prepared in essay writing to meet the demands of their post-secondary assignments. At Jackson, the English Department strives to prepare our students for the challenges they will face in their studies by offering a quality program that is consistent, informative, and meaningful. Students who take all of their English credits at Jackson are much better prepared for their post-secondary careers as they can produce higher quality writing and read and infer information from a wide variety of sources.
The Sports season ended with a thrill as the Ultimate Frisbee Team, consisting mostly of graduating students, came first in their division. This led to a first round win in the playoffs against Northview and the semi-finals and final being hosted at Jackson. After a nail-biting game, the Jackson team succumbed to Mackenzie ‘A’ after a score in overtime.
On May 30th we held A.Y. Jackson’s 43nd Athletic Banquet, which officially marks the end of the year. Superbly organized by the Athletic Council, the hugely popular event took place once more in the Cafeteria and was attended by 100 students and staff. A very memorable evening paid tribute to the year’s star performers. Mike Chen was awarded the Junior Boys Athlete of the Year, with Katy Lee receiving the Junior Girls Athlete of the Year Award. The Athletic Council President Richard Yu received the D.N. Hazel Leadership Award, while Robin Li and Nicole Shigeishi each received the Athletic Scholar Award.
Coming up to the winners’ podium once more, Richard Yu was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the Senior Girls Athlete of the Year Award went to Becky Song.
In some ways 2012/2013 has been a challenging year for athletics at AY Jackson but a combined effort from students and coaches brought the year to an end on a high note. Our thanks to the following teachers and coaches for their unstinting support:
Mr Lezon and Ms Yung – Boys’ Volleyball
Ms. Kirk and Mr Lezon - Girls’ Volleyball
Ms. Field – X-Country
Mr Georgiou and Mr Hendrickson – Boys’ Hockey
Mr Phillips – Boys Basketball
Ms. Vokas, Ms. Dean, Ms. Melessanakis, Mr Takada – Ultimate Frisbee
Ms. Spigelman – Girls’ Field Hockey, Girls’ Flag Football
Mr Gallagher- The Fitness Room
Mr. Ruston – Boys’ Soccer, Girls’ Soccer; Ultimate Frisbee