Watch the Video from the Original Post in Sept 2015

Gr. 7 Learning Commons Orientation Video!!! Weclome to St. Joseph H.S. LC!!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Vicki Grant Author Visit to LC was a huge success!

St. Joseph Learning Commons hosted Canadian Award Winning Author Vicki Grant on Friday November 5th!

Vicki spoke to 200 students over 2 hours and read from her latest book Small Bones from the Orca Book series named Secrets.  Check out the blog here to learn about all seven books in the Secrets series.  Secrets Orca Blog

Student Testimonials:  
"Thanks so much for all the insight into the writing world! So Inspirational"
"Thank you so much for coming to our school!  All your books are really imaginative and creative!"
"Thank You for making my year as Becky Wickwire's Dirty Secret was the best book ever!"
"Thank You!  Can't wait to read your books!"
"Thank You for coming Vicki, I'm definitely reading your books!"

Special Thank you to the Administration, Student Success and the Writer's Union for paying equal portions of the speaking fee to allow Vicki to visit our school.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Join the 7/8 Second Annual Robotics and Engineering Lego Club on Fridays at lunch in the Quiet lab!

Sign up in the LC!  The cost is $90.00 for 10 sessions. We are preparing for the Robotics and Engineering Challenge at the Glebe Community Centre in March 2016!

Go Jagwirz!!!

Check out the White Pine Reading List for 2016! Bring your lunch to our first meeting next Thursday in the LC!

White Pine Reading List on OLA's Website

Forest of Reading List is Out!!! Come to our first 7/8 Red Maple Reading Club meeting next Thursday!!! Sign up in the LC

Red Maple Reading List on the OLA Website 

Join the Sport of Reading Kids Quiz Lit Club!!! We are in training for the competition at Elmwood School on January 18th, 2016!

The Kids’ Lit Quiz is an annual literature competition for children aged 10 to 13. 

It puts readers onto the stage and lets them compete for fantastic prizes.

Challenge yourself with some Quiz Questions below:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The LC is now on Instagram! Look out for more summer reading suggestions to be tagged tomorrow....

Instagram  The LC is using social media to promote reading for sure to tag your favorite titles on Instagram!!!

Taco Tuesday Red Maple Year End Celebration in the Quiet Lab

Our Red Maple Reading Club had a successful year!  We had over 55 members join and over 25 students read all 10 titles and many read 8+ !  As a group, our students read over 300 books!!!

Friday, May 22, 2015

LC Summer Reading Twitter Contest! Win a Taco Tuesday Lunch for Two @ Mucho Burrito!

LC Summer Reading Contest: 

Tweet #jagsummerreads with your reading recommendation to enter the summer reading contest.  

Teens who tweet the most reading recommendations will be entered into a draw for a Mucho Burrito lunch for two. 

 If you do not have a twitter account, fill out a paper ballot and give it to library staff and we will tweet them from the LC account.  

Take out these books which will be on display in the LC in June!  Keep them all summer long to read and return in September!

Follow SJH Learning Commons @ SjhCommons  and read this summer!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Digital Citizenship Human Library is May 6th in the Learning Commons!

Red Maple and White Pine Voting Results

White Pine Reading Club Results:
5 White Pine voters out of 15 Readers
The Reading list was:   Apparition, Tagalong, Creeps, The Unlikely Hero and Audacious from the list of 10.

Apparition 2
Tagalong 2
Creeps 1

Red Maple Reading Club Results:
21 Red Maple voters out of 55 Red Maple Readers

7 Rule of Three
5 Unspeakable
4 Boundless
2 Zomboy
1 Comicbook War
1 Deadman's Switch
1 How to Outrun a Crocodile when you shoes are tied.

Hot Docs Film Festival was a HUGE success!!!

This week we had 2071 students and staff view the following Hot Docs in our LC, Quiet lab and classrooms:

Christmas with Don Cherry  559
The Crash Reel 556
David and Me 123
Enjoy Poverty 126
Herman's House 71
Mugshot 124
Songs for Alexis 65
The Starfish Throwers 195

Thank You to all students and staff who supported this media initiative!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Voting Day for White Pine and Red Maple is Today April 28th

Be sure to vote in the LC for your favorite book from our 2014-2015 Reading List!

Be sure to review your favorite book by checking out our club blogs @


You must have read 5/10 novels to be eligible to vote today and all 10 novels to obtain an Academic Award in June.

Keep Reading Jags!

Hot Docs Film Festival Apr 23-May 1

Docs For Schools films engage students with issues of our day, offering vital ideas, critical questions and new perspectives outside the mainstream media and school textbook. Teacher-prepared education packages with valuable background information, creative lesson plans, and links to the Ontario school curriculum are provided for each film.

Now Playing in the Main Library, the Quiet Lab and in classrooms:

David and Me

The Crash Reel

Enjoy Poverty

The Starfish Throwers

Christmas with Don Cherry

Herman's House

Mug Shot

Songs for Alexis

Monday, April 13, 2015

Writer's Craft Children's Literature Inquiry Challenge

Students evaluated a box of over 30 books each using co-created criteria in Google Docs.
Oliver Jeffer's How to Catch a Star was the overall winner in the Canada' Reads style debate.

The Day the Crayons Quit was a tied for second place with We Are in a Book and Not a Stick.

It's a Book had an honourable mention for its appeal to both parents and children.

The Giving Tree was selected for its appeal to parents.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

What Apps are students using for Education?




Google Docs

Verse Fest Poet Visit to the LC! Arleen Pare 2014 Governor General's Award for Poety

On Thursday, March 26th, 100 students from Gr. 11 and 12 English classes and the Gr. 12 Writer's Craft class visited the LC to hear guest poet Arleen Pare speak about writing and poetry.  She shared her inspirational story of taking up poetry at age 50 and winning the GG prize a decade later!  
There is always time to pursue your dreams, so dream big!

LC Dance Party to Beat the Blahs!

Students of St. Joseph took a five minute break from class at 1:30pm to have an impromptu dance party and beat the February Blues!

Gr. 7 & 8 Read-a-thon held February 19th

Over 75 students spent the day in the LC reading for pleasure!  They raised $1300 for new print resources for the library.  Students played old school board games and watched a documentary on the sinking of the Empress of Ireland.  Award-winning author, Caroline Pignat was our guest author and she spoke about writing process for creating her novel Unspeakable, written to commemorate the anniversary of the greatest marine tragedy of Canadian history.

Overdrive Training in the LC

Red Maple Reading Club Field Trip to the History Museum

On March 12, 2015,  Govener General Award winning author, Caroline Pignat led students from Immaculata , St. Paul, St. Mark, St. Joseph, Notre Dame and Mother Teresa HS through the Empress of Ireland exhibit at the History Museum.  Students completed a scavenger hunt and were entered into a draw to win a poster, commerative booklet or an authographed copy of Unspeakable written by Pignat to mark the 100 anniversary of the sinking of the passenger ship.

5th Annual Robotics Challenge Sun March 1st

St. Joseph sent two teams to participate in the 5th Annual Robotics and Engineering Challenge at Mutchmor PS on Sunday March 1st.  Team Jagwirz placed second for Robot Design!