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Toronto Catholic District School Board

We've started experience 3. Learning about the  news industry via  the  Globe and  Mail.

 

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Like all Beyond  the Classroom Experiences, there have been many many emails to get things set up. For those so interested you can scroll to the bottom of this email to see some (not all of this process- and name and emails of those who helped us have been taken out.)

 

Pictures and student work to follow.

 

For now, two things.

 

1. Today's padlet where you will include one WOW idea for an article in our school newspaper. You could also include thoughts around the logistics of the newspaper. Who our audience for the paper should be? Will we sell the paper?

 

https://padlet.com/StSylvester/globeandmailday1 

 

2. Our Format for our news reporting  each day.

 

 

Immersion into the world of Newspapers
Each day choose an article and do five  things  for  it
1.   Explain the big idea of the article

 

2.   Give one relevant  fact to the big idea

 

3.   Identify one source and what they say about the issue
4.   Give two  different  perspectives explained  in the  article
5.   Give your own opinion on the big  idea
 
E.g
Saturday, November 25  Pg. A6    Ontario seeks to make online betting  more novel.   By Shawn  Jeffords
 
Big idea – Ontario  Lottery and Gaming  Commission wants  to expand its online and mobile sports betting  capacity. This could lead to some  rather interesting bets.
Fact – Could include bets  like “When  will  Donald  Trump be impeached” or  “What will the  name of  the next royal baby be?”
Source-  Charles Sousa (Minister of  says they have to be careful not to increase gambling problem.
 
Perspectives – This will be good for people looking  for something fun to do.
Vs
This  will cause problems in gambling.
 
My opinion  - I’m ok with this idea. I think it’s good to allow people to have fun things to do. Of course, I don’t have a gambling  problem so I need to be aware that for some this  could be addictive.
 
Day 2
 
We've started moving towards getting our Community newspaper together.
 
Our Day 2 padlet for you to track your ideas is here
 
 
Mitzi snapped some pictures today that will soon be posted.
 
And....if you're looking to help out, remember we need to get an email ready to start our advertising process. Something like "Hi My name is *******. I'm a Gr. 7/8 student at St. Sylvester. We're doing a Beyond the Classroom experience at the Globe and Mail and our current goal is to create and circulate a school newspaper. We were hoping you would be willing to advertise in our newspaper.
 
That's the start. Now you complete it by including WHY they should advertise with us - what's in it for them. Also include our beyond the classroom website and anything else you think is important. Email me your ideas at roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org
 
Looking forward to reading your thoughts and thanks in advance for contributing.
 
Mr. Fernandes 
 
We're ready to make our paper go live. Draft 2 articles are being critiqued on Wednesday at the Globe and Mail. Now let's think of other ideas for the paper.
 
Comics (Melissa)
Story time ("fake news"  Erika
Where's Waldo?  Diana
Book  recommendations  Aiden
Crossword puzzles/Sudoku  Derrick
Word of the Day  Nare
Bible Passage
Question of the Day  - Clara
Top Wonders Answered - Sasoon
Brain Teasers - Cameron
 
Day 4 - We had an excellent presentation from Jason today about how pictures are chosen for the newspaper. It really got our mind going. Jason and Sonali also both took at look at our draft 2s for our newspaper. We are now moving into Draft 3 phase. Some of the articles we're considering are
 
Food reviews
Toronto Slang
Editorials
Beyond the Classroom Satire
Top Christmas gift ideas
Book or Movie reviews
Secret Lives of Teachers
 
All Draft 3s are due by Friday, December 8 at 10 pm. Email your work to roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org AND brian.meli@tcdsb.org
 
The 3 big idea newspaper reports are due on Monday, Dec 11 as is our reflection padlet https://padlet.com/StSylvester/globeandmailday4
 
If you reached this far, we encourage you to have a look at our final copy of the newspaper
 
 
 
The documentation process
 
Day 1, Monday, Nov 27: Our National desk’s deputy editor Madeleine White would be happy to talk to your kids around 10 am about how we decide what to cover. We thought this might be useful before they come to the noon news meeting, where different editors talk about what they are planning.
 
Day 2, Wednesday, Nov 29:  Melissa Stasiuk, who oversaw our social media team and now oversees our web operations, to talk about the Globe’s transition from a print newspaper to a media organization in the age of social media. About 10 am.
 
Day 3, Thursday, Nov 30: Stephanie Chan, who works in our custom content division, will talk to the kids about the ethics of advertising. About 10 am.
 
Day 4, Wednesday, Dec 6: Jason Chiu, deputy head of presentation, will talk to the kids around 10 am about decisions we make about what images to present on the front page and elsewhere in the paper.
 
For the final artifact, we thought we would ask each of the presenters to give the kids Three Things to Remember when doing their job. The kids can then apply that when they put together a newspaper.
 
Does that sound ok to you/in line with how you would like this to go?
 
All the best,
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester)
Sent: Sunday, November 5, 2017 8:20 PM
To:
Subject: RE: St. Sylvester Globe and Mail: Beyond the Classroom
 
Hi  Sonali and Hannah,
 
Teacher and I  have just  finished going over the  plan.
 
Day 1  -we’re fine  as  is.  Is there any  chance of sitting in  on  a newsroom meeting  as we discussed.
 
Day 2 – Brian is fine with the history of newspaper but wanted to slant  it for sure towards social media.
 
Day 3 -  I can’t recall what we said the Ethics of advertising would be
 
Day 4 -  The  pictures for front page news sounds  good to both  of us still.
 
Final question is whether  there is anything you would suggest for the classroom newspaper. If this is going to be our final artifact, it would be good to have something  on each of the four days connecting  back to   publishing  the  paper.
 
We’d likely have different groups of 3 taking  on ideas such  as
 
Front page news – important happenings  at the school and community
 
Editorial page – taking  on issues of importance
 
Advertising  - not sure how to take this one on but we’d like to
 
Sports – school sports AND community  sports.
 
Comics? We’ve been talking  a lot about political cartoons
 
We’re thinking  every student or group will also add one photo and  caption (from our Day 4 learning)
 
That’s where we are for  now. Open  to suggestions or thoughts.
 
Thanks
 
Roy
 
 
From: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester)
Sent: Thursday, November 2, 2017 3:53 PM
To: >
Subject: RE: St. Sylvester Globe and Mail: Beyond the Classroom
 
10 am sounds great Sonali. It’s just about how much traffic the bus faces getting down there.
 
The teacher and I are meeting this weekend and we may have some follow up suggestions for you by Monday.
 
Thanks again. Very much looking forward to our time at the Globe and Mail.
 
Roy
 
P.S. Brian, I’ve reposted what we talked about in terms of Day 1 to 4 below. Let’s confirm this Sunday.
 
Day 1: Writing process as it pertains to the newspaper industry – this could include coming up with  stories that matter; the writing process with a focus on idea development and editing; and deadlines. You had mentioned sitting in on a newsroom meeting. Both  the  teacher  and  myself are absolutely psyched by this  if it is possible.
 
Day 2 – Changes in the newspaper industry over time – this could include a look at the history of the Globe and Mail and extra emphasis on how social media has changed the  industry – facebook, snapchat, twitter, Instagram, etc
 
Day 3 – Ethics of Advertising.
 
Day 4 (wasn’t sure if you are able to give us four days but if….)  - The finished product -   Really intrigued by your ideas around how pictures are chosen for the different stories and what makes the front page.
 
Our final artifact will likely be a student published newspaper where we will try to apply the lessons learned from our time with you. In a perfect world, we’d like to get feedback from the Globe and Mail on the student newspaper as it is in process.
 
 

On Jul 28, 2017, at 10:35 AM, :
Thanks for this note, Roy! Yes, it was great chatting with you the other day and getting to know your objectives.
 
Sonali and I will discuss, see what’s possible on our end and get back to you with some thoughts, hopefully by end of next week.
 
Have a wonderful weekend, talk soon,
Hannah
 
On Jul 28, 2017, at 9:39 AM, Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) <roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org> wrote:
 
Hi to you both,
 
Thanks for the  invigorating  conversation the  other  day. I’ve talked to both  teachers and we’re  thinking we’ll have our Gr. 7/8 class take part in  this experience since they’re the older grade.
 
Our thoughts  on the guest speakers/plan for each day would be as follows:
 
Day 1: Writing process as it pertains to the newspaper industry – this could include coming up with  stories that matter; the writing process with a focus on idea development and editing; and deadlines. You had mentioned sitting in on a newsroom meeting. Both  the  teacher  and  myself are absolutely psyched by this  if it is possible.
 
Day 2 – Changes in the newspaper industry over time – this could include a look at the history of the Globe and Mail and extra emphasis on how social media has changed the  industry – facebook, snapchat, twitter, Instagram, etc
 
Day 3 – Ethics of Advertising.
 
Day 4 (wasn’t sure if you are able to give us four days but if….)  - The finished product -   Really intrigued by your ideas around how pictures are chosen for the different stories and what makes the front page.
 
Our final artifact will likely be a student published newspaper where we will try to apply the lessons learned from our time with you. In a perfect world, we’d like to get feedback from the Globe and Mail on the student newspaper as it is in process.
 
We realize that all of the above will depend on which speakers are able to commit and what time you are able to give us. We are also open to any month other  than Sept and Nov. Our preference would be Oct or  January but we will go with what  works best for you.
 
I’ve attached the contract from the only group we used one with last year  , and in terms of demographics, the most recent whole school report had indicators such as 37% of our students born outside of Canada, 60 % with a second language spoken at home, 30% with a low family income. There  is not an actual breakdown of ethnicity but from taking a quick look at the class list for our gr. 7/8 class, I would say 25% Pilipino , 20% south east Asian; 20% west indian/ caribean;  the rest are a scattering of Chinese, Iranian, and European. Please let me know if there are other demographics you were looking for.
 
We’re very excited for the possibilities and I’m grateful for your willingness to consider welcoming us in.
 
Talk/Read  from you soon.
 
Roy
 
From: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) 
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 2:54 PM
To: 

Subject: RE: St. Sylvester and Globe and Mail
 
Great to read  this Sonali. Best time  on the 24th would  likely be after 10 am.
 
Our programming needs are fairly  simple. For the 3 or 4  days that  we’re there, we’d  just want  a speaker  who could talk to  the students (likely our Gr. 7/8 class – 12 and 13 year olds) on different  topics pertinent to media. Maybe one day about the changes in the newspaper industry over  time; one  day on how  writers start their  pieces and  the  pressures and time constraints they  face (great for the last minute  homework students  to hear!); one day on editing; one day on the actual  printing of the newspaper. These are just suggestions and definitely open to other topics you and Hannah might suggest.   We generally recommend the talk is no more than  30 minutes to keep  the  students’ attention span.
 
Other than  the  30 minute  speaker, we’d just  need a space where  our students  can work on their own research  related to the newspaper industry. We’re  low  maintenance  and can  work in whatever small  space you can spare. Wifi would  be very helpful.  A likely final artifact will be the production of their own newspaper so might  be neat to speak to someone  about advertising, cost of producing the paper etc.
 
What we often  tell people  is  that  since this  is a pilot project we’ve undertaken, our direction is very flexible. The underlying vision and goal is to have students engaged in their learning while basing  the learning  in the  Ministry curriculum. For the Globe and  Mail that  would mean centring our learning  in the writing process, advertising  and the  economics  of newspapers.
 
Hope  this somewhat  helps and will look  forward to talking to you more on the 24th.
 
Roy
 
From:
Sent: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 1:46 PM
To: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) <
roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org>;
Subject: RE: St. Sylvester and Globe and Mail
 
Dear Roy,
 
Hannah and I are excited about doing this and would like to chat with you about it.
 
We’d like to understand how we can make this as memorable and useful as possible for your kids and get some specifics on what kind of programming you would require from us, so that we can line up the resources needed to make this work.
 
Could we call you on the 24th? Is there a particular time that is good for you?
 
All the best,
 
Sonali.
 
 
 
From: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) [mailto:roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 4:44 PM
To: Sung, Hannah
Cc: Verma, Sonali
Subject: RE: St. Sylvester and Globe and Mail
 
Thanks for the reply Hannah. Will look forward to speaking  with you and  Sonali. My cell # is 647-229-6892. I’ll be away for a week from July 15-22 so if you’d like to talk before  the  end  of  the  week, that would be my best bet before July 24th.  As  an  aside, we’re  a very low maintenance group and would be  thrilled to  make  this work  in  whatever small way possible. I can  also see a business venture for the  Globe in this if  that appeals  in anyway….yep I’m trying  to sweeten the  pot!
 
Talk soon.
 
Roy
 
From: 
Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 3:48 PM
To: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) <
roy.fernandes@tcdsb.org>
Cc:

Subject: St. Sylvester and Globe and Mail
 
Hello Roy,
 
Nice to meet you. I’m a journalist at the Globe, as is my colleague Sonali, cc’ed on this email.
 
We received your message via Oliver Moore. Sonali and I are going to discuss whether this is something we can organize here at the Globe.
 
It would be nice to make a time that we could chat with you on the phone.
 
Will get back to you later this week to set up a time.
 
Thank you for reaching out to us,
Hannah
 
_____________________________________________
From: Fernandes, Roy (St Sylvester) 
Sent: Monday, July 3, 2017 2:59 PM
To: 

Subject: Beyond the Classroom Experience St. Sylvester
 
 
 
Hi Oliver,
 
My name is Roy Fernandes. 
 
I’m the principal at St. Sylvester Elementary school in Toronto. I’m emailing in the hopes of setting up a Beyond the Classroom experience with The Globe and Mail next year.
 
This past school year we had 8 different Beyond the Classroom experiences including 4 days at Sick Kids, Young People’s Theatre, Development and Peace, and Cieslok Media. As well, we had single day visits with the TTC, Pearson Airport and Billy Bishop Airport as part of our transportation unit.
 
The main goal of the program is to help make learning more experiential for our students. We found that the learning journey really came alive for students by being on site with authentic speakers (rather than learn through a textbook or visiting speaker).
 
Our needs are fairly limited. We ask for a space where our students can work (generally 25 students) with wifi access if possible for a 3 -4 day period. We also ask for speakers from the organization to talk to our students for no more than 25-30 minutes each day. As an example, at Sick kids, one day a speaker talked about the history of Sick Kids, a second day was about the various jobs at SickKids. A third day related to budget and the final day was about the future of health care. We will work with you on the topic choices and honestly have found that it’s not a lot of  preparation needed by the organization, as often times, the students questions (which we send in advance) provide the direction for the conversation. For The Globe we’d want to focus on the business of newspaper publishing, marketing, and from you the writing process. 
 
Our budget is mainly used for bus transportation but we understand that as a business, your time is valuable and we’d be willing to work with you to figure out a mutually agreeable fee if necessary. I also know there might be someone else I should talk to but we found your article from April 1st on City Building very intriguing and we’re hoping to maybe tie in a visit with you to some time with Jennifer Keesmat or someone from her department on urban planning. I have also sent an email to Marcus Gee as we’ve used his articles in the class in the past as well.
 
In the interest of not taking up too much of your time, I’ll end my email here but sincerely hope you’ll be willing to consider our request. We see it as win win . A win for the students to be immersed in authentic experiential education and a win for your organization by helping to expose the future leaders of our society to your organization’s mandate.
 
I look forward to hearing from you soon and am more than willing to talk by phone (647-229-6892) or in person.  If you want to do further reading, I’ve given you a brief blurb about the project as well various web links below.
 
Thanks for your time in reading.
 
Respectfully (and hopefully)
 
Roy
 
Roy Fernandes
Principal
St. Sylvester
260 Silver Springs Blvd
Toronto, ON
M1V 1S4
(416) 393-5373
 
Learning does not take place just within the walls of the classroom. Learning can, and should take place Beyond the Classroom. Our pilot project this year with our  Gr. 5/6 class aimed to immerse students in authentic experiential education. We wanted our students to be engaged in what they were learning.  You can talk about government, or you can visit Nathan Phillips Square and see the toll road debate in action while talking to your city councilor and the mayor. Why discuss health care when you can go to SickKids and see it in action? Food and nutrition are great but why not actually make some creative snacks for the whole school. Transportation is a neat topic but how much neater when you can watch the runway at the Island Airport and see the Communications Centre live and in action at the TTC.
 
Our program won two awards (one from the Ministry of Education and one from the School Board) and received close to $8000 for the program so we can guarantee it will continue next year as well!
 
You can read about our other experiences on our school website. Seriously … go check it out.
 
Learning is meant to be exciting and enjoyable, and when you go Beyond the Classroom…. that's EXACTLY what happens. 
 
Blog post explaining how the program came about
 
 
Blog post documenting the original plan
 
 
Start up this year
 
 
 
First experience from this year
 
 
Webpages on each experience this year