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Whole School: One-to-one computing presents an exciting time at the Prep; Principal Jim Power reappointed for third term; Donald Wright Scholarship for an outstanding music student

Primary: A message from Tom Babits; A message from Form 3; A message from Form 4

Middle: Message from Bernard Lecerf; Forms 4 to 6 and Form 7 plays on Nov. 22 and 23; Anti-bullying week and Pink Shirt Day

Intermediate: Message from Derek Poon; Brian Burke will be guest speaker at Nov. 26 assembly; Coffee with Dr. Power

Senior: Message from Scott Cowie, head of Senior Division; Brian Burke will be guest speaker at Nov. 26 assembly; Never Swim Alone on Nov. 28 and 30

Future Ties: Important upcoming dates; Last training session for Ontario applications; Are you checking your junk mail?

One-to-one computing presents an exciting time at the Prep

Our kindergarten boys were born after the first iPhone was introduced. Many students have never seen a cassette tape or audio CD. Camera film is an unknown entity entirely. Our boys are growing up in an era in which technology is changing at a rapid rate.

We're preparing students for a world that we know little about and we have no idea what technology they'll be using when they graduate. We're at a point where technology is ubiquitous in the lives of our students. Our technology focus is on supporting learning and preparing students for the future by helping them develop skills and strategies that allow them to: be creative; communicate; gather and share knowledge; collaborate; solve problems; and stay organized.

We're excited to announce that the Prep will join the Upper School in having one device per child, otherwise known as a one-to-one computing environment. Starting in September 2013, we'll implement a configuration of laptops and tablets to support the age-appropriate information and communication technologies curriculum in our Prep classrooms.

Parent and student focus groups will be a part of the process for planning the implementation of this initiative. The program will include the devices, appropriate software licensing, tech support and support for curriculum development and implementation. Information will be forthcoming at an information session, open to all parents, which is scheduled for the spring.

We're excited about equipping our students with the resources necessary to prepare them for learning and working in the 21st century.

Don Kawasoe, head of the Prep and Upper Schools

Principal Jim Power reappointed for third term

Jim Power

On behalf of the board of governors, I'm pleased to announce the board has unanimously voted to renew principal Jim Power’s contract for a third five-year term.

Under Jim’s leadership over the last eight years, UCC has realized tremendous achievements and development in its educational mission. He's placed great importance and emphasis on character development in the education of UCC boys and introduced a new mission statement that made the phrase “We believe in boys” synonymous with UCC’s high-quality reputation.

In 2007, he and the board unveiled a bold strategic plan for the College which emphasizes the importance of providing “big school” opportunities and facilities, while ensuring the care and support of a “small school” environment. In support of that plan, a new teaching and administrative structure focused on providing individualized learning and attention for each boy was implemented successfully in 2009.

During the rollout of the strategic plan, UCC reaffirmed its commitment to boarding as central to the life of the College. The boarding program is currently experiencing a renaissance and reinvigoration of its programs and facilities, and the community of boys in boarding is becoming increasingly integrated with the day population, enriching campus and student life.

The strategic plan also calls for increasing accessibility to a UCC education. To that end, half of the recently launched $100-million Think Ahead campaign goal is earmarked for needs-based scholarships. Jim has played an integral role in the campaign’s current and growing success, with nearly $74 million raised to date. I expect over the next few years — thanks to Jim and the team of committed senior volunteers — we’ll see even more significant gains towards our top campaign priorities, including the renovations of classrooms and laboratories at the Upper School, support for innovative new programs and professional development of our first-class faculty.

Jim is a visionary who has pushed UCC to new heights while remaining true to the long and distinguished legacy of the College. He's well known for his drive and passion for the school and his unwavering commitment to student success. Jim is also one of the most approachable and affable heads of school, who has built and strengthened relationships with UCC’s community of parents, Old Boys, students and friends. On a personal note, I have especially enjoyed his sense of humour and wit, and his Power Point blog has become a weekly must-read for me and my family.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Jim has a bachelor’s degree in English from College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in the art of teaching from Boston College, and an Ed.D in educational leadership from Boston University. He also attended Columbia University on a Klingenstein Visiting Heads Fellowship. Jim started his career in independent schools in New England and taught at both the elementary and high school levels. For 11 years — and preceding his move to UCC and Canada — he was head of Georgetown Preparatory School, a boys’ school in North Bethesda, Md.

This is outstanding news and an exciting time for Upper Canada College and the community. We congratulate Jim on his reappointment and look forward to building on his significant contributions in the future.

Andy Burgess ’83
Chairman, UCC board of governors


Donald Wright Scholarship for an outstanding music student

Do you know of an outstanding student who is also passionate about and committed to music who would thrive at UCC? We would appreciate your helping us find him by spreading the word about this opportunity of a lifetime.

The Upper Canada College Donald Wright Scholarship is available to an exemplary music student currently in Grade 7, 8 or 9 and who lives within commuting distance of UCC. This scholarship was established to provide full financial assistance to an outstanding music student to attend the Upper School (Grade 8 and above) who would otherwise not have the financial means to attend. Please view and/or download our brochure for more details. Printed brochures are also available upon request.

Please contact Chantal Kenny at ckenny@ucc.on.ca or the office of admission at 416-488-1125, ext. 4123 for more information. The application deadline is Friday, Dec. 7 for September 2013 entry.

Thank you for spreading the word.

Festive Marketplace is on Dec. 7

Save your holiday shopping for Festive Marketplace, UCC's fabulous holiday show and sale. Check out our website for a list of fun activities, spectacular vendors and ways to get involved.

Silent Auction

We need items. If you have event tickets, electronics, sports equipment or something else you can donate, Festive Marketplace would really appreciate it. Please email uccfmsa@gmail.com if you're able to make a donation.

Volunteers Needed

Please contact Marcy Muchnik at muchnik@rogers.com if you can help out in any way. Shifts are needed for the full day of Festive Marketplace and for setting up in the afternoon and evening before the event. It’s fun and any help you can give is appreciated.

Calling All Bakers

We would love your homemade nut-free treats for the Festive Marketplace bake sale. Please consider baking some cookies, brownies, squares, cakes, pies or anything you like. Drop-off for baked goods will be on Thursday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 7. Please email simoneodendaal@gmail.com or astrid_player@hotmail.com.

Come and join the conversation at our Parent Book Club sessions

All parents of boys in Senior Kindergarten to IB2 are welcome.

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Aug. 22, 2012, hardcover

When: Monday, Dec. 10, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Colborne Room in Upper School

RSVP to Julia Rosefield at jrosefield@ucc.on.ca.

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence. Success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But Paul Tough argues in How Children Succeed that the qualities that matter most have more to do with character and skills like perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control.

Mary Gauthier, Wernham West Centre for Learning executive director

UCC recognized for commitment to Terry Fox Run

A representative of The Terry Fox Foundation will present UCC with banners to honour the school’s 30-year commitment to the annual Terry Fox Run at the Monday, Nov. 26 Upper School assembly.

CAS director Lorne Young says that this year’s community run on Sept. 16 raised more than $200,000 to fund cancer research, while The Terry Fox Foundation’s Christopher Henry reported that on-site participation and fundraising was up 20 to 30 per cent over last year.

You can see photos from the Sept. 16 run here.

UCC Prep and Upper School students took part in a Terry Fox Run of their own on Sept. 28 and raised $15,344. You can continue to donate to this worthy cause until March by visiting this site and specifying that your gift is intended for the UCC Forest Hill event.