Friday, 21 December 2018

Sagonaska Using iMovie

A small group of students (Quinten, Mason, Noah, and Thomas) displayed their tech. skills in the creation of short video capturing some of the best moments of Sag in 2018. For many weeks these students have captured pictures and short videos with their devices, and transferred them to iMovie to create a collage. Students developed their understanding sound editing by capturing interviews, and seamlessly adding them to the underlying track of the video beautifully. Not only do these iMovie skills open avenues of opportunities these student will use for culminating assignments next semester, but it allows them to be creative in displaying their school pride.

Here is a link to the video.

Tuesday, 18 December 2018




The staff and students from Sagonaska Grade 7 Boys would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Click to check out our snowball fight.

Click to check out Grandma (Tiffany) getting run over by reindeer.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Sag Takes on 6Social Project

On Thursday (December 13th), John Scully from 6Social facilitated a great day of collaborative learning at Sag.

During the day, students and staff worked on:

1) Developing collaboration skills
2) Identifying the biggest challenge we face as a school currently

1. Developing collaboration skills:

The day was filled with several team building activities that were fun, challenging, and very engaging for our students. The goal of the activities was to develop the essential 'six c's' of 6social.

Students were able to put the 6social theory of effective communication, critical thinking, creativity & imagination, citizenship, character education, and collaboration to practice.

After each team building activity, staff and students were able to reflect on aspects of the 'six c's' that went well and share feedback on how to improve next time. Students were taught about how these 'six c's' can translated to other aspects of their life.

Here is a link to a clip of how two students displayed excellent collaborative skills when given the task of making a paper airplane with one hand.

2. Identifying the biggest challenge we face as a school:

Early in the day, students were given the opportunity to share in small groups what aspects of Sagonaska they were passionate about, as well as the major challenges they face at Sag.
John facilitated a discussion in which all students and staff took part in identifying the biggest challenge.

We look forward to John rejoining us in the new year, as we embrace the opportunity to collaborate and find solutions to our biggest challenge at Sag. Just like every student at Sag works on their learning disability to become better learners, we as a school are excited to confront our current challenge so we can continue to grow stronger.

Here is a link that will allow you to check out what 6social and all their current initiatives.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Using Technology Effectively at Sagonaska

This week in learning circle we discussed the importance of using our technology effectively. Students were asked to reflect on their current use of technology and were given key advice on different ways of managing their organization through their devices to be more organized and less distracted learners. Today we consolidated our learning with a Kahoot, in which the students were tested on what the strategies they have learned this week. 

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Short Busy Week

Short Busy Week

November 15/18

As it was a short week because of the Remembrance Day holiday we had a lot of activities pushed into 4 days.
Both Sr. and Jr. volleyball teams continue to practice hard for the upcoming tournament here on campus on November 29th.


 On Wednesday the St. John's Ambulance Therapy Dogs came to visits all of the students. Everyone enjoyed petting and getting to know the dogs. The handlers also spoke about how a dog becomes a therapy dogs and what they do.


 Wednesday evening a few Grade 8 boys, a couple of Sr. Boys and all of the Grade 7 Boys went to a Belleville Senators game. Everyone enjoyed a spirited contest between Belleville and Utica, everyone was cheering loudly. Belleville pulled out the win in a shootout 5-4. Go Sens!!!

Thursday as always was Family Night. Like most weeks a number of families joined for us for dinner and a swim afterwards.

As you can see we had a very busy week in the residence programs. Have a great weekend.

Mark Whalen
Sagonaska Grade7's


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Sagonaska Student Review Meetings

Over the next few weeks each of our students will be presenting at their fall review meetings.  This is an opportunity for students and Sagonaska staff to share their progress with parents and home school teachers and administrators.  For most kids, presenting in front of a group of adults can be a daunting and fearful task.  Students provide support to each other by taking the time to openly acknowledge obstacles and find strategies for success together.

Thursday, 11 October 2018


October 11, 2018

On Wednesday the Sagonaska Grade 7's went for a hike at Sager Conservation Area. They boys burned off a lot of energy climbing the tower and running through the woods playing manhunt. We had hoped to see some wildlife, however 8 twelve year old boys can be quite loud when given the freedom to run around in the woods. 

Mark Whalen
Sagonaska Grade 7's

Sagonaska Using iMovie

A small group of students (Quinten, Mason, Noah, and Thomas) displayed their tech. skills in the creation of short video capturing some of t...