UMCA High School Newsletter - September 17th, 2020

Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF) 

Due to COVID-19 the annual Ontario Universities Fair was cancelled. 


Logging In 

Please make sure you are able to log in to your Office 365 Account and to the school’s Moodle ( It is extremely important that all students know how to log in. Please spend time this weekend to navigate the UMCA website and look at all of its features. We are here to assist you through this process. Please get into the habit of checking the website every week as teachers constantly update their messages. 


How to log in 

All our students have a personal account in Office 365 and in our UMCA Moodle. In our Moodle, you can find your courses, your marks, and also can send messages to your teachers. All new students received in the past weeks an email from Microsoft "on behalf of your organization". In that email, you have your child's username and password. Please follow these steps to log in: 

  1. Go on your browser to Office 365 Log In 

  2. Put your username and password which you've received in the email from Microsoft 

  3. Once you are logged in you will see different icons, the 'Outlook' icon is for emails, the 'OneDrive' icon is for documents. 

  4. Open a new tab and go to (close the COVID-19 window) 

  5. Click on "Log In" at the top bar (an error announcement might appear, click on "continue") 

  6. Now you are inside the Moodle in your personal account. On the left side of the screen, you will see the courses you are taking. 

  7. Click on the course name, and it will take you to the home page of that specific course. There you can find every week update from the teacher about the work done in class, and the homework is given. When clicking on "grades" you will find the student's marks. 

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Ms. Ariela in the main Office. 


Changing/Dropping Course 

If you wish to drop out of a course or change a course, you must first speak with Ms. Irina. No changing or dropping of courses will be noted without Ms. Irina’s approval. 


Cell Phones 

Please note that cell phones in class are not allowed. We will confiscate phones used during class. 


High School Student Body Elections 

The time is approaching and student body elections are near! Students have taken it upon themselves to run this completely student-lead activity in order to make the school atmosphere a better and warmer place for all students. The positions available are president, vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and events co-ordinator. Please stay tuned! 


School’s regulations 

Please pay attention to the following reminders of the school’s regulations: 

    • Plagiarism is unacceptable in all circumstances and will be treated equally in all situations. Any plagiarised work will immediately be awarded a grade of zero and no opportunities to make up or redo the assessment in question will be given. Should a student repeat this offence a meeting with the principal, parents, student, and teacher(s) will take place in order to discuss the student’s future at U.M.C.A Rich Tree Academy. 

    • Regular attendance at school is critical for a student's learning and achievement of course expectations. All teachers will keep a record of attendance which will be reported on the students' report cards. 

    • Students are expected to attend every class on time every day unless there are valid medical or otherwise extenuating circumstances of urgent nature, which must be excused by the School Administration. 

    • All absences must be approved at least one week in advance to provide time for the teachers to adjust the students’ academic assignments accordingly. An unexcused absence refers to a situation in which a student misses an academic class without permission from the school and will not be tolerated. Teachers will provide academic support during and after the academic day. However, faculty cannot provide support during absences not sanctioned by the school. 

    • Teachers will issue warnings to students acquiring a large number of absences. This will serve to update the student on their attendance record and discuss how we may work together to rectify future situations. 

    • Should a teacher schedule break times for classes 2 hours in length or longer, students must comply with the time set forth by the teacher. Should a student fail to return to class on time from a set break, they may not be permitted back into the classroom for the remainder of the class. 

    • Teachers at UMCA have a variety of options to deal with late or missed assignments. We respect the professionalism of our educators and want them to select an approach that fits their situation and builds their students' confidence, responsibility and time management skills. These options include setting up peer tutoring, holding parent conferences, preparing a full year calendar for major assignments, setting up student contracts and having major assignments due in stages. 

    • Deducting marks — and even assigning a grade of zero, based on the Ministry's Drop Due Date Policy— can also be done, but it should be a last resort. 

    • We feel it right to fully explain how and where your marks are being generated. Communication is key, and we strongly believe that our website does a great job in showcasing your progress, as we have specifically designed it to be easy to comprehend. 

Yom Kippur 

Please note that on Yom Kippur, Monday, September 28th, the school is closed and there will be no classes. 


UMCA wishes you all a wonderful weekend!