2019-2020 Productivity and Initiative Log

Are you a driver or a passenger? Are you the horse or the cart? Successful people are inspired and self-motivated. They do not wait around for others to tell them what to do next; they are perpetually engaged in seeking out opportunities to enhance their own passions and skill sets. Historically, schools have not been organized to cultivate individual student initiative. From the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, conformity and standardized syllabi have been the norm as they are tightly linked to institutional efficiency. Well, the world has moved beyond Ford's 'assembly line' mentality and responsible schools, like RSGC, are doing their best to adapt their practices accordingly to include incentivizing individual students' initiative.

In addition to my commitment to you as a class, I am also committed to each of you as individuals. I will continually update the table below over the course of the year as a reflection of my support for your personal growth within our Engineering and Design disciplines.

In a nutshell, think of this year as a tech internship, at the end of which one or more of you may be offered a permanent position. This is the reality you are heading into so condition yourself for it in ICS4U.

For example, here is a sample of the initiatives that increase your productivity standing:

Outcomes that lower your productivity standing,


ACE Anticipated Program Domains DES Days/Wk Productivity Progress +Initiatives/-Backwards
J. Dolgin

(Waterloo, Queens)

3 65% +Prusa Maintenance and MMU2 Upgrade (3-4h)
+TA interest
+mentoring two design understudies (JL and JV)
+Fusion 360 Instruction to peers
+repeated modifications to DDB Case
F. Fatola

Computer Eng.
(Waterloo, Queens, Mac)

2 54% +TA interest
+brought all DES exhaust fans up to speed
+practiced hard after school for BCD unsigned
J. Lank Electrical Eng.
(Queens ECEi)
3 59%
+TA interest
+support for Prusa upgrade
+Mastercraft Sander
+Inquired about the transformer for his DC/AC inverter
+SMD Introduction for two Grade 10s
+set up all soldering stations
+Watched AOYUE video on his own time.
C. Macdonald Mechanical Eng.
(Queens,Waterloo, UofT)
3 53% +interest in developing a USB keyboard or mouse
+short discussions and simple trials on 7-segment display
L. Mazzuca
(Windosr, Dal, Concordia)
4 53% +brought DES power bars up to speed
+practiced hard after school for BCD unsigned
+strong, visible, ISP efforts
M. McCutcheon
(Queens, St FX)
2 55% +Interest in helping Mr. D. with Grade 7 intro to TinkerCAD
+repaired 3 of the 6 faulty DMMs
J. Parker
(Queens, St FX)
3 50% +rearranged DES furniture :)
-forgot to see me when requested to after reading email
S. Peterson
Computer Eng. (RMC)
Actuarial Sc. (
4 56% +TA interest
+after school mastery of the Binary Challenge: Unsigned
+helping stranded club members with Binary Challenge
+support for Ms. Hubbs' enriched clubbers
E. Pyper
Queens, Waterloo)
3 52% +suggested alternative Canadian sources for Prusa products
-Unsigned challenges
+casually initiaited progress on Solar turntable
+Corrected Mr. D. on his pronunciation of UNO
(It's OOOONo, not You Know)