DSBONE Bulletin Board

Stories from 2012-2013

January 29, 2013

Family Night at Bertha Shaw PS

The Parent Advisory Council at Bertha Shaw Public School held a "Family Fun Night" the evening of January 28th. Principal Tanya Vincze said the school had a great turnout and the weather was perfect! Activities included skating on the school ice rink, snowshoeing in the school yard, completing an obstacle course in the gym, eating a healthy snack and completing some fun activities that encouraged the awareness of healthy eating.

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January 29, 2013

Board Formulating New Strategic Plan

District School Board Ontario North East has begun the process of consultation to develop a new Strategic Plan. Trustees have been meeting with Superintendents in open public meetings to discuss long-term goals, priorities, and an overall strategic direction for the Board. Educator Marilyn Gouthro attended as special guest. Gouthro has worked with Boards across the province in facilitating important discussions on governance and leadership.

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January 28, 2013

Cultural Opportunity for Cree Students

Porcupine Ski Runners was abuzz with activity recently with a visit by the Cree students at Schumacher Public School. The grade 1 to grade 6 students did some snowshoeing and learned to track large animals as part of the Native Languages curriculum. Cree teacher Aileen Felsher said it was a great cultural activity.

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January 24, 2013

A Team Effort at Haileybury PS

Due to the recent developments at Haileybury Public School, classes needed to be relocated to New Liskeard Public and Timiskaming District Secondary schools. What seemed like a miracle in moving staff and students can be explained by the outstanding teamwork and positive participation from teachers, educational assistants, custodial staff, our IT team and parents. The flexibility and positive attitudes of all involved clearly demonstrated our commitment to our students. We had a successful first day as part of our larger family with NLPS and TDSS. Way to go team!

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January 23, 2013

NLPS Students Still Cookin' Despite Cold Weather

It may have been too cold for buses on January 23rd, but students were still cookin' at New Liskeard Public School. Grade 4 to 8 students had a blast making their own pizza in the food lab at TDSS. Kids were led by Mr. Stewart and had a lot of fun making dough and dressing their pizzas as the temperatures outside dipped well below -30°C.

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January 21, 2013

Respect and Love from Ms. Graham's Students at TDSS

Ms. Graham and the students of her Expressing Aboriginal Cultures and Aboriginal Beliefs, Values and Aspirations in Contemporary Society courses at Timiskaming District Secondary School participated in a nation-wide project entitled, "Project of Heart." The project engages the students in an act of reconciliation to honour children who lost their lives at residential schools. The students focused on commemorating the children who lost their lives at the Federal Hostel in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. They decorated hundreds of tiles for the project, each one in memory of a life lost.

As the students learned the history of residential schools, there were many feelings of anger, frustration and sadness. This compelled them to do something. The gesture of reconciliation the students were able to offer in decorating the tiles gave them a way to send love and healing to the survivors and to the families of those who lost their lives. Ms. Graham is extremely proud of her students, not only for their dedication to producing tiles with beautiful imagery and messages of hope and love for the children of the Federal Hostel in Cape Dorset, Nunavut, but for their dedication and respect while learning about residential school survivors and what they endured.

"It was a learning experience for us all," said Ms. Graham. "I wanted to be sure the students were receiving an accurate and honest history of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, that was also engaging. Project of Heart had the most impact on the students of everything we studied all semester." At the end of the year, Ms. Graham asked the students to write about what they would take with them from the course when they leave. Everyone said they had immense compassion for residential school survivors and their families and a deeper understanding of their history. We all hope the Canadian government and Canadians alike make a continued effort to reconcile and promote healing of all residential school survivors and their families.

As a second gesture of reconciliation, students took part in social justice action by signing Amnesty International petitions to stop violence against Indigenous women and girls. They also took part in Shannen's Dream, in support and of the dream Shannen Koostachin put into action years ago, taking steps to ensure First Nation, Inuit, and Métis children have the same educational opportunities as other Canadian children.

The students were excited to learn that their tiles will be housed in the permanent collection of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg. A slide show of pictures from the class and a profile of TDSS' efforts can be found at the Project of Heart website.

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January 18, 2013

Extreme Team – Temiskaming Shores 2012 Team of the Year

Back in June 2012, 185 students from New Liskeard Public School, Englehart Public School, Charlton-Savard Public School, Kerns Public School and Haileybury Public School competed in a 5 km obstacle course called The Beast. After 10 weeks of training, these athletes were able to hurdle bales of straw, army crawl through dirt, sprint up steep hills, weave through spider webs, trot through tire runs and carry heavy jugs of water. Everyone finished with a smile and a gold medal. For their tremendous efforts, the athletes and coaches of these Extreme Teams were awarded with the 2012 Temiskaming Shores Sports Team of the Year by the Temiskaming Speaker. HOO AHH team!! You deserve it!

December 21, 2012

Schumacher PS Supports Food Banks

Students at Schumacher Public School collected nearly 300 food items to donate to the Timmins and South Porcupine food banks. The three classes that collected the most non-perishable goods were given the opportunity to decorate Miss Hall, Mrs. Felsher and Miss Myllymaki at the Christmas assembly on December 21st.

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December 21, 2012

Haileybury Students 'Create Change'

The grade 1/2 class of Mrs. Boisvert and Mrs. Belanger (EA) at Haileybury Public School recently participated in Canada's largest penny drive. The goal of the drive is to provide sustainable sources of clean water to third world communities. The efforts of Mrs. Boisvert's class resulted in a $75.00 donation, which will provide clean water for three children!

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December 21, 2012

Clayton Brown Christmas Luncheon

You could smell the aroma of turkey throughout Clayton Brown Public School on December 18th when the school celebrated its 8th annual Christmas luncheon. Students, staff and volunteers were treated to a turkey meal with all the trimmings. A big thank-you to all of our volunteers and happy holidays from Clayton Brown Public School!

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December 21, 2012

Pinecrest PS Food Drive

Throughout the month of December, Mrs. Reid's grade 4/5 class ran the food drive for Pinecrest Public School. They created posters and wrote morning announcements to promote their project. In the spirit of giving, they generously offered one of their gym classes as a reward to the class that brought in the most food items. This led to an impressive donation of 899 items for the Timmins Food Bank. Congratulations on a job well done!

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December 20, 2012

Food Drive a Huge Success

On December 19th, students and staff from École Secondaire Cochrane High School continued the school's proud tradition of the Cochrane Cares Food Drive. Over 1500 contributions of non-perishable items for the Cochrane Food Bank were collected to build a "mountain of food" on the school's stage. Students were driven around town by volunteer bus drivers on buses generously provided by Leuschen Transportation and First Student Canada. Thank you to the residents of Cochrane who opened their hearts and their cupboards to their neighbours!

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December 20, 2012

Christmas Wish Campaign

Students at Timmins High & Vocational School helped to make the season brighter for 8 families in the city. Through the school's Christmas Wish Campaign, participating homerooms collected food and gifts for the chosen families. Students loaded up the gifts and distributed them on December 20th.

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December 19, 2012

W.E. Miller Celebrates the Holidays

Over 350 students at W. Earle Miller Public School in Timmins were served a hot turkey dinner with all of the trimmings on December 19th. A big thank-you to Donna Pollock, Siva's, Dailey's Your Independent Grocer and to special guest servers Mayor Tom Laughren and Fire Chief Mike Pintar. Happy holidays to all!

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December 19, 2012

Goldcorp Sponsors TH&VS Robotics Team

Young scientific minds at Timmins High & Vocational School stand to benefit from a generous donation by Goldcorp. On Wednesday, December 19th, Goldcorp presented TH&VS with a cheque for $5000 to help fund a new robotics team at the school.

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December 18, 2012

HPS Goes Back in Time

Mrs. Langille's grade 3-4 class at Haileybury Public School stepped back in time for a day. They dressed as pioneers and participated in various pioneer and First Nations activities. Students had a fun time!

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December 18, 2012

Quilt Project at ESCHS

Art comes in many forms. Just ask Mrs. Porter's grade 10 art class at École Secondaire Cochrane High School. They recently took on the task of creating a hand-sewn quilt thanks to the idea from Educational Assistant, Mrs. Brousseau. The project taught the students about communication and the relationships between art and ideas. Students sold tickets for the quilt, with all money raised going towards the purchase of art supplies for the school.

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December 17, 2012

KDHS Receives World Wildlife Grant

The Resource and Environmental Management Class at Kapuskasing District High School has been awarded $5000 from the World Wildlife Fund. The money will be used to create a sustainable edible garden at the school, which is planned to be fully operational by spring of 2013. "The class is eager to leave a lasting impression," says teacher Randy Swain. "The project is the perfect venue. It is my hope that through the garden, future students will become informed global citizens actively engaged in minimizing their personal impact on the planet."

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December 17, 2012

EPS Students Show Christmas Spirit

After reading the story, For Every Child, A Better World by Kermit the Frog, the grade 5 & 6/7 classrooms at Englehart Public School were inspired to show their generosity to others. They decided to collect non-perishable food items for the Englehart Food Bank and various items (toys, clothes, school supplies, etc.) for the CJTT FM Christmas Wish Campaign. Students collected over 300 items that will be dispersed in and around their community. Way to go!

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December 14, 2012

Central Students Collect for Food Bank

Central Public School recently partnered with the Ministry of Natural Resources to promote a local food bank drive. Approximately 20 bags of non-perishable food items were collected and delivered thanks to the school community. Pictured with Smokey the Bear are students Joshua Connelly, Connor Gordon and Abby McMillan.

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December 7, 2012

RMSS Donates to Good Samaritan Inn

Hats off to the staff at Roland Michener Secondary School! Staff put their "Dress-Down Fridays" money to good use by donating $1070 to The Good Samaritan Inn in South Porcupine. Staff chose the Inn because of its good work in the community providing food and shelter to those in need. Executive Director Ed Ligocki was on hand to present Principal John Sullivan with a certificate of appreciation.

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December 6, 2012

Schumacher Students Entertain Seniors

The sweet sounds of Christmas echoed throughout the halls of Schumacher Public School on the evening of December 5th. The school's choir sang for all of the seniors at the Lions Club Seniors Dinner. A great time was had by all who attended!

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December 5, 2012

Board Chair and Vice-Chair Acclaimed

District School Board Ontario North East is proud to announce the re-election of Doug Shearer as Chair of the Board and Peter Osterberg as Vice-Chair. Elections were held during the Board of Trustees annual inaugural meeting on December 4th. Shearer is the trustee for Haileybury, Cobalt-Coleman Township and Temagami. Osterberg represents schools in the Timmins area, including Foleyet.

December 4, 2012

Literacy Lunch at Schumacher PS

Great food and great reading were the order of the day at Schumacher Public School on November 30th. Parents were invited to join their children for lunch and share a book with them at the school's "Literacy at Lunch". The event is usually held 3 times throughout the school year. Principal Mary-Ann Nielsen thought it was great to see so many parents take the time to read a good story with their kids!

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December 3, 2012

Movember Bake Sale at Golden Avenue

A "Movember" bake sale was held at Golden Avenue Public School where the grade 8 Family Studies class baked mustache themed gingerbread men, cookies and cupcakes to raise funds for prostate cancer research. The grade 8 students spent the morning cooking and delivering the treats to their fellow students, who in the process fundraised over $200 for the Movember charity. The school-wide event capped off a month in which many staff members grew mustaches in support of men's health and prostate cancer awareness.

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November 29, 2012

Feast or Famine at Cochrane High

Hats off to a group of 12 students at École Secondaire Cochrane High School who participated in the recent Red Cross Feast or Famine. The students pledged not to eat for a 24-hour period and raised just over $1200. Patricia Morin of the Canadian Red Cross rewarded the student's efforts with a variety of gifts and a lunch planned for a future date.

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November 28, 2012

Holiday Baking in Hearst

On the evening of November 27th, the school council at Clayton Brown Public School and Hearst High School hosted a family night of cookie baking. Over 30 people attended and all had a wonderful time interacting with other families. Everyone left with an assortment of festive Christmas cooking. Happy holidays from the CBPS/HHS School Council!

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November 26, 2012

Central PS Supports Operation Christmas Child

Students at Central Public School have been doing their part to make Christmas a little more special for the less fortunate. Through Operation Christmas Child, shoeboxes are packed with gifts and shipped to children in developing countries. The grade 6 students have been working hard to promote the cause, and as a result of their efforts, 111 shoeboxes of gifts were collected. Way to go, Central!

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November 22, 2012

Making Christmas Special for Others

Hats off to students at Diamond Jubilee Public School in Kapuskasing! The Grade 3-4 class recently collected and packed items for the Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Campaign. On Monday, November 19th they delivered 21 boxes to one of the collection centres. Many thanks to all of the families in Kapuskasing who donated items for this cause.

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November 22, 2012

Students Receive Photo from Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar, Canada's first female astronaut, recently sent students at Englehart Public School a signed photo courtesy the Roberta Bondar Foundation. The photo is to be displayed in the bird house building at the Hilliardton Marsh. The Bondar Foundation helped the marsh with funding several years ago, so the students thought it would be appropriate to hang her photo in the bird house building. Students from various schools had the opportunity to visit the Hilliardton Marsh throughout the fall.

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November 21, 2012

TDSS Terra Program Awarded Designation

The Terra Program at Timiskaming District Secondary School has recently been acknowledged as a Wetland Centre of Excellence by Ducks Unlimited Canada. Terra is a multi-credit outdoor education program for grade 11 and 12 students — now in its 19th year. The award recognizes the school's partnership with Ducks Unlimited focusing on wetland education for kids. T.D.S.S. is now among only five Wetland Centres of Excellence in Ontario. "Receiving the award made me feel very proud of all of the efforts of past Terra students," says T.D.S.S. teacher Bruce Murphy. "I am grateful our Board is committed to outdoor education. So many of our young students have the opportunity to enjoy and learn at the marsh."

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November 20, 2012

Student-Led Conferences

During the week of November 5th, all students at Central Public School hosted their parents for student-led conferences. Students went through a process where they selected pieces of work that highlighted their learning. They then shared these pieces with their parents and talked about their individual strengths and learning goals. These conferences are intended to further engage parents by allowing them to be more aware of how their child is performing and which goals they can support at home. The conferences also allow students the opportunity to articulate their goals to their parents.

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November 19, 2012

Who Was R. Ross Beattie?

Where did he come from and why was R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School named after him? Robert Ross Beattie was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario. When he was 17 years old, Beattie lost his left hand in an industrial accident at a part-time job. At this point in his life, his dreams of becoming a dentist had to change. He did not need two hands to become a teacher. He attended Guelph Normal School and taught at Guelph's Central School from 1926 to 1927. From 1927 until 1930 he was the principal of the King Edward School in Guelph. Beattie arrived in Timmins in August of 1930. He served as principal of Moneta Public School and was transferred to the same position in 1932 at Mattagami Public School where he stayed for 16 years. He then worked at Birch Street Public School (later known as Queen Elizabeth Public School) as principal from 1948 until 1951 and was then appointed to the former Central Public School (where the 101 Mall currently stands).

In his years of service, Beattie developed the concept of senior elementary schools in Northern Ontario. He was also one of the founders of the Porcupine Association for Mentally Handicapped Children and Brousseau Avenue School. Beattie retired in 1966 and returned to Guelph with his wife. On September 15, 1970 the new senior elementary school in Timmins was named in his honour. Beattie and his family were fortunate enough to witness the scarlet ribbon cutting ceremony on the front steps of the school. This honour felt like a birthday gift to Beattie as it marked his 40th anniversary of coming to work in the schools of Timmins.

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November 19, 2012

TDSS Students Aid in Mock Disaster

The Health Care class at Timiskaming District Secondary School was recently in Larder Lake assisting with the training of community-based Emergency First Response teams. The students played the role of victims, evaluators and responders for the certification exercise. Participants included Timiskaming District Emergency Medical Services, the Larder Lake First Response Team and the Virginiatown First Response Team.

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November 13, 2012

David Suzuki Links with KDHS

A student at Kapuskasing District High School will get to play reporter on November 14th. That's when the school will take part in a "virtual classroom" with environmentalist David Suzuki. Last year, nearly 200 high schools from across Canada participated. Neil Belanger will have the opportunity to represent his school and ask Suzuki a question relating to the environment. "I feel honoured, yet I'm extremely nervous. I look forward to representing K.D.H.S. proudly!" said Neil Belanger.

November 13, 2012

Fire Prevention Week

To mark Fire Prevention Week on October 10th, students at New Liskeard Public School received a special visit from the New Liskeard Fire Department and the Ministry of Natural Resources Fire Team from Kirkland Lake. Guests of honour were Sparky and Smokey the Bear! Students learned about fire safety in the home, as well as how to prevent forest fires. The big winners in the Fire Department's home safety plan contest, Tyrese and Teasha Batisse, received a ride home in the fire truck!

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November 12, 2012

W.E. Miller Remembers

Lest we forget. On November 9th, students at W. Earle Miller Public School in Timmins paused in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who served our country during wartime. Grade 6 students led the ceremony, while students in grades 1, 3 and 5 presented.

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November 12, 2012

Remembrance Day Assembly

Remembrance Day was honoured in different ways at Iroquois Falls Public School this year with students and staff participating in the assembly. The school watched the music video, "A Pittance of Time" by Terry Kelly and observed a moment of silence. Several classes then participated with various poems and skits. Thanks to all students and staff for making our remembrance memorable!

Here is an excerpt of Principal Kristen Niemi's message that was read to students. "I hope that this brief ceremony has reminded you to be thankful for the rights and freedom that you have in Canada. Most of the time, we take for granted things like education, personal safety and democracy. The next time you see a veteran in our community, remember to say thank you to them for the sacrifice that they made for all of us. Thank you for demonstrating respect and I encourage you to attend the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Cenotaph."

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November 9, 2012

NLPS Supports 'Harder 4 Carter'

Students at New Liskeard Public School are working hard to carry on the legacy of 19-year-old Carter Antila who lost his life in a tragic ATV accident in 2011. The school is supporting "Harder 4 Carter" to help develop a bike and skateboard park in Temiskaming Shores. Beginning on November 12th, "Harder 4 Carter" will be competing in the Aviva Community Fund Contest, where they could win up to $150,000 for their community project. Thanks to the community's generosity, $240,000 has been raised already, and with Aviva's contribution, the group will be within easy reach of its $400,000 goal.

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For more information about the Carter Antila Memorial Skate Park, go to harder4carter.com or you can watch our YouTube video.

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November 8, 2012

Fall Fun at NLPS

Here are some Fall events from New Liskeard Public School:

Fall Fair Parade — On September 14th, we joined area schools for a wonderful Kids Day Fall Fair Parade - drawing over 1200 students and many spectators. Students were able to participate in the rides, a themed scavenger hunt, and view all of the animals.

Road Race — Congratulations to students of New Liskeard Public School! On October 2nd, students in grades 3 to 8 participated in the annual NLPS Road Race while staff and students cheered them on!

Cross-Country Meet — After hours of practice, students in grades 3 to 8 participated in the TDSS Nordic Ski Club Cross-Country Meet. The event happened on October 4th and the NLPS team did well placing individually and in overall teams. Most importantly, the team learned a lot about school spirit, team work, self-esteem, and how hard work can pay off!

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November 7, 2012

Board Welcomes Student Trustees

District School Board Ontario North East is proud to welcome two new student trustees for the 2012-2013 school year. Rachel Woolhead is a 16-year-old grade 11 student at Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine. 17-year-old Vanessa Proulx is a grade 12 student at Hearst High School. "I am delighted to welcome Vanessa and Rachel as our newest student trustees," says Director of Education Linda Knight, "...and would like to thank them for their efforts in representing our students."

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November 5, 2012

TH&VS Thrills at Santa Parade

Timmins High & Vocational School never fails to disappoint when it comes to the Santa Claus Parade. Thousands of Timmins residents took to the streets on November 3rd to watch the annual nighttime spectacle. This year Timmins High took the award for "Brightest Float". The entry even included a live band! Congratulations to all students and staff who participated in making the yearly event so great!

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November 2, 2012

Who Was Bertha Shaw?

We have a school named after her, but many people may not know her story. Bertha Shaw was a well-respected teacher and writer from South Porcupine. Shaw arrived in South Porcupine in 1916 during the infancy of the community, at a time when schools were just beginning to form. She taught in Tisdale Township from 1916 until her retirement in 1945. Beloved as a teacher, Shaw helped many of the young children make their way through grade school. Near the end of the First World War, an influenza epidemic gripped the globe and the Timmins area was not spared. Shaw was honoured for her tireless work helping the sick during this influenza epidemic of 1918, when her school was converted into an infirmary/hospital until the epidemic was over. Shaw would become the first Principal of Golden Avenue School and also the first female Principal in the province of Ontario! After her retirement, Shaw wrote two books of memoirs, chronicling her days as a teacher and life in the Porcupine Camp during the 1910s, 20s, 30s, and 40s. These memoirs were published in the late 1950s. After her death, Bertha Shaw was buried by the shores of Porcupine Lake. Based on her years of service as a teacher and subsequent author, Bertha Shaw Public School in South Porcupine was named in her honour.

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November 2, 2012

IFPS Celebrates Halloween

A spooky time was had by students at Iroquois Falls Public School this year for Halloween. From Batgirl to Harry Potter, students celebrated in grand style by dressing up as some of their favourite characters. JK and SK students even helped their teachers carve pumpkins!

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November 1, 2012

Happy Halloween from Cochrane PS

Ghouls and goblins were out in full force in Cochrane this year. Students at Cochrane Public School celebrated Halloween by wearing their costumes to school. In this photo, students from Mme Leclair's Senior Kindergarten Immersion class show off their costumes.

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November 1, 2012

Halloween in Hearst

The Halloween spirit was alive and well in Hearst this year. Students at both Hearst High School and Clayton Brown Public School wore creative costumes to school. Students at Hearst High were able to enjoy a glass of "ghoulish" punch, while Clayton Brown students took part in a special Halloween dance.

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October 30, 2012

Ukulele Club at Bertha Shaw PS

The sounds of Hawaii will soon be echoing throughout Bertha Shaw Public School. The school now has a ukulele club! Led by M. Chabot and Mme. Bronson, the club is being offered to grade 4 through 6 students. Two groups of 30 students meet twice a week to learn basic chording techniques.

For those who may not know, in the 1960's, educator J. Chalmers Doane dramatically changed school music programs across Canada, using the ukulele as an inexpensive and practical teaching instrument to foster music literacy in the classroom. At its peak, 50,000 children and adults learned ukulele through the Doane program.

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October 30, 2012

Happy Halloween from DSB Ontario North East

Staff at the Timmins Board Office had a chance to show-off their pumpkin carving skills recently. Their Halloween pumpkin carving contest featured a number of scary creations including the "Ghoul Bus" which took first place! It was appropriately carved by our Transportation Department. District School Board Ontario North East wishes all students a very fun but safe Halloween!

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October 25, 2012

TDSS Toronto Trip

The Specialist High Skills Major Sport Focus class at Timiskaming District Secondary School recently completed a trip to Toronto. It focused on exposing students to the various jobs within the sporting industry. They completed tours and presentations of the Air Canada Centre, Ryerson Athletics at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Hockey News, Sporting Life, the Adidas Canada Head Office, and even attended a Toronto Raptors NBA game. The students were able to get an inside view of the many jobs in the sports world and received some great information regarding what skills companies are looking for in the employees they are hiring. Companies are looking for good communicators who possess strong teamwork skills. They should also have lots of volunteer experience within the field of employment they will be pursuing.

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October 24, 2012

A Job Well Done!

Things just won't be the same around the Board Office in Timmins. After 17 years with District School Board Ontario North East, Janice Sharpe is 'calling it a career'. Janice is well-known throughout the board as Executive Assistant to Director of Education, Linda Knight. Trustees and Senior Board Administration paid tribute to Janice at the regular board meeting on October 23rd. Enjoy your retirement Jan, we will miss your smiling face!

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October 23, 2012

Bus Driver Information Session

Bus Buddies recently provided a free information session in Timmins geared specifically for school bus drivers and monitors. "Bus drivers are the most talented, patient people I've ever met," says Jacqueline Morrish of the Ministry of Transportation. "Important gatherings like these enlighten them as to what their responsibilities are. They have an opportunity to ask questions to those who may have answers and to clear-up any issues they don't understand." The meeting included presentations regarding safety and behaviour on the school bus.

Bus Buddies is a safety program made possible by the Timmins Police Service, Ontario Provincial Police, the City of Timmins, Ministry of Transportation and local school boards, including District School Board Ontario North East.

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October 19, 2012

NHL Alumni Offer Advice

Members of the NHL Alumni Association and Stanley Cup champs Marty McSorley and Bryan Muir stopped by R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School to deliver a message to students. The two shared stories about the importance of making good decisions when reaching for a goal and about getting involved in one's community. "My hard work got me to the NHL," said Muir. "My education allowed me that opportunity. Never give up on what you want as a goal. That's a message I can pass along." "Kids in smaller towns are so much of the future of this country," added McSorley. "They have vision, they're smart, they ask great questions. I feel it continues to keep me grounded a little bit."

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October 17, 2012

Students Learn About Fire Safety

On October 10th, students at Temagami Public School had a visitor. Mr. Cummings from the Temagami Fire Department gave a wonderful presentation regarding fire safety and the importance of having "two ways out". Mr. Cummings described all of the firefighting equipment and how it is used. He even drove a lucky student to school the next day in the firetruck!

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October 17, 2012

EHS Students Stand-Up to Bullying

It's all about showing respect and tolerance to others. On October 16th, students and staff at Englehart High School rallied in support of kindness and respect by wearing pink as an anti-bullying statement. Bullying in our schools and communities can not, and should not, be tolerated or ignored. As a group, as well as individuals, students and staff pledge to stand up for others and refuse to be bystanders to bullying. Together we can make a difference!

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October 16, 2012

Keeping Students Engaged

A new initiative in Englehart is aimed at keeping kids more engaged in school. Grade 7 and 8 students from Englehart Public School go to Englehart High twice a week to participate in Construction Technology and Family Studies. Students are enjoying the opportunity to learn in a hands-on setting.

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October 15, 2012

TH&VS Students Attempt to Set World Record

Sandra Comand-Mainville's science class at Timmins High & Vocational School were recently part of a group trying to set a Canadian Guinness World Record! Thousands of Canadians at 135 locations across the country joined on Friday, October 12th to establish a new World Record for the Largest Practical Science Lesson at multiple locations. Science Timmins coordinated the event in 8 different locations, including Timmins High. Over the next few weeks schools will be collecting all the required evidence and forwarding it to Guinness for the final number to be calculated and an announcement to be made.

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October 15, 2012

RMSS Students Clean Up

Students from Roland Michener Secondary School were working to make a difference – one discarded piece of garbage at a time. Twenty-five students volunteered to help the South Porcupine Lions Club pick up garbage along Highway 101. The school has been helping the Lions for the past 19 years. For each student who volunteered, $20 was donated to the R.M.S.S. Student Council. Former R.M.S.S. teacher and Lions Club secretary George Cribbs called it, "...incredible to see so many young people doing their best to help their community and ensure the future of this great land."

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October 12, 2012

Cross-Country Challenge

On a cold but beautiful day, runners from District School Board Ontario North East came out to shine. Roughly 300 runners from grades 3 to 8 competed in the Board's annual "Cross-Country Challenge" along the shores of Porcupine Lake. Thanks to all the schools, students, teachers and volunteers who made the race a big success. Special thanks to Northern College and the Timmins Police ATV unit.

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October 10, 2012

EHS Students Enjoy Park Day

Students at Englehart High School enjoyed a fun day of activities out at Kap-Kig-Iwan Provincial Park for their annual Park Day outing. The yearly event held in mid-September allows the students to participate in challenging and fun physical activities such as blind volleyball, three-legged soccer and a gruelling obstacle course. The goal is to allow students and teachers the opportunity of interacting in an informal setting with team building and bonding as natural outcomes. The success of the day can be seen in the smiles on the faces of the students and staff.

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October 5, 2012

Discovering Science in Nature

The grade 2 and 3 students at Englehart Public School recently got up close and personal in their observation and study of how plants change with the seasons. Students are working on their plants science unit and have gone out regularly to the school courtyard to observe how the plants are changing with the weather. Students were observing and collecting data for their science journals.

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October 5, 2012

EPS Cross-Country Meet

Congratulations to the students at Englehart Public School! They had a great showing at the cross-country meet held at the Nordic Ski Club on October 4th. Alex Ellerton placed 2nd overall in the grade 3 boys race. The grade 3 girls team placed 3rd overall.

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October 5, 2012

TDSS Thinks Pink!

October is here, and students at Timiskaming District Secondary School are thinking pink. Think Pink, a new school club founded by Sabrina Beauchamp in 2011, has raised over $6000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. This year, co-chairpersons Cierra Heon and Ashlynn Helm hope to raise even more. The club kicked off their awareness campaign by dressing in pink for the annual Fall Fair Parade. October fundraising at T.D.S.S. will include a hat day and a marathon cupcake sale. Students, young and old, will also be raising funds in the community by canvassing and holding a "Day of Remembrance" to commemorate those lost each year to breast cancer.

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October 4, 2012

Students Get Running

Bertha Shaw, Frank P. Krznaric Whitney, W. Earle Miller, Timmins Centennial, and Schumacher public schools participated in the annual Gillies Lake Cross Country Run on October 4th. Timmins Centennial Public School came away with the top finishing overall scores for both the boys and girls. All schools had a great time and thanks to all students who participated!

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October 4, 2012

TCPS Staff Donate to Food Bank

Staff at Timmins Centennial Public School have directed all of their "Casual Fridays" contributions to the Timmins Food Bank – $1400 in total. Here Principal Maria Sheculski, Vice-Principal Rosemary Lessard and staff pose with the Timmins Food Bank's Rick Young.

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October 4, 2012

Canoe Trip to Fraserdale

On Wednesday, October 3rd, History students at Kapuskasing District High School received a local history lesson on the early settlement of the North. They travelled to Fraserdale where they set off in a voyageur canoe with Andre Bernier of Northern Spirit Adventures. Students paddled down the Abitibi River and then explored both the Newpost Hudson Bay Trading Post settlement and Newpost Falls. Along the way Andre regaled students with stories and songs of the voyageurs.

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October 4, 2012

Kap Students Take Last Northlander

Diane Leaist's history class at Kapuskasing District High School recently had the chance to become a part of history. The class travelled from Cochrane to North Bay on the second last run of the Northlander passenger train. Students immersed themselves in the significance of the journey by interviewing and photographing the events for posterity.

"Before I took the train, I didn't realize that it was even an option," said grade 12 student Courtney Barber. "I would ask my friends to see if anyone was driving down, or take the bus." After decades of connecting Toronto to Northern Ontario, the Ontario Government recently cut the Ontario Northland train service.

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October 2, 2012

TCPS Raises Money for Fox Foundation

Hats off to Timmins Centennial Public School! The school recently donated $2300 to the Terry Fox Foundation using money collected from their annual walk and hot dog lunch. Special thanks is extended to Paul's No Frills in Timmins, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo Canada, James Toyota and Wicked Stuff for their generous donations. Their involvement allowed the day to be even more successful!

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September 28, 2012

Staff Are Dunked for Charity

Students and staff at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School in Timmins found a creative way to raise money for the Terry Fox Foundation. For the price of a loonie, students had a chance to 'dunk' one of the school's staff members! As part of the fundraising, every $50 raised earned students a song played at an impromptu dance in the school gymnasium later that day. Willing participants for the dunk tank included Mr. Brooks, Mr. Newell, Mrs. Elvestad (Vice-Principal) and Mr. McLean (Principal). Over $500 alone was raised for the chance to dunk a staff member! Mr. Brooks was the runaway leader getting dunked 6 times. The day culminated with a student walk/run along the trail system at Hersey Lake.

September 28, 2012

New Liskeard PS Runs for Terry Fox

On September 27th, students at New Liskeard Public School watched a video about Terry Fox and learned why this day is so important to Canadians. All students from kindergarten to grade 8 then headed off for a run. Many students were able to run for 6 kilometres while other students supported and helped one another throughout the run and walk. It was great day to celebrate our fundraising efforts for cancer research with over $2000 raised.

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September 27, 2012

Locks for Terry Fox

Students at Frank P. Krznaric Whitney Public School in Porcupine went above and beyond for the Terry Fox Foundation on September 27th. Students Izabelle Jamieson and Chelsea Stewart chose to cut their hair and donate it to a foundation which supplies wigs for cancer patients. Way to go girls!

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September 25, 2012

NLPS Students Experience High School

Grade 6, 7 and 8 students from New Liskeard Public School are taking part in a new and innovative program in cooperation with Timiskaming District Secondary School. The students will be attending TDSS once a week to develop some hands-on expertise with cooking classes in the first half of the school year and shop classes for the remainder of the year.

The students are currently working on preparatory activities linked to kitchen safety and cleanliness and many students said they look forward to the activities. Students will start with cooking and learning to bake cookies. Down the road, students may have the opportunity to make hot lunches for NLPS students. In the second semester, students will be involved in a shop class doing some woodworking and manufacturing projects.

NLPS Vice-Principal Wayne Stewart said, "We believe that this program is fantastic for the students. It gives them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with TDSS while at the same time getting a little bit of flavour of the differences between being an elementary student and being a secondary student. It also allows them to explore two areas of interest that they could choose to pursue once they get to high school."

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September 22, 2012

Brother Roland Saumur Run in Timmins

A little bit of drizzle didn't dampen the spirits of the more than 700 runners who competed in the 32nd annual Brother Roland Saumur Cross Country Invitational Meet at Hersey Lake Conservation Area on September 22nd. The event was open to schools from all boards of education in the area. Twenty students from Timmins Centennial Public School attended. All had a great time with several top 10 finishers. Congratulations to all who attended!

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September 17, 2012

Toronto Symphony Orchestra Visits Students

On September 13th and 14th students in the Timmins area had the chance to get a music lesson from members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Cellist Esther Gartner put on a presentation for the grade 2 to 6 students at Bertha Shaw Public School. The Brass Trio performed for students at Timmins Centennial Public School. Other students visited the Timmins Museum to hear the author and composer of a new children's symphony called "The Hockey Sweater". Still more trekked to O'Gorman Intermediate Catholic School for a special student concert. Special thanks to the TSO for bringing their gift of music to our students!

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September 14, 2012

Toronto Symphony Visits TH&VS

On Thursday, September 13th, nearly one hundred students at Timmins High & Vocational School observed a fascinating and interactive presentation by esteemed music composers Kevin Lau and Gary Kulesha of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The composers discussed a range of topics including art, popular music, film scoring, poetry and musical affect.

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September 13, 2012

Fall Fair at Kerns PS

A great day was enjoyed by all at the Fall Fair hosted by Kerns Public School. This year's theme was "At the Circus", and both the atmosphere and the weather couldn't be better. The fun-filled day included costumes, animals, a parade, and plenty of games.

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September 12, 2012

"Speaking Up" for Aboriginal Students

A trio of students from Timmins High & Vocational School are garnering provincial attention for a recent project. With funding from the Ontario "Speak-Up" program, the three have set-up an Aboriginal Advisory Committee to bridge the gap in the transition from reserve schools to high school. Survey lunches were held to get a sense of how well Aboriginal students transition into Timmins High & Vocational School. Timmins High currently has 117 self-identified Aboriginal students.

"All three of us have gone through a transition from reserve schools to public schools," said Curtis Dobson. "When I came to Timmins from a reserve school it was a big shock and change. The city is different than a reserve. We're hoping our transition program will help other kids."

"We'd meet every Thursday and think of ideas to get kids to come to school. A lot of kids aren't motivated enough to get to class. We found that Aboriginal students tend to need extra help. Some are so shy, they are afraid to ask for help. We want to get more Aboriginal youth involved in what we're doing. Many are using their families' past as a reason not to succeed. We need to change that," said Kaylan Innes.

The group is hoping to work with feeder schools to hold welcoming events for grade 8 and other Aboriginal students who are new to the school. "From an Administration perspective, you can tell by the passion in their voices that this is something that really resonates with them. It has been a very enlightening project," shared Kirsten Elvestad, former Vice-Principal at Timmins High & Vocational School.

Superintendent of Education Michelle Leigh said that, "District School Board Ontario North East will be holding an Aboriginal Student Forum for all of our secondary students at Camp Bickell on October 11th. We're looking forward to hearing what our students have to tell us."

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September 5, 2012

Backpacks for Kids

A big thank-you to NorthernTel for donating backpacks filled with supplies for our students! Since 2003, employees from NorthernTel and Bell Aliant have donated over 15,000 backpacks to schools – across the Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec. NorthernTel Account Executive Barb McCormick paid a visit to our Board Office to deliver 15 backpacks to be sent to our schools. Superintendents Michelle Leigh and Steve Pladzyk were on hand to graciously accept them.

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August 31, 2012

Thanks for the Memories!

It's all over but the great memories for 800 former students and staff of Timmins High & Vocational School. August's Timmins High Homecoming Reunion was declared a success by all who attended.

"I had a wonderful time meeting school mates, some from 60 years ago, and wandering around Timmins... which has changed over the decades. I even enjoyed the retro fashion show. Everything was superb. I cannot thank you enough for looking after every detail and providing an opportunity to return to my roots." –Keith O'Brien, Class of 1955

The weekend met the diverse needs of all who attended. Beginning with a visit to decade rooms on Friday and the Sonic Democracy concert in the theatre, alumni then attended a retro "Blue & White" Party at the Mac (McIntyre Arena). Saturday began with a staff breakfast prepared by Tech teachers, followed by a vintage fashion show and a dinner & dance at the Mac. Sunday's football game was a big success. The inclement weather necessitated a move indoors to the Mac for the TH&VS Alumni concert on Sunday and the Sons of Maxwell concert on Monday. The William Aide Concert at the Museum was a highlight for many.

The Homecoming Committee would like to thank our community partners including the City of Timmins and District School Board Ontario North East for their generous support. In addition, we appreciate the financial assistance and in-kind donations of organizations and businesses in the community whose support ensured the weekend was one to remember.

–Wendy Adams & Paul Toffanello

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August 30, 2012

End of an Era

The Schumacher office of District School Board Ontario North East succumbed to the wrecker's shovel as a result of a major fire on July 6th. Chartrand Equipment began tearing down the historic building on August 30th. Board officials say they will attempt to save some parts of the 1930's era façade on the building to incorporate into the design of a new building. The Board's administrative operations have now moved to the former Queen Elizabeth Public School in Timmins as its temporary headquarters.

"We're saying goodbye and bringing closure to a grand building which housed the Timmins Board of Education and District School Board Ontario North East. We have some employees who have worked at this location for over 30 years. I've been privileged to work here since 1998. Demolition will take approximately two weeks. After that time, we look forward to the hopes of this being the location of our new head office."
–Linda Knight, Director of Education