DSB1 Bulletin Board

Stories from 2015-2016

July 7, 2016

Summer School Program

Students in Timmins, New Liskeard and Cochrane spent part of their summer getting a jumpstart on their literacy and numeracy skills by participating in District School Board Ontario North East's Summer School program. The 3-week camp was filled with fun learning including activities to promote healthy bodies and minds.

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June 20, 2016

Bertha Shaw Partners with Home Depot

Congratulations to Mme Ryan's grade 1 class at Bertha Shaw Public School. The class recently worked with The Home Depot to create an insect friendly garden. Representatives from Home Depot came to see the results of their hard work, and took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony. Thank you to Timmins location of The Home Depot, and great job to our students!

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June 20, 2016

Hearst Exchange Program

Eighteen students from Hearst High School had the opportunity to travel to Cadotte Lake, Alberta as part of an exchange program from April 29th to May 6th. While in Alberta, students spent time with the same students who came to Hearst in February. They also spent time at a wilderness camp, Telus World of Science and the West Edmonton Mall. The Cadotte Lake school was presented with a DSB1 inukshuk as a gift from the board. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed their trip out west!

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June 20, 2016

Hearst High School Graduates

The class of 2016 graduation ceremony for Hearst High School took place on Friday, June 17th. Congratulations to graduates Nicolas Gosselin, Kalyla Dumais, Shawn Grondin, Claudia Mercier and Kerrigan Iserhoff! Graduates received generous scholarships from local companies and organizations to help them with their post-secondary education. Our Ontario Scholar recipients were Kalyla Dumais and Claudia Mercier, who both graduated with Honours. Kalyla was also the recipient of the Governor General's Academic Medal.

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June 14, 2016

The Music Business Course Funding Renewed

Great news for The Music Business course at Timmins High & Vocational School. Lake Shore Gold has agreed to renew their funding of the new course for another school year. The announcement was made at the June 11th Sonic Democracy show. We look forward to another exciting partnership with Lake Shore Gold, Coalition Music, and TEMPO!

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June 9, 2016

Central Public School Art Gala

Central Public School held its 2nd annual art gala on June 8th. The entire gym was transformed into an art gallery where student work was displayed and sold to the public as a school fundraiser. In addition to the art gallery, there were a variety of activity booths set up for families to enjoy. Attendance for this event was astounding!

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June 8, 2016

Bertha Shaw PS Helping Others in Need

Grade 2 students at Bertha Shaw Public School wanted to take action to help families affected by the tragic Fort MacMurry fires. The class rallied their families to donate items to fill themed baskets that would be raffled off. Students raised $1410.00 that was donated to the Red Cross to go directly to those needing assistance in Fort MacMurry.

Teachers at Bertha Shaw also got into the spirit of giving by competing in the Mud Run fundraiser for the Alzheimer Society. The "Big Berthas" demonstrated the importance of being good citizens by raising money for a great cause!

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June 8, 2016

Youth of the North Campaign for Attawapiskat

A group of students from École Secondaire Cochrane High School have spearheaded a campaign called Youth of the North. The group came together to collect recreational items to put in 'shoeboxes of hope' to distribute to the youth of Attawapiskat. They worked with staff and community partners to make mindful bottles to be included in the shoeboxes. Mr. Bertrand's grade 8 class from Cochrane Public School also contributed to the cause by creating messages in a jar. Candies and positive messages filled the jars in hopes of bringing smiles to the youth.

The community of Cochrane was very responsive and contributed generously to the Youth of the North campaign. We are very excited to begin assembling the shoeboxes to be sent to Attawapiskat at the end of June. Overall, we are very pleased about the success of this campaign!

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June 8, 2016

Mental Health Week Activities in Cochrane

This year the students and staff from École Secondaire Cochrane High School along with the grade 7s and 8s from Cochrane Public School participated in various mental well-being activities during Mental Health Week (May 2-8, 2016).

A big thank you goes to Lana Kershaw, our Child and Youth Worker, for coordinating the activities and Jack Solomon from the Ininew Friendship Centre who assisted with the BBQ lunch. Thanks also goes to the various community organizations that helped make this event a success including local hairdressers Susan Johnston and Kayla Crawford, estheticians Melissa Lessard and Sara Genier, Emma Chapman from the Minto Counselling Centre, and Kimberly Girard and Chantal, dieticians from MICs who led students in activities.

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June 7, 2016

Board Thanks Student Trustees

Board Administration and Trustees would like to say thank you to this year's student trustees Jacob McGonigal from Kirkland Lake District Composite School and Kendra Cove from Kapuskasing District High School. At the June 7th meeting of the board, the students were given tokens of appreciation from Board Chair Doug Shearer. Thank you Jacob and Kendra and good luck in your future endeavours!

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June 7, 2016

Indoor School Garden in Iroquois Falls

Ms. Trigg and Mme Derochers' grade 1/2/3 classes at Iroquois Falls Public School have been growing vegetables in indoor planter boxes. The garden includes lettuce, peas, beans, tomatoes, basil, spinach and radishes. This week there was enough lettuce, spinach and radishes for students to make their own freshly grown salad!

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June 6, 2016

IFPS Raises Money for Fort McMurray

When the students at Iroquois Falls Public School heard about the devastation caused by fires in Alberta and the families in Fort McMurray whose homes were destroyed, they wanted to help. During the week of May 24th, two fundraisers, a penny table and bake sale, raised $416. Thank you to the staff and parents who donated items and baked goods for the fundraisers.

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June 3, 2016

Jump Rope for Heart at IFPS

During the May Spirit Assembly, a representative from the Heart & Stroke Foundation was at Iroquois Falls Public School to launch the school's annual Jump Rope for Heart Campaign. The students responded to the challenge and within two weeks had raised $3105! The Jump Rope for Heart activities took place on the afternoon of May 27th with students participated in various jump rope activities. Thank you to our community for supporting us with their pledges and to IFPS students for once again raising money for a great cause. Photos courtesy Stephanie Benson.

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June 3, 2016

Using Technology to Learn Math

This year at Roland Michener Elementary, students in Mr. Holm's grade 7/8 class have been using technology to communicate understanding in a variety of complex math problems. To improve understanding and to learn collaboratively, the class partnered with Stonebridge Public School in Markham. Together the two classes met three times using a variety of apps to not only discuss math but the differences in their communities as well. It was a great learning experience as well as exciting to meet and work with our new friends at Stonebridge!

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May 28, 2016

All Nations Pow Wow in Timmins

The All Nations Pow Wow took place on May 27th at Participark in Timmins. The pow wow involved students from Timmins High & Vocational School, O'Gorman High School, and Kiskinohamatowin Alternative Secondary School, with support from the Timmins Native Friendship Centre, Mattagami First Nation, the Ojibway Cree Cultural Centre, Misiway Health Centre, and Timmins Police Service. The pow wow included drummers, singers, dancers, elders, cultural booths, food vendors and activities for all ages!

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May 25, 2016

Young Publishers at Haileybury PS

The grade 1/2 students at Haileybury Public School are showing off their newly published books. Each author worked through the planning, writing, and editing stage to polish their writing. Congratulations students!

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May 18, 2016

Science Extravaganza at SickKids Hospital

Students from Timiskaming District Secondary School and Englehart High School have just wrapped up their time at the Manulife Kids Science – Science Extravaganza in Toronto. The two-day science symposium, which took place from May 15th to 17th, is held each year at SickKids Hospital. Twenty-two grade 9 and 10 students, as well as chaperones, took part in the event whose objective is, "to inspire students to become the next generation of researchers, technologists and innovators through lab visits, discussions, fantastic guest speakers, and a special surprise or two. Through the passing of research knowledge from one generation to the next, we hope to foster the same adoration for science and technology that permeates the halls of SickKids."

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May 13, 2016

Teddy Bear Picnic in Englehart

To celebrate Education Week, the early primary students at Englehart Public School invited their families to join them for a Teddy Bear Picnic. Students shared their learning portfolios, including their All About Me books, and then gathered outside on the front lawn of the school to have a wonderful picnic lunch. We were so pleased that so many families were able to come. Some of our young students got to share their learning portfolios and picnic lunch with older siblings as well. What a fantastic school community we have!

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May 13, 2016

MPP Jeff Leal Visits Timmins High

The Honourable Jeff Leal, the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for Ontario, visited Timmins High & Vocational School on May 12th. Leal was greeted at the school by Principal Greg Vincze, Chair of the Board Doug Shearer and Vice-Chair of the Board Bob Brush. The Minister's visit included a drop-in on Alex Matthieu's Culinary Studies class. While there he spoke with students about jobs within the field of agriculture as well as climate change. Minister Leal also visited James Aston's Canadian and World Studies class where they discussed the Ontario Student Grant that is now available to post-secondary students.

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May 11, 2016

Creating Awareness at Timmins Centennial PS

The LCBO has supplied Timmins Centennial Public School the paper bags they use when customers buy products. Many classes helped to decorate the bags with messages about the importance of not drinking and driving. The LCBO in Timmins will be distributing the decorated bags just before the long weekend in May.

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May 11, 2016

Spring Feast at Schumacher PS

A spring celebration was held at Schumacher Public School during Education Week 2016. Invited guests, students, families and staff gathered in the gymnasium to share in a spring "feast". The feast included traditional foods such as roast goose, moose stew and bannock which were prepared by Jamie Davey, Aboriginal Liaison, and Alice Sutherland, Cree Language Teacher, assisted by the grade 4, 5 and 6 Cree language students. Elder David Faries shared some Aboriginal teachings, and said the blessing to start the feast. The Thunder Creek Singers / drummers contributed to the festive atmosphere. There was an excellent response by families to the event!

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May 10, 2016

Cochrane Students Excel at Enterprise Olympics

18 students from École Secondaire Cochrane High School took part in the Enterprise Olympics held in Timmins on May 4th and 5th. Of these participants, three ESCHS students were successful in winning their respective sectors, claiming monetary prizes and bragging rights. Michael Crouch and his teammates were the overall winners of the Technology and Innovation sector, while Ariel Sutherland and her group members were the overall winners in the Arts and Culture sector. Chamonique Reinemo and her teammates won their sector division, Social Enterprise and also won the best overall business pitch of the event. Each member of this team won a $1000 scholarship to a northern post-secondary school of their choice. Congratulations to all who participated!

The Enterprise Olympics is organized yearly by Head Start in Business in partnership with Northern Ontario's Community Futures Development Corporations. It consists of a two-day competitive event where students meet, talk and receive advice from mentors, who themselves are entrepreneurs. The students then work with other secondary students from across Northern Ontario to develop a business idea, prepare a rudimentary business plan and execute a professional elevator pitch.

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May 9, 2016

KDHS Students Win Big at the Enterprise Olympics

On May 4th and 5th, students from Kapuskasing District High School travelled to Timmins to take part in the Enterprise Olympics at Northern College along with 150 other students from across the north east. The purpose of the event was to introduce students to the world of entrepreneurship. Students are placed in groups based on their chosen business sector and tasked with creating a plan for a new product or service. They then had to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, with the best pitch from each sector chosen to compete against winners from the other sectors. Over the course of the two day event, the students showed an abundance of creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Four students from KDHS walked away winners at this year's event.

  • Bryan Robinson and his team were winners of the Forestry, Mining and Agriculture sector.
  • Hunter Rukavina and his Big Stud Clothing Line won the Retail sector.
  • Brooke Turgeon and Josh Rhyno teamed up to win the biggest sector, Technology and Innovation.
  • Hunter Rukavina was also given the People's Choice award for his very entertaining pitch.

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May 6, 2016

Breakfast Concert at Beattie

Congratulations to the grade 7 and 8 band at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School! They put on a fabulous breakfast concert on May 6th to cap-off Education Week. Special recognition to music teacher "extraordinaire" Carla Comand. This is Mrs. Comand's last Education Week concert, as we are sad to say she will be retiring at the end of June. We will certainly miss all of the energy and enthusiasm she brings to our students each and every day.

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May 5, 2016

Skilled Trades Career Exploration Field Trip

48 young women from across our district recently attended the Young Women's Conference and Ontario Technological Skills Competition in Waterloo. The career exploration field trip supports District School Board Ontario North East's Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) initiatives by encouraging students to consider careers in the skilled trades sectors; careers that are in very high demand with significant opportunity and excellent remuneration.

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May 3, 2016

Earth Day for the Birds at Haileybury PS

To celebrate Earth Day 2016, students at Haileybury Public School watched a video on how to make a homemade bird feeder and were inspired to try it for themselves. Using paper tubes, twine, apple sauce and fruit cup containers, they made bird feeders for their feathered friends. In observing the trees outside their classroom, students noticed that no birds were coming to visit at first. Mr. Fauvelle assisted with the task of getting the feeders up in the tree and within minutes the first bird came and enjoyed its new treat!

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May 3, 2016

Science Olympics at Haileybury PS

Students at Haileybury Public School recently participated in their very own science olympics. Activities included the construction of catapults, testing the buoyancy of pieces of candy, and discovering which objects are magnetic.

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April 29, 2016

Cochrane PS Fares Well at Robotics Competition

On April 29th, 20 members from the Robotics Club at Cochrane Public School competed in the annual Robotics Challenge held this year at the Timmins Science Village. In the novice division (grades 4-6), team CPS 1 won the gold medal. Our all girls team, team CPS 3, won the bronze medal. In the junior division (grades 7-8), our only team CPS 5 won the silver medal and lost the championship by a single point. CPS novice teams ended up winning the regional championship. They beat teams from New Liskeard, Kirkland Lake and Timmins. They performed extremely well in the maze and sumo-bot competitions. Two of the sumo-bots never lost a round, remaining unbeaten.

Congratulations to students Gabriel St-Pierre, Jacob Tousignant, Sierra Robin, Raven Haldenby-Jacob, Haley Jurynec, Kody O'Keefe, Sage Belair, Joshua Deschamps, Caroline Lamothe, Braeden Parent, Hope Berthiaume, Jennifer Blackburn, Malorie Robin, Zachary Savoie, Kassidi Marlow, Nicholas Kolomeitz, Austin Gardner, Benjamin Cave, Lucas Doucette, and Taylon Rossi for competing in the event!

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April 28, 2016

The Music Business at TH&VS

District School Board Ontario North East is celebrating a new high school credit course at Timmins High & Vocational School. In partnership with TEMPO (Through Education and Entrepreneurship Music Provides Opportunity), a registered music business charity, a program called The Music Business is now underway. Under the direction of music teacher Barry Promane, students are gaining hands-on experience in songwriting, collaboration, marketing, social media, communication and copyright law. To enhance their understanding, they are hearing from guests including studio engineers, record label executives, Juno-nominated songwriters, professional touring musicians and entertainment lawyers, who are conducting workshops at TH&VS throughout the semester. The program has been made possible through the very generous support of Lake Shore Gold Corporation.

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April 25, 2016

Success at Canadian Senior Mathematics Competition

Participating in the Canadian Senior Mathematics Competition from The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing at the University of Waterloo, were Chamonique Reinemo, Hilary Groulx, Calie DeJoseph, Akase Cameron, Ryan Dumoulin, Alysa Major-Brunette and Kyle Johnston. These students were part of the Canadian Senior Team Mathematics squad from École Secondaire Cochrane High School writing the contest in November 2015. Their work won them the Zone Championship award. Congratulations students!

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April 22, 2016

Making Mindful Bottles

Grade 6 students from Timmins Centennial Public School are working hard to help Ms. Hills make mindful bottles to be distributed during Mental Health Week from May 2nd to 6th. Way to go students!

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April 22, 2016

TDSS Students Excel at Math

Congratulations to students from Timiskaming District Secondary School who recently participated in the University of Waterloo math contest.

  • Top Pascal (Grade 9): Angelica Bradley
  • Top Cayley (Grade 10): Jarod Hillman – finished top 3% in the world!
  • Top Fermat (Grade 11): Noah Rowe

Past contests can be found at the University of Waterloo website.

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April 18, 2016

iPads Helping Students Publish Their Writing

Miss Larocque's grade 1/2 classroom at Haileybury Public School are learning to publish their writing using their iPads. Students Isla and Aubrey are publishing their writing using the Book Creator app on their iPads, while Arianna works diligently to add detail through storyboarding.

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April 17, 2016

Making Mindful Bottles in Cochrane

Grade 7/8 students from Mme. Belisle's Health class at Cochrane Public School made 'mindful bottles' after completing the From Stressed Out to Chilled Out program with the Board's Child and Youth Worker Lana Kershaw. Students learned positive ways to deal with stress and plan to use their own personal bottles as a way to deal with anxiety and stress. All students found the program and the practice of making mindful bottles useful and engaging.

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April 15, 2016

TDSS Water Filtration Plant Field Trip

Mr. Scott's grade 11 Environmental Science class at Timiskaming District Secondary School recently visited Ed Hillman, a supervisor for the Ontario Clean Water Agency. After spending a week testing water in the school lab, students were given a tour of New Liskeard's water filtration plant, as well as the accompanying chlorination and pressure units. The students would like to thank Mr. Hillman for graciously sharing his knowledge and expertise as many were curious about a career in water testing. The class will be visiting the town's sewage treatment system later in the semester.

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April 15, 2016

Promoting Dental Health at Pinecrest

Grade 6 students at Pinecrest Public School received a visit from Dr. Maxine Scripnick from Hollinger Dental Clinic. The Rotary Club in conjunction with the Ontario Dental Association are going to area schools and meeting with grade 6 students in order to promote dental health. All students were given a toothbrush and toothpaste to keep.

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April 13, 2016

Pinecrest Students Meet Author

Students from Pinecrest Public School had the opportunity to meet Stephanie Simpson McLelllan who gave each student a copy of her book Hoogie in the Middle for Christmas this past year. Before her arrival, students were given a copy of Stephanie's trading cards which included her book titles The Chicken Cat, Leon's Song, Hoogie in the Middle and Tweezle into Everything. At the end of her presentation, students who brought in their books had her sign them. Students from Mr. Sloan's grade 3 class was especially excited to meet Stephanie since they have been working closely with her since January on the Christmas Wind Project.

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April 12, 2016

Beattie Science Fair Success

A shout out to all science fair participants from R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School for doing a wonderful job at the Regional Science Fair on April 8th. A special thank you to teachers Mr. and Mrs. Brooks for all their hard work! Congratulations to Kaylee Mainville and Lauren Yacula for moving on to the Canada-Wide Science Fair for a 2nd year in a row! The girls will join Team Timmins in Montreal from May 14th to 21st.

April 7, 2016

Amazing Race for Kerns and Englehart Students

On March 26th, the grade 4 students from Englehart Public School travelled to Kerns Public School to compete with the grade 3/4 class in the Amazing Race. Students at both schools created a leg of the Amazing Race Canada as part of their social studies learning and were celebrating all of their hard work together. Students were divided into teams of 3 or 4 and competed in a variety of tasks – from putting together a puzzle of Canada, pulling a teammate around the school, playing recorders, participating in a matching activity about the Grandfather teachings (with help from Nadine), building structures, attempting snowshoeing to spinning a food choice. All students who participated demonstrated positive attitudes and excellent sportsmanship. It was a great day filled with hard work and tons of fun!

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April 7, 2016

Robotics Team Shines at Provincial Competition

The City of Timmins is being put on the map as a community whose students take science and engineering seriously. That's thanks in great part to the Northern Lights Robotics Team from Timmins High & Vocational School. Formed four years ago, the team has become an ongoing program at the school and the only one of its kind in Timmins. Each year of the program students have competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The latest competition was held in Oshawa March 10th to 16th. "This year we came in 22nd out of the 50 teams that were there. Last year we were about 35th. We keep getting better and better every year," said Timmins High Principal Greg Vincze. To express their appreciation of support from the Board, members of the team introduced their latest robot to Trustees and Board Administration, at the regular Board meeting on April 5th.

April 5, 2016

RMSS Marks World Autism Day

Students at Roland Michener Secondary School and Roland Michener SS (Elementary) help to mark World Autism Day by wearing blue. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a life-long neurological disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to the people and world around them. ASD can affect behaviour, social interactions, and one's ability to communicate verbally. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that while all people with ASD will experience certain difficulties, the degree to which each person on the spectrum experiences these challenges will be different. 1 in 94 Canadian children are diagnosed with ASD. Roland Michener has multiple ASD classes.

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April 5, 2016

Lighting It up Blue for Autism

Students at Golden Avenue Public School in South Porcupine marked Autism Awareness Month on April 4th by Lighting It up Blue! The entire school wore blue shirts and a special assembly was held in the gym. Later in the day, the school took part in a flag-raising ceremony with Superintendent of Schools Steve Pladzyk followed by a walk around the community.

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March 31, 2016

Evening of Applause

The Evening of Applause is an annual event held March 21st in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The date commemorates the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa in 1960 when 70 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when South African police opened fire on peaceful anti-apartheid protestors. The United Nations hoped that by commemorating the day each year around the world that it would nurture in all people the urgent and critical necessity of fostering harmonious race relations.

The Evening of Applause involved all four district school boards, Northern College, College Boreal, Algoma University and the University of Hearst, spearheaded by the Timmins Local Immigration Partnership and the Timmins and District Multicultural Centre. Awards were presented to students who make a difference, for the best anti-discrimination posters and for performances provided by all of the 4 school boards.

Awards were also presented to the winners of the anti-racism poster contest. One winner was selected in each of the K-4, 5-8, 9-12 grade categories. Brooke Goulet from Timmins Centennial Public School won the K-4 category. Several other awards were given to DSB1 students Brianna Rathbone (Timmins Centennial PS) for JK-3 division, Payton Deyell (Pinecrest PS) for 4-8 division, and Jaykob Walton, Jenna Wilson and Grant Neegan (all from Timmins High) for the 9-12 division.

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March 31, 2016

STEP Students Participate in Music Program

Students in the STEP program at Kapuskasing District High School recently participated in a 4-week music program offered by Natalie Lanthier. Students were able to experience various drumming techniques such as Buffalo drumming, Bucket drumming, Djembe and body percussion. Students were exposed to ways in which music can allow us to express our feelings and work as a tool to self-regulate.

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March 31, 2016

Skype Session at TH&VS

At the end of March, the students of Ms. Timmins' grade 11 academic English 3U class at Timmins High & Vocational School skyped with Dr. Michael Groden, Distinguished Professor Emeritus with the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University. Dr. Groden is an internationally-recognized scholar specializing in the work of 20th century Irish writer James Joyce, whose story "Eveline" is the focus of this class' learning goals this week.

The students conversed with Dr. Groden about the conflict in which Eveline finds herself and how her final choice to remain in Dublin at the end of the story illustrates the theme of paralysis running throughout Joyce's short story collection entitled Dubliners (1914). Megan Theriault, Keandra Mcloughlin, Nico Loreto, Abigail Ollila, Mark Rowe, and Isabella Semadeni each responded to Dr. Groden's questions about conflict and culture and, in turn, asked several questions of their own about Joyce's larger works of fiction, including Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Ulysses (1922). Dr. Groden discussed the literary aspects of "Eveline" as well as the ongoing relevance of Joyce's writings in our tech-saturated culture.

The students described Dr. Groden as "very nice" and "incredibly intelligent." They very much enjoyed this taste of a university class with a specialist of Dr. Groden's calibre.

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March 24, 2016

Winter Activity Day at KLDCS

Winter Activity Day at Kirkland Lake District Composite School was a blast! Thanks to staff who did a great job arranging activities for the whole school. Students enjoyed fishing, curling, skiing and snowboarding... just to name a few of the activities.

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March 11, 2016

IFPS Carnival Day

On March 10th, students from Iroquois Falls Public School enjoyed many carnival activities including sleigh rides, taffy on the snow, sliding, boot hockey, snow soccer, etc. It was a fun day for both students and staff! Photos courtesy Stephanie Benson.

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March 11, 2016

Pinecrest Play Day

Students from Pinecrest Public School kicked off their March Break with having planned activities for the day. Students were put into groups and participated in various outdoor activities such as snow painting, obstacle courses, soccer, and digging for buried treasures. Students were treated to hot chocolate in between activities. Thank you to all staff who helped out!

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March 9, 2016

Science North Visits Iroquois Falls PS

On March 7th, the grade 1 to 6 students at Iroquois Falls Public School enjoyed participating in hands-on science workshops with the bluecoat scientists from Science North. In the Creature Crossing workshop, students worked together to build a wildlife corridor over a highway to ensure the safe crossing of animals. In the Eggs-tronaut workshop, students were challenged to design an egg carrier that would withstand the forces of flight and protect their fragile payload.

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March 8, 2016

Beattie Basketball Tournament Winners

Congratulations to the 'A' boys basketball team from R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School who won the OIHS Basketball Tournament in Timmins on March 3rd. Well done!

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March 7, 2016

Student Nutrition at Federal PS

The Timiskaming Student Nutrition Program Advisory Committee looked for some support from the Kirkland Lake community to volunteer their time to prepare a nutritious and delicious snack for the students of Federal Public School. The response was overwhelming! There were volunteers representing both Kirkland Lake and Timiskaming Health Units, the Red Cross, Kirkland Lake and District Hospital, Kirkland Lake Town Council, Northern Credit Union and Kirkland Lake Gold. Kirkland Lake Gold also donated a warm toque to every student at Federal. We were also surprised with a visit from Freggie. Staff and Students say a big THANK YOU to all who came and were so "FEDTASTIC" to us!

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March 3, 2016

Student Trustees Return from OSTA Conference

Student trustees with District School Board Ontario North East are working hard to make a difference. Kendra Cove of Kapuskasing District High School and Jacob McGonigal of Kirkland Lake District Composite School recently returned from the annual Ontario Student Trustee Conference held in Ottawa February 18th to 21st. In a presentation to DSB Ontario North East Trustees and Administration at the March 1st board meeting, Cove and McGonigal outlined their participation at the conference and what they learned from the first-time experience.

"It was an opportunity for us to interact with other student trustees across the province, and collaborate on ways to improve the quality of education in Ontario," said McGonigal. OSTA (Ontario Student Trustees' Association) is the largest student stakeholder in education and the voice for student vision. As the representatives of over 2-million students, they act as consultants on policy for the Ministry of Education, assist stakeholders in the education community and work to unite all student trustees across the province.

"We were able to hear from a very impressive list of keynote speakers like Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, Burlington MP Karina Gould, Senator Larry Campbell, and Federal Aboriginal Affairs Policy Analyst John Moses," said McGonigal. "Kendra and I had the opportunity to engage in discussion with student trustees from our area and confer about issues that greatly impact students in our region. We discussed at length about embracing Aboriginal culture in our schools and acknowledging the issues within the Native culture."

"I really enjoyed listening to MP Karina Gould," added Cove. "She shared her overwhelming positivity of overcoming barriers set by the people who were against her. We also heard from a student named Elliot who addressed the OSTA about various lesbian, gay and transgendered issues."

The trustees' presentation also included a recommendation that the creation of a student senate comprised of student leaders from schools across the Board would be beneficial to the student body. "As student trustees, our duty is to represent the student perspective in decisions about education in the North. Which means we are responsible for representing the student voice from Hearst to Temagami. Kendra and I would be able to present student issues, comments and concerns to the Board more efficiently with a student senate," said McGonigal. As an example McGonigal explained how his school, Kirkland Lake District Composite, held a Red Dress campaign to raise awareness of missing Aboriginal women. McGonigal said that with the help of a senate, the campaign could have been Board-wide.

"Attending this conference has provided me with a sense of belonging," commented Cove. "During the limited time we had, I was able to meet so many new people who shared common goals. As student trustees, attending Board meetings are only one small portion of the similarities that we shared. OSTA/AECO was an incredible experience."

"I'm pleased that we were able to send our student trustees to this conference," said Board Vice-Chair Bob Brush. "There were a number of years when we didn't send our student trustees... and there was a huge void. They never had an appreciation of the provincial issues. But now they have a greater appreciation of their role. To me this pays endless benefits for our Board to have them attend these conferences and network with students across the province. They did excellent work."

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February 26, 2016

Federal PS Wins Snow Sculpture Contest

Federal Public School was so excited to learn that they were the winners of the Kirkland Lake Festival's Winter Carnival Snow Sculpture Contest, school division! Mrs. Rosenthal, Mrs. Smith, the grade 2, 4/5 and 5/6 classes worked very hard to bring Bob, Stuart, and Kevin to life and it paid off.

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February 23, 2016

KDHS Students Visit Parliament Hill

Kapuskasing had additional representation on Parliament Hill this past week in the form of 5 students from Kapuskasing District High School. Danielle Crump, Alexandra Hall, Kaylin Laflamme, Amanda Valliere and Samantha Yang were selected along with 120 of their peers from across Canada to attend the prestigious Forum for Young Canadians in Ottawa, an experience they all described as "unforgettable".

The five girls, all of whom are honour roll students and active participants in student government and other extracurricular activities, spent a week in Ottawa studying politics and public affairs in action as well as building a network of contacts among government officials and peers who share their interests in politics, business and social justice issues. The forum provides 15 to 19 year old students with an unparalleled insight into the inner workings of government and engages them in hands on experiences that classrooms and textbooks are simply unable to duplicate.

During their week in Ottawa, the girls participated in debates, cabinet simulations, mock elections and a foreign trade agreement negotiation. They also had the opportunity to converse with their own Member of Parliament, Carol Hughes, along with other Members of Parliament at a formal networking reception on Parliament Hill. Although the most visibly memorable experience was their meeting with newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, all five agreed that their forum experience was almost overwhelming in terms of what they have learned and the skills and momentum for change they will carry with them into the future.

The girls remain in close contact with everyone they met through the forum and hope to capitalize on their meeting with Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth), Peter Schiefke, to invite him to speak to the youth of Kapuskasing. They also expressed their gratitude for the assistance of Wainwright Law Offices, The Rotary Club of Kapuskasing, the Caisse Populaire and Dr. Michael Power whose sponsorship allowed them to attend.

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February 23, 2016

Pinecrest Students Work Together to Problem Solve

Students in Mrs. Audet's and Mrs. Richard's classes at Pinecrest Public School recently enjoyed building structures during class. Students had to work on building relationships with students from another class, working as a group and working to problem solve. Last month teachers had the chance to attend a professional development session where they discussed inquiry based math learning. The teachers discussed how younger students are tactile learners and how critical it is that our classrooms own rich materials which allow for open ended exploratory play. As you will see in the pictures, students were busy exploring together. The excitement and energy that filled the classroom was quite visible.

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February 19, 2016

Family Math Night in Matheson

It was a night of math fun at Joseph H. Kennedy Public School. Students and parents enjoyed learning together and attempting a variety of hands-on math activities. Thanks to all families who were able to attend. It was yet another great family math night!

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February 19, 2016

Ross Beattie Public Speaking Winners

Thank you to public speaking participants Maren Steele, Harnan Mylvaganam, Summer Basaraba and Thornton Marshall-Vachon, who participated in the Public Speaking Competition at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School on February 16th. Final results were as follows:

  • 1st place — Harnan Mylvaganam
  • 2nd place — Maren Steele
  • 3rd place — Summer Basaraba
  • 4th place — Thornton Marshall-Vachon

Harnan and Summer will represent Beattie at the Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking Competition on Saturday, February 20th. Congratulations students and good luck!

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February 19, 2016

Winter Play Day at NLPS

Parent Council at New Liskeard Public School served up over 300 pancakes on Friday to kick off Winter Play Day. Special guest Daniel (7 1/2 months old) and his mom Bethany Marques, part of the Roots of Empathy program delivered in the grade 3 French Immersion class, also enjoyed a visit by Freggie, who visited all the classrooms at the school.

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February 18, 2016

New Program Lets KL Children 'See the Future'

Every year in Ontario, 4000 to 6000 children lose the use of one eye, and countless more do poorly in school because they have an eye problem that is not treated in time. But not this year in Kirkland Lake. Last fall, Kirkland Lake's three boards of education approved a Vision Screening Study. The program was introduced in four elementary schools to check the vision of junior and senior kindergarten children. The goal was to see that each child who needs treatment receives it. On February 16th, the schools involved celebrated the success of this program: Central Public School, St. Jerome Catholic School, École Assomption Catholique and Federal Public School.

Last October, staff from the Temiskaming Health Unit spent four days in the schools. They tested 187 children for possible eye problems, using five quick screening tests. Those tests identified children who ought to have a full eye exam. As a result, 79 children later received an eye exam right at school, at a time when a parent could be present. 42 children turned out to have eye problems needing treatment and/or frequent monitoring. 20 children received glasses, and seven were referred to ophthalmologists for treatment of a lazy eye. A lazy eye – an eye that turns outward – will cease to see if it is not corrected before age eight. Correction requires only eye exercises and, sometimes, minor surgery on a muscle.

All four optometrists in Kirkland Lake participated in going to the schools to perform these eye exams: Drs. Douglas and Linsey Yade, and Drs. Allan and Ross MacIvor. Portable optometry equipment was moved from school to school until all the exams were finished. Linda Henry coordinated the testing and logistics.

This program is part of a research project designed to work out the practical problems that would be encountered in testing kindergarteners' eyes province-wide. "I cannot believe we don't already test kindergartener's eyes in Ontario," said Dr. Daphne Maurer, who directs the project. Dr. Maurer is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. "A child who can't see properly often does poorly in school and becomes a behaviour problem. And if a lazy eye is ignored, that eye will go blind."

In Ontario, family doctors are expected to keep an eye on children's eyes, but according to Dr. Maurer, "they aren't trained to do this, and they have neither the equipment nor the time." The program is the initiative of Dr. Daphne Maurer and of Dr. Agnes Wong, Chief of Ophthalmology at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. It is being conducted in collaboration with the Ontario Association of Optometry and is funded by a research grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health and the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council. Glasses are provided by the Ontario Association of Optometrists' Eye See... Eye Learn program.

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February 16, 2016

Exchange Week in Hearst

Hearst High School recently hosted 18 students and 2 teachers from Cadotte Lake, Alberta. While here, they participated in a variety of activities such as skating, curling, a tour of Columbia Forest Product plywood plant, a sleigh ride, visits to local museums, tubing, laser tag, as well as many others. The week was a huge success, and students made many new friends. Participants from Hearst High School are now quite anxious to travel to the Cadotte Lake community at the end of April!

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February 16, 2016

Paramedics Visit Cochrane PS

Kindergarten students in Mme Colton and Mme Charron's classes at Cochrane Public School recently had a visit from some paramedics. Mr. Yade taught the students about community helpers. Thank you to Brian and Justin for visiting!

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February 12, 2016

Valentine Breakfast at Pinecrest

Students at Pinecrest Public School were greeted Friday morning with special Valentine's Day pancakes. Each student ate a heart shaped pancake with syrup, whipped cream and a strawberry topped with strawberry juice! Thanks to Mrs. D'Angelio for decorating the breakfast area and making special pancakes for our students!

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February 12, 2016

Valentine Luncheon Supports Food Bank

Thanks to the "Ralph Laurens" – part of the social committee at the Schumacher Board Office – for hosting a fabulous potluck Valentine's Day luncheon for staff on February 11th. Part of the luncheon included a silent auction of some very scrumptious desserts! All money raised was donated to the Timmins Food Bank. Great job guys and gals!

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February 12, 2016

Cake Decorating Contest at NLPS

New Liskeard Public School celebrated Valentine's Day with their 15th Annual Cake Decorating Contest on February 11th. The school had over 70 yummy entries. All of them were AMAZING creations and provided a lot of family fun the night before. Great job everyone!

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February 10, 2016

Teddy Bear Drive at Bertha Shaw PS

Congratulations to Mme Larabie's grade 3 class at Bertha Shaw Public School, who recently put together a Teddy Bear Drive! The class collected 467 stuffed animals for our local ambulances and 127 receiving blankets for the maternity ward at Timmins and District Hospital. Fantastic!

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February 10, 2016

100th Day at Iroquois Falls PS

Iroquois Falls Public School celebrated 100 days of school with a variety of fun activities. Students were split into multi-aged groups to work on leadership and teamwork as they rotated through 5 stations. They also had a chance to look at the projects brought in by fellow students. We are 100 days smarter!

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February 10, 2016

Science Timmins at Golden Avenue PS

It was a great treat for Sean Robertson's grade 2/3 class recently at Golden Avenue Pubic School! On February 10th, Science Timmins visited their classroom to introduce ten stations which explored movement and motion through inquiry and exploration. A big thank you to Antoine and Lorraine from Science Timmins for an enjoyable visit!

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February 9, 2016

Timmins Mayor Visits English Class

Allison Timmins' grade 11 Academic English class at Timmins High & Vocational School received a special guest today in the form of Timmins Mayor Steve Black! The students are currently reading Macbeth, while exploring power and politics both in the medieval world and today. The students were divided into peasants, knights, and nobles, and each group was given a list of words to unscramble. The nobles used their iPads and dictionaries, while the knights had only printed books, and the peasants had nothing but pencils and paper. The students gained understanding of feudalism and Mayor Black gave a discussion of what it means to be in politics. A big thank-you to Mayor Steve Black for taking time out of his day to visit with our students!

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February 9, 2016

Valentine's Fun at Golden Avenue PS

Mr. Robertson's grade 2/3 class and Mrs. Newell's grade 4/5 class have been spending time together at Golden Avenue Public School making Valentine's Day cards for the residents of Spruce Hill Lodge. Great job students!

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