Stories from 2016-2017
Student Trustees Attend Provincial Council Meeting
Congratulations to our student trustees Gillian Gobbo and Aviana Ruel. They've recently returned from the OASTA-AECO Board Council meeting in Ottawa (February 16th to 19th). During their conference, Gillian and Aviana had a chance to network with student trustees from across the province. Thanks for making us proud!
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
The grade 4 to 6 students at Iroquois Falls Public School have been spending Wednesday afternoons in February at the Iroquois Falls Cross Country Ski Club. Students are learning basic skills, techniques and trail etiquette required to enjoy the wonderful winter sports of classic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Thank you to the volunteer instructors from the club for providing instruction to our students!
Mock Job Interviews for KDHS Career Studies Students
With career portfolios, resumes and cover letters in hand, grade 10 Career Studies students at Kapuskasing District High School arrived for their mock interviews. Students spent several weeks preparing for the interviews which were conducted by a panel of two teachers and one special guest. Overall they felt the experience left them better prepared for the workplace and offered the following feedback:
- "It felt like I was interviewing for an actual job."
- "I learned that you have to be very well prepared, and the experience wasn't a waste of time at all."
- "I was so stressed about whether I would get the job and the interview felt real, giving me a better feel of what it is like to actually apply for a job."
- "I actually got to prepare myself for an interview and now I'll know what to expect when I actually have one, and will be more confident."
DSB1 Students Advance in Free Throw Competition
Congratulations to all competitors and way to go to Miller and TCPS!
KLDCS Co-op Student Recognized
Nathaniel Tinney is a co-op student at Kirkland Lake District Secondary School. As part of the co-op program, he is doing his placement at Byer's Precision Machining Inc. Co-op gives students an opportunity to earn high school credits while doing a placement in the community and getting real world experience. Byer's Precision Machining has had several co-op students, but Nathaniel is the first student to obtain a CWB welding ticket. Well done Nathaniel!
NLPS Students Learn About Ramadan
A big thanks to special guest Hifa, who came to New Liskeard Public School to teach us about Ramadan, an annual observance for Muslims. She had a great presentation prepared for us! We learned about Gergean (similar to Halloween) and Eid (another special day where kids say something nice to their family members and in return receive money to go shopping that day). Students learned to make a lantern and a sac to collect candy. What a wonderful afternoon!
Keeping the Kindness Going at NLPS
In December New Liskeard Public School had a 15-day Kindness Countdown. During morning announcements students and staff were encouraged to follow through on a daily act of kindness. Some examples were to help someone younger than you, to feed the birds, and to create and deliver Christmas cards or pictures to patients at the hospital. Mrs Langille's grade 6 class has continued with the idea that Kindness Still Counts, and has shared their research, ideas, discussions and thoughts on how kindness affects others.
TH&VS Band Tours Timmins Schools
Thanks to the Timmins High & Vocational School Concert Band and Music Teacher Barry Promane for putting on some fantastic shows at our elementary schools! The band made stops at Timmins Centennial and Schumacher public schools this past week.
Rocks & Rings at Timmins Centennial
Students from grades 2 to 6 at Timmins Centennial Public School recently participated in the Egg Farmers Rocks & Rings program. Students were introduced to the sport of curling through various drills, relays and team-building activities. This program uses unique indoor floor curling equipment to provide a realistic curing experience without the ice. It was a very interactive experience and students had a lot of fun!
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition
Students from W. Earle Miller, Timmins Centennial and Pinecrest public schools recently attended the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition held at O'Gorman Intermediate. Congratulations to the many students will be moving on to the next round. Way to go DSB1!
Grade 3 iPad Rollout at W. Earle Miller PS
In addition to the 1:1 iPad program for grades 5 to 11, District School Board Ontario North East is placing iPads at a 2:1 ratio in grades 3 & 4. Grade 3 students at W. Earle Miller Public School in Timmins received their iPads the week of January 9th.
"The iPad tool, as for the older grade students, is to advance 21st century skills. Part of the use of the iPad focuses on recognizing and learning the valuable skills of media citizenship," says Director of Education, Linda Knight.
STEP Class Hat and Mitt Drive
Prior to the Christmas break, the STEP class at Kapuskasing District High School held a hat and mitt drive. Students reached out to local businesses to place collection boxes in their stores to gather hats and mitts from members of the community. The STEP students then delivered a box of hats and mitts to each elementary school in Kapuskasing. The schools were very appreciative to receive these items. A big thank you to Moose FM in Kapuskasing for advertising the drive on the local radio station and encouraging members of the community to participate. This is a project we hope to continue each year.
Turkey Luncheon at Schumacher PS
A turkey luncheon was held on December 20th for the students and staff of Schumacher Public School. The school is overwhelmed with the generosity of Alan Heys, owner of Alan's No Frills in Timmins, who has very generously donated of all of the turkeys and potatoes required for our dinner. A huge thank you to Mr. Heys from the students and staff of Schumacher Public School!
Christmas Crafts for Seniors
Students in Mrs. Mackey's grade 2/3 class at W. Earle Miller Public School have been regularly meeting with their "grand-buddies" at St. Mary's Gardens. They spend time with the seniors sharing stories, crafts and snacks. Today, students are bringing Christmas crafts they made to give to their friends. What a great experience for the children and seniors!
Christmas Luncheon at R. Ross Beattie
Thank you to the School Council at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School for organizing and hosting a delicious turkey luncheon on December 19th. The luncheon for students and staff was catered by Siva's Family Restaurant. Merry Christmas and thank you to all our volunteers!
Board Office Staff Support Mobile Soup Kitchen
'Tis the season! The staff of the Schumacher Board Office of District School Board Ontario North East dug deep into their pockets this year to help out The Yo Mobile – a mobile soup kitchen on wheels for those in need in Timmins. On Friday, December 16th, staff presented Yo Mobile operator Mario Dussault with a collection of winter wear (hats, mitts, scarves, etc.), food and gift cards.
Merry Christmas from the staff of the Schumacher Board Office!
Co-op Career Fair at Timmins High
The Cooperative Education program at Timmins High & Vocational School had its students showcase their placements at the Co-op Career Fair which took place on December 14th. All students, staff, employers and parents were invited to attend.
Students Visit Science Timmins Village
As an early Christmas present, all kindergarten to grade 6 students at W. Earle Miller Public School got to visit the Science Timmins Village. A student was overheard saying, "I'll remember this forever." What a great two days for students!
Rebels' Classic Basketball Tournament
The 6th annual Rebels' Classic grade 7/8 basketball tournament was held on December 8th at Roland Michener Secondary School. There were 9 teams from across Timmins in the tournament. The O'Gorman Knights ended up winning the tournament over Anicet-Morin. DSB1 schools faired well with Roland Michener (Elementary) Rebels hanging on to beat Renaissance 10-8 for a 3rd place finish. R. Ross Beattie Blue finished 5th and R. Ross Beattie Gold finished in 9th place. Great job girls for a season well done!
NLPS Supports Local Food Bank
New Liskeard Public School collected over 800 items for the local food bank in Temiskaming Shores. Mrs. Langille and some of the members of the ME to WE group posed for a photo with the donated items before they were delivered on December 9th.
Timmins Centennial Staff Shows Support
The staff of Timmins Centennial Public School recently wore grey along with their "Strong" and "Love" t-shirts to show support for Vice-Principal Christy Lafontaine as she battles cancer. She is such an example of strength and is an inspiration to all of us. We are so proud of you Christy!
Board Participates in Hour of Code
Schools across District School Board Ontario North East took part in Hour of Code held during Computer Science Education Week from December 5th to 11th. Hour of Code started as a 1-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code", to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. The event has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science and computational thinking, beginning with an hour of coding activities but expanding well beyond that to community events.
The Blanket Exercise at Diamond Jubilee PS
For more information and a video about the Blanket Exercise, visit the Kairos Canada website.
Joined by facilitator Lisa Innes, District School Board Ontario North East's Indigenous System Lead, students in grades 6-8 participated in the Blanket Exercise at Diamond Jubilee Public School. The blanket exercise is a teaching tool used to bring the subject of history to life through the use of an interactive dialogue where students become characters in the historic script. Through this teaching, students share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Cards for Canadian Soldiers in Iraq
In an act of kindness, students from Smooth Rock Falls Public School have made and sent cards of warmth, hope and cheer to Canadian soldiers in Iraq. The cards will first travel to the base in Belleville and then be forwarded to Baghdad, Iraq. The students hope the cards convey a message of appreciation for all the sacrifices soldiers make, including being away from family and friends.
Robotics Club at TDSS Elementary
Grade 7/8 students at Timiskaming District SS (Elementary) have the opportunity this year to participate in a Robotics Club. Students have been learning to code, create and program robots, and explore some of the latest technology available at TDSS.
RMSS Wins United Way Challenge
Congratulations to Roland Michener Secondary School, the host school for this year's United Way Challenge, for winning best dance and finishing first overall, winning the challenge. Way to go team and thank you to all involved in this great event!
Genius Hour at TDSS Elementary
The grade 7/8 students at Timiskaming District SS (Elementary) have worked hard at planning, researching and becoming experts at a topic they were interested in learning more about. Students chose a variety of topics ranging from woodworking to creating bath bombs and pretzels to sell and donate money to local charities. The projects will be on display for parents and community members to see in the upcoming weeks.
ESCHS Visits Detour Gold
Students from École Secondaire Cochrane High School interested in pursuing careers in the mining sector recently travelled to Detour Gold to participate in a tour of the facility and a Q and A with Detour employees. The students would like to thank Board Trustee Howard Archibald for inviting us.
TDSS Health Care Class Visits Timmins
The Health Care class from Timiskaming District Secondary School recently took part in a field trip to Timmins. The class toured Northern College to learn about the courses they offer and what the residence is like. Afterwards they participated in scenarios with the paramedic students and learned more about the nursing programs offered at Northern. They then headed up to Timmins and District Hospital where they listened to a speech given by ER physician, Dr. Chris Loreto.
Board Chair and Vice-Chair Acclaimed
District School Board Ontario North East is proud to announce the acclamation of Doug Shearer as Chair of the Board and Bob Brush as Vice-Chair. Elections were held during the Board of Trustees annual inaugural meeting on December 6th. Both Shearer and Brush were the sole nominees for each position. Shearer is the trustee for Haileybury, Cobalt-Coleman Township and Temagami. Bob Brush represents the Timmins area.
ESCHS Partners with Cochrane Retirement Complex
Students in this semester's visual arts courses at École Secondaire Cochrane High School and residents of the Cochrane Retirement Complex successfully coordinated an inter-generational program that promoted learning, understanding, and mutual respect. The students made paintings commissioned by the retirement residents to decorate their rooms and dining room. The residents and students met regularly over coffee and donuts to discuss the painting projects. The visual arts students wish to extend a big thank you to all of the retirement complex residents that participated, the support workers, Brian McPherrin and Dale Elliot.
Science North Visits NLPS
Science North visited New Liskeard Public School in late November. Buses were canceled on this day because of the poor weather, but students who managed to get to school had a great day exploring various science concepts. A big thank you to Science North for a great day!
Supporting the Christmas Food Drive
Once again this year, the staff and students of Smooth Rock Falls Public School participated in the Lions Club Annual Christmas Food Drive. Thanks to the generosity of our families, we collected 284 items that will be distributed to members of the community before Christmas.
The families and staff of SRFPS should be very proud that when called upon, we step up and go above and beyond what is expected of such a small school. Way to go SRFPS!! You really are the amazing!
RMSS Elementary Supports SOCKS Timmins
The grade 7 & 8 students at Roland Michener SS (Elementary) had a successful socks collection in support of SOCKS Timmins. The intermediate classes collected a total of 1294 pairs of new socks that will be distributed to those in need in our area. Congratulations students!
Painting of Traditional Thirteen-Sided Drums
Students in this semester's Expressing Aboriginal Culture course at École Secondaire Cochrane High School recently put their creativity to work painting Woodland style inspired imagery onto traditional thirteen-sided drums. The drums were made in the same course last semester with Gary Lavigne. The painted drums are a nice addition to the hallways at Cochrane High. Great job students!
TDSS Students Win Northern College Bursaries
Two students from Timiskaming District Secondary School were the lucky winners of the Northern College draw for $500.00 tuition bursaries. Both Michelle Gagnon and Carlie Dewar were selected after entering their names into the draw at the College Information Program held at TDSS on October 13th. Congratulations Michelle and Carlie!
Rogers Hometown Hockey at W. Earle Miller PS
Congratulations to the students and staff of W. Earle Miller Public School. During a Timmins-wide elementary school fundraising competition for the food bank, Miller "filled their net" with over 1200 food items, winning a visit from the Rogers Hometown Hockey crew! Great job Miller!!! Thank you to all schools who took part in the City of Timmins initiative.
Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Campaign
During November 2016 the students and staff at Roland Michener Secondary School collected items to fill 61 boxes for the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child shoebox campaign. The purpose was to brighten the day for many children in developing countries during the holiday season. Thank you to all RM Rebels for donating to this worthy cause!
KLDCS Passes on Mental Health Message
Congratulations to Kirkland Lake District Composite School! You did it! Students at the school asked CBC personality Rick Mercer to accept their #ConvoPlate, and help them bring the conversation about youth mental health to the national stage. The 'big' meeting happened in November with a group of KLDCS staff and students meeting Rick Mercer in Toronto to pass on their plate.
STEP Class Helps Healthy Kids Kapuskasing
The STEP class at Kapuskasing District High School paired up with Healthy Kids Kapuskasing to prepare healthy snacks made available to children who participate in activities at the pool as an alternate to using the vending machine. It was a great opportunity as the STEP students were able to choose, shop for and prepare the snacks.
Christmas Card Project
Mr. Bohdanec's grade 7/8 class at Roland Michener SS (Elementary), with the guidance of Educational Assistant Lorraine Laiho, is doing a Christmas card project. Students are making handmade cards that will be distributed to the residents of the Golden Manor and to the Red Cross Diners Group. Way to go students!
Science Junk Art Exhibit at EPS
In October, Mrs. Mayhew's and Mrs. West's grade 4/5 classes at Englehart Public School held a Science Junk Art Sculpture/Structure Exhibit. Students in grade 4 created sculptures out of re-used junk and had to include a working pulley and/or gear. Students in grade 5 created structures out of re-used junk and had to design and build their structures to withstand at least 2 different forces. Students presented their creations and answered visitors' questions as they circulated around the junk art exhibit. It was a fun day!
EHS Takes Second in Science Olympics
Congratulations to Englehart High School students Jake Stickney, Ben Marshall, Marshall Cudney and Vikky Emmel for finishing in 2nd place at the Science Olympics held in Timmins today. The EHS team placed 2nd behind Theriault, narrowly missing a chance to attend the provincial championships. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments, as this is the first time competing in many years.
Sphero SPRK Robots at IFPS
Students in Ms. de Schneider's grade 5/6 class at Iroquois Falls Public School are exploring coding and science while having fun with Sphero SPRK robots. From calculating angles to simulating the solar system, students love programming their little robots!
First Week of November Proclaimed as Treaty Recognition Week
The City of Timmins has formally recognized November 6th to 12th as Treaty Recognition Week. The new Provincial legislation recognizes the importance of treaties and brings awareness to the treaty relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in the province. The first legislation of its kind in Canada, Treaties Recognition Week will provide a recurring opportunity for teachers to plan learning activities about treaties during the school year and will help promote awareness of treaties in the broader public.
Timmins Mayor Steve Black was joined by District School Board Ontario North East Director of Education Linda Knight, Board Chair Doug Shearer, Board Indigenous System Lead Elizabeth Innes, and students from Timmins High & Vocational School and R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School to mark the proclamation.
"At District School Board Ontario North East, we believe all students – both Indigenous and non-Indigenous - are enriched by learning the histories, cultures, contributions and perspectives of the Indigenous people of Canada," commented Indigenous System Lead Elizabeth Innes. "In 1905, the Ojibway and Cree people of Northern Ontario entered into a treaty relationship with the government of Canada. In agreeing to sharing the land, Indigenous people were given protected hunting and fishing rights, reserve areas and a monetary gift. In return, the Indigenous people agreed to share the natural resources of the land. Our Board believes in sharing and teaching the treaty process with our staff and students."
This legislation is part of Ontario's Treaty Strategy which is promoting constructive engagement and revitalizing treaty relationships between the province and Indigenous communities. Treaties Recognition Week is also one of many steps on Ontario's journey of healing and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. It reflects Ontario's commitment to work with Indigenous partners, creating a better future for everyone in the province.
"It highlights the importance of our education system in recognizing treaties, the issues surrounding treaties and how they came about. I'm very pleased that the City of Timmins is making this proclamation," said Boar Chair, Doug Shearer. Timmins Mayor Steve Black also added, "It's a very important day and a big step forward in recognizing some of the aspects of the Truth and Reconciliation process."
ESCHS Athletics Awards Assembly
Sports have always been a big part of École Secondaire Cochrane High School. The Athletic Awards assembly gathers us together to recognize the skilled participants, the dedicated and hard-working coaches and everyone else who volunteered their time. All these people helped contribute to the success of our teams, and the atmosphere at ESCHS. Thank you!
We also have a chance to honour all the athletes who did such an amazing job during the 2015-16 school year. The following athletes have displayed qualities of leadership, high performance, dedication and improving talent. They practised and did their best to represent our school and today, we congratulate them on a job well done!
- Senior Female Athlete of the Year: Theonilda Koiengu
- Senior Male Athlete of the Year: Arrick Ethier
- Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Joshua Fortin
- Senior Girls' Basketball MVP: Arianna Koostachin
- Senior Boys' Basketball MVP: Arrick Ethier
- Senior Girls' Volleyball MVP: Hilary Groulx
- Senior Boys' Volleyball MVP: Curtis Burkholder
- Junior Girls' Volleyball MVP: Jenny Lee Roussel-Quachegan
- Junior Boys' Volleyball MVP: Joshua Fortin
- Badminton MVPs: Theonilda Koiengu & Arrick Ethier
- Senior Girls' Track & Field MVP: Emma Langlois
- Senior Boys' Track & Field MVP: Arrick Ethier
- Junior Girls' Track & Field MVP: Kelsey Thomas
- Junior Boys' Track & Field MVP: Joshua Fortin
Halloween from Across Board
District School Board Ontario North East would like to wish students and staff a safe and fun Halloween! Here's a look at some of the festivities that happened in our schools:
Cochrane High Stratford Trip
This year, 11 students from École Secondaire Cochrane High School participated in the Stratford Trip from October 11-14 with Mrs. Mayer and Mrs. Chapleau. The group took in four plays, including Shakespeare in Love, Macbeth, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Chorus Line. On top of that, they attended a backstage tour of the beautiful Festival Theatre. A good time was had by all, and some students are hoping to return next year.
TDSS Finishes 2nd in Volleyball Tournament
The Senior Boys' Volleyball team from Timiskaming District Secondary School attended the Chippewa Scarlet and Gold Tournament October 21-22 in North Bay. In the round of 16, thy faced Elliot Lake, then moved on to West Ferris in the quarter-final, Lockerby in the semi-final and Chippewa in the final. Falling short to Chippewa Secondary School in the final, the team finished 2nd place overall after a great tournament!
Agents of Change at Bertha Shaw PS
The grade 1 students at Bertha Shaw Public School have been working through an inquiry and have decided to take action by becoming agents of change. The students worked together to create videos to help the Timmins Humane Society raise awareness about the adoption of cats. They even had the chance to go to the Porcupine Mall and help the Humane Society get the cats adopted. Way to go students!
TDSS Art Class Visits Pumpkin Patch
Ms. Aquino's grade 9/10 art class from Timiskaming District Secondary School visited Craig Haven Farm and Gardens to paint pumpkins with children's themes. The painted pumpkins will be used to adorn the trails and farm for the upcoming visits by elementary schools. In return for their help, the students were treated to a wagon ride and cookies.
Board Cross Country Challenge
Roland Michener Elementary hosted this year's Cross Country Challenge. All three regions of District School Board Ontario North East were represented with schools from Englehart, Cochrane, and Iroquois Falls, as well as eight schools from the Timmins area participating. The event allowed athletes of all levels the opportunity to push themselves and work towards reaching personal bests, while engaging in friendly competition. There were some excellent performances, and the venue provided the runners a chance to showcase the results of their efforts and commitment during the cross country season.
Thanks go out to Timmins Police constables McGaghran and Warren for the 4-wheeler support, Andy Glembus of Northern College, John and Gail Geddes, Roztek, Porcupine Springs, Tim Hortons, Colin Sullivan's RMSS Exercise Science class, Dan Cleroux for acting as race starter, and to the students volunteers who assisted in making the day a success. Special thanks also goes out to Andrea Blomberg, Shelby Deacon, Carly Lefebvre, Zoey MacCoy, and Elissa Stinson, for their help and patience in putting this day together.
MP Charlie Angus Visits Civics Class
A big thank-you to Charlie Angus, the current Member of Parliament for the federal riding of Timmins-James Bay, for visiting Ms. Schutt's grade 10 Civics class at Timmins High & Vocational School on Wednesday, October 12th. He spoke with students about current political issues, how he became a politician, and the importance of young people voting. It was a fun interactive session!
Students Get Creative with Welding Art
Students in Mr. Girard's Manufacturing (Welding) Technology class at Iroquois Falls Secondary School have been working hard to create some amazing pieces of art. The course allows students an opportunity to design and fabricate products using a variety of processes, tools, and equipment. Spectacular work students!
TDSS Cross Country Invitational 2016
What a day it was with Timiskaming District Secondary School hosting another hugely successful cross country meet on October 6th! Over 1000 runners from grades 3 to 12 came from all over the North to take on the world class trails of the Temiskaming Nordic Ski Club.
Golden Thanksgiving Food Drive
The Thanksgiving Food Drive at Golden Avenue Public School was a huge success this year! Mrs. Malley helped coordinate this year's activity and we collected over 400 pounds of non-perishable food items. Classes were challenged to build structures in their classrooms using the donations, and a pizza lunch was awarded to the classes with the best structure. A big thank you to the parents, students and staff for supporting this initiative!
RMSS Elementary Making Thanksgiving Bright
Students from Roland Michener SS (Elementary) collected 253 non-perishable food items for the South Porcupine Food Bank this week. Student council organized a competition between homerooms. Mr. Holm's grade 8 class came out on top with nearly 100 items collected. Happy Thanksgiving from students and staff at Roland Michener!
Pinecrest Students Do the 'Big Crunch'
Students from Pinecrest Public School participated in the Big Crunch on October 6th. Local farmers brought in fresh carrots for students to crunch down on for the 10:30 a.m. event. Each student had the opportunity to eat one of these fresh, delicious local carrots!
KLDCS Teacher Wins International Award
Congratulations to Erin Buchmann! The teacher from Kirkland Lake District Secondary School won the 2016 Teaching Excellence Contest, sponsored by THINK Magazine and The Toronto Heschel School. Her entry, Indigenous Awareness Project from Kirkland Lake District Composite School was chosen as the first place winner. One judge wrote, "This project tackled critical issues important to all Canadians and instilled a sense of pride and belonging in the Indigenous People, while bringing greater awareness of indigenous issues... to the school and community. It is encouraging to see social justice promoted by our youth in a school environment." For the first place finish, KLDCS will receive a cheque for $1500 and the school will be featured in the Spring issue of THINK Magazine!
Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week
Students from Timiskaming District Secondary School had the opportunity to experience Indigenous culture at Northern College during Indigenous Cultural Awareness Week (September 19th to 23rd). The students participated in a smudging ceremony, made bannock, created birch bark offering dishes and learned valuable lessons from elders, John and Marilyn Chevrier-Wills.
Orange Shirt Day at Temagami PS
Orange Shirt Day is an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. The students at Temagami Public School have been learning about Canadian residential schools and created their own #Truth posters with symbols representing suffering, remembering, promise, and "never again." On Friday, September 30th, students wore orange to honour the survivors and to remember those who didn't make it home.
Kiss-a-Pig Fundraiser for Terry Fox
What a fun idea! Dunk our teachers and make them kiss a pig. This is what happened at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School on Terry Fox Day on September 30th. Thank you to our brave staff participants and to students for the great ideas in raising money for the Terry Fox Foundation!
Frosh Week at Timmins High
Every year in September, students from Timmins High & Vocational School have the chance to make a fool of themselves in a safe, fun way during Frosh Week! Some of the events included blind pudding eating contest, donut-on-a-string, carpet race as well as events involving some brave staff members.
As part of Frosh Week, the school supported the D.A.R.E. Smile Cookies fundraiser by purchasing $700 in cookies. Officers Rick Lemieux & Bill Field were present to eat all the cookies with students!
Englehart Supporting Terry Fox
The secondary and grade 7/8 students from Englehart High / Englehart HS (Elementary) came together on September 29th for The Terry Fox Run. Whether students were running or walking, they represented our school well in the community. Way to go Spartans!
RMSS Coding: Learning in the 21st Century
Mr. Simard's grade 8 students from Roland Michener SS (Elementary) recently travelled to Bertha Shaw Public School to both teach and share in their enthusiasm of computer coding with Mme. Corbeil's grade 2/3 class. Coding has been incorporated into the curriculum at Michener this year, as an approach to better prepare students for the future in an ever expanding technological world. Not only can students enjoy playing video games, but they can also can learn how they are created and perhaps create one of their own! It is our hope that spreading this enthusiasm to younger students will spark new interests in this exciting area.
Iroquois Falls Students Using Their STEM Skills
Students in Ms. Trigg's grade 1/2/3 class at Iroquois Falls Public School had fun using their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) skills to design something to hold and sort crayons. This STEM activity got students thinking creatively while practicing perseverance, problem solving and working together.
Journée Franco-Ontarien at TCPS
Students at Timmins Centennial Public School celebrated Franco-Ontarian Day (la Journée des Franco-Ontariens) on September 23rd. Each year, September 25th is the day to recognize the cultural, historical, social, economic and political contributions of the Francophone community in Ontario. September 25th is also the anniversary of the first raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag in 1975.
1-1 iPad Initiative Expanded
District School Board Ontario North East has continued its expansion of the 1-to-1 iPad Initiative. "We are advancing our iPad program this year so we will have one iPad for every student from grades 5 to 7. In the grade 3-4 area we go toward a 2-1 project – and all of our other primary classes do have small clusters of anywhere from 3 to 5 iPads," said Director of Education, Linda Knight. This week, students at W. Earle Miller Public School received their iPads.
Board Welcomes Student Trustees
District School Board Ontario North East officially welcomed its new student trustees for the 2016-17 school year at the September 20th Meeting of the Board. Gillian Gobbo (left) is a grade 12 student at Iroquois Falls Secondary School, while Aviana Ruel (right), also in grade 12, comes from École Secondaire Cochrane High School. With the ultimate goal of advancing the student vision, student trustees are elected by their peers to bring student voice to district school board tables.
First Day of School
Thank you to our school communities for sharing photos from the first day of school – Tuesday, September 6, 2016. District School Board Ontario North East wishes all staff and students a successful start to the 2016-2017 school year!
Board Prepares for New Year Ahead
Redefining Learning and Teaching for the 21st Century was the theme of a special professional development day event held by District School Board Ontario North East at Timmins High & Vocational School on Thursday, September 1st. Trustees and board administration, along with over 700 teachers, educational assistants, child & youth workers, and early childhood educators from across the North East participated in over 86 workshops, showcasing innovation in the classroom.