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Stories from 2010-2011

June 30, 2011

Golden Avenue PS Students Give Back to Community

The Intermediate Industrials Arts classes at Golden Avenue Public School demonstrated their skills by constructing picnic tables that were donated to the Spruce Hill Lodge and Finnish Kulta Koti. It was the students' way of giving something back to their community, and their efforts were well-received. Many of the residents were able to share stories of their connections with Golden Avenue, as either former students, parents of some of the staff members, or grandparents of present day students.

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June 24, 2011

Wishing all a safe and enjoyable summer!

Students and staff from Cochrane Public School gathered in the school yard for a unique photo opportunity. The school gathered in groups to spell 'CPS', the initials of the school. The aerial photo was taken by Chantal Levesque Photography.

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June 24, 2011

Awards Doled Out at Federal PS

A big pat on the back for students at Federal Public School in Kirkland Lake! The school recently held an end of the year award ceremony for grades JK to 5. Students were given awards for being good citizens and good readers. Extra awards were also handed out to salute the school's Recycling Club.

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June 22, 2011

Board Trustee Receives Diploma

Congratulations to District School Board Ontario North East Trustee Howard Archibald! Archibald is among this year's graduates of the Taykwa Tagamou Adult Alternative Education program. "It was unfinished business," says Archibald, "...and has been on the back of my plate for awhile." Howard Archibald received his grade 12 diploma at an emotional ceremony on Saturday, June 18th in Cochrane. Board members then recognized Archibald's achievement at the Board meeting on Tuesday, June 21st.

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June 21, 2011

Senior Kindergarten Graduation at Cochrane PS

Congratulations to the senior kindergarten class at Cochrane Public School for an outstanding year. Students and their families celebrated with a special ceremony in the gym. Have a great summer everyone!

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June 21, 2011

Children's Water Festival in Cochrane

Students at Cochrane Public School were learning all about water during their last week of school. They participated in many fun activities at the annual Children's Water Festival hosted by the Water & Wastewater Department of the Town of Cochrane.

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June 20, 2011

Fishing Trip for Diamond Jubliee Students

Teachers and students from the Special Education department of Diamond Jubilee Public School recently enjoyed a day at Remi Lake in Moonbeam to cap off a successful school year. The group rented Camp Cadanac's pontoon boat as well as a lifeguard and spent the day swimming and fishing under a blazing sun. It was a great opportunity to apply social skills taught at school in a different context and a nice way to reward the students who worked hard throughout the year to achieve their goals.

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June 18, 2011

Taykwa Tagamou Graduation

Congratulations to District School Board Ontario North East Trustee Howard Archibald. Archibald was among the graduates of the Taykwa Tagamou Nation Alternative Education program, receiving his grade 12 diploma at a special ceremony June 18th in Cochrane. The Board also hosted two very special guests at the graduation: Stan Louttit, Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Council, and Deputy Grand Chief Terry Waboose.

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June 15, 2011

Student Film Festival at Cochrane PS

Cochrane Public School held its first film festival back on June 8th and 9th. Throughout the year, students from JK to Grade 8 worked hard on creating their own films. During this 2-day festival, students proudly showcased their films to parents and peers. They were very excited to walk down the red carpet!

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June 15, 2011

Southern Region Retirement and Service Awards

District School Board Ontario North East recently held its Southern Region Retirement and Service Awards. Congratulations to all of our retirees! To the recipients of our service awards, many thanks for your dedicated years of hard work within our schools!

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June 13, 2011

Students Feast and Learn at Englehart PS

Grade 4, 5, and 6 students at Englehart Public School recently hosted a Museum of Early Civilizations and Ancient Feast along with their teachers, Ms. Jenkins and Mrs. West. Students gathered research, created 3-D replica artifacts, and presented their informative exhibits about Medieval Times, Ancient Civilizations, and Canada's Early Aboriginals. Students also completed learning logs as they visited the student curators in charge of each exhibit. Parents visited the informative exhibits and also joined students for a feast with many dishes created from ancient recipes.

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June 13, 2011

Students Experience Eco-Camp Bickell

Every year, District School Board Ontario North East brings education outdoors. It's called "Eco-Camp Bickell" — a unique partnership between the Board and the camp. The outdoor science program helps to strengthen a sense of environmental awareness in students. All grade 6 students in the Board participate in this camp during May and June as part of their study of the "Diversity of Life".

"Activities are curriculum-based and the kids learn tremendously. You can't do some of these things in the classroom, so this is the perfect spot," says Gene Kent, the Education Director for Eco-Camp Bickell.

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June 13, 2011

Poetry Café at Englehart PS

Guests of the grade 4, 5, and 6 students at Englehart Public School enjoyed listening to words at play during the school's recent Junior Poetry Café. Students have been writing poems and gathering them into anthology collections in order to complete poetry writing assignments. Each student performed at least one original poem from their own collection and was presented with their "poetic license" at the end of the celebration.

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June 9, 2011

Day of Consequences at IFSS

Every 22 minutes a teen dies due to risky behaviour. Students at Iroquois Falls Secondary School learned that lesson and more during their "Day of Consequences" held on May 18th. Hosted by the Porcupine Health Unit and Ms. O'Connor's HSP 3M class, the day included an emotional assembly, along with some strong messages. Also attending were members of the Iroquois Falls Fire Department, Iroquois Falls Emergency Services, the Ontario Provincial Police, V.C.A.R.S and Abitibi Funeral Services. It is hoped the day has helped to guide students into making wise future choices.

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June 7, 2011

EPS Kids For the Cure

The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life is more than just a fundraiser. It is an opportunity to get together with family and friends and celebrate cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost to cancer, and fight back in the hope of finding a cure for this terrible disease. This year, the student council and staff from Englehart Public School entered a team "EPS Kids For the Cure". This 14 member team managed to raise $1745.00 for the cause and participated in a walk to remember.

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June 7, 2011

Algoma Math Contest Winners

Congratulations to students at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School in Timmins. In early May, 81 students participated in the Algoma University Math Contest. 28 schools from 7 different school boards participated with Ross Beattie finishing 2nd place overall in the Junior Divison.

Students who wrote the junior contests had the following overall results in the province:

  • 2nd – Tim Zheng (Tim will receive an award of $90 as well as certificates for his success!)
  • 9th – Christian Smith
  • 10th – Jennifer Kutchaw
  • 12th – Emily Byfield

Congratulations students on your success!

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June 7, 2011

EPS Students Collect Money For Angel Program

Each year, the staff at Timiskaming Child and Family Services coordinate a program that helps provide gifts to less fortunate families in the district of Timiskaming. Hundreds of children receive gifts as part of the Angel Program thanks to the community members who get involved. For the month of May, students at Englehart Public School collected Canadian Tire money for the Angel Program. $178.00 was raised with the grade 8 class raising $59.40 of the total.

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June 6, 2011

Students Explore Moose River By Freighter Canoe

Students from Ms. Gabel's Anthropology class from Kapuskasing District High School recently had the opportunity to "go back in time" to visit burial grounds and caves near the Moose River Crossing. Guided by Andre Bernier from Northern Spirit Adventures in Smooth Rock Falls, the students travelled by bus to Fraserdale, then boarded the train to Moose River Crossing and then travelled by freighter canoe down river to visit the sites.

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June 3, 2011

Central Region Retirement and Service Awards

District School Board Ontario North East held its Central Region Retirement and Service Awards on June 2nd at Cedar Meadows in Timmins. Congratulations to all and thank you for a job well done!

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May 31, 2011

Recognizing Achievements Within Our Board

Congratulations to Nicolas Labrie of Smooth Rock Falls Secondary School and Jesse Simone of Kapuskasing District High School.

Nicolas competed in the Ontario Technological Skills Competition - Auto Service Technology held in Waterloo in May, and Jesse competed in the Regional Skills Competition - Electrical Wiring held in North Bay in April. Both students were presented with monetary awards in recognition of their achievements by Building Services Manager, Carole Horton who was representing OACETT (Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists) - Timmins Regional Chapter.

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May 27, 2011

Northern Retirement Banquet

District School Board Ontario North East recently held a retirement and recognition banquet for employees of our northern region schools. The festivities occurred on May 13th in Cochrane. A heartfelt thank-you to all for your years of dedicated service, and congratulations to all of our retirees!

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May 25, 2011

Green Justice Takes On Timmins

800 students at Timmins High & Vocational School painted the town "green" on May 24th and 25th. It was all part of "Green Justice" — the biggest beautification project Timmins has ever seen. Thanks to local partners and sponsors, students spent both days outdoors, cleaning up the city. It is hoped the event will continue next year... only bigger and better. A huge heartfelt thank-you to everyone who participated!

May 19, 2011

Principal-For-A-Day at Flora MacDonald PS

During the recent Education Week, students from grades 4 to 6 at Flora MacDonald Public School wrote persuasive letters as to why they should be the school's principal for the day. The winner was grade 4 student Joshua Warriner. Congratulations Josh!

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May 17, 2011

Anti-Homophobia Day at TDSS

Timiskaming District Secondary School marked International Anti-Homophobia Day on May 17th by making a rainbow. Staff and students came together to promote that they are a community of safety and acceptance of ALL students, regardless of sexual orientation. The students also participated in "ten minutes at ten", where they read a letter of a young man "coming out". After reading the letter there were questions that students could reflect on. The cafeteria got involved by selling cookies with rainbows on them. International Anti-Homophobia Day started in Quebec in 2003.

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May 16, 2011

RMSS Students Stage Mock Accident

Drinking and driving kills. That's the message Ms. Tremblay's drama students at Roland Michener Secondary School in South Porcupine wanted to convey. On May 16th, the school played host to a "mock scenario" showcasing the devastating consequences of drinking and driving. Thank you to members of the O.P.P., Whitney Fire Hall and M.A.D.D. for helping with the mock accident. Students learned some valuable lessons.

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May 16, 2011

Education Week at FPKWPS

Frank P. Krznaric Whitney Public School hosted a number of activities during Education Week which took place from May 2nd to 6th.

  • The school choir participated in Music Monday, performing "Tomorrow is Coming" to the attending parents.
  • The grade 8 drama group performed Café Murder, a dinner theatre. The collaboration between the student drama group and the Parent Advisory Council resulted in a sold out performance.
  • Many parents joined their children for "Lunch and Literacy" activities held at the school. Many books were read as parents and children shared lunch together.

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May 13, 2011

TDSS Is Prepared

The Health Care class at Timiskaming District Secondary School wants to educate high school students on practical survival skills should an emergency take place. On May 4th, as part of Ontario's Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week activities, a mock emergency simulation took place at TDSS, where students had to rely solely on the contents of the surival kits they made. A variety of activities took place to test the preparedness of the students in the event of a real emergency. Students also participated in a variety of challenges including: making a sand bag wall, starting a fire only using wood and rope, using Morse code, and an immobilization race.

On May 6th, the Health Care students attended Emergency Preparedness Day at the Don Shepeardson Memorial arena in New Liskeard. Here they gave demonstrations on CPR and how to use a Public Access Defibrillator. Three students from the class were also picked to be the victims in the mock building collapse staged by the Temiskaming Shores Fire Department, the District of Temiskaming Emergency Medical Services and the Ontario Provincial Police.

May 13, 2011

Aboriginal Artists From IFSS Are Showcased

Aboriginal Arts Feast-ival in Cochrane showcases the work of Aboriginal Visual Artists at Iroquois Falls Secondary School. As a community of learners we walk in solidarity, filled with creativity and overflowing vibrancy. Our goal is to build a world that has a place for every voice to be heard; where equity is more than just a word; where hope is a commitment to make the world a better place.

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May 12, 2011

Aboriginal Art Feast-ival at TH&VS

It was a celebration of Aboriginal arts and culture as Timmins High & Vocational School hosted an Aboriginal Art Feast-ival on Thursday, May 5th. Students of Timmins High and R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School displayed paintings, photography, drawings, film making, and more. Feedback from students, teachers and community members was very positive. The day began with an opening song by the White Stone Cree Singers, a local youth drum group. Guest speaker Wayne Mackenzie shared his stories of becoming a painter and his travels around the world as an Aboriginal artist. One of the drummers also performed a demonstration of grass dancing — a great way of expression for Aboriginal youth. The day ended with a traditional feast of moose meat, goose, duck, dumplings, bannock and berries. Meegwetch to the students for all of their hard work, Meegwetch to our guests and Meegwetch to our cooks!

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May 12, 2011

Poet Katie Flaherty Visits NLPS

New Liskeard Public School recently hosted poet Kate Marshall Flaherty who taught students in Mr. Judd's class about poetry and how to create their own pieces. Students were also able to listen to Katie read some of her poetry.

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May 12, 2011

Jump Rope for Heart at NLPS

New Liskeard Public School participated in Jump Rope for Heart on May 12th. The school's goal is to raise $27,000 for The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. If the students meet this goal, they will be allowed to slime their principal Mr. Date. Students had a lot fun skipping during the day and raising money for such a great cause!

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May 11, 2011

Dairy Farm and Wool Mills Visit

The grade 2 and ALPHA classes from Federal Public School recently went on a field trip to see, close-up, some of the animals they are studying. The trip started at the Belle Vallee Wool Mills, where students were shown how sheep were sheared. They were also given a tour of the mill, and shown how the fleece was made into wool. Later, we had a stop at New Liskeard Public School, who graciously shared their playgrounds with us for our lunch stop (thank you)! Finally, students visited the Loranger Dairy Farm, where they were able to actually touch cows, and, apparently, talk to them, as Mr. Armstrong did!

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May 11, 2011

Science Olympics Day in Kirkland Lake

As part of Education Week, grade 7 and 8 students from Kirkland Lake District Composite School participated in a Science Olympics on Thursday, May 5th. Teams of 4 to 5 students participated in competitions ranging from building straw towers, card towers, or Popsicle stick bridges, to making tinfoil rafts and creating songs while blowing across bottles with different levels of water in them. Staff ensured the event was well run and enjoyed by all!

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May 11, 2011

Music Monday at Englehart PS

On Monday May 2nd, students and staff of Englehart, Charlton-Savard and Elk Lake public schools joined with members of our communities to take part in the 7th annual national celebration of music, aptly titled, "Music Monday".

There were a number of performances by community musicians, local high school musicians and student musicians from the various schools. Although it was a chilly day, music was in the air, filling the Englehart Public School yard with wonderful melodies and laughter. A big THANKS goes out to all participants who made it such a great success!

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May 9, 2011

Green Justice at TH&VS

It has been nicknamed "Green Justice" and promises to be the biggest beautification project Timmins has ever seen! Students and staff of Timmins High & Vocational School have partnered with the City of Timmins, TimminsGetClean, Downtown Timmins B.I.A., Timmins Police Service, Timmins Fire Department and Hydro ONE for a huge city-wide clean-up on May 24th and 25th. "Each day, 400 students will be scattered throughout the City," says Timmins High Vice-Principal Paul Langis. "They'll be picking up garbage, and painting over graffiti in the downtown core."

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May 6, 2011

Math Night at FPKWPS

The Parent Advisory Council of Frank P. Krznaric Whitney Public School in Porcupine recently sponsored a math night for the entire school family. Games, draws and Smart Board technology demonstrations were part of the well-attended evening.

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May 6, 2011

Math Afternoon at Federal PS

Federal Public School in Kirkland Lake recently held a Parent Math Afternoon in Ms. Coombs' grade 1 and 2 class. Students and parents/guardians were challenged to make different shapes with math manipulatives. Many parents found it challenging but were happy to have assistance from their children!

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May 4, 2011

Science Olympics at New Liskeard PS

Students at New Liskeard Public School had a lot fun competing in the Science Olympics during Education Week. Students had to design mechanical arms, propelled vehicles, free standing structures, and were involved in an egg drop competition. Students had a great day being creative and working together.

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May 3, 2011

Feast or Famine in Cochrane

Students from École Secondaire Cochrane High School participated in the Red Cross Feast or Famine fundraising event on April 29th & 30th. They raised more than $1200.00 which will be used by the Red Cross to support programs in the Cochrane area. The students happily shared their stories of surviving 24 hours without food with Red Cross Program Coordinator Patricia Morin.

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May 2, 2011

Sonic Democracy Has First Public Shows

Sonic Democracy had their first shows open to the general public on April 29th and 30th at Timmins High & Vocational School, performing to enthusiastic audiences. The group delivered professional caliber music over a two-hour period, all the while running a complex lighting and PA, leaving audience members amazed. Sonic Democracy intends to release more concert dates in the near future, and presently they are confirmed to open for Canadian recording artists, The Lowest of the Low, at the Dante Club on June 4th, followed by two school assemblies on June 9th at TH&VS.

The band can be followed by visiting them on Facebook (Sonic Democracy - TH&VS).

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May 2, 2011

Teachers Engage in Full Day of Math Inquiry

Teachers from Diamond Jubilee Public School and Clayton Brown Public School engaged in a full day of co-planning and co-teaching in a junior classroom. Teachers created three part lessons that focused on the big ideas and key concepts for decimal notation including the relationship between fractions, decimals and percent, and operations using decimals. In their initial lesson, students enjoyed using models to represent decimals as they confirmed their understanding. Opportunities to share ideas with others in the mathematical community of learners provided for enhanced student engagement and reflective thought.

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April 28, 2011

Students Compete at Robocup Junior Northern Ontario

Thirty teams recently competed in the Science Timmins Robocup Competition held at Northern College in South Porcupine. The teams competing included students from grades 5 to 12 in three age divisions. Robotic soccer games, rescue competitions, sumo wrestling and dance challenged the students' creativity, design, programming and problem solving skills. Teams from District School Board Ontario North East, Conseil scolaire catholique du district Grande-Rivière and Northeastern Catholic District School Board challenged and learned from each other.

The overall winners by division were:

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April 27, 2011

30 Hour Famine at TDSS

It's that time of year again with the TDSS Motiv8rs from Timiskaming District Secondary School hosting another 30 Hour Famine event. Although there were smaller numbers this year, at 35 participants, the group made up for it in heart by collecting $5500.00 for World Vision and 1500 pounds of food for our local food banks (Cobalt, New Liskeard, and Haileybury). Our event took place on Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th and throughout the 30 hours we made famine committment bracelets and Easter cards, picked up garbage, did an overhaul on our courtyard and created a beautiful mural to improve our school. The annual "Stuff-The-Bus" event was also ran during this time to collect food from our local community.

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April 20, 2011

Staff Prepares Common Lunch For Students

Students at École Secondaire Cochrane High School were recently "treated" to a common lunch of soft shell tacos, salad and soup – all made by and served by staff. Once a month, students at ESCHS are provided with a free common lunch or breakfast, all thanks to a generous donation from the Red Cross. A group of staff decided to take on this initiative for the year and it has been very successful as students look forward to having lunch with staff and their friends. Our next common breakfast will be egg burritos!

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April 20, 2011

Making Bannock at Cochrane High

Students of Mrs. Chapleau's Food and Nutrition class at École Secondaire Cochrane High School were busy recently learning how to make bannock. Mr. O'Connor, our Aboriginal Youth Liason Officer, invited Mrs. Linda Archibald as our guest to teach students how to make the special treat. We are hoping that they will be confident enough to make more bannock for our Art 'Feast-ival' which will be held on May 3rd.

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April 14, 2011

Pink Shirt Day at Flora Mac

Flora MacDonald Public School recently participated in the Pink Shirt Campaign for anti-bullying and diversity. Principal Rosemary Lessard says the school had an excellent turn-out to spread the anti-bullying message. Way to go students!

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April 12, 2011

Drumming & Juggling Workshops at Cobalt PS

Students at Cobalt Public School recently participated in workshops to learn how to juggle and to learn about drumming.

Derek Gray, a professional drummer from Toronto, recently hosted a wonderful two-day drumming workshop at the school. Students, staff and retired teachers learned to play different kinds of drums and learned different drumming techniques including some traditional cultural drum rhythms like the Changó from Cuba. The focus of the workshop was to bring out inner rhythms and to make learning accessible to all, regardless of age or ability. This drumming project was made possible by a grant from The Retired Teachers of Ontario local, headed by retired Cobalt Public School teachers Kathy Hakola, Emma Laughlin and Linda Males.

Bob Cates, a master juggler and magician, performing as part of the Pied Piper Kids Series at the Cobalt Classic Theatre, also visited the school recently to teach students in grades 4 to 8 the fine art of juggling and balance. Students had a fun time!

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April 12, 2011

Student Vote at Iroquois Falls PS

Students at Iroquois Falls Public School recently kicked-off the Student Vote Program for Canada's 41st General Election. Students were introduced to the local candidates for the Timmins-James Bay riding and had the opportunity to meet and ask questions of the candidates.

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April 6, 2011

Students Rock Englehart High!

Students enrolled in Performance Music - "Rock Band" at Englehart High School recently put on 2 very successful concerts. Students learn a variety of music from different eras and genres and perform songs of their choice for an audience. Students work with each other on the songs, playing a variety of instruments, doing vocals as well as providing lighting and sound support. The concerts provide students with the opportunity to showcase their skills and to meet the performance requirements of the course. Well done everyone!

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April 5, 2011

Amazing Math Race at Cochrane PS

The Amazing Math Race was held at Cochrane Public School on March 30th with 60 families participating. Teams received a map and a passport at the start line and made their way through the school to different math activities. Road blocks (math challenges) were located at various points along the way and all teams met in the cafeteria for a final challenge. It was a great opportunity for families to experience rich math activities they can do at home, and for parents to see how their children are using different strategies and manipulatives to solve math problems.

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April 5, 2011

A Unique Partnership With The O.P.P.

The Ontario Provincial Police has formed a unique partnership with Iroquois Falls Secondary School and École Secondaire Alliance. On April 5th, IFSS played host to the official opening of the school's new Community Liaison Office.

"High schools are, in a very real way, communities unto themselves," says O.P.P. Community Service Officer Marc Depatie. "The O.P.P. presence within the school will be focused primarily on providing guidance and counselling to local youth. The O.P.P. will continue to be a driving force behind crime prevention programs that focus on illicit drug use, vandalism prevention, anti-bullying and theft reduction. However, this initiative goes much farther than that. It will assist in bringing down barriers where police can be seen as mentors rather than enforcement officers."

"It's good for our students to develop a rapport with community members in fun and informal ways. It's great to have the O.P.P. assist us with some of our programming (anti-bullying, dangers of drugs), and to be an ear for students, should they be having any difficulties," says Jeremy Hall, Principal of Iroquois Falls Secondary School.

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March 31, 2011

Federal PS Student Wins Free-Throw Championship

Federal Public School student Kristina Nash participated in the Knights of Columbus Free-Throw Championship in Timmins on March 26th and won! Kristina first won the local divisional championship in Kirkland Lake before moving onto the competition in Timmins. She practiced hard, and her efforts paid off! Congratulations Kristina, we're very proud of you!

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March 29, 2011

Sonic Democracy in Concert at THVS

On March 29th, the Music Department of Timmins High & Vocational School presented Sonic Democracy in concert for students of R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School. Under the direction of music teacher Barry Promane, his 18 performance students not only artistically delivered an array of musical genres and styles but did so while controlling professional production, including a colossal lighting and sound system. The show was Sonic Democracy's first performance of the semester. Following the group's forthcoming trip to see Rush on April 19th at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, they will prepare for their next performance series, which will be open to the public.

Shows are scheduled for April 29th and 30th at the William B. Dawson Theatre at Timmins High. For more information, updates, pictures and videos, become a fan of Sonic Democracy - THVS on Facebook.

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March 28, 2011

Students Showcase Their Science Projects

There are plenty of young scientific minds in Timmins! On March 28th, students at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School held their annual Science Fair. Students were competing for recognition, awards, and the opportunity to move on to the Timmins Regional Science Fair being held at École secondaire catholique Thériault on April 15th and 16th. This year's event included projects on neuroplasticity, renewable energy sources, and many more!

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March 28, 2011

KLDCS Wins Ice Sculpture Contest

Grade 7 and 8 staff and students from Kirkland Lake District Composite School recently participated in the Carnival Ice Sculpture Contest as part of the 2011 Kirkland Lake Winter Carnival. Students and staff organized and constructed the sculptures over several days and came away with the first prize! The school was awarded $200 for their efforts and students decided to spend the money on a movie afternoon and to donate the rest of the winnings to a local charity.

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March 23, 2011

European Explorers at Diamond Jubilee PS

Students in Mrs. Stickley's grade 5/6 class at Diamond Jubilee Public School have been learning about European explorers with their student teacher Ms. Beaulieu. After reading about Samuel de Champlain, students created models of the habitation he built in Quebec in 1608 — Canada's first permanent settlement. Students not only had the opportunity to create these masterpieces, but were able to present them to the class and to the school at the monthly assembly. In addition to presenting their models, students also put their writing skills to the test by writing a short essay about Champlain and his habitation.

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March 21, 2011

Olympic Gold Medalist Visits Central PS

Central Public School recently welcomed Canadian Women's Hockey Olympic gold medalist and World champion Katie Weatherston. Students participated in a presentation on goal setting and overcoming obstacles as they learned about Katie's journey to achieve Olympic gold.

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March 21, 2011

Canadian Women's Hockey Gold Medalist Visits NLPS

Canadian Olympian Katie Weatherston visited New Liskeard Public School on March 21st to talk to students about goal setting and determination. Katie was selected to the Canadian Women's National Hockey team in 2004 where she went on to win a gold medal at the 2006 Olympics in Turin, Italy. She also won a gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba; and in 2008 she won a silver medal at the World Championships held in Harbin, China. Katie's presentation was very motivational for students as they had the opportunity to ask her questions and to see her medals.

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March 10, 2011

Basketball Afternoon at DJPS

The day was a slam dunk as Diamond Jubilee Public School in Kapuskasing recently held a "Basketball Afternoon" for students and staff. Two games were played: Boys vs. Girls and Students vs. Teachers. The younger students watched and cheered from the sidelines. All who participated had a great deal of fun!

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March 10, 2011

Ski Trip for DJPS Students

What a great day! Mrs. Lafontaine's Grade 1/2 class at Diamond Jubilee Public School recently spent the day at the Kapuskasing Nordic Skiers Ski Club. None of the students had been cross country skiing in the past... but all of them did over 3 km! A special thank-you to all of the parent volunteers!

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March 9, 2011

'Diamond Bingo' in Kapuskasing

Diamond Jubilee Public School held its first 'Diamond Bingo' fundraiser as part of the Kapuskasing 2011 Winter Carnival. Parents and community members were invited to spend an evening with teachers to play bingo, purchase books from our Schoolastic Book Fair, or just enjoy a Saturday night treat of sweets. 25 people came out to enjoy the event and proceeds will be put towards the purchase of new technology for the students at DJPS. Our next Diamond Bingo will be held on March 22, 2011 in the cafeteria of the Kapuskasing Education Centre beginning at 6:00 pm.

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March 8, 2011

SRFSS Student Takes First Place

Grade 12 student Nicolas Labrie from Smooth Rock Falls Secondary School has proven to be quite a creative writer. His essay for the annual Legion Remembrance Day competition is now on its way to Provincials after winning first place for the zone and the region. Nick was presented with his winnings and a certificate by Rick Lamarche, a member of Legion Branch 305 in Smooth Rock Falls. Nick's essay is written from the perspective of a veteran remembering the ravages of war, but ends with the narrator awakening from a dream. The school and community are very proud of Nick and we wish him the best of luck as his essay moves on!

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March 7, 2011

Math Teachers Add Up!

A group of teachers from District School Board Ontario North East recently attended the Ontario Association for Mathematics Education (OAME) conference in Toronto. This was a multi-day retract for teachers to investigate the teaching of mathematics. Junior teachers, Cassandra Jenkins and Renee Cousineau, attended sessions investigating the teaching of mathematics through an inquiry approach that focuses on big ideas in math. Intermediate teacher, Jessica McNeely attended intermediate sessions looking at teaching and learning Intermediate mathematics through the lens of Bid Ideas.

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March 2, 2011

Students Hit All the High Notes

A big congratulations to all of our students who participated in the Porcupine Music Festival. On March 2nd, choirs from W. Earle Miller, Flora MacDonald and Frank P. Krznaric Whitney public schools performed in front of judges at Timmins High & Vocational School. Students entertained family and friends with their own individual takes on the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". W. Earle Miller placed first with a mark of "A", while the choirs from Flora Mac and Whitney tied at second with a score of "A-". Great job to all our students!

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March 1, 2011

IFSS Midget Girls are NEOAA Champs

After a thrilling day with one nail-biting series after the next, the Midget Girls' Volleyball Team from Iroquois Falls Secondary School emerged as the NEOAA champs, beating out Timmins High & Vocational School in an amazing final round on March 1st at the IFSS gym. Congratulations to the team and its coaches for a fantastic season and an outstanding performance against some very strong competition. Way to go Tigers!

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March 1, 2011

Schumacher PS vs Timmins Police

Members of the Timmins Police decided to pay a friendly visit to Schumacher Public School on Friday, February 25th for a game of hockey. They took on the Schumacher Public School Wolves Grade 5/6 Boot Hockey team. The school as well as members of the community and media came out to cheer on the action, with the Wolves winning 5-4 in overtime!

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February 28, 2011

Carnival Day at Federal PS

Students and staff of Federal Public School enjoyed an amazing day on Friday, March 25th as we celebrated French Canadian culture in our "Carnaval D'Hiver!" The day was a huge success due to the cooperation of all of the volunteers and sponsors, and the planning of our organizational team of Mme. Fraser, Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Matheson. Thank you to everyone for a fun and educational day!

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February 25, 2011

Public Speaking at Diamond Jubilee PS

Diamond Jubilee Public School held their annual public speaking contest on February 25th with students from grades 3 to 8 participating. The school welcomed judges from the community including Bonnie St. Louis, a former teacher at DJPS, Valerie Isaac, a radio personality for Moose FM, and Dianne Leist-Yorkston, a high school teacher at KDHS.

  • Primary winners were Drew Edwards and Katrina Wynne
  • Junior winners were Madison Giasson and Maiigan Chum Legarde
  • Intermediate winners were Thomas Martin and Madeleine Spezowka

Congratulations to our other participants who were Kyle Cole, Justin Clarke, Mackenzie Fenton, Hailey Boucher, Courtney Wynne, Stella Pichette, Ben Coombs, and Briana Clarke.

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February 25, 2011

TH&VS Student Named Provincial Winner

Keisha Iahtail, a grade 10 student at Timmins High & Vocational School, has been named a provincial winner of the 2011 Marion Drysdale Student Achievement Awards sponsored by OSSTF/FEESO. Iahtail's winning entry was a biography of her friend Shannen Koostachin – the young student leader who campaigned for a new school in her home community of Attawapiskat, but was killed in a motor vehicle accident last year.

District School Board Ontario North East First Nations Trustee Howard Archibald hopes that Keisha's recognition, "...makes her a role model for other students. Her success has proven that the possibilities are endless." As for Keisha, she says Shannen Koostachin, "...was important to me. She was a strong leader and she motivated a lot of people. I think Shannen would have been proud of what I wrote."

Iahtail received $1000 for her efforts. She adds that she has aspirations of becoming a helicopter pilot and plans on attending the flight training program at Canadore College.

February 25, 2011

Winter Play Day at NLPS

Staff and students from New Liskeard Public School had a great time during our Annual Winter Play Day. Kids played many different games and had a great time interacting with each other. It was a beautiful day to celebrate winter and to have some fun.

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February 22, 2011

Winter Retreat for IFSS Students

Students from the Summit Program at Iroquois Falls Secondary School enjoyed an exhilarating 3-day winter retreat in Smooth Rock Falls at the Mattagami Ski Club. Students enjoyed the opportunity to explore local ski and snowshoe trails, as well as learn how local conservation efforts have helped to save a pristine section of the Mattagami River. A special thanks goes to Rick Isaacson from Howling Wolf Expeditions for facilitating a first rate ski program and for sharing a visually engaging and highly informative presentation on local conservation efforts.

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February 17, 2011

KLDCS Student is Queen's Park Bound

Grade 8 student Hailey Weller, from Kirkland Lake District Composite School, is off to Queen's Park in Toronto. Weller is one of 20 students from across the province chosen to perform the duties of a parliamentary page. Weller's work in Toronto will last 2 and a half weeks, starting on February 22nd. To be selected, students must have good grades, be active in the community, and fill-out the proper application forms. Weller says that she's looking forward to meeting new friends from throughout the province. It's not the first time a Weller has been chosen to be a parliamentary page; her sister Paige was chosen for the job a few years ago.

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February 15, 2011

Chad Solomon Visits Joseph H. Kennedy PS

It was a great day at Joseph H. Kennedy Public School as the school hosted puppet theatre and graphic novel workshop presentations from author and illustrator Chad Solomon. The first workshop entitled Puppets: Rabbit and Bear Paws - The Way was an interactive puppet theatre where students were able to become puppeteers and participate in the telling of the story. The second workshop entitled Graphic Novels: How to create a graphic page was based on the 7 Grandfathers. It enabled students to create a single graphic novel page, from story concept to page layout, of the students' own personal experiences and imagination.

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February 15, 2011

Valentine's Party with Seniors

Students at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Timmins spent a wonderful Valentine's Day sharing cards and singing for the seniors at Chateau Georgian. While there, students met former teacher Mary Fee and paid homage to her as a valued educator. It was a meaningful visit to the SK/Grade 1 students and just as meaningful to the seniors.

February 14, 2011

Golden Avenue PS Shines at Winter Carnival

On February 12th, Golden Avenue Public School students, staff members and volunteers were on hand to show off the Golden Spirit at the South Porcupine/Porcupine Winter Carnival. A special thanks goes out to Mr. Bohdanec, staff members and students who designed our float which earned 1st Place again this year. Thanks also goes out to Jeremy Pietila at Custom Concrete for supplying the float along with drivers Andre and J.C.. We want to thank all of the volunteers and participants that made this event such a success!

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February 9, 2011

IFSS Welcomes O.P.P. Constable Michele Morin

Iroquois Falls Secondary School is pleased to welcome Ontario Provincial Police Liaison Officer, Constable Michele Morin to our school. Constable Morin and other OPP officers will be dropping by IFSS frequently to meet with students about concerns they may have and to support the school through various programs.

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February 7, 2011

Celebrating 100's Day at Diamond Jubilee PS

Mrs. Lafontaine's Grade 1/2 class at Diamond Jubilee Public School had fun celebrating 100's Day on February 4th. The day consisted of activities centering around the number 100. Students had to bring in a collection of 100 "things", with many of them preparing well in advance for this day. Activities included math, writing, reading, physical activity and crafts. Students even got to wear their pajamas to school!

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February 7, 2011

Chinese New Year at Kerns PS

As part of their Social Studies unit, students from Grades 1-2-3 at Kerns Public School recently spent time studying traditional Chinese holidays to prepare for their celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone. In preparation, students made traditional Chinese Lanterns, Lucky Money Envelopes, and performed a Dragon Dance for the school. The dance is believed to evict bad spirits, making room for the arrival of luck, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year.

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February 4, 2011

Hamlet Takes Stage at IFSS

The Senior Summit class of Iroquois Falls Secondary School ended the semester by submitting a scene from Shakespeare's play Hamlet to the 2011 Stratford Shakespeare Challenge. The challenge encourages students to submit a 10 minute dramatization of a scene from a Shakespeare play of their choice. The top five entries will be determined by March 31st and will be invited to Stratford to perform their scene. The class chose the infamous "Gravedigger" scene, which is a dramatic, yet darkly humorous, section of the play. The mask's worn in the scene were designed by Simon Groettker and each one was thought-out thoroughly as it represents specific attributes of the intended characters.

The cast consisted of Zoë Delaurier as the Gravedigger, Becky Corthwaite as The Other, Chelsey Lachance as The Priest, Simon Groetker as Laertes, Kristian Dumouchel as Claudius, Tori Macdonald as Horatio, Cheralee Trepanier as The Queen and Jordan Pepin as Hamlet. Paige Liznick acted as the director and Kelsey Rondeau, Justin Stevens and Ryan Peever were all involved in set design. Great work and best of luck with your entry!

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