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Summer Science At Home

June 04, 2020

Science North is introducing a series of virtual summer camps to continue to engage youth in learning and innovation. 
Summer Science at Home will provide children with the opportunity to continue to learn about the wonderful world of science from the comfort of their home.
To learn more and register...
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National Indigenous History Month

June 01, 2020

In June, we celebrate National Indigenous History Month to honour the history, heritage and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Canada. DSB1 is committed to providing all students rich, authentic learning experiences to ensure that every student will have access to an intensive learning experience through the lens of Indigenous history,...
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Pride Month

June 01, 2020
​ Happy Pride Month!  Although celebrations may look a bit different this year, DSB1 is committed to highlighting this important month as the LGBTQI2S continues to work towards equity and justice in all aspects of their lives.
Follow us on social media to learn more about how to take part in...
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Summer Learning Program Survey

May 26, 2020

We need your help as we plan for summer learning programs for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8! Families, please complete this short survey before June 1, 2020: Summer Learning Programs focused on literacy and numeracy for elementary students will be offered at a distance this summer to...
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Family Survey

May 04, 2020

As we embark in our fifth week of educator-led distance learning, we would like to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts about yours and your child’s experience with distance learning by completing this survey: . Your opinion is important as we try to...
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Mental Health Week 2020

May 04, 2020
​ This Mental Health Week, take care of your mental health with the Five Ways to Well-Being!
Five Ways to Well-Being is a set of five simple, evidence-based actions which can improve well-being in everyday life.  Each weekday of Mental Health, we will promote one of the five actions. Join us...
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Professional Activity Day with Kevin Lamoureux

April 28, 2020

On Monday, April 27, 2020, DSB1 staff had the pleasure to learn with Kevin Lamoureux.  Mr. Lamoureux is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for...
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2020-2021 Student Trustees Elected

April 23, 2020
​ On April 20, 2020, the District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) Student Senate elected two new Student Trustees. A motion was passed at the April 21, 2020, board meeting to support the results of the selection process. We are pleased to welcome Rowan Glover from Englehart High School, who...
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A Message from the Director of Education

April 20, 2020
​ The Director of Education, Lesleigh Dye, shares an important message with students and families. 
You can also read her letter here. 
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Financial Support for Families

April 08, 2020
​ The Ministry of Education is providing financial support to parents to assist with the costs of educational resources during school and child care closures as a result of Ontario’s declared emergency to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Parents are eligible for a one-time per child payment of: $200 for...
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Tip Sheet for Families

April 08, 2020
We know that educator-led distance learning is new for everyone – for you, for your child, and for your child’s teacher. We created this tip sheet for families as we continue to learn together:    ​

Culturally Responsive Math

February 27, 2020

On Monday, February 24, Mrs. Lavoie’s Grade 2-4 class at Joseph H. Kennedy P.S. learned about traditional Indigenous teachings, and how to make Hair-Bone Pipe Bracelets.  The day started in a good way, with a sharing circle and smudge. Students used linking cubes to make a repeating pattern with different types of beads. ...
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Student Accident Insurance

January 09, 2020
Our District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) staff work diligently to ensure student safety. However, accidents can and do happen! Each year, many of our families spend thousands of dollars when their children are injured at school, on field trips, while participating in non-school activities, or at home.  DSB1 does...

Defying Limits with Dr. Dave Williams

November 08, 2019

District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Dave Williams on November 7th, 2019.  Dr. Williams is a Canadian icon with an impressive career: Emergency Doctor, Astronaut, Aquanaut, Jet Pilot, CEO, Author and Speaker.  

Tales from his extraordinary life journey captured the audience through both presentations. ...
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Join Us for a Presentation by Dr. Dave Williams

September 30, 2019
District School Board Ontario North East is thrilled to invite staff, families and community partners to a presentation by Canadian astronaut, Dr. Dave Williams.

  Dr. Dave William will present from Timmins High & Vocational School, in the auditorium.  We are pleased to welcome all of our communities to...
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Save the Date - Dr. Dave Williams

June 26, 2019

District School Board Ontario North East is thrilled to invite staff, families and community partners to a presentation by Dr. Dave Williams.   Thursday, November 7, 2019
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm  (book signing to follow in Timmins) Timmins High and Vocational School Auditorium  (Broadcasted live to all schools in...

JHK Visits Matheson's Public Works Facilities

June 07, 2019

On May 30th, Matheson's Public Works Department welcomed the Grade 4, 5, and 6 students of Joseph H Kennedy Public School for a tour of their facilities.  The goal of this excursion was to learn more about how land is used in the community, and to learn how our daily needs are met through...
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Transportation Cancellations due to Inclement Weather

February 22, 2019
Student safety is our main priority at District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1).  The Northern Ontario climate can sometimes cause the cancellation of student transportation.  That decision is made between the North East Tri-Board Student Transportation, the three school boards who are part of the consortium, as well as transportation operators...
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2018 Year in Review

December 21, 2018

As we approach the end of 2018, District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) is proud to reflect on accomplishments that help support a positive future story for every student. We are pleased to welcome five new Trustees on our Board this year.  We are grateful for the contributions...
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Educators Take Part in Inquiry-Based Science Innovation Workshop

November 27, 2018

Elementary educators took part in a Science North  Inquiry-Based Science Innovation workshop on November 22 nd at THVS. The full day of hands-on learning, interactive experiments and engaging activities for teaching the grade 4, 5 and 6 "Understanding Structures and Mechanisms" strands, was a unique experience for all participants....
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Dr. Greg Wells Inspires

November 15, 2018

Dr. Greg Wells is a physiologist, researcher, author and broadcaster.  He spoke to DSB1 students, families, staff and community partners on Tuesday, November 13th.  His presentation was broadcasted to our northern and southern schools via livestream video from Timmins High and Vocational School. 
Dr. Wells shared the sleep-eat-move-think pathway to...
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District School Board Ontario North East Trustee Election Results

October 24, 2018

(October 24, 2018, Timmins) – With the 2018 School Board Election now finalized, District School Board Ontario North East (DSB1) would like to thank all candidates for their interest in becoming a Trustee for our Board. DSB1 is looking forward to continuing to work with returning Trustees: Bob Brush –...

Eat Well, Sleep Well, Move Well

October 18, 2018

District School Board Ontario North East is proud to host Dr. Greg Wells on Tuesday, November 13 th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Timmins High and Vocational School.   Schools in the North and South regions will be able to attend the talk via a YouTube livestream.  "We invite students,...
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Niemi Named New Superintendent

October 05, 2018

The Board of Trustees of District School Board Ontario North East is proud to announce the appointment of Kristen Niemi as new Superintendent of Schools, serving the Board’s Northern family of schools, as well as parts of the Kindergarten to Grade 12 Learning and Teaching portfolio.

“On behalf...
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Consultations on Education Reform

October 03, 2018
The Ontario government has launched consultations on education reform. There will be three ways for people to participate:

An online submission form, available now, that allows people, organizations or groups to provide their views on any of the consultation topics. Submissions can also be sent to the ministry by emailing or

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JHK Recognizes Orange Shirt Day.

October 01, 2018
​On Friday, September 28th, JHK spent the day recognizing Orange Shirt Day. All students and staff dressed in their orange shirts. We listened to Phyllis Webstad's story, drummed, read stories and ate lunch together. Students left school understanding that Every Child Matters.
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JHK has been adopted!

September 21, 2018
​The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has chosen Joseph H. Kennedy for their Adopt a School program. This means that Coles Timmins Square will fundraise on behalf of JHK. The money raised will go directly to our library to support and encourage children literacy. 
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Primary Coding Club

September 18, 2018
​Mr. Rentelis is looking forward to teaching students in Grades 1-3 the basics of coding. The Primary Coding Club will meet every Thursday during morning recess.
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Cross Country team starts practice.

September 18, 2018
​Mr. Gibson is excited to start another season of Cross Country. All students in grades 3-6 are encouraged to come out and run!
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Grade 6 Activity Day

June 18, 2018
​On Tuesday, June 12, Grade 6 students got to enjoy an afternoon outdoors, where they participated in a variety of activities planned by Mrs. Kurkimaki. They ended the afternoon with a sponge water fight and freezies, and lots of smiles!
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Congratulations Grade 6 Students!

June 18, 2018
​On Monday, June 11, 2018, staff, students, and family members took time to honour the grade 6 class at their celebration. Most will be attending Iroqouis Falls Secondary School - Elementary next year for grade 7. Good luck and best wishes!
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Camp Bickell

June 18, 2018
Grade 6 students recently had the opportunity to visit Camp Bickell. They learned about the outdoors, each other, and themselves, and had a great time!
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New Canada Learning Bond

May 22, 2018
​The Canada Learning Bond is an initial $500 offered by the Government of Canada to help you start saving now for your child’s education after high school. Your child could also get $100 every year until age 15. In total, a child could receive up to $2,000 in an RESP. 
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Education Week 2018

May 14, 2018
​Students and staff enjoyed a busy week of activities to celebrate Education Week and Mental Heath Awareness. Classes throughout the school completed beautiful murals signifying growth mindset and acceptance, which were unveiled Friday afternoon. Grade 4-6 students participated in Brain Waves training, offered by Porcupine Health Unit. Students in Ms. Michaud’s...
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2018 Fun Pass

May 04, 2018
​Celebrate the summer with savings when you plan a trip to Ontario's attractions with the 2018 Fun Pass. The 2018 Fun Pass coupons provide free admission for up to two elementary school-aged children at 18 popular attractions when accompanied by a paying adult or senior. Parents can also save $5 on...
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Jump Rope For Heart

May 01, 2018
​Students and staff at JHKPS will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart on Friday, May 4. What's your favourite jump rope game?

Grade 5/6 Basketball Tournaments

May 01, 2018
​The grade 5 and 6 students at Joseph H. Kennedy Public School recently had the opportunity to participate in 2 basketball tournaments. They worked hard, and represented our school well at both tournaments, showing good sportsmanship and dedication. Thanks to Mr. Gibson, Ms. Jessup, and Mrs. Kurkimaki for coaching and escorting the...

Scholastic Book Fair

May 01, 2018
​Joseph H. Kennedy Public School will be hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on Wednesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Thursday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students are parents are welcome to attend the book fair, and students accompanied by their parents will be entered...
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The Power of Pulleys

March 28, 2018
​Grade 2 students at Joseph H. Kennedy Public School have been learning about simple machines. Through hands-on experiments, they learned how pulleys can change the direction of force applied to an object, and how pulleys can increase ones strength. To demonstrate, the Grade 2's challenged older students to a game of tug-of-war. It began with a...