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    This Week at Lakehead Public Schools - September 26, 2014

    OPSBA Recognizes Lakehead Public Schools Excellence

    A very dedicated member of the Lakehead Public Schools Community was recognized by the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) and the Lakehead District School Board at Tuesday’s Regular Board Meeting. Sue Peever was recognized for her outstanding efforts in public education with an OPSBA Achievement Award.

    “The Board is very pleased, in conjunction with OPSBA, to have the opportunity to recognize the excellence in public education that Mrs. Peever demonstrates through her ongoing efforts,” says Pat Johansen, Trustee and Chair of the OPSBA Awards Selection Committee. “Her dedication to Lakehead Public Schools and to our community is very much appreciated and valued by the Board and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association.”

    Sue Peever is a valued member of the Lakehead Public Schools family and is an enthusiastic supporter of public education. She has been a parent of children in the Lakehead Public Schools system, a School Council member, Council of School Council Chairs member, a Parent Involvement Committee Member and is currently a Director on the Lakehead Learning Foundation.

    Her recent Lakehead Public Schools project is “Project Lost and Found”. This project finds a home for the unclaimed clothing that is left in school lost and found boxes at the end of the school year. For the past four years, Sue has worked with Board staff to encourage schools to collect their unclaimed clothing and leave it for pick up by the Board courier. Sue then sorts and washes the clothing for distribution. Over the past four years, “Project Lost and Found” has collected an estimated $142,000 in used clothing that was then donated to the Clothing Assistance Mission and other social service agencies, and directly to families in need.

    The collection each year is immense and diverse as can be seen in the following stats from the 2014 collection:

    • Hoodies/Sweatshirts 221
    • Snow pants 5
    • T-shirts/sweaters/shirts 51
    • Splash pants 5
    • Pants/jeans 18
    • Shoes – pairs 64
    • Shorts 19
    • Winter boots –pairs 3
    • Jackets (winter, spring, fall) 23
    • Rubber boots – pairs 4
    • Hats/toques 159
    • Socks 35
    • Scarves 16
    • Lunch kits 11
    • Mitts/Gloves 656
    • Water bottles 12

    In the letter of nomination for the OPSBA Achievement Award, Lakehead Public Schools Communications Officer Bruce Nugent states, “Throughout this process, Sue does not ask for any help or resources to sort, clean and distribute the clothing. It occurs during her time and at her expense. She truly emulates the Lakehead Public Schools values of integrity, acceptance, empathy, respect and responsibility.”

    The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence were created to recognize the outstanding contributions of non-teaching staff, parents, volunteers and community partners involved in education in the OPSBA member boards. The awards provide opportunities to raise awareness and promote the importance of celebrating excellence and the necessity of recognizing the work of all members of the education community. Each Board may select up to four nominees for the Achievement Award and only one nominee for the Award of Excellence.

    The Ontario Public School Boards' Association (OPSBA) represents public district school boards and public school authorities across Ontario, which together serve more than 1.2 million public elementary and secondary students and more than a half-million adult learners. The Association advocates on behalf of the best interests and needs of the public school system in Ontario.

    Local Foods Return to Cafs!

    It’s back! A very popular and tasty project will be reintroduced at all Lakehead Public Schools secondary school cafeterias this Fall. The “Farm to Caf” initiative, introduced to students during the 2013-2014 school year, provides an opportunity for students to experience local foods which are prepared and served in the school cafeterias by cafeteria staff and students.

    Farm to Caf occurred on Wednesday, September 24 at Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Hammarskjold High School and Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute. Dates for the entire year will be released soon!

    “Farm to Caf was hugely popular last year with students and staff at the four secondary schools,” says Leslie Hynnes, Education Officer at Lakehead Public Schools. “The feedback that we received indicated that the students felt that the value in this initiative is two fold. Not only are they provided with the opportunity to enjoy a healthy meal but an awareness and mindset are developing on the complexity and importance of growing and sourcing food locally. We are pleased to work with our community partner Roots to Harvest who continue to provide guidance and leadership with this program. “

    Farm to Caf Thunder Bay will occur 10 times at each Lakehead Public Schools secondary school between September 2014 and June 2015. The project will introduce ten different local meals served at each school. All of the main ingredients including the meat and vegetables have been procured locally or, when not locally available, from Ontario. In this current September meal, the onions, potatoes, and carrots were all grown at the high schools themselves in the high school gardens.

     First Meal Menu
    Hamburger – local meat, onions
    Potato Wedges – School grown and Ontario potatoes
    Coleslaw – local cabbage and school grown carrots

    Second Meal Menu
    Wildrice casserole with local pork
    Spinach salad (or soup substitute if spinach not available)

    All meals will be $5.

    “Building on the successes of last year, the student feedback, and the taste tests we did, the new menu has been developed with attention to what’s available locally and in Ontario, what can be processed and stored ahead of time, and what is appealing to students,” says Erin Beagle, Roots to Harvest Co-ordinator. “The excitement in the schools on Farm to Caf days is a huge win for local flavours in Thunder Bay.”

    Celebrate Mathematics and Healthy Living at McKenzie

    On Thursday, September 18, McKenzie Public School hosted a Celebrate Mathematics and Healthy Living Family Night. Over 90 people attended the event which hosted presenters from the Shuniah Youth Centre, Ontario Provincial Police, Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Little Lions Daycare (McKenzie site), Science North, Sleepy G Farms, and Nicole Walter Rowan, Lakehead Public Schools Program Coordinator.

    The event was sponsored by McKenzie School Council with funds from a Ministry of Education Parents Reaching Out Grant.

    Science North and Nicole Walter Rowan helped make Mathematics a big focus for this evening but the real scene stealer was the OPP robot that led a whole group of children into the gym like a pied piper!!!

    Showcasing Talents

    Students in the Native Language Program from Algonquin Public School will be attending the City of Thunder Bay’s Fall Feast and Festival of Services at Lakehead University on September 26. Students will be singing and participating in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language. A Festival of Services is taking place from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm which highlights Aboriginal, non- Aboriginal and City service providers who will share information about their organizations, services and programs that they provide.

    Come as You Are

    A program designed to address the stress and anxiety experienced by Grade 9 students as they transition into high school marked its third year with a breakfast on Friday, September 26. “Come as You Are” is a joint project between the students and staff of Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute, the Thunder Bay Drug Awareness Committee and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The program was funded through a grant from the Thunder Bay Community Foundation.

    “Come as You Are has been instrumental in engaging students in creating a more inclusive, welcoming environment for students starting high school,” says Sheena Albanese, Thunder Bay District Health Unit Health Promotion Planner. “This is a period of transition that can cause anxiety and stress for young people. We also know that enhancing school connectedness decreases the risk of substance use and other risky behaviour.”

    Three years ago, the project partners began meeting with students to determine the causes of the Grade 9 transition stress. Over the ensuing months the students explored the issues, built advocacy skills and developed a campaign that aims to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for students starting Grade 9. To mark the third year of the program, a Come As You Are guide has been developed so that other schools can build on the successes of the pilot project. The guide is available on the Thunder Bay District Health Unit web site –

    http://www.tbdhu.com/NR/rdonlyres/F4C5094E-AB75-4798-A0C0-33DFA2F97B7C/6931/CAYAImplementingAGrade9TransitionProgramtoEnhanceS.pdf

    “Come as You Are has been extremely successful in reinforcing the idea that being true to yourself is important,” says Ryan McDonnell, Churchill Peer Leadership Teacher. “The program also promotes the fact that everyone starting high school belongs to the school community and has something to contribute.”

    “Come as You Are” was a component of the Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute first day of school on Wednesday, September 4. Staff wore special “Come as You Are” buttons and Ambassador students in program t-shirts were available to answer questions and to provide building directions. New students were also given the opportunity to see a video created for the campaign and to receive their own Unofficial Grade 9 User Handbook created by students. Numerous welcoming activities were held throughout the week. The Ambassadors will continue to plan activities that engage Grade 9 students throughout the semester.

    11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament Raises over $22,000

    The Lakehead Learning Foundation is pleased to announce another successful year at the 11th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that took place on Monday, August 25, 2014 at Whitewater Golf Club, with over $22,000 in raised funds - an increase of $2,000 from the previous year. The Lakehead Learning Foundation is a local, charitable organization that aims to better the lives of Lakehead Public Schools students.

    “We are extremely pleased to have once again gained incredible support from local businesses and from the community. These funds will help us not only to create a more positive learning environment for our students, but also to realize the dreams of our children,” says Lise Haman, Chair of the Golf Committee and Director for the Lakehead Learning Foundation.

    The Foundation was established over a decade ago to support and acknowledge Lakehead Public Schools students who demonstrate strong work ethics and leadership while also assisting students in need to overcome financial hardships. The golf tournament which sees over 100 participants and 70 local and national sponsors annually, has acted as the main source of funds for the LLF in recent years.

    Initially, the Lakehead Learning Foundation was formed to raise funds in the form of scholarships for graduating secondary school students. The mandate was then expanded to include the funding for the Grade 8 Awards of Excellence and in 2013, the Foundation initiated the Student Assistance Fund (SAF). Annually, the SAF provides funding to each elementary and secondary school to assist with various financial items such as field trip fees, breakfast and lunch programs, and clothing and before and after school programs.

    The Lakehead Learning Foundation is always looking for ways to link community members who proudly support public education and want to change the lives of deserving students in our community. To learn more, please visit www.lakeheadlf.com or find us on Facebook.com/LakeheadLF or Twitter.com/LakeheadLF.

    Trustee Awards

    Trustees of the Lakehead District School Board have two awards to recognize the excellence of Lakehead Public Schools students, staff and community members. Please contact Darlene Mayo in the Director’s Office at 625-5213 or by e-mail to dmayo@lakeheadschools.ca  for nomination forms for the following awards:

    Trustee Recognition Awards
    Nomination forms are available for this year’s Trustee Recognition Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements, effort, and excellence of students and staff of Lakehead Public Schools. Trustees present the Trustee Recognition Award once a month at the beginning of each Regular Board Meeting and Standing Committee Meeting. All candidates whose names are submitted to Trustees and who have received a regional, provincial, national or international award in the area of academics will be automatically recognized.

     Trustee Character Award
    The Trustee Character Award supports and enhances Lakehead Public Schools Character Development. This award provides an opportunity to raise awareness and promote character attributes that contribute to safe and healthy school environments, promote positive interpersonal relationships, promote higher academic achievement, increase awareness of diversity, show responsible citizenship, model positive behaviour, and enhance employability, and life skills. The awards for character will be presented by Trustees to students, staff and community members of Lakehead Public Schools at Regular Board or Standing Committee Meetings.

    The Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA) also offers a number of opportunities to recognize excellence in our schools and school communities. Please visit http://www.opsba.org/index.php?q=what_we_do/awards_programs/opsba_awards to see the awards and the nomination forms.

    Upcoming Meetings
    • Regular Board Meeting
      Tuesday, October 28 - 7:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Standing Committee Meeting
      Tuesday, October 14 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
      Thursday, November 13 - 9:30 a.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Parent Involvement Committee
      Monday, October 6 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Special Education Advisory Committee
      Wednesday, October 15 - 6:00 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street