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    This Week at Lakehead Public Schools - April 11, 2014

    Showing Pink Power

    Superior student's display their pink power!We’re in the pink! Pink was the colour of choice on Wednesday, April 9 at Lakehead Public Schools. The annual Day of Pink, a nationally recognized event to confront stereotypes, support diversity within the schools, and to foster safe and inclusive environments, was celebrated by students in numerous schools, including the students of Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

    On the Day of Pink, the Superior Gryphons wore a variety of shades of pink to celebrate diversity and stand up against all forms of bullying, discrimination, homophobia, and transphobia.

    “At Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, we stand stronger against all forms of discrimination,” says Michelle Probizanski, Principal of Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute. “There is no room for injustice at Lakehead Public Schools and events like this clearly demonstrate how our students feel about bullying and discrimination.”

    During the lunch hour, the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) gathered students in the foyer for a variety of activities. The Grade 12 Visual Arts class and Welding class made a contribution of diverse clay mushrooms made by students and a unique wind chime to be added to Superior’s Celebration Garden in the foyer. The Celebration Garden was created by the GSA as part of the I Am Norm initiative to promote our diverse school culture. In addition, at lunch, students were welcome to take the Bullying Quiz Challenge and to enjoy a cup of pink lemonade. Students also made pink beaded bracelets to show their support for Day of Pink.

    The day originated in Nova Scotia, where a boy wore a pink shirt to school on his first day of Grade 9 and was harassed because of it. Several students in his school decided to stand up for their fellow student by asking other students to wear pink the next day. The show of solidarity stopped the bullying and helped this student feel safe coming to school.
    Photo used with permission from Tbnewswatch.com

    Regional Native Language Conference

    Regional Native Language Conference at the Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference CentreWith funding from the Ministry of Education, Lakehead Public Schools was proud to host the Regional Native Language Conference at the Nor’Wester Hotel and Conference Centre on Thursday, April 10 and Friday, April 11. Attendees from throughout the region attended the two day conference that is designed to strengthen teaching practices that will support student success.

    “The theme of Land, Language, Culture and Community resonated throughout the two days of this conference,” says Jojo Guillet, Lakehead Public Schools Aboriginal Education Resource Teacher. “It was an incredible opportunity for learning, sharing and collaborating with the shared goal of increased student success in all schools.”

    The conference provided a number of interesting and relevant keynote speakers and breakout sessions for participants.

    Keynote speakers included: 

    • Ron Kanutski, Social Worker 
    • Margaret Ann Nodin, Assistant Professor, English and American Indian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Session facilitators included: 

    • Patricia Ningewance Nadeau 
    • Brian Smith 
    • Ralph Johnson 
    • Jenny Rose Pert-Wesley 
    • Charlotte Neckoway 
    • Ogden Community Public School Team Elder

    Gerry Martin led the opening proceedings with the Host Drum Shadowcreek Singers and the Ministry of Education and Community representatives. Elder Martin and community elders will also supported the learning throughout the two days. Numerous partner agencies and organizations were in attendance.

    Upcoming Meetings
    • Regular Board Meeting
      Tuesday, April 22 - 7:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Special Education Advisory Committee
      Wednesday, April 16 - 5:15 p.m.
      Victoria Park Training Centre
      125 Lillie Street South
       
    • Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
      Thursday, May 15 - 9:30 a.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Parent Involvement Committee
      Monday, May 5 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street 
    Library Tip of the Week

    You're invited to Mary JL Black Library Saturday, April 19 at 2 pm to be part of our Lakehead University In Conversation series. Join Dr. Jane Nicholas as she explores facets of consumerism, appearance, and making of the modern body, and popular culture.

    This would be a valuable experience for a secondary student considering post-secondary education who wants to know what a university lecture is like! For more information please contact Barb Philp at bphilp@tbpl.ca or 684-6811.