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    This Week at Lakehead Public Schools - November 21, 2014

    Kingsway Park students enlightened by guest speaker.

    Science Rangers Visit Kingsway

    Kingsway Park Public School welcomed Earth Rangers, The Kids Conservation Organization on Wednesday, November 19. Earth Rangers is dedicated to educating children and their families about biodiversity, inspiring them to adopt sustainable behaviors and empowering them to become directly involved in protecting animals and their habitats.

    Earth Rangers visits over 550 English and French elementary schools each year, delivering an interactive Earth Rangers Show focused on biodiversity and environmental science. Using the power of live animals to connect with students, the Earth Rangers programs are unique, high quality and curriculum-linked for multiple grade levels.

    The Earth Rangers show features:

    • A positive, science based message about the importance of protecting the environment and adopting more sustainable behaviors
    • Live Animal Ambassadors demonstrating their amazing, natural behaviors
    • Information about four at-risk Canadian species
    • An engaging and interactive experience for students and teachers
    Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week

    The week of November 16 to 22, 2014 is Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week in Ontario. Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week focuses on our community promotion of a safer learning environment for all students, which is essential to student success. A number of activities are occurring throughout the week at Lakehead Public Schools to raise awareness of bullying-related issues with students, parents, and the local community.

    “This week is another step in our ongoing efforts to combat bullying in our schools and our community”, says Leslie Hynnes, Lakehead Public Schools Education Officer. “Bullying can have a significant negative impact on student well-being and eventually on student success. It’s now time for everyone in our entire community to take a stand against bullying.”

    Bullying is typically defined as a form of repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

    Students may attain or maintain power over others in the school through real or perceived differences. Some areas of difference may be size, strength, age, intelligence, economic status, social status, solidarity of peer group, religion, ethnicity, ability, need for special education, sexual orientation, family circumstances, gender, and race.

    Bullying can take many forms, such as: 

    • Physical – hitting, shoving, stealing or damaging property 
    • Verbal – name calling, mocking, or making sexist, racist or homophobic comments 
    • Social – excluding others from a group or spreading gossip or rumours about them 
    • Electronic (commonly known as cyberbullying) – spreading rumours and hurtful comments through the use of cellphones, e-mail, text messaging and social networking sites

    Lakehead Public Schools continues to take a strong and active stance on bullying in all schools. Each school has a Safe Schools Team responsible for school safety that is composed of at least one student (where appropriate), one parent, one teacher, one non-teaching staff member, one community partner, and the Principal. Safe Schools Teams are encouraged to take on a leadership role in the school by planning activities that are relevant to bullying awareness and prevention and that engage the whole school community.

    During last year’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week, the Lakehead Public Schools Safe Schools App was launched. Students can still download the App at the iTunes store.

    Those without an Apple device can access the App though the Lakehead Public Schools website at www.lakeheadschools.ca. The App was developed by a Sir Winston Churchill Collegiate and Vocational Institute student and provides a direct link to report a bullying incident that has been witnessed through Thunder Bay District Crime Stoppers.

    A number of schools participated in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week activities throughout the week. Some of the activities included Cyber Bullying presentations, antibullying themed announcements, reading buddy opportunities, anti-bullying assemblies and pledge walls.

    Westgate Achievement Night

    On Thursday, November 20, Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute hosted a celebration of academic success, citizenship and leadership. Close to 250 students were recognized at the annual Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute Achievement Night.

    "We were delighted to present achievement awards to the students based on their efforts and accomplishments from the prior school year,” says Coral Charlton, Principal of Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute. “In addition to the awards to students, we are also very pleased to recognize the efforts of some very special people.”

    New this year at the Achievement Night is the inaugural “Friends of Westgate” award. Three parent members of the Westgate Music Council were recognized for their contributions to the music program. The parents recognized with the first “Friends of Westgate” award are Kim Kendrick, Nancy Pohjoisrinne and Dina Routhier.

    Students were also recognized for their community service achievements. The community hours of 100+, 200+ and 300+ documented community service hours were recognized. Two students were recognized for well over 1000 community service hours.

    "At Westgate we truly believe in the motto of Always only the Best,” says Charlton. “Celebrating the achievement of our students is both professionally gratifying and a practical example of the Tiger Pride for which we are well known.”

    Royal Winnipeg Ballet Public Performance at Superior CVI

    The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division will be visiting our community on Monday, November 24 and Tuesday, November 25 to conduct school based visits at Ecole Gron Morgan Public School and Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

    In addition to the school based programs, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be providing the only public performance of this visit at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute on Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in person at Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.

    Here’s your chance to win tickets to the Tuesday, November 25 public performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet! The Royal Winnipeg Ballet is a storied ballet company. How many years has the Royal Winnipeg Ballet been in existence? Send in your response to bnugent@lakeheadschools.ca. In order to qualify, the subject line must read “Royal Winnipeg Ballet”. The winner will be notified on Monday, November 24.

    Celebrating Science and Technology

    Science was the focus this week at Hyde Park Public School and Kingsway Park Public School. During this week, students at both schools embraced all things scientific with a variety of interactive engaging hands-on science lessons presented by numerous community partners. On Tuesday, November 18, representatives from the Lakehead University Engineering Department and Fort William Historical Park were at Kingsway Park Public School to work with students.

    “The goals for the week included knowledge building on existing knowledge of science from the curriculum, engaging in further hands on science learning from experts in the field through our community partners and raising the profile of science literacy in our everyday lives,” says Darren Lentz, Principal of Kingsway Park Public School. “Engaging our community partners enhances the educational opportunities for our students and allows them to see what they are learning in an applied real life experiential way”.

    During this week, students participated in a wide range of activities which focus on traditional ecological knowledge all the way to physics and laser technology.

    Science Olympics

    Top:  Cassandra and Brianna build molecular models.  Bottom:  Harleen and Fabiana build a model of single stranded Ribose nucleic acid and compare it to deoxyribose nucleic acid.The Lakehead University Science Olympics was held on Friday, November 14 and was hosted by the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Education.

    The Science Olympics is a one day event, for Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 students, made up of a series of problem solving events that require teams to apply their knowledge of science and engineering in creative and fun ways. Students competed in teams of four for prizes!

    Students from a number of schools participated in the highly competitive Olympics! Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute is very proud of all of the participants and thanks all for their hard work and strong efforts in the competition!

    Cassandra and Brianna build molecular models.

    Harleen and Fabiana build a model of single stranded Ribose nucleic acid and compare it to deoxyribose nucleic acid.

    It Takes Two….or More!

    What can you do to help the students of Lakehead Public Schools? For the cost of a cup of coffee (and not one of those fancy lattes either!), you can be a supporter of some incredible student success focused Lakehead Learning Foundation initiatives including: 

    • Bursaries for graduating secondary school students 
    • The Grade 8 Awards of Excellence Dinner and Ceremony 
    • The Student Assistance Fund

    While some of the funding for the Lakehead Learning Foundation comes from individual donations, a majority of the funding comes from the annual Golf Tournament. A new way for staff to get involved is the “It Takes Two” payroll deduction plan. You can help realize the dreams of our students for as little as $2 per pay.

    The Lakehead Learning Foundation (LLF) is excited to announce their It Takes 2 Employee Payroll Deduction Plan sign up is now available electronically! To sign up online go to: www.lakeheadschools.ca/ittakes2  

    Some handy tips for online registration: 

    • The first three digits of your SIN# are needed for validation 
    • Use the TAB key to navigate the form 
    • Fields with an asterisk (*) are mandatory 
    • After your employee number is entered some fields are populated, but your email and location can be edited

    Darren Lentz and studentsFor more information on how you can get involved, please call My-Tien Nguyen, Lakehead Learning Foundation Communications and Development Coordinator at 625-5176.

    Each week, we will be featuring Lakehead Public Schools staff who have chosen to support the Lakehead Learning Foundation through the It Takes Two payroll deduction program. This week, we are profiling Darren Lentz, Principal of Kingsway Park Public School.

    “When I have had such good fortune and so many things to be thankful for in my life, I like to think of ways to show my gratitude. Students make me smile every day and I have learned so much from them. They have helped shape my happiness. The It Takes 2 Campaign is just a small way to give back and say thank you. It is so easy and you get to see the direct results of your donation in our schools”

    Upcoming Meetings
    • Regular Board Meeting
      Tuesday, November 25 - 7:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Inaugural Board Meeting
      Tuesday, December 2 - 6:00 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee
      Thursday, December 18 - 9:30 a.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Parent Involvement Committee
      Monday, January 19 - 6:30 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
       
    • Special Education Advisory Committee
      Wednesday, December 10 - 6:00 p.m.
      Board Room, Education Centre
      2135 Sills Street
    Diversity Days

    Friday, November 21

    • World Television Day (UN)

    Sunday, November 23

    • Qawl (Bahi’i)

    Monday, November 24

    • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikhism)

    Tuesday, November 25

    • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (UN)

    Wednesday, November 26

    • Day of the Covenant (Baha’i)