#KPRisAwesome Updates

#KPRisAwesome Update, March 6-10, 2017

Our Students Are Specialists!

About 300 secondary students enrolled in Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) programs across KPR attended SHSM Certification Day at Fleming College last week. Emphasizing the Experiential was the theme for the event, which took place at the college’s campuses in Peterborough, Lindsay and Haliburton.  The students participated in either a full day or two half-day training sessions, with a total of 21 different training workshops being offered. The “reach ahead” opportunity allowed our students to experience life at college.  They also were able to complete some of the certifications required to receive their SHSM Red Seal Diploma in the specialist program of their choice.  The hands-on workshops varied from energy efficiency, lab practices, line cook training and GPS techniques, to silk screening, jewelry making, floral design, event coordination and much more. In total, more than 510 certifications were earned throughout the day. KPR offers one of the most extensive SHSM programs among Ontario school boards. For information on SHSMs, speak to the principal of your secondary school, visit our website or email debbie_miller@kprdsb.ca

More reasons why #KPRisAwesome

  • Now here’s a beautiful and unconventional view from the classroom! Norwood District HS teachers Rebecca Brinkman and Mike Sherwin took their Grade 9 Geography and Grade 11 Environmental Science students to the Haliburton Forest and the Wolf Centre. The students tried their hands at dogsledding and observed wildlife while focusing on multi-use resource management, active living and environmental appreciation.
  • Rachael Monk’s self-described “bright, talented French Immersion class full of fun and enthusiasm” has created a video that is earning national attention. The students from Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior PS entered a one-minute video in Parks Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. In hopes of winning a class trip to Yoho National Park in British Columbia, the students encourage everyone to view their video on the Parks Canada website and to vote for it as the best student video in the contest.  “Our class was amazed with the astonishing 400 km of natural trails that each have a footprint of the past,” the group wrote, “as well as its breath-taking views looking out into the unforgettable, untouchable land.”  Daily online voting continues until March 24.
  • When Plainville PS junior students detoured away from a skiing trip due to bad weather, they still managed to fit in fun physical activity. Thanks to organization by teacher Carolyn Czulo, the students took a journey on The Road to PyeongChang, South Korea, for a sneak preview of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Students were divided into six teams to compete in events including hockey, curling and the biathlon.  Biathlon athletes donned paper “skis” to strategically ski around pylons set up in the primary hallway, then used bean bags to knock down posted targets.  A curling rink with rings was set up in the junior hallway, with Frisbees used as the rocks.
  • When longtime bus driver Clive Rayner retired, students at Apsley Central PS knew they would miss him. The school devoted part of its February Character Assembly to honouring Clive and the safe transportation he provided between the school and the community centre over the past nine years. Staff also extended sincere gratitude in the school newsletter to the local Lions Club for its generous donation of $2,000, which allowed a visit from Jimmy the Breakdance Guy and purchase of social studies resources for students.
  • Prince of Wales PS benefits from the hard work of many volunteers who make a variety of programs possible, including Buck a Bowl and the Breakfast Club. Buck a Bowl allows all students to have a bowl of hot soup or pasta. Donations received for Buck a Bowl support the Breakfast Club.  Thanks to volunteers in the Blessings in a Backpack program, there also is support every Friday for families who would benefit from having a bag of food sent home for the weekend. Costs for Blessings in a Backpack are covered by donations.
  • Kenner Intermediate School student Julia Brady has earned the privilege of attending the Rick Hansen Youth Leadership Summit in Ottawa this May 20-22. She will be among only 50 youth participants from across Canada. Rick Hansen will lead the Summit as it brings together young leaders with and without disabilities to participate in activities focusing on accessibility and inclusion for people with physical disabilities.  The first-ever Summit will recognize participants’ leadership and passion for improving accessibility and inclusion in their school or community.  The event also will provide leadership training to further develop the next generation of champions for people with disabilities. Julia earned the honour through hard work and countless hours of volunteering in the community.
  • Animals at the Peterborough Humane Society are the beneficiaries of blankets knit and donated by students at Edmison Heights PS. A team of about 100 young knitters and 10 volunteers created the blankets for cages that hold the animals until they are adopted.  The students also donated food and pet supplies.
  • Grades 3-6 students at Dr. Emily Stowe PS and their families solved more than 6,870 math problems during day and evening Mathletes activities. Thanks go to the Grade 7 math coaches who offered their support to the younger students.  In other news from Dr. Stowe PS, the school community donated $225 for the Charles H. Best Diabetes Centre. Students at Stowe also are enjoying wooden scooter racks created by woodworking students at Courtice SS.

Awesome opportunities:

  • School councils: what would your school do with a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant to encourage parent engagement in education? The Ministry of Education is accepting applications for PRO grants until May 25.  Last year alone, KPR school councils secured over $36,000 in PRO Grants to make their schools even more welcoming. KPR has made resources available online to help school councils with this year's application. Check out kprschools.ca for information on how to apply for a PRO grant; previously successful KPR school council grant applications to use as a template; and provincial guidelines and tips on the application process.
  • Families in Clarington are invited to join us March 28 for Community Activity Information Night at Harold Longworth PS, Bowmanville. Many of the community groups that run programs in KPR schools throughout the Municipality of Clarington will offer information, demonstrations and, in many cases, the opportunity to register for their programs.  The free Information Night will run from 4:30-7:30 p.m., with child minding and light refreshments also available.  Groups attending will include those offering summer camps, sports, volunteer opportunities, dance, child care, seniors’ activities and after-school recreation programs in Clarington schools.  For details, email brooke_erickson@kprdsb.ca
  • The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites KPR schools to contribute diverse art forms for the 2017-18 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Calendar.  The works should reflect the theme of Together We Can.  For further information, email shauna_rhodes@kprdsb.ca
  • Also on March 28, Westmount PS’s Grades 7-8 students will participate in a full-day conference focussed on well-being. The conference, titled Mission Possible: Developing Mindfulness for a Purposeful Future, will kick off with a keynote address on the importance of play.  Workshops on a variety of topics related to wellness, mindfulness and social justice will follow. For further information, contact Principal Kerry Norris or Vice-principal Lorena Haley-Twiss at 705-742-7871.
  • Courtice Intermediate School presents The Jungle Book musical March 27-28, with doors opening at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are just $5 each. For information, contact kaela_newey@kprdsb.ca.

Check out KPR’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Calendar to see important dates coming up in later in March and beyond.

Share your #KPRisAwesome news!  Email judy_malfara@kprdsb.ca


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