DSBONE Bulletin Board

Stories from 2016-2017

June 21, 2017

Board Accepts Resignation of Trustee Wayne Major

The Board of Trustees of District School Board Ontario North East has formally accepted the resignation of Wayne Major, effective September 18, 2017. Major was first elected in 2011 as representative for Hearst and Kapuskasing, and has served 7 years of an 8 year term. "We want to congratulate Mr. Major for all of his contributions to the Board," said Board Chair Doug Shearer. "He's been a very valuable member for a long time, and he certainly will be missed." The Board plans to advertise in the Kapuskasing and Hearst areas during the summer months to fill the vacant position, come September.

June 21, 2017

Board Thanks Student Trustees

Doug Shearer, Chair of the Board of Trustees for District School Board Ontario North East, presents parting gifts of thanks to student trustees Gillian Gobbo from Iroquois Falls Secondary School and Aviana Ruel from École Secondaire Cochrane High School for all of their hard work on behalf of students.

June 15, 2017

Painting of Traditional Thirteen-Sided Drums

Students in this semester's Expressing Aboriginal Culture course at Iroquois Falls Secondary School recently put their creativity to work painting Woodland style inspired imagery onto traditional thirteen-sided drums and sewing deer hide covered drum sticks. The drums were made in the same course this semester with elder and artisan Gary Lavigne. Special thanks to the Ministry of Education for SpeakUp Grant funding for this project. The painted drums are a nice addition to the hallways at IFSS. Great job students!

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June 14, 2017

Thanks Timmins High!

Congratulations to Timmins High & Vocational School for being a great community partner! Through the school's recent ICE challenge (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship), teacher Barry Trebilcock and his Specialist High Skills Major construction students designed and built a number of picnic tables for the upcoming Stars and Thunder concert – some even wheelchair accessible. City officials met with the students on June 14th at the Hollinger Park to thank them for all of their efforts.

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June 13, 2017

Board Appoints New Director of Education

District School Board Ontario North East is pleased to announce the appointment of Lesleigh Dye as Director of Education and Board Secretary effective August 14, 2017. Following Director Linda Knight's announcement of her intent to retire in June of 2016, the Board began an extensive process to hire a new Director of Education. The appointment was approved at the regular Board meeting held on June 6, 2017.

June 12, 2017

Pride Walk 2017 at ESCHS

The Well-being and Inclusivity group at École Secondaire Cochrane High School planned a pride walk on Friday, June 9th, followed by a barbecue and fun day at the beach. Thank you to all students and staff who participated and thank you to the Cochrane O.P.P. for the escort.

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June 9, 2017

Art Gala at Central PS

Central Public School in Kirkland Lake hosted its 3rd Annual Art Gala on June 7th. During the event, the entire gym was transformed into an art gallery to celebrate the artistic talent of our students. Activity booths were also set up for families to enjoy. The event was very well attended and a good time was had by all!

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June 6, 2017

Market Your Thoughts Business Competition

A big congratulations goes out to Timiskaming District SS (Elementary) student Aman Kahlon! He was the grade 8 classroom winner of the Market Your Thoughts Business Competition run by the Northern Ontario Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative. Ryan Slogget and Jaime Sharp were finalists. Congratulations to students for their fantastic business ideas!

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June 2, 2017

A Visit to the Mayor's Office

The grade 5 students from Schumacher Public School had the chance on June 1st to meet Timmins Mayor Steve Black as part of their social studies unit on Roles of Government and Responsible Citizenship. The mayor entertained students' questions on local issues and how local government runs. He explained to students about local issues, how council is elected and how council reports to the citizens. On a tour of council chambers, Mayor Black even let students sit in his seat! It was a fantastic opportunity for these junior students to learn about local government and their roles as citizens once they can vote. Thank you, Mayor Black!

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June 2, 2017

ESCHS Robotics Team Wins Gold Again!

The robotics team at École Secondaire Cochrane High School won gold at the Regional Robotics Competition at Science Village in Timmins on May 19th. The marathon preparation meetings leading up to the competition paid off, with the ESCHS team winning gold for the second year in a row, tying Timmins High for first place. The events at the competition included a maze, a balloon popping event and an open show-and-tell event. For the open event, the ESCHS team designed a miniature golf hole that combined robots from three different models (a Sphero, a Lego EV3 robot, and VEX robots). Congratulations to the members of the team Sheldon Reinemo, Drayco Young, and Christian Fostokjian. Well done!

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May 26, 2017

IFSS Students Visit Detour Gold

Students from Iroquois Falls Secondary School interested in pursuing careers in the mining sector recently traveled to Detour Gold to participate in a tour of the facility and a Q and A with Detour employees. The students would like to thank Board Trustee Howard Archibald for inviting us.

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May 26, 2017

IFSS Partners with the South Centennial Manor

Students in this semester's visual arts courses at Iroquois Falls Secondary School and residents of the South Centennial Manor Nursing Home successfully coordinated an inter-generational program that promoted learning, understanding, and mutual respect. The students created paintings commissioned by the residents to decorate their rooms. The residents and students met over coffee and donuts to discuss the painting projects. The visual arts students wish to extend a big thank you to all of the retirement complex residents who participated, the support workers, as well as Sylvie Cloutier.

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May 16, 2017

Timmins Mayor Visits Bertha Shaw PS

After visiting Timmins City Hall, one of the students from Mme Corriveau's class at Bertha Shaw Public School invited Mayor Steve Black to come visit her class. Today, on May 16th, Mayor Black came to visit the class and share with students about our city, council and his job. The students were very excited and asked him many questions.

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May 15, 2017

Dr. Roberta Bondar Speaks at Timmins High

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of her visit to space, astronaut Dr. Roberta Bondar spoke to students at Timmins High & Vocational School on May 11th. It was part of a regional tour for the Ontario 150 Bondar Challenge. The challenge is simple: Take a photo of something in nature that you hope will still be around in 150 years and share it on the Roberta Bondar Foundation website.

May 15, 2017

Teacher Wins Hall of Fame Award

Congratulatios to Timiskaming District Secondary School teacher and volleyball coach Nikki Cambridge! She is a newly elected member of the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) 2017 Hall of Fame.

Great work Nikki!

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May 5, 2017

CSI Class Participates in Big Quilt Bee

Students from the CSI class at École Secondaire Cochrane High School have constructed two quilts to donate to the Big Quilt Bee 2017 sponsored by the Canadian Quilter's Association. The Big Quilt Bee has been created to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Their goal is to make and donate 1000 quilts for Ronald MacDonald Houses across Canada.

Our students have learned how to use sewing machines and worked as a team to create and finish two slab quilts to donate to this event. The quilts were delivered to the local drop off, Needleworks Studio Canada and will be sent off to the quilting bee in Toronto.

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May 5, 2017

Multicultural Fair at W. Earle Miller PS

To mark Education Week (May 1-5) and Celebrating Ontario 150, W. Earle Miller Public School celebrated the many cultures within the school. Families shared their dress, music, food, and facts with the students and their families. Thank you to all who participated!

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May 4, 2017

Chalk Challenge at KLDCS

Students at Kirkland Lake District Composite School got creative during Mental Health Week (May 1-7) with a "chalk challenge". Chalk was used to leave inspirational messages on the floors in the common area of the school. Great work students!

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May 4, 2017

Music Business Students Record Songs in Toronto

Students in The Music Business course at Timmins High & Vocational School visited Toronto in early May to record four original songs at the state-of-the-art Coalition Music facility. In partnership with TEMPO (Through Education and Entrepreneurship Music Provides Opportunity), the students are learning about songwriting, collaboration, marketing, social media, communication, and copyright law. Thank you to music teacher Barry Promane for the photos!

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May 3, 2017

Math Night at Timmins Centennial PS

Many students and their parents/guardians attended the Grade 4-6 Family Math Night at Timmins Centennial Public School on May 2nd. Families played games centred around problem solving, probability and math communication. There were draws, cupcakes and each student was given a package of games to take home. Math is fun!

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May 3, 2017

Music Monday Showcase at W. Earle Miller PS

The choir, band, and solos all took centre stage at W. Earle Miller Public School on May 1st as part of Music Monday. Our students showcased their talents including singing and playing trumpet, drums, and piano. Thanks students for a great show!

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May 3, 2017

Timmins Symphony Visits Schools

A big thank you to members of the Timmins Symphony Orchestra for visiting our schools during Education Week (May 1-5). Here they are performing for students at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School.

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April 26, 2017

Water Week Challenge

Mrs. Delich's grade 3 class at Golden Avenue Public School was one of the top three classrooms across all participating schools in the Water Week Challenge. Congratulations on winning a trip to the Cochrane pool which will take place on Wednesday, June 7th.

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April 13, 2017

The Future is Robotics

Timmins High & Vocational School's Team 4704 Northern Lights Robotics (NLR) had the opportunity to compete at the FIRST Robotics competitions in Waterloo and North Bay this year. Students had only 6 weeks to build a robot to compete in the FIRST Steamworks competitions. The team was unable to make it into the quarterfinals in the Waterloo competition but made it to the quarterfinals and the semifinals in the North Bay competition.

Northern Lights Robotics consists of about 20 students and 4 teachers. The competition is different each year and all teams are made aware of the competition during the reveal in January. Once the competition is revealed, the teams have 6 weeks to design, build and test their robot for competition. All rules and guidelines for the fabrication of the robot must be followed accordingly.

"This endeavour has been a wonderful learning experience for all of the students involved," stated Greg Vincze, the principal at Timmins High & Vocational School. "As a matter of fact, we will be adding a robotics course to the school calendar for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year to accent the variety of other courses Timmins High offers." Vincze added.

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April 4, 2017

Celebrating Autism Awareness Day

Golden Avenue Public School celebrated Autism Awareness Day on April 4th with a special guest. Mr. Stuart Duncan is a father of 2 students at Golden Avenue. He has autism and came to speak to staff and students to share his experiences. Here's what his sons Cameron and Tyler had to say about his visit.

"My dad has autism and he is different in many ways, but he is also the same. Some people think autism makes people mean or different, they may actually be really good at things that other people are not so good at. My brother, Cameron, has autism and he needs to stim a lot because he needs his space. People with autism want to be included, but some people think they are going to ruin the game. Some people bully autism kids because they think they don't do anything right, but they do. Every body is different, but can also be the same. Everybody needs help sometimes but people with autism sometimes need more help. Everybody gets mad or sad, people with autism need lots of space when they are mad or sad. Lights are not bright to people that don't have autism, lights to people that do have autism look like flares."

"My dad noticed that autistic kids are getting bullied because they act differently.He made a place to make autistic kids have friends and fun without bumping into bullies that could hurt them or tease them. He made Autcraft (a Minecraft server) so he could protect innocent autistic kids from bullies and kids who do not know about autism. He has autism, too, and he was inspired to help autistic kids to make friends and to care about autistic children around the world. My dad came to our school to help teach our school about what can feel like for people with autism. He also left us with a very important message: try to include people with autism and practice being a good friend."

The day wrapped up with students from Golden Avenue and Roland Michener participating in a flag raising ceremony and walk around the community. Thank you to all for participating!

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April 4, 2017

'Lighting It Up Blue' for Autism

Students at Roland Michener Secondary & Elementary schools helped mark World Autism Awareness Day by lighting it up blue on April 4th. Way to go Michener!

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April 4, 2017

Students Participate in TV Show Filming

TV Ontario's The Agenda with Steve Paikin aired from Timmins High & Vocational School on April 4th. Congratulations to Timmins High students Jared Wagner, Noah Gagnon, Tyrell Bien Aime, Hannah Yee, Andrea Pintar and Emma Etherington who participated in the TV show filming on March 31st. Steve Paikin interviewed the 2017 graduating students about the future of the Timmins economy, asking them to share their future ambitions.

March 31, 2017

National Crayon Day

W. Earle Miller Public School in Timmins celebrated the end of the month with their school spirit assembly celebrating National Crayon Day. Each class celebrated the day by dressing in a different crayon colour.

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March 31, 2017

2017 Evening of Applause

On March 29th, The Evening of Applause was held at Collège Boréal. The event, which involves all four district school boards, Northern College, Collège Boréal, Algoma University, Hearst University and the Timmins and District Multicultural Centre, is an annual event designed to celebrate cultural differences and recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The Evening of Applause began with a lovely rendition of What a Wonderful World played by the R. Ross Beattie instrumental band under the direction of Mrs. Guenette-Bergeron. During the evening many awards were given to deserving students. The following students from District School Board Ontario North East won awards for being Students Who Make a Difference:

Senja Bird (Grade 8) from Roland Michener SS (Elementary) won the anti-discrimination artwork contest, grade 4-8 section.

Congratulations to all the award winners!

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May 30, 2017

Drum Making at IFSS

The Expressing Aboriginal Cultures and NOVA classes at Iroquois Falls Secondary School participated in a drum making workshop on Tuesday, March 28th with artisan Gary Levigne. The next day, students learned about traditional drum teachings from Gerald Chum. Thank you to the elders for sharing their knowledge with us!

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March 30, 2017

The Hive at R. Ross Beattie

Students at R. Ross Beattie Senior Public School in Timmins have begun working in The Hive – the school's student-based inquiry project. With the help of community and school partners, Beattie redesigned one of their classrooms to help meet the needs of the 21st century learner!

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March 28, 2017

Soaring Youth Career Conference in Ottawa

Students from Kiskinohamatowin Alternative School, Timmins High & Vocational School and Timiskaming District Secondary School attended the Indspire Soaring Youth Career Conference on March 24th in Ottawa. At the conference, First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students from across the country attended motivational workshops to learn about career opportunities, met Canada's top employers, learned about post-secondary bursaries and scholarships and met Indspire Youth Award recipients. Students also had the opportunity to watch and meet nationally renowned recording artists A Tribe Called Red and Cody Coyote.

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March 28, 2017

Learning About Teepees at Schumacher PS

The grade 4/5's at Schumacher Public School, as part of their inquiry, wanted to know how teepees were made (3-D geometry, measurement and social studies units). Jennifer Henderson, the Aboriginal Liason Officer for the central region, taught the students about teepees. She explained the significance of the poles in Cree culture, the parts of the teepee and significance of them. She explained to the students how they are erected. The students then measured the cloth (hide) and discussed how measuring happened in the bush and in the past. The students learned how to lash sticks together. Once students were done making their teepees they learned about the spirit animals (Seven Grandfather Teachings) and learned how to write their first names in Cree syllabics. They painted these on the canvas of their teepees.

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March 27, 2017

Talent Shines at Regional Skills Competition

Secondary students from across District School Board Ontario North East had an opportunity to showcase their talents while building confidence and experience at a competition against fellow students during the Board's annual Regional Skills Competition.

March 2, 2017

Musician Sean Kelly Works with Music Business Class

On February 28th and March 1st, students in the Music Business course at Timmins High & Vocational School worked with Canadian guitarist Sean Kelly (Nelly Furtato, Lee Aaron, Helix, Honeymoon Suite) learning songwriting techniques and studio preparation.

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February 28, 2017

Family Fun Night at W. Earle Miller PS

W. Earle Miller Public School opened its doors tonight and brought some sunshine and the beach inside. Families came to the school for crafts, gym activities and a snack. A great time for all!

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February 20, 2017

Student Trustees Attend Provincial Council Meeting

Congratulations to our student trustees Gillian Gobbo and Aviana Ruel. They've recently returned from the OASTA-AECO Board Council meeting in Ottawa (February 16th to 19th). During their conference, Gillian and Aviana had a chance to network with student trustees from across the province. Thanks for making us proud!

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February 16, 2017

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing

The grade 4 to 6 students at Iroquois Falls Public School have been spending Wednesday afternoons in February at the Iroquois Falls Cross Country Ski Club. Students are learning basic skills, techniques and trail etiquette required to enjoy the wonderful winter sports of classic skiing, skate skiing and snowshoeing. Thank you to the volunteer instructors from the club for providing instruction to our students!

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February 13, 2017

Mock Job Interviews for KDHS Career Studies Students

With career portfolios, resumes and cover letters in hand, grade 10 Career Studies students at Kapuskasing District High School arrived for their mock interviews. Students spent several weeks preparing for the interviews which were conducted by a panel of two teachers and one special guest. Overall they felt the experience left them better prepared for the workplace and offered the following feedback:

  • "It felt like I was interviewing for an actual job."
  • "I learned that you have to be very well prepared, and the experience wasn't a waste of time at all."
  • "I was so stressed about whether I would get the job and the interview felt real, giving me a better feel of what it is like to actually apply for a job."
  • "I actually got to prepare myself for an interview and now I'll know what to expect when I actually have one, and will be more confident."

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February 13, 2017

DSB1 Students Advance in Free Throw Competition

Four students from W. Earle Miller and Timmins Centennial public schools are moving on to the next round of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Competition.

Congratulations to all competitors and way to go to Miller and TCPS!

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February 9, 2017

100th Day at W. Earle Miller PS

The grade 1 students in Mrs. Boucher's class at W. Earle Miller Public School celebrated the 100th day of school by dressing up as someone who is 100 years old.

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February 8, 2017

KLDCS Co-op Student Recognized

Nathaniel Tinney is a co-op student at Kirkland Lake District Secondary School. As part of the co-op program, he is doing his placement at Byer's Precision Machining Inc. Co-op gives students an opportunity to earn high school credits while doing a placement in the community and getting real world experience. Byer's Precision Machining has had several co-op students, but Nathaniel is the first student to obtain a CWB welding ticket. Well done Nathaniel!

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