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Sunday, August 14, 2016

TELL 2016

Over 1000 Principals and Vice-Principals from the province took time out of their summer vacation and attended TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED LEARNING AND LEADING INSTITUTE 2016. It is great to see so many dedicated educators learning two weeks before the return to school #TELL2016 #ontedleaders


 My highlights of the conference were:

·         Isabelle Fontaine @isafontaine http://www.isabellefontaine.ca/ expert in performance psychology shared how emotional energy is linked to innovation

·         Tony Wagner - http://www.tonywagner.com/807  -encourage play and to have a purpose while integrating the 6 C’s into your classroom
  • Tranforming PD for Instructional Leadership by Arlene Aguilar @arlene_aguilar9 and Vickie Morgado @vickiemorgado1  - self-directed PD for teachers and administrators in technologically savvy ways including EdCamp models, flipped classrooms and Genius Hour and explore ways to grow Professional Learning Networks (PLNs) through current technological tools (e.g. Twitter, Voxer, Blab) to suit learning styles and needs. Highlighted using presentation software:  https://app.nearpod.com/
  • Rethinking Meetings - Blended Leadership Heather Campbell @HeatherMeadCamp  - consider blending face-to-face and online collaborative formats with clear purpose and intentionality in order to best use the time and talents of the group 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Growing Character


 Tremendous collaboration and support by staff over the past few weeks in growing the character of the school. Hard work on their part in the preparation as the community experienced a: Gr. 8’s vs Teacher Soccer Baseball Game, Music through the Arts evening presentation School Board meeting, Variety/Talent Show, Welcome 1st Year Students for September 2016, and Sports Fun Day.

It was great to see all of these opportunities for our students as they were to be able to show their hidden talents away from the stream of academics. The school was rocking and all of the students were engaged as they made their way through these various undertakings.

Thank you to all the parents who took the time out of their busy schedules to experience with their children the venues that took place.




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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Character Education

After a couple of weeks of EQAO testing, our school returned back to normal. Many thanks to the teachers for their dedication in getting the students ready for the testing, the students working through the tasks each day, and the remaining stakeholders accommodating their needs.  However,  it was great see the real deep learning going with inquiry, guitars playing during music , and the entire school preparing for annual Track and Field Day. 



Our annual Track and Field Day took place on Thursday June 9 and it was a perfect day. It was great see all of the parents from the communities support their own and other children on this day. Lots of hard work goes into co-ordinating this and kudos to Dan Solinas and Colleen Hogan. The learning that goes on here out ways many lessons take place in school.  Several character traits are exhibited on this day without us overtly teaching them and is the learning is real:





A few more weeks to go with the attention on report cards!


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