#KPRisAwesome Archive 2017-2018 School Year

#KPRisAwesome - May 25, 2018

Students, parents, staff, trustees, Curve Lake First Nation and government representatives, school council and community members and child care partners group photo

Official Opening of Lakefield District Public School

Students, parents, staff, trustees, Curve Lake First Nation and government representatives, school council and community members and child care partners joined together to celebrate the official opening of Lakefield District PS, following extensive renovations.  The evening celebration included a student video, performances by the student band and Red Path Singers, school council presentation on creation of the school logo, and official ribbon cutting.  The school’s motto is Maawndookaazag – Together – Ensemble, reflecting the unique nature of the school, which offers programming in Ojibwe, English and French Immersion.

Keeping up with newest technologies to engage students

More than 200 educators from throughout Ontario and New York State met at Bowmanville High School May 5-6 for two days intensely focused on using the latest technologies to improve student learning. 

KPR Kindergarten to Grade 12 staff members were well represented at the EdTechTeam Kawartha Summit. Participants enjoyed hands-on learning with their choice of more than 40 workshops and keynote speakers at the weekend event, which ran from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. Tweets and messages from Summit attendees spoke volumes:  “Thank you for a mind-blowing weekend of learning!”  “Can’t wait to use what I've learned!” “Probably some of the best PD I have had in my 28 years as a teacher!” “I loved the Summit! I learned so much. The presenters were friendly, enthusiastic and helpful.  I left feeling truly inspired that I could make my classroom a more engaging and interesting place to learn.” 

“The Kawartha Summit 2018 was a fantastic opportunity for all educators to learn more about Google Suite for Education as well as other educational tools to enhance student learning and their own professional development,” said Bowmanville HS Principal and event host Jamie Patenall.  “From the moment the event began on Saturday morning until the closing keynote speaker on Sunday afternoon, the learning never stopped.  The passion demonstrated by the participants at the conference to help our students prepare and solve problems was inspiring.” 

Senior KPR administrators who attended were unanimous in complimenting the event, and in crediting Jamie and his team of BHS staff organizers. “The Google Summit was a fantastic opportunity for all staff, regardless of their role, to direct their own learning for two days,” noted Superintendent Greg Ingram.   Superintendent Gloria Tompkins agreed: “As educators, it’s important we find new ways to engage students and tap their creative potential. The Google Summit was a wonderful opportunity for staff to explore how technology can open up new possibilities for teaching and learning.” 

Director of Education Dr. Jennifer Leclerc also was impressed by the event: “A spirit of excitement and inspiration filled the air for all involved. Special thanks to BHS staff for their vision in bringing this learning to our Board!” 

“This was by far one of the best PD opportunities that I’ve ever been able to participate in during my 15 years as a Trustee,” said Trustee Cathy Abraham. “I learned so much about the technology I was using or could be using...I recommend the experience to everyone!”

Special Olympics flag-raising

It’s official: a Special Olympics flag-raising at Peterborough City Hall with Mayor Daryl Bennett got the week – and the upcoming events – off to a great start.  Peterborough will play host to the Special Olympics Ontario School Championships May 29 to 31. Athletes and coaches from several KPR high schools will be among more than 1,000 competitors from throughout Ontario, Canada and the United States.

Second in Ontario!

Congratulations go to Clarington Central SS student Dawson Cyr for winning the silver medal in Photography at Skills Ontario 2018. In fact, we’re proud of all of our KPR students who represented us so well at the provincial event! 

They've got the beat

Drumlines are gaining popularity in schools across Canada, and several from KPR have distinguished themselves provincially and nationally. The Crestwood SS Drumline’s original piece, focused on Truth and Reconciliation and on honouring the legacy of Gord Downie, earned the Mustangs first place in the Canadian Drumline Association competition. The Colborne PS Drumline earned second place in the Intermediate Class at the British Columbia Provincial Championships and tied for first at the CDA’s Eastern Ontario Regional. And Oakridge Percussion, made up primarily of KPR students, were the BC Provincial Champions in Premier Class and first in the Canadian Drumline Association’s Eastern Ontario Regionals for the fourth straight year.  

More medal-winning musicians 

Two KPR secondary schools continued their multi-year traditions by earning national medals at MusicFest Canada. The Thomas A. Stewart Jazz Band A won gold, while Jazz Band B and the Jazz Combo won silver awards. In addition, individual outstanding musicianship awards went to students Noah Abrahamse, Steffen Davidson and Roz Shepherd. Meanwhile, Campbellford DHS’s Senior Jazz Ensemble won gold, while the Intermediate Jazz Ensemble earned silver.  Campbellford students singled out for individual praise and awards included singer Olivia Rapos and student players Patrick Muldoon, Becca Westall, Ivan Stille and Zoe Saito. Congratulations go to teachers Vince Abrahamse and Dave Noble for the bands’ perennial outstanding showing.

And even more award winners

Other KPR staff and students also are winning awards at school and in the community. Stuart Robertson, Kawartha Heights PS student, was named 2018 Safety Patroller of the Year by Peterborough Police. In Bowmanville, Clarington Central SS students and avid motorcycle racers Matthew Simpson, Jake LeClair and Ben LeClair took all three spots on the podium in the Canadian Superbike Championship at Shannonville. On the employee front, KPR data, research and accountability leader Catharine Tozer was named Outstanding Citizen at the Municipality of Port Hope’s 30th annual Civic Awards Ceremony.   

Spring has sprung! 

It’s a sure sign of spring: elementary and secondary students throughout KPR have been working with staff to clean up their neighbourhoods, build play structures out of live plants, plant vegetable and pollinator gardens, and take their learning outside. Check out next week’s #KPRisAwesome blog to learn about special partnerships Courtice SS and Courtice North PS have established with OPG and other community organizations for the benefit of the environment.

Generosity in our communities

The KPR community is continuing its year-long tradition of generosity in raising funds for a variety of worthy causes – from tens of thousands of dollars raised by 31 schools for pediatric cancer research through Pedal for Hope, to skipathons for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (Stockdale PS alone brought in $4,475), to $2,432 raised at The Pines Senior PS for The Children’s Make a Wish Foundation. Thirteen students and three staff from Kenner CVI also gave the gift of life at Kenner’s second blood drive of the year, following up last November’s drive involving 15 donors.  On May 31, Kenner also will hold its first Sarah’s Drive for Hope, One Match Swab event to add names to the stem cell and bone marrow donor registry.

Education Week, equity & mental health in action

KPR’s year-round focus on equity and mental health earned a much-deserved spotlight for Education Week and Mental Health Week, as students and staff discussed ways to promote mental health, including physical activity and the importance of showing kindness. Community events on homophobia, Islamophobia, poverty and classism were held over three successive evenings throughout KPR. And Courtice Intermediate and Secondary School, in addition to its mental health celebrations, chose to designate all of May as Indigenous Celebration Month, with a wide variety of activities planned throughout the month.

Awesome events & opportunities

  • Looking for information on athletics in our schools? Check out kprschools.ca for details on Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Athletic Association (KPREAA) events and high school athletics.
  • 2017-18 marks the 50th anniversary of outdoor education programs in KPR.  To celebrate this milestone, the Board’s Outdoor Education Centres (Laurie Lawson and Goodrich Loomis OECs in Northumberland, Warsaw OEC in Peterborough County and Wilmot Creek OEC in Clarington) have issued a challenge to our schools. Each Outdoor Education Centre (OEC) will offer two prizes to schools or individual classes that tell their stories of how they are getting their students actively engaged in learning outside, doing something good for the environment, or participating in the David Suzuki Nature Challenge. Submit your entry to the naturalist at the closest Outdoor Education Centre by June 15. Learn more about our OECs and our naturalists.

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#KPRisAwesome - May 17, 2018

KPRts Camp - Teaching leadership through the arts

Every spring, almost 200 Grade 7-8 students from throughout the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board come together to discover and develop their innate leadership skills through the arts.

KPRts, an annual experience at Camp White Pine, welcomes students to three days and two nights of arts-focused activities with like-minded peers. More than 30 high school student counsellors – half of whom were previous KPRts campers themselves – work with staff supervisors and practising artists to lead activities in dance, drama, music and visual arts.

Whatever their role, all who participate in the camp are united in their praise for the leadership skills, lasting friendships and positive memories that result.  Arts-focused workshops are combined with exciting outdoor camp experiences such as high ropes, biking, archery and more.  KPR arts consultant Mary Walker Hope works with a team of 16 educators to plan and supervise the camp.

Clearly, KPRts is sparking students’ imaginations and educational success.  

“We see a lot of kids who are incredibly nervous when they first arrive, not talking to anyone,” Mary says. “Eventually, we see them walking arm in arm. They feel safe, they find the place where they can be themselves.  This relaxation happens, this eye-opening moment when they realize, ‘wow, I can say that, and no one’s going to laugh at me’. It’s a comfortable and safe place.”

Sydney Stewart, a Grade 12 student spending her second year as camp counsellor, first came to KPRts in Grade 8.  “I was really shy, I was quiet, I was terrified,” she says. “It turned out to be an amazing time.  I totally came out of my shell, made a lot of friends, and became the leader I am today.  I came back a totally changed person.”

Her sister had the same experience, she said. “It was definitely life-changing. A lot of kids come here and find out who they really are.”

Ask anyone else at the camp and you hear the same superlatives: “fantastic”, “special”, “wonderful”, “confidence-building” and more.

Check out photos and videos of this year’s and previous years’ KPRts camps at www.kprts.ca 

#KPRisAwesome - May 4, 2018

Excited to cut the ribbon

Students at Ganaraska Trail Public School in Port Hope were excited to cut the ribbon at the official opening ceremony for the school’s new junior wing and Kindergarten classroom renovations. Trustees, parents, local dignitaries and community members all took part in the celebrations May 2.

Equity in Action and Mental Health

The first full week of May every year is special for two reasons: it’s both Education Week and Mental Health Week.  KPR schools will have a variety of activities May 7-11 to recognize both important events, including this year’s Education Week theme, Equity in Action.  The week will include three evening events focused on equity, to which we invite all interested community members; please see the Community Equity Events listing further down in this blog for details. 

Individual schools also will shine a spotlight on their year-round efforts to promote well-being, mental health, equity, diversity and inclusion. Here’s a look at the social justice efforts taken last week by Cobourg Collegiate Institute (CCI).

Cobourg Collegiate Institute Introduces Right(s) in Our Backyard Speaker Series

Everyone can take steps to protect human rights and promote social justice, both locally and globally.  

That was the message behind Cobourg CI’s inaugural Rights(s) in Our Backyard speaker series, April 23-27. The 10 workshops also were live-streamed across KPR, to reach a wider audience. Speakers discussed steps being taken locally and internationally to advance human rights in all areas, with topics ranging from poverty, Indigenous communities, women’s rights and violence prevention, to the rights of adults with special needs and those in the LGBTQ+ community.

“The whole series was about students being empowered to support whatever area of human rights interests them,” said teacher and organizer Dean Smith. “You can start with small steps. You don’t need to have a high-powered job to have an effect. You can start as soon as you leave this room, and open up your little sphere of influence.”

Alex Neve, Secretary-General for Amnesty International in Canada, underscored “the power of ordinary men, women and young people” to make positive change in their communities, in Canada and around the world.

“We need more voices, louder voices…so that the global chorus of human rights is heard everywhere,” he urged students.  “There’s always more to be done.  Keep writing letters and signing petitions. Your letter joined up with millions of letters from around the world has an effect.  We know it has freed prisoners, ended torture.”

He encouraged students to become involved in social justice locally, provincially and nationally as well. “We have only just begun to face the depths of the crises facing Indigenous communities,” he added, pointing to concerns such as violence against Indigenous women and girls, lack of access to clean drinking water, and more.  “There is always more to be done.”

Clearly, his message resonated with students in the audience. Sarah Corbier, in Grade 12, said she has actively promoted social justice “in my daily life”, attending conferences, listening to speakers, creating a Twitter account devoted to human rights, and more. “I have a personal connection to human rights issues, because I am Indigenous,” she explained.

Similarly, Grade 10 student Jayda Godfrey noted she has “been pretty involved in human rights since I was little, because there’s a lot of inequity.” The grandchild of immigrants from Turkey, Jayda stressed that “it means a lot to me that there are people here in our community, in Canada and around the world” who are actively taking steps to end current human rights violations in that country.

Commenting on the speaker series, fellow Grade 10 student Tia Davis added, “I love how informative it is and how deeply honest it is…It is not fogging reality.  I know that, in our area, we are so privileged in what we have….it is good to see how we are affecting other countries and advocating for human rights locally, too.”

Community Equity Events

KPR invites everyone in our communities to attend special Equity in Action evening events coming up next week. All three presentations are free; registration is not required.

Anti-Homophobia: Including Everyone
Monday, May 7
7-9 p.m. 
Port Hope High School
130 Highland Drive, Port Hope

Islamophobia: A Teachable Moment 
Tuesday, May 8
7-9 p.m.
Duke of Cambridge Public School
47 Liberty Street North, Bowmanville

Poverty and Classism
Wednesday, May 9
7-9 p.m. 
Queen Mary Public School
1445 Monaghan Road North, Peterborough

For more information on these events, please click Upcoming Events.

Mental Health

Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School got an early start on Mental Health Week with a variety of events this week.  The school’s Well-being Week also included guest speakers, a visit from therapy dogs, well-being and mindfulness activities, a games room, sing-along film presentation and much more. Teacher Barry Driscoll enjoyed a relaxing chat with students in the ball pit.  

Ahead by a century

KPR students were Ahead By a Century at this week’s Choirfest in Port Hope. The six school choirs participating in the non-competitive event concluded Choirfest with a moving tribute to the late Gord Downie.  Listen to their touching performance of The Tragically Hip’s Ahead By a Century. Participating schools included Camborne, Courtice North, Harold Longworth, Newcastle, Terry Fox and Waverley Public Schools.

Deepest condolences

Unfortunately, this blog must end on a sad note. Sincere sympathy is extended to the family, friends and all who knew former Peterborough Alternative and Continuing Education program student Eric Rodgers, following his recent death.  He will be deeply missed.

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#KPRisAwesome - April 30, 2018

Kenner students volunteering at Juke Box Mania

When contestants sat down at Peterborough’s Juke Box Mania fundraiser Friday night, they enjoyed the volunteer efforts of students in Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute’s culinary program.

Several of Peter Poley and Lisa Dixon’s students volunteered their time to make and serve delicious finger foods at the event, an annual fundraiser for the Community Counselling and Resource Centre (CCRC).

“We like to involve ourselves in the community,” Peter explains. “We just like to help out wherever we can.”

The CCRC organizers were so thrilled with Kenner’s offer to volunteer at Juke Box Mania, they held the official media launch of the “Name That Tune”-type fundraiser at the school. 

Members of the media and dignitaries were treated to the goodies that the Kenner students were planning to prepare and serve the night of the event at the Peterborough Memorial Centre.

“We wanted to go with comfort food, so we chose homemade chicken fingers and sweet potato fries,” Lisa says.

Judging from the reaction of everyone sampling the students’ homemade finger foods, everyone at Juke Box Mania was in for a treat.

KPR raises over $5.4 million for Terry Fox

The totals are in and the results are impressive. According to The Terry Fox Foundation, KPR schools collectively have raised a total of $5,437,940.69 for cancer research in the last 35 years. Our top fundraiser is Brighton’s East Northumberland Secondary School, at $1,091,675.89, while the top fundraising KPR elementary school –Terry Fox Public School – brought in $84,367.61. In 2017 alone, our schools raised over $222,000. KPR once again encourages its schools to participate in the 2018 Terry Fox National School Run, scheduled for Thursday, September 27.  For further information and to register your school’s participation, visit terryfox.org

Happy Administrative Professionals' Day! 

Where would we be without all the #KPRisAwesome support staff in our schools and departments? We’d rather not even imagine the answer! School staffs across KPR and at the Education Centres this week took advantage of Administrative Professionals’ Day to pay tribute to, and thank, our awesome office professionals!

KPR is Awesome Archive

Yard and community cleanups, introduction of reusable school water bottles, and hands-on activities focused on understanding and protecting our environment were the focus of many KPR schools for Earth Week, Earth Month and Earth Day.  East Northumberland Secondary School student Holly Tetzlaff found a special way to celebrate Earth Month: her project testing “flushability” of various products took first place at the Peterborough Regional Science Fair.  The project, titled Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Flushability Is Not Magic, will take her to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Ottawa next month. In the meantime, check out these photos of what students and staff across KPR did to recognize Earth Week and Earth Day. 

Special Olympics qualifiers

Students from secondary schools across KPR are continuing to participate in qualifying events in advance of the 2018 Special Olympics Ontario School Championships, coming to Peterborough May 29 to 31.  Students from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and the United States are expected to compete in five sports: basketball, bocce, floor hockey, soccer, and track and field. For more information about the 2018 Special Olympics Ontario School Championship, visit sooschoolchampionships2018.ca.  

#KPRisAwesome volunteers

How do you choose just three volunteers to honour among the thousands who willingly offer their time and talents to benefit our students? It was a tough choice, but KPR did just that when it presented KPR Accolades awards this week to three outstanding volunteers. Congratulations and sincere appreciation go to the following volunteers nominated by school staff members:

   Dawn Chapell, Dr. Emily Stowe Public School

   Julie Chatten, Lakefield District Public School

   Jeff Snow, Dr. M.S. Hawkins Senior Public School and Port Hope High School

Awesome events & opportunities

  • Be A Change Maker is the theme for KPR’s annual Student Leadership Conference, May 2 at Fleming College in Peterborough. Grades 8-11 student representatives from across the Board will participate in the day-long conference, where they will explore leadership skills and opportunities, and develop strategies for maintaining inclusive, positive and active school climates.  Keynote speaker Drew Dudley, founder of Day One Leadership, will open the event.  Students will then participate in their choice of workshops, planned and led by Student Trustees Dakota Livingston and Lindsey Keene and members of the KPR Student Leadership Group. For details, email jeff_waatt@kprdsb.ca or cathleen_martherus@kprdsb.ca
  • Six KPR elementary schools will participate in Choirfest, May 2 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Port Hope United Church. The non-competitive celebration will conclude with the choirs joining together to sing The Tragically Hip’s Ahead By a Century, as a tribute to the late Gord Downie. Participating schools include Camborne, Courtice North, Harold Longworth, Newcastle, Terry Fox and Waverley Public Schools. Admission is free. Spectators are asked to bring a donation to the Northumberland Fare Share Food Bank. For additional information, call Ian Jack or Karen Wood at Newcastle Public School, 905-987-4262, or email ian_jack@kprdsb.ca
  • The Crestwood Secondary School Drumline will introduce its competitive program, called Secret Path, at an open house in the Crestwood SS gymnasium May 5, from 3-4 p.m.  The Secret Path is a drumline arrangement of Gord Downie’s music, with a focus on truth and reconciliation.  The drumline, made up of 30 students, will compete with this unique piece at the Canadian Drumline Association Championships in May. For details, email melanie_foulkes@kprdsbca
  • Enrolment opens May 2 for Fresh From the Farm: Healthy Fundraising for Ontario Schools. The program offers schools the opportunity to raise funds by selling Ontario vegetables and fruit to the community. For details on this provincial program, visit www.FreshFromFarm.ca

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#KPRisAwesome - April 20, 2018

East Northumberland Secondary School student fights hate 

Isobel Flindall is on a mission to prevent hatred and promote acceptance.

The East Northumberland Secondary School student’s devotion to this important cause spurred her to participate in Speakers Idol 2018.  When teacher Deanne Patenall heard about the competition sponsored by the Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies in Toronto, she recommended it to Isobel. In the end, Isobel’s three-minute speech placed her among the top five finalists.

The seventh annual competition challenged students to discuss how they would envision applying Simon Wiesenthal’s famous quote, “Freedom of speech is not freedom to propagate hatred,” to create positive change in the world.

“My speech included my thoughts about the difference between free speech and opinions, and hate speech,” she says. “It also stressed the fact that Canada is not as inclusive and hate-less as everyone makes it out to be, and that education would make the most effective tool in fixing this. 

“Often hate is built off of misunderstandings and misconceptions about a specific group of people, and education can help prevent these misunderstandings and misconceptions,” she explains. “Also, education on things that have happened in the past, such as genocides, can help people recognize warning signs and prevent repeating the past.”

Her speech, which clearly resonated with the judges, included the following counsel: “If you have the privilege not to be a target of hate, then use it to help those that are.”

Check out all of Isobel’s outstanding speech.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

KPR is fortunate to have thousands of volunteers who willingly offer their time, talent, skills and caring for the benefit of students. At next week’s Board meeting, three outstanding KPR volunteers will be recognized with KPR Accolades Awards. Wondering who these #KPRisAwesome people will be? Stayed tuned to next week’s blog!

Wanted: your input

Wanted: your comments on the KPR Board’s new, draft policy on Safe, Caring and Restorative Schools. The draft policy has been updated to reflect changes in legislation and to stress our continued emphasis on school environments that are safe, welcoming, respectful and inclusive of all. KPR encourages parents, guardians, students, staff and community members to review the draft and send us their comments by Friday, June 1. To see the recommended policy and leave comments, visit the link on our home page at kprschools.ca or visit http://safecaringpolicysurvey.kprdsb.ca/ All schools also have paper copies for those who do not have Internet access. If you require an alternative format for review and comment, please call 705-742-9773, ext. 2001, and we will be happy to accommodate you.

What makes us smile?

How can you not smile when reading these comments from Mary-Ellen Moore’s Grade 2/3 students at Courtice North Public School? When she asked her class to name the things that made them smile, they came up with this wonderful list. 

Video production stars

Camiren Mercer’s and Max McDonald’s second place finish in video production at recent Skills Ontario qualifiers has won them a berth at the Skills Ontario provincial competition in Toronto May 8. They will be joined by fellow Clarington Central Secondary School students Jillian Crawford Bourke and Ethan VandePol, who earned one of only three province-wide wild card spots as the second team from CCSS.  Seven different colleges recently hosted the culinary, video production, welding and individual carpentry qualifiers. A total of 16 students from CCSS, East Northumberland Secondary School, Kenner Collegiate Vocational Institute and Port Hope High School will make up Team KPR in the provincial finals. 

Awesome events & opportunities

  • Hillcrest Public School will celebrate its 50th anniversary Saturday, April 21, starting with an open house from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and an assembly to follow.  For details, check out the Hillcrest PS 50th Anniversary page on Facebook or call 705-653-1430.
  • Also on April 21 from 1-4 p.m., Heads up for Inclusion and the Amigos program present Conquer the Mic at James Strath Public School.  The inclusive showcase will include youth of all abilities showing off their talents in music, dance, spoken word and more. For more information, visit headsupforinclusion.ca or call 705-876-0383, ext. 202.
  • Cobourg Collegiate Institute will host 10 presentations April 23-27 to increase awareness of social justice advocates working to advance human rights locally and internationally. The CCI Library/Learning Commons will be the hub for all of the presentations, which also will be live-streamed at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kpr-welcome.  For details, email dean_smith@kprdsb.ca.
  • Thirty-one KPR schools will support pediatric cancer research again this year, through Pedal for Hope. KPR schools have played a major role in helping the Pedal for Hope campaign raise well over $2 million since its inception in 2005.  The Pedal for Hope team’s stops at our schools will begin April 23 at Westmount Public School and Kawartha Heights Public School, and conclude Friday, May 11 at Ganaraska Trail Public School, Millbrook South Cavan Public School and North Cavan Public School.
  • KPR teachers, principals and vice-principals will be joined by their peers from many other school boards when Bowmanville High School hosts the EdTechTeam Kawartha Summit May 5-6. A wide variety of workshops on using the latest learning technologies, such as Google Apps, will run from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and 7:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. Sunday, May 6. Registration and scheduling details are available at http://edtech.team/Kawartha2018
  • Mark your calendar: KPR invites two parent members from each of our school councils to the annual Trustee-School Council Dialogue, May 22 at 6 p.m. at Baxter Creek Golf Club. Dinner and carousel discussions on timely issues in public education will be included. For details on the event, supported by the Parent Involvement Committee, contact greg_kidd@kprdsb.ca.
  • KPR’s fifth annual KPRts and Leadership Camp will take place May 9-11 at Camp White Pine in Haliburton. Participating Grade 7-8 students will spend time with professional artists in all disciplines.  For details, contact mary_walkerhope@kprdsb.ca
  • The Ministry of Education has chosen Equity in Action as the theme for Education Week, May 7-11, 2018. 

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#KPRisAwesome - April 13, 2018

Jersey Day

Everyone in the KPR family is deeply saddened by the tragic accident in Saskatchewan involving a bus carrying Humboldt Broncos hockey players and coaches. When Director of Education Jennifer Leclerc encouraged schools to support national Jersey Day and honour the Humboldt Broncos by wearing their favourite sports jerseys April 12, the response was positive and immediate.  Those without jerseys donned the Broncos’ colours, green and yellow, for the day. 

National Coach of the Year!

Teacher, coach & national Male Coach of the Year Dave McCully, in centre in both pictures, is surrounded by his fellow Adam Scott coaches and students.

The only one surprised at David McCully’s being named Rugby Canada’s Male Coach of the Year is Dave himself.  The man described as “one of the brightest rugby minds in Canada” by a former player even insisted on having his teacher/coach colleagues in on the interviews about his accomplishment. He’s adamant that they share in his success.

Dave, a teacher at Adam Scott Collegiate Vocational Institute, has played rugby since he was in Grade 10, and has coached rugby extensively at several KPR high schools as well as in the community.  “I do genuinely love the game,” he says. “In coaching, I love the idea of helping people understand that we only achieve something great when we are committed to a group bigger than ourselves. You have to have a commitment to the team.”

In announcing Dave as the national Male Coach of the Year, Rugby Canada described him as “an ambassador for the sport of rugby” and “an instrumental factor in developing (Peterborough’s) minor program to one of the largest in the country.”

His colleagues at Adam Scott agree.  “He has certainly made me a better coach,” says fellow teacher Sandy Keay. “He makes the players a part of all decision making.” 

“It is an absolute pleasure to coach and work with him,” agrees fellow teacher Darrell Wright.  “He brings a team atmosphere. His passion, drive and care for other coaches and players set him apart. Inspirational is an easy word to use when describing him.”

His students concur. “At every day of practice for the last four years, Mr. McCully has been out there, all fired up, bringing great energy and atmosphere to the team,” says Grade 12 student Ben Charron, who was new to the sport when he joined the rugby team four years ago.

“I felt very welcome. Everyone is out there supporting you,” notes fellow Grade 12 Jack Oatway. “Mr. McCully is like a little energizer bunny.”

Day of Pink

Students and staff across KPR focused on the importance of kindness, respect and inclusion for Day of Pink April 11.  Their pink clothing also demonstrated their commitment to preventing bullying, homophobia and transphobia.

Going to the Royal Wedding

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot on May 19, Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School student Faith Dickinson will be there. Faith, who previously received The Diana Award’s Inaugural Legacy Award from Prince William and Prince Harry, established the charity Cuddles for Cancer when she was only nine years old. Cuddles for Cancer makes fleece blankets for people with cancer and others who need comfort, including returning soldiers. 

Awesome events & opportunities

Spring is shaping up to be as busy as ever at schools across KPR. Here are just a few of the many awesome events and opportunities coming to our schools and area, and the people to contact for more information.

  • Bowmanville High School presents Noises Off, a comedy about a troupe of actors putting on a play, April 11-14 at 7:30 p.m.  Contact: mathew_ansara@kprdsb.ca
  • Prince of Wales Public School is holding a community battery recycling drive on Wednesday, April 18. There will also be a small plant sale to raise funds for an outdoor classroom, as well as an Earth Day cleanup that day. Contact: amy_simmons@kprdsb.ca
  • Bowmanville High School School Council and Guidance Department invite families to a free viewing of the award-winning film Screenagers – Growing Up in the Digital Age, April 26, from 6-8 pm.  Contact: lynn_davidson@kprdsb.ca  
  • Cobourg Collegiate Institute presents Shrek The Musical, April 25-28. Contact: 905-372-2271.
  • Several Kawartha Pine Ridge Elementary Athletic Association (KPREAA) events are on tap: Intermediate Competitive Badminton April 17 at Peterborough CVS (ryan_richardson@kprdsb.ca), Junior Competitive Floor Hockey for Boys April 18 and Girls April 19, both at James Strath(bern_kelly@kprdsb.ca), and KPR Elementary Gymnastics Meet, April 26 at the Peterborough Sports and Wellness Centre (kristine_hickey@kprdsb.ca).  

Registration still open for Google Summit

More than 200 educators from across Ontario will converge on Bowmanville High School May 5-6 to learn about the newest ways to engage Kindergarten-Grade 12 students through technology in the classroom. The EdTechTeam Kawartha Summit will allow teachers and administrators to share meaningful, practical ways to use a variety of Google Apps and other online tools. All interested educators are welcome.  Registration and scheduling details are available at http://edtech.team/Kawartha2018

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#KPRisAwesome - April 6, 2018

So that's what French newscasters look like! 

Charles Bowman Public School Core French teacher Elizabeth Dewell came up with one cool way for students to reinforce their learning. Grades 7-8 students at the Bowmanville school created news, sports and weather reports en français, then shared their newscasts with their classmates.

“This task focused on communicating ideas in the past, present and immediate future tenses in French,” she explains. “The kids did so well. They were so creative, and they had a lot of fun while showing their learning.”

Just check out Julian (left) and Luke, both students in David Zmozynski’s Grade 8 class, for a look at their creative take on professional newscasters!

Wall of kindness at Ganaraska Trail Public School

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Meanwhile, Ganaraska Trail PS saw a “wall of kindness” grow quickly in the foyer.  After being encouraged to recognize their peers who committed acts of kindness, students and staff wrote sticky notes lauding the positive actions they witnessed. 

“The results were outstanding,” says Jennifer Sampson, principal of the Port Hope school. “Classes continually came and sat in front of our growing display, while on a daily basis the stickies of kindness were added.  They also enjoyed stopping and reading what others had shared.”  

Stephanie Matheson and Christina Carreira’s Grade 5/6 classes even challenged each other to see who could ‘catch more kindness’,” Jennifer adds.  “Together, in a week, they collected 628 acts of kindness.”

What I did on my March Break...

Does March Break already feel like a distant memory? For many KPR students, staff and parent volunteers, March Break meant going overseas to learn firsthand about history, geography, art, culture, science and much more. These photos chronicle unforgettable trips by East Northumberland SS, Crestwood SS, Port Hope HS, Cobourg CI and Bowmanville HS students to Greece, Costa Rica, and Italy. 

Not just at Christmas

While KPR schools do an outstanding job supporting their communities around the holidays, they don’t limit their generosity to once a year.  At Edmison Heights Public School, teacher Bailey Puckrin organized a recent sock drive to benefit individuals who use the Peterborough Warming Room. Her Grade 4/5 class made posters that went up throughout the school, and all grades brought in enough socks to fill a laundry basket to overflowing.

Every school has one...or three

When Lakefield District PS held a triplets and twins day, it was pretty clear everyone wanted to be head secretary Norma Vatcher. Secretary Celine Grenier (left) and principal Penny Hope donned blonde wigs in honour of their idol, while Norma (right) got a kick out of her copycats.

Awesome events & opportunities

KPR elementary and secondary students will be able to take part in the upcoming provincial election through the Student Vote program. Students learn about government and the electoral process, research the issues, and experience the voting process by holding a vote of their own.  Teachers who involve their classes in Student Vote receive resources, posters and election supplies, all at no charge.  Student Vote is the flagship program of CIVIX, Canada’s leading civic education organization. Ontario schools have participated in 11 Student Vote projects since 2003, with more than 370,000 Ontario students casting a ballot in the last federal election alone. For details and to register for Student Vote, visit studentvote.ca 

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