Ambrose White, Acting Coordinator
School Services, along with Special Services (John Astephen), met recently with several applicants to the STEPS to Success programs. Principals from the applicants’ schools and host principals were also part of the process. This is a very valuable program that meets the needs of some of our challenging students.
School Services policies were presented to the Education Committee on 24 May 2005. Mr. Archie MacEachern and Mr. Ambrose White were on hand to present the policies and to answer questions. The policies were ratified by the Education Committee and will move on to the public input stage.
Schools are ordering their textbooks for the upcoming school year. All orders are processed through our office.
All requests for Primary transfers in September 2005 were dealt with and sent on to senior staff.
There is a large request for field trips as we near the end of the school year. School Services, along with the Transportation Department, process the applications. I would like to recognize the support of Colleen MacMullin and the entire Transportation Department for their co-operation throughout the year dealing with this huge undertaking. Extra and co-curricular trips are recognized as a valuable part of our system.
All schools have recently received
their grading certificates for the 2004-05 school year.
This is another part of our system that requires the co-operation of the print
School Services receives the SIP Incident Report forms daily from schools throughout the system. Our schools are very vigilant when it comes to reporting accidents and injuries of any nature throughout their normal routine. Most of these incidents occur on playgrounds before school or during their recess or noon breaks.
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 pm
Breton Education Centre
Thurs., June 23, 2005 - 6:00 p.m.
Cabot Jr./Sr. High
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.
Glace Bay High
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.
Holy Angels High
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 2:30 p.m.
Memorial Composite High
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 p.m.
Rankin Memorial High
Thurs., June 23, 2005 - 6:00 p.m.
(St. Columba Church)
Riverview Rural High
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 pm (County Arena)
Wed., June 22, 2005 - 7:00 pm
Adult High Schools
Tues., June 21, 2005 - 2:00 pm (Memorial High)
Historica Heritage Fair
During the recent Heritage Fair, a number of special awards
were presented in addition to the Awards of Excellence. The HBC
Explorers Award, in recognition of outstanding achievement in demonstrating an aspect
of exploration that has influenced the history of
The RBC Foundation Award for the Celebration of Aboriginal Heritage, in recognition of outstanding achievement in presenting Aboriginal history, heritage or culture was presented to Eric Stevens, grade six student at Eskasoni School, for her knowledge of, and enthusiasm demonstrated on, the topic of Mi=kmaq Medicine. We were very pleased to have twelve projects from Eskasoni entered in our Heritage Fair this year
The Honourable Laurier L. LaPierre, O.C. Medal is awarded to individuals who are recognized for demonstrating exceptional enthusiasm and dedication to history and heritage. This year we will award nine medals to students who have shown the judges and committee members their willingness to share their passion for heritage, their enthusiasm for learning about history, heritage and culture and their ability to share their research. The following students will receive a medal and a certificate with a letter of congratulations from the Honourable Laurier LaPierre,
Blake Cousins, Grade 6,
Project: Sailing With My Great Great Grandfather
Evan Ashford, Grade 4,
$ Kaitlyn Jones, Grade 7, Donkin/Gowrie Complex
Project: Canadian Dancing
Esther Abel, Grade 5,
Project: Maple Syrup
$ Matthew Terry, Grade 6, Cusack/Ashby Complex
Project: Men of the Deeps
$ Nicole Pronk, Grade 8, Malcolm Munroe
Project: La musique traditionelle: la coeur du cap breton
$ Gary Hood, Grade 9, Malcolm Munroe
Project: Les chemins de fer du cap breton
$ Laura Bryden, Grade 9, Whitney Pier Memorial
Project: L=histoire d=un soldat
Mitchell Hanna, Grade
Each year our students are invited to design a tattoo that
reflects a Canadian theme. It might be a building, a landmark, a totem
pole, a Canadian hero, whatever means something special to a student.
This year, two of our students were among those selected as winners across
The Wonderful World of Words for Word Wizards
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, in cooperation
with the Cape Breton Post=s Newspapers in Education program,
held a most successful event on Saturday, June 4, at
Students worked together in assigned groups on a series of activities involving words in a variety of contents. Students soon learned that in order to complete the activities they had to investigate, discuss, debate and problem-solve.
Meanwhile, Brenda MacIsaac, Facilitator of Literacy, prepared a slide show of the day=s activities. Participants and their parents/guardians were invited to view the slide show prior to the presentation of awards. The day ended with the reading of a poem written by Brandi-Anne Hibbs and dedicated to Annette Currie prior to her retirement in June. Brandi titled the poem, The Footprints You Leave Behind.
Friends Forever XIV
On Thursday, June 9, 283 students representing all elementary schools across Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will join in an evening of recognition for young writers from grades primary to six. Instrumental selections by Greenfield/Tompkins Bands under the direction of Jackie and Keith Roach will provide the musical entertainment for the evening. The audience will hear seven students present their writing and will be introduced to Shannon Lee, grade six student, Greenfield School, whose artwork has been selected for the cover illustration. Student readers include:
$ Timothy McCarthy, Bras d=Or
$ Jacqueline Sampson, Harbourside
$ Cassie MacDonald, St. Anne
$ Kayla MacIntyre, Shipyard
Each student whose work has been published will receive a
personal copy of Friends Forever XIV. Each school will receive a copy
which will be available to students through the school library. Friends
Forever has been sponsored by Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board and
Youth Speaks Up - Dr. Jack Yazer
Dr. Jack Yazer, Founder of Youth Speaks Up, will retire at
the end of this term. The final session for grade six students in
We in elementary programs have heard nothing but the best about the program and its impact on most students. Not only have they learned to say no, but they have learned to debate issues, have listened to individuals who have made poor choices/decisions, and to others who have changed their ways and are now happier, healthier people. Perhaps there is an individual among our readership who will contact Jack Yazer for more information about his work with our youth.
As we approach the touch-down of another school year, I want to take this opportunity to thank our Programs and Services people for their support and cooperation in helping to build a sound educational system. Each Facilitator, Consultant, Coordinator and Director has contributed to the success that teachers and principals have had in their respective schools.
From the gradual implementation of Reading Recovery to the transition from school to community, it takes a commitment from dedicated educators to actualize the vision that success can be found for every individual we serve in our classrooms. We are fortunate to have had a super Superintendent and elected Board members to carry the torch for educating our youth!
David Crane, Co-ordinator
Ø Ms. Debbie Madore, Breakfast for Learning Co-ordinator, attended the monthly meeting in Halifax regarding the Nutrition policy framework for Nova Scotia schools. They are presently dealing with language and should have a draft ready for consultation in August. Ann Blackwood, Director of English Program Services, Department of Education, will be communicating directly with the Superintendents regarding the policy.
Ø Ms. Madore attended a meeting with Ann Blackwood and representatives from the Office of Health Promotion regarding funding for a Province-wide Breakfast Program, P-6. They are proposing to add $250,000 to the already announced $750,000 and allow for Dietitians to be hired at each Board to unroll the policy and manage the Breakfast program.
Ø Sobeys and the
Ø McHappy Day raised $2700 for the Breakfast program. The Cape Breton Post took a picture.
Ø Golf tournament plans are going well.
Ø Ms. Madore is working on hiring a cafeteria worker for Brookland Elementary to begin in September with a healthy menu that meets the new criteria of the nutrition policy. Interviews are June 7th.
Ø June is a very busy month for the Nova Scotia International
Student Program. We have already said goodbye to Sergio who completed his
time with us. He returned to
Ø Many of our students had great success
on sports teams in their respective schools. Nico (
Ø Several of our
Ø Dorothy Kaiser took her students to Louisbourg on May 28th. She ended the day with a barbeque for the students.
Ø Millie George and Breton Education Centre treated our New Waterford students to a visit to the Miner’s Museum followed by lunch.
Ø Ron Shaw, Riverview, and Paula Pace,
Ø Glace Bay High will be taking their students and host-parents to lunch at the Miner’s Museum later this week.
Ø We had a very successful end of year
activity on Saturday June 4th. The students enjoyed a full day
in Baddeck: hiking to the Uisge Bahn falls, sailing on the Amoeba, kite making
Ø All of our students will receive Nova Scotia International Student Program certificates and pins before their departure. The schools will be making these presentations along with school memorabilia during end-of-year ceremonies and activities.
Ø We are busy preparing for the new school year. To date, we have 35 new students for September and 11 returning for a total of 46. We are expecting approximately 10 more students.
Science / Technology Fair
The main objectives of the Cape Breton Regional Science and Technology Fair are as follows:
First, we want to help our students become scientifically literate; in other words, learning through inquiry, problem solving, and decision-making. We are encouraging students to become life-long learners and to become directly involved in the learning process. Science is now a hands-on, minds-on experience for the students, allowing students to become actively
involved through activities such as Science Fair. Our goal is to give students the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to apply what they learn in their everyday life making science more relevant.
Second, we want to give
our students the same opportunities as other students across
The Cape Breton Regional
Science & Technology Fair was held on March 31st at
1. To encourage teacher willingness to participate and actively engage their science class in science fair is essential. This can be done in numerous ways, but it is felt that a meeting held in early September for teachers from schools interested in participating in the 2006 Regional Science Fair would best meet the needs of everyone and give schools ample time to prepare for Regionals.
2. To have the three winners who attended the 2005 Canada Wide Science Fair do a presentation at numerous schools to tell them of their positive experience and explain the importance of attending and participating in science fairs. This, of course, would be accompanied by a slide show presentation and handouts prepared in advance.
3. To meet with the Regional Science Fair Committee in June to delegate roles as to ensure further success in future fairs. Also, to organize fundraising for 2006 in hopes of sending five participants to the 2006 Canada Wide Science Fair to be held in Quebec. It is important for us to provide adequate prizes at the Regional Fair to not only continue to encourage participation each year but also to promote the development of necessary scientific and communication skills. It is equally important that we continue to send more and more students to the Canada Wide Science Fair to let our students view the level of projects at this level and to have the opportunity to compete for much needed scholarships, prizes, and recognition.
4. To include elementary schools (grades 4-6) in the Regional Science Fair. Their projects could not be judged as part of the Regional Science Fair and would not have to follow Regional Science Fair Guidelines – they could be demonstrations and displays. This would promote interest in science in younger students. Prizes would still be awarded in these categories. It is suggested a contact be named to organize this part of the Regional Science Fair.
The winners of the 2005 Cape Breton Regional Science & Technology Fair are as follows:
1. Sheralynne Deveaux, Grade 10, Riverview Rural High School:
Research has shown that the main technologies to be used are solidification / stabilization, incineration, bioremediation, and capping and containment. Experimentation with solidification and stabilization has been successfully applied to tar ponds like material, using Portland cement and water.
2. Nicole Campbell, Grade 9,
Barbequed Chicken - An experiment to observe the effects of skin exposure to Ultra Violet rays.
Various sunscreens were applied to separate pieces of chicken skin then placed under a solar light to determine loss of weight, loss of oils and change of color.
3. Maria Paruch, Grade 8,
One’s Bigger But… The Other Will Ketchup – The objective was to determine the effect of chemical fertilizer on the growth and produce yield of tomato plants.
The belief is that fertilized plants would show healthier growth and yield more produce than non-fertilized plants while controlling variables.
The representatives from the
Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board did a fabulous job at the 2005
Canada Wide Science Fair held in
The Regional Science Fair Committee is extremely grateful for all the support given by the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board. As this is only the second year for the fair since it’s ending in 1998, we are very proud of what we have accomplished for our students and our board. Science Fair offers endless opportunities for our students so we must continue to encourage all junior and senior high schools to participate.
Physical / Health Education (Mary Lou Andrea)
This committee met on May 31st. The agenda included plans for creating a Quality School Health program in our Board. Laurie Murchison, Principal, Malcolm Munroe, expressed interest in piloting the project and Joe MacDougall, Principal, Memorial High, would bring it back to his staff for consideration. The committee discussed changes to the canteen and cafeteria menus at the P-6 level. These changes would be presented to the Elementary Principals at the August meeting. John DeRoche and Janet Bickerton made a presentation to the committee on the Sexuality Research Project. It was suggested that they make the same presentation to the Education Committee of the Board.
attended a regional forum on physical activity for youth. The
forum took place May 26th at the
School Visits by Ms. Andrea included:
Sydney River Elementary, Mira Road, Tompkins Memorial, John Bernard Croak, Brookland, Shipyard, St. Joseph (SM), Florence, St. Mary’s, Malcolm Munroe, Boularderie, and George D. Lewis.
18th Annual Track and Field Event
took place on June 3rd at the
additional staff at the elementary level allowed me to increase physical
education at a majority of itinerant schools. A pilot project at
A variety of activities took place throughout the month to highlight active, healthy lifestyles. Some of these activities included SpecaTAGular Day, which was a national initiative that took place on May 26th where teachers would highlight tag games at the schools. The month also included health fairs and dance displays. Throughout the month the Musical, Get in the Game, was performed at various locations. It was well received at every location.
Ø Teachers can now register for the MSI Mathematics Summer Institute on line at www.strait.ednet.ns.ca. This is a joint effort by Keith Jordan, Strait Board, Lisa Lunney, MK schools, and Ron MacLean, Mathematics Consultant. John Van De Walle will give the keynote address and then present to smaller groups of teachers. This is an excellent learning opportunity for elementary and middle school math teachers.
Ø Mr. MacLean is continuing to review the new Grade Nine, Core Mathematics resource as sections become available. Peggy MacIntyre, Rankin, is also reviewing the new resource.
Ø The implementation workshop for Mathematics 10 Essentials has been set for December 1-2, 2005. English Program Services, Department of Education, will supply Curriculum Guides, textbooks, teacher resources, and other materials to each school offering essentials.
Ø The Senior High Math Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 14th at 3:00 pm at the Northside Staff Development Centre.
Mr. MacLean will be in
Department of Education
Seven English Language Arts Writers in Action team attended a three-day
workshop in Wolfville hosted by the Department of Education. This team is
now well prepared to in-service teachers in our Board during the 2005-2006
school year. Resources were provided for the teachers by the Department. As
well, all grade eight classrooms will receive Write Traits 8 kits next year.
Carl Anderson, teacher and Vice-principal, Sydney River Elementary, will
continue to in-service teachers on this resource. Carl attended training
Public Speaking Event took place on June 9 (high school), June 10 (junior
high), and June 11, 16, 17, 18 (elementary) at
Many teachers from grades P -12 submitted poetry written by their students throughout the course of the school year for publication in this year's Literacy Zine. Both the elementary and junior/senior high magazines will be sent June 8th to schools through the school courier system. It was much more difficult to choose poetry for this year's magazine as there were so many excellent student submissions. However, this is an indication that poetry is an important part of the ELA curriculum for teachers and students.
This newsletter will also be distributed to teachers by June 10. It will focus on classroom activities teachers have done in the area of drama. Many teachers passed along pictures and explanations of what has been happening in these areas in their classrooms.
Ø A two-day session on the new grade
seven Extended Core French initiative will be held in
Ø Three teachers of grade six Intensive
Core French from the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board, as well as
Laurie MacIntosh and David Brennick, will take part in training sessions at
Ø French Co-ordinators, Consultants, and Nova Scotia
Department of Education French Second Language Program Services personnel
Ø Special project funding in the amount of $170,615 has been approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education for the 2005-2006 academic year to help support French Second Language initiatives.
The Model Legislature, which
is sponsored by the Department of Education, provided approximately 52 students
Ginny Sampson, English
Interchange on Canadian Studies
Vanessa Johnson, student
at Breton Education Centre, traveled to
Each day the guest speaker
was well received, the topics were very relevant, and the small group
discussions which followed proved to be a positive learning experience.
Guest speaker Severn Suzuki, speaking on the environment, stood out as a
Vanessa reported that
meeting fellow students from many diverse areas of
Five Junior High Science teachers attended a provincial Science 7/8 refresh in-service. The topics discussed were Geology, Optics, and Buoyancy / Density.
John Astephen, Coordinator
David Brennick, Coordinator
Provincial Co-Teaching Video
The Co-Teaching Video Team met with Don Glover, Special Education Consultant for the Department of Education, on May 25, 2005. With feedback from Ray Whitley of the Department’s LRT Division, the team looked at some final revisions to the script and developed final plans for filming. Filming is scheduled for the week of October 17, 2005. A crew of four people including two cameras, one sound and Mr. Whitley will meet with the team at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 17th and then spend the rest of the week filming.
Second Resource Cohort in
A second cohort of 25 teachers from
Cape Breton-Victoria, Membertou and Eskasoni School Boards has been accepted
into a Master of Education program (concentration in Resource) at
Active Readers 9
Cathy Viva, Acting Vice-Principal and LD teacher at Dr. T.L. Sullivan, represented our Board at a recent provincial meeting of resource teachers. Teachers from school boards throughout the province met to review resources and to select the content of the Active Readers 9 Resource Kit. They worked non-stop for two days selecting over 70 titles for the AR9 kits. The Department’s goal is to have them listed on the Authorized Learning Resources and to place an order to provide one kit to each school in the province with a grade 9 in the fall.
PROGRAM SERVICES (INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT)
The “Information Technology Team”, consisting of Liz Mahoney, Reg Johnson, Peter MacKinnon and Rick Simm, meets on a weekly basis for discussion and planning of technology iniatives. The IT-Team June report follows:
Assistive Technology/PD (Liz Mahoney)
Work continues on the Kurzweil project. Planning is underway for a professional development day for all secondary integrated, circuit, and school based resource teachers as well as Learning Strategy teachers. They will be trained on the use of the Kurzweil project from the prospective of the teacher and the student.
The Assistive Technology Guide working group will resume
work on September 28th in
A letter of understanding has been developed for the use of schools that are allowing students to take Assistive Technology devices home. Mr. White is presently reviewing it.
IEIE-8 (Peter MacKinnon)
The final report for IEIE-7 has been completed and posted to
the Board’s web site. All the grade eight classrooms have been visited to
determine what infrastructure will be necessary for the rollout. The plan
for all components of IEIE eight will be completed next week and sent to
A company out of
Electronic Report Card:
Jubilee will run the electronic version of the provincial standardized report card for June. Some minor template changes have been made and conference calls that involve the developers and board reps continue to take place almost weekly. The product has improved since last October and most problems encountered by teachers have been corrected.
Along with the IEIE workshops that are being planned for grade eight, we will also focus on and are planning sessions for teachers new to grade four, five, six and seven. Plans to continue professional development at Brookland Elementary are being worked on. We will also address needs from schools and teachers when requested.
A two-day session for facilitators dealing with I-Movie will take place at the SDC on June 16th and 17th.
Technology PD (Reg Johnston)
School visitations will continue through June with the emphasis being placed upon identifying areas of support for professional development. Mr. Johnston visited most of the teachers who were involved in our teaching strategies’ workshops and am pleased to report that the Grade 7 teachers were extremely impressed with the format of the sessions and considered them valuable in assisting them to integrate technology into their classes. Based upon this feedback, Mr. Johnston will utilize the same format next year as we move ahead with the Grade 8 technology rollout.
A special meeting was held in
Mr. Johnston continues to work with schools that are attempting to upgrade their web sites. Now that all schools have sites, it becomes a matter of assuring that they remain current. Efforts will be made to contact schools that have outdated sites and work with them to update.
Mr. Johnston had the pleasure of attending the annual
AMTec Conference held in