PROGRAMS & STUDENT SERVICES
On March 27th nine schools attended a session with Clifford Mossley from ‘NO Child Without’ Medic Alert program. The nine schools have been accepted into the program and will receive their registration packages within the month of April. This brings the total to 23 schools from our Board that have chosen to enroll in the program which provide free medic alert bracelets and services to students under 14 years of age. Junior high and high schools also received information on the ‘Students First’ program which offers Medic Alert bracelets and services to students between the ages of 14 and 18 at a reduced rate. New to the program is an offer to staff and their families to receive medic alert services at a reduced rate. The response from Principals to involving their schools in the program is encouraging, and it is hoped other schools will take advantage of the program.
The Cape Breton Regional Science Fair awards ceremony was held on Thursday, March 27, 2008, at the NSCC, Marconi Campus. A partnership between the Cape Breton University, Nova Scotia Community College and the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board led to a very successful event. Four students and two teachers will be attending the Canada-wide Science Fair which will be held in Ottawa in May 2008.
The final phase of professional development activities has been completed with the IEI project. Grade 10 teachers received appropriate training to supplement the 114 computers, 36 laptops, 26 printers and 11 digital cameras that were distributed to high school classrooms. Necessary wiring, tech support and infrastructure were provided through IEI. We look forward to the next phase of IEI which should provide similar technology to grade 11 classrooms.
In conjunction with CBRM Police and Island Business Ministries Janelle Guzman, a motivational speaker and the last person rescued from the wreckage of the ′Twin Towers′ will be speaking to several of our high schools. This will take place on April 17th at Holy Angels High and Memorial High and April 18th at Glace Bay High and grade 9 students from St. Mike′s and Morrison will attend this session also.
The Board Attendance Committee will start to gather preliminary attendance figures from all schools the first week of April. This data gathering will continue for the rest of this semester and will resume again in September.
This year marks the 250th Anniversary of Democracy in Nova Scotia. The Department of Education in conjunction with the Democracy 250 committee will be in our board on April 11th to conduct a workshop with 100 of our grade 11 students and 10 of our teachers. Then in the fall there will be a larger gathering in Halifax to celebrate this anniversary.
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