CCRSB News

Alumni of North Colchester High School and Tatamagouche Elementary are invited to School Memories Weekend, June 30 to July 2. 

The weekend festivities will celebrate the history of both schools, which are slated to close in January, 2018. 

“This is a chance to relive old memories, share experiences and kick up our heels one last time in the halls of these schools,” said Brian Holmes, Principal, Tatamagouche Elementary school. “It’s shaping up to be a fun weekend with something for everyone.”

The schedule of events is as follows:

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) submitted its Draft 2017-18 Budget to its governing board last night, June 21 during a public board meeting at the Dr. W.A. MacLeod Consolidated School in Stellarton. 

CCRSB’s 2017-18 operating budget will total $230.8 million. Although some departmental cuts had to be initiated, the Board is not expected to see a decrease in its total number of teachers. 

Students, teachers and staff from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board have been invited to celebrate National Aboriginal Day 2017 by the Millbrook Cultural and Heritage Centre.

The celebration takes place Wednesday, June 21 between 11 am and 3 pm, at 65 Treaty Trail, Millbrook (located at the Statue of Kluskap).

The event will feature dancers, Smokey Point Singers, Iron Tide Singers, Little Rays Reptile Zoo, a kids corner, craft vendors and a barbeque.

For more information, please call 902-843-3493.

The votes have been counted and the Teen Readers Choice Award goes to Wolf by Wolf, an alternate-history thriller written by Ryan Graudin.

Wolf by Wolf finished with 351 votes, well ahead of second-place finisher The Lie Tree (Frances Hardinge) and third-place finisher The Rest of Us Just Live Here (Patrick Ness).

The voting broke down like this:

Wolf by Wolf -- 351

The Lie Tree -- 212

The Rest of Us Just Live Here -- 209

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly -- 187

All American Boys -- 160

The Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) honoured its top students recently with its annual Achievement Night Awards ceremony.

The Achievement Awards recognize students who have contributed to various aspects of student life while maintaining a strong academic standing. This year’s ceremony was also used to recognize CEC’s international students, as well as honour students who achieved academic recognition in externally administered mathematics, chemistry and physics competitions.

Students, teachers and staff from Trenton Middle School celebrated National Aboriginal History Month on Monday, June 1with their third annual Mawi'omi.

An afternoon of drumming and dance kicked off the celebration, and was enjoyed by everyone on hand. Students from Trenton Elementary (Grades 3 and 4) and Pictou Landing First Nation School (Grades 5 and 6) also took in the festivities.

Parents and students from Truro Elementary are advised that Donna Jones’ Bus 274 will be running behind schedule this afternoon.

Bus 274 is expected to be approximately 20 minutes late in picking up and dropping off students from Truro Elementary.

Teachers and staff from Truro Elementary have been notified by officials at the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

Students from North Nova Education Centre (NNEC) celebrated their third annual Pride Week recently, with events taking place daily at the New Glasgow-based school.

Activities included a wall mural with hand prints from NNEC’s student body, a rainbow face painting day, rainbow sucker day, and a bake sale in support of the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance.

“All the activities were geared toward furthering awareness about our Gender-Sexuality Alliance at NNEC,” said Kathy Robertson, Youth Health Centre Coordinator, NNEC.

The Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) Cougars had a record-setting weekend at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) track and field championships at Beazley Field in Dartmouth.

CEC took home seven championship banners, including the overall Div. I title, a new NSSAF individual record and three new school records. The Cougars swept the Intermediate Girls and Boys, and Senior Girls and Boys divisions, marking the first time a Nova Scotia school has done so in 25 years.

The Truro-based high school was crowned champs in the following categories;

Road closures will cause minor bus route changes for some students in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board today and throughout the week.
•   Due to a road closure on Marsh St. in New Glasgow, busses 249 and 220 transporting students from Frank H. MacDonald Elementary and East Pictou Middle School will drop students off at the old Co-Op store on Highway 4, Merigomish Road, New Glasgow.

Parents and students in the Uniacke School District are advised that Blair Haley’s Pink Bus run to Rockwell Drive in the afternoon will be approximately 15-20 minutes late on Friday, June 2. 

The bus normally leaves the school at 2:10 p.m., however on Friday it will not leave the school until 2:25 p.m. Students’ drop-off times will be impacted by the delay. 

 

Grade 3 and 4 students from Cyrus Eaton Elementary in Pugwash are returning to school following a minor collision between their school bus and a vehicle in the Amherst area earlier this morning. 

The students were on their way to a field trip at the time of the collision. The field trip has been postponed and a new bus will transport the students back to their school. 

School staff, as well as Chignecto Family of School transportation staff, are on the scene and all necessary precautions are being taken. School officials are contacting the students’ parents. 

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) continued to embrace and promote multiculturalism by celebrating Asian Heritage Month throughout May. 

CCRSB students, teachers and staff shared information, art and music in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. Truro Elementary, New Glasgow Academy, Walter Duggan Consolidated, Bible Hill Central and West Pictou Consolidated in particular took part in a number of initiatives to make this year’s Asian Heritage Month one to remember. 

The public is invited to attend a community celebration, and 70th anniversary, of Bible Hill East Court Road Elementary School. 

The celebration takes place Saturday, June 10, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, located at 66 East Court Road, Truro (Bible Hill). 

There will be games, food, music and a special memory rom to help celebrate the school’s 70-year history. 

 

Each year, the Nova Scotia International Student Program grows, in both the number of students visiting the province and the number of countries from which the students visit. 

The Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) is pleased to be witnessing this trend firsthand. 

This year CCRSB has 43 international graduates, an all-time high for the school board. The graduates were saluted recently with a banquet in their honour.

More than 1,000 Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) students marched together today to Rally Against Racism. 

The march took place in Truro and included students from Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC), Truro Junior High, Truro Elementary, Central Colchester Junior High, Harmony Heights Elementary and Tatamagouche Elementary. Teachers and staff from the school board, as well as members of the public, joined students in raising awareness about racism, equity, respect and acceptance of the things that make us different.

Students, teachers and staff from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) will Rally Against Racism on Thursday, May 25. More than 1,000 students will lead a march from Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) to Victoria Park, Truro, starting at 9:30 a.m. 

The march begins at CEC, up Lorne St. to Prince St., before turning onto Young St. The rally will continue along Park St. to Victoria Park, where there will be student speakers and presentations. 

In the May Super’s Report, Superintendent Gary Adams highlights the role of student leadership in Social Justice with events across our board, as well as the unique learning experiences at MakerTech.

This report also highlights recent awards for two board teachers, great news from each of our Family of Schools, a highlight reel from MakerTech, a video highlighting Social Justice in CCRSB, and CCRSB staff member, Marcel Lynds!

Amherst Regional High School & South Colchester Academy were named as members of the 150 regional-finalist schools for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge.  As students work on a real-world project to help better their school and community, this initiative is inspiring them, and getting them closer than ever to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects.

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly By Stephanie Oakes

Each week – until June 2nd – we’re featuring one of the Top 10 TRCA books. Read the description. Get inspired. Read the book. Then vote!

“The Kevinian cult has taken everything from seventeen-year-old Minnow: twelve years of her life, her family, her ability to trust. And when she rebelled, they took away her hands, too.

Upper Stewiacke Elementary was recently presented with a cheque for $10,000 from the Masonic Lodge! The donation will be used to purchase classroom and technology items including standing desks and spin bikes. The Lodge also makes a yearly donation to the school's Breakfast Program. The students and staff of Upper Stewiacke extend warm thanks and appreciation to the Lodge for the incredibly generous donation!

On April 27, 2017, Pugwash District High School teacher, Teresa Kewachuk, joined 45 other recipients from across Canada in Ottawa to receive the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. 

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the medals during a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, it also pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers.

On April 7th, 46 students in grades 10 and 11 from Hants North Rural High travelled to Halifax for a visit to Saint Mary's University. All of the students had the opportunity to participate in a World Geography class lab, to participate in a tour of the university campus and to eat lunch in the campus dining hall.

It was a great opportunity to visit a university campus and find out more about programs and campus life!

On Wednesday April 4, students from Mr. Laffin’s and Mrs. MacQueen’s class at G.R. Saunders visited the Jubilee Park Apartments Seniors Complex to spread some Easter cheer.

The students made and distributed Easter egg decorations to the tenants and they also performed a song and dance. It was a beautiful day and everyone involved had a fantastic time. Thank you to those classes for being great community advocates!

Students and staff at Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School participated in “Light It Up Blue Day” on March 31st!

Everyone came to school wearing blue and participated in a discussion about Autism to help increase awareness and education. The students created a light bulb craft to display, and shared poems, songs and other activities around Autism awareness. Students learned that we are all unique, and also the same. 

CCRSB would like to extend a huge thank you to the Sexual Health Centre for Cumberland County (SHCCC) for its generous contribution to schools in the Chignecto Family of Schools (Cumberland County)!

In December, SHCCC was chosen to receive funding from 100 Women Who Care Cumberland. The SHCCC decided to use some of those funds to provide elementary schools in Cumberland County with books that celebrate diversity and social inclusion, and support personal autonomy and safety.

In the March Super’s Report, Superintendent Gary Adams introduces ‘Phyll Us’ – CCRSB’s new telepresence robot – and explains what this technology means for our schools.

This report also highlights the remaining steps in the School Review Process for both the Town of Pictou and the East Hants area, the 6th Annual CCRSB Teen Reader’s Choice Awards, CCRSB staff member extraordinnaire, Antia Geddes, and great news from each of our Family of Schools! 

Dear parents, guardians and students:

Today the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced that Minister Casey has accepted the first 18 recommendations put forward by the Council to Improve Classroom Conditions

Of those 18 recommendations, three relating to PowerSchool are being put into effect immediately:

CCRSB would like to extend a huge thank you to the Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia and Bayview Poultry Farms for their contribution to Chiganois Elementary School!

The school received a $3000 donation from the Egg Farmers of Nova Scotia to put towards new technology in the school. To support coding, as outlined in the Integrated Technology Curriculum, five Spheros and five iPad minis were purchased.

The students also participated in a taste test that featured delicious new egg recipes with the hope that they will be offered in the cafeteria! 

CCRSB would like to celebrate the accomplishments of Northumberland Regional High student, Daniel Martin, and former CCRSB student, Brianna Harris, who have been demonstrating heart, grit and athleticism in Austria at the Special Olympics!

Both students have worked hard in training to prepare for these games and their hard work is paying off. Earlier this week, Brianna and her teammates earned gold medals in the 4x400m snowshoeing relay. While Daniel and his team earned silver medals in their 4x400m snowshoeing relay.

On Thursday, March 9th, students at Upper Stewiacke Elementary participated in an art class taught by Rosemary Young, as part of the PAINTS program!

Grade 5/6 teacher, Rachelle Levangie, applied for the grant in October that allowed for Ms. Young to come to the school for the second time this year. Students learned about the traditional Japanese method of printing fish called Gyotaku. Using this technique, students created their own unique fish! 

Mrs. Gouthro's Grade Primary class at Walter Duggan Consolidated is buzzing with excitement from the new beebots sent to schools this year!

The students have quickly mastered the art of coding with the bees. Students are able to program the bees to travel to letters, numbers or shapes that they have selected from a cloth bag. The Primary team has also made new mats with extra supplies that was sent with the new material to include words and mazes!

Thanks to the generosity of Charlie A’Court, one CEC student who will be graduating this June could be the first ever recipient of the Charlie A’Court Scholarship for Excellence in Music (CASEM).

The CASEM is a brand new scholarship being offered to students who wish to pursue their musical education. Whether you are applying to a university or a college, you could be eligible to win this $500 to put towards your education! 

CCRSB would like to extend a huge thank you to the employees at the Circle-K in Westville who held a “Fuel the School” fundraiser earlier this month! 

Through “Fuel the School,” $1000 has been graciously donated to Northumberland Regional High School.

We appreciate the support of the Circle-K in Westville and to everyone who fuelled up their gas tanks! 

Every Friday until the end of the school year, students from Cyrus Eaton Elementary School will be enjoying a fresh fruit snack at recess!

Through a grant provided by the Cumberland Health Authority, students will be able to enjoy this healthy treat every week. Cyrus Eaton staff, parents/guardians, and employees from the local Co-op in Pugwash, have all been volunteering their time to chop and serve these fruit cups to students. With 150 fruit cups being prepared and served, students can enjoy their fruit and even go back for more!

On March 8, people around the globe celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD)!

Since the early 1900’s, IWD has been observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. It is a day meant for unity, reflection, advocacy and action. People celebrate in any way that they see fit.

The theme of IWD 2017 is #BeBoldForChange! We can work towards equality and a more gender inclusive world, but only if we are willing to #BeBoldForChange. 

Students from South Colchester Academy competed in the annual Brain Wars competition on Friday, February 24th at SMU. Many thanks to Mr. Crewe for organizing this opportunity for students! 

Brain Wars challenge the mind with a series of 30 stations each testing a different component or a combination of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math). You can learn more about Brain Wars here.

The Honourable Calvin Ruck

February is African Heritage Month. Each week this month we are celebrating the life and contributions of an impactful African Nova Scotian. This week we are focusing on the Honourable Calvin Ruck!

Calvin Ruck (1925-2004), born in Sydney, N.S., faced the issue of racism for much of his life. His devotion and efforts to improve race relations has left a significant mark in African Nova Scotian history.

February is African Heritage Month. Each week this month we are celebrating the life and contributions of an impactful African Nova Scotian. This week we are focusing on Portia White.

From Truro, N.S., Portia White (1911-1968) was a classical vocalist who worked to push the limitations placed on her because of her race. Portia broke through the barrier of colour when she became the first African Canadian concert singer to win international acclaim.

Bible Hill Junior High international students are wearing their onesies to kick off the Long John Festival in Truro!

From February 4-12, the Winter Long John Festival will be taking over Truro. The next nine days will be filled with fun winter activities for everyone to enjoy. The start of the Winter Long John Festival will begin tomorrow at the civic square in Truro with outdoor skating on the new ice surface, refreshments, live entertainment and horse and wagon rides!

February is African Heritage Month, a time each year when schools across CCRSB take part in celebrating African heritage. Through presentations, events, and class work, students learn and honour the significant cultural, historic, economic, scientific and social contributions of African Nova Scotians.

In September 2016, Safety Services Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia School Boards Association launched their annual school bus safety campaign. The challenge? Students in elementary, junior high, and high school, had to create a video that highlighted school bus safety and what it means to them. CCRSB would like to congratulate Caelan Shaw, a grade eight student from Bible Hill Junior High, for her winning video! 

View Caelan's winning entry here!

Since October 2016, work has been ongoing to build a new bus garage for the Hants North area. The new garage will replace the previous structure that burned down in March 2016. The fire, which resulted in the evacuations of Kennetcook District Elementary, and Hants North Rural High School, started when a truck ignited inside the former bus garage. There were no injuries from the fire, but the total loss of the garage has caused a ripple effect throughout bussing operations.

Students, parents and guardians are advised that the planned in-service day for high school students on January 30th will now take place on January 31st. The January 30th in-service day remains in place for elementary and middle school students. 

Semester 2 will now begin on Wednesday, February 1st. 

The cancellation of school today means that the exam schedule pushes forward by one day for all high schools. This means that exams scheduled for Friday will now happen on Monday.

CCRSB is pleased to welcome students from Brazil who are in Nova Scotia on a short-term stay. The students will be here for two weeks as part of the Nova Scotia International Student Program, and will be attending Cobequid Educational Centre, while living with host families throughout the area. This stay not only offers these students an opportunity to experience Canadian culture, it also allows our CCRSB community the opportunity to learn about their culture. Welcome home!

Today marks the last day of school for 2016! CCRSB would like to thank all students & staff for their hard work, determination and caring this past year. Enjoy your holiday break, and have a safe and happy New Year! First day of school in 2017 is January 3rd.

On November 8, the provincial government announced it would be suspending all provincial student assessments, as well as school board-level assessments, until further notice. 

In response, the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board can confirm that planned data submissions to the board for reading levels in elementary grades and a planned Grade 7 Common Math Assessment will not proceed.

 

Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) Strike Action: All Classes Cancelled 

Why have classes been cancelled for students? 
In response to concerns about student safety resulting from the planned NSTU strike action, all school boards in Nova Scotia were directed to cancel classes for students by the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.  

Strike Action by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU)

December 1, 2016

The province and the NSTU met last week to resume negotiations to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The meetings took place after the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development invited the NSTU to return to the bargaining table. The NSTU walked away from the table on the second day.

In the heat of July 2016, two teachers from Hants North Rural High School and Kennetcook District Elementary embarked on the trip of a lifetime to Ecuador thanks to ME to WE. 

Maureen MacIntyre (Guidance, HNRH) and Bernadette Hingley (Resource & Early Literacy, KDS) spent three days helping to build a school in the community of Bellavista Baja deep in the Amazon Jungle. They were chosen to participate in the service-learning trip during a random-draw at WE DAY Atlantic last November in Halifax.

Advocate District School's 10th annual "Christmas by the Sea" dance was a night of fun and prizes for students from grades 6 through 12! The students and staff would like to thank Missy Berry for all her hard work in making this event happen year after year. A big thank-you is also sent out to Councillor Don Fletcher who is instrumental in helping fund this event. As always, DJ Dave, kept the dance floor rocking!

   

Schools across CCRSB have been gathering food for local food banks, raising money to support local organizations and showing their understanding of the concept of ME to WE as they get ready for WE DAY Atlantic happening at the Scotiabank Centre in Halifax on November 30th! Students at Hants East Rural High School participated in the We Scare Hunger program, gathering 1566 pounds of food on Halloween night and donating it to their local foodbanks in Shubenacadie and Enfield.

Potential Job Action by the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU)

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey asked the Conciliation Officer to bring together the provincial and Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) bargaining teams in the hopes of reaching a resolution. The NSTU accepted the invitation. Meetings are expected to start next week.

In late October students at Junction Road Elementary got together as a whole school to celebrate Mi'kmaq History Month during the school-wide, monthly assembly. Mrs. Patriquin's Grade 3 class was responsible for organizing the October assembly and did a wonderful job! The students' presentation included a slide show from their trip to the Millbrook Mi’kmaq Heritage Centre, a Mi’kmaq prayer and other information students learned during the month. The Grade 3 students also led the whole school singing part of the Mi’kmaq Honour Song that was taught this year in music class.

Schools across CCRSB paid tribute to those who have served and continue to serve to bring freedom to people around the world. At many ceremonies, John McCrae historic poem, In Flanders Fields, was recited.

In Flanders Fields

by John McCrae, May 1915

In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.

Students from Cobequid Educational Centre spent their Halloween night collecting food donations for the Colchester Community Food Bank. There were approximately 60 Student Council members who went all over Truro and collected 2317 lbs in non-perishable food items. Their donations are a huge help for the families that need it, and the students would like to thank all the people who helped make their efforts so successful.

On October 24th middle school students across the Celtic Family of Schools (Pictou County) participated in the 10th annual Henderson Paris United Nations Day at New Glasgow Academy. The almost 40 middle school students were joined by teachers and school staff, as well as Ron Turnbull, Celtic Family of Schools Supervisor, and special guests Henderson and Carol Paris.

The days are getting colder and with each dip in the thermometer we move one step closer to winter weather: icy roads, snow and freezing rain. For CCRSB schools, winter weather means the potential closure of schools when conditions are considered unsuitable for our students and staff.

On October 21st, students and staff from Central Colchester Junior High showed their school pride by participating in  the “Fueling Our Schools” campaign with Circle K, at 7 Robie Street in Truro. Many families, students and staff chose to fuel up the specially marked "CCJHS" pump that directed 2.5 cents from every litre to the school, to a maximum of $2000 for the year. The money collected will be used to directly support important areas of need, including the school Breakfast Program, the Lunch Program, the Life Skills Program and the school Music Program.

On October 17th, the garden club at West Pictou celebrated their harvest by preparing and cooking. awesome menus created by Chef Courtney Macdonald from Sobeys. Chef Courtney had an wonderful talk with students about the importance of growing their own veggies and being able to cook their own produce: this way we know where our food comes from. Students formed into groups and, with Chey Courtney's help, chose a menu that they liked and then prepared a feast!

Students at Frank H. MacDonald Elementary and East Pictou Middle School had the opportunity to learn about Mi'kmaq history, culture and heritage first hand thanks to a visit by drummers and dancers from Pictou Landing First Nation. Several of the drummers and dancers attend Frank H. and EPMS, making the performance even more special and impactful for students.

On October 12th Winding River Consolidated played host to a cross-country race involving 175 grades 3-6 students. Students at WRC welcomed racers from Upper Musquodoboit, Musquodoboit Valley Educational Center, Dutch Settlement, Shubenacadie District and Oldfield Elementary. Each school will host one race during the season. Ready. Set. Go!

Students in Mrs. Marchand's class at Walter Duggan Consolidated School embraced technology, and Google Apps for Education, to get the word out about their Terry Fox fundraiser this school year. Mrs. Marchand and her students developed a website as an online prompt to get students to donate. Though the school just missed its overall fundraising goal, the learning involved with developing the website and the excitement it generated was well worth the effort!

In the first Super's Monthly Report of the 2016-2017 school year, Superintendent Gary Adams focuses on Mi'kmaq History Month and the voices of First Nation students, and staff, at North Nova Education Centre. This month also shines a light on CRRSB staff member, Don Henry, Head Mechanic at the Central Area Bus Garage; the role of elementary assessments in supporting student and teacher growth; start of the year enrollment numbers and good news from our schools!

Truro Elementary School, and CCRSB, were proud to welcome Education Minister, Karen Casey, and Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage to Truro today to celebrate Drum Day! Minister Casey and Ince were joined by many special guests, including Chief Bob Gloade and Jude Gerard, Student Services Consultant for Mi'kmaq Services (Department of Education. Those assembled at Truro Elementary sung, clapped and played drums alongside Grade 4 students as they performed the "Honour Song".

On October 12th, Charleigh Marshall, a Grade 11 student from CEC, spoke to CCRSB's governing board members about the importance of Mi'kmaq History Month. Charleigh shared her pride for her culture and her hope for a future that more actively incorporates Mi'kmaq learning, history and culture into the daily life of all Nova Scotians, but especially students. She was also responsible for organizing a special presentation at CEC for her fellow students on Friday.

Grade 2 students at Tatamagouche Elementary recently spent time with local firefighters as part of Fire Safety Week. Every student was also provided a smoke detector thanks to AA Munro Insurance!

Students at Cyrus Eaton Elementary took on a fundraiser with a local farm focus ahead of Thanksgiving this year. They sold potatoes from a local farmer in Linden, and apples from Belle Vista Farm in Malagash. By October 7th, the students had sold nearly 500 kilograms of apples and potatoes!

As many students, parents and guardians are aware, over this last week many threats have been made against a number of schools, including some in our school board region, by suspicious (some may have on costumes and masks) on social media. 

These threats have become a common occurrence on social media and have been used to inspire a feeling of unease and fear in schools and other public institutions throughout North America. This unfortunate decision by individuals to deliberately scare and intimidate others is an abuse of social media and the trust of others.

Students at River Hebert District School participated in a bus evacuation exercise. Knowing how to safely exit the bus during an emergency saves lives. Thanks goes out to the Transportation Department for ensuring that students arrive safe everyday!

Earlier this month RCMP Constable Travise Dow visited students and staff at Advocate District School to talk about the drugs, alcohol and smoking. To drive his point home, Cst. Dow provided students and staff (including school principal, Don Gamblin) the opportunity to drive a go-cart through a small course while wearing a series of impaired driving goggles. Big thanks to the RCMP and Cst Down for this memorable educational opportunity.

Three Pictou County high school students entering Grade 12 in September were part of a summer co-operative program that gave them the opportunity to experience the wide range of career opportunities in health care.  Each student completed 200 hours of placement at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow and with other Nova Scotia Health Authority programs and services in the county.  For the fifth year, the Aberdeen Hospital has partnered with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board to offer the program which is generously funded by the Aberdeen Health Foundation. 

The Springhill Junior Senior High School registrar will be available on the following dates to register students new to the area, or who have not yet registered for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Friday, August 26 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
  • Monday, August 29 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

For more information, please contact the school office at 902-597-4250.

Everyone knows that summer is a time for fresh air, trips to the beach, sunshine and lots of outdoor time. It’s also a great time to read! 

Take advantage of warm days and encourage your child to take a book outside to their favourite spot on the lawn, at the beach or the porch. Visit your local library or borrow books from a friend, but make sure that reading is on your summer “to-do” list! 

Mr. Jackson's Grade 5/6 students buried a time capsule on River Hebert District School's property to be opened prior to the Grade 6 students high school graduation in 2022. The time capsule also represents the last Grade 6 class to graduate from River Hebert Elementary School. Photos, artifacts, letters, and mementos from their elementary experience were included. Special thanks to Alan White of Maritime Pressure for crafting the time capsule and Mrs. White for proposing the idea to the students!

Students across CCRSB will celebrate National Aboriginal Day tomorrow, June 21st, attending gatherings and celebrations across the province. You can find out about activities happening close to you on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs website

First proclaimed in 1996, this year National Aboriginal Day is celebrating 20 years. June 21 was chosen as it is the summer solstice, the day on which many aboriginal communities celebrate their culture and heritage.

Students and staff of G.R. Saunders Elementary showed their support for Autism Pictou County through a variety of fundraisers, beginning with a school-wide pyjama day in April and activities organized by the Grade 6 classes. Students raised $1,000 for Autism Puctou County and presented the cheque during the "Walk for Autism" held at the school on June 11th.  Great job, G.R. Saunders!

The students and staff of Trenton Elementary and Trenton Middle schools recently participated in the second annual “Walk for Debbie”, held in memory of Educational Assistant Debbie Campbell. The students raised $1550 that will be donated to the Aberdeen Hospital Oncology Unit to assist families traveling to Halifax for cancer treatments.  Students presented the cheque to Debbie Campbell’s family and Bonnie McCarron, Aberdeen Cancer Care Coordinator.

In late winter, the students and staff at Pictou Elementary welcomed Omer to their Grade Primary classroom. Recently Omer's dad, Mr. Casim, visited the Ms. Poirier's Grade Pimary classroom to meet the students and to introduce them to the Arabic language. Mr. Casim read the students the book The very hungry caterpillar in Arabic, followed by Ms. Poirier who read it in Englih. Omer and his dad also taught the students to count from zero to five in Arabic.  The Casim's moved to Pictou from Syria in February. Well done Omer and thank you, Mr. Casim!

Superintendent Gary Adams presented his June Report to the members of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board during the Regular Public Board Meeting at Pictou Academy last evening. In this month's report Superintendent Adams highlights 2016 graduation ceremonies, good news from schools, Canada-Wide Science Fair results, Regional & Provincial Heritage Fair results, Summer reading tips and Achievements & Accolades – West Colchester Consolidated School, 25-Year Service

CEC students support local family

Students from the Health & Human Services 12 class recently held a fundraiser for a local toddler, Georgia Langille, and her family. The students went class to class taking pre-orders for cupcakes and juice. With the tremendous help from the Career Exploration Program department, three students baked 550 cupcakes! The cupcakes  and juice were delivered to every class the next day.

The students and staff at Maple Ridge Elementary - especially Physical Education Teacher, David Knowlton, are sending out big thanks to MRE student, Matti, for applying for a CCRSB Student Action Grant. Thanks to Matti, Mr. Knowlton was able to buy lots of items for outdoor cooperative play that will help to maintain the positive, peaceful climate at Maple Ridge! Thank you, Matti, for making a difference!

 

Schools throughout CCRSB have been working hard these last few weeks to raise funds for Fort MacMurray. 

Families and staff of Winding River Consolidated demonstrated the virtue of kindness last week as monetary donations were collected for the Red Cross to support families of Fort McMurray. The school "Pay It Forward Team" visited classrooms throughout the week to collect donations and give red ribbons to students to place on the "Giving Tree" in the foyer. 

In late April,  students enrolled in the Grade 8 and 9 Integrated French classes at Central Colchester Junior High travelled to  Cineplex at Dartmouth Crossing to view the French movie, La guerre des tuques at the ViewFinders Atlantic Film Festival for Youth.  Students had a wonderful time taking in French cinema!

 

Students from Upper Stewiacke Elementary recently visited H Division RCMP Headquarters for the display of services for Police Week. Students were able to go through the Mobile Command Center, the Tactical Unit, sit in the helicopter and try on tactical equipment. Students were even able to try their hand at operating the robots! Students learned lots and really enjoyed the hands on experience. 

It's here! Rally Against Racism takes place today for students at Cobequid Educational Centre, Truro Elementary, Truro Junior High, Central Colchester Junior High, Harmony Heights Elementary and Bible Hill Junior High. The rally starts at CEC and takes students on a walk from Lorne Street to Prince Street, and onto Young Street. Students from other schools will join the walk along the route as it moves down Young Street, Brunswick Street and Park Road.

In early May, the students and staff at Uniacke District School received an interactive presentation by select Team Members of Therapeutic Paws of Canada (Halifax) Team. Therapeutic Paws of Canada (TPOC) is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and universities. 

On May 11th Winding River Consolidated School hosted its third Annual Talent Show! Seventy-eight students grades Primary to 6 participated in 39 acts, demonstrating a variety of talents, from song and dance to balloon animals and hockey skills. The courage, determination and pride displayed was inspiring to everyone watching! Well done, students!

CCRSB extends congratulations to the students and staff at West Colchester Consolidated School for their recent selection by the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation to receive $25,000 to purchase books for their school and classroom libraries! A big thank you goes to their librarian, Mrs. Unicomb, for all the work she put into filling-out the grant proposal and to Indigo for their ongoing support of schools and literacy.

Staff from Sport Nova Scotia's Fundy Region visited Bible Hill Junior High's Physical Education classes recently giving students the opportunity to experience wheelchair basketball. Participating students enjoyed the opportunity to try the sport and gained a better understanding of, and empathy for, those who use a wheelchair everyday. The organization will be making another trip to the school in the coming weeks.

Eight students off to Canada-Wide Science Fair!

CCRSB extends congratulations to the over 230 students who competed in two regional science fairs at the end of March. Students at both the Chignecto-East Regional Science Fair and the Chignecto-West Regional Science Fair wowed the judges with their research, creativity and passion for learning.

The eight students competing at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Montreal this week are as follows: 

CCRSB French Programs students attend Provincial Concours and bring home 13 medals

Congratulations is extended to the 37 CCRSB French programs students who recently attended the Provincial Concours at Mount Saint Vincent University and made CCRSB proud! Our students took home five gold and eight silver medals from the provincial public speaking competition. 

Gold medal recipients:

In late April, students at West Colchester Consolidated School participated in a rock-a-thon to raise funds for the IWK. Students from grades Primary to 9 collected pledges from family, friends and staff and then rocked from 3:00 – 6:30 PM in the WCCS gym. The annual event raised $1,684.05 for the IWK Foundation in Halifax! Big thanks to all the students who participated and to the parents, guardians and communities along the shore for their continued support! 

Students at Hants East Rural High School participated in their first-ever Social Justice Day on April 28th. Actor, dancer, writer, musician, and film producer Cory Bowles was the featured speaker for two school-wide assemblies. Students also attended three of 17 concurrent workshops dealing with issues of social justice, including CCRSB’s Social Justice Pillars of Race, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Class, and Abilities. Other sessions examined social justice in a more global context.

The EB Chandler Junior High Grade 8 Concert Band attended the Atlantic Festival of Music in Halifax at the end of April. Conductor Kaitlin Conrad and her 48 member band performed three pieces at the festival and received a silver standing for their performance. Congratulations to the EBC Grade 8 Concert Band!

 

In April the grades 3 and 4 students from Rawdon District School participated in an art project with artist Elizabeth Sircom, on the theme of culture and community. The students and Ms. Sircom created a map representing the Rawdon District School catchment area with some of its past and present landmarks. 

This project was made possible with funding from the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia’s ArtsSmarts Nova Scotia Program.

 

Students at Valley Elementary School recently spent a wonderful day learning about cultures from all over the world. The morning was a sensory experience for students,  filled with six presentations that ranged from Columbian dancing, to working with textured fabric from the Philippines, to taste-testing cookies from Holland, Japanese writing, the Chinese dragon dance, a Lithuanian Polka, and more!  Performances in the afternoon were reflective of even more cultures, highlighting the Acadians in Nova Scotia, Scottish and Irish dancing.

Grade 6 students from Wallace Elementary and Cyrus Eaton Elementary have just completed their YMCA swim program! Students participated in the 12-week YMCA swimming program as part of an enriched physical-education program. Every student made gains and improved as swimmers, receiving a final report and corresponding level badge. Thank you Fox Harour Resort for providing the space and the end of program BBQ, as well as to the Amherst YMCA for scheduling the instructors! 

In late April, Fred Fox, Terry Fox’s older brother, visited Kennetcook District Elementary and Hants North Rural High. Over 400 students and staff joined Fred in a walk through the village of Kennetcook to help further Terry’s dream of raising awareness and raising money for cancer research. Fred was also presented with a cheque of over $400, one dollar for every student. Grade 2 student, Cody, is one of the reasons Fred chose to visit KDS. Cody has a strong interest in Terry’s story. Mrs.

Congratulations to Sally Belliveau, a Grade 11 student from River Hebert District School student, who was recently awarded a bronze medal at the Nova Scotia Skills Competition – Secondary Photography Division at NSCC’s Waterfront Campus. Sally's challenge was to use the digital camera and photo software provided to capture the essence of the other competitions underway at the campus, within a three hour time frame. 

Today, Samsung Canada announced the two final winners in the company's Solve for Tomorrow (SFT) Education Challenge that aims to deepen the passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) among Canadian students. Gordon Graydon High School (Mississauga, ON) and South Colchester Academy (Brookfield, NS), will each receive a $50,000 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow technology grant, tailored specifically to meet the classroom technology needs of each school.

Board-Wide Survey Happening Now

From April 28th to May 8th, all members of the CCRSB community have the chance to review the answers we received to our online survey. Through this process called ‘Star’ you have the opportunity to see what other people had to say and to choose the answers that you agree with the most. It’s easy. Just click on the number of stars you want to assign to each idea!

Students at Amherst Regional High School were recently presented with the real life story of citizenship, multi-culturalism and immigration from Passages Canada guest speaker Moncef Lakouras from Morocco. He was the key note speaker for the Cultural Fair hosted by the Sociology 12 class under the direction of teacher Mrs. Lesley Parliament-Taylor. Both the speaker and cultural fair was presented to the entire student body at ARHS.

Throughout the month of April Winding River Consolidated students, staff, volunteers and community members participated in the Stewiacke Town Library project entitled "My Place". All participants had the opportunity to show what they appreciated, enjoyed or value about their community by painting on a wooden shingle. The shingles will be placed throughout the community to promote and celebrate community spirit.

On April 15th the art students at Northumberland Regional High School rallied to complete a large scale collaborative mural for Earth Week. Members of the art team were careful to consider the shadows cast from their work on 14 large windows in a main hallway. The effect on a sunny day is spectacular! They were also interested in creating  focal points that would draw interest to the court yard and spring growth and greenery in NRHS's shared spaces.  

Students at Cyrus Eaton Elementary are following in the artistic footsteps of the Pugwash community thanks to the help of talented parents!

Two local artists and parents, Jenn Houghtalin and Sylvia Day, have created an art enrichment program for students. One of the amazing creations is a wall piece, made-up of over 300 individual pieces; two handcrafted by each student. The pieces were handmade, glazed and fired in Jenn Houghtalin's kiln, then arranged on the custom built frame. 

Special thanks goes to Jenn (Earth and Vine Studio) and Sylvia for their tremendous support!

Join the talented students at Bible Hill Junior High this week for three shows of the musical "The Lion King Jr."! The sets and costumes are ready, now all they need is an audience! The play will run for three nights and tickets may be purcahsed at the door. For more information, contact the school at 902-896-5500.

Dates: April 25th, 27th & 28th
Time: 7:00 pm
Tickets: $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students

Gala reception following tonight's opening performance.

Truro Junior High School is ready to welcome parents, guardians, families and community members to their 2016 musical production, "Grease"! A cast of 40 students will bring the beloved musical to life on stage, through lighting and sound, as well through the talents of the two student assistant directors. Tickets are available at the door or call the school at 902-896-5550 for more information.

Shows: April 28th, 29th & 30th and May 1st 
Time: 7:00 pm (April 28-30); 2:00 pm (May 1st) 
Tickets: $6.00 at the door

Students and staff at Riverside Education Centre are celebrating service-learning and giving back with their annual We Day! Songs, speeches, dancing and important messages about looking beyond ourselves to help others in need are being delivered peer-to-peer at this exciting event. Congratulations to the organizers and the participants! Me to We in action!

CEC Co-Op 12 student, Natalie Crocker, has gone back to the beginning of her public school experience with Truro Elementary School Grade 2 teacher, Jennifer Curtis.

Jennifer was Natalie's Grade Primary teacher, and the perfect person to help Natalie explore her budding passion for education.  Jennifer had a huge impact on Natalie in Grade Primary and continues to teach and mentor her all these years later. Natalie will be attending Mount St. Vincent University in September and has plans to complete an education degree. 

On April 7th, EB Chandler Junior High students partcipated in their school-based Heritage Fair. Over 120 students presented 75 projects in both English and French. Students showed passion and dedication as they achieved expert level learning and shared it with their peers and family members.  Congratulations to all of EB Chandler's budding historians!

Marathon of Respect and Equality Proclamation Signing, Introduction of Honorary Co-Chairs, To Take Place Wednesday, April 20

The proclamation ceremony in support of this year’s Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) and the announcement of MORE 2016 honoroary co-chairs will take place Wednesday, April 20 at 10:30 am at GR Saunders Elementary School in Stellarton.  

The We Day team at Riverside Education Centre and the Student Unity Group at Hants East Rural High combined efforts to hold a shared fundraiser dance for Syrian Refugees, to be donated to the HEART Society, and to improving clean water sources for communities in Ecuador (REC WE Day fundraiser).  The REC student dance was held following the close of the school day. Approximately 65 students attended and close to $300 was raised!  HERH students set up and ran the lights and music for the dance and hosted a fun photo booth, jelly bean guess, and bake sale.

Last evening Superintendent Gary Adams presented his April Report to the governing board. This month's report highlights school breakfast programs, CCRSB's partnership with the University of British Columbia to pilot the Middle Years Development Instrument in Nova Scotia, and Professional Learning Communities at Redcliff Middle School.

CCRSB is partnering with Thoughtexchange to launch a school-board wide survey on Aprill 11th. We're asking our staff, our students, parents and guardians, our partners and community members to help us plan for the future. The survey is only three questions and will take about five to 10 minutes to complete. You will be able to get to the survey from the ccrsb.ca home page or through an email invitation. You can join the conversation on social media too, tweet to #allccrsbvoices, #surveysays2016, #planningourfuture or #connectsharegrow to let us know what you think.

Students at Junction Road Elementary and West End Memorial Elementary spent the first two weeks of March learning about Canada on a giant map. The map, on loan from Canadian Geographic, measured 10.7 m x 7.9 m. and was based on satellite images. Students were able to walk on the map while learning about the importance of satellites and the location of the provinces. They also participated in a number of other wonderful hands on activities provided by Canadian Geographic and created by their teachers. 

Students in the Hants North Rural High Techsploration class visited IMP Aerospace recently to observe their two mentors, female aircraft mechanics responsible for maintaining Sea King helicopters, on the job. The visit is part of the Techsploration Goes to Work phase of the course. The students are researching their mentors' career path in preparation for the Techsplorers Ed Event that will be held at the NSCC Truro Campus in May.

Northumberland Regional High School's "Smile Squad" were successful applicants for a CCRSB Student Action Grant funded through the Positive School Climate Initiative. On National Pink Shirt Day the Squad brought happiness to the halls of NRHS with an ice-cream day! The Smile Squad shared "Love Potion" ice cream and asked their fellow students to pay it forward through a kind act for someone else. It is in the spirit of kindness and sharing that the Smile Squad hopes to reinforce a caring and friendly environment.

West Colchester Consolidated School is hosting a student-led variety show this Thursday, March 10th. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. Donation jars will be available for those wishing to contribute.

Canada's leading female sprint kayaker, two-time World Champion and two-time Olympian Karen Furneaux spoke with Grade 5-12 students at River Hebert District Schools about her experiences as an athlete and establishing personal goals. She encouraged students to DREAM - Determination - Role Models - Expectations - Attitude - Momentum.  

 

Northumberland Regional High School (NRHS) is hosting an information session for students, parents and guardians who would like to learn more about the Pre-International Baccalaureate (IB) and  International Baccalaureate program. Interested students must be going into Grade 10 or 11 in the 2016-2017 school year.

Information Session:

NRHS, 104 Alma Road Alma
Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 6:30 pm
(Refreshments will be available.)

Students from Junction Road Elementary and and West End Memorial School in Springhill enjoyed a visit from Mickey and Minnie Mouse during a recent special school assembly. The Disney characters presented students Kenady and Takoda with a Disney Dreams Take Flight Ticket to Disney World. The students will enjoy their trip of a lifetime in April 2016. Special thanks to RCMP Constable Travise Dow for providing this opportunity to the elementary studetns of Springhill! 

Ms. Chapman's Grade 1/2 class at Elmsdale District Elementary recently completed a unique science project that had them create a life-size level of the popular game Angry Birds. The Grade 1 students were learning about constructing objects and were responsible for designing, building and maintaining the materials in the tower. The Grade 2 students were learning about movement and had to make and measure their projectiles (birds) and record the movement of the projectiles from the slingshot.

The staff at Cyrus Eaton Elementary School welcomed almost 100 parents and students to their first Family Fun Math Night. As part of the school's Student Success Planning (SSP) goal in support of school and family relationships, the staff created a night dedicated to math and fun. Using their SSP funding, teachers worked with Math Mentor Kelly Parker to create hands-on activities for parents and students to work with at home. Parents in older grades also worked with IPad apps and the IXL online program to support math at home.

Mrs. Yorke’s Grade 2 class at Parrsboro Regional Elementary School celebrated the Chinese New Year on February 8th. Chinese New Year is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. Though the date is different every year, it always falls between January 21st and February 20th. 

Earlier this month, 19 Grade 4 and 5 students at Elmsdale District School participated in their school spelling bee. Congratulations to all students that participated and to Champion Speller, Liberty, who correctly spelled the word "chemistry" to take the school crown. Liberty will now move on to to the "Big Bee" that takes place Saturday, in Halifax. Staff and students extend their thanks to their judges Norval Mitchell and Verna Warnell who gave of their time to make this year's school spelling bee such a great success!

Trenton Elementary School kicked-off African Heritage Month with Keith Mullins and an introduction to drumming. During the day, each class participated in a hands-on demonstration about basic drumming techniques and learned about the history of drums. Students then gave drum performances during a full school assembly at the end of the day.   

International student, Serdar Genel, had the chance to introduce his parents and one of his sisters to staff at Northumberland Regional High School during Parent-Teacher in January. From Ankara, Turkey, Serdar has been studying at NRHS since September as a student with the Nova Scotia International Student Program. His family came to Nova Scotia to visit and enjoyed the opportunity to meet his teachers, just as Canadian parents do throughout the year!

 

In the February Super's Report, Superintendent Gary Adams highlights African Heritage Month, the Social Justice Framework Pillar of Race, CCRSB's first Makerspace, Student Success Planning at Oxford Regional Education Centre, and French programs registration for Late French Immersion and Integrated French. The report also focuses on good news from a selection of our 70 schools! 

In late January, Grade 4 students in Ms. Frelick’s class at Uniacke District School had a special visitor. Jim Hibberts, who has run over 30 marathons and close to 500 races, shared his personal experiences on training and running marathons.  A staff member at the school, Mr. Hibberts exemplifies the Virtue of “perseverance” for students.   

What's your back-up plan when classes are cancelled? 

The days are colder and each dip in the thermometer brings more winter weather, including icy roads, snow and freezing rain. For CCRSB schools, winter weather means the potential cancellation of classes when conditions are considered unsuitable for our students. It also means that parents and guardians need a back-up plan in place before cancellations happen.

Mrs. Gauthier’s Visual Arts 10 class at Parrsboro Regional High School chased away the winter blues by creating air dry paper clay figurines! The students created a variety of frosty-headed folks while trying their hand at a few sculpting techniques.

At the beginning of fall semester, Dance 11 students at Hants North Regional High School were told that they would be participating in a final performance as an exam mark for the course. The horror was instantaneous! Do we have to? In front of how many people? Will we fail the course if we don’t? The class consisted of mostly novice dancers, with a splash of experienced ones. There was beautiful diversity in the class, including a couple international students.

The students at Salt Springs Elementary School have some industrious guests visiting them for the next three months. With support from Marla Cameron, from Pictou County Solid Waste, the Grade Primary/1 class is playing host to bins of Red Wiggler worms for the whole school to raise. The students will be feeding the worms compost, providing them water and observing them three times a week to monitor their health and make sure they are ready for transplant to the school garden in the spring. 

Mental health weighs heavily for many members of our CCRSB community. It's time to end the stigma. Don't offer judgement, offer support, empathy and respect. That's the key to acceptance. ‪Be a friend, lend your support and listen. 

You can show your support today by using #BellLetsTalk in all of your social media. When you do, Bell will donate .05 to local mental health initiatives.

Want to learn more about Social Justice and CCRSB's "backpacks" movement? Watch the video.

Grade 10 Options and Opportunities (O2) students at River Hebert District School recently completed a Fire Extinguisher Certification Course. Speical thanks to the Fire Chief of Joggins Fire Department for conducting the course.

   

Last evening representatives from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board and the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union met to officially sign the new, regional collective agreement. CCRSB Board Chair, Trudy Thompson, and NSTU President Shelley Morse, expressed their continued to committment to maintaining the strong relationship between the school board and the union for the future. The regional agreement is in effect until 2018.

Generosity, Peace, Hope & Love

Schools across CCRSB spend the year gathering donations of food, clothing and other household items to help those who need a little help, close to home and across the world.

The staff of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board wishes all of our students and their families, our many community and government partners, and volunteers, a wonderful Holiday Season! 

WE Day is a celebration of youth making a difference in their local and global communities. “We Schools” is a year-long program that nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change. On November 27, students from Hants North Rural High traveled to Halifax to take part in this year’s We Day event. Teacher, Maureen MacIntyre, won a trip to Ecuador! She will be traveling to Ecuador in July, 2016 with Bernadette Hingley.  Mrs.

Students in grades 2/3 and 3 at Frank H. MacDonald School participated in an activity where they had to create the “most magnificent thing”! They were sent home with a top-secret mission to collect recycled items like boxes, plastic lids, and bottles. The next day they watched the animated story of “The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires. Students then asked themselves: What makes something magnificent to me? What is its purpose? How will I create it? From there, they were inspired to plan, design, and construct their masterpieces!

Convincing someone that your business idea is worth the investment isn’t always easy but two Grade 6 classes at Riverside Education Centre were up to the challenge, and on November 25th, there was a new twist on persuasive writing. Nine students entered “the den” and pitched their ideas to "The Dragons” as well as an audience of their peers. The host, Mrs. Currie, introduced and encouraged each of their ideas. The students passionately shared their creations and displayed excellent communication skills.

Maria Duynisveld of Pugwash District High School was the co-recipient of a 2015 Discovery Youth Science Award, an award given to students who has been recognized by the Nova Scotia Science Fairs as worthy of being recognized for his or her outstanding achievements. 

Students and staff from Rawdon District School visited the Glooscap Heritage Center & Mi’kmaw Museum in Milbrook in mid-November. Each student created their own ‘talking stick’, and took part in an interactive scavenger hunt which allowed them to see many artifacts and learn about the Mi’kmaq culture, and also were able to view the Witness Blanket, which was only on display for a short time.  The day was about sharing stories and information and students returned school talking about their new learnings.

What's your back-up plan when classes are cancelled? 

The days are getting colder and with each dip in the thermometer we move one step closer to winter weather: icy roads, snow and freezing rain. For CCRSB schools, winter weather means the potential cancellation of classes when conditions are considered unsuitable for our students. It also means that parents and guardians need a back-up plan in place before cancellations happen.

On October 28th the students and staff of the Springhill Elementary Schools hosted a Culture & Heritage Fair to celebrate Mi'Kmaq History Month. Those who visited the Fair were able to participate in and learn about drumming circles, traditional dances, wigwam making and story telling. The event was well attended by parents and community members alike. The students had a great day showing their presentations to their friends and families.

Students from River Hebert District School travelled to Halifax recently to compete in the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Early Childhood Development STEAM Olympics - Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics - at Saint Mary's University. RHDS entered a Grade 5 team and a Grade 7/8 team. Both teams competed against various elementary and junior high schools throughout Nova Scotia and used multiple skills to complete assigned tasks. RHDS's Grade 7/8 team won silver in the Grade 7/8 Division. Well done!

Students at Debert Elementary recently spent time with Stacey Marshall Tabor, a fisherwoman from the Millbrook First Nation.  She shared traditional items and celebratory regalia from her family's collection and spoke to the students about following their dreams. The Grade 6 class prepared for her visit by researching her story and preparing well thought-out questions, taking into consideration human rights, gender equality and cultural stereotypes. Mrs.

On a recent visit to Atlantic Canada, Calgary police officer and anti-bullying educator, Tad Milmine spoke to Grade 5 to 12 students a River Hebert District School, as well as students at Amherst Regional High School and Springhill Jr./Sr. High School, about the power of self-image, resilience, bullying, understanding, and acceptance.

On November 9th, members of the Junior and Senior choirs from Enfield District Elementary participated in a Remembrance Day performance at the Magnolia, a continuing care facility located in Enfield. The students performed for the residence to express their thanks for those who have served, and are serving, from across the country. 

Students from Cyrus Eaton Elementary School (CEES) came home with a Silver Medal from the Science Olympics held on November 7th at Saint Mary's University. Two-hundred students, in grades 4 to 8, from all over the province competed in hands-on science activities. The CEES team competed in the Grade 4-5 category and completed several construction and building activities. "The focus was the was team work, applying what they have learned in the classroom and having fun with their friends," said Principal Steve Wells.

Winding River Consolidated students in Marisa Ayotte’s Grade 5/6 class recently had a fun filled and engaging day integrating technology into their curriculum while working with Gnespes, Google Apps, and Coding with Technology Integration Learning Consultant Louise Haycocks. The students created Gnespes accounts, and are working with their teacher on incorporating Google Classroom, Google Forms, and Google Documents into their day-to-day learning. Students will also be sharing their technology expertise with other students and classes within their school.  

Upper Stewiacke Elementary!

In October, the Grade 5/6 class at Upper Stewiacke Elementary decided to tackle the issue of bus safety with a home-grown video. Though their submission didn't win the Bus Safety Week contest, we think it's an Oscar-worthy production! Special thanks is extended - by the students - to school Principal Pam Ellis; Bus Driver Terri Conrad, and RCMP officers Stuart Beselt and Lorilee Morash for their help and support bringing the video to life.

Tomorrow, November 11th, all schools, offices and work sites across CCRSB will be closed in honour of Remembrance Day. We encourage all staff, students, families and communities to take time to honour our veterans by attending a Remembrance Day service or stopping for a moment of reflection. At CCRSB, we remember.

You can learn more about Remembrance Day and Canada's verterans on the Veteran's Week website.

Tom Nepjuk, of the Pugwash Seventh Day Adventist Church, recently presented Cyrus Eaton Elementary School a cheque for $536. “These funds will gratefully be put towards our school breakfast program, I’m continuously impressed by the generosity of the people in Cumberland County and now Pugwash," said principal, Steve Wells. Each year the church group decides on a program or organization to support; the funds from their annual community dinner are then directed to that selected program or organization.

On October 28th, students and staff at North Nova Education Centre had the opportunity to observe and participate in a Mawiomi , a gathering and celebration with First Nations members of their school and local community. The Mawiomi highlighted traditional dance, drumming and song to celebrate Mi’kmaq culture. NNEC student, Chelsea Prosper, also spoke about the REDress display she created at the school in memory of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

Students and staff at Radown District Elementary recently had an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture and community from Rabbit and Bear Paws.  The performers passed along important stories and lessons, and reminded everyone about the importance of community and believing in one's self and others.  Students were actively engaged throughout the performance as many were able to participate as characters, through the use of puppets during the presentation.   

A donation from the TD Bank provided the students of Salt Springs Elementary with opportunities to learn outside. The school applied for and received a grant from TD Friends of the Environment. The $1300 grant provided outdoor tables for an outdoor classroom. Students, staff and community celebrated the achievement with TD representatives on October 6th. 

Amherst Regional High School’s annual "Post-Secondary Educational Fair" will be held in the ARHS gymnasium on Sunday, November 1st  from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Grades 9-12 students, their parents and guardians, from ARHS, River Hebert District High School and Advocate District School are invited to attend. Representatives from many university and colleges will be on hand to have conversations and to give out materials regarding post-secondary opportunities and to held students and their families plan their transition from high school. For more information, call ARHS at 902-661-2540.

As part of Mi'kmaq History Month, 21 students participating in DARE Arts (Discipline, Action, Responsibility, Excellence) from Riverside Education Centre worked with Mi'kmaq artist, Alan Syliboy, to create works of art that will become part of a larger community project. 

In the lead-up to last week's federal election and Student Vote, the Grade 9 class at West Colchester Consolidated School participated in a mock political debate for their Grade 7 and 8 classmates. The students were randomly assigned to a political party ahead of the debate, and then researched that party's platform including the economy, the environment and Aboriginal affairs. The debate was part of a lead-up to Student Vote 2015, and the federal election.

Grade 3/4/5 teacher Ariana Smith, recently completed an art project with her students at Advocate District School based on the book "The Best Part of Me", by Wendy Ewald. The book and the student project focus on literacy and on building self-esteem. The project is also a good example of "integrated curriculum" because it combines the visual arts, early literacy, health and mathematics. 

Grade 7 and 8 students from across Pictou County (Celtic Family of Schools) are getting ready to attend the 9th Annual Celtic Family Henderson Paris United Nations Seminar at New Glasgow Academy on October 22nd. The theme for the 2015 seminar is "Healthy Soils for a Healthy Life". Tabitha Coleman, Northern Nova Scotia Green Schools Engagement Officer, will be the guest speaker. This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations as an organization.

 

Students at Chiganois Elementary School recently participated in the school's annual Terry Fox Run. Students collected pledges and raised an impressive $6088.45 to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation in support of cancer research. The staff at Chiganois provided the opportunity for students to throw some whipped cream pies at the staff member of their choice as part of their motivation to collect some pledges. We are thankful for the generosity of the community and the efforts of our students for such a great cause!

Students and community members have been working together to plant, tend, and harvest a school garden at West Pictou Consolidated School. On October 5th, the students were joined by Chef, Ryan Skelton, who helped students create recipes that fit their garden perfectly! It was a wonderful learning experience for students and proved that children are more open to eating healthy foods when they have been involved in the process of creating a meal, from the garden to the table.

After months of planning and preparation, the Community Build Project has finally begun to take shape along the Cape-to-Cape Trail in Pictou County.

Students and staff from North Nova Education Centre, Amherst Regional High School, Springhill Junior/Senior High, and Cobequid Educational Centre came together along the Cape to Cape Trail, in Six-Mile Brook, Pictou County on Tuesday, September 29th to construct a 'Bothy' -- an all weather bunkhouse that will be available to hikers along the trail free of charge.

Nominate a Teacher who has Made a Difference

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union’s Teachers Make a Difference recognition program is launching this year on World Teachers’ Day, October 5. From October 5 through to November 2, students and parents in Nova Scotia can recognize a teacher who has made an impact by positively influencing their lives.

On Thursday, September 24, 2015, senior high science students throughout the Chignecto Family of Schools (Cumberland County) were invited to the First Annual Cumberland Energy Authority's Energy Symposium. Students were able to listen to energy researchers and experts in the field of renewable energy as well as learn about the renewable energy resources that exist in Cumberland County. Students then traveled to FORCE outside of Parrsboro to learn about their role in renewable energy development with respect to tidal power generation.

On Wednesday, September 16, West Colchester Consolidated School (WCCS) introduced parents, guardians and other members of the WCCS community to the use of circles during their Parent Orientation evening. Teachers discussed best practices, their current teaching assignment and the use of the Restorative Approach in their classrooms. Meanwhile parents, guardians and community members looked on in an “outer circle”.

What's in your backpack?

Stand Up. Speak Out. is finally here. Events are happening all over CCRSB today to promote healthy relationships, understanding and acceptance. We all carry invisible backpacks full of the psychological, emotional, social and physical things that make us who we are. Those things are unique to each of us. They make us all different, but they also make us all the same. 

 

Over 200 international students from across CCRSB gathered in the gymnasium at the Central Office today for a welcome lunch. Students, staff and host family supervisors had an opportunity to sample Maritime foods thanks to the Career Exploration Program culinary students from CEC. Lobster, salmon and mussels were on the menu, along with a big helping of fun!

The 2015 Stand Up. Speak Out. Day Of Action is coming!

Stand Up. Speak Out., CCRSB’s board-wide day of action promoting anti-bullying, Social Justice, and positive, healthy relationships will happen on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

This year Stand Up. Speak Out. is shifting to a wide focus on Social Justice and those things that make us all unique, beautiful, different and the same. Our theme is, “What’s in your backpack?”

Chignecto-Central International Student Program (CCISP) students experienced a true taste of Canadiana on the evening of September 5th when they had the opportunity to attend a performance of the RCMP Musical Ride in Truro. The students will cherish the experience for the rest of their lives!

CCISP is currently looking for host families. Learn more about this opportunity on their website.

 

On September 3rd, almost 20,000 students went back to class in 69 schools across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. There were smiles. There were nerves. But most of all, there was excitement and fun! Check out our welcome back video to see what the first day looked like for students right across our system.

On September 1st and 2nd, school staff members across CCRSB gathered at their sites for team building and professional learning. From restorative circles, to ice breaker exercises to movement inspired team exercises, staff got back in the groove and ready to welcome students!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On behalf of the elected members and staff of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) I would like to extend a very warm welcome to students – and their families – beginning their journey with us, and those returning for another year.

The first day of school is almost here! The big yellow buses will be back on the road tomorrow, transporting close to 17,000 students to the 69 schools in CCRSB. That's a lot of students, a lot of stops and many thousands of kilometers to travel. During the first few weeks travel times for our buses can be a little slower as our drivers get to know the students and their stops, and as students join and leave the bus routes. CCRSB would like to thank all of our parents, guardians and students for their patience as our school community settles into these new routines.

Grade Primary to 3 Music teachers from across CCRSB are at Central Office today participating in professional learning focusing on the new, streamlined P-3 curriculum. The session is being facilitated by Lauren Baldwin, CCRSB Music teacher and Ardith Haley, Arts Consultant DEECD.

This past summer, the Aberdeen Hospital once again partnered with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board offering co-op placements for three students from Pictou County entering Grade 12 this September. Each student had to complete 200 hours of placement in a range of health professions throughout the organization.

CCRSB extends its thanks to the Aberdeen Health Foundation for the continued funding for these positions and congratulates Sean McNeill, Amelia English and Lily MacDonald on their accomplishments this summer. 

Registration taking place at West Highlands School

Registration for the inaugural year at the Early Years Centre at West Highlands School closes this week. Final registration will be held at West Highlands School, 18 Maltby Court, from 9:00 am - 2:00pm daily, August 18-20. Parents can register their children at the main office; a copy of your child's Birth Certificate is required. 

After approximately 13 years in CCRSB schools, these students are preparing to take the next big step in their lives. CCRSB wishes all of our graduates well as they move on to become part of the work force, or as they pursue further education. 

Graduation Ceremonies

Celtic Family of Schools

North Nova Education Centre - June 26 - 7:00 pm - Pictou County Wellness Centre  

Northumberland Regional High - June 29 - 7 :00 pm - NRHS Gymnasium/Theatre 

Pictou Academy - June 26 - 7:00 pm - deCoste Centre 

The Upper Stewiacke Masonic Lodge has donated $2000 to Upper Stewiacke Elementary School in support of their breakfast program! This will help the school to provide a wider variety of healthy breakfast items for students. Thanks to the Masonic Lodge for their support!!

Peer Mediators at Shubenacadie District Elementary have been on the playground helping their fellow students all year. The students took part in training and sported bright pink vest to help other students resolve their conflicts. They were treated to an appreciation lunch at the end of the year to celebrate their hard work and commitment. Great job Grade 5 Peer Mediators!

On Saturday, June 13th Autism Pictou County held it's fourth Annual Walk the Walk for Autism. It was a huge success raising over $50,000. Karen Berezowski, a Yoga 11 teacher at Northumberland Regional High School, and her students decided to volunteer at the Walk and collect pledges as a Karma Yoga project. The decision was made after the class learned the story of a classmate who has a brother on the Autism Spectrum. They raised $797 and helped to bring a smile to many children's faces!

On Thursday, June 11th, the Redcliff World Changers group hosted a mini We Day for the whole school. The event served two great purposes: celebrating the amazing work the group has done throughout the year, along with the support of the Redcliff student body; and as a vehicle for continued inspiration.  The afternoon included special invited guests Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and MLA Lenore Zann, as well as featured student speakers, music, special presentations, prizes and even a little dancing.  It was a fantastic experience!!

Each month the Student Council at Cumberland North Academy organizes a fun day for students. In the month of June, the Student Council chose to raise funds in support of the the IWK and a hilarious fundraiser resulted! Following an in-school advertising campaign, Crazy Hair Day came to life with $235 raised in support of the IWK Hospital. 

 

Earlier this month, students at Trenton Elementary School and Trenton Middle School participated in "Walk for Debbie, in honour of Debbie Campbell, an educational assistant from the school who passed away in January.  The students collected money to donate to the Aberdeen Cancer Unit to assist cancer patients with traveling expenses to and from Halifax.  Following the walk around the pond at Trenton Park, a cheque for $1,700 was presented to John Campbell, Debbie's husband, and Bonnie McCarron, Aberdeen Cancer Care Co-ordinator.

 

The students at Great Village Elementary spent some time recently preparing the soil for planting in their vegetable garden. After a community volunteer loosened up the soil with his tractor, Mr. Murphy's Grade 1/2 class took on the responsibility of getting the garden ready to plant.  Students from all classes started a variety of vegetable seeds in their classrooms and transplanted them to the garden.  Now the students are just weeding and waiting!

Celebrating Mi'kmaq culture at Trenton Middle School

On June 5 Trenton Middle School kicked-off National Aboriginal History Month with a Mawiomi. Trenton Middle School along with the Grade 4 students from Trenton Elementary and the Grade 5/6 class from Pictou Landing First Nation School joined together to celebrate the beauty, strength, spirit and endurance of the Mikmaq culture.  The students enjoyed drumming by Eastern Eagle and a beautiful showcase of dancing by various dancers including Trenton Middle's own Muin Herney.

As part of the Exploratory Program at West Colchester Consolidated School, 35 students from grades 5-9 went Bass fishing! A local weir owner, Mr. Wayne Linkletter, donated all the bait for the day - squid, herring and mackerel - and it was put to good use. Community and parent volunteers leant a helping hand baiting lines, untangling lines and teaching students how to cast.  The day was warm and sunny, the tide was relatively calm.  The students had lots of nibbles on their lines and three undersized bass were caught and released. A wonderful experience for eveyone involved!

Pictou Academy students recently performed a comedy musical called "When in Rome" at the deCoste Centre in Pictou. The 32 students involved put on a tremendous production. The months of hard work and practice paid off with great reviews from audiences. Well done! 

 

On June 3, the Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC) held its annual Achievement Night to recognize students who have contributed to various aspects of student life while maintaining creditable academic standing. Students who maintain a commendable academic record throughout the year and have satisfactory attendance, while accumulating six or more participation points are eligible for an Achievement Award. Students who receive an award in each of their three years at CEC received a Distinction Award in their graduating year.

On May 29, elementary students from across CCRSB gathered together at the Truro Campus of the Nova Scotia Community College for the Elementary Leadership Conference. The purpose of the conference was to celebrate all of the wonderful things the student leaders have done to help their schools over the 2014-2015 school year. The leaders at the conference were Student Council members from Cobequid Educational Centre, as well as student leaders from Truro Junior High School.

West Highlands School Officially Opened in Amherst 

Students, staff and community members from Amherst celebrated the official opening of West Highlands School on Monday, June 8th. 

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey was joined by students and representatives from the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, the Town of Amherst and departments of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Education and Early Childhood Development. 

In late May Thorburn Consolidated School Junior High students held a Multicultural Art Show. Grade 7 and 8 students created works of art to showcase various cultures and art styles from around the world.  Many different mediums were used, including acrylic and watercolor paint, pastels, clay sculptures, pencil and ink.  It was a true celebration of the global community!

Brookfield Elementary recently held an afternoon tea in recognition of Education Week. Since the theme was 'Schools as Communities: Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors', staff and students decided to truly open their doors to some local citizens who might not otherwise have an opportunity to get into the school to see all the fabulous things that happen. While their guests enjoyed some tea, coffee and some tasty treats, they were entertained with a full school sing-along.

After spending the year writing letters to each other the Grade 4 class from Junction Road Elementary and the 3/4 class from G. R. Saunders Elementary had the opportunity meet! The students began writing to each other in October and on May 27 they met at Victoria Park in Truro to spend the day together and enjoy a hike as well as some time on the playground. The writing has not stopped for this group; however, as they are now working on a list of five things they learned about their pen pal when they met. 

 

In early May, Kelsey Sutton, Kelsey White, Logan Vroegh, Katelyn White and Luke Ettinger represented Hants North Rural High at the annual Envirothon Competition held at Camp Brigadoon. The students from Hants North were joined by other teams from Nova Scotia, as well as those from PEI and Newfoundland. Over the course of the two-day event students were tested on their knowledge and understanding of the natural sciences.

Cobequid Consolidated School recently received a Run for Life Spin Bike to help students self-regulate and focus their energy on learning. Located in Mrs. MacKay’s Grade 4 class, students have the opportunity to use it as they wish to help with learning. The bike is whisper quiet and students are learning to read and ride or ride and learn! The bike has been a tremendous asset to the class. Cobequid Consolidated is very grateful to the Literacy Department at CCRSB for this generous gift!

 

Five grade seven students from Uniacke District School were honoured at a ceremony in Halifax, on May 19th,  by the  Learning Partnership, a national non profit educational foundation. Under the guidance of their teacher, Kathleen Creelman, students wrote personal narrative essays about a significant turning point in their lives.  This year marked the official launch of the program in Nova Scotia, although Uniacke District has been piloting the writing component for the past two years.

Grade 2 and 3 students from Dr.W.A. MacLeod Consolidated recently had a visit from Angie VanKessel of West River Greenhouse. As a connection to their science curriculum, students learned about the different parts and needs of plants and discussed many different types of plants. The students enjoyed having the opportunity to plant their own flower while learning how to care for it! 

 

Students, community members and staff had the opportunity to participate in the launch of the Blue Marble Initiative on Earth Day at West Colchester Consolidated School. Weave the Web of Life, T-shirt Creations, Carbon Footprints, Sea Level Rise, face painting and Bees were just a few of the 20 stations available for students to explore the interconnectedness of all things on Earth, raising awareness of global concerns.

Nine CCRSB students recently traveled to Fredericton, NB, to participate in the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF). Students worked incredibly hard to make it to the CWSF and achieved great results. Well done!

You can learn more about the students and their projects by reading the attached PDF documents.

 

The official opening of New Glasgow Academy will be marked with a ceremony on Monday, May 25, 2015 at the school. The Honourable Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development; MLA for Pictou Centre, Pat Dunn; Barrie MacMillan, Mayor of New Glasgow; and Trudy Thompson, Chair of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will attend the ceremony.

Event: Official Opening of New Glasgow Academy

Location:  Gymnasium, New Glasgow Academy, 93 Albert Street, Nova Scotia

Time: 10:00 am

Bus #1, driven by Ivan McKenna, serving Harmony Heights Elementary, Bible Hill Junior High and CEC, is running 30 minutes behind this morning. 

Bus #53, driven by Sharon Burns, serving Great Village Elementary, West Colchester Consolidated and CEC, is running 30 minutes behind this morning.

This year the students and staff of A.G. Baillie Memorial School brought to life the play, The Little Mermaid. Teachers Jane Miller and Maureen Bond worked with almost 100 students from grades 4-6, after school and on weekends, for several months to bring the production to life. It was A.G. Baillie's most ambitious production ever and involved staff, parents and community volunteers. Thank you to all who participated and supported the show!

Twenty-eight CCRSB students recognized for academics and leadership

On Thursday, May 14, 2015, 28 Grade 11 students from across the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) received the Lieutenant Governor's Education Medal in recognition of their academic performance, leadership and service to their school and community. 

On May 7th and 8th, the Grade 4 students from Enfield District school participated in Learn to Fish (L2F), a program offered through the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture. L2F is an interactive program that teaches children about fish species in Nova Scotia, safe fishing practices, how to assemble their own rod and reel with simple tackle and, most importantly, provides them with the opportunity to simply, go fishing!

The Grade 2/3 students at Trenton Elementary School students raised $343.50 for the IWK Children's Hospital by selling gently used t-shirts.  Mrs. Addison and her students spent the month of April collecting and sorting the donated t-shirts to prepare for the sale. Well done!

 

Hats off to the students and staff of Brookfield Elementary! The school recently had a Hat Day to raise money for earthquake relief in Nepal. With donations from students, staff and the Home and School, $706.80 was raised. With the Federal Government matching donations, the total rises to $1,413.60! The donation will be processed through the Canadian Red Cross. Well done Brookfield Elementary! 

On May 5th Grade 4 students from Winding River Consolidated School had the opportunity to participate in the Learn to Fish program. After a classroom session learning about types of fish, their habitat, food and how to prepare for a fishing adventure, the students travelled to the pond at nearby Fox Hollow Golf Course to try their luck in a stocked pond. The students were very excited to give the sport a try; several went home with fish for supper! 

On May 6th, Nicole Hebb, facilitator for Bricks 4 Kidz, provided Kennetcook District Elementary Students from Primary to 6 with the opportunity to become engineers using LEGO. Pairs of students were given a LEGO kit and instructions to build an item related to the overall topic. Each construction the students worked on was designed by engineers, and each kit can create 2000 different builds.  

The E.B. Chandler Junior High Grade 8 Concert Band recently received a gold standing at the Atlantic Festival of Music on April 30th at Mount Saint Vincent University.  Their director, Kaitlin Conrad, couldn't be more proud of this group and all the hard work they have put in over the past months.  EB Chandler's final concert is Wednesday, June 3rd at 7:00 pm.

 

Students and staff at Bible Hill Junior High recently spent time exploring culture and community through “What’s Your Story?” day. The goal of the day was to promote and advance cultural awareness and appreciation within the school and within the community. The day started with a key note address from Patsy Paul-Martin, the coordinator of First Nations Cultural Services for CCRSB. A smudging ceremony was performed and then students broke out into variety of sessions offered at the school and in the community.

During the month of April the students at Bible Hill East Court Road School focused on the virtue of Kindness. The Grade Primary class decided to perform many acts of kindness towards their peers in their school, as well as for the community where they gathered clothes, toys and other household items to donate to the Colchester Community Workshop who recently lost many items in their building due to a roof collapse. The students should be very proud of their efforts to give to others in need!

Springhill Junior Senior High was a-buzz with Techsploration on Wednesday, April 29th. The goal of Techsploration is to increase the number of women working in science, trades, technical and technology-related occupations by assisting young women from diverse backgrounds to explore a wide range of career options in these fields.

On April 24th, 78 students from six Chignecto Family high schools – Springhill, River Hebert, Pugwash, Parrsboro, Amherst, and Oxford – met at the Tim Horton’s Children’s Camp in Tatamagouche for the second Cumberland County RCMP Cops N Kids Leadership Weekend. Over the course of three days and two nights the students engaged in several advisory discussions. The RCMP Commanding Officer in Nova Scotia, Assistant Commissioner Brian Brennan, met with the group on Friday and had interactive discussions with the students.

Peter MacKay, Federal Minister of Justice, came recently to read to the Grade Primary students at West Pictou Consolidated School. Minister MacKay read Howard B Wigglebottom Learns About Bullies and spent time answering questions from the students. 

The 2015 Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) is underway! Runners from all walks of life - and many, many schools - are making their way around Pictou County to raise awareness of and stop racism. The runners will be stopping at a series of rallies throughout the local area as they make their way to their final destinatiion, and final rally, at North Nova Education Centre. 

Good luck to all of the runners and congratulations to all participants! We are not afraid to do MORE to stop racism!

CEC students and staff spent a week and half collecting supplies and donations for the Colchester SPCA in a supply drive organized by Chase Patterson and the school’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) group.  On Wednesday, April 30th CEC students Isaac Cook and Chase Patterson delivered the collected supplies and a $350.00 donation to the staff at the shelter. Well done, CEC!

 

CCRSB Recognizes 10 teachers for commitment and dedication to students

Last evening, 10 teachers employed with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) were honoured by CCRSB and the Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union (NSTU) for their unwavering commitment to student success at the 2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards ceremony. Accompanied by family and friends, the 10 teachers were feted for their creativity, kindness and dedication to their craft.

The Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board will be held this Wednesday, May 6, beginning at 7:00 pm in the Central Office boardroom, 60 Lorne Street, Truro.

Agenda

1. Approval of Agenda

2. Presentation: Rally Against Racism Proclamation ~ Bailee Oderkirk and Mikiaya Ford, Students from Cobequid Educational Centre

3. Presentation: Early Development Instrument (EDI) ~ Scott Milner, Director of Education Services, Sharon Gauthier, Stephanie Isenor-Ryan - Coordinator of Student Services, Sarah Deveau - Data Specialist and

The village of Pugwash is being asked to "Butt Out" on May 1st. Butt Out Pugwash is an initiative promoted by Communities in Bloom in conjunction with Pugwash District High School, the Village Commission, the Pugwash and Area Community Health Board, and the Pugwash & Area Chamber of Commerce. Students in Visual Art 12 and Grade 10 students in the Co-op program, lead by Ms. Cloutier and Mr. Ryan,  created a Pop Art Installation that visually supports the idea of smoking cessation. The Grade 12 art class also made posters to promote the concept.

Northumberland Regional High student one of 40 accepted into prestigious summer program

This August William Gray, a Grade 11 student at Northumberland Regional High School, will be attending the Quantum Cryptography School for Young Students (QCSYS) at the University of Waterloo Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC)! Only 40 students from grades 11 and 12 - drawn from schools around the world - are accepted into the program. 

The kick-off for the 2015 Marathon of Respect and Equality (MORE) will take place on Thursday, April 30th at 7:00 pm at the North Nova Presentation Centre. Music and poetry will be the featured entertainment at this annual event to celebrate the staging of this year’s MORE. 

The kick-off, which is open to the general public, will offer free refreshments as well as remarks by this year’s MORE Honorary Co-chairs, Henderson Paris and Arlene MacDonald.

The students of Wentworth Consolidated recently hosted a Writer’s Café to showcase their literary talents. Every student wrote and delivered a personal invitation to family members or friends. The members of the School Advisory Council were also invited. 

On April 21st, Trenton Middle School had the pleasure of hosting a presentation and workshop with two Free the Children (link) ambassadors, Ashley Hassard and Amar Deshwar.  Ashley and Amar gave a motivating presentation on food security to the entire student body.   The ambassadors enlightened the students on the state of food insecurity locally and globally in an interactive and memorable fashion. After the presentation, 25 student leaders worked with the presenters to create an action plan to help alleviate food insecurity in our local community.   

To promote Oral Health Month, Jennifer Poulos, a Dental Hygienist with Cumberland Public Health Service, visited Mrs. Copp's Healthy Living Grade 7/8 class and Ms. Gainham's Grade Primary/1 class. Various stations were created for students to explore issues ranging from oral health to sugar contents.  

Northport Elementary is one of 50 schools nationwide participating in School Malaise Research Project. Each participating school receives a program package, educational materials, and a Malaise trap to collect insects in their schoolyard for a specified two week period. The specimens are sent back to the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, a division of Guelph University, where they are analyzed, DNA coded, and then reported back to each school.

During a recent Skills Canada competition three South Colchester Academy students were awarded first, second and third place for photography! Emily McEwen (gold), Arthur Dodsworth (silver) and Carli Fisher (bronze) put their best work forward and were awarded with a sweep of medals. With her gold medal win, Emily moves on to the Skills Canada National Competition in Saskatoon in May. Great job students and good luck to Emily at nationals! 

Three CCRSB educators recognized at provincial ceremony

On April 20th, the Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, educators, administrators, family and friends gathered at École du Carrefour in Dartmouth to celebrate the 2015 Education Week Award recipients. CCRSB was pleased to be represented by three outstanding recipients: Kathy Wells, Cumberland North Academy; Shana MacPherson, Debert Elementary; and Karri Ann Noel, West Pictou Consolidated School. 

This past month the Behavior Support Team at Walter Duggan School re-introduced staff and students to a newly revised behavior matrix. New posters have been put up in classrooms and around the school. Assemblies will also be held each month to celebrate students who get "Gotchas" when staff members observe their positive behavior!

 

Students at Bible Hill East Court Road School from Grades Primary and One visited the Museum of Industry in Stellarton. Students learned about different modes of transportation and how transportation has evolved over time. The focus of the visit was on the different parts of trains and how they work. The highlight for the students was when they decorated wooden train whistles and got to bring them home as a memento of their fieldtrip.

The Resource Recovery Fund Board’s (RRFB) annual Recycle Contest results are in! The contest engages students in waste reduction through product design, art work, film creation and essay writing. This year, 18 CCRSB students were recognized by RRFB. Great job students! 

Pictou – Region 2 

Grade 2/3 Bookmark Design 

Runner Up:  Olivia Wilson, Grade 2, Frank H. MacDonald Elementary School 

Runner Up: Andrew Bond, Grade 2, Pictou Elementary

On April 9th Riverside Education Centre (REC) students participated in their very own We Day! The students enjoyed a morning full of music, dancing, videos and motivational guest speakers. 

During the We Day festivities it was announced that REC students had achieved their goal and raised enough money to build a school in Haiti through Free the Children. Over a two-year period, REC students raised $11,004.29. Great job to the REC We Day team and REC students who made it all happen!

CCRSB students in grades 4 to 12 recently competed in two regional science fairs. Students in the Nova, Chignecto and Cobequid families of schools participated in the Chignecto West Regional Science Fair, and students in the Celtic Family of Schools participated in the Chignecto East Regional Science Fair. Nine CCRSB students will be attending the Canada-Wide Science Fair being held in Fredericton, New Brunswick from May 14 to 16. 

Over 200 students participated between the two regional fairs, with a total of 168 projects. 

On April 10th, students at Maitland District Elementary School participated in their school-based Heritage Fair. The students learned about researching, presenting and public speaking while preparing their projects. 

The three top projects:

1st place: The Shubenacadie Wildlife Park, Eric Brightman, Grade 5.

2nd place: Cox Bros. Poultry Farm, Zach Sherman, Grade 6.

3rd place: The Expulsion of the Acadians, Kathleen Lawrence, Grade 4.

Great job students! 

 

On April 1st, Truro Elementary hosted the first ever Easter Classic! The Grade 5 students, from the girls and boys basketball teams, enjoyed a fun game of basketball against students from Joseph Howe Elementary. Special thanks goes out to TJ Jordan for organizing the event and coaches Trevor Walters and AJ Grosse for bringing the Halifax students. 

During the month of March, students from Parrsboro Regional High School (PRHS) visited Advocate District School to speak about their trip to the Dominican Republic. The students travelled to the Dominican with the organization Free the Children Community and assisted in the construction of a foundation for a new school. The PRHS students spoke about the culture of the Dominican Republic and the lack of access to education. 

Parrsboro Regional High School recently started Team FRESH for students to explore, create and the share healthy, nutritious food together. Team FRESH is a fun way to make students aware of nutritious foods and learn the benefits of shopping locally. Students are also shown practical culinary skills to boost their confidence in the kitchen and they learn how to budget for healthy groceries.

 

On Saturday, March 28th Grade 8 students at New Glasgow Academy prepared and served a spaghetti dinner with dessert to 95 community members. The dinner celebrated Earth Hour, an event that started in Australia nine years ago as a way to draw attention to environmental issues such as climate change. During Earth Hour people across the world are asked to turn out their lights at 8:30PM local time. 

A math mentoring program has recently started at New Glasgow Academy. Students in grades 6 to 8 assist younger students in grades Primary to 4 who need extra help in math. The goal of the program is to help eliminate math anxiety by increasing younger student's confidence during math class. 

Earlier this month, 38 female students from CCRSB participated in the Skills Canada - Nova Scotia Young Women’s Conference held at the NSCC campus in Truro. During the conference students were given the opportunity to explore technology based trades hands-on. Each student participated in three sessions exploring flash animation, systems management, green screen video production, unity game development and essential skills.

The old adage "If you can't beat 'em, join'em" was proven to be true at Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School. Students used spray bottles and ink to create colorful scenes on the white walls of snow. Happy spring! 

 

River Hebert District High School’s senior science students recently travelled to the Discovery Centre in Halifax to explore the PH lab and solve a murder mystery. This exercise was designed to strengthen their critical thinking skills and lab techniques.  

Later on in the month, the Discovery Centre visited River Hebert Elementary and River Hebert District High School where each grade level participated in science experiments ranging from movement, light, forces, and liquids to tide patterns, electricity, and Earth’s layers.

Earlier this month, Bible Hill East Court Road Elementary school students explored the facilities at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre in Truro. The students were able to access the leisure pool, the rock climbing wall and the fitness centre where they participated in Yoga and Zumba. Students agreed that the day was a lot of fun and they are eager to go back! 

 

During their recent Winter Carnival activities, many students from Brookfield Elementary enjoyed an afternoon of coasting on the hill at South Colchester Academy. Some students also went skating at the Henderson Memorial Arena. 

On March 11th, students and staff at Elmsdale District Elementary School hosted their annual Volunteer Tea to thank members of their school family who volunteer during the school year.  The volunteers were treated to breakfast and presented with handmade thank-you cards.  Students also read poems and entertained the volunteers with music.

Victoria Park, bordering Truro Junior High School, gives students an opportunity to experience physical activity and winter in a fun way. Last month, Mr. Storr and three students, Jakob Phillips, Cole Bernard, and Jesse Digdon toured Victoria Park on skinny skis!  Although it was their first time they all agreed they definitely want to try it again.

New Glasgow Academy celebrated African Heritage month in style! Students spent time with author, Shauntay Grant, celebrated our rich African-Canadian culture in Art class and learned from community speakers. Students also had the opportunity to learn about the origins of Kente Cloth and created their own for display throughout the school.

Last month, the Northumberland Regional High School Coldest Night of the Year Crew, raised over $1,300 for the Life Shelter in New Glasgow. The Coldest Night of the Year is a fantastically fun, family-friendly walking fundraiser that raises money for the hungry, homeless and hurting in 65 communities across Canada.

Earlier this month Amherst Regional High School’s (ARHS) stage band, under the direction of Ms. Stephanie Mizuik, traveled to River Hebert Elementary School (RHES) to perform for the Grade Primary to 6 students. After a performance of 10 songs, stage band members taught RHES students about the different instruments they play. The students then asked band members questions and had the opportunity to try out the instruments. 

The Grade 3 students at Bible Hill East Court Road Elementary took advantage of all the recent snow and ventured outside during their Physical Education lesson to experience the joys of snowshoeing. This was the students' second snowshoeing adventure!

In late February students at River John Consolidated School took part in an Amazing Math Race. They were split into 10 teams and participated in outdoor activities with staff to practice their numeracy skills. Students combined fun winter activities like sledding and snowshoeing with math problems involving number facts and measurement.

A special thanks to Mr. Selfridge for coming out and helping students with their fun filled morning!

 

On January 28th, six students in grades 3 to 5 competed in the first annual Harmony Heights Elementary School Spelling Bee. Students have been attending Spelling Club since mid-December and semi finals were held to determine the top two spellers from each grade level.  The first place winner from the Grade 3 class was Lexi Crowe; Brea Hayden took second place.

Explore, inquire & grow

Helping high school students find connections between their “real” life and the curriculum taught in classrooms can be a challenge. Helping students see the connection between the curriculum taught and a future career can sometimes seem impossible. For many students, those challenges are much less thanks to their participation in Community-Based Learning (CBL) programs. 

Bible Hill East Court Road Students picking their favourites

The Grade Four students at Bible Hill East Court Road are busy reading up a storm for the annual reading initiative Hackmatack Book Club. The students are reading 20 fiction and nonfiction books by Atlantic Canadian authors and will vote for their favourites by the end of March.  

Exploring the future

The Options and Opportunities Program (O2) course, offered at six CCRSB high schools, provides students with the ability to identify their career direction before finishing high school. As part of the O2 program, students are required to complete 100 hours of hands on work experience through co-op placement. O2 students develop a better understanding of their future career paths, goals, aspirations and a strong sense of pride in their work. They are constantly motivated to learn new skills and challenge themselves.   

Keith Mullins, a well known Cape Breton musician ended E.B. Chandler Junior High’s African Heritage Month celebrations with a superb drumming workshop. Keith taught all students, class by class about rhythm and drumming techniques.  The students joined in the drumming and had a wonderful time singing along to the songs he composed. 

Although the snow has caused problems in some areas, one place it has been well received is on the playground at Great Village Elementary School! Students have been able to use the school set of snowshoes in Physical Education class, and during lunch break.  In addition, each Friday, one class enjoys coasting on the hill adjacent to the school grounds. 

Maple Ridge Elementary is taking a proactive role and making physical activity opportunities more available for the female students. Studies show that girls’ activity/fitness levels are a lot less than boys their age. In response to this, Maple Ridge has created a six week fitness program. The female students will participate in a variety of fun, active games and fitness moves in a non-sport, non-competitive fun atmosphere.

West Pictou Consolidated proudly presents their spring musical Annie Jr.! The production will be held on March 11th and 12th at 7 pm in the West Pictou gym. Come join the fun with a feel good story the whole family can enjoy! Tickets are $5 dollars each or a family rate at the door. We can’t wait to see you there! 

Mrs. Cox’s French Immersion classes at Riverside Education Centre did a research project called “Histoire des Noirs au Canada/ Black History in Canada" to celebrate African Heritage Month. They created an illustrated time line that documents the history of important events and people who stood up for human rights and impacted African Nova Scotian heritage. 

How does the decision to cancel school get made?

When it is stormy or road conditions are poor, Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Transportation Services staff starts the day before 6:00 a.m. by:

Parents and guardians are advised that Bus #42, driven by Eric MaDonald, serving Scotsburn Elementary is running at least 45 minutes behind this afternoon and will be late taking students to bus stops. The schools is contacting parents and guardians to make them aware of the delay.

Cobequid Consolidated Elementary, Bible Hill East Court Road Elementary and Maitland Elementary recently enjoyed a musical performance by Razzmatazz. Razzmatazz is an award winning music duo that performs for kids all across Canada and the United States.

The students had a great time together as one big school community!

 

On February 13th Ms. Beaton and her Grade 3/4 class from Pictou Elementary School visited Snowpak Kennels for a day of dog sledding. The outing was a follow up of a class project that included the novel “Balto and the Great Race”, and the upcoming Yukon Quest and Iditarod dog sled races. 

Students had the opportunity to Skype with the Iditarod Teacher “On the Trail” program to ask questions about the international dog sledding event that kicks off on March 7th. 

Hannah Martin, a Grade 12 student from North Colchester High School, is the recipient of a Loran Scholarship. Each year, 30 students from across Canada are selected to receive a Loran Scholarship which includes monetary support of up to $100,000, a mentor for the duration of the recipient’s undergraduate career and internship experiences each summer during the recipient’s undergraduate degree. 

Hannah first learned about the Loran Scholarship from her guidance counselor. From there followed a long application process which included four essays. 

Today is the last day to nominate an educator for Education Week

Educators "Open Hearts, Open Minds and Open Doors" daily. They deserve to be recognized for their hard work and dedication.

Click here to nominate an educator that has made a difference in your school community. 

On February 13th the Grade 3 students from Shubenacadie District Elementary visited with their pen pals in grades 2 and 3 at Winding River Consolidated. The students have been pen pals since the fall when Winding River Consolidated visited Shubenacadie District for a day of learning. Keep up the great writing students! 

Students and staff at Wentworth Consolidated Elementary School recently participated in the Heart and Stroke Foundation's “Jump Rope for Heart “campaign. Students jumped rope for over half an hour to raise awareness that healthy hearts are happy hearts. “Jump Rope for Heart” encourages kids to get active by skipping rope while they collect pledges for heart disease and stroke research.

For more information on “Jump Rope for Heart” visit jumpropeforheart.ca

Important change to science fair schedule

Grade 8 students, parents and guardians are advised that the West Pictou Consolidated Science Fair will proceed as scheduled tomorrow, February 18, 2015. However, due to today's school cancellation, there will not be any Science Fair set-up or public visitation tonight. Instead, students will set their projects up during first period tomorrow; the Science Fair will begin at 10:00 am.  Thank you everyone for your cooperation. Good Luck to all participants!

HNRH International student leaves behind artistic gift

Before returning home to Italy, Grade 12 exchange student Anna Vezzali shared her artistic abilities and painted bulletin boards around Hants North Rural High School. Great job Anna; the displays are a beautiful way to remember you!

Grade Primary registration at West Pictou Consolidated & Brookfield Elementary have both been cancelled due to today's school cancellation. 

Registration at Brookfield Elementary has been rescheduled for Monday, March 9th. All appointment times will remain the same unless otherwise notified. Parents/guardians who may have questions can call the school at 902-673-5050.

The registration date for West Pictou Consolidated will be announced at a later date; parents/guardians will be contacted.

 

Joint Education Services/Operational Services & Operational Services Meetings Postponed

Committee members, presenters and the public are advised that, due to road conditions, tonight's Joint Education Services/Operational Services Committee Meeting and the Operational Services Committee Meeting scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm have been postponed until next Tuesday, February 24th. The meeting times, locations and agendas remain as previously scheduled. Questions may be directed to the Operational Services Department at 902-897-8930.

Trip to Sugar Moon Farm Postponed

The field trip to Sugar Moon for Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School (Old Barns) has been postponed due to road conditions. Students will need to bring a lunch tomorrow as the cafeteria will not be available. Parents and guardians will be advised of the rescheduled date soon. Questions may be directed to the principal at 902-896-5560 when school re-opens tomorrow.

 

Salt Springs Elementary students participate in ninth WOW! Reading Challenge

Salt Springs Elementary students were visited recently by Constable John Kennedy, who presented individual awards to a number of students for their success during the WOW! Reading Challenge. Students at Salt Springs Elementary have been participating in the Reading Challenge for nine years. Students, staff and parents of Salt Springs Elementary challenge other schools to participate in the WOW! Reading Challenge. Great job students! 

 

February 16, 2015, will mark the first Nova Scotia Heritage Day. Beginning this year, and continuing for many years to come, Nova Scotia Heritage Day will give Nova Scotians an annual opportunity to celebrate different contributions to Nova Scotia's storied past and diverse culture, and learn more about our history in the process.

The first honouree for Nova Scotia Heritage Day is Mrs. Viola Irene Davis Desmond.

To celebrate staff appreciation week, the New Glasgow Academy (NGA) Home and School members planned a virtual world tour. The first stop for staff was Columbia for a cup of coffee and cookies, delivered by the NGA student leaders. France was next, where the staff sampled fresh croissants.

We can’t wait to see what Greece, Mexico and Italy will bring later this week!

The Grade Primary students at West Pictou Consolidated have been taking part in a school program called, “Real Men Read to Our Kids.” Various community volunteers have been invited to share and read their favorite books with the students. Some of the volunteers included: Jason MacKay (E.H.S. paramedic), Ben Borden (former infantryman), Cole Hutchinson (Captain of the Jr. A Crushers) and Dave Gunning (singer, songwriter).

Due to the predicted weather forecast for this evening and anticipated road conditions, extracurricular and school-based activities in all CCRSB schools have been cancelled. This includes any activities set to begin after-school or this evening.  School-based after-school care will continue as normal. Custodians will be released from their duties at 8:00 pm.

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"Social Justice - Roots of Progress"

In December 2014, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared the next decade to be the “International Decade for People of African Descent: Justice, Recognition, Development.” African Heritage Month 2015 commemorates this declaration with the theme “Social Justice – Roots of Progress”.

Trenton Elementary’s Primary Class recently presented a drumming song to the school during an interactive presentation. As a kick-off to African Heritage Month, each class participated in a workshop provided by Keith Mullins. The students and staff experienced drumming hands-on, while learning about the importance of drumming in the history of the African people.

 Students at Hants North Rural High School are participating in "Recycle for the Planet. Recycle for Life. Zinc Saves Lives." campaign. So far, students have collected over 2200 batteries to recycle for this campaign- that’s enough zinc to save the lives of 13,200 children in developing countries. Collection will continue until the end of February.

Today is Bell Let’s Talk day! Bell Aliant will contribute $.05 to mental health related causes every time a conversation is started. That includes every text message, mobile and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers, every tweet using #BellLetsTalk, and every Facebook share of the Bell Let's Talk Day image. Start a conversation and break the stigma against mental health.

Advocate District School held its first Science Fair in over 10 years, on January 21, 2015.  Ms. Foster's Grade 8-10 Science students participated in the Fair that was judged by Mr.Greg Nix. Fair projects included: "Global Warming", "Does Practice Make Perfect?", "Bouncy Eggs", "Is Everyone Scared of Something?", "To Eat or Not To Eat?", "When Do the Stars Come Out?" and "A Dog's Best Friend". 

West Highlands Elementary School students from Mrs. Little’s Grade Primary class, Mrs. Cail’s Grade Primary/1 class and Ms. Gould’s Grade 3 class decorated Valentine’s Day cards for Canadian veterans. Veterans Affairs Canada will deliver these special valentines to veterans living in long-term care facilities across Canada. Well done West Highlands!  

The Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of the program within the province. “Bring the World Home” promotes the benefits of hosting an international student. Nova Scotia has proven to be a popular destination for international students to live and study, but more host families are needed to ensure the success and continued growth of the NSISP.

The Early French Immersion class at Spring Street Academy recently spent some time being entertained by the Grade 7 Integrated French students from E.B. Chandler Junior High School. The Integrated French class worked hard on their writing and produced puppet shows that captured the interest of the Grade Primary students. Quel beau partage!

In an effort to document its history and connect with alumni around the world, an on-line archive has been established for the Cobequid Educational Centre (CEC). Retired vice-principal David Higgins has taken on the task of scanning more than 40 years of Excalibur yearbooks in phase one of the project. Alumni will be able to peruse CEC’s yearbook history via www.cecyb.ccrsb.ca and through a link on the school’s home page under “Document Depot”. All but the most recent yearbooks will be available for viewing. 

“We are not afraid Wednesday” is back with a video from the Grade Primary students at Shubenacadie District Elementary School. They are not afraid of anything and proud of it! We should all learn from them that there is nothing to be afraid of for the New Year. Click here to see their video.

In a small and intimate ceremony on Thursday, December 18, CEC presented the 2014 Governor General’s Medal and Queen Elizabeth Medal to Rumana Rafiq and Keigan MacLean respectively.

Rumana Rafiq 
The Governor General’s Medal, established in 1873, recognizes the student who has achieved the highest academic average based on their final Grade 11 and grade 12 marks.

In early December Kennetcook District Elementary students enjoyed an African dance presentation. Students learned a lot about African culture, history, traditions and participated in several dances. 

The students also learned about Kwanzaa, a festival celebrated by many African Americans from December 26 - January 1, as a celebration of their cultural heritage and traditional values.

On November 25th Kennetcook District Elementary School traveled to the Glooscap Heritage Center in Millbrook to participate in a number of Mi'kmaq activities. Students in Grade 6 made dream catchers while students in Grades Primary to 5 made talking sticks.

Great work Kennetcook District Elementary!

In this month's issue of the Super's Report, Superintendent Clarke focuses on Continuous School Improvement in Springhill; the expansion of the French specialist model to our elementary schools and the important role that SchoolsPlus employees play in the lives of students, building resiliency and inspiring hope. 

You can also find lots of pictures and good news stories from our schools!

On November 20th, the students at Cobequid Consolidated Elementary School got an early Christmas present: a $1,000 shopping spree at Coles Books!

Following an online contest, Cobequid Consolidated was “adopted” by the staff at the Coles book store in the Truro Mall. Coles’ staff members fundraised throughout the fall to raise money for books for the school. 

Enfield District School students recently received some surprise visitors: Classified (Luke Boyd) and David Myles. The two artists performed for the students and staff and shared important messages. Students sang along, clapped and also had an opportunity to ask questions of the performers. Classified shared an important message with students: hard work and determination can lead to great things.

Before the performance Warden Jim Smith presented Classified with the "Keys to the Municipality".

Chances are if you put eight people in a room together and ask them, “What does Social Justice mean to you?” you will get eight different answers. As a society, we seek to find common understanding and meaning. So, when we are presented with a term or an idea that’s not easily defined it can be viewed as an unwelcome challenge. Normally that would be a problem. 

That’s not the case for CCRSB’s Social Justice Lead Team. 

Continuous School Improvement (CSI) emphasizes the engagement of school administration, teachers and school staff in an ongoing cycle of reflection and action within a professional learning community culture. A school’s CSI plan is built to incorporate the goals of CCRSB’s Strategic Plan: Increase student learning; and provide positive, safe, socially-just learning environments. 

Report card season is upon us! Throughout this month, students across CCRSB will be receiving their first report cards of the year. With that in mind, CCRSB wants to ensure that everyone is aware of the changes that have been made to the way report cards are written. (The changes were first announced by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in August 2014).

On November 6th students and staff at Valley Elementary School received a visit from special guest Leonard Paul, a First Nations Mi’kmaq visual artist. Leonard shared some of his work with the students, along with how he began his painting career. 

After his presentation, Leonard helped students create a drawing of their own. He led the students in a step-by-step process using shapes and letters to create their own miniature masterpieces! 

Recently, the staff at River John Consolidated School hosted a Math Night for students and their families. During the event students and their families played a number of games that focused on number sense. It was a great opportunity for students to practice their math skills and involve parents in the learning process.

Each family went home with a gift bag with all the materials needed to play the games they learned that night, at home, to continue the learning.

Students from CCRSB will be attending TechShop, presented by Skills Canada - Nova Scotia (SCNS) on Wednesday, November 19, at the NSCC Pictou Campus in Stellarton.

TechShop is a one-day event that offers high school students the opportunity to explore skilled trade and technology career options by participating in hands-on workshops and mentor discussion.

Every two weeks, the Grade 8 French Immersion, French Language Arts classes at E.B. Chandler Jr. High receives a visit from Catherine Hirbour, a Francophone from Quebec and her daughter Margot. 

Each visit, two students are given the opportunity to work directly with Margot and Catherine reading French children’s stories. Catherine engages with the whole class by reading stories to them in French to model correct pronunciation.  


Students at Truro Elementary School and Elmsdale District School  had the opportunity to interact with special guests from the Mi’Kmaq community during Mi'kmaq History Month.

On October 22, Truro Elementary School held a pow wow to celebrate Mi’Kmaq culture. Samqwan Boyz, a drum group from Millbrook led the assembly with help from Mi’kmaq student dancers. Millbrook’s Chief Bob Gloade offered the opening blessing for all attendees.


The days are getting colder and with each dip in the thermometer we move one step closer to winter weather: icy roads, snow and freezing rain. For CCRSB schools, winter weather means the potential closure of schools when conditions are considered unsuitable for our students and staff.


Sam Rogers, a Grade 6 student at Central Colchester Junior High School traveled to Ottawa last week to attend the first Canada’s History Youth Forum. Sam was invited to attend because of his Heritage Fair Project the "Black Devils Brigade". Sam was among 22 students selected from across the country and is only one of  two students who traveled there from Nova Scotia.


Grade 4 students in Mrs. Sharkey’s class at Uniake District School are having a lot of fun learning what it takes to become a champion! The class has been selected from classrooms across Canada and the United States to participate in a program called Classroom Champions,which pairs classroms with Olympic athletes.  

On behalf of the elected members and staff of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) we would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students, as well as their families.

Thanks to a partnership between the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board (CCRSB) and the Pictou County Health Authority (PCHA), three Grade 11 students from North Nova Education Centre, Northumberland Regional High School and Pictou Academy spent their summer job-shadowing at PCHA facilties. 

Students at Elmsdale District Elementary School recently took part in their annual school-wide Science Fair. Students in grades Primary-3 worked together and created a large group project, while grades 4 and 5 students worked individually and in pairs.

Winners from the school-wide Fair will be advancing to the upcoming Regional Science Fair on March 25.

Grade 4 winners:

 

The Chronicle Herald Nova Scotia Spelling Bee is a one-day competition open to home-schooled, public- and private-school students. The Bee is an intensive day of word-forming and a whole lot of fun! Not one to bow to the pressure of the day or the complexity of a word, Ryan Spencer, a Grade 7 student at West Colchester Consolidated, out spelled the competition and will now represent Nova Scotia at The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC!  

 

Today is National Pink Shirt Day, a time for all members of the CCRSB community - from students to school staff to parents and guardians - to Stand Up and Speak Out against all forms of bullying. We can't address the problem if we don't talk about it. So, when you see it happen say something, to a teacher, a friend or another adult that you trust.

 

Students, staff and parents from Cobequid Consolidated and Valley Elementary have been enjoying some good-natured competition battling for the Popcorn Cup of Hockey!

Every Monday night, from January 6 through February 24, parents and students from each school faced off in a friendly game of floor hockey, with the winners of the series competing for a delicous popcorn snack. To make things more fun, the teams were named The Canadians and The Leafs, and they were an even mix of parents and students. 


Ten enthusiastic Grade 5 and 6 Core French students at Winding River Consolidated recently participated in an in-house French public speaking competition to determine which four students would advance to the Regional French Concours d'art oratoire, being held at Winding River Consolidated on Tuesday April 8.  

All students who participated did an excellent job! 

Students and staff at Rawdon District School took ‘A Trip Around the World’ in a day to celebrate and learn more about the diverse cultures across the globe. 

Students used passports as they made their way to different countries around the school. At each stop, students had the opportunity to try out new delicacies and traditions specific to that country.

Truro Junior High School students learned what it was like to spend time in someone else's reality during Sensitivity Awareness Month, held during May. Grade 6 student, Joe Wood, who lives every day of his life in a wheelchair was the inspiration for his class.  Joe's classmates took turns spending a day in a wheelchair so they could truly experience what life was like for him; the challenges and the differences in routine were eye openers for students. After the experience, the students wrote reflections on their day to better communicate and remember the experience.

The 75-member A.G. Baillie Memorial School choir, under the direction of Music Teacher, Jane Miller, was recently awarded gold at the Provincial Music Festival! The choir received the Florine Despres Award for elementary participants.

Earlier in the spring the choir received gold at the New Glasgow Music Festival and was asked to submit a recording to the Provincial Registrar for consideration. Congratulations to all!

Last evening students from Highland Consolidated Middle School laughed, danced and celebrated together while supporting their local Food Bank. For every non-perishable food item which students brought, they received $1.00 off their dance ticket.

The result? Almost every one of the 130 students who attended got in for free, bringing more than enough items to cover the $5.00 cost of their ticket. Today, school principal, Angela MacLeod, is proud to donate the estimated 600 items her students donated. Well done Highland Consolidated Middle School!

Maitland District Elementary students demonstrated the virtue of compassion this month by joining in the 10 000 Coats Project, which has been organized to bring winter clothing to families in need in New York and New Jersey following the destrcution of Hurricane Sandy. Students donated warm, clean winter coats and wrote notes of compassion and cheer that were tucked into the pockets.