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Principal Blog 2018 05 07

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Principal Blog 2018 05 07

I hope you had a great weekend!


Twenty HWDSB coaches were nominated for the Wismer Award in High School Coaching Excellence.  The Wismer Foundation announced the nominees on Thursday with twenty HWDSB coaches in a variety of sports being nominated for their career accomplishments along with nine coaches from the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board.  All are coaches who have made a significant contribution to the Hamilton high school coaching scene within their school board and in the Hamilton community.  Congratulations to our very own Mr. Baker for being nominated!

The Wismer Award for High School Coaching Excellence has been presented annually to one coach from the HWDSB and one coach from the HWCDSB who is currently an active high school coach in the city of Hamilton.  The award was established in memory of John Wismer who was a respected, passionate educator/coach with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board for thirty-three years.

Congratulations to Student Council for organizing a very successful, and fun Student-Teacher basketball games on Friday afternoon.  Experiences such as those remind me (and I’m sure others as well) that teenagers are fast!  Thank you to all the staff and students who participated in the game!

Fantastic Learning

Last Tuesday morning, I was very fortunate to attend the Community Prayer Breakfast with other staff and students from across the city.  We heard from newcomer/refugee student experiences from the Hamilton Wentworth Public and Catholic school boards as well as a keynote speaker, Nate Leipciger.  On May 2, 1945 Nate was liberated from Auschwitz and began his journey to rebuild his life. Nate is a Holocaust survivor, educator, social activist and author; he is 90 years old.  His thoughts included speaking about acceptance not tolerance when we live in a world with many cultures and identities.

Timetabling has now officially begun!  Ms. Sykes and Ms. Schneider attended the first day of pre-building as they entered information needed to begin creating a school timetable for next year.  Further work will be done beginning this Wednesday to Friday.  Thank you Ms. Wilson, Ms. Sykes and Ms. Schneider for all of your work!

Week Ahead

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.  Throughout the week, there will be events happening at lunch.

Monday – board games in the caf.

Tuesday – Paper airplanes in the caf

Wednesday – Pause and Paint (painting on canvas) in Rm 114

Thursday – Make stress balls and slime in the caf

Friday – Obstacle course and badminton in girls gym

The week will be kicked off by having every homeroom teacher talk about the ‘We Help’ campaign that  HWDSB is now a part of.  Every homeroom teacher will be receiving a We Help poster, and a script telling all students to download the “HWDSB Helps” app on their iPads or personal devices. This app replaces the Tip-off app that has historically been used. Students can use the app whenever help is needed.

On Thursday, the day Louder Than A Bomb Poetry Festival begins. The Preliminaries are then held the following Monday.  We have currently have a team of 5 kids competing!  Good luck!  Thank you Ms. Cooper for your help and guidance!

Good luck to all the students competing at the Ontario Skills Competition in Toronto on Tuesday.  This impressive competition touches all corners of the skills industry from Cosmetics to auto repair.  If you have a chance, check it out!

All subject Heads of Departments from SJAM and Delta will be learning together at the Joint Cabinet Retreat on Wednesday. This collaboration will begin to assist school leaders with the skills and perspectives needed to assist with school closures.  Thank you to Ms. Duncan, Ms. Millar, Mr. Darby and Ms. Dywan for all of your help organizing the day!

The next Literacy Gap inservice is being held this Thursday at the Ed Centre.  Ms. Connolly and Mr. Maclean will be representing Delta for this session.  Their learning and contribution is helping us better understand the needs that our students are presenting with respect to literacy comprehension in the classroom.

On Friday, I am attending a meeting to begin discussions around the supports needed for the merging of two school communities into the New North Secondary School.  Partners from across the city will be attending in order to contribute to the discussion.

Have a great week!

Mr. Graham

Updated on Sunday, May 06, 2018.
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