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Principal Blog 2018 05 14

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Principal Blog 2018 05 14

Happy Mother’s Day to all those who provide support, guidance and love!  I hope everyone had a great weekend of relaxation with friends and family!


Congratulations to our amazing students at Delta for representing not only us, but HWDSB at the Ontario Skills Competition last Tuesday.  Ms. Sykes beat me at paper, rocks, scissors to attend the event and couldn’t stop raving about the competition and the venue!  Thank you to our outstanding tech department for your time, commitment and leadership!

Fantastic Learning

Thank you to all the Heads of Departments for their willingness to jump in with both feet and learn alongside SJAM last Wednesday. This was our joint cabinet retreat, and picked up where we were at the last PD Day in March.  We explored different ways to support staff and students as we continue to transition from our home at Delta to the New North Secondary School.  Concerns, Opportunities, Change Management and input toward the new vision were all discussed.  Our hope is that this is just the beginning of collaboration, feedback and voice as we try to honour the communities at Delta/SJAM and form a new community at the New North Secondary School.  A special thank you is extended to Ms. Millar, Mr. Darby, Ms. Duncan and Ms. Dywan for their help organizing the day!!

Last Thursday, I had the honour of visiting the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre – https://www.hric.ca/ (also referred to as the Friendship Centre).  I strongly suggest to those that have not visited the centre to do so as I was amazed at how many services it offers to the indigenous community.  Thank you Audrey Davis (Executive Director), Shannon Murphy (Men & Youth Homelessness Outreach) and Selby Harris (Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin) for your hospitality, discussion and generosity.

On Friday afternoon, I was invited to a discussion around the New North transitions and safety of students when we bring together communities from opposite ends of the city.  Staff from the John Howard Society and Hamilton Police Services we also on hand to provide perspective, voice and suggestions.  We have already begun to break down some of the barriers by bringing our grade 10 students together this Wednesday at the Dofasco Sports Complex.  This will continue as we jump into the 2018/19 school year in September.

Week Ahead

This year’s valedictorian nominee speeches will take place on Tuesday at 9:30am in the Auditorium.  Voting will take place following the speeches with the winner being announced at the end of the day on the announcements.  Good luck to all the nominees!

The final School Council of the year is this Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Library.  If you’d like to come out, please let me know!  All are welcome!

Our May staff meeting is this Thursday after school.  We will be looking at our Department plans to determine where we are with our goals and determine if anything else is required as we approach the end of the year.  This will also help to set the stage for our final phase of ‘reflection’ that we will conclude with at our June PD day.

Have a phenomenal week!

Mr. Graham

Updated on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
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