Snapshots of Excellence April, May, June 2019

From April 1-12, parents, students and staff were encouraged to complete our School Climate Survey. The information provided will inform planning programs and decision-making related to supporting safe and inclusive school environments. We had approximately:​ 3000 participants in the gr 4-6 survey.​ 5300 participants in the gr 7-12 survey.​ 1600 participants in the parent survey.​ 700 participants in the staff survey.​ The survey feedback will be analyzed by Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and results are expected to be made public in the fall of 2019.
This spring, many science fairs were held across the district, both in schools and in the community. Students had many opportunities share their ideas and experiments with the community. We are proud of our student participants, as well as our staff who provide innovative learning opportunities to support student engagement.
Grade 5 students in Mrs. Sageman's class at Kinnwood Public School had the opportunity to Skype with Jane Goodall, who was a pioneer in conducting research involving wild chimpanzees. Through the use of technology in the classroom, we are able to provide opportunities for our students to connect with prominent leaders and thinkers around the world and inspire future scientists and globally-minded citizens.
During the April 5 PD Day, elementary school staff participated in professional development activities focused on math and Indigenous perspectives. The Program Department team held four digital breakout sessions and all 50 elementary schools were able to participate using technology.
Administrative Professionals Day was celebrated on April 25. Many schools and students thanked the education workers who support student achievement and well-being every day.
Colonel Cameron Public School's Kindness Club created sunflower decorations in honour of Noelle's Gift Foundation. Similarly, a showcase at Tecumseh Public School highlights the donations provided to the school. The LKDSB appreciates the generous donations from the Noelle's Gift Foundation and the ongoing support of the Paquette family. This year, the Noelle's Gift Foundation donated $25,000 to support students in need.
CKSS and BDHS students used 3D printers to create 'egg mover' projects as part of an open-ended design challenge. All the coloured parts are designed and built on the 3D printers at the school. The senior students designed and built gears, toothed power transmission racks, pivots and hydraulic grippers from scratch. Maker culture is alive and well at the LKDSB.
H.W. Burgess Public School hosted a Spring Banquet. Celebrating the arrival of spring, families and school staff enjoyed a meal and fellowship together.
Many elementary and secondary schools participated in Muskoka Woods trips in the spring. The leadership trip brought students together for fun, outdoor learning opportunities. Additionally, Grade 7-8 students gathered for a day of experiential learning at Bkejwanong in April to learn about indigenous history, culture and perspectives.
Education Week was held May 6-10. The theme this year was LKDSB: Connecting Communities. Throughout the week, schools were invited to share photos of the people who make our school communities great, including students, staff, parents/guardians and volunteers. The following video gives a small sampling of the activities/photos/events. The video includes our radio commercials narrated by a couple of our student trustees.
Throughout the spring, many schools held student performances and productions. From left: North Lambton Secondary School students perform Mamma Mia!​ Right: Ridgetown District High Schools students perform Footloose.
As we approach the end of the school year, many students participated in field trips and other learning activities. ​ Left: John McGregor Secondary Students students visited Toronto's Distillery District to view public art.​ Right: Queen Elizabeth II Public School - Sarnia students attended Western University's Engineering Marvel in London to learn about engineering and a variety of STEM activities.
May is a popular month for track and field days at our elementary and secondary schools.​ Left: A Mooretown-Courtright Public School student demonstrates his skills at long jump.​ Right: A Lambton Kent Composite School student prepares to throw a javelin.
As we continue to focus on literacy and fundamentals of math, elementary students practice their skills and understanding of concepts.​ From left: Students at Colonel Cameron Public School work on writing projects.​ Right: A student demonstrates understanding of math concepts at King George VI Public School in Chatham.
From left: Students from Great Lakes Secondary School and P.E. McGibbon Public School's Grade 5-6 students partnered for a Reading buddy program.​ Right: Math strategies in action at Errol Village Public School.
From left: Rosedale students learning about the human body using a special t-shirt and an iPad app that "reads" the shirt and shows body parts (not actual body parts of the person wearing the shirt!)​ Top right: STEM activities set up at Merlin Area.​ Bottom right: GLSS students at the Women in Skilled Trades event at Lambton College
On May 22 and 23, our Parent Involvement Committee held a Parent Information Night about Healthy Relationships. Keynote speaker was Marianne Vardalos from URSTRONG.
The LKDSB Team Math Competition was held on May 28 at the Chatham Board Office.​ Teams from all schools were represented. This year's winners were:​ 1st – LCCVI.​ 2nd – Northern Collegiate​. 3rd – North Lambton.
Director Jim Costello was the mystery reader on Jersey Day at King George VI Public School in Chatham. It was an honour to visit the school and read 'My Leafs Sweater' to the Kindergarten class.
The month of June is nationally recognized as Pride Month in Canada. In accordance with the Ministry of Education's commitment to student achievement and well-being, the LKDSB joined school boards throughout the province in supporting the LGBTQ+ community with the display of the Pride flag from June 3-7.​ From left: Display of the Pride flag at Sarnia Education Centre.​ Right: The Pride flag was displayed in the front foyer of Indian Creek Road Public School, alongside a display representing ICRPS family celebrations by month (dates of significance).
John McGregory Secondary School automotive teacher James Stonehouse and his auto shop program students partnered with the United Way of Chatham-Kent for the Rebuilding Wheels Rebuilding Lives program. Inspired from an article about a school participating in a similar program in the Windsor area, Stonehouse brought the idea to the United Way who were able to help. Students from the Specialist High Skills Major auto shop program spent about six weeks of class time and an extra 10 hours during lunch on their own time to finish the car. Students Billy Bissonnette and Hayden Weaver are shown in this photo repairing the front brakes on the vehicle.
The JMSS students were also present at the Chatham Mazda dealership during the event to present the car to its new owner. The Wallaceburg resident said the new vehicle will help support her daily commute to work.
We are proud of the outstanding achievements of our students. Here are a couple of examples of how our students are promoting our vision - Our Students - Shaping Our World:​ From left: Grade 8 student Joey from WDSS heading to the Canadian Youth Chess Championships. ​ Right: John N. Given Learning Centre students participated in the CK Positivity Video Contest. Two students won best performance for positivity and the centre also won 2019 video challenge Community Partnership Award.
From left: International Education students enjoy a year-end trip to Wonderland. ​ Right: Young friends from Winston Churchill Public School enjoy indoor activities during a rainy spring day.
Special thanks to our volunteers, community partners and Ontario Student Nutrition Program for their assistance with healthy breakfast and snack programs throughout the year. Pictured above: CKSS students participate in the Farm to School Program, enjoying a variety of fruits and vegetables.
A great photo of our 2019 SWAC (School Within a College) graduates. In the program, secondary school teachers help students work toward attaining Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits; and college faculty help students work toward attaining Dual Credits ( which is a College level class that is recognized by both the secondary school system and the College).

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