Snapshots of Excellence October - November 2020

We have had a successful start to the school year for both elementary and secondary schools. Last week our secondary schools transitioned to the start of the second quadmester and we appreciate the efforts and support of staff, students and parents/guardians to help make this a smooth transition for students. Our commitment to supporting student learning and our focus on student success and achievement is ongoing, as you can see from these images.

Top left: H. W. Burgess Public School students are sorting and categorizing leaves – connecting items found in the local environment to math fundamentals. Top Right: East Lambton Elementary School students explore postsecondary pathways in skilled trades. Bottom: Alexander Mackenzie Secondary School students in a construction class build scaled down versions of structured wall systems within a residential home.

National School Bus Safety Week was held from October 19-23. This year’s campaign was Red Lights Mean STOP! Many schools and students showed their appreciation for their bus drivers and operators.

Left: Bus safety at Cathcart Boulevard Public School; Right: Students thank their bus drivers from Brooke Central Public School

n October 19, the IODE Sarnia-Lambton Municipal Chapter Education Fund presented a cheque of $90,000 to John Howitt, Director of Education, and Bryan McKay Superintendent of Business. This endowment will provide IODE scholarships and bursaries to LKDSB students in Lambton County for the next decade. Municipal Chapter President Helen Danby and Citizenship Officer Leila Boushy were honoured to present the donation.

The beautiful fall weather enabled many opportunities for outdoor learning at our schools.

Left: Merlin Area Public School students enjoy a lesson outdoors. Right: A Queen Elizabeth Public School – Sarnia student works on math equations on a large whiteboard. Other students practice in chalk.

In the Virtual Learn at Home Elementary School, students and teachers explore numerous topics, including Quebec City, learning about single-use plastics, creating art and honouring former local Chatham-Kent resident Mary Ann Shadd Cary (an educator, publisher, abolitionist who was featured on the Google Doodle on her birthday on October 9). A plaque dedicated to Shadd Cary is located in Chatham and her printing press is at the local Buxton Historic Museum.

Left: Zone Township Public School Grade 8 students learn about plant and animal cells with microscopes. Right: The virtual schools provide a unique opportunity for students to connect across the district. McNaughton Avenue Public School students work collaboratively and learn about coding with Virtual Learn at Home Elementary students.

November 2-6 was Treaties Recognition Week. This year, the LKDSB Indigenous Education Team continued to focus on increasing awareness and understanding of Wampum Belts and their importance to understanding treaties and treaty relationships in Canada.

Left: A Naahii Ridge Public School student shows the Wampum Belt they created. Center: Queen Elizabeth II Public School – Sarnia students display their Wampum Belts, with a sign that "We are Treaty People." Right: Tilbury District High School Grade 10 students create two row Wampums.

Take Our Kids to Work Day went virtual this year. On November 4, Grade 9 students across the LKDSB engaged in virtual career exploration and information sessions in their classrooms.

Above: Lambton Central Collegiate & Vocational Institute music students virtually explored various skills, educational pathways and career aspects of a professional musician and educator.

Across the Lambton Kent District School Board, schools commemorated Remembrance Day on November 11 to honour Canadians who served during times of war and on peacekeeping missions. Throughout the LKDSB, flags were lowered to half-mast in recognition of Remembrance Day.

Top left: Mooretown Courtright Public School students create artwork for a school bulletin board. Bottom left: Dawn Euphemia Public School students create wreaths of poppies and decorate a bulletin board. Right: A Bright's Grove Public School student played bagpipes during a virtual assembly for the school.

The Noelle's Gift foundation has donated a total of $125,000 to the Lambton Kent and St. Clair Catholic district school boards to support students and families in need in 2020. The $125,000 donation from Noelle's Gift is shared among the two school boards to purchase eyeglasses, clothing, food, medicine and medical equipment. The funds are dispersed independently by the two school boards and requests are processed quickly to help families in need.

LKDSB schools participated in Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week from November 16-20, 2020 to promoting safe, welcoming and inclusive learning and work environments. During this week, students, staff and parents/guardians were encouraged to learn more about bullying and its effect on student learning and well-being, as well as awareness and prevention strategies. LKDSB also raised awareness about cyberbullying as part of LKDSB’s participation in K-12 Cyber Awareness Month to help students stay safe online.

Left: High Park Public School bulletin board is covered in positive messaging to promote bullying awareness and prevention. Right: Harwich Raleigh Public School share an “Ocean of Thankfulness” bulletin board where student and staff post messages of appreciation and recognition about acts of kindness.

On November 17, the LKDSB Parent Involvement Committee hosted an online conference with Dr. Karyn Gordon. The topic was Building Confidence and was attended virtually by 166 participants. The image on the left was taken by one of the participants of their computer screen. It was a wonderful event and we received a lot of positive feedback about the content and the virtual platform, which allowed many families to participate.