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Join us in celebrating diversity and inclusion! #UGIncludesPride?

Montgomery Village PS celebrates community members at GrandPals Gala http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/montgomery-village-ps-celebrates-community-members-at-grandpals-gala/ Fri, 31 May 2019 18:36:07 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13403 May 31, 2019

ORANGEVILLE, Ontario – Students and staff at Montgomery Village Public School visited Chartwell Montgomery Village Retirement Residence on May 30 to celebrate the annual GrandPals Gala.

GrandPals brings together students and seniors, bridging generations and offering rich intergenerational programming. Students and seniors meet regularly throughout the school year, asking questions, sharing stories and developing friendships.

The GrandPals initiative was started several years ago at Montgomery Village PS and has evolved year after year to continue this special learning opportunity. The GrandPals project now takes place in multiple Dufferin area schools.

Montgomery Village GrandPals Gala 2019

During the GrandPals Gala, 17 groups of students shared stories about their GrandPal. Family members and GrandPals in the audience heard stories written by each student about the life experiences of their GrandPal. Story topics included war, adoption, travel, love and marriage, loss and more.

The Gala concluded with a BBQ Dinner and sing along for everyone in attendance.

The bond between students and their GrandPal could be felt across the room and many students said they wish to continue a relationship with their GrandPal after the school year ends.

Aberfoyle PS participates in school-wide planting project http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/aberfoyle-ps-participates-in-school-wide-planting-project/ Fri, 31 May 2019 15:50:29 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13395 May 31, 2019

ABERFOYLE, Ontario – Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project.

As part of the School Council’s greening initiative, the school is turning a portion of the yard into a learning garden. A landscape architect has worked with school staff, students and the School Council to help them get ready for the planting stage.

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Throughout the day, each class had a chance to visit the site of the garden and help make it a beautiful learning environment by planting the garden’s plants.

The goal of this garden is to provide an interactive outdoor learning space for students and staff. According to School Council member Meghan Davey, grade 7 and 8 students at the school have been hard at work making bug catchers for students to use outside in this space to help them learn.

Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project. Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project. Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project.

Funding for the garden and its plants came from a PRO Grant and many fundraisers at the school.

This garden is just one of the spaces that will be created through the greening initiative.

Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project. Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project. Students and staff were dressed for the sunshine on May 31 and eager to participate in a school-wide planting project. ]]>
UGDSB students win gold at Skills Canada Nationals http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/ugdsb-students-win-gold-at-skills-canada-nationals/ Thu, 30 May 2019 19:46:02 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13391 May 30, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Two students from the Upper Grand District School Board have won gold at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Jade and Kyle, both students at Centre Wellington DHS in Fergus, travelled to Halifax this week for the Nationals, after winning gold at the provincial Skills Ontario competition.

On May 28 and 29, high school students from across the county competed in the multi-trade and technology competition.

CWDHS students Jade and Kyle won gold at the Skills Canada National Competition, May 2019. CWDHS students Jade and Kyle won gold at the Skills Canada National Competition, May 2019.

Kyle won gold in Job Skill Demonstration, where he taught the skill of TV Video, and Jade won gold in Workplace Safety. They were both coached by CWDHS teacher Jenny Ritter.

Back in September, Jenny asked Kyle and Jade if they would be interested in competing at Skills. She knew both of them had the potential to do well and they readily agreed. They spent a lot of time practicing – during lunch hours, after school, on weekends – and this continued in Halifax right up until the competition itself. Jenny said that both students worked extremely hard and seeing them both make the podium in the Employability sector was such a thrill.

CWDHS students Jade and Kyle won gold at the Skills Canada National Competition, May 2019.

Kyle and Jade are moving on to post-secondary next year where they will both enter programs that connect to what they did at Skills.

Congratulations Jade and Kyle!

GCVI receives multiple awards at University of Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/gcvi-receives-multiple-awards-at-university-of-waterloo-electric-vehicle-challenge/ Thu, 30 May 2019 14:16:07 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13383 May 30, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – A year of hard work has paid off for Guelph CVI’s Electric Vehicle Team.

On Saturday May 25, GCVI SHSM students competed at the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge.

The annual event, hosted by Waterloo Engineering, encourages students to design and test their own electric car in an endurance competition.

The students worked hard all year to design, fabricate, program, machine, assemble, wire and test all three of the school’s vehicles that ran in this year’s competition. This year also featured GCVI’s new front wheel design, a first in its class.

On Saturday May 25, 2019, GCVI SHSM students competed at the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge. On Saturday May 25, 2019, GCVI SHSM students competed at the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge. On Saturday May 25, 2019, GCVI SHSM students competed at the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge.

GCVI Manufacturing teacher Matt Lyle said that the work the students put in this year really paid off. The team was awarded both the Dennis Weishar Engineering Design Award for excellence in Engineering design and the Toyota Fabrication & Manufacturing Award for excellence in vehicle construction.

This is the third year in a row that the school has won the Manufacturing category and the second consecutive year for Engineering.

Congratulations to the EV Team!

On Saturday May 25, 2019, GCVI SHSM students competed at the Waterloo Electric Vehicle Challenge.

Mono-Amaranth PS celebrates kindness with Kind Club http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/mono-amaranth-ps-celebrates-kindness-with-kind-club/ Thu, 30 May 2019 12:30:05 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13374 May 30, 2019

MONO, Ontario – Students and staff at Mono-Amaranth Public School are celebrating kindness through the school’s Kind Club.

This great initiative started a year ago when teacher Leana Todd saw a need for an inclusive space in the school that promoted positivity and friendship.

Grade 8 students Molly and Alysha are members of this club, read what they have to say about what the club means to them.

The Kind Campaign has made an enormous impact throughout our school environment, particularly among the girls, this past year. It has inspired us girls from Mono-Amaranth Public School to treat one another as equals and with kindness and to put aside our differences and embrace individuality.

The campaign began as a presentation for all girls from grades six to eight, and displayed the aggressive and competitive behaviours of girls nationwide [through] a documentary. This film challenged us to consider the fact that we are all a part of something bigger together and pushed forward the idea that putting other girls down just puts us ALL down. By exchanging compliments and apology notes, we personally felt moved by this presentation and felt a new bond form with our fellow girls.

Following this presentation, a club was offered that allowed us further opportunity to discuss insecurities, friendships and the struggles of being a girl with similar people in a safe, welcoming environment. We read articles about bullying, discussed how the media influences our feelings, and were able to connect on a personal level and form new friendships.

Our school was kind enough to provide funding for team t-shirts, which could not have been possible without the teacher in charge, Mlle Todd. She has supported us through our Kind Campaign journey and provided a safe and accepting place that has made a lasting impact and impression in the community of girls at Mono-Amaranth Public School.


PMPS and TEPS win Upper Grand mental health contest http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/pmps-and-teps-win-upper-grand-mental-health-contest/ Wed, 29 May 2019 19:20:21 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13380 May 29, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – Two UGDSB schools are being recognized for the work they did in raising awareness during this year’s Mental Health and Well-Being Week.

The board’s Mental Health Week Committee held a Twitter contest asking schools to share how they were celebrating Mental Health Week, using the hashtag #MHUG.

There were so many wonderful entries that the committee ended up with a tie for first place.

Princess Margaret Public School in Orangeville and Taylor Evans Public School in Guelph tied for first place, recognizing not only the work they did during Mental Health Week, but all of the work that happens on an ongoing basis to support the mental health and well-being of staff and students.

Board Meeting Highlights for May 2019 http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/board-meeting-highlights-for-may-2019/ Wed, 29 May 2019 13:56:49 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13373 For Immediate Release
May 29, 2019

GUELPH, Ontario – The May meeting of the Upper Grand District School Board was held on May 28, 2019. The following provides highlights from the meeting.

Elementary Principal/Vice-Principal Transfers and Appointments

The following Principal transfers are effective Sept. 3, 2019:

  • Saskia Marquis from Ken Danby PS to Victoria Terrace PS
  • Blair Conrad from Waverley Drive PS to Ken Danby PS
  • Natasha Skerritt from Sir Isaac Brock PS to Salem PS
  • Chad Guyitt from Eramosa PS to Sir Isaac Brock PS
  • Tammy Reiner from Grand Valley & District PS (acting) to Drayton PS
  • Rhonda Gingrich from Centre Peel PS to Victoria Cross PS
  • Christine Kay from June Avenue PS to Centre Peel PS
  • Shannon Spike from Princess Margaret PS to Alma PS
  • Mark Turner from Princess Margaret PS (acting) to Princess Margaret PS
  • Brent Ellery from Elora PS to Montgomery Village PS
  • Curt McQueen from W.C. Winegard PS to Elora PS
  • Rochelle Murray-Cako from Central PS to W.C. Winegard PS
  • Donna McMillan from Harris Mill PS to Central PS

The following Principal appointments are effective Sept. 3, 2019:

  • Amy Ewing from Waverley Drive PS (VP) to Waverley Drive PS
  • Trisha Drohan-Brodeur from Jean Little PS (VP) to Eramosa PS
  • Jill Woytko from Kortright Hills PS (VP) to June Avenue PS
  • Tim Dickieson from Westminster Woods PS (VP) to Maryborough PS
  • Carla Anderson from John Galt PS (VP) to Victory PS
  • Shashana Hare from Paisley Road PS (VP) to Harris Mill PS

The following Vice-Principal transfers are effective Sept. 3, 2019:

  • Andrew Cloutier from Westwood PS to Westminster Woods PS
  • Jason Boyce from Arthur PS to Minto-Clifford PS
  • Barbra Tomkins from Princess Elizabeth PS to Arthur PS
  • Dan Ardis from Hyland Heights ES to Princess Elizabeth PS
  • Andrea Papavasiliou from Princess Margaret PS to Hyland Heights ES
  • Lindsey Tremblay from King George PS to John Galt PS
  • Shan Robertson from Brisbane PS to Island Lake PS

The following Vice-Principal appointments are effective Sept. 3, 2019:

  • Jennifer Oussoren to Waverley Drive PS
  • Deanne Prins to Jean Little PS
  • Dawn Airdrie-Donovan to Elora PS
  • Jackie Irwin to Kortright Hills PS
  • Ibrahim Akyol to Westwood PS
  • Kelley Jones to King George PS
  • Sheena Grinwis to Paisley Road PS
  • Blayne Primeau to Rickson Ridge PS
  • Marianne Millsap to Centennial Hylands PS

Mental Health Week Update

The UGDSB’s Mental Health and Addictions Lead Jenny Marino provided an update on Child and Youth Mental Health Week. Mental Health Week was celebrated at all UGDSB schools and offices from May 6-10. A committee with representatives from staff and community organizations met several times to plan activities and resources for the week. The committee held focus groups with students ahead of Mental Health Week to learn more about what resources would be beneficial to students. Schools were provided with resources including mental health and wellness activity charts, announcements, handouts and additional resources. The themes for this year’s Mental Health Week were Celebrate YOU: Building Confidence, Connection and Wellness, and Have a SUPER Week, focusing on social connections, understanding emotions, personal health, empathy and resilience. All UGDSB schools hold events and initiatives that focus on mental health and well-being throughout the year, however Mental Health Week provides an additional opportunity to come together to raise awareness for child and youth mental health and well-being.

New Guelph Secondary School – Building Project Report

Capital & Renewal Projects Department staff presented the New Guelph Secondary School Building Project Report, in accordance with Policy 309.

As background, the UGDSB’s submission of its 2017-18 Capital Priorities included a request to the Ministry of Education to build a new 1,200 pupil place secondary school in Guelph. In the spring of 2018, the Ministry announced their approval of funding for the board to proceed with a new 900 pupil place secondary school. The project was approved to address accommodation pressures in the board’s existing Guelph high schools.

The Building Project Report outlines the size, type and scope of the new Guelph secondary school project, as well as a target budget for the project and preliminary timelines.

Based on the estimated time to complete the design work, obtain site plan approval and tender at an appropriate time, it is anticipated that the school will be completed for September 2022. The project architect for the new school will be obtained through a procurement process and presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration, in accordance with Policy 308.?

Policy Updates

Trustees approved the following revised board policies: 502 Child Abuse and Protection and 606 Assessment and Evaluation. The following protocol was received for information: P12 Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention Protocol.

Trustees approved the release of draft Policy 203 Video Surveillance for public consultation. The board is seeking feedback on this draft policy until June 28, 2019. To review the draft documents and provide your feedback, please visit http://www.wedoitech.com/board/policy/policy-203-video-surveillance/.

To view all UGDSB policies and procedures, and to provide feedback on draft policies, visit?www.wedoitech.com/policy.

The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Tues. June 25, 2019, at the Guelph Board Office, 500 Victoria Road North. Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Glenbrook ES raises money for Headwaters Health through annual Glenbrook Gives assembly http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/glenbrook-es-raises-money-for-headwaters-health-through-annual-glenbrook-gives-assembly/ Tue, 28 May 2019 18:31:08 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13365 May 28, 2019

SHELBURNE, Ontario – On May 27, students and staff at Glenbrook Elementary School showed their school spirit by shaving, cutting or dying their hair for a great cause in their community.

Glenbrook Gives started six years ago when Viola, then a student in grade 1, told her teacher Mrs. O’Connor that she wanted to donate her hair to kids who have lost their hair during cancer treatment.

Mrs. O’Connor, along with school staff Tami Bye and Heather Mavins, helped Viola coordinate a hair donation event for all staff and students called Glenbrook Gives and therefore an annual tradition was born at Glenbrook ES.

Over the past five years, Glenbrook Gives has given Pantene’s ‘Beautiful Lengths’ program more than 40 hair donations. This year, the school donated nine ponytails to?Locks of Love, which provides real hair wigs to financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair during cancer treatment, or those who have alopecia.?

Additionally, last year because of their generosity, Glenbrook Gives received an honorary plaque from Headwaters Health Care Foundation for having raised more than $10,000 for the development and maintenance of Headwaters Hospital’s new chemotherapy suite.

At this year’s event, staff and students pledged to donate 10 inches of hair to Locks of Love, by either cutting their hair or shaving their head. Students could also raise money by pledging to colour their hair.?

At this year’s event, Viola spoke?to the students about how and why the Glenbrook Gives event began. Headwaters Health Care Foundation representatives Jenn Davies and Lynn Armstrong showed?the students pictures of the chemotherapy suite and what the funds raised have provided for patients.

This event saw more than 65 students and staff colour their hair, nine shave their heads and nine donate 10 inches of hair. This event also raised more than $4,800 for Headwaters Health Care Foundation.

Students and staff at the school would like to thank Drew Clark from Lemon and Ginger Hair Salon for making all of the hair donors look amazing after the big cut.

Great job Glenbrook!

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CDDHS hosted 18th annual Hair Off for Headwaters event http://www.wedoitech.com/blog/cddhs-hosted-18th-annual-hair-off-for-headwaters-event/ Tue, 28 May 2019 18:14:27 +0000 http://www.wedoitech.com/?p=13362 May 28, 2019

SHELBURNE, Ontario – On May 23, Centre Dufferin District High School hosted their 18th annual Hair Off for Headwaters assembly and fundraiser at the school.

This event began 18 years ago when a former teacher was diagnosed with cancer and, through his experience, he saw a need for more funding to keep quality cancer care local.

The Grade 12 Business Leadership class at the school organized this event. Students purchased tickets to attend the assembly, which featured staff and students getting their hair cut or shaved by local stylists who donated their time.

At the end of the assembly, the hair was sent away to be made into wigs for cancer patients.

During the assembly, several teachers received a pie to the face in recognition of their class meeting the goal of contributing at least $100 to the donation.

At the end of the assembly, the school had raised $4,800 for the cancer care unit at Headwaters Hospital in Orangeville.

In total over the past 18 years, CDDHS has donated more than $156,000 to the Headwaters Hospital Oncology Department.

Great job Centre Dufferin DHS!

Hair off participants CDDHS