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Recent events in the HRSB

Millwood O2 teacher recognized

Sackville-Beaver Bank MLA Stephen Gough recently visited Millwood
High to present O2 teacher Shane Shaw with a proclamation that was
read in the House of Assembly. The proclamation was written by Alisha
Miller, a O2 student at Millwood.

Citadel High girls run club a success

Citadel High School started an all girls run club in March with the goal
to inspire and encourage teenage girls to get active, regardless of their
fitness level. Pictured above are some of the members after running in
the Bluenose Marathon.

BBMD enjoys bike to school day

Beaver Bank Monarch Drive Elementary held a bike to school day
recently. As you can see from the above photo, many of the students
took the opportunity to pedal to school on this day.

Halifax West unveils student painting

Students at Halifax West, in collaboration with local artist Melissa Marr,
have created an amazing painting in their school. Participating in the
project were students in Visual Arts and Oceans 11 along with Oceans
teacher, Tim Kennedy and Visual Arts teacher, Rosemarie Perry. As
part of the brainstorming to weave together curriculum outcomes for the
two courses, HWHS adopted a whale through Briar Island and 'Sockeye',|
a popular 16-foot humpback whale, became a major part of the installation.

The students and teachers put in an eight hour shift on a Saturday to make
this happen and even principal, Tim Simony, pitched in with painting from a
scaffolding perch! Halifax West would like to thank ArtsSmarts for the opportunity.

Eric Graves Supports BoxRun

Former Canadian amateur boxing champion and three-time Olympian
Mike Strange visited Eric Graves Jr. High as part of his campaign to
knockout childhood cancer. Mike is currently running 90 marathons in 90
days and the event at Eric Graves marked marathon number 33. In
support, the school raised $500 to donate to Mike's Charitable foundation,

C.P. Allen Celebrates First Year

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey
visited Charles P. Allen High School on June 11 to celebrate the school's
first year and "officially open" the new building.

Minister Casey is pictured above with local HRSB member Steve Warburton
and CPA principal Stephanie Bird.

Springvale Welcomes World Series Trophy

Springvale Elementary hosted a special guest recently. The 2013 World
Series trophy. The trophy was brought to the province by the Bluenose
Bosox Brotherhood and the Nova Scotia Tourism Association. Pictured
above is Ms. Davis and her grade 1 class.

SJAM Loves Reading

St. Joseph's - A. McKay School recently received an Indigo Love of Reading
grant that will provide the school with $67,000 over the next three years
to upgrade their library.

Lieutenant Governor's Medals

Thirty (30) Grade 11 students received Lieutenant Governor Education
Medals at an awards ceremony on June 3 at Charles P. Allen High School.

His Honour Brigadier-General The Honourable J.J. Grant presented
the medals to one female student and one male student from each high
school in the Halifax Regional School Board who has demonstrated
outstanding leadership, service to their community and commendable
academic performance. For a list of medal recipients, click here to read
the news release.

Service Learning Week

During the week of June 2-6, schools across Nova Scotia will be
showcasing their service learning projects. Service learning focuses on
student engagement through active participation, hands-on problem
solving and community involvement. Service Learning creates opportunities
for students to participate in meaningful education by meeting outcomes and
giving back to the community.

Schools throughout HRSB participated in the showcase and included projects
such as picnic table construction for elementary schools, making doll houses
for patient use at the IWK and the planting of community gardens. For more
information on Service Learning Week visit

JL Ilsley Student Wins Gold

Robert MacDonald, a grade 11 student
at JL Ilsley High School, won a gold
medal at the National Science Fair
in Windsor, Ontario.

Robert competed against 500 other
senior level competitors at the national
competition. His presentation was on
Severe Tornado Outbreaks: Finding
Mechanical and Thermodynamic
. In addition, Robert
received scholarship offers from several
universities. Congratulations!



Heritage Fair a Great Success

Twenty seven students in grades 4-9 participated in the regional Heritage
Fair recently. Pictured above are some of the proud award winners.
Seven students finalists will be going to the provincial Fair on May 29
and 30 at Saint Mary’s University. Congratulations and good luck!

Milestone Recipients Recognized

One hundred and fifty six staff members were recognized for their long
service, signifying at least 25 years of employment, at a reception on
May 15. Pictured above is Superintendent Elwin LeRoux with Wanda
Mercer, Elizabeth Fraser and Ernest Simmonds who each received their
40-year pin. Congratulations to all!

Inglis students celebrate Film Day

Students at Inglis Street Elementary School had an opportunity on April 29
to view several films from the National Film Board of Canada, in recognition
of National Canadian Film Day.

Every day is Earth Day at O'Connell Drive

Students at O'Connell Drive Elementary recognized Earth Day in a number
of ways. The grade 4/5 Gillie class performed a puppet show for each class
in the school entitled "Planetpals". Students were encouraged to save
electricity, conserve water, plant trees, pack "litterless" lunches and bike to school.

Aladdin comes to life at John W. MacLeod - Fleming Tower

John W. MacLeod - Fleming Tower School recently presented Disney’s
Aladdin. This musical was a colourful and spectacular success thanks
to the dedication of students, staff and volunteers!

Principal for a Day

Dylan had the opportunity to be Principal for a Day at Tantallon Senior
Elementary School recently. During his tenure, he had the opportunity to
discuss the possibility of introducing a school uniform as seen above.
The idea seems to have been well received by current principal Rick Hooke.

Education Week Recipients

Three HRSB teachers and a board member received Education Week
Awards on April 22. They were recognized for epitomizing this year's
theme, Active Citizenship: Get Involved, Take Action, Be the Difference.
Congratulations to Melinda Daye, African Nova Scotian board member and
teachers Melanie Kennedy (Auburn Drive High School), Debbie MacDonald
(Prince Andrew High School) and Carol McGillivray (Halifax Central Junior High)
on receiving these awards.

Faces of HRSB Concours d’art oratoire 2014

These students are some of the winners of the regional French Public
Speaking competition - Concours d'art oratoire. Participants in this
competition range from grades 5-12. Congratulations to all who will
represent HRSB at the provincial competition on April 28 at Mount Saint Vincent.

Flûte Alors! visits Harry R. Hamilton

The Montreal-based recorder ensemble, Flûte Alors! performed for students
at Harry R Hamilton Elementary School recently as part of their Debut
Atlantic Tour. Grade 6 student, Jasmine, remarked that, "Flûte Alors! take
recorder to a whole new level and are passionate about their playing,
broadening our perspective of the recorder!” Bravo! Pictured here with
ensemble members are grade four students Andrew and Rebecca.

Shatford Holds Annual Art Show

The 6th Annual Shatford Memorial Grade 5/6 Art Show was held at the
Trellis Café in Hubbards recently. Local artist Jan Shilletto has worked
with students all year and helped them discover Canadian art and artists.
Several themes were in mind when the students created their works
including, Emily Carr, Inuit style, William Brymner, William Kerelek, and
Maud Lewis. A special thank you Trellis Café owner Steven Parsons for
hosting the event.

Brookside Celebrates Purple Day

The staff and students at Brookside Junior High were joined by some
special guests on March 26 to help them kick off Purple Day. Purple Day
was started in 2008 by grade 9 student Cassidy Megan to raise awareness
about epilepsy and it is now celebrated in over 70 countries. Pictured above
is Cassidy, her mother Angela and Brookside principal Joanne Kirkpatrick along
with Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister of Education & Early Childhood
Development Karen Casey and Timberlea-Prospect MLA Iain Rankin.

Dance Marathon raises $21,000

Sackville High School raised more than $21,000 during their first ever
Dance Marathon in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital,
the IWK. More than 1,000 students, from 14 schools participated.
Click here to read the news release.

Ridgecliff Welcomes New Friends

Ridgecliff Middle School welcomed a group of nine Grade 6 students and
their teacher from Suzhou, China on March 24 for a 3-month program.
Students are living with families in the community and are here to learn
about Canadian culture and language.

The school is excited for the exchange of culture and the Grade 6 Ridgecliff
students were thrilled to welcome the new students to their school.
Hello and Welcome "Ni Hao" "Huanyíng" to our new friends from China!

Bang the Drum

Students from Graham Creighton Junior High perform African drumming
during a youth-led African heritage event at the Black Culture Centre.
The students, part of the Discovering Opportunities program at Graham
Creighton, spent the day involved in a series of activities with police
officers from the RCMP and Halifax Regional Police.

Basinview Rocks!

Basinview Drive Community School is nominated for an East Coast Music
Award in the Children’s Recording of the Year category. "Basinview Rocks,"
produced by Keith Mullins and directed by Carol Coutts, is a collaboration
between all 500 students and 10 Canadian singer-songwriters. The
students will perform on Saturday, April 5 at the Confederation Court Mall
in Charlottetown as part of the ECMA's Children's Showcase. Way to go!

Students receive Respectful Citizenship Awards

Two HRSB students, Grace Whebby who attends Caledonia Jr. High and
Erin Brown from Prince Andrew High, recently received the Lieutenant
Governor's Respectful Citizenship Award. The award recognizes students
who demonstrate leadership and commitment to creating safe and inclusive
spaces, where bullying behaviour is not accepted, and respectful and
responsible relationships are promoted.

Students warm up with Zumba

The cold weather doesn't get students down at Grosvenor-Wentworth
Park Elementary. They heat up in the gym with Zumba at lunch.

LMST Students Create Wonderful Art

Grade six students in Mr. Morrison's art class at LeMarchant-St Thomas
created these symmetry portraits of Nelson Mandela. From top left to
bottom right, excellent work by Yurek, Olivia, Malcolm, Jack, Jay and Ben!

Viola Desmond Mural Unveiled

Dartmouth High students pose in front of a mural of Viola Desmond
created in African Studies 11 class, in partnership with local artist JoAnn
Napier-Chiasson from the Bridge Centre for Arts and Technology (BridgeCAT).

Welcome International Students

Sixty-six international students from 14 countries attended an orientation
event at the board office recently. They were accompanied by the student
ambassadors from their high schools. Students live with Canadian host
families and stay until the end of June. For information on becoming a host
family, click here.

Premier stops by Elizabeth Sutherland School

Elizabeth Sutherland School recently had a special guest drop by for a
visit. Premier Stephen McNeil spoke to the entire school at an assembly
on acceptance and then found time to read with the Primary class.Premier
McNeil is seen the photo above enjoying some time with his new friends.

SMBES Students Wear Love On Their Sleeves

The “Me to We” club at St. Margaret’s Bay Elementary are selling
Valentine pins and loom bracelets to raise money in support of
Free The Children’s Adopt a Village. Every pin comes with a card
that tells a story about how love can change the world. Students will wear
their love on their sleeve - literally - with eight inspiring button designs that
support, inspire and celebrate the power of love to break the cycle of
poverty. Unlike flowers or a box of chocolates, it’s a gift that will last a lifetime.

When We Connect the Dots

Mr. Piercey's Grade 6 class at Tantallon Senior Elementary School recently
completed this mural using dominos to celebrate Martin Luther King's
birthday and African Heritage Month.

Students Say Thank You to CHDHS

Cole Harbour District High School recently said goodbye to some
international students who came to Nova Scotia to further their education.
Pictured above are students from Brazil and Turkey thanking Principal
Debbie Rowsell for a wonderful learning experience.

Snowshoeing at Shatford Memorial

Students at Shatford Memorial recently enjoyed snowshoeing during
their physical education classes. Featured in the photo are primary and
grade one students.

One of Canada's Outstanding Principals

Amy MacLeod, principal of Ash Lee Jefferson Elementary, has been
named one of Canada’s outstanding principals by The Learning Partnership.
Amy is one of 40 principals to be honoured this year and the only one
from Nova Scotia.

To read the news release from The Learning Partnership, click here.

From Me to We at Atlantic View

On January 17, the “We Club “ at Atlantic View Elementary held a popcorn
sale in support of the local SPCA. After lots of “popping,” the crew raised
$135.50. The students are making arrangements to deliver the cheque in
support of caring for animals in need. A great example of Atlantic View
students going from "Me to We!"

OPA Students Sing in the New Year

Some Oyster Pond Academy students had the opportunity of a lifetime
on New Year's Eve joining local band Blueberry Grunt onstage to perform
at the Grand Parade. The students, in grades 3 through 9, are members
of the school's choir.

Justice Minister launches campaign at FJH

Justice Minister Peter MacKay was at Fairview Junior High on January 9
to launch a national campaign to raise awareness about cyberbullying and
the possible legal consequences of using the internet to torment people.

His School Has His Back

Eamon is a grade 5 student at Grosvenor-Wentworth Park School. On
January 16, 2011, he was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Eamon
wanted to build awareness for the disease by having an Orange Day at
his school. Two years later, on the date he was diagnosed, his entire
school came together to support him by wearing orange. The message
they shared? Eamon, we've got your back!

Bringing the African Nova Scotian Experience to the Classroom

On January 16, local author George Borden was at Dartmouth High School
to launch I Never Heard Their Cry! a selection of his poems. Mr. Borden has
donated his poetry collection to the Department of Education and Early
Childhood Development so it can be shared with Nova Scotia students.

Mr. Borden is pictured above with Dartmouth High student Derice Dixon
following a selected reading from the book.

Hands On Learning

Fourteen students from 11 HRSB high schools recently got a crash
course in sea survival training at CFB Stadacona. They are spending one
day a week learning more about careers in DND as part of their co-op program.

Kielburgers Say Thanks

Craig and Marc Kielburger, co-founders of Free The Children, sent us
some videos to say thanks to all the students who are acting as agents
of social change and to the school who participated in We Day.

Click on the above pictures to listen to their inspirational messages.
The videos may take a moment or two to load. If you are unable to view,
you will need to install QuickTime on your computer.

CHDHS Supports Local Families

Cole Harbour District High School (CHDHS) student council representatives,
Ryan Gallant and Lindsey Gullickson recently presented the Cole Harbour
Fire Department with a cheque for $1000. The money was used to support
150 local families during the holiday season. The money was raised through
two events: cosmic bingo and a teacher-student hockey game. Well done, CHDHS!

HRSB Students Stuff Buses for Feed NS

Special thanks to students at Inglis Street School who helped stuff
a Metro Transit bus with non-perishable food items for Feed Nova Scotia
recently! Fourteen HRSB schools took part in the annual food drive.
Thank you all for your generosity!

Toy Sale for the Philippines at SHCS

When students at Sheet Harbour Consolidated School heard about the
devastation in the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan, they wanted
to help. Mrs. Glawson's Grade 5 class organized a used toy sale during
lunch hour in late November. The students donated their own toys and
sold them at the school. They also put out a collection jar for spare change.
They raised $621.82 for the Canadian Red Cross. Well done, students!

Behind the Scenes at CPA's Breakfast Program

Learning Centre students at CP Allen recently participated in filming a
video about the school's breakfast program. Mrs. Emanuel's students
shop for the groceries and prepare breakfast for CPA students five days
a week as part of their food science class. Thanks for giving your peers
a healthy start to the day!

LMST Students Place 2nd in Youth Running Series

Congratulations to the running team at Le Marchant St. Thomas (LMST)!
The team placed 2nd in the Doctors NS Youth Running Series, based
on number of participants. The team received $750 to purchase sports
equipment to encourage healthy, active lifestyles. LMST will buy bags
with basketballs, footballs, soccer balls and frisbees for each classroom.
LMST students will participate again in the spring and hope to come in
first place! Well done!

French Teacher Honoured by Parents

Gilles Boudreau, core French teacher at Brookhouse Elementary
School, was recently recognized by Canadian Parents for French as
2013 French Second Language Education Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations Gilles!

Shannon Park Students Honour the Life of Nelson Mandela

Students in Grade 5 Figg at Shannon Park Elementary School
commemorated the life of the great Nelson Mandela through art.
Mandela passed away at age 95 on Thursday, December 5th.

HRSB Staff Member & Student Receive Recognition for Human Rights Work

Congratulations to HRSB Facilitator Sheila Lucas and Halifax West
Grade 12 student Brandon Finyanos who were both recognized by the
Human Rights Commission on Tuesday, December 10. They were among
6 Nova Scotians honoured for their work promoting human rights in the

Brandon became involved in community work in 2009 with the Olympic
torch relay and at the multicultural festival in 2010. He has volunteered
with the Salvation Army, Halifax Regional Police Youth Program,
Cops 'n Kids Camp, Gay Straight Alliance and in 2013, he was accepted
into Canada's first Youth Ambassador's Program with the United States.

Sheila Lucas is a facilitator with the African Nova Scotian Student Support
Workers program. Her role is to reach out to African Nova Scotian students
and offer help and guidance with the barriers they experience. Sheila supports,
leads, assists and mentors her team. Her commitment has helped keep
many students finish high school.

Congratulations to you both!

HRSB Schools Support Feed NS Through Stuff-a-Bus Campaign

Schools throughout the Halifax Regional School Board participated in
Metro Transit's annual Stuff-a-Bus campaign in support of Feed
Nova Scotia on Friday, December 6.

Photo: (above) Colby Village Elementary students load the bus with
their school's donation boxes. Students and staff brought in thousands
of non-perishable food items for the food drive. The bus driver almost
had to ask for a second bus to cart it away!

Photo: (above): Students at East St. Margaret's School participate in their
first Stuff-a-Bus day. Thanks to all of our families for donating an
overwhelming amount of food to Feed Nova Scotia. Well done!

C100 Donates $25,000 to Junior High School Music Programs

Junior high students in nine schools within the Halifax Regional School
Board are benefiting from a $25,000 donation from C100 to support
school music programs. The donation has been divided among the
following schools: Cunard, Duncan MacMillan, Elizabeth Sutherland,
Musquodoboit Rural High, Halifax Central, Highland Park, H.T. Barrett,
John Martin and Sir Robert Borden.

The funding has been used at each school’s discretion to support their
music and band programs. To celebrate the donation, Brad, Peter and
Moya from the C100 Breakfast Club have been visiting schools to meet
the students and teachers and present a cheque on behalf of C100.

Thank you, C100!

HRSB Students Still Talking About We Day!

More than 3500 HRSB students earned tickets to We Day on
November 27 at the Halifax Metro Centre. They earned their tickets
through service to their communities.

Photos: Nelson Whynder Elementary students (above); Dutch
Settlement Elementary School students (below).

Thank you to all who participated in We Day!

Students Raise Money for New Bike Racks

The Clayton Park Junior High (CPJH) Special Projects Committee has
been hard at work this fall, fundraising to purchase two new bike racks
for the school. CPJH appreciates all the support received to make this
happen. The school invites parents and guardians to contact CPJH with
more great ideas to enrich the school community! Congratulations
students, on a job well done!

HRSB Students Inspired by We Day!

More than 3500 students from 113 HRSB schools participated in the
first ever We Day Atlantic at the Halifax Metro Centre on Wednesday,
November 27. It was a day of great inspiration, energy and motivation
to be the change! Thank you to all who took part in this amazing day!

Photo: C.P. Allen students (above).

Photo: Sackville Heights students (above).

Photo: Cole Harbour District High School students (above).

Crichton Park Elementary School students (above).

To learn more about We Day, click here.

HRSB Schools Lend Hand With Haiyan Relief Efforts

Students in Grades 5 and 6 at Beaver Bank Monarch have joined together
with students in Grades 5 and 6 at Beaver Bank Kinsac to create images
for holiday cards as a thank you to those that donate to the Red Cross
relief efforts for the Philippines. Each card has two different students'
art work scanned onto the image of the ornaments. Inside, it reads
Happy Holidays in English and Tagalog (national language of the
Philippines). This was translated by a student in the class who moved
from the Philippines in August.

To purchase cards or make a donation please contact Andrew Casey.

Rays of Hope at Sambro - Ketch Harbour

When students at Sambro-Ketch Harbour Elementary heard about the
devastation of Typhoon Haiyan, they demanded to take action! Students
took it into their own hands to brainstorm and organize various fundraisers.
They came up with a campaign called “Rays of Hope” and created paper
suns with students’ names on them to display on the bulletin board.
Grade 5 students spent a recent PD day baking and individually
decorating (and packaging) gingerbread cookies to sell at school.
Local fisherman, hearing about their work, have donated lobster to the
students to use for fundraising efforts. Other students, along with their
families, have canvassed neighbours, family members and co-workers
to contribute to school wide efforts.

It has been a whirlwind of excitement and pride as students unite together
to make a difference in their lives of those less fortunate. In less than a
week, the school of 120 students collected more than $400! Well done,
Sambro-Ketch Harbour!

Ross Road Principals for the Day Meet Superintendent

Ross Road Elementary students Jillian (left) and Veroniqua (right)
both spent a day in the role of School Principal this week, taking over
Paul Mason's duties (left). As principals, Jillian and Veroniqua made
the morning announcements, toured the storage room at the school
and visited Superintendent Elwin LeRoux (right) at Central Office.

Jillian and Veroniqua said their most popular accomplishment of
the day was extending recess by 5 minutes.

Nourish Nova Scotia Launch at Halifax West

Food champions, supporters, partners, sponsors and colleagues recently
joined with staff and students from Halifax West High School to officially
launch Nourish Nova Scotia. This is a province-wide, non-profit
registered charitable organization supporting breakfast programs and
other food literacy programs for NS children and youth. Nourish NS
is the largest funder for all 95 HRSB breakfast programs. The plan is
for this support to eventually expand to other school meal programs
such as edible gardens, farm to school initiatives and cooking skills programs.

Nourish was created from a grass-roots level with community and
government stakeholders. Jill White, HRSB School Nutritionist, has
been involved in the building of the organization and sits on the
Board of Directors, pictured above. Health and Wellness Minister
Leo Glavine (middle) welcomed guests at the official launch.

To learn more about Nourish Nova Scotia, click here.

Celebrating Mi'kmaq Heritage Month at Cole Harbour District High

Cole Harbour District High School students in science and Mi'kmaq
Studies classes were recently treated to a lesson by NKwej'ij Selina.
NKwej'ij Selina considers herself a Blended Spirit from Mi'Kmaq,
African Nova Scotian and Scottish heritage. During Mi'kmaq History
Month, she spoke to students about the diversity of plants and their
medicinal uses in her culture, along with stewardship of our planet.

Students, Guidance Counsellor Help Build School in Ecuador

This past summer, three C.P. Allen High School students and a
Guidance Counsellor from Millwood High travelled to the Amazon in
Ecuador with Free the Children. They took part in the Adopt a Village
initiative, learning about the indigenous Kichwa culture and helping
to build a school for underprivileged children. They stayed in the
Minga Lodge in the Amazon jungle for ten days, and interacted with
and got to know the local children and women in the communities.

Millwood High School is presently raising money for a group of students
to travel to Ghana in the summer of 2015 to build a school with the Adopt
a Village program developed by Free the Children.

Photo (L-R): Breanna Clark (student), Lori Brown (Guidance Counsellor),
Abby Oyler (student) and Lauren Black (student).

Basinview's Principal for a Day

Basinview's Grade 4 student Demario recently expressed an interest in
becoming a school principal one day. He asked many interesting and
challenging questions about the role. Basinview Principal
Ken Marchand invited him to spend a day in the Principal's shoes.

Demario did so well in the role that Mr. Marchand has invited him to
mentor other students who may be interested spending the day as a
Student Principal. He is keen and excited about the opportunity.
Well done, Demario! (Look out, Mr. Marchand!)

HRSB Career Fair a Great Success!

More than 1000 high school students attended the Halifax Regional
School Board Career Fair on October 29th. The day was a tremendous
success and a wonderful opportunity for students to connect with the

On behalf of students and staff, HRSB sincerely thanks the many
community partners who were present that day and went the extra
mile in providing students with insight, advice and guidance on what the
future could hold for them. To see a list of participating community
partners, click here.

Photo: Auburn student describes his CAN Build It structure to judges
Dale Crawford, from the Department of Labour and Advanced Education,
HRSB Superintendent Elwin LeRoux and Diane Swinamer of Feed Nova Scotia.

Duncan MacMillan Remembers

Duncan MacMillan students, staff and community members took time to
honour Remembrance Day in a ceremony last week. Thank you to all
who took part.

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Staff from Grosvenor-Wentworth Park and Burton Ettinger schools took
part in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) training during an after school
session recently. NVCI sessions are offered to staff throughout the year.

Take Your Kid to Work Day

Rocky Lake Junior High School student Gaby Russell spent Take Your
Kid to Work Day
at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure
Renewal. During the day, Premier Stephen McNeil and Minister of
Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Geoff MacLellan paid Gaby a visit.

Skating Season for East St. Margaret's Students!

Skating season is back for students from East St. Margaret's Elementary!
Every Wednesday after school, students are invited to skate at the
St. Margaret's Bay Arena. This is a photo from the first skate of the season!

Symphony Nova Scotia: Music to Our Ears

Students, staff and community members of Caldwell Road Elementary
were recently treated to an amazing performance by Symphony Nova Scotia
as part of the Youth Concert series. The audience heard some extraordinary
music as well as learning lots about the instruments. Thank you,
Symphony Nova Scotia!

Humber Park Supports Terry Fox Foundation

Humber Park school recently presented a cheque to the Terry Fox
Foundation for $2077.65. This was money collected during our
Terry Fox run/walk. Pretty impressive for a school with 173 students!

From 1986 to 2012, Humber Park School has donated nearly $78,000 to
the Terry Fox Foundation, which clearly holds a special place in the heart
of our community. We are very proud of our students and their families!

Rocky Lake Junior High Students Top Math Competition

Congratulations to the students from Rocky Lake Junior High (RLJH) School
who competed in the Caribou Math Competition on October 16. Three RLJH
students placed in the top 5 in Nova Scotia, and one student placed first in
not only the country, but the world!

Johnny Ye (middle) placed first in the world! Suhwa Jo (left) placed 2nd
in the province and 12th in the world (both grade 9 students competing
in the Grades 9/10 category), and Hannah Casey (right) placed 3rd in the
province for the Grades 7/8 category.

Congratulations to all 24 of the RLJH students (above) who took part in
the competition! Countries that had students participating in this contest
include Canada, United States, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Germany,
China, Japan, Poland, Ecuador and the Czech Republic.

Special thanks to RLJH Math Teacher Tara Kenny for leading this learning
opportunity for students!

HRSB Schools Mark Mi'kmaq Heritage Month

Savannah Simon (above), a traditional dancer from The Red Road
Project gave a dynamic and informative presentation at John Martin
Junior High in celebration of Mi'kmaq Heritage Month. By the end of the
presentation students and staff were well informed of the key principals
of Mi’Kmaq history and culture, received the strong message of living a
positive substance-free lifestyle and were up and dancing around the
gym in a circle of unity.

Porters Lake Elementary has been celebrating! Using the Mi'kmaq History
Month posters, we have been participating in a daily quiz about Mi'kmaq
quillwork. Pictured (above) by the display are Grade 2 teacher
Mrs. Crawford and Grade 6 student Julia Weldon.

M'sit Nok'maq: All My Relations

The HRSB Mi’kmaq Aboriginal Student Support workers hosted a
Mi’kmaq/Aboriginal Cultural Event, in celebration of Mi’kmaq History
Month this week. The title of the event was M’sit Nok’maq, meaning
All My Relations in Mi’kmaq. Junior and senior high school students
gathered at Prince Andrew High School for student-led presentations
about Mi'kmaq history and culture.

Featured guests included the All Nations Drum Group, Savannah Simon
from the Red Road Youth Project, Chappel Island Musician Brandon
Johnson and Jessica Rose from the Kitpu Youth Program.

Special thanks to the Mi'kmaq Aboriginal Student Support workers
Michele Graveline (pictured left), Diane Obed (pictured right), Patricia
Voisey, Shelley Young and Derek Hennessey for organizing the event.

19th Annual Africentric PD Day

Educators, parents/guardians and interested community members from
across Nova Scotia gathered at Graham Creighton Junior High School
on Friday, October 25th for the 19th Annual Africentric Professional
Development Day. The theme of the day was Cultural Proficiency from
an Africentric Perspective.

St. Joseph's A. McKay Students Celebrate Mi'kmaq Heritage Month

Students at St. Joseph's A. McKay recently visited the Glooscap Heritage
Centre in Truro where they learned elements of the Mi'kmaw alphabet.
This is one of the many activities they took part in to honour Mi'kmaq
Heritage Month.

Meet the HRSB's Student Advisors

The HRSB has two student advisors who sit as non-voting members of
the Governing Board to provide fellow board members with input and
advice. Pictured above are the Student Advisors for the 2013-2014
school year, Tristan Maxwell (left) from Lockview High School and
Chris Abraham (right) from Halifax West. Welcome!

President's Choice Children's Charity Supports Breakfast Programs

President's Choice Children's Charity (PCCC) presented a cheque to
Breakfast for Learning at Ecole St. Catherine's on Thursday, October 24.
This money will support breakfast programs across Atlantic Canada,
including 19 of the 95 breakfast programs in the Halifax Regional School
Board. Special thanks to Peggy Hornell, Executive Director of PCCC (left)
and Beverley Mahon, Atlantic Region Coordinator of BFL (right).

Successful Weekend for CHDHS

Congratulations to Cole Harbour District High School! The baseball team
recently won Gold at the Provincial Baseball Championships! On the same
weekend, CHDHS also took home Silver at the West Kings Invitational Boys’
Hockey Tournament and placed 3rd in the Sackville High Girls’ Volleyball
Tournament. It was a Gold-Silver-Bronze weekend for the Cavaliers!
Way to go,

World's Largest Science Lesson?

On Friday, October 18 thousands of Canadians at hundreds of locations
across the country participated in attempting to set a Guinness World
Record for the Largest Science Lesson. The event also marked the
beginning of the National Science and Technology Week.

Fairview Junior High School students took part in the event that started
at 2 p.m. Atlantic Time. Meteorologist Richard Zurawski helped the
students with the event.

Organizers will spend the next few weeks collecting the required evidence
and forwarding it to Guinness for the final number to be calculated and an
announcement to be made. Results will be announced on
www.science.gc.ca. Thank you to HRSB schools for participating!

Apple Picking for Kingswood Students

Students in Primary at Kingswood Elementary recently enjoyed a trip to
the apple orchard. They picked apples for their healthy recess snack!

Cindy Day Visits Millwood Elementary

Broadcast Meteorologist Cindy Day recently visited Mr. Walker's Grade 4
class at Millwood Elementary School. The surprise celebrity guest spoke
about Canadian geography, climate, habitats and careers in the media.
Thank you, Cindy!

Burton Ettinger Art

Primary students at Ecole Burton Ettinger School created Picasso-style
monsters in time for Halloween! Well done!

Hawthorn Students Vote!

On October 7th, Upper Elementary students at Hawthorn Elementary
had the opportunity to take part in Student Vote. Almost half of the
schools across Nova Scotia participated in Student Vote Elections.
The purpose of the program is to introduce concepts of democracy,
increase awareness of the workings of government and practice the
habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

To view the results of the Student Vote Nova Scotia 2013 Election, click here.

New Zealand Justice Minister Visits St. Catherine's

New Zealand Justice Minister Chester Borrows recently visited students
at Ecole St. Catherine's School to learn about their use of restorative
approaches. Minister Borrows is getting ready to launch restorative
practices in schools in New Zealand and wanted to see restorative
circles in action here in Halifax.

Students participated in circles for Minister Burrows in both English and
French. Minister Borrows then sat on the floor with students (above, far right)
to ask them questions about why restorative approaches work. MP Megan
Leslie also spent the afternoon at the school.

Rockingham Students Create Salsa for School Snack

Students at Rockingham Elementary recently harvested their salsa garden
and created a salsa snack for every classroom in the school. More than
400 students learned how easy, delicious and affordable growing your
own food can be!

Toronto Raptors Deliver Anti-Bullying Message to FJH

Students at Fairview Junior High (FJH) recently enjoyed a visit with a
former NBA star who also played for the Toronto Raptors and Chicago

Jerome 'Junkyard Dog' Williams (below) and other representatives of the
Toronto Raptors joined Nova Scotia's anti-bullying co-ordinator Kathleen
Richard to talk to students at FJH about bullying.

Williams shared his own story about being bullied when he was younger
and asked students to take a strong stand against bullying.

Dutch Settlement Students Become Farmers for the Day

The Grade 2/3 class at Dutch Settlement Elementary School recently
visited the Cole Harbour Heritage Farm. They spent the day learning about
farming from representatives from the NS Department of Agriculture.
Students enjoyed learned about the inner working of a traditional farm.

To view a story about their day that aired on Global News, click here.

Beaver Bank-Monarch Runs & Walks for Terry Fox

Last week, students at Beaver Bank-Monarch Drive participated in the
Terry Fox Run/Walk. The school raised more than $500 for cancer
research and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of exercise! Well done!

Marathon of Hope: 14 years for Millwood Elementary


Grade 4 students at Millwood Elementary proudly display 14 years of
Marathon of Hope t-shirts as they prepare for the Terry Fox Run at their

CHDHS Students Stand Up Against Bullying

Students at Cole Harbour District High School recently created a banner
that reads, 'Everyday Should be Anti-Bullying Day.' Students and staff
have been signing the banner to show support for the initiative.

Joseph Howe Students Earn Points for Participation

This year at Joseph Howe School, all of the students and staff have been
organized into 'house teams.' Each house team is a multi-age group of students
from ELO to Grade 6, along with 4 or 5 staff advisors. Teams will earn points
for participating in school events and activities. There will be both an
individual award and group recognition for the team that earns the most
points throughout the year.

House teams are named after six of the original Africville families: Grant,
Carvery, Bailey, Dixon, Hill and Brown. All students have received a house
t-shirt. Huge thanks to the PTA for helping pay for the t-shirts that were
made by Don Brown, the last baby born in Africville, at 2CG Screen Printing.

Ellenvale Hosts We Day Launch

Students and staff at Ellenvale Junior High, along with student guests
from around the province, welcomed Free the Children co-founder
Craig Kielburger (below) to the school on Tuesday, September 10.
Kielburger came to town to announce the talent who will participate
in We Day Atlantic Canada on November 27, at the Halifax Metro Centre.

To see a list of participants, click here.

Kielburger shared his story about co-founding Free the Children and
talked at length about how youth can take action right here at home in
order to create positive change in the world. Students were also treated
to a musical performance by Tyler Shaw.

Free the Children is an international charity and educational partner
that works locally and abroad to empower youth to be agents of change.
To learn more about Free the Children, click here.

Doors open at CPA & RLJH

Students at Charles P. Allen High School (above) and Rocky Lake Junior
High School (below) went back to school on Friday, September 6.

Welcome back to all HRSB students, teachers and staff! The HRSB
wishes you a successful start to the 2013-14 school year!

Back to School!

Abdullah walked to school with his Dad on his first day of Primary at
Saint Mary's Elementary School in Halifax. Students across the Halifax
Regional School Board went back to class on Wednesday, September 4.

Welcome back to all HRSB students, teachers and staff! The HRSB
wishes you a successful start to the 2013-14 school year!

Superintendent's Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Superintendent's Awards
of Excellence! Each year, employees are invited to nominate fellow
employees who are demonstrating excellence in supporting schools
and students. The winners are chosen by a committee made up of HRSB
employees and community leaders.

Photo (L-R): Joanne Williams, Coordinator, Excel (Excellence in Leadership
Award); Brian Ellenburger, Principal at Southdale-North Woodside Elementary
(Excellence in Leadership Award); Judy White, Acting Superintendent;
Claire Hilchie, Educational Program Assistance, Gaetz Brook Junior High
School (Excellent Support Staff Award); Kelly Ryan, HRIS Supervisor,
Human Resources Services (Excellent Support Staff Award); and
Lisa Rounsefell, Learning Centre Teacher, Brookside Junior High School
(Excellence in Teaching Award).

Congratulations to all of our award winners and nominees!

New CPA Awaits Students, Staff

Work crews are putting the finishing touches on the new Charles P. Allen
High School and Community Centre in Bedford. The newly constructed,
LEED Gold Certified building is set to open to students, staff and the
community in September, 2013. The above mosaic was created by
CPA students and is situated on the main floor of the academic wing
of the building.

To see progress photos of the new CPA school, click here.

Summer Learning for Teachers

Bedford South Grade 6 teacher Shelly Tulloch and Technology Integration
Leaders, Mario Eleftheros and Sandy MacDougall spent a week this summer
in Burlington, Vermont at the Discovery Education Network Summer Institute.
They learned, shared and collaborated with 160 other amazing educators
from across the United States and Canada on a wide range of topics related
to using digital technology in education. Mario, Shelly and Sandy have many
great ideas they are eager to share when they are back to work in September!

Photo (L-R): Porter Palmer, Director Discovery Education Network (DEN)
Global Community; Mario Eleftheros, Sandy MacDougall, HRSB Technology
Integration Leaders; Shelly Tulloch, Bedford South Teacher; Dean Shareski,
Discovery Education's Canadian Community Manager.

J.W. MacLeod Fleming Tower Students Wish Upon Fish

The students and staff at John W. MacLeod Fleming Tower School have
embraced Project SPLASH! This outdoor art installation empowers
students to help protect the local watershed. With funds from an RBC
Bluewater Grant and J.L. Ilsley High School, students and staff created
400 'Wish Fish,' as seen above. The fish represent a wish that students
make for clean water and will initiate dialogue within the community about
their hopes for the future of water.

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