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Education and Early Childhood Development

Continuity of learning, graduation plans released

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development released today home learning plans and resources for families to support the continuity of learning while schools remain closed to students.

Unless the situation drastically improves, schools will not be reopened to students and the school calendar will not be extended.

“We understand families have been anxiously awaiting more information on how we will support students during this uncertain time,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “While our immediate concern continues to be public health and safety, we are committed to helping students continue their education while school facilities are closed. In response, we have developed a plan to continue to deliver education to students.”

Anglophone and francophone sectors have each developed a delivery plan and supporting materials that reflect their unique approaches and correspond with their curricular outcomes.

Students between kindergarten and Grade 12 will be asked to dedicate between an hour to two and a half hours a day to completing home learning options, depending upon their grade level. In addition, students of all ages are encouraged to read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily (as a family, aloud or silently depending upon grade level) and engage in 30 minutes of physical activity daily.

“We understand each family has a different home environment,” said Cardy. “While parents will have a key responsibility to encourage students to complete the provided material and continue learning, it is important that families understand we are not asking them to recreate a classroom in their home or take on the full role of a teacher.”

In the coming days, schools in both sectors will be in contact with families to share home learning options. Educational resources for students in the anglophone sector will also be shared on the newly-established New Brunswick Family Resources website. Francophone school districts are in the process of developing their own website and more information will be available in the coming days.

Educators will be contacting families weekly and teachers will participate in the development of home learning options, as well as preparing for the eventual return of students to the classroom.

Graduation and grade advancement

All Grade 12 students who, as of January 2020, were on track to graduate in June 2020 will graduate on time and receive a New Brunswick high school diploma. Decisions on graduation ceremonies and other graduation events will be made in the coming weeks, based on direction from the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. The government will work with post-secondary institutions to ensure this crisis does not prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies in the upcoming school year.

All students who were positioned to continue to the next grade level for the 2020-21 school year in January 2020 will do so.

More information on assessments, report cards and delivery plan outlines are available in the continuity of learning plans for the anglophone and francophone sectors.​

4/2/2020 1:00 PMApr 02 2020, 12:27 PM4/2/2020 12:27 PM
  

​Minister Cardy announced the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development's Continuity of Learning Plan on April 2 for students, families and educators.

Click on the link below for details:

Scanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdfScanned_Minister's announcement on Continuation of Learning.pdf

4/2/2020 12:00 PMApr 02 2020, 11:58 AM4/2/2020 11:58 AM
  

​​All events related to Heritage Fairs are suspended until the end of the school year. This was announced recently by the provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.

The Young Citizens program, managed by History Canada, will proceed as planned. All students who are completing a heritage fair project or independent research project on a topic of Canadian history are eligible to participate. This​ year, students will not need to present their project at a school or regional fair first.

Information on this year's program can be found at www.YoungCitizens.ca and the Getting Started page will provide students with all the forms and steps they need to compete to participate.

http://kids.canadahistory.ca/Kids/YoungCitizens/Getting-Started

Given that students will have limited access to museums, subject matter experts and filming locations, History Canada is looking at adjusting this year's criteria to focus more on the content and research, and less on the production of film.






3/27/2020 2:00 PMMar 27 2020, 1:56 PM3/27/2020 1:56 PM
  

​Please visit the attachment below for information regarding a memo to parents from the Deputy Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development:

DM PARENT Memo March 20.pdfDM PARENT Memo March 20.pdf

3/20/2020 6:00 PMMar 20 2020, 6:03 PM3/20/2020 6:01 PM
  

Education and Early Childhood Development

Essential workers will not be required to pay double child care fees

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government is working to minimize the financial impacts that child care facility closures are having on parents.

“Next to the health and safety of children and staff, our decisions have been guided by how we can limit the financial impact on New Brunswickers,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Our early learning and child care staff are working to ensure that needs of parents are balanced with the need to ensure that quality, affordable child care will still be accessible once operations can resume.”

The department has committed to covering the fees of anyone who has lost their income due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. It will also continue to provide parent subsidies as scheduled. Parents are encouraged to visit the department’s website for more information and to determine if they qualify for assistance.

Essential service workers will not have to pay double fees for their child care services. This includes those paying to reserve a space at their usual child care facility but whose child is attending one of the emergency child care facilities. In this situation, the department will cover the costs of emergency child care. Parents should notify the department to ensure they are not double-billed.

This also means that parents must continue to pay to hold their space at a centre that has not laid off its staff.

“We understand this is difficult for many New Brunswickers,” said Cardy. “Paying for a service you do not use on a snow day is one thing but paying for weeks or months is another. Our department’s immediate focus has been ensuring essential needs are met. In the coming weeks, we will continue to explore how we can address identified gaps.”

Information for essential service workers will be available through the department’s parent portal or by calling 1-833-221-9339.

The directive that people who have travelled internationally on or after March 9 still applies, and travellers are to avoid early learning and child care centres for 14 days.

3/20/2020 12:00 PMMar 20 2020, 1:57 PM3/20/2020 12:00 PM
  

Health

REVISED / State of emergency declared in response to COVID-19

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government today declared a state of emergency under section 12 of the Emergency Measures Act to enhance measures to help contain the spread of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus).

“The health and well-being of every New Brunswicker must remain our number one priority,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “With the support of the of the chief medical officer of health, and with the support of the all-party cabinet committee, we are taking this extraordinary measure to provided greater assistance to the health-care sector fighting the spread of COVID-19 in the province.”

As a result of this declaration:

  • All food and beverage businesses will be reduced to take-out and delivery service only.
  • All lounges and special facilities licensed under the Liquor Control Act will stop admitting patrons.
  • All swimming pools, spas, saunas, waterparks, gymnasiums, yoga studios, dance studios, rinks and arenas, tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, climbing walls, escape rooms, ski hills, golf courses, arcades, amusement centres, pool halls, bowling alleys, casinos, cinemas, libraries, museums, zoos, aquariums, barbers, hair stylists, esthetics service providers, sugar bush operations, and theatres or other live performance venues will stop admitting members of the public.
  • Schools, colleges, universities and private schools must be closed to students. Institutions which have students in residence are permitted to allow them to remain in residence until they can safely return home. Online course delivery may continue.

The premier reiterated that construction activities continue and that they are not prohibited under this declaration.

Other measures under the declaration of state of emergency include:

  • All businesses in retail sales will stop admitting patrons, except: grocery stores; pharmacies; repair garages; post offices; financial and lending institutions; retailers of fuel, hardware and automotive parts; convenience stores; animal and fish feed providers; and corporate and agency stores of NB Liquor and Cannabis NB. All businesses required to stop admitting patrons are permitted to sell online or over the phone and to arrange delivery or pick-up of purchases.
  • Every person directed by a physician to self-isolate will obey.
  • Every person who has been outside Canada will self-isolate within their home for 14 days after their return to Canada, and, if they experience symptoms of COVID-19 during that period, will remain self-isolated until they are free of symptoms. This requirement does not apply to people exempted by the chief medical officer of health.
  • Owners and operators of all other premises at which people may gather in large numbers will take all reasonable steps to prevent gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • All regulated health services providers will cease operations unless the services to be provided are to address essential health care or an emergency health-care situation.
  • All unregulated health services providers, with the exception of those that are providing direct support to regulated health services providers, shall cease operations immediately.
  • Owners and managers of all workplaces and organizers of all activities will take every reasonable step to ensure minimal interaction of people within 2 metres of each other and carry out advice to minimize risk as issued by the chief medical officer of health.
  • All owners and managers of all workplaces will reduce to critical functions and will take every reasonable step required to prevent people who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 from entering the workplace, in accordance with advice issued by the chief medical officer of health or Worksafe New Brunswick. They will also take every reasonable step required to prevent people from entering workplaces who have travelled internationally in the previous 14 days.
  • All licences, registrations, certificates and permits issued by the Province of New Brunswick valid as of March 16, 2020, shall remain valid until May 31, 2020 unless suspended by a court or by other authority under an Act of the Province.
  • The right of landlords under section 19 of the Residential Tenancies Act to require tenants to vacate for non-payment of rent, and the authority of residential tenancies officers under section 22 of that act to evict tenants for the same reason, are suspended, until May 31, 2020.

The declaration is available online.

“This declaration provides us with the tools we need to ensure the safety of New Brunswickers. This is not a decision we took lightly,” said Higgs. “We are confident that these measures will result in New Brunswickers taking the necessary actions.”

No new presumptive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the province today. There are still 11 cases in New Brunswick: seven confirmed; and four presumptive.

“Although we have no new cases today, we know there will be more cases of COVID-19,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

3/19/2020 6:00 PMMar 19 2020, 5:34 PM3/19/2020 5:34 PM
  

On behalf of our District Education Council (DEC) Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, a decision has been made to POSTPONE the upcoming public DEC meeting from this Thursday (March 19th) to Wednesday, April 8th at the Carleton North High School.  This meeting will also include Public Meeting #3 Conclusion:  Policy 409 – Multi-Year School Infrastructure Planning for the Carleton North Area.

3/15/2020 9:00 PMMar 15 2020, 8:33 PM3/15/2020 8:33 PM
  

Please see the attachment below for information on the Community Use of Schools during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

ASD-W Community Use of Schools.pdfASD-W Community Use of Schools.pdf

3/14/2020 9:00 PMMar 14 2020, 8:49 PM3/14/2020 8:49 PM
  

COVID-19 Memo #4 School Closure

​Please view the attachment pertaining to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19 Memo -School Closure.pdfCOVID-19 Memo -School Closure.pdf

3/13/2020 8:00 PMMar 13 2020, 8:05 PM3/13/2020 7:58 PM
  

Health

Update on COVID-19

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following update on COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus) was issued today by Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health:

The health and well-being of New Brunswickers is our top priority.

Public Health would support a government decision to close schools in New Brunswick for two weeks in response to COVID-19. While we recognize the significant impact such a decision would have on families, students, schools and the entire community, this measure would help keep our residents safe.

People may still be travelling and, as the spread of COVID-19 is continuing to escalate internationally, additional measures should be considered.

Such measures should not extend to operators, staff or youth within early learning and childcare facilities at this time. The current risk assessment indicates that the risk of children acquiring COVID-19 is very low and the risk of them having serious disease outcomes is even lower. Early learning and childcare facilities operating within schools should also remain open at this time.

Daycares should screen for the virus by asking parents if their child is unwell and if they have travelled in the last 14 days.

Early learning and childcare facilities operators and staff who have travelled outside the country are asked to monitor themselves for symptoms for 14 days after they have returned to Canada.

Operators can access information online to guide them in implementing appropriate measures within their facilities.

Like our health-care workers, the role of early learning and child-care providers is a crucial one and I recognize their contribution to ensuring that essential services can continue to be provided to New Brunswick families.

3/13/2020 5:00 PMMar 13 2020, 4:53 PM3/13/2020 4:53 PM
  

​Please view the attachment for Frequently Asked Questions & Answers pertaining to the Coronavirus (Covid-19):

Coronavirus FAQ1.pdfCoronavirus FAQ1.pdf

3/11/2020 5:00 PMMar 11 2020, 4:16 PM3/11/2020 4:14 PM
  

COVID-19 Memo 2 from Minister of Education - March 9, 2020.pdfCOVID-19 Memo 2 from Minister of Education - March 9, 2020.pdf

This is direct a link to the Government of New Brunswick's Public Health website on the Coronavirus:
https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/biling/coronavirus.html​




 


 


 


 


 

3/9/2020 7:00 PMMar 10 2020, 10:04 PM3/9/2020 7:06 PM
  

​Oromocto High School has captured the title of School of the Year in a new provincial contest geared toward celebrating the achievements of New Brunswick women during International Women's Day on March 8.

Students of all ages were invited to submit either a video, a poster or a story about a woman who inspires them. Entries were received from all regions of the province. These entries will be featured in the International Women’s Day Magazine and International Women’s Day E-zine, which will be shared province wide. The top five submissions were featured at a March 6 event, they were as follows:

  • Sana Hashmat, Fredericton High School
  • Kenzie Auger, Woodstock High School
  • Gabby Byrne, Woodstock High School
  • Elianna Pitre and Shelby Henry, Superior Middle School, Bathurst
  • Vera Chen, Fredericton High School

Oromocto High School was awarded the School of the Year certificate for their demonstrated support of International Women’s Day 2020.

Cindy Kimove, English and sociology teacher at Oromocto High School, said roughly 80 of her students from three classes took part in the competition, the highest level of participation for a school in the province.

"Students wrote about women who were generous and selfless," said Kimove. "A lot of them chose their family members or a coach who had played a big role in their lives. The sociology students wrote a lot about New Brunswick women who had come to Canada as refugees and they overcame obstacles to be successful. Overall, it was an exercise that seemed to resonate most with students who had strong women in the lives to provide them with examples of compassion and resiliency."

Kimove assigned the project to encourage students to try out a wide variety of writing assignments. 

"They will need to have the skills to write a recommendation for others, or to advocate for themselves when it comes time to apply for post-secondary opportunities and scholarships, so it seemed like a good stepping stone for them," Kimove explained. "After beginning the assignment, it became clear to me that a lot of the students had never taken the time to reflect on the strength of the women in their lives. It opened the door for conversations to take place around what defines 'successful, inspiring, strong,' etc. I felt that writing for someone other than themselves provided the students with a chance to grow both as writers and as people."

Kimove said her students were surprised and excited to win the title of "School of the Year."

"I’m glad we won this award rather than one of our students being singled out, because it gave confidence to some of the students who aren’t the strongest writers, and showed them that their words and thoughts were valuable. It was therefore a team effort and we could all share in the success equally, regardless of academic ability.​"

Another announcement on International Women's​ Day was the establishment of the VIVE (Visionary, Inspirational, Vibrant, Empowering) Award by Service New Brunswick Minister Sherry Wilson, who is also minister responsible for Women's Equality. The deadline for award nominee submissions is Nov. 1, 2020. Winners will be honoured at the 2021 International Women's Day celebration.

“Women’s roles and contributions are often not part of the history books, yet they have many significant and inspiring stories that should be told; stories of courage, strength and perseverance,” said Wilson“The inspiring women in our lives may never appear in any history book, but we can create our own recorded history by highlighting these women through the VIVE Awards.”

Shown in the photo below is Oromocto High School teacher Cindy Kimove with the award won by her students for School of the Year in a recent International Women's Day contest. The winners were announced March 6 at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery.







3/9/2020 1:00 PMMar 09 2020, 1:16 PM3/9/2020 1:00 PM
  

Attention parents / guardians / students / staff, please read this important attachment:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) For Schools returning after March Break.pdfCoronavirus (COVID-19) For Schools returning after March Break.pdf

3/6/2020 5:00 PMMar 06 2020, 5:27 PM3/6/2020 4:36 PM
  

​The Perth Andover Middle School Bears recently came home from Acadia University's 2020 Robotics competition with the first place Gracious Professionalism Award. 

The four-member team included Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud.

The Bears competed against hundreds of middle school students from across the Maritimes in the First Lego League where teams worked together using robotics to create and innovate a solution for a challenge related to an issue in their communities. They also participated in robot game competitions which showcased their engineering, design and programming skills. 

"The students learned more about coding and the power of teamwork and cooperation," said teacher Michael Grant, team coach. "They learned how to give and take feedback from teammates as well as the judges and they had fun!"

Perth Andover Middle School was invited to get involved in the competition by Brilliant Labs, a not-for-profit, hands-on technology and experiential learning platform based in Atlantic Canada which works actively within ASD-W schools.

Grant said his students practiced​ at school for the competition and received extra coaching from Brilliant Labs coordinator Helene Bard. They entered the contest wearing their own bright red school t-shirts donated by Atlantic Potato Distributors in Perth-Andover. 

Overall, they experienced authentic learning - that is how their skills can be transferred to a real life setting. At the same time, they had the opportunity to visit a well known university and speak to students and professors involved in computer science at the post-secondary level.

Shown in the photo below are members of the Perth Andover Middle School Bears team (left to right) Coach Michael Grant, Jacob Durepos, Miles Pacquette-O'Neil, Lachlan Moore and Kyelee Michaud with Principal Claudine Dionne.

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2/25/2020 4:00 PMFeb 26 2020, 9:13 AM2/25/2020 3:23 PM
  

​Concentration, memory skills, critical thinking and logic for playing the game of chess continue to produce medals for students in ASD-W schools.

Derrick Grant, Grades 6-12 numeracy coordinator for ASD-W, said six schools recently took part in a chess tournament held at Oromocto High School for students competing at the high school and middle school levels. Players competed in double elimination style playing up to six games to capture medals and become eligible to play in the provincial championships scheduled for April 18 in Edmundston. 

Ridgeview Middle School, Nashwaaksis Middle School, Gagetown School, Harold Peterson Middle School, Fredericton High School and Oromocto High School students attended this event. Medal winners were as follows: 

Grade 12: Gold, Leo Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion.

Grade 11: Gold, Cynthia Cui (FHS) and 2019 provincial champion; Silver, Spencer Merryweather (FHS)

Grade 10: Gold, Aaron Meyer (OHS); Silver, Tom Wielemaker (FHS)

Grade 9: Gold, Max Yang (FHS); Silver, Tal Tepfer (FHS)

Grade 8 : Gold, Silas Moss (HP); Silver, Andrew Mabey (HP)

Grade 7: Gold, Jacob Connor (NMS); Silver, Gabe Strickland (RMS)

Grade 6: Gold, Peyton Tobin-Jardine (NMS); Silver, Carter Mulholland (RMS)

 ​Another tournament for middle school students also took place in Marysville with competitors entering from Bliss Carmen Middle School and George Street Middle School. Winners were as follows: 

Grade 8: Gold, Jacob Cheng (BCMS)  Silver, Grady Coy (BCMS)

Grade 7: Gold, Colin Partridge (BCMS) Silver, Leon Liu (GSMS)

Grade 6: Gold, Raktika Galwa (BCMS) Silver, Ben Craik (GSMS)

This students also move on to the provincial tournament in Edmundston.

Shown in the photos below are (1) medal winners from the six-school tournament held at Oromocto High School; (2) medal winners from the middle school tournament held in Marysville for students from Bliss Carman Middle School and George Street Middle School.

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2/25/2020 12:00 PMFeb 25 2020, 11:51 AM2/25/2020 11:36 AM
  

​Over a truckload of goods and supplies was delivered to the Fredericton Homeless Shelter on Family Day, Feb. 17, thanks to the efforts of three Grade 4 students at Hartland Community​ School.

Brooklynn Whelan wanted to find a way to make a difference for homeless people trying to survive the cold winter months. With the support of her classmates, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, they spearheaded a school-wide campaign to collect donations for the homeless shelter.

"Together they formed a group, Hartland Helps Homeless, and they began speaking to others about it," said their teacher Deidre Cowperthwaite. "They sent out information sheets about their group, spoke to the elementary student body, and also our Grade 8 entrepreneurial students. As items started coming in, word got around the community about what was happening."

The generosity of their classmates and the community mounted up with donated clothing, blankets, books, toilet paper and other essentials filling the back of a truck and two cars for their delivery to Fredericton's homeless.

"It was a very rewarding experience for all involved," Cowperthwaite remarked.

Shown in the photo below are Brooklynn Whelan, Marlee Girdwood and Vada Bradstreet, Grade 4 students at Hartland Community School.

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2/21/2020 2:00 PMFeb 21 2020, 2:01 PM2/21/2020 1:58 PM
  

Dhanishta Ambwani, a Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School, is one of two students in New Brunswick and one of 36 in Canada to be named among the 2020 class of Loran Scholars. ​

The Loran Award is Canada's largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award and includes a  $100,000 scholarship.

The award is granted to young Canadians on the basis of character, community service, leadership potential, academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, integrity and a high level of personal autonomy.

In addition to the scholarship, the Loran program offers mentorship opportunities and connects award winners with other high-potential youth through scholar gatherings. Following their undergraduate studies, Loran Scholars are welcomed into an engaged alumni community.

Among her credentials, Ambwani founded and leads the Youth for Youth Art Collective in her community. The collective’s mission is to create and empower a community of youth artists. She also leads her school’s Model UN club and initiatives to provide free menstrual products and meals to those in need. She volunteers actively at the local hospital and was a student intern at NB Power. 

Founded in Toronto in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charitable organization awarding scholarships for students entering university in Canada. This year's Loran Scholars were selected from over 5,100 applications from across the country following a two-day interview process.

After graduation in June 2020, Ambwani will be attending a Canadian university to pursue post-secondary studies in a field of her choice.

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Photo Courtesy of Eric Choi of Edge Imaging.



2/20/2020 4:00 PMFeb 20 2020, 4:34 PM2/20/2020 4:24 PM
  

​Students at Sunbury West School in Fredericton Junction enjoyed their first ever I Read Canadian Day on February 19. The national event was launched for the first time this year to raise awareness about Canadian books among young readers and to celebrate the excellence of Canadian literature. Students across the district and country took part.

At Sunbury West School, retired teacher Jill Lowerison-Brown was invited to be a mystery reader for the day, reading from a book written by a Canadian author to students using the school's PA system. 

"All classes from kindergarten to Grade 8 listened to the story," said Principal Heather Lyons. "Then the students got together in their pods (multi-age groups) to do buddy reading. Each class was also treated to a new storybook written by a Canadian author."

Lyons said the mystery reader idea was suggested by a staff teacher as a fun way to bring students together and get them thinking about Canadian authors. 

"Initially, we thought about just doing buddy reading," Lyons explained. "We try to find ways to do things school-wide. Instead of just buying the same book for every class, we thought this (mystery reader) would be a fun way to do it. Many of our older students would have known her (Lowerison-Brown) as a teacher and recognized her voice as she read the story."

The inaugural I Read Canadian Day celebrated for the first time on February 19 is dedicated to 'reading Canadian' and from year to year is expected to empower families, schools, libraries and organizations to host local activities by reading Canadian books.

Shown in the photos below are Sunbury West School students enjoying their first ever I Read Canadian Day on Feb. 19.

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2/20/2020 3:00 PMFeb 20 2020, 3:35 PM2/20/2020 3:16 PM
  

​Steve Burns, founder and former chief executive officer of Bulletproof Solutions Inc. in Fredericton, has over two decades of experience in building a business in the IT industry. With an educational background in computer science, he made his dream a reality and worked side by side with the hardworking people who helped him create it.

Founded in 2001, Bulletproof Solutions grew to 100 employees, generating millions in company revenue. In return for this success, Burns supported his staff, helped people in need of a hand up, and gave back to his community.

Burns was the guest speaker for ASD-W Leaders' Lounge held at Planet Hatch on Jan. 29, the second in a series of presentations in the district He offered tips and advice on becoming a leader and developing people in an organization:

1. Leadership begins at the top, but decision making is shared with your team. 

2. Pick your team - surround yourself with good people with the right skills set, be a team builder.

3. Be okay with the things you are good at, just do them better.

4. If you are going up, more than you are going down, you are doing okay.

5. Be able to admit you are wrong, earn the trust of your people.

6. Have compassion for people, have humility, be a good listener, loyalty will be the return.

7. Don't think you are the smartest person in the room, everyone makes mistakes.

8. Be honest and keep your word. Follow through on what you said you would do. Your​ word is everything.

9. Give more than you receive, treat others how you would want to be treated.

10. Be willing to take risks. Be ready to change and work steadily on self-improvement.

11. When it comes to big decisions, don't rush, sleep on it.

"These are the lessons to live by for leadership," Burns said. "Challenges can be overcome, they happen for a reason. You have the tools to overcome them. The people in this room have the ability to change and improve the education system - the foundation of the future and you know how important that is."

In 2019, Burns was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement in New Brunswick.

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1/30/2020 9:00 AMFeb 20 2020, 11:43 AM1/30/2020 9:58 AM
  

​The provincial government, Anglophone West School District, and the Rural Community of Hanwell unveiled images depicting the design of a new community school on Jan. 27. Construction is expected to begin this spring with completion of the new building expected in 2022.

"I am pleased to see the ongoing development of this project to respond to the needs of the community, as well as of the greater Fredericton area," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. "This school will allow students to learn in their own community."

Due to increased enrolment, schools in the Fredericton region use modular classrooms for up to 19 per cent of all classes. Because there is currently no school in Hanwell, about 450 students from the community are bused to and from schools in Fredericton. The commute takes between 30 and 60 minutes per trip.

The new kindergarten to Grade 8 school will accommodate 650 students and will be built next to the Hanwell Community Centre. It will feature 36 classrooms, an early childhood room, an outdoor learning area, two gyms, specialty learning spaces such as music rooms, a performing arts room, art rooms, science rooms, technology labs and resource spaces, and open project work areas for group collaboration.

"This is an important project for the development of our growing community," said Hanwell Mayor Susan Cassidy. "The new school will be an asset for the future of Hanwell."

Cassidy said "a school is a building block of a community" and Hanwell is proud to see the project come to fruition. Discussion about a new school first began in 2007. She noted the new facility will be near the community centre as well as parks and trails in the area.

"It has been such a long time coming," Cassidy said. "The possibilities are endless for what this will mean to our community and we are behind it 110 per cent."

Kimberley Douglass, chair of the ASD-W District Education Council, said the involvement and commitment of the community to make a new school a priority helped make all the difference in having the project move forward. She predicted the community will change and grow once the new building is available for students and their families.

Superintendent David McTimoney also congratulated the rural community. He said the district looks forward to taking the project to the next level, and once completed, it will bring the total number of schools in the district to 70.


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1/27/2020 3:00 PMFeb 20 2020, 11:42 AM1/27/2020 3:16 PM
  

​A Grade 12 student at Leo Hayes High School has been named a 2020 Canadian Youth Ambassador.

Carrie Pelkey will be among 30 Canadian youth travelling to Panama in April to participate in an EF Service Learning tour. The ambassadors will work alongside community members on a sustainable development project to support local needs. They will reconvene in Ottawa in May to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to present their action plans.

"I am interested in the youth ambassador program because I will have the opportunity to learn from other cultures," Pelkey said. "I will get to create new relationships and bonds with other passionate youth, share my ideas and become more of a global citizen."

During the outreach trip to Central America, Pelkey said she hopes to learn what inspires people from different countries to travel and come together to work toward a common goal regardless of their country of origin. Her interests at school include theatre, softball and swimming.

The EF Canadian Youth Ambassador program is a five-year initiative launched in 2016 to provide mentorship and travel opportunities to a total of 150 Canadian youth representing every province and territory. The objectives of the program are developing global citizenship, creating social change, and fostering passion. 

EF is an international education company focused on language, academics, educational travel, and culture experience. It currently operates more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries to fulfill one global mission: opening the world through education. In Canada, EF has helped educators foster global citizenship through experiential learning since 1984.

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2/19/2020 3:00 PMFeb 19 2020, 2:39 PM2/19/2020 2:32 PM
  

​Nine schools in the upriver valley received a huge financial boost Feb. 18 with over $40,000 donated by the Brewer Foundation in support of student hunger programs.

The Brewer Foundation is a Fredericton-based, non-profit organization dedicated to preventing student hunger in New Brunswick schools.

A total of $30,570 has been donated toward breakfast and lunch programs at Andover Elementary School, Perth Andover Middle School and Southern Victoria High School, providing sustainability for the services now being provided to students at all three schools.

"This is the first time all three schools are pulling together to share resources," said teacher David Gallagher, who leads the culinary tech course at Southern Victoria High School. "It's bringing us together as a community."

Students involved in culinary tech help prepare healthy meals for their peers with the support of school staff and community volunteers. For example, lunches are made at Southern Victoria High School and delivered to the other two schools. These lunches are kept in a display fridge, called the Feed Me Frig, accessible to all students during school hours.

ASD-W community coordinator Carol Godbout explained the funding from the Brewer Foundation provides a base for school programs to rely on, while a new committee works on building and strengthening outreach and fundraising in the local community. She praised the Brewer Foundation for their "heart" to help others in need.

"We have to come together as a community to take care of each other," said Sandy Kitchen-Brewer, co-founder of the Brewer Foundation. "When kids are fed at school, they come to school. They are able to focus on learning and go on to do great things."

In Florenceville-Bristol, $10,000 will go to support the backpack program operated by the True North Baptist Church. The program provides for students at Florenceville Elementary School, Florenceville Middle School, Bristol Elementary School, Centreville Community School, Bath Community School and Carleton North High School. Through the program, food is purchased, packed and delivered to schools so students in need are able to take backpacks full of food home for the weekend. 

The True North Baptist Church took on the work as a mission project in 2014, and today parishioners are putting together 66 bags of food for student backpacks every week. 

ASD-W community coordinator Valerie Carmichael said the district is now partnering with the church to support its efforts and assist with fundraising, noting the donation from the Brewer Foundation will help provide sustainability for the expanding backpack program.

"We're hoping there's going to be broad community-based support to carry us into next fall," Carmichael explained. "I"m confident that will happen with the generosity that exists in the wider community."

Research indicates that feeding children at school improves student behaviour and attitude, reduces absenteeism, improves the ability to stay on task, and increases academic achievement.

The Brewer Foundation has recognized that improving the lives of school-aged children often happens locally, when individuals take action in their communities. The Foundation is investing in sustainable approaches to combat student food insecurity and is partnering with schools and community organizations to either establish or grow their student hunger programs. 

Shown in the photos below are left to​ right (1) Bart Myers, Earle Brewer and Sandy Kitchen-Brewer from the Brewer Foundation with Perth Andover students and high school culinary tech teacher David Gallagher, far right, during a cheque presentation for $30,570 for student hunger programs in all three area schools; (2) Members of the True North Baptist Church in Florenceville-Bristol (left to right) Nancy Ruff, Al McIssac, Charles Walker, Judy McIssac, and Sheila Palmer, with Sandy Kitchen-Brewer from the Brewer Foundation, ASD-W community coordinator Valerie Carmichael, and Colleen MacDonald Briggs, public health dietician with Horizon Health.

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2/18/2020 3:00 PMFeb 18 2020, 4:16 PM2/18/2020 3:59 PM
  

​The game of chess develops critical thinking skills, strategic analysis, decision-making and strength of forethought. It's recognized as a valuable learning tool for people of all ages.

At Centreville Community School, a total of 107 students recently gathered as challengers for top medals in a regional Chessfest organized by the Woodstock Education Centre.

ASD-W's subject coordinator Katrina Paget said the third annual event was open to 14 upriver schools, each sending their top three students in Grades 3-11, following individual school playoffs. No students in Grade 9 or Grade 12 registered for the tournament this year.

"Students come and attend this single elimination chess tournament at the district level," Paget explained. "A match is timed (12 minutes) and points are awarded for pieces captured after that time period. If there is a tie, they have extra time to break the tie. Medals are awarded for gold and silver at each grade level." 

Paget said chess is a popular game for students because it is challenging, cost effective, not limited to age, and it provides opportunities for socialization.

"There are kids who have struggles at school with learning and behaviour but are confident chess players," she said.  "Whether they win or lose, they all shake hands at the end of the match and look forward to finding another opponent even if they are out of the running for a medal.  The younger students enjoy meeting the other students and the prizes.  Every student has their name put in for a draw for many door prizes." 

Many of the schools taking part in the tournament operate regular chess clubs. Others have students who play on their own and the school sends them to the competition.  

Gary Thorne, a retired teacher in the district, plays chess with three schools in the district (Nackawic Elementary School, Nackawic Middle School, and Townsview School). 

"Having volunteers like him and teachers willing to take their free time to sit with kids and have them learn the game is what keeps this tournament going," Paget noted. "Without all of these volunteers, there would be no tournament at all."

Gold and silver medal winners representing each grade level at Chessfest are now eligible to attend a provincial tournament taking place in Edmundston in mid-April.

Winners from the Chessfest in Centreville are follows:

                    1st place      2nd place

Grade 3 Ben Guthrie (TS)     Milo Gatta (TS)

Grade 4 Jackson Hanscome(AES)   Vada Bradstreet(HCS)

Grade 5 Dominic Schnarr(TS)    Sava Shulgin(TS)

Grade 6 Jadon Derrah(FMS)    Oliver VanOord(NMS)

Grade 7 Lianna VanRhijin(TS)    Eric Chase (FMS)

Grade 8 Aidan Tomah(MCS)     Gabriel Antonio-Barcenas(HCS)

Grade 10 Owen Comeau(JCS)    Noah Grenier(JCS)

Grade 11 Anson Green(SVHS)    Sky Pelletier(JCS)​





2/14/2020 12:00 PMFeb 14 2020, 12:28 PM2/14/2020 12:07 PM
  

News Release

National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy issued the following statement today in recognition of National Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week, Feb. 9-15:

National Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is an occasion to recognize the vital contribution of all teachers, school and support staff to the sustainability of New Brunswick's education system. Teachers, early childhood educators, management, support and administrative staff keep our public schools running smoothly and ensure the well-being of the children and students in our communities.

Our province is lucky to have such dedicated, competent professionals who carry out their work with so much compassion. As New Brunswickers, we are fortunate to be able to count on generous and creative teaching staff who enthusiastically deliver quality learning to enrich students’ academic experience and motivate young people to develop a desire to learn that will follow them throughout their lives.

The commitment and determination of teachers, early childhood educators and other school staff deserves our support and encouragement. That is why we are working to improve New Brunswick's education system to provide them with the tools and resources they need to give our children the opportunity to receive a first-class education.

I thank all the teachers, early childhood educators, staff and leadership of the province's education system for making our schools such fulfilling and rewarding learning environments. We are so grateful for all the outstanding and innovative work carried out in schools every day by our team of highly trained and motivated professional educators and support staff. Thank you for all that you do.

2/12/2020 4:00 PMFeb 12 2020, 3:52 PM2/12/2020 3:52 PM
  

​Students at Oromocto High School have been named the greatest explorers in the province, winning first place in New Brunswick and second place in Canada in the Chatterhigh national competition for career awareness.

Over 500 students at the school took part in the online educational experience that engages students, teachers, and even parents in labour market information and career planning. The students checked out 37,468 career profiles and post secondary education pathways in the first round called, Let's Talk Careers: Canada's Most Informed School, and they answered 37,558 questions, earning a flood of points.

Teacher Blair Simms said Chatterhigh works like career counselling as students explore online to find out what courses and knowledge they need to go into a trade, professional career or post secondary training. They discover what jobs exist now, what's possible in technology, robotics and the digital world, as well as what's happening in other careers and occupations.

"For those who don't know what they want to do with their life, it broadens their horizons and gives them ideas," Simms said. 

Through the Chatterhigh platform, students do research and take a daily quiz that relates to various careers, earning points toward their school's total score. The questions are provided by industry associations, government and post-secondary institutions across Canada. The educational charity Let's Talk Science provided over 200 questions, each focused on a real, unique career profile of a STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related career. 

"It's so important for students to be exposed to a variety of career options and post secondary opportunities while in high school so that they can make informed decisions on what they want their futures to look like," said Lee Taal, founder of Chatterhigh. "And by adding the element of competition, it can get the whole school onboard, and help students get more deeply engaged in active exploration." 

Oromocto High School was one of 214 schools across the country that participated in the 40-day Chatterhigh competition. Schools with a similar number of students compete against each other and those with the most points win prizes. On February 11, Oromocto High School took home a $5,000 classroom interactive touch screen provided by ViewSonic and Compugen, one of Canada's largest IT service providers.

Round two of the contest starts on April 6 and runs through to May 13. Not only will there be technology prizes to be won for the highest ranking schools in that round, but the schools with the best combined scores over the two rounds of competition will win part of a $25,000 cash prize.

Gina Dunnett, director of schools for ASD-W's Oromocto Education Centre, told the students it was amazing for them to be first in the province and second in the country in round one, so keep going and win, she said.

"I also encourage you to take what you learn and use it for your future," Dunnett stated. "It won't be long and you'll be graduating."

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, president and founder of Let's Talk Science, said it's critical for youth to remain curious, keep asking questions and explore diverse options for their futures. New careers emerge every day, she said, many of which need STEM skills. That's why Chatterhigh can be such a positive experience for the latest information on career resources and pathways.

Shown in the photo below are Oromocto High School students (left to right) Kaili Foster, Chloe Boutiller, Chase Albert, Serenity Johnson, Samantha Carr and Megan Mullin, during an assembly announcing the school's big win in the Chatterhigh competition.

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2/12/2020 2:00 PMFeb 12 2020, 3:34 PM2/12/2020 2:33 PM
  

​In 2007, Travis Price was a Grade 12 student when he noticed a younger Grade 9 student being bullied for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school. He knew from personal experience how devastating bullying could be and wanted to help. 

He joined forces with fellow student David Shepherd to organize what became the first Pink Shirt Day in Canada. They bought and distributed a pile of pink shirts throughout the student population and that action sent an anti-bullying message to the entire school. Their message began to spread to other schools and before long, Pink Shirt Day became a worldwide movement.

Price recently visited George Street Middle School, Bliss Carmen Middle School and Devon Middle School as part of a national tour to continue to promote Pink Shirt Day in Canadian schools. It was his second visit to New Brunswick since 2013. He told students about how bullying had affected his own life and how he began his quest 13 years ago to help make sure no other youth had to suffer through the pain and stress of being bullied.

"It is a privilege when kids come up and share their stories, tell me what they've experienced, and that I have their trust," Price said. "They know someone is standing up for them and they are not the only one. The weight isn't so heavy. The conversation (about bullying) gives students help with knowing how to deal with it. They become inspired to practice kindness​ and make a difference in someone's life."

Price said during his school assemblies students learn how to recognize and help prevent bullying to change the culture of a school. They begin to say to others: "we don't do that here."

"When we communicate, educate and properly instruct, the behaviour goes away," Price said. There is healing and helping and schools become a safe place for all students, he noted.

Today, Pink Shirt Day is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing education and training for anti-bullying programs to support children's healthy self-esteem, both with their peers and themselves, and to teach empathy, compassion and kindness. The Pink Shirt itself has come to symbolize that society will not tolerate bullying anywhere.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Pink Shirt Day co-founder Travis Price with Grade 8 students Ana McCain and Sophie MacAfee, and Principal Pierre Plourde at George Street Middle School.

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2/12/2020 10:00 AMFeb 12 2020, 11:16 AM2/12/2020 11:00 AM
  

​A Grade 11 student at Woodstock High School has been selected as a 2020 Canadian Youth Ambassador.

Emma Craib will be among 30 Canadian youth travelling to Panama in April to participate in an EF Service Learning tour. The ambassadors will work alongside community members on a sustainable development project to support local needs. They will reconvene in Ottawa in May to meet with Members of Parliament and Senators to present their action plans.

"I am interested in the youth ambassador program because I want to promote positive change within my community," Craib said. "I am also interested in the guidance the youth ambassadors with receive from MPs and Senators. This opportunity (as youth ambassador) will be very educational and inspiring."

During the outreach trip to Central America, Craib said she hopes to learn more about environmental activism and about the culture of Panama. Social change, leadership, sports and music are among her regular interests at school.

The EF Canadian Youth Ambassador program is a five-year initiative launched in 2016 to provide mentorship and travel opportunities to a total of 150 Canadian youth representing every province and territory. The objectives of the program are developing global citizenship, creating social change, and fostering passion. 

EF is an international education company focused on language, academics, educational travel, and culture experience. It currently operates more than 600 schools and offices in over 50 countries to fulfill one global mission: opening the world through education. In Canada, EF has helped educators foster global citizenship through experiential learning since 1984.

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2/10/2020 3:00 PMFeb 10 2020, 3:10 PM2/10/2020 2:55 PM
  

​Since 2003, Brenda Opie has been learning a living.

She starts her work day with a big smile, a kind word and a bit of teasing for staff at ASD-W's Woodstock Education Centre, while performing her daily duties as a client of CIEVA (Community Industries Employment Vocational Association). 

"Brenda comes in everyday and just wants to help everyone," said Jay Colpitts, director of schools for the Woodstock Education Centre. "She's part of the family."

Opie is in charge of recycling and organizing paper, shredding, photocopying, stapling, lamination and delivering the mail. On Fridays, she collects monies for the office Dress Down Fund and turns the cash into staff. 

In her spare time, she is busy at her group home knitting and crocheting. Her co-workers at the office are proud of her efforts to knit 300 pairs of mittens which have been donated to students at schools in the district as well as some school staff.

"They are for someone who doesn't have their mittens at school or they lost one," Opie said. "It's a way of helping them out so they don't get cold."

Opie's other homemade creations include pot holders, tea towels and dish cloths. Sometimes she sells a few dish cloths at the office. She recently crocheted an afghan for a staff member's grandchild and hopes to soon learn how to make socks. Most of the yarn for her projects is donated by the community.

"I'd like to try to learn to knit socks and turn the heel so I could make a pair for my brother," Opie remarked. "The work is very relaxing and I like to make things."

Opie picked up her needles in her youth with her mother instructing her to "keep the tension even and fasten off securely."  Later on, a teacher named Margaret Harding taught her to crochet. These days, when her needles are idle, she is on the job at the Woodstock Education Centre making her daily rounds.

"I enjoy working here," Opie said. "It's the best job I've ever had. I've made a lot of friends over the years. I look forward to continuing as long as my health is good."

Opie will celebrate her 60th birthday on May 5, but she doesn't worry about getting older. 

"Every day is a new day and enjoy each one as they come" is her advice for a happy life along with spending time with friends and family. 

For Opie, that means fun times with older brother Stanley, sisters Donna, Carol, and Carla, and Uncle Bert and Aunt Joyce who all live in the Woodstock area.

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2/6/2020 1:00 PMFeb 10 2020, 9:43 AM2/6/2020 1:43 PM
  

​On Valentine’s Day, February 14, Canadian veterans will be receiving special handmade valentine from students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School in Oromocto as part of the national Valentines for Vets program.

Each year, Veterans Affairs Canada encourages Canadian schools, individuals and organizations to make valentines for distribution to veterans living in long-term care facilities across the country. The program offers participants the opportunity to learn about the sacrifice of veterans and gain a greater understanding of the country's military history.

At Hubbard Avenue Elementary School, Grade 4-5 students in two different classrooms participated in the Valentines for Vets project this year. They made colourful valentines containing heartfelt messages such as: "Thank you for your service....Have a great Valentine's Day. You are a Star, Strong, True, Amazing and Remembered...Thank you for sacrificing your life for Canada...Thank you for being brave. I love you. Thank you for fighting for our country and protecting us."

The project was a big hit among students.

"Our students enjoy doing things for veterans as a lot of their parents serve in the military or they have family members who are veterans," said teacher Kerry Laviolette-Rowe. "The Valentine project is a great way for students to learn about Canada's history in war and conflict. I truly hope it puts a smile on a veteran's face when they receive them, knowing that we do remember and appreciate all of their sacrifices."

School volunteer, Sandy Theriault, first suggested the Valentines for Vets idea for students at Hubbard Avenue Elementary School.

"Sandy is very passionate about our local military and our veterans," Laviolette-Rowe explained. "She​ loves to do art and activities for and about veterans."

Valentines for Vets began in 1989 when the late newspaper columnist, Ann Landers, encouraged her readers to create special valentines for veterans in long-term care facilities throughout Canada and the United States. Landers' annual "Valentines for Vets" column asked her readers to remember the sacrifices of their nations' veterans by making them valentines. Veterans Affairs Canada became involved with the program in 1996, and has been sending handmade valentines to veterans in long-term care facilities across the country ever since. Though they may never meet the students who created the valentines, veterans who receive them deeply appreciate and cherish these messages.

Shown in the photos below are (left to right) (1) Hubbard Avenue Elementary School students Evelyn Pires, Sarah Aitken, Sandy Theriault, school volunteer, Bella Little, Faith Barker, Brianna Porter, Kaylee Galbraith, Chloe St-Amour, Maggie McLaughlin and Eva Apecetche working on their Valentines for Vets; (2) Students Tharin Theriault, Kayden Graham, Andi Benoit and Haylee Burns with their homemade valentines.

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