Nackawic Middle School students have put their green thumbs to work to grow fresh vegetables for the school's new Garden Backpack program. They began planting in the late spring of 2018 and this fall began to harvest their crops for sharing with other students and their families.
Teacher Peggy Allen said garden club students began by planting seedlings in pots and as they grew moved the plants to outdoor garden boxes near the school. Care continued with watering and weeding throughout the summer months.
"The crops grew to a bountiful yield," said Allen. "By September, we were ready to begin the Garden Backpack program."
Student volunteers from the garden club and others participated in harvesting, washing and filling backpacks with zucchinis, cucumbers, green peppers, beets, carrots and butternut squash. The program provided deserving students and their families with fresh produce for two consecutive weeks.
"This is the first year for the Garden Backpack program initiative," Allen explained. "As student interest continues to grow, we hope the program will benefit many more students in the future."
School garden clubs provide many educational opportunities for youth who are introduced to gardening techniques, food production, recognition of plants and an appreciation for nature. Gardening also offers an engaging connection to science and food nutrition. Students take pride in their accomplishments, learn about healthy food and give back to their community.
9/25/2018 2:00 PM|
Sep 25 2018, 2:25 PM|
Tara Flood, an international activist and leader of disability rights efforts, is visiting four ASD-W schools from Sept. 18-24 as part of a study tour on inclusive education in Canada. Flood is the director of the Alliance for Inclusive Education, a national organization operated by disabled people advocating for inclusive education in schools in the United Kingdom (UK). She is visiting New Maryland Elementary School, Devon Middle School, Fredericton High School and Park Street Elementary School as well as the UNB D'Avary Hall Children's Centre in order to experience inclusion in action at all levels.
Flood also met with school district staff at the Fredericton Education Centre. She noted in the U.K. there are one million disabled children and 100,000 are currently attending segregated schools. The school system is still evolving toward inclusion.
"There is some degree of accommodation in our existing system, but it lacks flexibility and it is not individualized for students," Flood said. "This trip is about giving a very heavy kick to the evolution toward inclusion."
Flood said while visiting ASD-W schools she has been struck by the welcoming atmosphere, "the language of collaboration and the sense of being able to find solutions" so that all students can learn together in the school setting. Her goal is to develop a report about her experience to "reshape and create the messages to bring people into the philosophy of inclusion" in her country.
District staff stressed the importance of having the proper resources and classroom supports in place for diverse learners within the school system as well as support and core training for teachers and administrators. Administrators, classroom teachers, resource teachers, guidance counsellors, support resources, and educational assistants must all work together to deliver education.
"We are struggling with the 'how' as students come to school with more diverse needs," said Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney. "Some students need intense classroom support and we find it challenging to do it well in every classroom."
Karla Deweyert, acting director for educational support services in the district, explained when the social and emotional needs of students are not met, for example, behaviours can be externalized, creating challenges especially for new teachers.
Flood said in the U.K. there are 35-40 students in a class and teachers are saying they cannot do inclusion.
Blaney said it's about "changing a mindset and giving the skills, without forcing them to do it. That's your work," Blaney told Flood.
Flood's study tour was made possible through a travel fellowship for 2018 from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to visit Canada and Finland to research the inclusion of disabled students in mainstream education.
Shown in the photos below are (left to right):
Photo 1: Kendra Broad, educational support services subject coordinator for ASD-W, Tara Flood, Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney, and Karla Deweyert,
acting director of educational support services in ASD-W, discuss inclusion at district office.
Photo 2: Tara Flood speaks with Acting Principal Nathan Langille and Vice Principal Robyn Allaby during her visit to Fredericton High School.
9/20/2018 4:00 PM|
Sep 20 2018, 4:46 PM|
Perth Andover Middle School will be hosting Cyber Day 4 Girls on Oct. 11 in partnership with IBM, the largest computer technology company in the world.
Brian Facey, subject coordinator for Anglophone West School District, said 10 upriver schools (Woodstock north) will each send a team of five to eight students to participate. The knowledge-building event is also receiving support from local private sector partners and will also include food, games and giveaways.
Since 2016, IBM has been involved in Cyber Day 4 Girls events in the United States, Canada, Ireland, Australia, South Africa and most recently, Nigeria, to promote cybersecurity education. Throughout the full-day experience, middle school aged girls will learn about the Internet of Things, protecting your online identity, and they will participate in group activities such as basic threat modelling. They also get to know some of the women of IBM who can tell them what it's like to work in the tech industry. The company is dedicated to reaching 1,000 girls through events in 2018. The goal is to attract girls to security careers as they also learn about cybersecurity awareness, skills and opportunities.
On Oct. 10, Carleton North High School will also host a different cyber security education day in partnership with CyberNB, Opportunities New Brunswick and private sector partners. During this event, 40 middle school and high school students and their teachers will have the chance for hands-on exploration into cybersecurity and find out how to get the Cyber-Titan initiative into their schools.
Cyber-Titan is a national youth education program which promotes education and awareness in technology education and fosters excellence in students pursuing careers in cyber security and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) areas. Cyber-Titan was introduced in Canadian schools in 2016 by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC), a national, non-profit organization with a focus and expertise in the digital economy.
9/18/2018 10:00 AM|
Sep 18 2018, 10:24 AM|
This week, McAdam High School students are taking part in "Pay It Forward" week in honour of the late Rebecca Schofield.
On Monday, students introduced "Change for Change" by bringing in coins to fundraise for Lakeland, the local food bank, secondhand store and job aid centre in order to help the community organization recover from a recent fire. On Tuesday, students will bring food items for the food bank. On Wednesday, they will bring in toiletry supplies for Fredericton area transition homes. On Thursday, a dance will be held with all funds raised for a local cancer patient. On Friday, several activities will be held, including face painting and pie-throwing, to also support the cause.
The New Brunswick Legislature recently proclaimed Sept. 16 Becca Schofield Day in honour of the Riverview teen, who inspired people around the world with her campaign to perform random acts of kindness.
Becca first made headlines when she made a "bucket list" after learning her cancer was terminal. One item on the list was to persuade people to perform acts of kindness and to share them through social media, either by posting on her Facebook page Becca's Battle with Butterscotch or tweeting using #BeccaToldMeTo.
After that, the phenomena of doing random acts of kindness caught on worldwide with hundreds of people posting their good deeds in honour of Becca. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also signed a certificate naming Becca an "honorary emerging leader."
9/10/2018 11:00 AM|
Sep 10 2018, 12:27 PM|
Bliss Carman Middle School is launching a T-shirt campaign on Wednesday, Sept. 12, to assist local charities with fundraising for the victims of the tragic incident in Fredericton last month.
Athletic Director Mark Paquette said the school will be selling a limited number of T-shirts during the campaign. The shirts will be sold for $10 each from the physical education office during noon hours. All funds raised will be passed onto local charities. The cost of the T-shirts is being supported in part by Colpitts Development, a private sector partner for the project.
On Friday, Oct. 5, Bliss Carmen will also be hosting special activities for School Spirit Day. Beginning at 1 p.m., students will join designated teams to take part in a variety outdoor games until 2:30 p.m., weather permitting. Paquette said these activities will serve to build comradery and cooperation among students.
"I would like to extend an invitation to any of our parents who are first responders to come out and join us and play along or simply be out with our students and staff," Paquette said. "We are also asking any off-duty Fredericton police officers to join us as well. It's our way to show these heroes that we appreciate them and extend our school spirit and to show community spirit."
9/10/2018 11:00 AM|
Sep 10 2018, 11:57 AM|
School bells will ring for the first official day of classes for Grades K-12 in Anglophone West School District on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.
Kindergarten students may have staggered entry beginning on Sept. 4. Contact your local school if you have not been given the specific details on when your child beings school.
See the enclosed information below for details on registration for all students new to the district.
Also enclosed is information on staggered classes taking place at some middle and high schools.
Click on this document for further details:
School Opening Information1 2018-2019.pdf
8/16/2018 9:00 AM|
Aug 16 2018, 9:29 AM|
ASD-W Substitute Teacher Orientation Session for
2018-2019 school year
Tues. Aug. 28th – Woodstock Education Centre –
138 Chapel St. Woodstock 1:00-3:00 pm
Thur. Aug. 30th - Fredericton High School –
Tom Morrison Theatre 1:00-3:00 pm
8/15/2018 3:00 PM|
Aug 15 2018, 2:08 PM|
Eight schools in Anglophone West School District have been awarded one-year grants under the Capacity for Courage program, offered by the provincial Departments of Education and Early Childhood Development and Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour. The program for K-12 anglophone schools in New Brunswick aims to support educators and students with initiatives that support culturally vibrant classrooms, schools and communities.
Teachers from each of the selected schools will be receiving the grants. Members of most teams will be participating in a kick-off innovation lab event taking place this summer from July 30 to August 1 and will then move forward with their funded programs this school year. Grant funds will be distributed in August.
Congratulations to the following grant recipients from ASD-W:
Diversity Film Series: This is Our Story - Emily Chevrier and Neil Brewer, Fredericton High School.
We are The World: Denise Dorcas and team - Priestman Street School.
Global Minds: Amanda Collicott, Michelle Keefe and team - George Street Middle School.
Welcoming Room: Jill Johnson - Nashwaaksis Middle School.
Buddy Program: Wendy Hudon, Natalie Mombourquette, Sarah Kennedy and team - Oromocto High School.
Drumming Across the World: Katie Murphy, Brenda Crook and team - Gibson-Neill Memorial School.
Exploring Diversity in a Rural Setting: Erin Jones, Melissa Creighton and team - Cambridge Narrows Community School.
Events Throughout the Year: Kelly Gaines, Colin McIssac, Barb Corbett and team - Connaught Street School.
A total of 22 Capacity for Courage grants were awarded across the province. Selection was based on adherence to the objectives of the grant. Representation across districts and across levels of schooling, as well as diversity in projects, were also considered.
Submissions were required to support the province's 10-year Education Plan: Everyone at Their Best by targeting objective one in the plan, "ensuring all learners value diversity and have a strong sense of belongining," and objective nine, "fostering leadership, active citizenship and an entrepreneurial mindset."
The themes of the grant program are driving dynamic change in an increasingly diverse school; development of cultural vibrancy in school; and having the courage to lead change toward a vision of a culturally inclusive school and community.
7/25/2018 11:00 AM|
Jul 25 2018, 11:08 AM|
Grade 8 students at Chipman Forest Avenue School have been researching and building hydraulic machinery as part of a science grant for special projects under the instruction of their teacher Angela Lawless.
Following their research, the students busied themselves in the science lab for several weeks assembling hydraulic machine kits which they later planned to display for the rest of the school, parents and the community.
"All of the students were excited about the task at hand and many described the difficult process of reading through the instructions, following the diagrams and actually piecing together the machines, hoses for the fluids, and securing the different implements on the arms," said David Northrup, resource teacher at the school. "They were sharing ideas, helping each other, and seeking information from other groups as they worked to solve design issues and how best to complete their task. Their teacher sought out an activity that was complex, relevant and common place in the student's world, one that has a kinesthetic component and has curricular ties to the rest of the students' day."
Hydraulic machines are machinery and tools that use liquid fluid power to do simple work. Heavy equipment is a common example. The popularity of hydraulic machinery is due to the very large amount of power that can be transferred through small tubes and flexible hoses, and the high power density and wide array of actuators that can make use of this power.
Shown in the photos below are (1) (left to right) Grade 8 students Hannah Paczay and Grace Barton with their science project; (2) (left to right, front) Kaitlyn Chiasson, Anthony Pascon, Dylan Yates, Braden Dykeman, Caleb Knox, Wyatt Elliott, Jayden Sullivan, Leah Blakey; (back row) Teacher Angela Lawless, Jessica Goode, Hannah, Strout, Cati Coady, Logan Casey-White, Sam Lawless, Kyle Wood.
6/21/2018 12:00 PM|
Jun 21 2018, 11:36 AM|
A dedication ceremony for the new Oromocto High School satellite campus at Oromocto First Nation took place on June 14 with elders, dignitaries, students, school and district staff in attendance along with members of the community.
The Welamukotuk Kinapuwi Kehkitimo, or the Learning Centre for Courage, is for members of the First Nation who are having trouble staying in public school or just need a few credits to graduate. Students are taught the regular curriculum and can also get credits for learning their own language and traditions.
The establishment of the learning centre was a goal of Chief Shelley Sabattis, who wanted to see youth at risk in her community continue with their education and avoid dropping out of school. She said these students needed a place to call their own where they can be themselves and feel confident within a comfortable learning environment, free of distractions.
The centre will be staffed by teacher David Wilson and two tutors who are members of the Oromocto First Nation. Two students who have been attending the centre are currently preparing for their graduation.
Shown in the photo below are (left to right) Oromocto Mayor Robert Powell, MLA Jody Carr, Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre, Chief Shelley Sabattis, and Oromocto High School Principal Jeff Holder cutting the ribbons during the dedication ceremony for the new campus, while Elder Imelda Perley (front) holds the ribbons.
6/15/2018 10:00 AM|
Jun 15 2018, 10:36 AM|
A seven-member delegation from New South Wales in Australia visited schools in ASD-W from June 11-14 to talk to school and district staff about how to create a culture of inclusion in the public school system.
The group visited Ridgeview Middle School, Hubbard Elementary School and Devon Middle School to discover what it takes to be an inclusive school and how parents, families and advocacy organizations can best support inclusive education at the school level. They toured school facilities, visited classrooms, spoke with students and staff and attended special events during the school day to see inclusion and diversity in action from a variety of perspectives including First Nations.
"We are committed to inclusionary practices and providing a safe and positive learning environment for all students," Acting Superintendent Catherine Blaney told the group. "Our schools and our teachers are ready to accept and support all children coming into the classroom and we do our best to meet their needs."
Group members expressed a deep appreciation for the welcoming culture they experienced at ASD-W schools where students learn and play together regardless of their exceptionalities, challenges or disabilities. Blaney said the key to success is to work with parents and have the proper resources, training, support and advice available to teachers and staff who are leading the delivery of education.
"We have leaders who are very committed to students and are setting examples for our teachers," added Gina Dunnett, director of schools for the Oromocto Education Centre. "Our teachers love their students and our schools wrap themselves around our kids."
During the study tour, the group heard about how provincial Policy 322 has instituted a philosophy that allows each student to feel respected, confident and safe so he or she can participate with their peers in a common learning environment and learn and develop to his or her full potential. It is based on a system of values and beliefs centred on the best interest of the student, which promotes cohesion, belonging, active participation in learning, a complete school experience, and positive interactions with peers and others in the school community.
"We teach for understanding and for where the students and families are coming from," explained Cynthia Lorette, subject coordinator for educational support services at the Oromocto Education Centre. "We go to strengths first, tease those out, and work is adjusted based on a student's individual needs. We want kids to feel connected, successful and be learning from students around them."
"What you have, you need to bottle that," said Di Samuels, a member of the Australian delegation. "We don't have your welcoming culture."
Group members explained the Australian school system operates "pockets of inclusion." However, segregation of students with special needs still exists in many cases. Parents and families in Australia are challenging the current school system so that improvements can be made. New Brunswick's reputation for being a world leader in inclusion brought the group to the province to study and obtain information on how to bring those changes about.
Blaney noted integration first began in New Brunswick in 1985 and it has taken many years to build a culture of inclusion across the province. Inclusion in public school has "morphed and grown," she said, and many differences have emerged in the needs and challenges presented by students, particularly with autism and mental health issues. Nonetheless, schools must be prepared and ready to support all students and make sure they have the opportunity to learn, socialize with their peers, and acquire the skills they need to access as much of the world as they can.
Shown in the photo below (back row) Acting Superintendent for ASD-W Catherine Blaney, with members of the Australian delegation including Meg Sweeney, Cecile Sullivan Elder, Cynthia Lorette, subject coordinator for educational support services with ASD-W, Yolande Cailly, Di Samuels and Melissa Smith; (front row) Leanne Varga and Karen Tippett.
The Australian group also met with staff from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dr. Gordon Porter from Inclusive Education Canada, and representatives of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living.
6/13/2018 3:00 PM|
Jun 15 2018, 8:21 AM|
Students at Connaught Street School celebrated the end of their school year with a one-hour musical that played to a packed house on June 14.
How Canada Came to Be, written by music specialist Rhonda Draper, brought students from all grades to the stage in various acts to tell the history of Canada in story and song. Throughout the performance, students gave an overview of Canadian history using music to portray the diverse culture of the nation. They sang a Maliseet song as well as Canadian folk tunes like I's the B'y that Builds the Boat, Mary Mack, I Met a Bear, Great Big Moose, and many more.
Sarah Francis from Tobique First Nation opened the musical with a jingle dress dance surrounded by students who carried flash cards about the Wolastoq river, Maliseet language and respect for First Nations people. Then came stories about the arrival of the Vikings and the early Europeans, followed by John Cabot who claimed Newfoundland for England, Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain. Students told of the fur trade in a vast wilderness, relationships with First Nations allies, clearing the forest, farming in the colonies, and encounters with wild animals. Then came Confederation in 1867, settling the prairies, Louis Riel, the formation of the northwest Mounted Police, the establishment of a national railroad, lumbering on the west coast, and the Yukon's Klondike gold rush.
"Canada! We are the true north, strong and free," the students said. "Our spirit comes form the beauty of the land, from its hardships, joys and sorrows. We tread gratefully upon our land, and when the day is done, we rest our tired heads and dream sweet dreams born, once again, on the wing of our song."
The exciting musical event opened with the Grade 5 school band performing O Canada, and ended with students singing a bilingual version of the province's anthem, Land of New Brunswick.
Shown in the photos below (1) Sarah Francis from Tobique First Nation performing a jingle dress dance surrounded by students Dominic O'Donnell, Logan Ramey, Vera LeBlanc, Sasha Mais, Gregor Smith and Ben Budd; (2) Students Jonathon Howey, Andrew Phillos, Madeline Walker, Lily Porter, Adah Hatfield and Molly Jenkins performing at the musical, How Canada Came to Be, at Connaught Street School.
6/14/2018 3:00 PM|
Jun 14 2018, 4:07 PM|
The Roots of Empathy program has been underway in schools in the province this year with the support of Public Health and non-profit community organizations.
In ASD-W, family visits and spending time with a small child at school have helped students identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others. The emotional literacy taught through the Roots of Empathy program lays the foundation for safer and more caring classrooms, and helps prevent bullying or insensitivity toward others in the school environment. Families who volunteer to participate with their infants live in the local community and commit to visiting the classroom every three weeks during the school year.
The Roots of Empathy program is delivered during regular school hours and is offered to elementary school children from kindergarten to Grade 8. In Canada, the program is delivered in rural, urban and indigenous communities and is also utilized in schools in other countries around the world.
Public Health Nurse Kim Greechan from the Horizon Health Network explained the overall goal of the program is to build caring, peaceful and civil societies through the development of empathy in children and adults. The program is also promoted through the Healthy Learners in-school program.
On May 30, a "Baby Celebration" was held at the Military Family Resource Centre in Oromocto. Babies and parents who participated in the program this school year, instructors, teachers, and principals were in attendance as well as representation from local government, public health and education.
6/12/2018 4:00 PM|
Jun 12 2018, 4:01 PM|
Nackawic Elementary School has been named an Earth School by logging more than 1,000 environmental projects over many years with the Seeds Foundation, a national Green Schools program operating in schools across Canada.
On June 11, the students sang songs and hosted a celebration of their efforts with Lieutenant Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau, her husband, Ronald Vienneau, and Nackawic Mayor Ian Kitchen in attendance. Jeanette Garland, parent school committee chair, and Charlotte Flores from the Falls Brook Centre in Knowlesville also offered their praise to the students for striving to protect the environment.
""We have worked hard to reach our goal," said Principal Larry Graham. "We must promise to continue to do our best to keep our school an environmentally responsible place to work and play. I hope you will continue to do your best to recycle, reduce and reuse and keep garbage off our playground. Continue to look after the plants inside and outside the school in our outdoor classroom as well as on the playground and in our gardens. Congratulations, everyone!"
Graham said the campaign first began in 1992 under the leadership of Jeannie Martin and since then six books of environmental projects have been logged by the school. Students have become more environmentally aware through several activities including water and energy conservation, recycling, getting rid of plastics, studying nature, and keeping their school and playground clean of litter by adopting the motto, Clean, Clean, Keep our School Green.
Teacher Tanya Jackman and her Grade 5 class won the trophy for showing environmental leadership consistently throughout the school year. The entire school also earned a new Earth School banner for their green achievements. During the celebration, a student from each class also came forward to pass the Earth Ball as a sign of their commitment to continue protecting the planet.
Lieutenant Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau told the students they are sending a message to the community to take a more responsible approach toward protecting the environment.
"What will you do next to continue to make a difference and change the world?" the Lieutenant Governor said. "Congratulations and I am very proud of you."
Mayor Ian Kitchen encouraged the students to carry their environmental leadership into adulthood so they can continue to protect the planet into the future.
The Green Schools program, which provides the Earth School designation, encourages students to be environmentally responsible and to take personal action at school and at home. Classes undertake projects to learn, communicate, and enhance the environment. Under the program, one million projects have been completed at 6,000 Canadian schools.
Shown in the photos below: (1) Lily Wright on the drum and Owen Lutwick on the cymbals, with student council reps Leah Dempsey and Jonathan O'Grady (back) as the Earth School banner is unfolded; (2) Principal Larry Graham and students (left to right) Elizabeth-Day Wortman, Adrienne Roy. Noah Simpson, Drew Springer, Zander Chase, Colton MacElwain, Mya Fox-Grant and Victoria Brewer pass the Earth Ball as a sign of their commitment to continue protecting the planet; (3) Mayor Ian Kitchen, Lieutenant-Governor Jocelynn Roy-Vienneau, and her husband, Roy Vienneau, at the celebration; (4) Teacher Tanya Jackman with her Grade 5 class upon winning the trophy for environmental leadership, (back row, left to right) Jarrett Barrett, Jonathan O'Grady, Aiden Lavigne, Tanner Trail, Eric Spencer, Abby Germain, Alexa Brewer, Gregory Patterson; (front row) Dale Cronkhite, Mason Estey-Brooks, Adrienne Roy, teacher Tanya Jackman, Tia Carter, Annie Pike, Gabby Barrett and Trenton Anderson-Babin.
6/12/2018 11:00 AM|
Jun 12 2018, 11:55 AM|
The ASD-W Newcomer Support Centre and the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick recently hosted a stakeholders' forum to discuss current practices for creating welcoming schools for newcomer students and their families.
Five schools in the district were celebrated for their success in responding to the arrival of newcomer students. They were Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School, Priestman Street Elementary School, Connaught Street Elementary School, George Street Middle School and Woodstock High School.
"These five schools have surpassed our expectations in terms of their creativity and collaboration as culturally-responsive leaders in ASD-W," said Shawna Allen-VanderToorn, subject coordinator for EAL (English as an Additional Language) and International Students Liaison. "We look forward to learning more from them as they continue to embark on their respective journeys in creating intercultural connections at their schools."
Through the establishment of Intercultural Connections Actions Teams, these five schools worked together to collect and examine data, reflect on current successes and opportunities for change, and plan next steps for school-based initiatives.
During the forum, the schools shared their innovative approaches for welcoming newcomers. This included orientation meetings for families, interviews with students sharing their experiences and ideas with teachers, inviting community members into schools to learn about the diversity within, English language learning opportunities to facilitate communication, peer mentoring by student leaders, community service and global awareness initiatives.
A team from Cambridge Narrows Community School took part in the forum as observers since research is currently being conducted at this school to prepare for demographic shifts that other communities are already experiencing.
Going forward, Allen-VanderToorn (shown in photo on far right) said the aim is to connect five additional schools with the inaugural teams in order to continue building leadership capacity for creating welcoming schools for newcomers across the district.
The Anglophone West School District officially opened its Newcomer Support Centre in Fredericton in 2016. Located at George Street Middle School in the downtown, the centre helps families with their transition to the New Brunswick school system, provides support for learners of English as an additional language, and promotes cultural diversity initiatives across its 69 schools.
6/6/2018 1:00 PM|
Jun 06 2018, 2:54 PM|