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​​​Students and staff at Hartland Community School have been busy working to rid Principal Andy Clark of his moustache.

As part of the Movember campaign, the school participated in fundraising to build school spirit and support the cause for men's health in Canada. Their principal Andy Clark accepted the supreme challenge to shave his beloved moustache if the school could raise $3,000 for the River Valley Cancer Support group. The school surpassed that goal by raising $5,600.

Vice-Principal Lesley Bustard said the campaign got off to a slow start with less than $500 collected during the first two weeks so students and staff rolled up their sleeves and brainstormed fundraising events to ensure the Huskies would meet the challenge.

"The last two weeks have been fun-filled with students, staff, and community members pitching in," Bustard said.  "There have been muffin sales, sock hops where students donned mustaches, 50/50 draws, candy canes sales, HCS Christmas ornament sales, car cleaning, Fan’stache’tic basket ticket sales, ‘tache of Italy meal auction, and donations have poured in from local businesses, family, friends, colleagues, and neighboring schools."

As a result, Principal Andy Clark went for a shave on Dec. 4.

Robyn Oakes, educational essistant at the school, wrote a poem to commemorate the event.:

ODE TO THE 28-YEAR-OLD ‘STACHE

By Robyn Oakes, Educational Assistant at HCS

Mr. Clark has a mustache

That is older than time

Along came Movember

Tis' the theme of this rhyme.

 

The challenge was made

And the gauntlet thrown down

Huskies were eager

They were joined by the town.

 

“Raise three thousand dollars

 You’ve got thirty days

And if you’re successful

My mustache I’ll shave.”

 

Huskies took on the task

They schemed and they planned

They threw out a challenge

To the folks of Hartland.

 

Sports teams raised dollars

Kids danced in their socks

They donned their fake staches

Sold all the candy in stock

This thing rolled like a snowball

Oh, how big it became!

First came Fire Chief Walton

Mayor Darrin did the same.

 

People flocked in to give

Dollars flowed in like honey

I’ll list some of the names

His mom and dad came with money.

 

The Greens, Craigs and Allens

Nearby schools and some more

The ball it was rolling

Richard came from the store.

 

Colleagues and friends

Too many to count

Donations poured in

Like water out the fount.

 

This challenge went viral

The Oakes, the Nevers

Money came from New York

Mr. Clark had the shivers.

 

So many donations

From mighty to small

For these we are grateful

We just can’t name them all

The thanks they are many

We don’t want to miss one

From students to teachers

We all had such fun!

 

Just one last huge thank you

Mr. Clark, you’re the one

Without your old mustache

This could never have been done.

 

It’s the end of the month

We made it, it’s done

The mustache is over

River Valley Cancer has WON!​



Shown in the photo on the front page are Hartland Community School Principal Andy Clark with Miss New Brunswick Kristen Culberson during the fundraising campaign. Shown below are (1) Principal Andy Clark awith his daughter Taylor following the loss of his moustache; (2) Principal Andy Clark with members of the River Valley Cancer Support group.

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Last Printed: 12/4/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: Dec 04 2019, 1:51 PM
  

​Grade 1 student Molly Witherall says she wants to help other children this holiday season so she recorded her own video and shared it with family and friends to collect donations for the Christmas Angel Tree at Gibson Neill Memorial Elementary School. Her efforts brought in over $550 for the cause.

"It was a wonderful experience for Molly," said her mother Meagan Witherall. "People wrote her little letters, called and offered lots of encouragement and spoke of being inspired to spread a little kindness of their own. The money came in from all across Canada - a pretty memorable experience for her to carry forward in her life."

At Molly's school, paper angels are hung on a Christmas tree, each indicating a child's need such as clothing as well as a toy for Christmas. Generous donors come by to select paper angels, fulfill the Christmas wishes written on them, and then return the items to the school as gifts. Molly's fundraising will help to make sure a grocery store gift certificate is also added to the list of Christmas presents provided to families this year.

"This is our second year for it (Christmas Angel Tree) and it is very special," said Principal Sherry Norton-Graham. "People are very touched by it and I am thrilled with the response." 

Norton-Graham said the Christmas Angel Tree serves as a unique holiday assistance program that connects the community with the school, while helping deserving children and their families. 

"It was very heartwarming to hear from her (Molly's) mother," Norton-Graham explained. "She described how Molly was very taken by the thought that some children might not have gifts under the tree that they would want."

View Molly's video issued to family and friends at the link below.

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Last Printed: 12/4/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: Dec 04 2019, 12:05 PM
  

​Schools across ASD-W are holding their annual Christmas concerts leading up to the holidays.

Please click on the link below for a list of schools and concert dates.

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Last Printed: 12/4/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Dec 04 2019, 9:39 AM
  

​Students from Perth Andover Middle school were named champions of the province's First Lego League robotics qualifier tournament held recently at Rothesay Netherwood School near Saint John.

The PAMS Bears Lego Robotics joined 18 teams from across New Brunswick in competing for a chance to move on to the  Acadia Robot Programming Competition in Nova Scotia coming up on Feb. 15-16, 2020.  

"Our team won first place and have earned this awesome opportunity," said teacher Michael Grant. "This is the first ever robotics team from Perth Andover Middle School so it's quite an accomplishment."

Members of the school team are Jacob Durepos, Kyelee Michaud, Lachlan Moore and Miles Paquette-O'Neill.   The event at Rothesay Netherwood School included youth from Grades 4-8.

The top teams move on to the next competition in Nova Scotia in February and will then have the opportunity to advance to the world championships in Detroit.

The New Brunswick qualifier tournament was organized by Rothesay Netherwood School, FIRST ® LEGO® LeagueAcadia Robotics, and Brilliant Labs.
 
In the past, students in the province have had to travel to Nova Scotia to compete in robotics competitions.




 

Last Printed: 12/2/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Dec 02 2019, 1:02 PM
  

Students from McAdam High School will be taking part in an exciting Christmas fundraising project in partnership with NB Southern Railway and The Children’s Wish Foundation, New Brunswick Chapter.  

The fun-filled event is titled the Polar Express “Believe in Wishes” Train Ride.

On Saturday, Dec. 14, over 650 visitors are expected to arrive in the Village of McAdam to experience the whimsical train ride for charity.

While the train arrives and departs throughout the afternoon, student volunteers will be helping to serve meals to passengers inside the fully-decorated McAdam Railway Station. There will be three "elf" spaghetti dinners served at intervals beginning at 12:15 p.m. and ending a6:15 p.m.

Tickets are already sold out for the day-long event which will follow a festive Christmas theme with guests enjoying activities, cookies (over 1,500 homemade cookies made by McAdam High School students) and hot chocolate along with a special visit from Santa Claus and his elves.

Principal Jeremy MacIver will serve as conductor for the Polar Express, while teacher Judy Anderson will headline as Mrs. Claus.

"The level of student involvement is outstanding," said Principal Jeremy MacIver. "Every student in the building has taken on a role in order to make this a memorable experience for all the guests and the community."

For visitors, the ride over the rails will come very close to a trip to the North Pole with passenger cars decorated and staffed with the student elves in pajamas. The ride will be set to festive music with the ​activities in tune with designated songs.

Proceeds from the event in McAdam will be shared between the Children’s Wish Foundation, New Brunswick Chapter, and the McAdam Train Station restoration process.

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Last Printed: 12/2/2019 11:00 AM
Posted: Dec 02 2019, 11:17 AM
  

​Anglophone West School District hosted a Town Hall Meeting on pupil transportation on Nov. 27 at Nashwaaksis Middle School. Superintendent David McTimoney gave a presentation to about 60 members of the public in attendance. Click on the link below to view the presentation. There were also round table discussions between parents and district staff.

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View the meeting on You Tube at https://youtu.be/_B9DFffqUwg​



Last Printed: 11/21/2019 3:00 PM
Posted: Nov 29 2019, 11:01 AM
  

A new gymnasium floor has been installed at the Nashwaaksis Field House in Fredericton.  The $720,000 project was financed through a partnership between the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Anglophone School District West and the City of Fredericton. 

The gym serves Nashwaaksis Middle School students, as well as many community groups after-hours and on weekends. Previous flooring had deteriorated and was in need of replacement to ensure continued use of facility.

Shown in the photo below are (left to right): Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy, Fredericton Mayor Mike O'Brien, and District Education Council chair for ASD-W Kimberley Douglass.  




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Last Printed: 11/29/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Nov 29 2019, 10:10 AM
  

​If ever there was a brave and courageous New Brunswicker with a compelling story to tell, it is John Westhaver.

A native of St. Stephen, Westhaver has made it his mission to speak to students across Canada and the U.S. about overcoming adversity and making responsible choices. His messages are clear: you are not defined by your looks; you are not what happened to you, and you can create the life of your dreams.

In 1994, a month and a half before his high school graduation, Westhaver was involved in a horrific car crash with three of his friends. The teens had been enjoying a typical Friday night - drinking beer in the car, blasting music and speeding. Although the driver of the vehicle was sober, the car lost control at a sharp bend and hit a telephone pole, killing everyone in the car except Westhaver. When he awoke from a medically-induced coma a month later, he learned that his friends were killed in the crash. He was fortunate to be alive, but had suffered life-threatening burns to 75 per cent of his body. Through his extensive rehabilitation, he found the strength to move forward. His ongoing recovery inspired him to devote his life to helping others make the choices that he didn't.

On Nov. 21, Westhaver spoke to students at George Street Middle School in Fredericton during a special school assembly.

"He spoke to our students about overcoming challenges," Principal Pierre Plourde said. "Living with facial disfigurement in today's superficial world can be very challenging. John shared how he not only lives in this superficial world, but how he thrives in it. His presentation provided our students with great advice with the intention to motivate and inspire our students to find in themselves the courage, power and strength to deal with difficult times in their own lives."

The students heard Westhaver share his feelings about dealing with the loss of his friends and his struggles to undergo over 35 surgeries to correct the damage caused by the fiery car crash. He spoke about believing in yourself, accepting who you are, not judging others by their appearance, and knowing the freedom of letting go of the past through forgiveness.

Today, Westhaver resides in Victoria, BC where he is involved in a road safety speaker program. He has made over 600 presentations in North America as an established and powerful  motivational speaker.

Shown in the photo below is John Westhaver speaking to students at George Street Middle School.

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Last Printed: 11/27/2019 10:00 AM
Posted: Nov 27 2019, 10:29 AM
  

Over 400 Fredericton High School students attended a special climate presentation Nov. 21, hosted by New Brunswick environmentalist and sustainability consultant Carl Duivenvoorden, and were surprised when former United States vice-president Al Gore called in to chat with them.

A total of 1,700 presentations were held globally and Fredericton High School students were one of five groups that Gore spoke with that day. Gore is a renowned environmentalist and a Nobel Peace Prize winner for his efforts to educate the world about climate change, spearheading the launch of a famous documentary, The Inconvenient Truth.

According to the 2019 report Canada's Changing Climate Report (CCCR), which was commissioned by Environment and Climate Change CanadaCanada's annual average temperature over land has warmed by 1.7 C since 1948. The rate of warming is even higher in Canada's North, in the Prairies and northern British Columbia.

Evidence shows increased concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—specifically carbon dioxide concentrations—can explain Earth’s observed warming trend. Greenhouse gases are called that because they effectively act like a greenhouse or a layer of insulation for the Earth: they trap heat and warm the planet. 

Recent reports state that by 2050 the effects of climate change will be significant around the globe.


Last Printed: 11/22/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Nov 22 2019, 5:41 PM
  

News Release

Education and Early Childhood Development

Bill to amend immunization record requirements reintroduced

22 November 2019

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government reintroduced legislative amendments today that would remove non-medical exemptions from the mandatory immunization requirements for public school and licensed early learning and child care admissions. The amendments are to the Education Act and the Public Health Act.

In tabling the legislation, Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy said the government is willing to protect the legislation against possible challenges using the seldom-used notwithstanding clause, also known as Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“Over the past year, there have been outbreaks of diseases which are preventable by vaccine that put the health and safety of our students at risk,” said Cardy. “We remain committed to helping to protect the most vulnerable people within our population and will use every power we have to ensure New Brunswick’s schools and daycares are safe for our children.”

The proposed legislation comes in the wake of similar policy decisions made elsewhere in the world, such as in Germany where legislation will make measles immunizations mandatory for all children and staff in kindergartens and schools, medical facilities, and community facilities, starting in March 2020.

“The provincial government is concerned about outbreaks around the world, such as the situation in Samoa where the lack of an immunization program has resulted in deaths and the declaration of a state of emergency,” said Cardy.

The legislative amendments introduced today would require students attending public schools and children in licensed early learning and child care facilities – either currently enrolled or being admitted for the first time – to provide either proof of immunization or a medical exemption on a form signed by a medical professional.

Similar proposed legislation regarding proof of immunization was introduced in June. Over the summer the proposed legislation was reviewed by the standing committee on law amendments but royal assent was not attained before the legislative assembly prorogued.

An Act Respecting Proof of Immunization would come into effect Sept. 1, 2021 and would:

·         remove sections in both the Education Act and the Public Health Act that allow non-medical exemptions to be presented in place of immunization records or medical exemption; and

·         result in modifications to the Licensing Regulation – Early Childhood Services Act which refers to practices outlined in the Public Health Act.

“Vaccines are a safe and proven way to prevent the spread of many potentially life-threatening diseases,” said Cardy. “This legislation is protecting individuals with compromised immune systems and will help keep our children safe, healthy and ready to learn.”

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Last Printed: 11/22/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Nov 22 2019, 12:02 PM
  

Students, educators to be consulted on how to improve second language training

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will engage with students and educators on ways to improve second language training.

“New Brunswick is Canada’s only bilingual province and all New Brunswickers should be able to share their stories and experiences with one another,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Our low levels of bilingualism are unacceptable. We need to look at opportunities to use personalized or experiential learning to address the needs of second language learners and make second language programs more accessible.”

As outlined in Succeeding at Home: A green paper on education in New Brunswick, the government has committed to ensuring that all students achieve, at a minimum, conversational proficiency in both official languages by the time they graduate from high school.

Department staff will visit schools and talk with students and educators currently participating in second language programming. Discussions will explore the strengths and weaknesses of the current curricula and programming to see where there is room for improvement and what successes can be leveraged to create new, widely available learning opportunities.

Based on discussions and the feedback received, the department will invite about a dozen of schools to participate in a pilot project to explore second language learning opportunities and different models of delivery. These projects will begin as early as the 2020-21 school year.

In conjunction with ideas presented in the green paper, the department is exploring structures that would enable students to work together as they learn the two official languages and looking at how technology can be used to reinforce lessons or connect students across the province. The department has also committed to work with early childhood educators to explore play-based approaches to language acquisition.

“Educators working in classrooms directly with students every day are in the best position to explain their needs, successes and challenges,” said Cardy. “To build a world-class education system, we need to learn what longstanding barriers to learning exist and explore different models to overcome these barriers.”

Building a world-class education system with progress regularly measured and reported on publicly, is one of the government’s top priorities. More details on the priorities is available online.

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Last Printed: 11/21/2019 3:00 PM
Posted: Nov 21 2019, 2:40 PM
  

2019 Excellence in Education Awards (anglophone sector)

FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ten educators in the anglophone sector have been presented with the Minister’s Excellence in Education award recognizing their outstanding work.

“Thank you and congratulations to all of this year’s recipients for going above and beyond for their students,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “Your work is inspirational and New Brunswick is fortunate to have educators that possess so much passion and creativity for helping students foster a love of learning that will follow them throughout their lives.”

The following received awards during a banquet and ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 16, in Fredericton:

Anglophone North School District:

  • Lesley Stewart, Max Aitken Academy, Miramichi
  • Angela Young, Campbellton Middle School

Anglophone South School District:

  • Susan Boyle, Dr. A. T. Leatherbarrow Primary School, Hampton
  • Shane Kelbaugh, Rothesay High School
  • Paul Kelly, Hazen-White–St. Francis School, Saint John

Anglophone East School District:

  • Jonathan Godbout, Frank L. Bowser School, Riverview
  • Venessa Poirier-LeBlanc, Bessborough School, Moncton

Anglophone West School District:

  • Ginger Carson, Devon Middle School, Fredericton
  • Sheila Morgan, Summerhill Street Elementary School, Oromocto
  • Alice Sewell, Fredericton High School

The awards recognize those who have shown exceptional dedication, ingenuity, leadership, passion and professionalism in the education and early learning systems. They also highlight the success of innovative methods of fostering the development of young children and students; exceptional efforts to promote a positive learning environment; and initiatives to support students with difficulties.

Shown in the photo below are front row, from left: George Daley, deputy minister of Education and Early Childhood Education (anglophone sector); recipients Angela Young, Venessa Poirier-LeBlanc, Sheila Morgan and Susan Boyle. Back row, from left: recipients Shane Kelbaugh, Jonathan Godbout, Paul Kelly, Lesley Stewart, Ginger Carson and Alice Sewell.

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Last Printed: 11/19/2019 9:00 AM
Posted: Nov 19 2019, 8:34 AM
  

​About 200 high school students from across the province gathered for the 34th annual student leadership conference in Fredericton Nov. 14-15 where they dived into issues concerning New Brunswick's education system.

"Take advantage of this time to share your positives and opportunities for growth," Superintendent David McTimoney told students from ASD-W. "We want to hear about your amazing experiences at school as well as how to make things better."

Key topics for discussion among students included vaping at school, a need for a consistent grading system for middle and high school based on percentages, classroom composition, improving access and delivery of French Immersion programming, updating technology, providing access to WIFI at all schools, offering better course options and more online learning especially for rural schools.

Students also expressed an appreciation for their teachers trying to meet the needs of all learners, noting the pressure this can create for everyone in the classroom.

"We believe in inclusion," one student said. "But realistically, it doesn't work when there are a lot of distractions."

The students stressed more teachers, educational assistants and guidance counsellors are needed to strengthen the education system as a whole.

They also called for more self-directed learning, outdoor classroom experiences and field trips, enrichment and higher placement opportunities, skilled trades, better support for mental health, increased awareness about post secondary education, and more co-op programs involving universities.

They had high praise for peer mentoring and other student led initiatives such as building school spirit, community volunteering, fundraising for breakfast and student hunger programs, and supporting students in need of access to personal care items such as feminine hygiene products.

To improve their learning opportunities, the students agreed using Skype would be a great way to access a class they may not otherwise be able to attend. They mentioned a need for more Level 1 courses, classes in advanced math, life skills, sex education, political science, civics education, debating, budgeting and taxation, cursive writing, life sciences, and animal biology as well as more opportunity for French language classes in rural schools. Fine arts, music and sports were listed among their favourite activities for enrichment, confidence and relationship building.

"It's important to hear the views of our students," said Wallace Carr,  a district education council (DEC) member for ASD-W.  "They live the life at school and they have told us what our school system needs. We have to start trusting the kids. They have some good ideas. They are the future." 

Carr asked the students to get involved with the DEC's student voice committee so they could bring their concerns and ideas directly to the council.

This suggestion caught the attention of Tristan Demerchant, a Grade 11 student from Hartland Community School.

"It's important for students to get a voice in the district not just in our school," Demerchant said during the conference.

Provincial student council elections were also part of the two-day event.


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Last Printed: 11/15/2019 12:00 PM
Posted: Nov 15 2019, 3:31 PM
  

​Students and staff at New Maryland Elementary School gathered in the school gymnasium Nov. 7 to honour veterans and first responders who risk their lives to serve and protect local communities, the nation, and countries around the world.

"Today, we took the time to remember the things we should be thankful for," Principal Heather Hallett told the students. "But really, we should be thankful every day."

Guest speaker Captain Michael Conley, a member of the Royal Canadian Artillery's 3rd Field Regiment in Saint John, asked the students to listen to stories about veterans, learn who they are, what services they provide, and what sacrifices they make to keep other people safe.

"In some places in the world, it is not even safe to go outside and play," Conley said. "Imagine what that would be like."

Conley shared a story about an eight-year-old girl from the Netherlands who often visited with soldiers stationed nearby during the Second World War. The soldiers wanted to help the child endure the hardships of war so they made her a winter coat out of blankets for Christmas, using buttons from their own clothing. The girl was so thrilled with the coat she kept it with her always as a remembrance of what the military did to help her and the people of the Netherlands during the war years. Conley asked the students to remember this story about the little girl and to share it with others, noting many of the military who served overseas in the Second World War never came back home.

During the ceremony, Grade 5 students recited/read the poem In Flanders Fields by John McCrae in both official languages, and a student choir sang John Lennon's famous song of peace called, Imagine.

Special guests at the service included Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee, Deputy Mayor Alex Scholten, Councillor Gisele McCaie-Burke, Fire Chief Harry Farrell, RCMP Sergeant Mike Litalien, Master Corporal Jimmy Desmeules, Master Corporal Ona Valdivia and retired Sergeant Scott Godfrey, who played the bagpipes. Special music was also provided for the singing of O Canada and the playing of the Last Post.​

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Last Printed: 11/7/2019 2:00 PM
Posted: Nov 07 2019, 4:07 PM
  

​Students at Connaught Street School in Fredericton are enjoying their new gym during the day as the final touches on a major $4.5 million expansion project near completion.

Principal Barb Corbett said planning for the construction work began about 18 months ago. A ground-breaking took place in June 2018 and work on site has been steady since that time. 

The elementary school did not have a cafeteria, and a multi-purpose area was used as a gym. The new expansion includes a new full-size gym with bleachers, a stage area with top of the line​ sound and lighting equipment, as well as changing rooms, washroom facilities and space for a cafeteria and kitchen.

"There is a beautiful public foyer which will be a focal point for community gatherings," said  Corbett. "Work is continuing on the cafeteria – it should be opening in December.  Also in the same setting we are, with district support, renovating our old stage area to become the new school library. While work is being done on the interior, there is also excavation outside to create a basketball/wall ball area for students."




 

Last Printed: 11/4/2019 1:00 PM
Posted: Nov 04 2019, 2:21 PM
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