On Wednesday, April 11th, ASD-N students participated in the River Valley Provincial Science Fair at UNB, Fredericton. Our district was represented by 20 students presenting 16 unique projects from 6 schools. Students met with professional judges and then were treated to an afternoon of science activities at UNB. A big congratulations to all participants and especially to the seven ASD-N projects who won medals:
Junior Medals Bronze: Rust Buster by Rayne Scott from Superior Middle School Bronze: The Sound of Light by Alicia Gammon from Superior Middle School
The Superior Middle School Rotary INTERACT club of2017 won the Innovation Award for their “Barkers’ Dozen Dog Biscuit” business, where they partnered with the residents of the Southern Comfort Villa to make and sell dog biscuits. The interact students are the youngest group of Rotarians in the province.
Money raised was used to purchase a beautiful crab apple tree for the Villa. The planting of a tree helps address Rotary International President Ian Riesley.
Anglophone North School District welcomed Dr. Isabelle Knockwood, author of "Out of the Depths”, which chronicles the experience of Mi'kmaq children at the Indian Residential School in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. Isabelle spent two days in ASD-N on March 19th and 20th. The first day saw ASD-N collaborate with Natoaganeg First Nation to host a spring social/gathering for Indian Residential School Survivors and Elders that included drumming and dancing from students of Natoaganeg School, a talk from Isabelle, and a translation activity for the Elders and Survivors.
On Feb. 20th, 37 teachers from district and First Nation schools came together to learn and talk about the best practices of guided reading. The session was put on by the districts Literacy Lead team. All teachers were sent back to their schools with new understandings, a new text “The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading” by Jan Richardson, and a small guided reading kit.
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Students at Blackville School will try and recreate the experience of being on Juno Beach, June 6, 1944. By examining historical evidence and many different primary sources, they will begin to understand the experience of those who lived through this momentous battle in Canada's history.
Heidi Ryder is someone who leads by example with her creativity and innovative way of thinking. Being the lead administrator in a High School with over 500 students is sure to be a challenge, but Heidi has embraced the opportunity and has won over her students and staff. Everyone in the building means something to her and she treats everyone with equal respect. Therefore, it is no surprise that Heidi has been named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2018 by the Learning Partnership organization.
The first ASD-N non-fiction read aloud challenge, which ran from mid-October to mid-November, appears to have been a huge success. 37 entries were turned in and the response from teachers and leads is that students loved reading and discussing the non-fiction stories. All winning classrooms won a pack of non-fiction books for their classrooms.
Congratulations to: Barb Bourque (Terry Fox Elementary)-1st place at K-2 Jennifer Lawlor (Max Aitken)-2nd place at K-2 Colleen Tozer (Nelson Rural)-1st place at 3-5 Tammy Manderville (Blackville)-2nd place 3-5
Nelson Rural School has been named one of the top 10 finalists in the 2017 CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge. The Nelson Rural entry of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now” was selected from over 140 entries across Canada in the Elementary School Vocal category. Led by music teacher Mary O’Neill-Delano, the submission includes all students from the Grade 4 and 5 classes in Nelson.