Students of several District 16 schools became closely involved with the recent Miramichi Rotary Pond Hockey Tournament held at French Fort Cove. The students were on the frozen pond, conducting interviews with participants, organizers and spectators, taking photographs and recording their impressions. The four participating schools were Croft Elementary, Gretna Green Elementary, Ian Baillie Primary and Millerton School. Their results of their involvement can be viewed at http://miramichipondhockey.blogspot.com/ .
Fourteen Mexican high school exchange students have been enjoying what a Canadian winter has had to offer Miramichi over the past 10 days. And what a range of temperatures they have had to adjust to. But none-the-less their schedule has included time at host school James M. Hill High, visits to Metepenagiag First Nation, sleigh rides, tobogganing, curling, cross country and downhill skiing, school visits, watching hockey games, watching Irish dancing and a games night at the Golden Hawk Recreation Center.
With scissors and glue in hand, a dedicated group of primary teachers dove into a “Make and Take” session on Jan.12. After a CI Day presentation on phonological awareness, teachers were provided with the materials to make activities to develop and reinforce these skills with their students.
The third annual D16 Creative Use of Technology in Education (CUTE) Awards are quickly approaching. Scheduled for February 17th (bad weather date February 18th) at the James M. Hill High School Auditorium the event promises to be another exciting evening extravaganza for students and teachers of District 16. Awards are presented for the creative and innovative classroom use of educational technology by means of a variety of digital media. For more information visit http://www.district16.nbed.nb.ca/program/cute-awards .
The drama club from Croft Elementary School visited the School District 16 office on December 17th to perform their latest production called The Best Christmas Pagent Ever. Although it could be called a costumeless dress rehearsal there was no lack of enthusiasm as just a few moments into the story the players warmed to their roles, gathered confidence and gave a convicing performance. The District 16 staff thoroughly enjoyed the 30 minute play that concluded with the spirited singing of two Christmas carols.
The after-school program at Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Richibucto has received a grant of $30 000 from RBC. The after-school program has been established to give students an opportunity to try a variety of activities that include among others: sports, music and visual arts. Reducing the lunch break to 20 minutes makes room in the school's time table for the highly regarded program. Criteria for the RBC award requires the program to be structured and supervised with a focus on safety, social skills and self-esteem.
Writing reports, doing research and making presentations to classmates have long been an established ways for students to show what they have learned and to express their interests. In this era of electronic technology students have many opportunities to create and publish work in a variety of media and to have it immediately available to all through the Internet. It is also very easy for them to do the research and gather resources on any given topic.
Earlier this fall Mr. Kevin Scully, physical education teacher at Eleanor W. Graham Middle School in Richibucto, was awarded the District 16 Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award by the New Brunswick Physical Education Society. Mr Scully provides a very diversified program for the students at the school, both curricular and extra-curricular. In a lengthy citation prepared by his school’s principal, Mr.
The Leadership class from Miramichi Valley High School gave a lively dance demonstration to the residents of Miramichi Senior Citizens Home on Friday December 11th. Although the repertoire included country line dancing and the Virginia Reel, it was the German, English and Israeli folk dances that the students seemed to enjoy performing the most. The 40 minute program was well received and the students enjoyed their visit. Teacher, Mr. Jim Watters, arranged the demonstration to provide an entertaining time for the residents.
Spirits were not dampened by the cool wet weather as people of the Miramichi warmly welcomed the Olympic Flame that swept through the community on Friday. The presence of busloads of District 16 students from the Miramichi area, Blackville and Rexton, dressed for warmth and many in red, gave an enthusiastic youthful tone to the two hour celebration held at the James M. Hill High School track.