On the last day of August District 16 educators received a well delivered and enthusiastic talk on the topic of school discipline and classroom management on their first day back for the 2009 – 2010 school year. The guest speaker, Mr. Ronald Morrish, gave an engaging and heart-felt delivery that emphasized the need for educators to develop expectations for student behaviour in schools, and to teach those behaviours so that students are disciplined in them. The teaching of these expectations must be accomplished early in the new term and be reinforced consistently throughout the school year.
District 16 has found a way to help students reach new heights in a challenging manner. The recent installation of a High Element Challenge Course on the grounds of Miramichi Valley High School provides a unique opportunity for students to test themselves climbing a variety of obstacles with trusty support from team members.
Ray Ritchie, Professional Engineer, representing
the Association of Professional Engineers and Geo-scientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB) (left)
recently presented Laurie Keoughan (center), Superintendent NB School District 16 , and Richard Walsh (right), District 16 Director of Education, with a cheque for $1000.00 to be used towards the District
16 Breakfast Program. The money was raised at the annual APEGNB 2008 Pumpkin
Fling which was held last fall on the Waterford Green, Miramichi
East.The event which involves "flinging" pumpkins at a target more than
On Sunday July 5th 2009, 256 students from schools throughout the Miramichi region completed the last 2.2 kilometer stage of their 42 kilometer marathon started in the spring at their respective schools. Students from School District 16 as well as others from districts 9 and 11, ran or walked through the blocked off streets of Miramichi West to the cheering of spectators and with the support of family and friends. This annual event is promoted by MANGO with the support of local schools, to encourage the youngsters to adopt active and healthy lifestyles.
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Hundreds of enthusiastic children from grades three to five recently participated in the annual District 16 SUBWAY Elementary School Track and Field meet at James M. Hill High School under sunny summer-like skies. This ambitious event held over two days was made possible by local educators and a dedicated cadre of volunteers from the community, all of whom drew on experience gained from previous years to ensure a smooth running mass participation event that was greatly enjoyed by the youngsters.
Mrs. Beth McCarthy and Mrs. Paula Hache of Ian Baillie Primary School, recently involved all the school’s students in publishing and launching a series of five children’s story books that they wrote and illustrated called Promise for Peace. The project although started previously with the writing of one of the books, was completed with the help of a New Brunswick Department of Education Learning Innovation Fund grant.
Each year Baby Celebrations are held to honor and thank the babies and parents who have participated throughout the school year in Roots of Empathy classes. Approximately 100 people including 13 babies and their parents from the District 16 Roots of Empathy program gathered to celebrate the “World’s Youngest Teachers” on Monday, June 15th. These teachers , babies ,who spent one class per month since October 2008 in a classroom in District 16 were celebrated along with their parents and community supporters.
The Miramichi Council of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers recently made a generous donation of library books to two District 16 elementary schools, Croft in Miramichi West and St Andrew’s in Miramichi East. These two schools are just the most recent beneficiaries of the efforts of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers over the last several years to support literacy in schools of the Miramichi region. The library assistants at both schools were able to carefully choose books to add to their schools’ collections to help fill needs not already being met.