Retired professional football player Bruce Beaton spoke to an audience of young athletes at James M. Hill high School on Wednesday Nov. 26th on what it takes to be successful. His audience comprised of students from the host school and neighbouring Dr. Losier Middle School, paid close attention as the native of Port Hood, Nova Scotia, spoke about the need for ...

Dalhousie Regional High School teacher Lisa Anderson was recognized for her excellence in teaching at the Minister’s Excellence in Teaching Awards celebration in Fredericton on November 24th. Known for her work in the classroom as being a champion of inclusion and for the effective use of technology, Ms Anderson has also shown school and district wide leadership support in the teaching of high school mathematics. She is also a leader in providing enrichment, tutorial and extended learning opportunities for students at Dalhousie Regional High. Ms Anderson presently teaching grade 9 math, was selected for the former School District 15.  Her school’s principal Ms Janet Cooper describes Ms Anderson as a very deserving recipient of this award.

Sheree Fitch, the well known Maritime based children’s author and poet delighted hundreds of Miramichi elementary students with her visit to three area schools on Tuesday November 27th. She recited many of her poems, known for their alliterative tongue twisting delightful plays on words. She strongly encouraged all her audience members to write creatively, outlining for them what is needed to be a writer and how long it sometimes takes to develop a piece of writing to the point of writer satisfaction. She had an enthusiastic audiences which totaled more than 1000 children by day’s end with long queues of book owners seeking her autograph after each session. She kindly obliged. She was very warmly received at the three schools visited; Gretna Green, Saint Andrews and Blackville School, with the audiences including students from all the nearby schools. For photos visit The Visit by Sheree Fitch .

The teaching of Mrs. Carolyn Simmons of Gretna Green Elementary School was recognized at this year’s Minister’s Excellence in Teaching  Awards celebration in Fredericton this past weekend. In describing the award the NB Minister of Education Mr. Jody Carr stated "These awards recognize and honour dynamic educators who have displayed outstanding skills in supporting the needs of diverse learners at the school, district and / or provincial level. It is a small way that we can thank our educators for their exceptional commitment and dedication to our children's learning." Mrs. Simmons, presently teaching grade 3, was selected for the former School District 16.

The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick (APEGNB)  along with representatives of the Rotary Club of Chatham and the Historic Chatham Business District, presented Anglophone North School District Superintendent Nancy Boucher a cheque for  $1700.00 on November 22nd . The donation was raised at the annual APEGNB Pumpkin Fling held September 22nd and 23rd  on Waterford Green, Chatham-Miramichi, and is given to support school breakfast programs in the district. The Rotary Club of Chatham (RCC), the Historic Chatham Business District (HCBD) and staff and students at NBCC Chatham were major supporters of the event along with Sunny Corner Enterprises.  Shown in the photo from left to right are Kevin Gallant (APEGNB), Mavis Williams (HCBD), school superintendent Nancy Boucher,  Anne Bracken (HCBD) and Anne Woods (RCC).

North and South Esk Regional High School is hosting a Spaghetti Supper and Silent Auction at the Beaverbrook Kin Center, Miramichi West, on Wednesday November 28th.  The guest speaker at the dinner will be Bruce Beaton a former professional football player and author of “Little Athletes Big Leaders’. The title of his talk is  Effective Sport Parenting. There is a free presentation for sport coaches prior to the dinner. For ticket information and further details please click on image on the left.

Well known children’s author Sheree Fitch is returning to Miramichi as part of the celebration for the 25th anniversary of the publication of her first book, Toes in My Nose, on Tuesday November 27th . Three one hour visits with grade 2,3 and 4 pupils are planned for Gretna Green Elementary (9:00 a.m.), St. Andrews Elementary  (10:30 a.m.) and Blackville School(1:00 p.m.). Other area schools are arranging visits to these schools to share the excitement on the 27th.

National Bullying Awareness Week is being observed this week and supporters are asked to wear blue on Friday November 16th. The theme for the week is “STAND UP”. Visit Bullying Awareness Week . This morning a web site was launched in Campbellton as part of  a campaign to counter bullying. The site has been created by Intimidation Restigouche, a consortium of community agencies, service clubs and educators.  Visit Intimidation Restigouche . The wristband shown above may be ordered through while supplies last.  

A website dedicated to reducing bullying is being launched on Thursday November 15th - .  A campaign by schools, community agencies and service clubs in the Dalhousie and Campbellton areas will use the site to feature bullying awareness videos created by students as well as other content and generally act as a resource for  young people, parents and professionals working with victims of bullying behavior. The launch of the website will take place from 9:30 to 10:00 am on the 15th and may be viewed via live-stream video at .  The Intimidation Restigouche committee’s full press release is attached below.

Many district school students observed Remembrance Day on Friday Nov. 9th at ceremonies held at their respective schools. Their participation was not limited to attending the hour long programs. Several weeks of effort went into choir rehearsals, preparation of audio-visual presentations and the making of decorations, providing ample time to reflect. Former members of Canada's armed forces, including WW II and Korean War veterans, attended and were made to feel welcome. Ceremonies included of course the laying of wreaths in memory of those who lost their lives and the observance of a minute of silence. For photos visit Students Remember . 

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