Colleen Wilt, a District 16 Autism Resource Teacher, has been recognized for her significant professional contribution in the field of autism by Autism Resources Miramichi.  The award was presented on Sunday February 26 by the organization’s executive director Lila Barry. Colleen is being honoured  for demonstrating initiative, foresight, vision as well as being an inspiration to others in the education of autistic children. Pictured here are left to right: Lynn Orser, D16 Learning Specialist, Colleen and Lila, Bill McGinn and Angela Howe, colleagues of Colleen.

School District 16 will be holding district wide science fairs in the early spring. The elementary school science fair will be held at Gretna Green Elementary School on Tuesday March 27*  from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. The fair for middle and high school students will be held at North and South Esk Regional High School on Thursday March 29 also from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon. For more details and registration forms visit D16 Science Fairs 2012 .
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Miramichi River Tourism Association and School District 16 are hosting a one day symposium, Engaging Communities through Education and Tourism, Saturday, March 17, focusing on four innovative sessions that will appeal to educators & those in the tourism industry.
The first session will focus on how the Miramichi community has become a classroom for its students, and how those students, in turn, are promoting their community by meeting curriculum outcomes. This session will also appeal to the tourism operator that hires summer students and would like to know how to engage staff with content development.
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A standing-room-only crowd attended the 5th annual District 16 CUTE Awards on Wednesday, February 15 at the James M. Hill High School Theatre.  The Creative Use of Technology in Education (CUTE) Awards are held annually in District 16 to highlight the work of students and teachers using technology. The use of  digital technology is considered an important aspect of learning in the 21st century and contributes to the mastery of the curriculum’s learning outcomes. Moreover technology provides opportunities for communications within a school’s community. To see  photos from the event visit CUTE Awards 2012 . To see a list of nominees for the 2012 awards visit 2012 CUTE Awards Nominees . See below for the list of award recipients for 2012 .

Pink Shirt Day is February 29th.   Pink Shirt Day originated in Nova Scotia when two students organized the day to protest against bullying in their school. They distributed pink shirts to all of the boys to wear in empathy with a boy who was being bullied. The day has grown over the years and now we are all asked to wear pink on this day to help stop bullying.  For more information visit Pink Shirt Day .

Mr. Laurie Keoughan, former superintendent of School District 16, is to receive recognition by the Canadian Association for Community Living for his significant contribution to inclusive education. While superintendent Mr. Keoughan was instrumental in re-designing and implementing a highly comprehensive framework to deliver inclusive-educational-services for kindergarten to grade 12 students of School District 16.

As the sole New Brunswick recipient of this award, Mr. Keoughan will receive his National Recognition Certificate at a luncheon-reception to be hosted by The New Brunswick Association of Community Living, at Government House, in Fredericton, Thursday, February 16th.

District 16 has released the list of finalists for the 5th Annual Creative Use of Technology in Education (CUTE) Awards, see below. The names of the recipients of the awards in each category will be announced at a ceremony to be held at James M. Hill High School auditorium on Wednesday evening February 15th starting at 7:00 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no admission charge!  

Grade seven students at Harkins Middle School have published accounts of their visit to the Miramichi Salmon Association’s (MSA) conservation project in South Esk last fall. They learned about efforts of the MSA to further the preservation of Atlantic Salmon. Their videos, produced from still photos with voice-overs, were presented to the Miramichi Salmon Association Education meeting in Boston on Friday February 3. The student work, produced in French, helped them to appreciate the importance of natural habitats and conservation while providing an authentic opportunity to help them master a second language. The presentation allowed the MSA to highlight their work in education. To see the student’s videos visit HMS Fish Stories .

Elizabeth McCarthy, principal at Ian Baillie Primary School will be travelling to Toronto later this winter  to receive an award for her work at the school.  She and 39 other Canadian education leaders have been identified as Canada’s Outstanding Principals for 2012. This honour is being given by The Learning Partnership, a Canadian organization that promotes public education across the country. Ms McCarthy will be joining her co-recipients at a gala dinner in Toronto to receive her award and will be attending a 5 day leadership training program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

A Miramichi Rural School teacher travelled to the end of the world in search of a White Christmas. Mr. Adam Hayward gave in to his urge to travel and went south, almost as far south as he could get, to reach yet another of the world’s seven continents. Below is an account of Mr. Hayward's recent trip to Antarctica.

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