Blackville School was recently selected as one of twelve schools across Canada to receive funds in the 2013 Future Generation Tech Lab program. Sponsored by Future Shop, Blackville School received $15, 000 which will allow for the purchase of equipment that can be used for podcasting, video production, online publishing, photography, interviewing and writing. The equipment to be purchased includes updated computers, software and digital cameras and will be used mainly for Journalism 120 and Media Studies 120 but also will be available for students to in other courses when the technology is required to complete assignments. Attending the presentation at Blackville School on Monday, March 11 were representatives from Future Shop; Mark Guy and Josh Quigley, Anglophone North District Superintendent Nancy Boucher and students from Mr. Allan Carter’s classes.

The Miramichi River Tourism Association is once again offering the Atlantic Canada Adventure and Technology Camp this summer. The camp provides opportunities for participants to enhance their leadership skills, take part in team building exercises and engage in a variety of outdoor adventures. At the same time they will experience Aboriginal, Acadian, Irish and Scottish heritage as well as have a chance to develop their technology skills, take SmartBoard Training and use their creativity in a variety of ways. For more information visit the camp website: MRTA Summer Camps . An Atlantic Canada Adventure and Technology Camp video can be found at: MRTA Camp Video .

For more information about the Atlantic Canada Adventure and Technology Camp or to register, please contact Andrew at: mrta@nb.aibn.com or call 1-506-778-8444.

The Anglophone North School District Chess Championship will be held Saturday March 16th at Rexton Elementary School. The registration is at 8:30 am and games will begin at 9:00 am.

ASD-N Science Fair committee chairperson, Judson Waye, has announced the dates for this year’s school science fairs that have been planned to date. In the Miramichi area the Elementary School Science Fair will be held at Gretna Green Elementary School on March 26th. The Middle and High School Fair for the Miramichi  area will be held on March 28th at James M. Hill High School. For the three schools in the Rexton area, Harcourt School and Elsipogtog School, the science fair will be held at Eleanor W. Graham Middle School on April 3rd. Information about Science Fairs in other parts of ASD-N will be made public when available. For more details regarding the scheduled area fairs mentioned above visit ASD-N Area Science Fairs 2013 . School Science Fairs are planned for Superior Middle School on Wednesday March 13th,  Dalhousie Middle School on Tuesday April 2nd  and Jacquet River School on Thursday April 4th.

Pink Shirt Day across Canada is Wednesday February 27th. 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. A number of schools in ASD-N are marking this day, on or about Feb. 27th.  On-going ant-bullying campaigns are conducted throughout the school year in many schools. For more information visit Pink Shirt Day .

Jeunesses Musicales Canada (JMC) is presenting a concert Tuesday, February 19th at 7:30 p.m. to which school students are very welcome to attend with free admission. JMC is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes opportunities for young Canadians to perform and enjoy classical music. The local branch, JMC – Miramichi, hosts four concerts a season performed by up-and-coming young professional musicians who tour Eastern Canada. The performances, held at Carrefour Beausoleil, are always delightful. This Tuesday the performers are a quartet of recorder players, known as a “Recorder Consort”, their group name is Flute Alors and their concert is titled Kaleidoscope.   The program includes music by Bach, Vivaldi, Purcell as well as some contemporary music and jazz. Tickets for adults are available at the door and cost $20.00. Students under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Students at Jacquet River School had a unique geography experience recently. At the school each month of the year is designated for a special focus and January was Social Studies Month. A multi-grade activity was designed for grades 3 to 8 that incorporated familiarization with the Global Positioning System (GPS), team work and the map of Canada. Students in groups used hand-held GPS devices to locate geo-cache containers in the neighbourhood of their school. Each container held an outline map of each of the ten provinces and three territories which when combined at the completion of the activity helped the students to better understand their country’s geography.  For photos visit Jacquet River School Geo-cache .

Annica Collette, a grade 11 student at Miramichi Valley High School, wants her school-mates to be careful about the words they use! For this she has received significant recognition. She was presented with an award by the New Brunswick Association for Community Living for her efforts in Inclusive Education at MVHS. Annica created a campaign that elicited from many of her fellow students a public pledge to always speak respectfully when referring to those with intellectual disabilities. Not content with this effort she has also ...

Attached below is the ASD-N high school graduation activities schedule for June 2013.

The ASD-N Healthy Learners in Schools Program, along with MANGO, are launching their 2nd MANGO Mania Blitz of the school year with a Healthy Lunches promotion. Throughout the month of February elementary schools in the Rexton, Miramichi and Blackville areas will have morning announcements and web site postings with tips and suggestions for the preparation of healthy lunches. In addition to teaching sound nutritional practices, the goal is “to have parents, teachers and students learn more about what a healthy lunch consists of and helping our students fuel their bodies properly at lunch so that they will be better learners and have lots of energy for their day,” stated Public Health Nurse Darlene MacDonald. A MANGO Mania Challenge is planned for the week of February 19th to 23rd. Visit Healthy Lunches for Healthy Learners for more information and weekly updates.

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