A display of culinary skills took place March 20th at Miramichi Valley High School as students from four schools competed in the annual District 16 Culinary Arts competition which this year was a regional event. Chefs Graham Tricket and Ryan Goldie watched closely as the nine participants peeled, sliced, diced and mixed then boiled, steamed, fried and baked their way to a delicious looking three course meal of salad, chicken and apple cake. The preparations were judged on taste and presentation with first place going to Cheryl Walosik of Bathurst High School.
Organizers of this year's District 16 Elementary School Science Fair, held March 18th, were impressed with the scientific quality of the work presented. In recent years district teachers of science have been working towards helping students understand and apply scientific methodology to investigate and find answers for their curiosities about everyday phenomena. At the fair students showed through the diversity and quality of their projects, they understand what science is and how it works.
Singled out for their work were the following prize winners.
School District 16 will be hosting two science fairs in March. The Elementary School Fair take place on March 18th from 9:00AM - 11:30AM at Gretna Green Elementary School. The Middle and High School Fair will take place on March 25th from 9:00AM - 11:30AM at Harkins Middle School. Good luck to all the particpants.
The District 16 Education Council held its annual dinner with the Parent School Support Committees at the Kin Centre, Miramichi West, March 9th, hosted by DEC Chairperson, Patricia Lee. The theme for the evening was "Attitude is Everything!". The more than 100 guests were addressed during the dinner by Ruth Wilson, E-Learning Specialist, from the NB Department of Education. Ms. Wilson outlined profiles of 21st century learners and the social and technical environment in which they live.
Those attending the NB School District 16's 2010 dinner for the District Education Council and the District 16 Parent School Support Committees March 9th were able to mark the Great Big Crunch event which takes place in schools in District 16 and across Canada on March 11th. The Great Big Crunch is a project of FoodShare TM to help children learn about healthy eating and local and global food systems. To view a larger image visit "The Great Big Crunch" and follow directions given in the picture's caption.
Students from JMH and MVHS leave for the Netherlands today, Friday February 26th, as part of a collaborative partnership that they began establishing with St. Canisius School in Almelo last year. District 16 hosted the St. Canisius students in Miramichi in October, 2009. The students are ccompanied by teachers Mary Anderson, Ann O'Neill-MacDonnell, Brandon Savage and Rick Hayward. They will be taking a tour of London Saturday before arriving in Amsterdam later that evening.
Antarctica is getting warmer. The potential changes to the world represent a challenge. Film maker and explorer, Mark Terry, who recently spent a week in District 16 visiting schools to show and talk about his newly released documentary film, The Antarctica Challenge, was very emphatic on this point. The film, shot during the Antarctic summer of early 2009, documents the effects of global warming on this most southerly continent, as accelerated glacier melt raises sea levels and animal behaviours change due to food distribution.
School District 16 held its third annual Creative Use of Technology in Education (CUTE) Awards Thursday evening, February 18th, 2010. The awards were held to recognize and celebrate the innovative and creative ways students and teachers make use of technology to enhance learning. Special guests with experience and expertise in various aspects of technology and media were invited to introduce the five finalists in thirteen categories and to ask "the envelope please" before announcing the award recipients.
On Wednesday February 17th District 16 Physical Education teachers held the "So You Think You Can Dance District 16" competition at Miramichi Valley High School. Organizers were pleased with the response by students from across the district, impressed with the quality of their performances and their enthusiasm. Thanks was expressed to the teachers and judges for their important contributions to the success of event.
The List of Winners :
Due to the school closures in the southern section of District 16 and the anticipated road conditions in the area, tonight's CUTE Awards ceremony has been postponed until Thursday evening February 18th at the same time. For details on the event visit http://www.district16.nbed.nb.ca/program/cute-awards .