SCDSB recognizes Commitment to Character

On May 18, over 100 students, staff, volunteers and co-op employers gathered at the Education Centre for the annual Character Recognition Awards Evening. Each year, the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), through the Character Education Development Project Team, recognizes individuals in school communities who demonstrate good character in their daily lives.

This year, employers providing co-operative education opportunities to our students were added as a sub-group for recognition.

Honourees were nominated by their peers and colleagues for their demonstration of one or more of the SCDSB’s Commit to Character attributes: integrity, responsibility, cooperation, caring, respect, optimism, honesty, equality, courage and inclusiveness.

“Our schools are filled with students, staff and volunteers who demonstrate amazing character on a daily basis,” said Superintendent of Education Daryl Halliday.

The event began with a performance from W.R. Best’s Ukulele Club. Artwork and videos created by students with a focus on good character and what it takes to be a great Canadian were shared throughout the evening.

Congratulations to all Character Recognition Award recipients!

A full list of Character Recognition recipients is included below:

Abigail Beckett
Adam Laver
Sarah Hamby
Ainsleigh Baird
Alexa Flood
Alexandra Wilson
Ali Bull
Alyssa Brinkman
Amber Thiveierge
Ava Lazary
Ben Cridland
Blake Jones
Bolu Ogunniyi
Braedan Allen
Brooke Giles
Catherine Lacoursiere
Chad Malone
Charlotte Creswicke
Claire Sit
Clare Novakovich
Danny Webster
Devon Hansard
Dylan Cullen
Elise Durie
Erika Thomas
Gavin Jamieson
Gavin O’Leary
Gavyn Robinson
Grace Taylor
Jack Dimou
Jack Straw
Jacob Day Webber
Jaime Mogridge
James Doyle
Jocelyn Johnson
Jocelyn Kendall
Jordan VanWalleghem
Kaia Pluim-Simon
Kaitlyn McKnight
Kendra Lancaster
Kyles Swales
Maggie Gillis-Baker
Mallory Luhtala
Matt Moreau
Melia Robinson
Mya Greenwood
Natalie Betts
Noah Humble
Reece Oliver Clarke-Versluys
Reid Wilson
Ryder Hellingman
Sarah Steadman
Semiah Kyle
Sophie Cherutti
Steven McCartney
Tatiana Ferrante
Yasmin MacLean
Zoe de Savoye

Caroline Fisker
Chantal Millar
Diane Jolliffe
James Gallant
Jan Cumming
Jason Taylor
Jenn Manuge
Jessica Longthorne
John Gillen
John Brown
Karen Wilson
Kathy Hacon-Belcourt
Katie Cain
Katie Evans
Kit Luce
Marlene Macklin
Megan Fremeau
Rosalee Bard
Roseanne Moreau
Sally Telford
Stan Conaghan
Steve Harper
Tony Centurione

Alice Leach
Alison Currie
Amanda Campbell
Andrea Butcher-Milne
Anne Worts
Becky Dwinnell
Carrie Barnes
Clayton Culham
Colleen Cascanette
Erik Carl
Gaye Spencer
Heather Rowell
Janice Breadmore
Jennifer Dunster
Jill Ruppert Julia Lialiuk
Karen Aigeldinger
Kelly Coward
Ken Wilkins
Michelle Magnusson
Patty Wilkinson
Sherry Watton
Tammy Boker
Tara Marshall-Sutton
Tim Moncin
Tony Denbok
Tracy Ross

Cooperative Education Employers
Bayfield Ford Lincoln
Danny Viveiros & Victoria Gilbert – Dortec Industries, Bradford
Dr. Sally Moran & Dr. Hilary Rodd – Orillia & District Veterinary Services
Jackie Curd – The Clothes Line
Michelle Mailhoit – Michelle’s Top Soil

Collingwood elementary school students become chefs!

It’s never too early for students to start learning about healthy eating and food preparation. This month, Collingwood elementary schools have teamed up to participate in the You’re the Chef initiative. Offered with support of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the program teaches students the importance of eating healthy and the skills needed to safely prepare meals with veggies and fruit as star ingredients.

“We’re excited to give students an opportunity to get hands-on cooking experience, and to develop skills that will last a lifetime,” says Karen Moffitt, vice-principal at Mountain View Elementary School. “Our community partners are incredibly supportive of our efforts to help our students make healthy choices now and for the future.”

The five-week program includes topics such as:

  • the importance of vegetables and fruit
  • food preparation skills
  • safe food handling
  • basic kitchen safety

The students are excited about learning how to cook healthy snacks and meals, and the program is already showing positive outcomes. One parent noted that her child now accompanies her to the grocery store and looks specifically for fruits and vegetables from the recipes learned in You’re the Chef.

Students have learned to make healthy and delicious meals/snacks such as:

  • blueberry grunt
  • veggie pitas
  • cheese and veggie quesadillas
  • cheddar apple yogurt wraps
  • smoothies
  • fresh cucumber and tomato salad
Making healthy lunches…check! Healthy after school snacks…check!
Try some of these recipes from You’re the Chef.

10 things to do this weekend in and around Simcoe County

With the May long weekend approaching, it’s time for us to go out and enjoy the beginning of the summer months. Celebrate the unofficial kickoff of summer in Ontario by going outside, by the water or under the stars with family and friends. Luckily, in the Simcoe County area there are a variety of activities you can participate in this weekend.

Celebrate with a bang!

All weekend, the Barrie Kinsman are selling fireworks in the Sears Barrie parking lot from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. All proceeds from sales go back to the community for various charities around the area.

Enjoy local goods from the Farmers’ Market

This Saturday the Orillia Fairgrounds Farmers’ Market will officially open for the season. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be horse-drawn wagon rides, a pancake breakfast from 9 to 11 a.m., fire trucks on display and more than 40 farmers, food producers and artisans.

Watch a flick under the stars

The Sunset Barrie Drive-in located on Line 4 of Oro-Medonte will be open all weekend. Pack the family into the car and enjoy some movies! On Sunday night there is a special dusk-till-dawn event.

Celebrate all weekend long at Blue Mountain

All weekend Blue Mountain Village is hosting a May long weekend celebration. Start the unofficial kickoff to summer on your favourite village patio while enjoying live music, face painting, scavenger hunts, hiking, gondola rides and Groove Dancing. There will also be fireworks over the mountain Saturday at 10:15 p.m.

Connect with the community at Portarama

Head over to Tay Township to enjoy Portarama Family Festival this weekend. The festival begins Friday at 5 p.m. and ends Sunday at 10:30 p.m. with fireworks. You can expect many family-oriented activities at this community event.

Celebrate Police Week

This Friday, families are encouraged to bring children to the OPP Museum from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. During those hours there will be a variety of activities including colouring, make your own OPP buttons and a special “try on a uniform” station. Special guest for the day will be Provincial Constable Martin Hill, Community Safety Officer for Orillia who will be present from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and will be available to meet with children. All children will also be eligible for a free draw of an OPP stuffed dog toy, compliments of the Friends of the OPP Museum.

Try Treetop Trekking

Sunday is ‘Funday’ at Treetop Trekking in Horseshoe Valley and Hunstville. Save $10 off all individual rate three hour Zip Line and Aerial Game Treks in May and June, 2017.  You can book your adventure with the promotion code “sunday_funday” here.

Visit the Scenic Caves

Celebrate the Victoria Day weekend outdoors at the Collingwood Scenic Caves, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekend. It’s a prime weekend to view trilliums on the nature trails and trees beginning to blossom. This weekend the Scenic Caves are offering self-guided tours of the caves, 420 ft. Suspension Bridge, Thunderbird Twin Zipline, Children’s Adventure Playground, Mini Gold, Gemstone mining and more!

Get crafty

Create fizzing fireworks with the kids using just coffee filters, vinegar, baking soda and food colouring! For full instructions click here.

More s’mores!

No campfire? No problem! Try a twist on the classic summer snack with this S’mores on a stick recipe your kids can help you make!

Have a fun and safe long weekend!

Zach makes tracks across the community and our hearts

Earlier this month, the launch of the Zach Makes Tracks campaign took place at Codrington Public School in Barrie, starring 12-year-old Zach Hofer. Zach is fundraising for and raising awareness of youth mental health by running, walking and biking from Barrie to Parliament Hill this August. All proceeds from the campaign will go to the Royal Victoria Hospital Foundation and their Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

On hand to help kick off the event were Steve Blake, Director of Education, Simcoe County District School Board, Dave McCullough, Chair, RVH Foundation and City of Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. The Zach Makes Tracks campaign has gained momentum throughout the community with several media outlets and local businesses supporting as sponsors.

Zach’s goal of raising $10,000 for youth mental health has already been surpassed, which has inspired many in the Barrie community.

“Zach is an inspiration to the students and staff at Codrington,” says Peter McLean, principal, Codrington Public School. “As a community we are proud of what Zach has accomplished so far, and with his determination to continue to work towards achieving his goal. Our staff and students wish Zach the very best.”

After remarks and words of encouragement were shared, the students, staff and guests all participated in a stretch (with Zach’s trainer) and headed out in the rain for a group photo.  They even went out for a ceremonial lap to officially launch the campaign. Zach joined the group and then gave students high fives as they trickled in. Now that is what you call school spirit!

Changing the world, one tree at a time

Secondary students across Simcoe County are participating in the ChangeTheWorld Ontario Youth Challenge for the next month, and they have already started some impressive projects!

ChangeTheWorld is funded by the Government of Ontario, in partnership with the Ontario Volunteer Centre Network (OVCN), and is a province-wide campaign for youth volunteers aged 14 to 18. The goal of the campaign is to inspire youth to volunteer, develop new skills and broaden their awareness of community service organizations.

As part of this initiative, Specialist High Skills Major students in the Environmental program at Georgian Bay District Secondary School (GBDSS) were busy planting trees in the Waubaushene area. They learned from and partnered with the Severn Sound Environmental Association (SSEA).

“A grant from the County of Simcoe makes it possible for these tree planting events to take place,” commented Michelle Hudolin, Wetlands & Habitat Biologist with the SSEA. “It’s truly a collaborative effort and it’s great seeing students get involved in this environmental initiative.”

The SSEA recently worked with Grade 7 and 8 students at Mundy’s Bay Public School in Midland to plant 500 tree saplings.

In addition to planting the saplings, the SSEA talked to the students about different tree species and the environment needed for successful planting.

What a great effort from our students so far!