Grand Erie District School Board is welcoming students back to school with a focus on student success and recognition.
The Grand Erie Student Recognition Program acknowledges students who have accomplished excellence in the areas of academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as excellence in the community.
“We are really proud of our students and what they can accomplish,” said David Dean, Chair of the Board. “It’s an honour to recognize their success through our student recognition program.”
Launched in February 2016, 17 individual students and groups from all areas of the district have been recognized formally by the Board of Trustees for their varying successes and achievements.
Among the recipients recognized include a brother and sister who won titles at the American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championships, three students who danced on stage with Cirque De Soleil at the Pan Am Games, and a group of students who earned their Diplôme D`études en Langue Française.
Students are celebrated at the monthly Regular Board Meetings. Nominations are submitted by school staff and accepted all year.Student recognition is aligned with the launch of Grand Erie’s new 2016-2020 Multi-Year Plan. The Board of Trustees approved a new strategic direction to guide the work of the Board with the goal of Success for Every Student. The goal will be achieved through a focus on students and staff in a culture of high expectations.
“Success looks different for everyone and is demonstrated in our schools each day,” said Brenda Blancher, Director of Education. “As students strive to reach his or her desired purpose, we look forward to creating the conditions for them to succeed and celebrate their stories of success.”
The whole school participated in our Get Out/Get Active day on Monday, April 24th at Mohawk Park. Students played together in multi-grade Colour House groups as they rotated through 6 stations (scavenger hunt, parachute games, obstacle course, mural painting, play structure and snack). The weather was perfect for some exercise, team building, and co-operative learning.
The students of Echo Place School participated in several activities last month to educate and inspire our students to stand up against bullying and create a welcome, inclusive and safe school environment. Classes worked together to create posters that are now proudly displayed in our hallways.
They also worked in Colour House groups to create a welcome tree at our front entrance. Each student traced their handprint on coloured paper and wrote how they make this school a safe and kind place for everyone. On February 22, our school participated in Pink Shirt Day and classes presented stories and pledges at our school assembly, to share their understanding of the impact that bullying has, and why we will stand up against it.
On Tuesday, November 29th several families gathered in the gym to participate in our first Amazing Math Race.
Each family was given a passport and travelled from room to room solving fun math challenges. Each page of the passport was given a stamp when the challenge in that room was completed. When the passports were filled, the families returned to the gym for their prizes.
Everyone enjoyed cake, juice and coffee and all families received valuable resources to support their child's math learning at home. It was a great event.
By Mr. Roberts Grade 6/7 class
The sound system we use at assemblies for our microphone and to amplify our slide shows has gone missing from the stage area in our gym. The last time it was used was at our last assembly, on Sept. 30th. We have looked high and low, but have be unable to locate our system. It consists of a large amplifier, with multiple knobs and two large speakers. It is a Fender Passport 150 Pro. We are hopeful that if this system has been take out of the school, someone will spot it and let us know. The staff and students are all very sad that our only system has gone missing.
If you have any information about our sound system, please call 905-753-2931
Echo Place Students participate in Let's Chalk Event
Our Friendship Bench is created in memory of Mrs. Linington and Mrs. Kauk, who were friends to everyone at Echo Place. This bench willl be placed outside in our school yard, and will be used as a place for children to go when they need a friend. Several students from each classroom helped decorate the bench by supplying their painted handprints.
At the end of each month, Ms. Reading (Custodian) will award the cleanest classroom with the Golden Dustpan Award. This month, Ms. Mancini and Mrs. Grandpre's JK/SK class was the winner. They will proudly display their trophy in the classroom for the following month.
At the end of the school year, the classroom that won the Golden Dustpan the most times will win a special surprise.
"We Believe In Clean"
September 2016 Golden Dustpan Award Winner: Mrs. Wainwright's Grade 4/5 Class (below)
February 2016 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Ms Mancini (in for Mrs. Springett) and Mrs. Grandpre's JK/SK Class (below)
January 2016 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Mrs. Mussi's Grade 1 class (below)
December 2015 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Mrs. Woodley's Grade 2 class (below)
November 2015 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Mrs. Springett and Mrs. Grandpre's JK/SK class (below)
October 2015 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Ms. Barrett's JK/SK class (below)
September 2015 Golden Dustpan Award Winners: Mrs. Mussi's Grade 1 class (below)