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Principal report may_26_2010

  1. 1. Port Credit School Council Principal's Report May 26, 2010 Parent Network Invitation – Michael Reist – June 9 at 7 pm The Parent Network is inviting all parents to meet with noted educator and author Michael Reist. Back by popular demand, he will be presenting his workshop "Raising Emotionally Healthy Children". This thought-provoking and inspiring workshop will look at the most important emotional needs children have, and provide practical suggestions for raising emotionally strong and mentally healthy children. Reunion Review – A good time was had by all! The Alumni Reunion Committee is to be thanked for staging a positive and well-received weekend. There was a good turn-out for the Thursday night at the Lakeshore Decade venues. On Friday at the Pub Night there were well over 800 people in attendance (rain and all!). The Saturday staff brunch was well attended and the welcoming ceremonies were very personal and well attended. The decade hallways did not clear out until 4 pm, as people had the opportunity to view decade memorabilia, along with a great deal of current student work. We had an excellent team of student volunteers act as guides during the day and then they manhandled the tables out of the halls and back into the classrooms. The weekend closing event was a dinner dance at Oasis with 150 people in attendance. Overall the event was a positive message to our community about how we honour the past, but also how we are thriving in the present. Staff News Coming To PCSS Leaving PCSS Ashley Kinghan – Family Studies Paul Murray – to Streetsville Minsum Kim – Mathematics Pamela Phelan – to T.L. Kennedy Aviva Lufer – Strings Program Upcoming Events May 26 Images Festival 2010 at PCSS – The halls are alive with student work! June 1 Jr. Solar Car Competition (hosted by SciTech) –Intermediate schools from Peel will be building and racing solar cars. This event is moving to the Fall next year as part of our transition program. June 21 Athletic Banquet – a strong Warrior tradition June 9 School Play – 7 pm. The grade 12 class is presenting "The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch" June 15 & 16 EQAO grade 9 math testing – Modified schedule for these days June 17 Grad Breakfast – another unique PCSS tradition June 18 Exams begin – full day of exams (formerly a half day) June 23 School Council – 7 pm June 28 PROM June 30 Exam Review 9:30 – 10:30 - Report Card Pick up (café) 9:30 – 11:00 July 1 School is closed. Sept 7 First day of school and registration Oct 7 Commencement
  2. 2. Transitions for Grade 8 Students into Grade 9 PCSS has always worked to assist our Grade 8 students to make the leap from their senior experience in elementary to their first year in secondary. Starting with the November Open House, we have been working to ensure all our neighbourhood students, as well as our regional program students, feel welcome and safe. The process continues with: May 11 Our new Grade 9 students were welcomed for the morning at PCSS. They arrive in the auditorium to meet the administration and the student leaders gave them a tour. Sept 7 The first day of school and registration. The Grade 9 students only will be arriving for the morning (8:30 to 11:10). There will be an extended homeform class to register students, followed by an opportunity to meet their other teachers and locate their classrooms. This first morning will be only Grade 9 students to ensure they are not overwhelmed. All other students will come between 12:10 and 2:45 to register and meet their teachers. Sept 10 Grade 9 Assembly with administrators. Welcome and review of expectations regarding the PCSS Code of Conduct and any other policies and procedures. Students are introduced to student leaders and encouraged to join activities. Sept 21 DARE (Dignity and Respect Everywhere) Assembly - anti-bullying initiative. Bullying is clearly described and expectation for the bully, the bullied and the bystander are made clear. Sept 29 DARE Day – all Grade 9 students are taken to a conservation centre for the day. They participate in a series of team building and interactive activities. A Sampling of the Great News for PCSS Students Jade Papke – Mississauga Athlete of the Year This is a great honour as there is only one in Mississauga. PCSS has won this award 7th times in 20 years! John Krzyszkowski – Javelin – Record Winner John was written up in the Saturday Star for his record busting throws at the Peel Regional Finals. We are expecting great things at ROPPSA and OFSSA. Jennifer Nguyen & Charlotte VanRyn – Ontario Skills Competition Jennifer and Charlotte participated in the Ontario Skills competition at Waterloo last week. Jennifer's design package and Charlotte's photography did very well. Jennifer did receive a bronze medal for her work. Natascia Zuccarelli-Pegararo – Adventures in Citizenship Conference Natascia was selected by the Mississauga West Rotary club to attend a five day conference in Ottawa. She was one of 200 students from all over Canada. Andrew Andrade – University of Waterloo Summer Program Andrew is a grade 11 SciTech student who has been accepted to the 2010 Quantum Cryptography school for Young Students at the U of W. Andrew will join a small group of students from all over Canada to learn about Quantum Cryptography, a cutting-edge field that utilizes the strange laws of quantum mechanics to develop encryption techniques that protect communication lines. Ramaneek Gill – Canada Wide Science Fair Participant Ramaneek is a grade 10 SciTech student who won a gold medal in the Peel Regional Science Fair and a silver medal at the Canada Wide Science Fair for Peel. This is a great honour. Six other PCSS competitors also did very well at the Peel competition.