My observations are that students are in the halls prior to the bell at the end of the period.
I have instructed teachers that the bell will be means that we will collectively determine the end of a class. We function in an old building, with multiple systems of clocks which are not all reading the same time. Many of us also have cell phones or other devices which provide the time which may or may not be the same as the bell system. However, I am not seeing students beginning class early each day so we cannot have it both ways.
The bells will determine the start of class and the end of class. So, if your teacher asks you to wait for the bell before you exit into the halls, I ask you to be respectful of their request.
Wednesday, December 4th, 14 Principals, Vice Principals and our Superintendent visited classrooms and made observations about student learning. The first part of the visit two weeks ago involved interviews with some students and presentations by teachers. The visit Wednesday was a scheduled school assessment. Every 4 years every school in Simcoe County is visited, this was our year. The results of the observations provide information about what a school is doing well and suggestions for implementing Board initiatives.
One of the observations provided to staff was the positive tone of our school. This is the result of everyone’s efforts whether a staff member or a student.
I thank each of you for your emphasis on this in our daily interactions with each other and visitors to our school.
Over the last two weeks MSS has participated in a School Climate survey which asks students for their opinions about the tone and safety in our school I believe Ms. Rodaro has just about finished with the survey and I thank her and all teachers and students for their efforts to provide this valuable information as we work toward providing a school environment where every student feels welcome and safe.
For those of you thinking about choosing MSS to be your Secondary Destination, we’ve put together a little video. Hope it gives you a taste of our school. Leave a comment below if you have any questions of suggestions.
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Members of grade ten history classes volunteered their time this week to help serve over 300 people at the annual Veteran’s Luncheon. Veteran biographies, created by the students, were used as the table centerpieces. Following lunch, five students read their veteran bios to the crowd. Student readers included Brent Smith, Drew Campbell, Cassandra Jupp, Dalton Vermeulen, and Brynn Varcoe. The students then listened to guest speaker Ted Barris, author of The Great Escape: A Canadian Story.
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