Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 EDITION / VOLUME 20 NUMBER 2 / THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE EMSB

Editor:                        Michael J. Cohen

Translation:               Manon Bourassa

JOHN GRANT  GETS  CLASSROOM MAKEOVER: Burovision’s ‘Get Inspired’ has provided John Grant High School in Côte Saint-Luc with a makeover of their classroom, library, and new senior student space. Last spring, John Grant, which caters to students with special needs, was chosen by Burovision’s “Get Inspired” team to receive a classroom makeover. Burovision is a contract office furniture dealership located in Montreal and Ottawa that sets up offices with state of the art furniture that encourages productivity in the workplace.  The “Get Inspired” program has been making dreams come true since 2009, when the Burovision team realized that schools don’t have the budgets to enhance their learning spaces. They decided to roll up their sleeves and give back to the community. Every year, Burovision provides one school with a classroom makeover. This year, JGHS was selected as their ‘Get Inspired recipient. “When we found out that we were chosen, we felt like we had just won the lottery,” said Grace Fanelli, vice-principal at JGHS.

It was time to celebrate at John Grant High School

Burovision came to JGHS to work on one classroom, but saw a great need, resulting in the refurnishing of three spaces. The new CASP (Competency-Based Approach to Social Participation) classroom, where students who are between the ages of 12 and 15 who have a moderate to severe intellectual impairment receive a specialized education suited to their needs, was redecorated with soothing yellow tones. Designed with the TEACCH method in mind, it is complete with communal and individual spaces where students can relax and have their quiet space. See the full press release.

LIST OF SCHOOLS: For a complete listing of our schools and centres, phone numbers, addresses and Principals click here.

CTV COMMERCIALS: If you have not seen our CTV commercial yet, click here.  


OPEN HOUSES: The EMSB has enhanced its Open Houses website (www.emsbopenhouses.com). Please check it out.

EMSB EXPRESS: The fall edition of the EMSB Express has been published. Inside you will find special four page sections on our new Nutrition Program, entitled Eat, Grow, Learn and a recap of our 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Evening with lots of photos. At 20 pages this is our largest edition ever. You can log on  here   to read it online.

Mauro  Biello
MAURO BIELLO FIELD: Marymount Academy International at 5100 Côte St. Luc Road in NDG will formally inaugurate Mauro Biello Field on Tuesday, October 3 (10 am) with the former student and Montreal Impact soccer team head coach on hand for the ceremony. Biello attended Marymount from 1984 to 1989. Prior to that he was a student at St. Monica Elementary School. His children presently attend EMSB schools. Biello is in his second year as Impact head coach and director of player personnel after being appointed on November 11, 2015, after three months as interim head coach. He is also in his eighth year with the Impact coaching staff, including four as assistant coach in Major League Soccer, following a 19-year professional playing career, including 16 seasons in Montreal.In 389 career games and 28,076 minutes played with the Montreal Impact, Biello registered 77 goals and 67 assists for 221 points (regular season, playoffs and championship games). He finished his career as the Impact’s all-time leader in games played, games started, minutes played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals and shots on goal.  “My favourite Marymount memory would be all the great friendships I made over the years and still have today,” he says.  “Marymount was a platform for me to learn and grow, as a student and person, which has helped me in my career.”

Presenting the cheque to the hospital.
A LESSON WITH CHALLA: Congratulations to the students involved in this Royal Vale fundraising initiative.  Eliane (Grade 4), Jonathan (Grade 2) and Nathaniel (Grade 1) and younger sister Talia Goldstein, with friends Marshall and Anderson Weinstein,  baked challahs the weekend before the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashana) weekend challas before the Jewish new Year (Rosh Ha'Shanna).  “Teaching our kids the values of charity and helping others, we asked them what could we do and where will we donate the money and they decided before we started that it will be like a lemonade stand only we will bake instead,”  said Liat Lev Ary, mom of Eliane, Jonathan, Nathaniel and Talia. “They wanted to donate the proceeds of the sale to the Children’s Hospital. The sale was virtual, done on Facebook, since it was raining. We started at 5 p.m. on a Sunday and by 8 p.m on Sunday we had to ‘close’  the sale as we baked 12 kg of flour and sold 75 loaves of the challas. The kids raised $435 by selling the challas and an anonymous donor doubled it so they ended up donating $835 which was presented to the hospital by the children.

BUTTERFLY  EDUCATION: Montreal has been hit with a swarm of butterflies these last few weeks.  As a result Royal Vale School teacher Vanessa Harrar  invited  Stephanie Boucher from the Insectambulant to talk about the butterflies.  

A BUZZ AT JPI: It's been buzzzzy at John Paul I Junior High School in St. Léonard. On Tuesday, Sept. 20, John Paul opened their Alvéole Bee Hive and students had the opportunity to extract and collect honey from the honeycombs. They were able to fill containers and taste the honey.  JPI will be selling their organic and locally produced honey in the upcoming weeks.  Listen for the buzz!

Meanwhile, JPI welcomed its Secondary I students and families to a Welcome BBQ on   September 12.  JPI Staff cooked and served and welcomed them to the family.  Games, inflatables, ice cream sandwiches and delicious food were enjoyed by all.   

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS: The Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program, Teaching of the Holocaust for Educators endeavours to promote Holocaust education for educators in Quebec. This scholarship program is designed to offer professional development opportunities to educators through the Belfer National Conference for Educators at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. This year’s recipients were  Lev Berner from Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount of the EMSB; Anne-Marie Jacob of College Jesus-Marie de Sillery in Quebec City; and Stephanie Kessler from College Reine-Marie in Montreal.  They traveled to Washington in July.  Melanie Philip and Audrée Anne Dupont, teachers at the EMSB`s Mackay Centre School in NDG and Merton Elementary School in Côte Saint-Luc respectively. They were awarded Hecht Scholarships to a professional development program in July under the direction of the Faculty of the Yad Vashem Seminars for Educators from Abroad, International School for Holocaust Studies.  The goal of this program is to provide professional development activities to teachers for teaching about the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. Upon their return to Montreal, scholarship recipients have proceeded to create at least one teaching unit or module developed within the context learned, appropriate for the régime pédagogique.    See this press release
Jace Lis-D'alessandro, Tim Fleiszer and a McGill student  Abby McLelland talk to Merton student and past concussion sufferer Noah Notte.
CONCUSSION AWARENESS: The EMSB, in partnership with the Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada, hosted a Team Up Speak Up Day (teamupspeakup.org) event on September 11 (9 am) at Merton Elementary School in Côte Saint-Luc.  Team Up Speak Up is an international concussion education campaign designed to change the culture of concussions in sports by encouraging athletes to Speak Up if they think a teammate has a concussion. The EMSB is the first Canadian school board to sign on to the campaign, and others can do so at TeamUpSpeakUp.org. The goal is for every athlete to “Speak Up” to a coach or athletic trainer if they think another teammate might have a concussion. NHL Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, former pro football player Warren Sapp and former international soccer star Brandi Chastain are serving as Team up Speak up Ambassadors. Tim Fleiszer, Founder and Executive Director of Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada and a former CFL player, brought Team Up Speak Up to Canada after a successful launch last year in the United States. “I am amazed at the support that Team Up Speak Up received in its inaugural year. This is a program that everyone in sports can get behind to protect youth athletes.” Jace Lis-D'alessandro, a defenceman with the Junior AAA Arctic de Montréal Nord and a former Merton student, shared his experiences with concussions. Eleven year old student Noah Notte spoke about his two concussions. Abby McLellan, a Nordic skier who attends McGill, was another guest speaker.  See the press release.

CAREER FAIR:  More than 2,000  Secondary V  students will attend the 18th annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Career Fair on Wednesday, October 18 and Thursday,  October 19 at St. Pius X Career Centre in Ahuntsic (9955 Papineau).  Jack Dym of Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. and RBC Royal Bank are the event’s title sponsors. Several on air personalities from the media will be on hand to talk to students about careers in this field and serve as guest emcees: Eramelinda Boquer of CJAD, Catherine Verdon Diamond of City’s Breakfast TV, Cousin Vinny and Nikki from The Beat 925 FM, Tim Sargeant from Global News and Christine Long from CTV.

Tim Sargeant
From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on October 18, the Career Fair will be open to the community-at-large. Organizers note that this is a good opportunity for parents of Grades 9, 10 and 11 students to attend with their children as they look towards post-secondary education options.

Harriet Cohen from EMSB Adult Education and Vocational Services is the Career Fair chairperson. The Student Services and AEVS Departments of the EMSB coordinate this program.  Ms. Cohen notes that the main objective of the Career Fair is to provide students with an in-depth exposure to the various educational opportunities available to them.  All students will take part in a brief general information session in the St. Pius X auditorium. Students will then have the chance to visit the various exhibition/information booths staffed by representatives from English vocational centres, CEGEPS, universities and some private business colleges.

FACE TIME: On   September 14,  FACE School hosted its annual FACEtival to welcome back students and their parents.  The school’s P.P.O organized the event and they had several activities such as face painting and music on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.
 Kindergarten student Leo and his mom.  

With the support from the Métis Project of Greater Montreal, Ensemble Caprice came to FACE School to showcase their talents alongside the Grade 6 students.  All Grade 6 classes Music classes sang with the ensemble and explored a genre of unknown music, songs and Métis culture from the 18th to the 20th century.  The students who attend the show loved the performances and appreciated the experience.

LHA LAUNCHES APP: The beginning of the school year has been very exciting for students at LaurenHill Academy.  As a BYOD school, LaurenHill Academy believes in integrating technology within the curriculum. Despina Michakis and David Servello, Vice Principals at the Senior Campus, have worked with a development company to create a customized  school APP.  This will allow students and its community to stay informed, organized and entertained.  It provides parents with important school information such as the school calendar, school newsletter, teacher contacts and reminders.   Students benefit from having the school athletic calendar, the daily school bulletin and their own student timetable at their fingertips all in one place.  Everyone will be entertained by the live broadcasting of the LaurenHill student radio, The Voice, as well as links to the school YouTube channel offered within the LaurenHill Academy APP. Download it in the Appstore or Google Play today.

Marking Peace Day.
PEACE DAY: Recently, students at LaurenHill Academy, along with Spiritual Community Animator Elizabeth Pellicone accompanied a group of Secondary III students to the Arrondissement de Saint-Laurent International Day of Peace Ceremony in Parc Beaudet. Students opened the ceremony by reading a selection of peace quotes taken from various philosophers and important peace activists from around the world and throughout history. Quotes were taken from such figures as Malala Yousafzai, Jean Vanier, Saint Francis of Assisi, Helder Camara and John Lennon and read in various languages, including Greek, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, French and English.

MACKAY STUDENTS MEET THE MAYOR:  The Mackay Centre School Satellite Class at Westmount High (known as the Leaders on Wheels) travelled by Metro recently to view the exhibit on New France in the lobby of the Montreal City Hall.  They were greeted above by Mayor Denis Coderre.
There was lots of enthusiam for this event.
UN DAY: Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount rocked the United Nations Day of with a visit from Live Different and the Farewell Summer Tour. The tour addressed issues related to anxiety, the definition of success, and one's own self worth via compassionate care for others. Additionally, students discussed the messages of love, legacy, leading a life of compassion and reimagining greatness through class visits by Spiritual Community Animator Rocco Speranza.

LBPHS ORIENTATION AND LEADERSHIP: Lester B. Pearson High School Secondary I students were welcomed into the family on August 30 when they held their annual Orientation Day. A dedicated committee from Student Council began working on plans over the summer and used the school’s leadership camp to pilot activities. On the first day of classes,  Secondary I students were given tours of our facilities and got to know each other through ice breakers and experiential activities. The day ended with a pizza lunch and music on our track. The annual orientation day is organized in order to make transition to high school more seamless. When the Grade 7 students enter the building on the first day of classes, they do so with more confidence and ready to become members of the family.

Meanwhile the school’s eighth annual Student Council camp was recently held at Camp Bon Depart in Wentworth-North. Twenty-eight students and teachers started the school year early on August 22 and 23 by solidifying bonds and learning how to better work together as a team. What may seem like an ordinary retreat to some is actually crucial in ensuring that the upcoming year is a positive one. “Not only did we get a chance to plan out our annual orientation day for the new coming Secondary I students, but we also took this opportunity to get to know one another a little bit better,” said teacher Paul Karpontinis. “This is vital for such a diverse group of students that cross all of the age groups in our high school. Members were faced with team challenges that required us to work together in new ways, through obstacle courses, experiential learning and trust-building activities.”

Keeping green in Montreal North.
GREEN CORRIDOR: Students from Lester B. Pearson High School and Gerald McShane Elementary School in Montreal North spent time at the borough’s harvest day recently; celebrating their community and the environment. Harvest Day is part of the Green Corridor project, where the borough along with private sponsors created green spaces complete with recreational equipment, sitting and play areas, as well as vegetation. The Green Corridor covers 0.4 km  where over 6,000 children, parents and teachers from five neighbourhood schools pass through on a daily basis.

COOK FOR A CURE:  Last year, three EMSB schools (Rosemount High School, Nesbitt and Gerald McShane Elementary) took part in the Cook for a Cure Gala. The proceeds of this event benefitted the Montreal Neurological Institute. Celebrity Chefs had an opportunity to vote for their favorite student inspired dish. The winner of last year’s friendly competition was Samantha Calabrese, a Rosemount High School student. Not only was Samantha the recipient of the Cook for a Cure grand prize, she was also asked by Breakfast Television to showcase her recipe on her return to school. Breakfast Television has asked Samantha to showcase her dish on Wednesday September 13th. Samantha’s dish   aired during the September 13 morning segment on Breakfast Television.  

CHORALE SEASON: The EMSB Chorale’s 38th season was off to an exciting start as a group of 21 senior choristers sang in the world premiere of Matthias Maute’s Nonopera RR14 on September 13 at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur with Ensemble Caprice, conducted by Maestro Maute. Regular season rehearsals started on September 9, and the Chorale has welcomed 29 new choristers so far, bringing the numbers up to 96.  The last opportunity to audition for the chorale this fall is at the Saturday, September 30 rehearsal. Upcoming events include a performance of Carmina Burana (Senior Chorale) with the McGill Schulich School of Music choirs on October 25 at Pollack Hall, the annual fall camps, the chorale’s much-anticipated Holiday Concert on December 9 and an invitation to sing at the Montreal West Christmas Dinner for the town’s senior citizens on December 15.  For audition information, contact conductor Patricia Abbott at pabbott@emsb.qc.ca or at 514-483-7200, ext. 7234.

Some of the EMSB Chorale’s senior choristers performing at the Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur on September 13 with Ensemble Caprice.


WELCOME BACK IN TMR: The families of Carlyle Elementary School in Town of Mount Royal recently welcomed new Principal Sabrina Petrocco and celebrated the beginning of the new school year pictured above at their annual Back to School party.

SHRINERS PROGRAM ON BULLYING: Nia, 12, is hemiplegic: she is completely paralyzed on the right side of her body. Jeffrey, 18, was born without a right hand or right foot. Saoud, 15, has spina bifida: he was born with an incomplete spinal cord. All three are patients at Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Canada. Because of their handicaps, all three faced years of bullying. Canada Shriners Hospital joined the fight against bullying with its #CutTheBull campaign because Nia, Jeffrey and Saoud are far from alone. Children with visible scars or disabilities are twice as likely to be bullied, meaning many of the hospital’s patients face this difficult issue.  Acknowledging that bullying is an issue most of us are faced with at some point in our lives, Canada Shriners Hospital has developed an anti-bullying presentation to give in schools, both at the elementary and high school levels. Jeffrey, Nia or Saoud offer students a presentation in which they talk about their life with a handicap, their bullying experience and how they overcame it. A hospital spokesperson then defines bullying, demystifies facts and myths and tells the students what to do if they witness or are faced with bullying, whether in person or cyber bullying. The EMSB has been particularly supportive of the hospital’s initiative and all content was developed in collaboration with Daphna Leibovici, violence prevention specialist at the EMSB. 

Over the past year and a half, Jeffrey has spoken at Cedarcrest, Dante, Dunrae Gardens, Edinburgh, Hampstead, Honoré Mercier, Parkdale and Roslyn. At each school, students listened remarkably well (even those fiesty kindergardeners) and peppered both Jeffrey and the spokesperson with questions demonstrating a real interest for the topic and for the opportunity to speak with a teen who has overcome bullying. This fall, with the official launch of Canada Shriners Hospital’s #CutTheBull campaign across Canada, the three patients will be touring schools again, Edinburgh, Leonardo da Vinci Academy and Parkdale already having booked slots. For more information about Shriners Hospitals for Children’s campaign, go to www.cutthebull.org. If you’d like to ask your principal to host Nia, Jeffrey or Saoud at your school, please have them contact Caroline Phaneuf at cphaneuf@shrinenet.org. 

CBC BOOKS: CBC Books is launching a new creative writing challenge for students! The challenge: Students in Grades 7 to 9 and Grades 10 to 12 are invited to submit an original first page of an imaginary novel set in 2167, with the protagonist facing an issue that is topical today. The first page will set the scene for how the issue or trend plays out 150 years from now. Submissions open on Nov. 9, 2017 at 9 a.m.  and close November 30, 2017 at 6 p.m. Submissions must include the first page (300–400 words) and the novel title. Prizes: Each category winner receives a one-year subscription to OwlCrate, a book subscription service, plus their school library receives 50 free Young Adult books. Bestselling YA writer Erin Bow, author of The Scorpion Rules will be the judge. Info: CBCbooks.ca , cbcbooks@cbc.ca and jane.van-koeverden@cbc.ca.

LEARN BROCHURE:   LEARN is a non-profit educational organization with a mandate to serve the English-speaking community of Quebec. LEARN accomplishes this by offering a wide range of resources and services. These services and resources include elementary and secondary level teaching tools and content; professional learning; community, school and parental support; as well as a full range of online services through the LEARN Virtual Campus. The Virtual Campus includes online classes for students across the province, personalized tutorials, summer school, as well as customized programs that are developed in concert with schools and school boards. All of LEARN’s efforts are intended to contribute to student retention, academic success and strong English-speaking communities. See their brochure on our website.

SCIENCE JOURNALISM WORKSHOP: Four EMSB students, Tristan St. Victor in Grade 6 at FACE, Sy Evensen-Watson in Grade 5 at Pierre-Elliot Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount   and Jacob Rodrigo and Gio Park, both in Grade 6 at Carlyle Elementary in TMR, were chosen to take part in an exciting new Science Journalism workshop hosted by Broad Science in collaboration with Let's Talk Science McGill and CKUT 90.3 fm. Each student was matched up with a McGill faculty scientist and asked to research their scientist's field of study. On the morning of the workshop, the students learned interviewing and radio production skills with McGill graduate students and the CKUT station coordinator. In the afternoon, they finally got to meet and interview their scientists, who reported being "blown away" by the kids' enthusiasm and scientific knowledge. Great fun was had by all! The individual interviews can be heard on the Broad Science website: https://www.broadscience.org/broad-science-youth. Here is the broadcast.  “This is a great example of our bright, enthusiastic, bilingual kids out in the world,” says Heather Barton, the mom of Jacob. 

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH TEACHERS:  Through the organization Canadian Parents for French and the Communications and Marketing Division of the EMSB, the 2017 23rd edition of Cinemania (November 2 to 12) is reaching out to French high school teachers to organize field trips to this year’s program. The films are in French and they all have sub-titles. Everything shown represents a North American premiere.  Special screenings for students has been part of their agenda for years. The idea is simple: to make the cinema accessible to young people while having a pedagogical approach. This year three films have been chosen that represent good fits.

LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE tells the true story of Jewish children gathered in a hospital during the rafle du Vel d'Hiv (Vel d'Hiv Roundup) during WWII. KISS & CRY (Festival de Cannes 2017 - Sélection de l'ACID) tells the story of Sarah, a young competitive skater. DE TOUTES MES FORCES shares the story of Nazism, a teenager who loses his mother and finds himself in a group foster home, which he wants to hide from his friends. For more information contact Antoine Corfu at 514 878-2882 or antoine@festivalcinemania.com. Log on to www.festivalcinemania.com.

VICTOR PHILLIPS AWARD: Black Theatre Workshop is presently accepting submissions for the Victor Phillips Award (with a value of $1000) to an artist under the age of 20 who excels both in academics and in the performing arts (theatre, music, dance, spoken word or interdisciplinary arts.)  The student must reside in the Montreal region.  The award recipient will be invited to take part in our 32nd annual Vision Celebration Gala happening January 27, 2018.  If you know of a student who excels both academically and artistically, make sure to forward them this information or feel free to nominate the student yourself.  For application guidelines and forms, visit
http://www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca/nominate-a-young-artist/. Deadline for submissions by mail or email is October 31, 2017.


ADULT EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL SERVICES
   
LITERARY CONTEST: The Royal Canadian Legion, Quebec Provincial Command, has awarded Galileo Adult Education Centre student Derya Alexandra Ataol second place in Quebec for her Remembrance Day poem. Derya was inspired to write her winning poem after the Galileo Remembrance Day celebration, featuring soldier Robert Werbiski. His presentation on the Husky Operation in Sicily from July 10 – August 17, 1943 during the Second World War, resonated with Derya. Her submission was made to the Royal Canadian Legion- Quebec Provincial Command, and was accepted as part of the literary contest for youth across Canada in the senior category. Derya has demonstrated that she is a talented poet and we wish her much success in her future writing endeavors. We are very proud of her!! 


LEADERS AND LEARNERS: Galileo Adult  Education Centre in Montreal North is featured in the July 2017 issue of Leaders and Learners, an exclusive national magazine distributed to school administrators across Canada. The article appears from pages 33-35 and presents the various educational programs offered at Galileo. The focus of the piece is healthy schools, healthy communities and healthy futures. School-wide social integration is highlighted throughout the commentary and illustrates Principal Martina Schiavone’s vision; “On Bouge, On Danse, On Marché, On Mange Bien.”  A brain-based pedagogy is the foundation of the learning that takes place at Galileo in all programs in which all students and teachers work and participate collectively.  We are fundamentally exhibiting the many healthy ways that learning and social integration unfolds and the sense of well-being it beholds through the various activities and events that makes up the multi- faceted educational programs available at Galileo Adult Centre. See the link here.

CORN ROAST: On September 21,  Galileo hosted its fifth annual Welcome Back Corn Roast. This event is a tradition that infuses students with a sense of belonging as well as providing a pedagogical activity that focuses on social integration and language acquisition while enjoying Quebec’s historical corn harvest season. Students from all three programs; SIS, CCBE and Academic came together to husk the corn, set the tables and serve the corn while interacting amongst themselves and teachers. In the spirit of Galileo’s wellness philosophy “we move, we walk, we dance and we eat well” everyone celebrated the beautiful last day of summer learning about each other and traditional values of Quebec’s agricultural glory – corn.


ÉDITION DU 28 SEPTEMBRE 2017 / BULLETIN DE LA CSEM


LISTE DES ÉCOLES: Pour obtenir la liste complète de nos écoles/centres, des numéros de téléphone, adresses et directions, cliquez ici.

MESSAGES PUBLICITAIRES SUR CTV: La CSEM a dévoilé ses nouveaux messages publicitaires qui seront diffusés sur les ondes de CTV en septembre et en octobre afin de promouvoir la saison des Portes ouvertes. Ces messages mettent en vedette la présidente de la CSEM, Angela Mancini, ainsi que six élèves. Pour voir ces messages, cliquez ici : 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWNTDK14bhc&feature=youtu.be.

PORTES OUVERTES : La CSEM a amélioré et mis à jour son site Web qui renferme l’information relative aux Portes ouvertes dans ses écoles (www.emsbopenhouses.com). Nous vous invitons à y jeter un coup d’œil.

EMSB EXPRESS : Le numéro d’automne de la publication EMSB Express est disponible. Vous y trouverez à l’intérieur une section spéciale de 4 pages sur le nouveau programme de nutrition – Se nourrir, Grandir, S’épanouir – ainsi qu’un récapitulatif de la Soirée d’appréciation des bénévoles 2017 qui regorge de photos. Ce numéro de 20 pages est le plus volumineux à ce jour. Vous pouvez le lire en ligne à
http://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb_en/pdf_en/media_en/emsbexpress/EMSB_Express_Fall2017_for_web.pdf

TERRAIN MAURO BIELLO : L’Académie internationale Marymount située au 5100, ch. de la Côte-Saint-Luc à NDG inaugurera officiellement le terrain Mauro Biello à l’occasion d’une cérémonie qui aura lieu le mardi 3 octobre, à 10 h, en présence de cet ancien élève et entraîneur-chef de l’Impact de Montréal. Mauro Biello a fréquenté Marymount de 1984 à 1989 et a fait ses études primaires à l’école St. Monica. Ses enfants fréquentent actuellement des écoles de la CSEM. M. Biello en est à sa deuxième saison à titre d’entraîneur-chef de l’Impact et de directeur du personnel des joueurs. Sa nomination remonte au 11 novembre 2015, après qu’il eut occupé pendant trois mois le poste d’entraîneur-chef par intérim. Il fait partie du personnel d’entraîneurs de l’Impact depuis maintenant huit ans, dont quatre en tant qu’entraîneur adjoint dans la Ligue majeure de soccer (MLS), au terme d’une carrière de dix-neuf saisons comme joueur professionnel, notamment seize dans l’uniforme de l’Impact. Il compte à son actif 389 matchs en carrière et 28 076 minutes de jeu avec la formation montréalaise où il a récolté 77 buts et 67 mentions d’aide pour un total de 221 points (saison régulière, séries éliminatoires et matchs de championnat). Il a conclu sa carrière au premier rang du club au chapitre des matchs joués, des départs, des minutes jouées, des buts, des mentions d’aide, des points, des buts vainqueurs et des tirs au but. 


RÉCIPIENDAIRES DES BOURSES D’ÉTUDES: Le Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program a pour mission de promouvoir la formation des enseignants québécois concernant l’Holocauste. Ce programme de bourses vise à offrir des occasions de perfectionnement professionnel aux enseignants par l’entremise de la Belfer National Conference for Educators qui se tient au United
Lev Berner
States Holocaust Memorial Museum à Washington, D.C. L’an dernier, les récipiendaires étaient Lev Berner du Collège Vincent Massey de la CSEM à Rosemont; Anne-Marie Jacob du Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery à Québec et Stephanie Kessler du Collège Reine-Marie à Montréal. Ils se sont rendus à Washington en juillet. Le couple Hecht souhaite également féliciter Melanie Philip, enseignante au Centre Mackay de la CSEM à NDG, et Audrée Anne Dupont, enseignante à l’école primaire Merton de la CSEM à Côte Saint-Luc. Elles sont toutes deux récipiendaires d’une bourse Hecht qui leur a permis de participer à un programme de perfectionnement professionnel en juillet, sous la direction de la Faculty of the Yad Vashem Seminars for Educators from Abroad, International School for Holocaust Studies. Ce programme a pour but d’offrir des activités de perfectionnement professionnel à ceux et celles qui enseignent l’Holocauste et l’antisémitisme. À leur retour à Montréal, les récipiendaires de ces bourses ont conçu au moins une unité ou un module d’enseignement à partir des connaissances acquises, en conformité avec le régime pédagogique.


SENSIBILISATION AUX COMMOTIONS CÉRÉBRALES: La Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM), en partenariat avec la fondation Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada, a tenu une journée Team Up Speak Up (teamupspeakup.org) le 11 septembre (à 9 h) à l’école primaire Merton de Côte Saint-Luc. La campagne internationale de sensibilisation aux commotions cérébrales, Team Up Speak Up, vise à changer la culture à l’égard de ce phénomène dans le sport en incitant les athlètes à prendre la parole s’ils croient qu’un coéquipier pourrait être victime d’une commotion. La CSEM est la toute première commission scolaire au Canada à prendre part à cette campagne. Ceux qui veulent lui emboîter le pas n’ont qu’à visiter TeamUpSpeakUp.org. L’objectif vise à ce que tout athlète qui croit qu’un coéquipier pourrait avoir subi une commotion en informe son entraîneur ou l’un des membres du personnel d’entraînement. Eric Lindros, membre du Temple de la renommée de la LNH; Warren Sapp, ancien joueur de football professionnel ainsi que l’ex-vedette internationale de soccer, Brandi Chastain, agissent à titre d’ambassadeurs de Team Up Speak Up. Tim Fleiszer, ex-joueur de la CFL, est fondateur et directeur général de Concussion Legacy Foundation Canada. Il a lancé l’initiative Team Up Speak Up au Canada dans la foulée du succès remporté l’an dernier à la suite du lancement aux États-Unis. « Je suis ébloui devant l’appui qu’a reçu Team Up Speak Up dès sa première année d’existence. Tous ceux qui évoluent dans l’univers des sports peuvent se rallier à ce programme dans le but de protéger les jeunes athlètes. » Jace Lis-D'alessandro, défenseur de l’Arctic de Montréal-Nord dans la Ligue de hockey junior AAA et ancien élève de l’école Merton, a partagé son expérience avec les commotions cérébrales. Noah Notte, jeune élève âgé de onze ans, a parlé de ses deux commotions. Abby McLellan, adepte du ski nordique qui étudie à l’Université McGill, figurait également parmi les conférenciers invités. Lire le communiqué de presse.

FOIRE DES CARRIÈRES: Plus de 2 000 élèves de cinquième secondaire prendront part à la 18e édition annuelle de la Foire des carrières de la Commission scolaire English-Montréal (CSEM) le mercredi 18 octobre au Centre de carrières St. Pius X situé au 9955, avenue Papineau. Jack Dym de Pipe and Piling Supplies Ltd. et la Banque Royale RBC sont les commanditaires en titre de cet événement. Plusieurs personnalités des médias seront sur place pour renseigner les élèves sur les carrières dans ce domaine et agiront à titre de maîtres de cérémonie : Eramelinda Boquer de CJAD, Catherine Verdon Diamond de Breakfast TV de City et les animateurs Vinny et Nikki de The Beat 92.5 FM,La Foire des carrières sera ouverte au grand public le 18 octobre, de 18 h à 20 h. Les organisateurs tiennent à souligner qu’il s’agit là d’une excellente occasion pour parents et élèves de se renseigner sur les options postsecondaires qui s’offrent à eux. 

Harriet Cohen des Services de l’éducation des adultes et de la formation professionnelle (SÉAFP) préside le comité de la Foire des carrières. Les Services aux élèves et les SÉAFP de la CSEM coordonnent ce programme. Mme Cohen souligne que l’objectif principal de la Foire des carrières vise à sensibiliser les élèves aux divers programmes d’enseignement qui s’offrent à eux. Tous les élèves assisteront à une brève séance d’information générale dans l’auditorium du Centre de carrières St. Pius X. Ils auront ensuite l’occasion de visiter les divers kiosques d’information/d’exposition et de s’entretenir avec des représentants des centres de formation professionnelle, des cégeps, universités et de certains collèges privés.

LANCEMENT D’UNE APPLICATION MOBILE À L’ACADÉMIE LAURENHILL: La rentrée scolaire a été très excitante pour les élèves de l’Académie LaurenHill. De par son approche PAP, l’Académie LaurenHill croit à l’intégration de la technologie au curriculum. Despina Michakis et David Servello, directeurs adjoints du campus senior, ont travaillé en collaboration avec une entreprise spécialisée afin de créer une application mobile personnalisée pour l’école. Cette application permettra aux élèves et à toute la communauté de l’école d’être bien informés, organisés et de se divertir. Elle procure aux parents de précieux renseignements, notamment le calendrier scolaire, l’infolettre de l’école, les coordonnées des enseignants ainsi que des rappels. Elle est également fort utile puisqu’elle permet aux élèves d’avoir au bout des doigts le calendrier sportif de l’école, les messages quotidiens de l’Académie et leur propre horaire. La diffusion en direct de la radio étudiante de LaurenHill, de La Voix (The Voice) et les liens vers le canal YouTube de l’école ne manqueront pas de divertir tous les utilisateurs. Téléchargez sans tarder cette application disponible sur l’Appstore ou GooglePlay.

CUISINER POUR LA CAUSE: L’an dernier, trois écoles de la CSEM – l’école secondaire Rosemont et les écoles primaires Nesbitt et Gerald McShane – ont participé au Gala Cuisiner pour la cause. Les fonds recueillis lors de ce gala ont été versés à l’Institut neurologique de Montréal. Des chefs renommés ont pu voter pour leur plat préféré préparé par les élèves. Samantha Calabrese, étudiante à l’école secondaire Rosemont, a été couronnée vainqueur de cette compétition amicale. Outre le grand prix qu’elle a remporté dans le cadre du gala Cuisiner pour la cause, Samantha a été invitée à présenter sa recette le mercredi 13 septembre sur les ondes de Breakfast Television. Vous pouvez voir la vidéo à http://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/teaching-kids-to-cook-and-the-art-of-eating.



CORRIDOR VERT: Les élèves de l’école secondaire Lester B. Pearson et ceux de l’école primaire Gerald McShane à Montréal-Nord ont pris part dernièrement à la Fête des récoltes de l’arrondissement, profitant ainsi de l’occasion pour célébrer leur communauté et l’environnement. La Fête des récoltes s’inscrit dans le projet Corridor vert où l’arrondissement, avec l’appui de commanditaires du secteur privé, a créé des espaces verts aménagés qui proposent des équipements récréatifs, des zones de détente et de jeu, de même que de la végétation. Le Corridor vert couvre une superficie de 0,4 km2 qu’empruntent chaque jour plus de 6 000 enfants, parents et enseignants de 5 écoles de quartier.

FORMATION DES ENSEIGNANTS SUR L’HOLOCAUSTE: Le Riva and Thomas O. Hecht Scholarship Program a pour mission de promouvoir la formation des enseignants québécois concernant l’Holocauste. Ce programme de bourses vise à offrir des occasions de perfectionnement professionnel aux enseignants par l’entremise de la Belfer National Conference for Educators qui se tient au United States Holocaust Memorial Museum à Washington, D.C. L’an dernier, les récipiendaires étaient Lev Berner du Collège Vincent Massey de la CSEM à Rosemont; Anne-Marie Jacob du Collège Jésus-Marie de Sillery à Québec et Stephanie Kessler du Collège Reine-Marie à Montréal. Ils se sont rendus à Washington en juillet. Le couple Hecht souhaite également féliciter Melanie Philip, enseignante au Centre Mackay de la CSEM à NDG, et Audrée Anne Dupont, enseignante à l’école primaire Merton de la CSEM à Côte Saint-Luc. Elles sont toutes deux récipiendaires d’une bourse Hecht qui leur a permis de participer à un programme de perfectionnement professionnel en juillet, sous la direction de la Faculty of the Yad Vashem Seminars for Educators from Abroad, International School for Holocaust Studies. Ce programme a pour but d’offrir des activités de perfectionnement professionnel à ceux et celles qui enseignent l’Holocauste et l’antisémitisme. À leur retour à Montréal, les récipiendaires de ces bourses ont conçu au moins une unité ou un module d’enseignement à partir des connaissances acquises, en conformité avec le régime pédagogique.

PROGRAMME SHRINERS SUR L’INTIMIDATION: Nia, 12 ans, est hémiplégique : elle est complètement paralysée du côté droit de son corps. Jeffrey, 18 ans, est né sans main droite ni pied droit. Saoud, 15 ans, est atteint de spina bifida : il est né avec une moelle épinière incomplète. Ces trois jeunes sont des patients des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants du Canada. Ils ont fait face à des années d’intimidation en raison de leur handicap. L’Hôpital Shriners du Canada s’est engagé dans la lutte contre l’intimidation avec sa campagne #LIntimidationCNon parce que Nia, Jeffrey et Saoud sont loin d’être les seules victimes. Les enfants ayant des handicaps ou des cicatrices visibles sont deux fois plus susceptibles d’être intimidés, ce qui signifie que bon nombre de nos patients sont confrontés à ce problème difficile. Conscient que la plupart des gens font face à l’intimidation à un moment de leur vie, l’Hôpital Shriners du Canada a préparé une présentation contre l’intimidation à l’intention des écoles primaires et secondaires. Jeffrey, Nia ou Saoud y parlent de leur vie avec un handicap, de leur expérience avec l’intimidation et de la manière dont ils l’ont surmontée. Un porte-parole de l’hôpital explique ensuite ce qu’est l’intimidation, démystifie les faits et enseignent aux élèves ce qu’il faut faire s’ils sont victimes ou témoins d’intimidation dans le monde réel ou sur Internet. La Commission scolaire English-Montréal s’est montrée particulièrement favorable à cette initiative mise sur pied par l’hôpital et tout le contenu a été développé en collaboration avec Daphna Leibovici, spécialiste de la prévention de la violence à la CSEM.

Au cours des dix-huit derniers mois, Jeffrey s’est adressé aux élèves des écoles Cedarcrest, Dante, Dunrae Gardens, Edinburgh, Hampstead, Honoré Mercier, Parkdale et Roslyn. Chaque fois, les élèves se sont montrés très attentifs (même les plus turbulents de la maternelle) et ont bombardé Jeffrey et le porte-parole de questions qui démontrent leur réel intérêt pour ce sujet et leur curiosité à s’adresser à un adolescent ayant réussi à surmonter l’intimidation. Cet automne, avec le lancement officiel pancanadien de la campagne #LIntimidationCNon de l’Hôpital Shriners du Canada, les trois patients feront de nouveau la tournée des écoles. L’école Edinburgh, l’Académie Leonardo da Vinci et l’école Parkdale ont déjà réservé leur date. Pour de plus amples renseignements au sujet de la campagne des Hôpitaux Shriners pour enfants, visitez le www.cutthebull.org. Pour accueillir à votre école Nia, Jeffrey ou Saoud, veuillez demander à votre direction de communiquer avec Caroline Phaneuf à cphaneuf@shrinenet.org.

CBC BOOKS : CBC Books lance un nouveau concours de création littéraire destiné aux élèves! Le défi : Les élèves de la 7e à la 12e années sont invités à soumettre la première page d’un roman imaginaire dans lequel l’histoire se déroule en l’an 2167 et où le protagoniste fait face à un problème qui est d’actualité aujourd’hui. La première page devra mettre l’histoire en contexte afin de présenter l’angle sous lequel le problème sera abordé dans un siècle et demi. La période de soumission débutera le 9 novembre 2017, à 9 h, et se terminera le 30 novembre 2017, à 18 h. Les élèves devront présenter la première page de leur roman (300 à 400 mots) ainsi que le titre. Prix : Le gagnant dans chacune des catégories recevra un abonnement d’un an à OwlCrate, un service de coffrets littéraires, en plus de 50 livres gratuits pour jeunes adultes qui seront remis à la bibliothèque de son école. Erin Bow, célèbre écrivaine de romans pour jeunes adultes et auteur de The Scorpion Rules agira à titre de juge. Pour de plus amples renseignements, visitez CBCbooks.ca ou écrivez à cbcbooks@cbc.ca ou jane.van-koeverden@cbc.ca

BROCHURE LEARN : LEARN est un organisme sans but lucratif œuvrant dans le domaine de l’éducation et dont la mission vise à desservir la communauté anglophone du Québec. Pour ce faire, LEARN propose un vaste éventail de services et de ressources, notamment des outils et du contenu d’enseignement conçus pour les niveaux primaire et secondaire; du perfectionnement professionnel; du soutien aux parents, aux écoles et à la communauté; de même qu’une gamme complète de services en ligne par l’entremise du campus virtuel LEARN. Ce campus renferme des cours en ligne pour les élèves des quatre coins de la province, de l’enseignement individuel, des cours d’été ainsi que des programmes adaptés qui sont élaborés de concert avec les écoles et les commissions scolaires. Tous les efforts déployés par LEARN visent la persévérance et la réussite scolaires au sein des communautés anglophones. Consultez la brochure sur notre site Web à
http://www.emsb.qc.ca/emsb_en/pdf_en/media_en/flyer/2017-09-04-LEARN_%20BROCHURE.pdf. 
Pour de plus amples renseignements, envoyez un courriel à ctoteda@learnquebec.ca

AVIS AUX ENSEIGNANTS DE FRANÇAIS DU SECONDAIRE : Par l’entremise de l’organisme Canadian Parents for French (Parents canadiens en faveur du français) et du Service des communications et du marketing de la CSEM, la 23e édition de CINÉMANIA (du 2 au 12 novembre 2017) lance un appel aux enseignants de français du secondaire pour qu’ils organisent des sorties dans le but de visionner la programmation de cette année. Les films présentés sont en français et sont tous sous-titrés. Dans tous les cas, il s’agit de premières en Amérique du Nord. Les projections spéciales à l’intention des élèves sont au programme depuis des années. Le principe est bien simple : rendre le cinéma accessible aux jeunes dans le cadre d’une approche pédagogique. Cette année, trois films ont été sélectionnés pour ce public. LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE raconte l’histoire vécue d’enfants juifs réfugiés dans un hôpital durant le raid du Vel d'Hiv (Vel d'Hiv Roundup) lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. KISS & CRY (Festival de Cannes 2017 - Sélection de l'ACID) relate l’histoire de Sarah, une jeune patineuse de compétition. DE TOUTES MES FORCES présente l’histoire de Nassim, un adolescent qui à la suite du décès de sa mère se retrouve dans une famille d’accueil et tente de le cacher à ses amis. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Antoine Corfu au 514 878-2882 ou à antoine@festivalcinemania.com. Visitez le www.festivalcinemania.com.


SERVICES DE L’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES 
ET DE LA FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE

UNE ÉLÈVE DE GALILEO SE DISTINGUE : La Légion royale canadienne – Direction provinciale du Québec a décerné à Derya Alexandra Ataol, élève à Galileo, la deuxième place au Québec pour son poème du jour du Souvenir. L’inspiration lui est venue après avoir assisté, à Galileo, à la célébration du jour du Souvenir honorant le soldat Robert Werbiski. La présentation sur l’opération Husky en Sicile, qui s’est déroulée du 10 juillet au 17 août 1943 durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale, a trouvé écho auprès d’elle. Elle a présenté son poème à la Légion royale canadienne – Direction provinciale du Québec et a été acceptée dans le cadre du concours littéraire canadien pour les jeunes, dans la catégorie senior. Derya a démontré qu’elle est une poète talentueuse et nous lui souhaitons un franc succès dans ses projets d’écriture à venir. Nous sommes tous très fiers d’elle!

LE CENTRE D’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES GALILEO EN VEDETTE DANS LEADERS & LEARNERS: Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo fait l’objet d’un article dans le numéro de juillet 2017 de Leaders and Learners, un magazine national exclusif distribué aux directions d’écoles à la grandeur du pays. Il y a de quoi être fiers!

L’article figure aux pages 33 à 35 et dresse un portrait des divers programmes d’études offerts au Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo. On y met l’accent sur la santé des élèves, des écoles et des perspectives d’avenir. L’intégration sociale à l’échelle de l’école est mise en évidence dans cet article et illustre bien la vision de la directrice Mme Martina Schiavone : « On Bouge, On Danse, On Marche, On Mange Bien ». Une approche pédagogique fondée sur le fonctionnement du cerveau est au cœur de l’apprentissage au Centre de l’éducation des adultes Galileo, et ce, dans tous les programmes où élèves et enseignants travaillent et participent collectivement. Les bienfaits de l’apprentissage et de l’intégration sociale sont flagrants chez les élèves et la panoplie d’activités et d’événements que proposent les programmes multifacettes offerts au Centre d’éducation des adultes Galileo est favorable au développement d’un sentiment de bien-être.




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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

AUGUST 30, 2017 EDITION / VOLUME 20 NUMBER 1 / THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN OF THE EMSB

Editor:                        Michael J. Cohen

Translation:               Manon Bourassa
Copy Editor:             Alessandra Nardolillo

Celebrating good nutrition at the EMSB.
NUTRITION PASSPORT: The EMSB welcomed kindergarten students to class for the first time this week with a message to eat healthy. The formal launch of a new Nutrition Passport took place on Wednesday, August 30 at Edward Murphy Elementary School in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Chairman Angela Mancini visits a Kindergarten class on the first day of classes.
This year, kindergarten students will embark upon a journey with OKRA, the Travel Buddy, towards discovering the colourful world of healthy foods. To fly into kindergarten, all students will receive their very own “F.A.B. 4 (Feed a Brain with the 4 Food Groups) Nutrition Passport.” This is a new initiative of the EMSB’s   Nutrition and Food Services, as part of its mission to promote health-enhancing attitudes and behaviours, as well as teach much-needed skills that will help students make healthier food choices.

Chef Tigetron with emcee and Director of  HR Christine Denommèe
The “F.A.B. 4 Nutrition Passport” will bring awareness of the different foods belonging to the four food groups of Canada’s Food Guide and through their journey, the kindergarten students will learn to combine these foods to create a healthy plate.  The passport is filled with a variety of age-appropriate educational activities whereby students will explore a variety of foods of the food rainbow and at the same time, learn about colours, counting and shapes! The students will travel across the Green, Yellow, Blue and Red arcs of the Food Rainbow and will go on an adventure as they discover new foods that will make them feel healthy and will nourish their brains! Special guests included Chef Tigreton from The Gusto TV program The Latin Chef, professional soccer player Freddy Moojen and Montreal City Councillor Richard Celzi. His sister Cristina is the Principal of  Edward Murphy.  CJAD's Andrew  Carter broadcast his popular morning show  live from the school.

Andrew Carter and Principal Cristina Celzi.

See  The Montreal Gazette story


CBC Radio Noon did this program on the nutrition program.

See this CTV story

See this Global TV story

CTV COMMERCIALS: The EMSB has unveiled its new commercials set to run on CTV this September and October to promote open house season.  It features Chairman Angela Mancini and six students: Emily Troy from Nesbitt, Benicio Cardoso from St. Dorothy, Catrina Nguyen and Anthony Trudeau from General Vanier and Brianna Johan and Damiano Di Biase from John F. Kennedy. You can see the commercial here:     

Anthony Trudeau, Catrina Nguyen, Benicio Cardoso, Angela Mancini, CTY producer Chris Malazdrewicz, Sylvia Lo Bianco, Ann Marie Matheson and St. Dorothy Principal Sandra Leveille
EMSB BUILDINGS: Chairman Mancini was interviewed on CBC Radio Daybreak about the CSDM's need for space. Here is the audio.

OPEN HOUSES: The EMSB has enhanced its Open Houses website. Log on to www.emsbopenhouses.com.  Please check it out.

Ann Marie Matheson and Benoît Duhême. 
NEW DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL: Benoît Duhême has been named EMSB Deputy Director General (Administration), succeeding Angelo Marino. Mr. Duhême  has served in this role on an interim basis since last April and was legal counsel for the Board for the past 10 years.

HEALTH AND SAFETY: Carmen Vizarro is the new coordinator of Health and Safety for the Human Resources Department.  Carmen is returning to the EMSB, after having worked several years at our neighbouring board, LBPSB.

EMSB EXPRESS: The fall edition of the EMSB Express has been published. Inside you will find special four page sections on our new Nutrition Program, entitled Eat, Grow, Learn and a recap of our 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Evening with lots of photos. At 20 pages this is our largest edition ever. Here is the link.

Nur, Andrea and Meghan.
NEW WEB PRESENCE: The EMSB has two new graphic arts technicians, who are working with Andrea. She is our current graphic arts technician/webmaster. Nur  is replacing webmaster Yibing Shen, presently on maternity leave while Meghan has been hired on a special project to work closely with Andrea on creating new school websites and supporting the existing ones. We are also thrilled to announce some exciting new changes coming to our Board and school websites. The EMSB website is an important public resource for parents and students. Andrea, Nur and Meghan were working hard over the summer months preparing for some major improvements to the EMSB website. It will be relaunched with a fresh new look, easier accessibility to information and provide a better overall user experience for our visitors.  The new website will be built using modern web technology that will bring the EMSB up-to-speed with the rest of the web and for people using cell phones and tablets. Using the same technology as the Board website, we are beginning a new phase for our schools by implementing this system to allow school staff to be able to more easily update and maintain their own websites.  Andrea and Meghan will be beginning to work on transitioning the first schools in mid-autumn.   

SOCIAL MEDIA: The EMSB maintains a presence on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We encourage all our employees, parents and students to follow us across all social media platforms: @EnglishMTL. With a reach of over 10,000 people (up from over 4,000 at this time last year), our Facebook page has become the main conduit to disseminate pictures, videos and information to our community. Furthermore, we actively engage with parents and students, answering questions, responding to comments (positive and negative) and private messages.  We will continue to use Facebook Live to broadcast events as well as conduct live interviews. Please note that any event where a member of our digital marketing team is present has the potential to be broadcast live on Facebook.  Instagram has become the most popular social media outlet for youth in elementary and high school. The EMSB is active on Instagram, highlighting events through pictures and videos on a daily basis.  Twitter is more popular amongst parents and the media, we use Twitter to disseminate breaking news, such as school closures and press releases.  In addition to our presence on social media, when possible, we highlight various in-school activities on EMSB TV, which is disseminated via YouTube. We actively encourage our schools to film and edit their own videos, which we will share on our networks as well.  

SCHOOL CLOSINGS: For inclement weather, please note that we only announce school closures. These announcements are made via Twitter and Facebook. If schools remain open, which is often the case, there will be no announcement. 

ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS: A number of administrative appointments have occurred for the 2016-17 academic year.  New school principal assignments are: Sabrina Petrocco, Carlyle (formerly vice-principal at Lester B. Pearson High School) and Denise Maroun, St. Monica (formerly vice-principal at Mackay Centre/Philip E. Layton Schools). Irini Margentis will be taking a leave of absence from her role as principal at St. Monica. New vice-principal assignments are: Marilyn Ramlakhan, James Lyng (previously a teacher at LaurenHill Academy); Vito Campbell-
Gregory Watson
Guerriero
, John F. Kennedy High School (previously vice-principal at Willingdon); Alexander Kulczyk, LaurenHill Academy (previously a teacher at Focus School and interim vice-principal at James Lyng); Anthony Tonin, Lester B. Pearson High School (previously a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School); Amanda Vallelunga, Westmount High School (previously there on an interim basis); Giovanni Iammarrone, Westmount Park (previously there on an interim basis); Steve Spetsieris, Willingdon (previously a teacher at Vincent Massey Collegiate);  Vincenzo Timpano, FACE School (previously vice-principal at Royal Vale); Gregory Watson, Mackay Centre School/Philip E. Layton (previously a teacher at Westmount Park); Holly, Kusiewicz, Marymount Academy International (previously a teacher at Parkdale Elementary in St. Laurent); Eugenia Carystios, Royal Vale School (previously a teacher at Roslyn School); Frederic Boudreault, High School of Montreal (previously vice-principal at FACE School); Nadine Pomilio, James Lyng Adult Centre (previously vice-principal at James Lyng High School); Lydia Landori, Wagar Adult Centre (previously vice-principal at Laurier Macdonald Career Centre); Darlene Kehyayan, John F. Kennedy Adult Centre (previously vice-principal at James Lyng Adult Centre); Joan MacMillan, Shadd Business Centre (previously vice-principal at Marymount Adult Centre); JoeAnne Désir, Rosemount Technology Centre (previously vice-principal at High School of Montreal Adult Centre); Marsha Excellent, Laurier Macdonald Career Centre (previously vice-principal at LaurenHill); Jimmy Giannacopoulos, St. Pius X Career Centre (previously interim vice-principal of John F. Kennedy Adult Centre); Maria Caldarella, St. Pius X Career Centre (previously vice-principal at Shadd Business Centre); and Sulaman Khan, new EMSB Welding Centre on des Grandes Prairies Blvd, (previously vice-principal at Rosemount Technology Centre).

Trudeau students in action.
ROBOCUP: The EMSB will host Robocup 2018 next June. Here is a link from the launch.  In July, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School staff and students travelled to Japan to compete in Robocup 2017.

B.A.S.E. ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “No Such Thing as a Bad Kid” was the theme of this year’s EMSB Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E) Daycare Program Annual Conference on   August 25, with youth care specialist and author Charlie Appelstein as speaker. How do we respond when a child challenges our rules and does not meet our behavioural expectations? Studies show that care and support is needed rather than time outs and punishment. How then do we equip our adults to effectively recognize and deliver that care and support in our school environment? This year’s annual daycare conference attempted to answer this important question.  It was held at Prima Luna Reception Hall in the East End. EMSB Student Services also offered a workshop with Mr. Appelstein at the same venue, coordinated by Daphna Leibovici, EMSB Violence Prevention Consultant. Some 275 teachers from elementary schools and high schools were in attendance. See the press release.

AWARD NOMINATION: MIND (Moving In New Directions) High School, presently based at Marymount Academy International in NDG on a temporary basis, is linked to a pretty high profile awards show.  Bloom, a small independent advertising agency in Montreal, has been nominated as Philanthropist of the Year for the Bing Agency Awards  for pioneering a  digital advertising and digital citizenship curriculum with MIND, an alternative education high school. Teaming-up with the EMSB, Bloom assisted in building curriculum that taught students the basics of digital marketing with the goal to increase media literacy and build core strengths for the students, like communication, creativity, management, entrepreneurial skills and critical thinking. With Bloom’s assistance, a pilot project was undertaken at MIND, a school that  has been facing declining enrolment over the last decade. Working in teams, the students were tasked with building advertising campaigns that aimed to increase awareness about the school and increase enrollment. At the end of the semester, the students presented their advertising campaigns at a local co-creation space. Having collaborated with the school board’s pedagogical consultants and teachers, we were proud to be told that student engagement and attendance increased for this specific project and that our pro-bono work and consultations were critical to the success of the pilot project. The pilot project has gained attention all across the school board and we are already planning for the new school year with further curriculum refinements led by Bloom’s digital strategy team. This new year will have up to five high schools collaborating on projects that will also involve local businesses that are digitally based. It is safe to say that the pilot project was a success. With Bloom’s commitment to helping refine the curriculum andscale to multiple schools in the 2017/18 school year, we expect to have a model for educators throughout Canada and the world.

MIND students present their project.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP: As part of the EMSB's digital citizenship initiative, two wonderful teachers at MIND - William Hesslink and Monica Paraghamian -completed a unique project. Students do not often understand how social media works, and how SM sites track young people in order to make money off them. With the help of Natalie Riviere of Cometta Communications and Sam Lalonde of Bloom Search Marketing, William and Natalie not only taught their entrepreneurship and POP students how social media uses their data to shape their online experience, but also led the students on how they could use social media and analytics to craft Facebook and Instagram advertisements to make people more aware of the great program at MIND. The students launched Facebook/Instagram ads and received great feedback from their peers who have seen their ads next to others for Nike and Apple in the social media feeds. The students unveiled their projects for industry experts at Salon 1861 in St-Henri at the end of the last school year.

SINGING WITH QUEBEC ARTISTS: Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School in Rosemount is one of two schools chosen to participate in a project called "Une chanson à l'école" during "Les journées de la culture" on Friday, September 29. At this time a group of students from PET will perform a song with well-known Quebec artists "Les Soeurs Boulay."  It will be filmed and many schools across Quebec will participate. Teacher Caroline Cameron has coordinated this.

INTERACTIVE SENSITIZATION: Before classes began at LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent, the teachers had a chance to play the role of students as they engaged in an interactive sensitization program with Luca “LazyLegs” Patuelli.  Luca guided teachers through a workshop in which they were given everyday tasks to perform without the full use of their bodies. Some of the activities required teachers to be blindfolded to simulate visual impairment, use crutches or a wheelchair to simulate the lack of mobility and/or have one arm tied behind their back to simulate limited/no use of one arm. Ultimately, the goal was to bring this unique learning experience to their students as a subtle way to transform student attitudes, behaviours and perceptions, including adaptation techniques to bullying and anxiety.  

TEST SCORING PILOT PROJECT: For the 2016-2017 academic year, both John Paul I Junior and Laurier Macdonald High School in St. Leonard agreed to take part in a pilot project of test scoring software and scanners. CAMtria provides these assessment packages to schools in Ontario, BC and Alberta and wanted to see what the Quebec market thought of these tools. Science department head and teacher, Pamela Léger at Laurier Macdonald High School liked several features of the scanner “I love how I can attach the PoL to each question, this feature was very useful,” she said, adding that this was a huge time saver for the school’s faculty who previously scored all tests and exams by hand.

Faculty at John Paul I Jr liked their scanner so much that they decided to purchase the unit. By participating in the L2O (Loner to Owner) program, they received a scanner and 5,000 forms for only $995. The school only needs to purchase 10 packages of forms within a year to fulfill the agreement thus now owning their scanner and saving over $800.  The test scanners deliver assessment reports at the push of a button. They offer fast grading, versatility, dependability and are easily maintained. Datalink Connect software, license and cost-free, is standards-friendly, Microsoft Excel-friendly, time saving and IT-friendly.  If your school would like to try out this complete test scoring scanner package for free, please contact Sheila of CAMtria at 888-848- 5111 x104 (sheila@camtria.com) or log on to www.camtria.com. 

Modelling the new uniform.
BRING ON THE BEARS: Elizabeth Ballantyne Elementary School (EBS) is pleased to welcome all our students, families and community members back to another school year. It’s always sad to say goodbye to summer, but the EBS staff members are looking forward to an excellent school year. The gymnasium is being renovated, and almost the whole school has been given a fresh coat of paint! There are many plans for new programs (academic, social, extra-curricular), and also to add more physical activity to the daily routine of the students and the staff members. After a lengthy (and fully democratic) selection process, they  have chosen the name of "EBS BEARS" for its sports teams and activities. They are very proud of the new logo; the design was created through the creativity of  students, the input of the staff members, and the electronic artwork of the Marcone family.

SPORTS AND WELLNESS GRANT: Kayla Segal a former student at Dunrae Gardens in Town of Mount Royal, has established the Kayla Segal Sports and Wellness Grant. The deadline to apply is September 15. Professionally Segal is a financial security advisor and independent life insurance broker. However, her passion remains competing in grueling triathlons across North America. In order to support health and wellness programs in the EMSB, she has now   embarked upon an initiative to offer a grant of $1,000 to one elementary school and $1,000 to one high school in need of support to launch a physical activity or wellness related project. She has undertaken various fundraising activities to raise the money.  Projects may be related to increasing opportunities for participation in physical activity, promoting good nutritional habits, addressing mental health issues via sport and/or other wellness topics. Applicants must be a member of the school community (staff member, parent, volunteer) and have the Principal’s support for grant application and implementation of the proposed project. Funds may be used to purchase equipment, materials and supplies, or hire outside personnel. For complete details go to http://www.emsb.qc.ca/sportsandwellnessgrant.

NEW STEAM SCHOOLS: The EMSB has announced the expansion of its very successful STEAM initiative for the 2017-2018 academic year. “STEAM” stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It represents a multi-disciplinary initiative that promotes creativity and high levels of student engagement, as they perform a series of group projects that not only involve five school subject domains, but also makes them more relevant, creative, discovery-based and interesting for students. STEAM is subject-specific learning. It aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills.  Joining pilot project schools General Vanier in St. Léonard and Pierre Elliott Trudeau in Rosemount will be 10 elementary schools Elizabeth Ballantyne in Montreal West, Pierre de Coubertin and Honoré-Mercier in St. Léonard, Coronation in Côte des Neiges; Westmount Park; Carlyle in TMR; Gardenview in St. Laurent; Michelangelo in RDP; Dalkeith in Anjou; Bancroft in the Plateau; and two high schools: John Paul I in St. Léonard and James Lyng in St. Henri.

ALOUETTES FUNDRAISING OPPORTUNITY: EMSB schools have a special opportunity to purchase tickets from the Montreal Alouettes in bulk and use it as a simple fundraiser at the same time. Every participating school will receive a unique link and promo code. Purchasers can print the tickets from their home or office.  Anyone who wishes to do this the old fashioned way can call John Di Terlizzi at 514-787-2755 or e-mail him at jditerlizzi@montrealalouettes.com and he will handle the request.  Tickets are $16 each, with $3 going back to each school.   

GENERATIONS BREAKFAST: The Generations Foundation will hold its annual Back to School Bagelothon at St. Viateur Bagel & Café, at 5629 Monkland Avenue in NDG on September 14. Again this year, people can put in their order  and whatever proceeds from bagel sales picked up and/or breakfasts enjoyed at the event (6 am to 10 am) will be donated to Generations Foundation, which provides hot meals to hungry students and also provides summer camp experiences.

WELCOMING REFUGEES:  The EMSB has responded to an urgent request from the Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de service sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, which is responsible for immigration resettlement on the island of Montreal. On a daily basis, refugees are crossing the border into Canada from the United States and appropriate shelters are in serious shortage. The CIUSS and Ministry of Education have asked school boards if they can help. The EMSB has responded to this urgent request by allowing a vacant school to be used as a shelter. The building, located on Henri Julien and Cremazie, will be donated temporarily to this cause for a period of up to one year as the EMSB's contribution to this crisis situation.  EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini noted that the Board is presently closed for the usual two week summer break, but many directors and staff are working to respond to this call for help.  "I am pleased that we that we will be able to assist," said  Ms. Mancini. "We all want to do our part to help families who need a roof over their heads. At present, the former St. Raphael School building is empty and not being used by our EMSB community.  So we are pleased to be able to allow the Red Cross to use it for the good of others."
Kyle Briggs and Devon Packer.

JUST FOR LAUGHS:   Devon Packer and Kyle Briggs, students at Royal Vale Elementary School in NDG, appeared in the "Kids Cabaret/Gala de Ouf" as part of the Just for Laughs Festival   at the Place des Arts.

LEX TO VISIT:    Royal Vale has confirmed that professional cyclist Lex Albrecht will be a special guest for their annual Terry Fox Run in September. Lex is a seven time Quebec champion and has represented Canada three times at the World Championships.  She recently won a stage of the Lotto Thüringen Ladies Race (a race in Germany) as well as a stage of the Tour of the Gila (a race in New Mexico, USA).  Before signing first professional racing contract six years ago, she studied Medical Biology and worked in a laboratory for a couple of years before. “Now I race all over the world - in Canada, the USA, Argentina, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic and the Ivory Coast,” she said. “I love to travel, and in fact my favourite page in my passport is the one that has a picture of Terry Fox on it.  I first learned about Terry Fox in 1992 when I was in kindergarten.  All of the students in my school sat down on our gymnasium floor to watch the story of Terry's battle with cancer and his journey partway across Canada to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  I got a first row seat, and I remember feeling a little embarrassed that I almost cried during the video.  Today I wouldn't be embarrassed though.  When I was nearly finished elementary school 8 years later, one of my classmates and good friends was diagnosed with cancer.  He survived his battle. Sometimes I wonder if it's partly thanks to the research that was made possible thanks to the money that has been raised through Terry Fox walks and runs over the years.  I'll never know for sure, but I am grateful that that friend is healthy today, and I truly believe in the importance of our donations.   Participating in carrying on Terry's dream is a pretty special privilege that we call all be proud of doing today.”

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL FRENCH TEACHERS:  Through the organization Canadian Parents for French and the Communications and Marketing Division of the EMSB, the 2017 23rd edition of Cinemania (November 2 to 12) is reaching out to French high school teachers to organize field trips to this year’s program. The films are in French and they all have sub-titles. Everything shown represents a North American premiere.  Special screenings for students has been part of their agenda for years. The idea is simple: to make the cinema accessible to young people while having a pedagogical approach. This year three films have been chosen that represent good fits.

LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE tells the true story of Jewish children gathered in a hospital during the rafle du Vel d'Hiv (Vel d'Hiv Roundup) during WWII. KISS & CRY (Festival de Cannes 2017 - Sélection de l'ACID) tells the story of Sarah, a young competitive skater. DE TOUTES MES FORCES shares the story of Nazism, a teenager who loses his mother and finds himself in a group foster home, which he wants to hide from his friends. For more information contact Antoine Corfu at 514 878-2882 or antoine@festivalcinemania.com. Log on to www.festivalcinemania.com.


ADULT EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL SERVICES

WAGAR ADULT CENTRE: The EMSB  is reaching back into its past with the announcement that the Marymount Adult Education Centre in Côte Saint-Luc has been renamed the Wagar Adult Education Centre. Wagar High School occupied the Parkhaven Avenue building from 1963 until its closure in 2005. The Marymount Adult Education Centre, which previously shared the premises of the Marymount Academy International on Côte Saint-Luc Road in NDG, relocated to the building in September 2005. The facility also serves as the home of the C.A.R.E. Centre, which offers services to adults over the age of 21 with physical disabilities and John Grant High School, which caters to special needs students. “For the past 12 years we have had two schools called Marymount, leading to some confusion,” stated EMSB Commissioner for Côte Saint-Luc Bernard Praw. “I have spoken to many people in the community over the past year, from private citizens to the mayor, and there was a great desire to bring the Wagar name back. In fact, since Wagar closed as a high school most people still refer to it as the name of the building.” Last year the auditorium in the building was named after the late Syd Wise, the respected former Wagar principal and school commissioner who passed away in November 2015. “I know that Syd very much wanted to see the Wagar name returned,” said EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini.   At one point in the 1970s, Wagar High School had more than 1,700 students. The school was named after a former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal Commissioner named Roy Wagar, who passed away in 1962. The Marymount Adult Education Centre  has over 1,800 students, offering day and evening  courses to adults aged 16 and over in French and English catering mainly to new Canadian citizens and landed immigrants learning the languages.  The school also has a large special needs population and operates satellite classes in different locations across the city.

ÉDITION DU 30 AOÛT 2017 / BULLETIN DE LA CSEM



PASSEPORT-NUTRITION: À la CSEM, la rentrée des élèves de la maternelle a eu lieu cette semaine sous le signe de la saine alimentation. Le lancement officiel du nouveau Passeport-nutrition s’est déroulé le mercredi 30 août à l’école primaire Edward Murphy située dans le quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Cette année, les élèves de la maternelle partiront à l’aventure avec Okra, leur compagnon de voyage, pour découvrir l’univers coloré des aliments santé. Au moment de s’envoler vers la maternelle, tous les élèves recevront un Passeport-nutrition M.É.G.A. 4 (Manger Équilibré, c’est Gagnant pour Apprendre avec les 4 groupes alimentaires). Cette nouvelle initiative de l’équipe de la Nutrition et des services alimentaires de la CSEM s’inscrit dans le cadre de sa mission ayant pour but de promouvoir des attitudes et des comportements pour améliorer la santé et de transmettre aux élèves les connaissances dont ils ont grand besoin en vue de les aider à choisir des aliments nutritifs. Grâce au Passeport-nutrition M.É.G.A. 4, ils pourront se familiariser avec les différents aliments appartenant aux quatre groupes du Guide alimentaire canadien. Tout au long de leur périple, les élèves de la maternelle verront comment créer un repas santé à partir des quatre groupes d’aliments. Ce passeport renferme une foule d’activités éducatives adaptées à leur niveau qui leur permettront de découvrir divers aliments de l’arc-en-ciel alimentaire tout en apprenant à reconnaître les couleurs, les chiffres et les formes! Ils exploreront les arcs vert, jaune, bleu et rouge de l’arc-en-ciel et, tout au long de cette belle aventure, ils feront connaissance avec de nouveaux aliments pour grandir en santé et nourrir leur cerveau!

MESSAGES PUBLICITAIRES SUR CTV: La CSEM a dévoilé ses nouveaux messages publicitaires qui seront diffusés sur les ondes de CTV en septembre et en octobre afin de promouvoir la saison des portes ouvertes. Ces messages mettent en vedette la présidente de la CSEM, Angela Mancini, ainsi que six élèves. Pour voir ces messages, cliquez ici. 

PORTES OUVERTES : La CSEM a amélioré et mis à jour son site Web qui renferme l’information relative aux portes ouvertes dans ses écoles (www.emsbopenhouses.com). Nous vous invitons à y jeter un coup d’œil.

SANTÉ ET SÉCURITÉ: Carmen Vizarro s’est jointe au Service des ressources humaines à titre de nouvelle coordonnatrice en santé et sécurité.  Carmen fait un retour à la CSEM après avoir travaillé plusieurs années à la Commission scolaire Lester-B.-Pearson.

L’ÉQUIPE WEB GRANDIT: La CSEM compte désormais deux nouvelles techniciennes en arts graphiques qui se joignent à Andrea Di Tomaso, technicienne en arts graphiques/webmestre. Nur Erdem remplace la webmestre Yibing Shen, présentement en congé de maternité. Par ailleurs, Meghan Dove a été embauchée dans le cadre d’un projet spécial afin d’épauler Andrea dans la création de nouveaux sites Web pour nos écoles et d’assurer le soutien pour les sites actuels. Nous sommes ravis de vous annoncer que des changements appréciables seront apportés au site Web de la Commission et à ceux de nos écoles. Le site de la CSEM s’avère une précieuse source de renseignements tant pour les parents que les élèves. Andrea, Nur et Meghan ont travaillé d’arrache-pied tout l’été en vue de se préparer en prévision des améliorations majeures qui seront apportées au site Web de la CSEM. Le nouveau site fera peau neuve, facilitera l’accès à l’information et offrira à nos visiteurs une meilleure expérience utilisateur. Nous aurons recours à une technologie Web de pointe pour actualiser notre site et répondre aux besoins des utilisateurs de cellulaires et de tablettes. Grâce à cette même technologie, nous nous engagerons prochainement dans une nouvelle phase qui, de par la mise en œuvre de ce système, permettra au personnel des écoles d’être en mesure de mettre à jour et de gérer plus aisément leur propre site Web. Andrea et Meghan entameront la transition des premières écoles vers le milieu de l’automne.

FERMETURES D’ÉCOLES: En cas de mauvais temps, veuillez prendre note que nous annonçons uniquement les écoles qui sont fermées. Ces annonces se font par l’entremise de Twitter et Facebook. Si les écoles sont ouvertes, ce qui est souvent le cas, aucune annonce ne sera faite.

CONFÉRENCE ANNUELLE DE B.A.S.E. : Cette année, la conférence annuelle des services de garde B.A.S.E. (Before and After School Enriched) a eu lieu le 25 août sous le thème No Such Thing as a Bad Kid (« Il n’y a pas de mauvais enfants »). L’auteur et conférencier Charlie Appelstein invité à cette occasion s’est adressé à l’ensemble des éducateurs réunis. Comment doit-on réagir lorsqu’un enfant défie les règles et n’adopte pas les comportements que l’on attend de lui? Les études démontrent que l’attention et le soutien sont à privilégier plutôt que les périodes de réflexion (temps d’arrêt) et les punitions. Ceci dit, comment peut-on outiller nos adultes pour reconnaître et offrir efficacement l’attention et le soutien nécessaire dans un cadre scolaire? La conférence annuelle cette année a tenté de répondre à cette question fort importante. La conférence a eu lieu à la salle de réception Prima Luna dans l’est de Montréal. Les Services aux élèves de la CSEM ont également offert un atelier avec M. Appelstein au même endroit, coordonné par Daphna Leibovici, conseillère en prévention de la violence à la CSEM. Quelque 275 enseignants des écoles primaires et secondaires ont pris part à cet atelier. Nous vous invitons à lire le communiqué.

AVIS AUX ENSEIGNANTS DE FRANÇAIS DU SECONDAIRE : Par l’entremise de l’organisme Canadian Parents for French (Parents canadiens en faveur du français) et du Service des communications et du marketing de la CSEM, la 23e édition de CINÉMANIA (du 2 au 12 novembre 2017) lance un appel aux enseignants de français du secondaire pour qu’ils organisent des sorties dans le but de visionner la programmation de cette année. Les films présentés sont en français et sont tous sous-titrés. Dans tous les cas, il s’agit de premières en Amérique du Nord. Les projections spéciales à l’intention des élèves sont au  programme depuis des années. Le principe est bien simple : rendre le cinéma accessible aux jeunes dans le cadre d’une approche pédagogique. Cette année, trois films ont été sélectionnés pour ce public. LES ENFANTS DE LA CHANCE raconte l’histoire vécue d’enfants juifs réfugiés dans un hôpital durant le raid du Vel d'Hiv (Vel d'Hiv Roundup) lors de la Seconde Guerre mondiale. KISS & CRY (Festival de Cannes 2017 - Sélection de l'ACID) relate l’histoire de Sarah, une jeune patineuse de compétition. DE TOUTES MES FORCES présente l’histoire de Nassim, un adolescent qui à la suite du décès de sa mère se retrouve dans une famille d’accueil et tente de le cacher à ses amis. Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec Antoine Corfu au 514 878-2882 ou à antoine@festivalcinemania.com. Visitez le www.festivalcinemania.com.

PROJET PILOTE DE CORRECTION D’EXAMENS: L’école secondaire du premier cycle John Paul I et l’école secondaire Laurier Macdonald à Saint-Léonard ont toutes deux accepter de prendre part, durant l’année scolaire 2017-2018, à un projet pilote de logiciel et de numériseurs pour la correction des examens. CAMtria, qui fournit déjà des trousses d’évaluation à des écoles de l’Ontario, de la Colombie-Britannique et de l’Alberta, souhaitait connaître l’opinion du marché québécois à l’égard de ces outils. Pamela Léger, enseignante et responsable du département des sciences à l’école secondaire Laurier Macdonald a bien apprécié plusieurs fonctions offertes par le numériseur. « J’ai adoré la fonction permettant de joindre la progression des apprentissages à chacune des questions, c’est très utile », a-t-elle souligné. Elle a également fait remarquer l’importante économie de temps pour les enseignants qui corrigeaient auparavant tous les examens et toutes les épreuves à la main.

Le personnel enseignant de l’école John Paul I a tellement aimé le numériseur que l’école a décidé d’en faire l’achat. Grâce au programme L2O (Loaner to Owner), l’école a reçu un numériseur et 5 000 formulaires pour la modique somme de 995 $. En vue de respecter l’entente, l’école n’a qu’à acheter 10 paquets de formulaires durant l’année pour ainsi être propriétaire de son numériseur et économiser plus de 800 $. Il suffit d’appuyer sur une touche pour que les numériseurs d’examens génèrent des rapports d’évaluation. Ils permettent la correction rapide des examens, en plus d’être polyvalents, fiables et faciles d’entretien. Le logiciel Datalink Connect, qui ne comporte aucuns frais ni licence, s’adapte aux normes, permet de gagner du temps et est compatible avec le programme Excel de Microsoft ainsi que les systèmes informatiques. Si votre école souhaite faire l’essai gratuit de ce nouveau numériseur pour la correction des examens, veuillez communiquer avec Sheila de CAMtria au 888 848 5111, poste 104 (sheila@camtria.com) ou visitez le www.camtria.com.

BOURSE POUR LE SPORT ET LE MIEUX-ÊTRE : Kayla Segal, ancienne élève de l’école primaire Dunrae Gardens à Ville Mont-Royal, a créé la Bourse Kayla Segal pour le sport et le mieux-être. Mme Segal est conseillère en sécurité financière et courtière indépendante en assurance vie. Toutefois, sa véritable passion l’amène à prendre part à d’éreintants triathlons partout en Amérique du Nord. Dans le but d’appuyer les programmes axés sur la santé et le mieux-être à la CSEM, elle a lancé une initiative visant à octroyer deux bourses, soit 1 000 $ à une école primaire et 1 000 $ à une école secondaire pour les aider à mettre sur pied un projet lié à l’activité physique ou au mieux-être. Elle a organisé diverses activités de financement pour amasser ces fonds. Les projets proposés doivent encourager une pratique accrue de l’activité physique, promouvoir de saines habitudes alimentaires, aborder les problèmes de santé mentale par le sport ou porter sur d’autres sujets liés au mieux-être. La candidature doit être présentée par un membre de la communauté scolaire (employé, parent, bénévole) et la direction doit donner son appui à l’affectation des fonds et à la mise en œuvre du projet proposé. Les fonds pourront servir à l’achat d’équipement, de matériel et de fournitures ou à l’embauche de personnel externe. Pour en savoir davantage, visitez le http://www.emsb.qc.ca/sportsandwellnessgrant.

NOUVELLES ÉCOLES STIAM : La CSEM a annoncé l’expansion de son fort populaire programme STIAM pour l’année scolaire 2017-2018. Le programme STIAM (sciences, technologies, ingénierie, arts et mathématiques) est une initiative multidisciplinaire qui vise à favoriser la créativité chez les élèves ainsi qu’une participation poussée de leur part dans la réalisation d’une série de projets de groupe, en abordant non seulement les cinq matières enseignées à l’école mais aussi en rendant ces projets plus pertinents, plus créatifs, plus intéressants et davantage axés sur la découverte. STIAM est une approche pédagogique ayant pour objectif de promouvoir un esprit inquisiteur, un raisonnement logique et des compétences en matière de collaboration. Dix autres écoles primaires se joindront aux deux écoles pilotes Général Vanier à Saint-Léonard et Pierre Elliott Trudeau à Rosemont. Il s’agit des écoles suivantes : Elizabeth Ballantyne à Montréal-Ouest, Pierre de Coubertin et Honoré-Mercier à Saint-Léonard, Coronation à Côte-des-Neiges, Westmount Park à Westmount, Carlyle à Ville Mont-Royal; Gardenview à Saint-Laurent, Michelangelo à Rivière-des-Prairies; Dalkeith à Anjou et Bancroft sur le Plateau. Deux écoles secondaires prendront également part à ce programme : John Paul I à Saint-Léonard et James Lyng à Saint-Henri.

DÉJEUNER AVEC LA FONDATION GÉNÉRATIONS: La Fondation Générations tiendra le 14 septembre prochain son Bagel-O-thon annuel de la rentrée à St-Viateur Bagel & Café situé au 5629, avenue Monkland à NDG. Encore une fois cette année, les gens peuvent commander à l’avance. Tous les profits découlant de la vente de bagels commandés ou de déjeuners dégustés sur place lors du Bagel-O-thon (de 6 h à 10 h) seront versés à la Fondation Générations qui offre des repas chauds aux élèves affamés et qui permet à des jeunes de vivre l’expérience des camps d’été.

ACCUEIL DES RÉFUGIÉS: La CSEM a répondu à la demande urgente du Centre intégré universitaire de santé  et de service sociaux (CIUSSS) du Centre-Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal, chargé de la réinstallation des réfugiés sur l’Île de Montréal. Devant l’arrivée quotidienne au Canada de réfugiés qui traversent la frontière en provenance des États-Unis, les refuges adéquats se font de plus en plus rares. Le CIUSSS et le ministère de l’Éducation ont donc sollicité l’appui des commissions scolaires. La CSEM a répondu à l’appel en les autorisant à utiliser l’une de ses écoles vacantes pour héberger les réfugiés. Le bâtiment, situé à l’angle d’Henri-Julien et de Crémazie, sera mis à leur disposition pendant une période maximale d’un an. Il s’agit là de la contribution de la CSEM face à cette crise. La présidente de la CSEM, Angela Mancini, a souligné que même si la Commission était fermée à l’occasion de son habituel congé estival annuel de deux semaines, plusieurs directeurs et employés de soutien sont rentrés au travail afin de répondre à cet appel à l’aide. « Je suis ravie que nous puissions faire notre part », a déclaré Mme Mancini. « Nous voulons tous venir en aide aux familles qui ont besoin d’un toit. À l’heure actuelle, l’ancien bâtiment de l’école St. Raphaël est vacant et n’est pas utilisé par la communauté de la CSEM. Nous sommes donc heureux de permettre à la Croix-Rouge de l’utiliser pour le bien d’autrui. »

SERVICES DE L’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES
ET DE LA FORMATION PROFESSIONNELLE

CENTRE D’ÉDUCATION DES ADULTES WAGAR: La CSEM fait un retour dans le temps en annonçant que le Centre d’éducation des adultes Marymount à Côte Saint-Luc a été rebaptisé le Centre d’éducation des adultes Wagar. L’école secondaire Wagar a occupé le bâtiment situé sur l’avenue Parkhaven de 1963 jusqu’à sa fermeture en 2005. Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Marymount, qui partageait auparavant les locaux avec l’Académie internationale Marymount sur le chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc à NDG, a été relocalisé dans l’ex-bâtiment Wagar en septembre 2005. Cet endroit abrite également le Centre C.A.R.E. qui dispense des services aux adultes âgés de plus de 21 ans souffrant de déficiences physiques ainsi qu’aux élèves ayant des besoins particuliers de l’école secondaire John Grant. « Depuis les 12 dernières années, nous avions deux écoles Marymount, ce qui portait à confusion », a déclaré le commissaire de la CSEM dans Côte Saint-Luc Bernard Praw. « J’ai consulté un grand nombre de personnes au sein de la communauté au cours de la dernière année, allant des citoyens jusqu’au maire lui-même, et j’ai été à même de constater un profond désir de restaurer le nom Wagar. De fait, depuis la fermeture de l’école secondaire Wagar, la plupart des gens connaissent encore ce bâtiment sous le nom Wagar. » L’an dernier, l’auditorium a été rebaptisé à la mémoire du défunt Syd Wise, ancien directeur fort respecté de l’école Wagar et commissaire qui s’est éteint en novembre 2015. « Je sais que Syd souhaitait ardemment restaurer le nom Wagar », de dire la présidente de la CSEM Angela Mancini. À une certaine époque dans les années 1970, l’école secondaire Wagar comptait plus de 1 700 élèves. Elle avait été nommée à la mémoire de Roy Wagar, ancien commissaire de la Commission des écoles protestantes du Grand Montréal, décédé en 1962. Le Centre d’éducation des adultes Marymount regroupe plus de 1 800 élèves et offre des cours de jour et de soir, en français et en anglais, aux adultes âgés de 16 ans et plus, pour la plupart de nouveaux citoyens canadiens et immigrants qui apprennent ces deux langues. Cet établissement dessert également une forte population d’élèves ayant des besoins particuliers et compte des classes satellites dans divers secteurs de la ville.


The next Focus will be published on September 28, 2017.  Submissions should be made to Michael J. Cohen preferably by e-mail (mcohen@emsb.qc.ca) by September 22  at Noon.

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